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10/29/2012
BUJU PLEADS FOR LENIENCY

Ahead of his court appearance, Buju Banton’s new attorney has asked a federal judge in Tampa to reconsider the 10-year prison sentence the reggae entertainer is serving following his conviction on drug possession. Buju is set to appear in a Tampa federal court on Tuesday for a re-sentencing on a gun ...


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10/29/2012
CAPTAIN BARKEY KILLER COMMITS SUICIDE

Captain Barkey’s killer has committed suicide. The NYPD was notified that 42 year old Joseph Kernizan, shot himself to death as law enforcement closed in just before 11 p.m. Tuesday in Miami-Dade. Here’s more in this from CBS 4. Kernizan gunned down his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Bennett, and popular Dancehall Deejay Captain Barkey ...


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9/3/2012
BUJU GETS NEW LAWYER

IMPRISONED Jamaican reggae artiste Buju Banton has changed his long-time attorney David Oscar Markus, who has been representing him since his arrest in 2009 in Florida, USA. His new lawyer is now Chokwe Lumumba, a 40-year legal veteran from Mississippi, USA. Yesterday, Markus confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that the ...


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9/3/2012
DANCEHALL MOVES ON WITHOUT KARTEL

With Vybz Kartel in lockup, many have expressed the view that dancehall has become stagnant. However, some industry insiders believe the industry is still very active. The artiste has been in jail since October and is currently facing two murder charges, conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ...


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9/3/2012
RANKIN TREVOR LAID TO REST

'Rankin Trevor' will be laid to rest on the weekend. The funeral service for the deejay will begin at noon on Sunday, September 2 at the Hagley Park Road Seventh Day Adventist Church, in St Andrew. A Wake is also slated to take place on Saturday. Music News speaks with Rankin Trevor’s ...


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2/22/2012
DOWNBEAT, SILVER HAWK & BLACK SCORPIO VIBES NUFF

I arrived inside the Albany Manor Ballroom at approximately 12:30am inside there were only 15 people or so that had already assembled. The crowd would grow to no more than 150-175 people. Wish was quite shocking for such a big event. Adm. was $20. The host for the night was ...


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2/6/2012
BASSODYSSEY DEFEATS SUPERSONIC AT WAR TERRITORY 4

Another flight lasting 8hrs and another sleepless night but such is the life of a clash reporter. I arrived at Leoncavallo Club, Milano, Italy at approximately 12mid. Inside a crowd of nearly 250 had already gathered the crowd would grow to a max of just around 350. Adm. was ...


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12/19/2011
SKERRIT BWOY FINDS JESUS

Bronx based selector and dancer Skerrit Bwoy has made a life changing decision. Skerritt Bwoy a.k.a. Mr. Domestic Violence who exploded on the international dancehall scene in 2005, with his sound system Ghetto Life is now a man of God. Skerrit Bwoy explains the transformation. Skerrit Bwoy who is ...


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12/11/2011
GAZA SLIM FACES NEW CHARGES

The embattled entertainer Gaza Slim was slapped with two charges attempting to pervert the course of justice and Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice yesterday by the Constant Spring Police. This came after a ruling yesterday by the Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that the entertainer who has been in ...


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12/11/2011
MARLEY'S BROTHER SUING FOR RIGHTS

Richard Booker the half-brother of reggae legend Bob Marley says he will fight a lawsuit that seeks to stop him from using Marley's name and image without official authorization to promote an annual Miami music festival and other ventures according to the Canadian Press. Richard Booker, whose mother Cedella Booker was ...


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11/1/2011
SHAWN STORM BOOKED FOR MURDER

Shawn Storm was pointed out in an identification parade yesterday at the Constant Spring police station. The entertainer who is a member of the Vybz Kartel led Portmore Empire has not yet been charged. However, his lawyer Michael Dean says he will know by Thursday if his client will be charged. ...


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11/1/2011
VYBZ KARTELL FACES NEW MURDER CHARGES

Vybz Kartel is to return to court this Thursday to answer charges in the second murder charge brought against after a co-accused was not brought to court by the police. The dancehall deejay’s lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson tells Music News that the defense was told that a number of other people are ...


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11/1/2011
BEENIE MAN FALLS OFF STAGE

I’m ok! says Beenie Man after falling off stage at a concert in Costa Rica. The dancehall deejay was performing his single “Nuh get mi mad” when the incident occurred. Beenie Man remembers the ordeal which took place on the weekend.


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4/1/2011
LP MURDERS ONE LOVE IN HOLLAND

i KNOW THE AUDIO IS ALREADY OUT , BUT THOUGHT SOME OF YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WONT HEAR ON THE AUDIO AS WITH THINGS THAT ARE ON THE AUDIO. It would be 7 1/2 hrs before I would land in Amsterdam from Detroit, but ...


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1/30/2011
SUPERSONIC VS KING ADDIES

It was one of the biggest nights in sound clash history. War Zone 2011 featured two of the biggest sounds in the industry today. King Addies vs Supersonic. I arrived in Antigua late Sat afternoon and arrived inside Millers at the Sea at approximately 11:15pm. Millers by The Sea is ...


