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December 31, 2011

Will Rihanna and Chris Brown Get Back Together?

Will Rihanna and Chris Brown do the unthinkable?

by Free Britney
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rihanna-chris-brown-together-again-back.jpgNearly three years after the infamous assault that ended their relationship and nearly put him in jail, the two are working toward getting back together, according one of the most prolific and unreliable celebrity news sources around! That's crazy!

Chris Brown and Rihanna's Tweets this week got people talking, and MediaTakeOut (dot) com has apparently "been hearing reports for some time" that Rihanna and Brown are working on "RECONCILIATION" (their word, and unnecessary capitals).

SO is it happening or not?

According to the celebrity gossip site, a person close to Chris Brown says he'd like nothing more than to get back with her. But since the "incident" Chris felt that he'd destroyed any and all chances of a relationship with his "soul mate."

So he stayed away from her, by law, at her request.

But now things have changed. Rihanna and Chris are speaking to each other on the phone, exchanging IMs and text messages to boot. Insanity!

She's in Barbados right now but they reportedly plan to meet up when Rihanna returns to Los Angeles next week.

Chris is said to be ecstatic, but Jay Z and Rihanna's managers are reportedly furious that they're back on speaking terms and may reconcile?

Will they? Is any or all of this true? Stay tuned ...

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MCTV Starts January 1, 2012 With Maia Chung

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Come today Sunday January 1, 2012 Maia Chung Television (MCTV) will officially launch as a media content provider for national, regional and global partners that are broadcast houses. Or simply put; entities that show programmes made in Jamaica, about Jamaica and our issues, for audiences which demand those kinds of programmes.

Maia Chung, the power behind the effort says "we will be disseminating content via national, regional and international outlets, as well as the through the web, therefore people will have MCTV content through free to air, cable access and web access. We will be partnering with all entities that want what we produce or that independents provide which falls under our umbrella".

MCTV will take content from Jamaicans around the world for its brand.

Additionally, "not only have we set up for island wide and Caribbean wide impact, but we hope to get to the Diaspora extensively...to give them more varied and better views of who Jamaicans are and can be, than what pertains now".

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Beyonce Baby Bump : Will Bey Unveil Baby On Rockin' New Year's Eve?

by Linda Shaw
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beyonce-baby-photos-december-girl-born.jpgBeyonce is going to be appearing on Rockin' New Year's Eve With Ryan Seacrest tonight. Will she be telling the world she had her baby at that point?

No one seems to know what exactly Beyoncé will be doing on the show as she would be far too pregnant to perform. However, is it possible that Bey will be making the announcement that she has given birth to her baby on the show? That would definitely fit right in with the dramatic ways Beyoncé has been doing things lately!

Announcing her pregnancy at the VMA's and then announcing the birth on Rockin' New Year's Eve? That would be a pretty amazing feat!

Since Beyoncé is not on the scheduled performers list and Ryan Seacrest said he has no idea what Beyoncé will be doing, is it possible? Will the world finally have confirmation that Beyoncé has given birth?

Here is what Ryan said :

"You will see Beyoncé on the show, I can't tell you too much because they don't tell me too much, but if you're a Beyoncé fan -- and man, is she looking good these days -- you'll want to see Beyoncé."

This is going to cause a lot of speculation up until tonight's show!

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Da'nandi staking his claim within the Dancehall ranks

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

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

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December 30, 2011

Vybz Kartel's Yea Though I Tops The OutAroad Reggae Top Ten Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL
01 (02) (12) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

02 (01) (08) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

03 (04) (06) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum)

04 (05) (06) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad

05 (06) (03) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

06 (03) (10) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records - (peaked@#3)

07 (07) (05) Nazine - Neva Haffi Wake - K20 Records/ Jah Snowcone Ent

08 (09) (02) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

09 (NEW) (0) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

10 (NEW) (0) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

2 Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

3 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

4 Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

5 Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

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World Caribbean Countdown becomes Nikki Z's Hot 20

nikki-z-top-20-chart-jamaican-female.jpgAs of next week World Caribbean Countdown becomes Nikki Z's Hot 20. Same great energy with more variety. Check out World Caribbean Countdown previous episodes on Itunes, BB Podcast & Podomatic.

The syndicated radio show "World Caribbean Countdown" now known as "Nikki Z’s Hot 20" airs on stations in Africa and across Caribbean and USA, it will retain the same format of bringing you the latest in dancehall/reggae/soca as well as candid interviews and favorite riddims of the week.

When asked why the name change, the media personality responded "It was a no brainier since most people always referred to the show as Nikki's countdown, the show has grown so much and I want to take it to the mainstream, make it bigger, better in the new years and beyond. It still has the Caribbean flair, I will stay true to who I am, drama, gossip, news and all lol"

This New Years Eve Nikki Z is back in the mix on Sirius XM "The Joint" it's the holiday celebrity special! Catch Hot 93.7's Nikki Z Live in the mix at 11pm followed by Hot 97's Bobby Konders at 12am and Jamaica's mix masters Flava Unit 1am.

Tune in this Saturday 11pm to "THE JOINT" on channels Sirius 42 | XM 42.

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Kiprich Heads To Africa After Killing Merciless At Sting 2011

kiprich-sting-2011.jpgInternational recording artiste Kiprich, dressed in full military regalia, annihilated a tired-looking Merciless at Sting 2011 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine on Boxing Day. Hitting the stage after 6 a..m, he was forced to wait at least five minutes before Merciless dared to come onstage, Unperturbed, he kept the crowd warmed up by taunting Merciless by saying: 'weh grandpa de? weh grandpa de? Him waan lyrics call him out then?'.

He then deejayed a snippet of lyrics which made fun of Merciless ''sexual orientation. The crowd hollered and whooped as a big forward rolled through the venue. And then he deejayed again:

"Ruff Kut, yu career denty/yu life span no lengthy/remember yu inna jail ah pick up the soap gently/yu mussi miss Kid Ralph very much, bout touch?/when yu inna jail, ah get battery by twenty

Loud cheers greeted this statement, then the excitement level spiked again when Kiprich announced: 'dem say grandpapa ah forward'.

At this point, Merciless, dressed in an ugly brown suit circa 1959, trudged out, walking stick in hand, and shuffled to the front of the stage, affecting an old man's limp, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Showing no mercy, Kiprich dissed Merciless with a full broadside which ended with the barb: 'yu go inna jail and yu come out fat, that means man wuk yu till yu swell'.

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December 29, 2011

GT Taylor Extravaganza provides fans with a Star-Studded Christmas treat

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Dancehall fans got their Christmas wish this past Sunday as the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage show offered a combination of great talent and stellar performances for everyone to remember going into the New Year.

The Jagra sponsored event took place on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth; offering a lineup that reeled in several patrons from around the island. The 12th edition of the Christmas show featured performances from a litany of Reggae and Dancehall stars including John Holt, Coco Tea, Twin of Twins, Warrior King and Specialist to name a few.

The self-proclaimed "Princess of Dancehall," Tiana also graced the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage; aiming to once again show her worthiness as a female deejay of the year candidate. Despite band issues during her set, Tiana proved her character by performing an edited rendition of her popular single, Pum Pum Phat, to which several fans blew their horns in support. The breakthrough star then performed another fan favourite, Bruk Out and Wine from the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim before closing off with another one of her hits, No Man Can Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Fellow breakout star, I-Octane also gave fans lots to cheer about; living up to his energetic performance mantra by shelling out hits such as Licky Licky, Nuh Ramp Wid Wi and Study Yuh Friends amongst others to a wonderful crowd reception. The prominent singjay continued to wow fans by performing Burn Dem Bridge and the classic hit, Mama Yuh Alone.

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STING promoter unhappy with crowd support, explains superstar absences

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Isaiah-Laing-sting-promoter-jamaica-show-concert.jpgThe lead promoter for the recently concluded STING 2011 stage show feels that the popular Dancehall event lacked support for the second year running.

The 28th edition of STING took place at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine on Monday night. Looking to make up for a lacklustre 2010 show, this year's staging of STING, tagged with the Rumours of War theme, promised several clashes and superstars galore that fans demanded after last year's event shifted from its usual nature.

However, considering the notable absences of prominent Dancehall singjays such as Mavado and I-Octane, STING's lead promoter, Isaiah Laing expressed his dissatisfaction with the crowd turnout for his show during a radio interview on Wednesday.

"We neva have dat big pull dis year still, even though we had clashes. Maybe those clashes were not clashes what people really wanted to see or maybe because of the elections vibes...or people generally don’t have funds this year," Laing implied.

Meanwhile, Laing offered explanations as to why Mavado and I-Octane were no-shows at the event. According to Laing, Mavado did not show up to the Jamworld venue for his scheduled performance at around 1:45 a.m.; thus prompting STING promoters to move up the clash between Kiprich and Merciless. Once the clashes started, Laing intimated that Mavado opted not to perform at the show but the self-professed "Gully Gaad" promised to make this up to STING fans.

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Pree Dis Episode 62 - Part 1 to 4 - Entertainment Round Up

You can watch Pree Diss on Flow Jamaica Channel 100 or you can also watch the show on Tempo and a host of other TV stations located in and out of the Caribbean.


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Specialist Batters Hurricane At Sting

Down Sound recording artiste Specialist exacted sweet revenge on his rival Hurricane with a lyrical battering at Sting 2011: Rumours of War on Boxing Day.
specialist-down-sound-dancehall-artiste.jpgHitting the stage in a suit adorned with 'war accessories' and other weaponry, he ignited the large audience with his number one hit, Street Hustle, and then called on his nemesis with whom he had been billed to do battle. As Hurricane hit the stage, Specialist lashed him with a war version of ‘Street Hustle’ with references to banana clips. Reeling from this lyrical onslaught, Hurricane made an ill-advised attempt to hit back by suggesting that he was going to “send Specialist back to sell banana chips’. Boos met his empty boast.

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And from there it was all over, Specialist’s entourage even pushed a black coffin with Hurricane’s name on it onstage. Specialist was grinning at the end, he had avenged his loss to Hurricane at Magnum a year ago and he had done so in no uncertain terms.

On Christmas Day, Specialist showed that he was fast developing a reputation as a great stage performer with a high energy performance at GT Taylor Christmas Xtravaganza. He hit the stage at about 5 a.m. and got an immediate reaction from the 5,000 strong crowd in Black River.

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December 28, 2011

STING Had The Clashes - But lacks star power - No Mavado or I-Octane

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

merciless-kiprich-sting-2011-jamaica-clash.jpgOn a night when many patrons expected several Dancehall/Reggae stars to grace the STING stage in to their pleasure, fans ponder one question on Tuesday. Where were the stars?

STING 2011 took place Monday night in Portmore, St. Catherine, with promoters and fans alike hoping for a much improved stage show following last year's debacle which witnessed a half empty arena at Jamworld. However, mixed emotions resulted from a night which saw many young superstars stamp their authority on Dancehall's most coveted concert but saw few established entertainers make their presences felt.

The most notable absences from the 28th edition of STING were stalwart singjays, Mavado and I-Octane who were initially billed as two of the main acts for the show. However, earlier that night, I-Octane affiliate and Jag One Productions (JOP) deejay, Ninja Kid confirmed, via a Blackberry Broadcast Message sent during the early hours of STING, that the Badmind Fi The Year singer would not appear at Jamworld. Ninja Kid offered no reasoning for I-Octane's absence but speculation quickly mounted that financial disagreements were at the root of the singjay's no-show. I-Octane performed a night previously, on Christmas Day at the GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, Mavado, scheduled for a 1:45 a.m. performance at STING 2011 also failed to show at the event. Gully Squad deejays, Flexx and Kibaki performed during the time slot but the group's leader was nowhere in sight. Like I-Octane, Mavado appeared at the Jagra-sponsored GT Taylor Extravaganza.

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Beyoncé 'Getting Ready To Check Into Hospital'

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Star reported to be preparing to enter New York facility to give birth...

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Beyoncé is reported to be getting ready to check into a New York hospital to give birth to her first child.

The heavily pregnant R&B star, who revealed back in August that she and rapper hubby Jay-Z are to be parents, is claimed to have booked half a floor at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Urban music gossip site Media Takeout says staff at the hospital were warned to expect a "high profile" patient any time from yesterday evening.

