Friday, June 28, 2013

Dye Dye by Macka Diamond Tun Up

Macka Diamond never misses just always underated.  She is one of Dancehall's finest, producing at least one hit each year.  But what is most admirable about this Dancehall Diva is her relentless effort to keep going despite reckless critiques at times and hate.  This is what makes success, this is what it's all about and Jamaica's Dancehall artiste Charmaine 'Macka Diamond' Munroe aka Ms Money Oooo has once claimed summer with her hit song entitled, Dye Dye. 

The track holds down the number one spot in St. Lucia for a fourth consecutive week, is riding at #16 on the Caibbean Top 20 chart, #3 on BBC 1XTRA Top 5 Dancehall Chart and currently dominate the local Dancehall.  Macka has released another track since DYE DYE entitled Twist Me that is also making an impressive impact on Dancehall.  Macka Diamond's latest bbm (blackberry messenger) blast is a shout out to Grenadians, "Big up urself over there in Grenada 2moro di stadium ova there a get Dye Out n Twist up!"

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mighty Crown Lives Up To the Hype Driving Force Tour Thrills in the UK


Mighty Crown Lives Up to the Hype Driving Force Tour Thrills in the UK

New York, New York - June 2013 -- Ever since the announcement of Mighty Crown's "DRIVING FORCE TOUR," the UK has been bubbling with excitement. An outpour of bids from promoters, full sized billboards, commercials and a month-long radio residency with Robbo Ranx on BBC 1xtra contributed to the ridiculous buzz. And true to fashion, "The Far East Rulers" leveled the UK with vibes, exceeded expectations and more than lived up to the hype surrounding their "DRIVING FORCE TOUR" performances. With sold-out dates, lengthy lines and raving audiences, Mighty Crown was every sense of a HIT during their recent two week take over.
Crown Tudor Rose
While all of Mighty Crown's stage shows were robust with great music, fun, humor and overall entertainment, it was a climactic moment for the "DRIVING FORCE TOUR" at London's Tudor Rose. During this unforgettable performance, Mighty Crown dropped incessant, authentic Reggae selections and drove the audience into a frenzy with an over-the-top daggering segment in which an unsuspecting patron was touted across the stage -- "FAR EAST STYLE."
"I am rather proud of what my team has accomplished with Mighty Crown, especially since many sounds and artists are not touring consistently now-a-days," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin, Mighty Crown's manager.
Crown Manchester
Consisting of mostly dates in the U.K. (London, Bristol, Wolverhampton, Manchester & Nottingham) and stops in Biel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany, Mighty Crown had venues filled to capacity and roaring with forwards, as they dropped hard hitting Reggae music selections! The massive crowds were especially hype over Mighty Crown's one-of-a-kind specials and dub plates of their favorite tunes. Fans and promoters alike have hailed "The Far East Rulers" for their performances, using phrases like "first class," "big league," "world class" and "epic" to describe them.
"We are really enjoying the tour and appreciate the love that people have for Mighty Crown," says Masta Simon, co-founder of Mighty Crown. "Our mission is to elevate sound system culture and keep it as prominent as possible."
Crown Manchester 2
Mighty Crown's "DRIVING FORCE TOUR" has been rocking dancehall fans since March 2013, and will have spanned more than 50 dates across three continents by the time it's completed. The "Far East Rulers" have returned to Japan to headline some big events and will wrap up their "DRIVING FORCE TOUR" with an explosive finale in Europe in August, appearing on prominent festivals and events. Fans can keep up with Mighty Crown's 'DRIVING FORCE TOUR' by visiting

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Buju Banton Gun Conviction Overturned

Great news today for Buju Banton as reported in the Tampa Bay Times a federal judge threw out a 2011 gun conviction Wednesday against reggae star Buju Banton and told the government to bring a criminal contempt charge against a juror who helped send him to prison.

Banton must continue to serve a 10-year sentence for helping set up a deal to buy and sell 11 pounds of cocaine, but, for now, he does not face an additional five years for a participant's carrying of an illegal gun.
For jury foreman Terri Wright, the troubles are just starting. She could face a fine and up to six months in prison if found guilty of contempt.
U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. concluded that Wright did independent research during Banton's February 2011 trial and then discussed her findings with other jurors, behavior that came to light after she did a newspaper interview in October 2012.
When accused of misconduct, Wright gave the court the incorrect computer hard drive for a forensic examination, Moody decided, after hearing the facts. The judge's finding contradicted Wright's assertion, under oath, that it was the correct hard drive.
But computer forensics expert Larry Daniel testified that the drive came from a desktop computer that sat idle from May 2010 to June 2011, a time frame that included the trial and its aftermath. The expert found no Internet history during that 13-month span, nor any evidence that the hard drive had been altered.
Yet, on various occasions, Wright has admitted to researching Banton and the law.
All that has changed is the timing: In October, she told a South Florida journalist in a recorded interview that she did research during the trial. In December, she told the court that she did her research after the trial.
Chokwe Lumumba, one of Banton's attorneys, pushed her again Wednesday to pin down a time frame. She pushed back, telling him it's been two years and she doesn't recall.
Moody said he was "very troubled" by the matter.
He found cause to believe Wright researched a legal theory called the Pinkerton rule, which was discussed during jury instructions and may have been a topic of confusion among jurors.
Here's how it applied: If Banton was found to be part of the drug conspiracy, the Pinkerton rule allowed jurors to also hold him liable for a gun carried by conspirator James Mack. That's an automatic five-year sentence bump, because it's a separate federal crime to carry a firearm during a drug-trafficking offense.
Moody said it is difficult to explore the impact that juror Wright's input might have had on deliberations, lacking a hard drive that reflects Internet use.
But because the gun verdict depended on the Pinkerton rule, he set the verdict aside and left it to the government to decide whether to retry Banton on that one remaining count.
It wasn't Moody's first crack at separating Banton from the gun verdict. The judge dismissed the charge at sentencing, saying Banton could not have known that Mack would carry a gun. But an appeals court reinstated it.
Defense attorney Lumumba said afterward that he appreciated Moody's decision on the gun charge but he didn't think the judge went far enough.
"I thought he should have thrown out the whole case," Lumumba said. "If we can't believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can't believe her on anything else."
Wright's attorney, Lori Palmieri, declined to comment about the looming contempt charge.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, attended the hearing, cigar-thick dreadlocks pulled back into a loose braid. Asked how he is doing, Lumumba said this:
"Creative minds suffer when locked up."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Work Permit Issues Cripples Cocoa Tea Upcoming New York Performance

Unresolved work permit issues will hinder Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea's performance at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Sunday June 30.  Cocoa Tea will be replaced by Half Pint.  Promoter Chris Roberts of Groovin Inc. said Cocoa Tea's work permit issues may or may not be resolved in time for the event hence the replacement.  Roberts said his understanding is that Cocoa Tea who holds a US visa requires a waiver to travel due to an incident which took place in the Caribbean in 1998.  Roberts said, "we hired the services of a top notch law firm to expedite the process" but with a few days to go before the event and the issue still unresolved, the team thought the most prudent thing to do is to inform patrons and seek credible replacement for Cocoa Tea.

Half Pint will join a world-class lineup of hit machines including R&B icon Patti LaBelle, Tank, Ginuwine, Tyrese, Sanchez, Barrington Levy, Steel Pulse and Queen Ifrica.

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