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6/17/2010
SHELLY BELLY GETS MOVIE ROLE

Dancer Shelly Belly has entered the realms of acting with his role in a movie called Gangsters Nuh Play: Krawb Up Edition. The movie, which is directed by Macca, also features his cousin Racoon. Some of it was shot in the United States and Bermuda earlier this year but it ...


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6/17/2010
ROMAIN VIRGO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Album: Romain Virgo Artiste: Romain Virgo Genre: Reggae Ratings: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars From a 'rising star' to a full-fledged reggae artiste, Romain Virgo has showed his maturity in his debut self-titled album. While still only 20, Virgo is far from a 'teeny bopper' showcasing mature writing, topics ...


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1/19/2010
ELEPHANT MAN SAYS BEENIE WRECKED STAGE SHOW

It was after 3 a.m. on Sunday morning when a disgruntled Elephant Man, after having his set cut short by police officers, unapologetically announced that fellow deejay and unscheduled performer Beenie Man had "mashed up" the Coca-Cola Presents Sean Kingston in Concert. Receiving boos from the disgruntled audience for 'dissing' the ...


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1/19/2010
GROUPS NOT SURE ABOUT WYCLEF CHARITY

Groups that screen charities are raising doubts about the organization backed by Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean, questioning its accounting practices and ability to function in earthquake-hit Haiti. Even as more than $2 million poured into The Wyclef Jean Foundation Inc. via text message after just two days, experts questioned how much ...


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1/19/2010
TOO MANY ARTIST AT REBEL SALUTE

With the plethora of acts on this year's Rebel Salute, there is no way the event should have been held in anything less than two days and possibly even three. Some 50-plus acts were scheduled to perform on the one-night festival, and all seemed to have been present...and then some. This ...


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11/26/2009
SQUINGY MEMORIES

My most profound memory of Squingy happened in 1996. I had just started promoting dances in Detroit and one of the first sounds I brought to Detroit was Bassodyssey. The dance was on a Friday Night so I flew in Squingy and Glamor G that Thur. morning mainly to ...


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9/3/2009
DANCEHALL PIONEER STEELIE DIES

Music fraternity mourns the loss of one half of 'Steely and Clevie' duo Steely hailed as 'unique. great soldier of reggae music' By Yasmine Peru, Entertainment editor peruy@jamaicaobserver.com Wednesday, September 02, 2009 The reggae music fraternity across the globe is mourning the loss of pioneering dancehall producer/musician Wycleffe 'Steely' Johnson, one half of the ...


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9/1/2009
FREDDY FAMILY SHINES

Deejay Chino and the rest of the McGregor family will be making their film debut as they play a leading role in an upcoming documentary on Jamaican music and culture titled The Music Nomad - Made in Jamaica. Set to air locally on CVM in October and then on National ...


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7/22/2009
DJ'S GONE A LEAD

Dancehall is taking a fistful of Negril weekend with the two party entities, ATI (Appleton Temptation Isle) and Negril Dream weekend, using entertainers to endorse their events in the hope of attracting more patrons. The airwaves and pre-Negril parties have been seeing a good dose of dancehall culture with a wide ...


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7/22/2009
ANOTHER SELECTOR ATTACKED

Uptown Mondays, held at Savannah Plaza on Constant Spring Road, came to an early end this week after a fledgling member of the Alliance is alleged to have thrown a bottle hitting selector Richie Feelings in the face. When contacted by THE STAR, a reluctant Richie Feelings did not want to ...


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7/22/2009
UNICORN BACK AGAIN

Unicorn is not new to the dancehall industry but his Think Bout Me collaboration with Macka Diamond has been shedding new light on his career. The artiste, whose real name is Donovan McMurray, said he wrote the song about two years ago. "Mi love di mood. Mi write di tune ...


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7/21/2009
MATTERHORN ON TOP OF THE WORLD

For STAR of the month Tony Matterhorn, he likes to be different in every aspect of his life. His present ride and latest pride, a Dodge Charger, reflects just that. The first to admit that he bought the car for his baby mother Toni Ann, Matterhorn says he usually has the ...


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7/21/2009
MATTERHORN ON TOP AGAIN

For STAR of the month Tony Matterhorn, he likes to be different in every aspect of his life. His present ride and latest pride, a Dodge Charger, reflects just that. The first to admit that he bought the car for his baby mother Toni Ann, Matterhorn says he usually has ...


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4/13/2009
SHASHAMANE WINS 2009 WCUP CLASH

It took almost 71/2 hours to fly from Atlanta to London?s Gatwick Airport. But being able to attend World Cup 2009 was well worth it. Detroitreggae.com arrived at the Brixton O2 Academy at approximately 11:15pm. There was no line outside and I started to wonder if there would be a ...


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1/25/2009
KILLAFACE ELIMINATED AFTER 3RD ROUND

It was a cold night in Brooklyn, but inside "De Island Club" it was blazing hot. Detroitreggae.com arrived inside the building at approximately 12:30am. Inside a small crowd of about 70 had gathered this crowd would grow to over 350. The crowd consisted mainly of men only about 20 or ...


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1/20/2009
MERCILESS AND KIPRICH HOT AGAIN

Outstanding Sting performances have been resulting in more income for Merciless and Kiprich. At the show, which was held on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, the two artistes gave performances that people talked about long after the event. Both got 'forwards' that were almost as loud as those Mavado ...


