Recently rumours have surfaced that imprisoned Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been beaten behind bars. According to sources, Kartel is in high spirits and is focused on the journey ahead of him. In a recent letter written by the entertainer, he stated he wants his fans to know that he is physically okay and that he was never stabbed, kicked, punched or beaten nor did he try to commit suicide. He continued “Jail is undoubtedly, unquestionably the worst place to be on this planet called Earth, but as it relates to my encounters with the correctional officers at the institution, I have no complaints”. It is said that the artiste stated he has received continued support from his parents and his common-law wife and baby mother during his ordeal. However, he remains rather disappointed with some of his former musical associates. He alleged stated in his letter “Despite being denied bail recently, and being betrayed by Popcaan and Tommy Lee whilst going through the darkest hour of my existence, I am unparalleled in my determination to remain positive. I do a lot of reading and writing and usually try to exercise.” The artiste has been in custody since September 2011. He and his co-accused are to return to the Home Circuit Court on May 27 when it is expected that their trial will begin.
The ever evolving lyricist Aidonia recently performed in Trinidad, St.Lucia, Martinique and Barbados which brought out thousands of fans. The first show was in Trinidad where Aidonia had a over-packed venue filled genuine JOP fans begging for encores. Aidonia’s songs has been in heavy rotation on all the major airwaves. The ladies call in to request “Tip Pon Yuh Toe and Pon di Jockey” its there favourite and so they couldn’t wait to see him performing their song. For the males in Trinidad his “Kush” song is highly rated and have been getting big spins in the clubs and radio.The Deejay left Trinidad and went to St. Lucia where an enormous crowd came out to see him perform. The promoter and disc jock said this by far is the biggest show in St.Lucia as the deejay belted crowd favourites for an entire hour.
Renegade from the duo RDX recently sent out a controversial BlackBerry broadcast message which allegedly targeted the dancing community. According to reports, the broadcast message targeted dancers who are supposedly ungrateful and unproductive. Following the broadcast message, it is said that dancer Keiva who is well known in the dancehall for her famous dance moves, reportedly stated that the broadcast message was very disrespectful. In a statement, Renegade told sources that the broadcast was sent to give dancers a wake-up call because they have become dormant and have allowed the Europeans to steal their work.
Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall acts, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Mr. Vegas and Tarrus Riley are celebrating triumphs achieved at this year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) after each winning two honors during the show. The event, which took place at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale was highlighted by the three men, who were the only Jamaican acts to take home multiple awards on the night. Marley took home Entertainer of the Year and Best Crossover Song for his chart-topping collaboration with Skrillex (Bun Dem). Riley copped the awards for Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Mr. Vegas won Best Song for Sweet Jamaica and Best Music Video for Bruk It Down. Lady Saw and Etana were the biggest winners of the night amongst females as they won awards for Best Female Deejay/Rapper and Best Female Vocalist respectively. Romain Virgo was honored for his breakout year in 2012 with the Most Promising Entertainer award while Konshens also has his remarkable year consolidated with the Best Male Deejay/Rapper award.
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