Morgan Heritage denies preference in JLP election after controversial dubplate

Morgan Heritage says a recent dubplate done for JLP leadership contender, Dr. Audley Shaw was not done as an endorsement of the politician..

Morgan Heritage says a recent dubplate done for JLP leadership contender, Dr. Audley Shaw was not done as an endorsement of the politician..

by Jodee Brown

Prominent Reggae group, Morgan Heritage has taken their fair share of heat in the last two days since a dubplate seemingly endorsing Jamaica’s former minister of finance and leadership candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Audley Shaw earlier this week.

On Friday, the acclaimed group responded to such assertions in an article published on Tuesday by the Jamaica Gleaner by insisting the dubplate version of their hit song, Reggae Bring Back Love was not done to endorse Shaw in particular, but Jamaica as a whole. In a statement released to the media Thursday, Morgan Heritage insisted they have no political affiliations and would have done the song for any politician.

The statement reads, Morgan Heritage would like to clarify that the dubplate of our hugely popular hit,Reggae Bring Back Love was done “fi Jamaica” asPeetah (Morgan) clearly states in the intro.”

“Morgan Heritage has an abiding love for Jamaica and would have done a similar dubplate for anyone. The fact that we sing about our ideals of bringing back love and making Jamaica a better place in the song Reggae Bring Back Love, which was recorded 13 years ago, and happens to be the same message of anyone today, only speaks to our belief of a better Jamaica and not any political views.”

They continued, “As Rastafarians, Morgan Heritage does not sit on any side of the political divide. We do not dabble in politics, but like all Jamaicans, we are concerned about some of the things taking place in our beloved country. Our message of unity, love, respect for self and respect for authority remains unchanged and we will continue to work to effect a change for the better as a part of our musical mission.”

The JLP leadership election, which pits Shaw against current leader, Andrew Holness will take place on Sunday at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder set to appear on 106 & Park

beenievegasby Jodee Brown

BET will be invaded by the black, green and gold this Friday as internationally regarded Dancehall superstars,Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder are all set to appear on their 106 & Park countdown show this Friday.

This Caribbean Day themed show will see Beenie Manperforming and premiering the official video for his single,Thug Love. The single, produced by Grillaras Productions and distributed by Zojak World Widefeatures prominent Dancehall/Reggae diva, Ce’Cile while the video was recently shot in the Jamaican parish of Portland.

This marks Beenie’s first appearance on BET since featuring on the island segment of the 2013 BET Awardswhich also featured Elephant Man, Chaka Demus and Pliers as well as Dawn Penn.

Fellow acclaimed Dancehall star, Wayne Wonder will also appear on 106 & Park where he is set to perform his classic single, No Letting Go while also promoting the video for his single, Caught Up the second single off his new album, My WayThis appearance comes as the singjay embarks on a European tour which sees him perform across venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, amongst other stops.

Mr. Vegas will also feature on the show while he embarks on a European tour of his own. The Bruk It Downsinger recently joined forces with R&B/Pop superstar, Beyoncé for the single, Standing on The Sun, which marked another major step in his career. He is set to debut his new, 16-track studio album, Bruk It Down 2.0 on September 24, which features a soca remix of his Bruk It Down hit as well as Give It To Har, amongst other tracks.

Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion

Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion on TorontoDeejays.comby Jodee Brown

One of Dancehall’s greats has become wary of the musical path taken by Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) as Lady Saw recently took the popular American musician to task for his venturing into Reggae music.

In an interview published Tuesday in the Jamaica Gleaner, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ voiced her disapproval of Snoop’s dabbling into the Reggae market. When speaking following her performance at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in late July, Lady Saw spoke about the implications for Jamaican Reggae artists who strive to achieve chart and commercial success internationally with overseas acts such as Snoop Lion infiltrating the market.

“Snoop, mi like yuh as a rapper, but low dancehall ting, low Reggae ting,” she told the Gleaner. “Mi no like yuh as no Snoop Lion. Weh yuh get lion from? Not your business, leave it alone.”

Snoop Lion’s foray into the Reggae industry has garnered positive results since the release of his debut Reggae album, Reincarnated in April. The album sold over 21,000 copies in its opening week, topping the Billboard Reggae charts in the process.

However, Snoop has received a litany of criticism from Rastafarians, most notably, Bunny Wailer for his alleged gimmick, suggesting that he has mocked their way of life.

Lady Saw says overseas acts have been able to capitalize on Jamaican music and its benefits because of the infighting going on within the local industry.

