Rising dancehall artiste Quick Cook is denying rumours that he and fellow artiste Chi Ching Ching are involved in a feud.
The artiste, who has been on tour in the United States, said he made an appearance on the Memorial Day weekend at a barbecue event in New York, that he was booked for, and that is where the rumours started.
"Mi deh a di barbecue and the deejay drop the Party Shot song wid me and Popcaan, and mi go pon the mic and start interact wid di fans dem because me book fi di show. Mi a hold a vibes and a deejay mi new tune No ID and mi just a hold a vibes with the fans". The artiste then went on to say that Chi Ching, who was not booked for the show, was called on by the deejay.
"Chi Ching come a di show, him never book fi it, and mi even big him up when him walk in. The deejay tell him say him must come say a ting pon the mic and him go up deh a talk say, 'dem nuh hot, dem a fight fi hot and hot nuh sell a shop'. Him up deh a talk one bag a sumn fi bout 15 minutes and bruk the vibes a di show," Quick Cook said. Quick Cook went on to say that when he took back the mic he made a statement, and that is where rumours of a lyrical feud stemmed from.
"Mi mek a talk and say 'mi nuh knock a kick me kick off door. Any knock, a mi river stone and slang dem a knock'. When me say that, the whole place shell down and start get wild because the fans love the energy," he said. Quick Cook said prior to this event, he never had any lyrical feud or otherwise with Chi Ching Ching but notes that the 'bad vibes' might be stemming from Chi Ching's association with Gyptian. "Mi and Gyptian have a feud and it look like him (Chi Ching Ching) tek a side. Him a do him ting and mi a do my ting. Mi a further my career. Mi deh pon tour and nuff people never know say Quick Cook have visa so mi just a make dem know me presence and do some promotions," Quick Cook said.
"Mi nuh have no feud wid him, mi nuh have nutten wid him. The world know him and the world know me. Mi just shoot mi new video No ID in Miami, a mi career mi a focus on," he added. When contacted, however, Chi Ching Ching said he had nothing to say in relation to Quick Cook.
Fresh from their massive turn-out in Montego Bay, St James, recently, RumBar Chug It made another successful showing as they returned to Sugarman's Beach in Hellshire, Portmore with a bang.
The party fans were out in their numbers, consuming RumBar rum mixes with Tru-Juice and and other beverages.
The females got wild as they 'bruk it dung' in the sand.
Disc jocks like Dj Chromatic, Karyzma and Nicco Charm, gave the fans a "good time".
When the 10 p.m., cut-off time came around, however, the crowd reluctantly left the venue.
Sundays in Jamaica are traditionally about spending time with family, relaxing and prepping for the start of the week.
JMR Entertainment says they are here to change all of that and bring the South Beach experience to patrons at the South Beach Café located on Brompton Road in Kingston.
The party-event series will kick off on June 17 and will be held every other Sunday until July 29. The Sunday series, day event will start with the Kick-Off, and then move on with Beer Madness, Throwback and end with the Grand Finale.
Jaymar Howell and Michael Riley, the masterminds behind the Sunday series, are promising an atmosphere of excitement and fun which will be enhanced by the presence of Miami's very own DJ Eccentrix.
"We wanted to change the idea of a regular Sunday event and bring to our fellow Jamaican's a huge difference in what they normally experience," Riley said in a release.
"We feel the party scene is played out and in dire need of a change, so my partner and I sat down and took a breather and this is what we came up with. We are aiming to provide a premium and exclusive experience at each staging with our patrons in mind," Riley continued.
South Beach Sundays will be heavy on the attractions and light on the pockets as they will feature the likes of Supa Hype, DJ Lank, ZJ Rush, DJ Karyzma and more for a mere $1000 each Sunday.
The all inclusive event will also offer fabulous Kirov specials along with special admission costs for females.
Promoters will also be giving away a weekend for two in Ocho Rios at the Silver Sands Hotel. Fans can follow them on twitter: SouthBSundays and like them on facebook (facebook.com/SouthBeachSundaysJA) for more details
Popular radio disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa has reportedly decided to split from Darkcide International, his management company.
