Kartel faces November trial date in conspiracy case

Vybz Kartel faces a November trial date in his conspiracy case after it was delayed on Wednesday.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelfaces a third trial date within a two week span as the prominent deejay faces a mid-November court appearance regarding obstruction of justice related charges.

With his murder trials set to begin on October 29 and November 5 respectively, Kartel was ordered to appear in court in November 12 where he faces a charge of perverting the course of justice. The trial was initially set to begin on Wednesday inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston, but got pushed back due to the absence of the presiding judge as well as the non-disclosure of statements to the defense.

Kartel’s long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are co-accused of perverting the court of justice in the matter. Both Saddler and Henry were granted bail extensions while Kartel was remanded into police custody.

Law enforcement officials slapped the charge on Kartel and his associates two months afterGaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station, claiming that she had been robbed and gun-butted by Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Gaza Slimfiled the report on October 29, five days afterVybz Kartel copped a murder charge as he and three other men are accused of murdering Williams at a Havendale residence last summer.

Kartel is slated to stand trial in the Clive Williams murder case on November 5.

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Spechinal serves up double delight with a pair of new videos

Up and coming Reggae singer, Spechinal chills on the set of the ‘Cuss Me’ video shoot at Devon House in Kingston.

BY: JODEE BROWN

High rising Dancehall/Reggae singer, Spechinalcontinues to showcase his undeniable work ethic as he’s released visuals for a pair of hitsingles sure to wow music lovers.

After unveiling his debut video for Natural Girl, for which a snippet recently aired on HYPE TV,Spechinal released his follow-up set of visuals for the track, Cuss Me, produced by Rasta Camp Records. The video features lead girl,Clare Groves as Spechinal engages with the young beauty as they successfully replicate the ideology behind this highly acclaimed single speaking to the ups and downs associated with just about any relationship.

Spechinal explained the concept behind theCuss Me video while shooting on location, intimating that, “This concept is very straight forward, we see this everyday where a man meets a woman they exchange contact, then something intimate starts as time goes by this song talks about a jealous girlfriend and I think every man as one, and females will like it because they know that’s how they are and this song will certainly catch some ears because it’s a very weird concept.”

The video for Cuss Me tells an enthralling tale of a couple that uses their adversity to make their relationship stronger, a story that many real life partners can relate to. Already, Cuss Me has earned rotation via Jamaican music video outlet, MDTV as well aswickedhype.com and has garnered positive receptions from fans and industry players.

On the same day he released the visuals for Cuss Me,Spechinal unveiled the official video for another smash hit,True LoveOnce again, Spechinal and the aforementioned Groves outline their apparent on-camera cohesiveness, illustrating a genuine love story that paints a picture of paradise for current and wannabe couples looking for hope as their own relationships take shape.

For Spechinal, these events mark a ground-breaking era in Spechinal’s career as he seeks to earn the mainstream attention he’s craved since childhood.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Buju Banton changes lawyer, faces October sentencing date

Buju Banton has changed lawyers, hiring a renowned human rights activist to help fight his drug conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton will continue his fight for freedom with new legal representation after axing his long-time lawyer in his ongoing drug case.

David Oscar Markus, who has been representing Buju since his initial arrest in December 2009, has been sacked by the Grammy-winning entertainer. The move was confirmed on Tuesday by Markus himself.

“I will always consider Buju my friend and my brother and I think of him every day,” Markus wrote in an email to the Broward Palm Beach Times.

It pains me that he is in prison. I truly hope that he gets some relief.”

Buju Banton will now be represented by Mississippi-based lawyer and human rights activist, Chokwe Lumamba. Lumamba remains renowned for representing late, great rap superstar, Tupac Shakur as well as Black Panther member, Assata Shakur (Tupac’s step-aunt).

