Since winning this year’s Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition, Deep Jahi’s talent has continued to pay off.
Not only was he signed to Rockstone Media, but he has also released a new single via the label, Punching Bag. The hard-hitting single is much of what fans would expect from the lyrical newcomer – well-written and witty.
He said since winning the competition, “It has been a great reception. People have been anticipating the songs and once they see me and recognise me, they usually have a lot to say and congratulate me, and that sort of thing; but it has been great so far, and a lot of hard work.”
One of the former protégés of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Tommy Lee seeks to establish himself as a major force in the post Portmore Empire era as he’s set to release his new mixtape this summer.
Tommy Lee has slowly but surely become a household fixture within Dancehall music within the last two years; releasing notable efforts such as Psycho, Warn Dem and Journeys. With his unique and somewhat mischievous sounding voice, the young deejay has become a force to reckon with going forward after perfecting his craft under the tutelage of long time mentor, Vybz Kartel.
Now Tommy Lee has set his sights on making his next career step as he’s set to unveil his new mixtape which will be unleashed this summer. Reportedly, the mixtape will feature several songs from different labels as he looks to build his growing repertoire.
Dancehall star, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has once again embroiled himself in legal trouble after the renowned deejay reportedly copped assault charges stemming from an incident last week.
According to reports, Deva Bratt was arrested following an encounter with two women at his Portmore home last week, where he allegedly made sexual advances on them. However, after both females refused to engage in such activity with the artiste, an exchange occurred which led to Deva Bratt allegedly assaulting both women.
This year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest will feature several local superstar acts as they prepare to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary this summer.
Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James and features several past and present Dancehall/Reggae megastars that are part of what promises to be an extremely impressive bill. Amongst the performance roster for this year’s Sumfest staging is Grammy-winning Reggae singer, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, who will be showcasing his catalogue of recent smash hits including Affairs of the Heart and Set Up Shop.
The Dancehall fraternity once again mourns the death of a relative for a prominent Dancehall artiste as the father of iconic deejay, Beenie Man has passed away.
Beenie’s Dad, more affectionately known as Bragga, died on Wednesday night at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston while receiving treatment for an undisclosed health complaint. Reportedly, the news came as a complete shock to Beenie Man as well as his long-time manager and brother, Rohan ‘Blue’ Smith and are said to be very sad as they cope with their loss.
Adidjahiem Records would like to make it clear, that Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has not recorded any material since his arrest in 2011. Any songs containing material from Vybz Kartel that were released after his arrest, were recorded by the artist in previous years.
Prominent Jamaican selector, ZJ Wah Wa has split from highly acclaimed sound system, Darkcide International after a four year association with the group.
The disc jock, whose real name is Deon-Ville O’Hara has worked for the sound system on several shows and productions in recent times, including his Man of Interest and Deception mixtapes. However, ZJ Wah Wa announced on Tuesday that he will no longer be managed by Darkcide International in a press release.
UK Dancehall rises
The UK Dancehall scene seems to be flourishing and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with gaining the respect of and making its Jamaican counterparts take notice. From artistes to producers, radio djs to entertainment websites, the past year has seen tremendous growth and rise in the popularity of UK Dancehall.
Unlike in Jamaica, Dancehall is not one the most popular genres of music in the UK and takes a backseat to Grime, Dubstep, Hiphop and even Reggae. This is even more evident in the fact that there only two mainstream radio stations, BBC 1xtra and Choice FM with dedicated time slots playing Dancehall. However, the growing popularity of pirate and internet radio stations filling the gap and becoming instrumental in promoting both Jamaican and UK Dancehall music the genre is allowed to thrive in the UK.
It’s often hard for upcoming artistes within any genre to breeze through the industry given the many hurdles that must be faced. But for emerging Dancehall star, Xyclone, he’s stormed through the genre’s circles with impactful results.
Born Roje R. Robinson, Xyclone had an affinity for Dancehall music from a young age; a love which seemed genetically inclined given that his father, Peter Blacks hails as the iconic disc jockey of the Reggae Vibrations sound system in Philadelphia, PA.
STATEMENT FROM BUSY SIGNAL
May 26, 2012
In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.
I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement. I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY. This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.
As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void – there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you “busy” until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.
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