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Beres Hammond’s Mother Is Dead

The mother of Jamaican reggae singer, Beres Hammond, has passed away at the phenomenal age of 98.

Roslyn Patterson passed away on September 12th in Port Maria, St. Mary, West Indian Times reports indicate. Patterson was born in Portland, Jamaica but lived most of her life in Annatto Bay, St. Mary, the website reported.  Mrs. Patterson was also the grandmother of Sharon Gordon of TSO Productions.

Hammond, born Hugh Beresford Hammond, in Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica is known in particular for his romantic lovers’ rock. His career began in the 1970s but he reached his greatest success in the 1990s. His first album of the new millennium was 2001`s Music Is Life, which featured an appearance by Wyclef Jean.

The 2004 release Love Has No Boundaries, had guest spots by Buju Banton and Big Youth. November, 2008 saw the release, by VP Records, of yet another album `A Moment In Time` featuring the single `I Feel Good`. Source CaribWorldNews

Jamaican Playwright Trevor Rhone Is Dead

Well known Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone has died. Rhone who was born in 1940 is a writer and playwright who began his theatre career as a teacher after a three year stint at Rose Bruford College, an English drama school. He was part of the renaissance of Jamaican theater in the early 1970’s.

Rhone participated in a group called Theatre ’77, which established The Barn, a small theater in Kingston, Jamaica to stage local performances. Among his works is the script to The Harder They Come, a 1972 crime film, which was instrumental in popularizing reggae in the US. He also wrote the script for the 2003 romance One Love.

In July 2007, Trevor Rhone is awarded 3rd place of the top 100 all time black screen icons in the past 100 years. Among his popular plays are Smile Orange, Two Can Play, Old Story Time and the film Milk and Honey. Yardflex sends our condolence to his friends and family Source YardFlex

Mavado, Alicia Keys collaborate

After performing at the Hot 97 On the Reggae Tip show labor Friday, singjay Mavado went straight in the studio and completed a recording session with American songbird with the multi-platinum singer Alicia Keys. Keys’ collaborated on her remixed single No One with a Jamaican artiste Junior Reid also her remix of Cham’s Ghetto Story.

In a recent release, he stated, “Last year we left the Reggae Tip show and recorded a track with Lil’ Kim and Wyclef, this year it was straight into the studio with Alicia Keys. I am very focused on my career right now and I’m just trying to elevate myself and Jamaica on a whole through music. Working with Alicia is an honour and a pleasure.”

It has been quite a year for Mavado, who has completed an extensive international tour of places like the US, UK, Europe, the Caribbean and Japan, and has continued to be one of the hottest acts in Jamaica.

The collaboration with Alicia Keys is a reggae track and should hit the airwaves very soon to create the buzz for Alicia Key’s impending album.

He said, “My management and hers got together to make it happen and their was a great chemistry in the studio. It’s the first time I’ve sung on a Studio One rhythm and I’m very pleased with the outcome. Alicia loved it too and I’m sure we will be working together on projects in the future.” The track was laid down at Alicia Keys’ own state-of-the-art The Oven Studio in New York. Adapted from the Jamaica Staronline

Gay Rights Groups Take Aim at Buju’s Ohio, Virginia Shows

The firestorm being created by Gay activists who want to shut down entire U.S. tour schedule the reggae Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton’s ‘Rasta Got Soul’ U.S. tour continues unabated. They forced the canceling of Buju Banton concert on October 3 that was to have happened at the Lifestyles Community Pavillion in Columbus, Ohio. Buju gay rights groups have reportedly succeeded in The gay rights groups in that city apparently pressured the venue’s marketing director, and her employer – PromoWest Productions, stating among other things that the ‘targeted audience’ for Buju Banton’s ‘message’ and the proximity to the Ohio State University (OSU) campus neighborhood would create a tangible threat to the safety and well-being of individuals.

Banton scheduled performance on September 26 at the National in Richmond, Virginia was canceled by pressure from gay rights groups. ‘The National’ show on Saturday, September 26th has been relocated to ‘The Hat Factory’ in the same city due to strong arm, thug tactics by members of Richmond’s gay community.

