Machel Montano Mourns the King of Pop



Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

June 26, 2009

Condolences to the King’s family, friends and fans as we all mourn together! Michael Jackson will be missed but never forgotten. Even in death he was able to unite people of all creeds and colors and make them happy; he is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Machel Red Side

I and so many others owe our
careers to MJ – he encouraged my dream. So much of what I have done has been inspired and informed by him. His standards have set the stage for my goals and in this way he has touched so many.

It is also very important to note that he chose to use his influence for the greater good of mankind in the messages he delivered through songs like “We Are The World,” “Heal The World,” “Man In The Mirror,” “Black Or White,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and so many more.

MJ was more than a man – he was a “moment in time,” and like Bob Marley, this moment will never end. Long live the King!

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Jamrock Reggaefest with Beres Hammond & Friends Saturday – July 18, 2009 in NY

Jamrock Reggaefest

Musical legends Frankie Paul and John Holt join Beres Hammond on stage at the 12th Annual JAMROCK Reggae Fest! Come seeFrankie “Dancehall” Paul, the father of Rock Steady, John Holt along with the originator of Lover’s Rock, Beres Hammond, all on one stage. Newly added acts are Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill and Lenya Wilks along with Natural Blacks. This classic lineup is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with phenomenal performances at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, on Saturday, July 18, 2009. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster, and various locations through out the tri-state area with ticket prices starting at just $49.99!

Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late Joseph Hill, front man of Culture, the legendary vocal trio whose 1977 record “Two Sevens Clash” helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Kenyatta has since carried the torch successfully performing as the front man for Culture and paying tribute to his father with every performance.

Natural Blacks, the Guyanese-born roots singer has made a persistent stance in reggae with songs like “Far from Reality” and “Never Leave You Lonely.” His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and fans in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean.

Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica’s Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment; like Wonder, he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early ’80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. Fans can look forward to hits like “Tidal Wave,” “Sara” and “Slow Down.

John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like “Police in Helicopter,” “Stick by Me,” and “Ali Baba.” The former lead singer of the Parogons still stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica’s sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He has voiced and penned so many of the country’s classics that in a way, Holt has defined the island’s sound.

Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the ’70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover’s Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Fans can look forward to hearing timeless classics like “Tempted to Touch,” and “Rock Away,” as well as material from his latest album, A Moment in Time.

Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster, and at various  Tri-State area ticket locations. Log on to for more information and location details.

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Irie Jamboree – North America’s Premier Reggae Festival

Sean Paul, Queen Ifrica, Freddie McGregor, Mr. Vegas, Assassin, Laden, Tony Rebel, Spice and Chino are among the reggae/dancehall acts confirmed for Irie Jamboree – North America’s premier reggae festival organizers announced recently. The event takes place on Labor Day Sunday, September 6, 2009 in Queens, New York.

Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio, co-producers of the event said that “Sean Paul’s appearance will help the festival attract not only traditional reggae/dancehall lovers but mainstream fans who have now embraced music from the islands. He has established himself as the top artiste from the Caribbean and has consistently demonstrated his ability to score international hit songs, having done so with Deport Them, Hot Gal Today, Gimmie the Light, Get Busy, Like Glue, Temperature, We Be Burning, Baby Boy and Come Over” Clarke noted. The Grammy winning artiste recently landed his 13th entry on Billboard‘s R&B Hip Hop Singles charts, with So Fine, the first single from his forthcoming album.

Cultural artist Queen Ifrica, who was in New York recently to promote her new disc “Montego Bay” is also confirmed for Irie Jamboree 2k9. With a growing fans base and hits like Daddy, Lioness on the Rise, Keep It To Yourself and Below The Waist getting significant airplay in North America and Europe, the Fyah Muma is primed and ready to blaze the stage with another commanding set. Also gracing the Jamboree stage will be Big Ship recording artiste Freddie McGregor who will shear the stage with his son Chino and label mate Laden, who garnered the spotlight with “Time to Shine.”

