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Ne-Yo Delves Into Dancehall And Reggae

Veteran R&B singer Ne-Yo seems to also be going down the dancehall and reggae path so many in the pop world have followed recently. The singer recently released “Push Back,” which sees him delving into the tropical sounds of dancehall and reggae alongside pop disruptor, Bebe Rexha and UK deejay Stefflon Don.

The song will be part of his new album, Good Man, due out on June 8th from Motown Records and…

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Added by Mico on April 12, 2018 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Please help my dad - Sean Paul asks public to help save father's life

International recording artiste Sean Paul made an appeal through his social media pages earlier this week for persons to donate blood at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) or any other blood bank as his father Garth Henriques is in dire need.

A distressed Sean Paul said that he has been absent on social media due to tending to his father, who has been in poor health over the past two…

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Added by Mico on April 12, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Sister Nancy Salutes Jay-Z & Kanye West For Sampling Her Classic “Bam Bam” Track

Sister Nancy and her classic “Bam Bam” track has been sampled dozens of times in Hip-Hop music and beyond. In a recent interview, the Dancehall Reggae legend spoke about Jay-Z and Kanye West using the record for their respective songs while also capturing what she’s done over the course of her career.

In a delightful chat with NME, Dancehall’s first female deejay (aka rapper using the genre’s terms)…

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Added by Mico on March 28, 2018 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Jamaica’s Largest Music Festival Reggae Sumfest Announces 2018 Lineup

For over a quarter of a century as the Caribbean’s largest long-standing music festival, Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world’s top reggae and dancehall artists.

Friday night (July 20) is the ultimate dancehall takeover with…

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Added by Mico on March 28, 2018 at 3:06pm — No Comments

The increasing popularity of Dancehall in Africa

The rise of African reggae/dancehall artistes is a perfect example of the maxim that music is universal. Africa is home to multitude of artistes who fuse Afro-beat, rhythm and blues, reggae, and dancehall. One of them is Nigerian born Ledo, who recently spoke about the passion for dancehall music in her native country.

“Dancehall brings out the fire in me. R&B is…

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Added by Mico on March 28, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Freddie McGregor’s “Go Freddie Go” out on VP Records

Freddie McGregor’s “Go Freddie Go" out on VP Records
Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc., has emerged with new single “Go Freddie Go”.
 
The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie’s lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, “Go Freddie Go” is sure to become a classic Reggae summer…
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Added by Mico on March 25, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ziggy Marley returns to Israel this summer

Ziggy Marley, the Rastafarian and inheritor of his father Bob Marley’s mantle of reggae music, returns to Israel this summer for his fourth official visit, and will perform two intimate concerts.

He will appear onJuly 31 at Barby Tel Aviv and August 1 at Zappa Shuni Amphiteater.

Marley, the eldest of his father’s seven children, has remained loyal to his reggae roots, since first learning to play at…

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Added by Mico on March 21, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Popcaan Drops $100K For Kids To Go See Black Panther

Popcaan donated a $100,000 for kids from the Walker’s Place of Safety to watch Black Panther.

Black celebrities across the U.S. have been spending their own money to rent out theaters across the country for less fortunate kids to watch the hit movie Black Panther. Now local dancehall celebrities are also doing the same. Popcaan donated a $100,000 to an initiative launched by radio host Nikki Z to help kids…

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Added by Mico on March 21, 2018 at 11:25am — No Comments

Hood Celebrityy has no time for clashes

Jamaica-born artiste Tina Pinnock is against the idea of entertainers clashing, although it is not unusual to hear of events promoting that style of entertainment in New York, where she was raised.

Known professionally as Hood Celebrityy, the recording artiste told The STAR that an entertainer-against-entertainer clash only creates or adds fuel to the fire in an argument between two people whose focus…

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Added by Mico on March 12, 2018 at 12:26pm — No Comments

STAR of the Month: Don't demonise the music - Konshens says dancehall shouldn't be blamed for society's ills

In the dichotomy of 'gyal chune' versus 'gun chune', many dancehall artistes straddle the line. Despite the variance between those prominent categories of dancehall music, the entire genre is scrutinised for its potential to negatively influence young consumers, causing policymakers to call for sanctions against some musical content.

