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Judge Agrees To Add Two More Charges To Reggae Artiste Mark Myrie/Buju Banton

Jamaican reggae artiste Mark Myrie, a four-time Grammy nominated artiste known to the music world as Buju Banton is facing four charges instead of two at his retrial on February 14th 2011 in the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida. Judge James Moody, whose rulings have mostly favored the prosecution, again ruled for the prosecution by dismissing a motion by Mark Myrie’s defense seeking to have the new indictment thrown out. Banton, who is on US$250,000 bail is subjected to house arrest.

Myrie’s attorney David Oscar Markus appeared confident non-the-less when speaking to the Jamaican news paper The Jamaica Observer saying “…We are going to trial on Monday on the new charges. That’s okay. We are ready.” Mark Myrie/ Buju Banton had originally been tried last September on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offence.

The charges added to the old indictment are possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, this despite the fact Myrie never had a gun, was never physically in possession of a gun, was not at the scene of the crime when the other two defendants attempted to buy cocaine from the US government. Further complicating matters is the fact that the prosecution did not prove the original gun charge in the first trial in September 2010.The second charge is using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence

The prosecution after failing to convict Myrie in September secured the new indictment with the additional two counts in November 2010. Myrie’s first trial ended with a deadlock six/six hung jury in September 2010. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment.

Convicted defendants Ian Thomas and James Mack are expected to testify during Banton’s second trial. They did not participate in the previous trial.

Ziggy MARLEY to launch ‘MARIJUANAMAN’

Ziggy Marley is set to become the latest celebrity comic book author after landing a release date for his ‘MarijuanaMan’ series.

The Grammy Award-winning reggae star has teamed with Image Comics to turn his graphic novel idea into reality. The project chronicles the tale of “a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet”. Marley says, Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future… the hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet.” The book will be in comic stores in April.

Beenie Man’s new album and record deal

Beenie Man is gearing up for another crack at the Billboard charts with a new album titled The King In Control and record deal with the Universal Music Group through his MD Entertainment and VP Records. It will feature rapper Busta Rhymes and a possible collaboration with Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj

Bridgez, the first lady of the Alliance

BRIDGEZ: “Joining the Alliance has played a very significant role in my life.”  Reggae singer Bridgez has joined the Bounty Killer-led dancehall Alliance. Bridgez real name Bridgette Roache, has worked with producers such as Jack Scorpio, Rohan ‘Sno Cone’ Fuller, Stephen ‘Supa Hype’ Davis, Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor and Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

She has a duet w/ singer Lukie D. Her latest musical projects include mixed tape titled Bridgez Crossover and is set to shoot the videos for the songs ‘Fulfill My Fantasy’ and ‘Saving it For You.’

VP Records releases digital EP Changes from Gentleman

German reggae star Gentleman’s fifth studio album in America ‘Diversity’ is out on VP Records. The digital EP, ‘Changes’, which features three hits from ‘Diversity’, was released by indie VP Records on February 22, 2011. The singles ‘Changes’ and ‘Lonely Days’ were produced by Jamaican hit-maker Don Corleon, and the electro-dance fusion ‘To the Top’ w/Jamaican singer Christopher Martin.  The ‘To the Top’ video has recorded five million hits on YouTube since its release in July 2010. The digital EP Changes is available on iTunes and VP Records’ own PlanetReggae.com.

Nicky B: Cooking Up Hits for 2011

Nicky B’s (Nicholas Bennett, son of producer Mikey Bennet) single “Golddigger” w/Elephant Man is his latest attempt at cooking-up sweet sounding music. For 2011 he has collaborations with French rapper Rohff, in 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.

Rapper Eve to perform with Lady Saw at EME Awards in Jamaica


Rapper/actress Eve has been confirmed to perform at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set for March 12 at Devon House in Kingston.

Eve and rapper Trina will be inducted as an International Friend of Reggae. Eve will be recognized for her collaboration with Lady Saw, which is currently blowing up in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean. Jamerican comedian Rayzor will also be present at the annual event.

There has also been the announcement that golden-voiced roots singer Jah Cure, the Strong One, Etana and current reggae nominee Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh will join hip hop’s Diamond Princess Trina as performers at the 7th annual EME Awards.

Tifa, Kartel top 2011 Youth View Award winners

Dancehall artistes Tifa and Vybz Kartel were the big winners at the fourth staging of 2011 Youth View Awards on February 7th 2011 at National Indoor Sports Centre. Tifa, walked away with four awards and Kartel took home five awards.

The event was hosted by ZJ Bambino and Rocsi from BET’s 106 and Park’s. There were performances from Denyque, Raine Seville, Khago, Munga Honorable, Ce’Cile, Richie and Ikaya.  Voicemail won for best group. Voicemail’s Craig Jackson gave a memorable acceptance speech dedicated the award to fallen member Oneil Edwards. He thanked the fans.

Beenie Man Recovering From Hip Surgery

Beenie Man was diagnosed with a hip condition and received corrective surgery to fix the problem. As a result of the surgery, Beenie Man will at home resting and taking a break from the music scene for a short period in order to facilitate the recovery process.

BBC Documentaries on Caribbean island’s influence on British music

On the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death the British Broadcasting Corporation Four on February 11 aired a series of documentaries celebrating Reggae’s impact on British music, culture and society. The programmes show how Reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society.looking at some of the most ground breaking artists to come out of Jamaica and an investigation of how they influenced British musicians.

The series will start with the documentary Reggae Britannia and includes major artistes and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers’ rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers, such as Boy George and Paul Weller. A special Reggae Britannia concert was held at the Barbican centre in London on February 5 and the broadcast of this concert will follow Friday’s opening documentary.
Other programmes in the Reggae Britannia series included the broadcast of a special live recording of the 1973 Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, which featured the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers. The series also included the Rise Up Reggae Star programme, and three new artistes who seek to ‘rise up’ from obscurity for their chance at success.
The Reggae Britannia series ended on February 19 with the 1977 Bob Marley Exodus concert. The 6 Music news visited Jamaica and attend the Jamaican Jazz and Blues festival and to check out the state of the local live scene.  Jamaica is still an important place for British artists to play and record and the island’s musical heritage is as relevant as ever.

Stacious and Mavado off to Europe

Stacious is in Europe for a number of shows as the opening act for Mavado. She scored a huge #1 in 2010 w/ Mavado titled ‘Come Into My Ro

om’. My Room’ earned more 2.5 million hits on Youtube. Stacious also has a collaboration w/Fyakin called ‘Lock Me Down’.

New York Irie Jam Radio DJ Banned Vybz Kartel Music

New York’s Irie Jam radio program host/director and club dj, Dubb Master Chris, announced recently that he will not play any music from dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel during Black History Month. Kartel has generated international controversy for both bleaching his skin and advocating bleaching.

Dubb Master Chris, who is light –skinned, explained “Black History Month is a big deal and we as a people should take every opportunity to celebrate our heritage. I feel if I continue to play Vybz Kartel, an artiste who is now very much known for bleaching his skin, it simply sends the wrong message to my young impressionable listeners” Chris said in an interview with Jamaica Star. Chris, who is against bleaching further explained “…I have a lot of respect for Kartel’s music… (and I) respect his talent. He is a great lyricist… however; at times I am disappointed in the direction he decides to take his audience even though that is his prerogative.”  “I strongly believe bleaching is wrong, wrong, wrong! It’s a disgrace. It’s a slap in the face of our heritage, our ancestors and our God. This definitely sends the wrong message to children; I think it leads them to believe that somehow, if they are dark complexion something is wrong with that. It erodes the concept that black is beautiful.

Chris says he has been playing Vybz Kartel’s music on his radio show since the late 90s with Gal Clown.

Culture Minister Grange to Advocate Bob Marley becoming National Hero

Minister of Culture Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has announced that she intends to lead the advocacy for the Reggae singer Bob Marley to be declared a National Hero. The order of national hero is Jamaica’s highest honor. Minister Grange told a national radio audience and those gathered at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston to celebrate the late singer’s 66th birthday that Marley was a “great Jamaican” and that she “supported the idea of making him a National Hero.”

The Minister requested that people who believe Marley should be made a National Hero should formally present their case through letters and petitions and that she would advocate on their behalf. Currently Bob Marley holds Jamaica’s Order of Merit, and as such is addressed, The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

The Strong One drops ‘Free Expression’

Etana’s sophomore 15-track CD ‘Free Expressions’ hits the stores in Jamaica, the United States,  Europe , the Caribbean and in Japan, one of the largest reggae markets, on February 8.  Etana’s album Free Expressions hits the street tomorrow.

The singer who got married in 2010-and has matured-is hoping that Expressions will do as well as and even better than The Strong One.  Musically she “refused to be lyrically restricted”; and so, Etana played a greater role in the creative direction and selection of the songs on Expressions.  She wrote 12 of the 15 tunes on the album, and was involved the recording and mastering of the tracks. “This time around, I got really involved in the making of the album. For The Strong One there were a team of writers but it’s pretty much all me and my pen in the majority of the songs on Free. That was an experience I enjoyed, and I am definitely more into writing to.”

Stephen Marley & Melanie Fiona Drops ‘No Cigarette Smoking’

Check out the hot new single ‘No Cigarette Smoking’ MP3 by Stephen Marley featuring Melanie Fiona.  This is the second single off of Stephen Marley’s forthcoming album, Revelation Part One: The Root of Life (Universal Records ) – April 2011.  Also available is ‘ Jah Army’ Stephen Marley w/Damian Marley and Buju Banton.

Bob Marley Headed for Top 10

A new Bob Marley live release, “Live Forever: the Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh PA 9/23/1980,” is on course to enter the billboard top 10. If it starts in the top tier, it will be Marley’s first top 10 — and just his second ever — since “Rastaman Vibration” peaked at No. 8 in 1976. (“Live Forever” could actually end up as the highest-charting album of Marley’s entire career.)

Marley’s catalog of work “Legend” some of his greatest hits package could have missed the top 10. The album, which is certified as having sold 10 million in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America initially only reached No. 54 in 1984. Last year in the United States “Legend  sold 253,000, while in 2009 it moved 342,000

Trina to Be Guest of Honor, Comedian Raymond Davis to host at EME Jamaica’s Music Awards

American king of comedy Raymond ‘Rayzor’ Davis has been confirmed as host of the 7th Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards which takes place in Kingston on March 12. Davis, a first generation Jamaican who was born in Brooklyn New York, said “I am…honored to be to host of Jamaica’s most prestigious music award show.” “If my mother (who is from Clarendon, Jamaica) was still here, she would be overjoyed that her son… was given an opportunity to host a major event in Jamaica. I have never done anything of this magnitude in Jamaica before.”

Rapper Trina, will receive the International Friend of Reggae honoree award. Previous award recipients were Missy Elliott, John Legend and Akon, reports AllHipHop.com

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New York TV Station to Honor Saxophonist Cedric ‘IM’ Brooks for Black History/Reggae Month

Bronx, NY: As part of this year’s Black History and Reggae Month celebrations, Caribbean Lifestyle TV; (CLM TV)CIN TV, channel 73, WNYC TV in New York will pay tribute to one of Jamaica’s foremost saxophonists the great Cedric “IM” Brooks at the station’s 4th anniversary gala and awards ceremony on February 28, 2011 in Manhattan.

Brooks is known for his solo recordings and being a member of the internationally acclaimed Skatalites Band. He was admitted to the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in NY in February 2010 in an unconscious state. He remains in a semi-comatosed state at a Nursing Home in Queens.

Linkage Awards kicks off on March 5th

The 2nd Annual Linkage Award Show for Reggae Disc Jockeys and Artistes will take place on Saturday, March 5th 2011. The Awards will be held in Mount Vernon at The Macedonia Center, 103 West 2nd Street. The Red Carpet Ceremony begins at 5pm and Showtime kicks off promptly at 6:30pm.

The award show will pay tribute to, and honor djs, artistes and journalists who have made a significant contribution to the media and entertainment landscape in 2010. Nominees in the top reggae categories include Ernie Smith, Freddy McGregor, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tony Rebel, Tarrus Riley, Luciano, Frankie Paul, I-Octane Stephen Di Genius, Fambo, Vybz Kartel, Chino, D’Angel, Macka Diamond, Queen Ifrica, Lisa Hype, Lady G, Mystic Bowie, Khago, Twin of Twinz, and Tifa.

Nominees in the gospel categories are Papa San, Hopeton Lewis, Christopher Laing, Jabez, Carlene Davis, and Shelly Thunder while nominees for the Journalist Category include Patrick Maitland (Street Hype Newspaper), Anthony Turner (NA Weekly Star) and Claude Mills (from Jamaica). Nominees for special awards include Johnny Wonder, Derrick Barnett and the Statement Band, Ruff Stuff Band, Isaiah Laing, Ragamuffins Productions and Flames Productions – Tony Rebel. Disc Jockeys from over thirteen radio stations within the tri-state area and Jamaica will be honored for their contribution to the music industry.

Usain Bolt, Jamaican Olympians to be outfitted by Bob Marley’s daughter

Usain Bolt and the rest of his Jamaican track and field teammates will be representing Jamaica at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, sporting a uniform designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of the reggae icon late Bob Marley. “We both break records,” Marley told The Associated Press yesterday in a telephone interview. “Cedella Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, is a singer, author and fashion designer. She was picked by athletic apparel company Puma, the Jamaican team’s sponsor, to create the clothes that the athletes will wear on the track, on the podium and in the ceremonies. “I can’t think of a better person to design our Olympic outfits than Cedella,” Usain Bolt said in a statement. Usain Bolt will be defending his Olympic titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes next year.

Ziggy Marley Welcomes Baby No. 3 with Wife Orly

Ziggy Marley has something new to sing about! The 42-year-old reggae singer and his wife, Orly — who is the former vice-president of William Morris Agency — welcomed their third child together on January 26 in L.A. Named Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley; the newborn joins older siblings Judah, 5, and Gideon, 4. All are healthy and happy,” Ziggy’s rep tells UsMagazine.com in a statement. The singer has three other children — Daniel, Justice and Zuri — from previous relationships.

New Bob Marley film, by Director Kevin Macdonald

Hollywood Titans producer Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme failed in their attempt to bring reggae King, the late Bob Marley to the big screen.  Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald is directing a new documentary about the Jamaican reggae pioneer. The documentary has been rumored online since the fall. The director has secured permission of the Marley family and will be free to include material from the archives of the spiritual-minded singer-songwriter.
Titled “Marley” and set for a release this summer, the movie will examine the brief, creative life of the reggae pioneer (who died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36) by interviewing many of the figures in and around him as well as using the archival material. The film will examine “the life, legacy and global impact of a true legend,” said a statement from the producers, Tuff Gong Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Cowboy Films.  Macdonald added in a statement that “what made Bob tick is probably unanswerable, but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary.” Sources latimesblogs.latimes.com

Sean Kingston Earns Libby Award

Reggae fusion artist Sean Kingston has won the award of the Most Animal-Friendly hip hop Artist in 2010 at the 5th Annual Libby Awards. The award is sponsored by peta2, the world’s largest youth animal rights organization.

Tony Anthony Nominated For JUNO AWARD in Canada

Toronto: Tony Anthony’s debut album “Million Chance” on February 1st was nominated in the “Best Reggae Recording of the Yearcategory of the 2011 Juno Awards to be held on March 27th in Toronto, Canada.

Released in April of 2010, “Million Chance” has topped several charts including the #1 spot in Jamaica on the Richie B top Ten Album Chart, and the Canadian Reggae Countdown. It peaked at #5 on the Top 50 Recommended Reggae Album Chart in Europe and is currently on the New York and South Florida Top 20 album charts.

The single “Torn” from the album gave Tony Anthony his first #1 hit in Jamaica, and Canada. “Bad News” the second single is #1in Canada, #13 on the Richie B’ JMC Top 25 Reggae Music Chart in Jamaica, #19 on the New York Top 30 Reggae Singles Chart and #16 on the Caribbean Top 30 Music charts in the Virgin Islands.

The JUNO Awards will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on March 27th and televised live across Canada. The event will be hosted by Canadian rapper Drake. Other nominees in the reggae category are Elaine ‘Lil Bit’ Shepherd, Tonya P, Lyndon Johnson (LJX) and Dubmatix.

Beenie Man to do remix with Nicky Minaj/Busta Rhymes

According to a report a remix of Beenie Man w/Fambo’s breakout club banger Rum and Red Bull is in the works with US rappers Busta Rhymes and Nicky Minaj. The ‘King in Control’ album will reportedly feature a remix of Beenie Man’s combination with Fambo, Rum and Red Bull. On major urban radio stations such as HOT 97the single is already generating 500 spins per day.

Richie Spice: ‘Book Of job’. New Album in Stores on March 15

Reggae culture sensation Richie Spice is back with a brand new collection of signature hits on his new album Book of Job, in stores and online on March 15, 2011. This, his fifth studio effort, is packed with 12 tracks of socially conscious roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers worldwide.

Spice chose Book of Job as the title because of his commitment to creating uplifting music, which is as unwavering as Job’s faith was while enduring his many hardships. “A whole heap of things reach Job, he lose wealth, he lose him family, him lose everything, but because he was praising God, he regain,” Spice explains. “It’s the same thing with the music – it is righteousness me declare to the fullest and me nah go switch.”

Teaming up with acclaimed reggae producer Donovan Germain for the majority of the album, including the smash singles “My Life” (“Street Life”) and “Jah Never Let Us Down,” Spice also enlists the talents of other top producers such as Shane Brown for “Serious Woman” and Stephen “Lenky” Marsden on “Yap Yap.”

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Barbee Fashionably Graces the Grammy Awards

Fashionista and Rare Diamond recording artist Barbee is in L.A. during the Grammy Awards 2011 for the first time. Her last appearance at an awards show she stunned Wolf Blitzer of CNN so much, that she ended up on CNN for the Soul Train Music Awards!

