With the month of October regarded internationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month reggae recording artists Ras Slick and I Octane is slated to perform on Sunday Oct 12th at the “I Think Pink 365″ Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in Washington DC.
The event which is organized by Crystal Clear Entertainment is dedicated to both survivors and those who have passed from the disease which is said to affect 1 in 8 women in the US.
Ras Slick who is based in the District of Maryland and Virginia lauded the organizers for what he explained is more than a worth cause. “I fully endorse this event, Breast Cancer is the most common form of Cancer and as artists its our responsibility to not only entertain our fans but also help to keep them informed so I’m encouraging everyone to come out”.
Tickets for the Fundraiser Concert are only $25 with music by Prince Royal, Ricky Platinum, Sonic 71, DJ Sniper alongside DJ Danny Fyah.
JAMAICAN disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa plans to change his plea to guilty when he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25.
ZJ Wah Wa, whose given name is Deon-ville O’Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. He pleaded “not guilty on all charges” when he first appeared in court in June.
“We entered into a written plea agreement with Mr O’Hara. It was filed September 10 in Bismarck (capital of North Dakota). This means he would waive his right to a jury trial and plead guilty,” Clare Hocchalter, federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney, told the Jamaica Observer.
Hocchalter said four other persons connected with the case pleaded guilty at their court hearing this week. They are Americans Mikael Gillette, 24; Charles Bauder, 54; Shannon O’Connor, 30; and James Simpson, 72.
Wah Wa is one of 26 people (16 Jamaicans) arrested as part of the ring. He is detained at the Heart of America Dentention Centre in Rugby, North Dakota.
His federal-appointed attorney, Steve Mottinger, confirmed the development.
“He has expressed an interest to plead guilty and this has been filed,” was all Mottinger was willing to say.
Wah Wa, 24, was employed to radio station Zip 103 FM. He was arrested by American law enforcement during a visit to Florida in May. Allegations are he assisted in running a lottery scam in Jamaica that induced American citizens to send millions of dollars for ‘lottery winnings’. The disc jock is said to have acted as a courier to transport monies from the United States to Jamaica.
He was stopped by Jamaican customs officials at the Sangster International Airport with US$105,000 alleged to be proceeds of the scam. If convicted, ZJ Wah Wa faces a maximum 30-year imprisonment per count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture of property.
At least 10 people over age 55 were allegedly duped. The Associated Press reported that one of the victims is an 83-year-old North Dakota woman who sent seven cheques amounting to US$158,000 after being promised US$19 million in winnings, and a South Dakota man who sent a US$14,000-cheque after being promised US$3.5 million and a Mercedes-Benz.
Dancehall artiste Elephant Man said his ‘Shmoney’ dance single is one of the most played dancehall song in the US.
The video, which features a cameo from American rapper Bobby, Shmurda, has received more than 100,000 views on YouTube.com and more than 400,000 views on the controversial US hip hop website Worldstarhiphop.com.
The single premiered on New York-based radio stations Hot 97 and rival Power 105 FMS. Elephant Man said he has been putting a lot of work into his music to silence his critics.
“When yu guh easy, dem always find something negative to say. Suh, right now, mi a put een crazy work and show dem up. Shmoney a duh well right now and, if yu check the views online yu see that a nuh normal thing that,” Elephant Man said.
The deejay, no stranger to dance songs, said he supports the return of dancing to dancehall with the rising popularity of dance moves such as the Kreech and Syvah. He believes the Shmoney dance will gradually become a craze.
“Right now, any party yu guh and the song drop, everybody a move, and who nah move haffi get up. When it season the real way inna Jamaica, the vibes nah guh be a normal thing,” Elephant Man said.
The deejay recently returned to the island from a tour of Australia. He is also promoting another dance song produced by DJ Frass on the ‘Gwaan Bad’ rhythm, Ketch Di Dance.
Following a disparaging comment selector Foota Hype made about her, D’Angel says she refuses to focus on negativity.
In what can be deemed as the current dancehall soap opera, Foota Hype has been making the rounds with less than favourable comments about his ex-fiancée Ishawna, producer Skatta and Downsound Records CEO Joseph Bogdanovich.
Although not involved in the situation in any way, D’Angel somehow got dragged into a 14-minute long interview with Foota Hype that was posted on YouTube.
Foota Hype vented about the songs, Restraining Order and Cry Baby, that were done by Ishawna, claiming that they were disrespectful. He also alleged that Ishawna is involved with both Skatta and Bogdanovich.
