Dancehall

  1. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall reggae play lists, the US charts and now, a major label. "Nobody Has ...

  2. State Department Officer Admits to Taking Bribes From Dancehall Star Mavado For U.S Visa

    February 08, 2013 11:59 AM EST According to a February 7 report by Scott McCabe , staff writer for the Washington Examiner, a U.S. State Department law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from popular dancehall artist Mavado, (born David Constantine Bro ...

  3. Backbeat: Richie Spice Launches Album at Usain Bolt's Kingston Club With Shaggy, Tad's Records Chief

    November 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Boombastic: Raggae artist Richie Spice, founder/CEO of Tad's Records Tad A. Dawkins, Sr ; and recording artist Shaggy (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Kingston sports bar/restaurant Tracks and Records , where Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold me ...

  4. Can Sean Paul Find 'Dutty Rock' Success Once Again?

    October 19, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Get(ing) Busy: Sean Paul has just released Tomahawk Technique on VP/Atlantic records. For his fifth album "Tomahawk Technique" (VP/Atlantic) released last month, Grammy award winner Sean Paul recruited a cadre of international hit-making ...

  5. Captain Barkey, Veteran Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in the Bronx

    October 16, 2012 12:12 PM EDT Captain Barkey , a veteran Jamaican dancehall deejay, was fatally shot in front of a Bronx motel in the early morning hours on Saturday Oct. 13. Best known for the mid '90s No. 1 dancehall hits "Go Go Wine" and "Bun Fi Bun,&quo ...

  6. Ranking Trevor, Veteran Jamaican Deejay, Killed in Kingston Motorcycle Crash at Age 53

    August 08, 2012 10:18 AM EDT Ranking Trevor, an influential deejay or toaster, as Jamaican patois rappers were called during his 1970s heyday, died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday morning, Aug 7. According to reports, he was returning home from a dance when ...

  7. Michael 'Mighty Mike' Jones, Jamaica's Beloved Irie-FM DJ, Dead at 52

    July 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The banner on Irie FM's homepage paid tribute to the passing of famed DJ Mighty Mike. Prominent Jamaican radio broadcaster Michael Jones, known professionally as Mighty Mike of the island's popular radio station Irie FM (107.5, broadcast ...

  8. How Rising Reggae Star Romain Virgo Is Breaking...At U.S. Caribbean Restaurants, Barbershops, Beauty Salons

    June 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Romain Virgo, a rising roots reggae singer whose new album The System is just out on VP Records. With strong support from Jamaica's music fraternity and his rapidly expanding fan base, singer Romain Virgo, 22 is a leading light among a new ge ...

  9. Jamaican Artist Busy Signal, With Top 10 Album on Reggae Charts, Arrested on Extradition Warrant

    May 22, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal, 33, was arrested on May 21 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on a provisional extradition warrant at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport as he disembarked a flight arriving from the UK afte ...

  10. Jamaica's Reggae Film Festival Tells Island's Rich Music Story

    May 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT While it's unlikely any of the movies presented at the recently concluded 5th Annual Reggae Film Festival (RFF) will attract the widespread interest generated by director Kevin McDonald's "Marley" documentary, many are just as ...

  11. Sizzla Returns to Roots On New Album as Protests, Show Cancellations Continue Over Past Anti-Gay Lyrics

    April 24, 2012 7:15 AM EDT How Jamaica's Sizzla Kalongi can sing righteous lyrics decrying social and political injustice on his new album The Chan" (out on Afro jam, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Kosmo Music), while violently and unjustly denouncing homosexual ...

  12. How German Reggae Star Gentleman Found Success By Keeping It Real

    March 27, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Richie Stephens (left) and Gentleman perform at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge March 13. (Photo: Marjorie Flash) In 1998, German sing-jay Gentleman flew to Kingston, Jamaica to further his career in reggae. Seeking recording opportunities, ...

  13. Damian, Stephen Marley, Romain Virgo Celebrate Roots Reggae at Jamaica's Rebel Salute

    February 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST With more than 40 veteran artists, contemporary stars and upcoming acts performing during its 12-hour presentation, Pepsi Rebel Salute, held on Jan. 14 at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, reaffirmed that culturally-themed ro ...

  14. I-Octane, Rising Dancehall Star, Poised to Break Through

    January 06, 2012 12:17 PM EST Dancehall artist I-Octane's sensitively fashioned love songs have made him a ladies' favorite while his outgoing personality is ideally suited to his role as Brand Ambassador for such products as Jamaican telecommunications company Digic ...

  15. Vybz Kartel, Dancehall's 'World Boss,' Facing Mounting Legal Problems

    December 23, 2011 9:40 AM EST The litany of legal problems facing incarcerated dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is mounting almost as quickly as he used to record hit songs. On December 15th, Jamaica's Supreme Court judge Martin Gayle ordered Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, to pa ...

  16. Sean Paul, Shaggy Headline 'Strictly The Best' Concert/Tribute to Late VP Records Exec Joel Chin

    December 19, 2011 5:01 PM EST A flyer for the Strictly the Best concert/tribute to the late Joel Chin at B.B. Kings in New York. Sean Paul and Shaggy were the headliners at an all-star dancehall reggae concert on Dec. 14 commemorating the late Joel Chin, Director of A&R at ...

