Dancehall, Reggae and soca stars set to hit 106 and Park stage tomorrow

BET's 106 and Park will feature a special Caribbean-themed episode of the countdown show on August 27, featuring Gyptian, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin and more

BET’s 106 and Park will feature a special Caribbean-themed episode of the countdown show on August 27, featuring Gyptian, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin and more

by Jodee Brown

BET’s hit countdown show, 106 & Park will get another injection of Jamaican culture this coming Wednesday as a myriad of Dancehall, Reggae and Soca acts are set to perform at the show and do interviews.

On the lineup are Reggae/Dancehall superstars, Gyptian, Wayne Marshall and Elephant Man, who performed at last year’s BET Awards, as well as One Drop singer, QQ, emerging newcomer, Kranium as well as Soca superstars, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Also featured on the show will be A$AP Ferg, known for his single, Shabba, a hip-hop ode of sorts to Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks.

Garlin confirmed the news via his Twitter account, saying, “Everything packed and ready to step over to 106 and Park. Get ready to see the performances August 27th by yours truly the Vikingz and also with Fay-Ann Lyons, A$AP Ferg, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kranium, Gyptian and more. It’s the Carnival Take-over Labour Day style and it is going to be WILD. We are stepping to represent as one people for one people.”

Marshall also shared his excitement about the show via his Instagram page, “Caribbean people, we are going to be taking the music and culture to BET …we are moving together as one people. Full take-over,” while QQ confirmed during an interview aired Friday on TVJ’s Entertainment Report that he will be performing the aforementioned One Drop as well as another of his big hits, Stookie.

Last year, 106 & Park did a similar Caribbean-themed show, The Caribbean Takeover last September that featured Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Mr. Vegas.

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[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

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Damian Marley and Skrillex strike gold with ‘Make It Bun Dem’

Damian Marley can celebrate even more success of 'Make It Bun Dem,' his 2012 collaboration with American producer, Skrillex. The song has now been certified gold.

Damian Marley can celebrate even more success of ‘Make It Bun Dem,’ his 2012 collaboration with American producer, Skrillex. The song has now been certified gold.

by Jodee Brown

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley can celebrate some history on the day his late father, Bob, would have celebrated his 69th birthday was born as Make It Bun Dem, the chart-topping collaborative effort with American producer, Skrillex has been certified gold by theRecording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

It was announced Thursday morning that the song, initially released in May 2012, achieved the prestigious status after over 501,000 copies of the song were sold in the United States, according to Soundscan. This makes Marley the first Jamaican artist to go gold sinceGyptian, whose award-winning single, Hold Yuh(2010) achieved similar status last June.

Make It Bun Dem continues to do well chart-wise, currently holding third spot on Billboard Magazine’s Digital Reggae Singles Chart, previously holding top spot on that chart for several weeks. The single also reached charts in the U.K., Australia, France, Sweden, Belgium and Austria, among other countries and, combined with the official video, has over 115 million YouTube hits.

Marley has struck gold before, as the international Reggae superstar earned similar status for his Grammy-winning album, Welcome To Jamrock as well as his single of the same name, which has sold close to 580,000 copies.

Suppa Natty Splashes into 2014 with a mighty Birthday Bash east of Toronto

Suppa Natty and Friends tore down the building at Marquee Nightclub in early January 2014 with the 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Bday Bash

by TorontoDeejays.com

With the ‘7th Annual Capricorn Splash’, promoter and DJ Suppa Natty pulled of a successful birthday party east of Toronto earlier this month.

Hosted by Marquee Nightclub in Oshawa, the night of his birthday bash was covered exclusively by TorontoDeejays.com. The club was filled with Toronto’s top selectas/sound crews and Dancehall/Reggae artists; family, friends and most importantly his fans. Suppa Natty would like to thank all those who supported the event overall.

Seeing many new faces is a reminder of his ever growing fan-base and Suppa Natty plans to keep offering his fans and supporters top-class entertainment.

The DJ/Promoter has arranged to bring Billboard Chart-topper and Reggae/Dancehall superstar Gyptian to Marquee Nightclub on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The award-winning artist has added this event to his current promotional tour of Europe and North America for his latest studio album, Sex, Love and Reggae. Meanwhile Suppa Natty is working to bring other well known artists to Toronto and his home-town Oshawa in 2014.

Check out Live Footage of Suppa Natty’s 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Birthday Bash and learn more about the man behind the parties and the music by watching his 2014 Video EPK here.

New Gyptian album, ‘Sex, Love and Reggae’ tops Billboard chart

Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian has topped the Billboard Reggae chart with his new compilation, 'Sex, Love and Reggae'.

Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian has topped the Billboard Reggae chart with his new compilation, ‘Sex, Love and Reggae’.

by Jodee Brown

Reggae/Dancehall superstar, Gyptian has topped the U.S. Billboard Reggae Chart thanks to his new album,Sex, Love and Reggae, breaking a Jamaican drought on the charts in the process.

According to reports, Sex, Love and Reggae topped the chart with 1,290 copies sold in its opening week, becoming the first album by a Jamaican artist to top the chart since Beres Hammond’s One Life, One Love last October. The album more than doubles the output garnered for his last studio album, Hold Yuh, which sold just a touch over 500 copies and peaked in second spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart in 2010.

Gyptian has been doing a promotional tour for the album over the last month in the U.S. and U.K. respectively, performing mainly club venues throughout the tour.

Sex, Love and Reggae features several international names, including Melanie Fiona on One More Time,Estelle (Majestic Love) and Bunji Garlin, amongst several others.

His last album featured the award-winning, chart-topping single, Hold Yuh, which was certified gold in the United States with over 500,000 copies and silver in the United Kingdom, with over 200,000 units sold.

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.

Vybz Kartel rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains. Credits:   jamaica-gleaner.com

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.
Credits: jamaica-gleaner.com

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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been treated and released from a Kingston hospital after complaining of chest pains while behind bars Thursday morning.

Kartel, who is awaiting trials on two separate murder cases, was whisked away from the Horizon Remand Centre to the Kingston Public Hospital after falling ill. Dressed in an orange T-shirt and jeans with somewhat spiky hair, the deejay was met with mass fanfare upon visiting the medical facility.

He reportedly was taken into the hospital’s x-ray department and treated for a short time before being released in handcuffs and taken back to jail in a grey police vehicle.

Vybz Kartel faces several murder and conspiracy charges in separate case in which he is alleged to have participated in the killings of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton and Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams respectively during the summer of 2011. He has been incarcerated since September 2011, having yet to receive bail in the latter murder case.

He is expected to stand trial next month in the Burton case.

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.

CelebrityBuju BantonMark MyrieTerri WrightJuror misconductChokwe Lumumba
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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.

Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ certified gold

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, 'Hold Yuh' is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, ‘Hold Yuh’ is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

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Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.

On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced byRicky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrockachieved such status in 2005.

Hold Yuh gained Gyptian mass international recognition over the last three years; earning him a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train award forBest Reggae Artiste in 2010. It also earned him spots on several Billboard charts and topped charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

Sean Paul is the only other Jamaican artist in the last 10 years to be certified gold as his singles, We Be Burning, Temperature,Give It Up To Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) andBreak It Off (feat. Rihanna) all top the half-a-million mark in copies sold.