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Stan E Smith 2010 Entertainment News & Reggae Report – Written & Complied


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.


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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