Reggae/Dancehall Profiles Archives

July 28, 2014

Getting To Know Zj Dymond - Zip Fm's Disc Jock - @ZJDYMONDTFC

Zj Dymond radio schedule on Zip 103 FM is as follows: Sundays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 10pm-2am and Fridays 10pm-2am.

Zj-Dymond-ZIp-Fm-producer-vybz-kartel.jpgKerishma Davis AKA ZJ Dymond hails from the beautiful Parish of St. Catherine, started his musical journey from a tender age who was influenced by his uncle Copeland English who gave him intensive training while working for his sound system Technotran in the early 90's.

While playing at a pool party in Negril he was discovered by the then General Manager of Margaritaville and that was where his career took a turn in the direction he was hoping for. Started as House Dj for Margaritaville Montego Bay in the early millennium. "This was the beginning of greater things to come".

During his time at Margaritaville, he got the opportunity to showcase his talent by gaining employment at Links FM as a Radio disc Jock and then he moved on to Vibes FM as Radio disc jock and Announcer.

In early 2007, he was sent to Margaritaville in Grand Cayman Island where he was a Disc jock and MC for one year. Also played at parties and clubs in New Jersey and New York.

In the year 2008, he was influenced by his team at Margaritaville, friends and fans to enter the Heineken Green Synergy Competition. He made it to the Semi Finals and was placed third of that year's competition.

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November 5, 2013

Getting To Know Fantan Mojah - @iamfantanmojah @youngveteransja @sekouyoungvets


Fantan is known as a contemporary reggae artist whose faith is reflected in his lyrics. Some of his recurring themes are that women should be portrayed in a positive light, that everyone should live righteously, and that Jah should always be praised.
He began recording with Down Sound Records in 2004, and their first seven-inch release "Hungry" shot to the number one position in the Jamaican charts where it stayed for eight weeks straight.

In 2005, Fantan's debut album "Hail the King" was released. It features popular singles like "Hail the King", "Nuh Build Great Man" featuring Jah Cure and "Corruption". These were some of the most talked about records of 2005.

On November 19, 2008, Fantan released his second album "Stronger", which featured the massive hit single "Stronger" produced by Frenchy from Maximum Sound. This album secured his position as one of the major conscious reggae artists on the rise.
Throughout his musical career, Fantan has been blessed to be able to perform at countless festivals spanning over several territories, namely U.S.A, Europe, Caribbean, Africa and South America.

Fantan Mojah is now working on releasing his third album. It will feature his current hit "Rasta Got Soul" amongst other popular tracks. He will continue to build his brand worldwide as a conscious reggae pioneer

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September 19, 2013

Introducing Singer Songwriter Saphire Francis - @SaphireMuzic @Digitalvibezent

Saphiire_francis_singer.jpgBeautiful, talented and ready to make her name mark in the music business is the best way to describe up and coming singer / songwriter Saphire Francis. A member of the Digital Vibez Entertainment Label, Francis represents one of several new females on the local music scene looking for the break but what makes her so special.

"Well I think my sound is really unique, I fuse reggae with dancehall as well as pop and that style of music allows people to learn, be inspired and still feel happy or want to hit the dance floor".

As with many artists before her Saphire got her stage name from a close from and laments her love for music started very early. "The name Sapphire comes from my birth stone I had that title for awhile until I linked up with management and they suggested I use my last name as well. I grew up listening to persons like Marcia Griffiths, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, Shaggy, Bob Marley, Sean Paul and Beyoncé so for as far back as I can remember I was always looking towards a career in music".

At age 20 Saphire who at the time attended beauty school made the bold decision to follow her heart and chase music that resulted in her enrolling at the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts where she majored in Music.

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May 28, 2013

Aisha Making Use Of The Words In The World


Aisha_poet_female_canada.jpgAs a busy poet Aisha likes to quote herself saying "I'm the word girl making use of the words in this world" This beautiful dub-poet can do this in many ways. Not only is her words empowering and reaching large audiences locally and internationally, but Aisha have stepped into the music scene as well.

"Uniquely I bring to the table some commercial music meaning no swearing or vulgarity. My approach is like my poetry smoothing to the ears. I am working under the direction of Jamaican producer Chester Walker who is producing my music," said Aisha.

Aisha's style of music is a mix of poetry, rap style on reggae beats. The queen of words promised that there's a lot more to come and currently she has a special feature on iTunes.

"I wanted to share my music with those who enjoy my poetry. If you should love what you hear and want to support my musical career which is being heard and supported internationally please feel free to purchase my new single on itunes. I will continue to provide smooth sounds on one drop beats or very rhythmic beats like this one called "Earth, Fire and Wind" This riddim beat is all about the elements and my lyrics connect like birds of a feather as you will hear in my lyrics".

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April 5, 2013

Keznamdi: Reggae's Next Superstar



Rising reggae singer, Keznamdi's sound is as unique as his name. The singer who is not only a fusion of rich musical history, but also scholarly prowess says his love for music has always been innate.

"This is not a choice or hobby for me, music chose me. It’s a way of life and the only thing I have ever known," explains a passionate Keznamdi.

Keznamdi who spent his early years touring the world with his parents, lead singers of the international group, Chakula, honed his craft under their careful watch. He says he remembers countless nights falling asleep to the soothing strums of his father's guitar, or hanging out backstage with his sisters, Kamila and Kelissa McDonald at reggae concerts. Not surprisingly, he recorded his first song at 5 years old - "Mix a Color" - an educational song, inspired by his mother's background in early childhood education at Harvard University. Already a natural performer and crowd pleaser on stage, he jumped at the opportunity to perform "Mix a Color" at his mom's album release tours for her popular children’s album "Save the World" which became a viral hit in primary schools across Jamaica.

As a teenager, Keznamdi and his family moved to Tanzania for 3 years, while he completed high school in Ethiopia. His multifarious musical sound is therefore a direct product of his diverse and well-traveled background: a sweet blend of reggae, dancehall, bongo flavah, R&B and rap.

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February 16, 2013

Getting To Know Very Huge Recording Artiste Trapykal One


Trapykal_One_Chester_Walker_Jamaica.jpgThe origins of 'Trapykal One' also known as 'Trapykal' are deep rooted in the foundations of reggae music having Maxine Mackintosh (of Westmorland Parish) and 'Rastafari' 'Fitzroy Mattis' as parents. Both being individually linked but musically interlocked they bore a son
December 1st 1981, Omroy Johnathan Mattis in South Barrow, Portmore in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica.

In the rural community of Mount Industry, Omroy was raised to have a strong work ethic looking to his 'Rasta' father as a direct role model and influence. Listening to the likes of 'Leroy Smart', 'Bunny Wailer' and 'The late Great Pete Tosh' (Peter Mackintosh on his mother's side), all achieving international success and acclaim for Jamaica at the time. He wanted to emulate his father's love of creating music and his attempts at a career, having a successful recording in the 80's with "Togetherness", Fitzroy Mattis' son was indeed his greatest fan.

"I uses every penny I could get to hear it play ... Everyday I used to punch it in the jukebox at the bar near my house." (Trapykal One aka Trapykal 2012.)

Memorising and 'covering' family favourites from 'Beris Hammond' to 'Junior Kelly' and anything else in listening range, Omroy's own style and grace was more than evident by his teenage years. Now fueled by the lyrics of a generation, he looked to 'Beenie Man', 'Shabba Ranks', 'Bounty Killer' and the continuum of 90's dj's and singers hailing from local parishes. Their struggle being related and yet still gaining global recognition through God given talent and sheer
determination was making this young man's dream aspiration.

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December 30, 2012

Jason Cross The Newest Warrior In The Dancehall Arena

Jason_Cross_artiste_jamaica.jpgBelieve the Hype Promotions the artiste management company is ready for the world with their latest artiste 21 year old Jason Cross.

Cross who is from Kingston- is an artiste, producer and songwriter who is respected throughout the business, by many of today's young emerging talents - as a strong lyricist and performing talent himself.

He is also involved in the corporate world in Jamaica and intends to balance the two agenda's as long as they yield the business rewards he is seeking.
Since the age of 16, he's been hard at work in the studio penning songs for his own portfolio and working with some of the emerging talents that are now taking the Jamaican music scene by storm.

His song WARRIOR is to be his first release to the Jamaican music community and was written while he was still attending high school, where he was a prolific songwriter and ardent music business student.

The song Warrior is inspired by the plight of young Jamaicans WARRIORS; male and female who Cross feels as an artiste he should encourage to stay true to the right path, in making their way in the world, without bowing down to the altar of selling out rightness and true beliefs.

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December 24, 2012

Getting To Know StaggaBakk

UK Based Reggae Dancehall Artist STAGGABAKK, is the latest of naturally gifted Jamaicans who is set to light up our television and radio scene having a major impact on the music industry come 2013. His talent has no boundaries and he is limitless with the things he can achieve. Ever since he discovered his ability to write lyrics and rap to a beat, his confidence has sprung him onto a journey he never thought possible, due to coming from a hard fought background and a tough childhood.

Born in Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica, Christopher Sappleton aka STAGGABAKK has always had a passion for performing and being creative. Growing up, he captured the ears, eyes and heart of many locals in his community with his energetic, charismatic and passionate performances on various talent shows. He was supported by friends and family, especially his mother who he sees as his mentor and the reason behind him doing music altogether. She persuaded him to travel to the UK in 1999, so that he could experience a wider culture of music, learn from other musicians and develop into a much more versatile artist, like his idol Bob Marley did.

STAGGABAKK has this freshness about him that we think forms the perfect blend of Reggae and Dancehall music. He sees himself as more of an international artist who appeals to the masses.

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August 13, 2012

Chronixx...The Messenger Of Good Music

Chronixx_reggae_singer_artiste_jamaica.jpgReggae in Jamaica is NOT dead. While it may sell more worldwide, generate more non Jamaican artist than local; Reggae, through artist like Protege, Kabaka Pyramid, Iba Mahr, and many more; trod the road of Reggae in 2012. Amongst these storytellers of culture, finds a prodigy that's never recorded on vinyl or seen the greats (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh) perform live. His name is Chronixx and he is a soldier of the new generation.

At a mere age of 19, he forgoes the slackness of dancehall, the hypeness of skin out videos, for a more simplier style. With a mix of roots & culture, a dash of lovers rock, and the passion of a wide eye youth, he creates his uniquely authentic sound.

After an introduction to the Reggae scene last year, with his single "Behind Curtain", Chronixx musical journey has quickly flourished. Within the past year he has performed (gracing the stage with acts like Leroy Sibbles, Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje, Kelissa, and Infinite) in fourteen parishes, opened for Rebel Salute, and can be weekly at many live jam sessions and shows. From Jamaica to South America, Europe to Africa, Chronixx has conducted hundreds of interviews, most notably he's been featured on College Lifestyle 2012 season and most recently L3 (Canada) and Riddim (Germany) Magazines.

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July 29, 2012

Getting To Know Gospel Artiste Omari

Familiar to Reggae fans for his hits "Help!", "Why," and the most recent "Jehovah Guide Me," "God a Guide" and "Heart and Soul" Omari is creating waves in the music industry. The song "Help" was praised in The Star Newspaper as "one of the hottest and most inspirational gospel songs in the industry." While the latest hits are creating a stir in the media world!

omari_gospel_christian_artiste.jpgBorn Andrew Omari Edwards on February 3, 1980, Omari's dynamic voice, spectacular writing skills and exceptionally warm personality has been creating waves and opening doors unbeknownst to his wildest imagination. Omari copped the IRAWMA award in the category "Best Gospel Song" at the 2010 staging. He has also received five (5) Marlin Awards nominations and won the award for "Reggae Recording of the Year" 2008. He was nominated for three Reggae Academy Awards, in the categories, Best Solo Male Vocal Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Music Video and recently picked up a nomination in the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards (EME Awards) for Gospel Artiste of the Year.

Omari has also received three Megajamz Awards, including that for Lyricist of the Year 2008 for his song "Why", produced by Kurt Riley. Since its release in 2007, Omari's debut song "Help" has enjoyed the top spot on Tempo and throughout the Caribbean. The "Help!" video spent four weeks in the #1 spot on Tempo's Cross Country Countdown and also held top spots on local TV stations CVM's Hitlist and RETV's Video Top Ten Countdown. The most recent hit "Jehovah Guide Me" has shared the same love and appreciation worldwide as it is the #1 most downloaded song on iTunes from his selection and has landed the #5 spot on MTV KENYA. Omari’s music creates waves, not only in the gospel arena, but also in the secular. He often shares the stage, music video count downs and awards with the most popular members of the Reggae and Dancehall scene simply because his music speaks to everyone.

