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Video: Jimmy Kimmel – The Dirty Heads – Spread Too Thin

The Dirty Heads perform “Spread Too Thin” on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Payday Music Presents Dancehall Legends Vol 1

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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JONFX I VISION I RAESHYNE (Interview) – Fusion between Reggaeton and Dancehall

JONFX I VISION I RAESHYNE (Interview)  – Fusion between Reggaeton and Dancehall

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SOPHIA BROWN SET TO RELEASE “CATCH ME DUBBING” ON JUNE 19TH

Armed with a fresh new mix of her previously released “Catch Me If You Can” studio album, reggae recording artist Sophia Brown will be looking to grab the attention of her fans on June 19th with the official release of her dub and instrumental album entitled “Catch Me Dubbing” on her Music Mecka label distributed by U.S based digital distribution company Zojak Worldwide.

According to Brown “Catch Me Dubbing” was done taking into consideration other music markets across the globe. “I decided earlier this year that when I released my album “Catch Me If You Can” I would also do a dub and instrumental version of it and this is what we are gearing up to drop next week because we recognize that in different parts of the world that is also in demand”.

With “Catch Me If You Can” souring to #55 on the iTunes Top 100 Album Charts Brown said her energy at the moment is centered around promoting the singles “Relationship” and “Poverty”. “Since my song “Tonight Is The Night” went #1 in 9 different countries earlier this year we have been searching for that next official single and we feel “Relationships” which feature Hezron and “Poverty” which features The Messenger Luciano are getting good radio play. A video for “Poverty” is definitely in the pipeline while other tracks such as “Tall & Sexy” and “Mama Africa” have been buzzing internationally”.

With confirmations of a 3 weeks tour of Egypt already on the table Sophia Brown continues to forge ahead in the reggae fraternity.

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Rihanna – Where Have You Been (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)


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Mp3: Mindless Behavior – Hello (Producer Jon FX Reggae Remix)

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Video:Alex Clare’s cover of Gyptian’s track ‘Hold Yuh’ – ****

Video:Alex Clare’s cover of Gyptian’s track ‘Hold Yuh’


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SHAGGY LAUNCHES RECORD LABEL

New fusion reggae label Ranch Entertainment, Inc. launched worldwide in early 2011, and now the label invites colleagues, media and music fans to its official launch celebration onJune 4, 2012 at Santos Party House in New York City. The label boasts a roster of world-renowned artists including reggae superstar Shaggy, and long-time collaborators Rayvon and Red Fox, in addition to acclaimed producersand songwriters, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

As the music industry continues to pose hurdles and challenges to the success of rising stars, the mission of Ranch Entertainment is to develop and facilitate innovative approaches for up and coming artists to excel in the current market.

The label launch will be hosted by HOT97 radio personality Jabba, and also commemorates the five-year anniversary of New York-based DJ-collectiveRice & Peas. Additionally, the launch festivities sets the scene for the shooting of Rayvon’s latest music video for his breakout track “Selecta,”featured on Ranch Entertainment’s Kingston 13 Riddim album.

Sponsors Bartenura Moscato and Golden Krust will be catering drinks and food for attending media. Radio sponsors include Irie Jam Radio and LinkUp Radio, both 93.5FM affiliates in New York City.

For more information on Ranch Entertainment, visit  RanchEnt.com or follow the mission at Twitter.com/RanchEnt and Facebook.com/RanchEnt.

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Saine doubles the pleasure with a pair of hit tracks

Fast Rising Dancehall/Reggae singer, Saine has scored a double knockout in her fight to earn significant mainstream buzz within the music industry as she’s released a pair of singles that have peaked mass interests.

The newly dubbed first lady of Black Spyda Records has dropped her first solo track and collaboration as a part of the emerging Dancehall/Reggae label: All Night and Go With You (featuring T’Nez). Both songs reflect the growth of Saine’s vocal abilities as well as her musical persona as she aims to successfully represent the new crop of up-and-coming singers within the local music scene.

All Night immediately sets a romantic mood for musical admirers to relate to and feel comfortable as Saine lyricallydelivers a story of one’s innermost desires coming to light as he or she covets the essence of love and making love.

In this passionate musical display, Saine sings, “I see you start to sweat, you know what’s coming next, nervous when I undress, I hear you losing breath, I’m gonna take my time, I’m gonna do this right so saddle up and enjoy the ride.”

She continues, “Ok, let’s start again, don’t want this night to end…Wish I could press rewind and just go back in time.”

If that didn’t prove Saine’s credentials enough, the multitalented singer strikes again on her joint effort with fellow breakthrough star, T’Nez on Go With You. On this duet, Saine and T’Nez show undeniably good chemistry as they sing a story about the qualities of love and loyalty which ignite sparks within a building relationship.

Both singles have already gained the mainstream attention that Saine has hoped for as Go With You and All Night have earned strong rotation on ZIP FM where prominent disc jocks, ZJ Chrome and ZJ Dymond as well as Sun City Radio 104.9FM where DJ Calico of Darkcide International also played them.

Saine’s double effort features out the aptly titled, Saine Rain Riddim which is scheduled for digital release, via iTunes on May 15 while being distributed by 21st-Hapilos and Johnny Wonder.

