With over 70 albums to his name, Sizzla has finally scored his first Grammy nomination.
The Grammy nominees for the 2014 Best Reggae Album were announced over the weekend. Sizzla is up for the “The Messiah” while reggae singer Beres Hammond who was last nominated in 2002 got his second Grammy nomination for One Love, One Life.
Ziggy Marley who is no stranger to the Grammys is up for Ziggy Marley in concert while Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters has secured a Grammy nomination for Reggae Connection and Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Dog or Snoop Zilla is nominated for his reggae effort, Reincarnated.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Downsound Records (DSR) has made two major announcements intended to spice up the Jamaican Christmas season this year, musically.
Joseph Bagdonavich, the label’s CEO, announced recently on entertainment programs ER and E Prime a $3-million winner-takes-all lyrical clash at Sting, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
Ninja Man, also a contender, will have the duffle bag of cash live on stage to hand over to the winner.
The much-touted event, set for Jamworld Entertainment Complex, Portmore, St Catherine on December 26, will feature international artiste 2 Chainz, dancehall legend Super Cat and current icons including Beenie Man and Mavado.
Bagdonavich, via his company, officially became a full-time partner of Sting, with founder Isaiah Laing last year, after a few years behind the scenes.
The event is dubbed as ‘The greatest one-night show on Earth’.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, which has never happened in the event’s 30-year history, DSR has released a commemorative single, Downsound Christmas, which features label artistes Ninja Man, Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Don Husky and Naazir.
The track was produced by Bagdonavich and Scatta Burrell and will be marketed by DSR’s marketing arm, Contractor Music.
“The song is already generating interests,” said marketing director Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards.
The label has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations, namely Ishawna and Specialist’s Do For Love and Dweet, featuring Ninja Man and Specialist.
Ninja Man was recently victorious in a sound clash against popular radio disc jock GT Taylor at the Irie FM street dance. Ishawna was also engaged in a sound clash at Famous Nightclub for the STAR’s All-Star Face Off.
Naazir and Don Husky continue to work hard in studio and are set to release new tracks.
The entire Downsound Records clique, which includes reggae sensation Nature, will perform at Sting.
THE prosecution’s star witness in the murder trial of entertainer Adidja Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, and four other men in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston will be recalled to the witness stand. Defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who is representing Kartel, informed the court that he wanted to further question the witness in relation to a letter that the witness denied writing and sending to the Office of the Public Defender.
The team of defence lawyers contend that the witness penned the letter, claiming that he was forced by police to give a statement implicating Kartel, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, André ‘Mad Suss’ St John, Shane Williams, and Kahira, Jones and that he had seen Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams after the day he was allegedly murdered in August 2011.
The defence is also claiming that the witness, who testified that he saw Williams’ body lying motionless in the living room of a house Kartel owned at Havendale in St Andrew, gave his aunt the letter to deliver to the public defender.
Tavares-Finson told the court that he was in possession of the results of an examination conducted by handwriting experts and wanted to further question the witness about the results.
Yesterday, the trial suffered from a 90-minute delay after a witness from the police Cybercrime Unit could not attend court because of personal circumstances.
Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor then asked Justice Lennox Campbell for an adjournment of the day’s proceedings as another witness who was summoned to court at the last minute had not yet shown, but this was quickly rebuffed by Tavares-Finson.
“I don’t know if I am the only one who [finds] this unacceptable. There are nine days to go before the 20th. I thought the arrangements would be made to bring other witnesses,” he said.
Justice Campbell subsequently ordered Taylor to make additional efforts to get the witness to attend court as he was a public servant. “One of the witnesses is a public servant, and a properly placed phone call would have gotten that person here,” Justice Campbell said before adjourning the case for 15 minutes.
Upon the resumption, Deputy Director of Immigration at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency Ephium Allen took the witness stand and testified that he was asked by Superintendent Vernon Thompson for the travel history of Williams to determine if he had left the country.