Buju Banton’s shift in legal representation comes weeks after his request for a new trial was turned down. This, after an appeal made on his behalf to overturn a conviction and subsequent 10 year sentence on drug charges was dismissed on a Georgia Circuit Court as it had been determined that there was sufficient evidence to warrant the ruling against Buju.

The upholding of said appeal also revived a gun charge that was originally thrown out by trial judge, James Moody. Following the rejected trial request, Judge Moody intimated that Buju Banton faces sentencing in his drug case and could be held in custody for an additional five years as a result.

Buju Banton’s sentencing has been scheduled for October 30 in Miami.

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Tommy Lee responds to Vybz Kartel’s statement

Tommy Lee (left) and Popcaan (right) have been the subjects of scrutiny from long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel, who questioned their loyalty in a statement issued on Thursday.

BY: JODEE BROWN

A day after embattled Dancehall superstar,Vybz Kartel issued a damning statement against his long-time protégés, one of his ‘Gaza’ disciples has responded to claims of disloyalty from the ‘Worl’ Boss.’

Kartel, through former Portmore Empiresingjay, Gaza Slim sent a statement toAnthony Miller of TVJ’s Entertainment Report, subliminally labeling Tommy Lee andPopcaan as ‘opportunists’ while accusing them and others of promoting a ‘Gaza’ movement that he made famous during his rise to superstardom several years ago.

“I just want u to let the people know that all a dem runnin’ aroun’ sayin’ ‘Gaza, Gaza’ are not real. Before I came here we were ‘good.’ No animosity, but within a week of my arrest, they started giving other people managerial and booking positions. But where were these people when I was building their careers? When I was investing time and money to transform them from nobody to somebody? They are opportunists and fake. I’m not surprised because this is Dancehall and I have no problem with them making their money. But I jus’ don’t want them to be all over the place exploiting a movement that I built with blood sweat and tears when they and I know they aren’t real. I want them to stop. The only two loyal people are Slim and Sheba (the girls) and maybe it’s because they haven’t fully realized their potential,” the statement read.

Responding to Kartel’s claims, Tommy Lee appeared on TVJ’s Entertainment Report to explain his side of the story, seemingly taken aback by these accusations.

“Vybz Kartel good, me and him good and me nuh see wah mi cudda do weh him cudda pree mi cah mi nuh do nutten out a di way. Mi loyal to di ting,” Tommy Lee said.

Additionally, reports surfaced on Thursday that one of the main reason behind Kartel’s stance relates to a disagreement regarding bookings fees, with said reports suggesting that ‘Di Teacha’ requested 30% of proceeds from booked shows and events, which Tommy Lee’s camp refused to agree to.

Despite denying that any contract was sent to him by Kartel, Tommy Lee admitted that his long-time mentor receives a sizeable share of his bookings fees.

“Him no approach me fi sign no contract…Him get about 20 percent,” he said.

Tommy Lee also spoke to reported tensions that have grown between Vybz Kartel andPopcaan, admitting that there’s a rift between both artistes.

“U dun kno dem have dem likkle problem and ting but at di end a di day, mi come from Mobay, mi innocent, mi no have no skeletons inna my closet, mi conscience set me free…at di end a di day, all mi do, mi jus’ know my level and how mi keep myself and no bodda lead mi self astray,” he said.

Both Tommy Lee and Popcaan have risen to prominence since Kartel’s arrest last September, keeping the ‘Gaza’ stronghold firm within Dancehall. When asked if he would have been as popular if Kartel wasn’t incarcerated on murder charges, Tommy Lee relented that even though their work wouldn’t have outdone their mentor, they’ve never tried to upstage ‘Di Teacha.’

“Inna life, u cyaah too out shine yuh master, yuh haffi do yuh ting ‘til di people dem accept you…At di end a di day, we a di future same way and wi deh round him. A jus’ no fi feel jealous and feel threatened, jus be yourself so till.”

