Can’t Live Without Woman – new single by Elephant man getting a huge a buzz

January 23, 2015
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JAMAICA – Dancehall superstar Elephant Man is getting a huge buzz with his latest single, Can’t Live Without Woman,featuring Dean Fraser. The song is bombing FM radio into submission, Elephant Man says.

“The response has been great. A 100 times it play on the radio, four times at Hot Monday, response great, feedback great. The idea different, the punchline and chorus excellent, the topic is universal, and musically, it well put it together,” Elephant Man said.

The song samples the popular song, Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot by Sidney Simien, aka Rocking Sidney, with Dean Fraser chiming in on his sax.

Elephant Man is eyeing a summer release for his next album tentatively titled Do The Right Thing, his final album under his VP Records contract.

“We have some boom trackwith producers such as Leftside, Sunshine, Stephen McGregor, Marcus Myrie, so it can shot,” he said.

Elephant Man leaves Jamaica on February 1 for a series of shows in North America and Europe, and returns on February 22.

Asked whether he had been contacted to perform alongside Mariah Carey at the upcoming Jazz and Blues Festival, he said:

“Well, nobody has approached me yet, but more time, they know we work and they work, so they don’t know if I am available. But normally, if she land inna Jamaica, she may make enquiries,” he said.

Elephant Man recorded a single called Got A Thing For You with the songstress a few years ago. The song appeared on the re-released version of Mariah’s Charmbracelet album. – JAMAICAN STAR


No party in Marigot this year for The 2015 Heineken Regatta

January 22, 2015
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MARIGOT–Heineken Regatta Director Michele Korteweg confirmed Wednesday that there will not be a regatta party in Marigot this year, partly because the Collectivité is not able to meet the regatta budget increase required to hold the event and partly for logistical reasons. The traditional Saturday night party will instead be held on Kim Sha Beach.

However, she stressed that the door was not closed to the French side, as the regatta intends to look at different ways to include and promote the French side.

“Logistically it’s a lot easier to be located in one central location, so all starts and finishes will be in Simpson Bay,” she explained. “We got feedback also that moving boats around was not very easy, and if you don’t then you have to rely on taxis and accommodation for the crew, which was difficult, so that was something else we listened to.

“Secondly, for several years now we have handed in proposals to the Collectivité explaining that the costs are significantly higher than the amount they sponsor. The Collectivité paid in the past, but now it has been taken over by the St. Martin Tourism Office since 2011. We’ve explained we can’t continue in this fashion unless they increase their budget because we end up partly financing the party in Marigot.”

Korteweg said the Collectivité’s budget had been approved in December 2014 but she had been told the Collectivité could not help.

“What with everything that happened with budget costs last year there’s no way we can put in any extra money to finance the party on the French side. They did put us in the budget, but only for a certain amount and not the amount we requested to hold the party. And the late feedback didn’t help as we prepared as if we weren’t going. They did say what they could manage, but our plans were already made,” she said.

She said the Tourism Office had offered 30,000 euros, but the request had been for a little more than double that amount.

“It’s sad that we had to make that decision to cancel, but if we had done it and taken the risk without being able to afford it then you don’t have an event anymore. We have to make all sorts of adjustments to the event in order to remain the biggest and best and not blow up financially. We took a big hit in the budget on the Dutch side two months before the event last year, which was very dangerous and we just survived. It’s not getting any easier. We have to cut out all financial risks and this was one of them,” she said.

She said the cancellation in no way would detract from the overall high quality of the regatta. While small businesses accustomed to having stands at the Marigot party will be disappointed, she said they could approach the organisers for the possibility of renting booths on the Dutch side during the regatta. – The Daily Herald


Mavado fights against being deported from America

January 17, 2015
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DANCEHALL artiste Mavado has responded to a recent petition to have him deported from the United States.

In an exclusive with the Jamaica Observer, Mavado — whose given name is David Brooks — said a former business associate is behind the scheme.

“Is somebody that used to work with me. Me find out him no real and let him go, so a fi him way dis to get back at me. I don’t know if him create the page or ask someone to do it, but he is the mastermind behind everything,” said Mavado.

