Beenie Man & Annie Khalid, the ‘Face of Pepsi’ release new single

Annie Khalid (front) has unveiled the official single for her up-tempo single, 'Boom Boom Danze,' featuring Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man.

Annie Khalid (front) has unveiled the official single for her up-tempo single, ‘Boom Boom Danze,’ featuring Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man.

by Jodee Brown

British/Pakistani singer & model, Annie Khalid is back with an infectious new pop song featuring the legendary Grammy Award winning Dancehall King, Beenie Man.

Boom Boom Danze is the catchy, upbeat and energetic dance track with a reggae twist that is looking set to be a big hit, with the backing of Annie’s army of fans worldwide, as well as introducing her to a new mainstream audience with the many Reggae & European club mixes also available.

Annie Khalid first made waves with her first single, Mahiya which spread like a virus throughout the Asian population worldwide before being picked up by leading Bollywood producers for the movie Awarapan when Annie was still in her teens. Since then she’s had worldwide success with a blossoming modelling career in which she became the face of Pepsi‘s mass marketing campaign in Pakistan, resulting in Annie’s face appearing on millions of drink cans, bottles and billboards.

Annie has also worked on campaigns with leading hairstylists Toni & Guy and had the honor of being the first Pakistani artist to do an international campaign with European telecom giant Lebara MobileShe released the single, Be My Baby with internationally recognized dance DJ Judge Jules in 2010 and another single, Just 3 Words with chart-topping British boy band A1. Annie has also had the privilege to perform at the 2012 Emmy Awards in Norway.

Annie’s impressive music and modelling career thus far has enriched an army of fans, with a following of over 400,000 fans on Facebook and thousands more across the internet. Her eagerly anticipated forthcoming single Boom Boom Danze will officially be released on September 30th and features one of the Kings of the Reggae music world, Beenie Man, adding further buzz among Annie’s already huge and rapidly growing fan base. The single features a video shot in Jamaica with Beenie Man and has already had over 150,000 hits on YouTube, with the song being a dance floor hit in clubs across Europe.

Hot on the heels of Boom Boom DanzeAnnie Khalid has teamed up with British Asian super-producer Rishi Rich for the next single, Tujhe Yaad set to release in October. Annie is also in the middle of filming aBBC TV documentary, currently titled Annie Khalid…A Woman’s World, in which she profiles her own career so far and talks to other successful Muslim women looking to break down misconceptions.

Raine Seville ‘Mad Dem’ with new video, accuses Bugle of ruining her reputation

Raine Seville's Mad Dem has attained much buzz since its release on September 14, particularly for Raine's edgy style and content on display

Raine Seville’s Mad Dem has attained much buzz since its release on September 14, particularly for Raine’s edgy style and content on display

by Jodee Brown

Popular Dancehall diva, Raine Seville has hit out against her baby’s father and fellow artist, Bugle following recent speculation that Bugle’s chart-topping single, Nuh Compatible was aimed at her following their split.

Earlier this month, Raine unveiled the official video for her single, Mad Dem which reportedly was a counteraction to Nuh Compatible. In the single, she deejays, “See the body ya wey man comfortable, no lame man wey nuh compatible, from yu get a touch offa dis yu cudda wild like animal, mi know sey yuh have to settle.”

According to Raine in an interview with the Jamaica STAR, she did the song to show she is equipped with the looks and confidence to win over any man.

“I have a body that will make a man stay,” she said.“Persons that are saying that Raine is not compatible, that is a big misconception.”

As for her relationship with Bugle, the father of her nearly three-year-old daughter, they maintain a cordial accord for the sake of their child, but insists they are not friends, even accusing him of trying to ruin her image.

“We have a good ‘parenting’ relationship,” she said.“With all the negative energy that he is using right now to tarnish my reputation, I wish he had used the same energy to help my career for the 10 years that we were together.”

According to Raine Seville, the video has been garnering positive responses in the few weeks since its debut. The video, directed by Rawtid TV shows Raine in a more provocative, racy light, contrary to videos she has done in the past.

“The video has been receiving great reviews, it’s been a year since I have done a video so this is just a great way to show my fans just how much I have grown and become confident in my work,” she said.

This is one of several single Raine has released since the turn of the year, including You Choose andKhaki, which she sang alongside Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man as well as Sekkle Down Bodyalongside Konshens, which featured a racy set of promotional pictures leading up to its release.

