THE ENTERTAINMENT ZONE WITH COURTNEY MAC
Grammy winning, singer and songwriter Miguel has been confirmed by Summerfest Productions as one of the acts slated to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2013. The young, R&B vocalist, was signed to Jive Records in 2007, the same label responsible for the success of renowned pop superstars such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Usher. Miguel is well known for the chart toppers, “Sure thing”, “Do You…”, and “All I Want is You”.The Los Angeles, California native’s biggest hit to date, “Adorn”, is a sultry, soulful ballad reminiscent of the late Marvin Gay’s smash, “Sexual Healing”. Adorn, was the first track released from the singer’s sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream which peaked at the number 1 spot on the Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. Sumfest Patrons can expect to be wowed by the young artiste’s striking vocals and alluring stage presence while rocking to the sounds of his eclectic LPs. The artiste, who has been knighted as the modern day Prince, often blends the rich sounds of R&B, Rock, Pop and Funk to produce colourful, musical oeuvres. Miguel will join the list of internationally acclaimed musicians such as Destiny’s Child, Rihanna, R-Kelly, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Usher, Chris Brown and many more who have all previously graced the Reggae Sumfest stage. The Sumfest appearance will mark the singer’s first performance in Jamaica. Miguel is scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 27, the final night of the Festival, alongside Damian Marley and Chronixx. Reggae Sumfest kicks off with its annual beach party on Sunday, July 21. Early bird tickets for the event’s show nights are now available online through Touchstone Ticketing the official online ticketing partner for the Festival.
Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer will have to wait another six months before he knows his fate in one of his murder cases as the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial has once again been postponed. The trial has been pushed back to Nov. 18-Dec. 6 after the matter was mentioned inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston recently. Kartel was represented in court by attorney-at-law, Tom Tavares-Finson, who replaced Valerie Neita-Robertson as his lawyer in the case.The polarizing deejay is jointly charged alongside Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter. Each of the men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011, with the prosecution claiming they have video and audio evidence linking the men to the murder.
Ghetto Youths Tour
Ghetto Youths International is proud to announce U.S. dates for the Set Up Shop Tour. The Pacific Coast run will feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian “Jr Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley. The two-week stint will kick off Friday, June 14 in Maui at the Republik Music Festival and come to a close on Tuesday, July 2 on their third sold-out night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. Ghetto Youths International is the family-owned record label incorporated in 2002 by Bob Marley’s sons Julian, Stephen and Damian. The entity allows the brothers to work closely with each other on musical collaborations and release a catalogue of works featuring a new crop of artists as well as their own material.
Bounty Killer turns 41 years old this week, in the mid-1990s, he began releasing albums, with four released in 1994. His 1996 album My Xperience was hugely successful, spending six months on the Billboard reggae chart. In 1997 Bounty Killer decided to make a cover version of Rose Royce hit single Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and invited Swedish superstar Robyn. The song made a huge success in the Caribbean & the US. It was also featured in She’s So Lovely (Sean Penn film). In 1998, contributed the song “Deadly Zone” to the album Blade: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture. Price has expressed disdain for popular rap, which he called “embarrassing to reggae,” even while collaborating with Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and others he considers hardcore. In 2001, Price collaborated with No Doubt on their single “Hey Baby”. Further success followed with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination. In 2006, he signed with VP Records and released the compilation album Nah No Mercy The Warlord Scrolls on 7 November 2006. He has been credited with having inspired many young artists such as Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Elephant Man and several other members of The Alliance.
Toots Hibbert of the legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals is suing his former manager for $1.25 million US dollars. Andrea Davis, publicist for Toots Hibbert tells E Zone that the law suit was filed over the singer’s publishing. According to Davis, Toots said he was taken for a fool by his former manager who basically under paid him for some of his hard work. Toots is one of the most sought after reggae artistes in the world. However since the last two weeks the artiste has been on the wrong side of luck. He was slapped by a drunk man while performing in the U.S, and now he is going to have to tackle his business associate in court.
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