But he did not stop there.
“When she a do dem song deh, it really aggravate me because you a talk bout mi a stalk you and a terrorise you and you know mi not even a look at you. When mi see yuh mi see scum, mi see dirt, she worse than D’Angel,” he said.
D’Angel, who is on tour in England, says she is disappointed by Foota’s comments.
“It is sad to see how someone can stoop so low and tarnish my reputation. It is sad to see how far someone will go to get a hype,” said D’Angel.
“No one has the power to take away what I built over a decade. Right now I am soaring to higher heights. I don’t embrace negativity, especially from a man. I have a son and I would never allow him to disrespect a woman. I empower women,” she said.
With her English tour in full swing, D’Angel says she is focusing on her career.
“It’s all about Team D’Angel. I am the same woman that sing Stronger and I Am Unstoppable. I am the same D’Angel that rise like a phoenix. I am above that (Foota’s comments),” she told THE Weekend STAR.
As for her tour, she said it has been going well.
“It has been amazing, the people greet me so warm and it shows you the power of music. I am helping to build brand Jamaica and rise back our music and open doors for my co-workers. I am about strengthening people, not about tearing down people,” D’Angel said.
LIES! Is how Downsound records CEO Josef Bagdonovich is responding after Foota Hype’s rant in an extended interview with Gibbo.
The selector accused his former Downsound records boss of disrespecting him.
During the lengthy interview, Foota Hype made some disparaging statements.
Foota explained that he quit Down Sound Records because he was tired of being disrespected.
Efforts to get a comment from Ishawna and producer Scatta Burrell were futile.
Meanwhile, Downsound records boss Josef Bagdonovich says Foota Hype is telling LIES. Joe tells Music News he’s contemplating legal action.
In relating news, Down Sound Records is flying in boxer Floyd Mayweather for a championship party at club Famous on September 27, following his victory last Saturday in the United States.
Mayweather is unbeaten in 47 fights.
Ace deejay Tommy Lee Sparta made an exuberant return to Central America for his Costa Rican supporters.
This appearance marks the entertainer’s third show for his massive fan base in Costa Rica. With high-energy, the gothic star took to the ‘Dancehall Xplosion’ stage giving, arguably, the best performance of the night. The event was held at the city stadium in Desamparados.
This event was a special one for the country which celebrated their independence the following day. It was the bash to attend for the holiday with notable attendees such as the ambassador to Jamaica. The stadium, with a capacity of more than 5,000, was packed as patrons came out to witness dancehall stars Tommy Lee Sparta, Aidonia and Popcaan and DJs Ruff and Cuilo from Coppershot.
After thrilling the audience, Tommy expressed: “Right now mi overjoyed. So much love from the people. Everything well bad! Mi surprised how much a mi new song dem already know. To hear them a sing along with a song dat mi drop last week is insane.”
The undeniably favourite track of the night was Defend, composed by Zion Production, a prominent record label in the territory. Among the other well-received hits were Psycho, Shook, Vibes Inna This, Mechanic, Spartan Angel, Dream and Buss A Blank.The artiste now prepares for his next stop in Suriname before he jets off to French Guiana, Guyana, Martinique and St Maarten.
Amidst speculation that one of her latest tracks, Prison Wife, speaks to a relationship between herself and incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, dancehall artiste Stylish is setting the record straight.
In an interview with the STAR, the female entertainer said there was nothing intimate about her relationship with Vybz Kartel and explains that the song is just a fresh angle on an ongoing issue.
“People will speculate. They will hear the song and, based on previous work, they will come up with things, but there was never anything intimate between us,” she said.
The song, she explained, is about an issue many women can relate to. “Oftentimes, you are involved with someone who ends up behind bars and you become the only person they can now depend on because all of the friends left with the hype,” she said.
The Are You Ready singer revealed that a video for the song is expected to hit the streets in the next two weeks but that was all the information she was ready to give surrounding its impending release. “I don’t want to let out too much but it will be different,” she said.
The Building Block Records artiste also told the STAR that she is currently promoting two new singles, No Eyewater on Seanizzle’s new rhythm as well as Willing Fi Share on Justus Arison’s High Life rhythm.
Popular selector Foota Hype has apparently left Downsound Records, based on a song released under the label that he claims blatantly disrespected him.
In a post on Instagram yesterday morning, Foota Hype announced that he has parted ways with the label.
