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Billboard names top 5 Carib Fests

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Among them is JA’s vintage Reggae Sunsplash officiated Reggae Sumfest the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth now in its 25th year. This year’s staging will feature Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul, American-Jamaican R&B/hip-hop artist Sean Kingston and Canadian R&B singer Torey Lanez.  Jamaica’s own Rebel Salute and Jazz and Blues Fest also made Billboard’s list.

My personal favorite Rebel Salute was founded in 1994 by Tony Rebel as a celebration of his birthday, the two-night event is inclusive of all Jamaican music but emphasizes roots, culture and lover’s rock vibes with a strict no meat no alcohol policy. When the event outgrew its St. Elizabeth venue St. Ann became it’s permanent home.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has seen the likes of international icons like Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey as well as top-tier reggae talents like Shaggy and Ziggy Marley.  Celine Dion who has an unusually expansive Jamaican following drew a reported 27,000 patrons in 2012.

Just a baby on the list birthed just last year, Pure Grenada Music Festival seemed poised to make it’s distinct mark on the Carib’s festival destination watch-list. Last year’s floating stage sounds pretty extravagant for an island with just 100,000 population. Joss Stone, Etana, Jessie Royal and Mr. Killa made memorable appearances that got things buzzing. This year’s show which took place just 3 weeks ago featured Tarrus Riley, Third World and The Grenadian steel pan Orchestra, the Pan Wizards .

“We intend to promote Grenadian artists on an international stage and establish Grenada as a music tourism destination,” says Arlene Friday, Festival Coordinator, Head of Marketing and PR.

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Over the past 21 years the St. Kitts Music Festival has delivered dynamic festival experiences. Every year it’s a balancing act — what combination of acts can we put together that will make international audiences want to come to St. Kitts and also satisfy a local audience? The Chairman of the St. Kitts Festival Artist Selection Committee told Billboard. 

In 2016 Dexta Daps, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Kes  and 50 Cent were featured on the line up. The festivities continue this year with Goo Goo Dolls and Shabba Ranks alongside  a soca band clash between St. Kitts’ own Grand Masters and Small Axe Band.

Busy for Groovin in the Park NYC

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It is such a blessing. All praises to the Most High for all that he’s bestowed on me. I am excited to finally be getting the opportunity to perform for my US fans. They have always requested the Turf President and I want to assure them that their wait has not been in vain…

With global chart toppers like; One More Night, Come Ova, and Bumaye alongside matching international sponsorship contracts it seems Busy Signal’s short stint in US prison just a couple years ago has been long forgotten.

He recently obtained his US visitor’s visa and this month his US work permit came through. This is great news considering most US green card holders who are convicted are often barred from working in the states post deportation. Busy’s situation is unique. He is one of JA’s most positive hard-core/cross-over dancehall role models and is currently signed to four major international brands at least two of which call the US corporate home base, KFC and Pepsi.



Just days before the second anniversary of the security forces-led Tivoli Gardens incursion, Busy was met on arrival at Norman Manley Airport for extradition by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team, United States marshals and representatives of the British High Commission.

The dancehall community was shocked and devastated as this news broke just under a year after dancehall’s beloved Buju was sentenced to 10 years in a Florida state prison after an evidence shaky public trial.

According to reports; allegations were that Busy was implicated in a narcotics offense and failed to appear in court in Minnesota way back in 2002. Due to the 2002 offense and subsequent 2012 conviction despite having an expansive US fan base

Busy never technically performed on US soil.

He did however, travel and perform in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the far reaches of Africa, including Gambia and Ethiopia throughout his 2005 rise to stardom and success of 2011 and beyond.  
His US fans will finally have an opportunity to see him live on American soil at Groovin’ In The Park where R&B legend R. Kelly will be making an appearance. Check out the latest from Busy, No Reasoning. 

Munga Released with No Charges

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Dancehall entertainer Munga Honourable has been released from police custody without charge. Munga surrendered to the Hunts Bay Police on Monday and was later questioned as part of a murder probe. His attorney,

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Christopher Townsend, noted that Munga has been calm and cooperative throughout the uncomfortable investigation process.

My client maintains that he has nothing to hide and he has cooperated fully with the police. No charges have been brought against him and he is looking forward to returning to his music that he loves so much.

Townsend did reveal to The Star, however, there is some relation between his client being named as a person of interest in the murder of the man who attacked him two years ago.

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One Dance vs Reggae at Billboard Awards 2017

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With the Billboard awards behind us and few people speaking of the Tropical House storm of 2015 and 16, it seems reggae and dancehall have finally been appropriated by western music genres and the 2017 Billboard Awards proved it. Drake took home several awards in Vegas and a majority of them were for his implicitly dancehall tune One Dance which grabbed Top Hot 100 song, Best Selling song, Top Radio song, Top Streaming song, Top R&B song and Top Collab song.



