Etana Takes It Back

October 13, 2016
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Blame Etana’s “lack of knowledge about certain issues” for her controversial comments about backing US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

That’s what the Jamaican singer has said, after facing backlash from fans for an interview on TVJ’s entertainment programme, Entertainment Report (ER), in which she declared her support for Donald Trump and made statements about racial profiling.

The “Not Afraid” singer issued a statement saying she sincerely accepted individual responsibility for her comments.

“Some of my comments/statements were not fully explained based on time restrictions due to the nature of the entertainment program, while other comments/statements were simply as a result of my lack of knowledge about certain issues,” she said.

“Following the interview, I recognized how aspects of my statements negatively affected my fans, friends and supporters, therefore, as I firmly stated in my initial statement to fans yesterday on social media, I sincerely apologize. Additionally, I wholeheartedly appreciate all your comments and I’m using this experience as teachable moments, as I continue to grow socially and consciously, attaining the knowledge needed to continually deliver music we all have grown to love and support.”

Etana, born Shauna McKenzie, also addressed the comments she made regarding social profiling, insisting that she is not prejudice.

“I do not believe in racial profiling nor any form of discriminatory approaches against anyone or any group of people. As I indicated in my ER interview, it is my belief that for years we have been underserved and underrepresented by individuals elected to serve us, and it’s important that certain social issues be brought to the fore,” she said.

“I love what I do. Positive, uplifting and socially conscious music is my passion; my music is for the world, it’s for all people, no matter their ages, from all walks of life. My music seeks to unite and not divide – it’s all about unity and an appreciation for people and life, while highlighting the challenges we may face individually and collectively.”

Etana is now off to Africa for a series of shows, including the All Nations Reggae Fest 2016 in South Africa.

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Herb Medicine Costs Reggae Singer Luciano US Visa

September 29, 2016
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday August 31, 2016 – Back in 1999, Jamaican reggae artiste Luciano sang ‘When Will I Be Home?’ Today, he’s likely wondering when, if ever, he will be back in the United States, after having his US visa revoked following what he said was “an abnormal interrogation” that led to authorities finding a cannabis-based liquid in his luggage.

Luciano, whose real name is Jephter McClymont, has disclosed the visa revocation, the circumstances that led to it and his plan to try to regain access  to the US, on social media.

“I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but, as a result, my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US,” he wrote.

“We are pursuing all avenues to appeal and hopefully reverse the decision as soon as possible. Also, please note that this will not affect any bookings that I have in countries anywhere else in the world, apart from North America.”

Luciano, who is also known as the Messenger, had been scheduled to perform on the Philadelphia Jerk Festival on Sunday and also had several gigs lined up in California, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona and Oregon from September 2 to 17, according to the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

The singer apologized to fans, promoters, family and friends who had been looking forward to his performances.

“I sincerely regret the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause as I am also deeply devastated. Please pray for me while I face yet another major obstacle in my life,” his Facebook post stated.

Although he did not mention those previous obstacles, Luciano recently lost his son, Menelik McClymont, on February 28 this year. The 19-year-old student died a day after being stabbed while at a plaza in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.

Two other students and a third person have been charged with his murder.

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Sean Paul Disses Justin Bieber and Drake over Dancehall “Exploitation”

September 29, 2016
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CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday September 9, 2016 – Sean Paul has called out megastars Drake and Justin Bieber, taking them to task for using Jamaican music without giving credit.

“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it,” the Jamaican dancehall legend told The Guardian.

“A lot of people get upset, they get sour. And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did – they take and take and don’t credit.”

While Paul says that he still enjoys Drake’s music, he views the way the Canadian star infuses dancehall less as a tribute and more as exploitation.

Paul is equally dismissive of the term “Tropical House” being ascribed to a genre which draws from dancehall. Tracks such as Rihanna’s “Work” and Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” have been placed in that category.

As Paul works on a new album, he nevertheless understands the importance of keeping up with trends in order to stay relevant. He’s worked with Wiz Khalifa and Blood, the producer who crafted Bieber’s “Sorry,” and believes he can serve as the much-needed link to dancehall’s origins.

“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with rap, and that’s fine with me,” he told The Guardian.

“Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”

Other critics of the appropriation of dancehall include Azealia Banks, who dismissed Rihanna’s “Work” video, which features Drake. She said that it reminded her of a Sean Paul video, “except not as fly.”

