Monday, December 21, 2009

BUGLE BRINGING THE JAMAICAN VIBE AND WARMTH TO UK


“I am more than energized and ready to bring a good vibe to my fans in the UK”


Monday, December 21, Kingston, Jamaica (A.I.M Inc.): Promoters operating out of the UK will be this year joining forces to bring one of reggae/dancehall’s hottest entertainers’ to warm the hearts of music lovers. Bugle will be representing the Daseca camp on this nine day tour which will see him delivering exhilarating performances from December 26th, 2009 through to January 4th, 2010.

After thrilling crowds on a recently concluded tour of Canada, that tour saw him sharing the stage with fellow dancehall acts Charly Black, Demarco and Konshens. Bugle has always been able to write and deliver songs that people can readily relate to and that has always allowed him to find great favour with party goers and reggae/dancehall enthusiasts worldwide. It is for this reason that fans in and around London continue to request live performances from Bugle time and time again.

Commenting on his upcoming tour Bugle assures, “I am more than energized and ready to bring a good vibe to my fans in the UK”. Fans in the UK can rest assured that they will be well entertained over the holiday season when Bugle makes this trip.


Some of the tour dates and times are listed below:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009 (Brixton Mass)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friday, January 1, 2010 (Malcolm X Centre)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Skipping to the Rhythm of Success

Even though he has one of the most instantly recognised and popular hits of the year (Holiday with Chevaughn Clayton), has performed in many countries (including Japan and Brazil), and is now set to show his stuff on the upcoming Shaggy Dare to Care 2010 edition, come January 2, Ding Dong still insists on billing himself as "a dancer".

"Is dancin' bring me to the point where people round the world know me," said the founder of the Ravers Clavers crew, now some 18 members strong. "An' no matter what else me do, dancin' nah stop Me dance every night."

Which must make for a very hectic schedule as that 'what else' has grown to embrace not only recording artiste, but also producer (his most recent riddim project is the Giants) and entertainment mogul. His Nannyville Enterrprise has been signing and developing new talent at an expansive clip, and Ding Dong now seems to be on the crest of a surge greater than that of the Iraq War.

But the "dancer" is nothing if not focused, and humble. Of his call-up for the upcoming Dare to Care show he says, "it's a tremendous, big opportunity for me, seeing as many of the people on this bill is people who influence me, so I now have the opportunity to be an influencer".

Beyond the bright lights, Ding Dong sees his presence on the bill as a contribution to the cause. Specifically, he believes he can attract a younger audience not only to the show, but more importantly to the cause of giving. "Its not a matter of a lot of money, but you give what you have, cause this is something that benefit everybody, so me in my position can get the young people to understand that them can play a part too."

And his influence grows, what with the success of Holiday and the hot dance of the moment, Skip To My Lu, otherwise Summer Swing ("people keep askin' me if is two different dance, but is really the same thing"). His touring schedule looks even more hectic for the end of this year and into 2010, and he's already followed up Holiday with the new single and video Responsible Parents.

"My song, me just take them from life and things that me consider." he explains. "We keep away from all war and negativity. My children mus' able to listen to my tune and my mother mus' can listen to it too."

Source - REGGAEinc.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Skip to Ma Luu - Serani, Ding Dong, Razz & Biggy



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Mavado & Vybz Kartel Perform Together at Jamboree

After much talks about peace meeting, a peace march, wars and rumors of war. Vybz Kartel and Mavado have made the first move towards peacefully putting away the Gaza/Gully feud.

This came to being at the recently held Jamboree that was held in Tivoli Gardens community in Kingston Jamaica. The event hosted by respected area leader Duddus and the Presidential Click allowed patrons to witness what many may deem to be a part of Entertainment History.

The Real question is if this mark of peace will be extended to the followers of each element ?

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Usain Bolt - IAAF Poster Boy


Following the introduction of the IAAF’s brand new look and with striking images from the extremely successful IAAF World Championships in Berlin supplied by Athletics photographers of Getty Images Mark Dadswell, Alexander Hassenstein, Stu Forster, Martin Rose and Michael Steele, the IAAF is proud to present the 2010 IAAF Wall Calendar.

With triple World champion and now two-time World Athlete of the Year Usain Bolt on the cover – a striking image of Getty Images’ Ian Walton taken in Kingston, Jamaica during the IAAF Day in the Life, this calendar will accompany you throughout the 2010 athletics season with reminders of dates of all IAAF World Athletics Series and all IAAF Diamond League meetings.

Athletes featured in the various months include Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, Steven Hooker of Australia, Linet Masai of Kenya, Robert Harting of Germany, Olga Kaniskina of Russia, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia, Sanya Richards of the US, Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway, Valerie Vili of New Zealand, Kerron Clement of the US and the above mentioned Bolt.

To denote the universality and versatility of our sport the 2010 IAAF Wall Calendar features 12 World champions representing no fewer than 11 countries and four continents with disciplines of running, throwing, jumping, walking and combined events all in the spotlight.

Source - IAAF

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kartel/Mavado - Showdown at 'High Noon'


A.I.M Inc. Entertainment received a letter today (December 4, 2009) which sees Vybz Kartel expressing his desire to meet with Mavado as a means of trying to lay to rest their alledged feud. The letter has been added, read for yourself...................
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With all due respect to the Commissioner, I think they went a little overboard in making such a hasty decision, especially in light of thefact that Mavado and I are currently in negotiation as to how best we can publicly make a cry for peace.

I can undoubtedly speak on behalf of David when I say there is no animosity between either parties and truth be told, we have been indialogue from time to time and since recently, even more regularly inour mutual big to best resolve this so-called feuding in the minds of dancehall fans in particular and the wider society, in general.

Let it be known that in a gesture of goodwill, faith and patriotism that I, Adidja Palmer, will be making myself available on Wednesday of next week, December 9 to stand with David Brooks, in HWT, at noon,under the famous clock to show Jamaica that we're patriotic Jamaicans and as such, are bound to secure the well-being of such. I am calling on the relevant authorities who also have a stake in resolving this public feud to endeavour to make it happen in a peaceful, organised manner.

Sincerely yours.

Adidja Palmer di Teacha
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Top 25 Reggae albums of the decade

The top 25 reggae albums for this decade — which ends December — was dominated by Shaggy but other dancehall artistes ranked highly, according to a list compiled by Splash.

Topping the list was Shaggy’s 2000 release Hot Shots which sold over ten million copies and was amongst the most sucessful albums of the decade. Matisyahu was second, but he also made the top 25 three times. Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, UB40 and Damian Marley each made the list twice.

Music rankings are always controversial but Splash arrived at the findings, not by public opinion, but by analysing Billboard Reggae Album charts between 2000 to 2009 and ranked albums in order of weeks charted. Chart longevity indicated that the albums were not only popular but had that timeless quality as sales continued well beyond their release dates.

One caveat was that Billboard did not reflect the Jamaican pop charts, as such some breakthrough albums did not make the cut, including Vybz Kartel’s Up 2 Di Time, Baby Cham’s Ghetto Story, Lee Scratch Perry’s 2002 Grammy winning album Jamaican ET, Richie Spice’s Spice in Your Life and I-Wayne’s Lava Ground. Also missing from the top 25 was Kevin Lyttle’s gold-selling, self-titled album and Elephant Man’s Good 2 Go which ranked 27 and 28, respectively. The charts still gave insight into top albums of the decade due to the size of the North American market and its influence on global sales.

