Romain Virgo facing heat over ‘Scary Movie’ video

Romain Virgo's single, 'Scary Movie,' produced by JA Productions on the Afterlife Riddim has sparked conversation in recent weeks for its thought-provoking messages.

Romain Virgo’s single, ‘Scary Movie,’ produced by JA Productions on the Afterlife Riddim has sparked conversation in recent weeks for its thought-provoking messages.

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Acclaimed Reggae star, Romain Virgo is facing his share of scrutiny after recently releasing the official video for his effort, Scary Movie earlier this month.

The video, directed by Jamaican makeup artist, Krystle Karee Brown features many dark, somewhat monstrous imagery reminiscent of the late, great Michael Jackson’s classic, Thriller. Though it has received largely positive feedback, Virgo has taken heat for the Scary Movie visuals, with fans describing it as demonic and disturbing.

Virgo himself does not see what the fuss is all about, telling the Jamaica STAR that many observers are missing the point of this video.

“The video is all about the two undeniable forces we face in life, which are good and evil,”he said. “It nuh make sense we live in denial that only good exists. We have to show the bad and keep reminding the world that good will always overcome evil. For those who complain about the images, they have misunderstood the words of the song and the message of the video.”

Meanwhile, the singer also called on his fellow artists to ensure they do not put out misleading images to the public.

“Coming from a Christian home and growing with certain values, what I am seeing in today’s society, it seems as if we are lost and I have to stand up for what I know is right and be true to myself,” he said. “We have a responsibility as artistes to be mindful of the material we put out, because the children are the first to sing along, so what does that tell you?”

Throughout the last year, popular deejay, Tommy Lee Sparta has faced widespread criticism for his ‘goth-like’ brand of Dancehall, using demonic references and images in his music. He was famously called out by Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer for using such content, leading to a short feud between the two artists.

Virgo’s manager, Shane Brown says a follow-up to the Scary Movie video will be unveiled in the next two week; insisting this will further explain its concept.

“If one took the time out to watch the (Scary Movie) video in its entirety, the message would not have passed them,” he told the STAR. The message will be even more clear with the release of Virgo’s new video Jah Over All Things, which is a continuation of this video.”

Romain Virgo is also promoting his new single, Why Should I Worry on Penthouse Records’Street of Gold rhythm and will perform at this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest, set to take place from July 21-27 in Montego Bay.

The official video for Romain Virgo's 'Scary Movie' has received strong criticism from music lovers in recent days. Check it out here.
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Kartel murder trial pushed back until November

Vybz Kartel faces a five-month gap between murder trials as he will stand trial in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton case in June before heading back to the courts in November in the Clive 'Lizard Williams case.

Vybz Kartel faces a five-month gap between murder trials as he will stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton case in June before heading back to the courts in November in the Clive ‘Lizard Williams case.

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Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer will have to wait another six months before he knows his fate in one of his murder cases as the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial has once again been postponed.

The trial has been pushed back to Nov. 18-Dec. 6 after the matter was mentioned inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Monday morning. Kartel was represented in court by attorney-at-law,Tom Tavares-Finson, who replaced Valerie Neita-Robertson as his lawyer in the case.

The polarizing deejay is jointly charged alongside Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John in theClive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter. Each of the men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011, with the prosecution claiming they have video and audio evidence linking the men to the murder.

Meanwhile, Kartel’s next appearance is set for June 10th as he and two co-accused will stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burtonmurder case. The trial will reportedly commence as schedule despite a lack of cooperation on the part of its key witness. The men are charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 murder. Burton was shot and killed while walking alongside Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Vybz Kartel has been afforded bail in that case but has yet to receive bail in the latter case, meaning that should he win the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial before the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial took place, he would still remain in custody.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ has been in jail since September 2011.

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Empress Divine’s “Stop the Violence” aka “BRAP BRAP” spends 25 weeks on the Canadian Reggae Charts

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In light of the violence that is happening around the world Empress Divine expresses herself thru music and questions the murderer lyrically as to why another has to die.

“Brap Brap another youth get shot, wha yuh a defend? what is the reason fi dat?…… Brap Brap another youth get shot, wha yuh a defend? Cause we nuh want no more a dat….No more a dat!”

Loving this latest release, Empress Divine’s fans have kept her charting for 25 weeks on the Canadian Reggae Charts with the last 8 weeks consecutively at #1. Now vaulted as a “HIT” and receiving worldwide circulation this track is bound to have her name recognized in a number of international media outlets.

In April of this year Empress Divine received “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” award presented to her at the 7th Annual Community Appreciation Awards held by Sandra Bashment. Her performance that evening was well received and included the participation of her fans, friends and even radio deejays singing along with her very catchy chorus.

When asked about Empress Divine’s “HIT” tune, Scabba G from Morning Ride on CIUT 89.5 FM replied smiling…”Words of inspiration for today’s generation…BRAP BRAP..You can’t flap that!”

To share in her success Empress Divine would like all of her fans to receive a free download of her song by clicking the free track download below. She also sends much love to all her supporters for their votes that helped her climb the charts and made her position at #1.