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July 26, 2012

Getting To Know M-Gee

M-Gee_artiste_dancehall_jamaica.jpgM-Gee is a reggae singer-songwriter who was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he lived a majority of his life. He attended Trench Town High School in the Kingston 13 area. M-Gee began singing at the church where his mother attended in Kingston. During this time his gift was realized, so he decided to develop his vocals to pursue a singing career. He sang at a variety of local events throughout the Island while building upon a sound reputation.

Due to unforeseen opportunities, M-Gee decided to migrate to the United States of America. He currently resides in the Philadelphia, PA area. With more available resources, M-Gee decided to make another attempt to further his singing career. In December of 2011, he released his first single, "Never Come See," which became a hit on the airwaves and in the dancehall scenes throughout North America, Jamaica, Barbados and England. More popular singles soon followed, including "No Tail," which was released in January of 2012. "Can't Make us Nervous" a collaboration with Mr. Easy, "Girls Alone," "Life is not a Joke" and "Hypocrite" were also successful tracks. The official video of "No Tail" will be released in April 2012. “Never Come See” and "No Tail" are available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and the other musical outlets for purchase.

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April 19, 2012

Getting To Know David M

david_m_reggae_pop_artiste_jamaican.jpgThe island of Jamaica has given the world so much rich music over time along with a variation of genres and styles from Ska, Dub and Reggae, to Jamaican Jazz, Pop and the Rude Boy-injected Rock Steady vibe. Well, that lineage continues - this time with a singer-songwriter, musician of Kingston, Jamaican heritage, who incorporates an eclectic creative mix of R&B and Reggae in his music. His name is David M and he is not an artist that you'll easily forget. His velvety voice and uplifting messages will linger in your heart long after the last note has been played.

"Lest We Forget" is the notable first single written, produced and performed by David M, from his soon to be released conceptual album, Here Comes Your Life. The powerful and climatic song was created in tribute to United States President Barack Obama - the historic significance of his election, and what it represents to people around the globe. Originally written as a salute to South African President Nelson Mandela, David rewrote the song to reflect today's current events.

Regarding the theme for “Lest We Forget,” David says, “I have the privilege to have lived to see the culmination of the efforts and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks and a whole generation of men and women who struggled so that Barack Obama, as well as you and I, can enjoy the fruits of their labor. The labor of those who went before who suffered through this crucible…for the opportunities we have and taken for granted … lest we forget, their sacrifices.”

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April 3, 2012

Welcome to the world of "CatEyes"


cat_eyes_singer_reggae.jpgOnce in a while a singer comes along that has the full package, The Voice, The Looks and The Charisma to captivate an audience. Famous producers and reggae artistes like Beenie Man, Little Hero, Daville and Sizzla, have also felt the same about this artiste that they have started recording duets and productions that will soon show off her talent. She goes by the name of "CatEyes". Born, Rochelle Marie Farquharson and hailing from Forth Riley, Kansas, CatEyes has landed some really good songs for her soon to be released album. CatEyes father is an important influence for her love of music, especially the open minded approach for many diverse genres and world musical styles.

CatEyes's unique style of Reggae, fused with RnB and her thought process to write wonderful lyrics, puts her in a good position for longevity in an industry where "One Hit Wonders" come and goes so often. Her musical style mirrors the inner whims and fantasies of men both young and old. She started her singing career at the age of 14 and from this tender age, CatEyes made it her goal to reach everyone through her musical presence. This goal, as a young visionary inspires her to leave listeners feeling comforted and at the same time hypnotized with deep felt emotions. Influenced with her love for Reggae, Dancehall and RnB, her music, lyrics, and sound brings a new dimension and crossover appeal that meshes into a unique and refreshing sound.

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March 29, 2012

Getting To Know Smokie Cut

smokie_cut_artiste_dancehall.jpgBorn on the 4th of May in Goodwill at the P.M.H (Princess Margaret Hospital) a Dominican Queen gave birth to a baby whom she didn't know would make her one day so elated by the great music he brings to the table. He's known for his uplifting lyrical content and melodious voice/flows. He was raised up with some good friends which later formed a group called GWC "GoodWill Crew" Records. A very creative writer who put words together like Scrabbles. Real name is Jihad Jean-Jacques who is the 3rd child but 2nd son on his mother's side.

He started his musical journey at approximately the age of 7years old singing with other primary school colleagues. One man, two words, three syllables,it's the unpredictable and undeniable Smokie Cut. Very humble from the first approach and has a warm welcoming spirit of truth and Positivity. Inspired by many great top artist from all over the world, Bob Marley, Buju Banton, Sizzla ,Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Yellow Man, Skinny Banton etc...He decided to follow a trend in which he knew was going to be a deep river to cross and steep mountain to climb to reach his destiny. He got exposure to a recording studio in 2003 which gave him the opportunity to record a 5 song demo which was actually completed in one day at Stevin "Ghost" Jno. Baptiste studio. He wakes up with music on his mind, usually skips morning breakfast and starts writing rhymes and also always has a new chorus or bright idea after he comes out from the shower. Getting a lot of positive feed backs and support from his immediate family, friends, encouraged him to continue his quest to musical success.

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February 21, 2012

Getting To Know Recruit

recruit_dancehall_artiste_Jamaican.jpgHis name is Garvin Orlando Spence and he goes by the stage name "Recruit." A young and upcoming artist who hails from Sherlock Crescent in Kingston Jamaica, he is following in the footsteps of his two older brothers - Delus and Konshens - who are displaying their talent in the music industry as well.

While in the ninth grade Recruit began showcasing his talents through his penmanship. "Many things influence my lyrics. My best lyrics come out when I write about lovemaking." During his last year of high school, he started taking music more seriously. "The first song I recorded was in 2005. To date I think the song that will resonate well with fans is "Galang Gal" on the Trailer Reload Riddim." Since then, he has emerged on the entertainment scene and has been steadily making his mark through his performances. He has opened for top billing artistes such as Serani, Spragga Benz, I-Octane and has performed as a solo act on "Rock with Squeeze" at SOB's in Manhattan and "Africa Meets Jamaica" at De Island Breeze in New Jersey.

As a multi-talented artist, Recruit's style is classified as a diverse mix of dancehall with a little reggae and pop. "I listen to everything, even the music that sounds like gibberish. I love R&B, Hip Hop, Rock and Soca. Other than my brothers, my favorite artist of all time is Denis Brown."

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December 31, 2011

Da'nandi staking his claim within the Dancehall ranks

danandi-artiste-dancehall.jpgUp-and-coming deejay, Da'nandi strives to ascend within the Dancehall genre as he continues to make himself a familiar name amongst peers and fans.
Born Andrique Wright, the Sherlock Crescent (Kingston) native developed a natural love for music; writing his first song at the tender age of 9. While attending Jamaica College, Da'nandi involved himself in lyrical clashes while also perfecting the art of freestyling. Such musical aspects built the young deejay into an all-rounded artiste.

Following years of hard work, Da'nandi began showcasing his musical growth on a grander scale; releasing his debut single, Tell Me When in October 2010. The Weapon X International produced single showcased Da'nandi's lyrical ingenuity and vocal range while earning the young deejay airplay locally and overseas.
From there, Da'nandi continued building momentum within the industry; earning a few stage show appearances and appearing of various mixtapes.

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October 26, 2011

Recruit Is Ready To Become A Winner

recruit_reggae_dancehall_artiste.jpgGarvin Spence, stage name 'Recruit' is a young and upcoming reggae recording artist who hails from Sherlock Crescent in Kingston, Jamaica. As a vocalist and song writer, his love of music began at a very tender age. "I started my music career seriously about three years ago but have always gravitated towards music. I grew up in a household where music was always playing so it is in my blood. My two older brothers - Delus and Konshens - are also artists.”


While in the ninth grade Recruit began showcasing his talents through his penmanship. "Many things influence my lyrics. Day to day happenings, the news or an instance in my life or my family and friends lives. Just about anything really." During his last year of high school, he started taking music more seriously. "The first song I recorded, "Get that Weed," was in 2005. Then I followed up with singles, "Don't Worry," "Bonnie and Clyde" with Mad Kerry, "Galang Gal" and "Real Badman"." Since then, he has emerged on the entertainment scene and has been steadily making his mark through his performances. To date, he has opened for top billing artists such as Serani, Spragga Benz, I-Octane and has performed as a solo act on "Rock with Squeeze" at SOB's in Manhattan and "Africa Meets Jamaica" at De Island Breeze in New Jersey.

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August 19, 2011

T.O.K still on top in over 10years!!!



Dancehall group T.O.K emerged on the scene in 1999 with a different sound, look & style which captivated the Jamaican fans and earned them three number 1 singles, "Hardcore luva" ft Lady Saw and produced by Richard Browne, "Whoa" produced by Danny Browne & "Eagle's Cry" produced by Dave Kellly which immediately became Dancehall anthems. T.O.K gained other local hits like: "Hands In The Air", Hold on" , "All I Really Want" and "Ginseng" but in late 2000 early 2001 they became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of one of their biggest billboard singles "Chi Chi Man" produced by Tony Kelly which made them the first Dancehall act to grace the stage on Bet's 106 & Park and the only Dancehall group to gain popularity at this international level .With this new found glory they continued to bring hits like: "Fire Fire", "Shake yuh Bam Bam"," Fire haffi bun", " Man a Badman" ft Bounty Killa & "Yuh a murda" which cemented their title as Dancehall's/ Reggae's greatest group and took them to new horizons.

In 2003 with no record label strength they hit the billboard charts once again with "Gal u a lead", "Money to burn", "She's hot", " Solid as a rock" and "Galang gal" which were major hits locally and internationally and in 2005 they released another smash hit produced by Don Carleon entitled "Footprints" which was a dedication to Alex's younger brother who was killed by gun violence that year. T.O.K became even stronger after their loss by adding more reggae to their catalog and along with their dancehall single "Hey ladies" they dropped other reggae hits which includes "Tears," & "Marijuana".

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August 16, 2011

Alty-B making waves internationally with "Splice" song

alty-b-splice-jamaican.jpgUp-and-coming Jamaican deejay, Altiman Grason, more popularly known as "Alty-B" is making his move on the Dancehall scene with a song promoting one of the hottest dance moves in Jamaica, "Splice."

"Splice," is the latest project from Alty-B, a former Jamaica College student who grew up in the inner-city area of Drewsland in Waterhouse, St. Andrew alongside his grandmother & witnessed many hardships during his time in the area. Alty-B then left the island in 2003 for Canada in an effort to pursue his dream of becoming a top record producer & make a better life for him & his family. Since arriving in Brampton, a suburb in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada, Alty-B has perfected his craft; a craft he claims chose him. "Music has always been a calling, but mi neva know how fi mek it happen," Alty-B intimates.

Alty-B has recorded a slew of singles including a counteraction to Jamaican-American hip- hop act, Sean Kingston's smash hit, "Beautiful Girl" in 2007 as well as "Song For Mama" on the Abyss Riddim and "Want You" on the Gal Farm Riddim. Additionally, Alty-B's made his name performing in talents shows across Canada & also emerging as a presence on the GTA party scene.

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July 19, 2011

Getting To Know Chuky

chucky_dancehall_artiste.jpgYoung, vibrant, energetic and multi talented Chuky arrived in Jamaica 5 Months ago armed only with his musical intellect. Since arriving on the Island he has made a huge impact with his smash hit singles such as Whine Pon Mi and Mr Agriculture. When the video for Whine Pon Mi was released and began airing on the music channels in Jamaica. The hit single Mr Agriculture took Jamaica, England and several surrounding Islands by storm. The up-beat remake of Pina Colada made a huge impact and soon Chuky was being greeted by the title Mr Agriculture. When Chuky performed this single on any stage show/Road case the audience would sing along to the lyrics.

Subsequently to the buzz that was created, Chuky began receiving requests by various media outlets, both on TV and radio. These included Irie FM, Hitz FM and Zip FM. Chuky also made guest appearances on Fi Wi Choice and Fluffy Diva TV.

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July 6, 2011

Getting To Know Devon Jorge

Devon_Jorge_dancehall_reggae_jamaica.jpgDevon Jorge is one of the most promising, conscious and inspirational singers and songwriters to have emerged in recent times.

Originally from the parish of St. Ann in Jamaica, he attracted attention upon the release of his debut single “Cold Heart”. But that was just a taste of what was to come.

He has come a far way since his days of working as a waiter. However he soon realized that the job was a bit overwhelming and later on worked as a bartender. While honing his skills as a bartender at the piano bar and lounge, it became evident that his shift was the main entertainment segment each evening.

He utilized his singing ability to impress his co workers and customers. It was encouragement from friends and co workers that initially led him on his musical path. He would later embark on
formal training in playing piano before migrating overseas.

