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Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise Sold Out

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Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner. The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will sail from Miami to Jamaica, October 20-25, 2014, docking for daytime excursions and beach parties in the island’s resort towns, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

The lineup features Damian and his older brothers Stephen and Julian Marley; dancehall superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy, contemporary roots singers Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, and Etana; sing-jay Busy Signal, Jamaican-American sibling band Morgan Heritage and the roster of acts from the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International imprint: Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (son of Jamaican rock steady legend, the late Alton Ellis) and Stephen’s son, Jo Mersa Marley. Also on board will be renowned UK selector Sir David Rodigan and three veteran reggae sound systems Jamaica’s Stone Love and Renaissance Disco...

2014 Best Reggae Album Grammy Awards Nominees

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The 2014 Grammy nominees were revealed on Friday, December 6th, 2013. to be eligible for the 56th Annual Best Reggae Album Grammy Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013. Recordings must be in general distribution in the United States.

Best Reggae Album Nominees:
Beres Hammond - One Love, One Life VP
Label: VP Records

Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley In Concert
Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide

Sizzla - The Messiah
Label: VP Records

Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters - Reggae Connection
Label: K'z Records

Snoop Lion - Reincarnated

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Bounty Killer Unleashes New Single Inspired By The Movie "The Harder They Come"

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Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Harder They Come has inspired countless reggae music love-ins on college campuses and among Jamaicans around the world. Now the iconic movie can add a dancehall rhythm to its list of tributes, as One Jam Music releases Bounty Killer's blazing Harder -- a devastating response to all his challengers, and the teaser to One Jam's latest production, the Harder Than Hard album slated for release in early 2014.

Harder Than Hard is the brainchild and labor of love of One Jam Music, a boutique reggae music label. The project was inspired by the classic 1972 Jimmy Cliff film written and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor D. Rhone. Considered a cult classic, The Harder They Come was the first film made in Jamaica shortly after independence, one of the most successful independent films of all time and “the soundtrack album has joined Marley’s catalog as...

New Denon DJ MC6000MK2

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Denon have just announced the Denon DJ MC6000MK2 controller, expected this coming January, 2014.

The MC6000MK2 is Denon's next generation plug and play controller for Serato DJ Intro, which offers our basic DJ functionality. It's also supported in Serato DJ with a paid upgrade for professional level features and advanced control.

Junior Murvin is Dead At 64

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Legendary Jamaican reggae Musician, Junior Murvin, best know for the single 'Police and Thieves' is dead. The Portland-based singer reportedly died peacefully at his home at Summers Town Road in Port Antonio early this morning.

Murvin, whose real name is Murvin Junior Smith was born in Saint James in 1949, but following the death of his father, relocated to Port Antonio with his mother and other siblings.

Murvin would later achieve fame as the singer of 'Police and Thieves', which was an international hit in 1976, produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

Stone Love Inks Deal with 21st Hapilos Digital

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Winston "Wee Pow" Powell of Internationally Renowned Stone Love Inks Deal with 21st Hapilos Digital

U.S.A, JA (21stHapilos News) - Undoubtedly one of Jamaica's most popular sound systems, Stone Love has long ago revolutionized their craft by branching out from playing the hits to creating the hits. Headed by the esteemed Winston "Wee Pow" Powell, internationally renowned Stone Love has leaped to the digital era by inking a deal with Digital distributor giants 21stHapilos Digital.

21st Hapilos Digital has revolutionized the entertainment industry through online distribution, and delivered the hottest hits from the biggest and upcoming artists and producers alike in dancehall and reggae music. Signing Father Weepow - Stone Love is only befitting of those 2 musical giants.

"Johnny Wonder is a man who knows the music globally so this can only enhance our status in the music industry,. It will take me to a higher level in the digital world. My first...

Artiste Tribute: Barrington Levy

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One of the great success stories of the ’80s, Barrington Levy, arrived on the dancehall scene and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJs and vocalists would rise and fall during this decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continued releasing massive hits well into the ’90s. Born in 1964 in Clarendon, Jamaica, as a youngster, Barrington Levy formed the Mighty Multitude with his cousin Everton Dacres. They started off playing the sound systems and cut their first single, “My Black Girl,” in 1977. All of 14, Levy broke out on his own the next year and recorded his debut solo single, “A Long Time Since We Don’t Have No Love.” It didn’t have much of an impact, however the teen’s appearances in the dancehalls were eagerly awaited events. It was at one of these that Levy met former singer turned producer Junjo Lawes and New York-based producer Hyman “Jah Life” Wright. The pair took the youth into Channel One studio...

