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July 31, 2009

THE KING OF FLOSSING MAKES DAZZLING SUMFEST DEBUT


Smartly attired in Gucci and making a bold fashion statement, the King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia, made the Reggae Sumfest stage his own on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 23.
It was in front of a capacity crowd at the Catherine Hall venue in Montego Bay that Flippa got his Sumfest baptism and came up a better man, more in demand for stage shows, both locally and overseas after proving that he can hold his own with the best of the best.
The flossing champ, who had earlier stated that he wasn’t sure whether or not he would actually do his champagne-popping, money-throwing routine, actually was able to balance his act nicely and give fans a total flossing and musical experience.
Coming from successful overseas gigs, Mr Dem Yah and Dem Yah delivered his set with ease and expertise. Those who didn’t know his songs listened attentively and rocked as the no-nonsense deejay wasted no time in reeling off songs from his ever-growing repertoire, including Bout Dem A Floss and Look Alike.
He took the excitement level up quite a few notches when he brought on the bubbly which he popped open on stage — to shouts of delight — sprinkled the audience and then went deep into his pocket and peeled of bills from a stash which he threw out to his fans. The Press corps and other specially invited guests at the front section scrambled on top of each other in their to grab the Jamaican and US dollars the Flossing King had thrown out. One female from a local print media made a dive and came up with US$30, which she quickly shoved in her pocket. However, persons went up to her asking to see the money to determine if the money was real.
Their expressions were priceless when they saw and felt for themselves that the Flossing King was no fThe King of Flossing makes dazzling Sumfest debut

Smartly attired in Gucci and making a bold fashion statement, the King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia, made the Reggae Sumfest stage his own on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 23.
It was in front of a capacity crowd at the Catherine Hall venue in Montego Bay that Flippa got his Sumfest baptism and came up a better man, more in demand for stage shows, both locally and overseas after proving that he can hold his own with the best of the best.
The flossing champ, who had earlier stated that he wasn’t sure whether or not he would actually do his champagne-popping, money-throwing routine, actually was able to balance his act nicely and give fans a total flossing and musical experience.
Coming from successful overseas gigs, Mr Dem Yah and Dem Yah delivered his set with ease and expertise. Those who didn’t know his songs listened attentively and rocked as the no-nonsense deejay wasted no time in reeling off songs from his ever-growing repertoire, including Bout Dem A Floss and Look Alike.
He took the excitement level up quite a few notches when he brought on the bubbly which he popped open on stage — to shouts of delight — sprinkled the audience and then went deep into his pocket and peeled of bills from a stash which he threw out to his fans. The Press corps and other specially invited guests at the front section scrambled on top of each other in their to grab the Jamaican and US dollars the Flossing King had thrown out. One female from a local print media made a dive and came up with US$30, which she quickly shoved in her pocket. However, persons went up to her asking to see the money to determine if the money was real.
Their expressions were priceless when they saw and felt for themselves that the Flossing King was no fake!
“Of course it’s real bills,” Flippa said in a post-performance interview. “It’s my way of treating fans. They spend a lot of money on their outfits and I appreciate that. So instead of spending money on expensive stage props, I simply throw it out to my fans,” he explained.
Flippa Mafia thanked Sumfest organizers for adding him to the Festival’s line-up and declared that he is looking forward to performing on Reggae Sumfest in 2010.ake!
“Of course it’s real bills,” Flippa said in a post-performance interview. “It’s my way of treating fans. They spend a lot of money on their outfits and I appreciate that. So instead of spending money on expensive stage props, I simply throw it out to my fans,” he explained.
Flippa Mafia thanked Sumfest organizers for adding him to the Festival’s line-up and declared that he is looking forward to performing on Reggae Sumfest in 2010.

VEGAS ANNOUNCES SASSA STEP WINNER


With thousands of votes tallied and reviewed in the last three weeks of hectic voting, the organisers of the Sassa Step contest and video shoot winner have finally announced the winner. The winner is (drum
roll please) Shy N, who tallied an incredible 35 per cent of the vote.
As the winner, Shy N will be flown from Japan to Jamaica to appear in Mr. Vegas’ new Sassa Step music video which is scheduled to be shot on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.
Most Internet voters will remember that Shy N, who hails from Japan, had compiled a pretty nifty video on youtube where he demonstrated the Sassa Step on a sidewalk which ran parallel to a graffiti-decorated wall. Viewers obviously thought that he had earned great style points for adding a combination of break-dancing movements to his Sassa Step. He also showed creativity by incorporating a nearby parking meter into his dance routine.


The adjudicators said that the vote was close with a creditable showing from Ruby Red of Taiwan who ran a competitive second. The organisers, in a release on Mr. Vegas' website, congratulated all the
contestants who submitted videos, and the voting public for helping pick the winner.
Three months ago, Mr. Vegas announced the contest geared towards dancers who could compete for a spot in his new Sassa Step video through video submissions. Hundreds of videos were received and the
final list was winnowed down to five dancers. Mr. Vegas will foot the travel expensesof the winner of the contest to come to Jamaica for the video shoot.
The contest has been extended by three weeks to allow online dancehall fans to vote for their favourites. The Sassa Step dance was originally created by the Ravers Clavers crew from Nannyville.

In the meantime, Vegas’ runaway hit I Am Blessed is enjoying its second week at the pole position of the Toronto Top Ten Reggae/Dancehall singles charts.

Mr. Vegas is presently on his I Am Blessed tour of Europe which has seen him performing at big festivals such as the Summer Reggae Festival in France and the Dour Festival in Belgium in front of thousands of reggae fans. The singjay heads to Zurich, Germany for a show on July 31st and completes the tour on August 3 in Amsterdam. He returns to Jamaica to perform at the UDC in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 6th.

July 29, 2009

QUEEN IFRICA TAKES INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS AT REGGAE SUMFEST!


It appears as though there is nothing stopping the ‘Fyah Muma’, Queen Ifrica now, as she continues to blaze a fiery trail with her captivating and peppery performances, the latest being Reggae Sumfest’s International Night 1, staged on Friday, July 24, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Reports in a local newspaper described Queen Ifrica’s performance as ‘one that stunned thousands of patrons with one of the better performances the night produced’ as she ‘served her audience a course of musical satisfaction for a good half-an-hour.’

On a night when Queen Ifrica shared the stage with many local talents, and top international acts like R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Keri Hilson and Ne-yo, she still managed to give an outstanding performance, as she had the audience fully engaged with some of her hottest singles, among them, Brown Skin, Welcome to Montego Bay (the place of her birth), I Am Ready To Go and Daddy. Ifrica also did a tribute for the late ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson, when she did an excellent cover of Man in the Mirror.

And for Reggae Sumfest, International Night 2, that featured international acts like Nas, Toni Braxton and Tito Jackson, brother of the late pop icon, reports in the local media had the likes of Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Tarrus Riley (local acts) as the more memorable performances on that night.

Indeed, when official reports of both International Nights are compared, it is clear that all will agree, ‘long live the Queen’, as Queen Ifrica would have ruled right across the board.

