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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Top Rated Music on the World Wide Web

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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/

www.myspace.com/tanyamullings

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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The Label Behind Reggae Phenom Jah Cure

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The tremendous success of international reggae artiste Jah Cure is not based on pure luck but a combination of organization planning and expertise. The Danger Zone Music Group (DZMG) emerged in the year 2000 out of a need to provide positive and quality music to the masses and Jah Cure has benefited from this aim throughout his career.

Headed by Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond, DZMG in the past has managed the careers of Ce’CileJigsy King,  Mickey Pelpa and Cutty Corn but now focuses on the careers of Jah Cure and Hezron and is also exclusive booking agents for both artistes. With the Danger Zone Sound System as its nucleus, DZMG has over the last 9 years maintained a presence in the local and international music market churning out high quality music.

Not only is DZMG a management company but it’s also a production house and is credited with releasing the ‘Journeys’ Riddim’, produced by Della Danger which featured Journey by Jah Cure, Ce’Cile’s Ride or die, Plant It by Jigsy King featuring Ce’Cile, Show Off by Jigsy King & Tony Curtis, and Poochie Loo by Cutty Corn.

The ‘Journeys Riddim’ followed on the success of the ‘Jamdown Riddim’ of 2007 which won the Best Reggae Compilation Album award at the 2008 RIAJAM awards also giving Della Danger the Executive Producer‘s Award.  And the ‘Wipe Out Riddim’ which featured hits from Beenie Man and Buju Banton. In the summer of this year DZMG will release its latest reggae riddim called ‘Twilight’. The riddim will feature some of Jamaica’s top reggae artistes.

In 2009 DZMG in collaboration with SoBe Entertainment out of Florida released Jah Cure’s Universal Cure album. The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart and just missed out on being nominated for a Reggae Grammy. DZMG also released Ce’Cile’s ‘Waiting’ album. The album featured production credits from renowned producers Cordell ‘Skatta’ Burrell, Steelie & Cleevie, Lloyd ‘Baby G’ James, Scot Storch and several other top producers.

Fast forward to 2010 and Danger Zone is still going strong, with their top flight artiste Jah Cure winning three EME Awards and now working on his next album slated for a summer release, Danger Zone’s work speaks for itself.

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Buju Banton Nominated For Three 2010 International Reggae and World Music Awards

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Gargamel Music, Inc. is thrilled to announce that Jamaican music icon, Buju Banton, has been nominated for a trio of  2010 International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA): Recording Artist Of The Year, Best Album for Rasta Got Soul and Best Crossover Song for “Can’ t Be My Lover,” his recent hit collabo with R&B star, John Legend.

Banton and the Gargamel Music family sincerely thank IRAWMA founder Mr. Martin Ephraim, the entire IRAWMA staff, and of course, the fans for the love and continued support at this time. The 29th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 2nd at York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica (Queens), New York.

In other Buju Banton music news, the one-off single,  “Time And A Place”  (John John) on the scorching Coming In From The Cold riddim has skyrocketed to #1 on both the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart and South Florida Top 25 Reggae Chart. The album Rasta Got Soul is currently #2 on both the New York Top 20 Albums Chart and the South Florida Top 15 Albums Chart. The new “Optimistic Soul” single (plus bonus instrumental) will be released digitally on March 23rd.

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Dancehall Now and The Top Rated Eight at 8 Countdown – February 16, 2010

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Sean Paul at B-Live concert in New York City

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for February 16, 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  – 2/16/2010

1 Time and Place – Buju Banton
2 Life We Living – Vybz Kartel
3
Only You – Peetah Morgan
4 Million Dollar Check – Mojo Morgan
5 Bad Boy – Chuck Fenda/Sammy Dread
6
One More Night – Busy Signal
7 Dance The Night Away – Voicemail/Busy Signal
8 Woman Pon Yuh Head – Chino

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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DANCEHALL NOW is a live full stereo radio format music oriented program designed to spotlight the latest and best in dancehall music and other popular Caribbean genres. This show is modern Caribbean music 101 at its very best. The show streams live on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (EST) on www.daflavaradio.com, and is accessible via computer, i phone, and Blackberry.