WADA Officials Starts Jamaica's Anti-Doping Audit

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Three high-ranking officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have arrived in Jamaica to conduct their audit of the country's anti-doping programs after weeks of criticism following positive tests from several high-profile athletes.

They will examine Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) drug testing program, staffing, governance, education program, and current cases of adverse analytical findings against some of the country's athletes. WADA had been invited to conduct an audit of the anti-doping program by the Jamaican government.

Former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 meters Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games 4x100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson all failed drug tests and were left out of Jamaica's athletics team for the world championships in August.

Campbell-Brown has since been censured for the positive test for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is on WADA's banned list as a...

Assault Charges Against Chris Brown Reduced

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The charges against singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard stemming from a weekend fight were reduced to simple assault misdemeanors Monday.

The two men, who had spent the previous 36 hours in a Washington jail, entered a packed courtroom in leg irons and handcuffs, but at the end they were unshackled and released without bail Monday afternoon.

Brown, 24, was ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours and to stay at least 100 yards away from the man he is accused of assaulting early Sunday. Both men must return to court on November 24.

Another Jamaican Officer Attacked

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A Jamaican police officer was forced into a shootout when he was attacked while he was urinating. The police inspector was driving his private vehicle through Spanish Town area Saturday night when he pull over to relieve himself.

According to police reports, about 11:33 p.m. Saturday night the inspector stopped along the Spanish Town Bypass, in the vicinity of Food for The Poor, when he was attacked. The men opened fire at him. He pulled his service pistol and pointed it in the direction of the men and fired back.

The men ran after the inspector return fire. Following the shooting, a man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he died while receiving treatment. The name of the deceased has not been released.

It is not clear if the inspector was injured in the shootout. A few days ago, 23 year old special constable Arianna Henry was gunned down in Portmore, St Catherine.

Chinese Financed Goat Island Port Update

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Transport and Works Minister Omar Davies said a study has reviewed the natural resources of the island's largest protected area as the government advances plans for a possible Chinese-financed port in the zone.

A transshipment port is proposed for the Goat Islands off Jamaica's south coast. It would be in a protected zone that is home to three fish sanctuaries and a number of threatened animal and plant species. Environmental groups have strongly criticized the plan.

China Harbor Engineering Co. prefers the site for its proposed investment with a value of $1.5 billion.

Jamaica Met IMF Review Targets

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Jamaica's top finance official stated that the government met conditions set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to pass the first performance review of a $944 million loan program despite major challenges.

Debt sustainability has long been a goal of Jamaica. Overall, the nation's towering debt is roughly 142 percent of gross domestic product, one of the most punishing debt-to-GDP ratios in the world. For years, roughly half of government spending has gone to paying debt.

Unemployment is over 14 percent and the Jamaican dollar has steadily lost value. The current exchange rate is just over 100 Jamaican dollars to one U.S. dollar. Twenty years ago, it was 27 Jamaican dollars to one U.S. dollar.

In a statement, the IMF said Jamaica has so far done a good job of implementing fiscal policies under the loan program and various reforms were progressing.

The government has plans to simplify the tariff structure and introduce a broad system of tax...

Jamaica Police Officer Fatally Shot

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Police say four suspects have shot to death a 23-year-old female police officer in Jamaica.

Police said Saturday that Arianna Henry was shot near the capital of Kingston late Friday while she was with another police officer on the side of a road. Authorities said a car pulled up and that four men got out and opened fire. The police said Henry's colleague shot back.

Henry, 23, was shot at her gate in what during the shoot-out with gunmen shortly after 8:00 Friday. She had been a member of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) for three years.

Officials said Henry died at the hospital while one of the gunmen shot in the exchange showed up at the hospital for treatment and was detained.

It is unclear what prompted the shooting.

Flippa Maffia Arrested On Drugs Charges

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Flippa Maffia whose real name is Andrew Davis has been slapped with new charges by the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression South Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

This follows a joint investigation which targeted the shipment of large quantities of cocaine through public delivery services. Flippa Moggela and eight others including the deejays two baby-mothers and brother were arrested and charged.