Barbee’s “Black Widow” like cat suit left a great impression with the audience at the BET Hip Hop Awards last year. Her elegant sequence dress she wore at the Soul Train Music Awards 2010 garnered wave reviews. Barbee is making her way to the through the Awards show circuit, and enjoying every moment of it. Barbee is not a stranger to awards shows however, since 2008 she has amassed many awards including, winning Best New Artist 2008 for the song “Missing You” ft. Junior Kelly and Best New Collaboration for the song “Give It Up” with Beenie Man at the 2009 EME’s. In 2010 she won Most Promising Entertainer at the International Reggae World Music Awards.

Not only does Barbee take the red carpet by storm, but the half Nigerian, half Jamaican Princess has decided to take her music career to the next level. She has begun recording on her next project developing a new sound with Guerilla Drums and Concept Music Productions that will take world by storm in 2011.

Former G-Unit Artiste Olivia to Host Reality TV Show On VH1
We caught up with Hip hop and R&B artiste Olivia at Moodies Record in the Bronx while she was being interviewed for Back Yard TV with TV host Black Barbie. I had the opportunity to sit with her after her interview to find out what she will be working on for the New Year.

The  Jamaican born Olivia is known for her hit singles “Bizounce”, “Candy shop” and “Wild to Nite” collaborating with Hip Hop artiste 50 Cents and Reggae artiste Shaggy to name a few as well as being the first lady signed to G-UNIT. Now signed to Universal Motown, Olivia is busy as ever with her new reality show on VH1 called “Love & Hip Hop”. Sneak peek will be aired on March 6, 2011 after Basketball Wives on VH1. The regular time slot after her sneak peek will be Mondays at 10pm starting March 14, 2011.

Olivia is set to release her new Free EP titled “Love and Hip Hop”, which will include the club anthem “Lick Salt Shot Lime” and her new single “In Your Shoes” which is a Home School collaboration featuring John Legend’s younger brother Vaughn Anthony. Olivia has a new Web site called www.Oliviaworldwide.com that her fans can visit to know about her upcoming tours and what she is working on. Olivia plans to continue to give her fans great music and take them on a journey with her New Reality Show “Love & Hip Hop”. For booking email bookings@dollazunlimited.com

Jah Cure’s World Cry CD features Keri Hilson, Jazmine Sullivan, Rick Ross, Shyne and Tupac Shakur

Reggae singer Jah Cure ended 2010 with his song ‘Unconditional Love’ being voted Song of the Year. World Cry, his first 2011 CD–to be distributed worldwide by mid-February is a tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake that destroyed sections of Haiti last January.  The World Cry album features collaborations with R&B/hip hop singer Keri Hilson, R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan rappers Rick Ross, Shyne and Tupac Shakur who has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.

The Collaborations include: the song ‘All By Myself’ with Tupac Shakur, address the struggles in captivity. Both Cure and Shakur were charged with a similar crime.” ‘Choose Up’ w/ Jazmine Sullivan which describes as “awesome”. Choose Up’ was first offered to Shaggy who said it was too slow. He then sent Sullivan the song and she said she loved it.  The title track ‘World Cry’ w/Keri Hilson is as a result of the two friend’s desire to work together finally paying off.

Rick Ross’s ‘Like I See It’, is Cure’s latest single with him telling the story of life as he sees it Jah Cure says the song is the realization of a desire Rick Ross had to work with him. Before the song was released Ross, who refers to Jah Cure as the next greatest thing, in a tweet and in an interview with worldhiphop.com talked about the song. There is also a remix with Mavado reportedly doing well in clubs and dancehalls in the reggae diaspora.

Barrington Levy, Vybz Kartel & Khago Are Now “Gangsters”

Barrington Levy’s latest released single “Gangsters on Platinum Camp/ Black Roses Records is from It’s About Time. “Gangsters is from the soundtrack from the movie of the same name starring Barrington Levy and dancehall maestro Vybz Kartel and upcoming Reggae star, Khago.

DJ Assassin Wed, Drop Next Album Summer

Dance hall DJ Assassin and his girlfriend Nicole McLaren recently got married. The couple is expecting their first child around April. Assassin has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Lenn Hammond: One Album, Two, #1 Songs

Lenn Hammond is currently holding two #1 songs simultaneously in Canada, Hammond’s ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ debuted on Italian Reggae Charts in 2010, then began charting in Toronto on CHRY 105.5FM on Radio Dubplate’s Hit List, peaking at #3.

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart made its at the #1 spot on CKLN Radio Inc. 88.1FM on Movement’s Top 11 @ 11 and the Canada Wide Reggae Charts, #2, on the Reggaemania’s Top 10 of 2010, #6 on the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Chart, #8 on the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart. The second single ‘Close Again’ w/Louie Culture peaked at #1 on Rebel Vibez’ Top 10 on CHRY 105.5FM.

The Third single Mr. DJ peaked at #23 on Vibes of the Times’ Top 30 of 2010 in Alaska. In Jamaica ‘Take Me Girl’ charted at #1‘s on Bess FM and Riddim Jamaica’s Top Ten Tracks. ‘Not Far From Sunshinedebuted on Choice FM at #8 Daddy Ernie’s Top 10 SuperJams in the UK.

Chino Set To Release ‘From Mawning’ Digital EP

Dancehall DJ Daniel “Chino” McGregor debuts his Digital EP ‘From Mawning,’ released by VP Records on January 18, 2011. The four-track digital EP contains hits from his upcoming debut album, also from VP Records including the singles “From Mawning” (“Never Change”) to “Protected,”/w his brother, acclaimed producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor.
He performed at the Power 105.1 WWPR on February 20 at B. B. King’s in New York City. From Mawning is now available from digital retailers including iTunes and VP Record

Buju Banton Tops 100 Chart

The annual New York Top 100 Hits of 2010, compiled by broadcaster Clinton Lindsay, has been released, Reggae artiste Buju Banton, sits at the  # 1 position with ‘A Time And A Place’ and the No. 10 spot with ‘Innocent’ from his Grammy-nominated album Before The Dawn. Innocent is also the # 1 single on both the New York and South Florida singles charts.

A Time and a Place stayed six weeks at #1 during the tracking period January 6 – December 29, 2010 and on the weekly chart for 28 weeks. Gyptian’s crossover hit ‘Hold You’ came in the # 2 spot. The song spent four weeks at #1. Lovindeer’s ‘IMF’ landed in the # 3 spot, while Brooklyn-based Ed Robinson’s hit ‘Our Heroes’ placed him in the # 4 slot, and actor/singer Peter Lloyd’s biggest hit to date, ‘Searching’ came in at # 5 on the year-end compilation.

Rounding out the final top ten at # 6 is ‘Feel Good All Over’ by Sanchez.  Shaggy’s ‘Long Time’ comes in at # 7 while Leroy ‘Heptones’ Sibbles’ ‘Harry Hippie’ takes the # 8 position. The combination of Shaggy and Alaine with For Your Eyes Only came in at # 9.  The New York Reggae chart is the longest running ethnic chart in North America.

Cen’C Love drops ‘Love Letter’ February 9

Lyvstone Music recording artiste Cen’C Love, (daughter of reggae artiste Bunny Wailer) released her debut album titled ‘Love Letter’ on the 9th of February.  The first single off the album ‘Casanova’ and a music video are in rotation on local radio and television. Love also shot a music video for a track called ‘Cystem’, which will be the next single to be released from the album.

I-Octane Wraps Media Promotions In New York & Gears Up For “My Life” Tour

I Octane completed a promotional media blitz in New York City for “My Life” Tour. promotional tour with a press conference at Negril Village Restaurant moderated by Pat McKay of Sirius Satellite Radio. The sing-jay did an impromptu performance of hit singles “My Life,” “Lose A Friend,” “No Love Inna Them” and “Everytime You Touch Me.”

I-Octane interview on Sirius Satellite Radio, Caribbean Billboard Radio with host Chip Smith, Road Block Radio with Banky Hype, Irie Jam Radio with DJ Roy, Reggae Spin with Keveon, Hot 97 Boston with VOG and DJ Kool, E2onair with Judith Kitson and Linkup Radio with DJ Kevin Crown.

Duane Stephenson on Tour in Celebration of BLACK GOLD

Duane Stephenson is completing his fourth tour with The Wailers throughout South America and the U.S. have garnered a positive response with sold out performances for this compelling songwriter and versatile singer.

Drake eyes local rhythms – Rapper wants to record on Jamaican ‘hot’ tracks.

Canadian rapper Drake wants to explore doing some reggae or dancehall songs in the near future. He told the Canadian network MuchMusic during an interview with T Rexxx on the Hip-Hop show Rap City.

Drake puts on a convincing Jamaican accent and sports a Mavado T-shirt, with the artiste’s image on it. Drake revealed that he may be voicing on some local rhythms at the end of his European tour. He explained that he recently spoke to Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, about doing some recording locally. He said, “I wanna do something for Jamaica, because we are supposed to go out there and record after the European tour.” He added, “I was like send me some rhythms that are poppin and I’ll see what I can do. He sent me some rhythms that are poppin, so I’ll see what I can do. You never know.” Jamaica-star.com

Reggae Month welcomes Brittania

A concert featuring some of the big names from that era, as well as Jamaican reggae trailblazers in Britain, is scheduled for Friday at the Barbican venue in London. Old-school deejay Dennis Alcapone; Dave Barker of Double Barrel fame; Ali Campbell, formerly of UB40; Brinsley Forde of Aswad; and Ken Boothe are some of those expected to perform.

Reggae Brittania is directed by respected English film-maker Jeremy Marre, who looks at the impact Jamaican popular music had on British youth in the 1960s. Marre has been producing films and documentaries since the 1970s. He has done feature-length projects on Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Phil Spector.

Bounty Killer assault Charges dropped

Dancehall deejay Bounty Killer was freed of assault charges in the Court in Jamaica.  Bounty was charged with unlawful wounding and assault following an incident in September when his 19-year-old companion, Raquel Smith, alleged that she was attacked with a hammer. Smith missed two court dates.

Last October, Smith had communicated through her attorney, Terrence Ballentine, that she wanted the matter to go to mediation, however, Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams had denied the request, insisting that the matter should go to trial. jamaica-star.com

Buju Banton Trial February 14th, What To Expect?

Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton, One of reggae music’s prolific son’s, new trial is set to begin on Valentine day February 14th 2011. Myrie and his legal team will go all out to secure his freedom but a strong determined opposition from the government team headed by prosecutor James Preston.

Myrie’s lead attorney, David Markus said, “February 14 is Valentine’s Day. We hope the jury gives us some love.” Buju is optimistic and hopeful. He is in good spirits. He is a rock. No one realizes how hard it is to fight the federal government in one trial, let alone two,” he added. His new trial was schedule to take place in December, however, Banton’s legal team requested a February trial so that the artist could spend time with his family and regroup.

The new trial could be even tougher, since the prosecutor James Preston is seeking to slap Banton with additional charges going into the February 14 trial. Should the new indictment stand, Banton will be tried for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.

The first trial reportedly cost Buju US$450,000

David Oscar Markus, the attorney representing Reggae artist Buju Banton, has hailed his client’s resolve and sense of purpose during his times of trouble.  “The reason Buju hasn’t crumbled is because he is innocent and is a man of faith. He has told me many times that he’d rather serve 15 years than admitting to something he didn’t do. Of course, we plan on winning, so he won’t have to serve another day,” Markus told the Sunday Observer.

Markus served a motion to dismiss a superseding indictment filed by prosecutor James Preston, which added two charges of attempted possession of cocaine, facilitating a cocaine conspiracy by aiding and abetting others using a telephone, and possessing and carrying a firearm.

Markus argued in his motion that the additional charges were filed out of sheer vindictiveness on the part of the United States Government.  “Due process prohibits prosecutors from acting vindictively when exercising their discretion either to bring charges in the first instance, or to supersede existing charges with more onerous ones,” the motion states.  Both defense and prosecution are awaiting the court’s ruling on the matter and to also find out which date in February the artiste’s second trial will get underway.

T.O.K’s Comeback Tour Was A Success

Veteran dancehall group T.O.K recently completed their successful comeback tour of North America to Central America and Africa.

Richie Loop receives 11 Youth View Award nominations

Richie Loop has received Eleven award nomination for the 4th Annual Youth View Awards. He is nominated in the following categories: Favorite New Artiste of the Year, Best New Artist of the Year (Male) via Hitz 92 FM Music Awards for 2010 with song My Cupp, CariVibez 2nd Annual Video Web Awards , each awardee will receive the Global Tower of Recognition. He’s been nominated for two categories inclusive of – Breakout Video of the Year: Richie Loop – ‘My Cupp’ and International Video of the Year Richie Loop-‘Cupp Cupp’ Remix.  Reggae singer Alaine ‘You Are Me’ is #1 on MTV Based Africa Dancehall chart and BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Chart in the UK’

NINJAMAN’S DAUGHTER DISAPPOINTED HE SPENT HIS BIRTHDAY BEHIND BARS

Samantha ‘Ninja Princess’ Ballentyne

Kingston, JAMAICA:  DJ Desmond Ballentyne aka ‘Ninja Man’ has been in prison without bail two years and his daughter, Samantha, aka Ninja Princess’ dream that he would have been able to spend his 45th birthday at home with family and friends did not come true. The Don Gorgon, Ninja’s street moniker spent his birthday with inmates at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.

18-year-old, Samantha, who is a student in Switzerland where she lives, asked her mother, Joy Ballentyne Ninja’s ex-wife to visit her dad on his special day. Joy Ballentyne did. “It’s very hard for me being so far away, but I made sure to look for him before I left Jamaica at the start of January.” When she returned to Switzerland she received a called and was told he had been beaten up in the jail. “I want to get him out of there … it was painful to see my dad like that,” Samantha said.

Mother Joy noted of Samantha. She loves her dad a lot and she is worried about him… “Ninja is a kind guy and he has given away a lot to people, but when he needs help where are these people?” Joy asked.

Samantha wants her father to get bail soon because she intends to do a combination song with him. As Ninja Princess she’s released two singles ‘Can’t Touch Me’ and ‘Don’t Cry’ and also recently completed a music video.  Ninjaman is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

The courts repeatedly refused him bail on numerous occasions. He returns to court on February 11.

Jamaican Entertainment Media figure Basil ‘Bagga’ Brown is dead

Jamaican entertainment and television personality Bagga Brown is dead. Brown, who hosted the program ‘Weh Yuh Sey’ on Jamaican television station TVJ passed at the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was being treated for cancer on January 28th 2011. Bagga Brown was 60 years old. Brown is remembered for his spectacular introduction of Bunny Wailer at Bunny’s only Madison Square Gardens concert in the 1980’s.

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Bob Marley at Sixty-Six: Still the Poet Laureate of Reggae Music & its “Classical Troubadour


Stan Evan Smith
Senior Music writer Jamaicans.com

“The spirit of community is the greatest feeling of humanity” –Bob Marley

Bob’s final concert @ Madison Square Garden in 1980

Bob Marley, the uneducated ghetto poet’s story is one of the 20th century’s most powerful and compelling human dramas. A prolific songwriter and musician, of significance and importance, Marley died at age of thirty-six from melanoma cancer. Every aspect of Marley’s brief but extraordinary life has been the subject of the pen. His meteoric rise to international cultural importance and musical significance made him one of the most significant contributors to world culture. Had he lived he would have been sixty-six on February 6, 2011.

Reggae Music’s royal house consisted of Bob Marley, the “King of Reggae Music,” Peter Tosh the “Black Prince of Reggae Music” and Dennis Brown the “Crown Prince of Reggae Music.” While Dennis Brown was reggae music’s quintessential singer, its ultimate stylist and most influential vocalist, Bob Marley, was the Poet Laureate of Reggae Music, and, according to cultural critic Dr. Basil Wilson, reggae music’s Classical Troubadour. No other Jamaican since Marcus Garvey has had such a great impact on the world community’s consciousness with regard to the struggle for human rights, equality and justice as the Marley legacy.

As one-third of the legendary reggae group the Wailers, along with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer his words and lyrics were the Lyric Poetry of Rebellion. Bob’s international recognition and cultural influence made him the symbol in reggae that bridged the divide between the races. His music defined reggae’s form, contents, logic and ethos with its messages of social justice, themes of moral rearmament and freedom for the human spirit. Marley became the group’s most popular and successful spokesperson, though not it is most militant; that role was filled by Peter Tosh.

Marley’s life work was filled with universal and immortal qualities. His music was the embodiment of the revolutionary spirit of human freedom. His visionary music opposed violence, embodied struggle and the celebration of life. It transcended race and class distinctions, geographic boundaries and political and ideological affiliations. The themes of his songs were rooted in the sociopolitical, spiritual and cultural experiences of the oppressed world, and his lyrics were filled with passion and emotion. Marley’s charismatic persona and vocal stage presence commanded the world’s attention. His music intertwined with his Rastafarian ideology expressed cultural authenticity.

His importance as a world figure was obvious in the year of his death when Time Magazine’s obituary section placed him in the company of Israeli war hero/statesman Moshe Dyan, Academy Award winner William Holden, and four- star General Omar Bradley, as one of the important world figures who died in 1981. He’s received important awards including the Jamaican Order of Merit (The third highest honor in Jamaica. England’s British Broadcasting Corporation declared his song “One Love,” from his 1977 album “Exodus,” the anthem of the 20th century, and called Marley the Songwriter of the Century. Time Magazine also selected “Exodus” as the Album of the Century. The New York Times designated his 1974 album “Burnin’” as “the work of art from the 20th century that will survive 100 years into the future,” and placed his album “Exodus” in a time capsule to be opened at the end of this century. Vibe Magazine called “African Herbs Man” one of the 100 best albums of the century. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the United States. Bob was also awarded the United Nations Medal of Peace on behalf of Africans. Disney Corp. built a $20 million memorial theme park in his honor at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With the world heaping such accolades upon him, it would be fitting for the government of Jamaica to consider upgrading Marley national award from Order of Merit given at the time of his death 30 years ago.When he was alive, Marley as a musician was hard news for major newspapers and was the front-page story wherever he went around the world. In Ireland, he shared headlines with Pope John Paul II on the Pope’s visit to that country. Voted the “hottest band in music” by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1979, the Wailers broke all attendance records set by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in Europe in 1980.

