Magnum Kings and Queens back for seventh season, now holding auditions

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall has returned for its seventh season, bringing its usual hardcore vibe and energy to Jamaican television.

by Jodee Brown

The popular talent show is currently holding auditions, taking place in five locations across the length and breadth of Jamaica. Deejays and singjays who are trying to establish themselves in Dancehall and Reggae are encouraged to come out to the various auditions and impress resident judges: Cordel ‘Skatta’ BurrellProfessor Nuts and Miss Kitty.

The Magnum team passed through the western town of Savannah-La-Mar last Saturday for the first stop this season. Here are the remaining stops on the audition tour.

2nd Stop: Ocho Rios

Magnum Kings and Queens then heads to Ocho Rios onSaturday November 23 at Island Village.

3rd Stop: May Pen

Following Ocho Rios, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall will head to May Pen on Saturday November 30 for its third audition at Tolans Total Gas Station.

4th Stop: Portmore

The second to last audition for this the 7th season of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall will be onSunday December 8 at Portmore Town Centre. Over the last six seasons of the competition Portmore has shown big support for the competition.

Final Stop: Kingston

The fifth and final audition for Season 7 will be held onSunday December 15 in Kingston at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

All auditions begin at 9 a.m. sharp and end at 3 p.m Participants who are unsuccessful at one location will have a chance to try again at any other location. This year, all auditions are open to spectators who want to get a sneak peek at the talent.

At the end of the five auditions, the judges will then deliberate and select the best 28 contestants (14 Princes and 14 Princesses) to perform at the live shows. The full list of finalists will be announced on two live shows to be aired on TVJ starting Saturday January 11, 2014.

Magnum Kings and Queens: Season 7 will see the return of Yanique Barrett as host for the third straight season as well as a new host, Dayne ‘Chike’ Morrison for its D’Endz backstage segment.

Mavado reportedly set to perform at STING 2013

Dancehall superstar, Mavado (left), who will soon be unveiling the video for his single, 'Give It All Me' featuring Nicki Minaj (right), is reportedly set to headline STING 2013

Dancehall superstar, Mavado (left), who will soon be unveiling the video for his single, ‘Give It All Me’ featuring Nicki Minaj (right), is reportedly set to headline STING 2013

by Jodee Brown

Organizers of Dancehall’s most popular and controversial event, STING are seemingly pulling out all the stops for their 30th anniversary show as Dancehall superstar,Mavado is reportedly leading the line to perform this December.

According to reports Saturday, the ‘Gully Gaad’ will be headlining STING 2013, a year after failing to perform at the show due to a monetary dispute with STINGpromoters, Isaiah Laing and Joe Bogdanovich, the CEO of Downsound Records.

A person with knowledge of the STING lineup told Urban Islandz, “I can confirm that Mavado the Gully God will be taking the stage at Jamworld.”

Mavado, who will soon release the official video for his remix of Give It All To Me (feat. Nicki Minaj), will be joined by Reggae legend, Sizzla Kalonji as well as popular Dancehall stars, Aidonia and Tommy Lee Sparta.

These reported confirmations come just over a week after Dancehall legend, Supercat, who made his name in his clash with Ninja Man at STING 91was confirmed for the show, marking his first performance in Jamaica since 2001.

American rap star, 2 Chainz has also been confirmed as the show’s overseas headliner.

STING’s 30th anniversary show will take place on Dec. 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Nikki Zhas been confirmed as the show’s host.

Supercat and 2 Chainz set for STING 2013

Dancehall legend, Supercat and American rap star, 2 Chainz are reportedly confirmed to headline STING's 30th anniversary show this December..

Dancehall legend, Supercat and American rap star, 2 Chainz are reportedly confirmed to headline STING’s 30th anniversary show this December..

by Jodee Brown

A little over two months from the 30th anniversary ofSTING, organizers of the highly-anticipated stage show have confirmed the return of one of its all-time great performers while securing the services of a popular overseas artist, according to reports Thursday.

Supercat, known for being one of Dancehall’s supreme acts in the 1990s, will return to STING for his first performance in Jamaica since 2001. It was atSTING, in part, where the self-professed ‘Don Dada’ made a name for himself as one of genre’s elite, taking part in a legendary clash with fellow Dancehall icon,Ninja Man at the 1991 edition of the show. His most recent performance was as a surprise guest at Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip show in New York in August.

Additionally, American rap star, 2 Chainz will be atSTING 2013, making him the first major international act since Kriss Kross (alongside Supercat at STING ’92) to perform at the event. Formerly known as Tity Boi from the group Playaz Circle, the dreadlocked rapper is known for songs such as No Lie feat. Drake, Birthday Song feat. Kanye West and I’m Different.

Since its inception in December 1984, STING has become renowned for strong performances by some of Jamaica’s headline acts as well as a few classic lyrical clashes, including Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killerin 1993, STING 2000’s clash which saw Merciless take on Beenie, Bounty and Ninja Man as well as the controversial battle between Vybz Kartel and Mavado in 2008.

STING promoter, Isaiah Laing has promised many top-of-the-line acts for this year’s anniversary show, slated for Boxing Day (December 26) at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Witness statements rejected in Kartel trial, deejay to be freed of murder charge

Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' is expected to be freed of charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman.

Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ is expected to be freed of charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of a St. Catherine businessman.

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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is expected to be acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of St. Catherine businessman after a judge rejected two witness statements submitted by prosecutors in the deejay’s trial.

Multiple reports Tuesday afternoonconfirmed that Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes denied the Crown’s application tohave the witness statements read into evidence, despite the witnesses being absent from testifying in the trial. According to Judge Sykes, the prosecutors did not show enough effort in locating the missing witnesses.

As a result, a hearing will now take place on Wednesday inside the Home Circuit Court, where it is expected that the prosecution will offer no further evidence before the judge directs a 12-member jury to return a not guilty verdict. As a result, Kartel and two co-accused would be acquitted of charges including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He along withLenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompsonstand accused of participating in Burton’s death as he walked along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Should Kartel be formally acquitted, it will be the second case the controversial entertainer has secured victory in after drug charges stemming from his initial arrest in September 2011 were dropped in June of last year.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial between Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams, a St. Catherine-based dancer.

Kartel and his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler along with studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.