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Mp3: Tarrus Riley – My Mother

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Reggae’s Top Earners – Shaggy tops the list of richest reggae acts


Shaggy reportedly tops list of richest Reggae acts

The top 10 living Jamaican artistes have amassed some US$90 million (J$7.7 billion) in net worth, equivalent to the annual export earnings from bauxite or sugar based on data from an online media report released last week.

These artistes, more than others, sold millions of records, toured successfully and entered into successful business ventures, according to the urbanislandz.com report. It listed the net worth of:

1. Shaggy at US$22 million ($1.8 billion)

2. Jimmy Cliff at US$18 million ($1.5 billion)

3. Sean Paul at US$11 million ($944 million)

4. Ziggy Marley at US$10 million ($858 million)

5. Sean Kingston at US$7 million ($601 million)

6. Damian Marley at US$6 million ($515 million)

7. Maxi Priest at US$4.6 million ($395 million)

8. Buju Banton at US$4 million ($343 million)

9. Beenie Man at US$3.7 million ($318 million)

10. Bounty Killer at US$3 million ($258 million)

Verification of these figures are hidden within music and tour contracts, however, Urban Islandz says it has compiled its data from sources both online and offline.

“We strive to make sure the content we published is fully accurate but we cannot always guarantee this,” it stated about its list. Urban Islandz, an entertainment company, said it compiled the data to highlight “that our reggae/dancehall artistes are doing well on the global scale in the face of mounting criticisms that our music is in decline”.

Shaggy topped the list due to selling over 20 million copies worldwide of his 2001 album Hot Shot, but equally due to securing a lucrative royalty deal for that album better than 90 per cent of the industry, they said.

“Shaggy managed to sign a sweet deal with UMG, named MCA Records at the time, where he earned (greatly on) each album sold for Hot Shot. Majority of artistes are lucky to earn $1 off each album sold. The Marley’s on the other hand having their own company to work with, puts them at an advantage to earn more off album sales,” stated urbanislandz in a written response to Splash’s queries. “Regarding tour dates, again each artist’s earnings vary according to their popularity and demands. Therefore, when artistes like Sean Paul or Sean Kingston would earn an average US$40,000 per tour date, other artists like Bounty and Beenie would be brushing an average US$10,000.”

A respected musician and producer who toured with at least one the top five artistes told Splash that the data seemed credible. He spoke on condition of anonymity in order to respect private conversations with artistes.

“Sean Paul is conservative and I remember he even avoided buying a NY apartment calling it unnecessary. It is possible that Bounty Killer amassed that amount because he is also a conservative spender and has other businesses. Regarding Jimmy Cliff, definitely. He has been around from in the heyday of reggae and has been involved in music, songwriting and movies. He did songwriting for big artistes and also got his songs covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen with Trapped. That would have been a big money earner,” he said.

The combined worth at US$90 million is greater than the annual earnings from Jamaica’s major exports including bauxite at US$85 million in 2009 (separate from the US$368 million earned from alumina exports) and sugar at US$72 million according to Bank of Jamaica statistics. It signifies the earning potential of the nation’s music which has come under threat in recent years from international gay and government lobby groups. Consequently, all the top 10 artistes made the bulk of their income prior to the mid 2000s, but Urban Islandz has not discounted Reggae/Dancehall’s future earning potential. They expect newcomers to factor on the list in the medium-term.

“Gyptian is one artiste to look out for as his career is doing exceptionally good and if this momentum takes him into next year and his album Hold Yuh sells well, he could become a strong contender. Mavado also is one to watch, something good should be happening for his career soon…Vybz Kartel is another to watch too, but may need a deal with a major label to put him there. Another reggae fusion artiste to watch is Iyaz from the Virgin Islands who is signed to Sean Kingston’s label,” Urban Islandz told Splash.

