Monday, December 21, 2009


“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

Check out the Behind the Scences video

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 ?

Check out the videos below

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...................

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

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 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/D├ęcor – 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