Alicia Keys gave birth to her son Egypt at the same hospital back in 2010, and may have recommended it to her pal Bey.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are fiercely protective of their private lives so there has been no official word on when she is due, but December was worked out as the most likely time after comments she made in interviews.

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I-Octane's Still Nah Wash is #1 Song on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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December 27, 2011

Watch The Best Of Sting 2011 - Kiprich vs Merciless - Tony Matterhorn Vs Twin of Twins

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Watch I-Octane in Action at Jagras G T Taylor Xmas Extravaganza

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Khago Rocked GT Taylor Xtravaganza with brilliant performance

khago-blood-a-boil-reggae-dancehall.jpgInternational recording artiste Khago gave a powerful performance at the GT Taylor Xtravaganza show on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth, underlining why he is regarded as one of the best live show performers in dancehall today.

Hitting the stage singing a reggae song,’ Across My Heart’, he raised the tempo immediately afterwards with his number one hit, ‘Blood a Boil’, and the crowd erupted into deafening cheers. Pausing, Khago then flipped the song dubplate-style.

“Even though a Xmas, and mi just a good little country bwoy, mi affi tell them…mi gun a oil, yu nuh see mi gun a oil, mi gun a oil,” he deejayed to wild screams from the crowd.

He then sang the first few lines from ‘Badda Dan Dem’ before he was forced to pull it because of the loud cheers from the audience. He paused to introduce his next song.

“Mi just a forward come ah the show and backstage, mi see GT a bawl wid him hand a him head, and mi a man curl up inna one ball wid yellow tape round him. So when mi ask a wah kill him, mi hear the people dem say ‘bad mind’,” he said to titters of amusement from the audience.

Then he deejayed: “some bwoy go drop the soap and ketch bad mind” and the crowd roared its approval. Grinning widely now, the dimunitive Khago responded: “What a way fi tell oonu good night, ah my good night that.”

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December 26, 2011

Tiana's Pum Pum Phat Removes Mavado's Delilah From The #1 Spot

OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

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

01 - 05 - (06) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix)

02 - 01 - (07) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

03 - 03 - (08) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records

04 - 04 - (10) Chan Dizzy Hello Badmind - Head Concussion

05 - 02 - (08) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (3wks@#1)

06 - 09 - 03) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production

07 - 10 - (09) Danielle ft Cherine - Rebel - Taxi Records

08 - 06 - (10) Assassin - Talk How Mi Feel - DJ Frass - (peaked@#6)

09 - 07 - (15) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome - (peaked@#3)

10 - 12 - (05) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio

11 - 11 - (09) Andrew & Wada Blood - Roll Wid Mi Bredda - Notice Production

12 - 14 - (02) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Head Concussion

13 - 08 - (13) Vybz Kartel - Summer Time - Adidjaheim Records - (1wk@#1)

14 - 16 - (02) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

15 - 18 - (03) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

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Rihanna’s New Video Hits 4.6+ Mil. YouTube Views in Opening Weekend

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Rihanna’s new video for ‘You Da One’ was the talk of social media during the holiday weekend as it reached over 4.6 million views since being uploaded on Friday.

The video directed by Melina Masoukas, who has worked with Rihanni on six other videos, hit over 3 million videos in her first day with the help of Rihanna’s 11 million plus followers on the social media website, Twitter.

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"This sh_t is pretty punk and irreverent this b_tch @rihanna can pull off anything… Even on negative sleep…,” tweeted Masoukas before the upload.

Featuring references to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange; Michael Jackson-like crotch grabs and pelvic thrusts; and the 23-year old Barbadian singer writhing around in various states of undress, “You Da One” looks to draw multiple views from Rihanna fans.

So what is next from Rihanna?

“I’m gonna release “The Making of TTT” soon! I love it! The edit’s almost 100%….I think you’re gonna love it too,” tweeted Rihanna.

Although short, fingers are crossed we see a “Birthday Cake” video.

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Eve joins Shaggy and Friends lineup

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

eve-shaggy-and-friends-charity-concert.jpgGrammy-winning American rapper, Eve has become the latest inclusion on the lineup for the upcoming Shaggy and Friends Charity Concert in January 2012.

The first lady of the prominent Ruff Ryders hip-hop group appears on the bill; replacing R&B superstar, Ne-Yo who withdrew from Shaggy and Friends after the show was pushed back a week due to upcoming elections, hence, triggering a scheduling conflict. Eve joins fellow Grammy-winning artiste, Lauryn Hill and 80s songstress, Deniece Williams as international acts slated to perform at the event.

This will mark Eve's second performance in Jamaica within a year as she appeared at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards this past February. Eve performed the collaborative single, He Is At My House alongside Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw while also receiving the Friend of Reggae Award from event organizer and radio personality Richard 'Richie B' Burgess.

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December 25, 2011

Bounty Killer & Beenie Man Face Off On Stage At Diamond Splash

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Tiana Rocks Flava Unit Anniversary Party - (Jamaica)

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Flava Unit Had A Successful Anniversary Party

By - Krazy Katty
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Flava Unit Anniversary Party held in Waterford, St. Catherine the hometown of Jamaica's most controversial deejay Vybz Kartel will definitely be a night to remember for the many patrons that turned out for the exciting event.

Before the stage show got started several of Jamaica's top rated selectors such as Cd Master, Blue Steel, Copper Shot and Flava Unit all managed to keep the vibes going which had the audience hyped up as they anxiously awaited for the billed artistes to close off the night with a bang.

I-Octane who had several other engagements decided to open the show taking the party to another level. The moment patrons saw the Burn Dem Bridge hit-maker entering the stage they quickly crammed to the front of the stage with their i-phones, Black Berry and camcorders to capture every moment of I-Octane's brilliant performance from start to finish.

Up next was the party’s host of the night Konshens who continued the vibes going with his dancehall anthem Do Summ’ which had the audience shouting “No bowy nuh badda than we”. After proving that “him nuh frighten fi nobody,” Konshens boasted “Di gal dem a talk bout me”. However, as the host Konshens had to make way for some stellar performances by Darrio, Delus, Flexx, and Specialist who all left the audience desiring more.

After a slew of male artistes graced the stage it was time for Konshens to introduce the first female artiste of the night. "Right yah now mi nuh deh pon weh some bowy deh pon because a bare men a perform from night and all now wi nuh call up no female fi come shell dung di place…suh hear wah Tiana come tek it to dem".

With that said Tiana made it seems as easy as 1,2,3 as she had the ladies screaming and singing, "Mi Pum Pum Phat more fluffy from back…bwoy come mek mi squeeze up you cock." After demolishing the place with her Pum Pum Phat female anthem…Tiana then went on to get several more encores and even had the ladies becoming her back singers as she sang her fast rising hit single Bruk Out And Whine on the internationally acclaimed Overproof Riddim before exiting the stage.

Other outstanding performances came from Sassy, Deva Brat, Bencil, Hawkeye and Ras Bogle.

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December 23, 2011

Deejay of the year in 2011 - Popcaan, Assassin, Beenie, Bounty, Kartel or Mavado?

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In years past, when Dancehall fans asked who deserved deejay of the year honors, it virtually became a one man category given the dominance Vybz Kartel exerted annually. However, 2011 may have witnessed the most wide open race for the deejay of the year title, primarily due to the effect that personal issues had on the musical side of things.
One of the most intriguing years in Dancehall history, 2011 produced several reputable efforts from an established group of superstars as well as a newcomer who's drawn several comparisons to Vybz Kartel in recent months. Six artistes in particular showcased those efforts with regularity.

5. Assassin:
Boardhouse Records artiste, Assassin aka Agent Sasco produced his best run yet in 2011; asserting his presence within the Dancehall fraternity while finally achieving elite status. During the first third of 2011, Agent Sasco firmly announced his candidacy for deejay of the year with strong singles such as Talk How Mi Feel and Nothing At All. Never previously had Dancehall seen such a fierce side to Assassin's lyrical display as his range clearly expanded to levels demanded the notice of his peers within the industry.
At one point, he had fans wondering whether or not a clash between Sasco and long-time rival, Vybz Kartel was soon on the horizon, thanks to his single, Yuh Madda. This one-verse masterpiece seemingly was a direct counteraction at Kartel's single, Real Badman; offering a potential prelude to what could have been an intriguing STING clash. Run Di Place, Drink and Merry as well as Dem Bad In A Gang allowed Dancehall observers to look on Assassin with a new found sense of clarity as not only did the deejay make substantial growth within the industry, Sasco ascended to a class that gained him international appeal as several of these singles gathered regular airplay overseas. Awarding Assassin with such an honor isn't a stretch, it's quite possible given such an accomplished resume as well as notable performances across the Caribbean and other regions that showcased his stage presence; finally reaching the potential he displayed when bursting onto the Dancehall scene in 2003.

4. Beenie Man/Bounty Killer:
You can't mention one without the other when it comes to Dancehall legends, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer and 2011 once again re-emphasized said point. This year, Dancehall saw the revival of their long-standing feud as well as their individual careers.
Beenie Man dazzled fans with the release of his hit single, Go Go Club, which charted well on local and international Dancehall charts. Additionally, the self-professed “King of the Dancehall” proved his worthiness of the crown by strongly asserting himself on the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim with the singles, Let's Go and John Crow. Many fans regard Let's Go as the Riddim's best song given its substantialized lyrical content.

Meanwhile, Bounty Killer bounced back from a somewhat disappointing and turbulent 2010 with his own reputable effort on the Overproof Riddim entitled, Galactic Gallis, calling out deejays who only sing about being with girls but don't practice what they preach. Additionally, Bounty Killer released No Cream To Mi Face, a sharp-shooting lyrical attack on former protégé, Vybz Kartel, as well as the Boardhouse Records produced single, Ready Fi Dem. Each of these efforts proved that Bounty Killer not only remains relevant within Dancehall circles, he's still a major force within the industry.
However, after a short truce, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer soon engaged in another lyrical feud; exchanging diss singles such as Shut Up and Cah Puff Mi Chest amongst others. Their battle led to open competition on several productions, leading Dancehall observers to wonder if the two will forever be intertwined. For that reason, they might cancel each other out with regards to the deejay of the year award.

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Exclusive: Laza Morgan - One By One ft. Mavado Official Video

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Autism Foundation & Music Legend set to do big things for the disabilities community for 2012

maia-chung-don-yute-Autism-jamaica.jpgThe Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation is for 2012 seizing on the avenue provided by entertainment; to aid the cause of raising awareness of Autism needs in Jamaica in a major way.

According to statement from the Foundation with less resources available through the global recession plaguing all countries; innovative ways have to be found to meet the needs of the marginalized Autistic Jamaican community.

In this fashion the Foundation created Autism Splash a two day event held last month, November 2011 - was headlined by dancehall legend Don Yute, who donated his star power and status to the event which was a groundbreaking health event, set to screen people for Autism which is on the rise in Jamaica.
Once diagnosed, someone with Autism is able to get more health assistance which will enhance the correct handling of the disorder.

The Splash combining music and medical treatment - was funded by the Canadian Investment Development Agency (CIDA) to the tune of 1 point 2 million dollars and was held in Kingston Jamaica at the Emancipation Park.
Chung and Don Yute whose given name is Jason Williams; late this year formed a partnership to advance the cause of the Jamaican disabilities community through music and entertainment.

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I-Octane Nah Wash is on top of the Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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December 22, 2011

Security tight for JAGRA GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza

It's all systems go for Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza

Show promoter GT Taylor has remained upbeat about this year's staging of the annual Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza. The Christmas Day event comes four days before the country goes to the poll to elect a new government and some are predicting that this will surely put a damper on the season's festivities.
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Although Taylor says he has some concerns, he emphasizes that the plusses outweigh the potential negatives. He is confident, for example, that all 40 acts will turn up to the Independence Park venue in Black River and deliver excellent performances. Taylor is almost bursting with enthusiasm about the high production quality of the show and the newly-introduced 'Party Zone'. He is happy with the unwavering commitment of the sponsors and, as a result, has been able to keep ticket prices 'reasonable'.

