Nas and Damian Marley, Distant Relatives Album Buzz Grows

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His collaboration project with Damian “Junior Gong” Marley as described by Nas himself is neither Reggae nor Hip-Hop, but perhaps World Music…  Highlanda Sound has previewed a few cuts off the album on their DaFlavaRadio.com Dancehall Now radio show with tumultuous response from listeners.  Could this be the album to really change the game?  One thing is for sure – Everyone will certainly be at least curious enough to have an opinion.  Here’s a very recent feature courtesy of hiphopnews24-7.com that’s worth checking out.

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Chino Nominated For IRAWMA Award

Reggae and Dancehall artiste Chino has scored yet another achievement. The artiste who has accumulated a number of awards including those at the EMEs, Youth View Awards and Magnum Stone Love Awards in recent months, has again been nominated, this time for an IRAWMA award.

Chino, whose correct name is Daniel McGregor, was nominated in the category ‘Most Improved Entertainer’ at this year’s 29th International Reggae & World Music Awards, (IRAWMA). Chino says, “When I heard I couldn’t help but smile. I feel really blessed for people to appreciate my work. I’ve been in the music industry for as long as I can remember; some people may remember me as ‘Cappachino’ an’ dem time deh a lot of people refused to even give a second glance no matter how good a song was. But nothing beats persistence, and I stuck with it. It’s been a long journey, an’ as we say ‘from mawnin wi a hustle an’ put we all in’. It’s not just a song. It’s my life; so I’m really appreciative to the fans, the media, the selectors and everybody both here and overseas for showing love.”

The singjay who is known for hits ranging from From Mawnin’, Protected, Ruff It Up, Pon Yuh Head, and more, will attend the event staged by Martin’s International & Associates on Sunday, May 2 at the York College Performing Arts Center in New York. This year’s IRAWMA ceremony is dedicated to the People of Haiti and Health Awareness.

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The 4th Annual Reggae Achievement Awards

Toronto: In recognition of Black Music Month, the 4th Annual Reggae Achievement Awards (RMAA) will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Jamaican Canadian Association Ballroom, located at 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada.

The Awards show will begin promptly at 7:00PM and will feature performances by international reggae stars Frankie Paul, General Tree, as well as Kay Morris and Steele out of Toronto. Also slated to perform are Norris Weir & The Jamaicans, Mandy Woods and C. Blazer, all backed by the Mountain Edge Band.

The Reggae Music Achievement Awards is held annually to publicly recognize and highlight the outstanding contributors to the reggae music industry in Canada and the rest of the world. This special event also gives the Caribbean Diaspora community in Canada an opportunity to showcase their culture and talent to the rest of the world.

Sponsors this year include Western Union, Patty World, Caribbean Camera, Pride Newspaper, CHRY radio, 105.5 FM and JN Money Transfer.

“We are grateful and proud to be aligned with such a stellar roster of partner brands, which support many different aspects of the 4th Annual Reggae Achievement Awards” said Delroy Sterling, Producer, Organizer and Facilitator of the 4th Annual Reggae Achievement Awards Show.

“With their generous and creative support, we look forward to making this year’s RMA Awards show another huge success” he said.

Last year’s Awards show was a smashing success, with stellar performances by reggae crooner George Nooks, Ammoye, Tanya Mullings and Exco Levi. Attendees and nominees came from all over Canada and the Caribbean to celebrate the wonderful event.

For more information:

call 416-660-7888 (416) 669-1577

www.reggaemusicachievementawards.com
reggaemusicachievementawards@yahoo.ca

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Shocking Details About Government Snitch In Banton Case Revealed

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Thursday, March 4th proved to be a revelatory day for Team Banton, who appeared in US District Court in Tampa, Florida for two hearings. The first proceeding at 8:30am was handled by the judge who will actually be overseeing the trial, Judge James Moody. After conferring with the attorneys, Moody locked in the trial start date for Monday, April 19th.

The second proceeding, held before Magistrate Thomas Wilson at 10:30am,  focused on the series of motions filed last month by Banton’s criminal defense attorney, David Oscar Markus, requesting additional information about the government snitch who set up Buju Banton. According to Markus, the government has been slow to turn over documents, transcripts and other key information related to the case.

Here are a few of the shocking details that were revealed about the still unnamed government snitch who set up the Reggae icon:

He transported over 2,000 kilos of cocaine and 3-4,000 kilos of marijuana between 1984 and 1993!

He was convicted in South Florida in 1993 of distributing cocaine in a case that brought a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years!

He has been paid 3.3 million dollars for helping law enforcement (DEA, Customs, FBI, Sarasota PDs) in numerous cases over several years!

He is a legal permanent resident of the United States from Colombia and was granted that immigration status only after law enforcement requested it!

He is paid on a contingency basis and looks to collect approximately $35,000 from the Banton case!

His credibility was called into question by one judge who doubted the truthfulness of his testimony in a case!

He is currently involved in a tax dispute with the IRS!

He has worked consistently with Assistant US Attorney James Preston, the prosecutor handling Banton’s case, for the last 10 years!

Markus argued in court that he needs more information to adequately cross-examine the government’s star witness, including specifics on the snitch’s criminal history, details of his tax case, transcripts from other cases he has testified in and a list of the amounts of money he has earned in each case. Assistant US Attorney Preston countered that his office already turned over any favorable information that might help the defense, as required by the court.

Nevertheless, Magistrate Wilson ordered the prosecution to provide the defense with a list of all the cases (w/ case numbers) the informant has testified in and any communications by criminal law officer or prosecutor asking for beneficial treatment in the informant’s tax case and immigration file. The prosecution has 14 days to turn over everything to Team Banton.