The singjay, however, declined to name the former associate.

Created on the White House’s website on Sunday by Maryland resident Trudy A Miller, the petition stated that the dancehall entertainer is a non-residing felon living in the USA. It further stated that it is “grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with no serious criminal records are deported daily, while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here”.

So far, fewer than 10 persons have signed the petition.

Mavado said this is not the first time that his reputation and music career have been attacked by this individual.

“This individual has contacted several media outlets and told them that I had limited amount of days to leave the States, among a bunch of other things; all of which are lies,” he said.

The singjay said he has contracted the services of an immigration attorney, who is handling the matter.

“I have been living here [the United States] for three years. My wife and two of my kids are Americans and I have never committed a crime here. All I am doing is spending time with my family while doing music,” he said.

A member of DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group, Mavado said he is busy working on his upcoming 16-track album slated to be released in May.

On Thursday the singjay released I Ain’t Going Back Broke, a collaboration with hip-hop artistes Ace Hood and Future.

A mixtape entitled The Hands of the Gully God will also be released in two weeks. – Jamaican Observer


Dj’s gear up for the first annual Octane Cup

January 13, 2015
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JAMAICA – USA – Since January 2, sound systems selectors in New York, USA have been enthusiastically pitting their talents against each other as they vie for the first annual Octane Cup.

The inaugura Octane Cup, a competition sponsored by high-riding dancehall singjay, I-Octane, in association with King Fargo Entertainment and Sound clash Fridays, is being held inside Club Freeze, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

The keenly contested event has steadily gained momentum and fans have been taken on an exciting musical journey through reggae, dancehall and pop music. The format of the competition is that eachFriday,three sounds have a play-off which is judged by the guidelines set out by the committee in addition to crowd response.

It continues every FridayuntilJanuary 30,at which time the winning sound will receive the trophy, presented by I-Octane himself.

According to King Fargo, “The Octane Cup ‘tun up’! It’s loud. We have been having a wonderful time celebrating the skills of the selectors as they pull out all the stops to make sure that their time at the turntable is memorable. We have to commend I-Octane for sponsoring this competition and for showing so much interest in the weekly outcomes.”

So far, six sounds have been played – Trendsetters, King Ramsey and Superforce in the first week, and Generationz, One Don and Brimstone Gold last Friday.

“We have three more weeks and nine more sounds, and everybody is on edge,” King Fargo stated.

An upbeat I-Octane said that he was more than happy to sponsor the competition, whose cup is named in his honour. “The sound system is, and has always been, an integral part of the building and shaping of our music, from the days of ska, right up to the present,” the popular artiste stated in a release.

He further said; “So this is Team I-Octane’s way of paying tribute to the sound system. We all grew up listening to the sounds blaring in our ears and ‘rinsing’ out the latest tunes. Every artiste knows the thrill of driving through an area and, just by chance, hearing the sound system playing your own song. So big respect to every selector and sound man and may the best sound win.”

Meanwhile, I-Octane’s team has been busy in the streets promoting two of his latest singles Call Me Overand the Seanizzle-producedWine And Ride that have already showed great potential.

The charmingly provocative video for Call Me Over was premiered recently on influential urban website Vibe, to excellent reviews. Kevin ‘Killavision’ Allen directed the video with Ross Lavine of Rkade Media creating the animated lyrics. Creative Director for the video is The Parris Agency. – The Jamaican Star


Jamaican artist Konshens collab with Clara Kahwa

January 10, 2015
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JAMAICA – Tanzanian-born singer, Clara Kahwa, popularly known as CK, has teamed with Konshens for a single called Body of the Year produced by Timothy ‘Quik Keyz’ Kahwa.

Body of the Year isacombination of a sweet and hardcore dancehall vibe. The song explicitly speaks to her sex appeal and highlights that sultry side of this upcoming sensation.

Konshens said, “I chose to work with CK because she’s a good friend of mine and I realised she’s a bad artiste. Her bro is a sick producer. The talent overload, so we had to do something!”

