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

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

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

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

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EUROPE’S PLATINUM AND AWARD-WINNING ARTIST GENTLEMAN SET TO RELEASE DIVERSITY ON FEB 14 2012 IN THE US

With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, the German platinum and award-winning singer Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut. Diversity, set for release on February 14, 2012 with VP Records, charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

Gentleman is currently touring Europe and plans to embark on the second leg of the Diversity world tour throughout the U.S. and South America beginning in March 2012. The series of shows include a west coast run supporting SOJA and his debut NYC showcase. Dates and venues to be announced.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars ) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

With new vigor and passion, Gentleman feels renewed on this 14 track set and is ready to take the U.S. by storm. “That fire you feel as a newcomer does not keep up for very long. It is up to you to stoke the embers and this (album) has much more force behind it,” he notes.

One may not assume that the Cologne native and son of a Lutheran pastor would become an international reggae superstar, but Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto in 1975) has been drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He immersed himself in the culture and music at the age of 18, making Jamaica his home away from home.

In 1997, he eventually got his first break with German hip-hip group, Freundeskreis, after delivering a verse on single “Tabula Rasa” with his distinctive singjay style. Since then, Gentleman has had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards).  He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy. After over a decade under the label Four Music, he moved to Universal in 2010 and will release Diversity in the U.S. with VP Records next year.

Track Listing:
1. The Reason
2. Changes
3. Hold On Strong
4. Tempolution
5. To The Top ft. Christopher Martin
6. Lonely Days
7. In A Time Like Now
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Another Melody ft. Tanya Stephens
10. I Got To Go
11. Good Old Days ft. Sugar Minott
12. Fast Forward
13. The Finish Line
14. It No Pretty

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VIDEO LINKS

“I Got To Go” (Live) Music Video:
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“Lonely Days” Music Video:
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Sizzle Reel:
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Mavado helps to Stop the Bleeding

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

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

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Ziggy Marley claims Jamaican music industry lacks spirituality

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

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

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Video: Serani Surprises Reggae Tip Show


Following up last year’s show-stealing performance at HOT 97’s On Da Reggae Tip show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, Serani re-affirmed he is currently one of the best live performers on the Dancehall scene.

An accomplished producer and musician, Serani decided it was time to showcase his skills to the world and started his performance on this year’s Reggae Tip show seated at the keyboard.

Dapperly-dressed in suit and tie, Serani started out singing new single Sweet Love and had the crowd watching in awe as he sung accompanying himself on the keyboard. He segued into his second Billboard hit single She Loves Me before jumping from the keyboard and continuing the rest of his high-energy set on tracks, spun by Troopa Chaloopa.

Serani had the audience in raptures for the rest of his set, interacting throughout as he gave them favorites such as Doh, Badmind and the classic No Games.

“I decided it was time to take my live set to another level,” said Serani. “The majority of people dont know that I can do that. Debuting this type of performance at On Da Reggae Tip was the right platform as its such a prestigious show with a diverse crowd. The feedback has been great and I will definitely be adding this element to my future performances.”

Serani closed out his set with dance anthem Skip To My Luu, leaving Hammerstein Ballroom satisfied and breathless by the time he left the stage.

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OnStage TV – Reggae’s Gone Country Premiere

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

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

Tracklisting for Reggae’s Gone Country:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ELEPHANT MAN SWEEPS UPPSALA REGGAE FESTIVAL IN SWEDEN

Dancehall’s most energetic deejay Elephant Man is showing no signs of slowing  in 2011 this as he swept thousands of fans off their feet at the 2011 Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden with a historic performance last Saturday evening. The Energy God as he is affectionate called made his presents felt in Scandinavian territory as he shared the main stage with other local entertainers including Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and Ken Boothe.

Armed with a handful of enthused female dancers the “Pon Di River Pon Di Bank” deejay had the crowd screaming for more as he danced through his long catalog of hit singles. Elephant who is still enjoying rave reviews following his electrifying Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night performance and the unforgettable Captain America inspired suite designed by Romeich also took the stage at Fullyloaded days later on July 24th where he along with fellow entertainers Beenie Man, Capleton and Bounty Killer provide a power packed set to an early morning crowd.

Currently touring several countries in europe Elephant Man will continue to Helsinki Finland on August 10th and from there to Italy on August 13th.

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

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

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

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

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Konshens Begins European Tour

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

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

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

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

Tour Schedule:
August:
5 – Berensbruk

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

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

3 – Biel, Switzerland

9 – France

10 – Manheim, Germany

11 – Helsinki, Finland

16 – Spain

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Baby Cham Responds to Toronto International Jamaica Day Organizers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Twin of Twins take aim at Matterhorn with new single

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

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

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

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

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

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Beenie Man expresses gratitude for retrieving U.S visa

Internationally renowned Dancehall artiste, Moses “Beenie Man” Davis has expressed his joy & gratitude following the retrieval of his United States visa on Friday. Beenie, whose visa was taken away last April along with the likes of Aidonia, Bounty Killer & Mavado, was issued a ten year visa; re-opening his ability to travel & conduct business in the U.S.

In a press release issued on Friday evening, Beenie intimated that, “I am just thankful to the US Embassy for their renewed confidence in me, I have been granted a visitor’s visa, however, this is just the first step towards the ultimate objective of earning a US work permit so that I can realize my full earning potential and take care of my family.”

