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: 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: 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: Buju’s Gun Charge, Reggae Girl Power & Matisyahu’s Tour

Another Juror Says Buju Banton Is Not Guilty of Gun Charge (Broward-Palm Beach New Times) Terri Wright has been called to serve jury duty seven times. But none of the cases compares to the federal drug and gun trial of reggae…

First Note: 09.27.2012

Jamaica: The loudest island on the planet? (BBC News) Everywhere you go in Jamaica, you hear music – loud music. Although authorities recently enforced an island-wide musical curfew, there is a growing campaign to relax the restrictions. Why has the Caribbean…

Jamaica and Ghana linkup to produce X-Factor Dancehall Single

Karamanti collaborates with Ghana’s dancehall icon, Stonebwoy Burniton [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/59875304″ iframe=”true” /] Recording artist Karamanti, who is based in Kingston Jamaica recently connected with one of Ghana’s most recognized dancehall artist, Stonebwoy Burniton. The two agreed to work together after being interviewed…

Top 10 Songs To Celebrate Jamaica Olympic Gold

10. Dweet Again Beenie Man Beenie rightfully made the claim the Jamaicans would repeat their performance in the 2008 Olympics. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZaAQMFHSHQ&w=560&h=315] 9. Shelly Anne Red Rat When Red Rat recorded this song he had no idea that a Shelly…

Top 20 Jamaican Movies Of All Times

Jamaica has a long and storied history of film, beginning with the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No” until present day movies like “Better Mus Come” and “Ghet A Life.” Picking the Top 20 Jamaican movies was not that hard…