He said Thompson provided him with a birth certificate and a passport number and he used two computers to conduct the search, which showed no official record of Williams leaving the island.
“No match was found for the person travelling,” he said, while being examined by Taylor.
After being questioned by Justice Campbell over what period of time he meant, Allen told the court that the computerised border management system was introduced in 2005.
He also said he did not check if Williams was the holder of a passport.
“You were asked to find out if a person ever travelled and you did not think it necessary to find out if that person had a passport?” Justice Campbell asked.
“On a given day the agency gets a number of requests, and these requests are very specific. If is not requested of the Immigration Department we do not provide the information,” Allen answered.
Under cross-examination by Tavares-Finson, Allen denied knowledge of persons leaving the island through illegal means.
“You know of any unlawful ports of entry?” the attorney asked.
“No sir,” the witness answered.
“Suppose a person take a canoe to Pedro Cay and go South or Central America, you don’t know about that?” Tavares-Finson continued.
“No sir,” Allen answered again.
But it was the cross-examination by attorney Everton Dewar, who represents Shane Williams, that may have scored the most points for the defence.
“Are you aware of an artiste called ‘Busy Signal’?” Dewar asked.
“Yes sir,” Allen answered.
“Are you aware he was travelling in a different name than his birth name?” Dewar continued. “I heard something like that,” Allen answered.
The trial will continue behind closed doors today when the police cybercrime witness will continue his testimony.
Blending the Sounds Of Patois With Pop, Reggae & Dancehall, 17 Year Old Samantha J Continues To Blaze a New Trail From Jamaica to the U.S. With Her Infectious Single “Tight Skirt”
BET has selected Samantha J to kick off their “Young Starz Week” on 106 & Park on Monday December 9th. Blending the sounds of Patois with Pop, Reggae & Dancehall, Samantha will be performing her infectious single “Tight Skirt” live at 6pm on BET on Monday December 9,2013.
While she has only just released her first single “Tight Skirt” a few weeks ago, Samantha J is blazing a whole new trail from Jamaica to the U.S. “Tight Skirt” is already being spun at over 50+ stations in the U.S. including Sirius/XM The Heat, Power 105 NYC, WJMN Boston, and WZMX Hartford. The video made its U.S. debut on MTV Buzzworthy where it quickly locked in the #1, #2 & #3 spots on MTV.com as Most Shared, Most Commented & Favorite video respectively.
The music video for “Tight Skirt,” which made its BET debut as their coveted New Joint of the Day on 106 & Park on October 24, features Samantha as the quintessential Jamaican Rude Girl who is leaving after school detention. Samantha explains, “We wanted to show what Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ would have looked like if it was shot in Downtown Kingston with authentic dancehall choreography and dancers.”
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The murder trial of Vybes Kartel and four other men experienced further delay Monday morning due to “personal tragedy” of the prosecution witness.
Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that due to the personal tragedy of the prosecution witness from the Police Cyber Crimes unit the witness was unable to attend court today and would be available tomorrow.
Taylor then asked for an adjournment for the day.
However this was objected to by Kartel’s attorney Tom Tavares-Finson who deemed the request unacceptable.
Justice Lennox Campbell agreed with Tavares-Finson and ordered Taylor to make an effort to get another witness to attend court today.
Source: Jamaica Observer
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New pop-up single from Dancehall superstar Ding Dong “Doh Size Up” Produced by: LockeCity Music Group
Video shot and edited by Dante for Team Elite Productions
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Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) – Musical beefs are a thing of the norm, words thrown are always to be expected in a musical arena. Whether direct or subliminal, artists of all genres have often taken to the mic to convey and insinuate.
With dancehall star Ding Dong new pop-up single “Doh Size Up”, the buzz is that the artist is taking shot at someone, but who the recipient of this musical attack is, remains a mystery. Speculations and the streets have thrown various names but to date there has been no confirmation. Ding Dong and his management have yet to comment.
Produced by Lockecity Music Group, the video was shot and edited by Dante for Team Elite Productions.