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Vybz Kartel questions loyalty of high profile ‘Gaza’ members

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel (left) has reportedly questioned the loyalty of long-time ‘Gaza’ associate, Tommy Lee in a statement leaked to the public on Thursday.

BY: JODEE BROWN

As if there wasn’t enough drama resulting from the recent dissolution of the Portmore Empire, now the group’s former leader has thrown more gasoline on the proverbial fire with a stern rebuking of his ex-protégés.

According to several reports, incarcerated Dancehall superstar and former Empire founder, Vybz Kartel released a damning statement against his former group mates on Thursday, insinuating that prominent protégés,Popcaan and Tommy Lee are no longer committed to the ‘Gaza’ cause, labeling both artistes as ‘opportunists.’

The statement was reportedly issued through ex-Empire singer, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler, who sent said statement to Anthony Miller of TVJ’s Entertainment Report.

The alleged statement reads, “I just want u to let the people know that all a dem runnin’ aroun’ sayin’ ‘Gaza, Gaza’ are not real. Before I came here we were ‘good.’ No animosity, but within a week of my arrest, they started giving other people managerial and booking positions. But where were these people when I was building their careers? When I was investing time and money to transform them from nobody to somebody? They are opportunists and fake. I’m not surprised because this is Dancehall and I have no problem with them making their money. But I jus’ don’t want them to be all over the place exploiting a movement that I built with blood sweat and tears when they and I know they aren’t real. I want them to stop. The only two loyal people are Slim and Sheba (the girls) and maybe it’s because they haven’t fully realized their potential.”

This news comes several weeks after back and forth exchanges between Popcaan and former Empire singjay, Gaza Slim following a statement made by the former deejay address his status within the ‘Gaza’ as well as relationship with Vybz Kartel.

Furthermore, reports suggest that Vybz Kartel wanted a sizeable portion of Tommy Lee’s booking and publishing rights in an effort to exert more control over the Some Bwoy singer’s career while also implying that Popcaan owes ‘Di Teacha’ money in relation to bookings fees.

Kartel has publicly lashed out against former protégés before, doing so after ex-members likeBlack Ryno and Lisa Hyper left the Portmore Empire. The once dominant super group has also lost members such as Jahvinci, Kym Hamilton, co-founder, Deva Bratt and former Empire producer, Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris.

In a swift response to Kartel’s statement, Lisa Hyper disputed claims made by the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss,’ intimating during an interview with one876entertainment.com that ‘Di Teacha’ should never take full credit for the growing ‘Gaza’ movement.

“Who is him fi talk bout loyalty? Him not even loyal to him (expletive) self. Him right fi say ah only dem two de, Sheba and Slim ah the most loyal to him because dem ah de two foolest people pon the Gaza, dem not even know what a split sheet is, dem nuh know nothing bout the business. Kartel caan stop nobody from say Gaza, Gaza belong to everybody now, this is a movement, Gaza mean fight for what you believe in and Kartel caan tek Gaza from nobody, Popcaan and Tommy Lee caan siddown and wait pon him fi come out, and further, Gaza belong to everybody, it bigger than Adidja Palmer, it bigga than me, it bigga than everybody who help start it. Mi breathe Gaza, mi bleed Gaza, Gaza for life,” she said.

More details of this ongoing saga will emerge on TVJ’s Entertainment Report this Friday night featuring Kartel’s statement as well as reaction from the aforementioned Tommy Lee, who reportedly expresses his loyalty to the ‘Gaza’ in his interview with ER, despite his mentor’s comments.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Bogle inspires a generation: A look at Jamaica’s most influential dancers

BY: JODEE BROWN

48 years ago yesterday, one of Dancehall’s patriarchs was born as Gerald ‘Bogle’ Levybegan his journey towards becoming Jamaica’s most decorated dancer.