“We acting like children, puss and dog, crab inna barrel ting. Yuh ain’t going nowhere with all them behavior, wah kinda music yuh going put out?” she said. “It’s best we argue with Snoop than people arguing with me.”

Since the turn of the year, several overseas acts such as French Montana, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and other have been sampling Jamaican music in their song while the aforementioned Minaj collaborated with Busta Rhymes did their recently released version of the Twerk It remix entirely in patois.

Additionally, the Billboard Reggae chart has been dominated by American Reggae bands such as SOJA, Rebelution and many others in recent times, with little presence from Jamaican Reggae albums in the top 10.

“I see foreigners taking over the music. It’s not our music anymore,” Lady Saw concluded.

Vybz Kartel blasts Popcaan and Tommy Lee, calls them ‘undignified morons’

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel continues to lambaste his former prodigies, Tommy Lee Sparta and Popcaan after recently being acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in one of his murder case.

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel continues to lambaste his former prodigies, Tommy Lee Sparta and Popcaan after recently being acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in one of his murder case.

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After being acquitted of a murder charge in the shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman last week, embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is holding nothing back as he has given the clearest indication yet of where his allegiances lie.

This past weekend, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ issued a statement addressing last week’s not guilty verdict in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case while thanking his family, fans and legal team for their support throughout his incarceration.

“First of all I would like to thank my legal team,Finson and Associates for proving and maintaining my innocence,” he said. “I would also want to thank all my fans for being there with me and for their continued support musically, making me forever relevant to dancehall. Last but not least I want to thank my family, in particular my baby mother SHORTYGAZA who is and has always been the tower of strength in my life. Taking care of our three sons and handling my financial affairs plus being so focused amidst a sea of ‘crosses’ and tribulations. Just want the fans to know they should remain confident that Vybz Kartel will soon ‘Duh Road’ and that I am physically and spiritually great.”

“On a different note, a lot of people are speculating that I am internet capable but nothing could be further from the truth. Apart from my twitter page ‘iamthekartel’ which is being run by Michael Dawson for the time being, everyone else is an imposter,” he continued.

However, the standout section of Kartel’s statement came when he blasted protégés, Tommy Lee Sparta andPopcaan for what he calls a lack of loyalty. With reports surfacing in recent months regarding a possible rift between Kartel and his former prodigies, Kartel admonished the pair for their alleged actions.

“Can someone tell Popcaan and Tommy Lee stop big me up pon stage saying they’re GAZA when they’re not even near to my recently acquired PLAZA,” he said “They have no shame and could only be compared to undignified morons. They and I know that they are just a couple of traitors grabbing at the proverbial straw to save their downward spiraling careers.”

Kartel then signed out by paying homage to those who he believes have stayed true to the ‘Gaza’ cause, saying “Yea the forever controversial worl’boss,” “BIGUP ME BREDDA SHAWN STORM. BIGUP GAZA SLIM AND BIGUP GAGE. I’m out…WORL’BOSS.”

Despite last Wednesday’s not guilty ruling, Vybz Kartel remains in custody at the Horizon Remand Centre as he awaits a November trial date in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. Kartel, Shawn Storm and four others men are accused in participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams at a Havendale residence.

Kartel, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy in connection to the Williams case.

Beenie Man’s former song writer, Don Mafia makes waves with ‘Money Making Ting’

Don Mafia, known for creating Mafia House Productions, has unveiled a video for his new song, 'Money Making Ting.'

Don Mafia, known for creating Mafia House Productions, has unveiled a video for his new song, ‘Money Making Ting.’

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Dancehall sensation and former writer for the ‘King Of The Dancehall,’ Beenie ManDon Mafiahas joined forces Manchester-based upcoming star with Gee Q to produce the long-awaited single, Money Making Ting, released earlier this month.

Over a short period of time, the two artistes have worked together to create a song that incorporates their message of ambition and correct state of mind, as well as showcasing their ability to make smash hits.

“This video, doesn’t discriminate, we wanted to show the masses dat everyone including you can make money, once yuh put yuh mind to it, so you will see different people from all walks of life in dis video.” said Don Mafia

The world-renowned Dancehall star, Don Mafia carved a name for himself in the music business with tracks such as Mafia Worldand Born a Man and his successful streak will only continue to grow steadily with the predicted success of Money Making Ting.

Rated by many key industry insiders, and no stranger to the Dancehall scene, Don Mafia, formerly known as Gringo, has written hit songs for the likes of Beenie Man and other notable artists.

