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ARE ARTISTS ABANDONING JAMAICA AFTER FINDING SUCCESS ABOARD?

By Curtis Campbell—- Tarrus Riley (left) and Iba Mahr performing at the Half-Way Tree Transport Center, St Andrew, last Sunday at the Pan 2016 final.— Between 2012 and 2014, there was a strong resurgence of reggae music on local airwaves and even on the hardcore dancehall scene. However, fast forward to 2016, the presence of the genre has again dipped locally, with no major hits coming from reggae acts. In contrast to dancehall, which continues to dominate local radio and parties, reggae seems to bear more lasting fruits in the overseas market, resulting in more nominations in the current Grammy list. Aside from Devin Di Dakta, who is nominated for a collaborative album – also featuring the work of Sly and Robbie and JL – dancehall acts like Alkaline, Vybz Kartel and Future Fambo … Read entire article »

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FANTAN MOJAH HEADS TO MALAWI FOR A CONCERT DECEMBER 21!

FANTAN MOJAH HEADS TO MALAWI FOR A CONCERT DECEMBER 21!

By Patience MandalaJamaica’s reggae artist Fantan Mojah real name Owen Moncrieffe has confirmed to perform in Malawi next month Malawi 24 can reveal.Organizers have confirmed that the 39 year old artist is expected to perform in the country in December but further details of the show could not be revealed. According to the organizers, the concert is to be held at the Lilongwe Golf Club on December 21. The reggae maestro is to share the stage with … Read entire article »

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JAMAICAN ARTISTS CONSIDER BAN ON AFRICAN CONCERTS OVER THE EBOLA VIRUS!

CONSIDERATION: Mr Vegas– AS THE Ebola virus ravages sections of Africa, and confirmed cases in the US and Europe, some local artists in Jamaica have called for restrictions on travel to areas of Africa. An advisory from the Ministry of Health has warned people against travelling to the Ebola-affected areas of Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa for entertainment and other purposes. Speaking earlier this month (Oct 3), Dr Ferguson said he was appealing to entertainers to avoid ‘non-essential travel to Ebola-affected areas. He said: “I intend to meet with the Association of Musicians and the tourism minister because we will have to make some tough decisions. I have been appealing to people, including entertainers, to avoid non-essential travel to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. If they still decide to go … Read entire article »

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SINGJAY DON HUSKY BATS FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS!

By Howard Campbell— Don Husky—- SINGJAY Don Husky makes an appeal for more airplay for aspiring artistes with On and On, his latest single, produced by Downsound Records. Although only 21 years-old, Don Husky (Rushane Brown) has done the studio rounds since he was a student at Holy Trinity High School in Kingston. He is familiar with the challenges of trying to get that big ‘buss’. “Yuh song will play a Boasy Tuesday or Weddy Weddy but it neva pass the airport ’cause it don’t get play pon radio,” he said. “Is a money thing; nobody should get pay fi play music (on radio).” Don Husky’s passion about the lack of airplay for budding acts can be heard on On and On. He says his previous songs including Wah my Own and Have You Ever Loved … Read entire article »

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SOME ENTERTAINERS POINT FINGERS AT ENTOURAGES FOR CAUSING TROUBLE!

SOME ENTERTAINERS POINT FINGERS AT ENTOURAGES FOR CAUSING TROUBLE!

Fantan Mojah—   Following Vybz Kartel’s conviction for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, veteran dancehall artist Mr Vegas is calling for artists to desist from associating themselves with large entourages. According to Mr Vegas in an interview with popular United States-based hip hop radio station Hot 97, entourages can be the recipe for disaster and may get artists into problems which could normally be avoided. The Heads High singer says he does not travel with more than three persons and … Read entire article »

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VETERAN SINGER JIMMY RILEY RELEASES HIS “CONTRADICTION!”

VETERAN SINGER JIMMY RILEY RELEASES HIS “CONTRADICTION!”

By Howard Campbell— WITH a background steeped in the harmony era of the 1960s, singer Jimmy Riley helped define the lovers’ rock sound Jamaicans were drawn to a decade later. On his latest album, however, he takes a more serious approach. Lounging at Mixing Lab studio in Kingston last week, the dreadlocked Riley says domestic and international issues inspired him to record some serious songs for Contradiction, which was released in September by VP Records Jimmy Riley “I was … Read entire article »

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SEVERAL REGGAE ARTISTS AND POLITICIANS, IRKED BY STATEMENTS MADE BY ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE

SEVERAL REGGAE ARTISTS AND POLITICIANS, IRKED BY STATEMENTS MADE BY ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE

BY: JODEE BROWN——- Prominent Reggae artiste, Sizzla Kalonji insists that while believe Robert Mugabe’s comments were out of place, he was not insulted by the Zimbabwean president’sassertions about his island——. Several prominent Reggae acts have expressed their outright displeasure with recent comments made by Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe about Jamaicans. Mugabe raised the ire of Jamaicans when he commented on the island’s culture during a ‘distinguished lecture’ at the Research and Intellectual Expo 2012 in which he allegedly branded them as weed smokers and … Read entire article »

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“WE ARE TIRED OF THEM” – ZIMBABWE PROMOTERS CLAMP DOWN ON JAMAICAN ARTISTS!

“WE ARE TIRED OF THEM” – ZIMBABWE PROMOTERS CLAMP DOWN ON JAMAICAN ARTISTS!

By Richard Johnson—— AFTER a recent slew of concerts featuring Jamaican reggae and dancehall acts, promoters in Zimbabwe are now moving to book and promote African acts for concerts in that country. Zimbabwean newspaper The Standard quotes the organiser of a concert set for that country’s capital city, Harare, next Friday, as saying they have gone for Nigerian musician Flavour Nabania along with locals Oliver Mtukudzi and Alexio Kawara in a show for that country’s Africa Day … Read entire article »

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BRITISH DISC JOCKEY SLAMS JAMAICA’S PAYOLA SYSTEM!

BRITISH DISC JOCKEY SLAMS JAMAICA’S PAYOLA SYSTEM!

 ‘No Pay, No Play’ Gappy Ranks … Says Jamaican music industry suffers because of payola —— ‘GAPPY WHO?’, the headline blared on Page 23 of THE STAR, The Gleaner‘s tabloid sister publication, on Monday. It turned out that the author of the accompanying piece, a Gleanersports reporter on assignment in Istanbul, Turkey, “Decked out in my Jamaican colours”, was approached by a local who enquired, “I love Jamaican music, Gappy Ranks, do you know him?” After ‘disowning’ Gappy Ranks, the reporter later did some research … Read entire article »

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