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June 30, 2011

Jamaican Honey Model Charlie Charles


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Patexx - Any Day Now: Alliance Next Generation!

patexx_alliance_next_generation.jpgOne of the most exciting Dancehall artists to emerge from Jamaica for 2010 and 2011 is Patexx (Any Day Now). Called to be a part of Alliance Next Generation by the Dancehall General, Bounty Killer, Patexx takes the genre from version 1.0 to version 2.0 with his signature brand and style.

Born Rohan Rankine in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Patexx always incorporated music, whether singing or DJ’ing, as a part of his upbringing. In school, the artist could be heard singing over beats made from the drumming of his friends on the desks in their classrooms. His musical influences, even at a young age, included Bounty Killer, Mavado, and Spragga Benz. Because of his ability to sing as well as DJ, friends and class mates called Patexx ‘Sizzla’ because of his constantly singing Sizzla’s music.

A chance meeting with fellow female artist Passion X (associated with the Ward 21 Music Group), resulted in Patexx getting his name. Passion X said “it will be impossible for you to make it in the business because the name is taken. To me you look like a ‘Patexx!’” From then, the name stuck! Though Passion has passed on, Patexx gives her honor for blessing him with his distinguished name.

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Twin of Twins Defending Dancehall with Gangsta Comedy

Twin of Twins - Stir It Up Vol. 9 Available - Debuts in the Top 10 on iTunes

Trial_Error_Stirt_it_up_Twin_of_twins.jpgRoughly 5 years ago, I was travelling the United States with a well-known reggae band, when on one particularly long drive a band member threw in a CD on the radio while the driver wasn't paying attention. Next thing I knew this one CD had all of us in the van laughing hysterically on what had previously been a boring ride. This was my first introduction to the "Gangsta Comedy" of Twin of Twins. 5 years and 4 volumes in their "Stir It Up" series later, I still laugh every time I hear these albums. I recently sat down with Patrick and Paul Gaynor, aka Curly Loxx and Tu Loxx to discuss their place in the culture of dancehall, their plans for the future, and their latest release Stir It Up Vol. 9 - Trial and Error.

"Basically, it's satire based on reality, done in a fun and joyful way," states Curly Loxx. He explains it as the Saturday Night Live of dancehall music. The term they use is "Gangsta Comedy," which the brothers say is not gangster in the criminal sense of the word, but rather changing the meaning to survival. To them, being "gangsta" is about the garrison culture, evolving past the gun and bringing fun to the culture. The latest volume includes parodies of well-known figures like Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Mutabaruka and more. As with previous volumes, the good-natured parodies are bound to have their supporters and detractors.

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June 29, 2011

Media Houses Got An Exclusive Pre-release of Transformers Movie Courtesy of Lime

Lime and Smirnoff Dream Weekend treated various media houses and several lucky Facebook winners to an exclusive pre-release of the well anticipated Transformers movie (Dark Of The Moon) at the popular Kingston Carib Cinema last night (June 28, 2011).

The Transformers movie which is scheduled to be in theaters by the 28th of June will definitely copped the movie of the year award with a doubt. Transformers is one of the few movies that doesn't depends on good movie reviews from movie critics around the world in order for the tickets to be sold out as fans are already confident that the next Transformers movie will be just as good as the previous or even better.

During the intermission four persons walked away with the new I-Phone 4 courtesy of Lime and their Transformers Exclusive Pre-release partners Smirnoff Dream Weekend.

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The Smirnoff Dream Weekend Experience

Smirnoff_dream_weekend_logo.jpg2011 is an exciting year for the Dream Team, the band of promoters behind the Smirnoff Dream Weekend. It has been three years since they all came together to create this amazing getaway for partygoers. This year the weekend will undergo a positive transformation with a further infusion of excitement from its title sponsor Smirnoff and its many other corporate partners.
The Dream Team has also added its own elements that will make the weekend, one to remember. The diamond band is one that heightens the exclusivity and premium aspect of the event. High anticipation surrounds the annual affair as patrons wait to see what will be in store this year.

The Dream Experience:
Smirnoff Flavours - Friday July 29th
Twisted Spiritz - Friday night – July 29th
Daydreams - Saturday - July 30th
Yush - Saturday night - July 30th
Xtreme Wet and Wild (water park) - Sunday July 31st
Bere Vibes - Sunday night July 31st
Smirnoff Xclusive - Monday August 1st

+ Monday Night August 1st Bonus event for Dream armband holders
We are confident that with this lineup of events and activities will continue to redefine the holiday weekend celebrations in Jamaica for many years to come. This collection of events makes for one very inclusive experience.

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Delly Ranx & Buju Banton "Thunder Roll" (proceeds to benefit Buju's commisary)

delly_ranx_buju_banton.jpgGrammy Award winner Buju Banton and International Reggae artist Delly Ranx have teamed up for "Thunder Roll". The Pure Music Production track was recorded while Buju Banton was released on bail and awaiting trial. Since Delly and Buju are close friends it was a natural collaboration and as Delly said "it's always nice when friends team up and make a great song"

The song being so personal, Delly Ranx decided to give a portion of all proceeds to Buju Banton's commissary and encourages fans and music supporters to join him and give. "Thunder Roll" will be available on all major digital outlets such as amazon and iTunes. It will featured on Delly Ranx's upcoming EP "One Away Soldier". On the title track Delly Ranx sings "mi nah go be nuh wicked man like Junior" referring to the informant who testified against Buju.

Delly Ranx is presently hard at work in the studio putting the finishing touches on his "One Away Soldier" EP which is slated to be released this fall, followed by a promotional tour.

When asked on what this EP meant to him he replied "It means that the people are accepting great music again".

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Spragga Benz added to Reggae Meets HipHop "Jadakiss,I Octane & Friends"

spragga_benz_reggae_meets_hiphop.jpgThe one and only "Spragga Benz" has been added to one of summer's biggest event dubbed "Best Of Both World/Reggae meets Hip Hop "I-Octane - JadaKiss and Friends"

After many speculations on the surprised guest artist for July 15th at Amazura, "Spragga Benz" name was finally revealed. He will be joining legendary Rap artist "Jadakiss" and Reggae star "I-Octane" who will entertain their fans along with Konshens, Munga Honorable, Richie Loops, Bascom X, Frisco Kid, Chi Ching Ching, Kranium, Supa hype, Baby Chris and a very special surprised guest. The performances will be backed up by world renowned Ruff Kut Band, while HOT 97 DJ Envy, Bobby Konders & Jabba, DJ Pow, Kevin Crown, Dev Kutta, DJ Roy and Stretch of Road International, Banky Hype and Tek9 entertain the crowd by spinning oldies and latest hits.

The event is almost sold out but a few limited tickets are available at the following locations.

Queens: Genesis 2 restaurant , VP records
Brooklyn: Topas restaurant
Bronx: Moodies restaurant

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June 28, 2011

Before They Were Stars With Queen Ifrica


Before They Were Stars will be a weekly feature by Pink & The Brain…This feature will give fans the chance to see what their favorite stars looked like before they got the big break.

The first on the list should have been Vybz Kartel but Pinky and I have decided to kick things off with Queen Ifrica as the world already knows Michael Cake Soap Jackson story.

Brain: the Fyah Muma has made a lot of changes to her lifestyle over the years am I right Pinky

Brian I am 100% with you on this one…She’s no longer dressing like a dude.

Pinky you're certainly right about that and I also like the fact that she brightens her hair with a bit of blonde and red

Pinky: Brain do you think she has hired an image consultant?....Of course Pinky. However I am more so happy that she didn't get rid of the gap in between her front teeth I think its really sexy Pinky.

Oh my Gosh…what Pinky?...Brain have you noticed that her skin is a bit lighter than before…Pinky get me my magnified glass so I can have a closer look for myself…Yes Pinky you are so darn right.

Pinky are you pondering what I'm pondering?

Ahuh huh Brain yuh nuh play enuh.


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Reggae Artiste Buju Banton To Pursue His Master's Degree

buju_banton_school_masters_degree.jpgBy Krazy Katty Writer

After being sentenced to ten years in Prison Buju Banton has decided that he will not let jail time take control of his life as he will be pursuing his Master's Degree while behind bars in the areas of Political Science and Economics.

According to sources even though the Banton was given a ten years stretch in a US Federal Prison it's possible that he might be out within six years once he maintains a good behavior.

In December 2009 Buju Banton was arrested at his home in Tampa Florida for being involved in a drug deal that went sour. While attending court Buju Banton spent 18 months in the Pinellas County Jail which is expected to be deducted from his ten years sentence.