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Tanya Mullings Nominated for the 2010 JUNO Awards

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The 2010 Juno Nominees were announced in downtown Toronto.  Tanya Mullings received a nomination for Reggae Recording Of The Year.  This years awards will be hosted in St. Johns, NL.  The 2010 celebrations in St. John’s will mark the 39th anniversary of the JUNO Awards.  Watch the JUNO Awards Live April 18th on CTV.

http://junoawards.ca/nominees/

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For Music, Bookings or Interviews contact
i.M.O.K. Enterprises
Tanya Mullings
tmullings@imokenterprises.ca
416-880-4255
www.imokenterprises.ca
www.myspace.com/tanyamullings
http://www.twitter.com/1TanyaMullings

2010 JUNO Award Nominee
Breaking Up – Tribute to Alton Ellis

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Reggae Vault Classics – The 1980s and 1990s Mix Up

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced for promotional purposes only by Highlanda Sound and featuring classic reggae music in a radio broadcast mix-show format.  This episode of Reggae Vault Classics includes excepts from The Vault Classics Radio show recorded live on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 for Da Flava Radio.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now.  We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing.  Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment here.

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Backyard TV and Reggae Star, Anthony B Present: “Reap What You Sew”

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“Reap What You Sew” is a musical campaign inspired by, Anthony B’s new single “Dun Wit Di War”, and is designed to promote peace and education in Jamaica.  Anthony B message is that peace and prosperity in JA can be harnessed through the productive actions and efforts of conscious Reggae artists from Jamaica and around the world.

“Reap What You Sew” features Reggae artists who have the vision, talent and dedication; and a desire to help the people of Jamaica and bring peace and prosperity throughout the nation.  The “Reap What You Sew” campaign was created by Howell Allen, from Backyard TV, in his effort to bring Reggae artist together to unite and fight for whats right to bring peace and prosperity to Jamaica. We owe a debt of gratitude to Reggae Star, Anthony B who inspired the movement through his song “Dun Wit The War”.  Anthony B was also kind enough to offer his talent and time to make this project a reality.  We hope in the future we will be able to mobilize more artists, activists, entertainers, organizations and educators who understand that we are powerful role models and get onboard.  We have created a website where we will be posting stories, materials and information, and share our personal hopes and stories in our efforts to bring awareness and provide lots of information. We urge everyone to spread the word by putting video messages on Youtube, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and others to make sure everyone hear about “Reap What You Sew”.

The “Reap What You Sew” Movement is rooted in the Reggae community with a mission to diminish violence in Jamaica through education, music, and direct action. The “Reap What You Sew” project will achieves its mission by using fund-raising, and media campaigns to heighten the awareness of the effects of violence, create multi-generational dialogue and supplies parent and youth oriented educational tools for conflict resolution. We are calling upon the mass media to address the images they put forth. We are calling for balance! Balance within ourselves, in the media, and in our communities.  The “Dun Wit Di War” song featuring Anthony-B and Riquey-B will be used to introduce “Reap What You Sew” and is designed to bring awareness to the campaign.

Violence is an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power. Violence is the diplomacy of the incompetent. Violence is unnecessary and costly. Violence kills what it intends to create. Violence is any activity that is consciously used to hurt oneself, another individual or group of people, whether through mind, body or spirit. “The question is no longer between violence and non-violence it is between non-violence and non-existence.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The popularity of this song will give rise to a community of conscious Reggae artist, and continue to develop all-star projects that will become a legendary Reggae peace anthem series, “Reap What You Sew”.  There will also be a digital campaign with free mp3 downloads and fund-raising events.  The proceeds will be used to develop various community programs in Jamaica and promote all things, which make it cool to ‘Stop The Violence.’

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Dancehall Now and The Top Rated Eight at 8 Countdown – February 23, 2010

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for February 23, 2010 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

This episode includes the Top Rated Eight at 8 Countdown which broadcasts weekly on the Dancehall Now Radio Show (Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on Da Flava Radio.

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.

Top Rated 8 Weekly Countdown – 2/23/2010

1. Time and Place – Buju Banton
2. Only You – Peetah Morgan
3. Dance the Night Away – Voicemail ft Busy Signal
4. Ears Hard – Vybrant
5. Slow Motion – Vybz Kartel
6. One More Night – Busy Signal
7. Life we living – Vybz Kartel
8. Skip to My Lou – Serani

Direct MP3 Download Link (Right-click link and “Save as…” to download)

Please download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe and become a fan to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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With Great Gratitude and Appreciation

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February 27, 2010

Dear Friends,  

Highlanda Sound System wants to take time out to thank everyone who has been listening to our shows, Dancehall Now and Reggae Vault Classics, streaming live on www.daflavaradio.com on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (EST) respectively. The response and feedback has been great. We sincerely appreciate your support and will continue on our mission to keep you entertained while promoting reggae worldwide.

Both Dancehall Now and Reggae Vault Classics shows are supported by podcasts. This series of episodically released digital audio files allows you to automatically receive the latest episode of the programs as soon as it is available. You may subscribe to receive the podcast much like subscribing to a magazine and have it delivered each week via email. All podcasts are free of cost and listeners can stop receiving the files at any time. If they would rather not subscribe, you can download episodes of the podcast series individually from www.highlanda.net and www.daflavaradio.com on demand. Between March 2009 and February 2010 the Dancehall Now Podcast has been downloaded one hundred thousand (100,000) times. The Reggae Vault Classics Podcast has been downloaded seventy thousand (70,000) times over the same time period.

Thank you once again for your overwhelming support.

Reggae to the World!!!

Sincerely,

Highlanda Sound

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