An international drug trafficking organization allegedly led by Andrew Davis aka Flippa Moggela has been dismantled. Flippa is on $500,000US bail and faces charges of Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network, Distribution of Cocaine, Money Laundering and Conspiracy.

The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Flippa in Los Angeles, California on Monday, September 16, 2013. On October 8, Flippa was extradited to New Jersey.

The case will be prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice under the Office of the Attorney General.

Snoop Dogg Changes His Name Again

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Snoop Dogg became Snoop Lion not too long ago, and within a few weeks of attempting to make the identity stick most press outlets went back to calling him Snoop Dogg. Now, on the same day as his new album announcement, Snoop has once again requested media and fans refer to him by Snoop Zilla.

Snoop Dogg has rebranded himself to Snoopzilla for his new project 7 Days Of Funk, which is a collaborative effort with groove singer Dam-Funk. The duo released the album’s first official single, “Faden Away,”.

Tony Brevett Dies From Cancer

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Legendary reggae artiste Tony Brevett from the Melodians died Saturday in Miami from complications during his cancer fight. Trevor McNaughton and Tony Brevett were on a U.S. tour commemorating The Melodians' 50th anniversary before Brevett fell ill.

The Melodians were best known for their hit, "The Rivers of Babylon." The song was included in the soundtrack of the 1972 movie "The Harder They Come."

The Mighty Diamonds Released A Brand New CD & DVD

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On August 27, 2013, 17 North Parade unlocked its vaults once again to unveil The Mighty Diamonds’ 2CD/DVD Reggae Anthology Pass The Knowledge. In support of the album, the band will tour Europe in October and then head to the United States. See European dates below and the U.S. portion of the tour will be announced shortly.

The remarkable 39-track selection from the legendary Jamaican harmony trio features their most essential hits (some of which are available on CD for the very first time) plus four previously unreleased dubplate exclusives. As an added bonus, the collection includes a 25-minute DVD of The Mighty Diamonds lighting up the crowd at the annual Reggae Sun splash concert in 1989.

Disc One begins with their early recordings like the Bunny Lee produced “Jah Jah Bless the Dreadlocks” and classic songs (“Shame and Pride,“ “Have Mercy,” “Africa,” “Right Time” and “I Need A Roof”) from their well-known 1976 debut album Right Time, produced by...

Sean Paul Wins Another MOBO Reggae Award

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Sean Paul won his third Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award on Saturday October 19, 2013, winning the Best Reggae Act category ahead of Mavado, Tarrus Riley, Popcaan and Stylo G. Sean Paul was not present at the ceremony which was held in Glasgow, Scotland.

The MOBO Awards established in 1996 is held annually in the United Kingdom to recognize artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music.

Sky Juice Wins World Clash Reset 2013

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World Clash R.E.S.E.T hosted by Irish and Chin did not disappoint for the 2013 season. 7 Sound Systems vied for the coveted title. There were hits, misses and surprises. Congratulations Sky Juice and Metro Media for the well deserved win. You schooled the youths on how to win World Clash.

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Sky Juice (Metro Media Sound)

The biggest surprise for the night without doubt was Sky Juice aka Metro Media. From round 1 to round end, Metro Media established that they were not going to throw insults, but would "beat them and teach them." Using the term 'freeeeeeeeeeee chune,' Sky Juice gave fans their monies worth and easily earned this World Clash win. There was no dispute that the crowd gave him the trophy.

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Polly Famous (LP International)

LP International was one of the hometown favorites, and though they paced themselves well, could not kick in to overdrive by the end of Round 3 and was shown the door...

Mighty Sparrow Admitted To NYC Hospital

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Mighty Sparrow’s family confirmed that the singer was hospitalized and is currently in a coma. The family of Singer The Mighty Sparrow is sad to announce that the Calypso King Of The World is in a New York hospital in a coma.

The family also asked for privacy while the singer is being treated. The family is asking fans to pray for him and to respect their privacy. They assured the press that they would update everyone at a later date.

His last public performance was at Trinidad’s “The Doctors in Concert” in August, where he appeared on stage alongside Mighty Stalin Dr Leroy Calliste.