"Currently we are looking into starting rehearsals and production manager Worrell King is expertly overseeing that aspect of the show," GT said.
He added,"We are a bit excited about the Party Zone concept which will see us creating a dancefloor with a disco in the middle of the park. This will provide an option for those who prefer to chill out near a bar and just listen to music. Based on our observations over the years, we took a decision to experiment with this concept and depending on the response we will know whether or not to make a regular feature of Extravaganza."
But is the promoter experiencing any nervousness with regard to the event being so close to Elections?

"Initially, we were very concerned. We had been hoping for more breathing space, but we have accepted the things we cannot change and have moved full speed ahead with our plans. The bottom line is that it is Christmas and elections or no elections, people will want somewhere to go and enjoy themselves. Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza will be that perfect place," the Dancehall Master declared.

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Buju Banton's lawyer says he might wait a year before Appeal decision

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Embattled Reggae Superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, may have to wait several months before knowing whether or not he will be a free man.

Last Friday, Buju Banton's legal team filed an appeal in a Georgia-based appeals court; attempting to overturn the Grammy-winning singer's 10 year prison sentence on drug-related charges. In said appeal, Buju's lawyers cited a possible violation by U.S. government officials of the Speedy Trial Act; a Sixth Amendment right afforded to defendants so that they avoid being subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial. Additionally, Buju's legal team detailed reasoning as to why their client was an unwilling part of the drug conspiracy he was later convicted of.

However, fans of the internationally-acclaimed entertainer may have to wait up to a year after Buju Banton's lead attorney, David Oscar Markus intimated that the appeal process could take anywhere between 6-9 months, or longer before a verdict is handed down. An oral argument will take place sometime in the summer on 2012, meaning Buju could spend at least the whole of next year behind bars.

Buju Banton was convicted this past February of three drug-related charges for a December 2009 incident where he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal within a police-controlled warehouse.

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The Reggae Industry Suffers As A Result of Exploitation, Bad Business Ethics & Dishonesty

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Olimatta-Taal-gambia-reggae-agent-jamaica.jpgThe Reggae Business Suffers As A Result of Exploitation, Bad Business Ethics, and Dishonesty. Reggae artists, promoters, and business people play a role in stifling the industry's progression. Everyone wants to do things on their own, the team concept of empowering each other is thrown out the window majority of the times. Artists receive funds and sign contracts for shows and don't turn up, the 15 million dollar suit against Vybz Kartel is a strong example of the lack of discipline in the industry. Promoters sometimes even send money to impostors posing as the artist, a recent promoter from Columbia experienced this when he sent a $10,000 US deposit to a fake.

What about the instances when the artist performs and the promoter doesn't have the money to pay the artist? How can the reggae industry grow with this type of unethical behavior continually looming throughout the business. This reflects badly on the business and the reputation of Jamaica at large. This type of behavior prevents the type of growth and development that is needed. Instead of Reggae moving forward, it is moving backwards. Millions and millions of dollars have already been lost in the past few years. This is money that could have helped the economy and provide jobs for the jobless.

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Reggae Star Tenza Fires Up Luton Crowd

tenza-uk-show-reggae-artiste.jpgIn what was probably the biggest dancehall night by Silver Fox Dance Club in recent years, Tenza proved that she was indeed the Jamaican Dancehall Diva.

Dancehall/Reggae star Tenza delivers a scintillating performance at The Harvey's Night Club last Saturday night in Luton United Kingdom. The deejay, which was label the Jamaican Dancehall Diva in East Africa, spice up the night with a top act performing on what was billed as Silver Fox Dance Club Xmas Extravaganza.

The wiry Dancehall/Reggae star justified why the honor Dancehall Diva was bestowed upon her. Coming on stage raunchy dressed in a white and black Fetish outfit and complemented by a 12 inches black and white boots, reminiscent of a Tara Bank's wardrobe was very evident; Tenza effortlessly took control of the audience.

She was the real Diva, and her willing subjects followed wherever she led. Tenza command the Luton crowd quite well while poke fun at the male audience with her raunchy lyrics and seductive dancing But the deejay wasn't done yet as she turned up the heat by calling on stage promoter silver fox to dance with her to her sexy single "Push and Turn". After 22 minutes of fun and entertainment Tenza finally close her set with the catchy "Goose" track calling on TMD Dancer Troopa Vybz to teach the Luton crowd the "Goose".

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Capleton Ready for the Road Again despite health-scare

capleton-reggae-artiste-jamaica.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Clifton Bailey, more popularly known as Capleton, has declared himself in great shape despite a recent scare on his way to an event.

On Tuesday, the self-professed "Fireman" was en route to the St. Mary Infirmary, where he was set to appear in order to hand over JA$100,000 in proceeds from his annual stage show, St. Mary Mi Come From, which occurred in August. Said proceeds will fund a new, solar-powered energy system for the infirmary.

Each year, Capleton dedicates money from his event to various St. Mary based charities in an effort to aid those in need within his home parish.
While travelling to the infirmary, Capleton suddenly developed abdominal pains, thus prompting a visit to a private doctor to examine his health. Upon his visit, doctors discovered no signs of any perforations or obstructions of the abdomen; telling Capleton that there was no immediate concern but they would continue to monitor his condition.

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December 21, 2011

Year in Review: Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of 2011

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Coming into 2011, many Dancehall observers were keen on witnessing if established producers such as Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, Don Corleon and Russian amongst others would build another superstar-laden Riddim that would satisfy the masses. However, this year saw younger producers take centre stage with Riddims that resonate with fans going into the New Year and beyond.
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5. Gaza World Riddim:
One of those young production groups who made a strong impact in 2011 was TJ Records who unveiled the Gaza World Riddim this past spring. With an infiltrating bass and strong instrumental background, the Gaza World Riddim shelled out a series of its share of hit singles that took over the Dancehall scene for the majority of 2011. The most notable single on the Riddim was Vybz Kartel's hit song, Real Badman. The song came as a surprise to some given that Kartel spent all of 2010 abolishing gun lyrics in an effort to gauge more radio play. However, Real Badman gave Kartel's fans a flashback of the hardcore, "badman" image that help Kartel become the lyrical mean machine that he hails as today.

Additionally, the Riddim produced the internationally-acclaimed single, Bartender by Dancehall/Reggae star, G Whizz. The song was a shift from the norm for G Whizz who's known for his conscious lyrics; instead introducing fans to a more fun, party-friendly side of the Life singer that fans rarely see. Not only was the song in heavy rotation locally, but overseas as well; culminating in G Whizz copping a nomination for Song of the Year in Africa.

Other reputable efforts on the Gaza World Riddim included Popcaan's single, Cah Believe and Chan Dizzy's Dat Mi Know.

4. Summer Fling Riddim:
This past summer saw a slew of hit Riddims, one of which was the Chimney Records produced, Summer Fling Riddim. Establishing a party vibe with its punchy instrumental, the Summer Fling Riddim produced its share of hits for clubs and sessions across Jamaica and overseas. One of said club hits includes the hit collaboration, I'mma Need Security by Munga, Chi Ching Ching and Supa Hype. The single made an intriguing impression on the Dancehall scene; earning heavy rotation while enabling fans to embrace a different concept that proved fitting for such a party-themed Riddim.

Also the "Gully Gaad," Mavado established his presence on the Riddim with the single, Final Destination that added to the Alliance-affiliated singjay's international aura.; earning a spot on New York radio station, HOT 97's rotation list while also making the top 30 on the U.S Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B charts. A mixture of youth and experience also took hold of the Riddim as up-and-comer, Versatile and established Dancehall icon, Beenie Man joined forces on the single, I Love The Girls which also was highly-acclaimed within local and international circles.

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Could Reggae Artiste Buju Banton walk free? U.S. Gov. error may trigger dismissal of case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_support_group_release_prison_10_year.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may have a lifeline after all following the revelation on Tuesday that a United States government mishap could trigger the dismissal of his case.

According to media reports, Buju Banton could walk free from his conviction and subsequent ten year sentence on drug-related charges after the discovery that the U.S. government may have violated the Speedy Trial Act. The act states that any defendant involved within a case must be brought to trial by the government within a 70 day window; a right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment in the American constitution. Additionally, said right is generally afforded to defendants so that they not subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial.

Buju Banton's first trial took place in September 2010, nine months after his initial arrest by law enforcement officials in Florida and four months after Judge James Moody pushed back Buju's initial court date without giving any specifics regarding why the case was postponed. His second trial, where he was later convicted, took place in February of this year, four months after he was granted bail in the case.

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Before They Were Stars with G Whizz

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, G Whizz has emerged as one of Jamaica's newest superstar; showcasing his potential on several fronts since his mainstream debut in 2008. With vocal strength and lyrical dexterity reminiscent of singjays past, G Whizz's determination to reach great heights has never been in question.

G Whizz was born Garland Germaine Rowe on January 28, 1983 at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in St. Andrew. Living in a two parent household with eight siblings, Rowe endured a tough childhood while living in the inner-city community of Nannyville. However, Rowe quickly developed a love for music by idolizing international Reggae icon, Bob Marley; working on his vocal ability when taking up one of his father's old Bob Marley and the Wailers phonographs.

Song like Buffalo Soldier, No Woman No Cry, amongst others inspired Rowe to create a better standard of living for his large family. While attending Vauxhall High School, Rowe started singing by joining the school choir in an attempt to showcase his prospects. Becoming one of the lead male vocalists, Rowe earned high acclaim amongst his peers; resulting in him earning a Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Music upon his graduation from Vauxhall High.

From there, Rowe decided to employ all that he learned during his high school days into the music industry; adopting the stage moniker, Gangsta Whizz or G Whizz for short. He then joined forces with Fams House producers, John and Kevin Barrett, who are sons of Aston "Family Man" Barrett, a former producer and member of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

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Exclusive: Flippa Mafia's Nah Wish Bad/Flossing - Official Video

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December 20, 2011

Vybz Kartel denied bail again, will miss STING 2011

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz-kartel-vanessa-bling-cartoon.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will certainly miss the upcoming STING 2011 stage show after the deejay was denied bail in one of his murder cases.

Kartel, along with Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler were remanded into police custody until January 9, 2011 during a hearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. Both artistes are jointly charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case.

This means that Kartel will miss the 28th edition of STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both artistes will remain behind bars during the holidays up until two days after Kartel's 36th birthday (January 7).

Kartel and Gaza Slim were slapped with said charges after law enforcement officials claimed that they possessed a cellular phone containing a text message what the self-proclaimed "Worl' Boss" ordered Slim to concoct a robbery story involving Williams. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station; claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by Williams during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. This took place five days after Kartel was charged with murder in the Williams case.

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No More Intense With Pepita - Due To An Altercation At TVJ

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

papetia-intense.jpgWell-renowned Jamaican television personality, Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita has been relieved of her duties as host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) program, Intense.

The curvaceous personality, who's hosted the TVJ entertainment show over the last three years, was axed from Intense on Monday following an altercation with a fellow co-worker last week; leading to her departure. Pepita made the surprising announcement in a press release issued via her official Facebook page on Monday night.

"Last week at TVJ, I made an unfortunate decision and allowed my emotions to overpower my better judgement and reacted to a situation and got into an altercation with a fellow co-worker instead of walking away. It was an unfortunate choice that has caused me to lose a job that meant so much to me, but I have to take responsibility and learn from this and move forward," Pepita explained.

With a noticeably sad tone, Pepita thanked her legions of fans who made her a household name on Intense and gave her the confidence to perform her obligations on the TVJ program; obligations she insisted that she enjoyed doing.

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Khago Blood Still A Boil - #1 on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne Receive 'Teacher Of The Year' Awards

by D.L. Chandler
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lil-wayne-nicki-minaj-awards-teachers.jpgLil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are, without a doubt, two of the most influential artists in the game but they aren’t necessarily known for advancing education via their music. However, a Florida education company recently bestowed the pair with Teacher Of The Year Awards, and the CEO of the company stands by the seemingly bizarre decision.

The Better Education Place, nestled in South Florida, awarded the Best Male and Best Female Teacher awards to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, who both beat out actual educators, judged across several categories. From the media release: “Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have won quite a few music awards this year. Now they can add one more award to their mantle, teacher of the year. Better Education Place an education company based in South Florida announced the winners of its first annual teacher of the year awards.”

