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Amèlle takes off with with Runaway remix

Canadian-Lebanese singer Amèlle is currently in the island ramping up promotions behind her latest single Runaway (the remix), featuring Beenie Man. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Beenie Man. When the director Wayne South heard (the original) Runaway” through my collaborator Gvine at PHS Entertainment, he was inspired to run with it. He asked...

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Hot Frass blazes with Polo

St Thomas has produced entertainers including Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Bush Man, and hot newcomer Chronic Law. Next out of the blocks is Hot Frass from the district of Hampton Court. He is enjoying attention through his breakthrough song Polo which features deejay Takeova. “I am a humble youth and I love music. My style is...

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Jah Lex gears up for Stronger

Canada-based dancehall artiste Jah Lex is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album Stronger, scheduled for release later this year. It has collaborations with Lutan Fyah, Mikey General, Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal. “The album is almost completed but I haven’t set a release date for it as yet. I’m going to release...

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Prince Pin holds class

New York-based dancehall deejay Prince Pin is enthusiastic about the favourable response to his singles, Time a Di Masta and Whining Class . “I shot a video for Time ah Di Masta with KD Visuals over the weekend in Portland. The response to Whining Class has been phenomenal so far. Right now, it’s a good...

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Shabba Ranks…the Emperor

Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon (aka Shabba Ranks) deserves his title, The Emperor, due to his groundbreaking achievements. In 1991, he signed a recording deal with Epic Records which helped him attain international stardom and become the first dancehall artiste to win Reggae Grammy Awards in 1992 and 1993. Shabba’s hit songs including Housecall, Trailer Load...

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Score to settle

A New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events. Walford Stewart is organiser of the dances which take place May 18...

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Chimney Records drops Fresh Paint

Last month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations. The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal. The St Andrew rhythm has songs...

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Spin Check — Russ Buss of Coppershot

This is the fifth in a 10-part series highlighting sound system selectors. Today, the spotlight is on Russell “Russ Buss” Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco. He finished second in the 2017 SunCity High School DJ Competition. Kevin Jackson (KJ): How is Coppershot different from other sound systems? What makes them unique? Russ Buss: Coppershot...

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Uncajed Melodies hit right notes

SOOTHING sounds filled the air at the fifth staging of Uncajed Melodies held at the Philip Sherlock Centre on The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus in St Andrew on Sunday evening. First held in 2014, the show has built a reputation of providing high-quality classical entertainment. And Sunday’s event was no different....

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‘Jolly good’ show

If British film-maker Rick Elgood has his way, a film on mento band, The Jolly Boys, could be released in July. Elgood, road manager of the band for the last 10 years, is currently editing the film and will be heading into final stages of post-production in a few weeks. The project, he noted, evolved...

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