Cartoon Network set to air first Jamaican cartoon, ‘Santino’ by Andrew Lee Pryce

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Real Entertainment Production (R.E.P) boss, Andrew Lee Pryce has expanded his talents with his first cartoon, Santino, which is set to debut on Cartoon Network.

Santino marks a historic achievement for Pryce and Jamaica as Cartoon Network will broadcast it first full-length ‘island cartoon.’ The half-hour cartoon spotlights Santino, a supernatural person who tries to use his powers to reduce crime while the show also gives children and adults worldwide a chance to check out some highlights of Jamaica’s rich culture.

Santino’s purpose is not only to make the streets of Jamaica safer, but also promote positivity about his home and invite foreigners to visit the island.

According to Pryce, Santino represents a microcosm of his feelings towards crime in Jamaican and was long inspired to create a cartoon exploring this issue while promoting the positive his native country worldwide.

“I always wanted to be the first film producer to produce a cartoon internationally,” he said. “It was always my dream to see Jamaica’s crime rate down. I wish I did have super powers, but I don’t so I created Santino just to express my feelings.”

The accomplished television producer stresses thatSantino is not necessarily being created to representBrand Jamaica, but creating fun and entertainment for young audiences to revel in.

“The producers at Real Entertainment Production want to say thanks to Spyglass Entertainment for the opportunity to put the necessaries together for the cartoon,” said Pryce.

Santino will debut on Cartoon Network next Saturday at 7:30 a.m. U.S. time (6:30 a.m. JA time) and will air every Saturday morning on the station.

Andrew Lee Pryce and his Real Entertainment Production outlet recently secured a deal with an independent U.S. film company, Spyglass Entertainment to produce his Justice System movie, which is set to hit theatres by the summer of 2016. The movie will feature Academy Award winning actor,Russell Crowe, Sea Biscuit and 30 Rock star, Elizabeth Banks and accomplished rap star, Ja Rule, amongst others.

Andrew Lee Pryce’s ‘Justice System’ served with top acts, such as Russell Crowe

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Justice Systeman upcoming movie written by accomplished television producer and Real Entertainment Production founder, Andrew Lee Pryce will be enriched with international flavour as a number of top overseas actors and entertainers are set to star in the film.

Pryce’s Real Entertainment Production secured a dealwith independent American film company, Spyglass Entertainment in May, allowing Spyglass to produceJustice System. The movie, which focuses on a young Jamaican footballer who gets himself in trouble with the law while in the U.S. will now feature the likes of Academy Award winning actor, Russell Crowe as well as popular rap star, Ja Rule as well as accomplished actress and director, Elizabeth Banks, amongst others.

Crowe will star as the lawyer representing the troubled young footballer, Banks will feature as the judge overseeing the footballer’s case and Ja Rule is set to play the role of a gang leader.

According to Crowe, who recently starred in the popular action flick, Man Of Steel, he sees promise in Justice System and is enthused to work alongside Pryce.

“I’m here to work with any talented young film producer and based on what I’ve seen so far, Andrew Lee Pryce is extra talented and will break big internationally with thisJustice System movie,” the New Zealand-born actor said.

Crowe, who has starred in movies such as American Gangster and Cinderella Man, won Best Actor for his lead role in The Gladiator in 2000 while also winning a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Nobel Peace Prize winner, John F. Nash in the biopic, Beautiful Mind. Banks’ versatility has seen her star in different types of movies, from Sea Biscuit to the 40 Year Old Virgin and starred alongside Crowe in the 2010 thriller, The Next Three Days while Ja Rule has appeared in movies such as Fast and Furious andHalf Past Dead opposite Steven Seagal.

Andrew Lee Pryce intimated that the public can expect to see Justice System in theatres in the near future.

“We had planned for a 2018 [release] but we’re trying to find ways and means to release it by 2016, where we start shooting next year and end shooting by the end of 2015, then it will be released by the summer of 2016,” he explained.

The addition of such big names to Justice System will help to add depth to a movie which explores the struggles someone from a poor background experiences when dealing with the system and its laws.

Real Entertainment Production is renowned for its successful live radio broadcast of STING 2011 and is currently marketing the music of its artist and Toronto-based Dancehall star, Alty B.

Vybz Kartel trial postponed twice in two days, peers claim conspiracy

Vybz Kartel will have to wait until Wednesday to stand trial in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case after facing two postponements in as many days.

Vybz Kartel will have to wait until Wednesday to stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case after facing two postponements in as many days.

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With delays mounting in the ongoing legal situation involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, some of his friends are crying foul, insisting postponements in the deejay’s murder case are part of a conspiracy to keep him in jail.

On Monday, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer was expected to stand trial in theBarrington ‘Bossie’ Levy case inside theHome Circuit Court. However, the matter was put off until Tuesday after prosecutors claimed a case file was missing, causing a halt to proceedings.

On Tuesday morning, the trial was set to kick off after prosecutors located the file, insisting it was misplaced. However, the trial was again postponed until Wednesday considering that other cases were being mentioned before it.

Monday’s postponement in particular raised eyebrows, particularly amongst some of Kartel’s peers, who say the missing file is just the latest in an ongoing ploy to keep the ‘Worl’ Boss’ incarcerated.