Though controversy surrounded his life, Boglegraced the world with his slick moves, undeterred ego as well as an ability to wow a crowd at every turn with his feet. The works ofBogle as well as the original Dancehall QueenCarlene (who deserves a very honorable mention for this list) works are instrumental in creating a clear avenue for Dancehall to travel through as their knack for entertaining audiences sparked a movement that has gradually grown since they rose to stardom in the early 90s.

With several dance crews including Shady Squad, Ravers Clavers, Dance Xpressionzand Sample Six infiltrating sessions and events worldwide, Bogle also paved the way for many individual talents to continue carrying out his work, even after his untimely death in 2005.

Taking that fact into consideration here are nine other individual dancers who’ve shaped the foundation of Dancehall music and who are deserving of credit for sparking interest within the genre in their own ways.

10. Kim Versatile: Known for her appearances in videos such as Hot Like We (Ce’Cile) and Gallis (Mr. Vegas)Kimiko ‘Kim Versatile’ Miller hasn’t looked back since earning a runner-up spot on the popular Dancing Dynamites show in 2007. Hailing as an Edna Manley College and Ardenne High School alumnus, Kim Versatile has been leading the new wave of dancers in recent years and living up to her moniker through a borage of intriguing costumes as well as her undeniable flexibility.

A popular choreographer in her own right, Kim Versatileboasts a very accomplished resume’, working with several other Dancehall/Reggae superstars such as Vybz Kartel, Voicemail, Cherine Anderson, Beres Hammond and rap superstar, Sean Kingston to name a few. With so many accomplishments at such a young age, Kim Versatile’s potential continues to skyrocket.

9. Keiva The Diva: Perhaps the first female dancer to gain mainstream recognition within Dancehall circles was Keiva ‘The Diva’ Hibbert; popping on several television screens when she appeared in Elephant Man’s classic video for Log On. Keiva became a fixture in Elephant Man’s videos and, despite boasting a very slim figure, her range in motion made her a must-see dancer in the early 2000s, culminating in winning the title of Dancehall Queen in 2003

Keiva has seemingly shied away from the spotlight ever since word broke in 2009 that she was pregnant. However, motherhood hasn’t stopped Keiva from performing and has even tested recording waters.

8. Ice – Though branded as a troublemaker throughout his career, no one could question Ice as a vaunted dancer.

Ice created several dance moves while a member of the Black Roses Crew, where Bogle also featured. Despite a somewhat marked reputation, Ice became famous for inventing the Gully Creepa dance in 2008, a move that Usain Bolt also popularized during his exploits in Beijing.

As a result, big things seemed in store for Ice’s career. However, like Bogle and Black Roses founder, Willie Haggart before him, Ice was gunned down as he hung out on Boxing Day at a bar in Kingston, preventing him from reaching his full potential as an elite dancer.

7. Ovamarz – Marlon ‘Ovamarz’ Henry remains one of Jamaica’s most heralded dancers, but frankly deserves more recognition on the international stage given the quality of his work.

Ovamarz became a highlight reel type of dancer from the moment he introduced himself to the world as a member of Ding Dong’s Ravers Clavers group. From there, he popularized several dances included the Nuh Behavia, Raging Bull and the Nuh Linga, which word-record holding sprinter, Usain Bolt popularized during the 2008 Olympics. Though he and Ding Dong later parted ways, Ovamarz has held his own as both a dancer and musician, crafting more recent dances such as the Formation and Now You See Me, Now You Don’t while also releasing a theme song for this year Jamaican Olympic team, dubbed Best Pon 2 Foot.

6. Latonya Style – With her appealing curves and equally appeasing dance moves, Latonya Style has become one of Jamaica’s leading choreographers while also turning heads in a number of music videos such as Charly Black’s Bubble, Elephant Man’s Nuh Linga and Take You Thereby Sean Kingston.

Latonya Style also hails as the founder of First Class Dancers and has been affiliated with several other ventures including DanceJA and RepJALatonya Style flexibility and versatility has made her a fixture on the worldwide stage while inspiring many other female dancers to aspire for greater achievement within the performing arts.