The 22-year-old is said to have worked with the company for four years. However, according to the release, Wah Wa has had it with manager Raymond 'Shadow' Small, and is now ready to handle the affairs of his career personally.
The former Calabar High student is said to have left due to a breakdown in communication between himself and Small. It is also alleged that the two failed to reach an agreement for a new deal, which would see Small earning less than he previously earned.
"I am no longer a part of Darkcide International. They will no longer take care of my affairs as it relates to bookings, public relations and management. I am treading new pastures," said the radio disc jock, who was christened Deon-Ville O'Hara.
Despite this, whatever projects that the two were working on prior to the fallout will still be completed under the Darckcide International brand. The latest project, which is expected to be released soon, is the Mad Panorama rhythm, which features Konshens, Flippa Mogela, RDX, Navino, Ryno, Ninja Kid and Lincoln. "Anything we had produced will remain the same percentage wise," he said.
When contacted Small acknowledged the split with the DJ. "He is not part of Darkcide International anymore. We wish him all the best," he said.
In the meantime, according to the release Wah Wa, who is the promoter of Guinness Hamma Fridaze, will take care of his bookings along with Stacy Cowen, while his public relations will be handled by Roxroy McLean.
Shane Brown, the manager of artiste Busy Signal, says he does not believe the artiste's incarceration will affect the success of his recently released album.
The album, Reggae Music Again, was released in April with tracks like Come Over, Running From The Law and Kingston Town. However, early last week, news broke that the entertainer had been nabbed by the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport as he returned from a tour in the Netherlands.
He was arrested on extradition warrant from the United States of America (USA). The deejay waived his right to a local hearing, opting to return to the USA to face a charge of absconding bail. It was also revealed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that Busy had been scheduled to go on trial for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in the USA in 2002 when he absconded bail. Despite these legal woes, however, Brown says he believes the album will still do well. "One of the good things about Busy's album is that it is a reggae album. A reggae album can last for years. Even when Busy is back with us, it will still be relevant," Before his incarceration, Brown said music videos were shot for songs like Reggae Music Again and Dream, Dream, which is an iTunes bonus track, and Come Over.
In addition, Brown said 27 songs were recorded for the album but only 15 were chosen. He says Busy Signal has also been recording dancehall and reggae songs since the release of the album, so an abundance of material is available for release. "Busy has a very good team around him, not just me, so we are working to keep him relevant in the market place," he said, noting that the remix of Kingston Town with Damian Marley was recently released.
"Everybody is embracing it. People are even more supportive now. The leverage that we wanted for the album, I am still looking forward to achieving it. The media locally and abroad are highlighting it, so it makes it even easier. Everybody embrace it and see what the mission and goal is and I give thanks for that." Brown says Busy has been coping well with his present incarceration and is grateful for the support he has been receiving.
"Busy is overjoyed by the overwhelming comments and prayers. You can have the best lawyer but without prayer nothing is possible. Him just ready fi deal with this and get it behind him. He is also very confident with his legal team.
Agent Sasco, also known as Assassin, seems to be the target of one more artiste's lyrical shots.
Singer Natural Black has released a song titled Mine You Own Business, which he says is aimed at Assassin.
"From mi trim mi locks, dem interested inna me. Mi nuh know how my name reach inna him mouth. Mi just want a man know say dem need fi avoid my name. Dem caan swing pon my name like a iron gate," Natural Black, in referring to the lyrics in Assassin's controversial single Bun Freaky Ras, said that he believes that a section of the song is directed at him because of his recent decision to trim his locks.
'Tell the yute dem nuh bleach and stay naturally black/you haffi firm inna the Gideon, don't trim your locks/Yea we know say everybody a pree the cash/but u nuh haffi sell out if you want reach the top' In Natural Black's counteraction titled Mine You Own Business, he deejays:
'Agent Sasco a informer/The said one you fraida - Mr Palmer/Mortima Hardly a bigger drama/Yow a death before dishonour/... you only buss through you connections/So you need fi make you corrections/One bag a lyrics and one bag a song/Caan run the place - sumn wrong.' "Mi nuh have no time fi pay attention to that. I'm all about my work. People a look out fi di new song dem, so mi just a make more dancehall hits," he said. Natural Black went on to say that he has not spoken to Assassin since the release of the song. "When lyrical war a gwaan, nobody nah pree confrontation. A the one weh have the most argument win. Mi have argument caan done. If mi chose fi do anything wid my locks, that a my decision. Assassin need fi mine him own business," he said.