Ranking includes:

1. Shaggy’s Hotshots (MCA) which completely transcended the reggae charts and charted 84 weeks on Billboard 200 and peaked at number 1. It was produced by Jimmy Jam, Tony Kelly, Terry Lewis, Robert Livingston, Shaggy, Christopher Birch, Gordon Dukes and Shaun “Sting Int’l” Pizzonia;

2. Matisyahu’s Live at Stubbs (Sony) which charted for 208 and 26 weeks on Reggae Albums and Billboard 200, respectively and was produced by Michael Caplan and Angelo Montrone;

3. Damian Marley’s Half Way Tree (Motown Records) which charted 158 weeks on Reggae Albums, produced by David Cole, Stephen Marley, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Kid Nyce;

4. Mr Lover Lover: The Best of Shaggy, Part 1 (Virgin) which charted 130 weeks and was produced by Lynford ‘Fatta’ Marshall, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Robert Livingston, Collin ‘Bulbie’ York, Sting International and Shaun ‘Sting Int’l’ Pizzonia;

5. Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock (VP) which charted 105 and 85 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200 respectively;

6. Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock (Tuff Gong) which charted for 105 and 34 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200 respectively, produced by Stephen Marley, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley;

7. Sean Paul’s The Trinity (Atlantic) which charted for 104 and 52 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200, respectively, and was produced by Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Jeremy Harding, Marlon Cooke, Jason ‘Jigzagula Jason’ Henriques, Craig Parks, Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett, Lionel Bermingham, Delano Thomas, Elijah Wells, Dwayne ‘Supa Dups”’ Chin Quee, Omari Stines, Michael ‘Factor’ Jarrett;

8. Scrolls of the Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh, which charted for 104 weeks and was produced by Bruce Dickinson, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Peter Tosh, Robbie Shakespeare;

9. Bob Marley’s Gold which charted for 104 weeks it was produced by by Bob Marley, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell, Errol Brown, Ingmar Kiang, Lee Scratch Perry, Alex Sadkin, The Wailers, Trevor Wyatt;

10. The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000, which charted for 103 weeks, produced by UB40, Ray Falconer, Howard Gray and Gerry Parchment;

11. Matisyahu’s Youth (Columbia), which charted 96 and 19 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200 respectively. It was produced by Bill Laswell and Jimmy Douglass;

12. Beenie Man’s Art and Life (Virgin), which charted for 84 and 20 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200, respectively, and was produced by Tony Kelly, Salaam Remi, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

13. Stephen Marley’s Mind Control (Tuff Gong), which charted for 78 and 6 weeks on the Reggae Albums and Billboard 200, and was produced by Paul Fakhourie, Stephen Marley, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Julian Marley;

14. Collie Buddz self-titled album (Columbia) which charted for 78 and 3 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200, respectively, it was produced by Tony Kelly, Screwface, Stephen McGregor, Curtis Lynch, Jr, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Quee, Collie Buddz and M. “Khan” Chin;

15. Ky-Mani Marley’s Radio (AAO Music) which charted for 78 weeks. It was produced by Winston Thomas, Mark Sparks, Ky Miller, Danny Schofield ‘Styles’, Larry ‘Kalid’ Chu, Jason ‘J Vibe’ Farmer and Alex ‘Lex’ Francis;

16. The Journey: The Very Best of Sizzla (Greensleeves), which charted for 76 weeks on the Reggae Albums chart and was released in 2008;

17. Shaggy’s Lucky Day (MCA), which charted for 69 and 13 weeks on the Reggae Albums and Billboard 200;

18. Skindred’s Babylon (RCA), charted for 67 and 3 weeks on the Reggae Albums and the Billboard 200, respectively. It was produced by Howard Benson, Jason Bieler, Skindred.

19. UB40 Greatest Hits (Virgin) charted for 61 weeks and was produced by UB40, Charlie Skarbek, Dan Armstrong, Ray Falconer, Howard Gray, Gerry Parchment and Danny Canaan;

20. Matisyahu’s No Place to Be (Epic) charted for 59 weeks and was produced by Bill Laswell, Robbie and Sly;

21. Mavado’s Gangsta for Life (Hardwax) charted for 58 weeks and was produced by Johnny Wonder, Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon, Dane “Fire Links” Johnson, Michael ‘ZJ Liquid’ Brissett, Delroy ‘Delly Ranx’ Foster;

22. Beenie Man’s Tropical Storm (Virgin) charted for 56 and 9 weeks on the Reggae Albums and Billboard 200, respectively. It was produced by Dave Kelly, Sly Dunbar, Anthony Kelly, Matt Serletic, Irv Gotti, Stargate, The Neptunes, AC Burrell and W Passley;

23. Ziggy Marley’s Dragonfly (RCA Victor), charted 55 and 8 weeks on Reggae and Billboard 200, respecitively. It was produced by Ross Hogarth, Scott Litt and Ziggy Marley;

24. Sizzla’s Da Real Thing (VP), which included Thank you Mama and other classics, charted for 51 weeks. It was produced by Bobby Digital and Bobby Dixon; and

25. Buju Banton’s Friends for Life (Atlantic/VP) charted for 50 and 11 weeks on the Reggae and R&B hip hop charts, produced by Dalton Browne, Clevie, Sly Dunbar, Donovan Germain, Mark Myrie, S Stewart, Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Cleevie, Steelie, Jammy ‘Jam Two’ James, Cool & Dre.

Source - The Jamaica Observer


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

BUGLE ON CANADIAN TOUR

Bugle is excited about this tour and has promised to deliver stellar performances throughout each event

Reggae Artiste Bugle will be embarking on a tour of Canada between December 4th and 12th. The tour will see the hit maker making stops at six (6) venues over the eight day period. The first event hosted by Ultimate Entertainment will see him performing for the first time in Oshawa a city with just over 142000 persons and a vibrant reggae/dancehall following.

Bugle is excited about this tour and has promised to deliver stellar performances throughout each event with the climax being the finale in Downtown Toronto where he will share the stage with fellow dancehall acts Charly Black, Demarco, Konshens and Beenie Man.

Bugle has found great favour in the hearts of listeners as he consistently delivers songs of great caliber and worth. Songs like “Pearly Gates’ which is one of his most recent recordings for TJ Records’ Alter Ego Riddim has been getting favorable rotation on radio stations in the Caribbean and on International Urban radio as well. The captivating video which was conceptualized by acclaimed director Jay Will complements a beautiful song with crisp video quality and an intriguing storyline and will allow his fans to see this song come to life.

The tour dates and times are listed below:

Friday, December 4 – Oshawa, Ontario (The Big Sexy)

Saturday, December 5 – Kitchener, Ontario (Howard Johnson)

Monday, December 7 – Remix Mondays, Ontario (Fusion)

Thursday, December 10 – Edmonton, Alberta (Ginger Sky Lounge)

Friday, December 11 – Hamilton, Ontario (Essence Banquet Hall)

Saturday, December 12 - Toronto, Ontario (Kool Haus)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bill$ - Secrets Exposed

The economic crunch has sent many promoters into hiding, some are at a lost for thought and then there are promoters like New Dawn who have consistently created and executed ‘recession proof’ events like Bill$ who will thrive on delivering events that patrons will always hold dear to them.

On December 18th, 11 Holborn Road in New Kingston is set to witness the unveiling of ‘Secrets’ as New Dawn Entertainment brings Bill$ - Secrets Exposed.


Value for your Dollar

Everybody is placing greater emphasis on a tighter budget for the Christmas season, it was with this in mind that Bill$ was birthed in the first placed. The event is one of only a few events that find it easy to give patrons optimum value for their money, it is the one night everything will cost JA$100 (how many promoters can say that?) Drinks, food and even entry (before 11pm)……yep that’s what they said …..EVERYTHING WILL COST A BILLS ($100).

Rough Rider Condems VIP Lounge – For only 10 BILL$ a few patrons (100 to be precise) will be able to witness the Secrets being exposed in the VIP Lounge. This all inclusive experience will be make the promoters the enemy of many other promoters as the all inclusive experience that is planned for the VIP Lounge will be rivaled by other “Premium Events”, so be among the select few to benefit from this offering. Interested persons are encouraged to call 3677099 and be in the select 100.

