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Busy Signals the End of Shane Brown's Management 
Busy Signal has ended long time management arrangement with Shane Brown. According to reports, Busy has made it absolutely clear that the decision was not made due to any, "bad vibes" between himself and Shane Brown, they (Busy and Brown) ended the "management term" of their friendship, Busy wants more "control" of his business. Management responsibilities he said, will be handled by his brothers read more

Bunny Wailer Mad at Snoop Lion Again?
The Jamaica Observer is reporting that Bunny Wailer who is releasing a 50-track commemorative album entitled 'Reincarnated Souls' in April, is fuming that the artiste Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion 'illegally' used footage of their recent meeting in February 2012 as a launching pad for his film 'Reincarnated' which was released in the United States last Friday read more

Many Albums Few Sales
The Jamaica Gleaner Staff Report Sadeke Brooks in a recent article question local artistes continued effort in producing albums, "amid low sales and illegal downloads." Interesting and indeed questionable find out where Sadeke went with her story read more

New York Times Review the Documented 'Reincarnated' film by Snoop Lion
The New York Times take a look at the documented 1 hour and 36 minutes 'Reincarnated' film of Rapper Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion in an article entitled, "A Rapper in Search of a New Path." The film is reported to have been opened Friday March 15, 2013 in Manhattan read more

Snoop Lion's Candid Interview On Bunny Wailer n More with Nikki Z

Snoop Lion gets candid with Radio personality Nikki Z about why he choose reggae, meeting Bunny Wailer, Tupac and why he is going to make the world respect reggae click to listen

Rihanna Forced to Postpone Tour Date on Doctor's Order
Rihanna has officially postpone two leg of her Diamond World tour due to sickness. The Pop Star postpone Sunday's March 10, 2013 show in Boston and Tuesday March 12, 2013 show in Baltimore, United States. She is said to have caught flu and laryngitis read more

Glass Slippaz Whopping 11 Nominations for Actor Boy Award
Local Screen Play, Glass Slippaz which feature popular female Reggae songstress Alaine Laughton received 11 nominations in key categories for the local Actor Boy Award read more

Has Reggae Lost It's Soul?
In the Caribbean and around the world, Jamaican music continues to be celebrated for its sound and its sweetness, and the principled activist spirit of reggae read more

Tappa Zukie Slams Payola - Feels Underappreciated in Jamaica
Iconic Reggae artiste Tappa Zukie considers himself English, as according to the veteran, Jamaican Music Industry shelved several of his biggest more

Shaggy's Split from Big Yard n Plans for New Label Ranch
"I really can't put my finger on one thing as there were several factors but what I know is that we could not move forward..." and in relations to the label, "We can find the artistes but it's more about getting the label in the spotlight first..." said Shaggy read more

Movado for Snoop Lion's 'Lionfest
To celebrate the release of the much touted debut reggae album by one of America's Hip-Hop icon and newest member of Reggae internationally, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Jamaica's own current Dancehall star Movado will represent the Jamaican music industry when he make an appearance at Snoop Lion's 'LionFest' in Austin Texas. Snoop Lion's quest is to make Reggae a respected genre across the world read more

Indie Labels and Reggae
Before major labels came knocking at the doors of dancehall artistes in the 1990s, indie labels helped promoted Jamaican music overseas. Island Records and Trojan Records operating out of London, stepped up promotion in the 1960s .... read more

Rocking on Reggae Island; Alternative Musicians Ask for more Exposure
The local music industry is laden with talented jazz musicians and opera singers but what is most surprising is that Jamaica is home to quite a few rock bands.... read more

One Man's Dream to Make Bob Marley a National Hero
In an article published in the Jamaican Gleaner, writer Mel Cooke highlight one man's quest to generate '1 million signatures' to make Bob Marley a national hero of more

Mr Vegas Nominated in Six Categories of IRAWMA
Flambouyant Jamaican Dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas, has been nominated in six categories on the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). Also nominated in various categories are Junior Gong Marley, Sean Paul and Konshens. The Awards ceremony takes place March 4, 2013 in Coral Springs, Florida.

Marleys 'Set Up Shop' Next Generation Album Coming Soon
Junior Gong Marley recently revealed that he and brothers Steven and Julian Marley is about to drop their next generation album entitled, 'Set Up Shop.' The album, he told the Jamaica Observer will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label and will feature tracks by two third generation Marleys,. Stephen's son Jo Mersa on two tracks Bad So and Comfortable; Ziggy's eldest son, Daniel Bambaata Marley's Treat You Right. Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis (son of the late Alton Ellis), Black-Am-I, Julian and Junior Gong Marley are also featured on the album.

