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.

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.

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“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 – http://www.konz876.com 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.