The Top 5 questions surrounding Jamaican music for 2013


Roots Reggae star, Chronixx will be one of the artistes to watch in 2013.


As we close the book on a milestone year for Jamaica, there is a litany of moments that our people can take from various aspects of our vibrant culture.

Not only was our 50th year of independence filled with memorable moments from the sports world, but the entertainment industry had its various bright spots: From the emergence of Jamaican music’s brightest young star,Chronixx to the return of a legend in Shabba Ranks, the local music was invigorated in 2012 with new life.

Whether that energy will carry over into a new year remains to be seen. 2012 offered possible answers in the form of rising stars and new innovations, but several questions await us going into 2013. Here are five such queries that should be addressed in the New Year.

5. How far can Chronixx go? In recent months, everybody seems to be high onChronixx since he set the Jamaican music scene ablaze with instant classics such asWarrior and Behind Curtain. But fans should be careful not to put too much pressure on this multitalented phenom, or his career could go up in smoke.

While watching his superb debut at STING 2012, a seemingly overzealous supporter commented on Twitter that Chronixx could become the ‘next Bob Marley.’ Seeing that remark made me fringe as it pointed to the amount of hysteria surrounding the Roots Reggae star. Though his thought-provoking messages and sound are unique and ear-pleasing,Chronixx now faces some of the highest expectations laid on an upcoming Jamaican artiste, maybe since Vybz Kartel.

The hype surrounding Chronixx is understandable as Jamaica is in dire need of fresh young talent who make strong, positive impacts on and off-stage. But before anointing him music chosen one, 2013 marks a year of choices for this soulful musician as he seeks to prove, unlike too many artistes in recent years, that he’s not a ‘fly-by-night’ sensation. Chronixx has the credentials and mental capacity to do it, but he should be allowed to welcome such expectation as a motivational tool and not as a burden.

4. What does the future hold for our female entertainers? Undoubtedly, Tifa was this past year’s most accomplished female artiste as she took flight locally and internationally through efforts like Hold On and Wife Mi Up. Her evolutions suggests she’s more than fit to assume the role as Dancehall’s leading diva as the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw turns her attention to a higher calling.

Though Tifa and Spice have emerged as Dancehall’s present day stars, the future for female artistes in the genre seems murky. Despite the efforts of Magnum Kings and Queens and other shows to find that next great female deejay, the talent pool seems more shallow than deep at the moment. Additionally, the constant infighting amongst the female contingent of Dancehall (Macka Diamond vs. Spice, Tifa vs. Lady Saw) has only served to hinder any momentum gathered by any of these divas. Given the daily struggle female artistes constantly face in the industry, the constant bickering needs to stop. The divas in place now must set positive examples for up-and-comers to follow and should unite to help push each other to greater heights.

3. Can Konshens maintain his momentum? It’s often said that a sequel will never match the original act. Hopefully, for Deejay of the Year favorite, Konshens, he doesn’t live up to this phrase.

Konshens has been Jamaican music’s top man in 2012 as singles like Gyal a Bubble, Stop Signand his debut album, Mental Maintenance have connected him with markets in Europe, North America and even Oceania. With high praise comes high standards and given many of Dancehall’s greats such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul and Vybz Kartel all getting up there in age, the genre needs a young, fresh face to ascend to such an elite status.

Konshens has the imagination, work ethic and arrogance to reach that level and odds point towards another successful year in 2013. But should he reach that next frontier, he’ll have to find ways to strengthen his connection with his growing fan base overseas, which would make him a universally recognized face.

2. Will the ‘Uncle Demon’ act wear thin? Keeping with the theme of young stars, Tommy Lee Sparta made one of the quickest to superstardom Jamaican music has seen in recent memory. However, his devilish gimmick can’t be tolerated for that much longer, can it?

No one’s denying that Tommy Lee has talent. But some of the hype surrounding Vybz Kartel’s prized protégé seems unwarranted given some of the restrictions in his arsenal. His constant ‘demon’ references push the limits of sanity and have caught the ire of fans and industry players, notably Bounty Killer.

As Bounty himself said on CVM’s OnStage recently, such a gimmick might work for him now but may not be in his best interests for the long run. In some way, Tommy Lee’s Uncle Demoncharacter resembles legendary rap star, Eminem’s Slim Shady persona. However, Eminem’s character lasted as long as it did because his range expanded, concepts were ingenious and lyrics grasped attention with ease. Tommy Lee has yet to consistently show any of these traits.

