876-411 Review Show – Mariah Carey, Assassin teams with Kendrick Lamar and more

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In this jam packed episode, 876-411 looks at Mariah Carey’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues appearance, Assassin’s collaboration with rap superstar, Kendrick Lamar, Anju Blaxxx’s scamming charge and Ziggy Marley winning yet another Reggae Grammy.

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.

Tessanne heading to live performance round on ‘The Voice’

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC's 'The Voice' with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

by Jodee Brown

The momentum garnered by accomplished Jamaican singer, Tessanne Chin continues to build as she advanced to the live performance round of the popularNBC talent show, The Voice Monday night.

Much like the battle round, Tessanne had to compete against a member of her own team, led by Adam Levine, to advance. This time, however, this would be a one-on-one matchup rather than a joint performance, like she had with veteran pop/jazz singerDonna Allen two weeks prior.

After a less-than-stellar practice session, Tessanne was determined to give her all and then some as she took on American singer/songwriter, Ashley DuBose in the knockout phase. After DuBose gave a very commendable rendition of Train’s hit song, Hey Soul SisterTessannewas left with the task of one-upping her formidable opponent with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s chart-topping hit, Stronger.

Any trepidations prior to her performance were immediately knocked down for the count as Tessanne’s strong vocal clarity, breathing ability and stage presence were on point throughout the nearly two-minute set.

The Jamaican singer’s ability to own the song in the moment and rise to such a challenge effortlessly made her stand out in the judges’ minds, with judge, Christina Aguilera particularly amazed, stating she ‘made it sound easy.’ In the end, Adam Levine decided to stick withTessanne, giving her clearance to advance to the live performance round, which kicks off in November.

As she prepares for this all-important stage of the competition, she is promoting her newly-released single,Anything’s Possibleone of the standout songs on theChimney Records-produced Rising Sun Riddim.

Tessanne Chin vs. Ashley DuBose (The Voice 2013 – Knockout Round)

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Shabba Ranks working on new album

Shabba Ranks working on new album with TorontoDeejays.comby Jodee Brown

Scarcely in the spotlight since dominating charts worldwide in the 1990s, fans of Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks, have waited since November 1998 to hear a new album from him. That wait looks set to end in near future.

The deejay has announced that he is working on a new album which he hopes to release in 2014. This would mark his first studio album since Get Up, Stand Up 15 years ago and his first compilation of any kind since his Shabba and Friends greatest hits album in 1999.

In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer published Friday, Shabba is ready to drop his latest set once he and a top record label can come to an agreement.

“I am working on numerous ideas to create hit records,” he said. “A new album is always in the works, when a major record label is ready to do some business then we will see how it goes in terms of a release.”

Shabba is the only Dancehall artist and one of seven Jamaican acts to take home two Grammy awards for Best Reggae Album: As Raw As Ever (1992) and Xtra Naked (1993).

He returned to Jamaica last summer as he headlined International Night 1 at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, his first appearance on the island in over a decade.

Shabba is set to perform at the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival in Brooklyn, NY from August 30 – September 1.