Snoop Lion Announces Release Date for Debut Reggae Album
Snoop Lion announced April 23rd as the release date for his first Reggae album entitled, 'Reincarnated' which will feature mostly pop and rap artistes such as Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Drake. Fans can also expect Snoop Lion to include collaborations with Rita Ora, Popcaan and Mavado. According to Snoop, the album is about paying homage to and showing respect to created and love Reggae and hopefully introducing the genre to a new audience read more

Shaggy Launch New Label
Shaggy launched 'Ranch Entertainment' his label and latest project at a concert recently, held in Kingston at Usain Bolt's Track n Records restaurant. Already signed are artistes Red Foxx and GC. Without saying too much about his upcoming album, Shaggy hinted that both Beres Hammond and Junior Gong Marley will be featured on it. read more

Leave a Man Come Back a Hero
Call them crazy or adventurous but two members of the local entertainment industry, TV Personality, Artiste and Law Student Sanjay Smith and Craigy T of the once popular TOK group have signed up for AXE Apollo Space Academy 'Trip of a Lifetime to Space." When asked what is most exciting about making this trip read more about what they say

Marley Family Makes Rihanna Weak
Pop star Rihanna tweeted recently, "I am sincerely weak right now!!!! Thank you guys for this wonderful package." #Onelove #family What did the Marley family give Rihanna that made her weak? click

Reggae Industry Needs More Record Companies
Music producer Paul 'Jah Screw' Lowe says reggae is crying out for more record companies that are committed to promoting the music properly...."Back in the days there was Greensleves (British record company) and we could just call upon them once we spot a good talent" read more

Snatched! Rihanna's Done it Again
Rihanna has broken another record in music history when she became Youtube's most viewed artiste snatching that title from Justin Bieber with over 3,460,297,485 video views and 6,466,217 subscribers. Rihanna now prepares for another world tour which begins in March - July and there might be extended dates. Riri is EPIC.

Life Time Achievement Award for Jimmy Cliff
Jamaica Reggae Industry and Association (JaRIA) bestows the Life Time Achievement Awards to Internationally acclaimed Reggae Icon Jimmy Cliff an their Honour Award ceremony to be held February 23, 2013 at the Emancipation Park in Kingston. Twenty one (21) artistes/musicians/promoter/radio host/groups will be honoured including The Mighty Diamonds, Tony Rebel and Junior Gong Marley read more

Jamaica Day
Jamaicans celebrate 'Jamaica Day' today February 22, 2013 across the island. A symbol of this celebration is to attire in the symbolic colours of the Jamaica Flag, Black, Green and Gold.

Radio Hopping?
After 10 years at Kingston's Hot 102 FM radio, veteran Broadcaster Richie B joins Mello FM in Montego Bay. He starts March 4, 2013 taking over the mornings from 6am - 9pm. Just recently we learnt that Richie B joined New York's Link Up radio but it was only for a short while. The well known radio broadcaster joins his fellow veteran radio host Barrington "Barry G" Gordon. Richie B compiles the Jamaica Music Countdown Chart.

Twist of Fate in Buju Banton's Hearing?
A recent report disclosed that in yesterday's (Feb. 20, 2013) hearing of a juror's misconduct, "one juror said he knew nothing about what Wright did but another threw a spanner in the works after he said it was discussed in the jury room."read more

Reknown Photographer Peter Simon Exhibition in Ja
Photographer Peter Simon will launch a photo exhibition on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Kingston. The exhibition is said to be a virtual history of Jamaica's popular music captured in pictures. Some of Peter Simon's photographs includes a portrait of Mick Jagger, Peter Tosh and Keith Richards as well as Chris Blackwell and Don Taylor who were and still is instrumental in the success of the late great music legend, Bob Marley. read more

Where is Sister Group Brick n Lace?
Haven't heard much lately about the tight knitted trio, Brick n Lace which had narrowed down to a duo. These Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artistes brought about a 'Spice Girls' kinfs vibe to the Dancehall which was trendy back in 2005 but kinda new to genre. They always put on a good show but never got the applaud they deserved from the local audience. In my mind however, Brick n Lace were refreshing and Akon thought that much too so they toured with him. But what happened after? Ummh! Well Brick n Lace has resurfaced but....find out what's up. read more

'Bob Marley the Man I Know' was Psychic?
In his recent presentation at the University of the West Indies, Allan 'Skill' Cole revealed that Bob Marley read palms as a young boy. read more