In the meantime, Queen Ifrica still continues to maintain a heavy presence on both local and international charts, as locally, her song Far Away is sitting comfortably in the #2 position on the Top 20 Reggae Charts, while Lioness on the Rise is currently in the #6 position on the same chart. And again on the Hype TV Top Singles Chart, Queen Ifrica makes her prowess felt, as she is Far Away in the #2 spot, while Lioness on the Rise controls the #12 position.

Internationally, on the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Singles chart, Lioness on the Rise is currently in the #6 position, while Far Away moves up two places to the #14 spot. While on the New York Top 30 Reggae Charts, Lioness on the Rise is in the #5 position, and Far Away at #19.

ELEPHANT MAN EXCITES SUMFEST PATRONS


Many artistes brought their ‘A’ game to the Reggae Sumfest stage on Dancehall Night, Thursday July 23 and deejay Elephant Man was definitely one of the standout acts.
Known for his authentic designer garb, Ele took the dressing to a new level and came in an outfit reminiscent of the tin man/toy soldier. Once Elephant Man took centre stage, it was clear that it was all over. He deejayed, danced and excited patrons with his one-of-a-kind antics. Among his songs were the ever popular Nuh Linga, Signal The Plane, Pon Di River Pon Di Bank, Log On, Higher Level, Get Jiggy, Gully Creeper and Nuh Linga, which all put the massive crowd in a sing-along, dance-along mood.
Always a leader and trendsetter in the dancehall, Ele had a secret weapon – Michael Jackson — in whose memory the festival was dedicated. It would be more accurate to say that Ele brought on stage a Michael Jackson look-alike who had the late King of Pop dance moves down pat.
It was a sight to behold ‘MJ’ and Ele on the Sumfest stage dancing like only Mike can and eliciting screams of sheer delight from fans. The crowd simply loved it and enjoyed every second of this dynamic performance.
Elephant Man again demonstrated why he is considered one of the top dancehall acts in the business today.

July 24, 2009

VYBZ KARTEL, BOUNTY, ELEPHANT, BEENIE AND FLIPPA TOOK DANCEHALL NIGHT AT SUMFEST




Vybz Kartel underlined his dominance as dancehall's top act with a brilliant performance at Reggae Sumfest 2009 this morning. Hitting the stage at a few minutes to 5 a.m., the EME deejay of the year immediately energised the crowd with his trademark line from his recent number one, Money on My Mind: 'idlers mi no have no time fi yu'. And the crowd almost lost its collective mind.

A deafening roar erupted from the crowd and huge forward rolled over the sea of bodies in the venue as he hit the stage dressed in an Arab costume. He blazed with a money medley that included Money Fi Spend, Trailer Load a Money, Million Dollar by a Morning and Dallas, each forward eclipsing the size of the previous one.

Jahvinci of the Portmore Empire distinguised himself with a well-timed performance as well picking his spots to deliver his monster hits, Watch Yu Friends and Rich, and earning big forwards and kudos from the press. Gaza Indu stumbled and fell during her performance of Kartel Completely when The Teacha attempted to give her a backas and she fell on her butt. He laughed it off.

Beenie hit the stage right after Kartel with the colours of dawn colouring the sky with his trademark ' dem get mi ma-ma-ma-ma-maddd', before seguing neatly into Gunshots inna the Air. He then got a big forward for his new song, Stock and Pile.

He then did two Michael Jackson songs as a tribute to the late King of Pop, doing The Girl is Mine and Heal the World, he then did his own microwave version of Kartel's Money of My Mind with the D'angel built-in punch line 'not even D'Angel can talk say she own me' which the crowd loved.

However, many fans were disgruntled that they did not receive a more comprehenzie performance from the Doctor given that the performance took place on a day when he was honoured for contributing 30 years to the biz. Vybz Kartel also joined Beenie Man onstage during the performance doing a song called Gaza Mi Say on a hip hop sounding riddim. Beenie also solicited a big up from Kartel with regards to the award he had won earlier.

Bounty Killer delivered one of his best performances in recent history, showing his more humane side, cracking jokes and witty one-liners that entertained the huge audience. He told the audience that his "battle scars had taught him a lot of lessons'.

"Oonu deal wid me a way last year but is alright, mi is a good yute," he intoned as he attempted to connect with the audience.

He then criticised the recent taxes implemented on taxes and salt before doing Pop It off, and then a quick medley with dancehall classics such as Look Into My Eyes, Another Level, Eagle and Hawk and What Else Yu Waan Mi Do.

He checked himself once when he attempted to do Kill Off Dem BC, cutting it off quickly with a terse 'it makes no sense' and then got a huge forward for Nutten Nuh Change.

He alluded to his recent court cases and various criminal charges with a typical Bounty-ism: 'I are in charge'.

He also bussed the place with a statement to the effect that "ah me mek the gully and the gaza, ah me own the bl---th plaza".

Bounty Killer's performance appeared to eclipse that of Mavado who started strongly with a barrage of his hits, but faded a little at the end before recovering well with Money Nuff for which he earned a huge roar from the crowd. During his set,

Elephant Man was simply brilliant with fire torches stabbing at the sky and fire rockets going off and when he did 'Dancehall Nice Again', it was more than a song, it was a statement of how well the show was going with both Bounty Killer and Mavado bigging up the Gaza fans.

Kiprich performed really well but Flippa Mafia, the king of flossing, seemed to take some of his buzz with a confident extravagant performance that included emptying three bottles of Ace of Spades champagne onto the stage. He also threw money in the crowd which had men and women diving onto the ground to grab US dollars.

Spice did well, closing strongly with Ramping Shop, D'Angel was super-sexy as she danced on a pole and pulled off the best choreographed set of the night while Lady Saw and Macka Diamond both earned their forwards.

July 23, 2009

THE QUEEN IS #1 HEADING INTO REGGAE SUMFEST


All will get the chance to hail the ‘Queen’ this weekend when the Fyah Muma, Queen Ifrica takes the stage at this year’s Reggae Sumfest show, the main events set to take place at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay from July 23rd to 25th.

Still dazzling in the success of her current chart topping single, Far Away, which recently took over the #1 position on the Hype TV Charts, Queen Ifrica is set to give a steller performance this Friday, July 24th - International Night 1, where she will share the stage with top international acts like Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Jazmine Sullivan.

Much will be expected from the Lioness on the Rise singer, who recently released her debut album, titled ‘Montego Bay’, as she performs before thousands in Montego Bay, which is also the place of her birth.

And speaking of Lioness on the Rise, that single is currently in the #18 position on the Hype TV Charts. Overseas visitors attending this year’s Reggae Sumfest show will also be in for a special treat, as a number of Queen Ifrica songs are widely loved abroad. Well the charts says it all, as Lioness on the Rise is currently in the #5 spot on the New York Top 30 Reggae Charts, while Far Away holds down the # 15 position. And on the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Singles chart, Lioness on the Rise is also in the #5 position and Far Away holding on at #16.
Another single that has also been ripping up the local airwaves, is one called Mek Mi Grow. This brand new single from Queen Ifrica, has already been gaining much popularity, and is now creating quite a buzz in the streets.