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Protoje Continues His Stay A Top Of The Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart


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June 27, 2011

Tad's Record is 'Pretty Like A Colouring Book'


colouring_book_album_cover.jpgGuaranteeing music lovers 'the ultimate Reggae experience,' Tad's Record is set to release Colouring Book, a compilation of the biggest radio and street anthems of 2011 from Dancehall's undisputed champion Vybz Kartel. In keeping with Kartel's controversial nature and unrestricted lyrical prowess, the album will feature both the raw and edited versions of twelve of the deejay's sizzling singles. Colouring Book will be hit digital outlets Tuesday, July 19th.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Kartel has "dominated Jamaican airwaves with outré, tongue-twisting tunes about everything from X-rated antics to ghetto politics." Colouring Book shows off the many shades of Vybz Kartel, from the playful feel-good anthem "Summer Time," to the ultra naughty "Benz Punany," and the spiritually uplifting "Jah Love We." Other stand-out tracks include "Look Pon We," featuring producer/deejay Russian, and Kartel's freestyle monster "The Lyricist."

The album gets its title from Kartel's controversy stirring single "Colouring Book (Tattoo Time Come)." Described as the "most talked about figure in Dancehall" by the New York Times, Vybz Kartel set off a media fire storm world-wide this year for lightening the complexion of his skin to heighten the color of his tattoos. On "Colouring Book," Kartel thumbs his nose at critics by proudly proclaiming "mi skin pretty like a coloring book."

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Nicki Minaj, Mavado and Jah Cure To Serve Up Great Performances

reggae_sumfest_2011_photo.jpgNicki Minaj’s first performance in Jamaica will be at Reggae Sumfest along with Jamaican stalwarts Mavado, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I Octane on Thursday July 21- Saturday July 23. The event, dubbed the greatest show on earth, kicks off with a beach party on Sunday July 17 and promises a bigger better experience for Jamaican and International patrons. With sponsors Red Stripe Bold, Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar and new comer Pepsi among others on board the Reggae Sumfest experience will be high energy and great fun.

Onika Maraj aka Nicki Minaj, who is currently at the top of the rap game globally, will be one of the headline acts on International Night 2. Head honcho of Summerfest Productions, the organizers of the event, Johnny Gourzong, could not contain his excitement of having the irrepressible’ Young Money’ Artiste on the bill.

“Last year we had a tremendous festival with great Jamaican and International acts. This time around patrons will again be treated to amazing performances with the likes of Mavado, I-Octane, Beenie Man, Jah Cure and so many other great artistes. Nicki Minaj is one of the hottest acts in the world right now, will also be treating her multitude of fans to a scintillating performance,” Gourzong said.

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Beenie Man Lands Endorsement Deal For Yaad Swag Rum

beenie_man_yaad_swag_rum.jpgInternational recording superstar Beenie Man has secured a lucrative new endorsement deal with American businessman Corey Todd to develop a new line of liquor products.

"I am the one to sing rum and Red Bull so if me ah go promote and endorse a rum, it has to be mine. I am looking forward to promoting this product and creating a successful partnership with Corey Todd," Beenie Man said in a release.

The deejay, who is currently hard at work on a studio album to be distributed by Universal Records, is looking forward to a global marketing campaign which will roll out soon to promote the brand, Yaad Swag, the first product that has been produced under this new partnership.

"Beenie Man was signed because he is an icon in music and he has a huge passion for the brand. He was the first artiste that I approached to work with when I first came to Jamaica four years ago. However, for various reasons, he was busy flying all over the place so we didn't get the chance to co-ordinate and work it out. This is going to be bigger than Street Vybz, more international and it's going to be great for dancehall," Corey Todd said in a release.

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June 25, 2011

Superman Steels The Crowd In Brazil


The population of more than one million in Sao Luis in Brazil barely speaks a word of English. Yet the thousands, who came out for the annual Loveland Reggae Festival, sang along word for word to the edible treats served by Tarrus Riley, the man they have now dubbed as their very own ‘Superman’.

Riley and his Blak Soil band comprising saxophonist Dean Fraser were in top form at the recent event, reeling out hits one after the other.

Riley’s cover of Robin Thicke’s single Superman is one of the most popular songs in Sao Luis, receiving frequent rotation on reggae, pop and R&B radio stations. It came as no surprise that patrons were wearing Superman pendants, and ringtones bore the Superman track.

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Daniel Bedingfield remixes Ovamarz’ Now You See Me Now You Don’t

ovamarz_Daniel%20Bedingfield_remix_dancehall_pop.jpgNew Zealand-born British singer-songwriter, Daniel Bedingfield, is in Jamaica making music. The singer recently teamed up with dancer/singer, Ovamarz for a remix of Marz' hugely popular single, Now You See Me, Now You Don't, which is blazing up Richie B's Jamaica Countdown Chart. In a recent interview, Ovamarz, whose real name is Marlon Hardy, said he was more than pleased that Daniel had chosen his song to do a remix.

"This is good for me in particular and Jamaican music in general," Marz said. "Daniel is really such a talented guy and so humble about his success. I give thanks to be a part of this project," Ovamarz added.

The original song is produced by Jordan of Chimney Records, and it was he has also been tipped to work on the remix. Daniel has been in Jamaica since the end of May and, known for his constant tweets, has been keeping fans updated on his trip to the island. He has also done another remix featuring Gappy Ranks and Russian. This, however, is not his first trip to Jamaica to do music. In December 2009, he was co-writing material with Tessanne Chin as well as recorded three songs with Busy Signal at DJ Karim's studios in Kingston. The songs are said to be for Busy Signal's upcoming VP Records project as well as Bedingfield's own upcoming project.

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June 24, 2011

Pum Pum Shorts Video Premiered On Worldstarhiphop - Mr. Vegas - Teairra Mari - Gyptian

Dancehall Singay Mr Vegas who recently shot a video for Pum Pum Shorts alongside other international acts such as singing sensation Teairra Mari and the Hold Yuh hit-maker Gyptian got a world premiere today (June 24, 2011) on America's popular R&B video sharing website

Pum Pum Shorts which was produced by Snow Cone and released under the labels MV Music & Jah Snowcone has already gotten over 200,000 views within the first couple of hours and is climbing rapidly at an estimated 3,000 views each time the page refreshes after watching the video.

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June 23, 2011

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison

Grammy-award-winning star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the US for his role in setting up a cocaine deal in 2009.

buju.jpgThe singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was told at Tampa federal court that he must serve five years' probation following prison.

Previously the Dancehall artist had insisted in court that he had been merely boasting about the deal.

Prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal or profitted from it.

His record Before the Dawn won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards ceremony earlier this year.

In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge.

He was acquitted of a fourth charge for attempted cocaine possession

It was Banton's second trial - his first ended in September when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.

The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton's arrest in December 2009, along with two others.

One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.

A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.


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Konshens to excite NY’s Amazura in July

konshens_amazura_club_entertainment.jpgAlthough Konshens officially made his name in the dancehall from 2008, his career path has not followed that of the typical dancehall act who makes New York and the Tri-State area their happy hunting ground.

Konshen’s NY debut was in three years when the song Winner was at the height of its popularity. His other show there was a cameo appearance in 2010, when he performed the combination single Good Girl Gone Bad alongside reggae singer, Tarrus Riley. And, while both performances were memorable, Konshens hasn’t really yet performed for the New York massive. But that opportunity will present itself on July 15 when he will be one of the featured acts at club Amazura in Queens, and what a night that promises to be.

“I’m excited,” Konshens said simply. “I see this as my first real show in that city and it’s a show with great acts - Jadakiss and I-Octane are the headliners - so you know, the adrenaline is pumping. Turbo charged and ready,” he said laughing.

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Tivoli Killings Inspire Droop Lion's "Freeway"

droop_lion_reggae_artiste.jpgFast rising roots Reggae artiste Droop Lion is taking the Freeway as his new single says. He has decided to steer clear of the evils and temptations of crime and violence around him in his community, and is encouraging other youths to do the same.


According to Droop he was inspired to write this song in May 2010 in the aftermath of the killing of over 70 persons in Tivoli Gardens western Kingston as a consequence of the impasse between Jamaican law enforcement personnel and residents of that community. The globally publicized gun battles between civilians and Jamaican law enforcement officers also resulted in several persons fleeing from Tivoli to other inner city communities such Kingston 11 and Kingston 13 where Droop resides.

In "Freeway" Droop sings -
"When the barrel cracks and the smoke smell
Mama sing a prayer for me
She put her arms around me and say this place gonna set us free"

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RDX Explore New Horizons With Current Songs


International dancehall duo RDX had been spending extended hours in the studios working on various new projects. The eccentric musical brothers have been spreading their musical wings with songs not typical of the usual high energy that fans have grown accustomed to.

Songs including Put It On You for Krushproof Music and Champion Sound for Blaqk Sheep are just some of the songs that showcase the new horizons that the duo has begun to explore.

In a release to the media, group member Delomar said "RDX has had major success with songs that talk about dancing, girls and the whole party vibe and we will continue to feed those themes to our core audience. However we have never been shy to take on new challenges or explore new horizons".