Better Education Place president Melvin El, who also doubles as education-themed rapper MC Ant Tanna, believes that Wayne and Minaj have the tools teachers need to command a classroom. “Apparently students are drawn in by the ‘swagger,’ said Mr. El. “If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”

BEP did acknowledge that Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have lacked a bit in the content portion of the competition, but the company's coupling of hip-hop and education is at the core of their business, thus deeming the rappers worthy of awards.

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December 19, 2011

Mr. Lexx takes aim at Bounty Killer again, regrets fallout from rape case

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Prominent Dancehall artiste, Mr. Lexx has once again called out long-time nemesis, Bounty Killer; adding more juice to rivalry that dates back to the early 2000s.
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Mr. Lexx recently gave an interview to the Lauren O Lauren show on Flow TV; expressing his thoughts on various topics, including the root of his rivalry with Bounty Killer. Their rivalry made headlines earlier this year following a highly-publicized Twitter war; exchanging heated words after Mr. Lexx made a statement that disc jocks are discriminating against certain artistes regarding airplay.

Mr. Lexx conceded that the rivalry did hamper his career somewhat given Bounty's strong influence and presence within the Dancehall industry. According to the Swag Diggy deejay, he always had respect for Bounty Killer and never tried to call out Bounty Killer. However, Mr. Lexx believes that once he burst onto the scene with singles such as Full Hundred amongst others, Bounty Killer felt threatened by his talent.

"Even though I put this behind me, all I that I think came from the mere fact that I'm so talented and I was a threat to him and whoever was running the business at the time," he said.

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Bess 100FM Brings The Heat For Sting Coverage - Hosted By Maia Chung, Andrew Pryce & Black Rhino

maia-chung-host-radio-personality-model.jpgAwarding winning journalist Maia Chung and BESS 100 FM's Andrew Pryce BFFs for years, have decided to take their favorite dancehall show STING by storm for 2011.

The team will be broadcasting between 10:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the show ends. We will actually be streaming living certain performance and there will be giveaways throughout the BESS FM broadcast, which is available via worldwide stream, www.bessfm.com

Also as the dancehall promoters love to say there will be a million and one celebrity interviews to jazz up the nights activities. Boxing Day night the place to be if you aren’t in the venue you dial needs to stuck on BESS 100 FM with me and Andrew Pryce aka Black Prince and Black Rhino.

With Andrew's growing and successful show E-mix at BESS 100 FM, the two dancehall music "fanatics" conceptualized a new approach to bringing the heat of the STING show to the radio audience, that should take this year's STING 2011 to a new level of value added greatness - that people will be talking about for all of 2012. We'll be the two to listen to if you can't make it to the grounds or if you are in the
Diaspora! On the night of STING, BESS 100 FM, have teamed celebrity journalist Maia Chung with emerging entertainment guru Andrew Pryce…for a continuous live broadcast from the show; that will defy what has been done before for radio coverage for the greatest one night dancehall show in the country.

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Vegas Rocked VP 'Strictly The Best' Concert in New York

mr-vegas-performing-concert-reggae.jpgMr. Vegas has been elevated to a new status as ‘closer’ of dancehall stage shows in recent months as traditional dancehall closers like Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer continue to get stymied in their attempt to gain US work permits.

The I Am Blessed singjay closed two major events in New York and Boston recently, bringing an effective climax to shows that boasted big name acts such as Demarco, Khago, Laza Morgan and I Wayne. It showed that after 16 years in the business, Mr. Vegas is finally getting the respect that he deserves.

Last Thursday, he closed the Strictly the Best concert at the BB King club in New York. Hitting the stage at a few minutes before 4 a.m., he worked the crowd in a frenzy with a medley of his big hits, Heads High, Nuh Friend From Dem, and Sucky Ducky.

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December 18, 2011

Watch Video - Bounty Killer Says He's Gonna Kill Beenie Man For Free

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Laza Morgan & Mavado Continue To Dominate The #1 spot for a forth week - OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

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TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL

01 (01) (07) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

02 (02) (11) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

03 (04) (09) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

04 (05) (05) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum)

05 (06) (05) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad

06 (08) (02) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

07 (07) (04) Nazine - Neva Haffi Wake - K20 Records/ Jah Snowcone Ent

08 (03) (09) Tony Rebel -- Love Soldier - Penthouse Records

09 (10) (01) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

10 (09) (12) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records - (2wks@#1)
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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

2 Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

3 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

4 Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

5 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

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Sizzla Sounds Off on Education with New Single, "Learn To Read"

sizzla-learn-to-read-reggae-artiste-jamaica.jpgConscious reggae star Sizzla returns with a new anthem for the youths, and a plan to encourage and empower the younger generation. The new single, aptly titled "Learn To Read," speaks on the importance of education, as Sizzla advocates young people to learn to read and write, as a way to overcome ignorance.

"In the beginning, I spoke Amharic, which is the true language," reveals Sizzla. "And telling the youths about the brilliance of education, and teaching them the importance of it, will empower them."

Sizzla is a member of the Bobo Shanti sect of Rastafarians, a group that typically places a strong emphasis on education and literacy. Unlike any of his other tracks, this track focuses strongly on educating children and investing in the intellect of the youths, thus showing the humanitarian and philanthropic side Sizzla is known for. Because he is iconic, the single will have an impact on parents, government officials, and educators alike, thereby encouraging children to go to school, and learn to read and write.

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Sean Paul says new album will surprise fans

sean-paul-mowark-hair-cut-style-dancehall.jpgReuters: LOS ANGELES: Rapper Sean Paul is promising to surprise fans on upcoming album “Tomahawk Technique” with more singing that his last record and several collaborations with singers including Kelly Rowland.

“There’s a broadening of my artistry, I’m working with other producers and artists I’ve never worked with,” the Jamaican rapper told Reuters at the recent KIIS FM Jingle Bell Ball in Los Angeles.

“Tomahawk Technique” follows the success of the rapper’s 2009′s record “Imperial Blaze,” which earned Paul a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.

For the new CD, he has teamed up with producers Rico Love, Benny Blanco and Stargate, who have been behind artists such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Natasha Bedingfield, to work on his new album.

“What’s going to surprise fans is that there’s a lot more singing, more high notes that I never used to do before,” said Paul, adding “it’s a mixture of pop music into dance music.”

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Rihanna and Chris Brown Dating Again? Singer Disses Drake on Twitter

by Matt Clark
Celebs.gather

rihanna-christ-brown-kissing-neck-couple.jpgAre Rihanna and Chris Brown dating again? Various reports have indicated that they may be an item again, and a recent tweet to Drake from Ri may be part of the evidence!

Rihanna has dated Drake briefly in the past, as well as Chris Brown. More recently, she's worked with Drake on his album "Take Care" on the title track. Now, many are speculating that the R&B/pop princess is longing for Chris Brown again, despite their troubles before. According to Global Grind, the recent Twitter message from Rihanna said:

"He doin it right, but I don't want it from him"

Rather cryptic, but the article is suggesting that she's talking to Drake and wanting Chris Brown back. That's an interesting interpretation of one simple tweet. However, their readers have voted in a poll on the same article and 75% have overwhelmingly voted that "Yes, but she's trying to hide it" when asked if Rihanna's heart is crying out for Chris.

Many people will remember that years ago, Rihanna and Chris Brown were dating, but it all ended after Breezy got abusive. Since then, both have matured somewhat, although Brown has shown flashes of his temper at times. Should Rihanna take him back, or should she maybe re-consider Drake, who seems to have his act together right now, so to speak?

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December 17, 2011

Kartel ordered to pay 15 million in damages regarding missed concert

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz-kartel-benz-law-suit-15-million.jpgAs if things couldn't get any worse for embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, the deejay now faces more legal woes after the Supreme Court ruled that he must pay JA15 million in damages following a breach of contract.

The breach of contract is in relation to a failed obligation for a 2009 show in Turks and Caicos where Kartel was scheduled to perform. After Kartel was a no-show for the event, Jamaican promoter, Alton Salmon, filed a lawsuit in August of 2009, accusing Kartel of breach of contract. Kartel was later served with documents pertaining to the suit two days before Christmas of that year (December 23).

On Friday, Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle issued an order against Kartel after hearing evident in the matter; demanding that the self-proclaimed "Dancehall Hero" pay JA$15 million in damages as a result of the breach of contract. The decision was made given that Kartel gave neither acknowledgement of receiving the documentation nor any attempt to defend himself against the lawsuit.

Kartel already faces two charges of murder as well as a conspiracy to murder charge, illegal possession of a firearm, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding two murder case he's currently engaged in. Additionally, Kartel faces a ganja possession charged that he received following his initial arrest on the night of September 29.

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Shaggy excited with Grammy nomination, optimistic about 2012

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

shaggy-grammy-nominated-reggae-photos.jpgInternationally-renowned Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Orville "Shaggy" Burrell continues to bask in constant glory that's surrounded him for nearly two decades in the industry. Following 2011's achievements, he hopes to build on this consistent run in the New Year.

Shaggy's list of accomplishments this year include his 10th studio album, Summer In Kingston, his fourth career Grammy nomination for said album as well as hit singles such as Girlz Dem Luv We featuring Mavado and the internationally acclaimed song, Sugarcane. Summer In Kingston became Shaggy's fifth number one album; re-establishing his presence as one of Jamaica's most prominent artistes in history.

According to Shaggy, his most recent Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album proves a humbling acknowledgement for all those who worked on making Summer In Kingston a success.

"It's good to be nominated for music's highest honor. Each time we're mentioned means that we've definitely been recognized for our work which is a great feeling for me and my band," he said.

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I-Octane EP Launch Recived Tremendous Support From Reggae Fraternity!

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I-Octane is still soaring from his performance on Monday night before a packed house at DROM in New York City. Performing before a crowd of his peers, media outlets and industry insiders proved to be a nerve racking feat. But like a true champion, the singjay took the stage and performed with sheer confidence that he has become known for and came out on top.

The long awaited release of I-Octane's debut EP "Straight From the Heart," which has already received a 'thumbs up' by John Carmanica who featured single "Crime A Rise" in the New York Times, gave way to the December 12, 2011 media launch hosted by DROM NYC, Federation Sound and Destine Media.

Produced by A list producers Stephen "The Genius" McGregor, Kimani "DJ Frass" Palmer, Garry G of Uniiqe Impact Productions, Dev Kutta of Livity Movements, Jordan McClure and David "Hizzle Hayle of Chimney Records, the EP, from his label, Conquer the Globe, was released on iTunes and Amazon Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Destine Media remarks, "As Executive Producer, I must say I have received great feedback in regards to the EP and the layout of each track. Fans of I-Octane emailed saying how refreshing it is to hear six solid yet diverse tracks accompany such a great artist. We are pleased with the feedback and exceptional support we have received."

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Chozenn "Go Fah" It This Christmas!!!

chozen-dancehall-artiste-magnum-kings-queen.jpgDuane "Chozenn" Besentie, "Go Fah" it this Christmas. With several shows under his belt, the 2010 "Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall" third place finalist, has already been creating major waves on the dancehall scene.

Chozenn's latest single: "Go Fah" on the "LOOK RIDDIM", which is produced by Di Lab and Tripledose Productions, has been receiving positive reviews locally and internationally.
The artiste's management team is in the process of shooting a video for the "Go fah" single, otherwise called (The Backyard). However, a new single is in the pipeline titled: "Work and Sweat" which is produced by Tripledose Productions.

"I have done quite a few collaborations, with artistes such as: Konshens - for the single: Judgement on the Magnum Crank It Up rhythm, Syrup & Vodka with IQ and British based dancehall artiste Stylo G - single: Get Gal."

The "Work & Sweat" artiste will be performing at a charity event, at the National Children's Home, on Saturday December 17, 2011.
The 2011 MIA breakthrough artiste, has recently signed to Tripledose Productions; a company with young, innovative and multi-talented minds.
"Hello world and remember many are called but only one is Chozenn," the artiste quipped with a smile.

