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CANADIAN REGGAE AWARDS SHOW TODAY @ 6PM!!! 995 ARROW ROAD JAMAICAN CANADIAN CENTRE

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DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 30TH, 2013
VENUE: JAMAICAN CANADIAN CENTRE
LOCATION: 995 ARROW ROAD, TORONTO
TIME: DOORS OPEN AT 6PM SHOWTIME: 8PM
TICKETS: $20 (ADV) $25 (DOOR)
*DOOR PRIZES DRAW FOR TICKET HOLDERS
MUSIC PROVIDED BY: LETHAL STAR / AFRICAN STAR

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DOWNTOWN: GENESIS ONE — 416-913-9470 / EVEREST CRAFT — 647-892-4367

Snoop Lion teams up with Eddie Murphy for new Reggae song

Eddie Murphy (left) and Snoop Lion (right) have formed an unlikely combo on a new Reggae song, called 'Redlight.' Credits:   potholesinmyblog.com

Eddie Murphy (left) and Snoop Lion (right) have formed an unlikely combo on a new Reggae song, called ‘Redlight.’
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Rap superstar turned Reggae crusader, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) has teamed with artists of different genres during his musical renaissance of sorts: Drake, Mavado, Popcaan and even Miley Cyrus. Now you can add an unlikely collaborator to this growing list, Eddie Murphy.

Snoop has teamed with the highly-acclaimed actor and comedian for a new Reggae single dubbed, Redlight. A video for Redlight was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, showcasing Murphy in a recording studio singing his part of the song while playing a guitar and surrounded by background vocalists. Snoop can also be seen recording his part, which combines his singing and classic rapping elements.

Murphy has toyed with the music world before as he is remembered for his 1985 single, Party All The Time, a pop song produced by late music legend, Rick James. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Eddie Murphy – Red Light (featuring Snoop Lion)
Meanwhile, Snoop continues to promote his debut Reggae album, Reincarnated which was released in April. The compilation, which features songs such as Lighters Up (w/ Mavado and Popcaan) and No Guns Allowed (w/ Drake and Cori B) topped the Billboard Reggae chart for several weeks and has sold over 50,000 copies to date.

The album was released just over a month after his Reincarnated movie, which details the adventures from his trip to Jamaica last year.

Listen to Snoop Lion and Eddie Murphy’s new single, Redlight here.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Buju Banton could be forced to change lawyers in drug case

Buju Banton's lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba is set to assume his new role as the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, effective July 1. Credits:   voices.clarionledger.com

Buju Banton’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba is set to assume his new role as the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, effective July 1.
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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae artist, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may be forced to change his legal representation for a second time just days after a gun conviction against him was dismissed in a Florida courthouse.

The possible move comes as a result of Buju’s lead lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba being elected the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi earlier this month. With Lumumba set to begin his term on July 1, Buju’s co-counsel, Imhotep Alkebu-Lan conceded to the Jamaica Gleaner on Thursday that the singer will likely have to look for new representation, though no final decision has been made.

Prior to that decision, Buju will have to decide whether or not to appeal a federal judge’s decision not to grant the Grammy-winning entertainer a retrial in his drug case.

On Wednesday, Judge James Moody threw out a gun conviction against, which would have carried an additional five years on his ten-year prison term for drug-related convictions. Additionally, Judge Moody ordered the government to charge Terri Wright, a juror on Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, with criminal contempt after it was deemed she violated federal court orders by researching aspects of the singer’s case during the trial.

Buju Banton now has 14 days to appeal Moody’s decision not to grant a retrial while prosecutors have 30 days to appeal the dismissal of the gun conviction.

Last August, Buju dropped lead attorney, David Oscar Markus in favor of Lumumba weeks after a failed appeal to overturn his drug conviction, which led to the reinstatement of a gun charge initially tossed out in the February 2011 trial.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Vybz Kartel rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains. Credits:   jamaica-gleaner.com

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.
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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been treated and released from a Kingston hospital after complaining of chest pains while behind bars Thursday morning.

Kartel, who is awaiting trials on two separate murder cases, was whisked away from the Horizon Remand Centre to the Kingston Public Hospital after falling ill. Dressed in an orange T-shirt and jeans with somewhat spiky hair, the deejay was met with mass fanfare upon visiting the medical facility.

He reportedly was taken into the hospital’s x-ray department and treated for a short time before being released in handcuffs and taken back to jail in a grey police vehicle.

Vybz Kartel faces several murder and conspiracy charges in separate case in which he is alleged to have participated in the killings of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton and Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams respectively during the summer of 2011. He has been incarcerated since September 2011, having yet to receive bail in the latter murder case.

He is expected to stand trial next month in the Burton case.

Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Popcaan unveils new ‘Unruly Rave’ video filmed totally in Toronto

Brand New Music Video for "Unruly Rave" shortly after Popcaan made appearances in Calgary and Toronto

Brand New Music Video for “Unruly Rave” shortly after Popcaan made appearances in Calgary and Toronto

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Acclaimed deejay Popcaan has released his latest music video just a few weeks before the official start of Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) 2013. The world renowned Caribbean festival saw the Party Shot singer raving with thousands of fans who are expecting to see him back in town soon. However, his booking agency has yet to confirm an actual performance date. Watch the Official Music Video right here:

Popcaan – “Unruly Rave”(Official Music Video) HD

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Ziggy Marley wins Emmy award

Ziggy Marley has copped a Daytime Emmy for a song featured on a children's program which airs in the U.S. and Britain.