5. Global Bob – If there’s one dancer who can directly credit his stage moniker to Bogle, itsChad ‘Global Bob’ Torrington as he was dubbed the name Dancer Spongebob by the legendary entertainer.

That moniker came after he crafted the popular Spongebob dance and has since emerged as an international figure, featuring alongside highly-acclaimed artistes such as Shaggy (Street Bullies Medley)Voicemail (Gangalee), Carlene Davis (Ambassadors for Christ) and Tifa (Bottom of the Barrel). Furthermore, Global Bob copped several accolades for his work including the last two Best International Dancer (Male) awards via CariVibez TV while also receiving honors fromDanceJA and RETV for his efforts.

Not only does this Ardenne High School alum have a strong physical connection with his fans, his spiritual connection has also been well-documented, helping Global Bob to overcome all adversities and temptations associated with the music industry.

4. Mystic – A dangerous yet enthralling combination of sex appeal and flexibility made Mystic Davis a borderline legend within dancing circles before turning 25 years old.

Several video appearances fill Mystic’s resume including Going On by Gnarls BarkleyDutty Love (Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj), Go Go Wine (Vybz Kartel) and, most recently,Summer Is Here (Beenie Man) just to name a few Working with so many of music’s elite has made Mystic a must-see performance artist while also helping her emerge from the shadow of her well-renowned mother and foundation Reggae artiste, Joy White.

Mystic, like many other dancers, has tried her hand behind the microphone as she’s recorded a number of singles including You & I as well as Wine Up while also appearing alongside Leftsidefor the sultry hit, Want Yuh Body.

Mystic’s work has amassed several noteworthy accolades throughout her career including three straight Best Female Dancer wins at the Youth View Awards and a HYPE TV award for the same category. This success culminated in Mystic forming her own OptiMystic dance company as she continues to elevate her skills as a choreographer while teaching several eager students some of her tricks.

Having taught Usain Bolt a few dance moves herself, Mystic maybe deserves her own record for fastest rise to super stardom within her profession.

3. Ding Dong – Most people became familiarized with Ding Dong when he appeared alongsideVoicemail and Bogle on the classic dance track, Ready To Party. From there, Ding Dong’s star grew as he founded the aforementioned Ravers Clavers crew while also drawing tags as Bogle’s ‘air apparent’ given his ostentatious style and effortless ingenuity on the dance floor. Amongst his creations are the Chaka Chaka, Badda Dance, Bad Man Forward, Summer Swing and theSweep as he soon redefined Jamaica’s dancing standard while getting even the most unlikely to move their feet, most notably, Bounty Killer.

Showing his dual threat, Ding Dong also perfected his craft as a musician, crafting the instant summer classic, Holiday, which remains one of Dancehall’s most popular songs to date.

2. John Hype – Perhaps the greatest rival to Bogle’s throne, John Hype quickly ascended towards top-tier status as a dancer during the late 90s and early 2000s.

Hype became Bogle’s most decorated protégé whilst a member of the Black Roses Crew and created classic dance moves such as Signal Di Plane, Higher Level, Pon Di River, Blazey, Crazy Hype and Chaplin which are still performed today across Dancehall sessions and concerts across the world. Hype also became a fixture in several videos for Dancehall stalwarts such asElephant Man and Beenie Man while regularly appearing at the popular Hot Mondays series.

However, with that fame brought along tension as his growing status soon caused friction between himself and Bogle, essentially signaling a rivalry that bared some similarity to Bounty Killer andBeenie Man. When Bogle was shot and killed in 2005 following the Weddy Weddy Wednesdays stage show in Constant Spring, John Hype’s popularity somewhat dipped as many speculated whether or not the decorated protégé was directly involved in his mentor’s murder. But as time passed, John Hype soon won over his fan base once again, appearing in more videos and stage shows alongside Beenie Man while maintaining his strong performing reputation worldwide.