“He is great who is what he is from nature,and never reminds us of others.” “Representative Man”- Ralph Emerson

Poet Ralph Emerson’s phrase “representative man,” best describes Marley, who gave the poor and oppressed an important voice in the international arena of ideas. Through his message of social justice, themes of moral rearmament and freedom for the human spirit, he offered the sufferers of the world’s oppressed hope and promise. Those sufferers were the emotional center of Marley’s art. His message resonates with relevance today, 30 years after his death, more so than when he was alive. At the time of his death, noted Jamaican journalist John Hearne wrote, “He dug for, isolated and refined, delight and comfort to a billion people around the world … his songs of protest against social injustice contained not one word of hate.”

Despite every reason to hate, his songs were a message of love. More importantly, as Hearne said, “Bob Marley dredged so much loving into absolutely original music of his grim, hard, contemptuously treated childhood of poverty and neglect.” His music was rooted in moral rearmament, and at the emotional center of his art was his suffering people and so demanded a discourse between the oppressed and the oppressor.

British white slavery and colonialism bequeathed to Jamaica and the Third world a neo colonial society with an inherent class and color prejudice hierarchy, decidedly against the predominantly African majority. This situation gave rise to the need for an anti oppression black identity which the neocolonial state eschewed. The rise of Rastafari, as a Black Nationalist identity movement, one of the most compelling aspects of Marley’s message, created yet another identity for the nation’s people. Bob’s radical beliefs that “every man has a right to decide his own destiny” because “we refuse to be what you wanted us to be, we are what we are that is the way it is going to” therefore the oppressed should “get up, stand up for your rights” because “life is your right, so you can’t give up the fight” was both a clarion call and meant to strengthen the sense of self-identity that the oppressed felt deep within.

Marley message rooted in his Rastafari beliefs was the driving force behind this new identity. If Marcus Garvey’s message of Black liberation gave oppressed blacks the inspiration and philosophical rationale to fight the vestiges of slavery and colonialism, then Marley’s message of equal rights and justice and his Rastafari message of Black anti oppression, both espoused through reggae music, was the philosophical rationale which informed the new identity.

While Marcus Garvey’s movement was political and Marley’s was rooted in his music, one of Marley’s greatest achievements was situating the issues and concerns of social justice and cultural authenticity–which he sang about in Reggae–successfully in popular culture. Marley made discourse on these issues seem like acceptable dinner table topics. And did it as Mikal Gilmore noted in Rolling Stone Magazine, Marley, through his mellifluent insurgency… made hell tuneful”… as he sang about “how hell on earth comes too easily to too many.” He did this “like nobody before or since.” Marley’s accomplishments through reggae music and his impact have enhanced Jamaica’s national identity in the international community. Jamaica’s national identity is far more respected and admired because of Marley’s accomplishments.

He also made it easier for Rock icons Sting and Bono to be taken seriously when they sang about human rights and debt relief for poor countries. Judy Mowatt, a member of the I-Threes– Marley’s back-up singers, said, “There is a reservoir of music (that) when you need to refer to a certain situation or crisis; there will always be a Bob Marley song that will relate to it.” He also placed the island nation of Jamaica on the world’s cultural map.

Resting @ Essex House in New York City

Marley and his band, the Wailers spent many hours composing, writing, critiquing the nightly concert performance. They would reason about and exchange ideas on Rastafari, music, religion and philosophy. Bassist Aston Barrett said “We often talked about the intrusion and influence of foreigners into reggae music.” Both agreed that continuing the commercial trend in reggae music was needed (much to the chagrin of some critics) until it had received sufficient international recognition, at which point they had planned to return the music to the Nyabingi form. Nyabingi is an orthodox form of Rastafari that focuses on celebration and reasoning. The return of the music to its Nyabingi origins would, they said, retain and maintain its cultural and spiritual integrity.

“In all his glory, a man is just a man.
In his simplicity, a man is just a man.”-
Garnett Silk

He was a man of great complexity, deep convictions and often stirred intense controversy. He possessed an intelligent mind, was a brilliant musician and a thought-provoking lyricist. His ideas were compelling and his personality forceful. Though not formally educated, he was able to critically analyze and interpret the world in which he lived. His bias was decidedly toward the oppressed and poor, but his ideas had universal appeal. He was a man of great moral courage and spiritual strength.

In 1978 Marley was shot in an assassination attempt at his home. The following day, with a bullet lodged in his arm, he performed before a crowd of more than 80,000people at the “Smile Jamaica” concert at Jamaica’s National Heroes’ Circle.

Marley and his message emerge at a critical juncture, the end of neocolonialism. He was a man for his time who some say came before his time. He was a special human being whose story is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.

 

Reggae’s Crown Prince Dennis Brown Deserves a National Honor


Stan Evan Smith
Senior Music Writer

“Everybody saw him as a touchstone when it came to how a reggae song was sung effectively. And he grew up and was steeped in the song of the day. -Dermott Hussey-XM/Sirius satellite radio

Dennis Emanuel Brown (1957-1999)

Had he lived, Dennis Emanuel Brown or D. Brown, as he was affectionately known, would have celebrated his 54th birthday on Feb. 1, 2011. Brown was Jamaica’s third child prodigy after ska/rocksteady legends Delroy Wilson and Errol Dunkley. Brown’s thirty year singing career saw him progress  from ‘Boy Wonder’ to ‘Teen Sensation’, and finally the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae.’ It is time for the government of Jamaica to recognize Dennis Brown’s important contribution as reggae music’s ‘ultimate stylist’ and his distinction of being reggae music’s most influential stylist, with a national honor in recognition of his monumental contribution to the development of Jamaica’s reggae music.

If Bob Marley, who hailed Brown as the best reggae singer in the world, was Reggae’s Classical Troubadour then, Dennis Brown is, as producer and songwriter Mikey Bennett, who produced two albums with Brown, and wrote, arranged, produced and remixed several international hits, including Cyndi Lauper’s “Hey Now” (Girls Just Want To Have Fun), J.C. Lodge’s, Telephone Love, Gregory IsaacsRumours” Maxi Priest’s Close To You,” “House Call” with Shabba Ranks,” and “Grooving to Midnight” with Roberta Flack, reggae music’s quintessential singer or “the reggae singer’s singer.”

His contribution to Jamaican music renders him an important architect of reggae as much as Marley was.  Brown’s vocal stylebook is the most dominant vocal force in reggae. His unique style has shaped and defined what many success­ful singers and sing-jays in reggae, imitated to achieve success and thus defined what a reggae singer is all about; making him, arguably the most influential voice in the history and development of the genre of reggae music. No other singer in history of Jamaican music, save Alton Ellis, had the disproportionate impact, on vocals and singers, the way Dennis Brown did.

‘Boy Wonder’

A Young Dennis Brown

Brown’s  vocal influence was so pervasive that his peer Freddie McGregor, who actually began singing before him, told this writer in an interview that he had great problems trying to find “my own identity in terms of sound” because he could not help but to try and sound like Dennis Brown.” According to McGregor it took him years of recording before he was able to establish his own identity as singer.

Brown’s greatest contribution to the world of music was to shape, develop and define the intimate soul of reggae singing. Yet, though Brown has the distinction of being reggae music’s most influential stylist he is the greatest Jamaican singer to never “hit the big time” in his musical career…That however, is changing.

Though Brown never achieved the international recognition and success of Marley, or had similar record sales, he was nominated twice for a Grammy Award. That award remained elusive as he never won.

However, as the Crown Prince of Reggae, Brown continues to, like Marley, the King of Reggae Music, receive more international recognition after his death than when he was alive. The international success of Nas and Damian Marley’s collaboration album, “Distant Relatives,” released in May 2010, features “Land of Promise,” a Brown rework of his 1980s international hit “Promised Land.” It was produced by British super reggae band Aswad, and has reignited interest in Brown’s music.

In April 2010, National Public Radio (NPR), the U.S. equivalent of the BBC in the United Kingdom, listed Brown among its 50 Great Voices. In 2010, 11 years after his passing Brown’s music also began to chart on iTunes and Amazon. On Amazon in April three songs charted at No. 1 with “Love and Hate,” No. 3 with “Milk and Honey” and No. 4 with “Bless Me Jah.” On iTunes, Brown’s signature concert opening tune,” “Love and Hate’ charted at No. 3.

While Amazon is fourth most dominant online music store in the United States, iTunes is the dominant online music store in the United States. More importantly, digital sales account for one-third of global music sales, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Digital Report 2010.

“Let Me Be The One”

Brown’s Album Nominated For The Reggae Grammy…Posthumously

Brown’s latest release “The Crown Prince of Reggae: Singles 1972 to 1985,” a compilation published by VP Records, debuted Dec. 3, 2010, at No. 10 on the Billboard Magazine Reggae album chart. This is Brown’s second album charting on Billboard.  His 1982 pop reggae album ”Love Has Found Its Way,” on A&M Records, peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard R&B Album chart, and the single “Love Has Found Its Way” peaked at No.  42 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart in 1982.

Brown was born on Orange Street, a ghetto in the downtown Kingston section of Jamaica on February 1, 1957. His father, Arthur Brown, was a well-known actor in Jamaican theater circles. Very little is known about his mother. Brown attended Central Branch Junior Secondary School in West Kingston. At age 11, he became a child prodigy singer, performing his first concert with the Byron Lee & the Dragonaires band in Kingston. Because of his diminutive size, Brown had to stand on beer crates in order to sing into the mike.

Dennis recorded his first song in 1969. This was the beginning of a 30-year musical career or “a journey” as he described it. On his journey, he sold out concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central, South and North America and established a reputation as a pioneer of reggae music.

His final concert was in Salvador, Brazil, in June 1999. Brown died July 1, 1999, in Kingston, Jamaica, from respiratory heart failure. He was 42. He was a member of the tribe of Joseph in the Twelve Tribes of Israel, a branch of the Rastafarian faith.

Dennis Brown’s Resting Place @ Jamaica’s National Heroes Park

Brown was given an unofficial burial in the National Heroes’ Circle in Kingston, where he rests with Jamaica’s heroes. At his funeral, then Prime Minister P.J. Patterson promised that a national honor would be bestowed on Brown. The government of Jamaica has yet to honor Brown with a national award for his monumental contribution to the development of Jamaica’s music. It is long overdue.

Leaders in the music industry described Brown’s impact:

Mikey Bennett explained to this writer in a 2000 videotaped interview, the importance of Brown’s vocals to the development of reggae’s unique vocal styling.

“To grasp the importance of Brown’s contribution to Jamaican music, what he did and how he did it has to be understood. Brown’s voice was big, with a gilded edge and his vibrato was unbelievable. His inimitable style, with its slow tremolo gave his vocals an almost perfect tone and timing. He was able to transmit his charismatic personality with his voice, and epitomized a reggae singer”.

Bennett described Dennis Brown as a singer who also possessed “that rhythmic quality to his voice, his tone and timing, the smoothness with which he dominated the (reggae) rhythm track, making every song he sung sound like a Dennis Brown song (original),” and as such his vocals possessed the best Pop/R&B/Soul sensibilities of any Jamaican singer, yet it was totally Jamaican. “It was the perfect bridge between the dominant American Rhythm & Blues and Jamaican singing…(That) if extracted from Jamaican music, would still, have Jamaican singers probably sounding like American R&B singers.”

As reggae singer Freddie McGregor said, “Its tremolo…If you listen to … a church organ, you would always hear tremolo, that sort of vibrato with sounds soulful and deep. That vibrato sound brings out that soulfulness within vocals.”

Bennett said of Dennis Brown on his classical vocal performances, the listener felt that that particular song could never have been done better by anyone or even Dennis Brown on any other occasion so it gave the listener this “moment in time feeling” and this made them feel better for having experienced it.

Singer Richie Stevens, whose career Brown inspired, noted “Dennis Brown was the standard for Jamaican music … he helped carve out that cornerstone of Jamaican music.”

Willie Lindo, who produced possibly Brown’s finest work his “Inseparable” album, said “every singer who came after Dennis Brown, regardless of their pitch, wanted to sound like Dennis Brown.”

Described by Ibo Cooper, formerly of 3rd World as “Jamaica’s ultimate stylist” Ruddy Manning of the reggae group Home-T 4 noted “when Dennis Brown came he brought a Jamaican style to song.” What made Dennis Brown so attractive and appealing to the young emerging Jamaican singers was the way he delivered a song both on record and in concert.

Unlike most of Jamaica’s leading vocalists of his era who were influenced by R&B, jazz and blues, Brown was inspired by Jamaican ska/rock-steady and like himself, child prodigy, the  late Delroy “saddle head” Wilson.

In an interview at the Ritz in Manhattan in 1989 during his ”Good Vibrations” tour, Brown told this writer that Wilson influenced him in much the same way he (Brown) motivated and inspired the generation that came with him and after him. He spoke of his fascina­tion with Wilson’s phrasing and slurring. He also talked about how, in his early years, he practiced to sound like Wilson. That influence is evident in several of reggae’s premier singers, such as Frankie Paul, Luciano, Richie Stephens, Nitty Gritty, Pinchers, Sanchez, Bushman, George Nooks, Prince Malachi and Maxi Priest.

Priest acknowledged Brown’s influence to Don Cornelius on TV’s “Soul Train” when he was asked who was his greatest music influence. He responded simply, “Dennis Brown.” Priest even verbally rebuked a disrespectful fan during a moment of silence in memory of Brown during his “Spirit of Unity” performance at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Priest deeply respected Brown’s importance.

~~Dennis Brown…Doing What He Did Best~~

Jamaica gave birth to reggae in the 1970s and Brown evolved with the genre to become the most dominant vocal force in Jamaican music. Before his death, he became the last link between the great solo singers of his generation and the emerging one. He dominated the music scene as a hit-maker, and with his uninterrupted longevity and influence, created a solid foundation for reggae singers.

His reputation as a live performer was memorable and won him fans around the world. Two of his most significant career-defining performances were the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1979 and his electrifying performance at Reggae Sun Splash at the Crystal Palace in London in 1983. These tour de force performances helped establish him as a sterling international stage presence.

Though Brown did not achieve the international success of his peers Marley and Peter Tosh, his talents, efforts and dedication won their respect as well as fans. Michael “Ibo” Cooper, former leader of the popular reggae band Third World summed up Brown’s importance to the world of music in a video interview with me this way, “Dennis Brown made his mark on music … his music will have an impact on generations to come; the way Beethoven had an impact on Europe and Fela had an impact on Africa,” Cooper further added, “When the future comes, Dennis will be one of the greatest names in music as a whole.” Brown is just beginning to get the respect internationally, something that Tosh and Marley saw a long time ago.

Brown’s contribution to Jamaican music, though well-known, is still undervalued. However, Brown was aware of his own contribution to Jamaican music. He told Jenny Shadeo, then-host of the  New York TV Show “Viddyms,” “I think I played an important part in establishing the music globally.”

Brown’s accessible, affable personality and his broad and infectious smile endeared him to fans the world over. “Next to Bob Marley… I don’t think we will see a second to him in our lifetime,” said promoter Michael Barnet, describing Brown as “the Michael Manley of reggae music.” He was “charismatic and charming, a crowd-pleaser where he went.”

From the early 1970s to the early 1990s, no other singer in reggae had as many hit songs, or inspired more imitators than Brown. He recorded more than 200 singles and approximately 70 albums during his career. His hit-making ability and his career declined in the mid-90s, as a host of reggae singers adopted his style. By the late ’90s, with his career fading, he continued to tour feverishly, wrote prolifically and recorded nonstop.

♫…The Hit Maker…♫


From his first hit song “No Man Is an Island” in 1968 to his last hit song “Stop Fighting (so early in the morning),” Brown worked with all the major producers in reggae and crafted hits for them. The conventional wisdom was that all a producer had to do to get a hit song was to voice Brown on a rhythm track.

His association with major reggae record producers dates back to his early years with the Studio One Record and its creator Sir Coxsone Dodd. Dodd describes Brown as “God’s gift” because he could sing everything. He worked with the leading producers of the day, such as Derrick Harriott (“Black Magic Woman”); Bunny Lee; Willie Lindo, (“Inseparable”); Lloyd Charmers; Gussie Clark (“Foundation”); Bennett (“Death Before Dishonor); Niney (“West Bound Train”); Joe Gibbs (“Money in My Pocket’); King Jammy; and Sly and Robbie (“Sitting and Watching”).

The ’70s to late ’80s were Brown’s most dominant and commercially successful era. His career went international, with his songs competing with each other on ethnic charts in cities in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. As one of the most sought-after reggae acts for live shows and recordings, he commanded what was then a staggering $25,000 to $35,000 per show (working three nights a week) and a percentage of the gate receipts.

He signed a recording contract with Herb Alperts’ A&M Records in the United States, which produced three of the finest reggae albums ever made. “Foul Play,” “Love Has Found Its Way” and “The Prophet Rides Again” received critical acclaim. In major cities such as New York, he played mainstream venues like the Red Parrot and the Apollo (two sold-out shows the same night).

Brown received his first Grammy nomination in 1994 for his album “Temperature Rising” and his second — of which this writer had the honor of writing the liner notes — posthumously for “Let Me Be the One” in 2000.