The overwhelming response to previous staging of the event was the driving force for the promoters to move Bill$ to a bigger more spacious venue. “Akbar, was chosen to give our patrons more room to enjoy themselves and the energy that only Bill$ can deliver”, commented Managing Director of New Dawn Entertainment; Danielle Davis.

You’ll have more room to vibe to music from Coppershot, Zj Johnny Kool, Richie Ras and Kingston Allstars.

Spacious Venue, undisputed value for money, music from the best and a devotion to deliver the best in entertainment, Bill$ is the place to be on December 18th.




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Xmas Cookout - Food, Flex, Peppa Lights Pt.2

After a successful entry into the events calendar last year (2008), Christmas Cookout returns this year with its second staging and is already posed to leave a wonderful taste in the mouth of patrons when it returns on at 38 Lady Musgrave Road on Sunday, December 13th.

Under the theme - food, flex and peppa lights part 2, the promoters of X-mas Cookout (Jade:Beatz Promotions) have toiled considerably to ensure that the event will ultimately deliver a memorable experience in the hearts and stomachs of those that choose to part take.

Food – This staging of the event will feature food stations that will offer the very best in local dishes/cuisine; chicken, fish, pork….anyway you like it (Jamaican Style).

Flex – Patrons are being encouraged to come out on this Sunday evening to come chill, relax, link up with good friends and ‘jus vibe’. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, because the food will keep you going back, comfortable shoes is a must and ‘not so tight’ clothes will be good too. If you are worried about putting on a few extra pounds…don’t the music will be supplied by some of the industries best so after all that food, you can dance the pounds away. X-mas Cookout is already poised to be just what the doctor ordered.

Peppa Lights/Décor – The yaad as the promoters call the venue will be decorated to give that at home feel, with pepper lights and other decorations that we are so accustomed to filling our homes with during this festive season.

Best Event to Kick off the Christmas

The Food Inclusive concept is nothing new to Jamaica, however Jade:Beatz Promotions have held no bars towards making X-mas Cookout the stand out event. All the dishes will be Jamaican and finger licking good, drink mixes strengthened by J.B Overproof Rum, Campari and others will be on sale all day. Zj Ice, Arif Cooper & Kingston All Stars will be playing the music to keep the patrons moving all day. There really is no better way to spend your Sunday evening.

Jade:Beatz’s X-Mas Cookout, come for the food ………. stay for the food and enjoy the vibe.




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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bob to Join Grammy's Hall of Fame

Recordings by the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, the Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin have been named as 2010 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Twenty-five recordings from a variety of genres will be added to the Grammy Hall, which currently includes 851 titles altogether (songs are eligible 25 years after release and the picks are approved by Recording Academy Trustees). The Doors’ L.A. Woman closer “Riders on the Storm,” Joplin’s final album Pearl and the Beach Boys’ classic “California Girls” will be among the recordings added to the collection.

“This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “The selections are timeless staples that span six decades and represent a wide range of genres from comedy to rock, reggae, jazz and R&B. They all greatly deserve to be memorialized.”

Check out the complete list of the 25 recordings entering the Grammy Hall of Fame below:



Dooley Wilson – “As Time Goes By”
Weather Report – “Birdland”
The Beach Boys – “California Girls”
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Catch A Fire
George Carlin – Class Clown
Billie Holiday – “Crazy He Calls Me”
King Oliver & His Jazz Band – “Dipper Mouth Blues”
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra – “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament)”
Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie – Ella and Basie!
Jose Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad”
Judy Garland & Gene Kelly – “For Me and My Gal”
Mahalia Jackson – “His Eye on the Sparrow”
Muddy Waters – “I Feel Like Going Home”
James Brown – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
Jelly Roll Morton – “Kansas City Stomps”
Louis Armstrong – “Lazy River”
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Mr. Bojangles”
Janis Joplin – Pearl
The Doors – “Riders on the Storm”
The Isley Brothers – “Twist and Shout”



Source - Rolling Stone

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Etana Invades the UK

Top Reggae songstress Etana invaded the United Kingdom last week to promote three hot singles from her yet to be titled sophomore release: "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart." On her highly anticipated visit, Etana was warmly greeted by fans and leading radio personalities. Just 24 hours after shooting the video for "Free" in Jamaica, Etana landed in UK and jump started an intense radio blitz. Etana's first interview was with none other than the legendary David Rodigan at London's famed Kiss FM, followed by an interview with BBC Radio 4. Etana was provided with the unique opportunity of reaching a very wide audience with her interview on BBC Radio 4, a mostly news-formatted (non-music) station that is considered BBC Radio's flagship. The station was extremely interested in interviewing Etana because of her crossover appeal.

The soulful crooner also had a slew of memorable in-studio interviews with top radio jocks like Robo Ranx and Silver Star of BBC Radio 1xtra and Daddy Ernie of Choice FM. As Etana traveled from town to town, each area claimed a different Etana song that they loved. In addition to commercial radio stations, Etana visited and interviewed with over 20 pirate stations through out the UK. The demand to interview Etana was great, which ensured her UK experience was fully loaded. Much to Etana's credit, fans inundated the airwaves for a chance to talk with her.

"The DJs were so surprised to see me hand delivering my new music," says Etana. "Most of them thought that we were here for a show.....no one believed that we were promoting new singles without having a show."

"The Strong One's" latest singles perfectly display three distinct moods of her musical talent. "Happy Heart" is a gem of a love song and "Free" is an inspirational track, bursting with emotion. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, "August Town" addresses social issues surrounding Garrison communities. All three tracks are hard hitting and have been embraced in the UK. "We decided to push these three singles because Etana's next album will boast diversity," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "It will feature the best in Roots, Rock, Reggae and Dubwise. And an array of other music genre will be explored."

Irish and Chin, Etana's management team, has set up a very intense promotional tour to further push Etana's new singles. Promotional efforts include videos for each single and heavy radio, tv and print media blitzes in key Reggae markets. Etana's next stop will be in St. Vincent and surrounding islands, followed by a U.S. run.

Etana's groundbreaking debut Strong One (VP Records) was heralded by critics and fans alike, receiving several noteworthy accolades and awards. Based on the vibes from the latest music, there is no doubt that Etana's follow up effort will elevate her fresh brand of soul Reggae even higher.

Source - Irish and Chin

Friday, November 27, 2009

BE A CONTESTANT ON DIGICEL DEAL OR NO DEAL‏

Jamaicans have been glued to their television screens since the début of Digicel Deal or No Deal on TVJ, now fans of the show have their chance of winning big from the comfort of their living rooms. Each week persons can text in to win prizes in the Be A Contestant promotion.

Winning is easy all you have to do in text in the answer to the question: How would you SPEND $1,000,000? To 444-2430 in one hundred and sixty characters or less cost per text is only 25 dollars.

One lucky texter will be chosen by a panel under the supervision of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and that person while walking away with 50,000 dollars will also get the chance of appearing on the next season of Digicel Deal or No Deal for an opportunity of winning up to one million dollars. Every Wednesday a new winner will be selected and persons are encouraged to text in as often as they like to increase their chances of winning. Winners will be notified by text that they have won big.

This promotion will be played throughout the entire duration of this season of Digicel Deal or No Deal and is an exciting way for Digicel Deal or No Deal’s viewers to be a part of the game and get a chance at getting their own deal.

Digicel Deal or No Deal which premiered on Wednesday September 23, 2009 is produced locally by NewCom The show is seen in over 100 countries worldwide and is a product of Endemol. Each week, the show sees contestants eliminating 25 cases containing cash, ranging from $1 to as much as $1 million after selecting a case of their own. The game ends when the contestant is left with the cash in their case or has decided to accept an offer from the show’s banker.