2013 will be a make or break year for the ‘Gaza’ artiste as he’ll need to prove that he can make songs that can appeal to people outside of Jamaica, so that Kartel’s time and investment into building his career doesn’t end up being a waste. And speaking of Kartel…

1. Will Kartel/Buju finally secure freedom? The legal drama involving Vybz Kartel and Reggae legend, Buju Banton appears to have dragged out for an eternity. Hopefully 2013 will finally see some resolutions to these ongoing sagas.

Kartel’s murder trial has seemingly had more delays than an airplane carrier as the case now enters its 16th month in the news. Fans have grown weary of the legal system in hopes that ‘Di Teacha’ will finally get his day in court, and that a verdict will soon be forthcoming. Not only does the resolution of this matter affect Kartel’s well-bring, but Jamaican music’s progress in turn.

The same fate lies with Buju Banton as he seeks another out of his 10-year conviction on drug charges and possible five-year sentence on a gun charge. Having seen several appeals rejected by the American court system in 2012, Buju’s fate appeared sealed.

However, the Gargamel received a precious lifeline in late October when law enforcement officials decided to review Buju’s claim that a juror researched aspects of his February 2011 drug case, thus violating federal court laws and possibly triggering a mistrial. This may be Buju’s last opportunity to escape the proverbial shackles and should it fall through, his uneasy road might lead to a dead end.


Alty B’s new single proves ‘Music’ is his lifeline


Capping off his best year yet within the Canadian Dancehall scene, emerging deejay,Alty B has unveiled his latest project as he showcases dedication to the profession he loves dearly.

Alty’s new single, Music, is as simple as the title indicates. Not only does this track parlay the GTA-based deejay’s reasoning behind getting into the music industry, but shows how much music has been a positive deterrent from negative influences that have surrounded his life. Music, produced myKimichi Records, is an introspective look into Alty B’s motivation and dedication to his craft.

“My Madda tell mi fi low music, mi seh ‘Mum, you a lose it.’ Music till me drop inna casket, and nobody can stop dis,” are just some lyrics of a passionate affirmation of his commitment to music. “Mek music, but mi nuh love talk. Before mi touch road, mi read one Psalms. No time fi waste, no time fi skylark, a nuh joke, mi nuh tink mi a laugh,” he continues in this retrospective track.

Music is the latest in a steady catalogue of hits for Alty-B, including No More, Get Gal Easy, Secret and Girl. In addition to earning airplay through various radio outlets in across Ontario, Quebec and in his native Jamaica, Alty B’s debut mixtape, YYZ has racked up thousands of downloads since its release this past summer, elevating his status within the Dancehall fraternity.


2012 Year in Review: The Top 10 stories in Jamaican Pop Culture (Photos)

Let us remember the lessons and happenings of 2012, before we get too far into 2013.

Let us remember the lessons and happenings of 2012, so as to make the best of 2013.


This being Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, many of us expected lots of fireworks, chaos and the celebratory hoopla that comes along with such a significant anniversary. In the entertainment world, we got that and then some throughout 2012.

From triumph to tragedy, and the stuff in between, here are the 10 stories that gripped the Jamaican entertainment scene in 2012.

10. Deanna Robins reaches Miss World final: I won’t lie. In June, while watching theMiss Jamaica World pageant, I was home shouting my objection to the final results, thinking that Trishauna Clarke and not the eventual winnerDeanna Robins should have won the crown, mainly because of my bias towards Clarke given she’s a an old prep school classmate of mine. At the time I doubted Robins could deliver the goods on the Miss World stage. After her performance in China, it re-affirmed why I shouldn’t be allowed near a pageant judging panel.

The surprising arrest and subsequent extradition of Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal was one the more shocking stories in Jamaican entertainment this year.
The surprising arrest and subsequent extradition of Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal was one the more shocking stories in Jamaican entertainment this year.
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Robins was the epitome of brains and beautyas not only did her beautiful skin tone ad angelic face win her plaudits, her dancing and sporting skills proved her all-round qualities. Not only did she represent ‘The Rock’ well, she excelled on the Miss World stage, earning a spot in the Top 7. Reminding me of a young Lisa Hanna, Robins was undeterred by the pressure and pulled off our best performance at a major pageant since Yendi Phillipps’second-place finish at the 2010 Miss Universepageant.