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1/20/2009
RDX ON THE MOVE

With a void in dancehall and the need for a new direction, RDX decided to make dance songs its focus. Renigade and Delomar, the members of RDX, were once part of an eight-member group called Xsytment Gang, which came to the fore in the '90s. "Bout 2005, wi change the name ...


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12/13/2008
SPICE MASH UP DE PLACE

Female entertainer Spice gave Breaton Primary reasons to celebrate on Wednesday after performing at its Miss Braeton pageant. The small-built Spice unleashed hits from her catalogue including Fight Over Man, Giddy Up and her own version of Alicia Keys' No One, which she titled No Gal. She also challenged the students ...


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12/13/2008
CHI CHIMG RELEASE NEW TUNES

With Sting high on the agenda, dancer/deejay Chi Ching Ching is gearing up with new songs. Chi Ching, real name Radion Beckford, said he recently recorded a song called Dribble And Score on Esco's 'Dribble' rhythm. He said it has been getting good airplay on local radio stations. There is also ...


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12/13/2008
NIKKI SUSPENDED FROM RADIO FOR PLAYING SIZZLA TUNE

Zip 103 FM is yet to decide the fate of radio disc jock Nikki Z. When contacted the station's programmes manager D'Adra Williams, was not willing to say how long the Zip DJ's suspension would last for or when she would return to the airwaves. "We are unable to say at this ...


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10/13/2008
ALTON ELLIS

Reggae music pioneer Alton Ellis, known as the godfather of rocksteady, has died at the age of 70 in London, England. Officials at Hammersmith Hospital announced Sunday morning that Ellis, who had cancer of the lymph glands, died peacefully Friday night after he had been hospitalized for several weeks. "His life was ...


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9/29/2008
SPRAGGA BENZ SON LAID TO REST

Carlton Grant Snr., known across the world as Spragga Benz and Sharon Gapoor, today accompanied their son > Carlton Grant Jnr. on his final journey. > > Laid to rest this morning at a funeral that was very well attended, Carlton Junior, lovingly named > Carlyle/Different, was placed in a ...


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9/5/2008
SHELLY BELLY GETS VISA BACK

Dancer Shelly Belly left the island yesterday for Japan for a show and, according to the dancer known for recent dances such as the Luggo Luggo and Nineties Rock, he is very pleased to be able to travel once again. 'Get tru wid mi visa' "Mi feel good, 'cause mi ...


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9/5/2008
RAZZ & BIGGY GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER

Selecting duo Razz and Biggy will no longer limit themselves to just musical juggling at events, as they have added producing to their list of activities. Sean 'Razz' Cousley and Richard 'Biggy' McGrath became a duo in 2001 after they were part of two other sound systems; Uptempo and later, Guardian ...


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9/5/2008
REGGAE ANTHOLOGY

Artiste: Cutty Ranks Album: Limb by Limb (Reggae Anthology) Genre: Dancehall Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5 Recalling when the dancehall was a designated space characterised by zinc, foundation sound systems, artistes toasting and persons slowly bubbling, Cutty Ranks' 'Limb By Limb' is a classic that should be savoured ...


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7/24/2008
TONY MATTERHORN THE HOTTEST SEL.

Though very talkative on the microphone, Tony Matterhorn always manages to thrill his audience whenever he's around the turntables. Drawing for the right song to hit the musical target at weekly, sometimes nightly, events is a hard task for any selector. Keeping ahead of the crowd with a catalogue of new ...


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7/24/2008
Jazzy T Rules

DJ Jazzy T of Renaissance performing at Fully Loaded held at James Bond Beach, St. Mary, July last year. - Nathaniel Stewart photos The music also differs depending on the type of party. The garrison is more hard core dancehall, and uptown, you're allowed to play more rap and sometimes ...


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7/24/2008
MAVADO FREE OF GUN CHARGES

Alliance top lieutenant David 'Mavado' Brooks was freed of gun-related charges when he appeared in the Gun Court in downtown, Kingston Thursday morning. He had been answering to charges of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm. Mavado's co-accused Sameer Coombs was also freed. A member of the Alliance told ...


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3/26/2008
Mighty Crown wins Death before Dishonor

When the insults settled and the dub plates were played out, the 'Far East Rulers', Mighty Crown, hoisted the 'Death Before Dishonour' trophy at Pier One, Montego Bay, for the second consecutive time,yesterday morning. Their winning margin of six dub plates to the Panther-led Black Kat's three, came before an ...


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2/18/2008
THIEVES ROB COBRA

Deejay Mad Cobra is an unhappy man today after thieves broke the rear glass of his BMW X5 at a party in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday and stole cash as well as thousands of dollars worth of equipment. According to Cobra who is christened Ewart Brown, the incident occurred sometime yesterday ...


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2/11/2008
BUNNY WAILER & MARLEY'S DO TRIBUTE

After Bunny Wailer closed an hour of song and speech at the Vin Lawrence park, Trench Town, close to 4:30 on Saturday morning, the second generation of the Wailing Wailers members came together briefly onstage. Wailer called on Stephen and Damian Marley to do One Love, Andrew Tosh also taking ...