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Mp3: Tony Matterhorn and Serani -”Again and Again”

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Etana stars in new movie – “Ghett’a Life”


Reggae song bird, Shauna McKenzie better known as Etana has broadened her list of attributes in entertainment. The Reggae Ambassador has secured an acting role in the soon to be released film, “Ghett’a Life”. The movie’s official premiere is scheduled for Summer 2011. This will debut Etana as an actress and marks her arrival to the film industry. Fans can expect a different side to the performer in her fresh role, acquired through a succesful audition. Etana plays the role of ‘Arnette’, the mother of a youth troubled with life, frantically trying to get over on the other side.

The film is directed by Chris Browne, best known from the movie, “Third World Cop”. Etana is enthused of this new venture and hopes her fans and the general public will share her joy and excitement, when the film hits theatres. The cast boasts notable Jamaican actors including Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, Chris McFarlane, Carl Davis and Teddy Price. Ghett’a Life has completed its principal photography and currently in post production. In early 2011 screening will commence at international film festivals.
Etana enjoys watching Academy Award winning actress, Angelina Jolie, who is among her favourite Hollywood movie stars. As one would imagine, the songstress has a very busy music schedule clogged with local and overseas shows, coupled with the release of her sophomore album titled, Free Expressions. It’s amazing how she maintains focus to continue dominating at the top of the charts with her current #1 single, “Free”. The singer now turned actress says, she prioritises and sticks to her schedule to strike a balance for smooth operation. She considers herself ready and welcomes more acting roles in the future.

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Mp3: Busy Signal – Yes Dawg : Produced by Anju Blax and T-Jean Bennett

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Reggae/dancehall dying in the US?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOLIDAY-RUDE FAMILY EXCLUSIVE DANCEHALL HIP HOP MIX CD, BOLOGNA, Italy

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Busy Signal Breaks new Ground with Suavemente!

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Busy Signal is one of the best Dancehall artists whose versatility has made him one of the most sought after artists.  Whether implementing the soulful importance of the Commodores “Night Shift” on his song of the same name, or his lyrical versatility connecting with fans young or mature such his mastery with Reggae Queen, and member of the I-Three’s, Marcia Griffiths on the song “Automatic,” Busy Signal knows what buttons to push, and where.

His third album for the VP Records imprint, D.O.B, gives listeners Busy’s extended versatility, and also sees the young star break new ground with a Latin audience by teaming with Elvis Crespo for the chune “Suavemente”,” Busy’s second release following “Sum’n Ah Gwaan” featuring Bounty Killer.

Based off of Crespo’s 1998 hit record “Suavemente” Busy introduces authentic Dancehall to a new Latin audience by performing lyrics over the fast paced backdrop of trumpets, a salsa drum beat and piano proving that there is no genre of music the award winner can’t add ‘busy’ flavor to.  A recording like this has not been done by a Dancehall DJ from Jamaica in recent memory, especially with an artist of Crespo’s caliber being a Grammy award winning, platinum selling artist with this single.  If Crespo’s success with the song is any indication, Busy Signal can look forward to a possible Grammy nomination for ‘Best Latin Single,’ and can look forward to hundreds of thousands of digital downloads by new fans via online portals such as i-Tunes.  A nomination would mark the first time in Grammy history that a Dancehall artist is nominated for a Latin Recording.

Busy recently returned from performances in Europe, one of which was the 2010 Uppsala Reggae Festival held in Sweden, where tens of thousands of people packed the venue to hear the artist perform.  People from all backgrounds sang word for word with the lyrical master.  “Night Shift,” “One More Night” and “Peace Reign” went over especially well, allowing Busy to hold the microphone out to the audience and have them sing parts of the song.

“Anytime I can perform for my fans makes me happy,” said Busy in between shows.  “The fans inspire me to do more musically, and explore new grounds such as what we did with Suavamente.”

In partnership with manager Shane Brown, Busy continues to explore and conquer new territory musically, and in business as the pair recently launched the ‘Turf Gear’ clothing line which is doing well.