That VW AD' Racism or Jealousy?
A feature in the Jamaica Observer highlights the reaction of a number of reputable individuals who seem to have an issue with the ad. But is all the commotion about racism or jealousy? An aspect of the Jamaican culture is put on display, what is racist about it? Would it have been a better ad if a difference language or dialect was used? When you read the Observer report think on these things. click to read

Manley "Big Youth" Buchanan Awarded
At a football competition held at Constant Spring Football field in St. Andrew recently, Clive "Busy" Campbell Organiser of the annual Bell-Zaidie Memorial and Chairman of the Bob Marley One Love Organising Committee awarded Reggae stalwart and influential toaster, 'Big Youth" for his contribution to the Reggae music Industry. Click to see photo

The Man I Know - Allan 'Skill' Cole
When Allan 'Skill' Cole former footballer, Confidante and Manager of the King of Reggae, the Legendary Robert Nesta Marley makes his presentation at the annual University of the West Indies Lecture, he is expected to give his own personal insight into the life of the late Superstar who would have celebrated his 68th birthday February 6, 2013 read more

The Season of Bacchanal
The season of Bacchanal kicks off this Friday in Kingston Jamaica. Like Reggae is to the rest of the Caribbean, Bacchanal is one of the most highly anticipated season of events across Jamaica, indeed it's a Caribbean thing. Each year, people literally prepare themselves for the season which involves various soca events and road marches. Getting into the gym in preparation for the long walk across Kingston in the broiling sun forms part of the process, Oh yes! Jamaicans do love Bacchanal, the music, the gyrating, consuming alcohol and getting loose. It's an event for rich or poor, old and young; we are approaching the season of "GET ON BAD!" read more

Cultural Practices - A Look at LENT
February 13 marks the beginning of LENT. The day is a public holiday in Jamaica. Recognising the season of LENT, many Jamaicans, mostly Christians desist from consuming meat, especially pork. The price of Fish soars as most, flock the fish markets and vendors to purchase large quantities. However for some Jamaicans, fish is consumed on specific days, such as the day LENT begins (today) and throughout the Easter Holiday period. Thereafter it's back to regular day to day eating habit.

'Di Captain' Charts Big
Reggae's stalwart Freddie McGregor's 36th studio album entitled, 'Di Captain' made a debut entry at #8 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. According to a Jamaica Observer report 'Di Captain' is Freddie McGregor's first entry on Billboard Reggae Chart since 2002.

Britain's Fashion Film
Britain's Black Entertainment Fashion Film Television and Arts, Award (BEFFTA), will have, as part of it's 5th anniversary celebration a leg of it's staging in Jamaica, July 28, 2013 read more

Jimmy Cliff Walks Away with The Grammy Plus..
The 2013 staging of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards was more than special this year, at least for the Reggae Industry and fans. Not only because Jimmy Cliff's 'Rebirth' album won 'Best Reggae Album' of the Year but also the well deserved tribute that was paid to the legendary Bob Marley by Bruno Mars, STING, Rihanna, Ziggy and Junior Gong Marley. Personally we would have wanted to see more of the Marleys and a better presentation of a few of Bob Marley's best songs but it's done and it is what it is so thanks Grammys! it's the thought that counts.

Will Bob Marley be Honoured at U.S. 2013 Grammy Awards?
Finally?? It could be likely but of course it's a wild guess. However what we do know is that Bajan beauty and US Pop Star Rihanna will be making a special presentation at the Grammy's with Ziggy and Junior Gong Marley, STING and Bruno Mars. We also heard a snippet of a presentation, from around the world" to heighten our speculation. Watch highlights from the Grammy rehearsal here and tell us what you think

British Reggae Industry Award 2013
The British Reggae Industry Award, established 1981 to acknowledge British artistes for their dedication to reggae music, visions a brighter further for Reggae as the 2013 tag line is, 'Hoping to encourage the development of reggae music amongst the youngster read more

Buju Banton Hearing for Juror Misconduct
Embattled Reggae/Dancehall legend, Buju Banton will be back in court on February 19 as his juror misconduct trial continues to take shape read more

With the month of February being celebrated in Jamaica as Reggae Month. The Jamaica Observer has opted to carry a piece entitled 'Dreadless: Dutch Keepers of Reggae" an eight-part series looking at the influence of Reggae music worldwide read more

Do you believe time flies? It does not! Time is eternity. Time stands still. People come and go. ~Shiv Khera~