Natural Black says he is also working on a new album called Angry Black Serpent,which will be released soon.
Telecoms company, LIME, has once again signed on as sponsors of the staging of iconic gospel artiste Prodigal Son's 'Freedom Fest', slated for June 2, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew.
This year's staging, which marks the third year that LIME will sponsor the event, will seek to provide a family-friendly environment inclusive of fun day and local health fair.
The annual event, being dubbed a '3-in-1 extravaganza', will integrate Prodigal Son's birthday celebrations and his '76 99' album launch, as well as extend the show to incorporate Jamaica's 50th anniversary celebrations. According to Prodigal Son, "this year, patrons can expect an impressive outlay of fun for the entire family. The staging of the event this year marks a happy coincidence for me as I celebrate the launch of my newest album, my birthday and Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence".
"We are happy, once more, to join in this year's festivities and partner with Prodigal to continue a religious movement throughout the country, while bringing Jamaicans together to enjoy themselves" says Stephen Miller, LIME sponsorship manager. Prodigal further informed that the entire Radikal Yawd camp will be onstage for a pulsating concert featuring performances by Ryan Mark, Omari, Kereen Gregory, and many others.
Along with the many activities planned, LIME will also give lucky patrons discounts on Prodigal's CD if they top up with $200 or more on their phones, in addition to getting a chance to spin a wheel for more prizes from the company. Additionally, the first 50 patrons to enter the gates and purchase an Alcatel 208a phone with the Mini World Pak international calling plan, at a small cost of $1,000 + GCT, will get $500 discount on Prodigal's new CD. The gates open at 11 a.m. for the fun day and health fair, while show time will be at 6 p.m
One of Jamaica's biggest brands, Guinness, is to recognise and celebrate the 50 most influential and iconic persons behind dancehall music.
The Guinness brand, which has been a major player in the Jamaican dancehall culture for over 20 years, will offer a platform for its consumers to select their choice of the greatest dancehall icons of all time in recognition of the Jamaica 50 celebrations.
"As we begin celebrating Jamaica 50, Guinness wants to recognise the legendary influencers and playmakers of this unique and great culture we own called dancehall," said Guinness brand manager Racquel Nevins. "As the biggest brand in dancehall, we're going to create a platform where our consumers can select their choice for the greatest in dancehall, and that will include DJs, producers, selectors, and sound-system owners," Nevins added.
Guinness said it would be celebrating persons who have the confidence to follow their dreams, people who are full of imagination and vision and who live vibrant lives - all of which represent the Guinness consumer.The Guinness 50 Greatest Dancehall Icons activity will kick off in June and run up to Independence weekend. Guinness' footprint in the dancehall can be seen in previous partnerships with the World Immortal Stone Love sound system, its sponsorship of Sting and Reggae Sumfest, the Guinness Sounds of Greatness sound-clash competition, and the current Guinness Greatness in the Streets, which is a community-focused street dance activity.
Other notable dancehall moments include the historic Arthur Guinness Day concert at the National Stadium in 2010, which saw greats Beenie Man and Bounty Killer performing together on the same stage with one band in a memorable combination. Guinness is also so entrenched in the music that it had a popular dancehall rhythm named after it - Red Bull and Guinness rhythm - which was released in 2006.
Hot dancehall artiste Konshens continues his assault on the music scene with his latest single and video A So Mi Tan.