Tessanne makes strong impression on ‘The Voice’ with powerful performance

Tessanne Chin, known for her chart-topping single, 'Hideaway' has made an international splash after giving a chill-inducing performance during an audition on NBC's 'The Voice' Tuesday night

Tessanne Chin, known for her chart-topping single, ‘Hideaway’ has made an international splash after giving a chill-inducing performance during an audition on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Tuesday night

by Jodee Brown

Eight years ago, Tessanne Chin landed her mainstream breakthrough with the chart-topping hit, Hideaway, seemingly sending the beautiful songstress on her way to superstardom. Now, the Jamaican singer may be set to attain something which could blow that achievement out of the water after a stunning performance on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night.

Though Chin has been established in Jamaica for quite some time, the Messenger hit maker recently opted to tryout for season five the popular American talent show asshe gave a blind audition to its judges: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee’Lo Green and Christina Aguilera.What resulted was the biggest pop offered by the crowd during the two-hour show, which had all four judges turn around almost instantly as Chin gave a chill-inducing rendition of Pink’s single, Try.

With her father on hand as well as her husband, Michael Cuffe Jr., Chin was moved to tears as Levine, theMaroon 5 front man instantly tipped her as a possible winner of the competition. All four judges lauded Chin on her vocal range, humility and confidence while even asking her to speak a little of her native tongue.

After the exchanges, Chin would then choose Levine as her coach for the season, insisting she wants to work on her vocal strength and propel herself to the next frontier.

Tessanne tweeted her excitement afterwards, saying, “Just getting a chance to read through all of your kind wonderful words!!! Thank you every one!!! I am speechless!!! That’s all I can say.” She also received additional complimentary tweets from Levine and Aguilera as well as fellow Jamaican entertainment personalities.

Chin will now move on to the battle rounds, where she will be performing alongside another team member selected by Levine, before one is selected to move on. Should she advance through the initial eliminations, she will then advance to the live performance segment.

The last person left standing at the end of season five will be declared ‘The Voice’ and wins a recording contract with an American label while also securing victory for their respective coach.


Vybz Kartel denies involvement in ‘Roach’ murder, blasts police for treatment

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

by Jodee Brown

With his name being tied to yet another murder, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is fed up with law enforcement and is threatening to take action against them for what he deems as consistently unfair treatment.

On Thursday evening, the polarizing deejay issued a handwritten letter to the public addressing a report earlier this week by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), revealing that they seized cellular phones, flash drives, a DVD player and an iPod from his cell during separate searches on September 16 and 17. The search was done as part of an investigation into the shooting death of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, Kartel’s former road manager.

In the letter, Kartel pulled no punches as he criticized police for their handling of the searches while vehemently denying any involvement in Samuels’ murder.

“I must first say that the Jamaican police are the worst inefficient set of police in the world,” said Kartel. “Who say they act on intelligence when it is completely the opposite. If ‘Roach’ was killed on Mannings Hill Road Sunday morning, what kind of intelligence could have led the police to Horizon Remand Centre Sunday at midday. I have never spoken to ‘Roach’ or anyone associated with him nor did I have any altercation with him.”

Kartel insisted that he had a permit to carry the various items that were taken from him during the separate searches, citing that Horizon Remand Centre is amongst several prisons which have permits allowing inmates to use different gadgets.

Meanwhile, he hinted that he will be taking action against the police following these most recent events.

“This is not the first time the police have told lies on me since I’ve been here and like the last time when four cell phones were “found in my cell”, I will be contacting INDECOM,” he said, “Mi tired a dem police ya. Police!!! Come off mi back now!! And for once, GO DO REAL POLICE WORK!! Unuh come in like a crosses inna mi life! Mi nuh member bout ‘Roach’ and mi nuh remember bout unuh.”

He then added a postscript regarding the events leading up to Samuels’ death, saying, “Everybody in the streets knows what took place in the “PARTY” between ‘Roach’ and “DEM” so all a who a use dem police friend to try frame me, remember this….. Unfair game play twice.”

All the items seized from Kartel’s cell are being analyzed for evidential purposes as police try to determine what link, if any, they have to Samuels’ murder.

Read Kartel’s full note from behind bars here.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says many athletes accused her of drug use at Worlds

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pictured here after retaining his 100m title at the 2012 summer games in London, says she was faced with accusations of drug use during the world championships in Moscow last month..

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pictured here after retaining his 100m title at the 2012 summer games in London, says she was faced with accusations of drug use during the world championships in Moscow last month..

by Jodee Brown

After a world class after at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow last month, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has once again pronounced herself as one of the track and field’s all-time dominant performers.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win the 100m, 200m and 4 by 100m at a world championships. She also had to overcome hurdles in her races to glory, only these hurdles came in the form of criticism and skepticism from her competitors, who she says accused her of doping during the event.