1. Bogle – Of course, no one tops the master of dancing within not only Dancehall circles, but Jamaican culture.

Bogle helped introduce Beenie Man to the mainstream in the video for World Dance while also getting Dancehall enthusiasts to perform his self-titled move, the Bogle dance during the early 1990s. Additionally, he birthed a litany of popular dances such as the Willie Bounce, Wacky Dip, Weddy Weddy, Jiggy, Sesame Street, Zip It Up, Stuckie and Row Like a Boat.

Bogle coined several phrases still used by the masses today including ‘Fashion over Style,’ ‘Gal ova Gun,’ ‘Oh So Badly’ and ‘Yellow Tape, Crime Scene.’ Unfortunately, that last saying ironically turned out to be his undoing as Bogle was shot and killed in front of a Texaco gas station in Constant Spring.

Bogle’s death shocked and saddened the Jamaican music community and forever changed the complexion of his profession. Several musicians, from Voicemail to Elephant Man, RDX andDing Dong have publicly paid homage to Bogle’s moves in their songs while keeping his spirit alive.

Without doubt, Bogle was an innovator and a trailblazer and put Dancehall music on the map during its earliest stages. He and Carlene were sure Dancehall’s King and Queen respectively, as far as the dancing fratenity is concerned.

Unquestionably, Bogle is one of Jamaica’s greatest products within entertainment.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Street Vybz Rum officially re-launched

Street Vybz Rum, the brainchild of Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd, has returned to the local market. The brand, originally launched in 2009 sponsored a popular party series held at Club Riddim (formerly The Building) called Street Vybz Thursdays.

BY: JODEE BROWN

After months off local shelves, the Street Vybz Rum brand has been officially re-introduced to the Jamaican market following a truce struck between the product’s high profile creators.

Prominent American businessman, Corey Toddand embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelrecently announced the restoration of theirbusiness partnership after a very public falling out that took place in May of last year. With their resolution came the announcement that Kartel and Todd would bring back to popularStreet Vybz Rum brand that initially debuted in 2009.

According to Todd, the overwhelming demand for Street Vybz Rum became too difficult to ignore, thus prompting he and Kartel to once again supply the liquor brand. Despite Street Vybz being off the market for several months, Todd believes that the product will once again find favor with customers while intimating that new flavors will be added to diversify the brand.

“Nothing needs to be different about Street Vybz rum. The fans of Vybz Kartel loved it just the way it was. It was the rum that changed the rum market in Jamaica for dancehall patrons. We made rum cool and no longer for rum heads. No one can take that accomplishment from us. The only thing is that we will now explore the export opportunities that were passed on because of the split, so Street Vybz will become an international brand shortly,”Todd told the Jamaica STAR.

“Right now all the major wholesales have placed their orders so fans can check every Chiney man.”

However, a stumbling block does exist regarding the marketing of Street Vybz Rum as Vybz Kartel remains incarcerated while awaiting trial in a pair of murder cases later this year. But, according to Todd, some of Kartel’s esteemed protégés will help to promote Street Vybz until its focal point cops freedom.

“The name of the rum is Street ‘Vybz’, so ‘Vybz’ Kartel will always be the face of the product. Other artistes in the Gaza will hold some of the weight until he returns. Tommy Lee is the hottest ‘un-incarcerated’ artiste right now so he’s a very appropriate representative for the product,” Todd said.

While Street Vybz Rum was shelved, Todd had been promoting Yaad Swaga rum brand that he created while using artistes such as Beenie Man, Khago and Aidonia to market the product.

However, with Street Vybz returning, Todd stated that his Yaad Swag project has been discontinued.

“No Yaad Swag. The people say Street Vybz rum.”