With this in mind the duo has recorded Murderer for the I-Strong label and The Hustle for Blaqk Sheep. These are two message oriented songs on slower, authentic beats.

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June 22, 2011

I-Octane "Crying To The Nation" - Album

i-octane_crying_to_the_nation_album_reggae.jpgI-Octane's fans have gotten use to a certain sound from him and they will be in for quite a treat when his debut album “Crying To The Nation” is released this fall.

The 14-track album is already completed and will feature some great original tracks as well as some old favourites such as Lose A Friend, My Life and Study Yuh Friend. Among the original tracks is a combination with Tarrus Riley produced by DJ Frass.

The tracks will see I-Octane showing his versatility as he diverts from his usual sound and records to world beats and one drop rhythms.

The Executive producer is Shaggy's former manager Robert Livingston. The album is expected to create some big musical waves after its release.
"It was a pleasure to work with Robert Livingston. His knowledge and insight is vast and I am sure will boost this product a great deal," said I-Octane about his upcoming project for the producer.

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Prophecy song Body Bag charting worldwide

Reggae crooner Prophecy has scored an international hit, "Body Bag", which is charting worldwide. The song is currently number one on the Richie B Jamaica Music Countdown Reggae Singles Chart, and holds the pole position on the CALIFORNIA KDVS 90.3 FM Reggae/African Top 25.

In Italy, the single is number three on the Italian TPN RADIO & CARIBBEAN VIBES RADIO - DJ GUSMA TOP 20 SINGLES Chart. While in Australia “Body Bag” is number seven on The Jamdown Vershun Chart 92.1FM, it is number 8 on the Missgaza .com Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart, in Portugal where the song is rising up the Reggae chart also. The song is getting heavy rotation on FM radio in Jamaica, The Caribbean, The United States, England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand Portugal, Kenya, Ghana and Japan.

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Ryno and Notnice Reunites To Record 'Sick' New Single


Ryno_notnice_sick_dancehall.jpgGarrison Records, CEO and recording artiste Ryno last week reunited with ex-Gaza producer Notnice to record a new single slated for release in the weeks ahead.

The reunion comes in the wake of the current exodus being experienced by his former camp, the Portmore Empire and last week's truce with businessman Corey Todd.

The very witty composition titled 'Sick' is one of several songs on a soon-to-be-released compilation also featuring former Gaza member Jah Vinci.

According to Ryno, "right now is just music and unity me a deal with so despite what happened in the past sometimes we have to put that aside and look to the future."

Former Gaza first lady Lisa Hyper was also present at the recording session.

Later this week, Ryno will depart the island for the three-day St. Kitts Music Festival from June 23-25 where he is expected to share the stage with a number of local and international acts including: The Commodores, Fantasia Barrino, Bunny Wailer, Yellow Man, Maxi Priest, Cocoa Tea, Gyptian, Jah Cure, Konshens among others.

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Alliance members turned out for BridgeZ "Han Up Deh/I Said It" Video Shoot

bridgez_video_shoot_alliance.jpgAlliance members Bounty Killer, Mavado and ANG turned out to support the First Lady Singer/Dj/Songwriter Bridgez for her HAN UP DEH/I SAID IT medley video shoot recently. "Han Up Deh/I Said It" medley video is her first solo video that will be released from the artist since joining the Alliance.

The two day video shoot was shot in New Kingston and on the infamous Gullyside where fellow Alliance members Mavado welcomed Bridgez, other artists and other members of the Alliance like Bounty Killer, Iyara, Pattexx, Gulliance Kym along with artist like Gwhizz and Delus who all came out to support the artist. Bridgez speaks about the concept "The video itself is just a performance video; it's basically me having fun with the song. It's really a video that makes you focus on what I’m saying as oppose to what I'm doing and that’s really important to me because they are both positive songs"

The video was directed by Janelle Dyer and editor by Willo. Janelle is known for videos like Beenie Man & Fambo - Drinking Rum and Redbull, Beenie Man & Lisa Hyper - Nuh Stress Me Out, Denyque - Summer Love and more.

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Building to reopen as Club Riddim

building_night_club_photo.jpgAfter closing its doors a few weeks ago, The Building nightclub will be officially reopening as Club Riddim on July 1st with performances from the King of Dancehall Beenie Man, Jahvinci and other artistes.

However, in a unique twist, The Building will be reopening one last time under its old nom de guerre as The Building for this Saturday's staging of Inclusive Saturdays.

Club Riddim, the Official Club of Dancehall, is now under new management and ownership, however, American businessman Corey Todd will remain as the spokesperson for the new club.

"Business is business, I am still a part of the team and I will ensure that Club Riddim will do what I set out to do in the beginning and that's represent dancehall fully. I look forward to get all selectors including ones I haven't been able to work with in the past such as Stone Love, Foota Hype, Boom Boom, Raz N Biggy, Jigsy, Mario C, the Fresh Team and even Tony Matterhorn," Todd said in a release.

The nights will consist of Magnum Ladies Night Out hosted by Boasy Boy Floyd every Tuesday where new music from all dancehall artistes will be featured and there will be a segment for new artistes to perform and show off their talents. Ladies will be free all night.

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June 21, 2011

Alaine For Your Eyes Only ft Shaggy Tops The Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 - 02 - (16) Shaggy ft Alaine - For Your Eyes Only - Ki-Licious Music

02 - 01 - (15) Mavado - Warn Dem - Dj Frass Production

03 - 03 - (10) Vybz Kartel - Dancehall Hero - ZJ Chrome

04 - 04 - (17) Tiana - Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi - D&H/SubKonshus

05 - 06 - (13) Demarco - I Love My Life - Star Kutt Pro

06 - 08 - (10) Mavado - Star Bwoy – Chimney

07 - 09 - (09) Chan Dizzy - Strange Face -- Head Concussion

08 - 10 - (07) Aidonia - Nuh Tek Chat (Bad People) - ZJ Chrome

09 - 05 - (15) Vybz Kartel - Cake Soap - Adidjaheim/Notnice - (2wks@#1)

10 - 11 - (04) Vybz Kartel - Look Pon We - Head Concussion

11 - 12 - (06) Tifa - Move Yuh Body - ZJ Chrome

12 - 15 - (04) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome

13 - 14 - (07) G Whizz - Night or Day - Seanizzle Records

14 - 07 - (17) D-Major, Busy Signal & Richie Loop - Scikron Entertainment - (peaked@#2)

15 - 17 - (02) Vybz Kartel - Summer Time – Adidjaheim Records

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Don Corleon Presents Dub In HD

Jamaica's Top Producer Keeps Dub Alive on June 21, 2011


(New York, NY) June 20, 2011 - Internationally acclaimed Jamaican producer Donovan "Don Corleon" Bennett unleashes his highly anticipated dub album aptly titled Dub In HD, on June 21, 2011, on his very own label, Don Corleon Records. Internationally-known and critically acclaimed for his work with pop stars such as Sean Paul, Rihanna and Keyshia Cole on Billboard chart-topping singles, as well as the who's who in reggae and dancehall today, from Vybz Kartel to J Boog, Bennett is credited with keeping reggae music contemporary and on a competitive edge in the global music industry.

Bennett's vested efforts in keeping reggae on the musical forefront brings him full circle to dub, a subgenre of reggae that emerged in the 60's and primarily consists of instrumental remixes of existing recordings. "I'm in love with music and the dub genre especially," reveals Bennett. "People like the Mad Professor, King Tubby, Scientist and King Jammy really influenced me."

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And the winner is.... Nicole Duhaney aka Nikki Z!

nikki_z_ygb_awards.jpgThe Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards held their yearly event recognizing and celebrating Young Black Professionals.

Media personality and President & CEO of DNZ Productions Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z was honored and received an Broadcast Communications Award.

Some of the distinguished recipient were Dr. Keneca Boyce, Senior Director of Program Development, Inwood House for Women in Business Award. Jeff Broom, Co-Founder, Making A Difference (M.A.D.) Team for Multi-Level Marketing Award and Gordon Chambers, Singer, Producer, & Grammy Award Songwriter. View full list HERE

When asked what this honor mean to her, Nikki Z stated "it was an honor to be nominated amongst so many accomplished individuals. To take home the broadcaster award showed me that I am on the right path. Being a young girl who came from the projects to being one of the top Caribbean Radio Personalities is something I dreamed of and I don't take it lightly. I want to share with all races and cultures the music I was raised on, the music I saw make all my family functions lively, exciting and fun. Reggae and dancehall to me is more then a job. It's a way of life.. When the music hits you feel no pain. Those words have guided me throughout my career. I want to help take away the pain one listener at a time."

