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: 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…

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: 09.24.2012

Positive Signal: Judge impressed by Busy’s transformation (The Jamaica Observer) IT’S not customary for an accused to rejoice when given a prison sentence, but deejay Busy Signal broke that trend last Friday. A judge in the United States ruled that the…

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…

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…