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Raptors anthem

IN late May when the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to make the NBA finals against champions Golden State Warriors, Jamaican deejay General Genius was confident they would become the first Canadian franchise to win basketball’s storied championship. That they did, winning 4-2, with three of those victories coming in Oakland, Golden State’s home...

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Big moves on Billboard

Philadelphia-based band, The Movement, earns its third chart-topper on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, with their seventh studio effort, Ways of The World . Released June 7, the album has 13 songs and sold 1591 copies in opening week The first single, Diamonds, is produced by Future Sound of Reggae, a joint venture between...

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Jermaine Michaels encourages perseverance

Former Digicel Rising Stars contestant Jermaine Michaels is getting a major boost with his reggae-flavoured single Am a Soldier , released on May 23 on the Big Dreams Production label. The song speaks to perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. “After entering Rising Star in 2010, not many producers were willing to help. But...

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Spice is now ‘Reality Royalty’

Dancehall artiste Spice added a film award to her accolades Sunday. Along with three cast-mates from the hit reality series Love and Hip Hop Atlanta , she won Best Reality Royalty at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. The ceremony was held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, but aired Monday night. Spice (given...

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Miss Global reaches out

Organiser of the Miss Global International pageant, Neelam Ramchandani, believes this year’s competition will help boost Jamaica’s tourism product. “This year our motto is ‘Uniting the World Through Beauty and Tourism’, and so we’ll be hosting other countries for the international coronation show in September. We will provide the girls with a feel of the...

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Bobby Bigga 5 gets his day

Bobby Bigga 5 is pleased with the feedback to his message-based Day One and its accompanying video. The visuals for the single was released a few months ago, while the song was done in January. Day One is on the Trinidad-based Universal Stars label. “The feedback to Day One video has been phenomenal online, and...

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Munga’s wait continues

The wait continues for dancehall artiste Munga Honorable, as his trial has been pushed back to November 5. “It was a case management to regularise the trial between himself and the other accused person. As it relates to Munga, he was served with all his documents by the prosecution and is prepared for trial. However,...

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Mr Chumps looks to Sumfest

Montego Bay-based deejay Mr Chumps plans to give a memorable performance at this year’s Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James. The festival is slated for July 14 to 20. Mr Chumps is booked for the July 19 stage show. “I am coming to surprise the world on the Reggae Sumfest stage...

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CFW gets thumbs up

Organisers of Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) are claiming success with this year’s staging, which closed at Villa Ronai in St Andrew on Sunday night. The event, which was cancelled last year, was given a much-needed shot in the arm by Pulse with the incorporation of African designers, alongside their Caribbean counterparts. A total of nine collections...

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HATS OFF TO CFW

CARIBBEAN Fashionweek (CFW) night one featured an impressive showing of textures, tones and creations by designers spanning the Caribbean to Lagos, Nigeria. It was held at Villa Ronai in Stony Hill, St Andrew, on Saturday night. Kingsley Cooper, CEO of Pulse and event conceptualiser, said he was pleased with the collections on show. “I am...

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