Buju Banton Defense Says He's A Victim Of Entrapment.

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Lawyers for Buju Banton claim that the government set
up Buju Banton, by using a paid informant.

According to court documents filed on Tuesday January 26, 2010
Buju Banton’s defense attorneys David Markus Marc and David
Seitles claimed that the government entrapped the singer, because
the informant pressured Buju to purchase the cocaine.

According to the document filed in the court: "The informant was
clearly an active participant in the entire chain of events."

Defense attorneys David Markus is pushing to have the informants
identity revealed...

Gappy Ranks Announces the plan Release of "Breakfast in Jamaica" Album

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British up and coming reggae artist Gappy Ranks has
just signed a hot new record deal with the Greensleeves
Records. Ranks first climbed up the reggae ranks on the
strength of his hit 'Heaven in Her Eyes,' a single that earned
him the Crystal Blue Best Artist of the Year Award.

In a statement, Greensleeves representatives announced
that Gappy's first feature length album will hit stores "in early 2010,"
and in addition to 'Heaven in Her Eyes,' his debut will include the
smash hit track 'Stinkin' Rich,' and will feature appearances from
Spice and...

Caribbean artiste records song "Rise Again" to benefit Haiti victims.

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Shaggy has recorded a new song with a diverse group of
Caribbean artiste to raise money for earthquake survivors
in Haiti.

The 7.0-magnitude quake on Jan. 12 killed an estimated
200,000 or more people in Haiti.

It features Shaggy, fellow Jamaican Sean Paul, Haitian musician
Belo and soca singers Alison Hinds of Barbados and Destra
Garcia from Trinidad and Tobago.

The song is called "Rise Again" and was written by Shaggy.

Shaggy Sean Paul Belo Alison Hinds Destra - Rise Again (2010 Birchilll)
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Hot 97 Massive B Fire Sundays Live Stage Show

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Picture by Johnny Wonder

Johnny Wonder From 21st Production took Aidonia, Charly Black,
Ishawna, Demarco and Bugle to Hot 97 Massive B Fire Sundays
for a promotional live radio stage show Sun Jan. 24 2010.




No Jamaican Artiste For Dominica Festivals International Artiste Night.

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The International Artiste Night show will not be staged this
Dominica Festivals carnival season due to financial limitations.
Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Events Director Val Cuffy
said too much expenses are incurred to organize that event.

The first International Artiste Night was held in 2008 with
Jamaican dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas as the headline act. In
2009, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall
was the featured performance.

Source: Dominica Online

Third World Band's 35TH Anniversary Celebration.

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Reggaeme- On Friday, January 29, 2010, the Riu Hotel in
Montego Bay, Jamaica, will host Third World Band's 35th
Anniversary press conference.

The Reggae Ambassadors, in celebrating over three decades
of hit singles and albums, will announce their plans for a year-
long tour - which will see the group performing in Europe, Asia,
Africa, Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and the
release of their upcoming album "Patriot."

Following the press conference, on Saturday, January 30, 2010,
Third World will perform on the main stage at Jamaica Jazz...

Rocksteady Legend Lynn Taitt Dead at 70 (June 22, 1934 – January 20, 2010).

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Lynn Taitt (June 22, 1934 – January 20, 2010) was a reggae guitarist
born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, closely associated with
Jamaican rocksteady music.

Lynn Taitt, the rocksteady guitarist who played with nearly every
reggae legend and the man widely credited with creating the very
first rocksteady bassline, has died in Canada at the age of 70. A
Trinidadian by birth, Taitt had no problem making Jamaica his home,
where his musical career eventually came into full bloom. In addition
to playing with major ska and early reggae groups like the...

Errol Kerr of the Jamaican Ski Team qualifies for Winter Olympics.

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After placing 11th in the World Cup skicross race in France, it has
become official. Errol Kerr has qualified for the Winter Olympics.
Eric Holmer, aka Homey, Kerr's tech, trainer, and part-time
psychiatrist, broke the word saying, "Its official Errol Kerr of
Jamaica qualifies for the Olympic Skier X in Vancouver."