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June 30, 2011

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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June 19, 2011

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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May 18, 2011

Getting To Know Ryan Oniel

ryan_oneil_dancehall_famemous.jpgEver since his debut single "Dreaming" in 1990 on the Oasis record label, Ryan Oniel has captured the listening ears of music lovers with his smooth velvet voice. Ryan's musical ambition was driven by a strong desire to emulate his reggae/dancehall idol, Sanchez who is considered by many as one of Jamaica's best vocalist. Further influences came from the music of Bob Marley.

Born Ryan Shaw and raised in the urban community of Kencott and later Glendale, Ryan Oniel attended Melrose all age school. After leaving school, he began working on various construction sites as a carpenter. Singing at work or during his spare time, Ryan attracted the attention of co-workers and friends alike who urged him to pursue a singing career.


Like many other dancehall singers during the 80's and 90's, Rayon Oniel, known then as Triller 'T,' began practicing his craft by singing live on "Black Magic" sound system. Impressed by his unique singing style, the owner of black magic sound took Ryan to Arrow's Recording studio where he cut several dubpates for the sound. When played in the dance, the dubpates had to be played back several times in response to the thunderous applause from the crowd. Ryan remembers singing live on the legendary sound system "Rambo Mango" international and sharing the microphone with "Ninja Ford" and the then hot dancehall crooner "Derrick Parker" whom he had met at "Aquarius Record Shop".

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May 13, 2011

Getting To Know Muscle Emanuel

Muscle_Emanuel_reggae.jpgThe name Carl Donald Blackwood is not one with which most persons in the music business would readily identify.Yet we have heard his music and witnessed his performance.He has been making steady progress through his reflective musical observations bearing the Afrikan Bump imprint and is poised not only to make himself a significant player among the creators and performers of Jamaican music but to assist others in making a name for themselves as well.

Blackwood who is more familiar to us as Muscle Emanuel spent his early years on Orange Street in Downtown Kingston a hotbed of musical creativity. The Orange Street of Blackwood's childhood teemed with numerous record stores and entertainment personalities.It was difficult walking in that section of Kingston at the time without bumping into one of the important figures of Jamaican entertainment who would constantly traversing the thoroughfare conducting business.

Blackwood's childhood would record encounters with the likes of Leroy Smart, Ken Boothe,

Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown who would serve as influences for his eventual career choices. Yet Blackwood despite his early exposure to the music in Kingston would not come to public attention until his family moved to Spanish Town where he would attach himself to some of the popular sound systems providing entertainment in the old Jamaican capital.It was on the popular set Stereo One that he would serve notice of his intention to become an entertainer.

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March 1, 2011

Getting To Know Munga

munga_dancehall_st_mary.jpgEloquent, street smart and infectious dancehall deejay Munga Honorable introduced himself to the dancehall with an explosion of hardcore rhymes. Born Damian Rhoden from Islington St Mary, Munga joined the music scene at the tender age of 18 when he entered the Red Label Wine Superstar Competition with the original song Who Drink Out the Red Label Wine?

A past student of St Mary High and Tarrant Comprehensive Munga hussled on the streets doing odd jobs before setting his mind on becoming an entertainer. Since then he has never turned back. Munga developed his versatile style as a prodigy of the fireman Capleton before grabbing the attention of the nation as a solo act.

With an edgy rap style combined with a conscious mind and a gangsta ras image Munga broke into the business with his hit song No Bad Like I. Lyrically Nuh Bad Like I launched an attack on other upcoming deejays who proved unable to match Munga’s style. Following on the success of the monster hit, No Bad Like I, Munga performed on stages all over the island, US East Coast and the Caribbean. His forceful, heartfelt performances earned him a slew of loyal fans. He elaborates "we start travel in 2001, opening for Capleton in the small islands, and then in 2002, I opened for him on the US tour. The Prophet has been the best teacher I could possibly have, he taught me about presentation, which is your image to the people, and the delivery of your sound and vocals, I commend him for that, he has the presentation aspect locked.”

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February 19, 2011

Getting To Know Lazer Maytrix

Lazer-Matrix-reggae-dancehall-jamaica.jpgRising deejay, Lazer Maytrix is definitely upping the ante this year as far as his career is concerned. Having seen his other deejay friends fly the gate, and possessing confidence in his own ability, the deejay christened Andrew Marsh is ready to hitch his wagon to a star.

A very affable youngster, Lazer Maytrix has been knocking on studio doors for quite a while and his persistence has always been rewarded. A member of the now defunct Fifth Element Crew, the deejay gained valuable exposure and experience in the music business during his tenure with that outfit. He recalls opening shows, both locally and overseas, for artistes such as Richie Spice and Chuck Fender, who were also affiliated to Fifth Element.

"It was good for me as a young artiste to be given the opportunity to share the stage with Fender and Richie Spice. Being on the road was like attending university," the former Cornwall College student said.

Lazer Maytrix relates with pride that it was church and his grandfather's guitar that inspired him musically, while growing up in Bethlehem, in the parish of St James.

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February 9, 2011

Nicky B: Cooking Up Hits for 2011

NickyB_RedBrown.jpgThough his dream of being a professional chef did not materialize, Nicky B is busy in the studio cooking up sweet-sounding treats that he is ready to dish out for anxious fans starting with his newest single "Golddigger" featuring Elephant Man. The 2011 menu also promises collaborations with international artists such as French rapper Rohff, a Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor-produced remake of New Edition’s, 1988 mega-hit “If It Isn’t Love” and a European tour with Voicemail in the summer.

2010 was a big year for Nicky B (born Nicholas Bennett), whose signature Rhythm & Dancehall (RnD) sound was on steady rotation on Jamaican airwaves. Songs such as "Dance Like We're Making Love/Suga Dumplin" , "Every Gal" (on Russian's G-Go Club Riddim), "Crazy Over You" on the Chimney Records-produced Retweet Riddim as well as collaborations including "Try My Love" feat Agent Sasco and "Fresh to Death" alongside Chino, Laden and Konshens ensured that he remained a staple on the musical palette.

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February 3, 2011

T-Jay Coming To Make A Difference

tjay_artiste_dancehall-reggae-william_williams.jpgEnergetic, gifted, and talented are only a few words that describe one of the newest faces in reggae dancehall, "T-Jay". "He leaves a major foot print on any stage he lands on, and has been known to have the crowd on their feet from beginning to end with or without his band." Patrica Chin - VP Rec.

Holding the reggae dancehall banner high, T-Jay is on the verge of making a major footprint in the music industry. With his fusion of dancehall, reggae & ska, his catchy melodies, passionate lyrics yet maintaining the fidelity of his childhood struggles, T-Jay is about to take dancehall by storm.

While other children's after school activities were spent in front of a television and playing with their peers, T-Jay spent most of his child hood in the studio with his father who surrounded him with some of reggaes pioneers which included Bob Marley, Pat Kelly, Sugar Minott, Pluto Chiverton, Gregory Issacs, Dennis Brown, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Terro Fabulous, Chaka Demus, Shabba Ranks. Jack Rubie, Beenie Man, Yellow Man and many other great reggae performers.

Being the son of legendary producer Derrick Douglas, he was born to a family of musical icons including his grandfather King of Ska Derrick Morgan and aunt Queen I-frica Writing and composing his first song entitled "Jigga" at the tender age of 8; he stumbled upon his talent and has utilized it ever since.

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August 25, 2010

No Stopping Dancehall Artiste Rasco


Rasco-dancehall-artiste.jpgRahsaan Lee (born September 4, 1989) better known by the alias/stage name Rasco was raised in Lionel Town Clarendon. His love for music started at a young age, which amped his drive to pursue a career in music and production.

Rasco attended Glenmuir High in May Pen Clarendon, where he and his friends would have clashes during lunch breaks and attract large crowds of students; this boosted his interest in entertaining large crowds of people. As music grew more and more on him Rasco would lock himself in a room for hours and produce instrumentals and "closet" music to give to the bus drivers to play on their route to school. He was greatly influenced by artists such as Bob Marley, Damion Marley, Mavado and countless others.

After his completion of high school he moved to West Palm Beach, FL where his music career was put on paused. He later realized he needed to take his music to the next level so he enrolled in the Los Angeles Recording School in Hollywood, California. There he heard the My Life riddim by Dj Frass (Producer) and wrote the song entitled Good Life. After completing the song he then contacted Dj Frass who in return liked the song and showed interest in Rasco and his music. Through the help of Dj Frass he completed the song entitled No Gyal ft Flexxx from the Alliance which launched his career to the next level. He is currently working on a few new projects with Dj Frass, Russian, and Gala P; hoping to take his music career to the ultimate level.


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July 24, 2010

Ishmael Turner - Jamaica's Golden Son

ishmael-reggae.jpgJamaica has given birth to another great musical treasure- the organic and soulful singer/songwriter Ishmael Turner. "One of Jamaica's next great exports" hails from the water house area of Kingston that gave us Junior Reid, Mykal Rose, Don Carlos, Beenie Man, Half Pint and Garth Dennis.

A shining star, Ishmael Turner first international release "No More" is an engaging, heartfelt debut single with impressive vocals and strong lyrical content. His cutting edge style but classic form creates a sensational sound in the roots reggae genre. Seeing Ishmael Turner perform is to experience a champion showman with a great voice and powerful stage presence.

The new reggae explosion is promised to create waves throughout the music scene with his hot new single “No More”. Ishmael musical testimonies captivate the listener, reflecting his intense passion and love for music. "Jamaica's Golden Son is more than just good looks and charm he is a great talent with a lot to offer and the world will come to know and love Ishmael Turner. Download the new hit "No more" on view pics, videos, tour dates and more.

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June 3, 2010

3 Kingz For The Ladies

3kingz_group.jpg3 Kingz, the new Jamaican group to emerge from the city of Kingston, consisting of three members: Ramone, Curt and Craig bringing to the tables a mixture of melodies, harmonies and hardcore Jamaican flows.

Being raised in Jamaica their whole lives amongst each other, they have been together through most if not all turning points in their lives and always had a strong interest for music. Determined to let their voices be heard, they strive towards excellence as the youths of proud parents. Curt and Craig are related by blood and Ramone being so close to the family that blood would make him no closer than he has become. They shared the true meaning of brotherly hood. Curt and Ramone, being childhood friends, went through highschool together in Jamaica writing songs, and expressing their talents amongst their peers. They both had the interest of producing and composing music for years while singing for the fun of it not realizing it would grow to be something way pass their expectations, and Craig was a determined “deejay” focused on carrying out the sounds and melodies of the hardcore, retro, dancehall music being greatly influenced by Super Cat.


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May 28, 2010

O'Neil Jason Charles Edwards - May 08, 1974 - May 26, 2010 - Higher and Higher

oneil_bio_voicemail.jpgWhen he sang the words "Mr. Wacky is gone but his dancing lives on…", O'Neil Edwards could never have known that his end would be equally tragic. He was named O'Neil Jason Charles Edwards at birth, an event that took place on May 8, 1974. One of ten siblings, O'Neil's five sisters and four brothers knew that music would be the road he would take from early in their lives.

He was destined to be in the music business, following in the footsteps of his father, well-known Jamaican recording artiste and producer Rupee Edwards. The performance and production of music was a part of O'Neil's early life as he watched his father, heard the sounds, felt the excitement of the music business and decided this was what he wanted to do.

Even as he was making a decent living as an entrepreneur, the music business called out to O’Neil. Confident of his ability and determined to succeed, he joined with his neighbourhood friends, Jerome "Craig "Jackson, Kevin Blaire, Robert Manning and Leonardo Grant to form a multi-talented group of singers. It was 1999, and the new century was to bring a round of success for the brand new group Voicemail.


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May 19, 2010

The Rise of Angele Smith

angele_smith_artist.jpgThe Jamaican music industry is now adopting the fresh look and sound of the sexy, talented and captivating Angele Smith.


Since his move to Kingston some nine years ago, Angele Smith has struggled through many adversities to reach this point. Now, he has a brand new single and music video. The song 'Let Me Know' was produced by Christopher Birch (Birchill Records) for Kross Ova Entertainment Ltd, the company that manages Angele Smith's career.

Angele Richard Smith was born in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, on March 3 and grew up in a two bedroom board house which was occupied by nine siblings - four boys and five girls. It has not always been easy for the youth and losing his mother when he was only seven years old only added to the hardship his family faced. But, it was particularly devastating for Angele, who was named by his mother because of her strong spiritual belief and her love and faith in him that he would 'make it' for the family and also make an impact on the world.