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Chedda Embarks On 3rd U.S. Promotional Tour

its_chedda_dancehall_artiste.jpgAfter making an appearance at last weekend’s successful staging of ‘Hamma Fridaze’ in Downtown, Kingston. Dancehall deejay Chedda on Sunday departed the island for the United States where is he expected to kick off his 3rd promotional campaign commencing in Hartford, Connecticut this week.

The two week tour will also take him through the boroughs of the New York Tri-state area with stops at several prominent urban television and radio outlets to promote his new singles accompanied by the recently released videos for ‘Bad Inna Song’ and ‘Worry Dem’, produced by Blackspyda Records and Cashflow Records respectively.

“A number of my songs are doing well overseas, not just in the U.S but also across the Caribbean, the feedback so far is great. So a tour like this is necessary to promote the music and give people a change to know the face behind the sound”. - Chedda stated.

Meanwhile, his ‘Worry Dem’ video continues to hold firm at the No.4 position on the CariVibez TV Top 20 Video Countdown, in spite of its month long debut. (see CariVibez Top 20 Chart) .The CariVibez TV Top 20 Video countdown features the 20 most voted music videos from around the globe aired by the station.


(Quick Fix Riddim - Payday Music)

(Justice League Riddim - Upt 007 Records)

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June 20, 2011

In Times Like These Queen Ifrica Wishes For An Hero - #1

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart


01 (03) (08) Queen I-frica -- In Times Like These - 2 Hard Music

02 (01) (09) Alaine -- Your Are Me - 1 Thirty 1 Records - (2wks@#1)

03 (02) (10) Ikaya -- Hard Way - Out A Road Records - (peaked@#2)

04 (04) (08) Romain Virgo -- Taking You Home – Penthouse

05 (05) (07) Buju Banton -- Innocent - Gargamel Music

06 (08) (05) Protoje ft Ki-mani Marley -- Rasta Love - Don Corleon

07 (07) (07) Stevie Face -- Thank You For Loving Me - Penthouse

08 (10) (01) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records

09 (09) (02) Etana -- People Talk - VP Records

10 (06) (12) Nesbeth -- A Nuh Suh Mi Want Live - Jan Biggs Production - (1wk@#1)


1 Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

2 Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

3 Sophia Squire -- Nature Calling - Tremor Maddanize/Bredrocmusic

4 Anthony Cruz -- Only The Father - John John/Shan Shan

5 Colin Levy -- Lover's Holiday - Kings of Kings


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Which One A Dem Can Whine Di Best - Dancehall Queen


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Beyoncé's mama Tina Knowles has more of a diva attitude than the 'Bootylicious' singer:


Beyoncé is a diva onstage, but it sounds like her mother is one all the time.


An onset source for Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" video, which was shot in Westchester County on Wednesday and in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Thursday, tells us although the bootylicious Beyoncé was sweet as sugar on set, it was her mother, Tina Knowles, who demonstrated some serious divalicious 'tude.

According to the insider, the four assistants (count 'em!) the elder Knowles had following her around were calling her "Miss Tina" - "which sounded like a joke." But it wasn't: "The crew was told to call her 'Miss Tina' if they were to talk to her at all," our source reveals.

Her real inner prima donna was displayed on Thursday, while the "prom scene" shoot was filmed at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple near the Pratt Institute. Tina, who heads the House of Deréon fashion label with her eldest daughter, "flipped out on the camera guys for making Beyoncé stand near the [video] extras for too long" because there was too much conversation going on between takes. Apparently, Mama T was "worried" the lowly extras would talk to her darling daughter.

But it was the other way around. Beyoncé "was fine with [talking to anyone]. She was making everyone laugh."

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June 19, 2011

"Nobody Cannot Cross It" Is Now One Of The Hottest Songs In Jamaica

"Nobody Canna Cross It" Twanging (Refix Video) was created by Dj Powa who transforms depressing news into fun and laughter. No Body Cannot Cross It has become one of the fastest rising hit songs in Jamaica which quickly surpasses the popularity of Vybz Kartel's Summer Time, Mavado's Delilah and Bounty Killer's Whine Fi DI General.

Within less than three days the news refix video for No Body Cannot Cross It got over 140,000 views while it has made also made its way onto several international news outlets.

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Freddy Mcgregor & Copeland Forbes To Be Honored By Toronto Festival

freddy_mcgregor_copeland_forbes_canada.jpgToronto, Canada: Toronto International Jamaica Day Festival (TIJD) announced recently that veteran reggae hit maker and label head Freddie McGregor and Jamaica's most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian Copeland Forbes will both be honored for their outstanding contribution to the reggae music industry at a private reception to be held in New Kingston, Jamaica on Monday, June 20, 2011.

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, veteran reggae crooner Freddy McGregor began his musical journey in the 60's, under the musical direction of the legendary Coxone Dodd. He did his apprenticeship as lead vocalist of the Clarendonians and after the group split, he recorded his first big hit song “Why Did You Do It” with friend Ernest Wilson. In 1972 he formed the Generation Gap band, recording “Homeward Bound,” “Freedom” and “Justice & Equality” for producer Geoffrey Chung. McGregor eventually launched his solo career and has not looked back.

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New York Times - Managing a Brand He Made Himself

vybz_kartel_new_york_times.jpgSHORTLY before 10 p.m. on the final night of Best of the Best, a reggae and hip-hop concert held over the Memorial Day weekend in Veterans Park in Miami, DJ Nuffy, the master of ceremonies, began to introduce the dancehall reggae artist Vybz Kartel. But Vybz Kartel wasn’t actually in the park, in Miami, or even in the United States. He was more than 500 miles away at Jamaica Jamaica, a fancy nightclub just outside Ocho Rios, because he has been denied a United States visa.

“And now for your feature presentation, the biggest thing in Jamaica,” DJ Nuffy roared, adding “him look like Michael Jackson.” The sly remark - referring both to the artist’s enormous celebrity in the Caribbean diaspora and to his controversial practice of lightening his skin - drew laughter and mischievous cheers from the crowd of some 10,000 who stared intently at a screen on the stage where artists including DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes and I-Octane had performed just moments before. “Let’s welcome via satellite, live to you, Vybz. Vybz. Vybz.”

The crowd shouted “Kartel” in unison as his image filled the screen. He wore a purple suit with a loosely knotted silk tie and button-down shirt, his pale brown tattooed face framed by aviator glasses and a mane of black hair extensions. “Yo, Miami, you know what time now?” he asked, checking his wristwatch as the stuttering digital beat for “Touch a Button,” his chest-thumping challenge to rivals, started to play. Before long Vybz Kartel’s rapid-fire flow had the audience spellbound.

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Formila One On The Rise

formila_one_bio_reggae_jamaican.jpgGavin Orlando Kerr aka Formula One Nationality Jamaican born June 22, 1983,raise in Kingston 5 Rousseau Road. I began my musical journey when I was three years old, singing at church. I had to go to Sunday school every week where I was one of the lead singers on the junior choir and was a member in a next major group called the Rosary, eventually I was the only male vocalist.

Music professionally started for me at age 17. In the year 2001 I recorded my first song {Can't Forget} which was done at Joe Gibbs Recording Studio on the Fire Fire rhythm that was made by Bassie but was not released. Being around some great musicians made me learn what I was getting into, learning the business side of the music as well as the physical, l moved on to other studios such as Fams House ,Sugar Minot, Uprising records and many other where I got special grooming mostly at Fams House. My musical inspiration came from artists such as Wayne Wonder, Pinchers and Buju Banton and many more.

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Man Police Shot in Quad Died

conroy_edwards_mavado_died.jpgIt is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic passing of Conroy Edwards AKA Connie, a close friend of Mavado.

Connie was shot inside Quad nightclub in the early hours of June 13 by an off-duty policeman. The bullet entered the left side of his abdomen and didnt exit. Connie succumbed to his injuries on the evening of June 16. The matter is currently under investigation by BSI and INDECOM and we can only hope and pray justice is served.

Mavado and Connie's family are asking for time to grieve in private and reporting to be respectful.

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Live Interview - Mavado Talks About What Happened At Quad

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June 16, 2011

Ne-Yo Starts Label In Jamaica - Compound Island

ne-yo-jamaica-compound-island-party-photos.jpgR&B superstar Ne-Yo who was recently in Jamaica over the weekend indicated that his trip to Jamaica was not just about attending some of the hottest street parties in Jamaica but also to expand his Compound Entertainment label where he will be searching for Jamaican talents.

According to Ne-Yo reggae as the potential to reap as much success as other intentional genres but because of the lack of proper marketing expertise might be one of the reasons why local artistes are deprived of mainstream success.

Ne-Yo will be back in Jamaica within a couple of weeks for the launching of his Compound Island Party Series which will be held at the Jungle Night Club in Negril on July 29-30.

