DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal was released after being arrested in Trinidad Saturday night after failing to repay over US$37,000 due to a local promoter for the past two years.
According to the Trinidad Express website , the singjay was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert. The entertainer was hauled before the Port of Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal’s arrest.
The article stated that Busy Signal (given name Reanno Gordon) was paid US$37,088 in 2013 to perform at a concert for Peppers Entertainment in May of that year. Both the promoters and the entertainer had agreed to postpone the concert with the money that was paid to Gordon going towards his performance fee for the rescheduled event. Documents said that Gordon did not deduct this sum from a future concert and also did not repay the money.
The promoter’s attorneys Michael Rooplal and Carina Jailal had filed an application for a fugae warrant pursuant to the Absconding Debtors Act. The claim was based on Gordon’s failure to return monies owed.
The promoters claimed for damages for breach of contract in the sum of US$37,088 and for interests and costs.
The entertainer was released after he entered into a consent order to pay US$15,000.
The balance is to be paid in the next 30 days. Gordon who was represented by attorney Fareed Ali.
CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer
Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, has defended his decision to book actor-rapper Yazz for The Greatest for Sumfest 2015.
According to Gourzong, Yazz, who only has one popular song – Drip Drop – to his credit, is extremely popular locally because of his role on the highly successful Empire TV series that is aired on Fox.
Gourzong says that, in addition to Yazz’s popularity on the TV show, booking the youngster for Sumfest is only right since the theme for this year’s staging is the ‘Summer Blockbuster’. He says this theme essentially alludes to the fact that several of the musicians to be featured on this year’s line-up have had successful acting careers.
“A number of people requested this young man. The Empire series is not only popular here, but also overseas. In addition to that, we are working with the Blockbuster theme and people like Common and Jennifer Hudson have been in movies. Even our own Spice and Christopher Martin have performed well in the movie Destiny … so we felt that, why not Yazz as well?” Gourzong said.
Gourzong also disclosed that it was not expensive to book the artiste for the show since he had already taken a liking to Jamaica.
“He wanted to be here, it’s his first overseas trip, so he is looking forward to being at Sumfest. It’s a little youth who wants to be a part of the culture. He only has one album, but he is a promising rapper,” he said.
Yazz will be performing on the Saturday night for 20 minutes. Aside from his acting skills, Yazz is only known for Drip Drop, which was also premiered during the Empire TV series.
Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
Sumfest 2015 kicks off on Sunday, July 12, with a beach party at the Aquasol Beach Park in Montego Bay and an all-white affair at Pier One on Tuesday, July 14, also in the same city.
Vybz Kartel “Party” on the Good Good Productions Produced “Liquor Riddim” shot in Montego Bay Jamaica During Britjam.Video Directed & Edited By Sasha Bling
The announcement was made just as Popcaan left the island for a two-week tour of Europe that will be followed by a performance at Reggae Sumfest on July 16.
Chi Ching Ching, who is popular for his slangs, dance moves and songs, said he is pleased with this new partnership.
“Everybody know seh me and Popcaan par and we a born star. Popcaan say ‘Way up and Stay Up’ and me find the dance, and now the whole world a ‘Way up and stay up’. Right now, dah signing ya up wid seven ‘p’ and the world a go see Popcaan and Ching Ching and di whole OVO/Unruly army kick out fi 2015 and beyond,” he said.
Demonie Wilson added, “Popcaan and I were discussing the next moves in his career as an artiste and the next moves for Unruly Entertainment. We wanted an artiste that represented our label, who was loved by the streets and who people from all ages and diverse backgrounds could listen to. (We wanted someone) with a global appeal and approach to music, and we believe we made the best selection with Chi Ching Ching.”
Ching recently scored his biggest hit so far with Way Up, Stay Up. His collaboration with Popcaan, Nah Go Home, is currently enjoying good response. He will also release his debut EP that will feature songs like Kickout and Coob Dem Up.
In addition, Chi Ching Ching will perform on the Pepsi Refresh tour series and is looking forward to his performance at Reggae Sumfest on July 18.
… says photo claiming otherwise is fake
Curtis Campbell, STAR Writer
Dancehall enigma Alkaline says viral photos, which allegedly show him posing without an inked sclera (white of the eye) are fake.
The deejay broke on to the dancehall scene years ago claiming that he had tattooed the sclera of his eyes. He drew much attention due to his darkened eyes with some persons claiming at the time that the tattoo was not real.
Fast-forward to 2015, and a photo has surfaced on social media with Alkaline posing with a child. Unlike some of his more recent pictures, his eyes appear white.
But according to Kymona Bartley, Alkaline’s manager and sister, the new photos have been edited and they have the original photos.
Speaking on Alkaline’s behalf, Bartley told THE WEEKEND STAR that persons are always trying to hurt the artiste’s career.
“The photos are not authentic. Those photos were possibly taken a year or two ago. We went to an event and he took the photo with the promoter’s son. It was photoshopped and we have the original,” she said.
Bartley also sent THE WEEKEND STAR a copy of the same photo said to be the original. However, on this copy, appear to be black.
Since the release of the controversial photos, persons on social media have been celebrating what they claim to be the end of a desperate publicity stunt orchestrated by Alkaline to get attention.
“See a long time mi a tell idiot people sey it fake like him skin. Some a unno too gullible,” one person posted on Facebook.
Another posted, “Di bwoy smart and get unno fi a talk bout him … but at the same time dat eye thing is demonic. Read it up.”
Meanwhile, Alkaline is gearing up to release a new EP and will perform at several overseas events over the summer.
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Producer – Kathleen Heffernan & Ciarra Pardo
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Rumour has it that Dancehall Artiste Alkaline has removed what appaered to be contact lenses from his eyes.
According to a recent picture which has been floating across the internet, the Deejay who admitted to tatooing his eyeballs in a number of interviews in the past, is seen sporting his ‘natural eye colour’.
However, its not clear whether the picture is recent or altered.
DANCEHALL artistes Beenie Man and Popcaan are featured on the remix of British duo Krept and Konan’s Freak of the Week single.
The track — which also features American R&B singer Jeremih — was produced by California-based DJ Mustard.
Released last weekend in the United Kingdom, Freak of the Week samples Jamaican producer Jeremy Harding’s 1997 Playground riddim.
Harding gave the remix thumbs up.
“The remix sounds good. One of dancehall’s current titans [Popcaan] with one of dancehall’s legends. Beenie Man killed it,” Harding told Jamaica Observer yesterday.
The Playground riddim sampled a loop from Section, a song by neo-soul band The Roots.
The South London duo Krept and Konan comprises Casyo ‘Krept’ Johnson and Karl ‘Konan’ Wilson, son of Jamaican ska/rock steady/reggae singer Delroy Wilson.
A week ago the duo signed with Def Jam Recordings in the United States. Prior to that, they were on the Virgin EMI Records roster.
In 2013 the duo won Best UK Newcomer at the MOBO Awards and took Best International Act UK award at the BET Awards. Earlier this year they won the Best Newcomer title at the 2015 MTV Brand New Awards in the UK.
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Reggae Sumfest headliner Rick Ross has been released after spending 7 days in jail.
The American rapper, who is expected to perform on Night 1 at the greatest reggae show on earth on July 17, was released once he paid a $2 million bond at a hearing in Fayette County, GA.
Rick Ross was arrested last Wednesday for kidnapping and aggravated assault.
According to reports, the victim claims the rapper pistol-whipped him, injuring his jaw and neck and chipping two teeth, and that the injuries were so bad, he’s been forced to go on a liquid diet.
The 2015 staging of Reggae Sumfest will be held on July 12 – 18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.