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December 16, 2011

Cops on the hunt for another Empire member in Kartel case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

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Law enforcement officials are looking for yet another member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire as they continue to investigate a murder case against the group's leader.
Already, Empire protégés, Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm and Andre Mad Suss St. John are facing charges in both of Vybz Kartel's murder cases. Mad Suss was recently charged jointly with Kartel and two other men in relation to the murder of Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Meanwhile, Shawn Storm and Gaza Slim face charges regarding the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case involving the self-proclaiming "Worl’ Boss".

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimated on Thursday that the police are seeking an Empire member by the name of Pim-Pin. Law enforcement officials believe that the young deejay had some involvement in a conspiracy allegedly organized by Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim to falsify a robbery story to aid Kartel's legal defense. Pim-Pin has yet to surrender to police.

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Khago Blood A Boil Tops The Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Assassin breaks out of pack with big dancehall hits in 2011

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As the year 2011 draws to a close, veteran rhyme slinger Assassin can look back at the past 12 months and mark it as the point where he finally staked his claim as one of the top dancehall acts in Jamaica. With incredible verve, and hard work, he has generated so much momentum that he has eventually become an undeniable force. Assassin wants, and deserves, to be the top dog.

During 2011, he scored three major number ones on several ethnic charts in the US, and locally with Run the Place for his own label, Boardhouse Records, Talk How Mi Feel on DJ Frass Production and Caan Do We Nutten for Big Ship Records. Other songs such as 'Late' and the socially conscious 'JPS' also charted in the top 10 of the ER Dancehall Charts.

"2011 has been my best year and I have a lot more in store for dancehall. Just watch," Assassin said in a release.

Being an ambassador of Jamaican music is nothing new to him.

"It's what we do every time, head on out to represent Jamaica, dancehall and the reggae community. We're ambassadors at all times!" he said.

The deejay established his own entrepreneurial venture, partnering with his brother Gareth Campbell, to form Boardhouse Records a few years ago. This year, Boardhouse Records became a household name when Assassin wrote and produced 'Ready Fi Dem', Bounty's biggest breakout hit and number 1 for 2011.

"That was a great project that helped solidify Boardhouse Records as a bonafide label in the reggae-dancehall industry and you haven't seen anything yet. We have some incredible releases to unleash in 2012," Assassin said.

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MDTV on Flow 393 NOW Online!!!!

mdtv-logo-reggae-dancehall.jpgMDTV Cable station on Flow 393 now streams online at mdtvmedia.com . MDTV is known for its local and international feel and caters to viewers of all ages. MDTV has a wide viewership and has been expanding greatly.

Programming:

Platinum
This programme is a party programme that covers the hottest and most exclusive events in Jamaica. MDTV places a certain class to all events edited to fulfill any viewers’ likings. MDTV is all about having great content in their party programmes which includes patrons, promoters, Disc Jockeys and artiste interviews all within the party.

Artiste of the Week
This programme outlines artiste both local and international that are doing extremely well in the industry. The programme acts as a lime between the artiste and his/her viewers.

Fashion Hut
This programme covers all aspects of fashion in the past, at present and what is to come. Fashion Hut covers the hottest stores, designers and schools as well as all MAJOR fashion shows.

Da Scoop
This programme hosted by Tinkerbell has all the entertainment news you will need just with a little twist and a lot of opinions; proved to be very comical and informative at the same time.

Out and About
This programme covers all outdoor fun activities that’s on air, land and sea. MDTV is a very adventurous station and finds danger exciting covering skydiving, bike shows and many more.

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Khago Tun Up Di Ting on BBC charts

khago-bbc-1xtra-chart-tun-up-di-ting.jpgInternational recording star Khago has hit the #1 spot on the BBC 1xtra Dancehall Charts with his club banger 'Tun Up Mi Ting' on the Overproof riddim and the single is also #1 on the Boston Hot 97 Top 10 Dancehall Charts.
"Mi feel great to know that international fans are recognizing the song over in Europe, and it is a good sign for my career," Khago said in a release.

The single is also #2 on the FIWI Choice Top 20 Charts, and #14 in the top 20 of the HYPE TV Dancehall Charts, while his other single, Blood a Boil is #1 on HYPE TV Dancehall Charts, #3 on the FIWI Choice Top 20 Charts and #4 on the Boston Hot97 Top Ten dancehall Charts.

The MOBO award nominee will share the stage with Mavado and Bling Dawg at a club show in Miami on January 15th. There are also plans for him to do a series of club shows in Canada during the month of February. He is also booked to appear on this year's Sting 2011 concert at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine, as well as the GT Taylor Xtravaganza. He will also headline the Crystal Springs Family Funday on New Year's Day in Hope Bay, Portland.

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December 15, 2011

Mavado Takes Over The #1 Spot From Popcaan

OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart

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

01 - 02 - (06) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

02 - 01 - (07) Popcaan - Ravin - Adidjaheim Records - (3wks@#1)

03 - 09 - (05) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records

04 - 07 - (09) Chan Dizzy Hello Badmind - Head Concussion

05 - 10 - (05) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix)

06 - 08 - (09) Assassin - Talk How Mi Feel - DJ Frass

07 - 03 - (14) Mavado - All Dem A Talk - ZJ Chrome - (peaked@#3)

08 - 04 - (12) Vybz Kartel - Summer Time - Adidjaheim Records - (1wk@#1)

09 - 16 - 02) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production

10 - 12 - (08) Danielle ft Cherine - Rebel - Taxi Records

11 - 14 - (08) Andrew & Wada Blood - Roll Wid Mi Bredda - Notice Production

12 - 15 - (04) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio

13 - 05 - (11) Shabba Ranx - None A Dem - Di Genius - (peaked@#5)

14 - 18 - (01) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Head Concussion

15 - 06 - (11) Mavado - Pepper - Di Genius - (peaked@#6)

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Vybz Kartel slapped with two new charges in murder case

By Marc Parc
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vybz-kartel-gaza-slim-vanessa-bling-court-case.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, now faces two additional charges in one of his murder cases.
On Wednesday morning, the prominent entertainer was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case. Kartel's Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler, otherwise known as Gaza Slim, also stands charged with the same offences.

Law enforcement officials insist that they possess a cellular phone containing a text message in which Vybz Kartel allegedly ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a robbery story in an attempt to aid his legal defense. On October 29, Gaza Slim issued a police report at the Constant Spring Police station; claiming that Williams, the man Kartel's accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. The police report was filed five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder.

Gaza Slim was formally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice on Friday and will remain in custody until at least December 19, her next scheduled court appearance. Additionally, Kartel's expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on that date as well.

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Chan Dizzy teams up with Rasco for single Anytime

Dancehall Artiste Rasco Set To Release Mix-tape Titled Hit List

Rasco-Chan-Dizzy-Artistes-dancehall.jpgTalented dancehall artiste Rasco is set to release a mix tape entitled Hit List. The project is earmarked for a spring 2012 release via Head Concussion Records.

In a release to the media, Rasco explained the content that will be featured on the project. "The mix tape is basically the first chapter of my musical journey and my entry into the music business. The songs are a collection of my personalities", said Rasco.

The mix tape will comprise close to 20 songs and will feature collaborations with singer Chevaughn and dancehall hit maker Chan Dizzy.

Producers who contribute songs to the project include Tarik "Russian" Johnston, Jon FX who produced Gyptian's Nah Let Go single; Ajan from Hit City Records; and Head Concussion producers Sensi and Sniggy.

According to Rasco, there's something on the mix tape for every listener.

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Minotts Cover of Silver Words Decorates The Chart

Robert-Minott-reggae-artiste-jamaican.jpgA new version of the 1970's hit Silver Words has hit FM radio like a tornado. The latest cover is sung by singer and show promoter Robert Minott. It features rapper Kirk KBZ.

A joint production between Minott and noted producer Kirk 'Kirkledove' Bennett, Silver Words is the follow up to Minott's recent chart topping single Right Man Fi Yuh.

In a release to the media, Minott explained his reasons for covering the classic hit. "I was driving down the highway when out of nowhere the vibe hit me so I called Kirk 'Kirkledove' Bennett and asked him to check out this idea for the next release. I sang it to him and his response was, 'wicked'. He then asked me to record the idea for the song on his voicemail”.

To inject a bit of crossover appeal to the recording, rapper Kirk KBZ was brought in to throw down a few lines. "Well, Kirk KBZ is the nephew of a friend who mentioned to me that he is a very good rapper. I checked out his flow and I was very impressed. We then went to the studio and chopped it up", said Minott.

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December 14, 2011

Before They Were Stars with Macka Diamond

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Prior to emerging as one of Jamaica's most accomplished female deejays, Macka Diamond developed fervour for music as she envisioned becoming a prominent Dancehall artiste. That long-standing desire for stardom has helped her elevate to a highly-acclaimed status that few artistes can reach, much less, maintain.

Macka Diamond was born Charmaine Munroe in Kingston. Growing up in Portmore, she later attended Holy Childhood High School where her dreams of becoming a star musical began evolving. Often, Munroe would skip class to practice her deejaying skills at the back of the school.

However, Munroe's musical roots can be traced back to her family traits as her father, Philip, was a long-time producer who worked with legendary Reggae superstar, Gregory Isaacs. Additionally, she was an avid listener of Sister Nancy (aka Mama Nancy), one of Jamaica's first ever female deejays. All things considered, Munroe elected not to attend sixth form at Holy Childhood in 1987, as she elected to pursue her career.

Munroe, through a friend, introduced herself to another foundation female deejay, Lady Junie, in an attempt to showcase her skills. Whilst performing for Junie, the veteran deejay too note of Munroe's beaming potential; making Munroe her new protégé.

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Jamaican Reggae Artiste Gyptian to perform on New Year's Eve at Times Square

By M. Jodee
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Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian will perform at the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations at Times Square in New York City.

The popular singjay is one of the headliners slated to perform on MTV's coverage of the New Year's celebrations on December 31. Regarded as one of the largest New Year's celebrations worldwide, over 2 million viewers on average view the Billboard screen in Manhattan for all the performances and happening during the celebration preluding the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight.
After he was informed of the news, Gyptian expressed his gratitude for the honor during a radio interview; relaying the notion that a Reggae artiste's ability to make it upon this kind of international stage shows how far Jamaica and the genre have come.

"For Reggae and for us as a little island to be far, it’s a good look. For one of your own to be doing it...how better can it get? It must be better and greater," Gyptian said.

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Mr. Vegas Makes Reggae Fans So Very Happy With New Single

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mr_vegas_jamaican_reggae_artiste.jpgInternationally celebrated Dancehall star Mr. Vegas has struck a note with foundation Reggae lovers worldwide with his latest single "You Make Me Happy." A remake of Reggae pioneer Alton Ellis' 1967 cover of Motown singer Brenda Holloway's Top 100 hit, "You Make Me Happy" is one of the featured singles on Mr. Vegas' first full Reggae album Sweet Jamaica, due to be released on February 7th.

Produced by renowned Jamaican producer Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne, "You Make Me Happy" is a refreshed, slightly up-tempo remake of Ellis' single. "You Make Me Happy" originally appeared on Ellis' debut album Mr. Soul of Jamaica. Produced by Duke Reid, another pioneering force in Jamaican music, Mr. Soul of Jamaica is a definitive Rocksteady album, and a key marker in the evolution of Reggae music. As Jamaica approaches its 50th Anniversary, Mr. Vegas is honoring Alton Ellis, and many of Reggae's foundation artists who crafted Jamaica's signature sound, on Sweet Jamaica.

"Alton Ellis is the 'Godfather of Rocksteady' and an important figure in Reggae music," says Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith. "I was watching a youtube video of his last concert, he gave the audience his all, and called for a helper backstage to help him finish his show because he was unable to - I am answering his call and making 'You Make Me Happy' the first official release from this new album."

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January Date Shaggy and Friends concert due to upcoming general elections

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

shaggy_friends_concert_reggae_dancehall_show.jpgShaggy and Friends, the annual charity concert held by Grammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Shaggy, will now take place in January as a result of the upcoming general elections in Jamaica.

On December 4, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that general elections will commence on December 29, the day before Shaggy and Friends was originally scheduled (December 30). As a result, promoters of Shaggy and Friends moved the show's date to January 7 on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston.