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1/6/2008
Cocoa Tea explains fight bet. Sizzla & Jah Cure

Coco Tea, the organiser of the Original Dancehall Jam Jam, is reprimanding the media for its preoccupation with negativity. Though, he wasn't in sight of the incident he says it was not as bad as it sounds. "It only lasted a couple of seconds, no box up never gwaan, is just ...


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12/15/2007
BRIGHTON BANDS ANTI GAY LYRICS

Brighton is set to become the first city to introduce a ban on ?anti-gay? lyrics next week, reports the BBC. The policy, which looks likely to be approved at a Council meeting next Thursday (13 Dec), would make any music - live or recorded - inciting racial, religious or sexual hatred ...


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12/15/2007
MAVADO "BAD BWOY"

Ask Mavado one too many questions about his music's violent content, and he becomes somewhat defensive. Strange really, as he branded himself as a gangster, earned fame on the back of bad-man hits such as Last Night and Top Shotta, and originally rose to prominence with hit single, Real McKoy, which ...


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12/15/2007
WAILERS PRESERVED

Officials at the US Library of Congress has selected the Wailers album ?Burnin?, as part of its 2007 collection of audio recordings to be preserved in its National Recording registry. The album which was released in 1974, was a prelude to the groups internationally acclaimed album ?Catch A Fire?, both of ...


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11/1/2007
MR. LEX ROBBED

Dancehall artiste Lexxus aka Mr Lex is pleading for the return of items stolen from him on Monday night. Items belonging to Mr Lex was stolen from a car belonging to his friend and fellow artiste Brain Damage. According to Mr Lex, Monday night at around 11:30 p.m., he was attending ...


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11/1/2007
Beenie Man is Wrong

Beenie Man's former, manager Patrick Roberts, has dismissed as rubbish, Beenie's claim that he was being targeted because of his political affiliation. On Monday following a court hearing in his tax evasion case, Beenie Man told persons gathered outside the court that he was coming under pressure because of his affiliation ...


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9/12/2007
CRAZY HYPE ADDS NEW DANCER

Dancing has always been a big part of the entertainment culture in Jamaica and with Crazy Hype set to add another group to the mix, it can only get bigger. The popular dancer has already added an accolade to his name when he and his new group, Men of Business ...


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8/14/2007
Super Cat bax Promoter

Police went in search of dancehall star Super Cat after a backstage scuffle at his concert on Saturday night at Mobs II, Chaguaramas. The veteran Jamaican performer, real name William Maragh, clashed with stage manager Wendell Naipaul moments before his appearance at the Super Chutney Show. The singer accused Naipaul, the manager ...


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7/30/2007
Munga too Gansta

Rastas blast Munga's 'Gangsta Ras' image By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter waltersb@jamaicaobserver.com Monday, July 30, 2007 A group of Rastafarians who feel that dancehall artiste Munga's promotion of himself as "the Gangsta Ras" with attendant image, is a perversion of the integrity of Rastafari, say they intend to pursue the ...


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7/30/2007
JAH CURE RELEASED FROM PRISON

Jah Cure released early, said greeted by scores of Rasta brethren BY TYRONE S REID Observer staff reporter reidt@jamaicaobserver.com Sunday, July 29, 2007 After eight years "behind the prison walls" of the Tower Street Adult Correctional facility in Kingston, the day that he was "longing for" - his release - came ...


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7/27/2007
Beenie Man and D'Angels Relationship Turns Violent

Beenie Man and wife D'Angel's relationship has turned into a rocky road. Speculations about his marriage being in trouble have been spreading throughout Jamaica since the recent and widely published photo of The Doctor and upcoming singer Barbee sharing intimate moments at Sumfest. Irie Fm's Da Buzz hosted by K'shema ...


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7/25/2007
Beenies New Lover?

Saturday's picturesque moments of Barbee clutched in Beenie Man's arms and an arguably compromising whisper in her ears is perhaps the most damning episode in the Beenie and D'Angel saga. It could not have been a pleasant sight for his wife, D'Angel, who spent the weekend at home taking ...


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7/18/2007
NINJA/KILLA NO WAR!!!

THE 'WARLORD' AND THE 'GORGON' GIVE PEACE A CHANCE AT REGGAE CARIFEST 2007 Anticipation is high for Reggae Carifest 2007, as feuding Dancehall deejays the 'Warlord' Bounty Killer and the 'Don Gorgon' Ninja Man are set to share the stage as headliners for the 10th annual staging on August ...


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7/8/2007
VP Records and Nokia Partner to Introduce New Phone

VP Records is making a big break through in the world of technology by partnering with Nokia and introducing a new phone, the Nokia 5200, to the market, With features that will promote reggae music, this phone will give artists more global exposure. A launch was held at Carlos Cafe, ...


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7/8/2007
23 year old Jamaican Makes History by Flying Solo Around the World

Young Barrington Irving, created history on June 26, 2007, when he returned from his solo flight around the world. The 23year old Jamaican born pilot caused tears of pride to well up in the eyes of many as he accomplished his youthful dreams and achieved the aim of inspiring young ...


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6/14/2007
Reggae stars renounce homophobia

Historic Agreement to Stop Anti-Gay ?Murder Music? - Reggae stars renounce homophobia - Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton sign deal LONDON, June 13, 2007 ? Three of the world?s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men. Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay ...


