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  1. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:05 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in ...

  2. Breaking: Jamaican Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    March 13, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Vybz Kartel, Jamaican Dancehall Star, Charged with Murder Vybz Kartel, Dancehall's 'World Boss,' Facing Mounting Legal Problems Vybz Kartel Facing Murder Charges: The Reggae Biz Reacts The eleven-member jury handed down their verdic ...

  3. Shaggy Releases First All-Reggae Album at Kingston's Legendary Rae Town Dance

    October 14, 2013 12:17 PM EDT Shaggy dominated the Hot 100 with "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" and spent six weeks atop of the Billboard 200 with "Hot Shot" (MCA Records), his eclectic sound melding an array of influences. The title of Shaggy&# ...

  4. Is Chronixx Jamaican Reggae's Next Big Thing? Chris Blackwell, Diplo Think So

    September 25, 2013 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 17, SOB's nightclub in lower Manhattan presented the New York City debut of Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption. Throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for th ...

  5. Jamaica’s Rebel Salute and Jazz & Blues Festivals Thrive Despite Dwindling Corporate Sponsorship

    February 14, 2013 12:31 PM EST Although fundamentally different in their concepts, two recently concluded music festivals, held in Jamaica just five days apart, drew sizable crowds despite waning corporate sponsorship. Rebel Salute is the Caribbean's largest showcase of ro ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Jamaican Music Biz Reacts to Controversial Volkswagen Super Bowl Ad

    February 01, 2013 4:30 PM EST What would the Super Bowl be without a commercial controversy? For this Sunday’s game, contention swirls around a Volkswagen ad entitled "Get In. Get Happy" featuring the music of legendary reggae star Jimmy Cliff, who catapulted to i ...

  8. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  9. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  10. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Backbeat: While Vybz Kartel Jailed, Vice Records Hosts NYC Album Party, Usain Bolt Gives Olympic Shout-Out

    August 17, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Usain Bolt (right), the Jamaican Olympian and the fastest man alive making the sign of Vybz Kartel's Gaza crew. Bolt and Kartel have known each other since high school Although he's been incarcerated for nearly a year awaiting trial on m ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Sluggy Ranks, New York Based Dancehall Singer, Killed in Kingston Car Crash

    July 31, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Sluggy Ranks (b. Andrew Phillip Gregory), a deeply affecting vocalist who rose to popularity within New York City's vibrant dancehall reggae circuit of the '80s and '90s with numerous socially conscious singles, Sluggy Ranks was kil ...

  16. Shaggy Launches New Reggae Label Based in Kingston and Long Island, NY

    July 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Shaggy (center) performs at the launch party for his Ranch Entertainment label with Beenie Man (right) and Roy "DJ Roy" Walters of Irie Jam Radio, 93.5 FM, New York City (left). (Photo: Roland Hyde) Shaggy, (b. Orville Burrell), 43, is J ...

  17. Tuff Gong Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Music

    July 03, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Warner Music Group (WMG) and Tuff Gong International Caribbean Distributors, one of several entities comprising the Marley family's Tuff Gong group of companies, have struck an exclusive licensing agreement under which Tuff Gong will distribu ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Skatalites Lloyd Brevett Laid To Rest, While His Financial Estate Remains Unsettled

    June 06, 2012 7:40 AM EDT A series of events commemorating the late Lloyd Brevett, upright bassist and cofounder of seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, were held in Jamaica on Sunday June 3. A church service at Kingston's Mona Chapel was followed by a public pr ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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, ...

  24. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Live Nation Chairman Riley O'Connor, Others

    March 23, 2012 10:26 AM EDT People were still finding their seats in the massive ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last evening (March 23) when the 30th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and Gala Dinner got underway in Toronto. The most important ...