Busy Signal’s latest album D.O.B is available at www.VPRecords.com.  For more on Busy Signal log on to www.myspace.com/onebusysignal

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A Tribute to a Reggae Legend – US based band “Funkadesi” pays tribute to Bob Marley



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Twenty-nine years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley, musicians around the world continue to celebrate his music. A new tribute album to Bob Marley features performers from six different countries.

While the nine-member band Funkadesi is based in the U.S., there’s no limit to their musical influences, including the Caribbean, Indian and Latin rhythms that flavor Bob Marley’s “Real Situation.” Representing Europe, Africa, India, Jamaica and Latin America, Funkadesi was once praised by President Barack Obama, who commented, “I can’t say enough [about] how energizing this band is.”

Of course, energizing crowds with his message of world peace and harmony was a Bob Marley trademark. Born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, Marley rose to fame as a member of the ’60s reggae group The Wailers, and later, as the leader of Bob Marley and The Wailers. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and, earlier this year, The Wailers’ album, “Catch A Fire,” featuring the track “Concrete Jungle,” entered the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Brazilian newcomer Ceu sings Bob Marley’s “Concrete Jungle” on the Tribute To A Reggae Legend album.

Also featured on the compilation are South Africa’s “Freshlyground,” Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and acclaimed reggae, hip-hop and African beat star Rocky Dawuni, dubbed “Ghana’s Bob Marley.”

Dawuni turns to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1978 album “Kaya” for “Sun Is Shining.”

The global reach of the Marley tribute CD includes a pair of Canadian vocalists, two groups from Hawaii, and the veteran string band from the northeastern U.S. called Northern Lights, who perform the Bob Marley classic, “Waiting In Vain.”

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Twenty-nine years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley, musicians around the world continue to celebrate his music.  A new tribute album to Bob Marley features performers from six different countries.

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Mp3: BEENIE MAN FT NEIL AMOS – Clean and Come out

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Mp3: GYPTIAN – “COME INNA ME ROOM”

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Video: Tarrus Riley – “Wild Fire”

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Video: Esco feat Wyclef – WEED FOR SALE

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Reggae artist Esco Da Shocka teams with superstar Wyclef Jean in new video!

If singer/rapper Esco Da Shocker’s goal was to get people talking about his new record “Weed Fi Sale”, he succeeded.

The Jamaican-born artist is set to debut his first US-filmed music video on his YouTube channel this week.

Just fresh off releasing the Mansions Riddim, this track marks Esco’s second Riddim production — Lunatic Riddim.  “Weed Fi Sale” was originally a track that Wyclef Jean had recorded for fun but Esco took it and gave it a dancehall remix that is setting the Caribbean club scene on fire.  Lunatic Riddim now features Esco & Wyclef “Weed Fi Sale” and Mr. Lex “Wine Pon Me”.   This is the first set of releases for this riddim. Fader Magazine writes, “Translating the “I Got 5 On It” chorus from a smoker’s anthem (over Esco Da Shocka’s Lunatic Riddim, naturally) into a dancehall, hip-grinder is fairly ingenious.”

Esco Da Shocker is a multi-talented singer/songwriter and has produced a wide range of island beats drawing influences from dancehall, reggae and soca. As the son of veteran Jamaica disc jockey Errol ‘ET’ Thompson & former Wailers background singer, Marcia Griffiths, Esco is the product of major reggae royalty with the ability to crossover into the mainstream market on an international level.

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Usher and Chris Brown confirmed for Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

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Global superstars Usher and Chris Brown are set to headline Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest which takes place from 17th – 24th July 2010.

Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s largest annual music event, attracting around 50,000 people each summer, including thousands of overseas visitors. The event celebrates Jamaica’s musical heritage by showcasing the best of dancehall and reggae music, as well as bringing top R ‘n’ B and hip hop performers to the island.

Usher and Chris Brown will perform alongside other international and home-grown artists including Beenie Man, Shaggy, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and Jah Cure.

