Sizzla denied return to the U.S. after being denied visa

sizzlaby Jodee Brown

Having being barred from performing in the United States for five years, it appeared that Reggae superstar, Sizzla Kalonji was nearing a return to the country with an impending tour there set to start. That return has now hit a sudden snag.

According to reports Tuesday, Sizzla has been denied entry into the U.S. after his visa application was revoked. This just two days before the highly respected singer was due to begin a month-long tour across the U.S., which was due to go on until Dec. 22.

The tour would have seen Sizzla, whose real name isMiguel Collins, travelling cross-country, with performances set for venues in New York, Washington D.C. and Colorado, amongst other states.

Stephen Brush, the booking agent for said tour told theJamaica Observer that they have decided to push back the tour as they hope to reschedule to tour for late winter.

“I am deeply saddened by the news, and I can say this is one of the worst weeks in my career,” Brush said. “It is not a dead issue, but I am no longer comfortable waiting and seeing. What I would like to do is postpone the tour and look at re-booking it for February and March.”

Sizzla has not held a U.S. visa since 2008. Perceived ‘gay-bashing’ in his music over the years has triggered protests of his shows from gay rights groups in the United States, Canada and Europe in the past, including cancellations to shows in Toronto and Montreal thanks to protests by members of the Stop Murder Music coalition.

Tiffie successfully showcases her world at her recent EP launch

Tiffie has released her self-titled EP, featuring singles such as 'So Soft' and 'Wine Up Miself.'.

Tiffie has released her self-titled EP, featuring singles such as ‘So Soft’ and ‘Wine Up Miself.’.

by Jodee Brown

With the recent release of her self-titled EP, Dancehall/Pop diva, Tiffie pulled off a successful EP launch party in the heart of Toronto late last month.

Spotted at Tryst Nightclub the night of her launch was covered by media outlets such as IETVTooRude MediaReggae Exclusive and CHRY amongst others. The club was filled with Toronto`s top media personnel, family, friends and most importantly her fans. Tiffie would like to thank all those who supported the event overall.

Seeing many new faces has shown her that she has a growing fan base and Tiffie commits to keep putting herself out there so that her fans and supporters can follow her progress.

The Diva has a music video that is to be released soon to the end of 2013, and has started working on her 2014 campaigns already. Meanwhile her team has lined up with producers and artists from Toronto, Montreal, Atlanta, and Jamaica for fresh collaborations to be released in the New Year.

Check out these photos of Tiffie’s official EP launch and support here music by buying the EP here.

Sampaloo shoots video for new single, ‘Only Jah Know’

Sampaloo chills out during his video shoot for his new single, 'Only Jah Know,' set for release soon.

Sampaloo chills out during his video shoot for his new single, ‘Only Jah Know,’ set for release soon.

by Jodee Brown

Montreal, Canada’s versatile Jamaican entertainer Sampaloo finished filming the music video for his unreleased track Only Jah Know from an upcoming Tenament Yard RecordsProduction. Sampaloo was first invited to voice with Tenament Yard Records last year during the production of the popular reggae rhythm Moonlight, in which he recorded his well received song JourneyTenament Yard Records is a Jamaican label spearheaded by Drezion, musical director and lead keyboardist of the Morgan Heritage Band.

The video was shot throughout the park of Mont-Royalcapturing both the natural beauty and urban aspects of one of Canada’s great cities. The video is touching and full of meaning featuring a storyline to which everyone can relate. The video was directed by Reeva Ann Proctor as well as Jonathan Levert of Image Nomade Productions (A French Canadian Film Company) who was also in charge of filming the video. Sampaloo usedImage Nomade Productions for his Roll Out video shoot as well in Summer of 2012.

When Sampaloo was explaining the video to a German fan at the park he said, ”My team and I really made sure that the video was made so that everyone can relate. The direction, the storyline and characters all represent something different, though mi a tell my story, mi a tell a story fi everyone at the sametime. We also made sure that the video represented Montreal to the fullest, as this is the city where I live and have lived for many years. Yes, mi love represent weh mi come from, yes, mi is a Jamaican, but mi still haffi represent weh mi deh.

Only Jah Know was written for his sister who’s life was tragically taken by gunfire in St. Elizabeth this past April.

Sampaloo has been a leading Canadian Dancehall artist for years and is easily Montreal’s top Jamaican act. Within the last two years he has really put Canada and Montreal on the map when it comes to Dancehall Music. He has had Media Features with many outlets from across the world including interviews with different radio stations across North America and invitations to attend and perform live stage shows in Jamaica, Canada, Belize and Florida. He recently ventured into quality One Drop/Culture productions where he has been just as well received by Reggae music lovers as Dancehall fans.