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GUEST RUNDOWNS

Postings from special guest contributors. From commentaries, to higher reasonings, to just running-off the mouth. “Everybody has an opinion!”

JAMAICA NOW OFFERS SAME-DAY PASSPORT SERVICE!

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February 8, 2016
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 Marsha Smith (right), the first person to receive her passport under the new same-day express system implemented by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), collects her document from a PICA representative. CLOSE to 30 persons applied for and received their passports on Monday, under the new same-day express service offered by the Passport,...
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“REGGAE MEKYAH, BUT NAH SELL YAH” THEME AT REGGAE MONTH DISCUSSIONS!

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February 8, 2016
“REGGAE MEKYAH, BUT NAH SELL YAH” THEME AT REGGAE MONTH DISCUSSIONS!

By Shereita Grizzle— David Rodigan— A small crowd gathered at the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts last Thursday night for the second installation of the Reggae Open University panel discussions. The event which is part of the 2016 Reggae Month celebrations, sought to air concerns about reggae...
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NO REGGAE AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC MERCHANTS!

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February 8, 2016
NO REGGAE AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC MERCHANTS!

 Guitatist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith— RESPECTED guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith says Jamaican administrators missed a golden opportunity by not showcasing the country’s music at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California. Smith attended the January 21-24 show at Anaheim Convention Center. The annual event, a must-go for musicians, attracted 100,000 persons...
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TWO KILLED AT JLP RALLY IN MONTEGO BAY!

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February 8, 2016
TWO KILLED AT JLP RALLY IN MONTEGO BAY!

ST JAMES, Jamaica – Opposition spokeswoman on Information Olivia “Babsy” Grange says that the police has confirmed that two people were killed during the shooting which prematurely ended tonight’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St James. The two were understood to be among at least four people...
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IRANIAN ENTRY WINS THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER COMPETITION!

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February 7, 2016
IRANIAN ENTRY WINS THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER COMPETITION!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON—-  Prism of Nature by Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari.— FOR a second year, there are no Jamaicans in the top 100 winners of the International Reggae Poster Competition (IRPC). The results of the competition’s fourth staging were announced on the competition’s website last week. Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari’s Prism of Nature took...
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THE SECOND COMING OF ROOTS SINGER I KONG!

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February 7, 2016
THE SECOND COMING OF ROOTS SINGER I KONG!

 I Kong— Roots singer I Kong had a decade as an entertainer under his belt when he recorded the song The Way It Is in 1972. Released in 1978, The Way It Is was produced by Tommy Cowan with the Inner Circle band as musicians. Michael Lee was executive producer. The song, and album,...
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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE ONE LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MONTEGO BAY!

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February 7, 2016
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE ONE LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MONTEGO BAY!

 By Horace Hines—  Skip Marley performing at the One Love Music Festival, held at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay—. ROSE HALL, St James — Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would...
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CANADA-BASED KAFINAL SCORES HIS FIRST JUNO NOMINATION!

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February 6, 2016
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Kafinal—-  Entertainer Kafinal has scored his first Juno Award nomination. The upbeat recording artist earned a nod in the Best Reggae Recording category for the song Nah Complain, which features veteran deejay Daddy U-Roy. The nominations were announced earlier this week. Juno is Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. It is promoted each year...
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FABIAN THE TRUTH (FORMERLY FABIAN MARLEY) IS SLAPPED WITH A LAWSUIT FROM THE BOB MARLEY FOUNDATION!

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February 6, 2016
FABIAN THE TRUTH (FORMERLY FABIAN MARLEY) IS SLAPPED WITH A LAWSUIT FROM THE BOB MARLEY FOUNDATION!

By K’Shema Francis—   Fabian The Truth formerly Fabian Marley has been slapped with a lawsuit by The Bob Marley Foundation and 56 Hope Road Music Limited. A DNA result recently concluded that Fabian is not the son of the reggae Legend and is a 99% match with the man who is the father of...
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“REGGAE IS JAMAICA’S ANSWER TO TRINIDAD’S OIL” SAYS JOSEF BOGDANOVICH OF DOWNSOUND RECORDS!

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February 5, 2016
“REGGAE IS JAMAICA’S ANSWER TO TRINIDAD’S OIL” SAYS JOSEF BOGDANOVICH OF DOWNSOUND RECORDS!

BY AVIA COLLINDER–  BOGDANOVICH… I see reggae music as a natural resource which is underdeveloped— DownSound Records (DSR), led by entrepreneur Josef Bogdanovich who partnered with Sting’s Isaiah Laing to stream the island’s largest annual concert live to 179 countries worldwide, indicated on Wednesday that it is planning to deliver its own international staging...
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