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Shaggy to Headline West Palm Beach Florida Jerk Festival

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Grammy award-winning, diamond-selling artist Shaggy will headline the Florida Jerk Festival, which is set to take place on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL.

As safety is the top priority of the festival’s organizers, CDC safety guidelines will be followed. Also, there will be over 100 sanitation stations placed throughout the event venue.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Earns Fastest Woman Alive Title

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Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is now the fastest woman alive. The two-time Olympic champion ran the 100 meters in 10.63 seconds at a national trials warmup event in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday 06/05/21.

Only one woman, American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, has ever clocked a faster time: 10.49 seconds. Flo-Jo, who died in 1998, ran the three fastest times ever in the 100 meters in 1988: 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62. Fraser-Pryce’s latest run makes her the second-fastest woman of all time.

Fraser-Pryce set her previous personal best time...

Indian man who fathered 94 children with 39 wives dies

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Ziona Chana lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms in a remote village that became a tourist attraction.

The sect named Chana was founded by Chana's grandfather in 1942 and counts hundreds of families as members. Chana married his first wife when he was 17 and claimed he once married 10 wives in a single year.

Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams makes it to top 10 in the Miss Universe

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Miss Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams has safely secured a spot in the top ten at the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

Williams, who wowed the judged with her confidence and smile has advanced to top ten after completing the swimsuit portion of the competition. The upcoming semifinal round will be dedicated to the evening gown parade. From a total of 74 contestants, Williams eased into her top ten spot with charm and beauty.

Miqueal-Symone Williams, aged 24, has a degree in marketing and has worked as a model for brands including Valentino, Loreal, and...

St. Vincent Volcano Keeps Erupting

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La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or death, but government officials were scrambling to respond to the latest eruption, which was even bigger than the first eruption that occurred Friday morning. Roughly 16,000 people who live in communities close to the volcano...

Toots and The Maytals takes 2020 Grammy for Best Reggae Album

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Six months after reggae group Maytals frontman, Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, died from complications relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Toots and The Maytals won the 63rd Annual Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with 'Got to be Tough' on Sunday March 14, 2021.

Toots Hibbert who led The Maytals for over 55 years, died in Jamaica in September at age 77.

The album Got to be Tough produced by Zak Starkey for his Trojan Jamaica label was released in August by Trojan BMG Records.

Jamaica Begins New Restrictions to Curb Spread of COVID-19

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Officials in Jamaica say citizens and visitors to the island must now present a negative COVID-19 test result no greater than three days before their travel date this week.

Right now, visitors to Jamaica have 10 days to submit a negative COVID-19 result to enter the island. The new initiative, which takes effect Thursday, is part of the government’s effort to curtail a surge in cases.

The prime minister said funerals already scheduled through March 7 can proceed as planned, with a maximum of 15 people, including the funeral service...

Legendary Reggae Singer Bunny Wailer is Dead

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Legendary reggae singer Bunny Wailer is dead. Hailing from Trench Town, Bunny Wailer’s given name is Neville Livingston was 73 years old. He died in the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica this morning. Bunny Wailer had been in and out of hospital since his second stroke in July 2020.

He is a founding member of The Wailers, which included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Marley died of cancer in May 11, 1981, while Tosh was killed at his St Andrew home on September 11, 1987.

In 2017, the Jamaican...

Shenseea Named BET’s Amplified Artist Of The Month

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Shenseea can now add another impressive accolade to her promising career as she has been named BET’s Amplified Artist of the Month.

The American television channel describes the award as a “stamp of approval on the next big thing in music and each month a new emerging artiste will be highlighted through feature stories, videos and more”.

BET will push Shenseea to their audiences globally through their brands BET Jams, BET Her, BET Soul, and BET International channels in Africa, UK, France and South Korea. Artists are...

Jamaican woman facing murder charge in Bahamas

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Nadisha Beckford, 33, is charged with the February 20 murder of Lakeisha Mackey.

Police say they were called to the scene of a stabbing incident on West Bay Street shortly after 11 p.m. where a woman was stabbed and later detained in hospital. Preliminary reports revealed that two women got into an argument in a parking lot resulting in one being stabbed multiple times.

She was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections until June 16

Alkaline now the Face of Spotify's First Dancehall Playlist

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Since news of Spotify making its way to an additional 83 countries globally last week with Jamaica making the list for the Caribbean, Alkaline, is now the face of its first Jamaican-focused playlist ‘Back A Yard’.

Dubbed ‘the latest and biggest tracks from Jamaica’s Dancehall scene’. The playlist currently consists of fifty-one (51) authentic dancehall tracks. Tracks from the genre’s leading headliners highlighting the user-demand for these specific tracks via their streaming numbers. Powering the streams are his loyal...

Jamaica to Receive Donation of COVID-19 Vaccines from India

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The Government is to receive a donation of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Government of the Republic of India, to fight COVID-19. The vaccines are scheduled to arrive next week, says Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Ambassador Masakui Rungsung.

He was speaking at the handover of pharmaceutical and medical supplies donated by the Government of the Republic of India, at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, New Kingston, on Friday February 26, 2021.

In his address, Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, thanked the...

Yohan Blake would rather miss Tokyo Olympics than get COVID-19 vaccine

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake said he would rather miss the Tokyo Games than get the COVID-19 vaccine, although getting vaccinated will not be required of the athletes competing in Japan this summer.

“My mind still stays strong, I don’t want any vaccine, I’d rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine, I am not taking it,” he was quoted as saying in Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

Blake, a one-time rival of Jamaican great Usain Bolt, will likely still be able to participate in what is expected to be the...

U-Roy Dies At Age 78

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The legendary toaster U-Roy has died at age 78. He was in the hospital for kidney failure and had an heart attack.

He burst onto the scene during the heyday of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s Studio One sound system and record label at a period when reggae music and its now hugely popular offspring dancehall was frowned upon by the wider society and was seen as the music of the uneducated and uncultured.

U Roy is also credited for opening the door to allow rap and dancehall artistes to realize huge profits from an idiom he, along with Count Machukie and...

Miss Pat Set To Release Her Memoir

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A memoir on the life and work of reggae icon Patricia "Miss Pat" Chin, with quotes and remembrances from luminaries including former Jamaican Prime Minister, the late Edward Seaga, Chris Blackwell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Marcia Griffiths, and the late producer Bunny “Striker” Lee among others. Presented with many never seen, artist and family photos and original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, the book’s designer.

My Reggae Music Journey spans six decades of music history, from the rise and development of Randy's...