Songs on the Dancehall Now playlist will range from slow, medium, and fast tempo pre-released and currently popular dancehall, reggae, soca, ragga-soca, and hip-hop/pop remixes (Caribbean vocalist over hip-hop/pop tracks or American vocalist over Caribbean tracks). Some songs and riddims are blended for smooth transitions while others are played from the beginning. The hosts introduce songs and artists, and provide background information and relevant banter intermittently. Commercial breaks are strategically placed within 10 minutes to the top of the hour to maximize the amount of music per hour with few interruptions.
At the 8:00 p.m. (EST) hour every show features the Dancehall Now “Top Rated 8 at 8 Countdown.” This countdown features the top eight (8) songs of the week compiled by a composite of international dancehall and reggae charts, requests, feedback, and Highlanda’s professional judgment.

Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Damian Marley, Movado, Taurus Riley, Elephant Man, Jah Cure, Buju Banton, Morgan Heritage, Baby Cham, Vybz Kartel, Alison Hinds, Bounty Killer, Machel Montana HD, Chino, Queen Ifrica, Assassin, Konshens, Spice, Lady Saw, Richie Spice, Faye-Ann Lyons, Sizzla, Laden, and Jah Vinci are some of the artists you can expect to hear during Dancehall Now.

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Bridgez “ON FIRE” All Access Interview Feature

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Check out Bridgez “ON FIRE” All Access interview feature on CariVibez

CLICK HERE TO WATCH INTERVIEW

Bridgez Roache, the melodic singer / songwriter has had a passion for music from a very tender age. She is currently hard at work promoting the ON FIRE single which also has an equally hot video.

The interview was shot on location at Home Grown Studio in Portmore, St. Catherine and captures Bridgez in her natural element. The interview provides an in depth chat with this rising star as she talks about her start in the music business and gives us insights on where she is headed.

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The Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards Will Be Staged on Thursday February 4, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel

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The prestigious Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME)  Awards is back and this year’s staging of the event will be  on Thursday February 4, at the Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston. The EME Awards is the brain child of popular radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess. He created this award show to honor the players in the local music industry, both past and present, for their hard work in creating and maintaining excellence within our rich musical culture. The EME Awards is a non-profit venture.

Since its humble beginnings back in  2005, as a small in studio production, the Excellence In Music  and Entertainment (EME) Awards has grown to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the local entertainment calendar , due primarily,to its high production standards. The EME  Awards has  garnered unwavering support and popularity through the years and has attracted coverage from both the local and international media. Last year, the presence of America’s  BETJ Channel, provided quite a fillip for the EMEs and their repeat airings of the event has  definitely added to the excitement both here and abroad.  Over 85% of the awardees were in attendance for both the 2008 and 2009  staging and the organizers hope to improve on that this year. This is a clear indication of the respect the industry has for this event. 2010 promises to be even bigger and better.

CATEGORIES * NOMINEES * HONOUREES

EME AWARDS 2010

(for recordings and impact between October 01, 2008 – September  30, 2009)

*Note: more or less than six (6) nominations in a category is the result of ties



1) DJ OF THE YEAR  (MALE)

(for overall impact as a  solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

VYBZ KARTEL

BEENIE MAN

BOUNTY KILLER

ELEPHANT MAN

BUSY SIGNAL

DING DONG

FLIPPA MAFIA

KIPRICH


2) DJ OF THE YEAR  (FEMALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

MACKA DIAMOND

STACIOUS

TIFA

LADY SAW

SPICE

LADY G

PAMPUATTAE

LISA HYPE

3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR   (MALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility)

ROMAINE VIRGO

JAH CURE

TARRUS RILEY

RICHIE SPICE

STEVIE FACE

DAVILLE

HEZRON


4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

ETANA

SOPHIA BROWN

CHERINE ANDERSON

ALAINE

TAMI CHIN

PHYLLISIA

BARBEE


5) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR  (DANCE HALL)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

