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  • Sweet sound of Diztortion

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 38

    THANKS to his work on deejay Stylo G's Badd (featuring Sister Nancy) and the British Top 20 hit Soundbwoy, Diztortion has become one of the United Kingdom's in-demand producers. He currently has the number 11 song in that country with Rari Workout which features Lethal Bizzle, JME and Tempa T, and recently worked on his first solo single called Bondelero

  • THE name Patricia Judith Maryla Ricketts may not immediately ring a bell, but say Patsy Ricketts, and the word dance is almost guaranteed to follow.

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 44

    Come National Heroes' Day — October 20 — Ricketts joins a long list of Jamaicans who will receive national awards at King's House where she will receive the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for her sterling contribution to the creative arts in the area of dance. This award comes following more than half-a-century as a dancer which

  • US Reggae promoter Doctor Dread turns to Jamaican jerk seasoning

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 39

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- When major record labels shunned reggae music, small, independent companies were always around to pick up the slack. Among the best known of these 'indies' was RAS Records. It had offices in Washington DC and was run by Gary 'Doctor Dread' Himelfarb. The 60-year-old Himelfarb stepped away from the daily grind of the music business

  • UNITED Kingdom-based reggae singer Brina is looking to Africa with the release of her EP, Reggae Sauti Za Kiswahili.

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 40

    Recorded in Swahili language, the five-track set is co-produced by Kieran Murray and the singer, and was released on September 8. "I want to bring Jamaican reggae back to Africa with an African language," she told the Jamaica Observer. Swahili is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The total number of Swahili speakers exceeds 140 million

  • Artistes get their day in the sun

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 41

    IN a bid to expose aspiring artistes and build its base among the youth demographic, radio station Suncity 104.9 FM will launch its World Premiere Tuesdays (WPT) series on October 7. World Premiere Tuesdays is part of the Portmore company's Current Tuesdays format. The station's disc jockeys will dedicate one hour of their respective four-hour shows

  • Ky-enie salutes land of his birth

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 34

    SINGER Ky-enie hopes to finally lay to rest questions surrounding his origin with his new song, Land of My Birth. The artiste says mystery about his nationality has dogged him for several years. It has got to a point of 'enough is enough'. "Persons have always been confused about my origin whether I am American or European, so I wanted to compose a song that will identify

  • Freddie takes jerk to Long Beach

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 42

    JERK festivals seem to be a hot item -- as far as Jamaican culture is concerned -- in the United States these days. Several major cities including Atlanta, New York, Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia have events showcasing spicy productS. Long Beach in southern California has joined the mix. The Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival is scheduled

  • Gucci Mane on assault rap

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 36

    ATLANTA, USA (AP) — Prosecutors say rapper Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for attacking a fan at an Atlanta nightclub. Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty yesterday to hitting a man in the head with a vodka bottle on March 16, 2013, in a nightclub's

  • Winehouse statue unveiled

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 28

    LONDON, England (AP) — Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honoured on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. Winehouse's many fans will have no problem recognising the singer, who is portrayed sporting her distinctive beehive hairdo. Winehouse's father Mitch said Sunday

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution.

    September 16, 2014 3:21 PM 36

    The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art announced Monday that the entire Cosby collection will go on view in November in a unique exhibit juxtaposing African-American art with African art. The collection, which will be loaned to the museum, includes works by such leading African-American artists as Beauford Delaney, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence