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March 30, 2012

Popcaan Hits Billboard

popcaan_ravin_outaroad_chart_dancehall.jpgDancehall artist Popcaan made his debut at #89 on the R&B/HipHop Billboard charts with the So Unique Records hit single 'Only Man She Want. The song had been added last month to the playlist of New York's Hot 97FM and other major radio stations across the US.

"This is a good look for dancehall and I feel grateful for the hardworking team of Johnny Wonder, Bobby Konders amd Mister Cee who helped to make this song a hit. I just want to thank Vybz Kartel, Popcaan and the whole Portmore Empire for helping to make the riddim such a huge hit, and this is really good news for the industry on a whole, and I will continue to work hard to produce more hits," Elvis Redwood, CEO of So Unique Records, said.

Just last month, Johnny Wonder, executive vice-president of 21st Hapilos Digital, was quoted thanking the New York station "First of all I have to thank Bobby Konders and Mister Cee of HOT 97 for their support; they are always behind us 100 percent and we are thankful. I am also happy with Popcaan's growing success, both locally and in the international market. "

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Tiana scores again, secures two IRAWMA nominations

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PR JAMAICA ENT - Kingston: The growing international reputation of prominent Dancehall star, Tiana continues to be enhanced as the budding singjay has copped two more award nominations.
The Princess of Dancehall, who was recently nominated for two honours at the Carivibez Video Web Awards, has struck similar notice from the International Reggae And World Music Awards, who have named her in a pair of categories for this summer's event.

Recognized for her stellar year in 2011, Tiana earned a nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, where she goes against fellow Dancehall/Reggae divas, Ce'Cile, Etana, Queen Ifrica and veteran, Marcia Griffiths as well as Nkulee Dube, the daughter of late South African singer, Lucky Dube.

Additionally, Tiana was nominated for Best New Entertainer as she competes against artistes from varios genres such as the aforementioned Dube, J-Boog, Protoje and Laza Morgan.

These latest achievement further emphasizes the strength of her emergence as a top level artiste in this, her second year as a major mainstream act. Recently, Tiana released a captivating medley video for her fiery singles, Me Nuh Fear Yuh (D&H/Subkonshus) and Real Bad Gyal (Cashflow Records). Furthermore, the breakthrough sensation released her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall via iTunes. The nine track EP, distributed by Johnny Wonder and 21st Hapilos, features hits such as Bruk Out and Whine as well as Can't Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Meanwhile, this year's IRAWMA ceremony features four nominations for Mavado including Best Male Disc Jockey and Best Crossover Song (Delilah). Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Freddy McGregor, Gentleman, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, I-Octane, Nkulee Dube, The Green, Richie Spice, Kes the Band, Protoje, Alison Hinds, Machel Montano and Calypso Rose.

Among the other international nominees are Nicki Minaj, Kanye, Christ Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Shakira, Pit Bull, Enrique Iglesias, Collie Buddz, Popcaan, Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Adventura, Matis Yahu, Third World etc...

The 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards will take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Tops Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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I-Octane Becomes the Voice of the People Through his New Single 'My Story'

Reggae and Dancehall hit maker I-Octane strikes gold again with the release of his new song "My Story". The message of this song is familiar territory for the artiste as he always seeks to speak up for the masses whose voices aren't often heard.

The song produced by DJ Frass, appears to give praise "to all who wipe car class" and "to those who sell bag juice, to help dem youth", but I-Octane is quick to point out that the message of the song spans a wider cross section of people.

"Yeah I specifically mentioned two particular groups of people," the artiste admits, "But due to time constraints with songs, it wasn't feasible to list out every single group, but I'm really singing for all people who are struggling to make ends meet, struggling for a better life."

I-Octane went on to explain that he's always felt it was his responsibility to speak up for the downtrodden.

"The Almighty blessed me with a gift where I can put words and thoughts to music. When I see people suffering or going through certain things, I can take those emotions and express it for them. In essence, I am giving the people a voice, saying what they want to say but never knew how to express it. The biggest advantage I have as an artiste, is that I have a platform. I'm lucky enough that when I speak, people listen. So what I'm doing is singing on behalf of certain people." And sing for the people he does.

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Mr Vegas Bruk It Dung in The Top Ten

mr.vegas_newyork.jpgInternational recording artiste Vegas is booked solid for the next couple of weeks, with several shows spanning three continents: North and South America, and Europe. He will be embarking on a two week 'Sweet Jamaica' tour at the end of April in Europe and he has upcoming gigs in North America, as well as a show in Guyana alongside hip hop megastar Rick Ross on April 9th.

"Local promoters have been requesting me for a lot of shows all over the island on the strength of the Bruk It Down single, plus Europe is very interested in all the great reggae singles like a 'A Little Love' on the reggae album, so it's all good right now," Vegas said in a release.

He will be appearing on the Digicel road show in Jamaica on April 23rd. In the meantime, Mr. Vegas' breakout hit song, 'Bruk It Down' soared to #4 on the ER Top Ten music charts, and also hit #3 on the FIWI Choice Top ten charts.

"Bruk It Dung is one of my biggest songs ever, I performed it at last week's Bacchanal Jamaica event and I had to do it for almost 10 to 12 minutes, it was just crazy," Vegas said.
Earlier this week, Mr. Vegas brought a slice of 'Sweet Jamaica' to Miami during this year's Winter Music Conference. He hosted a Miami release party for the much anticipated album during the Largeup.com and Rice and Peas' WMC party at Ricochet Lounge, Miami's newest nightlife hotspot. It was the only dancehall party at the famed music gathering and featured special guests and an all-star DJ lineup including Walshy Fire (Major Lazer/Black Chiney), Jillionaire (Major Lazer) and the Rice and Peas crew-Max Glazer (Federation Sound), DJ Gravy & Micro Don, DJ Maya and Orijahnal Vibez.

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March 29, 2012

Romain Virgo to drop his second album in May

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

romain_virgo_system_album_reggae.jpgProminent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo's upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person, insisting that while people will see hints of his personality from the debut album, his musical growth will be evident throughout the album. Furthermore, he's asked for fan feedback on the album once it drops as a way to gauge its popularity and which singles connected most with them.

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KG Eager To Make Her Guyana Debut

Kereen-Gregory-gospel-female-artiste-jamaica.jpgGospel singer, Kereen Gregory, aka KG, is just about ready to exhale.
She confesses that she has been holding her breath, waiting for that call which would signal the official launch of her career internationally, and that moment has finally come.

The rising gospel artiste has been invited to perform in Guyana over the Easter, a period considered by Christians as the holiest of seasons. As Kereen explained, it's not that she has never performed overseas before, it's just that this time she is being recognised on her own merit. KG notes that she is therefore embracing the opportunity to step forward in her designated space and spread the message in song.

"To God be the glory," a bubbly KG said of the upcoming event. "Prior to now, I have gone abroad as a back-up singer, complementing a main gospel act. Don't get me wrong, I am truly grateful for the experiences and I have learnt so much while those journeys. However, there is a different feeling when a promoters asks for you, specifically. I feel like I am growing as an artiste and that the efforts of my team to put me out there are bearing fruit," KG said, with a huge smile.

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Week #3 for Mavado's Settle Down on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Getting To Know Smokie Cut

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

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

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March 28, 2012

Affairs of The Heart & L.O.V.E. Y.O.U - Two of The Hottest Love Songs

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Christ Martin Continues To Say His Cheaters Prayer on The OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL

01 (01) (06) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

02 (03) (08) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

03 (04) (06) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

04 (07) (04) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

05 (04) (09) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203 - (2wks@#1)

06 (05) (12) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

07 (09) (02) Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

08 (06) (18) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production - (1wk@#1)

09 (NEW) (0) Agent Sasco -- Late - Di Genius

10 (08) (12) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad - (peaked@#3)

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TOP FIVE BUBBLERS

1 Shaggy -- Sugarcane - Ranch Entertainment

2 Romain Virgo -- Feel Like Letting Go - Vikings/Jr. Brown

3 Richie Stephens ft. Gentleman -- Live Your Life - Pot of Gold

4 Junior Gong -- Affairs Of The Heart

5 I-Octane -- L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. - VP Records

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Young Blood records presents Buju Banton and Beenie Man

Buju_banton_beenie_man_album.jpgYoung Blood records presents Buju Banton and Beenie Man, distributed by giant 21st Hapilos Digital.

You can't think of Reggae and Dancehall without naming these 2 superstars. Grammy Award winner "Buju Banton" and self proclaimed King of Dancehall "Beenie Man" have set a template for most if not all upcoming and established artists. Their music are International and can be heard in all corners of the world.

This 10 tracks compilations brings you some of their hottest hits like Buju Banton "Set Up The Mic" and Beenie Man "Eva Clean". This album is now available on itunes and is sure to become a must have for all music lovers.

1 Set Up Di Mic - Buju Banton
2 Don't Waste Your Time (feat. Kirk Davis) - Buju Banton
3 Waist Line - Buju Banton
4 Fast Lane - Buju Banton
5 Everybody Knows - Buju Banton
6 Good Good Jamaica - Beenie Man
7 Zion - Beenie Man
8 Stamina - Beenie Man
9 Eva Clean - Beenie Man
10 Back Against the Wall - Beenie Man

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March 27, 2012

Reggae Artist, Elly Ess Returns with Two New Singles

elly_ess_reggae_dancehall_new_jersey.jpgNew York, NY: Elly Ess is back with the release of two new singles, "Money Won't Change Me" and "So Single." The reggae/hip-hop artist has returned with a unique blend of dancehall, reggae, Hip Hop and R&B singles. In 2009, he released his first single "More Money" alongside brother, artist and producer, Supah Shane. The single was featured on their EP, United We Stand available on iTunes and other digital outlets and received airplay on New York's Hot 97 on Massive B's show. Other singles released that received radio buzz were "Jamaican in New York" and "Our Father" featuring Yami Bolo.

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Along with his brother, Supah Shane, the dynamic duo is credited with the following riddims, the Onward Riddim which features reggae artists, Capleton and Richie Spice, the Gangsta Gangsta Riddim with dancehall artists Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Aidonia, Munga, Bling Dawg, and more. Additionally, Elly Ess remade the 1987 international hit, "Bad Boys" featuring Vybz Kartel and hip-hop artist Jim Jones.

Back with a new outlook, the singjay, under his new label, COMG, released single "Money Won't Change Me" in early 2011 and released the video shortly thereafter. The video peaked at number five on Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae charts. As result of the single's popularity, Elly Ess got the opportunity to collaborate with Hip Hop artist, French Montana and opened for Capleton at a show in Belize. In keeping with the momentum, Elly Ess released new single "So Single" featuring Sol.

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Mr Vegas To Embark On 'Sweet Jamaica' Tour

mr_vegas_tour_europe.jpgInternational recording artiste Vegas is booked solid for the next couple of weeks, with several shows spanning three continents: North and South America, and Europe. He will be embarking on a two week 'Sweet Jamaica' tour at the end of April in Europe and he has upcoming gigs in North America, as well as a show in Guyana alongside hip hop megastar Rick Ross on April 9th.

"Local promoters have been requesting me for a lot of shows all over the island on the strength of the Bruk It Down single, plus Europe is very interested in all the great reggae singles like a 'A Little Love' on the reggae album, so it's all good right now," Vegas said in a release.

He will be appearing on the Digicel road show in Jamaica on April 23rd. In the meantime, Mr. Vegas' breakout hit song, 'Bruk It Down' soared to #4 on the ER Top Ten music charts, and also hit #3 on the FIWI Choice Top ten charts.

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March 26, 2012

Reggae Artiste Sizzla Hits Back At Gay Rights Critics

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

sizzla_kolonji_hospital.jpgProminent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla's appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, through his management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, "We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England. False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever. He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit. It is his nature and his character to respect all."

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Top 10: Best international collaborations involving Jamaican artistes

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Sean_paul_beyonce_baby_boy_dancehall_r%26b.jpgThough musical genres such as hip-hop, rock and roll as well as R&B may cop more accolades and mention on the international scene, it’s an undeniable fact that Dancehall/Reggae has left an indelible mark on pop culture worldwide.

Ever since Bob Marley was in his hay day, Jamaican music has impacted and inspired fans, observers and artistes of various backgrounds, with many of today's most prominent acts such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and several others employing Dancehall/Reggae sounds in their music. Furthermore, many internationally acclaimed artistes and bands have done successful collaborations with Jamaican artistes, most recently with breakthrough Dancehall artiste, Popcaan and Jamaican born hip-hop star, Busta Rhymes on the Only Man She Want remix.

That joint effort has garnered Popcaan positive international recognition after dominating the local industry in 2011. With that in mind, here's a look a ten memorable collaborations involving Jamaican artistes that helped shape the careers of many prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts.

10: Shabba Ranks feat. KRS-One - The Jam:
In the late 80s, Dancehall was a slowly developing genre which was gaining steam locally and in the Caribbean thanks to artistes like Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. However, it was Shabba who would introduce Dancehall to an international fan base as he teamed up with foundation hip-hop artiste, KRS-One for the mixed genre single, The Jam. Featuring a mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop sounds, The Jam introduced the world to Shabba Ranks as a hardcore, sharp-thinking lyricist who could mesh with artistes of different sounds. The collaboration later garnered Shabba his first international recording contract as he signed with Epic Records in 1991. From there, Shabba Ranks never looked back as he scored a pair of Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album over the next two years and even became a fixture on American Television with famous comedian, Marlon Wayans doing a memorable skit of him on In Living Color.

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Busta Rhymes Is Back

busta_rhymes_rapper_hip_hop.jpgThe veteran MC Busta Rhymes and newly signed Cash Money rapper has unveiled an over-the-top new video for "Why Stop Now," featuring Chris Brown and directed by Hype Williams.
- RJ Cubarrubia, Billboard.com

The collaboration follows Rhymes' guest verse resurrection on Brown's 2011 hit, "Look at Me Now." Speaking to Billboard.com in December, Brian "Birdman" Williams revealed that Busta has been hard at work on his Cash Money debut "E.L.E. 2: End of the World"

Pressure is a natural phenomenon in life that can spring forth beautiful, planetary wonders. Then again, it can bring chaos and mayhem if not properly managed. Yet it is a necessary force that separates the weak from the strong, the real from the fake and the mediocre from the extraordinary.

For as long as one can remember, the career of iconic rapper/actor Busta Rhymes has been filled with pressure. The pressure started with the dissolution of his once-promising rap group (Leaders of The New School) which forced him to go solo. It continued with his meteoric rise to stardom and the expectations of maintaining platinum status while continuing his creative upswing. Pressure even hit Busta with personal tragedies and unforeseen run-ins with law enforcement. However, throughout his career Busta has faced obstacles that would destroy the average MC's career. Clearly, Busta Rhymes is not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill MC. Busta Rhymes knows how to manage pressure. As a matter of fact he thrives on it. It is one of the things that has propelled his explosive career into international superstar status. With his Universal/Motown debut Back On My B S, Busta Rhymes proves once again that

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Magnum Portmore Dancehall Awards In High Gear

portmore_dancehall_awards_jamaica.jpgMagnum Portmore Dancehall Awards slated to be held on Friday April 13th 2012 at Club Afrodiziac, is gearing up to be one of the most talk about event within the Portmore Dancehall Community. Over 25 awards n prizes will be up for grabs winners will be decided via the popular voting routine, this is where persons would text in their favourite nominee and the category in which they would like this particular nominee to be a winner. The number to which persons should text their votes is 835-1900 voting ends at mid-night April 12th 2012. Awards will be given out in categories such as; Upcoming Artist of the year (Male/Female), Selector of the year, Sound of the year, DJ of the year (Male/Female), Crew of the year (Male/Female) just to name a few. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be handed out to a male and female veteran artist who has contributed to the development of the entertainment industry in Portmore.

The Magnum Portmore Dancehall Awards is in high gear, the expectations are high with Magnum as the main sponsor. This event being a red carpet affair commencing at 11pm patrons and nominees should make every effort to be on time for photo and interview opportunities done by; Nickphotoworks, Partyaad, Johnny British.com, Swagg TV and Hype TV. Music will be provided by one of Jamaica's top female disc jock DJ Naz, Sun jock Nerro and Portmore's number one sound system Flava Unit Sound System with Badda Bling and Likkle Rich blazing. Host for this event will be ANG rising talented Pattexx and the new Princess of Oancehall Tiana. The break free songstress D'Angel has been confirmed has a presenter and will perform a few of her major hits.

Magnum Portmore Dancehall Awards has also pull in a few other associate sponsor such as; The Star, Outaroad.com, Suncity Radio, Swagg TV, Hype TV, Link TV, Sip’N’Swallow Sport Bar, Computer Genie, Campari, J.B Rum and Kel’s House of Charm.

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The Reggae Ambassadors to Perform at the 13th Annual Cape Town Jazz Festival!

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Reggae legends, Third World, will travel 7000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa to headline in the leading South African event, Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The festival will take place March 30-31st at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Ten time Grammy nominated band will join platinum gold selling vocalist James Ingram, internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz with special guest Patti Austin, six-time Grammy nominee and premiere jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern performing with accomplished drummer Dave Weckl, as well as South Africa's own Virtual Jazz Reality.

In a previous press release, Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika stated, "We are extremely excited about the variety of the line up. Audiences can expect a sensational mix of world-renowned icons and top quality rising stars, both local and international, young and old, and male and female. As usual we have put together a few exciting collaboration performances which promise audiences some spectacular shows."
Prior to their performance, the band will also participate in a music workshop. Already apart of their tour regiment, "OUR MUSIC, OUR HISTORY" is the band's informative and interactive music workshop that focuses on the history and evolution of reggae music, demonstration of different styles of Reggae i.e. Ska, Rock Steady, Dancehall. The band also talks about the history of their four decade existence, charity work and accolades.

Stephen "Cat" Coore adds, "The band has not been to Africa in quite some time. To return and perform at such a huge festival with a reported audience of over 20,000 is amazing. This will be our first time performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and already through correspondence we have been treated so well, that I can only imagine how we will be treated once we are there. To say that we are looking forward to this trip is a huge understatement. We are elated and honored."

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March 23, 2012

Ninja Man cops bail - Vybz Kartel Granted $3 Million bail

By Marc Parc
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Ninja_%2Cman_vybz_kartel_bail.jpgAfter languishing in jail for over three years, veteran Dancehall entertainer, Ninja Man will finally enjoy the benefits of freedom, temporarily at least.

The prominent deejay, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine was granted bail on Friday, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, in the sum of JA$2 million regarding their ongoing murder case. As part of their bail condition, Ninja Man and his son must report to the police daily and were ordered to return to court on July 16.

Ninja Man's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson intimated that plans have already been arranged for the iconic deejay to post bail sometime next week, in time for the upcoming Easter holidays.

Ninja Man and his son are accused of murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the killing of a 20 year old man in March 2009.

Two men who stand jointly accused of murder in Ninja Man’s case have long posted bail.

Vybz Kartel Granted $3 Million Bail

Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel who's also labeled as the Worl' Boss was granted bail today in the sum of $3 million dollars when he appeared in the Home Circuit, Down Town Kingston.

Even though Vybz Kartel has posted bail he still remains behind bars.
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Konshens Tops iTunes Charts Worldwide With Mental Maintenance

konshens_mental_maintenance_album.jpgMental Maintenance the worldwide release from reggae/dancehall artiste Konshens has sailed to the top of the Japan iTunes reggae album chart. The 17 track disc which is distributed by VP Records, has already hit the top of Germany's iTunes reggae album chart. It also ranked inside the top ten of the iTunes charts in Switzerland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

In a release to the media, Konshens highlighted the positive feedback and the promotions surrounding the album.

"The feedback to the album has been great. The album is doing well on ITunes even before the physical CD was made available", said Konshens.
Mental Maintenance features collaborations with Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and rising newcomer Darrio.

Tracks include Realest Remix, World Citizen, Represent, Simple Song, Rasta Imposter Remix; She's Happy, Do Sumn, Bounce and Last Drink.
Konshens is currently riding the music charts in Jamaica and in key reggae markets with the songs Do Sumn (produced by Ward 21 for Mi-Sick Music) and Gal a Bubble (Subkonshus Music).

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Sean Paul To Perform on Germany's ECHO Awards

sean_paul_echo_awards_europe.jpgMulti-platinum, multi-Grammy award winner reggae toaster, Sean Paul, will perform on the 21st annual ECHO Awards at the Berlin Fair Gound on Thursday, March 22. The ECHO Awards is Germany’s most prestigious music awards show. Also slated to perform: pop superstar Katy Perry.

While touring Europe in support of Tomahawk Technique, Sean Paul will rehearse and then deliver a special performance on the awards show with British counterparts Taio Cruz and Ally Murs. The three are expected to collaborate on a first ever, joint performance of She Doesn’t Mind, Troublemaker and Heart Skips a Beat.

The ECHO Awards falls in the heart of a European promotional run for Sean Paul, which includes stops in London, Cologne and Zurich. The reggae superstar is then expected to return to Europe to make several appearances.

She Doesn’t Mind is the provocative current single and music video from Sean Paul’s fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique. Other tracks from the album include Got 2 Luv You featuring Alexis Jordan and Wedding Crashers. How Deep Is Your Love featuring Kelly Roland is expected to be the next release.

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Exclusive Official Medley Video: Tiana Real Bad Gyal/ Me Nuh Fear Yuh - Subkonshus/D&H

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Kevin Lyttle Releases Video For Sizzling Single, "Wine & Go Down"

Kevin_lyttle_soca_star.jpgNew York, NY - International soca pop star Kevin Lyttle debuts the video for his sizzling single, "Wine And Go Down," which was released in November 2011. This is Lyttle's first video from his highly-anticipated upcoming album, which is currently in production.

Released on his very own Tarakon Records, "Wine And Go Down" exemplifies the artist'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. The singer/songwriter teams up with Richy Peña (talented music producer of the Latin Grammy-Winning album Mi Niña Bonita), for the hit track, which has been making the rounds internationally on radio and in the clubs.

"Dancing is a strong part of our Caribbean culture, so when you hear the beats and the vibes, it makes you just want to wine and go down," discloses Lyttle, on his inspiration for the video. "With the Miami backdrop and the sexy ladies bringing their moves to the dance floor, we captured all the action for you in this video."

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March 22, 2012

MTV IGGY Hails I-Octane

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New York, NY: It seems the indomitable reggae artist I-Octane has received yet another nod of approval. This time it comes from MTV IGGY, the branch of MTV, which is dedicated to bringing the hottest international sounds and exposing them to the US market through the MTV brand. I-Octane is no exception and he has performed on the station to rave reviews from both station execs and fans.

Despite being known for his fiery hot lyrics and energetic stage performances, I-Octane's set showed a more mature, soulful side of the artist. Drawing on some of the love songs and ballads from his album. I-Octane performed while surrounded by an array of candles, which created a cozy and intimate atmosphere. He was accompanied by two talented and world renown guitarists, Bobby Seyvarth and Mario Sebatian, which gave listeners the opportunity to really hear the amazing quality of his voice as well as to connect with the artist and his music on a deeper, more intimate level.

The performance and interview, which recently premiered on MTV IGGY adds to the body of evidence that shows the rising status of the reggae sensation. He continues to develop by leaps and bounds and his widespread acceptance by peers and fans worldwide is continuously captapulting him to the next level.

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Buju Banton cops IRAWMA award nominations

irawma_award_plaque.jpgDespite the fact that embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton languishes in a Miami federal prison, his music continues to garner positive attention, locally and overseas.

The currently incarcerated singjay copped a pair of nominations for the 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois. This marks the second award show that Buju Banton has nabbed nominations since he received a ten-year sentence on federal drug charges last June.

The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie earned a Best Song nomination for his internationally acclaimed collaboration, Jah Army alongside fellow Reggae superstar, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley. Additionally, he received a nomination for Concert of the Year for his Before The Dawn concert, which took place in January 2011 in Miami.

Ephraim Martin, the president of IRAWMA producers, Martin's International insists that this proves the never-ending validity and impact of Buju's messages, through music.

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Bonafide Band To Launch Debut Album "Sold Out" This Month

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BONAFIDE BAND is ready to officially launch their long awaited debut album entitled "SOLD OUT" on Wednesday March 28th at Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston and the launch party on Saturday March 31st at Pier 1 Montego Bay. both events will feature Reggae Stars - Busy Signal, Etana and Hawaiian superstar - Fiji who are some of the artistes on the album. Bonafide will be in Jamaica from March 16th - April 1st on a press tour and then will return to Las Vegas for further promotions.

A planned high quality red carpet production with a full performance from the band for the media and their fans will deliver songs such as the recent #1 hit single "Leaving Come the Morning" ft Vybz Kartel on the label AMIBUG GROUP, the first released single which entered the charts in November 2011 and climbed to #1 in 2012, holding that spot for 4 weeks.

This highly anticipated double album contains 24 tracks and also features - Damian "Jr Gong" Marley on the song "Start & Stop." Marley's impressive reggae resume and his work with the rock super group Super Heavy, which featured Mick Jagger, solidifies the professional buzz surrounding this track.

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Bugle's Journey Moves Into Full Gear

bugle_dancehall_artiste_jamaica.jpgAnticipation is building for the staging of Bugle's Journey. The event is set to unfold on April 8 at Lynch Park, Buff Bay in Portland.

The event has secured main sponsorship from telecommunications company Digicel and is being promoted in association with Major Links Entertainment, Daseca Productions and Shocking Vibes Productions.

Bugle's Journey will celebrate Bugle and his remarkable work as an entertainer and recording artiste for the past ten years.

Joining the growing list of sponsors are Sud Up detergent soap and Pakia Limited.

Group Sales and Marketing Manager for Pakia, Shama Johnson said her company is pleased to be on board with Bugle for the staging of the event.

“Pakia Limited is pleased to sponsor Bugle’s Journey through its brands Bama’s full flavour and menthol cigarettes, Kush Cognac and Harlem Bluntz. This was a no brainer for us to come on board as Bugle represents a change in music with his signature vocals, as well as the longstanding relationship that our company has had with Bugle. We look forward to this event as well as other projects in the future”.

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March 20, 2012

Dancehall Superstar Beenie Man to feature on Nicki Minaj's upcoming album

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he'll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.

Beenie Man will appear on Minaj's upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.

According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs locally and internationally while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.
Though Minaj did not fly down to Jamaica to record the track, Beenie Man insists that she was very instrumental in setting up the fundamentals for their collaboration, sending her vocals, through a pair of representatives from her record label to him. Beenie Man then headed to Anchor Recording Studio to record his verse.

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ZJ Liquid bemoans 'pay for play' system, expects return to airwaves

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

liquid-zj-zip.jpgProminent Dancehall/Reggae disc jock, ZJ Liquid has long been aware of the much speculated politicking that occurs within Jamaican music. However, he refuses to partake in any of it.

The issue of payola or what locally termed 'money pull up' has been a major talking point within the Dancehall/Reggae industry in recent years. Groups such as the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) have questioned the highly unusual play rate of certain songs on radio as well as the regular endorsement of particular artistes by selectors during their sets; citing them as evidence of 'pay for play' schemes.

During a recent interview on the Lauren O Lauren show on Flow TV, ZJ Liquid addressed the payola concept; insisting that while such politics does exist within Dancehall/Reggae, he won't abandon his principles in order to make money within the industry.

"Dat natural enuh, people a go offer you cah everybody wah get dem ting out dere. But is fi you fi jus' kno seh yow, yuh hafffi stay true to music and at di same time, di whole money ting, a program ting dat same way so yuh still nah be true to the music," he said.

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Dancehall Artiste Patra targets summer return, to unveil new album

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Patra_dancehall_vetran.jpgFor several years, many Dancehall fans have wondered when one of the genre's first ladies would ever make a comeback and why she disappeared from the spotlight. It appears now as if those questions have finally been answered.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Dorothy Smith, more popularly known as Patra became of the genre's first acts to garner international success, dominating the early 90s with hits such as Romantic Call, Dip and Fall Back, Scent of Attraction, as well as her chart-topping album, Queen of the Pack. She also collaborated with Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks in 1994 for the hit single, Family Affair which became a top 100 hit on the United States Billboard Charts.

Since then, Patra has made sporadic mainstream appearances; briefly returning in the early 2000s with two albums, The Great Escape (2003) and Where I've Been (2005). Now, after several years away from the public eye, Patra insists she's back with a full force as she plans to release her new album this summer. The legendary Dancehall diva has been working on her 12-track album in New York and is being managed by A&R Executive/Producer, Rich Nice

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Tenza "Out N Clean"

tenza_uk.jpg UK based recording artist Tenza fresh off her Norway tour where she performed, a breath taking and entertaining set for the Oslo public last Saturday night with 2 ray syndicate, has been on a roll recently and have now released another music video, this time for her 'Out N Clean' single produced by Suncycle Digital on the 'Kick Out Teeth' riddim. 'Out N Clean' is a product of Tenza's eccentric alter ego, Jasheen, who is on a mission to take over the international dancehall scene with a wicked line up of tunes for 2012.

SL Entertainment and Cruzier films directed the video, which was shot in Bisden studios and Brixton London, Tenza outfits was taking from her own clothes line Rasta fetish by FB Club Wear, while Tenza’s hair and make up was done by London based Jamaican hair stylist Camille Nicholson and young and upcoming make up Artist Tay respectively.

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March 19, 2012

Week #2 For Popcaan's Only Man She Want - OutAroad 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 - 01 - (07) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records - (2wks@#1)

02 - 02 - (08) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

03 - 04 - (08) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

04 - 05 - (09) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

05 - 03 - (09) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

06 - 07 - (06) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

07 - 06 - (11) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio - (peaked@#4)

08 - 10 - (07) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

09 - 09 - (12) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

10 - 13 - (05) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

11 - 14 - (05) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

12 - 09 - (14) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records - (1wk@#1)

13 - 15 - (03) Popcaan - Clean - TJ Records

14 - 16 - (03) Baby Cham - Wine - CashFlow Records

15 - 18 - (03) Stylysh - Me A Wife - Sounique Records

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Stacious Do You Like It - 6 weeks on German Black Charts, peak at #23.

Stacious_do_you_like_it.jpgFollowing her hit feature with dancehall star Mavado ("Come into my room") this number is an additional party song by the young Jamaican dancehall lady which was only cobbled together to hammer away at the bass controllers in the world's clubs to remind them what their job in the evening is really all about!

The number has been devised as a single version of the anniversary album of the "Kingstone" label / sound system that is thus celebrating its 15th anniversary (15 years Kingstone) and accordingly there is also a German RMX version with Youthman as Rubixxx Remix.This mix which is more of an 80s number and has very honest lyrics is a beautiful alternative to the very electronic hard mix of beat architect Ben Bazzazian, who really targets the woofer centres and successfully pulls off a crossover number of various different styles.Distortion effects, abrupt stops and diced vocals make this song so special.

The crowning conclusion is then marked by a Diamond Bra RMX which, with a view to the pending Riddim Selection, features the following acts: T.O.K, Buccaneer, Ziggi Recado, Ce ́Cile.This RMX is based on Central America and is clearly characterised by Reggaeton vibe.

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Romain Virgo Top Winner At Linkage Awards

Singer, Romain Virgo walked away the top winner of the night at Sunday's Linkage Awards in New York.

romaine_virgo_linkage_awards_new_york.jpgRomain who is known for his chart-toppers Caan Sleep, Who Feels It Knows It, Wanna Go Home, System and more, won the coveted "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Most Consistent Artiste of the Year" and "Recording Artiste of the Year" awards. The singer who left the island to attend the ceremony says, "It was a surprise to not only be nominated for so many, but to also win them. I'm happy and honoured by it and I really couldn't have done it without the support of the fans. So I want to thank them all."

Romain who first came to the fore after becoming the youngest contestant to win the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2007 has made a steady rise to the top of the reggae industry. Next up on the singer's plate, is dishing out a fanciful musical feast on his sophomore album, System, expected to be released at the end of April.

He says, "That project is something that myself and the producers worked extremely hard on. There will be hints of the old Romain from the debut album, but I'm also hoping fans will be able to see my musical growth. It comes out in a few weeks, so everyone should go out and get it and of course feel free to have some favourites and give me feedback on what their thoughts are."

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March 17, 2012

I-Octane, Sizzla Ruled New York Link Up Spring Break

i-octane_sizzla_spring_break_negril.jpgLast Saturday night at the Long Bay Beach in Negril saw some stellar performances from some of dancehall’s finest. The event - New York Link Up Spring Break - saw each performer, one after the other showing that they were there to ensure dancehall fans had a great time and that they did.
However, standouts for the night proved to be the consistent Digicel brand ambassador I-Octane, Sizzla and Singer J.

Coming on stage at 3:15 am I-Octane kicked of his performance with Nah Wash before introducing his signature hit Lose A Friend.

"I'm not singing this song for myself tonight, it’s dedicated to Bounty and Miss Ivy,” with Bounty in the house the song was a way for fans to share in the Killer’s grief.

The follow-up song seemed a given Mama You Alone. Burning Bridge, Jah Jah, Puff It and I A Cry should have put the cap on his half-hour performance, but his fans would have none of that!
I-Octane was called back on stage four times before they reluctantly accepted that the show had to go on.

Sizzla was in a fiery mood and he showed it but ‘bunning’ out a lot of ‘unrighteousness’ during his performance. With songs such as Get To The Point, Praise Jah and Just One of Those Days he kept the massive on a high.

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Popcaan says there's a lack of effort within Dancehall industry

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Popcaan_only_man_she_want.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan believes there's something missing from the Jamaican music industry. But to him, the fact that Dancehall's biggest superstar languishes behind bars is just part of the problem.

Popcaan gave a recent interview on TVJ's Entertainment Report which aired on Friday; talking about the state of Dancehall music without currently incarcerated superstar deejay and long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel. According to the Only Man She Want deejay, Dancehall lacks energy without its centerpiece attraction.

"Wid no Worl' Boss around it a go have a different flavor to it because weh Worl' Boss name? Vybz Kartel so automatically him bring vibes to di ting," Popcaan said.
However, the self-professed 'Gaza Prefect' insists that a much deeper problem exists within the Dancehall community. According to Popcaan, too many artistes aren't putting enough effort and dedication into making music as well as ensuring that they're songs possess the quality and content required to strongly impact the industry.

"Certain artiste more relaxed now and dem nuh hungry fi di ting like one time so you know yuh a go have less hit songs. Di time weh dem wudda tek fi put into a song dem nuh really do it nowadays, most artistes don't," he said.

"Yuh cyaah just put out any song. Even if it no be a big hit it fi be a hit weh people can listen to same way. In order fi dat happen, the artiste dem jus' haffi put out more work and good music fi di people dem."

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Serani On Mini US Tour

serani_us_tour_europe.jpgDancehall singjay, Serani again left the island last Thursday after only recently returning from a two month European tour.

The singer will for the next two weeks hit the stage at a number of concert venues in Connecticut, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas Long Beach and more. He says, "The European tour was a great one; we were able to cover a lot of areas and reach a lot of old and new fans. My aim for this US mini tour is also the same - to continue getting the music out there and like many of my fellow artistes, I want to continue doing my best to rep dancehall and reggae music on the international stage."

Serani, known for his popular hits including, Doh, No Games, She Loves Me, also says, "Now I'm also focusing on promoting one of my new singles called All I Need on the Off Da Bench Riddim."

A few weeks ago Serani also released a medley video for the Knockings Riddim featuring artistes, Chino and Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor. In addition, his recent releases include Naah Beg Friend on Fire Links' Off The Bench Riddim and Make Me Stronger on one of Stephen McGregor's latest riddims.

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March 16, 2012

Watch Potential Kidd Performing Live At Brit Jam 2012

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From top of the charts to the streets 21st Hapilos Digital - Street Shots, Vol. 1

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Street_Shots_hapilos_distibution.jpgFrom stage shows to the radio, from top of the charts to the streets these songs have been blazing the airwaves with hits from some of today's biggest dancehall/reggae star. Music takes life and recognition in the streets, and 21st Hapilos Digital is bridging the streets to the fans with Street Shots. Unlike many compilations that are past the expiration date, Street Shot Vol 1 has the latest in "what's hot"! These 10 tracks from various artist and producers are now available on iTunes

Lala Land - Aidonia
Wine - Cham
School Fee - Darrio
No Dirt - Demarco
Do Sumn - Konshens
Til Kingdom Come - I Octane & Chan Dizzy
Clean - Popcaan
She Say Yah Suh Nice - Potential Kid
Stay Far - Mavado
The Best of Them - Vybz Kartel

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DVD, soundtrack to accompany Marley documentary

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

bob_marley_marley.jpgAcademy Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald continues to pull out all the stops as he's set to unveil additional material which will accompany his highly anticipated documentary on Reggae icon, Bob Marley.

Marley, a two hour and 24 minute film featuring never before seen footage of the legendary Jamaican artiste, will premiere worldwide on April 20. A day prior to its international release, Jamaican fans will get the opportunity to see the critically-acclaimed documentary as it will premiere at Emancipation Park in Kingston. Marley includes interviews with Bob Marley's widow, Rita Marley, his daughter, Cedella Marley and his eldest son, Ziggy Marley who's a co-producer for the film. Additionally, it contains raw footage and images exploring Bob Marley's personal and professional lives as Macdonald aims to portray the prominent singer in the most realistic of fashions through loved ones, friends and fans who knew him best.

The Last King of Scotland director now plans to add to movie's aura with an accompanying DVD package, for which a release date has yet to be announced. The DVD will feature concert footage of four unreleased songs, a 20 minute interview with former Bob Marley and The Wailers singer, Bunny Wailer, an interview of Stephen Marley which failed to make the documentary as well as 20 minutes worth of fan anecdotes detailing their memories of the Bob Marley and his music.
Furthermore, a two-CD and three-LP soundtrack will be released April 17, featuring many of Marley's songs as well as efforts from other artistes.

Marley initially premiered in February at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, to rave reviews. Since then, the official YouTube page for Marley has released several trailers, offering fans visuals of what to expect once the film launches internationally next month.

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March 15, 2012

Jamaica's Top Sounds Bass Odyssey and Black Kat Fight for Title

World_Class_reset_Bass_Odyssey_Black_Kat.jpgDespite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica's countryside -- Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Hailing from the remote Jamaican territories of Saint Ann and Christiana, far from the city life of Dancehall hotbed Kingston, respectively Bass Odyssey and Black Kat have been battling over the title of Jamaica's top country sound for years.

Now, before thousands of clash revelers at both World Clash New York R.E.S.E.T. on Saturday, April 7 (w/Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Poison Dart, Earth Ruler and David Rodigan) and World Clash Jamaica R.E.S.E.T. (w/Kilamanjaro, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, Rootsman and Code Red) on Easter Monday, April 9, these powerhouse sounds will settle the score. While the stages in New York and Jamaica will serve as battlefields, the ultimate proving ground for Bass Odyssey and Black Kat will clearly be in their homeland in front of loyal supporters at Pier One.

It's no secret that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are stellar war sounds Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are synonymous with high power sound clash. Rising to prominence in the early 90's, the sounds have cemented them selves as fixtures in the sound clash arena, generating scores of victories, a worldwide fan base and the utmost respect from fellow members of the fraternity. Known for craftily defeating legions of sounds over time, Bass Odyssey and Black Kat remain the most feared players in game. Most of today's modern day sound systems don't feel that they can properly reach the big leagues without facing off against these clash leaders.

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Dancehall Artiste Bounty Killer granted bereavement in ganja trial

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

bountykiller_follow_di_arrow.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killer, will have more time to prepare for his pending ganja trial as he continues to recover from the death of his mother.

The Alliance leader, who faces marijuana possession charges from an October 2010 incident in New Kingston, was due to begin his trial on Wednesday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston. However, presiding Resident Magistrate, Maxine Ellis granted the internationally acclaimed deejay bereavement following the death of his mother, Ivy 'Miss Ivy' Williams late last month.

As a result, Bounty Killer's trial will now commence on June 6.
Ivy Williams passed away at the Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew on February 26 after losing her battle with cancer. A nine night was held in her honor last week Monday in Bounty Killer's home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston where several industry peers attended and offered condolences to the 'War Lord.'
The funeral service for Miss Ivy will take place on Saturday at Swallowfield Baptist Church.

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Sanjay's Intense Musical Collabs - Wine Closer With Alaine

…Sanjay is setting up himself as one to watch for the rest of the year.

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Prolific song writer Sanjay has recently dropped two intense musical collaborations which have bolstered his image as one of the ‘baddess’ songwriters in the dancehall game today.

The first track called Piece A Di Wine, released last month was produced by Conroy of Washroom Entertainment for Sanjay's Portland Cottage Productions and features dancehall king pin Beenie Man. It has been described as a legitimate club banger. Since its release the song has been a hit online and is receiving good airplay on several radio stations locally, in the Caribbean and the southern United States.

As if that was not enough Sanjay then released another hot collaboration; this time featuring reggae sensation Alaine. The track called Wine Closer was produced by Arif Cooper for his Fresh Air Productions on the Worldwide Riddim. Like Piece a Di Wine, Wine Closer has also secured a good position on local airwaves and is definitely a favourite among not only fans of Sanjay but dancehall fans in general.

These two hot collaborations show that Sanjay is a supreme lyricist and song writer and has the enviable ability to twist words and manipulate language to do what he wants.

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Flava Squad Ent. Releasing The Hits Like A Quiet Storm

Quite_storm_reggae_compilation_flava_squad.jpgFlava Squad Entertainment, the promoters of HYPE 2K, never seizes in producing the authentic sweet original sounding positive reggae/dancehall music. With ten albums (10) release to date via iTunes and several releases on hard copy, they have once again released another two (2) exclusive albums.

In addition they have released several singles including Delly Ranx “Nuh Like Informer” that recently went number one on the charts in Toronto Canada and Atlanta Georgia; Khago “Daddy From You Gone” is also another smasher. With all this in mind a single by Warrior King featuring Biggaton on the “Pain Riddim” titled “Mother Earth” and that of Laden titled “Can’t Stop I” on the “Hazardous Riddim” was all released on March 9, 2012. Also released on that said date is the charismatic reggae one-drop “Quiet Storm” album, one that has some of Jamaica’s best vocalist and veteran singers caressing the “Quiet Storm Riddim” in style. This riddim features the likes of Sizzla, healing the world and crying for a better future with “This World” Khago and Lukie D are charming the ladies gracefully with “I Swear” and “I Love You” respectively. Luciano, Mikey Spice, Cobra, Natty King, Turbulance and new comers Sandy Micchiev and Icecream along with another few, are the ones whom have helped to create this collectors item.

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March 14, 2012

New Song: Sean Paul Featuring Pitbull, 'She Doesn't Mind (Remix)'

by Jenna Hally Rubenstein
MTV

sean_paul_remix_pitbull.jpgSeems about time that party peeps Sean Paul and Pitbull would hop aboard the collaboration train. The two powerhouses joined forces on a sultry dance jam, "She Doesn't Mind (Remix)." As you might expect, the song has some seriously caliente Latin influence courtesy of Pitbull, as well as some Jamaican undertones courtesy of Sean Paul. In short, if you can't afford a vacay this year, just whip yourself up a fruity cocktail, throw on your bikini, and put this song on repeat. Boom, done.

Sean Paul opens the song and in his unmistakable vocals he tells a chick he wants to hook up with that it's totally okay she's not his girlfriend: "Girl, I got you so high/ And I know you like/ So come on push it on me/ If it feels alright/ Put it, drop it low and break it off/ No, she doesn't mind/ Aight, she doesn't mind, aight, she doesn't mind." 'Kay, we don't love the cheating scenario but at least the dude is upfront, right? Honesty is always the best policy.

Listen to Sean Paul's "She Doesn't Mind (Remix)," featuring Pitbull, after the jump.

Pitbull goes in hard on his verse and raps less about hooking up with chicks and more about how hard it was for him to get a record deal: "It's Mr. WW and Sean Paul/ Big dogs, for sure/ I'm from the city where they hustin,' hustlin,' hustlin,' Rick Ross/ Blood, sweat, tears/ Just to eat a meal/ So I crawl, walk, ran and I got a deal." While we're not sure what the two verses have to do with each other, we are sure that this is guaranteed banger that'll find a comfy niche up in da club. That, and it's the best song ever for your upcoming tropical-themed staycation!

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Exclusive: CeCile feat. Agent Sasco - Hey (Official Video)

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Fyakin Poised For Greatness In 2012

fyah_king_reggae_artiste_jamaica.jpgIn February, Fyaking jetted off to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a photo-shoot with the trendy clothing line Cooyah to help promote their new gear. Whilst in the Sunshine State the young messenger was busy making the rounds with the media doing radio promotions to support new singles. In addition appearances at Sea Breeze appearance brought a crazy vibe was crazy and according to Fyakin “the place tun upside down…vibe was mad…I loved the vibe an energy”

Fyakin noted enthusiastically that he came back to ‘yaad’ on a high. Tracks to look out for that are sure to blow up are Fade Away featuring Erup; .Lock Me Down with Stacious; Don’t Care on the Appendix rhythm produced by Doc Entertainment. Kimani Marley’s collaboration at the Equinox Recording studio is another boom track to look out for. There is also an Alborosie single Let Them Talk on Aleada Records. People can expect a creative, cross over with the dancehall flair from Fyah which demonstrates versatility and flexibility with not only one genre.

Upcoming stints for Fyah include making an appearance in Boston for an award as well as the Portmore Dancehall Awards show for which he has a moniation. Fyakin hasbeen nominated for Best Cultural Artiste of the Year.

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March 13, 2012

Christ Martin From #1 to #1 - Cheaters Prayer replaces Paper Loving

OutAroad Weekly Top Ten Reggae Chart

TW LW WOC ARTIST -- TITLE -- LABEL

01 (02) (05) Christ Martin -- Cheaters Prayer (Cheat On My Girlfriend) - ZJ Chrome/CR203 Records

02 (01) (08) Chris Martin -- Paper Loving - CR203 - (2wks@#1)

03 (04) (07) Cecile -- When You're Gone - CR203

04 (05) (05) Romain Virgo -- I Am Rich In Love - Lifetime Music

05 (03) (11) Busy Signal - Life (Sticky Inna Earth - Good Good Productions (Zum) - (2wks@#1)

06 (06) (17) Vybz Kartel -- Yea Though I Walk – Human Rights Production - (1wk@#1)

07 (08) (03) Mr. Vegas, Shaggy & Josey Wales -- Sweet Jamaica - Clifford Ray Music

08 (07) (11) Tiana -- Highest Grade Song - OutAroad - (peaked@#3)

09 (10) (01) Elly Ess -- Money Wont Change Me - Rock Star Ent.

10 (09) (13) Laza Morgan feat. Mavado -- One by One - Elektra - (3wks@#1)

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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 Romain Virgo -- Feel Like Letting Go - Vikings/Jr. Brown

5 Richie Stephens ft. Gentleman -- Live Your Life - Pot of Gold

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Teetimus the man behind Jr Gong "Affairs of the Heart"

teetimus_beat_maker_producer_artiste_jamaica.jpgVican Paul Edmound, aka Teetimus, is one of the most talented and versatile singers, songwriters and producers to come out of the island of Jamaica.
He has commanded the respect of ‘A’-listers in the musical arena and is now a highly sought after Reggae, Hip-Hop, and R&B producer both on the East Coast of the United States and in Jamaica.

Teetimus’ impressive discography is as a direct result of dedication to duty and he has had the pleasure of serving up major artistes including Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder with his unorthodox style of productions. He has also worked with various international artistes and of course, on his own projects. Teetimus' story begins at a tender age as both his parents were singers. He was further influenced to take on music as his career path when he was introduced to the drums by a well known local percussionist who owned and operated Trackstar, a small recording studio a few houses down from where he lived.

As his skills at playing the drums improved, Teetimus' interest in music was stimulated and he yearned to know how to play other instruments, including the keyboard, bass and acoustic guitar. Teetimus' fascination with percussion continued throughout his youth and earned him a place in the Reggae community as one of the most talented percussionists around.

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The Strong One Etana working on third studio album

etana_new_album_reggae.jpgProminent Reggae songstress, Etana seeks to build on an already accomplished international resume' as she currently fine-tunes material for her upcoming album.

Most of the tracks for Etana's yet to be titled third studio album have already been completed and will be shipped off to American based Dancehall/Reggae label, VP Records, who will make the final decisions regarding which singles will make the compilation. The highly regarded songbird hopes to release her album later this year.

Though Etana remains tight-lipped regarding specific collaborations and singles that could feature on her album, industry observers have raved over her joint effort with Reggae veteran and Big Ship captain, Freddie McGregor. Additionally, many of her completed singles feature productions from some of the Dancehall/Reggae industry's most innovative hit makes including, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and former manager, Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records.

In the meantime, Etana continues to appease fans with the pre-release of her single, Beautiful Day, produced by Kemar 'Flava' McGregor. The song has garnered strong mass airplay and acclaim within the local music industry. She's also unleashed strong efforts such as her collaboration featuring former Digicel Rising Stars contestant, Jermaine Michael (7 Days) as well as her much talked about effort on the Heart and Soul Riddim entitled Wifey.

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Kerry-Ann 'ChineyK' Collins signs with major TV Production Company

Kerry_Ann_ChineyK_Collins.jpgPopular New Jersey media personality and director of the Kelia Love Charity Project Kerry-Ann "ChineyK" Collins has just inked a major TV network production deal with JoccoBean Entertainment. The production power house is responsible for some of the major reality shows and TV shows seen on major networks such as A&E, MTV, Fuse, Lifetime and more.

The deal was brokered by her manager Sean "Due" Lashley from Goodthyme Entertainment who has several ties to the music industry locally and internationally. Some of his music production includes the Weapon Riddim and the Due Riddim. He has produced several hits for Jay-Z, Beenie Man, Tifa, Vybz Kartel, E-40 and more. His latest riddim New World Anthem featuring Tony Matterhorn's 'We Came' has been getting rave reviews and play on New York's Power105fm DJ Norie's set.

Formally a radio host on Roadblock Radio in New Jersey, ChineyK is known for her tall stellar beauty and her fun exciting personality. She is most known for her charity efforts which every November in Jamaica she conducts her Kelia Love Charity Project. The project strives to empower children in communities through social and educational interaction; improve integration with communities and Corporate Jamaica as well as Agencies specific to the needs of the Inner-city by positively impacting the lives of youths. The charity project has been a huge success with beneficiaries from the Allman Town Community and the Bray Street,Bryden Street area.

Since signing the deal ChineyK has been very busy preparing for what lies ahead. Everyone can look out for ChineyK on a major TV network very soon.

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March 12, 2012

Vybz Kartel Says "they want me imprisoned long time"

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_peom_prison_letter_carolyn_cooper.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel continues to find expressive ways of proclaiming his innocence as he languishes behind bars.

Last week, the Jamaica Gleaner published part one of Kartel's letter to University of the West Indies professor, Carolyn Cooper in which he detailed his thoughts and experiences since being taken into custody last September. In the letter, the Portmore Empire deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges, accused law enforcement officials of perpetrating a demonizing image of him to the mainstream while conceding that he may never get a fair trial in his cases given that the public has already convicted him for his alleged actions.

Three days later, Kartel, through his publishers, issued three excerpts from his debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, furthering his claims of innocence while aiming to distinguish his controversial on stage persona from his off stage demeanor.

On Sunday, the Gleaner published part two of Kartel's letter as well as an attached poem relaying feelings on his current legal predicament. The conclusion of Kartel's letter followed a reply by Carolyn Cooper, who dispelled perceived notions of a friendship between herself and the self-professed 'Worl' Boss,' while expressing her belief that the artiste will receive a fair trial. She also stated that Kartel's lecture at UWI last March, entitled Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art has been published in the Jamaica Journal. Furthermore, Cooper talked of the prominent deejay's proposal to award the Adidja Palmer Prize to the top student in her Reggae Poetry course; a proposal that's since been shelved given the serious nature of Kartel's charges.

Kartel's conclusion stated in part, "In closing I would like to let the people know that I am an innocent man and I have faith in my lawyers and know that I will be acquitted."

Following his letter was the attached poem which read as follows:
The police have found me guilty and I haven't gone to trial yet,
But they spread propaganda on T.V. & internet
Dem a beat it in the people's mind that I'm guilty and deserve death,
But the public knows how the police operate, so mi nah fret.
So many people in court for allegedly taking 4, 5, 6 pickney life,
So how they don't discuss that on 'CVM at Sunrise'?
Allegations of extrajudicial killings by security forces have already been issue,
But I've never seen them on TV. so much, talking about that, did you?
Me never kill nobody yet but they say my music breeds crime,
That's why they're on my case they want me imprisoned long time.
I am an artiste so I know things will make the news,
But don't crusade this ungodly way to distort people's views.
Mi swear my innocence before all mankind and God,
Why would I risk going to jail, leaving behind 7 children, after mi nuh mad.
I am not the first man the romans soldiers have sacrificed,
Like me, that man was not guilty, That man was Jesus Christ.

Read the full editorial by Carolyn Cooper here: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120311/cleisure/cleisure3.html

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Lemonade refreshing audiences with 'Put It On Me'

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Lemonade_artiste_put_it_on_me.jpgEmerging Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Lemonade seeks to refresh mainstream audiences with the release of his new single, Put It On Me.

Born Rory Beckford in the Kingston 11 area of Jamaica, Lemonade has resided in the United Kingdom for the past 11 years. He acquired the quite unique stage name due to his strong love for lemonade, often drinking it as a child and developing a thirst for it every now and again in his adult days.

Inspired by prominent Reggae acts such as Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, Lemonade had an affinity for music from an early age and recorded his debut single 19 years ago, entitled Buryin' A Sound Boy (produced by Shades of Shades Records). Additionally, he's performed alongside prominent Reggae stars such as Junior Kelly and fellow U.K. based singer, Alize Levy.

Now, Lemonade looks to stamp his authority as a legitimate breakthrough artiste Put It On Me. In the single, Lemonade showcases strong vocal abilities and versatility, expertly combining singing and deejaying elements for music lovers worldwide to take note of.

Lemonade sings, "I really really want this ting and I need this ting to really work, no mi nuh inna no idiot, not an idiot ting, mi no wan' fi mi heart get hurt, I will never take you for granted, mi neva dish you dirt, you're all I wanted, so mi nuh wah yuh fi splurt."

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Mavado Settles Down For A Second In The #1 Spot On Hype TV Chart

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March 11, 2012

Stacious creating waves on the German Top 40 Blacks Chart

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Just when you thought the clip was empty! This energetic dancehall diva has reloaded and is ready for 2012 like it was World War III. This year has already been historic for the dancehall 'Donnette' who is currently riding the German Top 40 Blacks Charts at number 23 with the single Do You Like It, on the Kingstone Label out of Köln, Germany. This should not be deemed a small feat as the chart is dominated by hip-hop royalty namely Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few. When quizzed about this accomplishment the artiste was quick to note that she was very surprised and overwhelmed as Jamaican artistes don't usually feature on this chart.

While she climbs the charts, Stacious is embarking on her second foray in the restaurant/hospitality sector. Café Scrumptious will be officially opened on March 13 and is situated at 26 Eastwood Park Road. She is the first to admit that the location of the first restaurant played a huge role in the venture being unsuccessful. However, she is undaunted and has used that failed attempt to secure this new location which she hopes the fraternity and fans will support. The menu options will include cakes, smoothies and sub-sandwiches. In addition, the space features bar and lounge facilities.

As if these moves aren't keeping her busy enough, Stacious has been going hard in the studios

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Exclusive: I-Octane L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. Official Music Video

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Former Intense host Pepita tries hand at music

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Pepita_host_artiste_female.jpgOne of Jamaica's most prominent media personalities has returned to the spotlight in a way that few expected.

Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita, former host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) entertainment program, Intense, surprised fans and peers alike by unveiled her debut single on Wednesday. The curvaceous diva, who recently won the Youth View award for Media Personality of the Year, premiered her Reggae-themed single, via IRIE FM on Wednesday night, to rave reviews.

The sensual love song, produced by veteran hit maker, Colin 'Bulby' York, features soothing vocals from Pepita as she talks of those who've found their ideal partner to complete them.

In it she sings, "Since you came into my life, everything was alright right from the very start, the only one for my eyes, it's no surprise you've stolen my heart. I know you love me baby, you don't have to say so, for something deep inside of me says I've got to let you know."

This marks Pepita's second crowning achievement since she was relieved of her duties as Intense host last December after a physical altercation with a co-worker inside TVJ's studios. Since then, fans of the media personality have flooded the show's Facebook page, demanding that they put her back on Intense as they felt that the show lost its touch without her. Intense has since been hosted on an interim basis by artiste turned media personality, Sanjay until show producers find a suitable, long-term replacement amongst hundreds of candidates who auditioned for the post this past January.

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March 10, 2012

Pree Dis Episode 75 - Part 1 to 4 - Entertainment Round Up With Kevin Jackson

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Chino and Di Genius not managed by Yendi

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Freddie McGregor to unveil novel

Big Ship captain, Freddie McGregor will become the latest Jamaican musician to join the literary ranks.

The Reggae patriarch has been working on his debut novel, I Will Wait For You, which will be released via Pageturner Publishing House. McGregor joins a plethora of Dancehall personalities such as Macka Diamond (Bun Him and The Real Gangster's Wife), Miss Kitty (Good Girl Gone Bad) and most recently, D'Angel (Love Triangle) who’ve released novels through Pageturner.

The official release date for I Will Wait For You has not yet been confirmed but should hit book shelves later this year.

Chino and Di Genius not managed by Yendi

Meanwhile, Freddie McGregor's sons have also hit the headlines but for different reasons. Contrary to recent speculation, prominent singjay, Chino McGregor and award-winning producer, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor are not being managed by former Miss Jamaica Universe, Yendi Phillips.

This after reports in Belize emerged earlier this week that Phillips had taken over management responsibilities for the duo. Chino and Di Genius were in Belize last weekend for a series of scheduled concerts and were accompanied by Phillips, according to Belize-based publications.

Big Ship Productions currently handle bookings and other music-related queries for both artistes while Blueprint Publicity & Promotions Ltd take care of public relations matters.
Gossip sites have kick-started rumors in recent weeks of a possible relationship brewing between Phillips and Chino. Those rumors have yet to be substantiated.

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Sophia Squire's New Baby, Nominated for British Reggae Award

Sophia_squire_reggae_singer_female.jpgShe took a break from what had promised to be a busy year in her career 2011, to give birth to her second child a bouncing baby boy. But music, only gave her that much time and no more because already, one of Jamaica's most promising female Lovers Rock artiste, Sophia Squire has hit the ground running with the release of another lovers rock master piece she is known to deliver, she has also been nominated in the category of International Female Artiste for the British Reggae Award. We caught up with her and wanted to know how she has been balancing motherhood at this time with a music career that is peaked and about to explode and this is what she told us plus more...

N.I.P.: How has motherhood been with the your newborn?
SQ: "It has been greater than great, though tired at times, I'm enjoying every sleepless night and having to rush to and fro..."

N.I.P.: What is your baby's name?
SQ: "His name is Jazz, the name came to me while I was pregnant"

N.I.P.: Awwh, that's a nice name for a music mom to give her son, have you written a song about Jazz as yet?
SQ: "No not yet, but you can bet I will write many"

N.I.P.: How has he impacted your life at this time?
SQ: "Challenging, but his dad has been a major help, so his kind words are soothing even when I'm tired."

N.I.P.: How does your daughter feel about being a big sister?
SQ: "She has been what I expected and more, she actually knows how to sooth him and don't mind changing the poopy diapers."

N.I.P.: You have been nominated for a British Reggae Award, How do you feel about that?
SQ: "I am humbled and grateful for the recognition..fingers crossed."

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Reggae Artiste Sizzla says accident changed his life

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

sizzla_kalonji_reggae_artiste_life.jpgInternationally acclaimed Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji continues to reflect on the accident that changed his life while seeking to return to full strength career wise.

Sizzla survived a near fatal motorcycle accident last August in St. Ann, suffering multiple broken bones as well as a ruptured liver. Since the crash, Sizzla has been recovering at home while slowly readjusting to the speed of the music business; releasing singles such as Mama Mek Mi Deh Yah So, None A Dat and So Lovely while unveiling his 67th studio album, The Chant last month.

Talking on Friday's episode of TVJ's Entertainment Report, Sizzla relented that the accident fully altered his focus in life.
"It's a vivid experience. It drastically changed my life. Even though we know time is the master spanner, there is no time to waste. You just got to do what you doing now and make sure you doing good because it's just love that had created us," he said
Though he has little memory of the accident, Sizzla insists that he's close to full strength.
"That's based upon time enuh and Jah but I'm feeling well, I'm working a lot," he said.

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March 9, 2012

Rihanna feuding with Chris Brown's girlfriend? Let's examine the evidence

by April Daley
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Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday - in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”

The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran. Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.

Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not. On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.

rihanna_twitter_fight_Karreuche_Tran.jpgWhile we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minajlyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.

Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s-, comin in dis game on some modeling s-!”

Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.
What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?

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Top 10: Jamaican musicians gone too soon

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The recent passing of legendary pop songstress, Whitney Houston truly shocked all walks of music life as her angelic voice captivated millions of fans worldwide and inspired many of today's premiere artistes, including within the Dancehall/Reggae fraternity.

Having died at a relatively young age (48), Houston's death triggered memories of many other iconic artistes who passed while enjoying the fruits of their prime like Amy Winehouse or adjusted to the latter stages of their careers like the 'King of Pop,' Michael Jackson. It also offered of similar instances within the Jamaican music industry where fans were left to wonder "What If?" when an artiste's life was taken away while still perfecting their well-regarded craft.
As a measure of remembering the fallen who've made contributions, whether small or large, to the evolution of Jamaican music into a global phenomenon, he's a list of 10 artistes whose impact on music forever resonates with those they've left behind.

10. J.O.E - Born Alty Nunes:
J.O.E was regarded as one of the premiere upstarts in Dancehall/Reggae after his smash hit, Nah Nuh Mercy earned strong acclaim in 2009. The son of renowned dancer, Patsy Ricketts, J.O.E (Jah Ova Evil) seemed to have a promising career in front of him after having previously performed at Reggae Sumfest and St. Mary Mi Come From.
2011 was poised for J.O.E to stamp his authority on the local scene as the Equiknoxx Music recording artiste unveiled two well received singles, Tonight and Rasta Chant. However, J.O.E's life and career were suddenly cut short after the 25-year-old singjay suffered a rupture blood vessel in the head, shocking fans across the industry. His death came just hours after performing a live rendition of Rasta Chant, which was later released in his honor.

9. Copper Cat:
Just two week prior to J.O.E's death, a fellow young cultural artiste, Demar 'Copper Cat' Graham was shot killed outside the home of his adopted father, Richie Stephens. The former Jamaica College student had garnered buzz after the release of his first mainstream single, Mek It Stay in 2008. More success followed in 2010 after unveiling popular songs such as Friend Murderer and Life Goes On, encouraging fans with his upbeat, conscious lyrical tone.

After Copper Cat's senseless killing in January of last year, his final recording, Since You Came In on the Penthouse Records produced, OMG Riddim was released; reminding fans of what could have been for the young star, who was only 22 when he died.

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21st Hapilos Digital signs exclusive contract

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21st Hapilos Digital proves once again why they are the number 1 digital distribution company in the world. With their leading marketing formula and in their own words: "our aim is to help reggae and dancehall artistes achieve the visibility they need on the international airwaves".

Major international stations that feature reggae and dancehall such as Hot 97FM are now almost a norm thanks to 21st Hapilos Digital, as executive vice-president of the digital distribution company, 21st-Hapilos Digital, Johnny Wonder facilitates and helps dancehall and reggae reach the international playlists. So it was a natural development that Producer Don Corleon who has worldwide recognition, a man who defines dancehall since debuting with the Mad Ants Riddim in 2002, and top charting hit single from the Step Up film soundtrack, Sean Paul & Keyshia Cole joined with 21st Hapilos Digital for a new venture. Don Corleon Records and 21st Hapilos Digital bring you a new dancehall riddim called "Crowd Response riddim". The riddim features some of the biggest name in dancehall such as Popcaan, Vybz kartel, I-octane and more.

21st Hapilos Digital also announced that they have signed an exclusive contract with Russian and Head Concussion records . Head Concussion Music label, founded by Tarik "Russian" Johnston is considered one of the leading producer of dancehall and reggae, from Remedy Riddim to Vybz Kartel and Russian "Jeans & Fitted" to I-Octane and Chan Dizzy's "Till Kingdom", their formula has kept them in the charts both locally and internationally. The pairing with 21st Hapilos Digital will ensure them a wider audience and broader reach to bring dancehall mainstream.

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Riley & Black Soil Band Deliver Scorching Performance at 9 Mile Music Festival

tarrus_riley_9_mile.jpgWith a set lasting over an hour, reggae artiste Tarrus Riley and his Blak Soil band held the more than 6,000 strong audience spell bound at the just concluded 9 Mile Music Festival.

The event took place at the Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami and featured performances from a number of acts including Burning Spear, Capleton, Julian, Stephen and Damian Marley, American rapper Wale, R&B singer Melanie Fiona and Coco Tea.

Riley's set was quite interactive as he engaged his audience about current issues of the day. Not to be left out of the mix, he introduced his backup singers who displayed their talent to the audience who were appreciative of their efforts.

Saxophonist Dean Fraser took on Riley in a musical showdown which the audience applauded.

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March 8, 2012

Bounty Killer issued March court date, plans funeral for ‘Miss Ivy’

Bounty_Killer_photo_outaroad_double.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer faces an emotionally daunting next couple of weeks as he prepares for two major events in his life.
On Monday, the Alliance leader hosted a nine night in his home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston to celebrate the life of his late mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who died late last month following an illness. The nine night was attended by several of Bounty Killer's peers, including Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Kiprich and, most notably his long-time rival, Beenie Man who all offered condolences and words of encouragement to the 'War Lord' during his time of mourning.

Now, media reports been confirmed that the funeral service for Miss Ivy will take place on Sunday March 18, though no venue and time has been offered as yet. On Wednesday, Bounty Killer again paid tribute to his late mother, acknowledging what would have been her 72nd birthday, via Twitter.

"Happy birthday to my beloved mama, Miss Ivy Williams, today is her 72nd birthday 7.3.40/26.2.12. U "ll all ways be here with us mama my hero and shero love u darling!!" he tweeted.

Two days following his mother's funeral, Bounty Killer will report to the Gun Court in Kingston where he’ll answer to charges illegal possession of firearm, assault at common-law and unlawful wounding in relation to a 2007 incident where it's alleged that the prominent deejay and a group of men assaulted an off-duty police officer in New Kingston. Amongst those allegations are that Bounty Killer supposedly pointed a gun at the officer.

The trial was postponed to March 20 after Bounty Killer appeared in court on Tuesday, only for the matter to be delayed once more.

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World Clash Gets a Double Dose of Tony Matterhorn

tony_matterhorn_world_clash_new_york.jpgNew York, New York -- The clock to World Clash's heralded return in New York and Jamaica is ticking and the series has sparked immeasurable excitement in the sound clash arena. Many have coined the stagings of World Clash R.E.S.E.T. the most anticipated clashes of 2012. With World Clash thriving as a hot topic on facebook, twitter and in the streets, even more potent than the event itself is the hype surrounding larger-than-life selector Tony Matterhorn, who hasn't touched down on the New York World Clash stage in quite some time. Sound clash enthusiasts are always anxious to see Tony Matterhorn in action, but the heat has especially turned up a notch for this performance, as clash fans can hardly wait to witness Matterhorn's face off against nemesis Fire Links for the first time on the World Clash stage. Set for Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ Amazura in Queens, New York, this highly anticipated World Clash R.E.S.E.T. staging will also feature heavy hitting contenders Bass Odyssey, Black Kat, Poison Dart, Earth Ruler and David Rodigan.

Set to compete in World Clash R.E.S.E.T. in New York and host World Clash R.E.S.E.T. in Jamaica, the industry's most visible selector Tony Matterhorn has people talking for more reasons than one. Whether it's his over-the-top radio interviews where he is verbally warring with fellow contenders or his candid video segments, Tony "Mentally Ill" Matterhorn has everyone waiting to see what's next.

Tony Matterhorn's involvement in Irish and Chin's 15th Anniversary stagings of World Clash R.E.S.E.T. is a no brainer, particularly because of the popular selector's strong ties to the World Clash Jamaica (formerly Death Before Dishonor) brand. Matterhorn is pivotal in World Clash Jamaica's early development, bringing an onslaught of attention and hype to the event because of his early victories and back to back titles. Before Panther changed World Clash history with consecutive wins as "The Five Star General," Matterhorn made his mark as the first contender to have back to back titles. Namely, Matterhorn won World Clash Jamaica in 2002, 2003, followed by U.K. Cup Clash.

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Mr. Vegas 'Sweet Jamaica' Album Launch A Success!

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Wednesday March 7, 2012- International Reggae -Dancehall Music star Mr. Vegas launched his new double album "Sweet Jamaica" on March 6, at Mango Ranch in Kingson. The launch was successful with performances from Natel, Barrington Levy and the man of the night, performing from his album, Mr. Vegas collaborating with Luciano and Nadine Sutherland. Rory from Stone Love was the DJ for the night.

The Launch was hosted by radio personality Claudette Powell and had Mickey Bennett as guest speaker. Executive Director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, Charles Campbell endorsed the album and commended Mr. Vegas on his career throughout the years.

The Launch focused on the Reggae aspect of the double album. The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Mr. Vegas shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic ‘Sweet and Dandy,’ and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s 'You Make Me Happy'.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent dancehall hits including the current dance-driven single 'Bruk it Dung'and the street anthem 'Certain Law'. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavoured single 'I Am Blessed'.

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March 7, 2012

Vybz Kartel book release: Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto

As seen from the letter written to Dr. Cooper, Adidja Palmer's greatest concern about being held without bail thus far is not the affect on his career or the financial losses he is enduring; instead, he is truly concerned about the effect that the situation has on his family. Whereas Vybz Kartel's motto is "Gaza for Life," Adidja Palmer's motto is “family first.” In his first book, he wrote his Vybz_kartel_voice_of_the_jamaican_ghetto.jpgfeelings about his mother and parenting - thoughts he has wanted to share with ghetto youths for some time now; so he placed them in his book - Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto. When asked through a third party what message he wanted to send out, Kartel asked that we release the following excerpts from his book as his message to his fans, his mother and his family in that order. He never wanted to issue a new message as he wants people to see the man he was before incarceration in the words he wrote years ago. Despite many challenges and missed publishing dates for obvious reasons, the publishers of Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto think that the Jamaican people need to know the Adidja Palmer that is on trial and not convict him through their dislike for a controversial DJ named Vybz Kartel. These excerpts were written long before any of the alleged incidents Kartel is charged with occurred. These excerpts he wrote before May 2011 and included them in an official statement released by him that same month.

From Chapter 1 - THANK YOU JAH

Let your Jah be your guide - each day when you wake up anywhere in Jamaica or in the world say - Thank You Jah, me wake up this morning.

I keep saying that I “vision” better days coming. Now, here is part of the reason why I encourage my people to read Proverbs. There are so many lessons to be learnt from the book, especially in Proverbs 29 when Solomon jus roll out de teaching one after de odda. In Proverbs 29: 18, Solomon tells us that without vision the people perish. There are different types of visions. There is the out of body experience that the great Garnet Silk described in his song “Zion in a Vision.” Then there is the vision that King Solomon is talking about. We have a word for it in the ghettoes of Jamaica – it is called“preeing.” Preeing literally means looking at something and thoroughly analyzing it before proceeding to make a decision. This is what I am referring to when I say “I vision better days coming.” It is not an idle thought.

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Beenie Man and fellow artistes support tribute event for Bounty Killer's mother

By Marc Parc
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Beenie_man_bounty_killer_nine_night_outaroad.jpgAn array of Dancehall and Reggae superstars turned out to support industry giant, Bounty Killer at a tribute event dedicated to his late mother.

Bounty Killer held a nine night on Monday in honor of his mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who passed away last week Sunday at the age of 71 following an illness. The wake, which took place in Bounty’s home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston featured appearances from several prominent Jamaican artistes such as Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Richie Stephens, Bridgez, Richie Stephens and Elephant Man, amongst several others.

Perhaps the biggest name, however, on the list of stars that appeared at the nine night was Bounty Killer's long-time rival, Beenie Man who offered condolences and words of encouragement for his on and off friend as they remembered Miss Ivy.

Bounty Killer offered his gratitude to Beenie Man and addressed the support he's received in this time of mourning, via Twitter, following the conclusion of the wake.

"Me and my family just wanna extend our gratitude and appreciation 4 the turn out and support last nite 4 Mama. It was overwhelming to numbers of persons that came thru from as far as St. Bess and Clarendon, music industry players, media houses, and the general public, all my close friends fans and mostly to Moses Davis. The last man some ppl 'd be looking to see came and paid his respek. Bless up the Doc as Bounty and Beenie is like PNP and JLP, we don't need one without the other. I love Jamaican ppl yow. We The Best!!" he tweeted.
It remains unknown if or when funeral arrangements will be made for Miss Ivy. She was survived by her eight children, with Bounty Killer being the youngest son, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Ce'cile Reps The Females With 'Cheater's Revenge

cecile_cheaters_revenge_chris_martin.jpgSassy songbird Cecile has never shied away from tackling controversial topics that are considered taboo in the Jamaican society. And her latest foray into the dynamic of sexual power in relationships center's around the single, 'Cheater's Prayer the Female Refix (Cheater's Revenge)' a counteraction to Chris Martin's worldwide reggae hit of the same name where she declares outright that she is considering cheating on her boyfriend, whom she suspects is having an affair with another girl.

Produced by ZJ Chrome, the single has been in heavy rotation on local FM radio but is also generating considerable buzz in countries such as Bahamas, Belize, St Lucia, Kenya and is often played right after Chris Martin's 'Cheater's Prayer'.
"Chris had asked me to do it initially but I didn't want to do it, and then when I saw the reaction to the song in the clubs, I had to do it," Cecile said in a release.
"Another song on the same riddim, 'If You' is an answer but not a direct answer to Cheater's Prayer because there had to be a female side to this lover's dilemma, and then I ended up doing a dub for Chrome called Cheater's Revenge. And surprise surprise, it is the dubplate which got big and because of the demand, and so we put that out as a song, it is not even recorded properly, but there was such a great demand for it, especially in the Caribbean, with disc jockeys wanting to play it back to back with Chris' song, that it had to go out fast," she said, laughing.

Cecile said that music insiders soon realized that disc jockeys and selectors were actually recording the song off the radio, and dropping it on reggae mixes with the name of the disc jockey embedded in the song. So a decision was made to release the song as a single with Chrome's name edited.

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Award - Winning German Reggae Artiste Gentleman Excited About Debut NYC Performance

gentleman_new_tork_outaroad.jpgNew York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German's multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the "Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour," includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM's 'The Joint' with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens.

"I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish" the German sinjay noted.

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March 6, 2012

Exclusive Photos: Jah Cure is longing to hold His Daughter for the first time

Jah_cure_baby_Kailani_Belle_Alcock.jpgWhat is reggae superstar Jah Cure 'longing for' these days? To gaze into the eyes of his first child, Kailani Belle Alcock.

His daughter was born last month in California but he was unable to be there for the happy event, but instead had to be content to witness the event via Skype.

"I just can't wait to see her and hold her for the first time," a beaming Jah Cure said.

Kailani Belle Alcock was dragged kicking and screaming into the world after Kamila spent 26 gruelling hours in labour at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley, California. Her name means 'Beautiful Chief from the Heavens.'

She clocked in at a healthy seven pounds and three ounces and measuring 19 inches

“Her mother chose her name still, a beautiful name for a beautiful princess. Seeing her for the first time was just incredible, the greatest feeling in the world…words can’t explain.”

Jah Cure has not been able to hold his daughter in his arms yet since she was born at a hospital in the USA, but Kamila is doing double duty until they are reunited. She is overwhelmed with joy at the prospect of being a mother.

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Busy Signal to drop new Reggae album in April

By M. Jodee
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Busy_signal_reggae_music_again_album.jpgInternationally regarded Dancehall singjay, Busy Signal continues his preparations prior to the release of his upcoming album, which will surely offer fans a never before seen side of the artiste.

Busy's new album, Reggae Music Again will be unveiled on April 24, via American based Dancehall/Reggae label, VP Records. The Roots Reggae album features 14 tracks and its lead single, Come Over has received strong acclaim on the local music scene as well as its accompanying video, which was unveiled last month.

According to Busy Signal, via press release, Reggae Music Again will be “celebrating the uplifting spirit and tightly woven grooves that epitomize Jamaica's signature rhythm."
Additionally, the new album will showcase the spiritual and sensual sides of Busy Signal, an artiste who's regularly known for his rough-edged style of music as well as lyrical ingenuity.

"It shows my growth, versatility and the recognition of reggae as the origin of dancehall music. Being a Jamaican, I feel like it is my duty to highlight and contribute to reggae music, and with the encouragement of my management and musicians who played on this record, including Dean Fraser, it all came together. This album is like a renaissance for me, a rebirth - Reggae style," he said.

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Damian Marley calls for Jamaica to revamp Reggae music

By Marc Parc
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damian_marley_junior_gong_bob_son.jpgWith the apparent declining stronghold that Reggae music has within Jamaican culture, one of its premiere disciples hopes the local industry will help that change for the better.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley addressed the local and universal state of Reggae music during an interview on CVM's OnStage this past Saturday. Marley, who's spent recent months back home after spending most of 2011 overseas recording and touring, believes that Jamaicans need to once again reap the benefits that Reggae music has provided to fans and musicians worldwide.

With many prominent foreign artistes such as Beyoncé, Justin Beiber and Rihanna using Reggae Riddims in recent hit songs, Marley insists that Jamaicans need to get back to their musical roots and show appreciation for the genre they helped make popular.

"I think Jamaica could pay more homage to their own music themselves. You go out…you don't hear a lot of cultural music. It's a bit imbalanced now," he said.

"Internationally when people hear of Reggae music they still really relate to original, cultural one-drop. They don’t think of what you really hear being played here right now."
With the globalization of Reggae music at an all-time high, Marley thinks this marks a great opportunity for Jamaican artistes to reclaim their genre and create more avenues internationally.

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KG impresses at Kitson Town gospel concert

Kereen_Gregory_gospel_artiste_jamaica_female.1.jpgKingston Jamaica - It's not easy for a relatively new artiste to stand out at a concert featuring gospel heavyweight such as Minister Carlene Davis, Goddy Goddy and Kingdom Soldiers, but rising gospel singer Kereen 'KG' Gregory did just that at a concert in Kitson Town recently.

The event was entitled Ash Wednesday Praise and proved to be a rousing praise and worship session in the parish of St Catherine. It was KG's very first time in Kitson Town and she kept her promise to make her performance memorable.

From the moment she hit the stage, KG connected with the audience and steadily built up a momentum with smart selections and verbal interactions with the crowd. Her naturally bubbly personality and her strong love for Christ shone brightly as she ministered in song. KG's 30 minutes seemed all too short and she surely left the crowd wanting more.

Among her selections were Ride Out Your Storm, Highly Favoured and Blessed, God Alone. Lifting Up Praise and Lord Do Mi Again. And the fans showed their appreciation, especially on numbers such as the dancehall gospel flavoured Lord Do Mi Again and Ride Out The Storm.

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March 5, 2012

Vybz Kartel issues letter from behind bars

By Marc Parc
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vybz_kartel_letter_writing.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has publicly addressed his current legal battles for the first time since his arrest last September.

The prominent deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice charges stemming from three separate cases, issued a letter from the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town, where he currently resides while awaiting trial. A part of his letter was published in Sunday's edition of the Jamaica Gleaner by University of the West Indies (UWI) literary and cultural professor, Carolyn Cooper who wrote an editorial piece on Kartel's current situation behind bars.

In the piece, Cooper speaks from a mother's point of view as she distinguishes the difference in personality between Vybz Kartel and Adidja Palmer, claiming that Palmer's a complete contrast of the controversial character that his stage persona presents. Additionally, she speaks of various dissections of Kartel's public perception worldwide and in the media.

In the letter, Kartel speaks to those points and then some; accusing law enforcement officials and the media of labeling him guilty before getting the chance to prove his innocence before the courts.

"As you know I am in jail on numerous charges and I'd like to tell you that I am an innocent man who needs your help because I'm being painted as this evil 'D.J. by day, don by night' murderer who is society's number one cause of crime and violence. The police is using the media to slaughter me and as such I don't think I will get a fair trial. They are using the media to form public opinion of me that is so contradictory to the person that I really am. They (police) have tried my case in the public & found me guilty," the letter reads.

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21st Hapilos Releases Tiana's 'Princess of the Dancehall,' EP - Via iTunes

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Prominent Dancehall diva, Tiana has marked a crowning achievement in her career by unveiling her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall that's being Digital Distributed by 21st Hapilos (Johnny Wonder) via iTunes and several other online digital stores.
Tiana_Princess_of_Dancehall_EP_Cover_Hapilos_21st_Press_2012.jpgHaving made several strides within Dancehall over the last 18 months, Tiana has released several hits that have connected with underground and mainstream audiences while building strong fan bases locally and overseas. Her versatility and work ethic culminated in the official release of Tiana's first Extended Play compilation on Friday.

The digital EP, unveiled via American music sharing outlet, iTunes features several of Tiana's smash hits over the last 18 months as she aspires to achieve the commercial success her resume warrants. Princess of the Dancehall consists of highly-acclaimed singles such as a soca version of her first major hit, Can't Talk Bad Bout Mi, Bruk Out and Whine on the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim as well as the sexually charged track, P*m P*m Phat which took the Dancehall world by storm.

Additionally, the debut EP features a pair of Tiana's most prominent collaborations such as U Mi Want featuring Darrio and the top 10 hit, Gyal Mi Love Yuh featuring Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens.
Princess of the Dancehall encompasses various genres and stages of this dominant diva's career as the 9 track EP solidifies her place as a stalwart within Jamaican music as she looks towards bigger and better things in 2012.

The Producers who helped to make Tiana's Princess of the Dancehall EP possible are Adde Production (Summer Time Riddim)…So-Unique Records (Lost Angel Riddim)…Roache/JA Production(Overproof Riddim)…Carlington OutAroad Wilmot/LionPath (Flirtation & West Pines Riddim)…D&H/Subkonshus (G Shock Riddim)…Fams House Studio(Buss Out Riddim) and Cashflow Records with School Bag Riddim.

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RDX Premieres video for single "Always" - Upcoming Album "Soul Poetry"

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With this new single comes a not so typical sound you would get from any Dancehall Artist / Group, especially those who rose to stardom came from core dancehall music. RDX however has recently released a song titled "Always" from their upcoming Studio Album "Soul Poetry" which shows a different side of the group.

The video for "Always" debut on Saturday March 2nd on D'WRAP; one of Jamaica's Top Entertainment Programmed hosted by Saudicka Diaram. The video was shot in Warsaw Poland, while the group was on a European tour. RDX wanted to bring a different concept and demonstrate their limitless potential by incorporating more than the typical dancehall atmosphere that they are know for.

Directed by Konrad Werkowicz from Poland, the video and single explores the reasons why people stay in love. The simple and unusual complexities that diversifies and help to transcend a relationship to higher heights which lead to the forging of two spirits into one, therefore love becomes inevitable.

RDX states that "the song was inspired by us realizing that most men such as ourselves are afraid to tell their female companions how they really feel and that most men aren't good at expressing their feelings either".

The 14 track Album is being produced by I-Strong, Blaqk Sheep and Apt.19 and is set for released this summer. A testament of the group's versatility, the dynamic group further stated "Soul Poetry is just poetic music from the soul for the soul. Powerful messages inspired by the varying colours of life."

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Michael Jackson Sony back catalog stolen by hackers

By Chenda Ngak

michael_jackson_sony_music_stolen.jpg(CBS News) Two men in the U.K. have allegedly been arrested for illegally downloading 50,000 tracks from Sony's collection of Michael Jackson's back catalog, the Sunday Times reported.

According to the BBC, 26-year-old James Marks and 25-year-old James McCormick are the alleged offenders and were arrested last May. The two have reportedly been released on bail, with a trial scheduled for Jan. 2013. There's no indication that the men are associated with the hacking group Anonymous or LulzSec.

Jackson's entire back catalog was compromised, the latest report says. Sony purchased the rights from the Jackson estate in 2010 for $200 million to complete 10 projects over seven years, Billboard reported. The deal included permission to distribute previously unreleased tracks from "Thriller," "Bad" and "Off the Wall."

While the suspects have been apprehended, the damage may have already been done. If the files reach cyberspace, it will likely cheat the Jackson estate from the opportunity to release the rare tracks on their own terms. There's no information on whether or not any other Sony artists' catalogs were compromised. If so, the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and the Foo Fighters may also be victims of the transgression.

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March 4, 2012

Mavado Settle Down Rules The #1 Spot On Hype TV Dancehall/Reggae Chart

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Reggae Superstar Sizzla to give first Solo live performance since crash

By Marc Parc
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Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Sizzla will take his biggest step career wise since he endured a horrific motorcycle crash last year.
The artiste, whose real name is Miguel Orlando Collins, will return to the local stage for the first time in over a year when he'll participate in an upcoming live show dubbed, Sizzla: Unplugged and Acoustics. Branded the 'event of the century,' Sizzla has joined forces with Florida-based public relations outlet, Whirlwind Entertainment Group to showcase a historic event, scheduled to take place at Club Privelege on March 18, starting at 8 p.m.

Keecha Hamilton, production manager for the event intimated via press release that Sizzla: Unplugged and Acoustics will meets fan demands for more unplugged performances while they get the chance to witness the triumphant return of Sizzla Kalonji in a calm atmosphere to ease him back into the fold. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards providing medical support for a child in desperate need of life-saving surgery.

The prominent singjay will team up with iconic Dancehall/Reggae producers, Sly and Robbie as well as acclaimed violinist, Jessica Yap. Furthermore, breakthrough Dancehall artiste, Popcaan will host and perform at the after party.

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Delroy’s Daughter Dazzles: Shana Wilson expands on legacy of Reggae icon

Chaina_Dancehall_Jamaica.jpgDelroy's Daughter Dazzles: Shana Wilson expands on legacy of Reggae icon For the child of a well-renowned musician, carrying their parents' legacy presents the toughest challenges; leaving your own hails as even more unenviable task. But don't tell that to the daughter of one of Jamaica's greatest foundation Reggae stars.

Shana Wilson, more popularly known by her stage name, Chaina hails as the daughter of legendary Reggae singer, Delroy Wilson, whose long resume of hits includes Dancing Mood, Better Must Come, and Last Thing on My Mind amongst several others. However, she only got glimpses of her father's eye-catching voice before Delroy Wilson's shocking death at the hands of a liver ailment in 1995, when Shana was only six years old.

However, Wilson's scintillating voice left an indelible mark on his fans and family; propelling Chaina to pursue a similar route to her father. Professionally recording since the age of 17, the emerging young singer has always been inspired by her father's work; hoping to build on a well-laid foundation that the prominent Reggae icon left behind.

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March 2, 2012

Popcaan Takes Over The #1 Spot From Mavado On The 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 - 03 - (06) Popcaan - Only Man She Want - Sounique Records

02 - 02 - (07) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

03 - 01 - (08) Mavado - Settle Down - JA Production - (2wks@#1)

04 - 06 - (07) Khago - Tun Up Di Ting - JA Production

05 - 07 - (08) Konshens - Duh Sum’n - Ward 21 Production

06 - 04 - (10) Tiana ft Konshens - Gyal Mi Love You - Fams House Studio - (peaked@#4)

07 - 10 - (05) Vybz Kartel - Why Pree (Worl Boss) - Adidjaheim Records/ Head Concussion

08 - 05 - (13) Khago - Blood A Boil - TJ Records - (1wk@#1)

09 - 08 - (11) Tiana - Pum Pum Phat (Ravin Remix) - (2wks@#1)

10 - 12 - (06) Tiana - Bruk Out And Whine - Ja Productions

11 - 09 - (12) Mavado - Delilah - Mansion Records

12 - 13 - (10) Beenie Man - Nah Talk Too Long - Seanizzle

13 - 14 - (04) Vybz Kartel - Freaky Gal Part 2 - Head Concussion

14 - 15 - (04) Aidonia - Caribbean Girl - Ja Productions

15 - 16 - (02) Popcaan - Clean - TJ Records

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Potential Kidd A Yah Suh Nice On-Stage Interview With Winford Williams

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Mr. Vegas insists he has not enjoyed his career

By Marc Parc
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Mr_Vegas_career_dancehall.jpgProminent Dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas has a very accomplished resume most artistes would dream of showcasing. However, the veteran singjay doesn't seem to revel in his consistent success.

Mr. Vegas will unveil his sixth career studio album, Sweet Jamaica on March 6; a double disc CD filled with Reggae and Dancehall-themed singles which speak on all sorts on issues. As he prepares to unleash his latest effort, Vegas has made a startling admission; insisting he hasn't enjoyed the pros and cons of his 16 years as a Dancehall artiste.

During a radio interview on Wednesday night, Mr. Vegas stated that the many pressures and burdens which accompany the music industry have taken a toll on him in recent times.

"It is just difficult sometimes…stuff that people just come at you with; sometimes you just want to get away, sometimes yuh jus wan' go live under a rock," he said.

"I have so much to deal with my 16 years where other people have been through less than what I’ve been through; all the criticism and all the name calling and all that stuff where other people fold up tent and can’t come back."

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March 1, 2012

Bounty Killer, fellow artistes to pay tribute to "Miss Ivy"

By Marc Parc
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Internationally regarded Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer and his industry peers look to honor the life of the Alliance leader's late mother while continuing to mourn her sudden death.

Ivy Williams, more popularly known as Miss Ivy died at hospital on Sunday after suffering from an illness. Bounty Killer announced his mother's passing, via Twitter on Sunday morning and on Tuesday, spoke publicly about his handling of this tragedy since it first happened. Additionally, several industry compatriots, including long-time rival Beenie Man and Dancehall diva, Spice publicly reached out to the "War Lord" to publicly offer their condolences.

Now, Bounty Killer has re-released a song originally recorded in 2005 in honor of his mother entitled, Mama's Love. The Chiney K produced single was unveiled on Monday as a tribute to Miss Ivy and her profound effect on Bounty Killer, his family and friends, particularly through times of adversity.

Additionally, it's being reported that a Nine-Night will be held on Monday in Bounty Killer's home neighborhood, Seaview Gardens, where several artistes are expected to pay their respects to Miss Ivy. It's unknown at this time if any funeral arrangements are being made.
Miss Ivy was survived by her eight children, with Bounty Killer being the youngest. She also had several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Sean Paul's new album enjoying continental success

By M. Jodee
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sean-paul-mowark-hair-cut-style-dancehall.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Sean Paul hasn't been fully released yet but already has caused a stir across several continents.

Sean Paul released his fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique in late January, via Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group). This hails as the prominent deejay's first album since his successful 2009 compilation, Imperial Blaze which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album the following year.

Tomahawk Technique was unveiled across various regions such as Japan, Mexico, South Africa and many European countries like Belgium, France, Germany as well as Switzerland. Since its release, the 12-track album currently holds the eighth position on the iTunes Top Ten Albums Chart in Germany while taking sixth position on charts in Switzerland and Austria.

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Teflon, GWhizz, Patexx & Nefatari gear up for "Intercontinental Tour"

africatour.jpgThe Intercontinental Tour features some of Jamaica's most talented star and promising acts such as Teflon, GWhizz, Patexx & Nefatari. The Tour will see them traveling to the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and Canada starting July through to September 2012. The tour is a mix of dancehall and reggae to please all music lovers.

These artist aren't strangers to the Music Industry as they have been making their mark not only locally in Jamaica but Internationally as well. The Tour will be a medium for their fans and Reggae Dancehall music lovers to hear great Jamaican Music and up front performances.

They are all apart of a generation of greatness touching and joining continents through music.

Although GWHIZZ has been in the music business since 2005, he gained international notoriety with “LIFE”; winning Carivibez.tv2009 Webby Award for Best Breakthru Video & the 2010 EME AWARD for “Best New Artists.”

G-Whizz has performed in the Japan, England, Canada, Cayman Islands, New York City, Boston, Atlanta, "Best Of the Best" Concert - Miami, England, Bahamas, St Croix, Bermuda and popular Jamaica Events: Capleton St Mary Me Come From Annual Charity Show, Anthony B Trelawny Fun Day, Reggae Sumfest, STING and Fully Loaded @ James Bond Beach in Jamaica.

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