By TorontoDeejays.com

‘Havana Sunset’ shines light on Canadian Dancehall-Reggae campaign

YuhSeeYou Entertainment and Publicity is set to release the ‘Havana Sunset Riddim’ later this month, the first compilation representing their ‘Dancehall and Reggae for Canada’ campaign.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Emerging public relations firm, YuhSeeYou Entertainment and Publicity has decided to shed light on a brand new campaign they have created that’s sure to shed light on the Canadian Dancehall/Reggae market.

YuhSeeYou recently announced the impending launch of their new Dancehall and Reggae for Canada campaign, created to successfully promote the talent pool that exists within Canada as it pertains to Jamaica’s most prominent genres, Reggae and Dancehall. TheDancehall and Reggae for Canadacampaign involves some of music’s most influential figures as highly regarded music distributor, Johnny Wonder and award-winning radio disc jock, Carrie Mullings as they seek to provide Canadian-based Dancehall/Reggae artistes greater outlets to promote their music.

According to YuhSeeYou founder, Reeva Proctor, the campaign came about as her PR firm worked with several of Canada’s promising Dancehall/Reggae artistes and noticed the appeal that these entertainers garnered as a result of their growing success.

For Proctor, the Dancehall and Reggae for Canada campaign hails as an ideal opportunity for Dancehall and Reggae who’re based in the North American country to earn mainstream success worldwide despite not residing in the country where these genres were originated.

“Both Reggae and Dancehall have opportunities here in Canada. It’s proven every year at events such as Jamaica Day Celebrations across our country and the two successful International Reggae Festivals that are held every year in Calgary and Montreal,” Proctor says.

“I don’t believe the saying that an artist must “Buss” in Jamaica before they can reach the international market. Europe and the U.K prove this to us time and time again. There is a Market for Reggae and Dancehall outside of Jamaica. Labels such as Push a Yute and Born Free Records have shown us that with proper P.R and Marketing that Jamaican music can make an impact no matter where you are from. Europe’s Industry Professionals excel in all areas of the industry such as promotion, public relations, production and media.”

In coordination with the Dancehall and Reggae for Canada campaign’s main objective,YuhSeeYou has signed off on the first official Riddim on behalf of this initiative, dubbed theHavana Sunset Riddim.

Havana Sunset features many of the aforementioned Dancehall/Reggae talents flourishing in Canada such as Alty-B, Chuxstar, Ebony Royal, Eyesus, Faze, Jah Cube, Tiffie and many others while also featuring emerging young stars based in Jamaica such as Richie Loop, Blak Diamon, Pretti Kitti and Gaza Maxwell.

Additionally, the Havana Sunset Riddim featured contributions from some of Dancehall and Reggae music’s emerging producers as the project was first built by Kimichi Records hit maker,Dane Sortie while being mixed by Canadian based label, Smoke Shop Productions while also featuring UIM Records producer, Anju Blaxx, who worked on Blak Diamon’s single for the compilation.

The Havana Sunset Riddim will be unofficially released on August 30 before being distributed in mid-September by Johnny Wonder and his 21st Hapilos outlet.

YuhSeeYou Entertainment and Publicity previously released the Wakefield Riddim, a compilation featuring many of Dancehall’s elite such as Spice, Voicemail and Richie Loopswhile also showcasing Blak Diamon and Toronto-based Dancehall artiste, Sampaloo.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Mavado premieres new video, appears on BET’s 106 & Park

Dancehall singjay, Mavado premiered the medley video for his singles,’ Suicidal’ and ‘Aktion Pak’ on Monday, the same day he appeared on BET’s 106 & Park

BY: JODEE BROWN

Highly acclaimed Dancehall megastar, Mavadohas once again improved his growing international stock by releasing his brand new video featuring prominent hip-hop producer, DJ Khaled while also appearing alongside the well-renowned disc jock on BET.

Mavado appeared alongside Khaled as well as fellow We The Best Music Group teammate Ace Hood and Maybach Music recording artiste, French Montana on Monday’s episode of BET’s 106 & Park. Each of them visited the popular countdown show to talk about DJ Khaled’s new album, Kiss The Ring, which debuts in stores today.