“Effective this minute, rite now, @footahypemusic is no longer a part of the @downsound_music company. I QUIT, resigned, lef di work, which ever way wi can put it, on the basis of not getting the respect I deserve from the company CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, as in them producing and releasing material in the form of a song that is aimed at violating and disrespecting me and my brand,” he said.
“I will not work for a company that is deliberately trying to tear down my brand, image and character in order to make another person in same company relevant. At the end of the day, I was Foota Hype before @downsound_music and will continue to be after.”
When contacted, Foota Hype went a bit further. He said he was disrespected by the Restraining Order and Cry Baby songs that were done by Ishawna.
“Mi get disrespected by Ishawna, and Joe doing nothing about it. Is like things gone from business to personal, so I decided to leave,” he said.
But Ishawna countered Foota Hype’s argument, claiming that Cry Baby was not written about him.
“The song is built off Papa San’s Maddy Maddy Cry, it is a direct counteraction to Papa San’s lamenting about his woman leaving him. Right now, Foota Hype is not that important for me to do another song about him. Restraining Order is about him, but this song doesn’t even have any references. Cry Baby is a club song, a straight hit, and it is about relationships. I can’t stop people putting it up on YouTube as a ‘Foota Hype diss’,” she said.
“I wish Foota Hype the best with his life, but I am an artiste, and music is like therapy for me. This is how I work out my problems. I put everything in music, and he needs to get over himself, this song is not about him.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, Joe Bogdanovich said Harry Toddler, Naazir, Specialist, andDon Husky, and selector Foota Hype were suspended on Monday from Downsound Records until further notice, without pay. Ishawna, Nature, Ninja Man, and nine others persons from the security, artiste liaison, secretarial and music-engineering departments remain on staff.
“The recent developments at Downsound are geared towards addressing our international presence. We have made staff changes addressing the key areas of international promotion and artiste development. We have actually outgrown our 43 St Andrew Park location. We have been there over a decade, and this is an opportunity to expand,and for us to move to a more technically advanced environment,” Bogdanovich said.
“We are going to focus on the careers of Ninja Man, Ishawna and Nature. Downsound Records is always seeking opportunities to expand the scope of its business. That is our primary focus going forward, tapping into new income streams and raising the international profile and excitement level on the music scene … just watch!” he said.
However, Foota Hype maintains that he has left the camp and will be moving on, as he was a brand long before he went to Downsound Records and will continue to have a career now that he has left.
“Foota is always Foota. When I went to Downsound, it was nowhere in dancehall like where it is now. It is my energy that bring them to the forefront. Mi find hit wid Specialist, mi find hit wid Nature. The only hit Ishawna have, is me mek it. Mi a do my work, and dem a deal wid soap opera thing, and mi nuh deh pon dat,” he told THE STAR.
Selector Foota Hype explains why he left Downsound Records, and goes into detail about an alleged love triangle between Ishawna, Josef Bogdanovich and Skatta. He then expands on his recent comments about Mavado neglecting Jamaica.
Recording artistes Chronixx and Tessanne Chin will vie with each other, Sean Paul, Jimmy Cliff and Soja for the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year at the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), to be staged at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Florida on October 4.
Reggae sensation Chronixx copped three other IRAWMA nominations in the shape of Male Vocalist of the Year, Best Song for Smile Jamaica and Best Music Video for Here Comes Trouble.
Tessanne Chin, who has been riding a wave of popularity since winning season five of American talent show ‘The Voice’, bagged a second nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Earning three nods each were crossover stars, Sean Paul and Shaggy, with Paul’s nomination for Entertainer of the Year joined by nods for Best Caribbean Entertainer and Best Crossover Song (alongside Arash), while Shaggy is in the running for Best Song (Fight This Feeling alongside Beres Hammond), Best Album (Out of Many One Music) and Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper.
Also picking up three nods each were former Alliance teammates Mavado and Busy Signal. They are vying for Entertainer of the Year; Best Crossover Song for Mavado’s Give It All To Me featuring Nicki Minaj and Signal’s Bumaye alongside Major Lazer and Best Music Video for Take It (featuring Karian Sang) and Bumaye.
Major Lazer also earned three nods, including Producer of the Year, while QQ, Jo Mersa Marley and Romain Virgo are among the nominees for Most Promising Entertainer. Newcomers Alkaline and Kranium fly the flag for Jamaica in the Best New Entertainer category along with Daniel Bambatta Marley.