Bob Marley More Popular in Non-White World Than Michael Jackson



Reggae icon Bob Marley was more popular than Michael Jackson in most of the non-white world based on web searches up to the time of Jackson′s death.
Blacks, Latin-Americans and many Asians were searching for Marley over pop icon Jackson with China and India as notable exceptions, due to limited reggae exposure.
Splash utilised Google Trends which compared as a ratio the search activity for each artiste over time. Both artistes are said to be ′kings′ in their respective fields, and trend data tells just how important each was in specific territories.
Jackson beat Marley in all major white countries except Portugal and Italy, with the US in a statistical tie at a ratio of 1.02 to 1.0 in favour of Jackson. It meant that for every 102 persons searching for Jackson in the US there were 100 searching for Marley. But Marley was more popular than Jackson in the states of Utah, South Carolina, California, and Florida.
But in the non-white world Marley was the king (at least up to Jackson′s death, which spiked media and fan interest).
. Latin-American countries which posted higher search ratios for Marley over Jackson in 2008 were Brazil - the largest black population outside of Africa - at 3 to 1; Mexico at 10 to 7; Chile at 10 to 7; Guatemala at 100 to 4; Costa Rica at 10 to 4; Columbia at 10 to 7; Argentina at 10 to 4; and Jamaica 3 to 1. Venezuela and Peru also had higher searches for Marley than Jackson in 2007, but Jackson beat Marley in 2008.
. Asian countries that posted higher search ratios for Marley than Jackson in 2008 were Indonesia at 10 to 7; Philippines at 10 to 9; Thailand at 10 to 5; and Japan at 10 to 9. The Chinese don′t seem to know of Marley, he doesn′t register as a comparative search. India has four times as many searches for Jackson than Marley.
. Most African countries do not register comparative searches of Jackson or Marley. The only countries which registered were Morocco with a 14 to 10 ratio in Marley′s favour. South Africans had mixed results similar to the demography of the country. For every 10 Marley searches, 16 searched for Jackson. However in the Eastern Cape, a mainly black province in which former South African president Nelson Mandela was born, Marley was more searched than Jackson. In Egypt twice as many people searched for Jackson than Marley.
Marley died in 1981 and his most successful album Legend has sold over 20 million copies. Jackson′s most successful album Thriller sold over 50 million copies.
Up to last week July 9th 2009 Jackson tops iTunes pop charts in 21 of 22 countries. At the same time, Marley tops the reggae album charts on iTunes in 18 of the 22 listed countries worldwide.
Source: Jamaica Observer

July 21, 2009

MR. VEGAS ROCKS 36.000 @ DOUR FESTIVAL IN EUROPE



Mr. Vegas closed the Dour Festival show in Belgium with a high-energy, rain-soaked performance that captivated the large crowd which had flocked to the site for the final day of the annual four-day music
festival.

Barefoot and soaked as the skies opened and a deluge descended on the festival site, Mr. Vegas had the festival-goers jumping, raving and cheering for well over an hour. Once he took off his shoes and socks,
and waded into the crowd to show the fans how to do the Raging Bull, he had the audience mesmerized by his onstage antics.

With the competent backing of his band, Mr. Vegas wowed the audience with a slew of hits such as Hot Wuk, Tek Weh Yuself and Nike Air. And he got one of the biggest forwards of the night with his 1998
Billboard chart hit, Heads High. The crowd also roared its approval or the gospel-tinged I Am Blessed before Mr. Vegas exited to cheers and screams from the well satisfied audience.

The festival featured megawattage reggae names such as Israel Vibration, Anthony B, and Buju Banton, but over 34,000 stood and waited for Mr. Vegas to bring a fitting climax to a festival that had
thrilled and captivated huge crowds for over four days. It is clear that Mr. Vegas’ fan base is bigger than what most reggae writers, journalists and industry insiders give him credit for. And his ability
to rock a show in pouring rain merely underlines his strength as a performer on the European continent.

The Dour Festival was held at a new festival site in Belgium this year, where over 200 bands rocked six stages over a four-day span. Once again Dour Festival was able to score muscular box office numbers: 34.000 tickets sold on Thursday, 35.000 on Friday and 36.000 on Saturday and Sunday. That’s over 140.000 tickets sold over 4 days in Belgium and abroad. There were also 850 journalists present this
year to sample a lineup which had a decidedly international flavor. Out of the 200 bands playing at Dour this year, there were 51 Belgian bands, 41 American bands, 30 French artists, 29 hailed from the UK,
there was one Russian combo, two Japanese, two Swedish, two Brazilians and one Australian band.

Mr. Vegas would also like to express his heartfelt thanks to fellow dancehall performer, Buju Banton who was gracious enough to lend his band a keyboard after Vegas’ band members lost their luggage on a Delta flight from Kingston to Italy. On reaching Belgium, Vegas sought the help of Lenky, Buju Banton’s key board player, and they extended the hand of friendship. Buju Banton even insisted on staying onstage to ensure a smooth transition and to ensure that his band’s keyboards were used to back Mr. Vegas. Buju’s exact words were: "I can have 7 keyboard and you want one and I leave?Wi nah leave, gwaan guh mash it up" in his distinctive deep gravelly tone.Buju’s engineer Solji and monitor engineer also helped as well to ensure that the rain did not affect Vegas’ performance.

“This is one of my best moments of unity in music. God bless the
Gargamel Buju Banton,” Vegas said.

ELE PUTS THE ‘DANCE’ IN DANCEHALL


Flamboyant deejay Elephant Man, with his “colour colour” hair, fashionable designer styles, sometimes completed with a shoulder bag, is the responsible mastermind behind reuniting dancehall music with fun.
Elephant, with his signature style, has been promoting innocent, trouble-free dancing, a vital element that’s been absent from the culture and most often replaced by a new wave of artistry who glorify a bad man, bad mind persona in their records.
Among his top dancehall anthems are Signal The Plane, Pon Di River Pon Di Bank, Log On, Higher Level, Get Jiggy, Gully Creeper and Nuh Linga.
And as the lisped-tongued Ele says, “Everybody know say a me put the dance back in dancehall.”
Now it’s Reggae Sumfest time and the dancing king is in top form and ready to take it to them from all angles.
With his single perched comfortably at the top of Riche B’s Music Countdown Chart and Hallelujah at #8 on the Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart, Ele is surely kicking up quite a bit of dust.
As the spokesperson for Digicel’s energetic Flip It to ATI campaign, Elephant Man is a staple on the very creatively designed invitations and flyers.
Of the partnership with Elephant Man, Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Shelly-Ann Curran stated, “It was the perfect synergy. We needed someone who could aptly portray what this campaign and Elephant Man was perfect.”
Ele is quite happy to flip it and the energy god says he will be doing quite a bit of ‘flipping’ both at ATI and Reggae Sumfest.

July 20, 2009

Jackson Brothers for Reggae Sumfest



The surviving members of the Jackson Five and brothers of the late King of Pop are set to be in Jamaica next week for the salute to Michael Jackson by Reggae Sumfest, the world`s greatest reggae festival.