Repeats can be seen on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Mondays at 12:00 pm.

Source - Alykhat

Thursday, November 26, 2009

RHYTHM & BOOZE: The Red City


“The perfect start to an eventful Christmas,” those are the words being used to describe this Christmas’s staging of Rhythm & Booze. The calendar favourite once again rolls out the red carpet for its loyal patrons and curious first timers as they attempt to paint the town red that night with Rhythm & Booze: The Red City. It is all set to go down at the lawns of the liguanea club on December 12th 2009.

Often considered the kick off party for Christmas time, the very popular party series returns back to its original date of the second Saturday in December , after obliging title sponsor Appleton Jamaica Rum to hosts its own party Appleton City on that date with R&B going on xmas day last year. The decision to return back to its original date was made so as to allow other new events to come and experiment and find a footing in the very competitive season.

This years staging allows the promoters to cap a very successful year as a successful party brand itself and also to say thanks in a big way to the supporters who have followed their events and are appreciative of the dedication, hard work they put in and the creative approach they take in trying to set their product apart and keep patrons entertained.

Coming off the strength of a successful ATI series the Promoters at Mainsource Media have put together a very unique package and an unparalleled lineup of disk jocks and sounds. This is in keeping with their tradition to always be different from each party by introducing a new sound at every event and having a varied line up that you normally wont find at most of the current events.

This years line up includes; The event Favorites Code Red, Hot new upstart DJ Karyzma, Irie Fm’s DJ SMURF, and for the very first time ZIP FM’S own Popular ZIP JOCK, ZJ LIQUID and introducing INFRAZONE and Dj CHARM from the PURE PLUSH Saturdays.

Other Features are the Rough Rider VIP Lounge and Multimedia Room, The ever present Food inclusive food court, Eon & Robby body designs and the expected Multi bar setup providing endless amounts of premium drinks and juices.

Source - Mainsource Media

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bob Marley - Richest Dead Celebrity

Is reggae superstar Bob Marley bigger than Jesus? That's debatable, but the music legend who died 28 years ago is about to challenge Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for the title of richest dead celebrity.

Toronto-based private-equity firm Hilco Consumer Capital has struck a management deal with the Marley estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. That seems like a huge number, but by some estimates the Marley name, sound, and image already generate as much as $600 million in pirated merchandise. "Marley is a strong global brand," says Mickey Goodman, a professional marketer and professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. "He enjoys a high level of awareness, and people feel positive about his music."

Major licensing agreements for the Marley brand are about to be launched in two key areas: consumer electronics -- including headphones, docking stations, and speakers -- and health care, which will likely feature skin-care products and herbal supplements. Also in the works, according to Hilco, are deals for a Marley-branded calming beverage, a video game similar to Guitar Hero featuring Marley's songs, and a chain of restaurants celebrating the music superstar. Could this be commercial overkill for the Rastafarian whose spiritual songs about social injustice, hope, and redemption have become anthems for billions of fans, from Marrakech to Tokyo, and will it alienate them?


"This is not just about money," says Jamie Salter, Hilco's chief executive. "We have to believe in the people and products we partner with." Salter adds that the Marley estate will have final say on all business ventures, and that charities will figure into the overall mix of Marley branding. Licensing of dead celebrities is an industry that has exploded in the last decade, thanks in large part to the proliferation of websites and blogs devoted to their memory. Typically, an estate receives 10% to 15% of gross proceeds from a licensing deal, which in this case will be divided between Hilco and the Marley family.




The artist who created such reggae hits as "One Love," "No Woman, No Cry," and "I Shot the Sheriff" fathered a total of 13 children, some out of wedlock, and it's not clear how many are included in the estate. Salter declined to explain how proceeds will be divided between his management company -- which also has an equity stake in a number of high-profile brands, including Polaroid, Sharper Image, and fashion label Halston -- and the Marleys. However, at a conservative 10%, licensing fees from $1 billion in annual sales should pull in about $100 million for Hilco and the Marleys. That tops the latest figures reported for Presley ($55 million), John Lennon ($15 million), and Jimi Hendrix ($8 million).

Michael Jackson -- who is worth more dead than alive with an estimated $90 million in earnings in the last 12 months -- appears to be Marley's nearest rival for the richest-dead-celebrity crown. However, much of Jackson's reversal of fortune is due to a sharp spike in the sales of his albums and merchandise in the weeks following his death, as well as the one-time success of "This Is It," a film documenting rehearsals for shows he never performed at London's O2 arena. But the danger of operating the Marley marketing machine in overdrive is that it could irreparably harm the natural mystic's image. Some brand experts now view Elvis as more of a caricature than icon as a result of overexposure.
For Sanjay Sood, director of the Entertainment & Media Management Institute at UCLA, there's one question to ask: If Marley were alive today, would he want his name associated with a particular product? "A lot of artists would say 'no,'" says Sood. "Otherwise, they would have done it when they were alive."

Presley's estate, which is managed by New York-based CKX, launched a line of clothing that turned out to be a bust. (CKX also controls the Muhammad Ali brand and has an equity stake in the company that produces the "American Idol" television show.)
More recently, Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has licensed her husband's song "Real Love" to be used by JC Penny in television ads, and she's given Ben & Jerry's ice cream permission to release a Lennon-inspired flavor called "Imagine Whirled Peace."


Salter of Hilco says the Marley brand has a long way to go before reaching saturation, noting he also considered doing business with the Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Jimi Hendrix estates, but settled on the Rastafarian from Trench Town, Jamaica, because that's where he says he saw the biggest potential.

There has never been a better time, it seems, to be a dead celebrity -- or perhaps, more precisely, the heir to a dead celebrity's name.

Source - CNN

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THE 'TEACHA' SAYS PEACE TALKS BELONG IN SCHOOLS

Despite reports that Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel has rejected rival deejay Mavado's olive branch by turning down his birthday party invitation, Kartel maintains that he is willing to put aside differences with his arch-musical-rival to call for an end to violence associated with the Gaza/Gully feud, particularly among high school students.

Both artists have been slammed by the local media, as reports of increasing violence at local schools between fans of the Portmore, or 'Gaza,' Empire led by Vybz Kartel and the Gully Squad led by Mavado continue to flood the news, causing even the government to be concerned about mounting social tensions stemming from the feud between the two entertainers.

On Friday, the Jamaica Star newspaper reported that Mavado was calling for an end to the Gaza/Gully war by inviting Vybz Kartel to attend his birthday party at Temple Hall on December 5th. The paper stated that Mavado's management said they wanted to publicly invite Kartel to make peace once and for all, as a show of unity to the nation.

"I will not be able to attend (Mavado's event) due to previously planned engagements," states Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer invitation, citing commitments to Usain Bolt's 9.58 SuperParty and an event in Linstead on the same night. "What I think is the best way to solidify in the minds of the children that this Gaza/Gully feud is merely music, is not to accommodate a historic 'burning of the peace pipe' at a commercial, adult oriented event, but rather in the high schools where bouts of violence due to our feuding are most prominent," states Kartel "When a date for that is set, I will readily appear."

Vybz Kartel has repeatedly spoken out against violence within the island's schools, condemning the sale of 'Gaza buttons' and other paraphernalia depicting violent images of the feud in Corporate Area Schools earlier this month. This year, Vybz Kartel has released the singles "Teenage Pregnancy" with Portmore Empire artist Gaza Kim, and the "Schooler's Anthem" with Gaza Kim and fellow Empire artist Jah Vinci, bringing awareness to social issues affecting teens and encouraging them to stay in school.

Source - Ms. Raine Inc.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

JAMAICA Jazz and Blues goes on Band Quest

Through its Art of Music Campaign, the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival has given a platform and space for young talent to perform at the world renowned Festival on it’s now famous ‘Talent Stage’. A chance to perform on the stage is a dream come true for many, and it’s nothing to take lightly… what with popular musicians such as Tessanne Chin and Rootz Underground getting the kickstart to their lucrative careers from performances on that stage and all.

