Though any hopes of an early exit from federal prison in the United States have been all but quashed, Grammy-winning singjay, Buju Banton continues to find ways to keep himself busy as he serves the final three-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence on drug charges.
The singer, who is currently housed at a facility in Georgia has been pursuing a Master’s degree while behind bars. However, still passionate about his first love, Buju was recently pictured performing with a small band for fellow prisoners. A Jamaican flag can be seen in the picture, which made the rounds on social media this past weekend.
These visuals brought a smile on the faces of his fans, including on this supporters’ page, who have been dreaming of his return to the music scene for some time. Fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer also weighed in on the picture on his official Instagram page with the message, “BUJU BANTON Performing live last week inside the facility keeping the spirit alive blessings goes out to him and his family the Jamaican flag visual too patriotic #FreeBuju and #GiveKartelhisappeal #freedomisamust”
While in prison, Buju song releases have been few and far between, unlike fellow incarcerated Jamaican musician, Vybz Kartel. Penthouse Records producer/CEO, Donovan Germain recently revealed that his label is holding on to a lot of material the entertainer recorded prior to his legal troubles as a measure of quality control, ensuring fans only get the best of the legendary artist.
Buju recently waived all rights to appeal his conviction on drug charges after law enforcement officials warned that a gun charge that was previously thrown out during his sentencing would be reinstated had he gone through with it.
After several years away from the mainstream music scene due to the fulfilling of military duties in the United States, dancehall artist Zumjay has returned to the spotlight, performing his first live show in several years at Club Ciboney in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The show entitled Jealous Ova, which took place last Saturday also featured emerging dancehall sensation, Dexta Daps and production heavyweights, Daseca, who backed Zumjay on the turn tables. The deejay, who burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, went back in time for a packed house at the club as he delved into hits such as Zumjay News and Shake It as well as Rise It Up and emotionally-charged performance of the uplifting single, Live On, which the crowd sang along to.
During the performance, Zumjay talked some about his experience in the United States Army Reserve, whom he joined in 2009 as an alternative to provide for his family while studying for a video technology degree at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He mentioned his tour of duty while in the Reserves in the Middle East, where he told the audience, “Never give up on your dreams no matter how hard life may seem,” before performing his song, In God We Trust.
The show was hailed as a success on social media and by the entertainer himself.
Zumjay reportedly has more performances lined up for the remainder of 2015, including one alongside Bling Dawg this November.
Six months after his arrest and subsequent charges in an ongoing lottery scam case in the United States, acclaimed Jamaican producer, Anju Blaxxx has been released from a North Dakota jail on bail as he awaits a trial on the matter.
The musician and head honcho of UIM Records, whose real name is Andrew Myrie, was let go earlier this week, according to a report from IRIE FM. It is unknown whether the conditions of his bail allow him to leave the country.
Myrie was initially granted bail shortly following his arrest in February. However, that bail was revoked after he was considered a flight risk by a North Dakota judge.
The producer faces charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in relation to an alleged lottery scam which defrauded elderly citizens in North Dakota and across the U.S. of millions of dollars in exchange for promised lottery winnings.
Former ZIP FM disc jock, ZJ Wah Wa plead guilty to telemarketing fraud in a similar case last fall and reportedly implicated Myrie during his plea agreement.
During his jail stint, Myrie released the Mildew Riddim, which features artists such as Popcaan, Bugle, Blak Diamon and others.
The house-inspired remix of Omi’s smash hit, Cheerleader continues to build steam on the Billboard Hot 100, on the verge of history as it has reached number two on the chart.
Cheerleader has been steadily climbing the chart since the spring when it first appeared at 95 in May before jumping all the way up to number 11 just a month later. Hailed recently as the ‘song of the summer dark horse’ by Billboard.com, the Felix-Jaehn produced remix of Omi’s track only trails Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again (feat. Charlie Rush) on the chart.
If Omi can overtake Wiz at the top spot, he’d be the first Jamaican act to achieve such a feat since Sean Paul in 2006 with Temperature.
Cheerleader’s fast rise on the U.S. charts follows its strong run in other countries, topping charts in Australia, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.
The Felix-Jaehn remix of Cheerleader was released in 2014, nearly three years after the original version of the song was released.
Loudmout Chiney’s #HKWORLD amazes the crowd with great music and live kitty painting action. Click the image to watch the full Video Recap
Popular Toronto event producer Loudmout Chiney is well know for brandishing creative themes at his various Soca Fete series’. In 2015, he is making history. At the 6th annual Hello Kitty event: #HKWORLD last month, Chiney brought in a brilliant local artist to perform a “live” oil painting on stage while some of Toronto’s best DJs and hosts had the party people going absolutely wild! DJ Flip summed up the party quite well in four simple words, “HELLO KITTY, SELL OFF!”
Enjoy this exclusive, action-packed video recap of #HKWORLD filmed by TorontoDeejays.com and produced by Time2Rize Media. Click here to WATCH NOW.
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MR. FETE-ISH on Sat. June 27, 2015 inside On The Rox. BACCHANAL BRUNCH on Sun July 12, 2015 at Pearl King (formerly Dazzling Lounge)
Fresh Cut De Mayor kicks off the summer sun season with SOCA REGGAELUTION #REWIND edition! From the latest Soca & Reggae to the greatest throwback tunes, there was a NICE VIBES FOR ALL to enjoy. Now you can enjoy this dynamic collection of visuals from the legendary SOCA REGGAELUTION event series. And after you watch this video once, take a few minutes and Rewind De Ting! Brought to you by DeMayorTV. SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE! #DEMAYORTV
Fresh Cut De Mayor’s Official Birthday Celebration along with a gang of Pisces and Aries hit The Vue in mid-March and it was truly a #Milestone celebration! A variety of champaign bottles, hard liquor and birthday cakes were brandished throughout the venue by Milestoners and their good friends as they moved their waist-lines to the sounds of Champion Squad, Fresh Cut De Mayor, Suppa Natty, DJ Jeff and others. #DeMayorTv presents your official chance to enjoy and re-live this memorable Milestone event. And if you missed it, click ‘play’ to sail through one VIP booth after another and get crunked up.
Fans, friends and media personnel filled North-Toronto’s Luxy Nightclub last month to witness 2015Juno nominees, Kirk Diamond and Bob Da Builda perform their hit song, “Love Inna We Heart“.
It was the Official Music Video Release Party for “Love Inna We Heart“ sponsored by Rebel Vibez, Fluxx Sundays, MPR Consulting and others. The night was covered by Toronto’s Top media outlets including CHRY, 410 Links, and TorontoDeejays.com. The Don Dem crew would like to thank all who attended the event and have been supporting their music in general.
Greetings from many new faces has shown them that they have growing fan base and Don Dem are committed to keep putting out great music for all fans to enjoy.
Watch the Music Video Release Party recap here and check out the official music video for “Love Inna We Heart”here.
The Crew will be PERFORMING LIVE at JUNO FEST 2015 in Hamilton on Friday March 13. See flyer below for more info:
Purchase and download your copy of “Love Inna We Heart” on the Galang Riddim produced by Galang Records on iTunes: http://goo.gl/TiIXHh
It’s 2015 and Fresh Cut De Mayor delivers the year’s first SOCA REGGAELUTION to heat up the city of Toronto. With the hottest Soca-Reggae CD on the street and an unforgettable event at The Vue, there is little mystery as to why the venue felt like summer never ended once you stepped in from the bitter -40 degrees outside. Enjoy this video recap of SOCA REGGAELUTION XXVI featuring Toronto’s finest DJs, brought to you by DE MAYOR TV.