For Saine, her latest works are true indication that her dreams stardom and international recognition isn’t too far from coming true.

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Mp3: Adele – Someone Like You Reggae Version

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Could Bob Marley return to the stage?

On May 11, 1981, Reggae and the music world in general lost one of its pioneers as Bob Marley passed away at the tender age of 36 after a long battle with cancer. Now 31 years since his death, industry observers may be plotting a way to bring him back to the stage.

During the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States last month, fans were stunned when a realistic version of late rap legend, Tupac Shakur appeared on stage and performed. The image was created through a holographic projection, making it appear as if Shakur was revived given that his motions, vocal tone and physical appearance resembled that of the real life rap superstar.

After the success of that project, Jamaican music industry players are speculating about whether to bring back Bob Marley in a similar fashion. According to the island Youth Ambassador for entertainment, Graham Rowe, creating a holographic image of Marley would garner unlimited interest for pure Reggae fans, but could somewhat diminish his effervescent aura.

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SOJA “Strength To Survive” Official Video

SOJA “Strength To Survive” Official Video

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Mp3 – New Artist Spotlight : Miami Vice – Jahfe – Must Listen !!!

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“Jahfe, which means “creation” is a band based out of Miami, FL. Their musical style fuses roots reggae with many other genres including rock, dub, soul and R&B, creating a unique blend of organic sounds. The members of Jahfe´ hail from nations all around the world including Haiti, Spain, Israel, Cuba, Czech Republic, Morocco and the United States. The first ever conscious reggae band to be fronted by a female, “Jahfé hits Mach 2 within the opening measure of their music, with a powerful presence from Esther Fortune, lead vocalist for the 10-piece band.”

Jahfe is for the People” is the chant that can be heard at every show. The band represents the youth with a voice. It embodies the power of a young generation and the wisdom of roots culture. The music of Jahfe´ reflects the true ability of conscious music to connect people everywhere. Jahfe´ uses its music to speak out against the injustices plaguing the world. They have been featured in documentaries about domestic violence and have worked to increase awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Jahfe´’s music is filled with references to many of the serious issues that take place around us every day: hunger, poverty, disease, rape and the hatred between nations. Jahfe´ is a movement that seeks to touch people all over the world with its message.

 

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.


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Video: Usher – Climax (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)

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Facebook to stream Marley documentary during its premiere

Fans of the highly anticipated documentary on Reggae legend, Bob Marley will have the chance to see the film through social media while it premieres across American theatres.

According to the Associated Press, Marley will make its debut in the United States on April 20, a day after its premiere in Jamaica at Emancipation Park in Kingston. While the biopic based on Bob Marley’s life is shown in theatres across the U.S., fans will be able to watch the movie online via Facebook. The social media hub will be streaming the documentary simultaneously, possibly indicating the impact of social media on shifting movie release windows.

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CIROC PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL BEST OF THE BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

CIROC presents the 6th annual Best Of The Best Concert, which returns to downtown Miami on Memorial Weekend. The long running international music festival will take overBicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 27th for a marathon all-ages festival that will stage some of the biggest names in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca, R&B and Kompa.


Produced by South Florida’s premier music and lifestyle promotions companies, XO Management and Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B of NYC, the Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year’s show.


So far, the star-studded lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes ShaggyMavadoDJ Khaled,Marcia GriffithsFabolousAdmiral BaileyIwer GeorgeFrench Montana,Frankie PaulT-ViceI-OctaneAce HoodGhostBriannaTony MatterhornMeek MillDemarco2 Chainz,Wayne MarshallLaza MorganSeraniKhagoChristopher Martin. Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters plan to add additional artists to the bill in the coming weeks.


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The Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event will be legendary New York DJ, Funkmaster Flex. Jabba will also co-host, alongside DJ Roy, Nuffy, Jamusa, C-Roy, Nikki Z, Ms. Kitty, Captain Kirk, Mikey Mike, 800 Bungie, Walshy Fire, D-Life, Bashment Kid, Nikki Blacks, Mike B. Selectors will include Stone Love, Waggy T, Massive B, Platinum Kids, Fergie & Springer, Hype Squad, Innocent, Supa Sound, Steelie Bashment, Abhi Earthquake, Half Crazy Sound, Fire Reds and the Mixx 96 DJs.


Additional sponsors for Best Of The Best 2012 include Bartenura and Swiftkick Sneaker Wipes… now available at all Walgreens.

FOR TICKETS: Log on to www.bestofthebestconcert.com 

FOR BOOTH/VENDOR INFO: Call 305.438.9488. Space Is Limited!

 

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Video: Drumma Boy “Where I Come From” ft Junior Reid (In Studio Video)

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Romain Virgo to drop sophomore album in May

Prominent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo’s upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010, via VP Records.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person.

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Morgan Heritage to comeback with new singles, album

One of Reggae music’s most prominent families looks to return to the Jamaican music scene after over four years away from the spotlight.

Morgan Heritage, who rose to prominence in the last decade with singles like Tell Me How Come, Nothing To Smile About as well as Brooklyn & Jamaica are planning to release a new project within the next month as they prepare to re-assert their authority within Reggae music.