But for 2010, Festival organizers are certainly kicking it up a notch, with the introduction of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Band Quest competition.


“It was the next logical step for us and developing our Art of Music idea,” says Walter Elmore, head of TurnKey Productions who are the producers of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival.

Now, persons all over the world will have a chance to showcase their talent at the Festival, thanks to the new internet-based competition. Talented amateurs wishing to enter will have to visit the Festival’s savvy website (www.jamaicajazzandblues.com), and become a member of the JJ&B Fan Zone. With that membership, persons will be able to upload their music and performance clips.

According to Marcia McDonnough, marketing manager for the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, “there are a plethora of activities that persons can do in the JJ&B Fan Zone to get points, and the Band Quest entrants might very well attract new fans, who have the power to vote for them and that also brings entrants closer to performing on the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Stage.

She continued that the entrants with the highest number of points will be invited to audition live in one of three cities in the USA —New York, Ft Lauderdale, and Atlanta— as well as in Jamaica, and that entries open on Sunday November 8. These sessions will be adjudicated by a selection of qualified persons, selected by the Festival.

But if you can’t make it to one of the live auditions, then don’t fret, as persons who fit this bill will be entered into a second online competition, from which one act will be chosen to perform at the Festival based on their point acquisition and voting.

McDonnough said that the auditions of all the winning entrants will be recorded and subsequently uploaded to the Festival website, and the winners will be added to the Festival line-up. Interviews from the judges and the winning entrants will also be uploaded to the website, which she says “will give the public a chance to get to know the acts before their performance at the Festival”.

But in the end, there can only be one winner. The bands that make it to the Festival stage will be put through the ultimate test… the judgment of a Jamaican audience.

Patrons of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival will be given numbers to text and indicate who their favourite act is, and their performances at the Festival will be uploaded to the Festival website for another internet vote. The band with the most points at the end of the voting period will be champion of the 2010 JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Band Quest, and will take home a flurry of prizes including a guaranteed booking to perform on the main stage at the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Massive Dancehall, Theater Hit in New York

Irish and Chin's formula of dancehall and theater proved to be an enormous hit a second time around, as their recent staging of "Like Father Like Son" was a sold-out affair, which attracted revelers of all ages. Because of a strong street team and endorsement of IrieJam Radio, the play's presence was felt through out New York.

The massive turned out in droves to take in "Like Father Like Son." All in attendance soaked in the dancehall vibes of DJ Roy as they prepared themselves for the play's belly-busting laughter. From old to new selections, DJ Roy killed the crowd and gave them their money's worth. As tons of people poured into York College's auditorium in Queens, you could feel the excitement in the air. Given the recent state of the economy and stress in the nation, everyone was seeking wholesome, incident-free entertainment. And their craving was more-than fulfilled. So, at the end of the night, smiles embellished the faces of attendees.

To make the night complete, the cast of "Like Father Like Son" exceeded expectations, causing the audience to erupt in wall-to-wall laughter. Staging this play was definitely somewhat of a risk for promoters Irish and Chin, as it was not a huge hit in Jamaica first. Actually, "Like Father Like Son" was an older play, which preceded "Bashment Granny." To conquer this challenge, Irish and Chin capitalized on the "Bashment Granny" element.

"We had to approach the promotions of this play differently," says the play's promoter Garfield "Chin" Bourne. "Because the cast was much more famous then the play itself, we took advantage of that factor and promoted the play featuring a star-studded cast."

The play's all-star cast included the immensely popular Keith "Shebada" Ramsay, Maxwell "Maama Man" Grant, Gardfield "Badboy Trevor" Reid, Deon Silvera, Abigail "Babalita" Grant, Stede "Jooky Jam" Flash, Dainty "Angel" Bellafonte, Shemane Wisdom and Felisha Lord.

Irish and Chin boasted the largest staging of "Like Father Like Son" in the tri-state area. Their fusion of dancehall and theater was well received. Because other genre of music have merged with theater, Caribbean music shouldn't be any different. The promoters were criticized by hardcore fans for staging plays, particularly because of their extensive efforts dedicated to sound clash entertainment over the years. Clearly, this endeavor expanded Irish and Chin's audience. Namely, it captured a female fan base that was missing while staging clashes.

According to Garfield "Chin" Bourne, "Our music is not what it used to be -- it has become too dark and angry." "With all that we're facing in today's world, laughter is a necessity... I will always love sound clashing, but a balance is needed," the promoter added.

One can look forward to Irish and Chin being involved in many diverse events in the future. The company has tackled producing worldwide events, artist and sound system management, and now staging plays.

Source - Irish and Chin

Friday, October 30, 2009

Smile Jamaica Concert Returns to Nine Mile, St Ann in Jamaica

The annual Smile Jamaica concert in honour of the life and legacy of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley returns to the birth place of the Reggae icon, Nine Mile, St. Ann in Jamaica on Saturday, February 6.

In 2008, the Smile Jamaica and Africa Unite concert experiences united for a memorable event, and Smile Jamaica took a break in 2009. For the 2010 installment, Smile Jamaica returns to the cool hills for an unforgettable concert within walking distance of the Reggae Iconxs final resting place.

Part proceeds from the concert will go to the Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment U.R.G.E. Foundation and the Ghetto Youth Foundation, the charitable arm of Ghetto Youths International founded by Bob Marley's offspring. The foundation provides support for schools and reading programmes in St. Ann and Kingston. The organization has also provided assistance to hospitals and clinics to benefit children of lesser means and greater need.

Members of the Marley family are expected to deliver performances along with a cadre of top reggae, dancehall and international performers. Ghetto Youths will release the lineup and other key details in early 2010.

The concert will be a signature event during Bob Marley Week and Reggae Month and enjoys the support of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica Culture and Development Commission (JCDC). Bob Marley's birthday, Saturday February 6, is the date for the concert at Nine Miles, St. Ann.

Source - Headline Entertainment

Saturday, October 3, 2009

MYSTIC'S CLAIM TO FAME

Known for her stimulating and mind boggling moves on the dance floor, her sexy gap toothed smile and extremely loving character this dancer is being hailed in entertainment circles as the one that will carry Jamaican Dancing/Dance Moves to the next level with her ingenious style and unmatched creativity. With each progressive month in 2009, Mystic Davis has become the go-to-girl when it comes to creative routines both on set and ‘in the dancehall’ and this has allowed her to gain momentum towards ‘FAME’.

So it would be only fitting to have her birthday celebration this year reflecting her rise to FAME. This exclusive invitation only event will be held at Carlos Café in Kingston, Jamaica. Set to take place on October 17th (the day before her birthday) the event will see her family, friends, fans and well wishers alike coming together to dance their troubles away…..much like what she does every day.

Music will be provided by some of her skilled turn table friends including: - Dj Bunco, Zj Ice, Dj Karyzma & her sister Dj Naz (from Green Synergy). FAME has found itself in ‘Good Company’ as it is being endorsed by the group of individuals that are responsible for such crowd favorite events as Summer Cookout, Christmas Cookout, Appleton May Daze and Taboo Bill$ amongst others.

To ‘Dance the Night away’ reserve your place by sending a request to mysticbday@gmail.com and come.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mavado & Alicia Keys got something in the Oven

Singjay Mavado recently completed a recording session with American songbird Alicia Keys.

This is Keys' first collaboration with a Jamaican artiste since having remixed her single No One with veteran Junior Reid and her appearance on the remix of Cham's Ghetto Story.

After performing at the Hot 97 On the Reggae Tip show last Friday night, Mavado went straight in the studio with the multi-platinum singer.