How to be a winner: Winners don't do different things; they do things differently. Winners put in the extra effort even when it hurts. ~Shiv Khera~

Upcoming Artiste Benefit from Music Placement on Dance Moms
Jamaican female artiste Stephanie Wallace-Maxwell reaps benefit from music licensing and placement of single, If This is Real on America's popular television reality tv series, Dance Moms. The single specifically written one year ago and for that purpose was placed through the production company, Rebel America Inc (RAI) which sells music to movies, television series, ad campaign etc. read more

Anthony B Released from Lock Up in US on Marijuana Related Charges
After spending five (5) days locked up in jail in Georgia, Anthony B and five of his band members were released on marijuana related chargesread more

Dat Shat! Mavado on BET 106 and Park Today!

When Mavado 'Gully Gad' appears on BET's 106 and Park show February 1, 2013, it will not be about a video world premier. Dancehall's trending recording artiste has been invited by the producers of BET's 106 and Park show to be a 'Guest Judge' on 'Freestyle Fridays' Now dat shat! Dweet Vado!!

Trending This Week on Twitter
Tishawn is a young artiste coming up but his lyrics are solid. His first single Carry On speaks volume about his ability. This week in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a 4 year old, Tishawn tweeted "caan believe dem kill a 4yr old youth, dats y me sing Stop The Killing" The tweet has since become one of Twitter's trending topics for this week.

Snoop Lion Attempts to Make Amends
With the current fallout between himself and the Rastafarian community, Snoop Lion is reported to have arranged to meet with Bunny Wailer and other interests to make amends read more

Be Inspired
Motivation is acting. Inspiration is thinking. When thinking changes it starts reflecting in behaviour.

Be Inspired
Persistent people begin their success, where others end in failure ~your dreams are POSSIBLE~

Romain Virgo Signifies the Future of Reggae
Romain Virgo, the youngster who choose Reggae as oppose to the more trendy Jamaican music genre Dancehall, shows the Jamaica Jazz and Blues audience why he is so much different and why the future of Jamaica's Reggae industry is in every way, promising. read more

Jazzed with Reggae
"Although I cannot claim to be a true Reggae artiste. Reggae and my brand of music are closely related on that continuum." ~John Legendread more

Be Inspired
Envision your dream, see it, live it. Be persistent. Don't take things personal. Constantly remind yourself that IT's POSSIBLE!

Food n Fashion - the Blend
22 years old Jamaican fashion model Jeniel Williams, who have strut the catwalk for fashion heavy weights Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Fendi, L'Wren Scott and Isaac Mizrahi has embarked on a new project that is unlikely in her line of work,"n what could that project be?" The publication of aCook Book. Jeneil enjoys inviting friends over, cooking them a meal and spends her downtime writing recipes read more

Be Inspired
For no one can be blessed without the acceptance of his own head ~ Yoruba proverb~ People can only be as good as their thoughts, as successful as mental patterns, as progressive as their ideas...~ excerpts - Acts of Faith~

The Men Behind Jamaica Jazz n Blues
Mark 'Brigga' Brown, recording artiste Orville 'Shaggy' Burrel and Walter Elmore has made Jamaica Jazz n Blues Most Popular in the Caribbean. Fans have gotten accustomed to air-tight production like none other seen across the islands of the Caribbean sea read more

No Juror No Vybz Kartel Trial
Juror shortage is the latest excuse for the delay in the trial of embattled Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel read more

Rihanna/Chris Brown Bob Marley Obsession?
Rihanna have 'Unopologetic' (ly) made it clear that she is a huge fan of the late Reggae King Bob Marley, recently Riri posted a photo of Bob Marley on instagram, captioned "my boo" among numerous previous and past references but it has come as a bit of surprise to see her beau Chris Brown post on his instagram, a photo of himself sporting what appears to be 'young dreadlocks' with caption "woah young Bob" click 2 view

Three Generation of Soul n Reggae for Jazz n Blues
Jamaica Jazz n Blues staging this year promises as always, an entertaining showcase. One of the themes for the event will be a presentation of three generation of Soul and Reggae music by Rhythm n Blues Diva, Dionne Warwick, Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blidge and one of the Princess's of Neo Soul, Monica for the American music while Nadine Sutherland, Etana and Alaine presents for Jamaica's music read more

Alaine Plays 'Cinderelisha' in Local Adaptation of the Cinderella Story called 'Glass Slippaz'
Jamaican reggae songstress Alaine get into acting a bit when she appeared in the play, 'Glass Slippaz' described as, "a bellyful of laughter." The play written by Patrick Brown is an adaptation of the story Cinderella with Alaine playing the role of Cinderelisha read more

Participate in The Save Jamaica Music Campaign
It's simple, visit our website as often as you wish, copy any URL of your choice on our News page that is # (hash tagged)#savejamusic and blog, tweet, send bbm (black berry message) or whatsapp to friends, family, fans across the internet. Try it, start now!