A So Mi Tan has been ripping up the airwaves in recent weeks, and fans have been showing their appreciation to the Daseca-produced track. It is the latest in a string of hits from Konshens who debuted in 2007 with the number one smash, Winner. The video for A So Mi Tan has been released to television stations across Jamaica and the Caribbean. The clip was directed by a team from the New York-based Unique Impact, and shot on location in New York while Konshens was promoting his recently released Mental Maintenance album. The clip contains live footage of performances and interactions with fans alike. Konshens has been on a roll over the past few months. Smash hits such as Gal a Bubble and Do Sumn have topped the charts in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.
Stop Sign, another single from Konshens, has been climbing the charts at rapid pace. Last weekend, Konshens performed at the end-of-semester concert at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. Female fans of Konshens can look out for an exciting promotion with a Jamaican alcohol company. Details will be announced shortly.
Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer has dismissed claims by Beenie Man that Jamaican artistes will witness an increase in overseas shows because of the recent video footage showing remorse for his previous lyrics bashing the gay community.
The deejay said that if put in a similar position, he would never have apologised. Dancehall music, the deejay said, has helped significantly to maintain the country's stance on homosexuality and artistes must not divert from that regardless of the financial motivation it brings."Me can't ever put a dollar over Jamaica and its culture. If it wasn't for dancehall and its culture I don't know where or who I'd be today. Mi nuh sorry fi nothing that I said or sang, I am sorry to know it offended anybody but that's how I see it. My views and beliefs, all I can say is that homosexuals fi stop try ban we shows and dancehall must leave dem alone to God still and let peace reign," he said.
The deejay further said that he believes Beenie Man's act was motivated by money. "When since a money control Jamaicans' morals? Leave the gold and save unuh souls. It no look good," he added. He said he believes there was no need for an apology as for the last couple of years no tracks released by any dancehall artiste has instructed violence on to any groups.
"What are you apologising for? You don't apologise for what you sincerely believe in. You can only regret if it offended or hurt anyone," he said. Bounty, who recently came back from a two-and-a-half week European tour, said he's pleased with dancehall's progress overseas and that the music is still striving despite claims that it is dying fast. "Every show mi go on went well. I don't see a reason to believe dancehall music is dying," he said. The deejay also responded to a recent statement by Beenie that he (Bounty) performed in front of eight people, at a show in Amsterdam. This, according to Beenie Man, came after Bounty refused to perform before him. "How eight people fi lef inna venue out of 8,000 and a Bounty Killer ago perform? Yuh nuh see say Beenie Man a live in disillusion?" Killer said.
The Smirnoff Dream Week is set to kick off in fine style with its first-ever concert in Negril.
This Dream concert will be on Wednesday, August 1, Jamaica's Emancipation Day, at Cayenne Beach on Negril's seven-mile strip. It will consist of an electrifying set of live performances officially dubbed Dream Live. Headlining the show will be none other than dancehall's hottest sensation, Popcaan.
Popcaan has risen to stardom in a relatively short space of time and is now one of the hottest acts in Jamaica.
When asked how he felt about being a part of this historic staging, he said, "The summer vibes gonna be maddd! Right now, di whole place a seh fry yiy, and di whole place a seh Dream! I am looking forward to this show. First time Dream's doing a concert and a whole week of parties, so it's a good look for me to be on the show. Pure fry yiy vibes we bringing for the girls and the hot skullz. We say raving straight for the whole week of Dream, so it gonna be madddd!"
He added, "Since a lot of my fans will be here from all over the world, my performance is going to be a mix of a Jamaican show and the shows we do overseas, so it's a mix of the whole catalogue for all the fans. It's gonna be a big weekend an just a good vibe for our country Jamaica, too."
When asked if there would be any special surprises for the fans during the weekend, Popcaan said, "Right now, we are working on a lot of new music every day, so do look out for a few new songs in Negril. Right now, I'm starting work on my album to be released later in the year, but in the meantime, on August 1, for Jamaica's historic Emancipation Day, I'll be doing all my hit singles at the Dream Live concert - Dream, Gangsta City, Clarks, Never Fear Dem, Clean, So Bad, Ravin, Party Shot. We gonna have some merchandise for the fans, too."
