De Mayor TV releases Official Recap for CSI (Caribbean Scene Investigation)

CSI-RECAP-TITLE2CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE C.S.I. (CARIBBEAN SCENE INVESTIGATION) EVENT RECAP.

De Mayor TV in association with TorontoDeejays.com brings you the exclusive recap of the final episode of CSI: Caribbean Scene Investigation at The Vue Nightclub in Toronto. Outcast Sound ft. Fresh Cut and Jr. Don alongside many of Toronto’s finest DJs ripped through an epic line up of Soca, Reggae, Dancehall and other tunes. The venue was ram-packed and after last-call things got extra scandalous! The party was ‘tun-up’ all night long, from the first mic check to the very last song. The Time2Rize camera takes you on a journey through a few highlights from this truly epic finale event.

**If you are not able to click the link, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: http://youtu.be/IWwWyMEHmaM

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Ja’s Wonder Boy

boi-1da-photoby Kevin Jackson (Jamaica Observer)

HE is not a big name in Jamaican music circles, but Canada’s Boi-1da (pronounced Boy Wonda) is one of contemporary pop’s most in-demand producers.

The Toronto-reared Boi-1da has worked with a string of A-list hip hop and Rhythm and Blues stars. His resume includes several chart-topping songs and awards.

Who exactly is he? For starters, he is Jamaican.

“I was born in Kingston and lived in Braeton, Portmore. I ended up moving to Canada at the age of three to an area in Toronto called North York, and I’ve been living in Toronto ever since,” said the 27-year-old, whose real name is Matthew Samuels.

Boi-1da’s production credits include rapper Drake’s Grammy-winning album Take Care and single Over; Eminem’s album Recovery and single Not Afraid (which both won Grammys); Busta Rhymes’ upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2; High School by Nicki Minaj, as well as tracks by Jay Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Kardinal Offishall, Lil Wayne, Nicole Scherzinger, Canadian pop band Down With Webster and Keri Hilson.

His current projects include albums for Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Drake.

“I am focused on Kendrick Lamar’s album, I’ve been in the studio with him a lot and we’ve been creating some great stuff together, I am also working on Lil Wayne’s brand new album The Carter V and new music with Drake,” he told Splash.

Though Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Spragga Benz are some of the dancehall acts who excite him, working with Jamaican artistes is not in Boi-1da’s immediate plans.

He was only 15 when he got involved in music.

“I was in high school, and always interested in music, sounds and especially beats,” he recalled. “During a discussion with my friend trying to figure out how music was constructed, he told me about a computer programme called FL Studio that allows you to put together beats. I got extremely curious and went home and downloaded it and the rest is history.”

His first project was a mix tape for a teenaged actor named Drake.

“It was called Room for Improvement. This took place in a time where Drake wasn’t as popular as he is now for his music but more for his role on (Canadian television show) Degrassi High. I produced two tracks, City is Mine and Do What You Do,” Boi-1da said.

Since then, his sound and recording techniques have changed, with the use of live instruments and fusing the drum and bass feel of dancehall/reggae in his songs.

“I always try to incorporate Jamaica elements into my productions. if you listen to the song Over by Drake and High School by Nicki Minaj, there are definitely elements of dancehall in there. I also used to put an air horn in a lot of my beats earlier in my career, which is very instrumental in dancehall,” he noted.

To date, Boi-1da’s creativity has helped him score seven number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success, he says, has not gone to his head.

“It’s a great feeling working with major acts. Just to know that the hard work that I’ve put in for many years has brought me to a level to work with people I’ve only dreamed of meeting and working with, it gives me a sense of confidence.”

Judge in Kartel case may not allow deejay to record in prison

Vybz Kartel awaits sentencing following a murder conviction. Meanwhile the judge considers allowing him to record in prison.

Vybz Kartel awaits sentencing following a murder conviction. Meanwhile the judge considers allowing him to record in prison.

by Jodee Brown

With incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel awaiting sentencing on his recent murder conviction in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, doubt is now being cast on whether or not the entertainer will be permitted to record in prison as the presiding judge in said case may not let him do so.

During Kartel’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice, Lennox Campbell said he was pondering whether or not to make a ruling allowing the deejay to record songs while in jail, saying he was not sure such an option was available.

One case Justice Campbell referred to involving another convicted entertainer was Reggae superstar, Jah Cure. The singer was convicted of rape in 1999 and served eight years in prison following an alleged incident a year earlier in which he allegedly raped a robbed a woman at gunpoint. While serving time in the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, Cure was allowed to record a number of songs during his prison term, including hit songs, Reflections and Dem Nuh Build Great Man, which featured on his fourth album, True Reflections…A New Beginning.