  25. From the Skatalites To Shaggy to the Blue Note: How Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Keeps Keeping On

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM EST How does a venerated jazz pianist whose career spans six decades remain relevant among a younger audience? If you are Monty Alexander you take it back to your Jamaican roots and invite friends like multi-platinum selling dancehall superstar Shaggy ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. King Stitt, Reggae Dancehall Pioneer, Dead At 72

    February 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST KINGSTON -- King Stitt, a pioneer in the distinctive Jamaican vocal practice of toasting or deejaying, died yesterday (Jan. 31) at his Kingston, Jamaica home. Although an official cause was not given for his passing, it was reported yesterday in t ...

  28. Winston Riley, Veteran Jamaican Producer, Dead at 65

    January 20, 2012 3:07 PM EST A pivotal figure in expanding reggae's international renown, record producer, songwriter and vocalist Winston Riley, 65, passed away yesterday succumbing to the gun shot wounds he received on Nov. 1, 2011 at his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Acc ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  33. Barrington Llewellyn, Founding Member of The Heptones, Dead at 63

    November 30, 2011 2:29 PM EST Barrington "Barry" Llewellyn, 63, a founding member of The Heptones, a prominent vocal trio during Jamaica's Rocksteady era of the late 60s, died on November 23 at Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Born on December 24, ...

  34. Bruce White, British Reggae-Industry Trailblazer, Dead at 68

    November 15, 2011 5:28 PM EST Bruce White - a trailblazing manager, producer, record label founder, and overall pivotal figure in popularizing Jamaican music throughout the UK -- succumbed to the lung cancer he had battled for the past 15 months on November 10. Born in London ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Sean Paul, Others Remember Joel Chin, VP Records' Slain Director of A&R

    August 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT R.I.P. Joel Chin, A&R Director of VP Records who signed Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Wayne Wonder Despite a semblance of routine Monday morning activities, yesterday wasn't a typical workday inside the cavernous Queens, New York offices/dist ...

  39. Joel Chin, VP Records Director of A&R, Murdered In Jamaica

    August 17, 2011 7:45 PM EDT The Director of A&R for VP Records, Joel Chin, 35, was fatally shot in the head in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home, a few miles north of Jamaica's capital Kingston, at 10:45 PM last night (August 16) as he alighted from his car. N ...

  40. 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 & ...

  41. 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) ...

  42. Jolly Boys: Why GeeJam Recordings Launched with a Septuagenarian Jamaican Mento Band

    March 11, 2011 3:11 PM EST -Somethings: Jamaican Mento Group the Jolly Boys, who now cover Amy Winehouse and Iggy Pop, once played For Errol Flynn Eleven years after he sold his UK-based hip-hop label Gee Street Records to Richard Branson's V2 Records, Jon Baker expe ...

  43. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Winners List

    March 11, 2011 11:15 AM EST Canadian Music Week held its 29th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto Thursday. The dinner and awards ceremony, honoring every sector of the Canadian music business, included performances by Bachman & Turner and Sa ...

  44. Buju Banton Drug Case: Judge Declares Mistrial

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Florida judge declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. U.S. District Judge James Moody made the decision after the 12-person jury sent him ...

  45. Norah Jones, Phil Collins, Massive Attack To Play Montreux

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music, Massive Attack, Norah Jones and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday (April 29). Former Genesis singer a ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Leonard Cohen Dazzles At New York Tour Warm-Up

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tuning up for a spring North American tour, Leonard Cohen played his first show on American soil in 15 years last night (Feb. 19) at New York's Beacon Theatre. The three-hour performance featured all of Cohen's classics, including " ...

  48. Island Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will mark its fiftieth anniversary in May 2009, with founder Chris Blackwell overseeing the week-long "Island 50 Live" festival. Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and moved to London in the ea ...

  49. Marley Music Gets Kid Friendly

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PBS Kids Sprout, the digital cable channel aimed at children, this week began running a campaign featuring a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." Made by independent ad agency Red Tettemer in Philadelphia, the campaign includ ...

  50. Ferrell Lines Up U.S. College Comedy Tour

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the weeks leading up to the debut of his new comedy film "Semi-Pro," Will Ferrell will perform stand-up at seven U.S. college campuses, beginning Feb. 4 at Kansas State University's Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Along with ...

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