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6/5/2007
BOUNTY CAPTURED ON TAPE!!!

Bounty Killer and a woman said to be his ex-girlfriend, ?Peaches? has hit the Jamaica entertainment gossip arena on newly release CD with the explicit conversation has become the much sought after item in the dancehall world this week. The CD which contains snippets of the what appeared to be ...


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5/30/2007
KING ADDIES KILLS DOWNBEAT IN NEWYORK

It was midnight when Detroitreggae.com arrived at Club C-Pac in Brooklyn. The event was dubbed who is the King of NewYork. It featured two of NewYork's best sounds, King Addies and Downbeat Sound. The clash got underway at approximately 1:30am. King Addies won the toss and therefore played first. Original ...


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5/30/2007
KILLAMANJARO MURDERS BLACK SCORPIO & KING JAMMYS AT LEGENDS CLASH

One of the most anticipated clashes in the history of sound clash took place in Queens, NewYork. It featured the legendary King Jammys versus Killamanjaro versus The Mighty Black Scorpio. Adm. was $45.00. The host was none other than Chin from Irish and Chin. Detroitreggae.com ...


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5/29/2007
TIGER RETURNS TO THE DANCEHALL

BOUNTY KILLA (AKA GROUND GOD) SHINES @ CLUB AMNESIA (OCHI RIOS) It was 11:30pm when detroitreggae.com arrived at Club Amnesia (Ochi Rios, Jamaica). Located in the heart of Ochi, Club Amnesia is one of Ochi?s most popular night clubs. For this event they added a stage and converted the car lot ...


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5/24/2007
Jah Cure Set for Freedom Performance

Singer Jah Cure who have been chanting from 'Behind These Prison Walls ' will get to chant for the first time in 8 years at Curefest set for August of this year. Danger Promotions, Iyah Cure Promotions and Brass Gate Promotions have teamed up to present a 3-day event focusing ...


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5/22/2007
Police Mash up Stage show

The Kingston leg of the Fame Road Party, 'Excalibur', came to an abrupt end early Sunday morning after the police drew the musical sword out of the Mas Camp rock, New Kingston. Earlier that morning at 1:30 a.m., hundreds of patrons were still streaming into the already packed venue, where ...


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5/22/2007
Dutty Whine Song of The Year

Amidst all the controversy that has surrounded the Dutty Wine dance, the song, done by selector/artiste Tony Matterhorn was voted as the number one song on the English charts for 2006. The song currently holds the number one spot on the 1Xtra Dancehall Hot 10 chart it listed the hottest ...


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5/21/2007
MAVADO WANTED

Police have confirmed that both Mavado, and selector Foota Hype are wanted in relation to a shooting at the home of exodus studio owner, Ernest BraithWaite, otherwise called Father Romeo. The incident is being blamed on the ongoing feud between dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, and Mavado. Father Romeo says that ...


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3/17/2006
MARLEY BEING SUED

LONDON - A former member of Bob Marley's band, The Wailers, has taken his fight for a slice of the reggae great's royalties to a British courtroom. Aston Barrett, who was Marley's bassist for almost a decade, is suing Universal-Island Records Ltd. for $105 million. His lawsuit was also brought on ...


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2/17/2006
Bling Dawg Still Blingin'

Deejay Bling Dawg has proven he is more than just a mere bark. The self-assured deejay/producer/promoter has made it clear he is focused and consistent, and as times change, he has changed with it. Since his emergence, Bling Dawg has steadily been a feature on every major rhythm leaving our shores, ...


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2/17/2006
Damian Marley?s Welcome To Jamrock Certified GOLD

Damian ?Jr. Gong? Marley, well-known for his unique, controversial and thought-provoking rhymes, has sold at least 500,000 copies of his third album, Welcome To Jamrock (Tuff Gong/Universal). It has been certified GOLD by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). When advised of the GOLD status of his album, Damian delightedly ...


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2/17/2006
MTV Base Confirms T.O.K.

The musical quartet that has communicated the versatility of Jamaican music in Unknown Language very successfully, has recently amassed another accolade which gives credence to TOK?S proclamation that they are indeed Solid as a Rock. The internationally acclaimed hit single Footprints has recently been A-listed on MTV Base. Since their ...


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2/17/2006
Temperature Gives Sean Paul his Fifth Top 10 Pop Hit

Sean Paul's Temperature notably featured on the Applause rhythm, has been making moves on various Billboard charts. This week, Temperature moves from number 18 to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Sean Paul his fifth Top 10 portion of the pop chart. Temperature is also making strides on several ...


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2/9/2006
'Junior Gong' Scores Grammy Double

Marley son takes Best Reggae Album, Best Urban/ Alternative Performance in R&B category. Two days after the 61st anniversary of his father's birth, Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley last night became the first Jamaican artiste to win two Grammy awards at the same show - the Best Reggae Album (Welcome To Jamrock) ...


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2/6/2006
Richie Stephens Impresses on New Album ?Take Me Away?

Richie Stephens' latest album Take Me Away has arrived in time for Valentine's Day. The self-styled 'love specialist' comes correct and delivers the goods on this engaging effort. Just one look at the red and white colours of the album jacket and you get a hint as to what is ...