“Some thought I was on drugs for me to have done what I did. I don’t know why,” said Fraser-Pryce during a scholarship presentation on behalf of her Pocket Rocket Foundation at Devon House in Kingston. She presentedseven scholarships to high school students from across the country, donating more JA$700,000 to help with their education.

“I hear people say things and ask questions and how can I do that (win three medals) and how I can have such a long season and still go at the end of the season and run so fast,” she continued regarding the accusations. “I didn’t get any fancy hurrah. Some persons thought it was nice and it was good, but (the) majority of the athletes had their negative comments.”

Despite the doubts, some of which were expressed face-to-face, Fraser-Pryce insisted she was not fazed by their accusations, pointing out her consistency since bursting onto the scene at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“I’ve run 10.7 from 2008. I have not done anything that nobody else has ever done before, apart from winning three gold medals, but it was just hard work,” she said. “The times were not ridiculous; it was just very good execution. I am a very good starter.”

Jamaican sprinters have come under fire throughout the summer since three-time Olympic gold medalist,Veronica Campbell-Brown returned an adverse analytical finding at an invitational meet in May, testing positive for a banned diuretic. Additionally, former Olympic gold medalists, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for banned stimulants in July.

Fraser-Pryce won the 100m event at the worlds in 10.71 secsthe 200m in 22.17 and strongly anchored the Jamaica 4 by 100m women’s relay team to gold.

Kartel’s cell searched as part of Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels murder investigation

vybz kartel22by Jodee Brown

As an investigation into the tragic murder of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuelscontinues, police say they have seized items from the jail cell of his former associate and embattled deejay, Vybz Kartel as they try to solve the case.

According to a report Wednesday from theConstabulary Communications Network (CCN),police took two cellular phones and three flash drives from Kartel’s cell during a search on Sunday at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town. However, they did not give what link, if any exists between the items seized from his cell and Samuels’ murder.

On Monday, police returned to Kartel’s cell, taking a DVD player and an Apple iPod. Additionally, a DVD player was taken from the jail cell of Kartel’s protégé, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, who is co-accused in theClive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case alongside Kartel.

The jail cell of another popular entertainer, Garfield ‘Zebra’ Vassell was also searched by law enforcement officials, with a SIM card being seized from the cell as well as a paper with a set of instructions.

All the items seized in these respective searches will be analyzed for evidential purposes by police as they continue to search for clues in relation to Samuels’ murder.

Samuels, 46, was shot and killed while in his vehicle after leaving a party in Kingston early Sunday morning. He is renowned for crafting hit rhythms such as the Siren Riddim in 2005, the Overproof Riddim in 2011 as well as the Overtime Riddim earlier this year.

He also served as Vybz Kartel’s former road manager for several years until the two fell out in 2010.

Vybz Kartel’s former road manager and producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels killed

roach1by Jodee Brown

Famed Jamaican music producer and the former road manager for popular deejay, Vybz Kartel, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is dead, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

Samuels was fatally shot by gunmen multiple times shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday by gunmen while inside his vehicle near a gas station in Mary Brown’s Corner, St. Andrew, according to police. He reportedly tried to escape in his Chevrolet Avalanche but crashed while driving along Mannings Hill Rd. after more shots were fired at him.

The matter is now being investigated.

Samuels was known for several years as the right hand man of currently incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel serving as his road manager until the pair reportedly fell out in 2010. He is renowned for producing the Siren Riddim, which featured Sean Paul’s international smash, Break Out as well as, Emergency by Vybz Kartel.

His most successful production was the Overproof Riddim in 2011, a rhythm he worked on alongside JA Productions. The compilation featured artists such asBeenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Daniel Bedingfield and garnered much international success with several songs from it topping charts worldwide.

Bob Marley statue vandalized following World cup qualifier in Jamaica

bob marley statueby Jodee Brown

The famous bronze statue dedicated to Reggae legend,Bob Marley, which was been defaced following a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kingston between Jamaica and Costa Rica has now been cleaned, according to reports Friday.

Red paint was discovered all over Marley’s statue by security personnel the morning following Tuesday night’s soccer match at the National Stadium following Jamaica’s 1-1 draw vs. ‘Los Ticos.’ The Alvin Marriott-created statue, which lies inside Celebrity Park at the stadium, had paint from hands to feet, as well as the trademark guitar Marley held during many of his live performances.

Stephanie Marley, the managing director of the Bob Marley Museum described the incident as sad upon hearing of the news and conceded that it could be hard to clean the paint off the statue.

However, on Thursday, Marley’s statue had been cleaned by members of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. No one has been arrested for the incident.