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

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

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

He said, "My management and hers got together to make it happen and their was a great chemistry in the studio. It's the first time I've sung on a Studio One rhythm and I'm very pleased with the outcome. Alicia loved it too and I'm sure we will be working together on projects in the future."

The track was laid down at Alicia Keys' own state-of-the-art The Oven Studio in New York.

Source - The Jamaican Star

Sunday, September 20, 2009

USAIN BOLT 9.58 SuperParty - For Fun, Charity and Celebration

Usain Bolt and his management team have announced that they will host a two day series of activities ending with a one-of-a-kind SuperParty, December 4-5, 2009.

“We want to achieve several objectives”, outlined Norman Peart, Usain’s Manager. “Of course we want to celebrate Usain’s phenomenal 2009 achievements with his friends, family and fans, and we felt that nothing would better represent Usain but a party where he could mingle and have fun with everyone. However our aim in producing this SuperParty goes beyond celebrating Bolts accomplishments, as we now move to a phase where the world sees Usain St Leo Bolt, passionately and responsibly inviting people to visit, party and do business with Jamaica.”

The series of events will include a celebrity sports clinic, a celebrity media reception, a visit to Sherwood Content by Usain and his specially invited guests, and will end with a SuperParty that will feature live local and international entertainers, along with guest disc jockeys. The party will host international celebrity athletes who have become friends of Usain, and who he will personally invite, along with his Jamaican team members and other Jamaican athletes, to come celebrate with him.

While the party will be the climax to the event series, Usain is also very excited about the sports clinic that is planned as a part of the activities. “ I have been lucky to be given the chance to meet so many wonderful and talented athletes from all around the world, and I believe that if I can create the opportunity for youngsters to meet , interact and work with top class professional athletes, it will be one of my greatest achievements. I want to invite some of these professionals who I have met, to come to enjoy the weekend with me, and also to spend time with some youngsters, and share their knowledge and experience with them.”

The party will not be just a celebration, but will also be a way to raise funds for charity and community activities. One major activity will be focused in Usain’s hometown. “Currently the medical centre in Sherwood is built on leased land”, Mr. Peart advised, “and there is the possibility that they may be forced to move as the land may go for sale. We want raise funds that can go towards helping with the purchase of the land, so that the centre can have a permanent home, and also be refurbished. Depending on how much we are able to raise we will also funnel funds through the United Way to other worthy charities”.

Turnkey Productions has been appointed by the Usain Bolt management team to produce, manage and market the event. My team which is made up of several top class professionals will be putting the full force of our production and marketing expertise behind the event. We are thrilled to be working with Usain and just like him everything is going to be the best”, expressed Walter Elmore, head of the production company. While details of the entertainers are still to be finalized, Elmore did stress that these will be chosen from the top local and international artistes. “Usain himself will be inviting the celebrities who he would like to attend and believe me the list is exciting” he hinted.

The 9.58 SuperParty will take place on December 5, 2009 at Richmond Estate in St Ann. This venue will provide a beautiful and spacious setting and will be able to offer more than adequate and secure parking. It will also be in close proximity to many hotel rooms which is important as the event is expected to attract many overseas patrons. It’s definitely going to be an event to remember and all are invited to come out and enjoy it while supporting some very worthy causes.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mavado Birthnite bash


Beres Hammond's Mother Dies

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

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

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

The 2004 release Love Has No Boundaries, had guest spots by Buju Banton and Big Youth.

November, 2008 saw the release, by VP Records, of yet another album A Moment In Time featuring the single I Feel Good.

Source - Carib World News

Lady Saw doing it 'My Way'

The undisputed queen of the dancehall Lady Saw is getting ready to rock the music industry with the impending release of her latest album, entitled My Way, and although the sassy lyricist isn’t signed to a record label, she’s promising fans that the independently produced project is “the best of Lady Saw to date”.

Modestly speaking, the album is a sizzling representation of the renowned skills of the lady, who saw fit to pen hits such as Woman Mi Name, If Him Lef, I’ve Got Your Man, Chat To Mi Balk, Walkout, and more recently J-E-A-L-O-U-S, Your Boyfriend, and Beg U.

“If you think you’ve seen the best of Lady Saw, think again,” Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Hall, quipped. “People might think they’ve got the best of Lady Saw already, but believe me when I tell you, you ain’t seen nothing yet, because my brain is always writing and the best of me is yet to come”.

Obviously excited about the upcoming project, she let out that the cover for the album will be shot in Port Antonio next week – and in true Lady Saw fashion, will have that unmistakable international flair.

“We’re shooting the cover for the album, and with everybody that’s flying in for this, it’s going to be HOT! The stylists flew in after they worked on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards and one big excitement, and I’m geared up for this,” she said.

Also noting that the 15-track project will be available for digital download, the high-riding deejay said she's in discussions with two international companies who want to offer that service.

"I feel young. I feel like I'm just turning 18! I'm doing some wicked crossover tracks, and I'm finishing up some surprises to make sure the album is kept how I want it, to make sure it's kept My Way".

Source - Black Sheep

Morgan Heritage tells us about their Journey

Since their 1997 VP Records debut Protect Us Jah, Morgan Heritage has shined as one of reggae’s best bands. The accomplishments of the group and individual members are formidable; as songwriters, producers and a touring band. This family of talented performers has released eight studio and two live albums which has extended the audience and definition of Reggae. This finely honed modern roots identity, which has made Morgan Heritage one of Reggae’s most enduringly successful acts, is showcased throughout this greatest hits CD/DVD compilation, The Journey Thus Far in stores October 27. This comprehensive disc features the group’s finest recordings to date, plus two previously unreleased tracks. It also features concert footage of The Morgans performing in Senegal and Gambia plus nine of the group’s most popular videos.

The CD commences with the title track from Protect Us Jah a simple yet heartfelt prayer for spiritual strength sung over Bobby Digital’s brilliant reworking of the Heathen rhythm, i.e., the instrumentation from the Bob Marley song by that name. From the same album, Let’s Make Up demonstrates the group’s flair for love songs and features Una’s lead alongside her brother Gramps. Liberation is the name of the song and rhythm track taken from Morgan Heritage Family and Friends Volume One, released in 1998 on the family’s HMG label. Produced by the group alongside their father Denroy, several artists voiced on the rhythm including Capleton and Jah Cure but none was more significant than the Morgan’s tune, a stirring tribute to the durability of conscious reggae music. Heritage reached out to celebrated producer Bobby “Digital” Dixon for his production acumen on their international breakthrough release Don’t Haffi Dread, released by VP in 1999. Don’t Haffi Dread remains one of the most requested in the group’s hit-filled repertoire with its easily sung, catchy refrain “you don’t haffi dread to be Rasta”.

“It’s not everyone with dreads who embraces the faith of Rastafari and it’s not every Rastaman that have dreadlocks,” lead singer Peetah explained.

The exquisite Down By The River, taken from Heritage’s fourth album More Teachings, released by VP in 2001, is an anthem of renewed spiritually sung over producer Dean Fraser’s flawless remake of the 1965 What Kind of World rhythm, popularised in a hit by The Cables. The group’s self produced Meskal Square, so named for the main square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the birthplace of Christianity and the spiritual home of Rastafari, conveys the central importance of Ethiopian Emperor and Rastafarian Savior His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie as well as Christianity in their lives. Jah Seed, also produced by Morgan Heritage, is a sensitively sung allegiance to “the light and leader of all things, the glorious king” Jah Rastafari.

The Morgan’s returned to Bobby Digital, with whom they have created some of their most outstanding tracks, for their 2003 VP Records release Three In One. The romantic She’s Still Loving Me has an irresistible country and western flavour that seamlessly dovetails with the band’s roots reggae sensibilities while the contrast between Peetah’s emotional tenor and Gramps’ soulful baritone make this one of the group’s most requested tunes. A Man is Still A Man is characterised by gentle harmonies, a rocking bass heavy rhythm and a timeless message that is expressed with renewed vigour.