“In a previous matter when a person was convicted who had some artistic talent certain things were done,” Justice Campbell told the court. “It needs to be found out whether in fact it was open to the court for any of those proceeds gained could go to repairing any of the damages to the relatives of the deceased.”

However, a former prison official told the Jamaica Observer Thursday that only if Kartel is deemed fit to be part of a rehabilitation program, depending on his conduct, by the Department of Correctional Services would he be allowed to record while incarcerated.

Since his arrest in September 2011, many music observers have suspected that Kartel has been recording behind bars, with songs such as Back To Life and others singled out as potential proof. However, his record label and long-time producer, Elvis Redwood have vehemently denied on numerous occasion that the deejay has ever recorded behind bars, citing that they were all done prior to his incarceration.

The sentencing of Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John was postponed this morning until April 3 after the judge decided to facilitate written statements from defense lawyers clarifying sentencing guidelines. It is also said that Justice Campbell would like to see a member of the victim’s family attend the sentencing.

Kartel and his co-accused were convicted of Williams’ August 2011 murder in which it was alleged he was beaten and stabbed to death following a dispute over missing, illegal guns.

Bounty Killer Warns Freaky Artistes “Don’t come nasty up di dancehall”

A 'Killa' warning for freaky artistes

A ‘Killa’ warning for freaky artistes

by Curtis Campbell (Jamaica Star)

Guinness Greatest Dancehall Icon Bounty Killer has finally broken his silence on the taboo sexual direction which dancehall has taken in recent months, courtesy of the new crop of dancehall artistes.

The likes of J Amsterdam and Alkaline are perhaps front-runners as it relates to artistes who have pushed the barriers of the sexual language in dancehall. J Amsterdam releasing a song asking females to wine in his face and Alkaline admitting that he likes the anal stimulation from a female’s tongue as ‘brawta’ in his song on So Unique record’s Igloo Rhythm.

Bounty Killer, during a performance at a recent stage show, addressed some of these issues, stating that some things are better off left in the bedroom.

He also warned females about accepting Alkaline’s reference to them as ‘john crow’ in his (Alkaline’s) Bruck Out song when he deejayed, “Tonight every gyal a tun a devil, tun a heathen, tun a john crow”.

“Dem a talk bout dancehall a get kinky, but dancehall is just getting too friendly, everybody like everybody. Me nuh like everybody, me like who me like, mi nuh likey likey, mi nuh love likes. Listen mi, a years mi a sing some type a things and mi neva cross the line. Yu neva hear mi a tell girls fi duh certain things yet, because the public is the public. Suh some bwoy fi keep dem dirty life inna dem bedroom. Don’t come nasty up di dancehall and don’t mek nuh guy tell yu fi turn a dutty devil, nuh guy nu fi tell yu fi turn nuh john crow,” Bounty warned.

“Nuh mek nuh guy come try stereotype unno. Ghetto girls keep unno head up in the sky. Because most artiste just come up yah fi get a forward and guh wey, dem nuh give unno likkle insight, likkle information or something and unno help destroy unno self sometimes,” Bounty Killer told his fans.

Kartel lost his way

The artiste who introduced Vybz Kartel to the music industry also commented on his recent predicament with the law, as Bounty says the guilty verdict was the worst thing that could ever happen to dancehall.

“One of our most promising rising champions was found guilty of murder and that is the most tragic thing in dancehall and a me did find Kartel as a likkle youth and sey come mi youth. The moment him sey daddy devil an unno happy and laugh wid him, uno help destroy him. Yow, the devil nuh duh nothing beautiful, Kartel mek him soul get caught in hell. And the devil that is what they do, destroy goodness. I wish Kartel all the best and I hope unno put all the prayers you can so the appeal will be accepted. Leave it inna the hands of the Father, God work miracles another youth from the ghetto, from the slum, the system get him. We can only say a prayer, leave it to God. The whol’ a we mek mistakes, leave it to God, di whol a wi sin already,” Bounty said.

Bounty Killer then dedicated songs The Lord is my Light and Salvation and Closer Than a Brother to the incarcerated deejay.

[Video] Gyptian Talks About Recording An Album In 4 Days , Who Would Win A Smoke Out Between Him & Snoop Dogg, New Album + More

Gyptian talks about recording an album in 4 days , Who would win a smoke out between him & Snoop Dogg, New album “Sex, Love & Reggae” , Nicki Minaj , Wanting to work with Celine Dion + more

WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE: http://youtu.be/tEm5oyz8uFY

 

Kartel fans petition Obama administration for retrial, deejay’s mom speaks out

Fans of incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel are petitioning the United States government asking for them to look into the deejay's murder conviction in an attempt to overturn it.