Her excellence made us proud and for that, I salute her.

9. Yendi and Chino have child together: Speaking of Yendi, she garnered attention for her belly more than the rest of her body in 2012. Phillipps received much praise and scrutiny when she announced her first pregnancy.

News of her first child with boyfriend and prominent Dancehall/Reggae star, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregorbrought lots of joy and congratulation to her life. However, Phillipps also faced tongue lashings from several detractors, including fans of her ex-boyfriend and former world-record holding runner, Asafa Powell.

Despite the trolling cartoons and the hateful messages, Phillipps was unmoved by the criticism. In late September, the Smile Jamaica co-host gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in late September. Reports of a possible engagement soon followed, but it’s clear that Yendi and Chino are now one of Jamaica’s power couples.

8. Deaths of Mighty Mike/Ewan McRae/Captain Barkey: With the joy of life comes the inevitable fate of death, and that sadly was realized in the case of three Jamaican entertainment veterans.

In July, the radio world was in shock when veteran IRIE FM disc jock, Mighty Mike was found dead in his St. Ann home following complications with diabetes. His death stunned many of his contemporaries and friends, particularly Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks, who sobbed during a subsequent interview when talking eloquently of his late friend.

Just over three weeks later, prominent promoter and Flava Squad CEO, Ewan McRae was murdered at his home in Florida. The popular promoter was the creator of over 10 Riddims and was well-respected for his musical intellect.

Then, there was the sad story of veteran deejay, Captain Barkey who was murdered along with his lover, Tracy Bennett in New York by Bennett’s deranged ex-boyfriend in October. Barkey was best known for being in the comedic Dancehall duo, Captain Barkey and Wickerman and scored his biggest solo hit in 1996 with Go Go Wine. May all their souls Rest in Peace.

7. The Portmore Empire dissolves – This story had a domino effect on the ‘Gaza’ side of Dancehall when embattled deejay, Vybz Kartel disbanded the Empire while behind bars.

The move meant that promising protégés, Popcaan and Gaza Slim would now have to build his repertoire on their own. It also exposed the friction that existed within the Gaza camp: From Gaza Slim calling Popcaan a liar regarding his relationship with Kartel, to the Worl’ Boss himself claimingTommy Lee and Popcaan were ‘opportunists.’

Despite the rumored tension, Popcaan and Tommy Lee re-affirmed their loyalty towards the ‘Worl’ Boss,’ and continue to enjoy success without their mentor. But many questions remain going into 2013. Can Tommy Lee prove that he’s more than ‘Uncle Demon’? What happens to the careers of Sheba, Gaza Slim and other going forward? And, should ‘Di Teacha’ somehow secure freedom, how will that affect the status of his highly-touted student s? Only time will tell.

6. Kartel/Buju’s ongoing legal sagas: Kartel and imprisoned reggae superstar, Buju Bantonmanaged to secure some breaks in their ongoing legal sagas. But they still face uncertain futures as their fates are still up in the air.

Vybz Kartel was freed of the drug charge that he was booked on during his initial arrest nearly 15 months ago. He also copped bail on a conspiracy charge last month pertaining to one of his murder cases. However, that same murder case is the reason Kartel remains in a Spanish Town jail cell, and with reports of a ‘star witness’ set to testify against him during the pending trial, things still look murky for Dancehall’s most controversial product.

The same can be said for Buju Banton, who had an appeal and subsequent trial request turned down by courts in Georgia and Florida respectively. But with a five year sentence on a gun charge once again hanging over his head. Buju got some good news when a juror admitted to researching facts of his drug case, which is against federal trial laws. If proven, a mistrial could be ruled and Buju would secure freedom once more.

5. Shabba get hero’s welcome – If Buju or Kartel are finally allowed to walk the streets as free men once more, they still may not get the same welcome back that fellow Dancehall legend,Shabba Ranks received when he ended an 11 year hiatus from the island this past July.

Shabba was mobbed by hundreds of fans at the Norman Manley International Airport and got a motorcade as he toured his native Olympic Gardens neighborhood. But that was nothing compared to the constant ovations he received while performing a rousing set at Reggae Sumfest 2012 and copping the accolades his career truly deserved.

When will we see Shabba again? Who knows, but after seeing that performance, plus the interview of the year he gave to Winford Williams of CVM’s OnStage, let’s hope that comeback will be much sooner.

