Dancehall singjay Vershon is aiming to tap into the international market, courtesy of a major collaboration with African superstar Shatta Wale.
Shatta Wale, a Ghana-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician, is best known for his breakthrough hit Dancehall King, for which he was awarded Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
Vershon and Shatta Wale's record is titled Can You, and was produced by Vershon's own label, Real Queffa Production. Aimed mainly at the female audience, the Inna Real Life singer noted that the record has hit potential.
He also told THE STAR that his new body of music will reflect growth.
"In recent months, I became distracted with a lot of situations that could have been avoided. But I am now back on track and fully focused on what is important, and that is elevating my career to the next level. I am currently working on a number of projects, the first of which is this collaboration with Shatta Wale. Right now, we will be launching an aggressive promotional campaign around it and others singles heading into the last quarter of the year. So fans can look out for a lot of upcoming activities from me," he said.
Vershon, who recently had tongues wagging following the release of his controversial record, My Success, also pointed out that he is looking to expand his reach by tapping into the motherland.
BIG SUPPORTER"Shatta Wale is a huge act in Africa, and people need to realise that Africa is one of the biggest supporters of reggae and dancehall because we are one people. I am making world music, and right now mi just a try tap into several international markets because the work never stops. As an artiste, you can't allow yourself to be caught up into the hype and the bag of mix-up thing in Jamaica, because the world is out there waiting on some good music," he said.
Shatta Wale recently visited the island with hopes of tapping into the Jamaican hardcore dancehall scene.
PARTYNEXTDOOR's record 'Not Nice', which samples Vybz Kartel's 'Girl You Too Bad' single, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Girl You Too Bad was released in 2011, while Not Nice was produced by international producer Dre Skull, who is known for his work with former Vybz Kartel affiliate Popcaan.
Gold in the US signifies that more than 500,000 copies of the record have been purchased by fans.
Not Nice currently has more than 20 million views on YouTube.
This is the second bit of positive news for Vybz Kartel in recent times. The deejay, who is currently incarcerated, recently charted at number 37 on the R&B Billboard Chart with Fever.
Vybz Kartel's 'best-friend' Amelia 'Milk' Sewell for comment on the deejay's current wave of success internationally. The media personality, who also played the substitute teacher on Vybz Kartel's reality show, Techa's Pet, said the deejay is still a trendsetter.
"The copyright money you get from samples is your insurance for further down the line. He has kids to feed, and to see that his music is still being well received, despite his absence, really shows that he is the greatest of all time, like Usain Bolt. He is still relevant, and artistes are still trying to be like him. They don't know what to sing unless Vybz Kartel sings it first," she said.
Milk, who has visited the deejay several times since his incarceration, believes the string of success for the deejay will lift his spirit behind bars.
"This will keep him happy to see that the thing is still up. We are still close and we are still best of friends
Following an impressive performance at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta is being signed by international star Sean Kingston.
The announcement was made on Sunday via Sean Kingston's Instagram page. In a photo of himself and the 'Spartan' soldier, Sean Kingston brags about being able to work the artiste and says there are big things to come from their partnership.
"Haven't been this excited about signing an artiste since @torylanez," the caption attached to the photo read. "Mi nuh hide an talk @tommyleesparta is undeniably talented ... big news soon come," Sean Kingston wrote.
Tommy Lee's camp was tight-lipped about the deal that was struck with the singer, songwriter and record producer.
But while Tommy Lee and his management has been silent about the signing, his fans have been celebrating the announcement.
"Big moves me general, it's a good look. You deserve it," said one user said on Instagram.
"Ah big news dis. Tommy Lee is definitely one of the hottest dancehall acts right now. This is the best investment you will make @seankingston," said another.
Jamaican prisoners are to be allowed conjugal visits, which means they will be allowed to spend time in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse, and engage in sexual activity.
National Security Minister, Robert Montague said "we must begin to humanise" people in prisons.
"A lot of us talk about we are Christians but true Christianity is when you do for the least among us," the minister said.
Two men, who were held with nearly 500 pounds of ganja, were fined more than $1,000,000 or six months imprisonment. They are 46-year-old Gary Edwards and 39-year-old Evol Taylor both of Manchester.
Edwards was sentenced to $15,000 or six months imprisonment for possession of 602 pounds of ganja. He was also sentenced to $1 million or six months imprisonment for dealing in ganja.
Taylor was sentenced to $15,000 or six months imprisonment and 12 months imprisonment for possession of 483 pounds of ganja. He was also sentenced to $1 million or six months imprisonment for dealing in ganja.
The sentences are to run concurrently if the fines are not paid.
Both men were arrested after the quantities of ganja were found during an operation by the police at two beaches in Hellshire, St. Catherine on May 4
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