One outraged gay rights activist reportedly wrote to Richmond City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson expressing discomfort and anger towards the upcoming Buju Banton show.

Buju Banton’s Gargamel Music record label recently released a general press release on the matter; unfortunately for him however, it seems the gay rights groups are simply not hearing, or not listening. His tour kicks off at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island and for New Haven, Connecticut tomorrow. He then moves on the Lido Nightclub in Revere, MA, for two shows this Friday night Banton will perform in Rochester, before coming to New Jersey on Sunday for the NJ Reggae Fest. Gay activists are still upset over `Boom Bye Bye, ` a song Banton wrote and recorded when he was only 15 years old. Adapted from: Dancehall.Mobi & CaribWorldNews.

Junior Gong, First Child

Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley seems to be departing with the tradition of both his father and other brothers by celebrating the birth of Elijah Marley. This is the first child for the 30 year old “youngest veteran”
Erup on BET’s ‘The Deal’

The crossover success “Click My Finger” Erup’s song and video outside of Jamaica, secured him a spot on BET’s ‘THE DEAL’ with host MeMpHitz and DJ Diamond Kuts. Filmed at VP Records’ New York City, Erup was joined by TOK, Taurus Riley, Sean Kingston and a special segment with Buju Banton. The Deal aired on Monday Sept 14 or AM Tuesday on BET, depending on your location. Truckback Record’s official remix EP remixes banging new mixes from world renowned riddim makers Grahmzilla, Poirier, Lunice and Nick Catchdubs. Hip Hop, up-tempo and dance floor fans will have even more reasons to ‘click their fingers’! Source OutAroad.com

Elephant Man, Birthday on Saturday, September 12, Oniel Bryan, more popularly known as celebrated his 35th birthday in high-energy at Mas Camp.

Mavado Talk Up Di Tings

The other night on Onstage Mavado spoke about his relationship with Foota Hype and addressed the allegation that he shot up Foota Hype’s mom house. “Why Foota nuh talk di truth sey him move outa di area and left his mother…mi move and tek my family wid mi,” Mavado told Winfred Williams.

He also said he has always treated Foota as a friend, but Foota “bad mind”. He said he drove a great distance to do a show for Foota in Miami and by the time Foota leave to do a show in New York he was badmouthing Mavado. The DJ referred to as the “gully god” said, he had no idea why Foota was doing that. He even said he took back a car he had given to his cousin just so he could give it to Foota Hype to drive.

“Why would I try to do Foota madda anything, when nuff time she send and beg mi fi help, mi always help har out.” Well, that’s Mavado’s story…we hope Winford will have Foota on his programme Saturday…we would love to hear what he has to say. Source YardFlex

Secret wedding vows to exchange for Couple Tami Chynn, Wayne Marshal

Popular entertainment couple, Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall, will be tying the knot this weekend in a private ceremony according to published reports in the Jamaica THE STAR. The couple is to be getting married under secrecy. A selected few have been inform and have been sworn to secrecy.

“We have been told to keep it quiet,” say one source. Marshall it seems is only willing to admit that the wedding would take place this weekend. Calls Chynn’s mobile phone went unanswered. When asked Marshall did not deny it; saying he was unable to speak at the time.

Calls Chynn’s mother, Christine Chin, was unable to confirm the wedding. “Whatever is happening in Tami’s life has to come through Tami, it can’t come through me,” she said. Solid agency’s Sharon Burke, Marshall’s manager and Chynn’s booking agent, was also tight lipped saying she made a promise to the couple to keep it a secret.

‘Tami Chynn had spoken openly about their affair. She had admitted; “Yes Wayne (Marshall) and I are in a relationship. It has been for a long time now and we’re not trying to hide from it.” Previously the couple had mostly kept their relationship under wraps from the public eye.