 

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Beenie Man set to appear on VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’

Beenie Man will collaborate with Love and Hip hop: Atlanta cast member, Karlie Redd for a new single, 'Got The Draws,' which could feature on the show's soundtrack.

Beenie Man will collaborate with Love and Hip hop: Atlanta cast member, Karlie Redd for a new single, ‘Got The Draws,’ which could feature on the show’s soundtrack.

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Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will appear on the popular VH1 reality series, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta as he looks to put the finishing touches on a new single which could feature on the show’s soundtrack.

The revered deejay will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday where he will link up with one of the show’s cast members, Karlie Redd to record vocals their collaborative single, Got The Draws. Redd, a hip-hop artist, model and actress reached out to Beenie about possibly doing the single and, through links with the deejay’s management teams in Jamaica and the United States, was able to secure his services.

In a radio interview Monday, Beenie Manhinted that he could make an appearance onLove and Hip Hop: Atlanta, which is currently airing its second season.

“We did a song together last year for the last season, so this song is for the new season really,” he told IRIE FM. “Mi a go do a likkle part inna it and balance it.”

The self-professed ‘King of the Dancehall’ will be in the U.S. until next week and confirmed he will return to the island for a short while before oversea out for a bulk of the summer.

VH1’s Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta season two, which premiered in April, features a star cast of hip-hop artists and models, includingLil Scrappy, Benzino, K. Michelle, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez and more.

Lady Saw blasts boyfriend on Twitter, wants out of relationship

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, 'John John' following numerous incidents of infidelity

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, ‘John John’ following numerous incidents of infidelity

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The ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw has apparently reached her breaking point after a series of tweets posted recently in which she claims her long-time boyfriend has treated her unroyally for too long.

Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Halltook to the social media website to blast famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James,her lover of 14 years. According to the deejay, her common-law husband’s infidelity and greed has become too much to bare, suggesting she wants out and even wants him to pay back money she contributed to the development of his new home.

“You ungrateful brute! You need to sell your apartment and pay me back all the money I gave to you to refurbish it and pay your mortgage for all these years,” she said.

This is not the first time the entertainer has blasted her now ex-beau on Twitter,confirming last October that John Johnimpregnated another woman who lived close to her. In March, she ranted once more after claiming an affair between her boyfriend and a hairdresser.

Her most recent Twitter blasts were just as poignant, insisting she was glad she did not marry John John after all these years and accusing him of only wanting to get married to gain access to her riches.

“You and your new baby mom drag my name in the mud and God pick me up and gave me a hit so I can get away from you,” she said “And now you want to pull me down again? Even after you get babies on me, my money pay for anything you give them, because I was not selfish – school fee, shoes, clothing? Come on, man!”

Lady Saw has been scarce on the local scene since the video for her hit single, Heels On in January. She said she has been absent from Jamaica in recent months as she does not want to be in the same surroundings as her man.

The prominent deejay is currently touring in Canada and will reportedly address the situation to her fans upon her return to Jamaica.

Alty B unveils sizzling official video for Island Girl

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Alty B and Richie Loop have been enjoying mainstream success thanks to their hit single, Island Girl, which was released in February.

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Rising Dancehall sensation, Altiman Grason, more popularly known as Alty B has been enjoying a wave of mainstream success in 2013, in part thanks to his latest achievement: Releasing theofficial video for his hit single, Island Girl.

The single, which features fellow star singjay,Richie Loop has inundated airwaves across Jamaica, Canada and even Africa as it has launched Alty B to heights he has tried many years to climb. The Toronto-based entertainer has been featured in several publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica STAR and the Vision Newspaper in the United Kingdom and travelled to Jamaica in mid-April, doing media promotions for the track

During his trip to Jamaica, Alty got the groundwork going on the video for Island Girl. Shooting from the beaches to the streets across Portmore and Kingston, he and Richie Loop added fitting visuals for the song as beautiful Jamaican women are featured across the board. A touch of carnival fever was also added to the video to ensure that Caribbean essence was fully displayed as the song celebrates ladies across the region.

The video was shot over a two-day period and directed by Michael ‘Biggz’ Burbridge orBiggz Ship. It was also edited by CVM TV’sTanique Samuels and premiered on Gayelle TV, which broadcasts in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Barbados.

This four minute video encapsulates six years of blood, sweat and tears for Alty B, who has longed for his moment in the sun and the opportunity for people to permanently put a face to a name that has long been relevant in Canadian Dancehall circles.

Recently signing a management deal with Real Entertainment Production owner and television producer, Andrew Lee Pryce, this promising prospect is set to engage in several business ventures while taking his career to the next level. Given his role in helping established names such as Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane to gain fame, the sky is the limit for Alty B as he enters his prime.

Support Jamaican music and purchase Alty B and Richie Loop’s Island Girl on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/island-girl-feat.-richie-loop/id608442216

Here is the official video for 'Island Girl' performed by Alty Banton and Richie Loop
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Vybz Kartel’s conspiracy case postponed until July

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will both return to court this July after their conspiracy case was once again delayed.