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2/3/2006
Mobay on a Roll! Jamaica's Greatest and the world's best promised for Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest

Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, has given his assurance that this year's Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest will be the biggest one to date. He made the promise during a courtesy call on sponsors Red Stripe and Digicel on Tuesday at the Red Stripe headquarters for a progress update ...


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1/20/2006
Remembering Gerald 'Bogle' Levy

"Gerald "Bogle" Levy, a leading dancehall choreographer......" The above snippet, taken from one of many headlines that circulated internationally one year ago, underscores the impact of the late Bogle, who will be remembered later today, on the anniversary of his death. Dancehall choreographer Levy may not have had the benefit of formal ...


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1/11/2006
Honouring Bob - Ghana the focus for 2K6

Following a largely triumphant gathering in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for his 60th birthday last year, the celebrations of the birth of late reggae king Bob Marley move to the west African nation of Ghana which will host this year's Africa Unite Bob Marley celebration show on February ...


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11/9/2005
Irie Bans Jah Cure

JAH CURE'S SONGS may truly become a matter of mere 'reflection' on Irie FM. The radio station has pulled all of the artiste's songs from its airplay roster. The move was made by Irie's management in response to death threats the station received to play more of the artiste's songs. "We ...


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10/31/2005
Junior Kelly Launches Tough Life

Junior Kelly certainly has the knack for putting the right label on things. Like when he questioned why love could be so nice, yet hurt so bad and the song became the anthem for safe sex. Now his sixth album tackles the issue of Tough Life, and since most Jamaicans agree ...


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10/21/2005
Emergency! - Kartel ah Suffer Round 'Ere

THE POLICE ARE considering prosecuting deejay Vybz Kartel following his performance at last weekend's Caribbean Rising event held at James Bond Beach, St Mary. An officer at the Oracabessa Police Station told THE STAR yesterday that the police had noted that the deejay had cursed during his performance. "Vybz Kartel ...


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10/18/2005
Tempo Rises to the Occasion

While Tropical Storm Wilma lashed the island with torrential rains, a few determined Jamaicans braved the weather, and were justly rewarded with a star-studded stage show at Tempo's Caribbean Rising II. THE FIRST show slated for Saturday had initially been delayed until Monday, but promoters made a 'last minute' decision ...


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10/14/2005
TOK Garners Second Boom Shot Nomination in Vibe Awards

Dancehall group TOK picked up their second Vibe Awards nomination yesterday when the nominees in the 2005 staging of the awards were announced. The group's current Billboard chart climber Footprints (produced by Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett, has been nominated in the Boom Shot category. "The Boom Shot category honours excellence in ...


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10/6/2005
Sean Paul Tops Reggae Charts

SEAN PAUL'S newest album, The Trinity (VP/Atlantic), has topped the Reggae charts, selling over 107,000 in its first week. This makes it the highest ever reggae debut and single week sales for a reggae artist in SoundScan history. Sean Paul, who brought massive mainstream attention to Jamaica's dancehall in 2002, returns ...


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10/3/2005
Shelly Belly

Dancing has been a part of our culture for decades, passed down by our ancestors. In every era, Jamaicans have developed a natural way of bouncing and gyrating to fresh new dancehall beats that have taken the country by storm. A young man who has orchestrated a few dance moves ...


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9/30/2005
The Game Heads to Jamaica

A series of events will be held around the Caribbean to kick off MTV's Caribbean channel, Tempo. James Bond Beach in St Mary will be the venue for two days (October 15-16) for the Jamaican launch. Controversial US rapper The Game is among the line-up of acts scheduled to perform ...


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9/29/2005
TWINS OF TWINS SETTING NEW HEIGHTS

:: TWIN OF TWINS Sunday September 25, 2005 In August of 2005, the Twin of Twins CD Stir it Up Vol.5 ?The Crucifiction of the Ghetto? spent three weeks at # 1 on the Jamaican X-News and Hot 102 album charts. An amazing 12 years after their first ?Stir it ...


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9/28/2005
Reliving a nightmare - Jah Cure's victim tells her story

Behind these prison walls, doing my paces, doing my time, I am, spending my restless nights, visioning faces " - Jah Cure OVER THE past two years, the songs of rising Rastafarian singer Siccaturie Alcock, better known as 'Jah Cure', have brought joy to countless dancehall fans the world over. But for 25-year-old ...


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9/23/2005
Buju Banton Charged with Assault - Granted $50,000 Bail

REGGAE artiste Buju Banton was on Wednesday offered bail in the sum of $50,000 after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault in the night court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. The police alleged that Banton was among a group of men who barged into a ...


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9/23/2005
Damian Marley's Welcome To Jamrock Sets a Record on the Billboard 200

With over 86,000 copies sold in its first week of release, Damian Jr Gong Marley's new album Welcome to Jamrock broke all records for any reggae artiste, as it debuted at number seven on this week's Billboard 200 pop album chart. The young Marley's chart debut is without a doubt ...