Another press release issued by his U.S based publicist echoed said sentiments. “Mr. Moses Davis, Beenie Man, thanks the United States Government, particularly the United States Consulate in Jamaica for their renewed confidence in him in the recent restoration of his United States visa privileges,” the statement read. Additionally, the release stated, “he also thanks his attorneys Professor David P. Rowe Esq and Rosemarie D. Robinson Esq for their professional assistance during this difficult time. Mr. Davis re-affirms his commitment to decency and family values as integral aspects of Jamaican reggae music.”

The self-proclaimed “King of the Dancehall” joins popular Dancehall singjay, Mavado as artistes to reclaim United States visas. Mavado was issued a U.S visa on July 2nd; allowing him to travel to the country where he would promote his new label, Mansion Records as well as embark on a series of interviews & press conferences.

Beenie previously collaborated with several American acts such as R&B songstress Mya on “Girls Dem Sugar,” pop icon Janet Jackson on her single “Feel It Boy,” & most recently Jamaican-American hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes for the remix of “Rum & Redbull” alongside Future Fambo.

 

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Aidonia signs management deal with Corey Todd

Well renowned Dancehall deejay & Jag One Productions (J.O.P) leader, Sheldon “Aidonia” Lawrence has officially inked a management deal with Vybz Kartel’s former business partner, Corey Todd. Aidonia becomes the latest artiste to join forces with the successful American businessman. Former Vybz Kartel protégé, JahVinci as well as the Portmore Empire’s former producer, Ainsley “Notnice” Morris & the self-professed “King Of The Dancehall,” Beenie Man have also linked with Todd within the last two months. Todd confirmed the deal during an interview on Wednesday.

According to reports, part of Aidonia’s deal with Todd includes the “Jackhammer” singer doing marketing related work as well as endorsements for a new product line that Todd will soon be unveiling. Todd did not reveal details on what exactly that product line will be about but says in the meantime that Aidonia will be endorsing his latest project, “Yaad Swag Rum.” Furthermore, Todd is insisting that Aidonia will be an integral part of the new network that he’s building with the likes of JahVinci & Beenie Man as he aims to promote prosperity & unity within Dancehall music, without any bias.

Aidonia released a statement expressing his excitement at the opportunity of working with Corey Todd and believes that this move will boost his career moving forward. The move was sealed after weeks of talks according to the J.O.P deejay. Meanwhile, Aidonia has released new material making waves on Jamaican radio including the Dre Day produced, “Summer Sun,” & “Bad Pickney” on Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor’s Bad Acid Riddim.

Corey Todd is renowned for his long time business partnership with Vybz Kartel as they promoted products such as Daggering Condoms and, most notably the Street Vybz Rum brand. They later created the weekly party series, “Street Vybz Thursdays” the nightclub formerly known as “The Building.” However, Todd severed ties from Kartel & the Portmore Empire in May following alleged death threats that “Di Teacha” made against his life.

Since severing ties with Kartel, Todd’s teamed with Beenie Man to promote their new line of rum products, “Yaad Swag Rum.” Todd is now also the spokesperson for the remodeled “Club Riddim,” the nightclub previously known as “The Building,” & “Asylum Nightclub.” Club Riddim reopened on July 1st & “Yaad Swag Thursdays” officially launched 6 days later.

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Video: Beenie Man – Lets Go

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Mp3: Black RYNO – Gal Love The Garrison

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Reveals Secrets About VP Records

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It’s no secret that many artistes and producers in the dancehall/reggae music industry have had acrimonious splits with industry giant, VP Records. As recently as last night, Wayne Wonder was on TVJ’s ER programme, talking about his recent departure from the VP Records camp, meanwhile popular reggae producer Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor took to his Twitter page, website and other online channels recently, with allegations of wrongdoings by VP Records.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor is one of the best young roots-reggae producers in Jamaica. His excellent track record speaks for itself when it comes to producing hit rhythms and penning world-class songs. Along with writing he produces his own beats which has proved to be a winning combination with artistes such as Gyptian, Etana, Nesbeth, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah, Gramps Morgan, just to name a few, and he has worked with major artistes like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Glen Washington, Coco Tea, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Capleton and Beenie Man.

Flava’s hit list includes songs such as Nesbeth’s Guns Out, Etana’s I Am Not Afraid, Gramps’ One In A Million, among others.

Below we’ve featured a clip of an exclusive audio interview of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, by Daddy Turbo from the UK. This interview was aired on Monday night (February 7) on Daddy Turbo’s weekly Reggae & Dancehall Link Up Show on ICR FM 105.7 (icrfm.co.uk). Check it out:

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

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Mp3: Charly Black – We A Gallist

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

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Video: Matisyahu – Redemption Song Cover – Bob Marley

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Mp3: Chino – Nah Follow Dem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reggae star pulls out of Raggamuffin festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Remix Mastermind Diplo teams up with Greensleeves Records

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

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

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

Track Listing

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

2.      Jaqueline – Hugh Mundell

3.      Joker Smoker – Triston Palma

4.       Police In Helicopter – John Holt

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

6.       Satta Amassa Gana Version – Joe Gibbs

7.       Fattie Boom Boom – Rankin Dread

8.       Anarexol – Eek-A-Mouse

9.        Gunshot Mek Daughter Drop – Lone Ranger

10.    Sweet Sweet Matilda – Clint Eastwood & General Saint

11.     Interface – Prince Jammy

12.     Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs

13.     Telephone Love – J.C. Lodge

14.     Water Pumping – Johnny Osbourne

15.      Survival – Prince Far I

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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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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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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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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.”

Doug Levine | Washington – voanews.com

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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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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Gyptian – True Love Is Hard 2 Find / Righteous One

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