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FAREWELL TO STEELY

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Keyboardist Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson of the infamous production duo Steely and Clevie died on Tuesday from a heart failure. Steely who suffered from diabetes contracted pneumonia after removal of a benign tumour at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in New York. He was also receiving treatment for kidney failure prior to going overseas for further treatment. Steely […]

TRELAWNY WOMEN’S FEST

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Women in Trelawny will be treated to three days of workshops and motivational talks courtesy of the inaugural Trelawny Women’s Fest. This will be held from September 11-13 and will feature local as well as international facilitators whose intention is to motivate and uplift the attendees. An exemplary Trelawny Woman will also receive the Trelawny […]

THE WEEKEND WAS FABULOUS

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August 7-9 saw the launching of an event series entitled ‘The Weekend’ and by reports, it was a great success. The décor, presentation and service were of first world standards. The interesting blend of attendees was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing atmosphere created by the decorators. Held at the Jazz Bar at Iberostar, Friday was […]

SOJA RELEASES ALBUM ENTITLED BORN IN BABYLON

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Washington D.C. based reggae band SOJA announced that the highly anticipated third full-length album “Born in Babylon“ will be released digitally worldwide, exclusively on iTunes on August 25, 2009. The album follows on the heels of their successful 2006 album “Get Wiser” which debuted in the Top 10 Reggae albums on iTunes and has remain in […]

GOSPEL NIGHT ON DIGICEL RISING STARS

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The roof of the Courtleigh auditorium was left in shambles by the end of this week’s Digicel Rising Stars performance show, as performance after performance was a humbling and inspiring experience for both the Judges and the audience alike. While Goddy Goddy opened the show with a prayer, the special guest artiste, Prodigal Son closed […]

REGGAE/DANCEHALL/SOCA AT THE NEW JERSEY REGGAE FEST

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Caribbean music’s highest ranking officials are planning to invade Newark‘s Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Sunday, September 20th. The ‘King of the Dancehall’ Beenie Man, the ‘International Soca King’ Machel Montano, and Iconic Roots/Dancehall General Buju Banton are set to storm the ninth annual staging of the New Jersey Reggae Fest. Launching a new […]

JAMAICA DOING WELL IN DIGICEL CARIBBEAN CUP NEW YORK

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Reigning Digicel Caribbean Cup New York Champions, Jamaica, managed to draw 1 – 1 with St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) in the feature match of the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York. The match was played last Sunday which featured a triple match presentation at the Jefferson High School Field in Brooklyn. Seinard Bowens of […]

DAYDREAMS WAS FABULOUS

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Despite of the heavy rain, patrons clad in full white were ready to enjoy the dream experience last Friday at Long Bay Beach in Negril. Wherever there was shelter at the venue or on the way to the venue, white-clad persons could be seen sheltering. The beach became a sea of white as most patrons […]

EAST vs. WEST AT YUSH

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Dubbed the musical showdown of ‘East vs. West’, Yush took Margaritaville, Negril on a musically journey with Code Red and Coppershot representing the east and ZJ Liquid and DJ Wayne representing the west. Thousands crammed into the venue and parking lot enjoying the early vibes provided by the Deejays from the east, ZJ Rush and […]

THE I AM BLESSED TOUR

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After completing a seemingly successful tour across Europe Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas is back in the island. The ‘I AM BLESSED TOUR’ started on July 13th at the Summer Reggae Fest at Fort de Saint Pere in France. Mr Vegas had the opportunity to close the Dour Festival in Belgium with approximately 30,000 people rocking […]

SPANISH TOWN DANCE TROUPE WINS WORLD REGGAE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

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The World Reggae Dance Championships was held last Saturday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and saw Spanish Town Dance Troupe emerging the winners. They took home $250,000 along with other prizes. Coming in a close second place was the newly-formed Japanese quartet, Ivan Squad, followed by Ed Hardy Dancers in third. Twenty squads from […]

THE BEST OF REGGAE SUMFEST

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The organisers of Sumfest must be elated. They have gone on record to state that, in its 17-year history, this was their biggest Dancehall Night ever, and a very successful festival overall. Informal estimates have put the throng of reggae/dancehall music lovers inside the venue at near 20,000 on Dancehall Night. According to an insider, […]

GREEN LIGHTS FOR THE DREAM WEEKEND

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With just over a week to go before the start of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend, all systems are go as Negril prepares for the thousands of party fans expected to descend on that town for the Independence weekend. Organizers of the super-inclusive and exclusive parties are revealing that there will be more than adequate […]

JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

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Jamaica Festival 2009 kicks off today as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) presents seven days dedicated to the commemoration of the nation’s 47th year of Independence, under the theme “I Believe in Jamaica“. Mello Go Roun, a showcase of the most entertaining items from the Festival of the Performing Arts, scheduled for the National […]

AN OVERVEIW OF INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 1

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Though it was International Night, it was nevertheless reggae that was the star of the show. Just ask Coco Tea, who gave a brilliant showing. The veteran singer delivered a silky-smooth rendition of Air Supply’s Here I Am (Just When I Thought) and Bob Marley’s One Drop before closing with his recent hit Barack Obama. […]

REGGAE SUMFEST BEACH PARTY

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Scores of foreigners and a good mix of local patrons turned out in full support, downing hard liquor, dancing and prancing under the stars, as the Bare Essentials band and top artistes graced the stage, proving they were as good as the more renowned acts billed for the remaining nights. Singers Nazzle Man, Richie Canary […]

A LOOK AT REGGAE SUMFEST

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Summerfest Productions Limited, the company behind the world famous Reggae Sumfest, was created with the mission of filling the void left in Montego Bay by the Reggae Sunsplash Concert when it ended in 1993. Formed by members of the business and entertainment community Summerfest Productions originally consisted of Hartley Morris, John Gourzong, Robert Russell, Walter […]

TIPS FOR YOU TO HAVE MORE FUN THIS SUMMER

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Well the summer is upon us and yes skin is in. All the hot parties ATI, RTI and Reggae Sumfest are lined up to provide maximum entertainment. But before you hop off to enjoy yourself here are a few tips that will ensure that you not only have maximum fun but also guarantee that you […]

KIKI CHILLING IN THE CHILL ROOM

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Kerie ‘Kiki’ Lewis started out with the Digicel Rising Stars team on the production side in the first season of the ground breaking show, but then “took a break” while seasons two and three cemented Digicel Rising Stars as the most popular television show in Jamaica’s history. Now, in the sixth season, the mother-of-two is handling […]

FROZEN (WINTER IN JULY)

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Frozen is a fundraising party for the Commonwealth Woman’s Antarctic Expedition (CWAE).  It will be held on July 10, 2009 at Susie’s Coffee Bar, Southdale Plaza. The CWAE is a team of 8 women from the Commonwealth countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom who intend to […]