According to a press release, the video for the single, Money Making Ting has amassed over 40,000 views under 48 hours. The video was premiered on Hype TV and has been in enjoying rotation on the FM airwaves.

Don Mafia and Gee Q, who are both signed to the KDNK Record Label, a fast-rising record label based in Manchester, have found middle-ground between their diverse vocal talents and are now ready to take on Jamaica and promote their hit single.

The rhythm for the song, Money Making Ting was produced by the extremely talented Zebby Lion, whose impressive work added another dimension to the song. Money Making Ting is the launching pad for Don Mafia and Gee Q and there’s sure to be many more impeccable songs on the way.

The music video was shot on location in England and recorded at KDNK , run by C.E.O Dexter McIntoshMoney Making Ting can be found on YouTube and other well-known musical internet platforms such as iTunes after the song’s official release.

Be on the look out as Don Mafia is ready to blaze a trail in Dancehall.

Vybz Kartel found not guilty in murder trial after prosecution drops case

Vybz Kartel, who has been incarcerated since September 2011, has been cleared of murder charges in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder trial.

Vybz Kartel, who has been incarcerated since September 2011, has been cleared of murder charges in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder trial.

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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is now one step closer to full freedom after he was officially freed of a murder charge in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial Wednesday morning.

A 12-member jury inside the Home Circuit Court was instructed by Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes to return a not guilty verdict in favor of the popular entertainer after the Crown offered no further evidence to continue its case. This news comes a day after Judge Sykes denied the entry of two witness statements into evidence by the prosecution after determining that the Crown did not take enough steps to locate missing witnesses who were due to testify in the trial.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ stood accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 shooting of Burton, a St. Catherine-based businessman and promoter. Kartel’s co-accused, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson were also freed of murder charges and are free to go.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits a November trial date in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case as he has yet to receive bail in the matter. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the death of Williams in August 2011 at a Havendale property in St. Andrew.

Kartel, his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy in relation to the Williams matter.

Mavado set for appearance at Reggae Sumfest?

Mavado, seen here performing at Reggae Sumfest 2011, is still hopeful that he will be a late addition to the Dancehall Night lineup at Reggae Sumfest this week, which takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Mavado, seen here performing at Reggae Sumfest 2011, is still hopeful that he will be a late addition to the Dancehall Night lineup at Reggae Sumfest this week, which takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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With the 21st edition of Reggae Sumfest having kicked off on Sunday, speculation is rife whether or not internationally-regarded Dancehall artist, Mavado will be a late edition to the lineup as confusion over his possible participation persists.

The artist’s camp is hopeful that the ‘Gully Gaad’ will join the Dancehall Night lineup Thursday night, despite Sumfest organizers’ claims the singjay recently informed them of his unavailability for the show. According toRobert Russell, a member of Sumfest’s organizing committee, attempts were made to book Mavado for the show, but talks disintegrated due to the entertainer’s contractual obligations to other events.

“We were told that he would not be available for Sumfest, and that is why we did not book him,” Russell told the Jamaica STAR. “There is no grouse between the organizers and the artiste because we try our best to get a complete line-up as much as possible each year.”

However, Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths insists there was an agreement in place for his client to perform at Sumfest.

“I have an email where we agreed to their offer over a month ago,” Griffiths told the STAR. “Mavado has a show in L.A., the day after Sumfest’s Dancehall night, and I was delaying booking the flights to L.A. because we weren’t sure if he was flying from Jamaica or not. We thought he was going to appear at Sumfest but it wasn’t confirmed as yet. That delay ended up costing the LA promoter more money because the flight cost went up.”

Griffiths believes organizers should be blamed for this breakdown in communication while insisting Mavado’s absence from the Sumfest lineup has hurt his following.

“They (the organizers) playing games. I maintain what I am saying is fact,” he said. “Perhaps, Mr Russell isn’t aware of what happened. A lot of his (Mavado’s) fans are asking how comes he’s not on Sumfest, and they should know it’s no fault of ours. A lot of Mavado’s fans have been communicating via social media, especially to his Twitter account. They are sharing their displeasure at him not being on this year’s Sumfest.”

Russell, however, intimated that there is still time to add Mavado to the show’s bill, but would have to adjust time slots on short notice, given favorable terms are agreed between the artist and organizers.

Griffiths also says Mavado is willing to perform at Sumfest, but would have to make changes to his travelling schedule to accommodate the move.

Reggae Sumfest kicked off proceedings with a beach party on Sunday and will resume on Thursday with Dancehall Night, which features Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Popcaan, Aidonia, Spice, Macka Diamond and many more.

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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.

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.