Summerfest Productions, organisers of the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth” Reggae Sumfest has announced the addition of international hip-hop mogul Flo Rida to the line up for International Night 1 on Friday, July 26 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, expressed that he is impressed by Flo Rida’s catalog of hits. “Flo Rida is a great complement to this year’s show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot on internationally recognised hits. We are really glad to have him on the show, he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it’s a big full show on International Night 1.” Nominated for six Billboard Awards in 2013; and with hits such as Whistle and I Cry from his fourth studio album Wild Ones, Flo Rida is expected to attract droves of patrons to the second city for the 21st staging of the Festival. Wild Ones (originally titled Only One Rida (Part 2) was released in July 2012 and has debuted four singles from the album on the Billboard top 10 with the track Whistle holding the #1 spot in 20 countries, including the United States. Good Feeling peaked at #3 in the US and topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Scotland and the UK while making the top five in nine other countries. I am excited,” says the hip-hop sensation. The chart topper will share the stage with Jamaican reggae legends Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley and others on the Festival’s International Night 1.The star studded line-up this year, will showcase the young and dynamic hit makers emerging today, including Grammy Award winning R&B singer Miguel, reggae artistes; Damian ” Jr. Gong ” Marley & The Ghetto Youths International Crew, Romain Virgo, Chronixx, Nature, and dynamic performers No-Maddz. Dancehall newcomers Baby Tash and Blade are preparing to wow Sumfest audiences alongside young stars like; Tommy Lee, Popcaan, Aidonia, QQ, RDX and not to mention headliners Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, I-Octane and more.Reggae Sumfest kicks off with the Beach party on Sunday, July 21 and continues with Dancehall Night and International Nights 1 and 2 from July 25 to 27.
International superstar Sean Paul released Other Side Of Love, a new track off his as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, due out this fall on Atlantic/VP Records. Co-produced by Benny Blanco and The Cataracs, the up-tempo dance track provides a taste of what’s to come off of Sean’s new project, which sees him continuing to merge dancehall with various genres of music and showcase its global influence. “I am excited for my fans to be able to hear some of the new music I have been working on for the album,” said Sean Paul. “I wanted to give everyone a taste of the diversity that will be featured on this project and show how influential dancehall is in every type of music.” The new music comes hot on the heels of the release of the international smash Tomahawk Technique, which netted Sean Paul yet another Grammy nomination and saw a Top 10 debut in seven countries, including two Gold certifications. The lead singles from the project sold over five million copies combined and received several platinum and gold certifications.
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, David “Mavado” Brooks walked away a free man recently after his over 2-year-old assault case involving an off duty police officer was dismissed from in front of the court. The case stems from an incident leading to the shooting death of entourage member and close friend Conroy “Connie” Edwards outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub on the 13th June 2011. Edwards was then shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet that Mavado later claimed was intended for him. Edwards succumbed to his injuries three days later at the Kingston Public Hospital.
Dancehall artiste/promoter, Flippa Moggela, was involved in a near deadly car crash recently in Manchester. According to sources, the artiste was returning to Kingston from a party and was possibly under the influence of alcohol. The artiste is said to be recuperating from his injuries. The repair of the car is estimated to cost him millions. Get well soon Flippa.
Assassin has been featured on Kanye West’s Album Yeezus, the song called I’m In It, sees Assassin deejaying dancehall lyrics to the riddim of the multi-platinum Artiste latest project.
Weeks after his fellow reggae artiste Capleton was atttacked onstage by a gay protestor, Frederick Toots Hibbert is suing his own attacker for a whopping US$22 million.
Artist Spotlight For This Week
Artiste For This Week Is Mr Vegas! Courtney Mac a feature a new song from the Dancehall Singjay, the track is called “Love Yourself” Mr. Vegas has an uncanny knack for finding hits in the most unlikely places. The dancehall veteran new single “Love Yourself” that has been put in major rotation on all FM stations in Jamaica, and the song is also gaining popularity in Europe as the Summer heats up, Courtney Mac expects great things from this new single from Mr Vegas.
In less than six months, Jay Z has transitioned from minority owner in an NBA team to official sports agent. Roc Nation Sports president Juan Perez confirmed that Hov has indeed earned his certification to work as an agent for athletes in the NBA. Additionally, a rep for the MLB Players Association confirmed Jay is cleared to rep for players. What’s unknown is when the 43-year-old will be able to start working with athletes. As of last week he had yet to unload his less than one percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets, a necessary move since NBA agents are not allowed to have ownerships in teams. The first NBA baller expected to land on the Roc Nation list is Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the Olympian hasn’t confirmed or denied his alliance with Jay.
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