Reggae Unites People

Thiecko is a Reggae recording artiste from France who was born in Senegal and had been playing Reggae for more than 25 years. His dream had always been to visit Jamaica and have his album mixed by musicians on the island. The Jamaica Gleaner's Leighton Levy caught up with Thiecko in Kingston and reported read more

Diversity n Professionalism is What Local Industry Insider Hope For the Music in 2013

"We want to see the music become more professional, from the production to the artiste management" said Brenton Sharpe, Manager of Zinc Fence Band as published in the Jamaica Gleaner read more

Jamaica Jazz n Blues Announces its 2013 Line Up

Jamaica Jazz and Blues, announces its stellar line up for it's 2013 staging February 24 in tourist resort and second city of Jamaica, Montego Bay, . Headliners for the opening night, Third World Band, will kick off their celebration of 40 years together, while 'Mr. Rocksteady' Ken Boothe celebrates his Golden Jubilee read more

Reggae Grammy Nominations Criticized

In an article written by Pat Meschino and released in the December 26 issue of Billboard Magazine, nominations in the Reggae category of the Grammy's came under much criticism, "older acts and Marleys always nominated" was quoted in a Jamaica Observer report. The article titled Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talents was based on interviews done with VP of Awards at the Grammy's, Bill Freimuth, Cristy Barber VP of Marketing and Promotions at VP Records and Jamaican Producer/Artiste Manager Shane Brown read more

Be Inspired

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly. ~St. Francis De Sales~

US Rapper and Music Mogul P. Diddy Drops Cash Stimulating the Jamaican Dancehall
It could have very well been a kind gesture but #NIPnews does not have that information. What we do know however is that Hip-Hop extraordinaire, Sean 'P. Diddy' Coombs, flew into Kingston, Jamaica's capital to stage a 'Sound Clash' teaming up with the promoters of STING dubbed, 'The Greatest One Night Reggae/Dancehall Show on Earth. P. Diddy gave US$20 gran to winner Tony 'Mentally Ill' Matterhorn at the Limelight venue in Half Way Tree. The#badboysoundclash was aired live via internet courtesy of Jamaicalivetv. Tony Matterhorn then pledged to donate US$3000 to the Children's Hospital and shared J$180,000 among all patrons who attended the event.

Neyo, Snoop Lion, Busta Rhymes and now P. Diddy have all visited the island between January 2012 - 2013 on Reggae/Dancehall affairs. To watch Diddy's performance clickN.I.P.TV Keep coming guys, help #savejamusic!

It's Ok

Young Jamaicans do appreciate Reggae music but like every other nation, the younger generation 25 years old and younger, prefer the more trendy stuff. Hence, Dancehall or Dancehall fused with Reggae "slap whey! for the youngsters "What the hell is 'slap whey?" You may asked; "in patois it's the new expression or slang that has out done 'tun up'" is my reply. "OMG! you are driving me crazy with these slangs," you may say. But I say, "no, it is what it is." No love lost, Reggae is the root of the Jamaican music culture and it is appreciated by everyone but the kids, the younger generation , they love Dancehall the offspring of the great Reggae genre. It is their thing, it's like Hip-Hop, it's street, it's trendy and most important of all they can relate to it because it speaks to the issues (good or bad) that are happening now and is current to their time. #savejamusic Yeah mon, it's ok.

Jamaican Reggae Vintage Concert Series Return
#savejamusic: I once read an article about a sad reality regarding the lack of support for vintage concerts in Jamaica by a writer based in Austria. According to his piece, he was excited about attending a concert advertised in Jamaica with a line up of some of Reggae's best vintage acts. However , on his arrival at the event in the island, he grimly discovered that such an event did not get the support of young Jamaican Reggae fans as it would in his country. While this is a reality, the fact is Vintage Jamaican artistes continue to dominate international markets and the reason why the formerly Heineken Startime now Startime Vintage Concert series which many thought was put to rest for good in Jamaica has returnedread more

