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Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel says Tommy Lee and Popcaan have betrayed him

Vybz KartelIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel insists he has never been physically harmed during his 19-month long jail stay, but claims he has been stabbed in the back by two of his prized protégés.

The controversial entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer has been the subject of rumors once more after reports emerged last month that he was stabbed and beaten in jail during an altercation. Kartel’s business associate and the author of his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto book, Michael Dawson quickly squashed the speculation.

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Tommy Lee show in Trinidad reportedly flops as nine people show up to concert

Empty VenueRenowned Dancehall artist, Tommy Lee Sparta has become a fan favorite in his native Jamaica, performing to large crowds at Reggae Sumfest, STING and other stage shows. On Saturday, however, the ‘Gaza’ deejay was in for a surprise while in Trinidad as only nine people reportedly showed up to a concert he was due to headline in the fellow Caribbean country.

The ‘Gaza’ deejay was billed to perform at Guarracarra Park in southern Trinidad Saturday night. However, the show was reportedly called off around 2 a.m. Sunday morning due to a paltry turnout as the venue was nearly empty for the entire night.

Known for his gothic style and demonic references in songs like Uncle Demon (Shook) and Goat Head, Trinidadians apparently tuned out the gimmick as one local there told Rockwildaz.com (@THENEWGURU), “It’s hard to get Trinis to stand together, but we sent a loud message. We don’t accept and endorse the demonic behavior of Tommy Lee. He should not be on our island.”

One Trinidadian promoter pointed to recent violence in the country as a possible cause. “That’s what happens when you do stage shows in country, And when you don’t take into consideration that most of the people that listen to Tommy Lee are ‘bad boys’ and high school kids in the city, and since most bad man areas in Trinidad warring right now, nobody coming out.”

This news comes a month after Tommy Lee Sparta was denied a Canadian visa just days before being scheduled to headline a three-show tour in Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls.

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Spice prop at STING

Sizzla, Busy Signal shine at drama-filled STING 2012

Spice prop at STINGIn the New Living Translation version of the Bible, John 1:5 reads, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Perhaps this enlightening quote from scripture sums up STING 2012 in a nutshell: A night filled with few stellar performances standing out above the drama and sub-standard efforts that dominated Dancehall’s biggest stage show.

STING 2012 was hyped in recent weeks as a revamped stage show focusing on strong performances, unearthing more young talent and an adjusted clash format. Though the show left a somewhat disappointing taste in the minds of hardcore Dancehall fans, some noteworthy acts and less recognizable names added flavor to an event that has lost some taste in recent years.

After a number of unknown acts and a clash of the bands dominated the first few hours of STING, it took a couple of veterans to finally put life into the show; primarily Wickaman, who delivered a spirited performance while honoring his long-time friend and fellow deejay, Captain Barkey, delving into their catalogue of hits from the 90s and 2000s.

Fellow veteran, Lady G proved she still has gas left in the tank while comedic entertainer Food Kartel also engaged the crowd by ‘cooking’ some of this year’s biggest hits like Uncle Demon (Shook) and many others.

However, it was a newcomer that really ignited the crowd inside Jamworld in Portmore early Thursday morning as emerging Reggae star, Chronixx elevated his worth, delivering a wholesome set capped off by his smash hit, Warrior while proving himself as a must-see attraction for 2013 and beyond. From there, things heated up as ‘The Strong One,’ Etana gave a rousing set while Iba Mahr and I-Wayne also delivered strong sets.

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Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer overcomes boos, sand-throwing incident at beach event

Bounty KillerThough iconic Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer has long indicated his desire not to clash ‘Gaza’ deejay Tommy Lee Sparta anytime soon, some of Tommy Lee’s fans apparently tried to answer some of the Grung Gaad’s taunts on his behalf.

Two weeks ago, the internet world went abuzz following video showing Tommy Lee Sparta being booed while performing at the CHUG IT beach party in Portmore, St. Catherine. Despite being well-received by the crowd for a majority of his set, Lee got an ear full from patrons when making disparaging remarks about Bounty Killer after singing his hit track, P**** Mechanic. Then Tommy Lee Sparta, who later denied the incident even took place, received another chorus of boos while performing at Rum Punch later that weekend for once again speaking about Bounty, alleging that the Alliance leader orchestrated a plot to have fans turn against him at the show.

This past weekend, Bounty Killer took the stage at Chug It alongside fellow Alliance deejays Bling Dawg, Iyara and a host of others. Just moments after taking to the stage and performing Badman Kill Fi Fun, Bounty was forced to defend himself after some fans threw sand at the deejay, hurling boos in his direction in an apparent reprisal for the Tommy Lee Sparta incident two weekends prior.