Konshens also helps CK bridge the gap into dancehall with this track, as opposed to her earlier pop, R&B and reggae tracks – aiding her journey to becoming a master of other musical genres.

CK said, “Radio and street disc jocks are giving it support and see its potential, which I’m truly grateful for.” This track is not only gaining support here, but is also gaining traction in Europe, Africa, Canada South America, and the Caribbean.

Fans of CK follow her on Instgram and twitter @CK_muzic and on Facebook, OfficialCKpage. – The Jamaican Star


Minister Connor pays Tribute to D’Shnay

January 5, 2015
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Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Claret Connor presents the congratulatory letter to Miss Teen Carnival Queen St. Maarten D’Shnay York.


GREATBAY– Minister of Tourism Claret Connor recently paid tribute to St. Maarten’s reigning Teen Carnival Queen D’Shnay York who won the Haynes Smith Talent Teen Pageant in St. Kitts on December 30. He congratulated her on behalf of his entire Ministry.

The Minister presented D’Shnay with a congratulatory letter from his ministry and hailed her as a true ambassador for St. Maarten. He said the competition was very close between D’Shnay and the first runner-up who hailed from St. Kitts which is evidence that the judges recognized the hard work D’shnay put into the pageant.

“Your success at the competition is a great victory for the people of St. Maarten, not because you emerged victorious, but because you were able to give your best while you proudly represented St. Maarten,” the Minister said.

“We are extremely proud of you and your team and wish you much success during your reign. May your reign be one of continued growth and success. Continue to make St. Maarten proud in all of your endeavors.”



Sean Paul receives death threat from Islamic group

December 27, 2014
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 27, CMC – Jamaica’s Grammy award winning singer, Sean Paul, is to decide whether or not to perform a New Year Eve show in the Maldives after reportedly receiving a death threat from an Islamic group claiming to have ties in Syria, the Jamaica Observer newspaper reported Saturday.

It said the video message was posted online and that the publicist for the artiste, Carlette DeLeon, said a decision would be taken following a meeting with Sean Paul’s management team and authorities in the Maldives.

“We are aware of the developing situation. We are currently in contact with all related parties concerning the concert to address the matter. No further details are available at this time,” DeLeon told the Jamaica Observer.

Britain’s Independent newspaper reported the video message carries the logo of the Bilad Al Sham Media (BASM) group, an organisation which claims to comprise Maldivian jihadists based in Syria and the Maldives.

“Sean Paul, if you visit the Maldives, the world will see your burned and blood-drenched dead body,” said cards held by a cloaked figure in the video posted on YouTube late on Wednesday night.

“It is for all Muslim to jihad in the name of Allah. Hence disbelievers like Sean Paul, who are like the worst of the devil’s advocates, deserve nothing but death,” according to the video.

But the newspaper quoting a Twitter account allegedly belonging to BASM, said the group denies being behind the threat.

“We would clearly like to announce that our media have nothing to do with the Sean Paul death threatening video.” – The Daily Observer


Heineken Regatta reveals headliners

December 9, 2014
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PHILIPSBURG–Kool and the Gang and Tessanne Chin will be headlining the weekend-long party during the 35th Heineken Regatta, March 6-8.

The headliners were announced Monday, on the same day organisers held an opening party for sponsors at the cruise terminal.

“The roster for this anniversary edition is filling up quickly and organisers are excited to announce that this internationally-known band, which has been performing continually for 35 years, will grace the Regatta stage on Sunday, March 8, 2015,” said the organisers.

Grammy-winning artistes Kool and the Gang are best known for their hits, such as “Celebration,” “Get down on it” and “I want to take you higher.” The song “Celebration,” like the Heineken Regatta, is 35 years old.

Jamaica-born Tessanne Chin, who won The Voice of America 2013, will be performing on Saturday, March 7. She also performed at the event in 2012, together with her sister Tami Chin.

Many other bands and artistes will be announced over the coming weeks, and sailors and spectators will be treated to a variety of music over the course of three days and four nights, the organisers promised.

At the opening party, at which DJ Soc was the Master of Ceremonies, some 100 sponsors and guests joined the organisers to celebrate the upcoming regatta. Heineken Director Michele Korteweg joined Soc in addressing the crowd and thanking a long list of sponsors.

