Vybz Kartel files defamation suit against outgoing Jamaican police commissioner

Vybz Kartel has filed a defamation lawsuit against now retired Jamaican police commissioner, Owen Ellington following Ellington's comments on a local TV show in April.by Jodee Brown

Imprisoned Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has signaled his intent to sue recently retired Jamaican police commissioner, Owen Ellington and Television Jamaica (TVJ) over comments he made on a local television show in April, claiming the deejay was the head of a gang responsible for over 100 murders islandwide.

According to reports Monday, the polarizing entertainer, who was convicted of and given a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in March, has decided to file the multi-million dollar civil lawsuit, through his legal team before the end of this week,. His lead lawyer, Tom-Tavares Finson confirmed the lawsuit with ZIP FM Monday afternoon, but later told IRIE FM that he will not representing Kartel for this case.

Ellington, who had been the head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2009, told the Television Jamaica (TVJ) show, All Angles, “Vybz Kartel led a gang which was responsible for over 100 murders, and we have been telling the country this for a long, long time. Every time we moved against this gang, we were criticized, we were condemned and we were accused of being malicious against this individual. In fact, if you look at his defense, what was his defense? That there was a conspiracy on the part of the police.”

According to court documents, the comments made by Ellington were an attempt to sully Kartel’s character and cause contempt and ridicule, suggesting he never made any attempt to retract his comments and that TVJ have made no effort to distance themselves from said remarks.

There has been no evidence presented to support Ellington’s comments, which caused a stir locally, causing many to wonder why the ex-commissioner would make them after Kartel’s conviction and subsequent sentencing just weeks earlier. Tavares-Finson himself called the comments out of line, saying they were an attempt to prejudice Kartel’s appeal.

Ellington shocked many when he announced his resignation from the police force last week, citing his, “need to separate himself from the leadership and management of the Force prior to the commencement of the upcoming Commission of Enquiry into the conduct of the Operations of the Security Forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited State of Emergency in 2010,” according to a press release by Jamaica’s ministry of security.

He had served in various parts of the police force for over 30 years.

Sean Paul to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

Sean Paul will be back on the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after confirming on Friday that he is on the bill for the July show.

by Jodee Brown

Reggae Sumfest 2014 has added another big name to its growing list as organizers confirmed Grammy-winning deejay, Sean Paul will make his return to the prominent stage show for the first time since 2003.

The entertainer confirmed his appearance via social media on Friday as he posted a video expressing his delight at being back on the Sumfest stage. He will perform on International Night 2 on July 19 and will be joined on stage by a band, dancers and will unveil a few surprises for fans, according to Summerfest Productions executive director, Johnny Gourzong.

Having rarely performed in Jamaica throughout the last 11 years, this opportunity allows Sean Paul the opportunity to reconnect with his home fans live and direct.

“I’ll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home,” he said in a release. “There is no stage like home. I’ve toured the world, but Jamaica is still my favorite place to be.”

Sean Paul is currently promoting his most recent studio album, Full Frequency, which features big name acts such as Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj, Konshens and Iggy Azalea. He is currently on the European leg of his Full Frequency tour, which saw him make stops in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, where most of the tour takes place.

Sean Paul now joins a Reggae Sumfest 2014 lineup which also includes Tessanne Chin, Busy SignalWiz Khalifa, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Freddie McGregor and many more.

This year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest will kick off on July 13 with a beach party at Aquasol Beach followed by an all-white party on July 15 at Pier 1 before the performances kick off at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex withDancehall Night, International Night 1 and International Night 2 on July 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

Alkaline, I-Octane to headline Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Dancehall stars, Alkaline and I-Octane are two of the headline names set to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2014by Jodee Brown

Hailed as one of the most lyrical and controversial Dancehall artists in recent memory, emerging Jamaican deejay, Alkaline will be one of the headliners of this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest, according to reports Wednesday.

The artist, known for hits such as Church Folks, Moving Mountains and Lonely, is making his second appearance at the highly-acclaimed show, debuting last year on Dancehall Night to relative approval.

Also billed for Reggae Sumfest 2014 is Dancehall/Reggae powerhouse, I-Octane, who closed Dancehall Night at last year’s edition of the popular stage show. Octane continues to dominate local charts this year with songs such as Trend Setta and Crausis while currently promoting his latest album, My Journey, which includes the hits Love You Like I Do and Lighters Up (feat. Alaine).

Other big names expected to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage include Mr. Vegas, who recently scored with his hit, Party Tun Up (feat. Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop) as well as fellow deejay Spice, who recently collaborated with hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes on the remix of her So Mi Like It single.

Popular deejays, Aidonia, QQ, Assassin and respected singjay, Bugle have also been confirmed for this year’s show.

Reggae Sumfest organizers say that they are in the process of recruiting bigger names for the show, but have not revealed who those names are.

Some big names outside of the Dancehall arena that have been confirmed for the show include season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, American hip-hop superstar, Wiz Khalifa as well as Reggae superstars, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Sanchez.

Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place from July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Early bird tickets are now available on Reggae Sumfest’s official website.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

IRIE FM and ZIP FM CEO, aged 27, dies from illness

Chad Young, the CEO of Jamaican radio stations, IRIE FM and ZIP FM, has died at the age of 27.by Jodee Brown

The Jamaican media industry has suffered a stunning blow as Chad Young, the CEO and managing director of popular radio stations, IRIE FM and ZIP FM has died at the tender age of 27.

Young was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at his St. Ann home following a brief illness, though no official cause of death has been given. The two sister stations released a joint statement late Thursday confirming his passing.

“Chad was loved and respected for his happy nature, affableness and down to earth personality,” the statement read, in part. “The family of Mr. Young and the Management and staff of IRIE FM and ZIP 103 FM are grateful for the outpouring of affection and promise to carry that with them as they grow from strength to strength.”

Chad Young took over ownership of Grove Broadcasting Company, the parent company of IRIE FM and ZIP FM in 2010 following the death of his father and long-time owner, Karl Young. Under his stewardship, both stations became the first in Jamaica to have mobile apps and built ZIP into one of the country’s most popular stations with its more new-age brand of thinking.

He was described in the statement as ‘innovative,’ and ‘cutting edge’ with his work.

Macka Diamond defends crucifixion picture from upcoming video

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single, 'WickeD Heart.'

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single

by Jodee Brown

Acclaimed Dancehall artist, Macka Diamond is out on the defensive after a picture leaked online from an upcoming video showing her hanging from a cross, mirroring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The picture, taken from the shoot of her upcoming video for her single, Wicked Heart, triggered social media furor this past week, with some insisting she committed blasphemy by doing the act and crossed the line of artistic expression.

In a radio interview Friday, the Dye Dye singer denied this was the case, saying the picture and meaning behind it were taken out of context.

“To be frank, I was never looking at it that way. It’s since I’m seeing the comments (that) I really started to think about it,” she told IRIE FM“According to Jamaican terms, we she, ‘Chu, people a crucify mi..dem nah get mi down.’ I wasn’t even thinking aobut this Jesus ting or nail mi hand…like I dying for nobody sins. It is not as deep as everybody is thinking.”

Macka said the scene was only done as a way to represent the recent criticisms fired her way, particularly since her controversial lyrical clash with long-time rival,Lady Saw at STING last December. Wicked Hearthas been branded by many in the music industry as a diss track aimed at Saw.

This is not the first time an artist has done a crucifixion in his or her videos or songs. hip hop superstar,Nas pulled off a similar tactic in 1999, hanging from a cross in the visuals for his smash hit, Hate Me Now, which featured P Diddy.

Seven years later, pop legend, Madonna pulled off a mock crucifixion during a stage show performance in Germany, sparking outrage from church groups and music lovers alike.

The official video for Wicked Heart will be released in the coming weeks.

Jamaican YouTube sensation, Rosie to feature on new single

Rosie1by Jodee Brown

Rosie, Jamaica’s latest YouTube sensation, will once again seek to capitalize on her new found fame as she has joined forces with Dancehall star, QQ on a new single aptly titled, Tutty Gran Wine, according to reports Wednesday.

Since an interview of her speaking on the recent flooding situation at her Kingston 13 home went viral last month, Rosie has won the admiration of countless Jamaicans by coining phrases such as ‘Tutty Gran,’ ‘Call Di Contractah’ and ‘We Need Justice.’ A remix of Rosie’s interview, done by Kevin ‘DJ Powa’ Hamilton was done shortly thereafter, garnering her instant popularity as she did a number of television and radio spots while also voicing dub plates for numerous disc jockeys within a matter of days.

Now, Rosie will make a foray into the music industry as she has teamed up with QQ to create the Tutty Gran Wine and record a single by the same name. QQ, known for his recent hit single, Ghetto Gal posted an Instagram video late last week, showing Rosie in-studio rotating her head as she talks about their new song.

QQ recently confirmed to the Jamaica STAR that collaboration between he and Rosie was in the works, “I thought it was something that I could do with her so she could get some earnings and bring some longevity when the clip gets old.”

According to QQ, the move is similar to the infamous Dutty Wine which became popular in 2006 but will allow Rosie put her own spin on things.

“I know it’s going to be very soon ’cause the aim is to keep it relevant. We don’t want to wait till it’s played out,” QQ told the STAR. “The public can expect something fun and something they can enjoy. I think this song is giving her justice and she a get her shine.”

Rosie appears to be following the footsteps of another Jamaican YouTube sensation, Clifton ‘Cliff-Twang’ Brown, who became famous for his Nobody Canna Cross It interview and later recorded two singles: Wat If Mi Frass and Education Is The Key in an attempt to build on his fame.

Like Cliff-Twang, Rosie made an appearance on this year’s Reggae Sumfest bill as she opened for the ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw during Dancehall Night on July 25.