Marshall is known for his songs I Forgot Them, Marshall In Town and Me By Myself. Recently, he released the video, Good Love, with Chynn. Chynn has enjoyed success locally and gained international attention as she teamed up Akon and producing partner RedOne in early 2007, on the release Frozen that charted on Billboard’s Dance Music Club list.

She also signed on to Pepsi’s ‘Kung Fu Pepsi’ campaign, working alongside Akon and going on tour with seminal boy band New Kidz on the Block. However, this year she parted ways with major international label Universal Motown Records, with which she signed a four-album deal in 2005. Source THE STAR

Sophia Brown Blasts to #1 with Weak to You

Sexy singer / songwriter Sophia Brown topped FIWI Choice Top 20 Jamaican Charts this week with her first # 1 Weak to You.

“I’m truly grateful to all of those who support me by voting for my song “Weak to You”. I really feel blessed to finally get a # 1 and it just goes to show that hard work and commitment will take you to the top no matter what, yes I’ve gotten in the Top Ten before but this one is really special, its the icing on the cake” notes Brown.

Brown who is the C.E.O of Music Mecka Records “I have a solid team that has brought me from where I was to where I currently am, persons like Syl Gordon of Cell Block Music Group, Errol Smith, my publicists Chris Campbell & Claude Mills and a special thanks to Tony Gold who assisted me in studios while I was working on my album The Spotlight”.

The FIWI Choice Top 20 Charts which allows the public to cast votes for their favorite Dancehall / Reggae singles can be regarded as the true test of an artists fan base as voters are not limited to a single vote. Much like the popular TV show Rising Stars the public has total control over the outcome. Adapted from One876 Entertainment.com

Jamaican classics go online

Sonia Pottinger inks online distribution deal

Catalogued songs by Alton Ellis, The Paragons, Skatalites and Marcia Griffiths will get a second life through a new online distribution deal with US-based Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and Jamaican label owner Sonia Pottinger. The music will get worldwide distribution through IODA’s network of digital retail outlets, mobile retailers and subscription services. It is the first time these music catalogues will be widely available for legal download.

The songs include Marcia Griffiths’ Dreamland, Feel like Jumping and Survival, Alton Ellis’ Mr Soul of Jamaica; The Paragons’ The Tide is High; and the Skatalites Rough & Tough.  Erik Gilbert, vice-president for content at IODA, said that online music sales have provided a new method of marketing “culturally valuable and important music from the past to be preserved and revived”.

Under the three-tier agreement, IODA will distribute the songs through independent publisher Notable Music, which represents local labels High Note Records and Treasure Isle, owned by Pottinger. Next year, Notable Music will re-release Pottage’s entire catalogue of reggae music, including those on her other successful labels, including Tip Top Records, Gay Feet and Glory.

“We choose to work with IODA for the technology and distribution network they have in place but also for their deep understanding of, and passion for, independent music,” said Tom DeSavia, Booth’s partner at Notable Music, about the agreement.

IODA started in 2003 and has a roster of nearly two million music tracks and over 2,000 independent film and video titles. IODA distributes its music and video catalogue to more than 400 digital storefronts worldwide, including iTunes, Amazon MP3 and MySpace Music and mobile carriers and outlets such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Nokia. Adapted from Jamaicaobserveronline.com

Tanya Collection of Hits Released

Tanya Stephens stressed the importance of dancehall music exploring issues outside the crime and sex which have made it infamous.

The ‘different’ topics Stephens tackled on her two landmark albums, Gangsta Blues and Rebelution can be heard on Tanya Stephens: A Collection of Hits, a compilation of her biggest songs, released recently by VP Records.

The CD features Stephens’ rise from seductress to dancehall poet. It is accompanied by a DVD showcasing some of her music videos but it is the songs, mainly from the aforementioned albums, that get star billing.

The 17-track set does not contain Big Things a Gwaan, the Dave Kelly-produced song which announced the St Mary-born singer in 1994. But, there is room for Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, another Kelly dance anthem from 1997, as well as the explicit Goggle.