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Year in Review: The Best of Dancehall and Reggae in 2012

It seems like just yesterday the year started, but 2012 is already coming to a close; marking a year within Dancehall and Reggae music that showcased its share of pacesetters during Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.

Fitting that in a year where Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce re-defined the realms of speed in London, there were a number of fast-rising stars who proved consistently that no finish line is in sight regarding their promising careers. This year proved that there may be a future for our core genres after despite two of their proverbial kings, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel serving different forms of penance behind bars. With that said, here are my picks for the Best of 2012 in Dancehall & Reggae music.

Best Reggae Artiste – Romain Virgo: Firstly, let me say it’s quite pleasing to know the presence of Reggae, the musical art form that made Jamaica a household name, has finally re-stamped its authority on the local scene. A borage of all-Reggae projects like Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again and Delly Ranx’s The Next Chapter help Jamaica to regain some of its true identity during our most crucial year as an independent island. However, one artiste and album conquered all.

Virgo became an instant sensation when he conquered Digicel Rising Stars in 2007. Five years later, his star has shone amongst the brightest in the industry, primarily through his latest compilation, The System. Giving us hits like I Know Better, Rich in Love and The System, the album embodied the true essence of Reggae. His performance savvy and range have vastly improved year by year, proving why he is Reggae music’s next international superstar.

Comeback Artiste(s) of the Year – Cham/Da’Ville: After scoring a major hit with Stronger (feat. Bounty Killer and Mykal Rose), Cham seemingly disappeared into the abyss for a little while. However, 2012 proved that Cham has not only refused to desert from the scene, he has an oasis of hits left in the tank.

Wine, Back Way and Tun Up were just three of the hits Cham scored in a remarkable year for the highly acclaimed superstar. His lyrical ingenuity reached new levels and while ascending up the musical stratosphere, he brought his wife and upcoming singer, Ophelia ‘O’ Beckett along for the ride.

Da’Ville endured a rollercoaster ride off-stage as he attempted to re-charge his batteries musically. Those batteries were fully charged as the Reggae fusion singer returned with a bang this year through his critically-endorsed album, Krazy Love. Hits like Woman, This Love and You Got Di Ting once again made Da’Ville a force to be reckoned within the industry and offered a more savvy side to this wise veteran of the industry.

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Kern Spencer

Ex-politician, Kern Spencer producing new reality shows

After his temporary disappearance from the spotlight following his controversial exit from politics, Kern Spencer is trying his hand in the world of entertainment.

The former Member of Parliament (MP) for northeast St. Elizabeth remains a forlorn figure within Jamaican politics following the highly debated Cuban light bulb scandal that first emerged in 2007. Following years of criticism and ridicule, Spencer looks to start anew in a different field as part of Super K Studios, a public relations, production and marketing company that operates Best of Jamaica (BOJ) TV.

A founding member of the entity, Spencer hopes to revolutionize the local TV landscape as he and his Super K team are set to produce a number of reality shows that promise to entertain and educate viewers on the people and issues going on in local society.

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Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer says no to STING

Any hope that Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer will perform at STING 2012 seems all but dashed after the ‘War Lord’ confirmed his intention to skip the popular stage show.

The Alliance leader, who initially was on the STING lineup, declared that he would not perform at STING following ‘disrespectful’ comments made by the show’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing in an interview, implying that ‘Gaza’ deejay and current rival,Tommy Lee Sparta had a good chance of defeating him in a clash.

Though speculation within Dancehall circles was rife that Bounty Killer was bluffing, the ‘Grung Gaad’ confirmed during a radio interview on Wednesday that he was serious. The iconic entertainer stated that his STING deposit was returned a week and half ago and the contract originally signed to do the show is now null and void.

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Ninja Man Talks About Sting 2012 & Gives Advise To Tommy Lee Sparta @876radio

Ninja Man Talks About Sting 2012 & Gives Advise To Tommy Lee Sparta

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Tommy Lee and Aidonia

Aidonia and Tommy Lee to headline peace concert in November

A pair of Dancehall stalwarts will be shifting from their hardcore personas in the name of peace, as they will headline a special concert aimed at curbing violence.

Jag One Productions (J.O.P) leader,Aidonia and prominent ‘Gaza’ artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta will headline a peace concert dubbed Stop The Violence, Stop The Crimeat the Little Coppa Club in Bull Bay, St. Thomas on November 24. Bermudian promoter, Kevin Smith, who’s currently spearheading a peace tour throughout the Caribbean, organized the event.

The event will also features legendary Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonji as well asPotential Kidd, Stylysh, Darrio, Eyesus, Marlon Binns and Chi Ching Ching, amongst many others.

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