TARIQ ‘RUSSIAN JOHNSON – CHIMNEY RECORDS

STEPHEN MCGREGOR – BIG SHIP / DI GENIUS

D. & C. HARRINSINGH, C. MARSH –   DASECA

LINTON ‘TJ’ WHITE – TJ RECORDS

AINSLEY MORRIS – NOTNICE / ADDIJAHEIM

JASON HENRIQUES / SHAUN ANDERSON & MATTHEW GRAY – COPPER SHOT

ARIF COOPER – FRESH EAR

UNGA & WELCH – NOTICE

6) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

KEMAR’DJ Flava’ Mc GREGOR – NO DOUBT RECORDS

DELMAR ‘Della’ DRUMMOND – DANGER ZONE

DONOVAN BENNETT – DON CORLEON LABEL

SLY & ROBBIE – TAXI LABEL

DONOVAN GERMAIN – PENTHOUSE RECORDS

LLOYD JAMES JNR. – JAM II LABEL

STEPHEN McGREGOR – BIG SHIP LABEL

7) BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes his public identity as a recording artist)

GEE-WHIZZ

RAS PENCO

WASP

ROMAINE VIRGO

CHASE CROSS

CHEVAUGHN

MERITAL


8 ) BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

STREAM

GAZA INDU

PHYLLISIA

RAINE SEVILLE

SOPHIA SQUIRE

GAZA KIM

LISA HYPE

TIMEKA MARSHALL


9) DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

(for overall impact as a vocal performer by established duos or groups in the eligibility year)

RDX

LUST

TOK

ANDREW & WADA BLOOD

BONAFIDE

VOICEMAIL

SUGAR ROY & CONRAD CRYSTAL

MERITAL


10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST

(award to an artist whose release(s) in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

CHUCKLE BERRY

ANTHONY RED ROZE

LLOYD LOVINDEER

RUFFIAN

SPANNER  BANNER

MIKEYLOUS

11) SONG OF THE YEAR  (DANCE HALL)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

COMPLETELY

MOCKING BIRD

I AM BLESSED

MIND PON MI MONEY

LIFE

FROM MAWNING

HOLIDAY

GOOD GIRL, GONE BAD

12) SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

SO IN LOVE  – Hezron

CALL ON ME – Jah Cure/Phillisia

A THOUSAND MILES AWAY – Ras Penco

CAAN SLEEP – Romaine Virgo

MAMA YOU ALONE – I-OCTANE

LIONESS ON THE RISE – QUEEN IFRICA

TELL IT LIKE IT IS – STEVIE FACE

ONE MORE NIGHT – BUSY SIGNAL

13) ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s) whose album had biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

UNIVERSAL CURE – Jah Cure

RASTA GOT SOUL – Buju Banton

MR BROOKS – A BETTER TOMORROW – Mavado
CONTAGIOUS – Tarrus Riley

MONTEGO BAY – Queen Ifrica

2 SIDES OF MY HEART – Gramps Morgan

MADE IN JAMAICA – Courtney “Yogi” John

IMPERIAL BLAZE – Sean Paul

14) RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the artist with the most charting hits in the eligibility year)

VYBZ KARTEL

MAVADO

ELEPHANT MAN

DING DONG

KONSHENS

QUEEN IFRICA

JAH CURE

TARRUS RILEY

15) CULTURAL /POSITIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best/biggest cultural/positive recording(s) in the eligibility year)

TARRUS RILEY

QUEEN IFRICA

RICHIE SPICE

JAH CURE

I – OCTANE

KONSHENS

LUTAN FYAH

16) BREAKTHRU ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

CHINO

CHARLEY BLACK

BLACK RYNO

JAHVINCI

DING DONG

FLEXX

BRAMMA

TYRICAL

17) SONG WRITER/ LYRICIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose writing skills on all ‘charting’ songs were of a consistently high standard )

VYBZ KARTEL

BUSY SIGNAL

MAVADO

KONSHENS

ASSASSIN

QUEEN IFRICA

WAYNE MARSHALL

DEMARCO

18) SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligilibility year)

NESBETH

MAVADO

MR VEGAS

CHARLEY BLACK

I – OCTANE

CHINO

SERANI

KONSHENS

19) SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligibility year)

CECILE

D’ANGEL

QUEEN IFRICA

TANYA STEVENS

BLACK QUEEN

RUFFIAN

ISHAWNA

20) COLLABO OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

COMPLETELY – VYBZ KARTEL & INDU

THINK BOUT MI – MACKA & UNICORN

UGLY SO – KIPRICH & BLACKER

GOOD GIRL, GONE BAD – TARRUS RILEY & KONSHENS

DIP AGAIN – ELEPHANT MAN & DING DONG

HOLIDAY  –  DING DONG & CHEVAUGHN

VERSITILITY – VYBZ KARTEL & INDU

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY – VOICEMAIL & BUSY SIGNAL

21) COLLABO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

CALL ON ME – JAH CURE Feat PHYLLISIA

DUMPLING SHOP – LLOYD LOVINDEER & MAMA TIA

PRESSURING THE POOR – SPRING-1 & RAS SHILOH

YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING – NODDY VIRTUE & JODIAN PANTRY