It’s a wonder that there’s virtually nothing on the web to speak of in terms of an award for Billboard’s reggae album or song of the year. It seems One Dance‘s clear dancehall/reggae feel rode the tails of the Tropical House confusion of 2015 and 16 while billboard turned a blind eye. OD saw so much success because of its dancehall rooted melody combined with Poppy’s cameo on the track or was that the remix? Drake even took some soft heat for implementing patois into lyrics which seemed to work with the feel of the track.

Front way, back way….That’s why I need a one dance….

We all know how it goes. After scouring the web and one thing is apparent; nothing is mentioned of who if anyone was awarded this year in the reggae category.  OD might have been able to walk away with this award as well since it seems to have been such a sweeping success in other non Hip Hop categories, but it seems to be getting referred to as everything but dancehall/reggae. does dedicate an intersting article as to why more than half of the Reggae Album of the year Grammy nominees came from places other than Jamaica.

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Bounty Vs. Ishawna

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The recent flare up between Bounty and Ishawna seems aimed more to increase ticket sales and get publicity for her new track than anything else. But we’ll bite.

On Wednesday Killa sent her a warning on Instagram where he posted a flyer for the event. The caption reads:

…@mslegendary cyaah sing tha song deh at this show else mi ago rush har Nuh kitten or Catfish can nuh bloodclaath bother come bcuz that cyaah sing else she cannot be on no more shows with mi either becuz mi nuhsing fi bowcat or bowfish

Ishawna immediately responded….Mi never know me and Killa a guh war dung a Portland next week? Bring it on Rodney! #equalrights.

Ishawna has been getting a lot of attention at home and abroad since she dropped Equal Rights almost a month back.


The controversial track stirred up male factions of societies who have historically publicly denounced eating pussy, while partaking in in the act in private. While this seems the general consensus in the greater Caribbean, JA seems the most lets say outspoken about it. Thank you dancehall. One can argue that the negative connotation of the act goes back to the bible, though I have yet to find where.

The organizer of Bikini Fish Fest told The Star that she does not believe anything negative will go down at the show though she has begun to put extra security in place. She also revealed that since the controversy unfolded between the two main acts, she has seen an increase in ticket sales and is now expecting a larger turnout than was originally expected. Well there we have it. Whether it’s a joke, JA PR or some real shit we will all be tuning in to see what transpires. A lyrical battle I presume. I’m sure Kiprich will make a surprise appearance with his rebuttal; No Eating Rights. Bullet!

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Frankie Paul Transitions at 52

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Frankie Paul was dubbed the Jamiacan Stevie Wonder early in his career. He was born blind yet gained a small visual capacity following an eye operation. Like Stevie, Frankie also played the keyboard and various other instruments.  Born in 1965, Frankie came from the generation of Jamaican children born after Independence. Frankie ‘Dancehall’ Paul was part of the computerized age of Jamaican popular music evident in many of his popular songs, including Casanova, Head to Toe, Sarah and Shame Dem.

Some of his most successful recordings included ‘Worries in The Dance’, ‘Big and Ready’ with rapper Heavy D and Supercat, ‘Kushumpeng’ and ‘Alicia’. Frankie Paul recorded his first single, “African Princess,” in 1980, when he was just 15 years old.

As news of Frankie Paul’s death emerged, David Rodigan‏, tweeted “His incomparable voice and songs are his legacy.” Shaggy posted a clip of Paul during his last appearance Irie FM  saying; “We have lost one of our biggest voices in Dance Hall/Reggae today! #FrankiePaul R.I.P Frankie Condolences to the family.”Dancehall DJ Tony Matterhorn posted a video on his Instagram page with the caption”… greatest #soundkillerartist and one of the legend(s) who ran the dancehall for decades”


A look back at Billboard’s top 3 Reggae Albums 2016

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3. Alkaline, New Level Unlocked

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The most loved and hated in JA

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He’s likely more loved AND hated in JA than his number one muse and that’s why I say he’s the best.

Clovis Jamaica’s Number 1 Cartoonist

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Critics often respond to his daily toons with letters to the editor of the Observer. You can’t please everyone.

Check out some recent comments from his most passionate opponents and supporters below

The cartoon is utterly scurrilous and defamatory. We view the cartoon as dangerously irresponsible, and call on the
Observer to publicly apologise to the party for the damage it has done to its reputation…. 

Another reader sounded off on the cartoonist after singing him praises just a few sentences earlier.

….Here is a great talent wasted on a rabid partisanship that many times crosses the line of vulgarity and sometimes borders on obscenity. It is a waste of talent.



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