The statue is one of many landmarks in Jamaica dedicated to Marley for his worldly contributions to Reggae music, with the aforementioned museum, located in Liguanea, and the Bob Marley Beach in St. Thomas, showcasing memorabilia and other features remembering the iconic singer.

Despite a stoppage time equalizer by Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson Tuesday night’s result confirmed Costa Rica as a participant in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil while it left the Reggae Boyz with just 4 points from 8 qualifying matches. Jamaica’s qualifying hopes in tatters as they are five points out of an intercontinental spot with two matches to play in the final round.

‘New’ Super Cat

SuperCat1by Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

Years ago, dancehall legend Super Cat was briefly signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak label.

At that time, producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo planned to produce a new Super Cat album. It would have been the first in ages, but it didn’t materialise.

In 2003, they had released the track The Don of All Dons with Jadakiss and Styles P as a taste of what was to come on their compilation album Attack of the Clones.

That Super Cat-Neptunes partnership was short-lived, however, as the world heard nothing more of that. Until last week at least.

As it turns out, back then, Star Trak’s A&R, Cipha Sounds, had sought out Federation Sound’s Max Glazer to create a mix preview of the planned release (the album).

A&R (Artistes and repertoire) is the division of a record label that is responsible for overseeing the recording process and artistic development, among other issues relating to recording artistes.

That mix was previously never available to many. It went online in full only last week.

Featured on the mix are the freestyles, Weedman (over the beat to Kardinal Offishall’s Bellydancer), and Wha U’ Name? (over Jay-Z’s Excuse Me Miss beat), along with a journey through Super Cat’s classic tracks including the dancehall and hip hop mixes of Ghetto Red Hot, Dem No Worry We and Dolly My Baby.

Nuff Man A Dead, Come Down, Mud Up, Cabin Stabbin, Big & Ready, Trash And Ready, Vineyard Party and Under Pressure round off the other featured songs from the great.

The mix has beenreceiving good reviews by fans of the Don Dada since being uploaded on various websites.

On the weekend of August 30, Super Cat stirred up the excitement of patrons in a surprise performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Massive B and Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip concert performing songs such as Vineyard Party and Ghetto Red Hot.

Prior to that, Super Cat’s last stageshow performance was in 2008 in Miami at the popular Best of the Best concert.

Konshens Launches Own Sneaker Line

Konshens-sneakerby Davina Henry, Jamaica Star

Jamaican dancehall superstar Konshens has made a major power move with the groundbreaking launch of his shoe line Konz 876.

With this game-changing move, Konshens will set new standards for the dancehall game.

Konshens told The Weekend Star that the plan is to build the first worldwide-recognised dancehall brand.

“I chose a shoe line because you can bring more culture into it. It takes a lot more effort as opposed to printing up T-shirts, plus there is a huge market for it,” he said.

The artiste has already received a record amount of pre-orders based on posts from his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

“Dancehall and Reggae music have the widest range of core fans worldwide and I think the only thing that separates us from other more mainstream genres is the lack of entrepreneurship on our part as artistes. There’s so much more we can do to maximise on our potential, influence and pull power,” the artiste said.

The Konz876 line is high-end shoes it is not out of reach for consumers. The brand’s first release will be five different shoes.

One is the ‘Konz Sub’, a low-top shoe which is a mix of patent leather and leather. It will be available in black and white for the males and pink and white for females. There is also ‘The Gamechanger’ which is a high-top shoe mixed with both leather and blue jeans.

In addition to a store which will be opened at West Kings House Road, Kingston 13, on Monday, September 9, there will also be two launches for the line.


“The first will be in Kingston at The Quad on September 13 and the second launch will take place at the Donway Village on the Hip Strip in Montego Bay on September 14,” Konshens said.

The company has also developed a website – to facilitate purchases outside of Jamaica. There are also plans for launch parties for the brand all over the world, based on the sheer magnitude of Konshens’ fan base and his rising popularity worldwide.

“I wore my shoes on a two-week worldwide tour recently, and Konz876 has been buzzing internationally. This move created a vast amount of interest in the brand, people wanting to know more about it, and they were clamouring to get their hands on a pair,” Konshens said.

“On our next batch of shoes, as well as more men’s designs we will place more emphasis on the ladies as we have just concluded our market research to see exactly what women want to wear, as their swag changes even more rapidly than ours as men,” he said.

Though other artistes have started merchandising lines before, but were unable to sustain it, Konshens told The Weekend Star that his will have longevity.

“This is a part-time thing to me. I will be doing both music and this. It’s not a here today, gone tomorrow thing. Plus, I have business partners that are already successful businessmen. We a go hard,” Konshens said.