Mr. Vegas, who recently electrified reggae lovers in France and who is enjoying another phenomenal year with his brand new chart hit So Blessed and favorites like Hot Wuk, Tek Wey Youself, Heads High and We Nuh Want Nuh Friend From Dem will grace the Jamboree stage once again along with Assassin and Spice.

One significant change that will be instituted by Team Irie Jamboree this year, is the moving of the event to an outdoor facility at York College on Guy R Brewer, located a few miles from Roy Wilkins Park, home of the event for the past six years.

“We really believe that we have found a home at York,” said Steven Williams, CEO of Black Emperor Entertainment, co-producers of the event.

“Roy Wilkins has been a great venue for us however we could not ignored complaints from patrons about the lack of substantial park which is the main reason for the move” Williams said.

York College has a municipal park in close proximity and is just minutes from the NY Subway and Long Island Railroad which will greatly improve accessibility for many patrons who use mass transit to get and from the event annually.

“Our goal is to make the whole Irie Jamboree experience a memorable one for patrons and with this calculated move, we are one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal” Williams reiterated.

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All Day Top Model Shoot by Whip Appeal Inc. This Sunday

On Sunday June 28th the semi-annual Photo Fantasy Shoot produced by the illustrious Whip Appeal Inc. will be held at an exclusive location in Atlanta. It’s an all day shoot from 11am-7pm and it includes hair, makeup, and wardrobe plus unlimited pictures from 4 top photographers. There is limited space available so reserve your spot now.


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Buju Banton and Gramps Morgan coming soon to

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Highlanda Sound will a part of the all-star DJ line-up on the brand new all digital radio station set to officially launch in July. The station will stream full 128 bit stereo music 24 hours a day. will also be home to personalities Buju Banton, Gramps Morgan, the Diva Nikki Z, Rico Vibes (Natural Vibes Sound System), Steelie Bashment, and John Wayne Movements among others.

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Dancehall Now Episode 24 – Welcome to Summer 2009 Mix

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for June 23, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

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1 Anytime (Remake) – Gyptian
2 Holiday – Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley
3 Let Them Talk – Bitty McClean
4 Anything Goes – Vybz Kartel
5 Wine – Beenie Man
6 Wine – Busy Signal
7 Rise Di K – Vybz Kartel
8 I Wanna Love You – T.O.K
9 Don’t Leave – Bobby Valentino featuring Mavado
10 Just Mek A Duppy – Bounty Killer
11 Hard To Handle – Nah Switch
12 Good Luck – Shema
13 Forgive Me – Chino
14 Don’t Walk Away – Petah Morgan
15 All About You – Wayne Wonder
16 Sorry – Anthony B
17 Coming Home – Stevie Face
18 Rizzla – Jovi Rockwell
19 Defend Your Own – Tony Matterhorn featuring Fire Links
20 Go Hard – Fambo featuring Esco
21 Purify – Elephant Man
22 Sponge – Assassin
23 Supem Ago Happen – Vybz Kartel
24 Weird Hugging – Bling Dawg
25 Nah – Vybz Kartel
26 MockingBird – Mavado
27 Real Gangsters – T.O.K
28 Some People – Bramma featuring Di Genius
29 Praise And Worship – Busy Signal
30 From Mawning – Chino
31 Waste Time – Laden
32 Sunglasses At Night – Brukup featuring Shaggy
33 Street Team – Fire Links
34 Gaza Wine – Jah vinci featuring Shawn Storm
35 Walk Out – Elephant Man
36 Like A Movie – Vybz Kartel
37 Enemies – Delly featuring JR
38 Let Me Go – Mavado
39 Dem A Talk – Mavado
40 Up In Her Belly – Busy Signal
41 Wine Fast – Fay-Ann Lyons featuring Beenie Man
42 Lumbah – Wayne Marshall
43 Obsessive Winers – Destra Garcia featuring Alison Hinds and Denise Belfon

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Reggae Vault Classics 20: Sanchez, Volcano hits and more 80’s


This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of June 22, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

Starting off this mix we feature 20 songs by lover’s rock giant Sanchez, who is know for having one of the sweetest voices to have come out of Jamaica. Then we take you down memory lane to Volcano studios and the big, bad ‘Worries In The Dance’ performed by Frankie Paul and the ‘Diseases’ riddim featuring some of the most important records in the story of Jamaican music with Yellowman and the group Michigan and Smiley among others. The finale of episode 20 is Lt. Stitchie’s 1980s dancehall mega-hit “Wear Your Size.” Ting called nostalgia!