Three of the original members of the Jackson Five are confirmed to arrive in Jamaica for the festival next Friday, officials of Summerfest Productions revealed yesterday. Toriano Adaryll `Tito` Jackson, Randy and Jackie Jackson have been confirmed but Marlon, the other original member of the band, may also join their brothers in Jamaica for the 17th annual presentation of Reggae Sumfest, which is this year dedicated to the memory of the fifth member of the Jackson Five, the late, great, Michael Joseph Jackson.

Tito Jackson is set to also perform on the final night of the show, Saturday, July 25th.
Officials also revealed that Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson`s three children will be guests of the Jamaica government at a later date. They will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for Michael Jackson by Summerfest productions.

The Jackson`s are also scheduled to award the government and the people of Jamaica a plaque to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love that has been shown to Michael Jackson in Jamaica.

Jackson had actually visited and performed in Jamaica in 1975 as a member of the Jackson 5. The group was hosted then by former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, at his home in Temple Meads, St Andrew. At the time, Seaga was opposition leader and head of the now ruling Jamaica Labor Party. The Jackson 5 was the opening act for Bob Marley and the Wailers at the outdoor National Stadium.

July 18, 2009

HYPE TV TOP 20 SINGLES CHART


The “Fyah Mumma”Queen Ifrica with Far Away who has just launch her first album “Montego Bay”, has worked her way to the #1 position on the chart by dethroning the “Gaza President”. The Fyah Mumma is heading into Reggae Sumfest with the number one single on the Hype TV chart.
The “Gully God” Mavado is definitely having the best week ever as two of his hot tracks has gain energy on the chart. High Unda is claiming the Shot To Watch to skip into the #2 spot from #3 and Never Believe Me took the Greatest Gainer title to jump up four places to take hold of the #11 position from #17.
The “Gaza president” Vybz Kartel’s Dollar Sign crashes into the #3 spot after being in the number one position for three weeks with the contagious hit.
Singing sensation Alaine continues to hold down the #4 spot now two weeks in a row with Never Done.
Mr. Vegas keeps the infectious hit I Am Blessed at the #5 spot for another week.
The chart’s New Entry goes to Unicorn & Macka Diamond with Think Bout Mi to makes its debut at the #20 position, the track is on the Notice label.

HYPE TV TOP 20 SINGLES CHART

July 17th – July 23rd, 2009

TW LW WC ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL - Peak Position

01 02 19 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-1wk@1

02 03 12 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor) -Shot to Watch

03 01 14 Vybz Katel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

04 04 11 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon

05 05 17 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1

06 07 10 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod.

07 06 07 Brick & Lace – Bad 2 Da Bone – Birchill Records – pp@ #6

08 09 07 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records

09 13 06 *Mavado – Never Believe You – Daseca (Censor) - Greatest Gainer up4

10 08 18 Etana ft. Alborosie – Blessings – Forwards Records– pp@ #2

11 10 17 Konshens – This Mean Money – Head Concussion– pp@ #4

12 14 05 Jah Cure Ft. Phyllisia – Call On Me – Sobe/Danger Zone

13 11 23 Vybz Kartel – Last Man Standing – NotNice Records– pp@ #2

14 12 17 Harry Taddler – Pray Fi Dem – Down Sound Records-pp@#8

15 17 03 Stacious-Good Life-Live Up Records

16 15 23 Mavado – I’m So Bless –Big Ship -2wks@1

17 16 26 Da’Ville – Missing You Right Now – Fashozy Records -3wks@1

18 20 02 Queen Ifrica – Lioness On The Rise – Penthouse

19 18 20 Mavado – Again & Again – Daseca - pp@#13

20 NE 01 Unicorn & Macka Diamond –Think Bout Mi – Notice

TW -This Week, LW – Last Week, WC – Weeks On Chart, NE – New Entry & WKS@#1 – Weeks @#1 * Censor



TOP 5 BUBBLERS

TW ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL
01 Tony Rebel Alone Jamplified Records

02 Flippa Mafia Unfinished House Liv Up Records

03 Mr.Vegas Up Deh Clifford-Ray Music

04 Daville Never Gonna Cry Fashozy

05 Chino From Mawning Big Ship


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Compilation was done based on information received from the following Sound Systems, Record Shops and Club: Derrick Harriot – Record Shop – St. Andrew, TNG Muzik-Sound System-Kingston, Love Stone–Sound System- Portland, Lazeme- Sound System- Westmoreland, Unique Super Mix–Sound System- St. Catherine, Copper Shot- Sound System- St. Andrew

July 17, 2009

I am ready to take Sumfest International Night 2’ – says DáVille


Fashozy international recording singer DáVille is very confident and optimistic that when the smoke is cleared at this year’s Sumfest ‘09 International Night 2 on Saturday, July 25, he will be the artiste who took the show.
“Fans can expect a special performance from me. I know it will be very challenging sharing stage with international acts such as Toni Braxton, Damian ‘Jnr. Gong’ Marley, Nas, Inner Circle and our very own stars Tarrus Riley and Etana, but I just have to stay focus, do my absolute best, win some more fans and give my ever faithful fans who are very supportive a very exciting and pleasing performance,” the singer said.
It will be DáVille’s second time performing on Reggae Sumfest. The first time was in 2007 when his career was in its prime. He gave an absolutely terrific performance that paved the way for him to perform on several local and international shows.
The singer who returned to the island for Sumfest said that after the show he will be heading to Europe for a few promotional stints, returning to the island for a couple days then off to do a few shows in the Caribbean.
His next performance will be at Mighty Crown anniversary in Yokohama, Japan. While in Japan he will also be doing some promotion for his ‘Icheban’ album on which he has the collaboration title song ‘Icheban’ with Japanese reggae group Fire Band. DåVille will then leave for a tour of Canada.
In between his busy schedule, the singer said that he is penning a number of lyrics going into the studios and putting the final touches to his next music video.
His ‘Missing You Right Now’ single that reached #1 on most local and overseas charts, is interestingly now #1 on Toronto’s Radio Top Ten Reggae & Dancehall Singles Chart aired on CHRY 105.5FM -The Beat with Richard Banton.
‘Missing You Right Now’ still enjoys heavily rotation in the dancehalls and on the airwaves. Another single ‘Never Gonna Cry’ looks likely to be his next big chart topping hit for the singer. Fans can also look out for a brand new album before the year's end from the singer.
Since leaving the group A.R.P. and going solo, DáVille has gone on to record household, chart topping hits such as ‘Always On My Mind’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Can’t Get Over You’, ‘This Time I Promise’, ‘Storm’, ‘Missing You’ and ‘In Heaven’.

MONTEGO BAY IS QUEEN IFRICA'S FIRST ALBUM WITH VP RECORDS.


By: Mel Cooke
As she presented Montego Bay, her second full-length set, at her first album launch on Tuesday evening, Queen Ifrica's face and posture reflected the mood of the songs.
And there was ample time and reason for the changes, Ifrica explaining the background to almost all the songs on the 13-track set in an extended stint at the podium during which she got noticeably more comfortable as time went on, engaging the large audience at Kabana, Hope Road, St Andrew.
The trip through an outstanding album actually started with her voice alone, not the actual recording, as after a herald of horns, Ifrica delivered the album's title track a cappella, smiling, the audience cheering at the start and again when she hit the chorus.
After the recording was played, Ifrica explained, "Montego Bay is special to me. That's where my whole Rastafari development took place." Still, she noted, the inner-city communities do not see the benefit of the 'lush' from the tourism industry.
She was sombre for Streets Are Bloody, dedicating it to 20-year-old Ejaun, "a very close individual to Flames. He was gunned down by a soldier at a club". Ifrica described Ejaun's kindness, respectfulness and computer
wizardry, commenting that in the society "the people who do good are the people who die like this". The song has the line "none is immune, Ejaun gone to soon".

IN MY DREAMS

Ifrica smiled as she asked, "Any lovers? Any husband, any wife, any matie?", before In My Dreams was played, rocking away with eyes closed and clasping her left shoulder with her right hand.
And when she said "we ago step up the vibe" with Yad To The East, commenting "dis a di man whe dem sey inna Ifrica", Ifrica grinned gloriously as the rhythm hit and the crowd exploded at the opening line, "Selassie I never lose a fight yet".
And so it continued, Ifrica often merging her voice with the tail end of the recordings, playfully prodding the audience to more enthusiastic applause and dropping advice on hard work, focus, purpose and the importance of teamwork to younger artistes.
She has stuck to a team, as before she sang along to the recorded songs on Tuesday night, Ifrica sang the praises of Tony Rebel, giving the background to starting to work with his Flames Productions in 1998, after performing at a Garnet Silk tribute concert. And among the other persons Ifrica said thanks to was Penthouse's Donovan Germaine who "say I am a granddaughter of Penthouse, because Tony Rebel is a son".
Guest speaker Kay Osbourne, general manager of TVJ, heaped praises on Queen Ifrica and Montego Bay, which she described as an awesome collection that showcases the inner workings of Ifrica's mind and soul.
"It is clear that this unique woman of truth has something to say," Osbourne said, taking a closer look at many of the songs. "She expresses the personal universally," Osbourne said later in her address.
However, Osbourne is not impressed with much of Jamaican music being produced currently, pointing out the narcissism, exhibitionism, image manipulation and "the mere ability to attract attention is rewarded".
Tony Rebel, who welcomed all to the album launch, spoke about Queen Ifrica's development, from not being able to do a song properly in the studio and having to be told 10 times what to do, that being reduced to thrice, then twice and "now you don't have to say anything".
There was a time when she had to be asking producers to go on rhythms; now she is being requested. Long gone are the days when she was trying to get on shows; now there are so many offers she has to decline some.
"When you have someone like a Queen Ifrica standing up and not taking off her clothes I have to salute her," Rebel said.
Extensive exposure
In presenting Montego Bay, Ifrica noted the struggle that her song about incest, Daddy (which appears in English and Spanish), has been going through in terms of getting extensive exposure on the airwaves, although it has connected in the streets and at live performances.
When she was asked which track was her favourite Queen Ifrica did not name one, but said that the opening chant, TTPNC, is special, as "it is my whole Rastafarian belief ... That is who I am. I am a Niyabinghi woman".
The recordings ended with Far Away, Lady Saw, Assassin, I-Wayne, Capleton and Tarrus Riley embracing Queen Ifrica onstage. It wasn't all over, though, as there was one more a cappella song for her to deliver, the crowd whooping for Keep It To Yourself.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner

July 15, 2009

VEGAS IMPRESSES AT SUMMER REGGAE FEST IN FRANCE


Mr. Vegas kicked off his I Am Blessed European tour on July 13th with a rousing performance on a show dubbed Summer Reggae Fest at Fort de Saint Pere in France. Vegas, who had performed in France earlier this year, arrived at the venue at about 1 a.m. and hit the stage about 10 minutes later. Working on tracks, Mr. Vegas showed why he is one of the most in-demand artistes on the European show circuit each year with a high-energy set that had the audience in a flag-waving frenzy. He worked for an hour, doing a set peppered with dancehall hits Tek Weh Yuself, Raging Bull and Hot Wuk. The Raging Bull song in particular appeared to energize the audience and as he performed it, the energy level of the audience spiked as if an electric current was running through it. Vegas added the old-time dancehall favourites such as Nike Air and Heads High which are guaranteed forwards in most areas of Europe. He closed his well-received set with his most recent chart-topper, I Am Blessed, and then exited the stage to a rousing
round of applause to make way for Buju banton and his Til Shiloh band. Other acts billed who performed that night included Sister Nancy, Shinehead, Michal Prophet, General Levy, Sister Carol, Prince Malachi,
Daddy Freddy, Tairo, Mighty Ki La, Murray Man and Maracu’Jah.

Vegas performed in Italy on July 14th, after which he has a performance at the Le Mans Club in France on July 15th.. Vegas sweeps through the countryside of France, doing gigs at the Club Le Symbol in
Ploemeur on July 16th, and the Mega Macumba in Saint Jean de Luz on July 17th, before hopping over to neighhbouring Italy to perform at the Lamezia Music in Catanzaro on July 18th.

GUYANA EMBRACES ELE


Following on his recent performance in Guyana, the Guyanese newspaper, Stabroek News, is heaping praises on local dancehall act, the Energy God, Elephant Man.
According to a story in that newspaper, Ele lived up to his top billing position at the recent Digicel’s D’ Summer Flex concert held at the Providence National Stadium.
Elephant Man was one-third of a trio of Jamaican performers which included Tanya Stephens and Tessanne Chin.
The report claims that Ele, whose real name is Oneil Bryan, was true to form, “leaping out onto the stage a little after 1:00 am, bouncing left, right and centre as he sped through a medley of hits including recent hits Nuh Linga, and Gully Creeper”.
"It was all love in Guyana and the fans embraced me totally. Dem know the songs word for word and dem have the dance moves down pat," he said of his recent Guyana experience.
Back home, Elephant Man gave another of his high energy performances at the recently-concluded Portland Jerk Festival. Ele pleased his fans at the festival, performing all his dancing songs which had the crowd in a frenzy.
Elephant Man is one of the top billed acts to perform on Reggae Sunsplash Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 23.

July 13, 2009

QUEEN IFRICA TO LAUNCH DEBUT ALBUM THIS WEEK


Come this Tuesday, July 14, media personalities, industry players and fellow artistes will ‘Hail the Queen’, as dancehall’s Fyah Muma, Queen Ifrica will stage the official launching of her debut album, ‘Montego Bay’.

It is evident that the much anticipated album is poised for great success, as already, Queen Ifrica has been enjoying much success on both local and international charts, with a number of her singles from the album working their way up the ladder.

On the international scene, Lioness On the Rise spent two weeks at the #1 spot on the New York Reggae Charts and was this week replaced by Jah Cure and Phylisia‘s Call On Me. While locally, Far Away has landed the # 2 spot on the Hype TV top 20 charts, hot on the heels of Vybz Kartel's Dolla Sign, which is currently hanging on to the #1 position. Queen Ifrica also had a second song enter the Hype TV charts last week, as Lioness on the Rise entered the chart at the #20 position.

And after spending three weeks at the #1 spot on the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Singles chart, Lioness on the Rise was this week replaced by Still Water Run Deep by Richie Stephens and Maxi Priest, while Far Away holds firm at the #18 position.

In the meantime, Queen Ifrica’s Montego Bay album is currently holding the #5 position on the New York Top 20 Album Chart.

With all her chart success, in addition to a number of successful performances abroad over the last couple of weeks, Queen Ifrica has a lot going in her favour right now. She is also in high spirits ahead of her performance at this year’s Reggae Sumfest (International Night 1) which will be staged in Montego Bay (Friday, July 24) the place of her birth and ironically, the title of her album, Queen Ifrica’s debut album is released by VP Records and features 13 tracks, including popular singles like Daddy, Keep It To Yourself, Far Away and Lioness on the Rise, and already, the album has been creating quite a stir in the streets.

The invitation only album launch, is set to take place this Tuesday at the Kabana Restaurant and Garden Bar, 12 Hope Road, Kingston 10, and is set to commence at 7pm.

FLIPPA LOCKS THE CITY WITH FLOSSING


Let’s forget ‘Zagga’ and all that he professes to have done in terms of flossing. Right now, as it stands, if you look up the term flossing in Google, chances are you will find a picture or some information related to the Flossing King, Flippa Mafia.
So, it was not surprising that the flossing champ took things to another level when he headlined Flossing Pon De Gaza on July 4th in Club Enigma, Atlanta.
Actually, Atlanta is one of the States to which Flippa has the keys and he locked the city with a performance that was a great prelude to his impending Reggae Sumfest perormance scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Flippa, eager to please his fans, kick started his show with the hugely popular Bout Dem A Floss and went through his repertoire with ease and expertise. At approximately 4:30 am, he brought his set to a close with Look A Like, which also brought the curtain down on the show.
Also on the bill were artistes Black Ryno and Shawn Storm.

AIN’T NO STOPPING LADY SAW


One of the faces of the Digicel Divas of Dancehall campaign, Lady Saw’s newest refrain is “I love my Digicel.”
“I am living the campaign right now, and leading up to Reggae Sumfest lots of exciting developments are in store,” she declared.
Saw, who celebrated a birthday on Sunday with family and close friends at home, is also venturing in the world of song production and she has been working hard on her Summer Bounce rhythm project. Summer Bounce features contributions from Lady Saw herself, Elephant Man, Ce'Cile, Assassin, Mr Vegas and Vybz Kartel.
“These artistes are my friends and they have willingly come to voice for me and for this I am very grateful,” she says. “They have done some really good songs that will surely bounce this summer and beyond,” Lady Saw added.
Saw’s singles are entitled Beg Yuh Some Money and Bills and already they are receiving favourable rotation on FM radio.
Another project that Lady Saw is working on is an album of one-drop songs. She admits that she has been doing more singing in recent times and has been enjoying it. Known as a veteran deejay, she surprised fans a few years ago when she chose to sing the country and western-tinged Give Me A Reason, and then followed it up with other songs quite pleasing to the ear.
“Yes, I will be singing more … that is the mode I am in right now, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be hearing deejay tunes from Lady Saw,” she noted.
Referred to as ‘The First Lady of Dancehall’, Lady Saw has been described as “a Jamaican bad girl with loads more attitude and sex appeal than hip-hop mistresses like Lil’ Kim or Foxy Brown, plus one of the most distinguishing images in reggae”.
“That’s a description I can live with, but there is much more to Lady Saw/Marion Hall than that,” she says.
Lady Saw, whose career has been rising steadily since the early 90’s has had a long association with Jamaican grassroots New York-based label VP Records with whom she has terminated her record deal. Among the album released on the VP label are Lover Girl, 99 Ways, Give Me The Reason, Raw: The Best of Lady Saw, Strip Tease, Passion and Walk Out.

July 12, 2009

THE QUEEN MAKES PLANS TO REIGN OVER THE EMPEROR ON HYPE TV



“Addi De Teacha” Vybz Kartel making his Dollar Sign known as it claims the #1 spot for another week, making it three successive weeks.
While Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to makes threat for number one position, she sits comfortable at #2 and clenches the Shot To Watch title and copping the only New Entry for the chart this week with Lioness On The Rise at #20 on the Penthouse label.
Alliance top gunner Mavado keeps High Unda at #3 for one more week.
Alaine moves one up place with Never Done to take hold of the #4 spot.
Mr. Vegas slips with I Am Blessed into the #5 position leaving #4 after spending four weeks at number one.
“Energy God” Elephant Man makes praises with Hallelujah as it claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up in the #9 spot leaving #12.
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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

July 10th – July 16th, 2009
TW LW WC ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL - Peak Position

01 01 13 Vybz Katel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

02 02 18 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-Shot to Watch

03 03 11 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor)

04 05 10 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon

05 04 16 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1

06 08 06 Brick & Lace – Bad 2 Da Bone – Birchill Records

07 09 09 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod.

08 06 17 Etana ft. Alborosie – Blessings – Forwards Records– pp@ #2

09 12 06 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records- Greatest Gainer up3

10 07 16 Konshens – This Mean Money – Head Concussion– pp@ #4

11 10 22 Vybz Kartel – Last Man Standing – NotNice Records– pp@ #2

12 11 16 Harry Taddler – Pray Fi Dem – Down Sound Records-pp@#8

13 15 04 *Mavado – Never Believe You – Daseca (Censor)

14 16 04 Jah Cure Ft. Phyllisia – Call On Me – Sobe/Danger Zone

15 13 22 Mavado – I’m So Bless –Big Ship

16 14 25 Da’Ville – Missing You Right Now – Fashozy Records -3wks@1

17 19 03 Stacious-Good Life-Live Up Records

18 18 19 Mavado – Again & Again – Daseca - pp@#13

19 17 20 Laden –Time To Shine – Big Ship – pp@ #4

20 NE 01 Queen Ifrica – Lioness On The Rise – Penthouse

TW -This Week, LW – Last Week, WC – Weeks On Chart, NE – New Entry & WKS@#1 – Weeks @#1 * Censor

TOP 5 BUBBLERS

TW ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL

01 Unicorn & Macka Diamond Think Bout Mi Notice

02 Flippa Mafia Unfinished House Liv Up Records

03 Mr.Vegas Up Deh Clifford-Ray Music

04 Daville Never Gonna Cry Fashozy

05 Chino From Mawning Big Ship
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Compilation was done based on information received from the following Sound Systems, Record Shops and Club: Derrick Harriot – Record Shop – St. Andrew, TNG Muzik-Sound System-Kingston, Love Stone–Sound System- Portland, Lazeme- Sound System- Westmoreland, Unique Super Mix–Sound System- St. Catherine, Copper Shot- Sound System- St. Andrew