KING AND QUEEN – RICHIE SPICE & ALISON HINDS

FOREVERMORE – TARRUS RILEY/ ALAINE

TRY JAH LOVE – JOSIE MEL & SMOKEY BENZ

JAH JAH SEE DEM A COME – SUGAR ROY & CONRAD CRYSTAL

22) RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the producer of the reggae rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

CHANGES – DON CORLEON RECORDS

AUTOMATIC – PENTHOUSE RECORDS

SWEETNESS   – MAC D RECORDS

GOOD LOVE – JAM 2 RECORDS

SWEET RIDDIM – NO DOUBT RECORDS

KARMA – ARROWS RECORDING

23) RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the producer/ label of the dance hall rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

SET ME FREE – HEART OF LOVE PRODUCTION

MOVIE STAR – CHIMNEY RECORDS

STREET TEAM – FIRE LINKS MUSIC

GOOD LIFE  – LIV UP RECORDS

NATIONAL PRIDE –  FRESH EAR PRODUCTIONS

TRIPLE BOUNCE – CR0203 RECORDS

FITNESS – DI GENIUS MUSIC

GO GO CLUB – HEAD CONCUSSION

24) REGGAE // DANCE HALL COMPILATION OF THE YEAR – VARIOUS ARTISTES

(award to the distributor // licensor of the reggae/ dance hall compilation with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

THE HIT LIST – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

REGGAE GOLD 2009 – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ VP

THE ULTIMATE REGGAE/DANCEHALL X-PERIENCE – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

NATIONAL PRIDE – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

GOOD LIFE RIDDIM – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ LIV UP

GREATEST REGGAE ONE DROP ANTHEMS (2009) –VARIOUS ARTISTES/ GREENSLEEVES

STRICTLY THE BEST VOL. 40/ 41- VARIOUS ARTISTES/ VP

25) MOST IMPROVED ARTIST

(award to a ‘next generation’ artist whose career improves most dramatically in all areas over the eligibility year)

CHINO

BLACK RYNO

JAHVINCHI

WASP

TIFA

ROMAINE VIRGO

KHAGO

FLEXX


26) GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the gospel artist with the biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

GODDY GODDY

PRODIGAL SON

DJ NICHOLAS

OMARI

JUDITH GAYLE

RYAN MARK

CARLENE DAVIS

CHEVELLE FRANKLYN


27) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the artist scoring the biggest charting International Hit during the eligibility year)

SEAN KINGSTON – (hit song) – FIRE BURNING

MAVADO – (hit song) I’M SO SPECIAL

SEAN PAUL – (hit song) SO FINE

SERANI – (hit song) NO GAMES

VYBZ KARTEL/ SPICE – (hit song)  ROMPING SHOP

CHERINE ANDERSON – (hit song) SAY HEY (I LOVE YOU) with Michael Franti & Spearhead

28) BEST ROOTS PLAY

(award to the theatrical production with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

BASHMENT GRANNY

BASHMENT GRANNY 2

DIANA

THE XTORTIONISTZ

ME AND MI CHUPSIE

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS :

29) VIDEO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE) ???

30) VIDEO OF THE YEAR (DANCEHALL) ???

31) PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ???

32) BEST DRESSED ARTIST – Male/ Female ???

32) SHOW OF THE YEAR ???

33) DANCHALL TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR ???

34) BEST ORIGINAL DANCE MOVE OF THE  YEAR ???

HONOR AWARDS :

35) ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR AWARDEES:

(Jamaican Artist (s) of International Accclaim who’s led his/her life by example and have brought their offspring into the world of Reggae)

TOOTS HIBBERT

DENROY MORGAN

36) INTERNATIONAL FRIEND OF REGGAE AWARDEE(S)

( International. Super Star(s) will receive this Awards for his/her support of Reggae Music)

INDIA ARIE

MELANIE FIONA

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Don’t Be Left Out – Get your tickets online now for NYE in the ATL

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THIRD WORLD KICKS OFF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE JAMAICA JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

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With smash hits, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, the Third World Band will kick into a high gear the celebration of their milestone Anniversary.  The Reggae Ambassadors will officially launch a year-long celebration at the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, January 30th in Trelawny, Jamaica.