Veteran concert promoter and Dream Entertainment Director Solomon Sharpe said, "We are extremely happy that we are able this year to put together a concert of this magnitude. the timing is right. Jamaica 50 means we will do a week-long celebration. Dream Entertainment not doing 11 events and there is no better way to kick off the week of our national festival than to bring that live dancehall concert element that we all love to the heart of party central - Smirnoff Dream Weekend. We have a few more dancehall stars to confirm in the coming weeks, and we will be announcing our full line-up soon. di party shottt!"
Smirnoff Dream Weekend is an official national festival and will take place from Wednesday, August 1, to Monday, August 6. It will feature 11 parties during the day and night. For more info log on to www.negrildreamweekend.com, or on facebook www/facebook.com/dreamentertainmentja.
Recording artiste and performer Flippa Mafia has decided to drop the 'Mafia' from his name.
The artiste will now be known as Flippa Moggela.
Born Andrew Davis, the artiste said he got his moniker while attending high school, but now is ready for a change and doesn't believe that it will affect his fan base. Flippa said the name change was imminent because he has evolved as an artiste and he's known across the dancehall idiom as the 'flossing king'. "I don't think that the change will make a big difference with my fan base because I have always been saying 'moggela' from I did the song Dem Ya. Moggela more fits with the image."
Flippa Moggela further added that so far the name has been met with positive reception, especially from the females. "Well the girls them like the name and so far people have been receptive to the change", the release read. Flippa's current single Talk Bout We on the Mad Panamera rhythm from Darkcide International has been getting a lot of attention especially on radio. The song is a joint production effort from Darkcide's Raymond 'Shadow' Small and radio jock ZJ Wah Wa.
The Mad Panamera rhythm is the third musical project from the Darkcide International label. Navino and RDX are among the other artistes featured on the project. As for Flippa, he is getting ready to release projects from his Flip Money Records imprint as well as projects from the Flip Money Squad stable of acts. The artiste has a busy schedule this weekend hosting Memorial Day parties and events across the United States. He is also billed for a show featuring Capleton in Philadelphia next month.
Jamaican entertainer Busy Signal has waived his right to an extradition hearing to go to the US to be tried for absconding bail.
Busy Signal’s attorney KD Knight said that his client should leave Jamaica within a month. And he said Busy Signal whose real name is Glendale Gordon can only be tried for the offence of absconding bail. This means that the US will not be able to try him on the drug related charges. Busy Signal who was arrested on Monday on an extradition warrant was denied bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning
Busy Signal was also denied bail. Resident Magistrate Stephane Jackson Haisley made the ruling following a bail application by the entertainer's attorney K D Knight. Knight immediately informed the magistrate that the defence took issue with her determination and requested her reasons in writing. The case is set to be mentioned again on June 6. ‘Busy’ was arrested on Monday on an extradition warrant
Amid Vybz Kartel's legal battles, there comes even more news from the 'Gaza' camp as the 2007-formed Portmore Empire has been disbanded. Shortly after his much-publicised fallout with Alliance head honcho Bounty Killer, and his exit from the group, Vybz Kartel looked to his hometown of Portmore, St Catherine, to raise his own musical force, which would later be aptly titled the Portmore Empire.
At the time of its origin, the group consisted of mainly young artistes like Blak Ryno (now Ryno), Craig Dennis (deceased), Omeil, Lisa Hype (now Lisa Hyper), Nuclear, Dosa Medicine, Shawn Storm, and Deva Bratt, who was touted to be Kartel's right hand and the one who was "leading out the Empire". A few fallouts and scandals later with artistes like Deva Bratt, Lisa Hyper, Gaza Kim (now Kym), Jah Vinchi, and Ryno, the size of the group has dwindled.
In recent days, the Empire came to boast acts like Popcaan, Gaza Slim, Sheba, Gaza Indu, Shawn Storm, and Tommy Lee. However, in a recent release sent to The STAR, Adidjahiem Records announced news of the disbanding with a statement from incarcerated boss, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer.