Mutabaruka Lauds Deejay Tony Rebel for
Mutabaruka lauded Tony Rebel for steadfastly promoting positive reggae through his annual Rebel Salute show read more

Shaggy Got it Right Again!
While some artiste fight and fuss about who loves who the most, International Reggae Recording artiste Shaggy, brought the gift of joy and happiness to kids at The Bustamante for Children's Hospital for Christmas 2012 read more

Pop Star Rihanna Loves Bob Marley
Recently Barbadian born and US Pop Star Rihanna posted a photo of the legendary Reggae King Bob Marley on instagram with an inscription 'I love you.' Well anything from Ms. Riri makes the news these days so such a gesture certainly mean a lot but of course Bob Marley is a Star himself who continues to reign even in death. Bob n Beres u both are sooooo special, did someone say good music last 4eva!

Jamaicans Won Battle of the Bands Title
Jamaican band, Di Blue Print, took the 2012 Battle of the Bands title last Sunday December 9, 2012 over competitors from several countries including England, Cyprus, Finland, Lebanon, Norway,
 The Bahamas and Australia reports the Jamaica Observer. Dubtonic Crew which also include Jamaican members was last year's winners more

Be Inspired
Values - standards and principles people deem important in their lives. The language of values can inspire people to take action and move beyond isolation.
~Barrack Obama~

Soca Star Faces Criminal Charges
Machel Montano, Trinidad's famed Soca Star will know of his fate January 17, 2013 when Magistrate Maureen Badoolal-Gafoor delivers her decision on four charges of assault and use of obscene language that were brought against him. Montano was alleged to be involved in a fracas outside a club in Port of Spain in 2007. more

Jamaica Jazz and Blues/Third World Band 40yrs Celebration
The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary with International Reggae/World Music band, Third World at the next staging of the annual Jazz and Blues Festival that is scheduled to be held February 24 - 26, 2013. Joining the celebrations and performing at the prestigious event will also be Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Michael Bolton among others.

Be Inspired
One of the ways you can hinder yourself is with wrong thinking and one of the ways you can help yourself is with right thinking. Where the mind goes the man follows. Change takes place by the entire renewal of the mind.
~Joyce Meyers~

Jimmy Cliff Tops Reggae Grammy Nominees List
Of a list of 5 albums nominated for the February 2013 55th Grammy Awards, Jimmy Cliff's Rebirth is considered the favourite to cop the prestigious prize. Other nominated albums are the Original Wailers Miracle, Sean Paul's Tomahawk Technique, Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters, Jamaica 50th Edition and Toots and the Maytals, Reggae Got Soul.

Fans Teased with a Prelude of Etana's New Album
VP Records has begun it's campaign to launch a new album for Reggae's songstress Etana (the strong one). Entitled, Better Tomorrow, VP tweeted fans to "check out a prelude calledReggae" and that "Europe was loving it" this past summer.

Exciting Times for Etana
The Folksy singer/songwriter gave birth to her second child days ago, one month after completing production on Better Tommorrow, her third and highly anticipated album produced by Shane Brown more

Although Album Sales Decline Worldwide Rihanna Scores No. 1 in the US
Barbadian Pop beauty Rihanna celebrates her first US No. 1 album. The singer's new album Unapologetic this week debuted in the top spot with sales of 238,000 in its first week. The album is also No. 1 in the UK.

Gangnam Style YouTube's Most Watched Video Ever
Youtube now has a most watched champion as PSY's "Gangnam Style" has broken the record with approximately 805 million views as of noon on Saturday, according to YOUTUBE's Trend blog.

Rolling Stone reports, "in just over four months since it was posted in JULY, 'Gangnam Style' has surpassed the views of Justin Bieber's 'Baby,' which previously nabbed the record five months after its February 2010 release and now stands at some 803 million views."

Jamaican Entertainment News Headlines
World famous, multi award winning, Jamaican born bass baritone singer, Sir Willard White is scheduled to perform the music of Paul Robeson in Jamaica this Christmas season as part of a joint fund-raising effort by the St. Luke's Cure and Music Unites Jamaica Foundation. There will be two (2) concert showcases at the Jamaica College Auditorium in Kingston, December 28 and the Half Moon conference centre in Montego Bay, December 30.

Sir Williard White started his musical training at the Jamaica School of Music and was a founding member of the Jamaica Folk Singers.

Patti LaBelle is scheduled to make an appearance at theJamaica Epicurean Escape, December 1-2 at Richmond Estate in the parish of St. Mary.