4. Mr. Vegas/Lady Saw cheating scandals – Entertainers are usually mum on their private lives but in the cases of Mr. Vegas and Lady Saw, they chose to ignore the protocol many public figures try to adhere to.

Mr. Vegas blasted his baby’s mother on social media when he caught her cheating with another man in his house, in front of his young daughter. Instead of handling it behind closed doors, Vegas went to the media with his story, even posting evidence of the incident at heart. Now he seems to be milking the event for what it’s worth, with a music video, website and a book outlining his heartbreak. While it seems like shameless PR, Vegas has used the incident to his advantage to engage fans and allow them into his world.

Lady Saw allowed fans into her personal space when she tweeted about the infidelity of her long-time boyfriend, John John. The Queen of Dancehall not only revealed the fact John John impregnated another woman, she openly soul-searched to try and overcome the news. In both cases, it’s proof of the chaos Twitter and Facebook can cause, especially when in a bad mood.

3. Struggling album sales in the U.S. – 2012 saw lots of good, authentic Jamaican music being pushed to the masses as KonshensRomain VirgoBusy SignalMr. Vegas and Sean Paul all released stellar albums.

But as successful as their albums were, none of them managed to muster a significant push in album sales. None of the aforementioned artiste cracked the 5,000 sold copies mark with their compilations in the U.S.A, a very distant cry from the Dutty Rock’s, Welcome To Jamrock’s and Hot Shots’ of the world that went multi-platinum in the early 2000s.

These lacklustre figures are indicative of the overwhelming shift to digital music as nearly every Dancehall/Reggae artiste of significance can be found on iTunes. Additionally, it points to another fact that as much talk as there is about our lead artistes retrieving their U.S visas, Europe is the new standard-bearing international market for our entertainers. More stage shows and promotional opportunities are available in the continent, where Reggae music has been highly revered since the days of Bob Marley. Thus, Jamaican artistes should continue to capitalize on the popularity of their craft there as sales in the U.S continue to plummet.

2. Busy Signal’s extradition/Elephant Man’s rape charge – Few stories get a strong reaction out of me as a journalist, but upon hearing that Busy Signal of all people was going to be extradited regarding a 10-year old drug case, my jaws literally dropped.

An artiste with no criminal record or history of controversy, Busy was booked by U.S. marshals after waiving his rights, and would later serve six months in prison for absconding bail while awaiting trial on a 2002 drug case.

Busy was punished for something that happened long before we knew him as a highly respected singjay and, though it broke laws, was a desperate attempt to make something of himself. He succeeded in doing so and the actions shown since that day in January 2002 prove it wasn’t a case of him being a bad person, but a good person who did something bad, and admitted it.

After serving his penance, the self-professed ‘Hothead’ is back home and preparing to deliver his first local performance in four year on December 26 at STING 2012.

Just three months earlier, fellow deejay and friend, Elephant Man was forced to fight his own legal battle when a woman accused him of rape and grievous sexual assault at his St. Andrew home.

The accusations were just as stunning given the Energy God’s clean record. After pleading not guilty to the charge, Elephant Man vehemently denied any wrongdoing and will face his day in court early next year to answer to these accusations.

1. Jamaica 50 celebrations: But what obviously stood out most in Jamaican Pop Culture this year was the celebration of our 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

Our roots were re-discovered this year with a plethora of all-Reggae albums, celebratory events and so much more that had the Black, Green and Gold colors out in full force. However, nothing showed Jamaica’s patriotism more than the historic performances our athletes pulled off in London. The defense of sprint titles by Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the 1-2-3 finish in the 200m, the record-breaking effort by our men’s relay team and brave performances by Alia Atkinson, Dorian Scott, amongst others were moments we’ll cherish for a very long time to come.

2012 was one of the most eventful and memorable years in Jamaican Pop Culture, particularly because of what this year meant for our people. Our 50th was great to be a part, let’s hope the 51st will be just as fruitful.


Di Blue Print for victory

Members of Di Blue Print, which won the Global Battle of the Bands title in London on Sunday night, are seen here ahead of their performance.

Members of Di Blue Print, which won the Global Battle of the Bands title in London on Sunday night, are seen here ahead of their performance.


FOR the second time, a Jamaican band has taken the Global Battle of the Bands title.

On Sunday night, Di Blue Print won the finals held at The Scala in London, beating 13 bands from various countries including England, Cyprus, Finland, Lebanon, Norway, The Bahamas, and Australia.