Mr Vegas has also been a leading voice in the debate against the misappropriation of dancehall and spoke out against Drake for failing to credit deejay Popcaan on the hit song “Too Good.”

Sean Paul is credited with taking dancehall out of Jamaica and onto the world stage in the early 2000s.

His “Get Busy,” “Gimme The Light,” the Beyoncé-featuring “Baby Boy,” and “Breathe” with R&B singer Blu Cantrell all helped place him among the world’s pop elite.

His 2002 album Dutty Rock launched dancehall into the mainstream, but musical tastes changed and the genre fell out of favour and off the international charts.

Dancehall has nevertheless returned to the world stage over the past year, with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” becoming the most streamed single of all time, and Bieber’s hit “Sorry” mixing a subtle dancehall beat with pop and featuring dancehall moves in the video.

Next came Drake, who drew on dancehall throughout “Views From The Six,” while dancehall talent Assassin made his mark on Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Paul recently regained centre stage with “Cheap Thrills,” his chart-topper with singer/songwriter phenomenon Sia, which landed Sia her first Billboard number one.


Movie Producer John Andrews looks to Jamaica to produce 2 films

September 16, 2016
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Writer producer John A. Andrews of ALI Pictures LLC based in New York, and his team, recently made the trek to Jamaica to meet with Film Commissioner Renee Robinson about shooting movies in Jamaica.

Andrews is now singing her praises as he said she is “total professionalism”.

“It was a great relationship. They (JAMPRO) brought us in. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe the kind of treatment we were offered,” he told The Gleaner.

During the three days he was in the island, Andrews visited several locations in Portland, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Kingston, among other places, for ideal spots to film his two upcoming movies – Who Shot The Sheriff and Rude Buay: The Unstoppable.


“I made a commitment to JAMPRO to produce one movie for the next five years in Jamaica, as well as other incentives,” said Andrews.

Still singing Robinson’s praises, he described Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO) as a “first-class operation”, recommending that the rest of the government function the way they do. “That would be great, I was really impressed,” he said.

Andrews who is at present finishing up the rewrite for, Who Shot The Sheriff, said he is almost done, after which he will be getting ready to talk with directors, and when that is in place, the next step will be seeking the cast for the projects.

The producer also shared some impressive plans he has for the island and includes the possibility of constructing a film studio in Jamaica.

“We are looking at a 100- acre land so that we can make that happen. The intention would be to make Jamaica a mighty draw. Right now, there is strong competition from the Dominican Republic. Jamaica has no studio and no tax incentives. That is one of the strong things Jamaica don’t have going,” he said.

Summer 2017 Shooting

Regarding the films, Andrews shared that he is looking at a spring or summer 2017 shoot, and already he is in negotiations with a top hotelier to host the film crew in exchange for promotional consideration.

The cast is still a work in progress, but the producer says he has a wish list and has engaged the services of one of top agencies to source them.

“As soon as we are ready to go, they are ready to package.

They have most of the talent that we had on our wish list,” he said adding that the two films Who Shot The Sheriff and Rude Buay: The Unstoppable will be shot back to back.

“Where we wrap the first one, we will be starting the second,” he quipped.

Andrews pointed out that additional funding is still being sought to complete the two projects but he is anticipating that everything should be in place before the end of the year.

Steven Istock, CEO of California Pictures, will be co-producing with Andrews. California Pictures has also produced and distributed A Warrior’s Heart andScavengers plus distributed, and sold many motion pictures worldwide, including, The Harder They Come.

SOURCE: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/


Event promoter sues Dominica Government for deporting Tommy lee in 2014

July 5, 2016
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ROSEAU, Dominica , Jul 04 2016 – The government is facing legal action for the deportation of controversial Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage in 2014.

The son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas says he is preparing to sue the government for what he describes as the illegal arrest, detention, and deportation of the Leroy Russell, who is also known as Tommy Lee Sparta.

According to Cabral Douglas, who organized the concert, Tommy Lee was scheduled to perform at a concert in February 2014 based on the relevant free movement provisions outlined in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the action taken by the government in deporting the artiste, was in breach of the Treaty signed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states.