It read: "Dancehall fans worldwide, it is with great regret that I, Adidja Palmer, have decided to disband the Portmore Empire. These artistes have been under the Adidjahiem leadership for years, where they have honed their craft and made their mark, and as such, are well on their way to becoming major forces in dancehall." It continued: "They have reached a level where they are more capable of taking on their careers by themselves, and it would be unfair to them, based on the limited resources of Adidjahiem Records, and the current legal woes of the Adidjahiem CEO, and team members. I wish them the best, and I am confident that they will live up to my expectations. In the future, Adidjahiem will continue to bring out new acts and groom them for stardom. Thank you."
It also stated that members of the Portmore Empire, Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and Leroy 'Tommy Lee' Russell are moving on with their careers under a newly formed label, PG 13. "PG 13 is the new name right now. a just deh so di ting deh, and that's all mi haffi say," When pressed as to how she felt since the group has now been dissolved, Gaza Slim said she had no comments and would only be focusing her attention on the new PG 13 label. In similar manner, Tommy Lee said PG 13 was where he would now be based. "A PG 13 me say straight. A dat me a say," Both artistes have been part of the Portmore Empire since 2010. The 'gaza prefect', Popcaan, who rose to the heights of fame under the guidance of Palmer, has been doing well for himself. Efforts to contact him, however, since Kartel's incarceration proved futile.
The other standing member, Shawn Storm, was whisked away by the authorities as he is said to be implicated in the legal woes with Kartel.
With news forthcoming that the 'World Boss' has disbanded the Portmore Empire, artiste Sheba says she is in shock since she was not informed about the decision.
"I was not personally informed about this. Mi just wake up and see a broadcast message about it and a wonder if a true, but since THE STAR a call me, it look like a true, den," Sheba said.
Sheba went on to say that she had not heard Kartel's side of the story, so she was not in a position to speak about the group being disbanded."Him nuh send no message wid him lawyer fi say nutten bout it, but a still music, me say. I want to thank him for a great run - it's been three years. To be honest, this news kinda shock me - is a sudden surprise. it's not something that was discussed with me," she said.
Sheba, whose given name is Tasheba Campbell, says she joined the Portmore Empire in 2009. "Mi go up a di studio one day and tell him say me can deejay and him say, "mek mi hear a song den", and mi deejay fi him, and him say him like it, and that was it," She is most famous for her collabs with Kartel, including You and Him Deh, Like Christmas, and Do Me Dat (A Whe Me Do You).
The STAR also spoke with a few of the original members to hear their views on the disbanding of the Portmore Empire. "I was there from the beginning, and I got the chance to learn a lot of things while in the Portmore Empire that could help me out with my career today. From they remanded him, some of the others should have been trying to work on their craft so even if he doesn't come back very soon, they can still manage on their own. "Empire taught me to fight fi what yuh believe in and him is a man weh him like fi see yuh a do things. So as a female, yuh haffi think like a man but act like a woman," said Lisa Hyper.
Another artiste, Dosa Medicine, said, "I understand what Vybz Kartel is saying. he is away and can't really push their careers the way he could have if he was out. Vybz Kartel is a man like this ... when it becomes too much for him, he will just let it go. I figure more or less that is what is happening. But still, to be one of the original members, it's good to know that the whole world was saying gaza, something I help to build."
American rappers are being increasingly drawn to dancehall music. The latest is Bad Gal Shawnte from AC Money Records, a hip-hop artist/songwriter from Virginia who mixes up the game with her different reggae-inspired styles, sick raps, and that sexy bad-girl swagger. She is featured in a couple of new videos such as The Girls Dem and Shorty Got Back for dancehall artiste AC Money.She also pops up on a few of AC Money's tracks on his album Dem Fi Know.
"I just love dancehall music - the beat, the flow, the rawness of it. It reminds me of early hip hop. It is just so powerful, raw, and unpolished," she said. Shawnte isthe leading lady of the A Plus Ladies group and she has a diverse style of hip hop, rap, R&B, pop, and reggae. She started writing at age nine while singing and rapping with her best friend in school at talent shows and around their neighbourhood with friends.