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1 Lonliness – Sanchez
2 My Sweet Thing – Sanchez
3 Going Away – Sanchez featuring Beenie Man
4 For You – Sanchez
5 Wherever I Lay My Hat – Sanchez
6 Sometimes – Sanchez
7 Fall In Love – Sanchez
8 Forever – Sanchez
9 Won’t Last A Day – Sanchez
10 Can’t Wait Til Morning – Sanchez
11 Don’t Worry – Sanchez
12 Rearrange My Life – Sanchez
13 I Care For You – Sanchez
14 Baby Can I Hold You Tonight – Sanchez
15 I Can Feel – Sanchez
16 That Girl – Sanchez
17 Cherish The Love – Sanchez
18 Wildflower – Sanchez
19 Madly In Love – Sanchez featuring Flourgon
20 Rosemarie – Sanchez
21 Worries In The Dance – Frankie Paul
22 Barry G Tribute – Toyan
23 Look How Me Sexy – Linval Thompson
24 I’m Not Crazy – Don Carlos
25 I’m Getting Married – YellowMan
26 I’m Getting Divorced – Yellowman
27 Lost My Sonia – Cocoa Tea
28 Lickshot – Michael Palmer
29 Physical – Yellowman
30 Diseases – Michigan and Smiley
31 Come Dis Me – Beenie Man
32 Golden Hen – Tenor Saw
33 Come Again – Cocoa Tea
34 Champion Bubbler – Pinchers
35 Block Traffic – Little John
36 Wear Your Size – Luitenant Stitchie

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Highlanda Sound’s New 90s Dancehall Podcast

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Highlanda Sound’s NEW Podcast.

This show is all about the 1990’s dancehall era and the simple winning formula for our first episode is mostly Buju Banton and Spragga Benz with a touch of Nadine Sutherland and a drop of Terror Fabulous. Voila! Download this and share the audio links with your friends, family, and loved ones.

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Jamaica Gleaner’s Profits Plummet, Vows Increased Focus Online


The Jamaica-based Gleaner Company Ltd the oldest operating newspaper in the Caribbean, held its Annual General Meeting last week and reported to shareholders and analysts what they called their worst financial results in the company’s 175 year history, posting “a dramatic loss of JMD$444.69mm for 2008, coming from a profit of JMD$98.2mm in 2007.” This information we secured from the Equity Research Company Update a report done by the stock brokerage form Stocks & Securities Ltd dated June 12, 2009 which had as its headline: The Gleaner Company Ltd (GLNR) Looks to Increase Market Share with Online Medium.

The Update which was a comprehensive report on the Gleaner’s AGM said that the meeting chaired by Chairman/Managing Director, Oliver Clarke, heard Rudolph Speid, the company’s Group Financial Controller, share some of the factors that led to a decline in revenues. He revealed that, “advertising which contributes 53% of total revenue, incurred a 7.3% decline due to shrinking advertising budgets.” Additionally, revenues from Books and Stationary fell by 16.9%, as a contract to provide textbooks to the Government Of Jamaica in 2007 was significantly reduced in 2008. However, Circulation, which comprises of about 20% of total Revenues increased by 13.8%. Speid noted that the rise in Circulation revenue was mainly driven by increased prices.” Consequently, the Gleaner, which is a publicly traded company, has vowed to focus its efforts online.