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer from London, local franchise holder, musician and trainer, Seretse Small was naturally excited about his second win in a row. Dubtonic Crew won last year.

“In my 30 years as a musician, this is the best band I’ve seen which has all the ingredients necessary to make it on the international market. However, what is most amazing is that they have developed this style and groove over a very short period. They have only been playing together for two years,” Small said.

He added that Di Blue Print was able to win over the judges for being the only band which played exactly what was required of them during the competition on Sunday.

“They are definitely one for the future. Everyone knew that Dubtonic is solid as a rock and were winners from the start, but this band was able to execute extremely well on the night. What they did was not merely play, but delivered a well-crafted set with real meaning composed of different musical elements.”

Each band is required to play eight minutes or less of original music. There is no computerisation or performance on tracks. The music had to be original, therefore no cover versions were accepted.

“The performance on Saturday was like a mini concert. The guys played two tracks which covered the reggae and dancehall genres with rock and R&B flavours mixed in. The music was also directed at the 18-to-35-year-old female demographic,” says Small.

Di Blue Print comprises drummer and band leader Kedron Kennedy, Vern Hill on keyboards, Alex Gallimore on bass and vocals, and Elton Brown on guitar and vocals.

Small explains that the road to the Global Battle of the Bands finals was not smooth for the quartet. In June, the original keyboard player Rameish Folkes died from Hepatitis complications. Then in October, the lead singer left the group. This was all compounded by delays and rescheduling of the competition.

Originally, the finals were scheduled for Romania in June. Financial upheavals in that country led to the event being pushed back. It was then decided that Romania was not in a position to host the finals and in September it was announced that it would take place in London.

Di Blue Print walked away with a cash prize and band development packages.


Busy Signal album hailed by BBC Music as one of the best for 2012


The good news keeps on coming for Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signalsince his release from prison as his latest project has copped a top 10 spot on BBC Music’s ‘best of the year’ chart.

Busy Signal’s critically-acclaimed album,Reggae Music Again earned seventh slot on BBC Music’s Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart. The chart was compiled byBBC Music pundits while fielding votes from a number of disc jocks as well as well as presenters from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 1Xtra, 6 Music, Ulster andBBC Scotland.

A release issued by BBC Music stated that each voter submitted their top five albums of the year, including new releases, mixtapes and DJ compilations. The final positions on the chart were determined by a points system based on the votes that were cast.

Amongst the pundits swayed by Reggae Music Again was BBC music writer, Lloyd Bradley. Bradley said of Busy’s compilation,“With Reggae Music Again Busy Signal builds on all the clever musicality of 2010’s D O B to produce an album that, appropriately for the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, immerses itself in Reggae music heritage. This is far more than what it seems to be billed as, namely ‘Busy Signal changes style‘. It’s an important evolution of dancehall, connecting it to the timeline of Jamaican music, then pushing forwards into the 21st century.”

The Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart was topped by Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City followed by fellow American entertainer, Frank Ocean with Channel Orange.

Though the VP Records-distributed album enjoyed great success in Europe, the album did not garner a nomination for the Best Reggae Album Grammy album. Busy’s manager, Shane Brown relayed that while he and the entertainer were disappointed by the news, they were not surprised that Reggae Music Again was overlooked by The Academy.

Busy Signal has been working feverishly to get back into the Dancehall fold since his release from prison over 3 weeks ago, dropping new singles such as Defense, Come Shock Out, Jail Juice and Artiste.

Additionally, the prominent entertainer will be headlining STING 2012 on December 26 atJamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.


Mr. Vegas to pen novel about cheating

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If Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas hasn’t documened his baby mother’s cheating scandal enough, the popular singjay is using his traumatizing ordeal as inspiration to write an upcoming book.

The novel, Bare Tingz explores the issue of infidelity and will be Mr. Vegas’ first book. The Bruk It Dung singer’s effort will be unveiled early next year.

Vegas, in an interview with IRIE FM on Thursday, insisted that fans will be intrigued by this read, which he describes as a fiction novel.

“It’s another side of the business. People are interested in Mr. Vegas, So why not write a book?” he said. “The interest that is there, why not give the people something that they want to read?”

Mr. Vegas’ decision to pen this novel comes nearly two months after walking in on his baby mother and ex-girlfriend, Shelliann McBayne and her alleged lover as they were sleeping together in his Florida home. To make matters more controversial, Vegas’ then one and a half year old daughter walked in on the act, which was caught on security cameras.