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Protoge's Rasta Love ft Ky-mani is the new #1 on Hype Tv Dancehall/Reggae Chart


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June 15, 2011

Excerpts from "Voice of the Ghetto" By Vybz Kartel Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2 - 'Dollar Sign(hustle di money)'

vybz_kartel_book_cover_tattoo.jpgI start the song, by repeating “hustle the money” “me a hustle the money” almost to make the message subliminal. Careful. Read again. Haters, critics, read again and listen carefully - its hustle the money not steal the money, not take a gun and rob the money, not start a ponzi and con the money- just hustle the money. I stress the point repeatedly because there is a sector of society that believes when ghetto youths acquire ambition for financial success it means that we are going to begin to embark on some unscrupulous or illegal behaviour to rob people money. I often wonder why the elite of society don’t think us ghetto youths don’t want the same for our family as they do. NEWSFLASH, we waan go big school, drive nice car too, we would like ac in our house, we want our mother retire young and yes we want to be rich, there, I said it, Vybz Kartel want Ghetto people to be rich. Babylon, deal with it.

Society, likes to blame us poor people for Jamaica’s weak economy. Not true, not fair. The only thing I have heard creative where government is concerned is how to increase and make new taxes. That does not make sense, in fact, there is a term for it - we have a regressive tax system where the poor is forced to bear the biggest burden and the rich keep getting away. They recently tried to tax patty and pad hard. Rich man don’t eat patty for lunch and rich ladies shop in foreign. Our government so good at taxing, they found a way to tax Jamaicans overseas by putting over a 100% levy on calls coming in on a landline, even the US companies begged for us but our government said no, tax them.

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Lil Wayne Wants To Be First Rapper To 'Tour Forever'

By Alicia Adejobi
Source: Taletela

lil_wayne_guitar_stage_music.jpgLil Wayne has said that he wants to be the first hip-hop artist to continue touring forever.

The rapper, who has just completed his US 'I Am Still Music' tour, says that he would like to take up a residency in Las Vegas in a similar way to the likes of Celine Dion. In an interview with MTV News, Weezy said: "I actually plan on being one of those artists that can go on tour when they're like 40, like U2, Michael Jackson."

He continued: "I actually plan on being one of those artists, with all the music and all the work I'm putting out, I believe that later on down the line, I can do Vegas."

"I can be the first hip-hop artist to do Vegas every night. That's the plan."

Following the huge success of 'I Am Still Music,' Weezy has added a new leg to the tour which will kick off in July.
Can Weezy become the first hip-hop artist to "do Vegas?"

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Khristopher Urges To "Do Whatever"


Khristopher_video_jamaican_reggae.jpgJamaican vocalist Khristopher, has managed to create a buzz for himself with his latest pop single titled "Do Whatever" on various radio stations recently.

Produced by André "Dretegs" Hawthorne on the Fifth Element Records label, the track has an up-tempo vibe with a catchy hook and a melodious flow. It is a Dancehall/Reggae track but with a crossover appeal for both lovers of Pop and R&B. Several music industry insiders have elatedly expressed their delight at this track, suggesting that it is a great follow up to his previous single "Heartbeat Away", an R&B style track.

With all the rave reviews and the confidence received from his team, Khristopher had decided to shoot a video. After a long spell of not doing any music videos, it was definitely the right time to once again put visuals to this silky voice, in order to better portray the mood he was in while writing the song. It's a party song, especially for the ladies, and Khristopher felt the urge to convey his feelings to his fans by doing this video.

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June 14, 2011

Rihanna gets a 'boob guard'


While it's common for celebrities to hire bodyguards, singer Rihanna has gone a step further and kept a booby guard to protect her assets from being groped in public. Apparently one lucky fellow has landed the job of Rihanna's 'boob minder' when she steps out wearing risqué clothes. And not surprisingly the man is totally dedicated to his job.

Recently, the booby guard, who was pictured cupping her assets in Australia a few months back, kept his eyes on the prize while escorting Rihanna after a club gig in Montreal, reports

Considering Rihanna's penchant for revealing dresses, seems like this man has his hands full!

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June 13, 2011

Mavado & Bounty Killer Named As Persons Of Interest - (Alliance Explains)

bounty_killer_mavado_photo.jpgMavado and Bounty Killer have been listed as persons of interest by the Half Way Tree Police concerning an incident which happened last night on the outskirts of Quad Night Club (Bounty Killer's Its Da Party Celebration).

Police are yet to release further information as to why the two are wanted for questioning. However according the a spokes person from the Alliance Camp majority of the those who made reports on the matter had it wrong…You can read the statement below from the Alliance Camp.

Obviously we cant say too much at this point in time as its the subject of an ongoing investigation but we need to clarify one thing: false reports have been circulated by the media that this incident stemmed from Mavado refusing a search upon entry to Quad nightclub.

That is completely untrue, Mavado and his party were already inside the club, past the search area where there was no issue with anyone. We are asking for fair and balanced reporting of this incident, there is always a lot of false information propagated when these stories break but that doesnt mean to say we must blame Mavado automatically.

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Vybz Kartel Attacks JPS - Light-Bill over 100,000


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Konshens says Gyal Mi Love You to Tiana

The No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi hit-maker Tiana and the Gyal Dem Ahh Talk Bout Mi hit-maker Konshens are currently getting a lot of attention courtesy of their overnight hit calabGyal Mi Love You which was produced by the mighty Fams House Studio.



Gyal Mi Love You immediately becomes a favorite on the air waves in Africa, Belize UK, Costa Rica and several other countries the moment it was released. The video which was released a few weeks later also received similar treatment especially on the local cable stations such as Hype TV, Negril TV and RE TV. The video that is now listed as a Hot-Pix on Hype TV was directed by Miami based director Shutah Films.

Even the ring tone for Gyal Mi Love You has become a commodity getting over 500 downloads via Tweeter and Facebook in less than a day.

The dancehall princess Tiana has also reaped tremendous success from songs such as No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi that locks down the #1 spot for three weeks in Belize and also found its way the playlist of mainstream radio station WBLS(Dahved Levy Show)…Skippin Feel ft Chi Ching ChingInna 2010 on the Glory Riddim which was a huge hit in Africa and several Caribbean islandsDat Mi Want on the infectious Flirtation Riddim that fast become a club banger in several European countries such as Russia, Sweden, UK and then popular Belize, Costa Rica, African female anthem No Ring Pon Mi Finger which was release on the G Shock Riddim.

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Young Veterans Helps With "Sir John Golding Rehab Centre" Charity


Young Veterans Producers Sekou Davis and Sheldon Pennicott gave a lending hand at the annual "Sir John Golding Rehab Centre" charity event in Kingston, Jamaica on June 11th. The 2 hours event targeted all 68 children residing at the institution and, the members of the national special Olympic team, it included special activities to encourage movement and interaction and was conducted by hosts/hostesses such as Young veterans producers Sekou and Sheldon, as well as clowns to amuse the children. There were special performances by artists such as Fantan Mojah and Shane O and finally was finished by dinner, prayers and special gifts.

Young Veterans have been avid supporters of this event for the past few years and in their own words say "It is a MUST that we donate back to the community, even if just with our time."

Past years performers and hosts have included the Young Veterans artiste Opal, Jenny Jenny, Nurse Dorian Lennon and Shantel from Big Yard Productions ( hosts ), the Dancing Dynamites, The Tivoli Marching Band, The Calabar Dance troop, Minister Goody Goody, One Third, St. Mathew, Shane-O, Omari, Konshens and The Unit One and Untouchables Dancers.

Formerly known as the Mona Rehabilitation Centre, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre is the only public facility in Jamaica that offers prostheses. It also offers physiotherapy, speech therapy, counseling and social support. The Centre has been in existence for over 50 years.


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June 11, 2011

Mr. Vegas, Gyptian & Teairra Mari Shoot Video For Pum Pum Shorts

Dancehall singjay Mr. Vegas continues in his buildup to once again become a force to be reckoned with in the dancehall arena.

The singjay has recently concluded shooting the video for 'Pum Pum Shorts'. The song, which also features Gyptian and Teairra Mari, was shot on location in Los Angeles, California by Finnish director Jaako.

Mr. Vegas, who has recently worked with Sean Paul after several years of not working together, noted that his fans can look forward to the single and video.


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Warrior King 'The king of Culture'

New Album 'Tell Me How Me Sound' In Stores August 2011

warrior-king-how-mi-sound-album.jpgHis consistent cultural offerings has now earned Warrior King a new dub - 'The King of Culture' - it is not a praise that has been bestowed lightly on him, as the singer has time and time again proven that that's what he is all about. Since he exploded on the scene in 2001 with his debut album Virtuous Woman, Warrior King has received one accolade after another; not the least of which, seeing his debut album topping the Reggae charts throughout many countries. In fact, one newspaper lauded the singer in that same year as "the artiste who made a difference" in that year. Warrior King is at it again this time with his upcoming project 'TELL ME HOW ME SOUND' scheduled to be released in August 2011.

