Music video by Jah Cure performing The Life We Live.
DANCEHALL entertainer Macka Diamond on Friday escaped serious injury following a three-vehicle crash on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine.
Details as to what caused the incident are not clear but the female entertainer, whose real name is Charmaine Munroe, was able to drive away from the scene in her damaged white Honda Civic motor car.
Her publicist, Claude Mills said the artiste escaped without injury but visited the doctor out of precaution.
“The artiste is well and in high spirits,” he said.
As to what caused the crash, Mills said Macka believes there could be more to the incident than meets the eye.
“She is not dismissing the notion that there may be unknown spirits working against her but she is determined to stay strong as God is on her side,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
The incident comes just weeks before the anniversary of last October’s crash on the French Caribbean island of Martinique in which the entertainer and her personal assistant sustained minor injuries.
She was said to have injured her left shoulder while her assistant injured her neck and foot.
The two were driving to the airport in the Martiniquan capital of Fort-de-France when the accident occurred. They were treated at the hospital.
IT’S been some time since Mavado has had a hit song in the United States… five years to be exact.
The self-proclaimed ‘gully god’ is eyeing a return to the Billboard charts, and he’s getting some help from a rap legend.
This week, the dancehall artiste spoke with Splash from his base in South Florida about Hustler, a song he recently did with LL Cool J. Mavado said the link came through Grammy-winning producer Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis.
“I was told that LL was in town (New York City) and that he was interested in doing a collaboration with me, so we met up and went in the studios and began recording,” he said.
Hustler was recorded in the Big Apple and produced by Duplessis. The song was released in late July.
A video for the track was shot in sections of Flatbush and Queens, New York.
Mavado has been working the pop circuit since inking a record deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best rap label. Other collaborations include Emergency featuring rapper Ace Hood and Survivor with singer Akon.
Though he has remained consistent on the dancehall scene, he has not entered the Billboard charts since 2009 when I’m so Special made the R&B list.
Mavado first made that chart in 2006 with Wha Dem a Do. Getting a hit in the US, he says, is important.
“This is where the bigger and larger music market is. If I can break the ice in the United States it would be a huge step for my career,” he said.
Mavado (real name David Constantine Brooks) has been chastised by critics for what they believe are violent lyrics. In his defence, he said those songs addressed situations he was exposed to growing up in Kingston’s gritty Cassava Piece community.
“I sing about the streets because that’s where I came from. I have been there and I see all the positive and negatives that it entails,” he explained. “It’s not about me jus’ singing ’bout violence as a means of getting airplay, it’s about my encounters.”
Some of those encounters were with his arch-rival, deejay Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder.
Their Gully/Gaza conflict got national attention six years ago with the police high command stepping in to calm their feuding supporers.
Mavado said he has reached out to Kartel since he was sentenced in April.
“It’s about growth, we have build two musical column in the industry that can never be destroyed and it doesn’t matter where each of us are and the circumstances that we are faced with,” he stated.
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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.