July 11, 2009

RAMPING SHOP HITS BILLBOARD HIP HOP CHART AT #96



Vybz Kartel wrote another piece of dancehall history this week when his Ramping Shop collaboration with Spice hit the Billboard R & B/Hip Hop charts, making that single his biggest international hit to date. The song has been powered by airplay from the big urban stations, HOT 97 and POWER 105.1 in recent weeks, which has propelled the single onto the Billboard chart where it entered at #96.
Kartel has recorded popular collaborations before such as the dancehall remix of "Frontin'" with Jay-Z, Pharrell & Wayne Marshall for Def Jam in 2004. He has also done a remix of Colors" with Sean Kingston and Kardinal Offishall, and has collaborated with Missy Elliott (Bad Man), Pit Bull (Descarado) and Jim Jones (Straight off the Top) in the past. It has been an incredible year for Vybz Kartel so far in 2009 where he has registered an impressive five number one hits in only six months.
Kartel will be centrestage tonight July 11, 2009 at the Portmore Gaza Awards which will be held at the Caymanas Park in Portmore, St. Catherine.

July 10, 2009

sassa step competition heating up


The contest to make an appearance in Mr. Vegas’ Sassa Step video is heating up with almost 2,000 votes tallied between five finalists culled from hundreds of videos submitted by dancehall aficionadas all
across the globe.

At this point, the competition is being led by an ultra-creative video by Ruby Red out of Taiwan leads with 638 votes while Skatty Natty from London is a close second with 564 votes. Ruby Red’s video flirts with disqualification because it is four minutes long, a time span she uses creatively doing the Sassa Step in the airport, on bikes, in a gym, and she even does an acrobatic upside
down version in front of what looks like a monument in Taiwan. Ruby Red also gets literal in the video by doing the move on a set of steps, and then pushes the envelope further by doing it on a pedestrian crossing. Skatty Natty from London appears to the best technically sound Sassa Stepper showing off her dainty moves for the camera in her backyard, but perhaps loses creativity points because she is limited
to a narrow area with an old bicycle in the background. Nevertheless her addition of some old Bogle moves to her Sassa Step moves boost her chances of winning.

The other finalists are Shy N from Japan who does his thing on a sidewalk which runs parallel to a wall that explodes with bright graffiti and he gets great style points by adding break-dancing movements and some creative work with a parking meter. Mez from New York appears to have the moves down pat but he is hurt a bit by the fact that he uses a stationary camera that only captures his moves below the waist. Takuya from Japan also makes a decent video with some enthusiastic moves but is still mired in the bottom of the voting tallying only 34 votes.

Two months ago, Mr. Vegas announced a contest geared towards dancers who could compete for a spot in his new Sassa Step video through video submissions. Hundreds of videos were received and the final list was winnowed down to five dancers. Mr. Vegas will foot the travel expenses of the winner of the contest to come to Jamaica for the video shoot. The contest has been extended by three weeks to allow online dancehall fans to vote for their favourites. The Sassa Step dance was originally created by the Ravers Clavers crew from Nannyville.

To view the finalists and vote click on the website
www.contest.mr-vegas.com

Mr. Vegas will be going on a one month “I Am Bless” promotional tour in Europe beginning this Friday which will see him promoting his soon-to-be released album with the same name as the tour. He will
visit countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Germany.

July 09, 2009

BOUNTY KILLER BEHIND BARS


Entertainer Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Pryce will appear in the Gun Court on Friday July 10, 2009 to answer to assault, unlawful wounding and illegal possession with a firearm charges. The artiste turned himself in this morning July 9, after being presented with a warrant for his arrest.
This stems from a 2007 incident in which he reportedly pulled a gun on a motorist who was an off duty officer, he was subsequently beaten by his entourage.

The deejay is facing a raft of charges. He is also facing traffic charges for running a red light and breaking other traffic laws, as well as an assault charge for allegedly beating a pregnant woman.

July 08, 2009

Digicel Flips it to ATI!


Digicel on Wednesday, July 1 announced an epic campaign called ‘Flip It To ATI’, in support of the telecoms company partnership with the ultimate party weekend, Appleton temptation Isle (ATI), which hit the Negril Hip Strip on August 5 - August 9.
After three- year hiatus, the Alex Chin-led Absolutely Entertainment and Appleton Jamaica Rum as come together to stage the 2009 renewal of the largest party weekend and Curran wants everyone “Flipping it to ATI”. She said Digicel would be doing some crazy giveaways on high-end flip phones, as well as giving them away at ATI lead-up parties and during the weekend.
The company’s sponsorship manager, Shelly Ann Curran, made the announcement at the exclusive media launch of ATI, held at Carlos Café, and said that big things are going to happen in support of the campaign, which boasts energy god Elephant Man as the spokesperson.
“The campaign is a fun and energetic one, so we brought on Elephant Man as the campaign spokesperson because he embodies everything this campaign is about,” said Curran. She also explained that Digicel would be having their own ATI lead-up events. “It’s going to be crazy in the Quad Nightclub every Friday, starting on July 3, with Flip Fridays. There, we’ll be giving away credit, some hot flip phones, and you can even register for a chance to be in the Digicel VIP down in Negril. We’re also taking Flip It Fridays to Montego Bay to the ATI Pier Pressure parties in Montego Bay.”
Curran did mention that the cutting-edge telecoms giant would be present in Negril in a “major and stylish way” as Appleton Temptation Isle treats party lovers with 11 intense events and immerses them in a sea of never-ending Appleton and great music, on the world famous Negril hip-strip.

QUEEN IFRICA - LIONESS ON THE RISE MUSIC VIDEO

July 04, 2009

TORONTO ENJOYS FLIPPA MAFIA’S FLOSSING


When Flossing King, Flippa Mafia, took to the stage at the Platinum Banquet Hall in Toronto, Canada two weekends ago, he delivered a still-talked-about performance and left fans wanting more … and more. And, what’s more significant, Flippa was the only act on the bill.

Flippa, who rose to prominence in the dancehall late last year, is undoubtedly enjoying an exceptional run, and one which he is definitely capitalizing on.

The King of Floss as he is known, scored number one last year with the hit single Dem Yah and Dem Yah, and when he performed this song for fans during his 20-minute stint on stage, it was clear that the deejay had cemented his place in dancehall history.

Among the other songs from his ever-growing repertoire which he performed were When You Floss, The Girls Done Like me and, naturally, the highly controversial Unfinished House, which is one of the most played songs in the dancehall just now..

“Is one of the biggest songs in the dancehall now, and the video is also getting rave reviews,” Flippa said in an after-show interview.

It was this single which brought the undisputed King of Flossing in contention with deejay Bounty Killer, whose mansion on the hills is ‘unfinished’. But Flippa insists that there was nothing personal in the lyrics, he was just expressing himself the best way he knows how.