  17. Celine Dion To Play Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest -- Singer Has Surprisingly Rabid Local Following

    December 12, 2011 11:45 AM EST Splash Page: The home page to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival where Celine Dion will make her Caribbean debut. Non-Jamaicans may be surprised by the animated responses Celine Dion songs elicit at sound system dances across the island. Patrons ...

  18. Winston Riley, Veteran Jamaican Producer and Creator of Stalag Riddim, Shot in Kingston

    November 02, 2011 4:30 PM EDT The cover of Winston Riley's 2009 "Quintessential Techniques" (VP Records) a compilation album featuring the hits he created over four decades. Songwriter and record producer Winston Riley, 65, was shot in the head and arm on Tuesda ...

  19. Vybz Kartel Facing Murder Charges: The Reggae Biz Reacts

    October 14, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Murder Was the Case: Vybz Kartel is facing murder charges following the death of promoter Barrington "Bossie" Bunton. As dancehall artist Vybz Kartel faces his latest and most serious criminal charges, speculation is rife within the regg ...

  20. Vybz Kartel, Jamaican Dancehall Star, Charged with Murder

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT UPDATE: Kartel was not booked for court today, as previously announced, because the police say he was charged so late yesterday they couldn't list him. He will be listed for tomorrow. UPDATE: LIME has just announced the cancelling of 'Te ...

  21. Why Reggae Sumfest Is Jamaica's Most Commercially Successful Music Event

    August 04, 2011 3:21 PM EDT MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA -- With an impresseive lineup of nearly 50 reggae acts complemented by a few international guest artists, Reggae Sumfest reigns as Jamaica's largest, most commercially successful music event. Sumfest recently celebrated i ...

  22. International Reggae Day Celebrated Across the Globe

    July 01, 2011 12:45 PM EDT The anti-Apartheid movement in the 1980s was spearheaded through numerous consciousness raising initiatives, which included reggae music's unrelenting attention to the plight of South Africans (notably the late Peter Tosh's 1977 anthem & ...

  23. Can Vybz Kartel's Business Empire Survive Split With Partner?

    June 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT "I always wanted to be the Russell Simmons of dancehall," says Vybz Kartel pictured here in late-May outside the offices of of his upcoming reality TV show in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer) ...

  24. Jamaican Music Industry Reacts to Buju Banton Guilty Verdict

    February 24, 2011 3:22 PM EST Buju Banton, performing in NYC in 2007, now faces a 15-years-to-life sentence. (Photo: FilmMagic) The Feb. 22 guilty verdict in the drug trafficking case against Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton arrived a few days after he won the Grammy for Bes ...

  25. Police Arrest Jamaican Rapper Bounty Killer

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Jamaican dancehall star with a history of run-ins with the law has been arrested again. Police Superintendent Altermoth Campbell says a badly bruised woman alleged that Bounty Killer beat her Saturday (Sept. 18) night at his apartment in St. And ...

  26. Reggae Singer Sugar Minott Dies At 54

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Minott, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, has died. He was 54. Minott died Saturday (July 10) at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica's capital, Kingston, his wife Maxine Stowe s ...

  27. Dancehall Acts Hit By U.S. Visa Cancelations

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Several Jamaican dancehall artists have had their U.S. visas canceled in recent weeks, leading to concerns among the reggae community that it is suffering because of a dispute between the two countries. There has been unprecedented en masse cancel ...

  28. Jamaica Rapper Bounty Killer Arrested Again

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Jamaican dancehall star who has made headlines for his recurrent troubles with the law has been arrested by police again. A police statement says rapper Bounty Killer was arrested Monday (April 5) at his home in Jamaica for allegedly assaulting ...

  29. Beenie Man Dropped From Big Day Out

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Protests from the gay community have led to Jamaican dancehall performer Beenie Man being dropped from January's Big Day Out festival in Australia and New Zealand. The performer has been a target of the international gay lobby since his late ...

  30. Sony/ATV Signs STB Music

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. has signed a worldwide administration agreement with STB Music, the publishing arm of reggae/dancehall record label VP Records. VP claims to be the largest reggae label, home to artists like Sean Paul, T.OK, Morgan H ...

  31. Beats & Rhymes

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dancehall king Sean Paul returns to the scene with "The Trinity," which hits stores Sept. 27 on VP/Atlantic Records. Read Ivory Jones' column. Dancehall king Sean Paul returns to the scene with "The Trinity," which hits st ...

  32. M.I.A.

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST This debut by the 28-year-old London-based artist is as varied as can be with influences ranging from dancehall, hip-hop, electro, dance and world music. This debut by the 28-year-old London-based artist is as varied as can be with influences rang ...

  33. MTV Pulls Beenie Man From VMA Concert

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded anti-gay songs in the past, was yanked from a concert associated with the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend after gay groups planned a protest, the networ Dancehall star Beenie Man, who has recorded an ...

  34. Beenie Man

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The dancehall veteran and reggae toaster offers up the next chapter in his storied career. The dancehall veteran and reggae toaster offers up the next chapter in his storied career. News ...