SOME blame the recession, the absence of Vybz Kartel and Mavado, Kartel's event in New Kingston, and a myriad of other factors; whatever it was, Sting, the much-anticipated 27- year- old music festival failed to hit the mark on Boxing Day. Perhaps the greatest initial indicator that the event would fall short of previous years was the crowd support. By Sting standards, the huge Jamworld venue in Portmore St Catherine was empty, even after the midnight hour, when the event faithfuls would usually been seen streaming in to catch their favourite reggae and dancehall acts
COME tomorrow, the name of one artiste will be on the lips of all the persons who attended Sting — greatest one-night Reggae festival — as well as some who did not make it to the Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine.
This year — the festival, which is in its 27th year, is devoid of the usual tension and lyrical clashes which have characterised the festival in past years. Instead, Supreme Promotions, promoters of the event, have dubbed the 2010 staging, the collaboration.
Despite having problem with Kartel ... Says "No man caan style me"
He has managed to hammer out a long-standing lyrical
feud with nemesis Bounty Killer, but recently tongues have been wagging
that the 'Doctor' is now feuding with the current Stone Love deejay of
the year, Vybz Kartel, since the release of the provocative Father God
that second line really caught my attention, where he says that our
loves and comforts should increase. Is that a licence to live a life
of hedonism, basking in the comforts of life's pleasures, even as we
increase our stock of love?
be told, I subscribe to the maxim that overindulgence is its own
reward, and virtue its own punishment. After all, if you love
something, why not go for it? And lord knows, virtue can be a real
pain in the butt, a real prison. No wonder many priests bruk out and
give in to the pleasures of sexual gratification. They simply could
not stand the confines of a virtuous life anymore and gave in to
pleasures of the flesh. And mama mia, the spirit is willing and the
flesh is willing, too.
Come Boxing Day, Sunday December 26 , the Sting stage will be set up to accommodate adversaries- turned-friends, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, two of the headline acts on this year's event. They will be performing tune-for-tune together on stage in what promises to be an exciting segment called 'The 13 Warriors of Sting'.
Dancehall artiste Desmond Ballentine, better known by his stage name Ninjaman, and his son Jahniel are to spend their second consecutive Christmas behind bars, after more than a year in police custody on gun and murder charges. Lawyers representing the father and son, who are charged with the March 16 , 2009 murder of Ricardo ' Ricky Trooper' Johnson, failed to obtain bail for the men when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court on Friday.
Deejay Mr Lexx is back in the island today after spending more than a year in New York.
His manager, Earlton Clarke, yesterday
that the deejay had boarded his flight to Jamaica last night and is
expected to return safely into the island. Lexx, born Christopher
Palmer, has been missing from the local scene since October last year
when he was arrested after a woman reported to the police that he
sexually molested her.
It was reported that the woman was in her room at a hotel in
Queens, New York, when the deejay forced himself on her. The police
arrested the deejay the following morning. Since the incident occurred,
the deejay's travel documents were seized and he has been unable to
leave the United States.
several court appearances
Dancehall deejay Busy Signal will probably never forget his very first performance in Africa.
The artiste performed in Gambia on Saturday, December 11 and sources say the stadium was filled to a capacity.
Fifty thousand people were inside the venue to see the Jamaica deejay
while another 10,000 were still on the
A new Beenie Man song entitled Father God Help Them has been creating quite a stir in the dancehall as many have deemed it as a diss song for fellow deejay Vybz Kartel. The song has been getting plenty of listenership on the video sharing website, Youtube and has been attracting numerous comments from listeners. In the song, Beenie Man sings, "change mi skin colour that me naw do ... you see the freak thing, that me nah do ...". In another line, he sings, "a fight over style weh mi grandma mek/Oh awoww!, yuh no hear nothing yet/before Clarks a beat, man a wear Gator crep,". However, Beenie Man's manager, 'Blue', told in a telephone interview
Share | Gender power issues form an enduring subtopic in Jamaican music, from the deejay debate of Legal Rights between Papa San and Lady G, through to the Bigger Boss quarrels of Shirley McLean and Dwight Pinkney. Late last year, the on and off discourse made its way into the generation of performers raised in a more explicitly expressive era of Jamaican popular music, in the double entendre of Chino's Pon You Head as the sentiments of Shabba's Dem Bow meet The Meditations ' Woman is Like a Shadow . It starts as well-heeded advice: "From me a likkle yute A one ting me mother tell me She say don' take up whe yu caa manage, nothing heavy So me listen
Without the presence of
top-flight deejays Vybz Kartel and Mavado on the line-up of this year's
staging of Sting, many have raised questions as to whether or not the
show would be prosperous as in past years.
The SportsMax Zone in New Kingston became command centre for the James Bond-esque product launch. From swipe card invitations and electronic countdown to the humourous video outlining the offerings on LIME TV.