The most vocal of his peers, Elvis Redwoodsays he believes these delays are excuses being used to extend the legal process for as long as possible.

The veteran producer and So Unique Records head told the Jamaica STAR“They are just trying to delay the process and I hope the judge sees through this ploy. This is being drawn out for too long, look how much man trial start and finish already. It’s strange that they can’t find a document of that nature, and I think this is just a move to delay the entire process.”

Similarly, Kartel’s protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler also believes there is a conspiracy, but hopes the entertainer will soon be freed.

“To be honest, I don’t have much to say but I know my prayers are not going in vain, and who God bless no man curse,” she told the STAR. “I can’t wait for this thing to be over, so that he can come a road and these delays are out of spite to keep him locked up.”

Kartel is also awaiting the commencement of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case, which will begin within the window of Nov. 18-Dec. 6. He, along with Gaza Slim face conspiracy charges which are tied to the case. Gaza Slim says these legal issues are hurting her earning potential and preventing her from travelling overseas.

“This thing is preventing me from travelling so I want it to be over with because it is stopping my income and I have bills to pay,” she said. “But in God I put my trust and I know it must be over one day.”

Kartel faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Burton case. The deejay along with two other men, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompsonare accused of participating in the shooting death of Burton was he was walking along Gregory Park in St. Catherine in July 2011.

Kartel has been incarcerated since September 2011.

Popcaan stars on European tour, putting finishing touches on new album

Dancehall star, Popcaan engages the multicultural crowd at SummerJam 2013 in Germany as part of his summer tour of Europe.

Dancehall star, Popcaan engages the multicultural crowd at SummerJam 2013 in Germany as part of his summer tour of Europe.

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Fresh from a successful Canadian tour in June, where he performed for full house venues in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, Popcaan has remained at the forefront of the Dancehall scene; from climbing charts to performing sold out shows worldwide.

Now Popcaan has raised the bar as he has performed to sold out concerts in Europe on his European Summer 2013 Tour, playing major festivals in Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland over the past two weeks. Of significance was his first time performing with a band on such festivals asAfro Latino in Belgium and SummerJam in Germany.

After rocking a crowd 30,000 strong at SummerJam, Popcaan said, “It was an amazing experience, its great to see how the people accept the music, SummerJam is a special vibe and a every energetic crowd”

He will return to Jamaica just in time for the highly anticipated Reggae Sumfest, one of the biggest nights for music in Jamaica, at the end of July. After a critically acclaimed performance last year, the deejay looks forward to delivering on Dancehall Night yet again.

 

In between tour dates and appearances, the Dancehall artist is still working assiduously in the studio. Last summer the ‘Unruly Boss’ dominated with the release of his award winning hit single,When We Party. His recent release, Unruly Rave forHapilos Digital Productions seems poised for similar success with heavy rotation on the radio, in the clubs and in the streets. He commemorated the summer by releasing the video for the track on the first day of the season. The video shoot for another track, the Jam 2 Recordsproduced single, Wine Like That was also just completed, which fans can also look out for this month.

Popcaan’s latest collaboration, First Time with Megan James from the group, Purity Ring is being featured in the Puma Dance Dictionary and gaining traction worldwide. Additionally, Popcaan will be adding a number of international collaborations to his growing catalogue this year as well as songs featuring both U.K. and U.S. based artistes can be expected.

Presently his worldwide hit, The System is in rotation on MTV Jams and VH1 Soul. Of this song Popcaan says, “It’s a song that the people just love, it a sing along everywhere when I perform it and it has nearly 2 million views on YouTube on my page alone, so maybe 5 million all over the internet so with MTV rotation it can only keep growing.”

Popcaan’s full length album is almost complete, with finishing touches being done. The album will be crafted by the ingenious Dre Skull of MixPak Records along with well known Jamaican producers. The first single from the album will be released in September 10.

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Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Empress Divine’s “Stop the Violence” aka “BRAP BRAP” spends 25 weeks on the Canadian Reggae Charts

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In light of the violence that is happening around the world Empress Divine expresses herself thru music and questions the murderer lyrically as to why another has to die.

“Brap Brap another youth get shot, wha yuh a defend? what is the reason fi dat?…… Brap Brap another youth get shot, wha yuh a defend? Cause we nuh want no more a dat….No more a dat!”

Loving this latest release, Empress Divine’s fans have kept her charting for 25 weeks on the Canadian Reggae Charts with the last 8 weeks consecutively at #1. Now vaulted as a “HIT” and receiving worldwide circulation this track is bound to have her name recognized in a number of international media outlets.

In April of this year Empress Divine received “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” award presented to her at the 7th Annual Community Appreciation Awards held by Sandra Bashment. Her performance that evening was well received and included the participation of her fans, friends and even radio deejays singing along with her very catchy chorus.

When asked about Empress Divine’s “HIT” tune, Scabba G from Morning Ride on CIUT 89.5 FM replied smiling…”Words of inspiration for today’s generation…BRAP BRAP..You can’t flap that!”

To share in her success Empress Divine would like all of her fans to receive a free download of her song by clicking the free track download below. She also sends much love to all her supporters for their votes that helped her climb the charts and made her position at #1.

 

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