Now, she is about to realise a lifelong dream with her first independent label release. "I am now working on my own debut album titled Bad Gal 4 Lyfe, which is set to drop this summer. It's gonna rock," she said in a release. Bad Gal Shawnte is planning to do many features with many reggae artistes from all over to produce some fresh, new international hit songs for 2012. She just completed a music video for her new club Banger, So Seductive, which will be the first single off her debut album. It's a catchy song that all the sexy ladies can relate to. "The new video just dropped this April and is doing very well so far. So look out for it coming soon to TV stations near you," she said
The listening public can look out for other singles such as Into You, Everywhere We Go, Living The Life, and Anytime You Want Me on her 13-track LP.
Jamaica's most celebrated dancehall artiste, Rexton Rawlston Gordon, popularly known as 'Shabba Ranks', is set to perform at the 'Adidas Jamboree' concert, Randall's Island, New York, on Saturday, June 9.
The concert - which will serve as a 50th anniversary celebration for both Jamaica and Trinidad - will take place at the conclusion of the annual Adidas Grand Prix where Caribbean track stars - world champion Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jermaine Gonzalez,Novlene Williams-Mills, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson,Kenia Sinclair,Kelly-Ann Baptiste andother world elite athletes - will compete. "Shabba is an icon who has a history of delivering outstanding performances," saidLouie Grant, vice-president, Irie Jam Radio.
"This is Shabba'sfirst outdoor performance in New York in two years and fans can't wait tosee the Grammy winner on the adidas stage, representing Jamaica while ushering our Caribbean athletes off to the 2012 London Olympics this summer." Also slated to perform isyet another Grammy winner, New York-based reggae star Shaggy, Jamaica's musical ambassador Richie Stephens and soca darling Fayann Lyons. "Working with our Caribbean media partnerIrieJam radio over the past 6 years, we have come to recognise the synergy created by two indigenous Jamaican products - sports and reggae music," said Rich Kenah ofadidas Grand Prix and Global Athletics & Marketing.
"To honour the outstanding performances of Jamaican athletes at the adidas Grand Prix since its inception, we will team with Irie Jam radio and LBLto stage the inaugural adidas Jamboree concert. The event will also honour two neighbouring island nations, Jamaica and Trinidad, ironically competingat the 2012 summer Olympic in England, the country from which they both gained their independence."
With a string of billboard number one hit songs,including It Wasn't Meand aplatinum-selling album,Mr Boombastic, Shaggy still has what it takes to enthral fans. He is expected to turn up the heat with another energetic set at Randall's Island when he unleashes hits like Badman No Cry, Hot Gal, Bombastic and Oh Carolina.
Award-winningreggae ambassadorRichieStephenshas coppedawards for Song of the Year for Live Your Lifefrom Irie Jam Radio, NY; anAchievement Award at the 16th annual JamaicaJazz&BluesFestival in Trelawny, Jamaica; a Lifetime Achievement Award and Song of the Year at theLinkageAwardsin New York since the start of 2012. Hislast performance on Randall's Island took place on Saturday, May 31, 2008, moments after Usain 'Lighting' Bolt had decimated the 100 metres world record for the first time.
FayAnn Lyons, a three-timeTrinidad & Tobago Carnival Road March champion (2003, 2008, 2009) and the 2009 International Soca Monarch has a huge fan base in the tri-state area. Her big hits include Focus, Heavy T Bumpa,Bring It (with Mr Vegas - ICC World Cup Cricket Theme Song) andGet On.
Since the release of a video with Grammy winning artiste Beenie Man's video statement to the gay community, many artistes have also voiced their opinions on the matter.
Bounty Killer, leader of the Alliance and Beenie Man's long-standing nemesis, recently took to Twitter to bash Beenie Man. Not known to hold back words, Bounty Killer unleashed a slew of tweets directed at the 'King of the Dancehall'. In one of his cleaner tweets, Killer stated: "Your view is your view, every one have the right to their opinion. Giving an apology simple mean you stoop to their level and have second thoughts of your opinion, so simply you never believe in your opinion from first." Producer Skatta Burrell, however, applauded Beenie Man on his apology. Speaking with THE STAR, Skatta said that all judgement should be left to God.