But instead of sulking privately, Vegas has handled the aftermath of this saga publicly, social media and several interviews as well as the release of his single, Bare Tingz, which offers a light-hearted take on his situation. The official video for Bare Tingz featured actual footage caught from the incident.

Mr. Vegas is currently preparing for upcoming stage shows in Japan, as well as Las Vegas.


Sean Paul, Jimmy Cliff head final nominations list for Reggae Grammy

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Internationally-acclaimed entertainer, Sean Paul will be gunning for yet another Grammy award when music’s most celebrated show takes place next February in Los Angeles.

The Got 2 Luv U singer’s fifth album,Tomahawk Technique was selected on Wednesday as one of five finalists for the Best Reggae Album Grammy. It’s the fourth time that Sean Paul has been nominated for the prestigious honor as previous albums like The Trinity (2006) and Imperial Blaze (2010)have also been selected by The Academy.

Sean Paul previously tasted success at the 2004 Grammys when his multi-platinum CD,Dutty Rock was named Best Reggae Album. Should the highly-acclaimed artiste prevail once again in two months, he’ll become the sixth act to capture the accolade.

Like Sean Paul, a number of Reggae veterans will be vying for a second success at the Grammy Awards. Once such crooner,Jimmy Cliff seeks to taste success for the first time since 1986 (Cliff Hanger) as his latest project, The Rebirth is also a finalist in theBest Reggae Album category. Cliff’s album has been praised by many industry insiders given its authentic, Roots Reggae sound.

Toots and the Maytals also secured a nomination for their Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill album. The group, who captured the Best Reggae Album in 2005 for True Love is experiencing their third contention for a Grammy as they were also nominated for Light Your Light in 2008.

Prominent beat makers, Sly & Robbie are back on the Grammy scene as the and the Jam Masters’ commemorative album to Jamaica’s 50th independence celebrations, New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition earned a nod.

Meanwhile, former Bob Marley & The Wailers guitarist, Al Anderson and his Original Wailersband are also Grammy nominees for their effort, Miracle, which was release in April.

These five nominees emerged from a pool of 54 that were selected for a Grammy nominations shortlist last month. That draft included albums such as Reggae Music Again by Busy Signal,Mental Maintenance by Konshens, Krazy Love by Da’Ville, The System by Romain Virgoand Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey by incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel.

The 55th Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 10.


Busy Signal set for STING, releases new material


Fresh out of a U.S. federal prison, prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal is waiting no time re-ingratiating himself within the Jamaican music scene as he’s set to perform at STING 2012.

Rife speculation persisted that Busy could appear on STING’s lineup when the show takes place on December 26 (Boxing Day) in Portmore, the self-professed Hotheadpleased his legions of hardcore Dancehall fans by announcing his intention to appear atJamworld. The decision was confirmed in a video message by Busy Signal which aired during the official STING 2012 launch on Wednesday night.

It will be Busy Signal’s first liv performance in Jamaica since 2008 and sees the highly-acclaimed entertainer join a star-studded lineup that includes Mavado, Popcaan, Da’Ville, Romain Virgo, Gyptian, Etana, I-Wayne, Khago, Aidonia, Tony Matterhorn, Tommy Lee and Ninja Man. The officialSTING poster features Busy and the full lineup of artists was also released at the launch.

In the video message, Busy Signal expressed his excitement about being on the STINGlineup and promises an electrifying performance once appears.

Meanwhile, Busy Signal has shown little rust musically since his comeback, dropping a slew of new material as he re-asserts himself within the music scene. Songs such as Come Shock Out and Tink Man a Idiothave already been met with positive receptions from fans as he speaks to his experiences while serving a six month sentence in a Minnesota penitentiary on a charge of absconding bail.

He followed that up with Jailhouse Nuh Nice, Bout It, Defense and Jail Juice, all recorded within the last two weeks.

Busy isn’t stopping there as he’s currently working with producers such as Downsound Records, Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor along with hisPenthouse Records and Jukeboxx Productions teams. Also, the popular entertainer will know whether his Reggae Music Again album will make the final nominations list for the Best Reggae Album Grammy award when it is announced on December 5 in Los Angeles.

Busy Signal confirms his place on the STING 2012 lineup card in a video message to fans at the official STING 2012 launch on November 28.