"Dancehall, of course, plays a role because [fans] look up to dancehall…

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Added by Mico on March 8, 2018 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Khago Talks Album Success, Mental Health & Family Feud

Khago surprised the entire dancehall with his new album “Walk a Mile”.

The surprised project debut at No. 5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and has since been doing well. The official release is set for this Friday, March 9th. Despite his success musically, Khago has been raising some eyebrows on social media over the last several months with his very public feud with his mother and sister. His rants on…

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Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 3:17pm — No Comments

International Reggae Artist I-Octane Reveals Album Art for his “Love and Life” Album

International recording artist I-Octane has unveiled the cover art for his third full length album titled “Love & Life”. Produced under his own production company Conquer The Globe Productions, the long awaited album features 17 tracks with the addition of 2 bonus tracks when you pre-order the album.

The seasoned artist…

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Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 3:13pm — No Comments

We can't let reggae, the national music, die

This is Reggae Month. Older Jamaicans know what reggae is because in the course of their lives they have heard its beautiful melodies and remember the songs. In fact, it is very hard to forget the music. But that is history. Today, other music has overtaken the national music, reggae — the beautiful music — erasing much of the memories. What is the reason for this lapse?

Go to a major hotel…

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Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Jamaican artistes sweeten the Reggae deal in Canada

Richie Stephens says Jamaicans should be glad that its music is being picked up in other parts of the world. He said that the failure of locals to take note of the changes on the international scene could see many being left behind.

"I am not into the argument of people taking away our music," he said. "We should be happy and overjoyed that so many people, non-Jamaican people, are interested in our music so…

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Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Popcaan Says He Is A Gad Because Dons Are In Jail

Popcaan ambition in the game is very clear after this post.

The Unruly Boss is one of the most successful young acts in dancehall currently, but often artists success comes with greater attention, sometimes unwanted attention from haters and even law enforcement. So you can understand how Popcaan feels when he says he doesn’t want to be a Don or a General because those people usually end up in prison or in…

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Added by Mico on February 20, 2018 at 11:41am — No Comments

Legendary reggae band continues tradition of Bob Marley

Bob Marley & The Wailers forever changed the musical landscape, bringing reggae music to the mainstream with songs such as “One Love” and “Jamming.” The album “Exodus” was anointed Best Album of the Century by Time Magazine in 1999, and “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC.

Upon Marley’s tragic death in 1981, the remaining members of The Wailers continued performing live,…

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Added by Mico on February 20, 2018 at 11:35am — No Comments

ROMAIN VIRGO’S “LOVESICK” OUT MARCH 30- EMBARKS ON THE LOVESICK EUROPEAN TOUR

VP Records is proud to announce “LoveSick,” the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 16-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again. In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell.…

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Added by Mico on February 20, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Amara La Negra Samples Classic Reggae Anthem 'Bam Bam' in First Single & Video From Debut Album

Dembow extraordinaire and purveyor of #BlackGirlMagic, Amara La Nerga dropped her first new music since signing a multimillion-dollar, multi-album record deal with Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG on Tuesday (Feb. 13). "What a Bam Bam," the first single from her upcoming debut album, samples the classic reggae anthem "Bam Bam" from Jamaican dancehall legend Sister Nancy. 

The newly premiered…

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Added by Mico on February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This Is How Vybz Kartel Stay Fit In Prison, Video Leaked

Listen to "Real Bad Gal," an Unreleased Track From Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel lost a ton of weight since going to prison and this how he keeps fit.

Someone leaked a video showing the dancehall icon playing football at GP and let’s just say sports might not be a career alternative.

Vybz Kartel famously…

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Added by Mico on February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reggae Month partners with Red Rose for Gregory on Valentine's Day

The Gregory Isaacs Foundation along with Reggae Month organisers will be hosting the second annual Red Rose for Gregory fund-raising event on Wednesday, February 14, at the Jamaica College Auditorium in St Andrew.

It's among the big events for Reggae Month, as lovers of the genre from all across the world converge on Jamaica to enjoy one of the island's greatest products.…

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Added by Mico on February 14, 2018 at 2:40pm — No Comments

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