FOR dancehall act Cham, Sunday's free Red Stripe Bold concert is a rare opportunity for the performers and audience alike to have a
good time. The Madhouse entertainer has been included in a quality
line-up of reggae/dancehall stars including Lady Saw, Tarrus Riley,
I-Octane and Vybz Kartel, set to perform on Knutsford Boulevard
before an expected audience of thousands.
Dave kelley an Baby' Cham dere is no way people can put out one riddim and not one
song offa di riddim worthy fi listen more dan one time. Dat nuh mek
sense. Mi say it bout Stronger, most people agree and some vex. See it
deh. Di song release di odda day an dead like Miss Mattie one foot fowl
Di new Cham track wha name Dat Mi Seh, mi tune out aftah 30 seconds. Tump Mi Inna Mi Mout wid him and Timberlee, fi har part ah di song harrible buck, so di song shudda done at 46 seconds. Pinchers Amazing alright fi di fuss 25 seconds. Bounty Killer Enemies, lawd have mercy! Yuh can tell me why Killa a deejay like Cham?
Some ah oonu questions answered:
Reader: Cherry I don't know why Nikki Z don't just
stay weh she deh cuz nuh body neva miss har an the idiot song weh she do
Not only is deejay Vybz Kartel adamant that he will not
be attending Sting this year, but he is now saying that without the
'Gully' and 'Gaza' presence this year's event will not be as successful
as in previous years.
Mavado After not being on the poster or mentioned at the launch, it was confirmed yesterday that dancehall artiste Mavado will not be making an appearance at this year's Sting. Speaking with the star , Mavado's manager Julian Jones- Griffith said, "He's definitely not doing it." Sting's promoter Isaiah Laing also confirmed this. "He won't be on the show. I spoke to his manager and he said he would get back to me and he didn't, so we went ahead with the show," he said. WON'T BE CLASHING Laing explained that any void left by Mavado will be filled by other artistes on the line-up. "We have the likes of Sizzla right in the slot there. We don't think it will make a big difference. They (Mavado and Vybz Kartel) won't be clashing and them by
Members of the Gully Squad are anxiously anticipating the upcoming Christmas season as they have a number of shows lined up. In addition, they say 2011 will be their time to shine. The show count for the group is so many that member Flexx says he is not sure how he is going to manage the workload. "A one whole heap a show line up for the Christmas, enuh. Yuh done know a Hapilos Entertainment , alongside Solid Agency, a deal wid the management. Wi have a show in Guyana the 31 st, after that, inna the new year, mi have about 12 shows in the United States. Mi new song on Chrome's new Dancehall Effects rhythm a go mad the place too," said Flexxx. doing the work He continued, "Yuh know seh Mavado big show cancel and the visa trouble weh him a guh through, so a just we a bring the music to the people, in a sense, then. We just doing the work, getting it out there. Yuh zeeeet!" Another member, Savage, also gave similar comments saying, "The squad up to crazy things, enuh. Mi have a new song out, Mi Nah . Da song deh tun up loud inna the road, a crazy feedback. A just because man humble more while, mek mi nuh really out deh yet. But this Christmas name 'Gully Christmas', a ours it. Nuff show wi have fi work, mi cyan complain because a music mi do, nuff work inna it." When contacted, a busy Chase Cross, who was just about to head into the studio to record a song for DJ Frass, told , "Right about now, mi a mek plans fi shoot the video for Can't Stop Us, on DJ Frass' Gully Bomb rhythm. An mi a go a England with Mavado in about two weeks time." Adding, "When we come back, the whole Gully Squad have a show on December 26 weh Mavado a set up. We ago close off the year wid a show inna Guyana, and bring in the new year wid some new song weh wi just voice fi Stephen, Frass and Jordan dem. 2011 a go see the Gully Squad a guh haad," he added. The Gully Squad consists of Mavado, Kibaki, Chase Cross, Flexxx, Savage, 3 Star, Stacious and Crymist.
Dancehall artiste Munga Honourable is alleged to have been
at the centre of a conflict at the last staging of Hot Mondays, held at
Lime Lite Nite Club in Half-Way Tree, where it is alleged that a
selector was assaulted and the deejay later attacked.
to an eyewitness, Fire Links' selector, Fire Ray, was attacked at the
club and about half-an-hour later the deejay was also assaulted when he
tried to leave the venue.
She's been the butt of rumours about buttocks enhancements -- but fake or not, Nicki Minaj showed off her ample backside in a skin tight catsuit on Thursday. The 25-year-old singer and rapper wore the eye-popping outfit as she performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in her hometown of New York with a host of friends including Rihanna and Kanye West. Drake and Keyshia Cole also joined Minaj during the special Thanksgiving performance for radio station Hot 97.
What a gwaan people? Hope everybody did have a good week.
