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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

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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“I Got To Go” (Live) Music Video:
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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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