Crowned Dancehall King, Beenie Man is expected to perform inthe United Arab Emirates his second visit to that country on December 6, 2012

64 year old Bass player, Betram 'Ranchie' McLean who isknown to have significantly contributed musically to the productions of seminal hit singles I Need A Roof by the Mighty Diamonds, Stepping Outta Babylon by Marcia Griffiths and others, died Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at the University Hospital Jamaica. He had prostate cancer.

The University of Technology (UTech) in Jamaica will honour the Jamaican Music Industry. The Presentation ceremony will incorporate the creative art forms of music, speech, dance and drama and will highlight the various genres including mento, nyabinghi, ska, rocksteady, dub, reggae and dancehall.

Sebastien Heins a young Jamaican actor who played Simba inone of the most successful theatrical productions of all time,Lion King, wowed a large audience on Broadway recently with a sizzling one man show titled Brotherhood; an hip-hopera written and performed by Heins and directed by Adam Lazarus. Heins went on to win an award for Best Emerging Actor following, at the 3rd Annual United Solo Festival in New York, a six weeks multicultural theatrical event.

Welcome Home

It's Busy...yeah man, welcome home Busy Signal it's been a while. The worst is now behind you and a bright future lies ahead. Good music pay off, at least one of yours did. We expect you to continue to do well or even go beyond boundaries others have failed to cross. Now take the torch, restart your journey and God bless you along the way.

Reggae Awardees
Lead singer of the popular 80s Third World band Bunny Rugs, is among two other Jamaicans, Jazz musician Monty Alexander and Colin Channer, Founder of Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica, to be honoured by the organisers of the Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards.

Bunny Rugs will be presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Reggae, while Monty Alexander is to receive the Luminary Award and Colin Channer awarded for Excellence in Literature.

Be Inspired
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nuture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
~Nelson Mandela~

A Milestone
The month of November 2012 marks 40 years since the release of the movie, The Harder They Come with the lead roll played by internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste Jimmy Cliff. Produced by Perry Henzell and released in November 1972, the Harder They Come has been accredited for its success of introducing Jamaica's pop culture to the rest of the world.

Grammy Prospect
The controversial and embattled Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel's 2011 album entitled Pon Di Gaza, are among 50 albums on a provisional list for consideration of the Best Reggae Album title at 2013 Grammy Awards.

Follow Up
Captain Barkey, the Jamaican Entertainer/Ex Soldier who was shot and killed recently in a murder/suicide love triangle, was laid to rest today. Several artistes came out to pay their last respects.

Choreographer Eduardo Rivero- Walker is dead
Eduardo River-Walker is an adopted Jamaican dancer, legendary Afro-centric modern dance choreographer and artistic director of Cuba's leading modern dance company Compania Teatro Dela Danza Del Caribe de Santiago. He died on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Book Ends

Reggae in a Jacket
The unheralded world of reggae art gets the spotlight on November 12 when London's Soul Jazz Books releases Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art by Steve Barrow and Stuart Baker.

It is homage to the creativity of how art influenced Jamaican popular music going back to the 1950s when the country's music industry was taking shape Read More

Rantin From Inside the Dancehall
"if you want a taste of the Jamaican music scene through the eyes of a knowledgeable critic, then reach into your pocket and buy this volume. Don't be confused by the title, it's about much more than just Dancehall." This according to Dr. Dennis Howard, veteran Journalist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Howard, released a new book titled Rantin From Inside The Dancehall more By Curtis Campbell

London Mayor Said Marley's Song Helped Him Cope with Olympic Pressures
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has credited Bob Marley's Three Little Birds song for helping him to cope with the pressures surrounding the staging of the recent London Olympics. The mayor was speaking at a reception he hosted on Monday at City Hall to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Mayor said the popular song by the late Jamaican reggae icon, especially the chorus: "don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be all right", helped him when dealing with these issues.
Journalist Patricia Meschino Recognized For Her Contribution to Reggae Music
American Journalist Patricia Meschino is recognized in an eight-part entertainment feature titled, Write On written by Jamaica Observer Senior Writer, Howard Campbell.

Pat Meschino as she is known across the Reggae entertainment industry, has written Reggae reports for The Source, Vibe, The Village Voice, Skywritings, Jamrock, Billboard magazines and the official Marley Family website

The article, Turning The Pages With Patricia Meschinois based on the impact of women on reggae as artistes, administrators and managers. Pat Meschino has covered the Reggae genre for over 20 years click for more

The Daughter of a Jamaican Actor Hits the Big Screens

Charlene Hyatt, British born and daughter of reknown Jamaican actor Charles Hyatt, will play the roll of the Representative of United States Congress Woman Corrine Brown's in a movie called Left To Die which premieres Sunday November 4th, 2012 on Lifetime television.