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May 16, 2010

Introducing T-Swagg, a melodic, edgy hip hop artist with a smooth swagger


Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, T-Swagg is no stranger to music and melody; T-Swagg got his start in the music business as a DJ "free-styling on the mic". Developing an impressive fan base at just nine years old. He had become well known for his creative style and harmonious hooks. His pursuit to further advance his career as an artist would be put on hold, after his peers and other industry professionals discovered that he possessed additional musical talents as an producer, songwriter and engineer. As a producer and songwriter, T-Swagg aka TROYTON has collaborated with many successful recording artists including Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Busta Rhymes. Even with all his success as an award-winning producer, he still remains passionate about his first love as a hip-hop recording artist. TO DOWNLOAD HATERS CLICK HERE

Accordingly, T-Swagg he's now re-embracing his passion to become the next Pop rapper and Reggae artist with a new style of "swagger". For his debut album, expected to be released, October 2010, T-Swagg recently teamed up with recording artist, Rick Ross on one of his songs. This album will also include tracks featuring PITBULL, MAGAZEEN, The REAL HONOREBEL, and ELEPHANT MAN.

T-Swagg is here to turn the music industry upside down with his new sound.

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May 13, 2010

Tom Laing The Newest Shining Star In Reggae Music

Tom_laing_reggae.jpgLet me introduce you to the newest shining star in reggae music. To see him from afar you would probably think he is an average working class guy but hearing Tom will give anyone a completely different impression.

Given the chance to be heard the world would be forced to take a second glance. Tom's cool, calm demeanor belies his inner peace which maybe the very reason that he has come to this place at this time that conscious music of any kind is rarely heard and well received. Tom Laing is ready to take his place with the Reggae greats that he once listened to as a youth in his hometown Kingston, Jamaica.


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March 11, 2010

West Bank Is A Musical Bank Of Talent

west_bank_never_find_another.jpgOften times talented dancehall/reggae group West Bank has been compared to the likes of Hip Hop super group the Fugees, because of their ability to successfully fuse various genres of music such as R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop with Reggae and Dancehall. When you hear a West Bank track you will be blown away by the group's unique vocal styling and their melodic musical arrangements. The members of West Bank describe the group as a musical bank of talent that represents the West Indies as well as the whole Western hemisphere.

The group is on a mission to create a whole new sound with a Reggae flavor. Lead band member Joe West says that the each member of the group has a genuine love for music. "We all have a genuine love for reggae music. Growing up, we all were drawn to music by reggae icons like Black Uhuru, Burning Spear and Toots Hibbert but we also draw influence from more current artistes like Black Eyed Peas and Morgan Heritage."


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February 5, 2010

Bugle Maintaining the Focus for 2010

Bugle-reggae-dancehall.jpgMusical interests both locally and internationally found 2009 to be a turbulent year for the industry; feuds, lackluster production and writing efforts aided in an even greater decrease in album sales. The flip side is that this tight squeeze around the neck of the entertainment industry allowed persons to dig deeper inside their creative engines to bring good quality music to float above all the undesirables, much to the delight of the fans. One artiste who was able to bring forth really good, quality filled tracks was DASECA's first artiste - Bugle.

Bugle has found himself blessed with a writing/lyrical skill that allows him to bring forth songs that connect with people on a personal level; things that basically any and every one can relate to. In 2009 he stayed true to that form and worked with some of the industries talented producers to bring those songs to the ears of the fans. With the help of visionaries like Julia Braham (1456 Productions) and Jay Will (Jay Will Films) he was able to bring some of these stories to life. One of his last projects for 2009 was the song 'Pearly Gates' produced by TJ White (Tj Records) for the Alter Ego Riddim.


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January 16, 2010

Tall P To Create A Shockwave Across Jamaica

tallp-dancehall.jpgJamaica a star is about to explode, he’s Kendah Entertainment’s recording artiste Tall P who’s also hailed as The 3 Star General.

Born, Theo O. Smith, one of three children, has spent most of his musical life in the Garrison of Flankers located in Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second city.

After coming to live in Flankers in 2003, Theo entered into an atmosphere where music and aspiring artiste were everywhere such as the now popular group Merrital (My Money Ha Ha). Being a youngster without much guidance or help to pursue a traditional career Theo fooled around with a few rhymes, and after getting a favorable response from friends and family, Tall P was born. He then proceeded to record a few demo tracks for Kendah Entertainment in 2006, due to the fact that the label was busy with other projects Tall P was placed on the back bench. But Tall P did not stop writing new songs. The label heard a few fresh materials from Tall P in October 2009, and decided that it is now time to place much more emphasis on him, so music fans can now look out for a shockwave across the island of Jamaica.

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November 12, 2009

Chabano Nkani Continues On His Musical Journey

Chabano-music.jpgAmerican based reggae artist Chabano Nkani's journey in the music business has not been an easy one. Despite this, the St. Andrew native has soldiered on through the years seeking the big break. After losing the very first job he had landed after leaving high school, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a singer. As faith would have it in 2000, he met artist manger/producer Byron Murray who had just set up his company, In The Streetz Records. Realizing that his dreams of becoming a recording artist would not be an easy task Chabano went to work for Byron Murray. During his stint with In The Streets Records he learnt a lot about several important areas of the music business such as record distribution, road management and music production.

In 2001 Chabano formed his own record label Isle of Springs Records, that same year he produced a big hit song for Warrior King titled Jah Is Always There, which was included on Warrior King's debut album. Chabano has also produced songs for other artists such as Half Pint, Luciano, Spragga Benz, T.O.K, George Nooks, Natural Black, and Chico just to name a few.


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November 11, 2009

Tyrical Finally Getting His Own

tyrical-bounty%20killer.jpgFor many years dancehall/reggae artist Tyrical has been toiling in the music business without much recognition. His experience in the music industry spans over a decade. He recorded his first song titled Model Again in the early 90s for the Collin Fatta label, when he just started out in the music business. Tyrical has the uncanny ability to consistently write songs that the masses can relate to. Over the years Tyrical has recorded and released creative and catchy songs such as No Guirrella War, Bere Sickn Sickn, Dis Bwoy Mother and Rasta Drink just to name a few.

Tyrical has also contributed to the development and growth of other artists as a songwriter, arranger and producer. His writing credits includes several hits for the Five-Star General Bounty Killer such as Sufferer, Woman A Trail Me, Who Boost Roy, Dem Bow, Oh Tun-up Di Music and Vote in collaboration with Terry Fabulous -- Heads High (Mr. Vegas), Music Is The Source Of Life (Capleton/Tyrical).

He is finally getting the break he deserves with his latest single Want My Own which is currently one of the most played songs both on radio and in the dancehalls in Jamaica. Want My Own is currently number 22 on the Jamaica Music Countdown dancehall charts. Tyrical is also booked for Sting, G Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza and Rebel Salute.

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October 15, 2009

Revolutionary Entertainment Making Timeless Music

Dennis%20Livingston.jpgPhiladelphia based Entertainment Company Revolutionary Entertainment has been around since 2004. The company is headed by Dennis Livingston who is the nephew of the legendary reggae super star Bunny Wailer and his brother Derrick Livingston who is the joint CEO of the company along with Ian Grant. Revolutionary Entertainment started out as an events company in the US and has staged several successful events across the US such as celebrity events for VH1, MTV, BET, Bobby Valentino, Katt Williams, New Edition and Sean Paul. However, the focus of the company has broadened in recent time to include artist management and record production since launching its Jamaican operations.

The company first ventured into this new direction two and a half years ago with the signing of the talented female songstress CenC Love. CenC Love who is Bunny Wailer's daughter is known for popular songs such as Little Bit Of My Time & Yours Alone featuring Richie Spice. The company also manages Andrew Tosh son of the late reggae super star Peter Tosh, Junior X who was recently signed to the company and Might King sound-system.


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September 28, 2009

Don Sniper determined to make it in the Music Biz

Don%20Sniper.jpgMulti-talented singjay Paul Davis aka Don Sniper is a versatile artist, songwriter and producer who is determined to make it in the music biz. His involvement with music began at the age of ten while he was a student Alpha Boys primary school, where he learned to play the saxophone and sang on the school choir. After leaving that institution, he attended the Papine High School. During his high school years, he was also a member of the Tavanaires marching band. After completing his high school education in the late 1990s, he spent most of his time visiting various recording studios in Kingston. Eventually he made friends with other artists such as Danny English, Singer J, Egg Nog & New Kids all of whom were a part of the Q45 Records camp at the time. He spent a lot of time traveling to the studios and events with these artists, while doing so he learnt as much as he could about the music business.

Don Sniper recorded his first single titled Hello Good Looking, which was collaboration with Heather Cummings for the Big Star label in 2000. Since then there has been no turning back for him as he has recorded several other singles and performed on major events such as Sting 2004, he also performed Unity Splash that same year, Hype 2k9, he recently performed on Beenie Sizzle.


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September 20, 2009

Dubkore Making A Positive Influence On The World Through Music

Dubcore.jpgRecording artist Collin Llewellyn aka Dubkore is fully aware that music is a great influence on people all over the world. Therefore, he has chosen to sing songs that will have a positive influence on the world. The versatile singer, songwriter and musician who hails from the Duhaney Park area of Kingston, is a trained musician. His introduction to music came at an early age by way of the piano, from the age of seven he was sent to study music at the viva studio in the Cassia Park area of Kingston. His ability to play the piano earned him a silver medal in the 1979 JCDC Festival Of The Arts Competition, while he was a student at the Dunrobin Primary School.

"Music has always been a part of my life ever since I was a child, from an early age I was sent to music classes". "I used to rebel against going to my piano classes but in the end I am happy I did them because this knowledge and experience has helped me a lot since I decided to pursue music as a career", Dubcore said.


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September 18, 2009

Sotto Bless Possesses the Required Ingredient

sotto-bless.jpgBy the grace of God, Sotto Bless is destined to explode in the competitive music industry.

His true inspiration came from his mother, Ms. Elaine and his four sisters who were aware of the talent he possessed. However, it took a greater 'Influence' than what he had in himself and this 'Influence' was "Frass Records" who foreshadowed Sotto Bless' career where it's at right now.

Sotto Bless was more popularly known as "Di Writer" before he became a performer. He wrote for other artist with the intent of one day fulfilling his dream of performing his own creations. Refuse to be known as the "area artist" he ventured out of the security of his community Correville Gardens, determined to see what kind of impact his music would have on other individuals.


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September 17, 2009

Mystic Soul Says I Am The One

Mystic%20Soul%202.jpgLyrics Surge recording artist Mystic Soul is looking to impact the local music scene with his debut single I Am The One, which was written by Wayne Russell and Raphael Logan of Lyrics Surge Records and produced by Ian Johnson & David Leonard. The single which was released on August 15th is available on Itunes,, Rhapsody and several other leading internet music stores. It is the first single off his fourteen track debut album which is slated to be released before the end of the year. The single is supported by a very good music video which was done in Florida under the direction of Florida based award winning music video director Adrian Allen.

Since the release of the single Mystic Soul has been receiving a lot of attention from radio stations both in the US and Jamaica. The video is also receiving good support on several television stations and cable channels, it is currently number four on the reggae chart on CVM TV's popular Hit List show.


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September 16, 2009

"Dj Neil's True Passion for Music"

By Shanz Lyrics
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Dj-Neil-cashflow.jpg"From him was a tiny tot", Dj Neil realized that being in the music industry is where his passion lies. A passion which is not determined by nurture, but by nature, a passion not determined by want, but by need…a passion determined by purity, genuine love and desire…... the love of the most powerful force on earth "Music".

In the heart of Cooreville Gardens -Bob Marley Circle ironically is where you will find a fast growing music empire that is equipped with not only a pro-tools home studio, but an internet radio studio as well. Neil's dad the legendary 'Father P' who is a musician, and a producer, serves as his chief source of musical inspiration. "He is my mentor and the person responsible for guiding me through my musical journey to where I am today."

Dj Neil started his journey as a hobby in the year 2001, by flooding the streets with a the Famous mix tape called Unleashed for his sound Cash Flow Family, the mix was compiled and co-produced by his younger brother Dj X and his neighbour "Mexican". Adding Dj Hize to the family, Dj Neil went on to do several mix tapes as years goes by, including several volumes of Culture mixes, which created a buzz in countries like Japan, Canada and numerous parts of the world.


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September 13, 2009

Papa Biggy Intends to "Return to the Frontline"

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PAPA-BIGGY-album.jpgPappa Biggy, has been what we term 'missing in musical action' or "temporary musical retirement', however, he now sets to make a return to the musical frontline. He's currently planing the official "Return to the Frontline" album release party, at JP's Night Club in New Haven CT. The event which set to take place on September 26.2009. Not only will September 26 be the launch party, the album will also hit stores the very same day, with the world wide distribution being commissioned by Moodies Records, of Bronx New York, Ernie B's Reggae in California, Black Arrow in London England and Lifeforce International in Jamaica. He his also in tune with the moving times as he, is ensuring the fast trend of Mp3 downloads are also taken care of, with MP3 downloads available at Amazon, Lime Wire, Itunes, Rhapsody, Lala, Shock Hound, E-music, Amy Street and CD Baby.

