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Industry welcomes JCDC’s support of street dances

Music-industry players have welcomed the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) decision to endorse all of the island’s popular street dances this year. They said that support from the JCDC is way overdue and more government-affiliated bodies should be helping to develop the music industry instead of tearing it down. “We think it is a nice […]

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Spice demands crown – Industry insiders agree that she is the new Queen of Dancehall

Following her impressive performance at Reggae Sumfest, dancehall artiste Spice has proclaimed that she is the new Queen of Dancehall, a spot usually occupied by Grammy Award-winning deejay Law Saw, who now is now a gospel artiste, performing under her real name, Marion Hall. Spice, who made the claim on her official Instagram page, also […]

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Dancehall acts shun festival competition

Veteran artiste and manager Tommy Cowan is recommending that contemporary dancehall and reggae artistes enter the annual JCDC Festival competition in an attempt to both revive the competition and add variety to their musical repertoire. The JCDC Festival Song Competition is usually held during the Emancipendence season and was once a competition that saw established […]

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Sizzla shows evolution on new album

Legendary Jamaican reggae artiste Sizzla is scheduled to release a new album, titled ‘I’m Yours’, on August 11. The album is produced by in-demand producer Jon FX. Jon FX, who has worked with numerous artistes over the years, lent his production skills to what has been described as one of Sizzla’s best works to date. […]

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Too much bias in music business — Tifa

Following a strong performance at Reggae Sumfest last weekend, dancehall artiste Tifa is calling on promoters and other industry players to keep the music free of bias. In a post-performance interview with THE WEEKEND STAR, the deejay, who was perhaps not pleased with the time she was given to perform, lashed out at what she […]

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After tragic loss of girlfriend – Stamma Gramma set to make dancehall return

After taking a three-year break from the music scene in order to tend to his girlfriend, who suffered from cancer, Stamma Gramma is now seeking to make a return to the entertainment business. Stamma Gramma said his girlfriend died earlier this year after a battle with liver cancer. “I decided to take myself out of […]

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Bounty, Aidonia rule Dream Live

THE 2017 Dream Weekend party series officially kicked off on Friday with Magnum Dream Live Concert. By midnight hundreds of ‘Dreamers’ were already inside the Cayenne Beach venue in Negril. Other patrons kept the bike taxis and shuttle bus drivers busy as they eagerly made their way to the event. Pulsating music blazed from the […]

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Queen Ifrica lashes Ishawna for ‘Equal Rights’

Montego Bay home-girl Queen Ifrica came out in defence of Jamaican culture and made indirect verbal strikes at popular dancehall artiste Ishawna during her performance at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday night. “Di ‘Equal Rights’ weh mi a ask fa, a more money weh di man dem a get to. Treatment like wah di man dem […]

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Gage calls Chronixx wagonist

Dancehall artiste Gage has lashed out at fellow artiste Chronixx this week, labelling him a “wagonist Rasta”. “Chronixx is a fool. First of all, mi did rate Chronixx because him at a level where him a try teach people something, but come on, man, you would do a song with Alkaline and Kartel, but not […]

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Prisoners to get sex visits

Jamaican prisoners are to be allowed conjugal visits, which means they will be allowed to spend time in private with a visitor, usually their legal spouse, and engage in sexual activity. National Security Minister, Robert Montague said “we must begin to humanise” people in prisons. “A lot of us talk about we are Christians but […]

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