Reggae Sumfest takes place at Catherine Hall, just a short drive from the centre of one of Jamaica’s most popular resort towns, Montego Bay. In addition to the music, the festival offers delicious Jamaican cuisine and stalls selling arts and crafts from all over the island.

The main performance nights are Thursday 22nd July (Dancehall night), Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July (International nights), with tickets costing from US $32 – $53 (approx. £21 – £35) per night. Discounts are available on multiple-night tickets. All tickets can be purchased online at www.ReggaeSumfest.com.

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Demarco Ft. Cecile – Push It

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Gyptian – True Love Is Hard 2 Find / Righteous One

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Serani Ft. Bugle – Feels Like Music

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Matisyahu – “The Circle of Life”

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REGGAE STARS PUT STAMP OF ISLAND MAGIC ON DISNEY CLASSICS WITH THE DISNEY REGGAE CLUB

Ziggy Marley, UB40, Toots, Sly & Robbie, Matisyahu, and More Contribute Newly Recorded Tracks

Set for release June 8

The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians. The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films – from “The Little Mermaid” to “Jungle Book” – recorded by such esteemed artists as Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu. The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.

Artists and tracks included on the album are:

  1. “Circle of Life” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Matisyahu
  2. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Cedella Marley
  3. “The Bare Necessities” (from “The Jungle Book”) Performed by Steel Pulse
  4. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Desmond Dekker’s reggae classic also featured in “The Lion King”) Performed by Morgan Heritage
  5. “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong classic) Performed by Ziggy Marley
  6. “True to Your Heart” (from “Mulan”) Performed by The Wailing Souls
  7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from “Toy Story) Performed by Sly & Robbie
  8. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (from “Song of the South”) Performed by Toots
  9. “I Wan’na Be Like You” (from “The Jungle Book”)  Performed by UB40
  10. “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” (from “The Aristocats”) Performed by Michael G & the Easy Star All-Stars
  11. “Kiss The Girl” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Burning Spear
  12. “Under The Sea” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Gregory Isaacs
  13. “Find Yourself” (from “Cars”) Performed by Yellowman

“The genius of Disney songs is that they are timeless and adaptable to every musical genre,” said executive producer Brian Malouf. “Reggae is so joyous and spirited, we knew these songs would lend themselves perfectly. I’m happy to say the artists, many of them true legends of reggae, all jumped at the chance to participate. “

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Voicemail’s O’Neil Edwards dies – R.I.P.

O’NEIL Edwards, a member of the singing group Voicemail, has died in the hospital. Edwards was critically wounded after he was shot several times as he attempted to enter his home at Belloc Avenue in the middle class community of Duhaney Park early on the morning of Monday May 10. The main suspect in the shooting was found dead in the Chancery Hall community this two days later. Police had attempted to arrest the man earlier that day but he escaped. Edwards’ cellular phone was found in the dead man’s possession. The body was clad in green short pants, white t-shirt and blue slippers and was found on Lady Hamilton Close with several gunshot wounds.

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Mp3: Gappy Ranks-Sleep At Night (Drop The World Remix) DHUSA EXCLUSIVE!!!

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Mp3: Jah Vinci – Soul to Keep | Me Alone


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Ziggy Marley premiere: What a Wonderful World

REGGAE STARS PUT STAMP OF ISLAND MAGIC ON DISNEY CLASSICS WITH THE DISNEY REGGAE CLUB

Ziggy Marley, UB40, Toots, Sly & Robbie, Matisyahu, and More Contribute Newly Recorded Tracks

Set for release June 8

The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians. The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films – from “The Little Mermaid” to “Jungle Book” – recorded by such esteemed artists as Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu. The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.