Jamaican Medics Heading for Haiti.

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A medical team from the Ministry of Health left Jamaica on
Friday (January 22), to relieve colleagues in Haiti who have
been helping with relief efforts, following the January 12

Jamaica currently has a 26-member health team stationed in
Port-au-Prince, comprised of doctors, emergency medical
technicians, public health inspectors, nurses and a health

Since arriving in Haiti, the team has been working from two
facilities and has seen about 150 new patients within the first
three days of arriving. They have also performed...

Greensleeves Announces New Publishing Deals With Rising And Legendary Reggae Stars.

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New York, January 22, 2009 -- Greensleeves Publishing, the
world’s leading reggae music publisher, signed exclusive agreements
with leading singer/songwriters Gappy Ranks, Chino, Laden, Chukki Starr,
Goofy, and Keith Hudson. Those deals will see Greensleeves Publishing
represent and market the songs of these six in-demand reggae singers
and songwriters worldwide.

Rising British Reggae star, Gappy Ranks, signed an exclusive publishing
agreement with Greensleeves Publishing, quickly followed by a record
deal with Greensleeves Records. Gappy‘s most recent...

Reggae Label VP Exec Launches Grammy Campaign

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Heeding annual criticism that reggae's finest releases are
oftentimes overlooked as nominees in the Grammy's best
reggae album category, Cristy Barber, VP of marketing and
promotions at New York-based reggae label VP Records, is
spearheading a drive to educate her industry about the role
of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Barber, a 2005 Grammy nominated producer for the various
artists compilation "Def Jamaica" (Island/Def Jam) and the
former president of the Marley family's Tuff Gong/Ghetto
Youths labels, will commence an...

New Zealand Raggamuffin Reggae festival expected to draw 30,000 people.

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Reggaeme - New Zealand Raggamuffin festival, The country's
largest reggae music festival is continuing to defy beliefs,
with organisers saying it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Performers at Raggamuffin this year include Lauryn Hill, Shaggy,
Sly & Robbie, Julian Marley and Katchafire. Wyclef Jean was billed
to headline Saturday's reggae festival at the Rotorua International
Stadium, but will miss it to focus on Haiti.

Raggamuffin is expected to draw in a 30,000 strong crowd this
Saturday in Rotorua, New Zealand .Organiser Leesa Tilley says

Jah Cure Your not The Father.

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JahCure.jpg - Jah Cure finally got Gordene consent to do
the DNA test to see if he is the father of her baby. Gordene
originally declined to take a DNA test however she changed
her mind and consent to a DNA test.

Before the birth of the child Jah Cure requested a DNA test, a
request which the Gordene refused. Despite this, Jah Cure continued
to support the child and Gordene.

Jah Cure has supported Gordene throughout her pregnancy and
had his father and manager be with her at the time of delivery in
the US. His support for her throughout this period...

Bigga Haitian's New CD "Sak Pase" to Be Released Feb. 09 2010

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The February 9, 2010, Walkup Records release of Bigga Haitian's
Sak Pase on CD had been in the works for months. Following the
earthquake in Haiti, Bigga and Walkup announced that they will
donate all proceeds from downloads of "I Am A Haitian" from Sak
Pase to Yele Haiti to assist with relief efforts. Of the devastation,
Bigga says, "I feel like I need to do something and this is what I
have to offer."

Bigga Haitian was born "Charles Dorismond" in Haiti to a musical
family. His father, Andre Dorismond, was a pioneer of Kompa music
with the Webert...

Jamaica Could Be Next To Be Hit By Earthquake.

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The deadly earthquake that felled much of Haiti's capital last week
broke 250 years of strain -- a tension that had built slowly across
the nearby fault as it resisted the inexorable tug of drifting tectonic

Geologists who have studied the complicated fault system in the area
say more quakes could follow last week's disaster, which killed an
estimated 50,000 to 100,000, according to the Pan American Health
Organization. Often quakes such as this trigger others nearby in a
domino effect, the experts say. In coming years, other sections of