If you just thought Warrior King is good, wait until you get your hands on his upcoming project and then you will realize that when it comes to romance the Rastaman has soul! The album is 50/50 culture and sweet lovers' rock. TELL ME HOW ME SOUND is a musical treat for Warrior King's fans; as it comes with 14 exclusive tracks and just one track that was previously released entitled Wanna Give You Love. The album opens with Oh What A Feeling (The Herbs) and listening to it, you can just get a vibes as the Rastaman extols the virtues of this medicinal plant. Blessings and Empress follow, and we really don't want to give away too much from this wonderful effort from Warrior King. All we can say is that these tracks are definitely 'feel good' recordings.

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June 10, 2011

Vybz Kartel Explains Why He's The Dancehall Hero


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Elephant Man AKA The Energy Gad Caught Stealing Energy?

elephant_man_jps_electricity_jamaica.jpgBy Kon-Vick Writer

The Energy Gad Elephant Man is now in a court battle with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) after he was accused by the company for stealing electricity.

According to JPS, Elephant Man's regular estimated bills are always expected to be over 60,000 as most of the Energy Gad's electrical appliances are High Watts Usage.

Elephant Man's next court date will be on August 30th.

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Konshens Adds More Spice To Grenada

konshens_performing_dancehall_artiste.jpgThe Spice island was ready for Jamaican reggae act, Konshens, and, if his winning performance was anything to go by, then he too was ready to make an impressive Grenada debut.

The event, Digicel Reggae Fest, was held recently at the Grenada National Stadium and also included on the line-up were heavyweight reggae acts Sizzla, Coco Tea and Jah Cure, all of whom did very well.

Konshens was the first Jamaican act on stage and, for him this was a double responsibility. Not only did he have to ensure that he captivated his own fans by throwing down a great performance, he was also opening for artistes whom he considers icons in the music business and he couldn't afford to be anything other than spectacular.

But he isn't called Konshens for nothing and with calm and confidence, coated with a little swagger, he worked his set like a pro. He started with the ever popular Good Girl Gone Bad to get the place pumped up and after that, it was smooth sailing as Konshens delved into his repertoire for songs such as This Means Money, Prety Devil, Rasta Imposter, Realest Song and Simple Song.

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Joan Savoury "Rest In Peace" - Gone Too Soon

joan_savoury_radio_personality.jpgJoan "Tasty and Delicious" Savoury departed this life unexpected at home Wednesday June 8th 2011 of natural causes. To cherish her Memory she leaves 2 loving daughters Denise Walters and Aisha Savoury, two Son in law Jamal Walters and Michael Jordan, one sister Joy Smalls four grandchildren Shedrick, Jaylin, Rayven, Rhyan and a host of family, friends and colleague who will miss her smile, laughter and most of all her jokes immensely.

The family of Caribbean Radio/Television personality Joan Savoury, wish to express their deepest and heartfelt appreciation for all the loving expression and sympathy extended to them during their hour of sorrow.

A fund to help the two surviving daughters of Joan Savoury with the home going arrangements of their mother was established at Bank of America,

Account number: 1997560539.

Deposits can be made to this account at any Bank of America in the world.

If you prefer to mail your donations, please mail via first class postage to Bank of America, Nilka B. Bell, c/o Joan Savoury Bereavement Fund, POB 29966, Phoenix, AZ 85038-0966.

Be sure to annotate the account number 1997560539 in a note or on your check to ensure the deposit is made by the bank to the right account.

Date for Home Going Service is Saturday June 18, 2011. More details will be posted as they become available .

Joan Savoury...gone too soon!

Prayer of protection
The light of God Surrounds you
The love of God enfolds you
The power of God Protects you
The presence of God watches over you
Wherever you are, God is and all is well

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June 9, 2011

Dancehall Artiste Mavado Walks Free

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David Brooks pka Mavado attended St Ann's Bay RM court this morning to answer a charge of Malicious Destruction of Property, laid against him two weeks ago.

Mavado maintained his innocence from day one and since he was charged it came to light that the complainant who's property was damaged never gave a statement accusing Mavado of damaging property. In fact, Mavado should never have been charged.

David Brooks was called to the witness box first thing as court opened and the Judge immediately issued a No Order in the matter.

"Mr Brooks, you are free to go," instructed the RM.

Mavado wasnt even on the stand for 30 seconds. The complainant indicated that she could not proceed against Mavado as that is not the statement she gave and case was dismissed.

"I am relieved its over at the first appearance," said Mavado. "But i am not surprised. I was surprised when i was charged, but I knew the truth would come to light and I would be quickly vindicated. Although it appears at times we get a fight I had to keep faith that the Jamaican justice system would rightly set me free. I damaged nothing or no-one so I just remained confident with that knowledge. To God be the glory."

Mavado intends to continue trodding the positive path he has been on for the longest while, with new releases and videos coming soon. The video for smash hit Delilah will be shot next week.

Mavado is also planning a fundraiser for the Maxfield Park Childrens Home, a cause he has taken up recently.

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Mavado Warns Dem For A Second Week On The Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 - 01 - (14) Mavado - Warn Dem - Dj Frass Production

02 - 05 - (15) Shaggy ft Alaine - For Your Eyes Only - Ki-Licious Music

03 - 06 - (09) Vybz Kartel - Dancehall Hero - ZJ Chrome

04 - 04 - (16) Tiana - Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi - D&H/SubKonshus

05 - 02 - (14) Vybz Kartel - Cake Soap - Adidjaheim/Notnice - (2wks@#1)

06 - 07 - (12) Demarco - I Love My Life - Star Kutt Pro

07 - 03 - (16) D-Major, Busy Signal & Richie Loop - Scikron Entertainment - (peaked@#2)

08 - 09 - (09) Mavado - Star Bwoy – Chimney

09 - 10 - (08) Chan Dizzy - Strange Face -- Head Concussion

10 - 12 - (06) Aidonia - Nuh Tek Chat (Bad People) - ZJ Chrome

11 - 14 - (03) Vybz Kartel - Look Pon We - Head Concussion

12 - 13 - (05) Tifa - Move Yuh Body - ZJ Chrome

13 - 08 - (16) I-Octane Nuh Love Inna Dem - Cashflow Records - (3wks@#1)

14 - 15 - (06) G Whizz - Night or Day - Seanizzle Records

15 - 16 - (03) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome

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June 8, 2011

Do Not Try These Dance Moves At Home - 4 Dancehall Queens


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Dj Sunshine is still in the "Heart of the Party"

sunshine_heart_of_the_party_video.jpgDJ Sunshine is at it again, this time she is making big waves with her latest single and video Heart of the Party.

The video which was directed by Karl Durrant on the Stashment Records label has made big inroads since it was premiered on OnStage a few weeks ago. The video made its debut on CVM’s Hitlist in the number two position, it is also enjoying rotation on major telvision local cable channels.

Commenting on the success of the video, DJ Sunshine says she is pleased that the song and video has been embraced by music lovers.

“Honestly, even I am surprised that it made its debut on the chart one spot away from the top spot. It just goes to show that when if you take the time to do something right, it will pay off,” she said giving credit to the creative team she worked with on the video.

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Ikaya Wows Toronto At Taurus Bash

ikaya_female_reggae_artiste.jpgSinger and deejay Ikaya recently wowed patrons who turned out in huge numbers at the annual Taurus Bash. The event was promoted by noted Toronto promoter Picture man Lloyd and was held at the Royal Banquet Hall in Canada.

Ikaya delivered a knock out set which included large sized bites of Hard Way, High With You, Fly Away (which was produced by Don Corleon), and Good Up.

Ikaya showed her versatility by revving up the crowd with her rendition of Rihanna's international hit What's My Name.

Prior to Ikaya's performance, the event felt the effects of the immortal Stone Love sound system, Assailant, dancehall selector Boom Boom and Future Fambo.

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June 7, 2011

Sizzla Kalonji - The Scriptures (Music in My Soul) - John John Records

sizzla_scriptures_album.jpgSizzla subscribes to the Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafari movement. He was raised in August Town, Kingston, where he studied mechanical engineering. Sizzla Kalonji has released over 45 solo albums and over fifteen combination albums, crossing different genres of Reggae and into hip hop. Sizzla, is one of the artists credited with leading a movement toward a re-embracement of Rastafarian values in contemporary reggae music by recording material which is concerned primarily with spirituality and social consciousness, exploring themes such as Babylon's corrupting influence, the disenfranchisement of ghetto youth, oppression of the black nation and Sizzla's abiding faith in Jah and resistance against agents of oppression.