Mirroring the Global Trend

Further in the meeting, according to the Update, the Gleaner executives stated that the way their company’s business was trending, certainly reflects the global trend of dwindling demand for printed newspapers. In fact according to a story “Last year was the worst on record for the U.S. newspaper industry. Total advertising revenues (both print and online) declined 16.6 percent to $37.85 billion, according to the latest figures from the Newspaper Association of America. That is $7.5 billion less than in 2007. Print advertising alone declined 17.7. Classifieds were down 29.7 percent. And even online advertising was down 1.8 percent to $3.1 billion.”

However, The Gleaner said that it has made significant investments to enhance its online presence in an attempt to supplement.” Christopher Barnes, Deputy Managing Director, then detailed the Gleaner’s online development in the Jamaican market. According to Barnes,1.5mm people or 53% of the country’s population regularly use the Internet, with18% of the population reading The Gleaner online repeatedly. He added that he expects the Gleaner’s online usage rate to double by the end of 2009,as newsreaders are moving away from the paper edition. He said further that the largest consumers of The Gleaner Online are based in the US with 53% of its total readers, ahead of Jamaica with 22%. The Update also reported that the company is now more focused on disseminating the news to its readers as soon as they get it. Such efforts include, creating a website platform specific for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and actively updating social network websites, such as Twitter. Barnes also stated that its Power106 radio online streaming has seen a significant increase in usage.

What has the Gleaner been doing online ?
With this information we went hunting to see just exactly what the Gleaner has been doing online.
We’ve noticed that in addition to their flagships online sites and, they have been decentralizing and re purposing the newspaper content to build out a network of niche content sites, sitting on their own unique domains.

Currently they have the following online properties in play: – the general news portal site – serves up Jamaican news, sports, business, events as well as travel information, chat room, dating and personals and scholarships. – a recent addition offers a mixture of magazine type content as well as a fresh cadre of bloggers. – a site that was built specifically to cover the Summer Olympics 2009. – a site to place and search classified ads.– their weekly magazine site focused on Gen Y demographic. – a site for their printed tabloid focused primarily on entertainment. – –a fortnightly publication focused on the business of Travel and Tourism. – brings parish and community level news online. – a source for Jamaica tourism and travel information. – an aggregation of sports news. – a hotel-booking site.

The Gleaner’s Social Media Profile so far.
Since the report that the company would be actively updating on social networking sites, we wanted to see what their current social media profile looks like. Here’s what we found.
On Twitter @JamaicaGleaner has 54 followers, @GleanerOnline has 80 followers. has a Facebook group with 583 people. The company’s Youth Link Magazine brand has a Facebook profile with 4672 friends and a @youthlinkjam twitter following of 269 people and additional profiles on myspace and youtube. The Gleaner Company itself has a Facebook profile with 1,052 friends.
Business model online
So since print advertising has slowed, are they hoping to make more money online? I’m sure like most newspapers that are still alive and operating, The Gleaner is looking to see how they can expand their revenue generating options online and online advertising is still the chief income generator, with some experimenting with subscriptions for premium content.

Currently thought, The Gleaner earns money by selling spots on their site to local businesses (they recently launched a heavily discounted ad package which offered up to 40% discounts for ads across their online,print and radio media properties) in addition to running ads from networks such as Google and CaribClix on selected online properties.

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Reggae Vault Classics 19 – 100% Beres Hammond


This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of June 1, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

By request this mix consists of 100% Beres Hammond music.

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Beres Hammond Playlist

1 Good Old Dancehall Vibes w/ Big Youth
2 Ain’t It Good To Know w/ Buju Banton
3 Over You
4 They Gonna Talk
5 No Disturb Sign
6 Full Attention
7 Left Me Crying
8 Live On w/ Marcia Griffiths
9 Tempted To Touch
10 Feeling Lonley w/ Mad Cobra
11 Can’t Stop A Man
12 La La La
13 Show It Off
14 Come Back Home
15 Pride And Joy
16 Holiday
17 Come Down Father
18 Rockaway
19 I Wish
20 Double Trouble
21 Who Say w/ Buju Banton
22 Sweetness
23 Doctors Orders
24 Kids Play
25 What One Dance Can Do
26 Pull It Up w/ Buju Banton
27 No More Pain
28 Roadblock
29 Step Aside

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