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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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Video:Vybz Kartel – Go Fi Dem Any Weh

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Spotlight: Tessanne Chin

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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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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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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”


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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Foota Hype and Mavado no longer friends

The 28-year-old sound system selector, Foota Hype, took a swipe at the self-proclaimed ‘Gully God’ for neglecting him and claimed that the artiste has lost his way since his emergence on to the dancehall scene.

“I just want the public to know that I am no longer affiliated with Mavado. I don’t want anybody to call me about him because from the other day, it’s like he has gone on an ego trip. He’s not the singing blacks who I once knew.”

“Mavado a mek the money get to him head now and him feel like everything what him say is right. I carry you to stardom, I was the one who put Gully Side on the map and you carry it around the world,” he added.

Another of Foota Hype concern is that Mavado, has always credited his success to the mentorship of Alliance general Bounty Killer, but he was eager to dismiss those claims.

“Is not Bounty Killer buss Mavado, nor Julian or DASECA, I only know of two people who always fight for his career and that is me and Flex,” he said.

When asked how he thought Bounty Killer would respond to his parting ways with Mavado, He said: “Honestly, I have no idea. It’s not a situation where everyone is involved. It’s between me and Mavado

“At the end of the day, every man is their own big man. So if a man want to say Foota Hype a move a way, that’s their thing. But me know what’s happening … so I can’t roll with people like that.”

Foota Hype, who said his last studio effort with Mavado was on his Gully Creature rhythm in 2007, still intends to remain part of the Alliance group. But, said that he has lost trust in Mavado and has no interest in dealing with him.

“Of course, me still say Alliance, that won’t change. Me still live a Cassava Piece, still deh pon di Gully Side me nah say Gaza, but me just don’t have anything to deal with Mavado,” he said.

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Laden – Never Bow

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Akon Reggae Remixes

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Mavado – “Dancehall’s New King?”


dhusacover-1What is considered a king of dancehall? So far there have been kings such as Bob Marley, Shaggy, The self proclaim king himself Beenie Man and questionably Dutty Cup’s own Sean Paul. Can Mavado live up to these expectations… we ask that question.

David Brooks aka Mavado hail from the streets of Cassava Piece in Kingston Jamaica is the hottest thing in dancehall right now. Known for his melodic vocals his music has crossed borders that most Jamaican artists dream about. Collaborating with the likes of 50 cent, Busta Rhymes and also recording on a Kanye West track for Jay Z’s  forth coming album the Blueprint 3, with this international success he is undoubtedly the hip hop voice of Jamaica.

With his current hit single “so special” receiving crazy airplay on American radio and his new album “Mr. Brooks Better Tomorrow” climbing the billboard charts he has cemented jam-packed shows in the UK, that also featured Serani, Bugle, Chase Cross and Alliance selector Boom Boom, Mavado moved on to his first-ever European Tour Visiting 6 countries for 9 shows in 10 days across the continent, Mavado has been met with nothing but love, underlining the international appeal of his music and message.

“The response everywhere we’ve been has been mad,” said Mavado. “Paris was the first show and it was crazy, the venue was packed and the crowd sang every word. It set the tone for the rest of the tour which has just been more of the same.”

dscn0089 Traveling by day and performing night after night, Mavado has so far blazed through France, Belgium, North and South Italy and across Switzerland, and will finish up with shows in Germany, Holland and US.

Whilst every show has left the crowd in rapture, perhaps the most poignant appearance was in Zurich, Switzerland, the city where his Father was killed over 3 years ago. Mavado got the chance to meet with some of the elder Mr. Brook’s friends, who knew him as “King” and to cap off a memorable visit Lee Scratch Perry, who is based in Zurich and was also a good friend of Mavado’s Father, attended the show.

With all these achievements and accomplishments and ongoing success can we now truly say that Mavado the Gully God is now the king of dancehall? Since the controversial battle at sting his nemesis Vybz Kartel now has numerous top 10 singles in “Jamaica” and can be heard practically on every new dancehall riddim that hits the streets, Should Vbyz Kartel be dubbed the king or is he just second best, what makes them different?

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MAVADO – “So Special” video

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Kardinal feat Keri Hilson – “Tide Is High”

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Reggae Star’s Killers Get Life

A judge sentenced the three men convicted of murdering South African reggae star Lucky Dube to life in prison, The Associated Press reports. Dube was shot to death in 2007 when the men attempted to carjack him. The suspects, Sifiso Mhlanga, Mbuti Mabe and Julius Gxowa, were all convicted of the killing Tuesday. Not too long before the verdict was announced, Mabe and Mhlanga attempted to escape from court. Dube’s son, Thokozani, wept in court as the sentences were announced. Thokozani was in the car with his father when he was gunned down. Dube’s family and others got together and sang South Africa’s national anthem outside of the courthouse afterward. Dube was the nation’s top-selling reggae artist and recorded 22 albums.

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New Video – Mr Vegas – “I am Blessed”

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Ninjaman’s brother stabbed to death…

Police say a man, whose body was found with that of a woman in Manor Park, St Andrew, is the brother of popular dancehall artiste Ninja Man. The bodies were found yesterday on Grosvenor Terrace with stab wounds, but police theorise that both were killed the night before. A superintendent at the Constant Spring Police Station said the man worked as a security guard. Morris said the man’s employer told police that he was Ninja Man’s brother. Efforts to get a confirmation from Ninja Man or anyone from his management team proved futile yesterday. The superintendent identified the woman as Elsie Armstrong.

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