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JUNO Awards History — 4 Wins for Exco Levi ​for “B​est Reggae Recording”!

By | March 17th, 2015|Entertainment News, News|

Thanks to CARAS, Exco Levi is celebrating his newest accolade, the 2015 JUNO for Best Reggae Recording!  On March 13th, 2015, Exco became the only artist in Canadian history to be nominated 4 times for Best Reggae Recording and win! Canada's top honor was handed out in Hamilton, Ontario at the 44th annual ceremony.  Voted by members of CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), the organizing body agreed that "Welcome the King" (produced by Kheilstone Music) is the [...]

Vybz Kartel Is Incarcerated But Not Silenced

By | March 17th, 2015|Entertainment News, News|

Last Friday the 13th of March signified one year of the "nightmare of King Street" (for Babylon) as Kartel still reigns supreme for all 365 days since conviction... From @ghettopublisher / Kartel Co-Author @realgazawriter There was champagne all over uptown Jamaica on March 13, 2014; politicians jockeyed to take credit for it; the police released statements of joy; some fanatical pastors and bourgeois Jamaica sang praises – March 13, 2014 was the night a jury disregarded and ignored tampered evidence, [...]

R.I.P. Peter Rankin – Gone But Not Forgotten

By | March 15th, 2015|Entertainment News, News|

His Facebook Page says it all -“Born in Kingston, Jamaica…I’ve been singing from in the 70's, shared stage with Brigadier Jerry, Michigan and Smiley, Phillip Fraser, Sammy Dread etc. Working on a new album coming soon…still doing shows all over and currently living in Canada. My goal is to take the music to a higher level, by still doing roots and culture for the world. I love all music”. The world of Reggae music has lost another great one as [...]

Exco Levi Earns 4th JUNO Nomination for Best Reggae Recording!

By | March 11th, 2015|Entertainment News, News|

Exco Levi earns a 4th Juno nomination for Best Reggae Recording as announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at the launch of the 2015 JUNO Awards season on Tuesday January 27th. The prestigious award, internationally recognized as the equivalent of the American Grammy’s, is the most coveted award in Canadian music which recognizes outstanding musical contributions made by its’ nominees. Exco Levi’s good news of a fourth nomination comes just ahead of the release of [...]

David Rodigan on 1Xtra 2014-10-19 Beres Hammond’s first-ever single

By | October 22nd, 2014|Entertainment News, Music, News|

Two-time Juno Award nominee Belinda Brady unveils latest single & video: “No More Words”

By | September 22nd, 2014|Entertainment News, News|

[display_podcast] NO MORE WORDS VIDEO  - Belinda Brady: TORONTO – September 22, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto based singer Belinda Brady releases her latest single “No More Words” on September 22 2014 on G98.7FM.“No More Words” is classic Reggae, Lovers Rock. A romantic, R&B-influenced form of reggae, Lovers Rock was a product of the U.K. reggae scene, becoming popular in the late '70s and has been a favourite sub-genre of Reggae since then captivates audiences from all age demographic [...]

See Hot Pics — Cocoa Tea at Sound Academy 07.12.14

By | July 22nd, 2014|2014 Pics, Entertainment News, Hot Pics, News|

Enjoy these pics - Cocoa Tea in concert at Sound Academy on July 12th 2014 (I'm guessing that the show had about 750 people in attendance).  The Rub-a-Dub Concert event also featured Luciano as co-headliner.  Luciano, as expected, performed his usual great show hi-lighted by on-stage acrobatics and a golden voice that again sounded just as good live as it does in the recording studios. I chilled during Luciano's performance, and there are no pics of his live performance offered [...]

Remembering Legendary Drummer Raffa Dean – Gone But Not Forgotten

By | June 13th, 2014|Entertainment News, News|

Reggae music in Canada has lost one of its most beloved and talented musicians, legendary drummer-percussionist-musician Raffa Dean aka Tony White aka Paul Anthony White. Raffa Dean, considered to be Canada's number one reggae drummer of all time, died Tuesday June 10th after a two year battle with stomach cancer, an illness he kept secret from friends and family until the end. He was 56 year old. He leaves behind two daughters, Jacquiline and Teani White. Born in Kingston Jamaica, [...]

Vybz Kartel Post Murder Case Revelations Getting Uglier By The Day

By | April 15th, 2014|Entertainment News, News|

The following is a re-print of the April 13th 2014 Jamaican Observer article titled "17 Guns For Freedom"-"Klansman Gang said linked Gaza Murders!".  As a big Vybz Kartel fan, my heart sank after reading this article, and even now, after accepting, along with all Kartel fans, our sentencing of 'guilt by association',  I'm still in 'stun' mode.  With the lifetime sentencing of Vybz Kartel, Dancehall has received a slap in the face, yes, and most of us have accepted this. [...]

Life in Prison for Vybz Kartel & Crew

By | April 3rd, 2014|Entertainment News, News|

April 3, 2014 Source: Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for the August 2011 murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams following a hearing in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Thursday. The deejay will not be eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his prison term, when he is 73 years old. His co-accused, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John were also [...]