First Note: J-FLAG supports Dancehall, Sliding album sales, Cedric Myton

J-FLAG stands behind dancehall – Gay-rights group bats for reformed dancehall artistes (The Jamaica Gleaner) The controversial Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) is offering to help dancehall and reggae artistes respond to efforts by gay-rights groups overseas…

First Note: More airplay for Reggae, BBC hails Busy Signal, Warlord freed

More airplay demanded for Reggae music (The Jamaica Star) Music industry players are begging members of the media, in particularly radio, to share air time evenly between reggae, dancehall and foreign music. They claim reggae is not getting sufficient air…

First Note: Macka Diamond on Lady Saw’s faith, Tommy Lee booed in Ja, Mavado cleared for Barbados

Tommy Lee booed twice in one night – Artiste says it was orchestrated (The Jamaica Star) Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was booed at two events on Sunday after making attempts to dis dancehall icon Bounty Killer. Tommy Lee was…

First Note: Snoop Lion’s next single, Marley at NYU and Interview with Toots Hibbert

‘Here Comes The King’: Snoop Lion Drops Another Major Lazer-Produced Reggae Single (The Huffington Post) Rapper turned reggae star Snoop Dogg Lion has a new single he’d like you to hear: “Here Comes the King” off “Reincarnation,” is a dubby reggae track…

First Note: Lady Saw considers Christianity, Dancehall & Taxes, Reggae Grammy Award Nominations

Lady Saw ‘Contemplating’ Baptism (The Voice) Popular Jamiacan dancehall star Lady Saw has confirmed that she is contemplating baptism, the Jamaica Star reports. Earlier this week Saw, dubbed the ‘Queen of the dancehall,’ took to Twiter to announce the news. She tweeted: “Been thinking…

First Note: Vybz Kartel’s trial saga continues, Jah Cure in Kenya, Ariane Moffat

Vybz Kartel now faces murder trials in December and January (Caribbean 360) Following this week’s postponement of the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, the controversial deejay will now face trials in the last month of this year and the…

First Note: Fmr. PM Edward Seaga Interview, Reggae Relevance and Peace Tour in Ivory Coast

Interview with Edward Seaga (Urban Reggae) Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga (JLP) started his career as a record company owner and producer, but soon turned to politics. Now he’s back where it all started, and he has compiled the historical…

First Note: RIP Danny Sims, A day in Sean Paul’s life & White people who don’t like Reggae

Danny Sims, Producer Who Signed Bob Marley, Dies at 75 ( The New York Times) Few people outside of the Caribbean knew who Bob Marley was when Danny Sims heard him perform in 1968. But Mr. Sims knew Marley was something special…

First Note: 10.03.2012

Samuel Mouton of Ft. Collins is the reggae master on NBC’s “The Voice” (Denver Post) Before his breakout performance on “The Voice,” the biggest venue Samuel Mouton had played was the 300-400 seat Aggie Theatre in Ft. Collins. He has yet to play…

Independence Dreams and the Gaza Don

– Ryan Jobson; Guest Contributor & Editor Independence Dreams and the Gaza Don A Review of Vybz Kartel’s The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto  The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto: “Incarcerated but not Silenced.” Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel and…

First Note: 09.21.2012

Vybz Kartel’s new book fails to connect with Jamaicans (The Examiner) Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelmay still be selling records while behind bars but his new book hasn’t been experiencing similar success. Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, the first book ever…