A new album by Stephens is reportedly in the works and is scheduled to be released this year. Adapted fromTheJamaicaGleaneronline

Cherine Anderson Debuts on Billboard with Michael Franti’s “Say Hey” (I Love You)

Dance Hall soul songstress Cherine Anderson has made her way on the Billboard charts as a featured performer on Michael Franti and Spearhead’s Say Hey (I Love You) single. The track is # 25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles charts and has been moving up Billboard’s Pop 100, Adult Top 40 and Pop 100 Airplay charts.

This is Anderson’s the first ever Billboard chart entry. She joins Sean Paul, Serani and Mavado as the only three Jamaican acts in 2009 to crack the non Reggae Billboard charts. Anderson has yet to chart on Billboard Reggae album chart. A major remix project to feature Cherine Anderson. Natalie Storm collaboration with Nina Sky

According to published reports Matisyahu Sony release Light, replaced Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze at the top of Billboard’s Reggae album chart with sales of more than 28,000 copies on opening week. This is the Jewish reggae rocker fifth #1 Billboard Reggae album. More importantly Paul’s Imperial Blaze simultaneously, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Album charts displacing the likes of Eminem, Fabolous and Twista to top the charts.

Matisyahu’s broke on the reggae music scene big time internationally in 2005 on the Billboard Reggae album with Live at Stubbs (# 30 debut on the Billboard 200). His 2006 release Youth peaked at #4, his 2007 release No Place to Be made its way to # 146.His Shattered EP while not making Billboard 200 in 2008, topped Reggae album charts.TOK’s new CD Our World opened at # 12 on Billboard’s Reggae album chart.

The Port Royal Music Festival in Jamaica next November will is scheduled to be headlined by R&B star Kenneth ‘Baby face’ Edmonds. According to published a report R&B singer Al B Sure of Hidden Beach Records ( Jill Scott)is looking to sign a female dancehall artiste from Jamaica.

Reggae Salute honors Luciano, Blender, & Surface’ Bernard Jackson

Reggae Salute 09 will have a special awards ceremony at The Garden in Miami, Florida. Reggae Messenjah, Luciano, Everton Blender and Bernard Jackson, former member of the group Surface, will all be honored with special awards in recognition of their contributions to the field of music.

Luciano is to receive the Haile Selassie Lifetime Award “for his outstanding contribution to the Peaceful Advancement of Humanity”, Everton Blender, will receive the Jamaica National Pledge Award for his contribution to the Music industry and The President Barack Obama award for his contribution to Positive Change Through Music will go to Bernard Jackson. Blender along with reggae Lovers rocker Glen Washington tore up Rams Head in Baltimore at the celebration of WEAA FM ‘Papa Wabe’ 50th birthday on Friday September 11th.

Dancehall News

The 5 Star General takes over: Bounty Killer Locks down Brooklyn on Labor Day

New York, NY West Indian-American Carnival revelers crammed into Brooklyn’s Caribbean City Night Club on Labor Day to hail the ‘Five Star General’ on his long-awaited return to Brooklyn. After a stellar performance at Manhattan’s famous Roseland Ballroom, Bounty Killer stormed into Brooklyn dressed in his signature ‘full suit of black’ and armed with an arsenal of tunes from his 17-year catalogue of hit singles. Delivering one of his best performances to date, the ‘Warlord’ officially locked down the borough, the Labor Day weekend.

Promoter, Brooklyn selector (DJ) Steelie Bashment alongside Troopa Traloopa, Tek-9 Movements, Johnny Killer, Suga Slick, Stereo Choice, Earth Ruler’s Lee Major, Spin City, and Mr. Googles, and event hosts Nikki Z of Irie Jam Radio and Waah Gwan Radio’s Steve Austin kept the crowd going for well over five hours until the ‘Warlord’ arrived at 2:30am. Bounty Killer, who arrived with fellow entertainers Etana, Spice, and Angel Doolas. Dancehall deejay Spragga Benz and Reggae legend Sugar Minott were among the throngs of fans, entertainers, local industry executives, and media rammed into venue.

Rapper MIA is interested in Dancehall DJ Pamputtae, who has been quite for most of 2009.