Artists and tracks included on the album are:

  1. “Circle of Life” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Matisyahu
  2. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Cedella Marley
  3. “The Bare Necessities” (from “The Jungle Book”) Performed by Steel Pulse
  4. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Desmond Dekker’s reggae classic also featured in “The Lion King”) Performed by Morgan Heritage
  5. “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong classic) Performed by Ziggy Marley
  6. “True to Your Heart” (from “Mulan”) Performed by The Wailing Souls
  7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from “Toy Story) Performed by Sly & Robbie
  8. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (from “Song of the South”) Performed by Toots
  9. “I Wan’na Be Like You” (from “The Jungle Book”)  Performed by UB40
  10. “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” (from “The Aristocats”) Performed by Michael G & the Easy Star All-Stars
  11. “Kiss The Girl” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Burning Spear
  12. “Under The Sea” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Gregory Isaacs
  13. “Find Yourself” (from “Cars”) Performed by Yellowman

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Artist Spotlight: Gentleman – German Reggae Artist

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“Diversity“ is the title of Gentleman’s latest and fifth studio album. This title, alluding to the ‘diversity of the species’, hints at the fact that Germany’s most well-known reggae musician has breached the boundaries of the genre with his choice of songs and stylistic range and has yet created a marvellous work that is deeply rooted in reggae. This feature can already be detected in the first single release, “It No Pretty“, where reggae is rather felt than actually heard. A mid-tempo hymn in minor key, with sweeping piano chords, gentle string arrangement and a blissful choir, has a melody that is a true temptress for any charts. Gentleman’s inimitable voice ensnares one’s emotions and yet cuts deep because he does some straight talking here. Seldom before have we seen this artist voice his criticism of society so outspokenly. More than ever before, the artist who moves incessantly between Cologne and Kingston calls for tolerance, solidarity and mutual respect. He is an unrelenting idealist – and here he is, burning again, passionate, ready to galvanise, enthral and carry away his audience. Be the world cruel and threatening as it may, we must not forget to celebrate life. And here is the soundtrack to go with it.
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Mixtape: European Union Vol 1 – Shadyville Caribbean

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May 1st saw the release of an exciting project by the DJ coalition Shadyville Caribbean. The 3 European members decided to join forced and bring you an exclusive mixtape called ‘European Union’! More then 1 hour of exclusive remixes, crazy blending and exclusive tunes and dubplates all mixed together for your listening pleasure.

Shadyville Caribbean is a network of top Caribbean influenced dj’s from around the world. The project was founded by Dj Genie from Miami and is a part of the Shadyville dj’s, which is founded by Dj Whoo Kid (50 Cent’s dj) and affiliated with Eminem and G-Unit. Although the members of this network are primarily from the USA & Caribbean it also features 3 of Europe’s leading dj’s in the Dancehall scene.

From France we have Daddy & Hypa (D&H), notoriously for their world renown remixes and mashups. Holland is being represented by Dj WaxFiend, known for rocking parties all over Europe and founder Holland’s leading Dancehall & Reggae concept: Jamrock. Out of Belgium the man behind the successful concept and worldwide syndicated radio show ‘Slowbounce’ recently joined the team: Dj Septik. He came with the idea for the European dj’s to join forces to bring you a collaborative mixcd.

Hard work was put in and the idea became reality and the cd is now available! It features exclusive tunes, dubplates and remixes by artists like Konshens, Busy Signal, Red Rat, Maikal X, Kari Jess, Mr Vegas and much more! Mixed and remixed in a way that is unique to the Dancehall scene this cd will make a huge impact on the European scene!