According to Papa Biggy "the album is comprised of a little of everything culture, dancehall and lovers rock" he adds "It's inspirational and educational while very entertaining at the same time". He continues to add that, "my inspiration for doing this album came from many different sources which is evident in each track. First and foremost from GOD also from my life experiences both good and bad, the mistakes I have made and progress I have made spiritually as a person and from my everyday experience of life in general," he explains to


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September 2, 2009

D-Major - "The Golden Voice"


KINGSTON, JAM - (Pen2Paper Creative Concept.) -Damian Codlin 'aka' D-Major has been obsessed by musical sounds since birth. The term D-Major, comes from the musical key of "D", which is a major scale based on the note "D" and is a key signature consisting of two sharps. Many classical composers, by individuals such as Mozart, used D-Major as the Key is regarded as "the key of glory" and is often "represented in gold".

His first endeavor in the field of music was a member of a quintet called Q-T (Quality and Togetherness), however Damian didn't choose his name because of all the accolades, but the name came shortly after his split with Q-T. It was at the practice for performance, that a member of the band, inquired what note the song was in, and a member replied "D-MAJOR", seeing that his name is Damian, he adopted the D and added Major, hence D-Major.

He cites his musical influences from icons such as Sam Cooke, Beres Hammond, Stevie Wonder and R-Kelly, all whom have produced a passion that has driven him to pursue music as his lifestyle. This was satisfying and again his thirst drove him to want more. He recorded singles such as 'People Make The World Go Round,' Among The Angels,' 'Sunshine,' and 'Won't Separate.'



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Iyador A Man Of Peace, Love & Justice

Iyador-reggae.jpgDetermined not to fall into the iron balloon category of the local music industry, Clive Buchanan aka Iyador formerly known as Pitiless, has taken a new direction with his music and his image. The talented Rastafarian deejay who hails from the hills of Clarendon, has been trying to make a name for him self in the music biz since the mid 90s. Iyador recorded his first single Sing Song in 1995 under the stage name Pitiless for the Brown Brothers label. He also recorded several other songs for the label.

A few years later in 2007 he formed a group with two other artists Cuban & Yanky P, the group was called Unity. Together they recorded several singles before breaking up a year later. Most notable of these singles was Hot Girl which featured Alibra. Iyador has also performed on several major stage shows such as Reggae Resurrection and Dancehall Rock.


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July 28, 2009

Hyah Slyce on his way for the big Slice

hyah-slyce-feel-so-fine.jpgMelodious singer Hyah Slyce hopes to one day take a 'slice' out of the music business and claim it as his own. Born Germaine Bernard and hailing from St Elizabeth, Hyah Slyce has always had a love for music for as long as he can remember.

Drawing inspiration from persons such as the legendary Bob Marley and the versatile Sizzla Kalonji, Hyah Slyce one day hopes to make as diverse and powerful an impact as these two artistes. Slyce began his career at the turn of the millennium in 2000 after graduating from high school where he began to visit local studios in the hopes of sharpening his musical skills and prowess. Throughout his earlier years the singer was uncertain about his name often going by 'Slyce' and 'Slycer' before settling on Hyah Slyce, which was recommended to him by acclaimed singer Mikey General.

After struggling for a while establishing his name Hyah Slyce has without a doubt paid his dues, and is now voicing at some of the top studios in Kingston attaining street credibility at the same time. The artiste first began generating serious buzz on the airwaves with 'Poor Again' on the 'Girlfriend Riddim' from the Cash Flow label in 2007. He immediately delivered another local fan favorite with "Sex Sales" on the Disturbance Riddim from the Loyal Soldiers Label. However It was when he met with Coppershot Productions for the cultural love song 'All & All' that the reggae community began recognizing his talent as an important player. A video soon followed which was directed by innovative female trio Scorpio 21, and has since received rave reviews locally and internationally.


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July 18, 2009

Shutah and Nicko Rebel Music on the go


Producer Nicko Rebel is known for his out of the box, pioneering approach towards dancehall music. Hailing out of South Florida Gladiator Sound Production's (Nicko Rebel Music), produced Shutah's hit single Xtacy.

Born in Toronto, Canada (Flemington), SHUTAH was convinced to pursue dancehall music when a friend of his noticed his talent for writing lyrics as well as his new age dancehall flows.

He currently resides in South Florida and is working with local and international producers such as Nicko Rebel Music, Calibur Entertainment, Maroon Riddimz, Chinese Assassin, D&H Remix and High Stakes Records.


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June 13, 2009

Major Myjah Gets Exposed Overseas

By CJ Johnson

majormyjahartistesbountykillerson.jpgPint size recording artist Major Myjah is on the cusp of breaking through as a young star. His first single "My Sunshine" is getting significant radio airplay in several countries, including Germany, Jamaica, Japan and Spain. The reggae inspired pop song which received only a soft release to several Disc Jockeys worldwide has garnered an unexpected frenzy. It has industry insiders as well as fans talking. In fact, the song has made such an impact that several producers and established artists have already requested 12 year-old Myjah to collaborate with them. Needless to say, Myjah's cell phone and MySpace page ( have been busy lately. Let Myjah tell it, "I'm so excited, I've been focused on my music for a while and it looks like it’s about to pay off."

According to some media pundits, 'there is a strong buzz in the industry about Major Myjah, his international pop style is reminiscent of a crossover artist like Shaggy, even though he’s not even a teen." If it wasn't enough that Myjah has already worked with producers, Genius, Black Chiney, Leroy "Baarbroy" Romans, and Grammy winning producer Tony Kelly, he's also scheduled to work in the studio with seasoned producers Stephen McGregor, T. Mix of Cash Money Records, JR Rothem, and several others.


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May 29, 2009

"Chimney motion pictures presents….." - Movie Star - Vybz Kartel

chimney-records-music-label-jamaica.jpgWith the recent release of the 'Movie Star' rhythm the dynamic duo from Chimney Records has only proven that their talents cannot be denied.

Featuring top artistes such as Vybz Kartel with Like A Movie, Blak Ryno with the suggestive Can I to the outspoken Mavado with Dem A Talk and representing for the females Raine Seville with Curious and Ishawna with I Want You, Movie Star has been getting some serious rotation and the rhythm geared to make persons move. This rhythm comes in the wake of smash hits such as Wipe Those Tears from Jah Vinci, Inna Life from Laden, Belly Wine by Raine Seville and You A Mi Baby by Vybz Kartel all produced by the Jordan McClure and David 'Hizzle' Hayle of Chimney Records.

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May 28, 2009

Darrio Dane-Jah Seeks to "Shuub Out"

darrio-dane-jah-artiste-deejah-reggae-dancehall.jpgBorn of the name Darrio Johnson born in the small district of Deeside, Trelawney, Darrio Dane-Jah was exposed to music by his mother, a singer whom due to lack of funds had to place her music aside and moved to Kingston in search of employment opportunities.

Living in Kingston Darrio made several musical links to players in the industry, and as such, he was able to light, the torch and pick up where his mother left off. Dario's real motivation begun while he was still in high school, where he displayed, his talent at various school concerts. The experience he gathered pushed him to pursue a full time career in music. The first major highlight of his career came in 2005 when he entered in the Guinness undisputed competition where he advanced to the second round, which aired, on CVM TV. The competition proved to be a successful avenue as he was placed second overall, earning him a place on Guinness Sting 2005.


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May 6, 2009

Get ready Music lovers "The Diva Nikki Z" has arrived!!!


nikki-z-carlington-wilmot-photo-she-did-not-give-me-my-credit.jpgNicole Y Duhaney A.K.A "The Diva Nikki Z" knew she was made for radio from the first time she was placed on air. After serving four years in the U.S Army she was asked to guest host a local stage show in which to the promoters surprise she rocked the crowd and got the vibes going. The local radio host then asked "The Diva" if she would want to review the concert the next day on his program and this feisty radio personality could not refuse the chance. Little did the radio host know that he had given this multi talented young lady just the right initiative she needed.

After doing a year on college radio, the local hip-hop station Jamz 910 recruited her to host their Caribbean program called "Caribbean Vibes". That position garnered her much notoriety and had this Diva looking more seriously at the radio music industry. She then took a break for a short time and move to the Big Apple where she got involved with production work on the B.E.T program Turnstyle. On this program she served as field producer where she conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop; L.L Cool J, Nas, Musiq Soulchild to name a few. After spending 3 years in the Big Apple, she got a call that a major corporation would be launching a brand new Hip Hop station in CT "Power 104.1". Radio being her first love this media darling jumped at the chance to get involved with this powerhouse company. She landed the job as board operator for the "Wendy Williams show" and slowly worked her way within a few years to hold down not only 10pm-2am shift but also the 10am-2pm.


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May 2, 2009

Kepha & Daniyah too busy to be "Skylarking"


They may be young, but the Skylarking hit-maker brothers Kepha and Daniyah Gordon tell their True Story with a maturity well beyond their years. Together, each poses an entertainment triple threat: singer, dancer, and lyricist. Born to a large working-class family in Toronto, Canada, Kepha (16) and Daniyah (14) showed signs of their unique talents at an early age.

kepha%26daniyah-video.jpgThe inseparable siblings began to write about the world they were seeing, determined to make a difference with positive messages woven into catchy hooks. The new EP is an R&B crossover sound reminiscent of radio-friendly acts like Musical Youth, ATL, and B2K. Featuring conscious lyrics, danceable beats, and silky vocals, "Schoolyard" warns against the dangers of falling into the wrong crowd, while "Sometimes" portrays the sexual pressures faced by teens.


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April 2, 2009

Sleepy Hallowtips Ready for 2009

sleepy-hallowtips-jamaica-photos.jpg2008 was definitely a year for rising stars to emerge on the Jamaican dancehall scene and Bombrush label artiste Sleepy Hallowtips was definitely one that shined bright. With his hit single "From a Place" receiving heavy rotation on radio stations and the perfect video to compliment the song airing on local stations, Sleepy Hallowtips proved to Jamaica that he is one to keep an eye on.

Not long after "From a Place" became the norm on the airwaves, Sleepy Hallowtips hit the studios and recorded the very catchy tune "Realest Winer" on the money tree riddim with producer and manager Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke. This dance tune has an infectious beat, the lyrics are catchy and it is guaranteed to be another hit from this upcoming artiste.

"2009 will be a great year for me, I just plan to keep making good music that the fans love" stated Sleepy Hallowtips.

Sleepy Hallowtips plans to set his focus on pushing his music and gaining added exposure by performing at local and international stageshows.


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February 20, 2009

Lex Hype taking it to the next level


Vibez Camp recording artist Gary Henry, better known as Lex Hype aka Sicadis was born in Dunkirk, Kingston. Life wasn't always easy for Lex Hype in Jamaica where he was surrounded by everyday struggles and the violence of the streets.

Under circumstances where most black youths find themselves drowning Lex Hype kept his head above waters. He became an active student in school participating in sports, anything to separate himself from the street life. This idea of becoming a better man lead Lex Hype to music. What began as only an idea became a passion for Lex Hype.

At the age of 16 Lex Hype, as he is known by his peers and his steady growing fan base, started deejaying at local parties and clubs. Lex Hype's constant exposures to his native reggae music help turn deejaying into artistry. Lex Hype credits such legends as Buju Banton and Papa San for not only helping him master his skill but also helping him use his talents to the best of his ability. Lex Hype's versatility and ability to not only spit over hardcore beats but also sing to the ladies makes him unique. Lex Hype is definitely an artist to look out for.


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February 19, 2009

Getting to know Tommygunz - Vibez Camp ENT

tommy-gunz-vibez-camp-artist-new-york.jpgVibez Camp young up and coming artist/producer Tafari Porter AKA Tommygunz is an artist that puts it all on the line when it comes to trying new things in music. He has tapped into such genres as pop, rock, and reggae. His style is very distinctive from most artists. Tommygunz is influenced by artists like Bounty Killer, Garnet Silk, Professor Nuts, Bob Marley and Super Cat.

Growing up in Clarendon, Jamaica where he was surrounded by music and high competition in the business, Tommygunz knew he had to bring something different to the game. Coming to the US, Tommygunz never lost focus or drive. In 2003, he and friends created a group called 45th but being young and inexperienced at the time the group didn't make the best choices and that deal eventually fell through. Today Tommygunz and a couple of the original members of 45th have joined Vibez Camp Entertainment where they are creating riddims and continue to make the music they know and love.

