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Matisyahu – “The Circle of Life”

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The Disney Reggae Club
Walt Disney Records – In Stores & Online 6/8
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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  – In store May 18th –  Click to Preorder now
“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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Mp3:Matisyahu feat. Akon – One Day

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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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Mp3:Buju Banton – Regular Ting

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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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Vybz Kartel – None A Dem Nuh Bad

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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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Classic:Dennis Brown, Little Lenny, Maxi Priest and Shine Head on David Letterman

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Mp3:Konshens – A Wah Kinda Girl We Have- Enemy Lines Riddim

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We apologize for the inconvenience, due to a drastic increase in web traffic  our servers crashed and we had to upgrade our servers, we would like to thank you all for the increase in traffic and we look forward to you crashing the servers again so that we can upgrade again, simply a sign of growth. Please bear with us as we try to get the site back up to its full potential.

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Beenie Man Axed from New Zealand’s Big Day Out Festival

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Beenie Man is “heartbroken” at his axing from the Big Day Out after concerns were raised over homophobic lyrics in some of the Jamaican reggae artist’s songs.

The controversial artist was axed just a week after being named to play at the Big Day Out in Auckland on January 15 after an outcry from gay rights groups.

Organisers said “the depth of feeling and hurt amongst these groups has convinced us that for us to proceed with his Big Day Out appearances was, and would continue to be, divisive amongst our audience members and would mar the enjoyment of the event for many”.

But in an email sent to GayNZ.com and other media, titled I Do Not Condone Act Of Violence Toward Others, Beenie Man – real name Moses Davis – said his lyrics were misunderstood because of cultural differences.

“People sometimes may misunderstand my lyrics because of slang, metaphors, jargons and dialect; it is not intended to be harmful,” he said.

“We live in a diverse society, the haves, have-nots, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists, light and dark skinned, homosexuals and heterosexuals. At times we wrongly ridicule each other for beliefs. One thing we have in common, we are all human beings and should strive for peace, equality and love.

“I want my music to bring people together and for them to dance, feel good and enjoy it.”

He said his controversial songs – which include the lyrics, “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays” – were directed at men who exploited young boys, not homosexuals.

“I wrote the lyrics at a point in my life when I younger and was seeing a lot of exploitation of poor and defenseless young boys in the garrison – where I too was born – by rich men,” he said in the email.

“When I wrote the lyrics boys were raped and murdered often – even recently a nine-year-old went to buy cigarettes for a man, came back and was raped and murdered. The act of sodomy was my concern when I wrote the song.

“I realize that those men were not gays but were predators or paedophile which is not a common word in my dialect hence the perception when generalising. I am older and realised the difference after.

“I have worked with gays and lesbians on videos and photo shoots and they have done great. I do not sing or perform any of those songs nor promote any violence on stage. I have been performing all over the world and there hasn’t been any issues of recent.”

He said he was disappointed to no longer be performing in Australia or New Zealand and asked Big Day Out organisers to apologise to him.

“I realize that I have never been to your country and what was old forgotten news in which I have apologised, is now new news because of me coming and now it’s your turn for an apology. I am a music ambassador for the world and the last thing I would want to do is spread hate or violence towards others.

“Please know that I am sincere and right now I am proposing peace, one world… One Love regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and nationality.”

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Spotlight: Tessanne Chin

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TESSANNE CHIN ALBUM ON THE WAY

With mega hits such as Secret Hideaway, Messenger and Black Book to her credit reggae / rock sensation Tessanne Chin has broken the silence regarding her eagerly anticipated debut album slated to be released early next year.

According to Tessanne the album is still untitled but will feature a host of new songs and a few classics. “Well I plan on heading in a totally different direction than before as it relates to the music, I’ve been doing some recording of later and the album should have anywhere between 12-14 tracks. Currently I’m promoting my new song “Are You Gonna / Control” which is a fun song about the ups and downs in relationships. At some point everyone falls in love and what this song is basically saying is that either way with or without that special person I will be alright”.

In other news Tessanne has also been busy collaborating with the likes of Shaggy on a song dubbed “Never Let Me Go” which is to be released later this month. Other collab’s include work with singer / songwriter Kes out of Trinidad and on the local front the female dominated track “Beautiful Sister” alongside Alaine, Queen Ifrica and sister Tami Chynn.

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Reggae Dancehall Wars Documentary

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Reggae Dancehall: No Holdin’ Back

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Half Pint Live Yokohama Reggae Sai Festival

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Mighty Crown’s Yokohama Reggae SAI Festival Celebrates 15 years

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A whopping crowd of more than 40,000 Japanese fans descended upon the Yokohama Reggae SAI music festival in early September to celebrate Mighty Crown’s anniversary in the business and the landmark 15th anniversary of the event.

The vibes were incredible in Yokohama, Japan, as Japanese dancehall enthusiasts were indulged with a performance by Dancehall legend Barrington Levy.As “The Far East Rulers” have elevated Dancehall music and culture in Japan to unprecedented heights, Yokohama Reggae SAI is an ideal glimpse of how enormous Mighty Crown’s position is in the country. The event reached an all-time high when founding Mighty Crown members Masta Simon and Sami T took over the stage with a live and direct, 8-round sound clash. With their claim to fame as a worldwide clashing sound system, no stone was left unturned. The brothers battled, introducing a new theme in each round. They even unleashed video dubs in one round. While Sami played a video dub of Beenie Man that dissed Simon. It was a TOK dub that Simon entrusted to fire back at Sami. The response was great!
“This was another great year of Yokohama Reggae SAI.” said Masta Simon, co-founding member of Mighty Crown. “Each year, the event increases in popularity….drawing more and more fans to experience an international Reggae Dancehall experience. “The awareness of the event is also soaring in Jamaica,” added Mighty Crown’s manager Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin.