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9/22/2005
World Clash Sat. Oct. 8th 2005

Join Irish and Chin for World Clash on Saturday, October 8 at the Elite Ark in Brooklyn, New York. This stellar clash will truly be a "War of the Worlds." Five countries will represent their flags at this die-hard battle of Dubplates, Insults and Sheer Entertainment in Brooklyn. Don't miss ...


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9/16/2005
Eek-A-Mouse Returns

One of reggae's most original toasters has resurfaced on the local music scene after a long absence. Twenty-five years ago when Eek-A-Mouse took centre stage with trademark catch-phrases he was inventing not only a new style, but one of the most unique and colourful stylings in the annals of Jamaica's music ...


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9/9/2005
WELCOME TO JAMROCK.....Official album launch today at Bob Marley Museum

Described by pundits as an "outrageous and unapologetic" description of poverty and political violence in Jamaica, Welcome To Jamrock, the album by Marley scion and Grammy winning artiste Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley will be officially launched tonight at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The album, Junior Gong's third, will ...


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9/8/2005
'Substance Free'of Negative Content

THE COOL RULER, Gregory Isaacs is back with 'Substance Free,' a roots-rock reggae album, released under the Vision Sounds Label. The 15 track compilation holds true to the formula of using one drop drum reggae beats combined with other instruments such as organ, piano, and horns to create a truly ...


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9/8/2005
Sean Paul Tops MTV's Hot 5 Videos

Jamaican deejay Sean Paul's We Be Burnin is now sitting in the Number One position on MTV's Hot 5 videos. The production, which has been getting heavy airplay, not only on MTV, but on BET as well, was shot in Las Vegas. It was directed by Jessy Terrero and choreographed by Tanisha ...


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9/8/2005
MTV Launching Caribbean Network Next Month

A new cable network dedicated to Caribbean music and culture will be launched next month by MTV Networks, the giant American music media entity that operates MTV (Music Television) which is highly regarded as a driving force in pop culture. The new cable network, named Tempo, will accurately and vibrantly represent ...


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9/2/2005
Artistes Stress Education

BEFORE THE BIG stage, the music and the screaming at Jamaica College on Hope Road in St. Andrew yesterday, the 'Back2School' message was posted on blackboards at the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston. The slogans read 'bSmart' and 'bSilent', among others, and with Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall conducting classes, ...


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8/26/2005
Oliver Celebrates 35

Veteran comedian Oliver Samuels is this year celebrating his 35th year as a professional comedian and celebrations marking this historic milestone are scheduled to start later in the year. The first event in a series of performances featuring the renowned entertainer and friends, which will help support his charities as well, ...


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8/26/2005
LAVA GROUND - I Wayne (VP Records) CD REVIEW

Many Reggae artistes are content to just make us dance and groove to their carefree music. That does not apply to I Wayne. He brings Reggae back to its essential roots riddims via tranquil vocals on Lava Ground. The Jamaican uses the album's lead single, Can't Satisfy Her to pull listeners ...


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8/19/2005
It's JAH CURE - Music at centre of new prison rehab programme

A new effort using music to help rehabilitate talented prisoners has been designed by the authorities, and incarcerated reggae singer Jah Cure has released the first single under the programme. The single, True Reflection, was recorded at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, more commonly known as the General Penitentiary. Music ...


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8/8/2005
CROWD DECIDES WINNER OF JA DHQ COMPETITION 2005

THE JUDGES' DECISION was not final in the case of the 2005 staging of Red Label International Dancehall Queen Competition at Pier One, Montego Bay on Saturday night. A large number of the 6000 persons, predominantly residents of Montego Bay, revoked the judges' ruling and chose the girl they wanted to ...


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7/19/2005
ALBUM REVIEW: TOK- UNKNOWN LANGUAGE - Well-crafted and unique

The tradition continues, with succeeding generations producing astounding results. There are significant parallels between TOK, as a dancehall singing group, and many of the singing groups that emerged in the embryonic stage of the evolution of reggae music. For instance, TOK describes themselves as 'Dancehall's number one rude bwoy band'. Music ...


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7/6/2005
Morgan Heritage Returns to Sumfest Stage After Five Years

Una, Peter, Gramps, Lukes and Mr Mojo, collectively known as Morgan Heritage, return to the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest stage for a landmark performance on Friday, July 22. Led by the patriarch of the family Denroy Morgan and fresh from the release of their latest album Full Circle, Morgan Heritage will ...


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6/20/2005
OLIVIA: A Jamaican voice in the G-Unit Camp

Dubbed the First Lady of the G-Unit camp, singer Olivia, who was featured on rapper 50 Cent's platinum-selling single Candy Shop, is a Jamaican at heart. The 24 year-old who lived in Patrick City, Kingston 20, before moving to New York city 16 years ago, says she is proud of ...


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6/8/2005
MTV Networks to Launch Tempo - A New Television Network Dedicated to Caribbean Music and Culture

Tempo, a new cable television network dedicated to Caribbean music and culture, will be launched by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. in October of 2005. The new channel will be advertiser-supported, and will target all people with a passion for the Caribbean lifestyle. The channel will provide a ...


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6/6/2005
iJAM! iTunes exec tells Buju Banton to take a hike

A top music industry exec at iTunes has been slammed after declaring he wanted nothing to do with Jamaican artists. Artist/Label Relations Manager at iTunes Music Store, Apple?s online music retail shop, admitted telling aides for reggae star Buju Banton that he wanted nothing to do with Jamaican musicians after Banton?s ...