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February 4, 2009

Jamaica's newest reggae-boy group X-ALE


X-ALE is a talented vocal group hailing from the parish of St. Mary, located in the beautiful island of Jamaica. The group has been singing together for approximately nine (9) years, although the members (namely Dwayne Cameron-D.wayne, Omar Brown-Mr. Smooth & Clive Bryan-C.Note), have known each other for over fifteen years.

D.Wayne is a pass student of the St. Mary's High School and is an accomplished cricketer and artist. Boys II Men, Brian McKnight and Kevon Edmonds are acts he used to emulate as a child and now can easily imitate any of them!

Mr. Smooth as the name suggests, is the man with the smooth, sultry voice! A former footballer for Albany United, located in St. Mary. As one of the main writers of the group, his hands are always busy with the pen.

C.Note the laid back or 'quiet' man of the group is the younger brother of the late DJ Panhead. This singer/electronics technician is determined, through X-ALE, to continue his big brother success.

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October 31, 2008

Bugle's Journey Continues - "Hard Work Overcome All Difficulties"


Roy Thompson a.k.a. Bugle was born in Portland, Jamaica. Sketching the Future: Bugle’s blossoming love affair with music began as early as in primary school. However, this affair never matured until the birth of the new millennium when he met Oniel Bryan a.k.a. Elephant Man, (a prominent international dancehall artiste) in 2000. He was then ushered into the dancehall fraternity when he was asked to write for Elephant Man.

Stepping into the Future: The lyrical offsprings of Bugle’s love affair are documented as follows: Mentally Ill: Collaboration with Elephant Man (2001) “Good to Go” Tour: Touring with Elephant Man (2002) BET’s 106 and Park: Appearance (2002) MTV Awards (Japan): Invitee BET Music Awards: Invitee (where he made alliances with Janet Jackson and Pharrell) Tour in Canada: Appearance Collaborations with Tornado: songs included Modella and If I say I love you

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October 21, 2008

Super Producer Computer Paul Continues To Make Hits

Computer_Paul_producer_jamaica.jpgWhen you have worked on several gold and platinum selling hits as a producer or musician what have you become? A super producer/musician is the answer to the question. Very few Jamaican producers or musician might fit into the super category. However, Paul Henton otherwise known as Computer Paul is one such producer and musician, he has worked with the who's who of reggae and dancehall music, including Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Tanya Stevens, Monyaka, Baba Maal and a host of other top reggae and dancehall music stars.

In a career spanning over two decades Computer Paul has lent his talents to projects that have spawned several international hits such as I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff, Mama Africa by Akon, Bad Boys and Sweat (a-la-la-lo-long) by Inner Circle. He has also played the beats on some of the most memorable Dancehall hits including Sizzla's No Time To Gaze, Buju Banton's Rampage, Richie Spice's Grooving My Girl, Louie Culture's Gangalee and Capleton's Critics.

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September 26, 2008

Daseca's first lady Raine Seville ready for the journey

raine_Seville_bugle_girl_friend_artiste_singer.jpgWith beauty, brains and a smashing singing voice the first lady of DASECA, Raine Seville is tuned to be the next big female singing sensation.

Not since the melodious voices of Alaine and Etana - has Jamaica seen what could be a break out International singer. Loraine ‘Raine’ Seville’s transformation from aspiring amateur singer to full-fledged professional is the kind of story that scriptwriters dream up and youngsters dream of. While singing in her van, Raine met up with singer and producer Serani who told the young starlet to come by the studio with a demo.

One year and lots of hard work later Raine is the first lady of the high-riding DASECA camp with her unforgettable R&B/dancehall sound, her solo single and video for ‘Drive Me Crazy’, has been gaining airplay on radio and television. Her duet with Serani, 'Rain A Fall' has become an instant sexy hit, with 'Reserve' with Bugle and ‘Crying For Peace’ with Serani scheduled for release soon. And there are lots more to come.

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August 24, 2008

Flamze...A Ball of Fire for The Airwaves

flamze_hype_tv_girl_beach_swimwear.jpgFlamze: A hot glowing mass of burning gas, often carrying incandescent particles; a brilliant reddish orange color often used to describe one’s personality.

Born Sidony Smith, she got her entry in radio land with the name Flamze. ‘I first came by the name Flamze when I heard that I was going to be doing a show called "96 Degrees" in the 1-5pm slot for 5 days a week, so my female cousin (an inspiration to me called simply Ghetto Yute) and I sat down and brainstormed for a few hours and we had chosen a few other names like Pepper, Ginger, Heat and finally she said Flamze. That had a great ring to it and it truly was the best word to describe my personality and the kind of vibe that I wanted to transmit to the listeners’, Flamze revealed. The radio station that she started was a community radio station in Savanna-la-mar Westmoreland known as LINKZ 96 fm.

Flamze, who is also one of the Caribbean’s most sought after MC,s was born and raised in the Marine Park area of Portmore in St. Catherine. She lived there until she was six years old, when her family relocated to Linstead in St. Catherine. She stayed in Linstead until she was 17 years old, where she then relocated to Kingston while attending Excelsior Community College where she pursued an Associates Degree in Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment at the Excelsior Community College.

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August 23, 2008

Terry Linen is definitely one of Jamaica's best reggae singers

terry_linen_man_artiste_singer_jamaica.jpgTerry Linen is easily one of reggae music's greatest talents to have emerged in the new millennium. Blessed with a brilliantly distinctive voice, the diminutive singer has cemented a place in the hearts of reggae lovers worldwide with a combination of his haunting melodies and wonderful songwriting.

Born Kiplin Simpson, he grew up in the district of Red Bank, he attended the Red Bank Primary and Red Bank High schools. Being the first child for his mother, his grandparents were the ones who look after him, while his mother hustled to put food on the table, for him and his five siblings. His father migrated to England at the time. Eventually, Terry moved from the quiet district of Red Bank to the sleepy bustle of Mandeville to live with his mother who had remarried.

When he graduated from school, he hooked up with the legendary Black Kat sound system where he cut dubs. It was during those inspirational Black Panther days that Terry became great friends with local artistes who were on the rise which included General Degree, Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk who had a tremendous influence on the impressionable singer.

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July 6, 2008

Clayton Ranger is ready for his "Encore"

By Kon-Vick Writer

encore_clayton_ranger_artiste.jpgFrom the tough neighbourhood of Gregory Park, St. Catherine, Clayton Ranger, otherwise known as Encore, emerged despite the daily struggles that surrounded him.

His early childhood replicates the hostile environment in which he was nurtured, however his attitude bloomed in a more positive direction. Encore did not only have to contend with his harsh immediate surroundings but also the hustle and bustle of the inner city of Kingston where he attended school.

Mentally he had a dream and his goal was to be involved in music. From an early age, he began writing music and had to make tough decisions. One such decision was to choose between his parents when they separated during his childhood. That decision was the defining factor in honing the Encore as an artiste.

Clayton’s father was a rather strict individual, while his mother offered measured freedom. It was in light of his mother’s softer side that he chooses to live with her. This newfound freedom allowed him to start expressing himself musically.

Encore would stay out well beyond his curfew to familiarize himself with the dancehall scenes to which he was exposed. This early love for music, dancehall in particular, was further nurtured when he began writing his own material and performing on stage shows in and around Portmore and Kingston.

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May 7, 2008

Ward 21 – Creativity Without Boundary

By Kon-Vick Writer

This is the second of a two-part interview with Ward 21


Dah one yah name bloodstain / p.syh..e diss mi copper fall like rain …” - taken from Ward 21’s Bloodstain on the Bellyas Rhythm.

As we continue our chat with Ward 21, we probe the issue of violence in the dancehall and try to get an idea of their stance on the issue. The crew members were undoubtedly keen to discuss the issue of violence in dancehall music. They made comparisons to other genres and also the movies, which they say contain graphic images that are played out in front of the viewer. Nevertheless, they had to acknowledge the power of the music.

Their stance on the issue is interesting as they noted that the sole perpetrators are not the artistes as other persons are also responsible for the ‘blood thirsty’ lyrics that now command our airwaves and the dancehall.

“Artistes do good positive songs that never see the light of day so we can argue that the media is also to be blamed. The media don’t get the blame though because it is easier to point fingers at the artistes,” reasoned the members.

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May 6, 2008

Ward 21 – Different Sound, Different Beat, Strictly Dancehall

By Kon-Vick Writer

This is the first of a two-part interview with Ward 21


Ward 21 is a rounded musical force to be reckoned with. The four talented young men, Mark ‘Mean Dog’ Henry, Andre ‘Suku’ Gray, Ranaldo ‘Rumblood’ Evans and Kunley McCarthy, are like a volcano waiting to erupt, and they have been brewing from 1998. All emerged from the inner city community of Waterhouse in Jamaica and took the musical scene with a slew of hits including Judgment Day, Melody of War, Haters, and Bloodstain.

The blend of talent within the group is usual, especially in the dancehall circle. Ward 21 consist four creative, lyrical and multi-talented individuals, who are versatile musicians, engineers, sound system operators and producers.

When one talk about Ward 21, the idea of creativity, originality and innovative comes to mind. The young men are able to fuse dancehall with the various genres without diluting the foundation of their product - dancehall. According to Suku, it is something that comes naturally.

“It happens naturally. We listen to all genres of music and tend not to stray from the root, which is dancehall. We might pinch ideas from different genres and beats, but we still keep the dancehall vibes,” he said as Mean Dog nodded in agreement.

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May 5, 2008

'Be Prepared' for Jamelody - New Trinidadian Roots Artist

jahmelody-singer.jpgPlanet Reggae always finds room for a great roots vocalist, and BE PREPARED, JAMELODY’s 15 track VP Records debut CD, showcases a rare voice---soulful, gritty, with echoes of Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, as well as Stevie Wonder. But JAMELODY is clearly his own man, and he sings not just for one audience, but for the whole world.

Whether working out over BE PREPARED’s first half - hardcore foundation-style reggae tracks, produced by legendary mixing board master Bobby “Digital” Dixon or the CD’s “New Roots” rock/pop/R&B hybrids, orchestrated by Carl James, this genre-busting talent is a sure shot for international stardom.

The beguiling Digital-B-produced tune “Give Thanks” along with BE PREPARED’s title track, a roots-rocking hit-in-the-making that vibrates with JAMELODY’s serpentine vocal, announces to listeners exactly what this breakout talent is all about a New Roots messenger blending classic reggae with contemporary R&B, rock, and pop in order to reinvigorate reggae’s vintage call for “truth, rights, justice, and One Love.

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April 14, 2008

DJ Smurf - From Cassettes Mixing to Irie FM Disc Jock

By Kon-Vick Writer

dj-smurf_konshens-dellyranx-suku.jpgDJ Smurf has graduated from clashing with cassettes during his school days to becoming a household name. While many consider that a positive move, DJ Smurf is on the move again as he prepares himself for yet another challenge. The IRIE FM disc jock whose radio shows includes Mix to the Max (10am - 2pm on Saturdays) - Night Beat (11pm - 3am on Mondays). Smurf also occasionally fills in on prime time Saturday whenever he is requested to do so.

Smurf, whose real name is Errol Stewart, describes himself as a family man, who is married and labels himself a proud father.

While Smurf undoubtedly enjoys his stint on the radio, he was quick to point out that nothing makes him feel better than playing in front of a live audience. “When I am playing out to a live audience I can see how people react to the music. When I am in the studio I have to imagine that I am playing for a live audience,” DJ Smurf outlined in a recent interview with

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March 30, 2008

"I was focused and determined" - Pressure

pressure_singer_reggae-dancehall.jpgBorn Delyno Brown in the US Virgin Islands, Pressure was exposed to music at a young age due to his father being a member of a popular local band. He started playing drums and trumpet at age 9, but it wasn't until age 12 that he developed a passion for singing. Pressure linked with the talented Dean Pond and Eno Stafford of Studio 340. Together they produced and released his debut album, The Pressure Is On, on the Tsuni Records label. With hit tunes on the album such as Zion Is Home, No Limitation and Light In You, it is no surprise that he garnered the attention of internationally renowned producer, Don Corleon. Corleon received his copy from Pond. Corleon admits wholeheartedly that he "kept listening to the CD" and he put his best foot forwards and got in contact with Pressure.

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March 27, 2008

Dayne Music Group – strictly positive movement

By: Kon-Vick Writer

dayne_edwards_music.jpgDayne Edwards is a fresh addition to the plethora of music producers popping up all over the globe. However, unlike many of them he is not just another producer but an extraordinarily gifted one.

Dayne began taking the whole producing game serious just three years ago and have since formed Dayne Music Group in January of this year. It was obvious that he was not just a wayward producer just from his choice of mentors, a palette that boasted the likes of Sly & Robbie, Timberland, and Daseca. This was further complimented by a selection of inspirational reggae artistes from which Dayne gets the same, the list includes Beres Hammond, Richie Spice, and Chuck Fendah.