The change of date drastically affects the lineup card as internationally-renowned R&B singer, Ne-Yo leads the list of casualties who won't be able to perform at the event. Grammy-winning Reggae artiste, Stephen Marley, veteran songstress, Deniece Williams as well as prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons also won't make the concert given the change of date.

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December 13, 2011

Kartel to face new charges in murder case this week, police say

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_jamaican_dancehall_star_artiste.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, otherwise known as Vybz Kartel, will likely face new charges this week regarding one of his murder cases.

Kartel already faces a drug-related charge stemming from his initial arrest in September as well as charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July killing of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton. Additionally, the self-professed, "Worl' Boss" stands accused of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St Catherine, this past August.

Now, the head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimates that Kartel will face additional charges with regards to the Williams murder case. According to ACP Powell, charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice will be issued against the internationally acclaimed deejay later this week.

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December 12, 2011

Khago & Jahvinci Thrill 'Lovefest 2011 In St. Lucia

jahvinci_khago_lovefest_st_lucia_dancehall_reggae.jpgHitting the stage singing ‘Blood a Boil’, international recording artiste Khago pranced onto the stage, waving a white towel, and immediately, began to leap all over the stage as he belted out his big dancehall hit. The large crowd which had packed into Saamans Park in St. Lucia last weekend to see Jamaica's biggest dancehall stars erupted in a frenzy of towel waving as it roared its approval at the dimunitive superstar.

After that initial burst of energy, Khago changed gears neatly into the laid-back segment of his set, with the reggae-flavoured 'Nah Mek Dem Draw My Energy’, and the soulful ‘Gwaan Live My Life’, both of which were greeted with finger forwards and lighters. He kicked up things a notch with ‘White Ts and Adidas’, and a wave of electricity ran through the crowd like an electric current when he sang the first few bars of ‘Tun Up Mi Ting’ on the Overproof Riddim. The forwards rocked the venue like a mini-earthquake.

The crowd had hardly settled down before he began to croon ‘Love Stomach’ with the females singing ‘you make me see stars, you make me see moon…’ in one clear voice. Smiling, he paused to introduce his first breakout hit, ‘Caan Cool’, and as he performed the track, the audience rocked to the sweet harmonies.

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Jamaican Production Company Master One Extends Services To Caribbean Artistes

master_one_production_Jyorken_Kennedy.jpgJamaican record label and artiste management company Master One Productions has expanded its range of services.

The company is known for its work with dancehall artiste Denno and the production of the First Born rhythm project a few years ago. Master One Productions will now be taking hands on approach to the business.

According to CEO and producer Jyorken Kennedy, the label will be offering artiste management on a broader scale, public relations services, compact disc duplication, replication and mastering, music video duplication, street promotions and bookings.

"We wanted to cater to a wider spectrum of the entertainment industry in Jamaica and as a result of this we have decided to expand on what we have already been doing internally.

The company is offering these services to entertainers from across the Caribbean who want to get that major break in Jamaica as far as radio and street promotions, music video servicing and bookings.

Master One Productions has offices in Florida, USA and in Jamaica. The company can be found on face book and also on twitter.

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Canadian Artiste Clinton Sly introduces himself with "What I Got is Love"

Clinton_Sly_reggae_canada_artiste.jpgMontreal, Canada: CLINTON SLY is one of Montreal's upcoming artist's, though a young artist in the Reggae genre, Sly is not new to the Montreal music scene. When Sly was younger he worked with a small hip-hop group and was able to do a few stage shows.

Clinton took a different direction and emerged himself onto the Montreal reggae scene this past year, being that his parents are from the small island of St. Vincent and The Grenadines and he was always surrounded by the sounds of Caribbean music. As a young reggae artists Sly has already managed to make a small breakthrough at just the early stages of his career with his biggest following coming from Europe, being that Sly focuses mainly on his "Dub" singles. [Dub is a genre of Reggae thats been popularized by famous artists such as King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, and Mad Professor].

Clinton's last single "Bigger Bad Man" created a buzz in Montreal, the classic dancehall single catching attention of some of Montreal's Radio Stations. When the song released he was a featured artist on Montreal's only station that plays 24/7 Reggae and Urban music. With that being said it also landed him a spot on the new riddim "Klap It" which also features Montreal's well-known Sampaloo.

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Laing claims Vybz Kartel wanted Aidonia clash

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Sting Boss Laing revealed that if Vybz Kartel is freed in time for Sting 2011 then there might be a posible Vybz Kartel vs Aidonia Clash.
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In an interview with On Stage host Winford Williams Laing said the aforementioned Vybz Kartel was slated to perform at STING 2011 prior to his incarceration on drug and subsequent murder charges in September. According to Laing, a clash between Kartel and long-time rival, Aidonia was close to finalization prior to his arrest.

"We would be having a clash from him (Kartel). Him and Donia was slated to go down enuh. We discussed that before he got nabbed….The price was a bit high but we were gonna do it,” Laing claimed.

STING 2011 will feature an early morning performance from Mavado, scheduled to place at 1:45 a.m. Also that night, several other segments are on the cards including the Young Generals segment featuring breakthrough artistes, Popcaan, Jahvinci amongst others while the Bad Rastas segment highlights prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts such as I-Octane, Khago, Teflon, I-Wayne and Fantan Mojah amongst others.
A Generation Next segment will feature young, emerging acts such as Lisa Hyper, Raine Seville, Ikaya, Tommy Lee and more.

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Week #4 For Popcaan's Ravin on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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STING promoter insists Beenie Man will still do show

By M. Jodee
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The head organizer of the popular Dancehall stage show, STING, has high hopes for his product this time around; bringing it back to basics.

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Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, gave an interview on CVMTV's OnStage this past Saturday where he outlined the events that will take place at STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26. The 28th edition of STING features a "Rumours of War" theme where several Dancehall acts are scheduled to engage in lyrical clashes. This marks a stark contrast from STING 2010 when no clashes were set and internationally-acclaimed Dancehall artistes, Mavado and Vybz Kartel were notable absentees; triggering the lowest turnout in the show's history.

Laing conceded that not having Kartel and Mavado at STING last year hurt his product while claiming that the show's change from its clash nature caused it to lose some credibility. However, Laing intimated that several artistes approached him to engage in clashes as an effort to revive the show's atmosphere.

According to Laing, the show's first clash will engage finalist from the STING Face-Off Wednesdays weekly competition that's been held at Club Riddim over recent months. Following that, former Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall stalwarts, Hurricane and Specialist face off followed by Deva Bratt vs Iyara, Tony Matterhorn vs. Twin of Twins then Kiprich vs. Merciless.

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December 11, 2011

Can Rihanna Keep 'Battleship' Afloat?

By: Jessica Sager
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A new trailer for Rihanna's film debut, ‘Battleship,’ hit the ‘Net yesterday. While seemingly everything the pop diva touches turns to gold, how does it look like her first movie might fare?

It’s safe to assume that ‘Battleship’ isn’t gunning for any Oscars. One way to tell? In the opening clip, the line, “From Hasbro, the company that brought you ‘Transformers’” is listed as a bragging right. While ‘Transformers’ was no doubt a fun ride, it wasn’t exactly brain food or a critics’ choice flick.

From what we can see of her part, Rihanna performs pretty well for someone without acting experience. A role like this won’t really stretch her dramatic chops much, but she’s proven herself capable before - her acting in her ‘We Found Love‘ video is disturbing and moving at the same time.

The trailer opens with a giant craft rising from the ocean, then to a seemingly normal ship setting, where ‘Friday Night Lights’ star Taylor Kitsch smooches Sports Illustrated pinup Brooklyn Decker. A shot later, an unknown object is spotted, and RiRi appears with Kitsch. “Is this an exercise?” she asks.

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I-Octane Shows Rasta's Got Soul

i-octane_burn_dem_bridge_photo.jpgHas Rasta got soul? Yeah! Singjay I-Octane makes that abundantly clear in his two latest singles which are now enjoying good rotation on the airwaves.

"Falling", the second single from his EP Straight From The Heart which will be released today, December 6, 2011 digitally on iTunes and Amazon. The Digicel Brand Ambassador makes the connection as the words really seem to be coming "straight from his heart".

"I'm truly falling inna the middle of the night baby, you have me calling.

I'm in love again… tell loneliness goodbye…"

Need anymore be said about this one?

The second single "L.O.V.E. Y.O.U" is from his upcoming album Crying To The Nation due to released next month - January 31, 2012.

Again, the singjay doesn't hold back on his words of love as he chants "Girl I'm missing you like crazy. Girl I L-O-V-E I love you… Princess your rightful place is in my arms…"

Commenting on the singles I-Octane said it's all about showing his versatility. "There is more to this singjay than what meets the eyes," he quipped adding that he has no desire to be cast into any one mould. "I am known for my cultural numbers, but hey, I have to mix it up a bit and show that when it comes on to love songs, I can definitely deliver them too," he said with that gapped-tooth grin he is noted for.

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December 10, 2011

Exclusive: Stylysh - Me A Wife - Official Video - Lost Angel Riddim

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December 9, 2011

Portmore Empire Artiste Gaza Slim charged in Kartel murder case

vybz_kartel_gaza_slim_vanessa_bling.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim, has become the third member of the "Gaza" group to face a charge in relation to a case involving the group's leader, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim, otherwise known as Vanessa Bling, was formally charged on Friday morning with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder investigation. This took place four days after the Empire singjay turned herself in to the Constant Spring Police after she was named a person of interest in the Kartel matter.

Gaza Slim' predicament resulted from an alleged false police report that she filed on October 29; claiming that Williams, who Kartel and others stand accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her in Havendale, St. Andrew. However, law enforcement officials recently insisted that they have a cellular phone containing a text message where Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to concoct the robbery story in an attempt to aid his defence. As a result, Gaza Slim will at least spend this weekend in jail.

Gaza Slim joins fellow Empire singjay, Shawn Storm and Kartel's road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones as associates of "Di Teacha" who are jointly charged in Williams's murder. Kartel faces a December 19 hearing when a bail application in the matter will likely be made.

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Year in Review: Who is Dancehall’s top female deejay of 2011?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Looking back on a rather eventful 2011 in Dancehall, many things changed the face of the genre but one thing remained the same: females still had to fight for their deserved attention.
This year’s seen a greater collective effort by female deejays to make themselves triumphantly heard, with several female-dominated projects hitting the airwaves such as the Star Girl Riddim and the critically-acclaimed, Bedroom Riddim. Additionally, there were a slew of counteractions as well as a strong statement made by one of Dancehall emerging acts; demanding that females get treated equally within the industry.

Five artistes in particular made strong statements within the industry in 2011; asserting themselves as Dancehall mainstays as well introducing wide varieties for fans to enjoy.
As usual, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Dancehall," Lady Saw graced the industry with her no-holds-barred persona; proving she still has plenty left in her lyrical arsenal. In particular, her single, Wife a Wife showed that she remains a high-demand artiste who refused to be intimidated by her peers as well as the opposite sex. Though Lady Saw's more current singles lack the amount of desired airplay, she continued to rule the streets with songs such as Caan Dweet, Love Sick on the highly-acclaimed Overproof Riddim as well as Matrimoney one the popular Matrimoney Riddim; showing that her essence still hasn't worn off.

Spice also showed her flexibility in 2011; deciding to build on the continued success of her 2010 chart-topper, Jim Screechie by elevating her status overseas. She achieved just that with the release of the Equiknoxx Music produced, Fun (Remix) alongside hip-hop superstar, Missy Elliott that was well-received locally and in the United States. She also collaborated with American R&B songstress, Mya and Jamaican-American songstress, Barbee. Staying true to her roots, Spice continued making hit tracks with efforts such as, Hot Patty Wine, Put It Pan Mi and the thought-provoking song, My Boyfriend Dick; proving her raunchy persona remains alive and well.

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Gaza artiste Popcaan gives unexpected performance at Club Riddim

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

popcaan_gaza_empire_dancehall_artiste.jpgEmerging Dancehall star, Andre 'Popcaan' Sutherland reportedly caused a stir at the popular Club Riddim nightclub following a surprise appearance there.