Reportedly, the popular group will unveil a new single in April entitled, The Return. Morgan Heritage’s upcoming track was co-produced by themselves and Juke Boxx Productions hit maker, Shane Brown and has been dubbed, The Return as they will return to the music scene full-time.

The Return hails as one of many singles that will be unleashed prior to Morgan Heritage upcoming album, which they are currently working on. Additionally, to help to promote their single and compilation, Morgan Heritage recently confirmed, via Twitter, that they will be travelling across Europe this summer on The Return tour.

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage member, Gramps Morgan will be releasing his second solo album in the near future also, Reggae Music Lives. The album, stated for an April 24 release, will feature a collaboration with internationally-acclaimed soul songstress, India Arie. 

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Sizzla hits back at gay rights critics

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla’s appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, throughhis management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England.  False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever.  He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit.  It is his nature and his character to respect all.”

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Sizzla concert in Europe cancelled following gay rights protests

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singjay, Miguel Orlando Collins, more popularly known as Sizzla continues to get a hard time from gay rights groups who’ve long complained about his lyrics addressing homosexuality.

The prominent entertainer, who gave his first live performance since surviving a near-fatal motorcycle crash last summer, was due to appear at a stage show in Stockholm, Sweden on March 28. However, the event, due to take place at the Hornstull Strand has been cancelled after lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and supporters condemned Sizzla’s anti-gay lyrics; protesting his appearance on the show’s bill.

Gay rights groups in Canada and England previously made similar protests regarding Sizzla’s music, which contains lyrics strongly opposing homosexual lifestyles.

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Etana working on new album

Prominent Reggae songstress, Etana seeks to build on an already accomplished international resume’ as she currently fine-tunes material for her upcoming album.

Most of the tracks for Etana’s yet to be titled third studio album have already been completed and will be shipped off to American based Dancehall/Reggae label, VP Records, who will make the final decisions regarding which singles will make the compilation. The highly regarded songbird hopes to release her album later this year.

Though Etana remains tight-lipped regarding specific collaborations and singles that could feature on her album, industry observers have raved over her joint effort with Reggae veteran and Big Ship captain, Freddie McGregor.

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Former Intense host tries hand at music

One of Jamaica’s most prominent media personalities has returned to the spotlight in a way that few expected.

Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita, former host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) entertainment program, Intense surprised fans and peers alike by unveiled her debut single on Wednesday. The curvaceous diva, who recently won the Youth View Award for Media Personality of the Year, premiered her Reggae-themed single, via IRIE FM on Wednesday night, to rave reviews.

The sensual love song, produced by veteran hit maker, Colin ‘Bulby’ York, features soothing vocals from Pepita as she talks of those who’ve found their ideal partner to complete them.

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AWARD-WINNING GERMAN REGGAE ARTIST GENTLEMAN EXCITED ABOUT DEBUT NYC PERFORMANCE

New York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German’s multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the “Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour,” includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

 

Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM’s ‘The Joint’ with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens. 

“I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish” the German sinjay noted. 

Gentleman’s North and South American tour is in support of his VP Records album titled Diversity that was released in February. The international version of the album already sold Gold (more than 100,000 units) and 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.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – teaming up with top Jamaican recording artist Tanya Stephens; the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott; Christopher and producers Don Corleon, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since 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.

Last summer he teamed with Richie Stephens on the tribute single “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in Florida and Jamaica and was voted “Song of the Year 2011″ in New York by Irie Jam Radio. Their follow up single/video ‘Warrior,’ has already started to make inroads on the play list of stations across the globe.

Earlier this year, Gentleman delivered a riveting live rendition of “Live Your Life” at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where he was a special invited guest of Stephens. Their performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the festival. 

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Damian Marley calls for Jamaica to revamp Reggae music

With the apparent declining stronghold that Reggae music has within Jamaican culture, one of its premiere disciples hopes the local industry will help that change for the better.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley addressed the local and universal state of Reggae music during an interview on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday. Marley, who’s spent recent months back home after spending most of 2011 overseas recording and touring, believes that Jamaicans need to once again reap the benefits that Reggae music has provided to fans and musicians worldwide.

With many prominent foreign artistes such as Beyoncé, Justin Beiber and Rihanna using Reggae Riddims in recent hit songs, Marley insists that Jamaicans need to get back to their musical roots and show appreciation for the genre they helped make popular.

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Popcaan collaborates with Snoop Dogg

Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to add to his international resume as he’s reportedly landed another collaboration with a prominent American rapper.

On February 17, Popcaan released the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want, which featured internationally acclaimed Jamaican-American rapper, Busta Rhymes. The song, which was unveiled via iTunes, has also earned over 50,000 YouTube views since its debut nearly two weeks ago; earning the Portmore Empire deejay strong acclaim locally and overseas.

Now, media reports have confirmed that Popcaan has joined forces with veteran hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg, who’s currently in Jamaica recording material for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated as well as filming a documentary about the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica.

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Stephen Marley lauds young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn’t see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he’d like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry’s been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that’s surfaced in recent times.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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