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4/14/2005
SELECTOR TONY MATTERHORNE is Now in Radio Land

The colourful dancehall character has landed a job on Liberty 98.1 FM, a radio station in Barbados where he has been spinning dancehall tunes fresh from Jamaica. It has long been known that Matterhorne is very popular in Barbados. Just last month, he was given an award there by the local ...


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4/14/2005
Beenie SAD, SORRY

In the midst of mourning the death of one of his brothers, Beenie Man has issued an apology for his performance at the Jamaica Carnival Finale at the National Stadium staged two weeks ago. Both Beenie Man and Bounty Killer appeared at the event as part of their sponsorship agreement ...


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3/31/2005
Sinead O'Connor in Jamaica to Record with Sly and Robbie

Irish pop singer Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of Jamaica's leading musicians, her producer said yesterday. The Dublin-born O'Connor has been in the capital Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, scheduled for release this summer by the British-based Sanctuary Records, said ...


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3/23/2005
Ska Pioneer, Justin Hinds Passes On

Ska Pioneer, Justin Hinds Passes On Justin Hinds of Justin Hinds and the Dominoes fame lost his battle with lung cancer on Wednesday night, Splash understands. He would have been 63 on May 7. One of the pioneers of the ska era, Hinds who has been ailing for some months, was born ...


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3/10/2005
MTV Caribbean

Viacom will shortly launch MTV Caribbean a new television station playing reggae, dancehall and soca and directly targeting a core Caribbean market and people "who love Caribbean culture, food and the lifestyle", according to Eur Web. MTV and its sister network MTV2 has been playing mainstream Caribbean music for ...


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2/14/2005
Toots Wins Grammy!

Toots Hibbert, the recording artiste credited with naming reggae, Jamaica's most famous music form, has won the reggae Grammy at the 47th Annual Awards for his 2004 release, True Love. One of five nominations in the reggae category, True Love edged out competitors including Jimmy Cliff's Black Magic, Sly & Robbie's ...


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2/3/2005
Sizzla Kolonji arrested for using expletives at Stage Show

Dancehall DJ Sizzla Kolonji was yesterday morning arrested and charged with breaches of the Town and Countries Act after he used expletives on stage at Saturday night's East Fest concert, held at the Goodyear Oval in St Thomas. Sizzla was accosted by cops and handcuffed inside the venue before being taken ...


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2/3/2005
BOB MARLEY CELEBRATION IN ETHIOPIA

A month-long celebration to mark what would have been the 60th birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley has kicked off in his spiritual homeland, Ethiopia. Before an audience of 200 invited guests an opening ceremony was held in the capital Addis Ababa, featuring a performance by Marley?s mother, Cedella Marley ...


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1/12/2005
Marley's Body to be exhumed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The wife of reggae star Bob Marley said Wednesday that she plans to exhume his remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his "spiritual resting place," Ethiopia. The reburial is set for an unspecified date after monthlong celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Marley's birth to ...


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1/7/2005
STING GOES CULTURE

Sting Turns To Culture Dubbed ?The Greatest One Night Reggae Show in The World,? Sting (Jamaica?s premiere Christmas show) has been the home of the biggest artist confrontations in stage show history. From the beginning of time, Sting has been the stage were reggae artist have risen or fallen. Over the ...


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1/7/2005
Simpleton Passes Away

In November 2004, the dancehall industry lost Simpleton, one of the early 90?s leading artists. Simpleton, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure earlier this year, reportedly suffered from a heart attack. Recognized for such staples as ?Coca Cola Bottle Shape,? ?I Spy? and ?1/4 to 12,? Simpleton rose to ...


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7/29/2004
SKINNY LEAVES BASSODESY

Yup! It's official Skinny is no longer a member of Bass Odyssey's team. As of two weeks ago, the man who was crowned "Most Improved Selector of the Year" at Death Before Dishonor 3, has parted company with the number one clash/juggling sound in the countryside of Jamaica. Rumor has ...


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7/29/2004
FREDDY MISSING FROM KILAMANJARO

I still haven't received an answer from Kilamanjaro's management regarding Freddy?s status. From what I understand, Freddy has not played Kilamanjaro in almost eight weeks and very little words are being shared between he and Mr. Harper. I did find out that the source of the problem has to do ...


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7/29/2004
NO WORD ON MATTERHORN'S RETURN

There still has been no official word on when Matterhorn will be allowed to enter the United States. Reports are that it will be sometime in September, but no one is certain


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7/29/2004
SPRAGG BENZ FEUDS WITH KARTELL

Things are boiling up in the artist section of the dancehall industry. As of lately, most of the popular DJs in Jamaica have not been getting along. Surprisingly, some artists, who have been friends for most of their careers, are now flexing solo. However, in the midst of artist camps ...


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7/2/2004
Black Kat makes History

Panther makes a history-making performance at World Clash 03, he also won Jamaica?s World Clash (Death before Dishonor). ?A which part dem a go send mi clash now?? chuckled all-conquering selector Pink Panther. ?No sound nuh lef inna di business, a bare funeral! A muss Links alone left and Links ...


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