Local sources have reported that Reggae legend Beres Hammond, will join Australian soft pop-duo Air Supply as headline acts at the annual Groovin’ In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY, on Sunday, June 29, 2014.
Hammond, who ignited New York City with musical flames when he last appeared on Groovin’ Concert in 2012, is expected to again have his way with music lovers when he belts out favourites such as Rockaway, What One Dance Can Do, She Loves Me Now, Double Trouble and Putting Up Resistance.
Whenever pop duo Air Supply is mentioned, it is always in superlatives, A-list tones. In 2011, they mesmerised music fans at the annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival and left music lovers wanting more.
After being signed by music mogul Clive Davis to Arista Records in the mid-80s, Air Supply went on to score eight top-10 hits in the United States, including Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Good Bye and Lost In Love, which was named Song of the Year in 1980.
According to reports Hammond and Air Supply will be joined by Jamaica’s own Chronixx, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and her friends John Holt, Judy Mowatt and Bob Andy.
Busy Signal “Gyal Yuh Good” [Official Audio] – Explicit [April 2014]
Jamaicans Daggering With WWE Jim Ross Commentary! [Alternate Version]
Lushus – Happy Feelings © 2014
Produced by DJ Sky Records
Beenie Man – Tegereg – Raw © 2014
Produced by Bless Music Team
Alkaline’s former manager, Dwayne Morris is accusing the dancehall deejay’s entourage of vandalizing his motor vehicle.
According to the CEO of Cahban Rekords his four tires were slashed and a stone thrown into his windshield. Dwayne Morris tells Music News that an eyewitness was in the car at the time of the incident.
Efforts to get a comment from Alkaline proved futile.
The incident is said to have occurred at an event in St. Ann on Monday. The St. Ann’s Bay Police are investigating.
Over the Easter weekend, R&B superstar Rihanna tweeted a video of herself and best friend Melissa Forde in the back of a truck singing along to Nadine Sutherland and Buju Banton’s ‘Wicked Dickie’.
Despite the video of the Bajan beauty singing the song getting only 400 views since its YouTube release just over two days ago, YouTube users have admitted that it was Rihanna’s video that led them to search for the original version of the song.
The 15-second video captures Rihanna and Forde singing and dancing to the chorus of the song originally sung by Sutherland. Her loyal fans, who the singer calls her navy, have since expressed their love and even obsession with the song. One user said, “BadGalRiRi brought me here,” while another admitted, “Lol me too! And now I’m in love lol”.
Other users said that while they did not particularly like reggae music, they loved the song, with some even going as far as to say that Rihanna has now made the song famous, while stating that she should do a full cover of Wicked Dickie.
Having seen the video herself, Sutherland used Twitter to send a message to Rihanna. She tweeted: “@rihanna don’t know if you will see this, but I’m so honoured to see and hear you singing my song, Caribbean women forever, love you Riri!”
Rihanna also posted another video via Instagram of herself smoking marijuana, gyrating, and singing along to Banton’s controversial Bum Bye Bye.
This isn’t the first time Rihanna has released a video of herself singing along to reggae tunes. Last year, she released a 16-second video of herself gyrating and singing to Busy Signal’s Missing You. That video caused the original video for Signal’s song to break the three million views threshold.
The Facebook page titled ‘Vybz Kartel Video and Pics Exposed’ was shut down on the weekend, but has now returned.
Since last week, images, audio and video recordings, some of which were entered into evidence during the recently concluded Vybz Kartel Murder Trial, had been making the rounds over the Internet, sending tongues wagging.
The images and video recordings were posted on a Facebook page titled ‘Vybz Kartel Video and Pics Exposed’, the items allegedly taken from the artiste’s cellular phone, which has been in police custody.
Included are: Vybz Kartel in compromising positions with several females including his common-law wife, ‘Shorty’. Images of guns, a beheaded body and coils of cash could also be seen, along with the video clip of the night Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams allegedly met his death, which sealed the artiste’s fate.
However, there has been much public debate as to how or why these pictures and videos were released.
One music producer associated with Kartel told THE STAR that he thinks there is still a plot against the artiste.
The producer who requested anonymity said, “All the blind can see that a di powers that be send out those images. They want to discredit him in every way possible. People a talk bout leaked, they were released to the public. All Facebook page and group dem create, whole heap a style thing.”
THE STAR also spoke to several persons living outside of Jamaica, who have been tracking the historical murder trial.
Simone Reynolds, of the United States, said, “I don’t believe the things I am seeing. It’s is a hot topic in the States and persons have their own opinion and stuff, but I just don’t think it is fair.”
Jomo Lawrence, who lives in Trinidad, questions the way in which evidence is handled in Jamaica and says post Kartel trial is still a hot topic.
“During the trial, we saw many instances were the evidence was tampered with and even after the trial it goes further, pictures, videos just leak out so? No man, evidence should be safe and secure. I don’t believe in it, everybody here talking …”
Efforts by our news team to speak with attorneys representing Vybz Kartel, Tom Tavares-Finson and Christian Tavares-Finson, proved futile.