During the telephone interview with, one could sense passion over the airwaves. There was a sense of vibrancy in the voice of the developing producer who is based at Ed Robinson Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

“My work is geared towards roots reggae. It touches me more than anything. I don’t mind the dancehall thing, but I am not too much into the shoot them up thing. I do music people can enjoy and feel good about,” Dayne pointed out. He continued: “Dancehall is just about the youngsters, culture reggae is sitting there waiting for someone to take it beyond the level dancehall is right now.”

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March 17, 2008

The Beautiful Alibra - "I am now ready to step up the Challenges"

By: Kon-Vick Writer

alibra_sexy_singerreggae.jpgAlisha Bramwell is not your typical upcoming artiste. Her stance in the music is not as a hype person, but one who possesses extraordinary vocal talent that can only be derived naturally.

Blessed with the support of her father who is also a singer, Alisha, who performs under the stage name Alibra, has been doing music professionally for the last five years. Like many world-renowned singers Alibra started out in the church. The Old Harbour High School graduate was quick to highlight that for her it was a natural transition in moving from choirgirl into an aspiring top class artiste.

In her five years as a professional Alibra has made some serious strides. She has several top class combinations including one with decorated dancehall artiste Beenie Man, and others with the likes of Chuck Fendah, Tanto Metro, and the legendary Pinchers.

Many Jamaicans may still remember not just her beautiful face but also her captivating vocals from the Tastee Talent Contest in 2000 when she won Best Dress and Star Search at Traxx where she not only won a segment but went on to gain invaluable experience and links. After her segment ended on Traxx, she was immediately waltzed away by producer Mikey Bennett who asked her to do a single.

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March 4, 2008

Badd Cash a member of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance - "I will never give up"

bad_cash_dancehall_alliance.jpgIn music allegiance is as important as a hit song and as far as Dancehall music is concerned The Alliance represents the best opportunity for a young upcoming artist like Morvin Pennant more popularly known as Badd Cash who is now set to step into the big leagues.

At 27 Cash who hails from the Old Harbour community of Water Lane has seen and can attest to the harsh natures of ghetto levity which is primarily fueled by poverty. As a youth he attended the Old Harbour High School this during the mid 1990's where he began creating lyrics and punch-lines before, during and after class. The son of a single mother Cash recalls seeing his father on a few occasions but the bulk on inspiration was always found in the music. "My uncle always use to ask me what tunes were running the dancehall and I could DJ everyone from start to finish for him, that’s were the real passion came from".

An avid fan of Dancehall culture he soon became well acquainted with one of his most inspiring idols yet the five star general Bounty Killer who after learning of his Baby Cash stage name realigned a few letters and came up with Dirty Money. Accepting the name at first the talented DJ later did his own adjustments and after much thought decided on Badd Cash as the two were basically the same.

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February 15, 2008

Morgan Heritage - Music's most celebrated reggae group - 'Mission In Progress'

Morgan_Heritage_reggaejamaica.jpgNew York, NY February 12, 2008--Morgan Heritage, one of the most influential reggae bands today, have announced that they are set to release their highly anticipated 10th album MISSION IN PROGRESS on April 15, 2008.

Renowned worldwide for their riveting live shows, Morgan's Heritage's new release captures the band bottling the power of its stage performance on disc and infusing its songs with a heavier dose of hip-hop. Produced by Morgan Heritage (with a few songs helmed by Shane Brown and Stephen McGregor son of reggae singer Freddy McGregor), MISSION IN PROGRESS lyrically finds the group continuing their quest to bolster their love for reggae music through romantic, street-wise and conscious songs built on slabs of spirituality. Musically however, MISSION IN PROGRESS is the realization of Morgan Heritage’s “ROCKAZ” concept: reggae music with an edge.

"I think this record is the most aggressive one that we've ever done both musically and personally," says vocalist/keyboardist Una Morgan. "A lot of our inner feelings from growing up in the industry and the experiences that we've had touring the world, specifically in Africa, are reflected here and served as the inspiration for this album.”

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January 20, 2008

Alborosie - "Its A Rude Bwoy Town, Its Kingston Town"

By: Icey Jace Writer


Known for his mainstream hit single "Kingston Town", Italian born Reggae Singer / Songwriter / Producer Alborosie is fast becoming the next big reggae superstar out of Jamaica.

Aside from reinventing the vintage rock steady sound as an artist Alborosie has been testing the mainstream market as a producer. He has worked with many successful international acts like Mario, Angie Stone, Les Nubians, Jimmy Cozier and Manu Chao while locally Sizzla, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man and Voice Mail have all shared in his creative vision.

When Digicel announced their very first Rising Star back in 2004 and gave him a recording contract with Jon Baker of Geejam Records Alborosie was the assigned in house producer / engineer that had Jamaicans swaying to the sounds of Kavan on the single "You Don’t Feel My Pain". Speaking with about his own career as an artist as well as his debut solo album "Soul Pirate" Alborosie is finally in town, Kingston Town to be specific.
Your Single, Kingston Town was a huge hit, what influenced that single and who produced the track?

"Well I produced the track, I'm a musician and an engineer - I wanted to actually describe Kingston from a different point of view, not the everyday killing and ting so I used a-long-time old school punch line and give it a nice vintage flow. It was simple but effective and Kingston Town ended up being the biggest tune in Europe for 2007".

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January 11, 2008

Patriot Giving It All

jahpatriot_photos.jpgDJ and songwriter, Patriot, was born Denver Williams on March 24, 1968, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica. He attended St. Anns Bay Primary School, where his love for songwriting and DJing began. When Patriot was 16, he migrated to the United States, where he and his family settled in Brooklyn, NY. While attending Brooklyn High School, he ran track and field. By age seventeen, Patriot was running the 100 meters in 10 seconds. Soon he was training for the Olympics, and showcasing his great athletic talent to the many college scouts and coaches who came to see him. Then, during what should have been a truly joyous and exciting time, the unthinkable happened: Patriot lost his sight.

Here he was a teenager dealing simultaneously with the permanent loss of his sight and new fatherhood, in a land that was not his native home. Drawing from the same spirit that made him an exceptional athlete, Patriot fought off self-pity and found strength and comfort in his Rastafarian faith. He also drew upon the courage and wisdom of Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I. Most importantly, the birth of his son Jahmal gave him a deep sense of purpose and many new challenges. From making Jahmals porridge, to building him snowmen in the park, to teaching him to ride his bicycle, Patriot found his greatest joy in caring for his son.

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December 21, 2007

Imanuel Walsh Making Strides

By: Ralston Barrett

imanuelwalsh_reggaesingerphoto.jpgInternational Reggae artist Imanuel Walsh has been making strides locally with the release of his current single "Revolution". The song which is from his latest album "Deep Within" also features rising Deejay UT Ras and has been receiving a lot of airplay both locally and abroad. The accompanying video for "Revolution" has also received much attention on local television stations and has climbed to the top of several local video charts. "Deep Within" is available in Jamaica through In Di Streets distribution and in America through Ernie B's Reggae. However "Deep Within" will be released in Japan on January 16, 2008 by Deaiki Sound Company, under a joint venture distribution agreement between Imanuel's Jah Seh So Imprint and Deaiki Sound Company. Following the release of the album Imanuel will embark on a tour of Japan starting on February 15th. A documentary about Imanuel's life and the making of "Deep Within" was released in Japan on the 19th of November, as a part of the promotion for "Deep Within".

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November 30, 2007

Christopher Martin 'Giving It Right' to his fans

christophermartin_jamaicagirlsphotos.jpgA star has risen. Christopher Martin, the talented singer/performer from Back Pasture in St. Catherine who shot to instant fame and recognition shortly after winning the coveted Digicel Rising Stars title in 2005, is fast becoming one of the most sought after performers on the Jamaican music landscape.

With a slate of singles permeating radio and the Jamaican music charts including Giving It and Jamaican Girls, Christopher created history when he became the first Digicel Rising Stars alumni to score a hit single on any chart in Jamaica.

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November 4, 2007

Tessanne Chin - "I always knew that I was gonna end up singing"

Tessannechin-sexyposephotos.jpgTessanne is the fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. Her sultry fusion of Dancehall and Reggae with a edgy rock riffs mixed with the honest, heart felt and conscious lyrics she pens herself create a musical style that is uniquely her own. Her exceptional vocal talent and her exotic looks - mix of Chinese, Caucasian, Cherokee Indian and African heritage give her unmistakable stage appeal.

At the age of 22, Tessanne has already opened on stage for such musical greats as Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, Atlantic Star and Boys II Men. She also toured the world as a backup singer with the Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff for three years. It was during that time that her love for the road, music and the stage was sealed. With blockbuster songs such as Hideaway, Tessanne is still giving us hit after hit. She recently finished shooting the video for her latest track Black Books.

"I always knew that I was gonna end up singing or have something to do with music, but touring gave me a chance to really test the waters, to know my limits…more than anything, it just fired me up even more to get out there and want to do my own tour" revealed Tessanne.

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September 22, 2007

Daddy Turbo Ripping up the UK airwaves

daddyturbo-50centuk.jpgBy the age of 15 Daddy Turbo was DJing at school dances and youth clubs. After leaving school he spent a year studying music. Despite pursuing a football career, becoming an apprentice for Colchester United, Daddy Turbo kept his passion for music alive by playing at underground Reggae party's and buying records in London.

In the 1990s he was offered a media course with CSV Media and was than given a slot at ICR FM presenting a Reggae & Dance hall show which ran for 3 years. A change in the management and music policy at the station lead to Daddy Turbo leaving and starting Ipswich's first 24 hour underground station called Vibes FM, re launching as Flex Fm. Daddy Turbo has been in the business for 25 years and has become well known within the reggae industry in both the UK and overseas, especially Jamaica which he visited for the second time in 2006 where he met with top artists and producers. When asked the question "what has been the highlight of your career so far?" he replied "playing in front of a Jamaican crowd in Montego Bay". He currently hosts the Thursday night Reggae & Dancehall Link up Show from 7pm till 9pm . Log on to for more details and he also has a Sunday Radio show 4pm till 6pm UK time on BBC Radio Suffolk .

YES YES its Daddy Turbo blazin' a fire with the hottest Dancehall Reggae tunes! Every Thursday 7pm till 9pm on

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September 13, 2007

Di-Shaw working out with Dancehall producer Skatta

Dshaw-skattaburrell.jpgIn music having a credible connect with a solid reputation in the industry can be the determining factor of who gets a shot at a successful career and who gets left behind, it’s that simple.

Music is highly competitive and raw talent alone won’t get you through many doors. So when an artist is cosigned (given stat quo) by a superstar producer or A&R the industry naturally reacts with their undivided attention. Recently internationally acclaimed dancehall producer Cordell “Scatta” Burrell the man responsible for Nina Sky’s break out hit single “Move Your Body”, as well as Aidonia and the successful Inevitable riddim. Will now help to guide the talented and positive singer Di-Shaw. Why? Simply because Mendanzo “Di-Shaw” McKoy can deliver, he’s that one artist that slipped under the radar but was never gone. Now back with a massive 150 song catalog Di-Shaw is gearing up to release a wave of music in Jamaica. Though seemingly unknown to most Di-Shaw has been doing his rounds for some years as a recording artist. He’s worked with the veteran Beenie Man, the melodic Luckie D, and the soulful Junior Kelly as well as R&B producers The Alarm Squad.

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Lando - A trained General of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance

By: Icey Jace

lando-alliance-bountykiller.jpgNot many young recording artists nowadays have a heritage of music rooted in their youth. Many over time develop an understanding of the craft and set out to master the art form to the best of their ability, but in the minority is a chosen few who has been blessed with musical genes that allow them to effortlessly construct lyrics and commandingly deliver single after single. One such artist goes by the stage name Lando. Notably short in stature Lando is big in voice and is reminiscent of a General in Training, with his tactical and methodical approach to music.

Currently under the management of Solid Agency Lando is among the new brass of DJ’s pushing for 2007 credits. Already a feature on several FULLY LOADED stages Lando has been doing his rounds at major events like the recently staged ATI Appleton Live Concert @ waves Negril where he got great crowd response from the mostly tourist filled venue. Cognizant of what mainstream dancehall requires Lando has broken ground with a pulsating new single entitled Step Inna Di Club which is currently being distributed in the street of Kingston. While on assignment at Solid Agency spoke with the budding STAR.
How did you become an artist of Solid Agency?

“Well how I got started out with Solid Agency, I have a friend that me and him attended the same primary school and them call him Roach who is the PR in Solid Agency who book show for artists, so a really him mi link up with and from mi link up with Roach the whole thing just connect ”.