The rich musical legacy of Dennis Brown is a testament to his gift as an artist and the music genre he helped pioneer. His music will live forever. February 1, 2011, which would have been Brown’s 54th birthday, should be the year he’s honored for his contributions to Jamaican music and culture. Brown should be given a national award.

Happy Birthday, Crown Prince

This is an updated edition of a cover story first published by Stan E. Smith, Music editor in 2000 in Caribbean Style Newspaper. The article was also published in 2008 in Jamaicans.com; www.jamaicans.com/music/articles_reggae/reggaes-crown-prince-shou.shtml.
 

REGGAE/DANCEHALL 2010 HIGHLIGHTS


Stan Evan SmithSenior Music Writer for Jamaicans.com

This report is complied from Stan E Smith’s 2010 Entertainment News, Commentary & Reggae Reports which are heard weekly on radio & internet radio and online on:

WNSB Hot 91.1FM (VA), WGUN 1010AM (Atlanta. GA), WAEC 860AM (Conyers GA), CHRY 105.5 FM@ (Canada) One Caribbean Radio 97.9 FM HD2 (NYC) And                                    

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This monthly listing is a general overview of some of the important events that occurred in the reggae/dancehall music industry for 2010. Some events may have been left out; however, this is not meant to be the definitive report or analysis of these events–just a snapshot.

Important Mention:

-Gyptian’s ‘Hold You’ peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Reggae album chart and #34 on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop album chart, #4 on Billboard’s Heat-seekers chart; #69 on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100; #31 on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Songs chart; and #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.

-Dec 09 Sean Paul Billboard Reggae Artiste of the year/decade Paul beat Matisyahu and Bob Marley & the Wailers for second and third respectively

Important Events -January 2010:

-The year 2010 opened with Shaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation hosting Shaggy and Friends concert at Jamaica House which was held on January 2,2010 with performances from acts such as Joe, Boyz II Men and Mario, Beenie Man, Machel Montano, Ding Dong, CeCile, T.O.K, Toots Hibbert, Sanchez, Baby Cham, Alaine, Queen Ifrica and Mavado.

The Bustamante Hospital For Children received $31 from the Shaggy-Make a Difference Foundation in 2009. The Shaggy and Friends concert raised about $29 million and was able to give the hospital $31 million.

-Killer issues public apology for his Anti Gay Tirade at Shaggy & Friends Benefit

.-Reggae singer Jah Cure and R&B/hip hop singer Keri Hilson record ‘World Cry’. He copped five nominations at the 2010 Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards (EME).

-Artistes join Haiti recovery effort: Promoters Tony Rebel of Rebel Salute and Walter Elmore producer of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, donate part proceeds from their events to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

-Artistes Aid Haiti Recovery: Several musicians and artistes collaborated on Listen2theCall, which featured Toots Hibbert, Sly & Robbie, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Diana King, Luciano, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man and dub poet Mutabaruka along with more than 25 others. Proceeds from the sale of the song went to the relief and rehabilitation effort in Haiti.

-Diana King releases song ‘Black Bodies” for Haiti:

-Buju Banton donates US$1000 along with clothing to Haitians earthquake relief victims.  He pleads not guilty to conspiracy and gun charges and is held without bail

-Barrington Levy’s single ‘No War’ gets 500,000 spins on hip hop website

Important Events -February:

-German authorities ban music, by reggae artist Baby Cham; Bounty Killer; Capleton;

Elephant Man; Sizzla, TOK as they claim that lyrics advocate murdering homosexuals.

-Reggae Month celebrated: Official Reggae Month celebrations of Jamaica’s music culture scale down for 2010. Featured events included the Dennis Brown Birthday Special on Irie FM, and the week-long celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday in Negril, Shaggy, Steel Pulse, Sly & Robbie perform at Raggamuffin festival in New Zealand

-Sizzla arrested on gun charges in August Town

-Kymani Marley writes book entitled “Dear Dad: Where’s The Family in Our Family Today?

-Third World’s 35th Anniversary; group launches their 22nd album “Patriots”

-E2onair internet radio is launched by reggae singer Ed Robinson & Michelle Arthurton in New York.

-Gay group GLAAD protest Capleton reggae concerts.

-Jamaica Reggae Producer Phillip Smart sues a South African MTN: US-based, Jamaica-born reggae producer Phillip Smart sues a South African telecommunication MTN telecommunication company for alleged copyright infringement for allegedly adopting his sound recording Of his song `Hot This Year` in radio advertisements promoting the FIFA World Cup. MTN used the song for six months on radio in of his song `Hot This Year` their advertisements without his permission

-Stephen Marley Wins (2010) Reggae Grammy “Mind Control” (Acoustic) beating – Buju Banton “Rasta Got Soul”, Gregory Isaacs “Brand New Me”, Julian Marley   “Awake”, & Sean Paul “Imperial Blaze”

-Capleton dropped from Ragga Muffins Festival set for Feb 20.

-International Reggae Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona.

-Mighty Diamonds Received Ragga Muffins Festival Award Of Recognition, Long Beach, CA.

-Jimmy Cliff received Linkz FM Lifetime Achievement Award in Jamaica.

Important Events -March

-DJ Flippa Mafia jailed for illegal entry into USA

-Sing-jay Mavado officially release from reggae Indie label VP Records.

-Jimmy Cliff inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  According to Rolling Stone Magazine Jimmy Cliff stole the show at the ceremony, belting out “The Harder They Come.”

-Singer Luciano unable to travel abroad after a shoot-out between a gunman and police officers at his home and he is accused of harboring a fugitive. Luciano maintains his innocence

-Buju Banton’s defense filed an emergency motion for bond (bail) with the federal courts. Buju’s lawyer says he has lost lbs 40.

-Jamaican Government set to crack down on tax delinquent artistes

-Reggae DJ Louie ‘Gangalee’ Culture got shot in Jamaica

-President and CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution, Jim Urie, added Busy Signal’s cover of the Phil Collins hit ‘One More Night’ to his annual compilation album

Important Events- April:

-Ky-mani Marley begins 27 city book tour April 8-30.

-US Visas revoked for Bounty, Beenie, Mavado, Aidonia and Ricky Trooper.

-Bounty Killer arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and denied bail.

-Ziggy Marley working on movie song with controversial theme

-Sean Kingston and Sean Paul nominated for Best Reggae Video at the 2010 Japan MTV Video Music Awards (VMA)

-Vybz Kartel banned from St. Lucia, Barbados, Guyana and Grenada.

-Jah Cure arrested by police in Jamaica and appeared in court on ganja charge.

-Reggae’s Crown Prince, the late Dennis Brown named one of National Public Radio’s (NPR) 50 Great Voices. He was named among Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald. Dennis Brown’s music charted on iTunes and Amazon charts, three songs *#1 with Love and Hate, *# 3 with Milk and Honey; and *# 4 with Bless Me Jah on Amazon, fourth most dominant online music store in the US,  Love and Hate # 3 on iTunes chart, Digital sales account for one-third of global music sales.

-DJ Mr. Lexx’s sexual Rape case dismissed in New York – he is summoned to community service.

-Jamaican artist Black Ryno blocked from entry by police in Trinidad. Officials claimed his music influences and ignites gang behavior.

-Mr Lexx got robbed in NY of his US$4500.00 Gold chain.

Important EventsMay:

-International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA): Queen Ifrica wins four

awards, Soca star Machel Montano (three), Reggae singer Gramps (three) at the York College Performing Arts Centre in Queens.

-Government of Jamaica Investigating Ban on Dancehall Artistes by CARICOM Countries

-Tanya Stephens releases her seventh album, ‘Infallible’ for free online

-Mad Cobra Shot 3 times in his hometown of Portmore, St. Catherine.

-Jamaican music figure Norman ‘Sid’ Bucknor died of cancer in the U.K.

-Ricky Trooper investigated by the US Authorities for brandishing a gun in his YouTube video tirade.

-DJ Busy Signal launches his clothing line.

-DJ Mad Cobra’s house sprayed with bullets.

-Oniel Edwards of dancehall group ‘Voicemail’ died from multiple gunshot wounds.

-Buju Banton’s Trial date pushed back to September

-MTV launched official dancehall chart show.

-Reggae singer Tessanne Chin & Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr. engaged.

Important Events -June:

-DJ/Author Macka Diamond launched her book ‘The Real Gangster’s Wife’ in June for Caribbean-American month, at the South Regional Broward College Branch of the Broward County Library in Florida.

-Dance hall Sing jay Ding Dong barred from entering Trinidad and Tobago.

-DJ Beenie Man surrenders to police in Jamaica and is arrested and charged for allegedly ation on a case by case basis) assaulting L.A. Lewis.

-Karl Young, the founder of the world’s first all reggae radio station IRIE FM in 1990 and ZIP FM in 2002 Died.

-Bob Marley inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

-Caribbean American Cultural Conference staged by the Caribbean American Caucus at the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on June 18th and 19th.

-Reggae AMPPS 1st Annual Dinner Dance in New York:  Honorees were Pat McKay (Radio Broadcaster, XM Radio), Anthony Downbeat Rockwood (Soundman), Howard “Sir Tommy’s” Mapp (Soundman), Sharon Gordon & Carlyle McKetty (Coalition To Preserve Reggae), Junior Forbes (Caribbean American Cultural Conference). The Hon. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

-Bounty Killer Freed of Assault Charge

Important Events -July:

-Brooklyn Music Festival: Gregory Isaacs’ latest US show.

-Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ peaked at # 31 Billboard R&B Hip Hop Singles chart

-Corporate company Red Stripe Beer returns to sponsorship of live music events in Jamaica after they withdrew their support in 2008

-Dance hall reggae veteran Lincoln ‘sugar’ Minott died of heart complications in Jamaica.

-Singer Alaine launches her own record label 1thirty1 Record Label

-Buju Banton celebrated his 37th birthday in Florida jail.

-Jamaica Association of Veteran Artist Award (JAVA) First Year Inductees To The Jamaica. Music Hall of Fame:  Clement “Coxone” Dodd, Lord Flea, Louise Bennett-Coverly, Vere Johns, Count Ossie, Alpha Boys’ School, The (original)  Wailers, The  Skatalites , Olive Lewin, Arthur “Duke” Reid, Ernest Ranglin and Derrick Morgan.

-DJ Elephant Man’s benz seized by Jamaican tax authorities for $10 million in taxes owed.

-I-Octane hailed as the best performing act at 2010 Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica.

-NY’s Irie Jam media cancels annual Irie Jamboree reggae festival.

-The deejay/singer duo of Chaka Demus and Pliers sues UMG for more than US$10 million in unpaid royalties and accountability for record sales in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.

-Deejay Bounty Killer honored for his contribution to Jamaica’s music at Reggae SumFest

-The New York base Putumayo Record, a world-beat music company released Tribute To a Reggae Legend, a 12-track album tribute set to superstar Bob Marley featuring artistes from Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

-Donna Hope-Marquis Ph.d, popular dancehall author and lecturer, released her second book featuring the realities of dancehall culture touchy topic of sexuality in the dancehall with Man Vibes: Masculinities in Jamaican Dancehall.

Important Events-August:

-Sugar Minott Buried.

-Great Britain Trojan Records reissued Everything I Own’ by singer Ken Boothe. The single ‘Everything I Own’ hit #1 on the British national chart in 1971 and Boothe‘s ‘Crying Over You’ also entered British Top 20 chart.

-Gyptian’ ‘Hold You’ peaked #3 on Billboard Heart seekers Songs Chart

-Gyptian joins Damian Marley & Nas on their Distant Relatives 2010 US Tour.

-Lady Saw, Partners with Toasting Music to Release New Album, My Way

-The #1 UK Dancehall & Reggae artist Gappy Ranks (Greensleeves Records and Publishing) introduced to US market via VP Record release.

-Gaza DJ Popcaan arrested in a big brawl at the airport in the Bahamas.

-Jamaican Producers Jam 2 Productions, Jammy James (Jam 2) & Camar Doyles (Flavaunit) sue Hulk Hogan daughter for failing to neither compensate nor credit for production work on her “The Redemption” album.

-Bounty Killer’s Range Rover and Land Cruiser seized by Tax Dept for $ millions in taxes.

-Buju Banton Trial begins and ends in a hung jury.

-Jamaica court ordered the eviction of the Bunny Wailer’s Millennium School operated the in Mona, St. Andrew, Jamaica, for failure to pay over more than JD$1.2 million in rent owed.

-Diana King launches the ‘Think like a Girl Music’ record label and inks licensing deal with Warner Music Japan!

-The Wyclef Jean, Barrington Levy, Shaggy and Snoop Dogg, collaboration on

“Murderer” made history as first ever track to be featured by iTunes on both the Hip Hop and Reggae pages simultaneously.

-Gyptian records remix of Travis McCoy’s mega hit single ‘Billionaire’

Important Events -September:

-Vybz Kartel’s “Clarks” featured on Canada’s ‘You Think You Could Dance’.

-Bob Marley School for the Arts Institute Hosts The Reggae Music & Technology Expo and Reggae Walk Of Fame Induction Ceremony 2010 at Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale, on September 10-11, 2010

-Bob Marley Named # 11 on VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

-Bob Marley’s family loses copyright case against Universal Music Group (UMG).

-Bounty Killer arrested for assaulting a woman with a hammer. Woman then withdraws charges

-Tuff Gong Distribution announced the release of the 30th Anniversary of Bob Marley’s Live Performance album Live Forever’

-Mavado signs endorsement deal with LIME.

-Judge declared mistrial in Buju Banton’s drug case.

-Dancehall DJ Ninja Man seeks judicial review on bail application after two years in police lock up.

-Norma Dodd, widow of the father of Jamaican music, legendary producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd, dies

-Island Records celebrates its 50th anniversary with the release of the book, The Story of Island Records: Keep on Running

-Trojan Records announced the release of Harder Road To Travel, a two-CD retrospective of the singer Jimmy Cliff’s work.

Important Events -October:

-I-Octane inked endorsement a deal telecom giant Digicel to represent the Digicel brand.

-Head of Shocking Vibes Entertainment Patrick Roberts’ BMW X5 seized for $millions owed in taxes.

-Reggae singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson performs at the World Food Program in honor of the United States Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton at the George McGovern Leadership Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

-Reggae singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson opening act for The Wailers on US tour

-Gay rights group, The Gay Liberation Network, planned to protest Capleton’s October-9 concert in Chicago.

-Don Corleon Record’s digital album “Major & Minor Riddim” which features the single “Let’s Do It Again” by J. Boog peaked s at #1 on the iTunes Reggae charts in Japan and New Zealand, and climbed on the best-selling reggae songs on the iTunes US charts.

-Chaka Demus has life saving operation.

-Buju Banton granted bail in an immigration court with severe restrictions and house arrest.

-Gyptian wins Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Award, the equivalent of the US Grammy, for Best Reggae Act in England.

-UK Exhibition on the life of Ska legend Laurel Aitken

-Gregory Isaacs, Reggae Singer/Songwriter, Dies in UK at 59.

-Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture launches Reggae Marathon 2010 (Half Marathon and 10K races) to promote the development of new events to bolster Brand Jamaica. Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Turnkey Productions, (producers of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival) and a calendar of activities with Turnkey Productions, local and overseas organizations.

-Dancehall-reggae artists Busy Signal, Gramps Morgan, Bunji Garlin, Etana, Konshens and the Alliance brand launched online store; They merchandise a range of dancehall reggae street gear on reggaemerch.com.

-Jamaican Music Icons Ernie Smith and Big Youth honored by US Congress and Coalition To Preserve Reggae in NY.

-Renowned Music sound system Merritone celebrates its 60th anniversary.

-A new film, A Dance For Grace, puts Jamaica’s reggae dancehall troupes at the center of its optimistic plot.

Important Events -November:

-Reggae singer Ed Robinson releases “Our Heroes”.  It was added to VP’s Reggae Gold.

-German reggae artiste Gentleman and Jamaican reggae singer Chris Martin’s single ‘To the Top’ surpassed four million views on YouTube

-Sonia Pottinger, part of Jamaica’s the Big Three with Coxson Dodd and Duke Reid; Jamaica’s first and most success female producer dies.

-Toots & the Maytals appears on NBC’s Jimmy Fallon show in NY, and join an all-star list of musicians from New Orleans in a special Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute performance to Fats Domino at the Playhouse Square’s Palace Theatre in Cleveland.

-Dancehall sing-jay Serani’s ‘Skip to My Luu’ hit added to Hot 97’s daytime rotation on the #1 radio station HOT 97 in New York. This is his 3rd single added to the station’s rotation in two years.

-Buju Banton out on bail.

-DJ’s Mavado and Vybz Kartel held in jail over night in Jamaica.

-Rita Marley honored with Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington DC

-Bayside Rocks Festival: Salutes Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Toots & Maytals, Midnite, Cultura  at Bayfront Park, Fl

-Judge denies Buju Banton’s request to perform at live concert on Dec.26.

-Gyptian wins Best Reggae Artist Award at Soul Train Awards in Atlanta beating Vybz Kartel, Damien Marley, Jah Cure, Mr. Vegas and Gramps Morgan.

-Gyptian joins Mary J Blige’s UK tour.

- A collection of portraits, performances and personal shots by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker are now on exhibition in New York. Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

-Duane Stephenson completes first half of South American Tour: Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador.

Important Events- December:

-54th Annual Grammy Awards – Best Reggae Album Nominees:  Before the Dawn: Buju Banton, Revelation: Lee “Scratch” Perry: Made In Jamaica – Bob Sinclar and Sly & Robbie, Isaacs Meets Isaac: Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac, An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh – Andrew Tosh

-Dancehall DJ Busy Signal Drew 50,000 at his First concert in Gambia while another 10,000 left outside waiting to get in.

-Grenadian church leaders launched a protest against Christmas Eve concerts featuring Jamaican artistes Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Assassin and Jahvinci

-President/founder of Jamaican Association of Female Artistes (JAFA), and Entertainment lawyer Sandra Alcott, died on December 30 in Jamaica.