Fans of incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel are petitioning the United States government asking for them to look into the deejay’s murder conviction in an attempt to overturn it.

by Jodee Brown

Despite Vybz Kartel’s conviction on a murder charge on Thursday, his family and fans are clinging on the smallest bit of hope the deejay can beat his current predicament, as dire as it may be.

His fans in particular are going to the extremes to try and secure and out for the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ as they have petitioned the United States government to help free him. The petitions, started this weekend, claim that Vybz Kartel did not receive a fair trial in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case, which he and three co-accused were convicted of his August 2011 murder.

One of the petitions claimed evidence tampering by police during their investigation, citing alleged corruption and bias against him throughout, though that petition has seen been stopped. A second petition, started on Sunday, is hoping to secure 100,000 signatures by April 15 so it can be formally presented to U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.

Meanwhile Kartel’s mother and sister have spoken out for the first time since the Mar. 13 verdict. His mother, Teresa Palmer gave an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer on Friday in which she expressed anger and sadness at the situation, suggesting many ‘lies’ have been told on her son.

“I don’t like that. A lot of lies were told. They tampered with the phones,” she said. “Dem man yah no need no sentence. Dem must go a road. Dem haffi let go mi pickney.”

Palmer said she has not eaten since the verdict and is trying to cope with the news. She believes, however, that several people have unfairly judged her son because of his hardcore lyrics and persona he presents.

“They say who God bless, no man curse,” she said. “You can fight against a man like this? You [should] fight against people who come into your community and rob, rape and kill. I don’t know why society is fighting the man and he never took anything from them.”

Kartel’s sister, Morine Nelson even chimed in, challenging an assertion by Jamaica’s security minister, Peter Bunting that her brother’s music has promoted crime over the years, while insisting people should stop hating the deejay without knowing his background.

Vybz Kartel and his co-accused will be sentenced on March 27. However, his legal team has indicated they will file an appeal to overturn the conviction.

Meanwhile a juror in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case, Livingston Cain has been charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after allegedly offering millions of dollars to sway other jurors in the case to render a not guilty verdict for Kartel and company. He will appear in the Half Way Tree Magistrates Court on March 18.

Barrington Levy blasts increased level of hardcore content in Dancehall

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Barrington Levy points to a lack of guidance as the reason for increases 'shock value' methods employed by young Dancehall artists in their musical content.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Barrington Levy points to a lack of guidance as the reason for increases ‘shock value’ methods employed by young Dancehall artists in their musical content.

by Jodee Brown

Throughout 2014, music lovers have seen a sharp increase in hardcore sexual content and imagery within Dancehall, with the likes of Alkaline, Demarco, Ricky Carty and J Amsterdam pushing boundaries with eyebrow-raising material to gauge interest from fans. One legendary artist is sick of this growing trend.

Barrington Levy, singer of classics such as Broader Than Broadway, Under Mi Sensi and countless others says he is tired of the X-rated nature that the genre has taken on and thinks it has damaged its credibility.

In an interview published in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, Levy said, “I see where the music business is taking a turn for the worst. It’s going in a direction where we are losing it.”

These people have no morals anymore. Are we going to do anything for money? I never came into the music business just to sell records. I thought I would just sing for the love of it.”

In another interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Levy was more solutions-oriented, pointing to a lack of positive influence as the reason why young artists choose to ratchet up the shock value in their musical content.

“They are surrounded by a lot of hotheads that cannot steer them in the right direction,” he said. “People are talking about them and their songs, but not in a good way. As entertainers, we need to always set a good example for the future of music.”

“Surround yourself with good people, people who will lead you in the right direction, people that will help you make good career choices that will ensure longevity and international success.”

Dancehall has long contained specks of raunchiness and hardcore sexual content throughout its near four decades of existence, with artists such as Lady Saw and Vybz Kartel bringing said content to the forefront and becoming all-time greats as a result.

In 2014, however, X-rated content has reached another level and sparked much conversation within the Jamaican music industry, with Alkaline and J Amsterdam boldly speaking on topics of anal stimulation and giving oral sex respectively, to Ricky Carty’s infamous music video for his song, Gyal Tek It in which he had sex with a woman on camera while performing the song.

Meanwhile, Levy is set to release a new acoustic album with variations of his biggest hits. He is currently promoting his new hit single, Rosie.