Also from Three In One is the group’s remix of their dance-reggae hit Jump Around, a tribute to reggae that evokes Bob Marley’s 1979 disco hit Could you Be Loved as laminated with a 21st century punk edge. Layers of crunching guitars played by Benji Madden of the punk group Good Charlotte are punctuated by Mr. Mojo’s vivaciously rapped verse, which typifies the multi-genre inspirations that colour the Morgans brand of contemporary roots music. Among those influences is punk rock, which they were heavily exposed to as one of the featured acts on the punk leaning Vans Warped Tour in 2002 and 2003.

Two of the biggest reggae hits of 2004/2005 were produced on enormously popular one-drop rhythms by Donovan ‘Don Corleon’ Bennett and included on Heritage’s 2005 VP Records release Full Circle. Peetah earned cheers from women everywhere as he rebuffed the advances of Your Best Friend on the Drop Leaf rhythm while Tell Me How Come? on the Seasons rhythm forcefully decries the injustices that abound in Jamaica from the continual fight against Rastafari, to the discrepancy in education offered to rich and poor children, to the preponderance of guns in ghetto areas although none are made there, all of which is embodied in the song’s affecting chant: “Life is so unfair, this is what we swear.” Gramps’ robust lead drives I’m Coming Home produced by Robert Livingston for Big Yard Productions, one of several songs the group has written about the loneliness that accompanies life on the road, something they are quite familiar with as one of reggae’s busiest touring acts.

From the group’s 10th Album Mission in Progress released by VP in 2008, Brooklyn and Jamaica produced by Shane Brown, draws gritty parallels between reggae’s birthplace and the borough of kings, home to the largest population of Jamaicans off of the island. Nothing to Smile About produced by Kemar “DJ Flava” McGregor, presents a heart wrenching look at the incongruity between the opulent resorts of tourist Jamaica versus the impoverished conditions endured by the majority of its citizens, underscored by Peetah’s poignant delivery. The sensual Love You Right produced by Everton Hardware (better known as Singing Melody) and Michael Steer demonstrates the group’s romantic side, an aspect of their identity much appreciated by their numerous female fans.

Two previously unreleased Morgan Heritage tracks appear exclusively on The Journey Thus Far, namely Here To Stay, produced by Kurt Riley, is a one-drop reggae love song, that pledges a lifetime of devotion, despite the problems inherent to any relationship. Guards Up produced by Frenchie (of the UK’s Maximum Sound) offers a forceful commentary on increasing violence in Jamaica and updates the traditional Flower Drum Song rhythm, in a further realization of the group’s ‘Rockaz’ sound.

The Journey Thus Far demonstrates Morgan Heritage’s collective building process and their extraordinary evolution from a precociously talented teen aggregation into one of contemporary Reggae’s most powerful sonic and lyrical forces. Throughout their profound journey, Morgan Heritage has pioneered Jamaican music’s popularity in such far flung locales as the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean to the rural Northern U.S., where many residents had never even heard the word reggae prior to their appearances there and they’ve made roots reggae relevant to a generation of fans who weren’t yet born when Jamaican icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Dennis Brown were touring the world.

Tracklisting

1. Protect Us Jah

2. Let’s Make Up

3. Don’t Haffi Dread

4. Reggae Bring Back Love Bonus DVD Footage

5. New Time, New Sign Africa Is Calling

6. Liberation Nine (9) Music Videos

7. Down By The River

8. Jah Seed

9. Meskal Square

10. She’s Still Loving Me

11. A Man Is Still A Man

12. Jump Around (Remix)

13. Tell Me How Come

14. I’m Coming Home

15. Your Best Friend featuring LMS

16. Brooklyn & Jamaica

17. Love You Right

18. Nothing To Smile About

19. Here To Stay*

20. Guards Up*

*Newly released bonus tracks

Source - VP Records

Romain Virgo touching Caribbean Charts

Romain Virgo has claimed stardom as his birthright and continues to shine with consistent dominance of charts across the Caribbean through his soulful reggae ballads. With hardcore dancehall remaining the most sought after genre for many young Jamaican musicians, this powerful vocalist continues to display maturity and dexterity in the varied musical package he creates for fans.

Loved by listeners young and old, and inspired by reggae greats, Virgo released the hugely popular tune This Love in 2007. The next year, the talented singer and songwriter released singles such as Cyaan Sleep; Time Tuff (a cover of Toots and the Maytals original); Love Doctor and I Wanna Go Home. This year he continued with the release of Alton Ellis medley, Who Feels It Knows It and Murder, a song which focuses on the troubling issue of crimes being committed against our children.

As testament to Romain's dynamism, these releases have charted locally and internationally. Cyaan Sleep grabbed the number 1 spot on the RETV Charts. Recently the single moved to the number 2 spot on Suriname's 96.3FM Radio SRS's charts and made the US Virgin Island's chart; I Wanna Go Home made Hot 102's Top Reggae Singles for 2008 and went to 11 on St. Croix, US Virgin Island's Charts while Cyaan Sleep shot to number 1 where it stayed for two weeks on the St. Croix, US Virgin Island’s Charts. I Wanna Go Home had great success in the UK where it went to 7 on their New Style Radio chart. The song's video made it to 4 on the Video Alley Reggae Top Ten Chart.

His youth has not prevented him from displaying a high level of social consciousness which is reflected in the song Murderer. Now 19 years old, Romain wrote this song in response to the high rate of brutal crimes being committed against our children. Romain is particularly disturbed at the horrifying aspects of the local crimes committed against the youth.

"Crime against children is a concern not only in Jamaica, however since the start of the year crimes against children have increased dramatically in Jamaica. It is sickening to hear the things done to our children and as an artiste, I have something to say about it and if I can change at least one person, with my music then that's an accomplishment for me because the children are our future, and without them, the future of our country is uncertain," the young songwriter says. "I am trying to reach out to the murderers, but not only the murderers but those who rape and molest children," he continued.

Romain is happy that this recently released single is getting good airplay from most local stations as he believes this will help to get the message across to those who are abusing children. Due to its popularity, he believes the song will make the local charts soon. Plans are under way for the imminent production of the video for the single to help cement the message and complement the airplay.

The young songwriter is currently pursuing a Diploma in Music Performance at the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts with a major in voice and a minor in keyboard. After this he will move on to the bachelor's degree

Showing 'Stone Love' in the Caribbean

Not many sound systems, across the world, can say they have been around as long as Stone Love has.

In fact, the Immortal Stone Love will celebrate its 37th anniversary this December with a blow-out bash at the Mas Camp.

However, if you can’t wait that long to party with the Jamaica’s premier sound system, you can make your way to Stone Love headquarters every Wednesday night for Weddy Weddy Wednesdays for an evening of great musical entertainment from some of Jamaica’s top disc jockeys.

The weekly dance party has been a mainstay in dancehall culture and for the past three years, has had major sponsorship with Magnum Tonic Wine, who of course contributes to the evening’s surprises with lots of Magnum giveaways.

Magnum Tonic Wine has been touring the Caribbean with Stone Love this summer. On August 21, the pair made a stop at The Party Place, Barbados and on the 22nd, The Living Room, a multi-level night club, in Arema, Trinidad. Despite the weather, partygoers in the eastern Caribbean got a taste of the immortal sound and Jamaica’s leading tonic wine. The patrons anticipated the coming of the immortal Stone Love from Jamaica and the party kept its full swing until the wee hours of the morning

Local Selectors threw down their best with hardcore juggling and presented a cool mix vibes: one of Stone Love’s top senior selector Gee Fus had both venues in frenzy with his creative ways of handing over Magnum giveaways and cash prizes, and the patrons left the venue satisfied some lingering behind after the event to meet the Magnum Girls. A Barbados patron was presented with a trip for two to Jamaica.