-Reggae/Dancehall artiste Chino McGregor’s song ‘From Mawning’ (Never Change) is the #1 purchased and downloaded track/ringtone on Japan’s most established ringtone site

-Judge gives Buju Banton the go ahead to perform at concert Jan 16 in Florida.

-Prosecution Fights Buju defense motion to have the gun charge against Banton dropped.  His lawyer David Markus claimed that the charge is `multiplicitous` and `without merit, ` and should be denied.

-Co-chairman of the Reggae Grammy Committee Roger Steffens predicts Gregory Isaacs will win 2010 Best Reggae Album Grammy

-Reggae music keyboardist pioneer Glen ‘Capo’ Adams, a member of the Hippy Boys and the Upsetters, (Lee ‘scratch’ Perry) two of the most influential bands in reggae history died in Jamaica at age 65. Adams wrote Mr. Brown according to Producer Bunny Lee Glen brought that great organ shuffle to reggae

-Dubtonic Kru wins the Jamaican leg of Global Battle of the Bands competition

-Zola Burse, (Tour Manager) died in Florida

-International Reggae singer Buju Banton placed under house arrest at his Tamarac, Florida home

-A 15 member group of disgruntled musicians, including respected lead guitarist Lebert ‘Gibby’ Morrison, and bassist Donald ‘Axeman’ Dennis, formed an organization Protest Now And Save Reggae (PNASR) against a distinct media bias toward dancehall music in Jamaica have to push for a level playing field for other forms of reggae music. They release a song, ‘Reggae Rescue From Freefall’, to help push their point. It will be distributed to all local media and, based on response (airplay, etc); results will be sent to the Broadcasting Commission, the independent body that monitors airwave standards

-Lady Saw’ open Diva Records, her recording studio in Jamaica. Kriss Kelly, Chanel and

Temptress are some of the artistes Lady Saw is working with on her label. After a seven years absence Lady Saw’ returned to the ‘Sting’ stage show December 26

Online Music Store iTunes, the dominant online music store in the US listed her latest album. ‘My Way’, is her first 100% control of songs and production, on The Best of Reggae for 2010

-Shaggy hosts Christmas Gala at Bustamante Hospital for Children where they handed out gifts, gave brief performances, and spread much cheer among the children, their parents and the staff.

-Vybz Kartel’s “Gaza 2.0″ album sold 6000 units (VP Distribution)

-Morgan Heritage keyboardist and singer Gramps announced decision to become a professional football player.

-17 North Parade, a division of VP Records announced the release date “Steely and Clevie historic compilation album, the Digital Revolution featuring their top hits (release date January 25, 2011).

-Sister Carol celebrated thirty years in the music business as a solo artist on Dec 5, 2010 with a showcase held at Sullivan Hall located at 214 Sullivan St in New York City. Sis as she is affectionately known released her new single entitled “Mother Earth and new video.

-Tarrus Riley & Dean Fraser, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander for World —Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal on December 19

-Wayne Wonder Gets Release from VP Records

-Home Circuit Court judge denies Ninjaman’s application for bail on the grounds that the witnesses in the case were being threatened. Ninja man has been in custody on gun and a murder charges for the March 16, 2009 murder of Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson

-Dancehall group T.O.K, along with the LIVE WYYA BAND does a special concert performance at the International Conference Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.

-Black Eyed Peas sampled Barrington Levy’s ‘hit ‘Here I Come’ on the track ‘The Coming’ their latest CD ‘The Beginning.’ This is the 40th time ‘Here I Come’ has been sampled

-VP Records’ Dennis Brown compilation The Crown Prince of Reggae: Singles 1972 to 1985 debuted at #10 on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae album chart

-Reggae artists Tifa, I-Octane, Ce’Cile and Chino lent their voices to the World Aids Day concert at National Heroes Park in Kingston

-Toots performed for 40 million viewers in the UK on BBC 2′s Jools Holland Hootenanny show.

 

Stan E Smith 2010 Entertainment News & Reggae Report – Written and Compiled

12.11. – 12. 17.2010

Get Ready For Release of Final Bob Marley Performance

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY:

According to published report in CaribWorldNews (Dec. 17, 2010) May 11th 2011 will mark the 30th anniversary of the passing of reggae legend, Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley. The Marley family is planning to mark the occasion with the release of a 2CD/3LP/digital collection, ‘Uprising, the upcoming Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live Forever’ collection the singer’s final recorded performance on February 1.

The performance was taped at The Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on September 23, 1980 and featured many of Marley’s finest tunes including No Woman No Cry, Jammin, and Is This Love to name a few. There was a 30th anniversary reunion celebration at The Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on September 23 2010.

Rita Marley, who has dedicated herself to keeping her late husband’s legacy alive, noted: `To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago. ` Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Reggae Tour Manager extraordinaire Zola Burse Dead

Music industry Tour Manager Zola Burse who worked with several reggae artistes from Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, and Roberta Flack, died Tuesday morning in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital at age 69 from a diabetes-related illness .

Mervis Walsh, manager to singer Beres Hammond, told The Jamaica Sunday Gleaner that Burse was a “special man”. Ill-health had forced Burse to leave his duties as Hammond’s tour manager in July.

Zola’s hard work, commitment and knowledge of the music including artist tour management, artist tour production and booking made him the best in the business.

Zola Burse had his start in music in 1972. He was involved with STAX Records and he became involved with music production, stage coordination, and artist tour management. In 1982, he began to do stage coordination for the Grammys, American Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Awards.

He worked as a production man with the Reggae Sunsplash but was best known as tour manager for various reggae acts including Hammond, Maxi Priest, Big Mountain and Buju Banton.

From 1985 to 1995, Zola was coordinator for BRE conference. In 1984, he became the Production and Tour Manager for Reggae Sunsplash USA. He worked for Reggae Sunsplash Jamaica from 1984 until 1997, the Spirit of Unity tours. In 1997, Zola had the opportunity to serve as Production Manager for JAMPRO at MIDEM the night that Jamaica presented to the world the best music that they had to offer.

Zola Burse is the latest reggae personality to die this year. Singers Sugar Minott, Gregory Isaacs; Keith Stewart, and producer Sonia Pottinger, also died. Zola Burse is survived by four children.

Adapted: YardFlex.com Jamaicaobserver .com

Sister Carol

Reggae Cultural chanter and actress Jamaican-born Carol East aka Sister Carol celebrated thirty  years in the music business as a solo artist on Sunday Dec 5, 2010 with a showcase held at Sullivan Hall, located at 214 Sullivan St in New York City.  Sis as she is affectionately known has a new single entitled “Mother Earth” and a brand new video which premiered at the Dec 5 show.

Her upcoming CD called “Togetherness” will feature Sister Carol and Friends and collaborations with various artistes. Sis along with her band the Yellow Wall Dub Squad will be performing at the Pai Reggae Festival in Chieng Ma, Thailand on Jan 23rd 2011. The festival runs from Jan 20-23, 2011.

Tarrus Riley & Dean Fraser for World Festival of Black Arts and Culture

According to a published report in Outaroad.com, Jamaican reggae singer Tarrus Riley and saxophonist Dean Fraser have been invited as special guests to perform at the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal on December 19.  Also slated to perform at the event is Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander. This will be the third staging of the festival.

In a release to the media, Riley said he was looking forward to performing at the festival. Said Riley“Just going to Africa is a feeling that I can’t find words for, and to sing for the people will definitely be an honor and my pleasure”.

The World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures

Initiated by Senegal’s first President Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first edition of the World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures was held in Dakar in 1966. World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures is an international Festival which is entrusted by the African Union to the current President of the Republic of Senegal, his Excellency Abdoulaye Wade.

The first Festival brought together people from all generations and disciplines in order to make the rest of the world aware of the struggle and persistence of Black peoples in the face of colonization. In 1977, Nigeria hosted the second edition. The 2010 Festival conveys a new vision of Africa as free, proud, creative and optimistic. Adapted:  Outaroad.com

Wayne Wonder Gets Release from VP Records; releases new singles

Grammy nominated reggae singer Wayne Wonder whose career was temporarily on pause for nearly two years, has finally secured his release from VP Records.  Wonder is very relieved and ready for the New Year“It was quite unfortunate that the dispute with the record company (VP) escalated… the work is continuing.”

Working with top reggae and dancehall producers he’s released a few new singles, and he is now wearing the producer’s cap. On his own Singson/Nyamcash label Wayne produced ‘If I Ever’ which debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Charts.

Wayne has also teamed up with dancehall group, T.O.K. on ‘Girl Dem Follow’; which was produced by Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor on his Winnings riddim. Wayne did six shows in Japan from December 18 to 26 in Tokyo, Zurich, Kyoto, Alchi, Ibaraki and Numazu.

Wayne Wonder’s career exploded in 2003 with his album ‘No Holding Back’ and the single ‘No Letting Go’ on Atlantic RecordsNo Letting Go peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart in America. The album No Holding Back received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2003, a MOBO Award in the UK, three BMI Urban awards, leading to a live performance on NBC Television’s Saturday Night Live. The follow-up single and video Bounce Along reached #12 on the UK pop charts.

Wayne’s inspired version of Hold Me Now (originally recorded by the Thompson Twins) appeared on the 2004′s successful 50 First Dates (starring Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore) movie soundtrack and was produced by No Doubt’s Tony Kanal with a video directed by Gil Green for Madonna’s Maverick Records label. Wayne also anchored the hit track Anything Goes (w/ CNN: CaponeN.O.R.E and Lexxus) for the Def Jamaica compilation which received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae AlbumWayne headlined an extensive world tour with his Entourage Band in 2004-05 performing in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Adapted: Outaroad com

Sean Kingston for Zimbabwe Tour

NEW YORK, NY:

Jamaican-American rapper, Sean Kingston, used YouTube to announce a planned tour of Zimbabwe in April next year. The 20-year-old Kingston, who shot to fame in 1997 with ‘Beautiful Girls’ (Suicidal) is slated to perform in Harare, the African country’s capital, on April 23rd. The singer has also been nominated for a Grammy this year for his single with rapper, Nicki Minaj.  Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Actress/singer Sheryl Lee to sing with Gay Men’s Chorus

Los Angeles, LA,

Jamaican American actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph, is set to perform with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles at its annual holiday show on December 18th at a matinee and evening performance at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

Lee Ralph’s, stage, TV and big screen credits include the original Broadway production of Dream Girls, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination, starring roles in the Disney movie  Oliver & Company, The Mighty Quinn w/Denzel WashingtonMistress w/Robert De Niro and she also had roles in The Flintstones, Deterrence and Unconditional Love. Ralph was the star of the UPN 9 hit TV series ‘Moesha.  Full story: CaribWorldNews.com

Rihanna’s X-Factor Performance Draws Criticism

LONDON, England

According to a published report in CaribWorldNews (Tues. Dec. 14, 2010) pop princess, Bajan singer Rihanna’s strip tease performance on the X-Factor may have gone too far according to critics.

After an excellent performance of her new single What’s My Name the Grammy winning star added a stripping scene to her set. Rihanna took of her gown and pranced around on stage in her underwear, while performing several suggestive dance moves. Her army of dancers performed in a similar way. The parents of the show’s young viewers and media watchdogs were chagrined.

It was reported that Rihanna’s performance was followed by a totally sexually simulating performance from Christina Aguilera. As a result of the performances, ITV is facing a huge backlash after thousands of viewers protested about what they called lewd performances on the X Factor finale.

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator’s code states that `children must be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them;  that any discussion on, or portrayal of, sexual behavior must be editorially justified if included before the watershed and that material that is unsuitable for children should not, in general, be shown before 9pm or after 5.30am. The ITV show aired between 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday night.  Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Wyclef, Donna Karan, and Kim Teams up to help raise more money for Haiti

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According to published report in CaribWorldNews (Dec. 15, 2010) Haitian-born, Grammy Award-winning artiste Wyclef Jean will join the team of Kim Kardashian and fashion guru Urban Zen founder Donna Karan to help raise more money for over one million Haitian earthquake victims still living in tents.

Jean will perform at ‘The Truth’ event in New York City. Slated to be in attendance are film, music and television celebrities Forest and Kiki Whitaker, Spike Lee, Erykah Badu, David Arquette, Maria Bello, Gary Dourdan, Michael Stahl and Jimmy Jean-Louis.

The event is a multi-media exhibition and auction of film images and artworks by Haitian, Haitian American and Haitian inspired artists. Kardashian, Karan and music mogul Andre Harrell are hosting The Truth. The Premier Exhibition and Auction will raise funds to give Gifts of Love packages to the Haitian people this holiday season and into the New Year.

The packages will include vital supplies: shoes, solar flashlights and whistles to offset night attacks and rapes on women living in the Haitian camps.  Cholera relief supplies will also be added as a critical component in these ‘Gifts of Love. ’Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Richie Spice – New album ‘Book of Job’

Reggae singer Richie Spice completed production on his Book of Job album on VP Records. ‘Book of Job’ will be Spice’s fifth official album for the label and it is scheduled to be released early next year. Several of the album tracks — ‘Black Woman’, ‘Legal’ ‘Find Jah’ and ‘Mother of Creation’ are reportedly receiving strong rotation both locally and abroad. A music video for Black Woman is now being aired.

Richie Spice will in the Bahamas to perform alongside US Rap star Rick Ross and Vybz Kartel on Sebas Christmas Party to be held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino in Nassau Bahamas. Spice is also booked to appear on the13 Warriors segment of Sting 2010 on December 26th in Jamaica.  Adapted: jamaicaobserver.com

No bail for the Ninja

DJ Ninja Man and his son Jahniel will spend their second consecutive Christmas behind bars, in police custody on gun and murder charges for the March 16, 2009 murder of Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson. Clayton Dennis and Seymour Samuels were also charged in relation to the matter.  Lawyers representing the father and son failed to obtain bail for the men when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court in Jamaica.   The two were denied bail on the grounds that the witnesses in the case were being threatened.

Ninjaman will return to court on January 14, 2011, when another attempt will be made to secure their bail.  Adapted: jamaicaobserver.com

T.O.K & LIVE WYYA BAND HEAD FOR ZIMBABWE

Dancehall group T.O.K, described by the New York Times as “the best Dancehall group out of Jamaica” along with the LIVE WYYA BAND left Jamaica on December 18 for Harare, Zimbabwe for a special concert performance there at the International Conference Centre. The tour will make stops in Addis Abba, Ethiopia and will end in Costa Rica on December 24th before returning to Jamaica on Christmas Day.

Both groups will be making their first appearance on that continent. The Live Wyya Band, a self-contained group; will be the opening act doing a 45-minute-set before providing musical backing for T.O.K

The Live Wyya Band will be using the Zimbabwe concert as an opportunity to promote their latest CD entitled “Spread the Love”.

Richard Browne, son of Tarrus Riley’s bass player Glen Browne, will accompany T.O.K in the capacity of Musical Director. The tour was organized by veteran manager and tour organizer, Copeland Forbes, who’ll accompany the 13-man reggae outfit on the historic tour of the Motherland and Costa Rica. Adapted Reggae E-Guide

ANTHONY B – TOURING NORTH AMERICA, HAWAII AND CANADA ON HIS OWN – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2011

Anthony B just finished a successful six-week European tour, and Africa, a spot date in Costa Rica and another one at the Grenada National Stadium, in Grenada. January and February 2011 he along with his band, the Untouchable band are slated to tour North America, Hawaii and Canada. Adapted Reggae E-Guide

Bounty Killer Says “Bleaching Is A Disgrace to the Black Race” – Entertainment Report

Recently Beenie Man attacked Vybz Kartel concerning his song Dancehall Hero saying it’s disrespectful to him and the elders in dancehall industry. However the latest attack comes from the Alliance leader Bounty Killer who’s upset about the soon to be released Vybz Kartel’s Cake Soap. Adapted Outaroad.com

Nicki Minaj Concert Costs Raise Eyebrows in Homeland

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: LOS ANGELES, CA

According to published reports in CaribWorldNews (Dec. 9, & 16 2010) the opposition political party in Trinidad and Tobago is harshly criticizing the high cost of Grammy nominated Trinidad & Tobago-born rapper Nicki Minaj’sLocalize It concert in October;  held at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Saint James, the rapper’s hometown.

According to Trinidad and Tobago’s Sport and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Roberts, the government spent over $869,000 on the concert.  A figure that has opposition MP Amery Browne calling for an audit.

The concert was organized by Roberts, who said the expenses included over $300,000 in fees to Minaj and her agent, $150,000 for advertising, $75,000 for the venue, infrastructure and stage, $60,000 to produce the fashion show, $60,000 for the Hilton Hotel where Nicki and her entourage stayed, $40,000 for the local acts, $32,000 to the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago and $26,000 for ‘cultural acts’.

He said T&T had benefited tremendously since the staging of the concert.  There had been several presentations on US television networks. But so far Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley is joining Browne in calling for an audit. The Nicki Minaj concert was held on October 30th.

‘These questions may be answered in or out of the Parliament but what is undeniable is that the taxpayers of T&T deserve to know from where the $900,000 came and in whose pockets the concert proceeds have gone’, said Rowley in a statement.

Minaj Celebrates 26th Birthday

Nicki Minaj made a red carpet appearance with celebrity friends and family to celebrate her 26th birthday at TAO in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 9th. Among the guests was Lil Wayne of the Young Money label, as well as Amber Rose and R&B singer Cassie.

Minaj was born on December 8, 1984, in Trinidad and Tobago to Indian and Afro Trinidadian parents. She lived with her grandmother in Saint James until age five, while her parents went to live in Queens New York where Minaj relocated when she migrated to NY City. Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Heptones choose Toronto for reunion!