May 1st saw the release of an exciting
project by the DJ coalition Shadyville
Caribbean. The 3 European members
decided to join forced and bring you an
exclusive mixtape called ‘European
Union’! More then 1 hour of exclusive
remixes, crazy blending and exclusive
tunes and dubplates all mixed together
for your listening pleasure.
Shadyville Caribbean is a network of top
Caribbean influenced dj’s from around
the world. The project was founded by Dj Genie from Miami and is a
part of the Shadyville dj’s, which is founded by Dj Whoo Kid (50
Cent’s dj) and affiliated with Eminem and G-Unit. Although the
members of this network are primarily from the USA & Caribbean it
also features 3 of Europe’s leading dj’s in the Dancehall scene.
From France we have Daddy & Hypa (D&H), notoriously for their
world renown remixes and mashups. Holland is being represented
by Dj WaxFiend, known for rocking parties all over Europe and
founder Holland’s leading Dancehall & Reggae concept: Jamrock.
Out of Belgium the man behind the successful concept and
worldwide syndicated radio show ‘Slowbounce’ recently joined the
team: Dj Septik. He came with the idea for the European dj’s to join
forces to bring you a collaborative mixcd.
Hard work was put in and the idea became reality and the cd is now
available! It features exclusive tunes, dubplates and remixes by
artists like Konshens, Busy Signal, Red Rat, Maikal X, Kari Jess, Mr
Vegas and much more! Mixed and remixed in a way that is unique
to the Dancehall scene this cd will make a huge impact on the
European scene!

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REGGAE STARS PUT STAMP OF ISLAND MAGIC ON DISNEY CLASSICS WITH THE DISNEY REGGAE CLUB


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The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians. The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films – from “The Little Mermaid” to “Jungle Book” – recorded by such esteemed artists as Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu. The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.

Artists and tracks included on the album are:

1. “Circle of Life” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Matisyahu

2. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (from “The Lion King”) Performed by Cedella Marley

3. “The Bare Necessities” (from “The Jungle Book”) Performed by Steel Pulse

4. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Desmond Dekker’s reggae classic also featured in “The Lion King”) Performed by Morgan Heritage

5. “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong classic) Performed by Ziggy Marley

6. “True to Your Heart” (from “Mulan”) Performed by The Wailing Souls

7. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (from “Toy Story) Performed by Sly & Robbie

8. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (from “Song of the South”) Performed by Toots

9. “I Wan’na Be Like You” (from “The Jungle Book”) Performed by UB40

10. “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” (from “The Aristocats”) Performed by Michael G & the Easy Star All-Stars

11. “Kiss The Girl” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Burning Spear

12. “Under The Sea” (from “The Little Mermaid”) Performed by Gregory Isaacs

13. “Find Yourself” (from “Cars”) Performed by Yellowman

“The genius of Disney songs is that they are timeless and adaptable to every musical genre,” said executive producer Brian Malouf. “Reggae is so joyous and spirited, we knew these songs would lend themselves perfectly. I’m happy to say the artists, many of them true legends of reggae, all jumped at the chance to participate. “

The Disney Reggae Club

Walt Disney Records – In Stores & Online 6/8
Pre-Order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Reggae-Club-Various-Artists/dp/B003AWEZ6A

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Video : Kes & Tessanne Chin – Loving you

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Hold Yuh Riddim : Gyptian|Ricky Blaze|Stein|Lady Saw|Nicki Minaj


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Rap-Up TV Interviews Damian Marley & Nas

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Artist Spotlight : Atiba – Crazy World

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WAGGY TEE WEIGHS IN ON THE GENESIS

As DASECA’s Genesis riddim surpassed all expectations and became the third best-selling (iTunes) album of all new Reggae album releases on day one of its digital release, Floridian Reggae – icon radio DJ Waggy Tee – voiced his opinion on the way the Genesis was marketed and promoted:

“I hope we can take this whole industry back to where it was beneficial for everyone, first up the producers,” said Waggy Tee, who premiered the Genesis on Miami’s 99 JAMZ station last week.  ”Any service or input I can give in this new movement to improve our music (reggae, dancehall) to make it official and proper I am willing to give assistance,” continued Waggy Tee, echoing the sentiments of many people in the industry since DASECA announced three weeks ago that they would be promoting their riddim in a structured way.
“So much years I have fought with corporate to respect our music and add it in rotation for airplay,” lamented Waggy. “But end up in a wall because of so much low quality production (non mixed & mastered) circulating around and no direction in promotion, no managing & production department to call or talk to about their music. Its so unreal, and to the crossover market they look at our music as not ready for prime time since we don’t have our shit together (organized).
Anyway i could go on & on and sound like a broken record (cliche) about the past 10 years of our music and industry its sad that we still haven’t gotten the formula yet to compete in the market.”