Tessanne Chin performs Michelle Obama’s concert at White House Tonight!

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. Tonight.

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican songstress and reigning The Voice champ, Tessanne Chin has landed one of her biggest gigs yet as she has been confirmed to perform a concert at the White House on Tonight.

The concert, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House is being put on by United States First Lady, Michelle Obama and casts Chin within a star-laden lineup that includes legendary singers, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge and Patti Labelle, who she once opened for in her younger days. The show also features high-profile singers, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott, according to a release issued Tuesday by The White House

Described as a show where artists will perform songs expressing the plights and achievements of women, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House will be streamed live on the White House’s official website (WhiteHouse.gov/live) around 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on PBS April 7th. The broadcast will later be seen on the Armed Forces Network to American servicemen across the world.

Additionally, an interactive, day time workshop will be held in connection with the concert to educate middle school, high school and college students about the women of soul. Chin and all the other featured performers will be at the workshop sharing their experience with students as well as answering questions regarding the music and entertainment world.

Chin has been a semi-regular fixture on American television since winning season five of The Voice last December. She performed a series of talk shows, including Access Hollywood and Live with Kelly and Michael shortly after her win and also appeared at the Rose Bowl in California on New Year’s Day. She will be the first Jamaican artist of note to perform at the White House.

Meanwhile, Tessanne Chin is also booked to perform on May 17 at the Sony Arts Centre in Toronto. It is her second of two scheduled appearances there this spring as she is set to personally accept a Luminary Award at the University of the West Indies Toronto benefit gala on March 29.

Sean Paul’s ‘Full Frequency’ tops Billboard chart in spite of sluggish sales

by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican musician, Sean Paul has scored another chart-topping album as his sixth studio project, Full Frequency has reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

This, despite a less than impressive sales figure early on as the album, released February 18th, sold just 2,160 copies in its first week. This nearly doubles the first-week output his last album, Tomahawk Technique (2012) provided, selling over 1,200 copies.

However, combining both sales figures, they are a far cry from his multi-platinum effort, Dutty Rock in 2002, which sold nearly 20 times more copies at 65,000 in its first week.

He recently performed his new single from the album, Want Dem All alongside song collaborator, Konshens on the Arsenio Hall Show last month and has since released the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart features appearances from Papa San, whose previously chart-topping album, One Blood hails at number five, selling just under 2,000 copies to date. Tarrus Riley’s new album, Love Situation is two places higher, selling around 1,126 copies to date while Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is 10th, with just under 4,000 copies sold so far.

DJ FreshCut launches ‘De Mayor TV’ with Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap

FreshCut_Cover1_FB2by Delroy Williams

Popular event promoter and DJ, Freshcut De Mayor has recently launched a dedicated YouTube channel to showcase the raving success of Soca Reggaelution XXIV in Toronto’s west end late last month.

More than a thousand die hard Soca/Reggae fans as well as notable media outlets including G98.7FM, CHRY 105.5FM, TorontoDeejays.com, and AN Photography came through to discover and enjoy the legendary Soca Reggaelution party experience. Freshcut is extending his thanks and gratitude to all those who helped in making the event a huge success.

Dedicated followers as well as hundreds of new faces make his fan base undeniable and it continues to grow as Freshcut commits himself to throwing some of the most enjoyable Caribbean-themed parties around. As a way to help fans stay connected and entertained between party events, De Mayor TV was launched on YouTube and is already receiving noteworthy viewership. Watch the full Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap video here.

Freshcut had the following to say about his new Youtube channel:

De Mayor TV gives you VIP Access to the behind the scenes footage from some of the hottest parties in the GTA as well as out of town ‘campaign dates’ wherever De Mayor is booked! Now I cannot speak on behalf of every other promoter in Toronto, nor can I predict the outcome of their events. I can only display what to expect when De Mayor is booked for an event or has an event of his own. You will get your money’s worth and TNA – Total Non-stop Action!”

De Mayor’s next event, Caribbean Scene Investigation (CSI): The Final Chapter will be held at The Vue Nightclub on Friday, March 14, 2014 and marks the end of the ten year long party-series. Although the curtain will close on CSI after this highly anticipated night, Freshcut makes it clear that, “the action will only get bigger and better with Soca Reggaelution, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Soca In The City, to name a few…”

CSI tickets are now available for purchase on TicketGateway.com.  Tune in to Freshcut’s Confunkshun Show on CHRY 105.5FM every Tuesday 6-8pm for a chance to win tickets to CSI and other upcoming events.