According to a published report in Jamaicaobserver.com Reggae group The Heptones’ historic reunion will take place in Toronto, Canada on January 15, 2011, at the Jamaica Canadian Centre. Beginning their recording career in Kingston in 1965, the group released hit singles on the Studio One label such as Fatty Fatty, Sea of Love, Pretty Looks Isn’t All, Ting A Ling, I’ve Got The Handle and Party Time. They were also signed to Island Records.

They also recorded several instrumental sessions which were released on the Studio One imprint as the Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. Leroy Sibbles, founder of the Heptones, played bass on Alton Ellis’  I’m Still in Love and the Abyssinians’ classic Satta Massagana.

This is the best way to start the New Year. We’re really looking forward to performing for the Toronto audience in the New Year,” said Leroy, who lived in Toronto in 1980, from his home in Jamaica.

The Canadian-based artistes include Uncle Jonny, Ammoye, Nadeera, Tony Anthony, Mr. Cool and Jimmy Reid. Live music will be supplied by DJ Wiz International, Massey Sound and Barry Culture. The show will be hosted by Delroy ‘Speedy’ Sterling from 105.5 CHRY FM and Natasha Von Castle, Canada’s Music Queen from 88.1 CKLN FM. Adapted: Jamaicaobserver.com

iTunes Charts “My Way” on Best of Reggae 2010

Lady Saw closes 2010 in high spirits. 2010 is the year she walked out and did it ‘My Way’. Online powerhouse Music Store iTunes has listed her latest album, My Way on The Best of Reggae for 2010; fulfilling Lady Saw’s desire to create an album with 100% control of songs and production.  My Way, an empowering and explicitly electrifying album has left a lasting impression on listeners with sensational tracks and dynamic collaborations. Adapted:outaroad.com

Buju Prosecution Fights Gun Charge Motion

MIAMI, FL.

According to a published report in CaribWorldNews (Dec. 10, 2010) Jamaican-born reggae singer Buju Banton is slated to be performing tracks from his new Grammy nominated album, Before the Dawn at his January 16thconcert in 2011.

The concert comes as prosecutors voiced their opposition to a defense motion to have the gun charge against Banton dropped. Markus claimed in his motion that the charge is multiplicitous and without merit, and should be denied.

Prosecutors say the court’s earlier rulings should remain in force and the defendant’s motion should be denied. The court is expected to rule on the matter shortly. Banton, who has maintained his innocence, had his first court trial end in a hung jury. He is now out on bail and scheduled to return to court for a second trial early next year.  Adapted: CaribWorldNews.com

Roger Steffens -Gregory Isaacs will win 2010 Best Reggae Album’ Grammy

According to a report published in the Jamaicagleaner.com, Roger Steffens, the co-chairman of the Reggae Grammy Committee is predicting that Gregory Isaacs will win the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category at the Grammy Awards for his entry ‘Isaacs Meets Isaac’ on February 11, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Isaacs Meets Isaac is a collaboration between King Isaac a Zimbabwean singer who teaches at a Michigan College and Gregory.

Steffens said “Gregory will be a shoo-in… (and) is the sentimental favorite” and further noted that Gregory’s long career merits the honor, saying “It’s got great human interest appeal.” Peter Tosh’s win in 1988 for ‘No Nuclear War’ was also considered a sentimental favorite after he was murdered in September of 1987 by gunmen at his St Andrew home.

This is Gregory Isaacs’ fourth Grammy nomination. Like fellow 2010 nominee, Buju Banton, Isaac also received a Grammy nod in 2009 for the album, Brand New Me.

The other nominees are Before The Dawn by Buju Banton, Revelation by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Andrew Tosh’s Legacy – An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh, Made In Jamaica by Bob Sinclar, and Sly and Robbie’s One Pop ReggaeAdapted: .jamaicagleaner.com

Barrington Levy’s ‘Here I Come’ sampled by the Black Eyed Peas

According to a report published in the jamaicaobserver.com Barrington Levy’s hit Here I Come has been sampled by multi-platinum selling pop group the Black Eyed Peas.

The sample can be heard on the track ‘The Coming’ on Black Eyed Peas’ latest CD ‘The Beginning’ which was released late November.

According to Levy LEVY… the Black Eyed Peas went to my publishing company to get permission to sample the song. They are happy and I am happy

Here I Come has been sampled at least forty times an excited Barrington Levy told Splash earlier this week. “The Black Eyed Peas went to my publishing company to get permission to sample the song. They are happy and I am happy.”

Levy is happy the Black Eyed Peas has embraced his work and had a word of advice for today’s dancehall artist. Levy said, “I do hope that my fellow Jamaican artistes will do music that 20 years later, other artistes can endorse it.”

Levy recorded ‘Here I Come’ in 1983, it was produced with producer Paul ‘Jah Screw’ Love. It was released on the Time One Records label.

Levy is currently working with the US-based Platinum Camp on a film project between his Black Roses production and Platinum Camp for a movie titled ‘Gangster.’ He recently recorded the track ‘Gangster’ w/dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel that will be featured on the soundtrack of the movie. The movie is being shot mostly in the US, but the scenes with Vybz Kartel will be shot here in Jamaica”.

The movie is set for release within the next seven months. The single will be released in late January. Adapted: jamaicaobserver.com

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Rihanna Top Caribbean Grammy Nominees with Five

The 53rd Grammy Awards to be presented in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011 will see ten Caribbean artists, including the late great Gregory Isaacs, up for year’s Reggae Grammy Award.

Barbadian pop princess Rihanna is dominating the nominations. She’s has been nominated in five categories; for Record of the Year for ‘Love The Way You Lie’w/ Eminem, for Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and for Best Dance Recordingfor ‘Only Girl (In The World).’

Reggae Grammy Nominees

The nominees vying for the Grammy for Best Reggae Album include the late Gregory Isaacs for “Isaacs Meets Isaac,” on King Isaac Music, collaboration between  South African-based Reggae singer/songwriter, King Isaac; embattled sing-jay chanter deejay Buju Banton forBefore the Dawn, on the Gargamel Music, Inc. label–recorded before his arrest in December 2009. This is his second nomination for two consecutive years. His 2008 album Rasta Got Soul was nominated in 2009.  This is his fifth nomination. He has never won.

There is also veteran artiste/producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who won his first Grammy in 2003 for the ‘Jamaican E.T’. Perry’s entry is ‘Revelation, on Megawave Records.

Producer Bob Sinclar teams up Jamaica’s rhythm twins, Sly (Dunbar) and Robbie (Shakespeare) on ‘Made in Jamaica’ on Yellow Productions/Universal Music France. This is the rhythm twins’, (Sly and Robbie) second nomination.  The first is for One Pop Reggae, Sly & Robbie & The Family Taxi; on Phase One Communications/Taxi Records labels.

To round out the Reggae category there is Andrew Tosh, son of legendary Wailer, Peter Tosh with ‘Legacy An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh’ [Box10/Tuff Gong]

The other nominees are Jamaican  Sean Kingston, who is up for Producer of the YearNon-Classical for ‘Island Queen’ and Trinidad-born queens NY base rapper, Nicki Minaj, for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for her collaboration with Ludacris on ‘My Chick Bad’.

Reggae artiste/producer Stephen Marley, son of Bob Marley has won five Grammy Award trophies.  This is a record for the Reggae Grammy category. Stephen has won three Grammys as a member The Melody Makers and twice as a solo act for his solo debut project ‘Mind Control’.Source: CaribWorldNews

Gyptian ordered to rest; exhausted after 60-day tour

According to a published report, Gyptian’s manager, Ivor Ruddock, responding to rumors about Gyptian’s health issued a clarification statement that the Reggae star is suffering from dehydration following a 60-day tour of Europe and Africa.

After a 60-day tour across three continents, a heavy promotion and interview schedule after arriving in New York City from his two last performances in Tanzania, Gyptian reported feeling faint and was taken to a hospital in the city.

On completion of the last show he again complained of feeling faint and having stomach cramps. He was rushed to the emergency room. A doctor prescribed medication and ordered him to rest in order to rehydrate since he was severely dehydrated.

Gyptian via his management team apologized profusely to his fans in Barbados. Expressing how very grateful he was for all the concern the fans have shown. The press release stated that he was renegotiating a date with the promoters to complete his obligations (to) his fans. Gyptian went to Jamaica to rest and consult with his personal doctor and dietician. He will rest then return to work in good health. Source: Jamaica Observer.com

Buju now free to perform at Miami concert

Judge James Moody overturned a previous decision by Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli not to grant Buju Banton permission to perform on January 16 at reggae show in Miami, Florida.

BANTON… to perform alongside other top reggae artistes…Banton had applied for permission on November 23 to perform at the concert, originally scheduled for December 26, but Porcelli dismissed the motion on the grounds that the artiste was a flight risk.

Judge James Moody, on overturning the ruling noted that the issue had already been addressed when Banton was released on US$250,000-bail in October.  “It is therefore ordered and adjudged, the defendant’s appeal… is granted; the defendant is permitted to work… as outlined… as long as the security measures referred to in the affidavit (Dkt #195) are provided,” stated Moody’s written ruling.

David Oscar Markus, the singer’s lead attorney said the ruling will allow Buju to earn the US$20,000 monthly to pay Albert of Florida Agency of Investigations for his security detail. He also thanked Judge Moody for letting Buju work. Markus took a parting shot at the government for opposing his client’s need to make money to pay his expenses but cited the fact that they had no problem paying a ‘convicted drug dealer’ and IRS scammer $3.5 million for setting people up.

The convicted drug dealer and IRS scammer Markus referred to is Alexander Johnson, who gave evidence against Banton during the artiste’s trial in September. Johnson stands to earn more money from the government if Banton is convicted. The trial ended in a hung jury. A second trial is scheduled for next year February. Source: Jamaica Observer.com

Dennis Brown compilation hits Billboard Reggae chart

The Crown Prince of Reggae and most  influential stylist in reggae music, the late Dennis Brown continues to, like Bob Marley, the King of Reggae music, receive more international recognition after his death than when he was alive.

National Public Radio (NPR) the US equivalent to the BBC in the UK listed Dennis Brown among the world’s 50 ‘great’ voices in its section entitled 50 Great Voices.

Brown’s music charted on iTunes and Amazon charts. Charting three places on Amazon *#1 with Love and Hate, *# 3 with Milk and Honey; and *# 4 with Bless Me Jah. On iTunes chart Love and Hate (Brown’ signature concert opening tune) charted at # 3.

Digital sales account for one-third of global music sales and iTunes is the dominant online music store in the US, while Amazon is fourth, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Digital Report 2010.

Brown’s latest VP Records compilation The Crown Prince of Reggae: Singles 1972 to 1985 debuted at #10 on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae Album Chart.  This is his second album charting on the Billboard charts.  His 1982 A&M Records album ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ peaked at#36 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and the single ‘Love Has Found its Way’ peaked at # 42 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.

BUJU BANTON’S LIVE BEFORE THE DAWN CONCERT

Sunday, January 16, 2011 is the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. In the reggae community in Miami, the most highly anticipated concert is Buju Banton Live on stage for one night.

The Before the Dawn Concert named after Buju Banton’s 2010 Grammy nominated album that was released in the fall while he was incarcerated, will be held at the Bay Front Amphitheatre in downtown Miami; and will feature Banton and other prominent reggae artistes. The concert is a family event with kids under twelve being free and is being produced by Rockers Island.

This may be his very last show on American soil as the dj’s second drug trial begins in February 2011. If convicted he could face over 30 years in prison.

This concert, his first in eleven months, will showcase Buju, the Gargamel, a 2011 Reggae Grammy nominee. A list of acts from top Dancehall, Reggae, Hip-Hop and R&B artistes will be added. Music will be by New York’s’ Hot 97 finest, Massive B with Bobby Konders, Jabba and Shotta and the Host of the night.

Tiana at #1 In Belize

Dancehall/reggae female sensation Tiana’s hit single “No Man Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi” which has become a female anthem in several countries such as Trinidad, Barbados, UK, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica and various European countries has been climbing on various charts in Jamaica and internationally.

‘No Man Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi’ has been in the #1 spot for three weeks on Wave Radio’s Starlight Saturday’s Top Ten Count Downin Belize. The show is hosted by Evolution Sound one of Belize’s top sound systems. The song also recently made its debut on the prestigious OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.

Meanwhile the video for “No Man Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi” debuted at the #1 spot on CVM’s Hit list Show and Jamaica’s #1 Video Count Down Chart.

Tiana is currently shooting six videos in a collaborated effort by Miami based director Shutah of Shutah Films and Carlington Wilmot…Two of the videos are medley projects that will be released Source: OutAroad.com

Pamputtae New Video and Singles

With the success of the top ten hit single ‘Slim vs Fluffy’ w/ Spice in 09, female deejay Pamputtae is dropping new singles to rock the dancehalls.  She recently shot a video for, Bad Mind, a single which she will be releasing in two weeks. Pamputtae has another new single, ‘As the Party Done.’ Pamputtae has emerged as one of this year standouts among female artistes. Source: OutAroad.com

Half Pint does Hawaii

Reggae singer Half Pint is set to do six shows in Hawaii in Honolulu, Maui and Oahu. Pint, whose music is an integral part of the dancehall, has built a huge fan base in the Pacific islands with hits that include GreetingsWinsomeLandlordSubstitute LoverJust Be GoodVictoryOne In A Million and Level The Vibes“I like to perform in Hawaii. The people there love reggae, the island vibe is always nice,” he said.

His last studio CD, No Stress Express, was released internationally in March 2008 and distributed though Essential Music/Universal Music Group.

Unity, a single and video from the CD that features Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All-Stars, did well for radio and video shows worldwide. The singer is also currently recording tracks for his next album slated to be released early next year. Source: Jamaicagleaner.com

Half Pint- Hawaiian tour going well

By Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan

With three shows done so far namely The Shack (Waikiki), Haleiwa Joe’s (North Shore) and Board Riders (Kailua) in Honolulu, Oahu, reggae Superstar Half Pint continues to show that he is one of Reggae’s most loved and enduring artistes. The artist hold an iconic status in Hawaii, and his songs, which are very popular on the islands enjoy constant rotation on the many radio stations there.

The tour has been very successful to date, backed by the 8 piece band Guidance which includes Drummer, Bass player, Rhythm and Lead Guitarists, Trombonist, Trumpeter, Saxophonist and Keyboard player along with back up vocalist Mindi.

The dapperly dressed Pint rocked the audience at the very first show held at The Shack with hit after hit. He entered the stage with his trade mark song “Greetings” to thunderous applause. He skanked and pranced on stage, during an hour long set which included three encores.  His workman like performance made a mark with the locals and visitors alike on the Island.

The appreciative audience showed their love for his music with applause after every song. Hits such as Winsome, Substitute Lover, Hold On, Crazy Girl, Level the Vibes, One In A Million and the very popular hit Cosmopolitan Girl were just some of the songs that Pint used to captivate the audience.

With three more shows to go, Pint declares “I am determined to continue to do my best for the fans on this tour. Hawaiian band Guidance led by lead singer Keith Batlin was the opening act.

Stevie Face Busy

Singer Stevie Face’s single ‘Thank You for Loving Me’ topped the New York and South Florida reggae charts and spent several weeks a top the music video charts in Jamaica. He’s had #1’s on fourteen music charts worldwide.

The singer is busy abroad as well; StanDrea Multimedia Communications recently arranged an interview for Face on ‘This is reggae Music’ w/ Tony Carr on WPFW in Washington DC. He has shows in the UK, France, and Toronto, Canada.

Stevie Face will return to Jamaica for performances in a New Year’s Day concert in St Thomas, and the annual Rebel Salute stage show.

Manager, Computer Paul told Stan E Smith of 2010 Entertainment that Stevie recently participated in Donovan Germain’s Penthouse Music tribute album to Beres Hammond—the project scheduled for release early next year.

Ninja Man’s bail hearing coming up December 15

Incarcerated dancehall deejay Ninja Man who last performed at Sting in 2008 has revealed that he wants to be out in time for the 2010 staging of the highly anticipated event. That is up to the judge. Ninja Man returns to court on December 15 for another bail hearing. Ninja Man has been behind bars since March of last year along with his 20 year old son and two others. The men are being charged for murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 yr old man.  Source: Yardflex.com

Tony Anthony’s ‘Torn’ atop chart

Tony Anthony, the multi-award-winning Jamaican reggae singer who resides in Toronto, Canada’s  song Torn, the first single released from his debut album, Million Chance, topped the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles chart on hot 102FM.

Torn is currently # 3 on the Caribbean Top 30 music charts and debuted on the South Florida reggae music chart. It spent eight weeks at number one on Canada’s Rebel Vibez Top 10 charts.

Tony Anthony’s Million Chance album is also creating a huge buzz worldwide, and it recently went to number one on the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 10 album charts. It is currently number six on the South Florida reggae album chart and number five on the New York reggae album chart.

The second single released from the album, titled Bad News, is already receiving regular airplay and has just debuted on the New York Top 30 reggae chart and the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 reggae singles chart.

At the recent 2010 Canada Reggae Achievement Awards, Tony Anthony won the award for Best Reggae Vocalist in Canada. His Million Chancealbum is available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, MP3.Soundquake.com,

Busy Signal for performance in Gambia

The Gambia Observer featured international Jamaican reggae dancehall star, Busy Signal. On December 10, 2010, Busy did his first live musical concert in Africa.
Signal also performed live with his band at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on December 11, 2010.

Supporting acts were artistes from Jamaica, England and The Gambia including the most celebrated reggae-dancehall star, Singateh aka ‘Freaky Joe. The highly anticipated event is brought by Planet World and supported by Africell, one of the country’s leading GSM providers. Source Gambia Times

Several artistes Lent their voices to World Aids Day concert

World AIDS Day concert began on December 1, 1988. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’

According to published reports several Jamaican artistes lent their voices in support of World Aids Day (December 1) organized by the Jamaica Ministry of Health and the National HIV/STI.  The concert was held at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. Artistes who performed at concert include Tifa, I-Octane, Ce’Cile and Chino.