The 15th Yokahama Reggae SAI went out in spectacular style with a fireworks display that was out of this world. Mighty Crown was quite pleased with the show’s success. And what made the event extra special was the official Japan release of the Mighty Crown Dynasty High Nike sneaker. Focused on the future, Mighty Crown’s Dynasty High Tour is set to jump start in October. Always bridging the gap between Japanese and Jamaican culture through the power of Reggae music, for Mighty Crown — the sky is the limit.

The Yokohama Reggae Festival SAI has become Japan’s largest Reggae music concert. Over the years, what reads like a who’s who of the Reggae music industry have taken center stage at the epic event including Beenie Man, TOK, Wayne Wonder, Voicemail and many others.


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Bruck Up Feat Shaggy – SUNGLASSES “KEEP YA SHADES ON

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FAT JOE CRACKS FULLY LOADED CROWD

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With the odds squarely against him U.S based rapper Fat Joe came out gunning at Fully Loaded on Sunday and when the show came to an end Joe was among the best performers of the night.

Decked in a red and white Polo shirt the New York veteran took the stage at minutes pass 2AM when the James Bond Beach crowd was eagerly anticipating some excitement and Joe delivered. Opening with a number of his more female friendly tracks like “What’s Luv” and “I Wont Tell” Joe took his time and tried to connect with the crowd but the response he was looking for didn’t come until he introduced his biggest record to date.

10 minutes into his set Fat Joe signaled to his deejay who then reeled off the classic hit single “Lean Back” which had 5-7 thousands strong Fully Loaded crowd doing the rock away. After that high energy moment Joe spoke to the crowd saying “I heard some people saying Fat Joe should retired, but they probably never heard this thing right hear” which introduced his next big song “Make It Rain” which kept patrons moving to the signature Scott Storch beat.

Fat Joe closed out his set performing a number of tracks for his long time friend and role model Big Pun before heading backstage for interviews and photo shots with his fans.

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Watch Sean Paul perform live on Good Morning America

With the vocal stylings of Sean Paul, modern Jamaican reggae has secured its own space on the international musical stage.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Paul says his heritage has been a boon to his musical career. “It makes me unique, stand out more and carve a space in popular music that no one else really occupies,” he says.

And carve out he has. When Paul’s fourth album, “Imperial Blaze,” is released next month, fans can expect “the future sound of dancehall; a lot of club bangers and songs dedicated to women,” he says.

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Ras Penco ready for Reggae Sumfest

raspencoReggae sensation Ras Penco is making the rounds on local and international airwaves, as his hit single “Thousand Miles” has been garnering airplay on radio and television throughout the Caribbean and North America. The single went to #1 in Jamaica in April, is currently #2 in the Cayman Islands, and the video has been in regular rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul ever since.

Now as the summer concert circuit heats up, Penco will be taking centerstage at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday, July 24. Billed as “International Night,” Penco will be sharing the stage with the likes of Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Jazmine Sullivan. Sumfest is touted as the best reggae show on Earth and Penco is one of the few reggae artists that will be bringing its authentic sounds to the thousands of international tourists who journey to Sumfest each year.
“It’s a great accomplishment for me to be performing for the first time at Reggae Sumfest,” states Penco. “Sharing the stage with Ne-Yo on ‘International Night’ and representing reggae music on that line-up and that stage is a big step for me.”

Back with his new single “Most High,” Penco composes a more cultural theme than the romantic “Thousand Miles,” in a timeless conscious tune that laments the guidance and protection offered by the Rastafari faith. The single is already climbing the charts and finding fans in reggae aficionados everywhere. “It’s a prayer for me now to further my career and for Jah to guide me along my journey,” reveals Penco. “It’s doing well in Jamaica, as well as the U.K. and Canada and I’m looking forward to performing for my fans there soon.”

With two consecutive hit singles, Ras Penco is tapped to be the future of reggae music and someone reggae fans can count on to deliver solid songs that define the soulful genre.

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Teflon Freed From Gun Charges

Popular dancehall entertainer Teflon, was freed of charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition when he appeared in the Port Maria Circuit Court yesterday. High court judge Bertram Morris dismissed all charges against the accused, citing several discrepancies in the evidence against him. During his summation, Judge Bertram Morris said that “the practice of tampering with evidence is such a sore point” and added he had no choice but to give the benefit of the doubt to the entertainer. He warned the accused to be careful in the future. Allegations against Watson are that on August 28, 2008, a team of police from Area Two headquarters went to his studio in an area known as ‘Yawd A Love’ near Oracabessa, St Mary. It was further alleged that the entertainer was spotted with a black strap bag over his shoulder when he was accosted and searched. During the search, a .45 pistol loaded with seven rounds along with an iPod and camera was taken from the bag. Teflon was later arrested and charged.

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Colly C- “Rise Up”

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Rising superstar Colly C track tittle “Rise Up” produced by the hit making production team Daseca. It is not often you see this production team producing a Culture song, Daseca shows their Versatility on this track.

Colly C is the new face of Reggae/Dancehall music. He has worked alongside other up and coming artiste like Flavour Unit, Calico and Supahype in addition to working with some popular local artiste such as Tami Chin, Wayne Marshall, Bounty Killa. He has also penned the lyrics to some of the popular dancehall songs we hear on the radio today.

“Rise Up” is a positive and uplifting song,this sizzling song cry’s for the Jamaican people to rise above all the negativity,the violence and hardship and come together as one to build a stronger nation. Check it out

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Spanner Banner- “Rolling Stone”

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Richie Spice – “Street Life”

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Tafari and Big Youth- “Not An Easy Road”

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