Ms Triniti back in Jamaica

Ms Triniti was in Jamaica to shoot yet another video, this time with Vybz Kartel for their collaboration Lock Down. Triniti is also here to debut the video for her single Mr DJ, which was shot the last time she was in Jamaica. The single is popular in the dancehall and enjoying heavy rotation on almost all radio stations across the island.

Ms Triniti, “My stuff is ragga-hop and more commercial and (Kartel) his is authentic dancehall so we blend.” Ms Triniti performed in Italy  with headliner Collie Budz and landed a record deal with Get Up Records, an independent company

Kartel more popular than Mavado online

The Gully and Gaza rivalry, when taken online, shows that Vybz Kartel has usurped Mavado’s popularity, up to September based on Internet search data.

Kartel has been increasing his lead since April this year following Mavado’s dominance in 2008. Kartel has extended his lead, getting a boost in summer, and is actually clipping Sizzla’s popularity. Sizzla was much more popular internationally than both artistes.

Internet users in Jamaica, France and Germany are searching twice as much for Kartel than Mavado with a 10 to 4 ratio. In the US and UK, that disparity dwindles to a ratio of 10 to 8 in Kartel’s favour. There is no data for Japan, which is a popular reggae destination. Mavado, however, leads in profile views on popular music website MySpace, at 2.3 million to Kartel’s 1.2 million.

Both artistes have been at loggerheads since Kartel split the Bounty Killer-led Alliance prior to 2007. Mavado is now the Alliance’s front-man. Adapted from JamiacaObserveronline.com

Carib Entertainment:

Summer Madness Revue 2009 will take place from September 15 to 19 in the Bahamas with performances at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Soca artiste Skinny Fabulous from St Vincent & the Grenadines whose song Head Bad, topped the charts last year was named the new king of soca in St Vincent and the Grenadines. His smash hit song Unleash the Beast. Skinny is currently riding several Caribbean charts.

Soca star Machel Montano new album Heavenly features Collie Buddz, Busy Signal, Chinese Laundry, Umi Marcano, and Len Boogsie Sharpe. Also on the album is the track his track Wild Antz which placed third in the 2009 Road March Competition.

Skinny Fabulous’ Leggo De Beast tops the charts

St Vincentian Soca artiste Skinny Fabulous tops the T& T soca chart with Leggo De Beast. This is the second chart-topping single for Skinny, a Mass Communication student at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Last year, he spent almost three months in the number one spot with Head Bad (On the Spot).

Leggo De Beast is also #1 in St Vincent and is climbing the Caribbean Hot 30 countdown. Skinny Fabulous was recently crowned Vincy Soca Monarch in St Vincent y. Lookout for new music from soca artiste Nadia Batson

Her new soca anthem, Keep Wining, has delighted female soca lovers as she warm-up to the pre-carnival for Trinidad and Tobago’s soca season. Keep Wining was produced by Julian Nelson of the Digital Hit Factory.

Batson’s music has creating waves in the Caribbean, North America, Canada and Europe. As a prolific songwriter/singer Batson in T&T, Batson’s music has shaped the local industry, transitioning from the old into the new with tracks like Caribbean Girl, My Posse, One Island and Keep Wining.

International Soca Awards heads to the Turks and Caicos

The annual International Soca Awards will be held in Turks and Caicos Islands after six years in New York, Trinidad and St Kitts. The organisers promise this year’s red-carpet event tp be held on Friday, October 30 event will be the biggest.

TC Cops two Crop Over titles in Barbados

TC, best known for the single Kim, recently created history in Barbados by becoming the first ever Sweet Soca Monarch for Barbados. She made it an historic double taking the 2009 Party Monarch title at the Farley Hill National Park with the same Hot Sun and Riddim. TC’s musical journey started more than 30 years ago in the school choir and has now turned out to become a long and rewarding career. A versatile artiste, TC is also known for her riveting renditions of R&B, Jazz, and Reggae. Adapted from Catch Di Riddim

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