The purpose of the concert was to raise money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. Source: YardFlex.com

Bounty get back him passport

Bounty killer was given the green light to travel when he appeared at the Resident Magistrate court before judge Lorna Shelly Williams in Jamaica. The entertainer’s passport was seized as part of his bail condition when he was offered $500,000 bail on November 27 on a charge of unlawful wounding.

The charge stemmed from his arrest in September following an alleged incident at his Oakland apartment in Kingston, where he reportedly attacked his 19-year-old lover, Raquel Smith using a hammer, a gold chain and mosquito zapper to beat her.

On Wednesday, his attorney Christopher Townsend presented the application for the variation of bail to Resident Magistrate at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

However, Shelly Williams told the attorney that she would peruse the document and inform him of her decision on Friday. The deejay, whose really name is Rodney Price seemed ‘cross, angry, and miserable’ due to the long wait before the matter was called up, had his bail extended until Friday. Price will face trial on January 11 SourceYardFlex.com

Toots’ daughter Leba Hibbert debut album ‘Intoxicated’

Having honed her musical craft for years as lead singer of the trio 54-46, then later as a backup singer for her father, veteran reggae artiste Toots Hibbert, singer Leba Hibbert is set to whet musical appetites with her debut solo offering, Intoxicated.

The soon-to-be-released album will feature fifteen tracks, most of which were written by Leba. Although not willing to divulge much about the project, she did mention that among the tracks are All I Want, the title track Intoxicated and Let it Go. There is also a cover of Gladys Knight’s Neither One of Us.

Leba who has worked with the likes of Sly and Robbie, Jimmy Cliff, Pam Hall and reggae artiste Turbulence, says the new album will be everything that music lovers love and expect it to be. The album was produced by Leba Hibbert and Charles Farquharson. Sourcejamaicaobserver.com

Leona Lewis and Craig David make it onto wealthiest Brits list

Singers Leona Lewis and Craig David have made it onto the rich list for British celebrities under 30. The pair, both living in the US, polled in the top 20 on the list complied by industry experts for ‘Heat’ magazine.

Former X Factor winner Leona Lewis came in at number six with an estimated worth of 12,533,000 (GBP), while 29-year-old Craig David came in at number 11 with a respectable 9, 00,000 (GBP).

Harry Potter stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint topped the list with a combined total of £85,293,000 – Radcliffe came in at number one with a fortune of £45,660,000.

Heat Editor Sam Delaney said: “The Heat’s rich list is proof that not all mega rich people are corrupt, cigar-chomping fat cats. . .” TheVoice.com

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Stan E Smith 2010 Entertainment News & Reggae Report

November 14th – 20th 2010

Gregory Isaacs Substance Free

The late Gregory Isaacs’ latest released album, Substance Free (Vizion Sounds label) was, according to published reports done in 15 days straight. Isaacs’ family has requested that the track ‘My Salvation’ be Gregory’s anthem on Jamaica radio stations, as well as being played during the state funeral to be held at the National Indoor Sport Arena in Jamaica November 20th.

Gregory recorded 1 track per day and each track in a single take. He also is reported to have kept his promise and commitment to the family to go substance free during the entire recording period, no substances of any kind. Gregory commented on completion of the album that it’s his first album without a love song.

Richie Stephens’s debuts on Billboard

Singer Richie Stephens earned his first ever charting album on any Billboard album chart with his latest CD Reggae Evolution which debuts at 39 on the Billboard Reggae album chart.

The 16 track Reggae Evolution features collaborations with Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Saba, Assassin and Mutabaruka. Stephens has only charted once in 1993 with Body Slam w/ Patra on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. Body Slam peaked at # 83.

At the time Stephens was signed to Motown Records. He also sang lead on British group Soul II Soul’s 1992 single Joy, which peaked at # 12 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart.

Monty Alexander Presents Reflections on Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 8, 2010:

Renowned Jamaican-born jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, will reflect on the legendary Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra at a New York City show.  Alexander, Jamaica’s acclaimed Commander of Distinction, will present his “King Cole and Mr. S” reflections from November 23-25th at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, 315 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. Show times for the three night shows will be at 8:30 and 11 p.m., respectively.  Of course Alexander will also pay tribute to his roots by including some of his upbeat reggae-themed pieces for patrons attending the shows.

Tony Anthony Tops Chart for the First Time in Jamaica

Canadian based multi-award winning Jamaican reggae singer Tony Anthony, is living his local dream as his song “Torn” is currently #1 on Richie B’s Top 25 Reggae Singles charts on Hot 102FM in Jamaica, and #2 on Stampede’s Streets Charts.

His debut album “Million Chances” number 2 on Richie B’s Top 10 album charts, “Torn”, is the first single released from and for the past few months has been on regular rotation on radio stations across the island, so much that it is also sits. “Torn” has also gained popularity in other countries; it is now # 15 on the Caribbean top 30 music charts and spent 8 weeks at number one on Canada’s Rebel Vibez top 10 charts.

The album is also creating a huge buzz worldwide; it just made its debut on the South Florida and New York reggae album charts and has garnered a lot of interest in Europe. Earlier this year the album debuted at number five in the Netherlands’ reputed Reggae Vibes magazine Top 50 recommended albums. The second single released from the album “Bad News” is already receiving regular airplay and great reviews.

Gyptian 2010 Soul Train Award Best Reggae Artist-

The Soul Train Awards, like the UK’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) honors the best in Black music and entertainment. Sean Paul won the first Best Reggae Artist category award in 2009. The Nominees in the Best Reggae Artist category award were Gyptian, Damian Marley, Gramps Morgan, Mr. Vegas and Vybez Kartel. Gyptian won the award for Best Reggae Artist at the 2010 Centric Soul Train Awards. The win was not surprising as Gyptian has been the most successful Reggae/dancehall artist in the US this year and he also received momentum from winning UK’s MOBO award in the same category a few weeks ago. Gyptian is the odds-on favorite to win the Reggae Grammy.

The 2010 Soul Train Awards was taped at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on November 10 and will be aired on BET at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 28.  Gyptian also performed live at the awards ceremony.

Vegas Performs at Train Awards Pre-show Concert –

Best Reggae Artist Nominee Mr. Vegas performed at first annual ‘Soulfusion Soul’ the official pre-show concert for Soul Train Awards’ on November 9 at the Atlanta Civic Center in Georgia. He shared the stage with R&B singers Erykah Badu and Chrisette Michelle along with rapper Rick Ross and Hip Hop icon Doug E Fresh.

Sean Paul Live In Concert

Sean Paul entertained a multitude of screaming Sri Lankan fans on November 13 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium with some of his biggest hits such as ‘Gimme the light’, ‘Get busy’, ‘and Temperature.’ Source: www.dailymirror.lk

Reggae artiste Gyptian on tour in England.

Gyptian’s tour started on October 14 with him doing 17 shows in Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg and Norway. According to Ivor Ruddock, Gyptian’s manager each concert was over 2,000, except for in Paris which had an audience of 3,000.

He did four shows in the Netherlands, one show with Mary J. Blige in London at the LG Arena, before that at the O2 Arena in London. Reports state that after Gyptian was added to the line-up, there was a significant increase in ticket sales, 18,000 and 23,000, respectively, at each venue. Gyptian, who did sets of 25 minutes at each venue, performed songs such as I Can Feel Your Pain, Beautiful Lady, his new single Nah Let Go, and his international hit single Hold Yuh.

Gyptian’s opening act former ‘Scare Dem Crew’ member reggae singer Nitty Kutchie, has also been doing well on the tour. Etana joined both for six dates. He is in Africa from November 23 for one week, where he will be performing in Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya.

Mélange of music

Jamaican-American Reggae fusion singer and rapper Sean Kingston won the hearts of Bangaloreans on his four-city tour across India. The 20 plus-year old-prodigy had the Bangalore crowd screaming for more as he performed to a packed audience at Hard Rock Café in a concert organized by Bacardi.

The enthusiastic Kingston, a Miami, Florida born and Kingston, Jamaica raised young man said of his the first time in India, “India’s music is quite popular and is a great place for young artistes to come up. Personally it feels good to come here and do shows for crowds with so much energy.”

The young boy wonder also had the music vibe in his blood being the grandson of reputed Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo. “Singing since I was six, I found life taking me into the realm of music and it was no surprise that my family supported me all through,” he recalled.

Serani’s Skip to My Luu hits Hot 97

Serani’s dance floor smash “Skip to My Luu,” featuring Ding Dong and Razz n Biggy, has been added to daytime rotation on America’s #1 radio station HOT 97 in New York.

This is Serani’s third single in the last 2 years to make it to mainstream daytime radio in the US with Billboard-charting; the other two were No Games and She Loves Me. Crossover stations in New York, Connecticut, Philly, Boston and Miami are all showing the record some love.

Skip to My Luu was #1 in Jamaica earlier this year and still is a staple at dances across the globe. It crossed into American clubs over the last couple of months and was then picked up by US radio. Skip to My Luu was produced by top tier production trio DASECA.

Jay Z and Rihanna talk about Vybz Kartel

Jay-Z admits that he wanted Vybz Kartel on his last album but couldn’t make it work. In an interview on the Cipha Sounds and Pete Rosenberg podcast Juan Epstein, Jay-Z admitted that he had dancehall star Vybz Kartel in the studio during the recording of his last album Blueprint 3 but failed to get a song that worked.

Jay had him in his Roc The Mic studio; they tried three songs and were going to spend the rest of the day trying to work out which songs on BP3 Vybz would have sounded best on. During the interview Vybz Kartel was described as the Eminem of Jamaica. Meanwhile on the Ed Lover Show (Power 1051 FM) they were curious to know which artistes from the Caribbean Rihanna would love to do collaboration with at the moment. Rihanna quickly replied…“I love Vybz Kartel, love Sizzla too and Beres Hammond.

Nicki Minaj Recording New Song with Rihanna

Nicki Minaj who has already worked with Christina Aguilera, Trey Songz, Will.i.Am, Jay Sean, and Sean Kingston is adding Rihanna to the long list of artists that she has collaborated with.

Nicki is teaming up with Rihanna for Nicki’s upcoming album. They recorded a track titled ‘Fly’ for Nicki’s album ‘Pink Friday’. Nicki wrote on her Facebook page, “I wanted to work with Rihanna for a long time. I’m very proud of her accomplishments; especially since she was born on an island like me.”

NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM DUE DEC. 13

A collection of new Michael Jackson recordings, simply titled ‘Michael’, will be released on December 13 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. A teaser for the project appeared on MichaelJackson.com and was followed by the premiere of the single ‘Breaking News’ on November 8. The never-before-heard song was recorded by the King of Pop in New Jersey in 2007.The cover artwork, an oil painting by artist Kadir Nelson, displays some of the key moments and important people throughout the late legend’s life. Source: www.rap-up.com

Beenie Man & Friends Features 8 Collaborations

Dancehall maestro Beenie Man has tackled a new, and possibly his most ambitious musical project to date Beenie Man and Friends. Beenie will be writing, arranging and co-producing every song on the riddim; he will also be performing on every song on the riddim,”

Riding the success of his hit singles, Rum and Red Bull w/ Fambo and I’m Okay, Beenie is hoping to re-define his legacy as a leader and innovator in the world of dancehall.

He has recruited the dancehall stars on the musical project and produced eight great combination singles, each featuring Beenie Man, with Khago, D’Angel, Ding Dong, Fambo, Deva Bratt, Kantana, Versatile, Cee Gee and Laden.

According to The Doctor “No other artiste in the business has ever tried anything like this before. I am proud.” “The only thing I haven’t done is build the riddim, which was done by Danny Browne.” There is a video for the single ‘Time of My Life’ w/ D’Angel, and a medley video with all the others, ‘I already have the concept in my head, it is going to be sick,” he said, laughing.

“It is something I had always wanted to do, but I just didn’t have the courage to do it at the time. So I just sat down and did it and it all came together. Right now, ah MD time now, Gaza done gone across the world already, now ah MD time,” Beenie Man said.

He has been trying to convince Bounty Killer to participate in the project, but the “logistics of getting him to voice the song is hard.” Serani voice already, Mavado agree to voice, Beenie says ‘it is up to Bounty, Elephant and Kartel if they want to be on it’.  His son, Marco Dean lends his voice to the instrumental.

In the meantime, the project has already been released and the artiste says it is getting excellent rotation on radio. Beenie Man is scheduled for a two-week tour of Africa in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa and back to Jamaica on December 1.  After that he has a three-city swing through Canada.

Peter Tosh album coming in 2011

The estate of reggae icon Peter Tosh, ‘The Black Prince of Reggae’ may have lost the vote to legalize ganja in the California midterm elections but they are going ahead with plans for a new album and merchandise.

Cory Lashever, manager at Jampol Artiste Management which administers the estate said “It was something that the Tosh family supported and we got them hooked up with the Just Say Now Campaign.”

Having already decriminalized marijuana in that state, the Peter Tosh estate joined forces with key institutions and activists including the Just Say Now Campaign, FireDogLake, — a popular website, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and former police chiefs, judges, prosecutors and a former deputy attorney general hoping to persuade Californians to vote to legalize ganja in the mid-term election.

Jampol the North American- based company manages the estates of The Doors, Janis Joplin and Rick James. Jam develops and extends artiste brands via releasing documentaries, CD, remixes, websites and visuals. During the year, the estate improved Tosh’s Internet presence via the ganja campaign, a new site and social media fan pages. For 2011 the estate plans to release a Tosh album on vinyl and also online. It also plans to start selling new merchandise including T-shirts and books in order to broaden awareness in the US — the world’s largest consumer market.

Jam still sees potential in Jamaican music despite the drop in reggae sales since 2008.” Is the problem reggae or music sales in general? I don’t think it is reggae alone. The sales of recorded music are going down overall,” he said.

Baby Cham’s back in the Game

Grammy Award nominated recording artiste Cham, who has been living overseas, is set to, after being out of the spotlight for some time, make a slew of appearances at various shows this Christmas season in Jamaica.

A dancehall maestro Cham, who is known for mega hits Ghetto Story/w Alicia Keys (2006) and Babylon Boy is booked to appear on GT Christmas Reggae Extravaganza Show in St Elizabeth on Christmas day.

Cham is Santa Clause and the Grinch in one. He plans to bring the dancehall vibe and energy to the people as well as the message with my good friend Bounty Killer; they have settled their differences and are on a path to making hits in the studio once again. The Dave Kelly, Cham and Bounty Killer new studio work have some new hits including Bounty Killer’s new track, ‘The Message’. For Cham it’s going to be awesome this Christmas.

The DJ, who is currently signed to Atlantic records, explains the reasoning behind his hiatus from the music business.” Cham is not into mediocrity, so I am not the kind of deejay who is going to put out 15-20 tunes in a month, no, when we decide to work on a project my fans can know that is pure quality they are getting and not quantity.

Cham is riding high with his latest single Stronger which was recorded in Dave’s Miami studio, on (the Kid Is Back riddim), featuring Bounty Killer and Mikal Roze. He says he will be everywhere this Christmas Weddy Weddy, Passa Passa, even Sting if the money is right.   Cham made a guest appearance along with former arch rival Bounty Killer recently, and ignited the Arthur Guinness concert with dazzling performances. He is currently in the US where he is promoting his latest projects.

Don Corleon Records Hits #1 in Japan with “Let’s Do it Again” (J. Boog)

Don Corleon producer for such A-list recording artists as Sean Paul, Rihanna and Vybz Kartel, has renewed his contract with BFM Digital to continue digital distribution and marketing services for his label, Don Corleon Records (DCR). BFM Digital is a leading digital music aggregator and distributor of independent music.

DCR’s relationship with BFM began in 2009 with the intent to strengthen their presence on music services outside of their already established markets of Jamaica and the U.S. By utilizing BFM’s extensive network of distribution channels throughout the World, Don Corleon Records has been able to reach consumers in new markets and open up new revenue opportunities.

IRAWMA 2011 heads to T&T

The 30th staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will take place in Trinidad and Tobago on May 2011.The producers of IRAWMA — Martin’s International and Associates (MIA) Board of Managers said more than twelve other countries were reportedly vying for the rights to host the event which is now in its 30th year.

According to Ephraim Martin, President of MIA, “there could be no better time for the annual IRAWMA to be hosted in T&T than next year at a time when Chutney music will be introduced as a world music category in IRAWMA. Over the years several sons and daughters of TNT were awarded at the annual IRAWMA in various cities. Some were named to the Hall of Fame/Lifetime Awards, among them Roaring Lion, Lord Kitchener, Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, David Rudder, Super Blue and Mighty Sparrow who was also named Master of the Caribbean in 2009.”

One of Trinidad’s favorite sons, Machel Montano, has been among the top winners for the past three consecutive years at IRAWMA which was held at the Apollo Theatre and York College Performing Arts Center, in New York

According to Martin, in the days ahead the nomination ballot will be issued to Caribbean/Reggae and world music experts worldwide to start their nomination process which must be returned by the January 15, 2011 deadline. In a few weeks there will be an official launch to give further details on the 30th IRAWMA.

Yendi bags new American Toyota campaign

Jamaican beauty Queen Yendi Phillips is featured in the new North American Toyota campaign, shot by film director Hype Williams. This commercial is one of several Jamaican, regional and international projects being undertaken by Yendi who was placed second at the Miss Universe in Las Vegas last August.

Phillips resume include the Pepsi Refresh commercial (the US) and the Sprite campaign (India) She’s been a special guest on the Food Network show Throw down with Bobby Flay and has been host/presenter of Movie Hang Time and Digicel’s Rising Stars in Kingston

Phillips is in hot demand globally and Yendi Phillips has been booked for appearances, event hosting, speaking engagements, commercials and film roles. She has been travelling to the wider Caribbean and the United States to complete these assignments.