"Instead of dancehall uniting, we have allowed it to progress to the point where the gay society are able to target our shows and venues and are successful in preventing us from performing and earning a living. If Beenie Man gets up and apologises then nothing is wrong. We are hypocrites, because even though we say we are a homophobic society, Jamaica is in the top 10 Caribbean countries with the most gays. We have bigger issues than condemning Beenie Man," Artiste Ce'Cile also sided with Beenie Man and his apology to the gays. In some of her tweets she said: "Everybody gonna jump on Beenie now, he's a great artiste and have nuff other things to sing about! As long as Beenie is sincere, we all good, cause mi waa see Beenie mash up more shows and I support him! Lots of you dudes don't even treat women good! Low di Doctor!"
When asked what he thought about Beenie Man's video statement, Tony Rebel said that he did not think about it. However, he went on to say that entertainers must be careful of the lyrics they put out so that it does not come back to haunt them. "Beenie Man a him owner man. I'm not here to say if he is wrong or right. If him do things and him haffi apologise then that's his business. Tony Rebel nuh haffi apologise to dem and me straight. Him must know wha him a do why him need fi apologise. Mi nah apologise to no gay, no day, but if him feel fi apologise then that's his prerogative. Entertainers over the years were promoting gays, they claim they were bashing them but they were actually promoting them. If a man continue fi talk bout gays, why him need fi do dat? We have nuff more tings fi talk bout,".
"I never apologised. Jamaican people need to be more literate about life. Five years ago, we stop sing certain songs, and start focus more on dancehall to make it what it is today. I said that they (the gays) should leave us alone, don't have us up for what we said when we were young. That happened 20 years ago, nobody is the same person they were 20 years ago," Beenie was quoted as saying in the release. The release also addressed the sound system selectors who have been lambasting his decision to do a videotaped statement. "I told them to leave us alone, to try to understand where we are coming from, but still yu have some selectors weh go pon the mic and talk a bagga tings. So when the gays put on dance and want to spend $150,000, you selector bwoy, don't tek dem money, run dem outta the dance. Dem caan use dem little bird brain pon me, man ah lion," Beenie Man said.
He also addressed Bounty Killer's tweets about his video. "Bounty Killer need fi tweet say ah eight people lef inna the venue outta 8,000 fi see him perform after him ah insist say him waan close the show over Amsterdam Reggae Festival, ah dat him fi tweet. After mi perform, the show done and everybody lef ... nobody never waan see him."
Jamaican Government sources last night said that all the necessary case files related to the Busy Signal extradition matter are in order and they expect to have the entertainer before the court on May 24.
The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was picked up at the Norman Manley International Airport immediately after he stepped off a flight from the United Kingdom. He had been on a tour in Amsterdam.
"The extradition warrant was executed on him," According to reports, he was met on arrival by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team, United States marshalls and representatives of the British High Commission. The artiste was reportedly travelling on a passport he had under the name, Reanno Gordon.
He spent last night in the Gun Court Remand Centre on South Camp Road, St Andrew. Contacted last night, Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, refused to shed light on the matter. However, well placed sources said that the request for Busy's extradition is unconnected to the arrest of former Tivoli strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, as was being rumoured.
Instead, the request for the deejay comes approximately 10 years after it is said that he was allegedly implicated in a narcotics offence committed in Minnesota. On November 22, 2011, that the popular deejay was being sought by United States (US) enforcement officers on drug- related allegations. A US enforcement officer had said that an extradition request was being prepared for the deejay.
Busy is the the third Jamaican artiste to be arrested in recent times for drug related activities in the US. Previous to Busy's arrest, deejay Buju Banton and reggae artiste Denroy Morgan were held by US authorities.
Law enforcement agents have arrested another high profile figure from the West Kingston community, on an extradition warrant.
Popular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was picked up at the Norman Manley International Airport, immediately after he stepped off a flight from the United Kingdom this afternoon.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News understands that the entertainer was returning from a tour in Amsterdam.
His arrest came months after The Gleaner broke the story that a prominent entertainer was under the radar of the United States to be extradited.
According one of the law enforcement officers, 'Busy' has been under investigation since 2002.
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