Pigeon Point Beach in Tobago was next in line and they too got a chance to party with the Stone Love and Magnum Girls. The party area was filled to capacity and the patrons saw a spectacular performance from the stunning Magnum Tonic Wine girls, who left nothing to the imagination. There was a Michael Jackson dance competition and a Magnum drink competition, which yielded Magnum Drink give-aways and cash prizes.

But Jamaican partygoers need not feel left out. Magnum has guaranteed to have strong presence at every major Stone Love event, especially at the 37th celebration of Stone Love’s immortality at Mas Camp in December.

Vybz Kartel set to release 'Pon di Gaza'

Vybz Kartel is perhaps the most talked about man in Dancehall--a captivating figure noted just as much for his supposed rivalries and alleged personal controversy as he is for his suave but brazen delivery, racy content, and sharp lyrical agility. His latest album Pon Di Gaza, slated for release on iTunes on Tuesday, September 22nd, gives listeners a totally different perspective; an in-depth look at the man behind the myth.

Released on the Adidjahiem Records/NotNice Records label, Pon Di Gaza is a complete portrayal of the life and times of Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer. Tunes like the Billboard-charting single "Ramping Shop" featuring Spice, "Virginity" featuring Indu, and "Like a Movie" give audiences the flashy Vybz, while new singles like "Teardrops," "What You Won't Do for Love," "Can't Frame Me," and "Yea Though I Walk" gives personal testament of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Adidja.

"The exclusive tracks were done late last summer, and reflects the mood of what I was going through at that point in time," states Kartel. "Detained in jail without just cause, relationships between my baby mothers and myself--each with a different outcome, the death of a good friend...real life situations. I think my fans will love to get personal with Kartel, so this is their chance."

Since his initial introduction as deejay (emcee) in 2002, Kartel quickly established himself as one of the most domineering talents in Dancehall. That same year, he was crowned Deejay of the Year at the Stone Love 30th Anniversary celebration. In 2003, he nearly topped the Billboard Reggae charts for the most singles sold, coming in second to Elephant Man.

Crossover singles like "Tekk," "Gun Session," and "Ramping Shop" have earned Kartel international recognition, in addition to collaborations and remixes with Hip Hop and R&B stalwarts like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Missy Elliot, M.I.A, Pharrell, Kardinal Offishal, Akon, and Jim Jones. In recent years, he has been nominated for Source, VIBE, and MOBO awards.


In 2009, Kartel has had six number one singles in Jamaica: "Last Man Standing;" "Million By A Morning;" "Ramping Shop" featuring Spice; "Mama;" "Dollar Sign;" and "Completely" featuring Indu. In addition, he scored two international hits with "Ramping Shop" debuting on the Billboard Top 100 Singles charts, and "Dollar Sign" being in regular rotation on popular urban stations in the U.S. This year he was also recognized by the EmE (Excellence in Music and Entertainment) Awards for Song of the Year, Lyricist/Songwriter of the Year, and Male Deejay of the Year.

Pon Di Gaza is slated for release by Adidjaheim Records/NotNice Records on iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes) on Tuesday, September 22nd. The album's production credits include Ainsley "NotNice" Morris, Lenburgh "Leng" McDonald, Jordan McClure, and Tarik "Russian" Johnston.

Source - Ms. Raine Inc.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DIGICEL DEAL OR NO DEAL TO PREMIERE ON TVJ

Jamaicans have been clamouring for top quality family oriented entertainment and now those calls have been answered. NewComm in association with some of Jamaica's most respected companies has partnered to bring the gripping, nail biting TV game show Digicel Deal or No Deal to Jamaica's number 1 TV station TVJ.

Part game show, part psychological thriller, Digicel Deal or No Deal is the ultimate stomach-knotting test of nerves. A mix of skill and chance, the original show, produced by Endemol, which premiered on Dutch TV in 2001 had audiences gripped from the start. Word quickly spread around the world about this TV sensation and soon the game was off to Australian TV, where it first became known as Deal or No Deal. Now in 2009 Deal or No Deal is a hit in over 100 countries from Asia to the Middle East and Jamaicans will get their chance on Wednesday September 23 at 8PM to win millions on Digicel Deal or No Deal only on TVJ.

Hosted by Simon Crosskill, Digicel Deal or No Deal is an exhilarating game show where contestants play and deal for a top prize of $1 million in a high-energy contest of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Each week, the game of odds and chance unfolds when a contestant is confronted with 26 Jamaican beauties holding 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash – ranging from a measly $1 to a whopping $1 Million. Without knowing the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one – his/hers to keep, if he/she chooses – until its unsealing at game's end.

The risk element kicks in when the player must then instinctively eliminate the remaining 25 cases – which are opened and the amount of cash inside revealed. The pressure mounts in each round, after a pre-determined number of cases are opened, the participant is tempted by a mysterious entity known only as "The Banker" to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant's chosen briefcase – prompting Simon to ask the all-important question – Deal or No Deal?

The Digicel Deal or No Deal Banker is the unseen, unheard antagonist on the game show. After each round, The Banker speaks to the host Simon Crosskill via Digicel Blackberry Smartphones on the contestant's desk. The money on the money tree is held by the Banker. As such, his role is to make cash offers to buy the contestant's chosen case rather than allowing them to continue and risk them winning much more.

As each case is opened, the likelihood of the player having a valuable cash amount in his or her own case decreases or increases. Viewers will see if, truly, fortune favors the bold. The contestant knows that as long as the larger cash prizes haven't been opened, The Banker's deals will only get higher. And if the conflicted contestant accidentally opens a case with a bigger cash value – The Banker's offer could suddenly evaporate.

The success of Digicel Deal or No Deal can be narrowed down to one essential element: The Contestants. Win or lose, it’s the players who are the stars and will keep audiences tuning in again and again. Some will be reckless, some intuitive, some just plain lucky, but everyone will have a different method and a different story. With such large sums of money at stake, Digicel Deal or No Deal can be a life-changing experience.

TVJ's General Manager, Kay Osborne believes that Digicel Deal or No Deal will be a big hit in Jamaica: “TVJ is pleased to be a partner in bringing the Digicel Deal or No Deal series to local television screens. We are delighted to provide Jamaican families with another solid hour of fun and entertainment each week during this difficult period. Digicel Deal or No Deal is the newest addition to TVJ’s popular entertainment programmes slate."

With Digicel Deal or No Deal viewers at home will also have a chance of winning cash by playing the Lucky Case Game. In this game there are 3 cases: A, B & C each randomly containing a cash value: $5,000, $25,000 and $100,000. At the end of each show, starting at 9PM, viewers will be able to text to enter as many times as they like for six days for a chance to win one of these cash prizes (Entry closes at midnight on Tuesdays) . A winner will be randomly selected every Wednesday morning and the selected winner will have to tune in to the show that night on TVJ to see how much cash they have won. Near the start of each show on a Wednesday night, Simon asks that episode’s participating contestant to select a case A, B or C, as carried by three of the show’s models, this case will be revealed and show how much cash the selected winner has won.

The aim of Digicel Deal or No Deal is to give contestants a chance to win a whopping $1 million while at the same time providing quality entertainment to the viewing audience. The secret to the success of the show lies in the well-balanced combination of both mathematical, and psychological elements all coming together to produce a game show thriller. Based on the successful format from Endemol, that has aired in over 100 countries, the Jamaican version: Digicel Deal or No Deal is produced by NewComm with an all Jamaican crew headed by Producer / Director Tanya Taylor. TVJ will premiere Digicel Deal or No Deal on Wednesday September 23 at 8pm.

Source - Alykhat PR