With several other Jamaican production houses also structuring releases in a similar way, it seems their may be a new movement in Dancehall and Reggae to address the ailing sales and lack of proper marketing/promotion by the traditional Reggae labels. Genesis rididm is available on iTunes, Amazon, Juno and all other digital retail stores now

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Artist Spotlight: Protoje – 7 Year Wish

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Mp3:Munga – Mi Like It

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Reggae artistes blacklisted

GERMANY, Europe’s largest economy, has blacklisted 11 dancehall albums between 2008 and January 2010 this year because of their homophobic and violent content.

Albums by Sizzla, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, TOK and Baby Cham are on this list, or “index”, compiled by the German Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (BPjM) Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien in German.

Stakeholders counter that up to 35 dancehall albums or songs had been blacklisted since the BPjM’s conception including Legalise It by reggae icon Peter Tosh, which was later removed.

The BPjM told the Sunday Observer that it is illegal to advertise these albums or to sell them to minors in Germany, with additional restrictions placed on their sale and distribution. “Breach of …[the] indexing is punishable by a fine or imprisonment,” stated Corinna Bochmann, BPjM spokesperson, in response to Sunday Observer queries.

Ten of the 11 albums were not only considered “harmful to young people” but also contained violent lyrics, according to the BPjM, with lyrics that incite hatred and propagate to kill homosexuals. The BPjM indexed these albums following complaints by certain groups such as the German gay lobby. “The BPjM can only act on the request of other administrative institutions, not by itself. Once an official request has been filed, the BPjM is obliged to act,” stated Bochmann.

Ellen Köhlings, editor of German reggae magazine Riddim told the Sunday Observer that dancehall is ironically filliping the gay lobby’s agenda. “These lyrics violate German laws which gives the lobbyists legal grounds to successfully censor music and gain media exposure,” Köhlings said.

“The gay lobby is looking for cheap forwards just like some artistes look for a cheap forward,” she stated.

Köhlings added that artistes could compromise by maintaining their anti-gay stance but avoid the use of violence. “At the end of the day there are much more urgent things to talk about than homophobia, and artistes should leave out, in my mind, the violent bashing of gays.”

Riddim magazine has at times assumed the role of dancehall mediator, as the industry has no lobby in Germany: “We have been doing everything we can to restore the image of Jamaica, but we can do only so much. In the long run Jamaica needs to take action,” Köhlings noted.

Violent anti-gay lyrics have been a feature of dancehall music for over 15 years with the Buju Banton classic Boom Bye Bye credited as its progenitor. The international gay lobby, in response, has petitioned the German government to ban shows and the sale of records by these artistes. Last year, Banton and Beenie Man were yanked from shows due to the lobby in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Local gay organisation J-Flag told the Sunday Observer that Jamaican deejays are not being unfairly attacked by the international gay community.

“Their music promotes violence, hate and hardship for members of a community that at no time has threatened or hurt them in any way. This is an unwarranted and unprovoked assault on a set of people who have a right to exist,” stated Jason McFarlane, J-Flag programmes manager. He added that dancehall artistes who continue to perform “hate-filled music” must be held accountable. “The influence of music on any society must not be under-estimated. What must be understood is that artistes have a right to express what they feel but also must be held responsible for the possible impact they can have on people. Music, in particular Reggae and Dancehall, is universal and so we must be aware of the wide reach of the possible influence of any one artiste.”

Written By: BY STEVEN JACKSON Observer writer

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Old Interview with Bob Marley

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Mp3: Konshens – Original Yaad

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Reggae star Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie has strongly denied any involvement in the illegal drugs trade

bujuBuju, who has been one of the standard bearers for reggae music for more than a decade, made the declaration through his legal representative yesterday as he prepared for his first day in court.

“My client says he is absolutely innocent of each of the allegations that the government has made,” attorney-at-law Herbert E. Walker III.