Celebrating 35 years in the industry, Third World – one of the longest running Reggae band – is an institution that produces and performs music that is cutting edge, positive, progressive and internationally relevant. Formed in 1973, the group has released a total of 22 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Cat Coore.  This does not include their new unreleased album entitled “Patriots” which will be released in early 2010.  They have received numerous awards, including an Award in 2009 from Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”), the 1986 “United Nations Peace Medal,” 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band and 10 Grammy nominations.  Additionally, the group has worked and collaborated with top acts such as the Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

On January 30, 2010, Third World will add yet another accomplishment to their already impressive resume as the Group is slated to share the main stage with chart topping acts such as Grammy winning R&B crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Erykah Badu along with Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson and the Queens Project featuring Tamia, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox. Patrons can expect to see the Third World Band perform international hit singles and fan favorites such as “Now That We’ve Found Love,” “96 Degrees in the Shade,” “Try Jah Love,” and “Sense of Purpose.”

Turn-Key Productions 14th staging of the Jazz and Blues festival, which is known for attracting thousands of patrons and media outlets from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, is being sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort and Spa, CVM TV and the Gleaner Company.  As stated by Richard Daley, Bass player and original member, “It is a great honor for us to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.  It is the perfect event for us to kick-off our year-long 35thAnniversary celebration.”

Prior to their performance on Saturday night, Third World Band will be hosting a Press Conference on Friday, January 29, 2010.  During the press conference, the Group will announce upcoming performances and plans for an international tour.  The venue, along with the time, will be announced at a later date.  Until then, all media inquiries should be directed to Triple 7 Entertainment LLC by calling (201) 981-6960 USA(876) 475-5841 Jamaica or emailmedia@triple7entllc.com.

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Upcoming Events and Radio Features

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We haven’t posted new blogs in a while so here’s a quick update for the holiday season.  More podcast posts are on the way as well.

Log on to DaFlavaRadio.com and listen to Highlanda’s Reggae Vault Classics Show on Wednesday at 7pm EST. Spragga Benz is today’s featured artist.


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Luciano rushed off stage in Atlanta

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Review of Spiritual Fyah with Luciano, Queen Ifrica, and Tony Rebel, 11/8/08 at Club Intrigue in Stone Mountain, GA.

 

The Setting

 

First off let me say for the record that since the mid 1990’s, when asked which artist puts on the best live stage show performance, my answer was and is Luciano.  I found out that he was going to be performing in Atlanta through word of mouth the day before the concert and decided to go since it had been a while since I attended a stage show.  Knowing that Caribbean events in Stone Mountain typically start late, I was in no rush to arrive.  I got inside Club Intrigue at around 2am after paying $30.  I had no problem forking up the money, because after all, it was for Luciano – my favorite live performer.  At that time there was a short line outside and the venue, which can hold approximately 1000 people was about half full.  More people continued to arrive over the next couple hours but the club wasn’t packed at all.

 

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae ...

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae legend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Early Warm (part 1)

 

Local sound man, Danger Marcus finished up his set on the turntables and turned the controls over to Adonai Sound from Jamaica.  Dred from Adonai selected and mixed, while Atlanta’s Mix Master David acted as MC.  Adonai’s Dred started out with some foundation music, but then brought it to more recent conscious and lover’s rock reggae before starting to juggle with songs like ‘Living Dangerously‘ by Bounty Killer featuring Barrington Levy.  The music was decent though I would have liked to hear more culture played since it was a culture show.  Also, Mix Master David’s specialty is mixing, hence his name, and he struggled to connect with the audience while talking over music being played by the Adonai.  I don’t recall any forwards (big crowd responses) being achieved.