“Just because Dominica is one of the smaller countries in CARICOM does not excuse the small mindedness demonstrated by the leadership of that country…if anyone can be accused to practicing evil, it’s certainly not Tommy Lee but rather the leadership of Dominica as evidenced by the barbaric, vindictive and inhumane treatment of innocent skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica,” Douglas said.

He stated that the cancellation of the event led  him claiming monetary damages ,  this is in addition to the damages claims made on behalf of the Jamaican claimants, which have been channeled through the office of the Attorney General in Jamaica for various breaches under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas .

“How can Dominica hypocritically advocate for free movement in its capacity as chair of CARICOM on the one hand, whilst arbitrarily detaining, deporting and humiliating skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica on the other?” Douglas questioned, as Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit takes on the chair of the regional bloc effective July 1. “This is an affront to the spirit of regional integration.”

In 2015,  the Government of Dominica announced a desire for an “amicable” negotiated settlement in the matter.

However, subsequent to this announcement, Douglas’ legal team led by Jamaican attorney Bert Samuels was invited to submit proof of claims as required by the negotiation process, which has been ongoing.

Douglas stated that after spending significant time preparing, substantiating and submitting these claims, it now appears that the Government of Dominica has unilaterally reneged on their commitment to have the matter settled out of court.

He added that a letter from the Chambers of the Attorney General here, dated May 18, 2016, said the government does not accept any liability or responsibility for any of the claims.

“I think the refusal of the Skerrit administration to honour its Treaty obligations as it pertains to the free movement of skilled community nationals not only poses a grave danger to the economic interests Dominican individuals and corporate entities seeking to contract with skilled CARICOM nationals but it also undermines the credibility of CARICOM itself, and Dominica’s position as Chair responsible for the implementation of free movement within its quasi-cabinet,” Douglas argued.

“I suspect that Roosevelt Skerrit, a man that has already declared to Dominicans locally that no law/no constitution can stop him is now promoting the same lawlessness within CARICOM. If his objective is to isolate Dominica as a backward police state with no regards for human rights, free movement and free enterprise then he should be man enough withdraw from CARICOM, suspend the constitution and declare martial law in Dominica,” he said.

Douglas has since  appointed a Trinidad-based Senior Counsel to lead the litigation phase of matter.

“As long as the rule of law still exists within CARICOM, I will be seeking special leave to appear before the CCJ to enforce my rights and the rights of CARICOM nationals under relevant provisions of the (Treaty of Chaguaramas) as I remain committed to the principles of regional integration, human rights and free enterprise which are the foundations of economic development in Dominica and the Caribbean region, as intended by the framers of the treat.”

In February 2014, Tommy Lee, was scheduled to perform at a concert however, organizations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste’s appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

On his arrival in Dominica, Tommy Lee, 26, and his entourage was denied entry, detained and deported the following day.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.

SOURCE: Caribbean News Service (CNS)


Everton Blender represented Jamaica at Caribbean Music Festival in Beijing China

June 30, 2016
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Veteran roots singer Everton Blender was the sole representative from Jamaica at the recently held Caribbean Music Festival in Beijing, China.

Blender performed alongside artistes from Caribbean territories including the Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados. He delivered a creditable performance riddled with many of his hits.

“It was a really good experience, especially being my first time performing in China I received a warm welcome from the locals, and there were even Jamaicans in the crowd as well.

There was an interpreter on the stage so I even sang some of my lyrics in Chinese, much to the delight of my Beijing fans,” said Blender.

The event, featured musicians and bands from Caribbean countries with embassies in Beijing, providing a forum for the embassies in Beijing to work together to showcase the Caribbean.

Organised by the Ministry of Culture of China, presented by China Arts and Entertainment Group, in collaboration with the embassies of the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, the music festival is also part of the China-Latin America and Caribbean Year of Culture Exchange.

According to Brad Hemmings of Caribbean Entertainment, the artiste-booking agency which provided the performers for the festival, the first staging was quite encouraging.

“The successful first staging will, undoubtedly, mean continuity and expansion of this cultural-exchange activity, going forward. It not only provided opportunities for cultural exchange but a stage for our Caribbean artistes to showcase their amazing talent to a virtually untapped Asian market,” Hemmings added.

Other Caribbean performers at the four-day festival included Rupee, Tizzy, Mr Killa, Mitchell Brunnings, David L and Lil Bitts.