According to various reports, the Raving deejay appeared at the event, STING Wednesdays, a weekly, promotional concert series leading to the upcoming STING 2011 stage show in St. Catherine on December 26. Popcaan, scheduled to perform at this year's edition of STING, made his presence felt inside the club to the amazement of patrons.
The caveat regarding this news plays up the fact that Club Riddim is currently owned by Corey Todd, the former business partner and friend of Popcaan's mentor, Vybz Kartel. This marked the first time publicly that any member of the Portmore Empire made an appearance at the club formerly co-owned by Kartel since the business partnership between he and Todd dissolved in May.

Reports insist that Popcaan entered the stage, saying, "People, anno my place this but mi a perform fi de people....ah Gaza mi say." Though it remains unknown the status of the relationship between the self-proclaimed "Prefect" and Corey Todd, the performance sparked speculation of Popcaan's loyalty towards Kartel, who's currently incarcerated on murder charges.

Last month, in an interview with TVJ's Entertainment Report, Popcaan admitted that he had yet to visit Kartel since he was initially arrested on September 29. However, Popcaan continues to proclaim that he will not leave the Portmore Empire and that he'll forever stay loyal to Kartel through all his troubles.

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Da'Ville To Shoot Video For Took A Break

daville_video_take_a_break_shoot.jpgTook A Break, Da'Ville’s latest single is receiving some positive feedback from his fans, and it is expected that the vibes will be even better with the upcoming music video.
The singer is now in the process of putting the video shoot together which is expected to be shot in studio in New York under the direction of Fashozy Record and the Kheilstone music team.

The plot will show Da'Ville reflecting on various aspects of his life.
In the song the reggae crooner reminisces on the ups and down in his musical career and the video will be bringing out this sentiment in an entertaining way.
On the calendar also for the singer is some studio time, which will see him, recording the final song for his Best of Da'Ville album due to hit the street in the coming days.

"You can call it a Christmas present," said Da'Ville with a smile, adding that the tracks are carefully selected and his fans will have a great musical treat once it's released.

Da'Ville is presently enjoying chart presence with When I'm With You and as he looks towards the yuletide season, the singer says it more recording, performances and looking forward to a busy upcoming 2012.

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December 8, 2011

Buju Banton hits mainstream with new single, "Set Up The Mic"

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_set_up_the_mic_compilation.jpgThough incarcerated and prohibited from recording singles in a Miami federal prison, Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton graces the mainstream with a newly released record, Set Up The Mic.

The single premiered on Wednesday, hailing as the debut single from the new Certified Boomshots: Vol. 1 compilation, produced by Boomshots Magazine. The Dancehall/Reggae mixtape features many of Dancehall's top acts and producers including Shaggy, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel and several others.

Set Up The Mic was initially recorded in 2008 by Buju for Young Blood Records on the Rapid Burst Riddim. Intended as a just-for-fun freestyle, a studio engineer, fixing levels at the beginning of a studio session, pressed "record" by accident while the Grammy-winning singjay was voicing.

However, that accident evolved into another hit single for Buju Banton; proving his worth as one of Dancehall and Reggae music's greatest lyricists and innovators. In a press release issued via the Boomshots Magazine website, the song's producer, Mr. G, praised Buju's ability to turn an impromptu freestyle into another hit song that fans yearning to hear his voice would appreciate.
"I always told people that I have a song that I think is one of the baddest Buju tracks, but he was just freestyling," he said.

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Kevin Lyttle Releases New Club Banger, "Hot Girls & Alcohol"

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Combining two of the world's favorite things, beautiful women and alcohol, international soca superstar Kevin Lyttle has another hit on his hands with his brand-new single, "Hot Girls & Alcohol." Produced on the Super Soca Riddim by Black Shadow Records, whose claim to fame is Sean Paul's breakout hit "Gimme The Light," this track is sure to be a dancefloor favorite, worldwide.

Released on his very own Tarakon Records, "Hot Girls & Alcohol" exemplifies the singer/songwriter's versatility as he embraces the role of a deejay/rapper to fuse with his acclaimed signature vocal-style, forming this hybrid of island soca and pop club fusion. This is his second hit single released within one month, as he continues to blaze a trail for soca music.

"I wanted to bring my classic sound to my fans but creatively step it up a notch by rapping as well," Lyttle discloses. "When you're around hot girls and alcohol, it makes you feel like you can do anything, and I hope this song empowers you the same way. It's the same fun, feel-good vibe that I always bring."

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Khago Returns from Successful US Tour

khago_tour_dancehall_shows_jamaica_united_states.jpgAfter a successful series of shows in the United States, international recording star Khago is looking forward to performing at the annual Lovefest show in St. Lucia this weekend.

"I am going there to give a great performance for the people of St. Lucia, my heart goes out to them because of the recent tragedy where 17 people died in that bus accident, so mi ah try help them with the healing...to get over something like that is not easy, losing so many people one time on a small island like that...mi feel dem pain," Khago said in a release.

The Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem deejay just returned to Jamaica earlier this week after a three week stint in the United States that saw him perform on over ten shows in five different states.

"It was a successful tour, most of the shows really worked out well, especially the Boston Hot 97 show. Some of them were only promotional shows, others were booked, but only one had a poor turnout. Overall, it was a good experience, I got a chance to perform at Mavado's birthday bash in Brooklyn, that was great as well, and on Sunday night, I did a show with Sanchez in Mount Vernon, New York for Fifth Element promotions, and I got a lot of love from the fans...did a lot of radio interviews. I am looking forward to more shows in the US next year," he said.

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December 7, 2011

Before They Were Stars with Shaggy

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Proving himself as one of the premier crossover acts in the history of music, Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Shaggy has transcended various genres; becoming one of Jamaica's greatest artistes. Though criticized by some for ignoring the "true" Dancehall/Reggae sound, Shaggy' defied all odds by creating melodies and songs that people of all generations worldwide could listen to.

Orville Richard Burrell was born on October 22, 1968; growing up in JA until he moved with his mother to the Jamaica-influenced Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York in the United States. While in Brooklyn, Burrell took singing courses and gained popularity amongst locals; performing with the local Jamaican-style sound system Gibraltar Musik.

Despite gathering momentum in his pursuit to become a successful musician, making money from the profession proved a tough task; prompting Burrell to join the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed in North Carolina. Though he became a member of the armed forces, Burrell wrote music during his spare time; recording his debut single, Bullet Proof Buddy at 20 years of age, produced by Don One.

Burrell built confidence as he continued to record music over the next two years; combining with producer, Philip Smart to record dub plates including Mampie and Big Up alongside Brooklyn-based singer, Rayvon. However, Burrell's musical pursuit was sidetracked by his military obligations; serving during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

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STING still on despite elections, Shaggy & Friends in jeopardy?

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

The recently announced General Elections in Jamaica could cause a flux within the entertainment industry given that it's scheduled for the final week of 2011

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Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness announced during a rally in Mandeville on Sunday night that the 16th General Elections will take place on December 29; smacked in the middle of Christmas and New Year's celebrations. The upcoming elections will occur during the period regarded by many as the busiest event period of any calendar year.

STING 2011, one of the annual events somewhat affected by this major political event, has been scheduled to take place on its usual date of December 26. Despite concerns over safety at the prominent Dancehall stage show given the high tensions that typically accompany elections, STING's main promoter, Isaiah Laing stated in a radio interview on Tuesday that the show will go on as planned. Additionally, Laing claimed that the elections might enhance STING's popularity and atmosphere this time round.

Meanwhile, Shaggy's popular, perennial charity event, Shaggy and Friends could be in jeopardy as a result of the impending elections. The all-star stage show, dedicated to raising money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, is scheduled to take place on December 30, a day after the elections. Promoters of the Shaggy and Friends concert, Solid Agency have yet to publicly comment regarding the show's status.

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Getting To Know Delly Ranx

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Born in Kingston, JA, Delroy Isaac Foster aka Delly Ranx has been a fixture in the Reggae Dancehall scene since his youth. Now a critically acclaimed artiste and producer, Delly Ranx represents the pinnacle of reggae music in the modern era. Blending conscious lyrics on dancehall and culture riddims, Delly is a versatile artiste with one constant, the universal upliftment of all peoples through his music.

Delly comes from humble beginnings growing up in South Side Kingston. Always a hard worker, he graduated from high school and took a job in a supermarket before breaking out on to the music scene. Delly's talent was recognized at an early age by his close friend Alsus who encouraged him to pursue a career in music. Taking Alsus's advice, Delly entered and won a youth talent contest earning the recognition and respect of his peers and birthing the artiste Delly Ranx.

Delly's first hit came as a soundclash tune called "Soundboy General" produced by Anthony Redroze. The hits continued to pile up with songs like "Gal Know More than You", "Headache", and "Pelpa", to name a few. International tours and performances followed as Delly's fame continued to grow.

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December 6, 2011

Sean Paul Plays Pimp To His Girl In New Video - "She Doen't Mind"

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Reggae Artiste I-Octane EP "Straight from the Heart" is Available Now on iTunes & Amazon

Reggae artiste I-Octane long awaited EP titled "Straight from the Heart" is available now on iTunes and Amazon. This EP features six carefully chosen tracks that will undoubtedly resonate with people despite their class, color or creed.

i-octane_ep_straight_from_the_heart_reggae%20.jpg"Straight from the Heart" features the following tracks:

1. Burn Dem Bridge produced by: Stephen "The Genius" McGregor Big Ship Records
2. Blood A Go Run produced by: Kimani "DJ Frass" Palmer
3. Crime A Rise produced by: Garry G from Uniiqe Impact Productions and Dev Kutta of Livity Movements
4. Falling produced by: Garry G from Uniiqe Impact Productions and Dev Kutta of Livity Movements
5. Example for the Poor produced by: Garry G from Uniiqe Impact Productions and Dev Kutta of Livity Movements
6. My Problems Gone produced by: Jordan McClure and David 'Hizzle' Hayle Chimney Records

As the first project off his own label, Conquer the Globe, I-Octane is proud of the production and support behind this EP.

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December 5, 2011

Popcaan Disses Aidonia on New Track, "No Yes Man"?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

popcaan_aidonia_no_yes_man_rival_sting_2011_clash.jpgHis mentor may be behind bars but Portmore Empire deejay and breakthrough artiste, Popcaan seems willing to take on one of Vybz Kartel's biggest rivals with his new single, No Yes Man.

Within the first two days of its release the song got over 200,000 views on the popular jjevafrassonceagain Youtube channel.

TO LISTEN POPCAAN'S NO YES MAN CLICK HERE

The TJ Records-produced single hails as the newest release from Popcaan, regarded by many fans and Dancehall observers as the most improved artiste for 2011. No Yes Man follows up #1 efforts such as Raving, Only Man She Want and Clean that have made Popcaan an instant hit in the Dancehall industry; touting him as one of the future superstars within the genre.

In No Yes Man, Popcaan showcases sharpshooting lyrical content; apparently taking shots at Aidonia, a long-time rival of Vybz Kartel and the Portmore Empire.
Popcaan deejays, "We nuh care who a bad people, Gaza mi live so mi a mad people, have di ting weh fi tun dem inna sad people, when mi seh Peppa Skull, mi no mean season."

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Tiana is ready for Jagra Gt Taylor Christmas Extravaganza Show

Pum Pum Phat Part 2 Coming Soon

Tiana_Pum_pum_phat_part_2_dancehall.jpgPR JAMAICA ENT - Kingston: Dancehall's Princess Tiana who has been creating a buzz both locally and overseas will be making her second appearance on the annual Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza Concert.

TO DOWNLOAD TIANA LATEST MIXTAPE FROM AFRICA CLICK HERE

The event also features heavy weights such as Mavado, Bounty Killer, Khago, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt, Romain Virgo, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King along with upcoming stars such as Villa Dutch and Specialist.

In the female category you can expect performances from Spice, Macka Diamond, D'Angel and Toya.

Last year Tiana gave a great performance and said fans can expect an even better and stronger performance this year as she's overloaded with musical ammunition.

"Just want to big up GT for the hard work he has put in each year's show to make sure patrons get their monies worth and it's always a pleasure for me to be listed on the line-up of one of the hottest shows to be held during the Christmas season," said Tiana.

