Archive for December, 2009

American Airlines Flight 311 Overshoots Runway in Jamaica, Dozens Injured

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

American Airlines Flight 311 Overshoots Runway in Jamaica, Dozens Injured The Boeing 737-800, filled to capacity with 148 passengers and a crew of six, came down in heavy rain and overshot the runway at Norman Manley International Airport. After its landing gear collapsed and the plane started to break up, it finally slid to a [...]

Buju, bye bye?

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Buju, bye bye? Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, aka Gargamel, was last week remanded in Federal custody in Miami, Florida by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and charged by the US Attorney with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, some five kilos of cocaine. Buju faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted. [...]

Buju’s online presence increases

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Buju’s online presence increases Buju Banton’s arrest has not visibly increased his chart presence but his online presence has skyrocketed second to Bob Marley. Banton’s latest album Rasta Got Soul has not been among the biggest jumpers or decliners this week on Billboard reggae charts. It would have been enough time for the news of [...]

Reggae rejects cocaine

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Reggae rejects cocaine – on record- Drug use among performers surfaces in lyrics No matter the official classifications, in reggae and dancehall music marijuana is not a drug, and there are oodles of songs about the joys of using and supposed benefits derived from the plant. There is even an 18-track album from Greensleeves Records [...]

Jamaican rides soca wave for T&T Carnival

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Jamaican rides soca wave for T&T Carnival In February, 2009 he came to Trinidad to experience the season of soca and mas. Little did he know that he’d meet a rising soca star who would recognise his budding talent and a collaboration would emerge. D’ Voice- real name: Dwayne Stewart, hails from dancehall island, Jamaica. [...]

Kingston in Kingston

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Kingston in Kingston It will be the first time that international reggae-influenced recording artiste Sean Kingston will be performing in Kingston, and by all indications he intends to make his premier in Jamaica’s capital one to remember. With a fresh album released in September, Tomorrow, and a slew of rhythmic and infectious hit singles like [...]

For reggae icon Buju Banton, a cloudy future

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

For reggae icon Buju Banton, a cloudy future Internationally known reggae star. Gay basher. Grammy nominee. And now accused drug trafficker. As news of the drug arrest of Jamaican artist Buju Banton rocked the reggae world and burned up U.S. urban blogs, one word described the reaction in Miami and his Caribbean homeland: Shock.

Cocaine case against reggae star laid out

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Cocaine case against reggae star laid out It was Tuesday afternoon when the silver Land Rover with the tag “Jah One” pulled up to La Tropicana de Havana restaurant in Sarasota, according to federal and local law enforcement agents who were staking out the restaurant. Mark Anthony Myrie, Ian Thomas and an unidentified woman got [...]

Etana’s appeal: singer on promo tour with new singles

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Etana’s appeal: singer on promo tour with new singles A blend of sweet, soulful lyrics, a captivating voice and a natural beauty that shines through her music have made the velvet-voiced Etana a force to be reckoned with in the world of soul reggae. The native of Kingston, Jamaica, who is on a tour of [...]

Rototom Sunsplash to relocate for 2010

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Rototom Sunsplash to relocate for 2010 After 16 years, of being held in Osoppo, Italy, Rototom Sunsplash is being forced to relocate to a new venue in Spain next year. Rototom is a large European reggae festival which has taken place in Rivellino Park at the foot of the Italian Alps every summer for the [...]