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September 11, 2007

Aidonia's Motion is Back - "I'm Getting Better"

By: Christopher “Icey Jace” Campbell Writer

Idonia_Dancehall_aidonia.jpgHe’s back; the man with the most creative flow, most rugged lyrics, most sensational vocal sound effects, from a heavy Bukam shotgun to the hovering helicopter reenactment Aidonia: has it all pat. Though seemingly quiet for some months Mr. “No Nonsense, No Chat, No Pree, No Cree, No Violation, No Explanation, Non Stop Run Dat” is packing even heavier punches for 2007 with his new catalog of hit singles. After giving great performances at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest & the ATI Appleton Live Concert Aidonia has his sights set on embracing the international market. He swears that his new image & swagger is a deliberate move to raise the level of his infinite lyrical potential. As leader of the J.O.P movement Aidonia is forging ahead with his eye on the bigger picture. got the details of what’s been up with the Solid Agency managed DJ and also find out a little about Sheldon Lawrence, the man before Aidonia. Check it out
Aidonia how was the summer for you?

“Well it was good, we spent it mostly traveling cause seeing that we got the break like few years now we got a lot of shows booked for the summer, so like most of the time we deh between the Caribbean & Europe so it was a very progressive summer, whole heap a work was done and then in Jamaica we had big shows like Sumfest, so the best of the summer was there”.

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September 10, 2007

Tifa - Right Time, Right Place, Right Song

By Christopher “Icey Jace” Campbell

tifa-ward21-hotgirl.jpgBeing beautiful will no doubt garner a person some amount of attention, but when that beauty is complimented by intelligence, talent and humility sooner or later that person will become irresistible. So was the case when went in search of a young dancehall singjay by the name TIFA.

Born Latifa Brown she is regarded by many industry professionals as a diamond waiting to be unearthed. Tifa is currently working with dancehall group Ward 21 and Natural Bridge Records - Tifa who is in her early 20’s is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who laments that she has been doing music from a tender age. ”My mother and father were collectors of music; they had shelves and crates of music”.

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August 29, 2007

He's an Assassin, But Not an Outlaw

“Assassin is the one to take dancehall music to an international level and step up on it like I have been doing it, Beenie Man, Shaggy… The girls dem like him, the lyrics he puts together are always top, he chooses good melodies, and he has an image.”

assassin_girlsrihanna_deejay.jpgWhen Jeffrey Campbell first became involved with the music business at the age of 17, he adopted the moniker Assassin for a deliberate reason. Although he never claimed to be a killer per se, the DJ’s energetic, rough-edged vocal style and uncommonly well constructed lyrics allowed him to pick off all competitors with cold-blooded precision. Yet somehow they never see him coming.

Once upon a time, you could go back and forth with another artist lyrically and it would just be about music, and trying to establish dominance on a musical note. But when it starts to become about who is the bigger gangster, then it is not about music anymore. I am an artist. I am not proclaiming to be no bad man. I want to make music. I don’t want to be involved in a situation where me haffi start move like a outlaw, with a million man ’round you all the time. I never got involved in music for that purpose. I wanted to do what I love and contribute positively to the industry.

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August 27, 2007

Dancehall artiste Mental rocking with The Alliance

By: Christopher “Icey Jace” Campbell

mental_alliance_bountykiller.jpgSolid Agency, known for its outstanding work in booking, promotions and production has over the years guided the careers of some of dancehalls most prominent recording artists. Wayne Marshall, Movado, Busy Signal & the five star general himself Bounty Killa have all upheld the agencies reputation, but for 2007 and beyond the world can expect some new faces from the camp. One such face will be that of 26 year old MENTAL who has been quite visible performing at several major events like Fully Loaded & the Appleton Live Concert held at waves Negril. Known for his savvy punch lines and deep bassy voice Mental is one step away from seeping into the local mainstreams of dancehall. He is currently heavy in street credits for a slamming girl’s anthem entitled “DIFFERENT”. Having been with solid agency from 2002 Mental has toured the local circuit extensively and has voiced with several credible production companies. A recent visit by to Solid Agency brought us face to face with the DJ who was in the company of Busy Signal and Payday Producer Kevin, though not planned we had a few Q&A’s for the Unusual.
How did you get the name Mental?

“Well the name Mental came about from as far as about 1996 when I first started out my musical career. Some of my friends use to see me and say Mental mi love how yuh style yuh flow, yuh different so the name Mental is really of the brain”.

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August 23, 2007

Reggae/Pop Singer Tessanne Chin reveals her Black Books

tessannechin_reggaepop_divasexygirls.jpgTessanne Chin1. Who produced your new single, Black Books?

Well Rudy Valentino produced the single along with Paul Kastick. I originally did the song when I was in Mile high and they are actually responsible for the music.

2. What was your inspiration for writing a song like Black Books?

It's a typical breakup song but it was written in stages (hahaha), over a period of time. The inspiration would be, I guess, walking away, with your head up, from a situation that just isn't worth yah crying over anymore and realising that you are "The Bomb", no matter what. hahaha

3. Is it dedicated to anyone in particular?


4. What kind of feedback have you been getting?

Very very good feedback especially from my fans on Myspace, which is just awesome because it is always a little nerve wracking putting out something new.

5. Can we anticipate a music video for the single?

Most definitely, we working on that as we speak, I'm so excited!

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July 30, 2007

Beenie the king of Controversy - Will he lose his crown to a Queen?

beenieman_d%27angelsexyhot_bountykiller.jpgFrom his first major stage appearance at the Nelson Mandela stage show in 1991, Beenie man’s career has been splintered with controversy. Unlike his immediate counterpart, Bounty Killa, The self proclaimed King of the Dancehall has kept his career buoyant during rough times by weaving a hypnotic web of hits and hearsay.

In early 1996, Beenie Man learned accidentally that no publicity was bad publicity when an appearance on the Rupaul Show sparked the biggest Dancehall Melee of the nineties, when he allegedly kissed the show’s host Rupaul, a noted American Transvestite.

This small “mistake” placed Beenie on the American Social radar. The following year in 1997, his album entitled “The Many Moods of Moses” sold gold worldwide.

Lauded by the critics as one of the dancehall genre’s best albums, it placed him on the international entertainment map and on the road to Grammy stardom. This he achieved in 2000 with the album Art&Life, copping the reggae award for that same year.

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July 28, 2007

Creative dancer Latonya "Style" aim and achievements

latonyastyles_sexygirlhot_mrvegasdancehall1.jpgStage Name: Latonya “Style”

D.O.B.: July 3, 1985 [Cancer]

Titles: Dancer / Choreographer / Dance Instructor

Creative, Meticulous, Versatile, Amiable

Dance Skills/Styles:
Reggae/Dancehall, Hip Hop, African, Modern, Folk, Salsa & Soca

Experience: Over 16 years- dance and choreography (locally and internationally)

Countries Visited: Japan, China, U.S.A., Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, St. Lucia, Barbados,
Grand Cayman

Goals: To promote dancehall/reggae dancing to the fullest
To travel the world and share cultural experiences
To be a successful entrepreneur in the entertainment industry

# Member of Ashe Academy Performing Arts Group (1994-1998)
# Member of Queens Dance Troupe (Gold medal winners at JCDC Dance Finals) (1992-1996)

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July 11, 2007

Dancehall artiste Lexxus was born to entertianed

lexusgirlsman_tunya.jpgBorn Christopher Palmer and raised in the Mountain View area of Kingston, Mr. Lex has been performing, as he says "since the day I was born".

A former student at Kingston's (now defunct) Fox Drama School, Mr. Lexx is an accomplished actor who has appeared in several plays and earned a Best Actor award in 1992.

Mr. Lexx also distinguished himself as one of the finest dancers in Jamaica when he joined the popular dance troupe Squad One but for the past seven years he has pursued an extremely promising career as a deejay whose electrifying stage performances are enhanced by his vast experience in dance and theater.

Mr. Lexx has done video collaborations with artistes such as Vegas, Taxi-Fare and Wayne Wonder with CNN, Anything Goes. This VP Recording Artiste has done shows in the Caribbean, United States, Europe and Japan. entertained

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July 6, 2007

Dancehall baby face Cham still telling his story

babychamsexygirls_foxybrownbountykiller.jpgThere are a million stories in the ghetto. And yet there's only one "Ghetto Story." And like the song says, it's a survival story.

In Jamaica's ultra-competitive music scene, stars are born every day and fade away just as fast. But ever since the mid 1990s, Baby Cham has represented the best of cutting-edge dancehall reggae. His every release seems to bring forth new sounds, new slang, and up-to-the minute ghetto news reports guaranteed to "bust the dance." Spelled with a C (like champagne), Cham should not be confused with any Flipmode Squad affiliate, although he has been known to bust a rhyme from time to time. With his athletic good looks, his booming baritone voice, and a catalog of hits that won't quit, Cham has managed to stay ahead of the times for longer than any other DJ in the game. And with the release of his long-awaited album Ghetto Story, Cham's poised to take dancehall to another level all over again.

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July 3, 2007

Akon the man behind Brick&Lace career

brick%26laceakon_konvicsexygirlslive.jpgPart urban singers and part urbane songstresses, sibling duo Brick&Lace are genre-busters who staunchly defy the 30-second pitch. The amalgamated sound that makes up their Kon Live/180 Ent./Geffen debut, Love Is Wicked, is unique, though also at once very familiar. Born to a Jamaican father and an American mother and raised predominantly in Kingston, Jamaica --on an opulent musical diet of reggae, R&B, hip hop, pop and country -- Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne couldn’t help but be trans-eclectic. “We are a hybrid,” affirms Nailah in her effortlessly sexy West-Indian lilt. “It’s not fabricated at all; it’s who we are.” Indeed, who they are is evident in their moniker:

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June 30, 2007

Tina Nunez - Sexy, classy and career driven

By Shakira Fulwood


There are so many beautiful female artistes coming out of the island of Jamaica. Such as Tami Chynn and singing group Brick and Lace gracing pages in international magazines like Vibe and King. Then you have the sexy Kris Kelli gracing various videos throughout the dancehall reggae community, so there is no surprise when the world experiences Miss Tina Nunez, who is also a product of Jamaica's finest.

Tina was born in Kingston, Jamaica to legendary singing sensation Cornell Campbell. Miss T has been singing since the tender age of seven, and has been recording professionally for two years. Tina has been inspired by women in the music industry like Mariah Carey, Sade and dancehall female giant like Lady Saw who has been tearing through airwaves both local and international for many years. This twenty-one year old beauty describes her sound as a combination of pop, R&B, and dancehall.

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June 29, 2007

Finally - Collie Buddz Career come around


Born in New Orleans, raised on the isle of Bermuda with intermittent stays in urban Toronto, Colin Harper is not an easy youth to pin down geographically. His musical alter ego Collie Buddz however, is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter. Incorporating influences from hip-hop to soca, Collie’s music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration - that is a rarity even in Jamaica.

Born in 1981, at the dawn of the turbulent era signaled by the twin omens of Bob Marley’s passing and Ronald Reagan’s election, Collie was immersed in the sound system culture of Bermuda aka “The Rock” since the age of 6. “I used to come home from primary school and my brother would always be on the turntables, playin his new 45's an' I'd just be there vibesin'.” The evolution of dancehall and sound-clash culture into a movement of it’s own in the late 80s and early 90s set the backdrop for young Collie’s discovery of his own sonic identity, and the dancehall kings of that generation - Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man served as his primary influences. “Back when Beenie and Bounty used to war lyrically, seeing clashes wit’ Kilimanjaro an all the sound-man an’ everyt’ing…the whole music scene for me took on a new meaning. Clash thing an’ lyrical war became a part of my daily life from early out.”

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June 24, 2007

There can be only one King of Dancehall - Beenie Man

Beeniemanking_d%27angelbaby_sexygirls_nakedguys.jpgBeenie Man recorded a slew of hit songs throughout the 90’s that captured the dancehall arena, dancehall fans were busy learning and practicing the new dance move “World Dance”, which was followed by more hit songs such as “Defend It” and “Dis Unu Fi Hear”, “Damsel Ship”, “Suzuki”, “Ole Dawg”, “Slam”, “Ketteh Drum” and many more. His performance in the music industry landed him the title DJ of the year in 1994, the same year that these singles were released. This was a significant year for Beenie Man; he also released his debut album which was titled “Blessed” which included a grip of hit songs.

By now, Beenie man had gone international; his songs were blazing the clubs and radio stations in England. The following year was even bigger and more successful for Beenie Man; he was doing major collaborations with Dennis Brown, Triston Palmer and Mad Cobra. In fact his biggest collaborations for that era were with Lady Saw for the song “Healing” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” that he did with Third World. This was another fantastic year for Beenie Man and he was back in line for DJ of the year for the second consecutive time......

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