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.

Judge in Kartel case may not allow deejay to record in prison

Vybz Kartel awaits sentencing following a murder conviction. Meanwhile the judge considers allowing him to record in prison.

Vybz Kartel awaits sentencing following a murder conviction. Meanwhile the judge considers allowing him to record in prison.

by Jodee Brown

With incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel awaiting sentencing on his recent murder conviction in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, doubt is now being cast on whether or not the entertainer will be permitted to record in prison as the presiding judge in said case may not let him do so.

During Kartel’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice, Lennox Campbell said he was pondering whether or not to make a ruling allowing the deejay to record songs while in jail, saying he was not sure such an option was available.

One case Justice Campbell referred to involving another convicted entertainer was Reggae superstar, Jah Cure. The singer was convicted of rape in 1999 and served eight years in prison following an alleged incident a year earlier in which he allegedly raped a robbed a woman at gunpoint. While serving time in the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, Cure was allowed to record a number of songs during his prison term, including hit songs, Reflections and Dem Nuh Build Great Man, which featured on his fourth album, True Reflections…A New Beginning.

“In a previous matter when a person was convicted who had some artistic talent certain things were done,” Justice Campbell told the court. “It needs to be found out whether in fact it was open to the court for any of those proceeds gained could go to repairing any of the damages to the relatives of the deceased.”

However, a former prison official told the Jamaica Observer Thursday that only if Kartel is deemed fit to be part of a rehabilitation program, depending on his conduct, by the Department of Correctional Services would he be allowed to record while incarcerated.

Since his arrest in September 2011, many music observers have suspected that Kartel has been recording behind bars, with songs such as Back To Life and others singled out as potential proof. However, his record label and long-time producer, Elvis Redwood have vehemently denied on numerous occasion that the deejay has ever recorded behind bars, citing that they were all done prior to his incarceration.

The sentencing of Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John was postponed this morning until April 3 after the judge decided to facilitate written statements from defense lawyers clarifying sentencing guidelines. It is also said that Justice Campbell would like to see a member of the victim’s family attend the sentencing.

Kartel and his co-accused were convicted of Williams’ August 2011 murder in which it was alleged he was beaten and stabbed to death following a dispute over missing, illegal guns.

2014 edition of Shaggy and Friends show shatters donations record

Shaggy (left) and his Make a Difference Foundation hand over a cheque worth JA$70 million to members of the Bustamante Hospital for Children at a presser in Kingston. Representatives from Digicel, one of the show’s main sponsors, also attended the event.

by Jodee Brown

The Bustamante Hospital For Children have received a gigantic boost in their efforts to upgrade their facility after receiving JA$70 million in donations and proceeds from this year’s Shaggy and Friends charity concert, more than doubling the previous records.

A check for the hefty dollar amounted was presented byShaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation during a press conference at the Kingston-based hospital Thursday night. Shaggy spoke excitingly about the announcement.

“This last concert, being our fourth installment of Shaggy and Friends, has been our biggest one yet and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our sponsors,” the Grammy-winning singer said during the conference. “There was a lot going on this year especially with The Voice and I wouldn’t have gone through with this if I didn’t know that I was working with some very confident people.”

The inclusion of highly-regarded Jamaican singer and The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin on the bill surely had something to do with the record turnout at the lawns of Jamaica House, with close to 10,000 people attending the show, according to Shaggy. Other main acts at the event included fellow competitor on The Voice, Matthew Schuler as well as Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Admiral Bailey, Carlene Davis and many more.

Money raised from the show will go towards finishing the building a full cardiac wing at the hospital, which was reportedly near completion in December.

The JA$70 million amount more than doubles the JA$32 million raised by the last Shaggy and Friendsshow in January 2012. Previous editions of the show raised JA$27 million and JA$30 million in 2009 and 2010 respectively.