MARCH 7, 2014: International artiste Busta Rhymes on Friday attended the Vybz Kartel murder trial for the second straight day. The artiste said he decided to attend to show his support for the Jamaican dancehall artiste and his family.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Mavado – Friends With Benefits – Igloo Riddim © 2014
Produced by So Unique Records
Only last year there were talks of wedding bells for dancehall couple Ishawna and Foota Hype, but now the singer says their relationship has ended.
In April last year, congratulatory words flowed their way when it was announced that the two would be getting married after nearly a decade together.
But yesterday, Ishawna disclosed that she has parted ways with selector Foota Hype.
“It’s done, I am just doing me,” she told THE WEEKEND STAR.
“We have to deal with each other regardless ’cause we work together. There is no bad vibe or anything, but because of personal issues, we call it quits. Sometimes, that’s just how it is in life, nobody knows the answer.”
She was, however, tight-lipped about the reason for the split that she says took place a few weeks ago.
Nonetheless, she says she does not expect there to be any awkwardness between them despite being in the relationship for almost nine years and having a child together.
“Winnie and Nelson Mandela had a child together and they still worked together. It’s just one of those things, I don’t know what the future holds. At this moment, we both understand that this is not working. At the end of the day, I still have love for him,” Ishawna said.
“We still have to work together because we are still signed to Downsound Records. No animosity or anything … we had such a public relationship, so we have to let the people know that we are no longer attached in that way. I am not gonna say I hate him ’cause I don’t. It’s not working right now, and I just want to focus on my career,” she added.
With her career as her main focus, Ishawna says she is still promoting Need Loveand plans to shoot the music video soon. She also added that she has collaborated with Beenie Man for a song called Hottest Gal, and she is also featured on another song with Specialist.
“Everything Nice,” the first single from Popcaan’s forthcoming debut album on Mixpak is out now.
Directed by Jay Will
Produced by Carleene Samuels
Creative Direction by Susannah Webb
Stylist: Savannah Baker
Stylist’s Assistant: Phoebe Smith
“Everything Nice” is produced by Dubbel Dutch.
Tessanne Chin In Performance at The White House – Women of Soul – 3/6/14
JAMAICAN singer Tessanne Chin delivered a scintillating, high-energy performance of Donna Summer’s Last Dance at the White House last night, earning sustained applause from an audience headed by US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Chin, who performed after Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Melissa Etheridge, justified her inclusion in the stellar line-up for the ‘Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House’ staged by the US first lady.
At the end of her performance, as Chin returned to her seat, she was greeted with a hug and a kiss by Patti LaBelle.
Here she is seen in a screen grab from the White House’s live stream of the concert.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)
Source: Jamaica Observer
THE entrance to the Waterford housing scheme in Portmore, St Catherine, is littered with spray-painted signs declaring ‘We Love you
LA Lewis’, but it is a different scene inside the working-class community.
The word ‘Gaza’ is scrawled on everything — from a cook shop to a mural bearing Jamaica’s National Heroes. It is a show of widespread support for jailed deejay Vybz Kartel who grew up in the neighbourhood.
It is also where the lanky entertainer ran his Portmore or Gaza Empire.
Kartel is charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and André St John for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew.
Yesterday. High Court judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, began his summation of the case in the Home Circuit Court.
When the Splash team visited Waterford recently, a group of young men on Block 5 were enjoying a game of ludo while aspiring artistes rehearsed songs. No Games, a collaboration between Kartel and Gaza Slim (one of his protégés) blared from a nearby residence.
Despite the charges against him, support for Kartel (Adidja Palmer) is intact.
“Living in Waterford has inspired my decision to pursue music. Not only have I seen an’ experience a lot here, but this is the homeland of the ‘Wurl Boss’, Vybz Kartel. He along with others help pave the way for artistes like myself,” said Romaine Pottinger, a deejay known as Tussan Gaza.
A few blocks away, Marcus McDonald, operator of five-month-old VyTek Recording Studios, was busy ‘voicing’ several young acts.
“I open my doors to any good talents and Waterford is overflowing with that. The youths here use music as an avenue to escape any negativity that they may encounter,” McDonald explained.
Some Waterford youth claim that since Kartel’s incarceration nearly three years ago, they have been victims of police harassment.
“On (Kartel’s) court days is like a campaign, they terrorise us. We are not saying that they should not do their job, but we hate the intimidation. We are not bad men… we just want to do music,” Pottinger explained.
His sentiments were echoed by the circle of Kartel supporters around him, who say they have been hauled into police vehicles and driven around for hours before being released.
Also on Block 5 is a wall dedicated to Kartel and his Portmore Empire. His support here crosses the generation gap.
“Kartel is not that evil as society makes it seem. They pushed him against a corner and he fights back. It’s not an inborn concept, is about survival,” said upcoming poet and Waterford resident Richard Palmer (no relation to Vybz Kartel).
Eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Bailey lives next to Kartel’s childhood home. She recalled his antics.
“Oh Lord, I used to flog him whenever he would cut school… something that is common among young boys. However, he excelled academically and isn’t easily fooled,” she said. “All those things that I hear that ‘Addi’ do is hard to believe; I don’t know him as that type of person.”
None of Kartel’s supporters believe he committed murder and are confident an 11-member jury will find him not guilty. Until then, they anxiously wait on the Gaza strip for their hero’s return.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Dancer/businesswoman Keiva Di Dancehall Diva had heads spinning when she recently celebrated her birthday at Di Entrance in Kingston.
Making her grand entry at 2:15 a.m., to Gary Chucks’ selection of Here Comes The Bride, Keiva pushed the boundaries of dancehall fashion once more to make her entrance wearing a transparent wedding dress, while doing the traditional wedding march. The only thing missing was a groom and the bridal party.
Patrons screamed, applauded and plucked out their cell phones to capture the spectacle.
The lady of the night instantly had patrons flocking her, some either gave her an embrace or wished her happy birthday. She later thanked her supporters.
“If dem artiste yah shell mi party one time, mi fight every one a dem, if mi love Ninja Man one more time mi baptise, if mi love Bounty Killer one more time mi tun nun and start wear pure long dress,” she said, laughing as she highlighted her supporters.
The event was attended by a sea of local recording artistes and dancers.
Dancehall artiste Danielle D.I. was recently a victim of a malicious attack on social network after she was exposed, partially nude in a video posted on a popular website.
The video shows D.I. standing in a bathroom with half of her nude body exposed, the other half hiding behind the door as she tells somebody to get out of the bathroom.
In the short video, Danielle D.I. can be heard saying, “Babe come out a di bathroom, nuh.”
The video has already received more than 200 views on YouTube.com. However, the Rebel deejay said the controversial video was taken from a stolen phone by somebody who wants to destroy her life. She also sent a strong message to the cell phone thief, who remains unknown.
“Yu see di gyal wey purposely thief the phone fi try and mash up my life, I hope it makes your life happy because guess what, nothing nah change. Yu a guh get headache straight,” she said.
Danielle D.I. is currently promoting Hear The Pree, a new collaboration with dancehall artiste KipRich.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — United States-based rap artiste Busta Rhymes was present in the Home Circuit Court downtown Kingston Thursday morning as the presiding judge Lennox Campbell did his summation in the Vybz Kartel murder trial.
Busta Rhymes and Flip Mode Squad associate Spliff Star, offering support, greeted relatives and friends of the accused men and chatted with the defence team.
– Paul Henry
Source: Jamaica Observer