With The Scriptures, Sizzla has collaborated with famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James, Jr., son of the legendary King Jammy, to create an album both thoughtful and intriguing. Jamaica's finest musicians, including Jackie Mittoo, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Fraser, Bobby Ellis and Vin Gordon, to name a few, join sweet harmony vocalists Fiona Robinson, Camar Doyles, Connie Francis and Sherida to produce a full, multi-layered background for Kalonji's varied vocal stylings in a surprisingly rootsy style.

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Ernie Smith Heats Up the Summer - "Nutten A Guh Come Outta Dat"

Ernie_smith_reggae_icon.jpgAfter 40+ years in the business, iconic Reggae singer Ernie Smith is as vibrant and energetic as ever, showing no signs of slowing down. The pioneering singer/songwriter promises to heat up the summer with his latest single "Nutten A Guh Come Outta Dat," a humorous social-commentary about recent socio-political issues in Jamaica. Smith will be hitting the Caribbean, Canada, and United States this summer to present the new single, along with his repertoire that includes pulsating classics like "Duppy Gunman," "Elsaida," "Play De Music," and "Pitta Patta."


In addition to touring, Smith, a passionate humanitarian, will be part of a diverse group of talents including famed singer Glen Washington, Dancehall veteran Ini Kamoze, Dub poet Yasus Afari, Dancehall deejays Lexxus and Laden, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, and hot new artist Protégé, to raise money for the St. Elizabeth Technical High School 50-Year anniversary on Friday, June 24th.

One of Smith's highly anticipated summer performances will be at this year's Merritone Family Fun Day in Connecticut in July. The annual event attracts thousands of music lovers from all over the Northeastern United States. The performance is somewhat of a homecoming for Smith, whose signature single "I Can't Take It" was recorded on the Merritone Label in late 1960s.

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June 6, 2011

Mavado continues to dominate the Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart


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Rihanna, 50 Cent seek bone marrow for kid

rihanna_sad_girl.jpgSingers Rihanna and 50 Cent have teamed up to help a struggling couple save their ailing baby daughter who is in dire need of bone marrow transplant.

One-year-old Ayelet Galena suffers from a rare life-threatening congenital disorder.

Rihanna and 50 Cent were so touched by the young girl's plight that they immediately signed up for a blood test to determine if they could be donors.

Both have also called on their fans to follow suit, reports

"Can you help me find a lifesaver for baby Ayelet and other patients? Get swabbed (tested) because maybe YOU can save a life!" Rihanna posted on microblogging site Twitter.

"Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester, rapper Pharrell Williams and rock band Linkin Park have also lent their star power to the campaign to save the little girl.

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Reggae Artiste Denno Keeping It Real

denno_dancehall_artiste.jpgMaster One Recording artiste Denno has his sights fixed on taking his career up another notch. The artiste is busy “working the rounds” as he showcases his talent. His hit single seem to b gaining new life everyday as it is now sitting in the No 11 spot on the Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart. The video, released a few weeks ago is also helping to propel the song’s popularity as it has also found its way on various video charts.

Denno could not be happier about the direction his career is going, he is also full of praise for the strong support given by his management company Master One Production. Even while he is enjoying success with Can’t Stop Dah Yute Yah the singing is now getting ready to unleash some new materials on the market. So far he has recorded over six new recordings including Straight for DJ Raff; My Mother for DK Tropical; Youths Moving Cold for Dalton Leith, Bun Dem for Stampede Music; Dem Waah Kill Me, for Lion House Production and Tek Me Life for Frenz For Real Productions.

From all indications Tek Me Life could very well be another big one for Denno as it has been receiving a lot of air play and the artistes says he has been getting a lot of positive feedback from those who listened to the track.

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June 4, 2011

WorldStarHiphop Premieres The West Pines Medley Video


The well talked about West Pines Medley video got a WORLD premiered yesterday on the popular American Hip Hop video streaming website

The West Pines Medley video which features Vybz Kartel, Tiana, Konshens, G Whizz, Darrio, and new comers Formila One and Cilon got over 17,000 views in just one day. Meanwhile over 20 of the most popular YouTubers posted the video on their Channels while it can also be found on dozens of Dancehall Forums.

This will not be the first or last time that dancehall/reggae will be breaking into the mainstream market as the new regime of Dancehall/reggae which includes Media House OutAroad Production alongside Miami based company Lion Path will be working closely together to create quality beats courtesy of Maroon Riddimz which will be followed by quality videos courtesy of Shutah Films.

The songs on the "groovie" West Pines Riddim are Dont Dis Me by Vybz Kartel...Body Talk by Konshens...You Mi Want by Tiana ft. Darrio...Sort Out Again by G Whizz...So Much by Cilon and Nuff People by Formila One.

What's Next With The New Regime
According to Carlington Wilmot a member of the OutAroad/Lion Path regime, "the next project that we will be working on is the Chapel Trail riddim which should be out by September. Apart from that we are working on several singles with Dancehall Diva Tiana. First to be released is the One Stuck Whine and a few weeks later we'll be dropping "Affi Mek It" (Love My Life).

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Excerpt from "Voice of the Ghetto" By Vybz Kartel - Chapter One


"I start this book as I start each day of my life, with a "Thank you Jah" for giving Adidja Palmer the inspiration to be Vybz Kartel; may the words on the pages of this book be well received, may it touch the heart of the oppressors of my people so that they may treat the poor with compassion. May it be a tool that Society will utilize to understand ghetto livity, so that you may change your impression of us and start treating ghetto people with respect - whether they are your helpers, gardeners, bar maids, drivers or any marginalized person in Jamaica. vybz_kartel_book_dancehall_jamaican.jpgMay it reach the desks of the prison officials so that they may implement more humane and positive procedures in our jails so that our people can be welcomed back into society after they have done their time. May it be a reference point for Jamaican males that have never taken the time to understand what our mothers, baby mothers, sisters and women in general go through. Most of all, may it be a source of motivation for my people especially the young ones as they find their way through life in this lovely place Xaymaca, its original name before the genocidal Christopher Columbus came to plunder and destroy an entire Amerindian people under the guise of Christianity. It is with this hope that I have taken the time to write this book in between my musical career and my role as father, and son; I ask that this book is blessed. The hate from the haters is expected but guess what, Kartel sending you a blessing too because the Gaza nuh bad mind. Come on, I know you going to read this book, that's okay with me, the only way we can have a better Jamaica is if we spend the time learning from each other."


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Rihanna Defends 'Man Down' Video's Violent Scenes

'U can't hide your kids from society, or they'll never learn how to adapt!' singer tweets.
By Gil Kaufman


A day after the Parents Television Council and other groups decried the violent murder scene in her new "Man Down" video, Rihanna took to the air and to Twitter to defend her clip from detractors.

"I'm a 23 year old rock star with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!" she wrote on Thursday. "Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents! And this is why! ... Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can't hide your kids from society, or they'll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD! ... The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! It's your job to make sure they don't turn out like US."

The PTC took issue with the opening scene in the video, in which Rihanna is shown shooting an unarmed man in the back of the head in the middle of a crowded train station. Viewers later learn that the act was in retaliation for a previous sexual assault.

The PTC, the Enough Is Enough campaign and the entertainment think tank Industry Ears released a statement on Wednesday condemning the video for what the group said was an apparent enticement to young women to turn to violence.

" 'Man Down' is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song," said Industry Ears co-founder Paul Porter.

The PTC lamented that Rihanna had a "golden opportunity" to use her celebrity status to send an important message to young girls and victims of rape and domestic violence with the clip, but had missed the mark. "Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability," said the PTC's Melissa Henson.

The singer later pleaded with her fans to stop making threats against members of the PTC, writing, "We love it, they don't ... that is all, and the world keeps turning."

She also called in to the BET show "106 & Park" on Thursday night to defend the clip, saying she didn't set out to spark any controversy, but isn't surprised she did.

"Rape is, unfortunately, happening all over the world and in our own homes, and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn't happen," Rihanna said. "Boys and girls feel compelled to be embarrassed about it and hide it from everyone, including their teachers, their parents and their friends. That only continues to empower the abusers."