Ziggy Marley has copped a Daytime Emmy for a song featured on a children’s program which airs in the U.S. and Britain.

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Internationally-regarded Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley can now add Emmy winner to his long list of career achievements.

The five-time Grammy award recipient was a winner at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards in Los Angeles this past Sunday for his song, I Love You Too, which featured on the British animation, 3rd and Bird, a show also airs on Disney Junior in the United States. Marley’s award was announced shortly before the Daytime Emmy Awards main show, which took place Sunday night.

Marley, the former lead singer of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers expressed shock at winning the award, insisting he knew nothing of the nomination, much less the accolade.

He told the Jamaica Observer, “When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like ‘What’s that?’. It’s not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that… so I never expected it, but it feels good.”

I Love You Too was recorded after Marley was contacted by representatives from 3rd and Bird following the release of his children’s album, Family Time in 2009. He and his siblings had previously appeared on the prominent American children’s show,Sesame Street while Marley himself featured as a voice on another children’s program, Shark Tale.

“For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognize us [Reggae music] in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward,” Marley told the Observer.

Other notable Jamaican Emmy award winners, include TVJ’s hour-long program, Impact for its look into the infamous Washington DC sniper case involving Lee Boyd Malvo, as well as Johnathon Walton, a four-time Primetime Emmy award-winning comedic reporter for his comedic news reports on CBS’ Houston affiliate between 2003 and 2006.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Another postponement in Vybz Kartel murder trial

Vybz Kartel will appear in court early next month when the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder trial is expected to commence.

Vybz Kartel will appear in court early next month when the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder trial is expected to commence.

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It was another new trial date but the same old story for embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelas the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial was stalled yet again Monday morning.

The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmernow faces a July 8 court date in the matter after it was put off during a hearing inside theCorporate Area Resident Magistrates Court due to the unavailability of prosecutors. Subsequent media reports have also indicated that said prosecutors have been unable to locate the main witness in the case, which has also halted proceedings.

Last week, it was reported that Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor told a judge that Kartel tried to bribe the witness with JA$3 million in exchange for his silence. Furthermore, he accused the ‘Worl’ Boss’ of running an underground criminal enterprise that traded illegal guns.

Vybz Kartel’s attorneys are reportedly upset with the slow progress in the Burton case, arguing that he and the co-accused in the matter, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson have been appearing in court for over a year and have witnessed five postponements in regards to the start of the trial during that span.

The self-professed ‘Teacha,’ McDonald and Thompson are all accused of killing Burton, a 27-year-old businessman and promoter based in St. Catherine. In October 2011, Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of Burton, which took place along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes do new song entirely in Jamaican patois

Busta Rhymes (rhgt) and Nicki Minaj (left) recently combined their Caribbean influences on the remix to Rhymes' hit single, 'Twerk It

Busta Rhymes (rhgt) and Nicki Minaj (left) recently combined their Caribbean influences on the remix to Rhymes’ hit single, ‘Twerk It

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Internationally acclaimed rappers, Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes have combined their Caribbean roots to create a new single recorded entirely in Jamaican patois.

The curvaceous Trinidadian-American rapper and Jamaican-American hip-hop veteran recently recorded a remix to Busta Rhymes’ hit single, Twerk It, voicing the song in their best Jamaican dialect. The Pharrell Williamsproduced remix was unveiled on Thursday, featuring lyrics from that paid tribute to Jamaica’s Dancehall elite, including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel.

“Dutty gal, when ya see mi and what yu fi do/ Bow down, big chain and it heavy too,” Minaj sings while she and Rhymes sing, “Come here gyal wey yu a duh? What a gwaan? Dun wid dat, Dutty Wine … Tony Matterhorn … Kartel, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer too roll di weed buss a dutch all Rizla too.”

Though in the past, many American entertainers have used Dancehall samples, verses and Jamaican sayings in their music, this is the first time two American rappers have ever done a song entirely in Jamaican patois

Neither Busta Rhymes nor Nicki Minaj are strangers to implement Dancehall themes in their music. Busta Rhymes has used dialect in many of his songs and scored noteworthy collaborations, such as his chart-topping hit,Make It Clap (feat. Spliff Star and Sean Paul) as well asWine and Go Downalongside Vybz Kartel.

Minaj has long expressed her affection for Jamaican music as well, featuring on the remix for Gyptian’s hit song, Hold Yuh in 2010 and featured on French Montana’s recent single, Freakswhich samples the Murder She Wroterhythm created by Sly and Robbie. She was also the headline international act at the 2011 edition of Reggae Sumfest.

 

 

Have a listen of 'Twerk It (Remix), the new single by Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj done entirely in patois.
By TorontoDeejays.com

Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ certified gold

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, 'Hold Yuh' is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, ‘Hold Yuh’ is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

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Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.

On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced byRicky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrockachieved such status in 2005.

Hold Yuh gained Gyptian mass international recognition over the last three years; earning him a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train award forBest Reggae Artiste in 2010. It also earned him spots on several Billboard charts and topped charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

Sean Paul is the only other Jamaican artist in the last 10 years to be certified gold as his singles, We Be Burning, Temperature,Give It Up To Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) andBreak It Off (feat. Rihanna) all top the half-a-million mark in copies sold.