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D'Angel Hits #1 With Break Free

dangel_diva_female_artiste.jpgDancehall diva D'Angel is overjoyed at the success of her recent 'Break Free' single which rocketed to #1 on the CVM Hitlist charts last week and maintained that spot for the second consecutive week. The single, recorded in the wake of her painful divorce from her husband dancehall deejay Beenie Man, has become a firm favourite of dancehall fans and is one of the most played songs on FM radio today.

"I am really happy for the support of the fans that helped to push this song to the top of the charts. This is just affirmation that the dancehall fans understand my struggle and recognise that I always try to put out uplifting music with a message for the fans...a message for anyone who is going through a struggle or turmoil," she said in a release.

'Break Free' was released on the Life Riddim on the Good Good Productions imprint eight weeks ago.

D'Angel is booked to perform of a number of shows this December including a show at Negril Beach Park on December 23rd, Yardfest Family Fun Day on December 24th, the GT Taylor Xtravaganza on December 25th and she is the headliner at the Epic Fashion Ball on December 31st.

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December 4, 2011

It's Still One By One In The #1 Spot On The OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

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TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL

01 (01) (06) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

02 (02) (10) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production

03 (03) (08) Tony Rebel -- Love Soldier - Penthouse Records

04 (04) (08) Tiana -- Don’t Trust Dem - CashFlow Records

05 (05) (04) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum)

06 (07) (04) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad

07 (08) (03) Nazine - Neva Haffi Wake - K20 Records/ Jah Snowcone Ent

08 (09) (01) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203

09 (06) (11) Tarrus Riley -- Shaka Zulu Pickney - Bombrush Records - (2wks@#1)

10 (NEW) (0) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

2 Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

3 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

4 Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

5 Ryan Oneil -- Ah Nuh Me - Raw Moon Production

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Xterminator producer, Philip 'Fattis' Burrell, has died

By Kadian
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Philip ‘Fattis' Burrell, CEO of Xterminator Records, has died.

Philip_Fattis_Burrel_CEO_Xterminator_Records_died_reggae.jpgFattis, as he was called by most persons in the music business, made his transition on Saturday evening, December 3, after slipping into a coma early that morning.
The legendary producer and artiste manager had been a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Mona, where he had been admitted two weeks ago after suffering a mild stroke.

Mr. Burrell took a turn for the worse last Tuesday when doctors discovered a blood clot near to his lungs.
The family of Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell wishes to thank friends, well-wishers and the staff at the UHWI for their care and support and ask for your prayers at this time.

At the time of his death, Fattis was the manager for reggae artiste, Sizzla. He has played a major role in establishing the careers of Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Pinchers, Thriller U and Sanchez on an international level.

Fattis has also worked with several of reggae’s greatest artistes including Beres Hammond, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Charlie Chaplin, Capelton, Cocoa Tea, Gentleman and Ini Kamoze.

Details of the funeral will be communicated early this week.

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December 3, 2011

Gaza Slim to face charges in Kartel case?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Gaza_slim_singer_jamaica_female_artiste.jpgThe Portmore Empire's legal woes could mount once again as one of the group's singjays, Gaza Slim, could stand accused of lying to police in one of Vybz Kartel's murder cases.

Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Saddler, was named a person of interest by law enforcement officials on Thursday. She was asked to report to the Constant Spring Police by midday Friday for questioning following weeks on unsuccessful attempts to contact the singjay.

Reportedly, Gaza Slim issued a report to police this past October, claiming that she was robbed and gun-butted by Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, a former dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine is one of the men Vybz Kartel stands accused of killing. The report was filed on October 29, five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the case.

On Friday, several reports emerged that police possess phone records indicating that Kartel and Gaza Slim tried to stage a false robbery in an attempt to aid the defense case for the self-proclaimed, "Worl' Boss." As a result, Gaza Slim could face charges of attempting to pervert the court of justice as well as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice for making false statements to law enforcement officials.

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Vybz Kartel made to wait on bail decision in Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case

By M. Jodee
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vybz_kartel_bail_cops_case_court.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if he'll receive bail in his other murder case.

Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Despite the good news, Kartel could not post bail due to the fact his other murder case, where he's accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams was still pending. A hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

However, during Friday's hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay's defense team weren't made available. Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey ruled that the prosecution must hand over video and voice evidence to the defense no later than December 15. As a result, Kartel must report to court on December 19 for another bail hearing.
Kartel along with his Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Campbell o/c Shawn Storm, his road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones are jointly charged in Williams's murder. Williams was allegedly stabbed and beaten to death by the accused this past August in Havendale, St. Andrew. His body has not been found.

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Konshens Worldwide Debut Album "Mental Maintenance"

konshens_mental_maintenance_album.jpgSubkonshus Music and VP Records are proud to announce one of the most anticipated albums in reggae history, which finally arrives on February 28th, 2012.

The artist simply known as Konshens, who is coming off of a year fit for a Hollywood Star, graces us with his worldwide debut album, titled "Mental Maintenance". With several existing hit singles such as, Winner, Good Girl Gone Bad w/ Tarrus Riley, Stink a Road, Realist and Simple Song, already topping the charts, it is quite evident that this album will not dissappoint his fans.

"Mental Maintenance" proves to be a masterpiece of sorts. The album consists of seventeen tracks, which takes listeners on an experiemental journey of the mind, heart and soul. KONSHENS, coming up with the album title himself, asserts that music has moved into a fast paced kind of hype and no attention is being paid to the fact that music is still playing the role of psychiatrist in many of our lives.

"The feel of the album is just as the name states. It is like experiencing the mood swings required to maintain, ease, settle and redirect ones mind. There is a song on the album for every situation" says Konshens.

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December 2, 2011

Shaggy, Marley brothers top Reggae Grammy list

By M.Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

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Rather unfamiliar names head the nominees list for Best Reggae Album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in February 2012.

Previous Grammy-Winning Dancehall/Reggae superstars, Shaggy as well as Stephen Marley and Ziggy Marley are three of the five contenders for the Reggae award at next year's show. Stephen and Ziggy Marley are each vying for their third Grammy while Shaggy will look for his second award.

Stephen Marley copped the nomination for his album, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life while his brother, Ziggy, earned his nomination for Wild & Free as well as Shaggy for Summer Of Kingston. The other contenders for Best Reggae Album include Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights.

This will be the 28th Best Reggae album ever awarded at the Grammys; initially won by Black Uhuru for Anthem and last won by incarcerated Reggae superstar, Buju Banton for Before The Dawn.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 12, 2012.

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Popcaan Continues To Rave On The Hype TV Top 20 Chart

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Sizzla Performs for Nigerian Foreign Minister & Ambassadors of the World

sizzla_Olugbenga_Adeyemi_Ashiru_africa.jpgSizzla Kalonji was invited to perform for the Nigerian Foreign Minister His Excellency Olugbenga Adeyemi Ashiru and Ambassadors of the World by the Nigerian Ambassador Peter Oyodele early this week at the Jamaica Pegusus Hotel On top of the World. This marked his first performance since his serious accident late August.

Although not one hundred percent recovered, Sizzla took the opportunity to represent the Rastafarian community and the Diaspora at large at this historic reception which marked an important union between Nigeria and Jamaica. Jamaica representing the breadbasket of the Caribbean and Nigeria as pioneer in opening doors between Africa and the Caribbean.

Sizzla was only suppose to perform one song, but the diplomatic guests insisted that he perform up to five songs. He also delivered an eloquent speech illuminating the joy of such an occasion representing a pivotal point in Rastafari and Pan-Africanism. Sizzla was accompanied by a few elders from the I-ncient Council who had the opportunity to deliver a letter to the Nigerian Foreign Minister addressing repatriation now to Africa and building relationships with the Rastafarian community in Jamaica.

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Lil Wayne Takes Jab At Drake On Twitter For Leaving Young Money? Leaving The Crew?

By Alicia Adejobi
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Lil Wayne is accused of firing shots at Drake on Twitter, following reports that he has left Young Money.

Rumours surfaced yesterday, claiming that Drizzy had left the record label that made him, after reports that he had fired his entire management team. According to MediaTakeOut, a senior member of YMCMB says that Drake has been taking legal steps to move out of the crew.

The website claims that Drizzy fired all of his managers - Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez - and then allegedly sacked his agents ICM Talent.

Drizzy is now said to be putting together a legal case to make sure he is able to leave the label without any complications. It is not known why the Headlines rapper is planning to leave the label, but it seems his relationship with head honcho Lil Wayne could be strained.

Amid reports of his leaving, Weezy sent out a subtle tweet: "Sweetheart dont u know that when u lose me, u lose yourself? I'll be loyal before I lie and honored before I'm dishonest. - tunechi."
Do you believe Drizzy is abandoning the crew?

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December 1, 2011

Gaza Slim named a person of interest

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Gaza_slim_person_of_interest_wanted.jpgYet another Portmore Empire member has been named a person of interest since the group's leader, Vybz Kartel was arrested this past September.
Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim was officially listed as a person of interest by law enforcement officials in Kingston.

According to detectives from the Constant Spring Police, several attempts were made to get in contact with the Dancehall singjay but have yet to locate or hear back from her.
Police personnel have asked the deejay to report to the Constant Spring Police Station by 12 p.m. on Friday.

Gaza Slim was a subject of some controversy in relation to one of Vybz Kartel's murder cases as news surfaced that she filed a report with the St. Andrew North police; intimating that she was robbed and gun-butted by a man professing himself as Clive "Lizard" Williams. Kartel, along with fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm and two other men stand accused of murdering Williams this past August. Williams's body has yet to be discovered.

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Vybz Kartel denied bail again, faces December court date?

New Murder Charges May Prevent Vybz Kartel From Posting Bail ($3 Million)

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.
Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker's Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed "Worl’Boss" along with his road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherine based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.

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Scenes From Appleton 12 To 12 - Bikini Beach Party 2011

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Beenie Man Will Not Do Sting Unless Laing Apologies

beenieman_visa.jpgInternational dancehall star Beenie Man is ticked off at the organisers of the annual Sting concert and has announced publicly via a statement to the press that he will not be doing the show this year unless he gets "an explanation" regarding disparaging remarks made by Isaiah Laing during a TV interview few weeks ago.

"How (Isaiah) Laing fi go pon TV and mek dem speech de say we ah old artistes and caan do nothing fi him show? Him no respect the dancehall veterans who help to build the industry in no way. Every year, him attempt fi disrespect we in some way, and mi not doing Sting this year unless Laing come explain to me what him mean by 'old artiste'. If Bounty waan a clash, him haffi link me at some other show," Beenie Man said in a statement.
Laing is the CEO of Supreme Promotions, the company which hosts the Sting concert each year.

Beenie Man also revealed that in the wake of Laing's interview, he was approached by both Elephant Man and Bounty Killer to do a show which they would organize.

"Killer and Ele come to me up at Suzie's and say which part we ah go keep our show. Mi check it out and did a plan fi use Jamalco inna Clarendon and do the show on December 31st. And now mi hear Killer ah say mi a run from clash bout mi fraida Killer, mi nah run, and mi will clash him at another show apart from Sting. Killer bow too much, look how easy him mek Laing bring him in and ah use him fi bring mi in," Beenie Man said.

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Let's Save Reggae! - Mr. Vegas Urges Music Fraternity & Fans to Sign Petition

mr_vegas_reggae_petition_jamaica.jpgInternational Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition - an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or 'foundation' Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes an appeal to Jamaica's current crop of producers, who have flooded radio with Hip Hop inspired beats instead of the island's signature bass-heavy rhythms.

"Reggae music is like the heartbeat of Jamaican people and culture, and now it is barely played on popular radio stations anymore," says Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith. "Young people today have no idea who Cynthia Schloss or Hortense Ellis or Delroy Wilson are. These are people, who pioneered Reggae, who created a space for people like Sean Paul, and even Sean Kingston and Iyaz to be pop stars. Radio barely plays foundation Reggae, and many of our producers have abandoned traditional Reggae and Dancehall rhythms for American sounding Hip Hop beats. This petition is to let them know that foundation Reggae is still a crucial part of our culture and we must preserve our musical heritage and legacy."

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