Walker, who has been retained to represent Buju, said he was looking forward to the trial. “You can tell your readers that his defence team is working night and day to protect his interest as he vigorously and vehemently denies all of the allegations,” Walker added.

Buju has already spent five days in federal custody in the United States and remains in jail pending his court appearance today at a pre-trial detention hearing. This is when the US authorities will outline more details of the allegations against him and he will get a chance to apply for bail.

Already the authorities have claimed that they have audio and video footage of Buju and others making arrangements to purchase several kilograms of cocaine. But Walker said that will not prevent him from asking the court to release Buju on bail.

“It is a detention hearing and a sort of status update where the government will bring in all the evidence it has. It was set for last Friday but the government was not ready to proceed as they needed more time to get their evidence together,” said Walker.

He noted that under US law, it is the defendant who has to prove that he should be granted bail because with the serious nature of the charge there is what is called, “a presumption of detention”.

“But the fact of the matter is the court still has to make an individual determination as to whether to grant bail. It is our position that he should be granted bail because he is innocent and is looking forward to establish that in a court of law.”

Buju is slated to appear in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida at 10 this morning.

After today’s hearing, the artiste will return to court on December 28 for a removal hearing where the trial will be switched from the Middle District of Florida to the Southern District.

The affidavit, against Buju and his two alleged conspirators was initially filed in the Middle District.

In that affidavit a special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration alleged that Buju and two others knowingly and wilfully conspired to possess, with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

The co-accused were identified as Ian Thomas and James Mack who were allegedly arrested in a sting operation when they attempted to buy cocaine. A firearm was also reportedly taken from a vehicle driven by one of the men.

Buju, who was not on the scene at the time of the drug bust, was later arrested on charges of dealing in illegal drugs and could spend more than 20 years in a federal prison if he is found guilty.

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Sean Paul Speaks about Street Cred in his interview with Nikki Z

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Each artist in the industry has a story to tell. The triumphs and the challenges. This holds true for the mega international recording artist Sean Paul. Late last week, Sean Paul’s Twitter followers would have seen his tirade directed at a particularly persistent follower, who told him “don’t fabricate street cred … be real” (among other things), apparently based on statements made by Sean Paul during a recent television interview on the Mo’Nique Show. Sean Paul was clearly not amused, and in an exclusive follow-up interview with Nikki-Z, he spoke further about people constantly styling him as UPT (uptown) – born with a gold spoon in his mouth.

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Behind the Music on VH1: Bob Marley

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Shaggy & Tessanie – Never Let Me Go

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‘Never let me go’ – ls the latest project to hit the airwaves in November by Shaggy.  The project exposes the much evolved and strong vocal talents of Tessanne Chin, (with hit songs such as: Hide away, Black books, and Messenger). ‘Never let me go’ speaks to the highly romantic and mental attraction that lovers often experience, coupled with the seeming and ever present physical attraction existing between  a male and female.
The song speaks to a need by both sexes, to provide reassurance or lifelong commitment, to life and love, with the prospect of everlasting partnership.  The collaboration comes high on the heels of the request by the Jamaican population, as well as the cry of the nations entertainment bodies, to ensure the music we produce, is one which our children can listen and ascertain good values and morals. Never let me go encourages the continued commitment, with truth, love and willingness to work towards the goal of a lasting relationship.
Never let me go is a production by the much acclaimed, local and international producer Birch, based in Kingston, Jamaica.
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MP3:Ras Ophir & Nahswitch – Money

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After such a big work, what was done by beatmaker Hellokatzebeats (Russia) and upcoming artists Ras Ophir (Belarus-Lithuania) and Nahswitch (Jamaica) u can download now new hit song “Money”!!!

Ras Ophir was born in USSR but was highly attracted by Jamaican culture. Now he is working with European, American and Jamaican producers. Soon it will be the release of debut album.

Nahswitch have already worked with top Jamaican producers and have big club banger hits.

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