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June 3, 2011

West Pines Medley Video - Vybz Kartel - Tiana - Konshens - Darrio - G Whizz - Cilon - Formila One

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Week #2 for Alaine's You Are Me - OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart


01 (01) (08) Alaine -- Your Are Me - 1 Thirty 1 Records - (2wks@#1)

02 (03) (09) Ikaya -- Hard Way - Out A Road Records

03 (04) (07) Queen I-frica -- In Times Like These - 2 Hard Music

04 (05) (07) Romain Virgo -- Taking You Home – Penthouse

05 (06) (06) Buju Banton -- Innocent - Gargamel Music

06 (02) (11) Nesbeth -- A Nuh Suh Mi Want Live - Jan Biggs Production - (1wk@#1)

07 (07) (06) Stevie Face -- Thank You For Loving Me - Penthouse

08 (08) (04) Protoje ft Ki-mani Marley -- Rasta Love - Don Corleon

09 (10) (01) Etana -- People Talk - VP Records

10 (NEW) (0) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records


1 Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

2 Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

3 Sophia Squire -- Nature Calling - Tremor Maddanize/Bredrocmusic

4 Anthony Cruz -- Only The Father - John John/Shan Shan

5 Colin Levy -- Lover's Holiday - Kings of Kings

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June 2, 2011

Locals against Rihanna getting Raped in Jamaica - Man Down

Rihanna who recently came to Jamaica to shoot the video for her reggae hit single Man Down painted a distasteful picture of Jamaica said locals. In the video Rihanna went to club where she flirts with a guy while dancing with him… the guy however started to get too personal so Rihanna pushed him away, he then followed her after she left the club and raped her. Rihanna then ran home for her gun and gunned down her alleged rapist in the middle of the street.

rihanna_rape_video_jamaica_reggae_man_down.jpgSince the released of the Man Down, has received multiple emails from dancehall/reggae lovers stating their anger against the video. As usual we went into the street to hear what others have to say about Rihanna's Man Down video.

"It's nice for her to shoot the video in Jamaica but I am not going to agree with the outcome of the story line. With a story line like that she should have went back to her home town with that because at the end of the day Jamaicans are already listed as bad people in the minds of many in international countries," said Carol Harris (Vendor).

Almost everyone that we interviewed disagreed with the content of the video especially Nigel Simmons who stated that Rihanna is not the only one as Drake came to Jamaica and did the same thing.

"All these people seems to be fascinated about is the bad image that they have created in their head about Jamaica. What Rihanna done was even more degrading, so I guess when a tourist wants to get rape all they have to do is book a flight to Jamaica. I can remember watching the news and when the broadcaster read that Rihanna was in Jamaica for a video shoot I was excited believing that this would have been a good look for Jamaica.

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Tiana Jumps into the top ten with No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi

Tiana-new-video-shoot-darrio.jpgKingston Jamaica- PR Jamaica Entertainment: Dancehall Diva Tiana's Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi is now one of the top ten contenders on the Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart as the single jumped two places from #11 to nine.

Tiana's female anthem No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Me has made it to the #1 spot on several other charts both locally and overseas where the song spent three weeks in the #1 spot on Wave's Radio Starlight Saturdays Top Ten Count in Belize while the video dominates the #1 spot on New York based WebTV CariVibez for weeks. Back in Jamaica the video spent more than two months on the CVM's Hitlist Video Count Chart as the gudaz girl’s anthem stood firm in the #1 spot for several weeks.

The song was also charted on Richie B's Top 25 Dancehall Chart while it's currently at #4 on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.

Tiana's latest releases are You Mi Want ft Darrio on the West Pines Riddim and Gyal Mi Love You ft Konshens on the Buss Out Riddim which are both getting favorable attention overseas especially in the UK, Costa Rica, Kenya, Gambia and Belize just to name a few. The video for Gyal Mi Love You is currently getting back to back rotations on Hype TV, Negril TV and RE TV.

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I-Octane's Women Mi Seh Was Written For Bounty Killer


i-octane-rasta-jamaica-reggae-dancehall-artiste.jpgThe Management team of I-Octane would like to make it clear that the song “Woman Mi Seh” on the Coach Riddim that has been released by Free Willy Music is in no way shape or form representative of the music of I-Octane.

On the request of Arthur 'Whale' of Free Willy music I-Octane had written and recorded the song as a demo to be recorded by fellow entertainer Bounty Killa. The artiste's last involvement with the song was when he personally handed it over to Bounty. Although there was no written agreement to cement the above deal, it was understood by both parties that the demo was simply a guideline for Bounty Killer.

The management of I-Octane did not hear anything about the demo after over a period of three months, when the song was written. Unfortunately, this week the demo was released by Free Willy Music, which is contrary to the initial verbal agreement.

Although the recording uses I-Octane’s artistic vocals, he wishes to isolate himself from the content of the song since it doesn’t represent his beliefs, practices, or image. In addition, he has never performed the song and it is not a part of his musical repertoire.

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June 1, 2011

Mavado is the Star Bwoy of OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart Top 20 Hot Singles Chart


TW means This Week, LW means Last Week and WOC means Weeks on Chart
TW - LW - WOC Artiste Name ----- Song Title ---- Record Label

01 - 03 - (13) Mavado - Warn Dem - Dj Frass Production

02 - 01 - (13) Vybz Kartel - Cake Soap - Adidjaheim/Notnice - (2wks@#1)

03 - 02 - (15) D-Major, Busy Signal & Richie Loop - Scikron Entertainment - (peaked@#2)

04 - 05 - (15) Tiana - Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi - D&H/SubKonshus

05 - 07 - (14) Shaggy ft Alaine - For Your Eyes Only - Ki-Licious Music

06 - 08 - (08) Vybz Kartel - Dancehall Hero - ZJ Chrome

07 - 09 - (11) Demarco - I Love My Life - Star Kutt Pro

08 - 04 - (15) I-Octane Nuh Love Inna Dem - Cashflow Records - (3wks@#1)

09 - 11 - (08) Mavado - Star Bwoy – Chimney

10 - 12 - (07) Chan Dizzy - Strange Face -- Head Concussion

11 - 06 - (15) Konshens - Gal Dem Ahh Talk - D&H/SubKonshus - (peaked@#4)

12 - 14 - (05) Aidonia - Nuh Tek Chat (Bad People) - ZJ Chrome

13 - 15 - (04) Tifa - Move Yuh Body - ZJ Chrome

14 - 17 - (02) Vybz Kartel - Look Pon We - Head Concussion

15 - 16 - (05) G Whizz - Night or Day - Seanizzle Records

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Natalie Storm Is A "Monster"


natalie_storm_monster.jpgIt isn't easy to put Natalie Storm in a box. Calling her a 'Dancehall' artist is as limiting as calling A-Team Music's The Runway a Dancehall 'riddim.' Storm brings her sassy punk attitude, ferociously funky delivery and Kingtonian slang to the A-Team's dance groove The Runway on a track, rightfully titled "Monster." The brazenly empowering "Monster" will be released digitally on The Runway album on June 14th.

The Runway, A-Team Music's debut full-length project, binds themes of love, hate, lust, anger, happiness, and frustration with the same underlying pulse, using different artists and various forms of Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel to craft a soundtrack to day-to-day life. Wearing her emotions like a garb, Storm struts The Runway cloaked in the fierce and edgy designs of defiance with "Monster."

"It's an anthem for women who aren't willing to give up everything to be a part of anything," says Natalie 'Natalie Storm' Cole. "We've all wanted to be in a position to control, whether ourselves, environment or other people. It's just a natural instinct inside of us to be power hungry or a little selfish...there's nothing wrong with that."

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Macka Diamond is the Proud Recipient of an IRAWMA!

MackaShowOffAward%20-%20IRAWMA%202011.jpgMacka Diamond is the proud recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Best Female International Rapper/DJ for 2011. The Dancehall artiste (who also wears the hat of that of Author and Actress) is overwhelmed and said “even though there were indicators that I could have won, I simply did not think about it and so it took me completely by surprise.” A pleasant surprise it must have been for Macka who also performed her popular Hoola Hoop and Cow Foot tracks to a very receptive audience at the awards.

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) celebrated its 30th year last weekend May 28th, 2011 at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Considered to be the only awards show to recognize the contributions of Caribbean and World music for over 30 years, IRAWMA was founded by entrepreneur, publisher and TV personality Ephraim M. Marting. The nominees included Trinidad’s 2011 Soca Monarch and Road Monarch champion Machel Montano, controversial and popular Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, Taurus Riley, Jah Cure, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrika, International Reggae musician duo Sly & Robbie, JW Blaze, Shakira, Daddy Yankee and many more.

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Dancehall Artiste Mavado roars in Cayman

mavado_cayman_island_concert.jpgGrand Cayman got its first up close and personal look at Mavado last Friday, as the Gully Gad gave his first ever performance there since bursting on to the scene in 2005. Cayman Islands had been one of the territories in the Caribbean that had declined Mavado entry up to this point but careful consideration by immigration and police there led them to take the decision that Mavado wasnt the stereotype they had been led to believe.

Upon his arrival Mavado was whisked to a welcome party at Margaritaville before the following day's round of radio and TV promotional appearances to convince Caymanians that he really was in the island. With anticipation at a high, Mavado performed at the famous Lions Centre in Georgetown to a packed house. Touching the stage at around 2am, Gully Gad rinsed hit after hit from his huge catalogue of anthems. Opening with So Blessed, Mavado had the crowd singing along to every word as he took them on a musical journey, ending with Star Bwoy. As always, the concert was packed with females who screamed and grabbed at Mavado throughout the 75 minute performance. After two encores, Mavado finally exited the stage but couldnt exit the venue for nearly an hour later as he took photos with hordes of fans.

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