Source: Jamaica Star


Machel Montano takes the Leading Role In Soca Musical

June 24, 2016
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TRINIDAD – Soca as a musical genre has extended itself beyond its native shores of Trinidad and Tobago and will now look to take things a step further with the upcoming release of the film, Bazodee.

The film was first screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September 2015.

Set against the backdrop of the Trinidad Carnival season, the film promises to be colourful, vibrant and musical – typical of Bollywood-style film-making. However, the director of the film, six-time Emmy nominee, Todd Kessler, would rather the film be called Triniwood, in recognition of the unique and seasonal musical genre, and its accuracy in capturing the Carnival atmosphere.

‘Bazodee’ is a slang for the dizzying feeling of infatuation or being in love, according to Machel Montano in an interview with largeup.com. The soca musical keeps with this theme, presenting a forbidden love story encased in the cultural duality of the two dominant racial groups of the twin islands, African and Indian.

The lead roles are played by British actress of Sri Lankan parentage Natalie Perera as Anita Panchouri, a representative of the immersion of Indian culture on the twin-islands, and soca mega-star Machel Montano, who plays the role of an aspiring singer, Lee de Leon. Also starring in the film is internationally acclaimed Indian television and film actor, Kabir Bedi as Ram Panchouri.

The film will be released in theaters across the United States this August.

Source: Jamaica-Gleaner


Morgan Heritage wins Grammy in 2016 for Best Reggae Album

June 24, 2016
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CALIFORNIA, United States, Tuesday February 16, 2016 – International recording artists Morgan Heritage turned their first-ever Grammy nomination into a win yesterday when they picked up the award for Best Reggae Album at the 58th annual Grammy Awards.

The announcement was made ahead of the awards show, which took place last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Jamaican group took the award for their album “Strictly Roots,” which topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart when it was released in April last year.


The album beat out “The Cure” by Jah Cure (VP Records); “Branches of The Same Tree” by Rocky Dawuni (Cumbancha Records); “Acousticalevy” by Barrington Levy (Doctor Dread Presents), and “Zion Awake” by Luciano (VP Records).

Back in Jamaica, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill extended congratulations to the group, whom he hailed as “global ambassadors.”

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Morgan Heritage on an award well deserved. They have certainly made Jamaica proud through the extraordinary music they have produced over the years,” McNeill said.

This very prestigious award is not only a win for the group, but also a win for all Jamaicans,” he added.

Noting that reggae remains one of Jamaica’s strongest brands, the minister said that performers like Morgan Heritage, who have taken it to the world stage, are “global ambassadors” of Brand Jamaica.

McNeill also congratulated the other nominees – all of whom were Jamaican with the exception of lone African, Rocky Dawuni.

The Best Reggae Album Award, originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording, was first presented to Jamaican group Black Uhuru in 1985.

Eligible works are vocal or instrumental reggae albums “containing at least 51 percent playing time of newly recorded music,” including roots reggae, dancehall and ska music.

Stephen Marley holds the record for the most wins in this category, with six wins, including three as a member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Similarly, Ziggy Marley has been presented with the award four times, three of which were as the leader of his eponymous band.

Bunny Wailer has received the award three times, and two-time recipients include Burning Spear, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks.

Buju Banton’s nomination for the 2010 award sparked controversy and protest from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation due to homophobic lyrics within his music.

SOURCE: Caribbean 360

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Harbour View Stadium to be rocked by Bob Marley One Love Football Match

February 11, 2015
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From left: Master of Ceremonies Ian Wilkinson, chief organiser Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell and sponsor representatives Alicia Campbell (advertising executive, Bob Marley Foundation) and Benjamin Simms (advertising executive, Digicel) display the specially donated trophy and one of the T-shirts for this year’s renewal of the Bob Marley One Love football fun day, during the launch at Cuddy’z Restaurant in New Kingston yesterday. – Contributed – Photo taken from The Jamaican Gleaner 

JAMAICA – Two universally revered elements, football and international reggae icon Bob Marley’s name, will take centre stage on Ash Wednesday (February 18, 2015) at the Bob Marley One Love fun day football matches.

It is scheduled for the Harbour View Mini Stadium. Start time is 4 p.m.