Additionally, Mavado premiered his new medley video on Monday featuring a pair of singles that appear Kiss The RingSuicidal Thoughts and Aktion Pak. This video hails as the second that Mavado has unveiled whilst a member of We The Best Music Group, premiering eight months after unleashing the visuals for his first single with the label,Emergency (featuring Ace Hood).

Furthermore, this marks the first time thatMavado has appeared on 106 & Park. In January 2009, Mavado was expected to appear on the countdown program to unveil the visuals for his classic track, So Special in 2009. However, So Special never aired on the popular African-American entertainment outlet as controversy regarding the video’s content prevented it from being shown.

Mavado spoke to his working relationship with DJ Khaledas well as his thoughts on Kiss The Ring during his 106 & Park appearance.

“I got so many favorite songs on that album you know. The whole album is just my favorite. Working with DJ Khaled, DJ Khaled understand Kingston, Jamaica, where I’m from,” he said.

Mavado has reportedly been working hard in the studio on his debut album with We The Best Music Group. The internationally-acclaimed singjay joined We The Best nearly a year ago.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Corey Todd claims Vybz Kartel will be freed, speaks on former Empire members

American businessman, Corey Todd believes that incarcerated Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartel will be exonerated of murder charges once he stands trial later this year.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Though embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel may be experiencing several downfalls as he awaits trial or separate murder charges but his long-time business partner continues to ensure that the deejay’s brand will continue to upgrade.

American entrepreneurCorey Todd reunited with Vybz Kartel this past May after several months of communication. The prominent public figures had been at odds since severingbusiness ties in May 2011 due to alleged threats that Kartel made towards Todd. However, a year following their split and Todd’s experimentation with music management, the American businessman has once again joined forces with Vybz Kartel as they aim to introduce several new products and also seek to re-invigorate the popular Street Vybz Rumbrand.

Speaking publicly for the first time since their reunion, Todd promised big things resulting from his renewed partnership with the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss.’

“We’re working back together, we’ve definitely mended fences,” Todd told TVJ’sEntertainment Report.

“Some things were said and we just squashed it because at the end of the day, we both know that the two of us have done things in Jamaica that nobody has ever seen, so Round 2 very soon.”

Due to Kartel’s current legal situation, ensuring that this partnership flourishes could take much more work than ever before. However, Todd emphatically believes that the formerPortmore Empire leader will beat his murder cases and emerge as a more popular entity.

“He is going to beat this…don’t believe everything you hear, he is going to beat it, and when he comes out he is going to be the biggest thing Jamaica has ever seen,” Todd said.

“Vybz Kartel is still the hottest thing. You have artists from all over the world calling me. Some big hip-hop artists want to fly to Jamaica and meet with the lawyer…it’s going to be some big things when he comes out. It’s sad the situation has happened but when he beat it he is going to be bigger than he was.”

Meanwhile, Todd also spoke to rampant speculation that Vybz Kartel has been recording music from behind bars. According to the American business owner, Kartel owns lots of unrecorded material that he’s been unveiling to the public while behind bars.

“Kartel has a ton of unreleased music. He had this mini-recorder that, when he used to get an idea, he’d sing it….We don’t really wanna release it because the quality is not good but it will be released because he’s not gonna let go of the streets,” he intimated.

Additionally, Todd offered his thoughts on a pair of ‘Gaza’ artistes who’ve risen to the occasion since Kartel’s incarceration in Tommy Lee and Popcaan.

On Tommy Lee, Todd said “He has an original sound and he has the machine…the machine is powerful.”

Regarding Popcaan, Todd hopes that the Ravin’ deejay and his long-time mentor will resolve whatever issues exist between the two.

“Whatever’s there, I hope that it works out,” he said. “I understand both sides of the story but things happen.”

By TorontoDeejays.com