 

The Early Warm (part 2)

 

At around 3am, the stage show began with opening acts performing dirty south style hip-hop.  The first 4 acts took the stage rapping about various subject matter unrelated to the theme of the night (Spiritual Fyah), performing at least 2-3 songs each which made me think to myself, among other questions, “are the promoters familiar with the music of Luciano at all?”  After that the MC introduced Fire Harp, the first reggae artist, followed by Ras Idon, Ishmael Turner, and a female duet that reminded me of the group Floetry called Last Lyricists.  These performances were good and much more appropriate, but I think this whole portion of the show was too long.  Standing up and watching 8 artists you have never heard of sing songs you never heard before for over an hour doesn’t exactly energize a crowd, especially at that time of morning.

 

More Earlies

 

The MC then announced that the DJ would take over for a while until the remaining artists were ready to take the stage so Nolan from King Eternity began to select and was joined by Danger Marcus as MC.  I think Danger Marcus was better than Mix Master David as he ventured away from the DJ booth in the corner of the stage out to front stage a few times to interact with the crowd.  He had more energy, but It didn’t transfer over to the audience.  This whole time, the majority of the people were at the back of the club, near the bar or in the far corners so it was pretty empty in front of the stage and on the main dance-floor.  During his set, Nolan selected 2002 – 2003 tunes and juggled on riddims like Diwali, Buyout and the Buzz at 4 o’clock in the morning.  The selection was not fitting with the theme of the night in general and this prevented the vibes from reaching anywhere.  I still can’t believe that I heard no Beres Hammond, Garnett Silk, Capleton, conscious Sizzla… No Anthony B, Everton Blender, Chuck Fender, Bob Marley or any other Marley…  You get my drift.

 

Showtime

 

It is at this point that the event started suffering from attrition and people began to trickle out one by one.  I am sure patrons wondered if the artists they had paid to see were even in Atlanta at all, I know I did.  Eventually the MC came back on stage to resume the stage show after the long break and brought out Anthony Malvo.  There was still no band in sight, but at least there was a known reggae artist.  Anthony Malvo was able to entertain the crowd singing covers of different reggae hits mostly, and his biggest response was in tribute to the late great Alton Ellis.

 

It was great to see band members emerge and take there place along with Delly who travelled from Jamaica to be the official MC/host.  It was around 5am now, and whoever had stuck around that long had to be glad to know that Luciano would be coming out soon.  Delly then introduced Papa Michi, Michigan from the foundation DJ duo Michigan and Smiley.  I was shocked just to see this artist still performing at his age, but he went through some covers, another Alton Ellis tribute with the same songs Anthony Malvo sang, and also performed the 1980 hit, Diseases.  Not bad at all, I just wished it was at least 3 hours earlier.

 

 

Star time

 

Queen Ifrica touched the stage and pulled stragglers in from the far corners of Club Intrigue to the front of the stage.  She was well received and sang all her hits from the past 2 years, stopping only to give relevant speeches and introduce her songs like a pro.  She worked well with the band and stayed on stage for approximately 30 minutes, ending off with her current hit tune, ‘Keep it to Yourself.’  Her performance was short and sweet.

 

Tony Rebel was up next.  Rebel Tony showed poise and veteranship while on stage.  He immediatley commanced attention from the crowd and went through the hits that he is know for globally, including Fresh Vegetable, Chatty Chatty, and If Jah.  He also gave some lyrics about the rise of President Barack Obama to bring it current.  Tony Rebel’s segment was longer than Queen Ifrica’s – I’d say about 45 minutes, which meant that now it was 6:30am.

 

Luciano took the stage to close the show and was well worth the wait.  I will continue to support this artist because of the vibes and energy he puts into his shows.  He skanked, jumped, and tumbled across the stage.  He prayed for Barack Obama and gave good reports from his trip to Kenya, which was during the time of the recent Presidential election in the US.  Luci did hits from different albums, but while singing Glory Be, given the signal that he had to leave to catch his plane.  His performance ended up being not much longer than some of the opening acts which is sad, however in the short time he was on stage (at almost 7am) he was still able to completely energize the audience and get everyone back onto their feet and in a vibes.  Then he stopped the last song and had the band start over, playing low so he could at least finish properly, kneeling down to say a prayer in the process.  The Messenger Luciano shook the hands of all who were near enough to the stage and posed for pictures as if truly grateful for the opportunity to carry out his life mission – to spread Jah love and a conscious message through singing.

 

Please share your comments on these artists, concerts or events you have been to, etc.  I will be breaking down the Atlanta dancehall scene in depth in future posts so you will want to stay tuned, trust me.  That’s all for now.