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.