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Incarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will return to court for a second consecutive summer as his conspiracy case has been put off until July.

The matter, which is connected to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case was mentioned at a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning. Kartel, whose real name isAdidja Palmer is jointly charged alongside singer and long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler as well as studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Gaza Slim admits the constant delays havefrustrated all parties involved, telling IRIE FM that the legal process has been tiring. However, she is optimistic there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Dem just constantly putting it off, putting it off but yuh done know, a God we put we trust inna enuh, not mankind so what is to be must be,” she said. “Just waiting on the boss [Kartel] to just come out. Yuh done know everybody miss him but I miss him the most.”

Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are currently out on bail while Kartel, who was granted bail in the conspiracy matter last November, remains imprisoned as he has yet to be afforded bail in the Williams murder case. It is alleged that Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to file a police report claiming she had been robbed and gun-butted by Williams in October 2011, the same month Kartel was charged with Williams’ murder.

He is expected to return to court May 27th in the Williams matter when the trial is expected to commence. He and five other men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011.

Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

Miguel will look to 'Adorn' his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year's edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

Miguel will look to ‘Adorn’ his Jamaican fans as he is set to headline this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay (July 21-27)

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Two of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Songwill make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dreamreleased last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Do You and Where’s The Fun In Forever,Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar,Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer. Earlier this month, Miguel featured alongside Mariah Carey for her new single,Beautiful, which already has made waves on several charts in the U.S.

“Sumfest patrons can expect to be wowed by the young artiste’s striking vocals and alluring stage presence, while rocking to the sounds of his eclectic LPs,” said Sumfest organizers,Summerfest Productions in a media release.

Meanwhile, Chronixx will also perform on Reggae Sumfest’s final night, marking his second major stage show performance in the island. After dominating 2012 with hits such as Warrior, Behind Curtain and They Don’t Know, Chronixx delivered a well-received set at STING 2012 last Christmas and is set to debut at Sumfest this summer. 2013 has seen the singer continue his blistering form with Smile Jamaicaand Beat and a Mic.

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, who was regarded by many media outlets as last year’s top performer at Sumfest will also headline closing night while Dancehall stars, Popcaan, Aidoniaand Kiprich as well as Reggae star, Tarrus Riley have also been confirmed for the show.

Now in its 21st year, Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 21-27. Early bird tickets for the show are now available online through Touchstone Ticketing, the official ticketing stub for the festival.

Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel Jamaica, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Tiana features on remix with Nicki Minaj and Mavado, stars on European tour

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The reigning ‘Dancehall Duchess,’ Tiana has been on a roll in recent weeks as she continues her tour of Europe; scoring a major collaboration of sorts in the process.

Tiana has been featured on a soon-to-be-released remix alongside Trinidadian-American rap sensation, Nicki Minaj and Dancehall stalwart, Mavado. The remix, done by ‘The Remix King,’ DJ Dain features a mash-up of Tiana’s Freaky Man, a remix of Vybz Kartel’s Freaky Girl: Part 3 and Freaks, by Nicki Minaj and French Montana, with a sprinkling vocals by the ‘Gully Gaad’ across the song.

The ‘Dancehall Duchess,’ Tiana has been enjoying her performances across Europe, including this performance at Club Waagenbau in Hamburg.
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This remix is sure to be a smash for Dancehall and hip-hop fans as it encompasses various elements of urban music in one song.

It is another achievement for Tiana, who has been enjoying her first tour of Europe since April 13th. The Tiana: Live in Action tour has seen the Duchess perform at shows in Austria and across various German cities, including Dortmund, Bochum and Detmold. She also performed at Club Eclipse andClub Storm in The Netherlands and became the first Jamaican act to perform at Club Reverse in the Italian capital of Rome. Most recently she gave a brilliant performance at Club Waagenbau in Hamburg.

The tour has now been extended until May 22nd, as Tiana will return to Germany to perform shows in Hamburg and Munich while her Austrian fans have demanded that she return for an encore performance in their country.

A Mother’s Love: 10 hit songs dedicated to mothers by Dancehall/Reggae acts

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, 'Miss Ivy' following her death in February Credits:   thegullyside.com

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, ‘Miss Ivy’ following her death in February
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As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciation for all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.

In honor of Mother’s Day, check out this list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.

1. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: FormerPortmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money andChristmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 withMama Don’t Worry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the songreflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.

2. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza’ group with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gaveJahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May 2011.

3. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.

The single was re-released in February of last year after Miss Ivy passed away following a long illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.

4. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marleyshowed his love for mothers in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.

5. Lady Saw – Infertility: For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the ‘Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who surprised her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking candidly about her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have her own children.

With three adopted children of her own,Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.

6. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptianbecame a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Timesand Beautiful Lady. Another single from that album, Mama Don’t Cry painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.

The visuals for Mama Don’t Cry followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world. Check it out here:

7. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to people. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls a ‘mother’, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the proverbial Motherland while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.

A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in December 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s biggest hits.

8. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonjiascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.

Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.

9. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability withMama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.

Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich résumé, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.

10. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and still is most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.

Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.