Happy belated birthday to Kaboom, Mucho Mucho, Nikki Z, Jade (Zip), mine
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Wayne Marshall and QQ were all very well received, but the crowd that
gathered in Falmouth's Water Square for the Trelawny leg of LIME's
Christmas Pon Di Remix Roadshow Tour had clearly come to see Movado.
Konshens (Cashflow) - This is a song about someone who knows his real
friends. Konshens confirms that he knows about his friends so he doesn't
need influence from the outside telling him about them and attempting
to destroy friendship. He points out that he chose his friends and knows
why he wants them around him. It is fresh to death as even though many
songs bearing this topic have been done, the angle in which Konshens has
taken has never really been explored.
He is riding high on the charts locally and abroad but Khago admitted yesterday that he is yet to do a show overseas.
"Mi nuh fly yet," he said while smiling.
"Mi manager nuh tek none a dem. Him a wait till after Sting. A
Banky dat enuh, a him deal wid Shabba ting so him know weh him a do. Him
nuh waan mi go up deh wid one song. Wi nuh move yet enuh. Mi just a
gwaan build up mi home ground now cause wi nuh inna nuh haste wid it"
Mad respek to all a mi Tambareen Fambily linky-linky an mi
Mix Up an Blenda massive. Yow!... di Lesbian Mix Up topic a mad up di
place. A crazy tings a bust out inna Jamaica ya. Fi real. Gwaan pree dem
two vibz ya pon di topic:
Who is really a Lesbian?
Raga big up yuh self. Luv yuh show! I am a lesbian and have been so since high school, at least that's whenI
became conscious of it. A lot of people seem to believe that a woman
becomes a lesbian because she was abused by men or had very bad relationships resulting in heartbreak, been raped, lacked love
. Artiste to return to court in January to answer ganja charge
Dancehall entertainer Otis 'Round-head' Morrison pleaded
not guilty to the charge of possession of ganja, when he returned to the
Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Digicel roadshow takes Loaded Christmas to Port Antonio Digicel has rolled out the carpets of their Christmas Roadshow, which will take their 'Loaded Christmas' campaign across the island. The roadshow's third stop was Port Antonio town square in Portland last Saturday...
beginning of the trial involving Grammy winning artiste Beenie Man who
is charged for assaulting LA Lewis, yesterday suffered a delay when
Beenie Man failed to show up at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's
Twin of Twins' song 'Mix Up' is almost a year old but it is now the reason why the duo is at odds with fellow dancehall artiste Busy Signal.
In the song, the duo made reference to Busy Signal's song One More Night saying, "wi
nah seh di artiste a move contrary/ So wi ask, who a di producer who
engineer it/ Who mix da song deh who did prepare it/ Mi waan know how
some people hear baby/ It look like mi deaf but mi know seh mi hear it/
Busy a beg one more night from Gary."
Dancehall duo RDX is now venting its anger at what the members,
Delomar and Renegade, describe as bad business ethics displayed by
promoters. The two spoke of bad past experiences with promoters; but the
most recent, they said, was while in Europe for a show earlier this
Deejay Beenie Man, buoyed by the success of his hit singles, Rum and Red
Bull and I'm Okay, has tackled a new ambitious musical project which he
hopes will help to re-define his legacy as a leader and innovator in
the world of dancehall.
Beenie Man has enlisted the help of his superstar friends on the musical
project he has dubbed Beenie Man and Friends and the result is eight
great combination singles, each featuring Beenie Man, on a bouncy
NEW YORK, USA — A new book on Reggae legend Bob Marley, hit bookstores in the United States last week.
The book, a predominantly pictorial composition, is the work of renowned
international photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker, and husband Jeff. The
pictures were shot by Kim who was then an underground photojournalist,
at a time when Jeff was working as the United States head of publicity
for Island Records, which was then Marley's record label.
The trial in the case of dancehall artiste Moses 'Beenie
Man' Davis was hampered in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's
Court yesterday as the artiste did not show up.
The complainant, Horace 'LA Lewis' Lewis, was in attendance.
Bunna Man telephone
Mix up big-up to di bunna man weh did a do di tings dem wid a woman who married
to anneda man. Wen him deh deh a mash di works di woman husband call
har. Di woman ansa di phone inna di miggle a di sort out, den shi hang
up har phone. But di husband call back several times an di woman keep on a ansa di phone. Di bunna
man tell har say shi fi stop ansa di phone, but shi say true shi always
ansa, it woulda look suspicious if shi neva ansa. So dem gwaan shot di
sort out - but di husband still keep on a call an a gwaan suspicious. Is
like seh him did a feel di sort out weh him wife did a get.
radio host and now deejay Amelia 'Milk' Sewell has much on her plate
these days, having recently completed her run in theatre, writing a
book, planning her birthday party for next year and has a number of