Flippa Mafia will appear on Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night scheduled for Thursday July 23 in Montego Bay, Jamaica

MR. VEGAS THRILLS QUEENS AND BROOKLYN WITH BACK TO BACK SHOWS


With two performances in the United States recently, Mr. Vegas showed his appeal in two key and vastly different age and income groups, one is the coveted demographic of Hispanic under 17 teenyboppers and the other is that of the loyal over 30 Jamaican reggae-dancehall lovers. The performances came back-to-back in New York and showed the incredible currency and continued appeal of Mr. Vegas after 10 years in the business.

Performing on Tuesday night, June 30 at the East Manor club in Queens, Vegas gave a dizzying performance in front of a screaming crowd of 1,500 Hispanic teenagers, many of them not more than 16 years old. With songs such as the Billboard chart-burner Heads High, Pull Up, Hot Wuk and Hot Gal No Fight Over Man he had the teenagers in a literal frenzy throughout most of the performance, each song provoking a crescendo of screams. Security guards had to prevent some over-enthusiastic girls from jumping onstage to do a booty dance-off during the Hot Wuk segment.

Some even tried to shed their clothing and had to be restrained from doing so and escorted out of the club by security personnel. Mr. Vegas has always had an incredible appeal with the Hispanic psychographic, and has appeared on several Reggaeton mixtapes, especially after his Pull Up song inspired Pitbull to score a major US chart hit with Culo which has a similar melody.

On the following night, July 1 at the Fish Eye Bar in Brooklyn, Mr. Vegas showed the complete range of his skills as he delivered a mature set that ran the gamut of music from R & B classics to reggae favourites to his modern era dancehall hits.

He started off his set with When You Love Someone, a Michael Bolton ballad, before delivering great renditions of Baby I’m Missing You, and Babyface’s Everytime I Close My Eyes.

“You have some people who listen to the real music, who love the real music , tonight we’re going to find how much you know about real music, some man doan know how romance a girl with the real music, dem only want come inna the Ramping Shop,” he joked to raucous laughter from the females in the audience. He then sang What Am I Living For? and then did a tribute to Michael
Jackson with Hold Me before segueing into raunchy lyrics, ‘Bun It All Day, Bun It All Day’, and a little ode to the weed.

Then veteran singer Sammi Dread came onstage and told Vegas that Demus was in the house, He invited him on and he immediately bussed the place with his trademark gruff voice. Mr. Vegas specifically requested the dancehall classic Ruff Neck Chicken and Demus earned a big forward with some sexual advice regarding the lubricating properties of Vaseline. The girls hollered their approval.

After Demus exited the stage, Vegas continued with his set, and bigged up stalwarts of the music like Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Pinchers, Shabba, Josey Wales who paved the way. “Yu have some people who disresepect the elders, that’s why dem mash up after two months inna the business,” he said.
He touched a piece of Barrington Levy’s timeless classic, Prison Oval Rock and the crowd roared, and then they sang along as he led them through another Levy favourite, Too Experienced.
Then the tempo picked up immediately with the Dutchie Pot riddim, and he belted out Tek Weh Yuself, with a medley of songs such as Heads High, the classic Murder She Wrote,This weekend, Mr. Vegas will be returning to the familiar stomping grounds of Orlando tonight July 4th for a show. The last time he was in Orlando, he was one of the top performers at DJ ProStyles birthday party, two months ago.

July 01, 2009

JORDAN CHANDLER “I LIED FOR MY FATHER, I’M SORRY MICHAEL”


I want to say that this information it’s for sure (I mess up with the names because i was crying), I don’t really care if you believe it or not, I made a promise to an old friend to tell the truth when Michael will die and that’s what I’m doing. I’m not searching for attention i have enough of it. This is for you Mikey i will always love you…
After the sudden death of Michael Jackson Jordan Chandler tells the truth.
In 1993, Chandler told a psychiatrist and police that he and Jackson had engaged in sexual acts that included oral sex, the boy gave detailed description of Jackson’s genitals. The case was settled out of court for a reported $22 million, but the strain led Jackson to begin taking painkillers. Eventually he became addicted.
Now maybe for the remorse of his death Chandler decides to tell us the truth. ” I never meant to lie and destroy Michael Jackson but my father made me to tell only lies. Now i can’t tell Michael how much i’m sorry and if he will forgive me ”. Evan Chandler was tape-recorded saying amongst other things, “If I go through with this, I win big-time. There’s no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever…
Under the influence of a controversial father (Evan Chandler) told his son to tell that Jackson had touched his penis.Evan Chandler then told a psychiatrist and later police that he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation and oral sex, as well as giving a detailed description of what he alleged were the singer’s genitals.
” Now for the first time i can’t bear to lie anymore. Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me, all was my father lies to escape from being poor.”
Source: trashselector.com

SULTRY LADY SAW KICKS OFF FIRST DIGICEL ODI


International dancehall superstar, Marion Hall, better known a Lady Saw was a special guest at the coin toss for the first Digicel One Day International at Sabina Park. Though cutting a pretty picture as always, Lady Saw did not seem to bring any luck to home captain, Chris Gayle. He lost the toss to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who chose to have the West Indies field first.
Nevertheless the two Jamaicans were delighted to see each other, they hugged and chatted at length with Lady Saw, also meeting Dhoni – along with legendary commentator Tony Cozier who presented the toss on television.
Lady Saw – no stranger to cricket having performed in the mound at Sabina Park for appreciative fans – presented the coin for toss to Gayle but Dhoni manage to call correctly. A prolific performer on stage, simply having to hand over the coin would have been among her snappier roles on camera. She, however, seemed to thoroughly enjoy being in the company of the two captains who took time out to take photographs with the dancehall icon.
Now considered Jamaica’s top lady singer/ DJ Lady Saw was recently revealed as one of the faces of the Digicel-themed “Divas of Dancehall”, which honored the female artistes who have graced the internationally renowned Reggae Sumfest stage.
Lady Saw has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Rosie O’Donell Show. Popularly acknowledged as the Queen of the Dancehall, Saw has collaborated with Beenie Man, DJ Clue, pop artistes Gwen Stefani and Vitamin C among dozens of others.

Queen Ifrica ignites techno explosion


In novel and creative move, which shows the versatility of reggae music, songstress Queen Ifrica has released techno remix of her single Far Away. The track is explosive in nature and is reaching new markets with an infusion of the dynamic and intense electronic beats of techno, with the classic ‘one drop’ reggae melody.
Originally released in January, Far Away’s laid back vibe of roots rock reggae was remixed by is creator Rickman Warren of Jamplifed Records. “We had a vision for the song” explained Queen Ifrica. “We just got the inspiration to make the tune on a different plane, to a different market, with a different vibe,” she says excitedly.
According to the producer Rickman Warren, the seemly unlikely marriage of the contrasting music styles is aimed at increasing the listenership of our Jamaican Reggae artistes and fans, as well as promoting Jamaica reggae music in yet another way. “Our intention is always to be a force in the world wide spread of reggae music,” adds Queen Ifrica. “Reggae music is loved the world over, and we’re just continuing to spread the love.”
The “Far Away” Techno Remix will be available for down load soon, from iTunes and other major retailers. Its release coincides with the recent débute of Queen Ifrica’s latest album Montego Bay, which features the, song in its original form.