Yendi was a finalist at Miss World 2007 in China, prior to her dramatic success at Miss Universe. In Sanya, China, Yendi was the only contestant to make all five fast-track competition finals. Yendi’s runway work and her covers and editorial credits include several Caribbean and international publications, such as Skywritings magazine, Caribbean Beat magazine, Woman & Home, Fair Lady, Buzz, Collage, Soul, Basia, Ocean Style among several others.

Jamaican female producer ‘The Wizard’ on Nelly Furtado’s album

Nelly Furtado is set to release an eclectic collection of remixes showcasing versions of her latest Spanish singles including Manos Al Aire, Bajo Otra Luz, Mas and Fuerte. Made to cater the tastes of DJs and Dance club fanatics, Mi Plan Remixes is sure to take over clubs and dance charts around the world. The Wizard is currently working on another remix for the pop superstar as well as production for local reggae/dancehall artistes.

Diana King on Jazz & Blues line-up, album drops 2011.

Diana King has been confirmed for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival next year. The singer, known for the 1990s mega hit ‘Shy Guy’, announced her inclusion on the ‘Jazz’ line-up during a reception for R&B singer Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds atop the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.

King’s latest album, ‘Warrior Girl’, is now only available in Japan — where she just completed an eight-show promotional tour. She stated that the album is currently being ‘tweeked’ for Jamaica and the rest of the world, with a release date set for March 2011.

She explained that Warrior Girl has been her most challenging project to date as she wrote and produced more than 100 tracks, from which she chose 20 for the album.

“Warrior Girl’ showed me that producing is not easy. I built a studio in my house and produced the album from there. There are no collaborations, it’s just me on tracks that represent how I was feeling at the time… but it gave me great joy,” King said, adding that the music on the album is everything mixed with Reggae. “That’s my style… so why change it,” she quipped.

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Stan E Smith 2010 Entertainment News & Reggae Report

November 7th – 13th 2010

Photos of Reggae icons on exhibition in New York

A collection of portraits, performance and personal shots by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker are now on exhibition in New York. Through her photos, Gottlieb-Walker charts the rise of reggae with an unparalleled insight into the genre’s most iconic artists.

The images were captured in Jamaica and Southern California in the mid 1970s and many of them will go on display for the first time.

This collection of powerful and pivotal pictures features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Heptones, Inner Circle and Jacob Miller, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Murvin, Toots and the Maytals, George Harrison, Burning Spear and Third World. The exhibition will close on November 18.

BOB MARLEY AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF REGGAE

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae [Titan Books, October 2010, $29.95/£24.99] is a new book of rare and largely unpublished pictures to some of the greatest years of Bob Marley’s career, and the history of reggae and dub music.

Through portraits, performance and personal shots, photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker charts the rise of reggae with an unparalleled insight into the genre’s most iconic artists. Captured in Jamaica in the mid 1970s, never before collected and most never before published, this collection of powerful and pivotal pictures features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Heptones, Inner Circle and Jacob Miller, Jimmy Cliff, Jr Murvin, Toots and The Maytals, George Harrison, Burning Spear and Third World.

Featuring a foreword from Hollywood filmmaker and former Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe, this deluxe hardback collection also includes commentary from Island Records’ Jeff Walker, and founding editor of The Beat magazine, Roger Steffens.

Sales of Gregory Isaacs’s music down

The sales of the music of late reggae icon Gregory Isaacs are returning to normality following a five day rise in online popularity which surpassed Jay Z and The Black Eyed Peas.

The only top 10 album currently charting for the singer is Gregory Isaacs RIP (Reggae in Peace) charting at #5 in France on the iTunes Reggae Albums chart. He isn’t on Billboard Reggae albums nor within the top10 on Amazon indicating that sales have attenuated as it is linked with charting.

A day after his passing, fans rocketed his music catalogue to chart 17 times in the top 10 spread amongst seven countries including US, UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The most popular album was Night Nurse which is also his signature single.

Digital sales are significant as it accounts for over one-third of global music sales and iTunes is the dominant online music store followed by Amazon.

Isaacs died at approximately 4:00 am Monday October 25 in London, succumbing to lung cancer. The artiste is said to have died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Up to five days after his death Isaacs had higher online search results than popular deejay Sean Paul, rap mogul Jay Z, legendary singer Bob Marley, popular pop group The Black Eyed Peas and popular rapper 50 Cent; according to Google Trends which compiles search data for specific key words over periods of time. His popularity however was less than rapper Kanye West and pop singer Justin Bieber.

South Florida Dancehall and Reggae Music Awards

The South Florida Dancehall and Reggae Music Awards aka the SoFlo Caribbean Dancehall Awards will launches its third Annual Ceremony with 13 new categories added to honor the best in Dancehall and Reggae Music

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7pm at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater 1770 Monroe Street Hollywood, FL 33020.

The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards, the brain child of non-profit organization, Single Mothers of America, was designed to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers and entrepreneurs of the Reggae & Dancehall arena.

Broadcasting Commission wants payola a criminal offence In move aimed at updating and modernizing Jamaica’s Electronic Media Policy, Dr Hopeton Dunn, and the chairman Jamaica Broadcasting Commission, announced at a press conference in Jamaica last week that the commission would be recommending that payola be a criminal offence under new regulatory amendments now before the Jamaican Cabinet.

Payola is deeply engrained in radio and television industry on the island, staff that supports payola could find themselves in prison if government accepts a proposal from the Broadcasting Commission to have the practice criminalized.

The move is designed to encourage the broadcasting companies to a strong stand against the corrupt practice of payola.”  The main point … is that it should not be tolerated…it should be severely sanctioned…including a criminal offence as well as financial sanctions.” Dr Dunn said.

Alaine Signs Endorsement Deal with Telecom Giant LIME

Reggae singer Alaine who recently started her own record label 1Thirty1 Records, is making more strides with a deal with LIME. The You Are Me singer is now officially part of the LIME family, as she recently signed a lucrative endorsement deal with the telecoms giant. Apart from being an ambassador for the brand, Alaine will also be featured in the company’s advertising campaigns and billboards.

No clashes at Sting 2010 – Organizers promoting unity at Boxing Day event

Promoter of the annual Boxing Day event, Sting, Isaiah Laing says there will be some great reasons for patrons to come out to this year’s show. “It will be something really special to see,” he noted.

Known is for its many memorable clashes and violence, Sting this year, promoter Isaiah Laing said will be built on unity, “there will be no clash, this year we might have a powerful collab(oration).”

He noted that no expense will be spared on security and that this year will be no different. He gave a firm promise “we can’t afford to compromise on this.”.

This year show will host artiste performing in six segments: 13 Bad Girls of Sting, Comedy Hour, Spotlight, Disc Jocks, Starlight and 13 Warriors of Sting.

Names announced for 13 Bad Girls are Ce’Cile, Pamputtae and Lisa Hyper; Comedy Hour will feature the comedic talent such as Twin of Twins, Food Kartel and Tanto Blacks. The Spotlight segment will feature artistes Nesbeth, Zamunda and Singer Jah as well as upcoming talent.

Laing said further details will be released at the Event press launch on November 23, as with regard to other segments.

Laing says he has taken note of the many complaints that were lodged regarding last year’s staging such as the show being too drawn out. Laing stated that once the prime acts start making their way on stage in the category dubbed 13 Warriors of Sting, it will go right through to the end.

Romain Virgo completes US tour

Romain Virgo completed his first extensive one-month tour of North America along with Capleton and Munga Honorable. Playing dates in New York, Connecticut, Boston, North Carolina, Chicago, Kentucky, Colorado, New Mexico and other cities. The tour  Romain Virgo

was promotion for his self-titled debut my album, developing a fans base while introducing them his music.

He singer returned to Jamaica to shoot the video for his single ‘Taking You Home’, on Donovan Germain’s Big Stage riddim.After releasing the video, Virgo left on November 24, for his second one month tour of Europe.

Stevie Face to shine brighter with new album

Reggae singer Stevie Face continues to steadily rebuild his career after his career was put on hold a few years earlier by a car accident. Over the last two-and-a-half years, Face has built a success repertoire of hits of cover and original songs with such tunes as ‘Coming Home Tonight’, ‘Tell It Like It Is’, ‘In The Living Years’ and his latest chart-topper, ‘Thank You For Loving Me.’

The smooth-voiced lovers’ rock singer’s music has seen success is not only in Jamaica but internationally. In England he is currently ranked as one of the top reggae singers as his popularity continues to grow in Canada, the USA and the rest of Europe.

His recent performances at Richie Stephen’s album launch and HITZ 92 FM’s big road party, ‘Party Function Inna Junction’, which left the patrons, especially the ladies, begging for more are still talk of the town in Jamaica.

Stevie has several upcoming shows in France, Canada, England and Holland.

Face and his manager/producer Paul ‘Computer Paul’ Henton is currently in the Boot Camp studio recording his third album slated for release in the first quarter of 2011.

‘Thank You For Loving Me’, his latest video hit is holding down #1 on CVM TV’s HIT LIST Reggae Count Down. His track ‘Baby Come To Me’, w/ Florida-based songstress Fiona, a re-make of Patti Austin and James Ingram 1983 R&B hit is also enjoying strong rotation play and is also featured on the R&B Hits Reggae Style Compilation distributed by VP Records.

PREZIDENT BROWN – TOURING THE WESTERN U.S., CANADA AND HAWAII – MARCH / APRIL 2011

In April 2010 Prezident Brown did a special combination tour, co-billing with the Wailing Souls. The tour was a great success. People loved both of the acts. Over the summer of 2010, Prezident Brown also performed on the Reggae on the River festival, and numerous other shows on his own.

Last summer, 2009, in support of his Common Prosperity release, Prezident Brown performed at a number of key festivals including the Reggae Rising festival in Piercy, California, the Eugene Celebration in Eugene, Oregon and the Monterey Bay Reggae festival in Monterey, California, all within a western U.S. tour.

Prezident Brown is a substantial musical messenger who has knowledge to share in his songs. He is well loved and respected internationally. Prez is consistently a hard working artist, who keeps performing live and spreading out his fan base and putting out new CD’s that bring truth and light to his listeners. Prez has a more subtle, understanding character than most of the other contemporary reggae artists, and his music carries more of a sincere message of love and unity.

Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. Prez’s latest release entitled Common Prosperity was produced by himself, his bass player Devon Bradshaw and his guitsy, Ian Coleman. Ian Coleman, known as “Beezy”, also works with Ziggy Marley. Other of his earlier releases are called To Jah Only, Generation Next and Prezident Brown – Showcase Volume One, Two, Three and 4 Health and Strength.

“It’s a rough road, as I trod along. Guide I oh Jah with thy mighty hand. It’s a rough road and I have to make my footsteps sure” chants Prezident Brown.

Prezident Brown is steadily sacrificing within the music business, to bring his powerful music and message to the people of the world. He is currently in Ocho Rios, Jamaica working on his next CD project. People are looking forward to seeing him again live on this upcoming March 2011 tour.

SONIA POTTINGER PASSES

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sonia Pottinger, who blazed a trail as reggae’s most successful female music producer, died Wednesday evening at her St Andrew home. She was 79 years old.

David Plummer, the youngest of Pottinger four children, told The Gleaner that his mother had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. He did not say if it caused her death.

Born in St Thomas, Pottinger was introduced to the music business by her husband L.O. Pottinger, an engineer who had relative success as a producer in the mid-1960s. She went on her own during that period, scoring a massive hit with Every Night, a ballad by singer Joe White.

Pottinger had considerable success in the late 1960s with her Tip Top, High Note and Gay Feet labels. She produced Errol Dunkley’s debut album,

Presenting Errol Dunkley, and hit songs by vocal groups like The Melodians (Swing and Dine), The Gaylads (Hard to Confess) and Guns Fever by The Silvertones.

In 1974, Pottinger bought the Treasure Isle catalogue and operations of pioneer producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid. She had even more success in the era of roots-reggae, producing chart-toppers by Marcia Griffiths (Hurting Inside and Stepping Out of Babylon) and Culture (Natty Never Get Weary).

Errol Brown, Reid’s nephew, was engineer for many of Pottinger productions in the 1970s. He said she was no pushover in the studio.

Respect

“She loved the music … loved it too much,” Brown said. “She knew what she wanted in the studio, and had a lot of respect for the musicians.”

Musicologist and sound-system operator, Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, said Pottinger was a sharp businesswoman in a male-dominated field.

BUJU IS FREE AT LAST!!

Free at last. Reggae superstar artiste Buju Banton, after close to a year in a United States jail, has been granted bail in immigration court. He had been incarcerated at the Pinellas County lock-up in Florida.

Banton was offered bail with tough conditions following a hung jury in his gun and drugs trial. As part of his bail condition, Banton will have to wear a tracking device and will be under 24-hour surveillance from a security company. He has also signed an extradition waiver and will not be allowed to leave the Middle District of Southern District of Florida until his trial begins.

Buju Banton cannot leave his home unless he is visiting a doctor and his lawyer. He must also submit himself to urine tests to prove that he is not using banned substances

J’can lock-out – Foreigners dominating Jamaican music form

Local acts missing on international dub charts

DUB music — a psychedelic reggae form — is charting in 14 territories on the reggae charts but Jamaican bands are not riding this wave.

It represents another Jamaican genre under-represented by locals which translates into lost revenue and acclaim for the industry.

“Europe and other countries have taken our roots music and are studying and learning it,” Uprising Roots drummer Black Kush told Splash, adding that Jamaican youths concentrate on studying dancehall and US pop. “A few years from now no Jamaican youth will even know about dub.”

None of the dub bands or compilation albums charting are Jamaican. Even, Gregory Isaacs In Dub album was produced by the UK duo Mafia & Fluxy.

Dancehall-reggae artistes launch merchandise online

As more Caribbean artistes branch out into merchandising, a few of dancehall-reggae’s best have started an internet-based entrepreneurial venture in the United States, reggaemerch.com.

The newly launched online store hosts a range of dancehall reggae street gear from Busy Signal, Gramps Morgan and Bunji Garlin with a slew of other artistes including Etana, Konshens and the Alliance brand to follow the fast growing trend.

Also available on the reggae online store are lifestyle brands Repja and Cyclothing.  Reggaemerch.com inventory currently consists mainly of t-shirts mainly, but the online inventory will increase shortly to offer a wider variety of products.

Reggaemerch.com ships to more than 190 countries worldwide and offers the option to pay through Western Union for those who do not hold a credit card. Posted by YardFlex

Cen’C Love gets set to drop album

For singer Cen’C Love the American Born daughter of Bunny Wailer was destined to strum her guitar and get involved in the music business. , “I’ve always known music is in my blood, but the music bug really bit me when I got my first guitar in high school.”

Raised between Kingston and Atlanta Cen’C attended Dekalb School of the Arts, a performing arts school in Atlanta, Georgia where she had musical training throughout high school, and vocal training from one of Jamaica’s own classical vocalists, Dawn-Marie James. While attending school in Atlanta she studied dance, drama and writing.

Coming into her own as a stage performer was not an easy task, but according to Cen’C she overcame shyness by embracing her “unique sound and creating more masterpieces helped me to deal with stage fright,” she shared.

“As a new artiste, sometimes I worry if the audience will feel me the first time around, recording is the easy part,” she continued.

According to Cen’C, her father’s musical influence did not just reach out to her alone. “My father has influenced me by influencing the whole reggae music business. The Wailers helped set the pace for reggae itself, and my father has transitioned through many generations. He respects me as an artiste, and I respect him even more as a father of reggae and a living legend,” she said unable to hide the note of pride in her voice.

However, as much as she admires and respects her dad, Cen’C is all about creating her own space in the music industry.

“My music is ‘now music’. It represents this time and space where the world is very small, and everyone rubs off on each other. It is like this melting pot, and reggae is home. In a sense I would call it soul music, because it connects with many souls,” she explained.

Cen’C doesn’t believe in boundaries and as such, she is working hard at accomplishing in the various fields of work. She is a musician, singer, songwriter, fashion designer and a visual artist.

For Cen’C Love art is a lifestyle. For most of her summers she travelled around the US with her fashion designer/dancer mom, attending art and trade shows where she received some of the inspiration that she now applies to her work.

Cen’C has performed on stages in Jamaica, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Amsterdam. In Atlanta at the 2008 Natural Hair Show and at the Centennial Park Wednesday Wind-down in July 08, she honed her talent in front of very appreciative audiences. She appeared at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam 08 and at the Reggae Awards in New York in the spring of 2009. Cen’C is preparing to release her 12-track album, Love Letter, the single Casanova and its accompanying music video.

Taking it to YouTube

Gentleman and Chris Martin rack up views on Internet

German reggae artiste Gentleman and Jamaican rising star Chris Martin’s single To the Top surpassed four million views on YouTube — the popular Internet site, making it amongst the most watched dancehall videos ever.

The rapid growth in the popularity of the track, amassing some 10,000 views a day to surpass the four million mark and beat Gyptian’s Hold You, the nation’s top summer song.

It’s the highest viewed song for both artistes, and is promotion for the single which is currently at #1 in Luxembourg, # 4 in Austria and # 2 in Switzerland on iTunes Reggae Singles charts.

Some of the most popular dancehall videos include Sean Paul and Rihanna’s Break It Off at 32 million, Sean Paul’s So fine at 23 million, Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me at 14 million, Damian Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock at five million, Vybz Kartel and Spice’s Ramping Shop at 4.5 million.

Gentleman is Germany’s most popular deejay based on his constant chart presence. Martin, who previously gained fame via the popular television talent show, had kept media presence by aligning with the label and management team of international reggae star, Shaggy. Both artistes will tour Europe starting November in support of respective albums.

Martin’s self-titled album features Busy Signal, Assassin, Shaggy, Lady Saw, Mr Easy, and D Major.

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