A number of promotional videos were shown to whet the crowd’s appetite for the biggest regatta in the Caribbean. John Leone, Commercial Director at International Liqour & Tobacco Trading N.V., reminded the crowd that this would be the Regatta’s 35th anniversary and revealed its new logo.

In the new logo, he explained, the emphasis was less on the word “Heineken” and more on “St. Maarten,” which was shown bigger than before. This was done to reflect the island’s importance, Leone said. He said the Regatta was growing, he wanted the people of St. Maarten to grow with it and the people and the companies in St. Maarten to benefit.

This year, he said, we will reflect on 35 years of the Heineken Regatta, “but we also dream of how big this can be. We want to be the hub of everything marine-related. We want everyone to benefit. Let’s all grow together.”

The formal part of the evening saw all those present, including Minister of Tourism Ted Richardson, raise their glasses for a toast to the popular event. This was followed by an opportunity to socialise, with food and drinks being served, including, of course, copious amounts of Heineken beer, a fitting tribute to the Regatta’s catchphrase “Serious Fun.”

For more information about the Heineken Regatta, visit the Website

www.heinekenregatta.com . – The Daily Herald


Dr Rum reaches semi finals at the voice on Netherlands

December 9, 2014
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SXM \ HILVERSUM–Dr. Rum, the artiste name of St. Maarten rapper Jernaldo Thielman, and his partner April made it to the semi finals of the popular talent show The Voice of Holland. Their performance on Friday was a big success and they scored the highest amount of public votes.

Dr. Rum (24) and April (27) had the honour of being the opening act during Friday’s live show of The Voice of Holland on RTL with their two-minute version of the song “Billionaire,” originally of American recording artiste Travie McCoy, featuring Bruno Mars.

April sang the first part after which Dr. Rum made his entry being pushed onto the stage on a green sofa chair by two ladies. Dr. Rum, dressed in a funky US $100 bill suit, did his part dancing along with a set of professional dancers, and at one point even walked into the audience.

The duet got the audience, which included family and friends, crazy. People were clapping and dancing. The team leaders of the show got up from their chairs and swung along. April and Dr. Rum got a standing ovation from the audience. TV viewers at home loved them too because they got the highest number of public votes, cast via the app, sms or telephone.

Dutch rapper Ali B., April and Dr. Rum’s team leader, said in his live comments right after the performance that he was very proud. “This was so great. Really!” He complimented Dr. Rum for having grown over the different shows, since the first blind auditions. “Nobody at the time knew where this was going. But you have shown us that you are good. You bring a lot of happiness, not only here but also at home.”

Team leader Trijntje Oosterhuis said April and Dr. Rum radiated energy and positivism, the performance being natural, without the nervousness that many other talent show candidates displayed. “It instantly got 10 degrees warmer here,” she said.

April and Dr. Rum will go on to the semi finals, along with seven other candidates. During the semi finals this Friday four candidates will be sent home. Four candidates will go on to the finals the week after.

“It felt so amazing. I didn’t expect this. I am so grateful,” Dr. Rum told The Daily Herald on Sunday. “We worked really hard to get here. As I said before, any next performance has to be better than the one before,” he said.

About Friday’s performance, Dr. Rum said: “April was able to shine with her beautiful voice, and I could rap and dance. I was in my comfort zone. This is my thing. I truly enjoyed it, even more so than the previous performances.”

The past weeks have been like a roller coaster for the St. Maarten born rapper who moved to the Netherlands five years ago to study music and producing at the Albeda College in Rotterdam. “It has been crazy, a whole lot of emotions. People recognise me now in the supermarket and train. They want to take photos with me. People stare at you. It took me some time to get accustomed to it,” he said. The Voice of Holland is viewed by some 2.5 million people each week.

Dr. Rum and April, as well as the other candidates, have been training several days a week. “It is getting more intense now. What can I say, it is really a dedication.”And the next show? “I really don’t know. You can’t predict these things, but don’t forget that I won already by coming this far.” – The Daily Herald

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