The movie is based on a true story of the life of Sandra Chase, an American who accompanied a friend to Equador on vacation and was imprisoned for drug trafficking. Hyatt's boss is a member of the team fighting for the return of Chase (played by Barbara Hershey) to American shores...more

U.S. President Barrack Obama Makes Reference to Bob Marley's Music in an Interview

Speaking to the power of music in an interview on MTV with Sway Calloway, the President of the United States of America said, "I can remember when I was in college listening and not agreeing with his whole philosophy, necessarily but raising my awareness about how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggles for jobs and dignity and freedom" in reference to Bob Marley's music watch

Would Reggae Crooner Beres Hammond Perform at RnB/Hip-Hop Star Drake's Wedding?

He certainly would. Recently Drake tweeted that if he ever got married it would have to be to a Beres Hammond song. Well in an interview on Tramplaz TV for Silverstar Sound, the popular Gussy of the duo Randy n Gussy, asked a camera shy Beres Hammond what he thought about Drake's comment. See how Mr. Beres Hammond responded to this lovely gesture click

Will Vybz Kartel be Around this Xmas?
Well your guess is as good as mine. The trial, schedule to commence Monday October 29, 2012 has once again been postponed until December 3, 2012 because the Prosecution said it was not ready.

Macka Diamond Tours
Ms Money Oooo, Mackadoshous is currently in the United Kingdom (UK) on tour. The vibe has been great even though badly shaken by the death of close friend Captain Barkey. If you are in that "neck of tha hood" get your ticket and go watch the 40 n Fabulous veteran Dancehall DJ get busy with popular singles Cow Foot, Tilt Ova n Wine plus many more.

Crime of Passion?
A promoter alleged to have been responsible for the shooting death of Dancehall artiste Captain Barkey is now in police custody. Captain Barkey was found dead along with a female companion in the parking lot of motel in Bronx New York, 3:00am, Saturday morning October 13, 2012....more

Anthony B Released From Hospital
International Reggae artiste Anthony B has been released from hospital and sends messages of love and appreciation from fans and well wishers for the out-pouring of prayers and get well wishes.

Anthony B suffered from dehydration and exhaustion and has been ordered by his doctors to get some rest.

Mr Vegas Love Saga in Patois!

A seemingly frustrated Nesbeth, recently broadcast a message on his blackberry chastising radio jocks and sound system selectors for what he refers to as "promoting heights of madness" the message sent read, "I work tirelessly to put out good music not just for myself or for my friends or for Jamaica but for the world to be a better place. I appreciate the support given by some media houses but some of you radio jocks and sound system selectors promoting heights of madness, all uno pickney ago grow and hate uno." Nesbeth's current singles are, "Taking Over" and "Rasta Tek Over Her Heart."

One Knock!
Shaka Pow's promise to record for big wig producer Snow Cone was well kept. The track entitled, 'One Knock' is now complete and Shaka is ready to hit the road with it. 'One Knock' is a dance created by Shelly Xpression of Xpressions Dancers, and according to Shaka Pow, "has sexual connotations" created with the use of 4 popular dances, Power WineQuint n KotchOne Knock and Tender Touch. Download Shaka Pow's album (Dancing 101) that highlights 10 years of dancing in the Jamaican Dancehall and pays tribute to icons Bogle andIce. Get your copy here:-

California base Reggae artiste Eljai has embarked on a new project, the remake of his 24/7 rhythm. Eljai has been in dialogue with Jamaican musicians to remake the rhythm using live instruments. From there the artiste expects to record a few Jamaican Reggae artiste. We will keep you up to date with this new development.

Singer/songwriter Phorein is currently enjoying airplay for his single entitled, "Smile" on Irie FM Jamaica's number one Reggae radio station. Check out tracks by Phorein online. Download "Dreaming" and other music by this artiste here

Working hard as usual Shaka Pow, the Outfytt General has out done himself recording 7 tracks in 2 days! Now ain't that something?

Download now!! Tilt Over and Wine" the song that teaches you to gyrate, dancehall style @

Vote for Nesbeth, "Taking Over" video on CVM Hit List chart, text 12 to 4442442. Also look out for the first ever Nesbeth's Taking Over mix created by DJ Kenny coming soon, ya heard!

Check out new artist Jedani doing his thing on