Organiser Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell is expecting this year to be one of their grandest events, as it falls in Marley’s birth month, for the first time.

Robert Nesta Marley was an international Jamaican reggae singer and musician who soared to international acclaim with scores of multimillion-dollar-selling singles and albums.

Marley was also known for his love of football and, after the legend’s passing in 1981, Campbell organised the Bob Marley One Love fun day football matches a year later.

“Bob Marley used to love football. He wasn’t a great player, but he used to train with us, as we (Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell and Alan ‘Skill’ Cole) used to play for Santos,” Campbell said.

“He loved the game, and when Bob passed away I said this is one way I can show respect and honour to this prophet,” Campbell told The Gleanerat yesterday’s press launch, held at Cuddy’z Restaurant in New Kingston.

The iconic Marley rose from humble origins, having been born at Nine Miles, St Ann, on February 6, 1945.

That fame grew much later though, via inspirational and endearing reggae music which touched the world, from inner-city areas like Trench Town, which later became his home.

Campbell explained that Marley’s prophetic songs gave him strength to continue honouring his memories by way of the football, for the 34 years.

“Ash Wednesday should be remembered as Bob Marley Day,” Campbell assessed, adding that he is expecting a good turnout.

Campbell credited main sponsors Bob Marley Foundation and Digicel, among others, for being on board.

Alicia Williams, the advertising executive of the Bob Marley Foundation, credited the event organisers for preserving Marley’s legacy through football.

“Everybody knows that Bob Marley loved football. Football is a good sport to align the Marley brand with,” she noted.

34-Year Long Event

Digicel’s Benjamin Simms, advertising executive, said: “Digicel has been partnering with ‘Busy’ Campbell to put on this event for the past five years. We applaud the organisers for staying true to Bob Marley’s ethos of living for the people with this 34-year long event, which continues to give back to communities year after year.”

He added: “As such, in support of the proceeds of the Bob Marley One Love football matches going towards the Albert Street, Portsmouth and Ferry Basic Schools, Digicel has committed a total of 1,500 Bob Marley exercise books, in addition to our overall sponsorship of the event.”

Entertainers: Sizzla, I-Octane, Wayne Marshall, No-Maddz, Aidonia, Tony Curtis, Lukie D, Ibomars and Wickaman are scheduled to play, while former national football heroes Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner and Walter ‘Blacka’ Boyd will also feature.

Other football stars to feature include: Jermaine Hue, Hector Wright and Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis.

This year will see: Entertainers’ Invitational, Masters and Cele-brities, Tuff Gong Invitational and Referees face off for the Bob Marley One Love Trophy.

Admission is $200 for adults, $100 for children. Kids under 12 will enter free. The Jamaican Gleaner


8 YVA nominations goes to Spice

January 28, 2015
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JAMAICA – The ‘Stage show Boss’, Spice, has returned to the island after an exciting and terrifying time in Paris, France.

present in Paris during the Charlie Hebdo attacks by Muslim extremists, Spice said though the tour was a success, she is happy to be safely back in the island.

“my prayers are continuously with all my fans and friends in France.”

on her return, Spice received the wonderful news that she was nominated for a whopping eight awards at the Youth View Awards.

“I’m the only female in the Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the year category, and that’s an overwhelming feeling. I’ve worked for that, to be up there with the males, who are dominating dancehall,” said Spice.


The other categories Spice has been nominated for are: Favourite Local Music Video – So Mi Like It; Favourite Local Artiste of the Year; Hottest Summer Song of the Year – So Mi Like It; Favourite Musical Collaboration with two singles, Only Thing Me Want and Conjugal Visit, featuring Vybz Kartel; Fashion Icon, and, finally, the Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year.

“To have eight nominations this year is truly a success by itself. Whether I win all of them, or not, I’m already a winner, but I know that So Mi Like It was one of the biggest songs last year, so, of course I’m expecting to take home some awards, especially that one,” said Spice.

Fans can continue voting for Spice by texting the category number and her name, (Spice), to 1876-444-4202, or follow her on twitter, at @spiceofficial, for the details on how to vote.

“I have taken the time out of my fully-booked schedule to be in attendance at the awards, and I really can’t wait to see my fans,” said Spice.

The Youth View Awards is scheduled to take place February 21 at the National Indoor Sports Centre, St Andrew. The Jamaican Star

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