Kartel is to serve 35 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole. His co-accused, ‘Shawn Storm’ is to serve 25 years before he is eligible for parole, Kahira Jones- 25 years and Andre St John, 30 years.
Jahmiel wrote his upcoming single and video “United” after a conversation with Balla G of Rokus Records. “The whole united song idea came up after having a convo with Balla G on black history month talking about black history. I’m the type of artiste that sings about what i see around me, both negative and positive, but then give whatever I’m singing about a positive solution. We were speaking about the lack of unity between our black people. That we need to be reading and knowing where we coming from, then we’ll see the light. I see more fussing and fighting than loving and caring. The fact is uniting strengthens everything we’re doing so lets use that energy in the right way” states Jahmiel
Filmed in Pinicle Hill, Spanish Town and Trelawny Jamaica, the song was produced by Rokus Records, video directed by Ricardo Williams and co-directed by kahlila Anderson.
Gaza Nana borned Jamarlie Guthrie and Stamma Gramma borned Michael Williams, two artists when combined has the internet presence equivalent of Tommy lee Sparta has come to agreement to form an extension of the poplar group “Gaza” which was brought to fame by the incarcerated debatably king of the Dancehall Vybz Kartel. Gaza Nana, aged 21 raised in Portmore hails from Irish Pen in Spanish Town, while Stamma Gramma, aged 22 raised in Tavern, Papine in Jamaica hails from New York in the United States where he is president of Gtunez, one of the fastest developing companies ever to make its debut in the dancehall music industry scene.
Gaza Nana met Vybz Kartel while performing at a show in Dela Splash in 2008, while Stamma Gramma met Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm in 2008 at Portmore Empire All Schools Jamboree where he was introduced to the audience by the latter as one of the future members of Gaza, then named Portmore Empire. Stamma Gramma reiterates that Shawn Storm was engaged by his bravery, swagger, and hunger for music, and he had planned to introduce him to Vybz Kartel only to have those plans interrupted following Stamma Gramma’s untimely migration to the United States. According to Stamma Gramma, he feels that with his determination and muti-talented attributes he would have forced his way into the Gaza camp easily, but feels no regret about migrating to the United States because it gave him a major platform to help many artists and producers referring to Gtunez as a game changer and a major success.
Stamma Gramma claims that even though he had taken a short break from music since his introduction on the scene with his super controversial hit single “Scammer Anthem” and beef with ex-Gaza member Tommy Lee Sparta he still has a cult following on most of the social networks because he has figured out the remedy of marketing. That remedy he states will be concealed until he feels it’s the necessary time to expose to the public. He reiterates that it’s this “remedy” that has brought him , his team, sponsors and the practitioners involved so much success with Gtunez, adding that he receives over fifty request per week from mainstream and underground artists, songwriters, graphic designers and producers who want to either distribute, sign or work for Gtunez.
Both Gaza Nana & Stamma Gramma claims that the formation of Gaza Next Generation was never brought to the attention of Vybz Kartel, nor did they ask for his approval, but maintains that they will only decease and desist with the idea if Vybz Kartel condemns the plan publicly. In a short interview with Gaza Nana he maintains that “At the end of the day, we a Gaza from birth and Vybz Kartel along with fellow ex-members of the Gaza inspire us to do music in fus place hombre.
Many people waa see Kartel fall, and they get wha them wish fah, but we ago mek sure his legacy and what he started don’t end wid his downfall”. In another short interview Stamma Gramma maintained similar statements, “Well, a few people know of this story that im now exposing, you can ask Shawn Storm now about Stamma Gramma, he will confirm all of what I said, but this is not about me nor my story, this is about, preserving one of the most successful legacies in Dancehall music, the Gaza, and who better to do it than the loyal fans and associates of the Gaza. This might come as shock to many people but I own or either help operate majority of the popular Dancehall fan pages on Facebook, including Gaza Fans Only and Dancehall Worldwide alongside one of Gaza Next Generation members Gaza Leeha, and I have been promoting Dancehall and Reggae tirelessly, 24/7 especially the welfare and perseverance of the Gaza camp”.
Stamma Gramma also added that as a music distributor, he holds no prejudice against any artists or producer because he believes in unity and that has been evident during the operation s of Gtunez as a business but as an artist, as an image, a role model, as Stamma Gramma, he separates himself from Gtunez and represent the Gaza fraternity from dem time till now” Other members of the newly formed Gaza Next Generation includes Mobay based artist Gaza Leeha, New York based artist Lala Pinkdoll, and Spanish Town based artists Talex Daynjah, Don Dappa and Wycked Haa.
Gaza Nana Hit Song: Born Killa
One of Stamma Gramma’s Hit Songs: So Deadly
Portmore Empire All Schools Jamboree 2008 ft.Stamma Gramma