Reggae Stars

Tanya Stephens for Dubai show

FEMALE dancehall deejay Tanya Stephens is slated to perform at Reggae Beachfest to be held at XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa in Dubai on Saturday.

Stephens, who will be making her first trek to the United Arab Emirates, is known for songs including Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, These Streets, It’s a Pity and Boom Wuk.

Also performing are the United Arab Emirate’s dancehall king Don Corneille, DJ Jus, Raj, Jaysun and Teddy Jam from Sudan.

That’s Not Nice

DANCEHALL producer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris says his association with controversial acts Vybz Kartel and Alkaline have caused some artistes to shy away from him.

According to Morris, it is one of the biggest challenges he faces in the industry. But he says he is, however, determined to keep doing what he has been.

"The same thing that happen with Vybz Kartel is happening with Alkaline. They believe that I just want to work with a particular act, but it's not like that. I just work with who will work with me," he told Splash.

"Sometimes when I link some of the artistes, they tell me to send them the rhythm. They say they are ready to voice on it, but they don't. And they dont return my calls or respond to the messages either. I really don't know what the problem is," the 28-year-old continued.

Vybz Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the disappearance of Clive 'Lizard' Campbell. He will be eligible for parole after 35 years.

Alkaline, known for his bleached skin and tatooed eyes, has been making the news in recent times with several Caribbean islands protesting his visit and lewd lyrics.

Morris, in 2009, got some international attention with Ramping Shop -- a collab with Kartel and Spice. The single peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. The track, however, stirred controversy after EMI Publishing ordered the single remixed after it infringed on the copyright licence of Neyo's Miss Independent.

The producer told Splash he has his sights set on returning to the Billboard charts.

"I want to reach back on Billboard with an original rhythm," he said.

He is hoping to achive this with his yet-to-be-titled upcoming rhythm slated for release later this month.

Hailing from the Waterford community in Portmore, St Catherine, Morris attended St Catherine High School in Spanish Town.

He emerged on the dancehall circuit in 2007.

"Being a young producer, I only knew Shawn Storm, Jah Vinci and Deva Bratt, and a few others from the Gaza camp. Soon after, some of my recordings caught Kartel's ears, and we began working shortly after," he recalled.

He instantly became a household name as the producer behind Vybz Kartel's Last Man Standing, Cake Soap, Mama, and Get Wild. He also has production credits on Jah Vinci's Watch Yuh Friends, Popcaan's Gangster City and Dream, and Shawn Storm's My Life.

Morris said he severed ties with Vybz Kartel in 2011 and went solo the following year.

He said the key to producing is understanding each artiste.

"My ears are always open. I don't just record, as every act is different. Therefore, I take a different approach with each," he said.

Do Go See this weekend


Liberation, Dance Edition

@ Covenant City Church, 72 Half Way Tree Road

Featuring: Chozenn, DA Jay, Dunamis, Goddy Goddy, Lypher, Omari, St Matthew

Time: 7:00 pm

Pic: Goddy Goddy

Caption Goddy Goddy among performers for Liberation, Dance Edition on Saturday


Celebratory Life

@ Shop 4 Global Plaza, 62 Grants Pen Road

Featuring: High Vibes

Time: 9:00 pm

Halloween Smirnoff Fridays

@ Ribbiz and Triple Century

Time: 8:00pm

Star/ Magnum All Star Face-Off

@ Fanous Night Club, Portmore

Featuring: with DJ Frass vs Skatta Burrell and Rivhie Feelings vs Uncontainables

Time: 9:00 pm

Appleton Uber

@ Club Privilege

Time: 9:30 pm


@ Club 808, Liguanea Post Mall

Time: 9:00 pm

Seafood Night

@ The Essence, Kings Plaza, St Andrew

Featuring: Vin the Musical Maestro

Time: 7:00 pm

Friday Night Happy Hour

@ The Ambassador Bar and Grill, 148 Old Hope Road, Kingston

Time: 7:00 pm

Appleton Uber

@ Club Privilege, 16 Trinidad Terrace, New Kingston

Time: 10:00 pm

MVP Fridays

@ Puls8, 38 Trafalgar Road, Kingston

Time: 9:30 pm

Smirnoff VIV Fridays

@ V Club, 5 Madrid Avenue, Portmore, St Catherine

Time: 9:30 pm

TGI Fridays

@ Margaritaville Negril, Jan Elsner Road, Negril, Westmoreland

Time: 9:00 pm

Speakeasy Friday

@ Margaritaville Montego Bay, 25 Coconut Drive, Montego Bay

Time: 9:00 pm

Slap Weh Fridaze

@ Front Page Lounge, 7 South Avenue

Featuring: Coppershot, Juss Unique

Time: 9:30 pm

Ole School Fridays

@ Norman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue, Montego Bay

Featuring: Disco, hip hop, R&b and soul music from the 80s, 90s

Time: 7:00 pm

Bottles, Bosses & Babes

@ 8 Waterhouse Drive (Paula's Wholesale)

Featuring: Stashment, Cashflow, Ajoni, and the Subkonshus Team.

Time: 10:00 pm


Candy Isaacs Concert

@ St Andrew High School Auditorium, 10 Cecilio Avenue

Time: 8:00 pm

PHD - Partying to a Higher Degree

@ UTECH Student Activity Centre

Featuring: DJ Coppershot, DJ Flabba Dabba, DJ News

Time: 9:00 pm

Ravish, Halloween Edition

@ Sunset Beach, Couples, San Souci

Featuring: Hyperactive

Time: 9:00 pm - 3:00 am

Liberation, Dance Edition

@ Covenant City Church, 72 Half Way Tree Road

Featuring: Chozenn, DA Jay, Dunamis, Goddy Goddy, Lypher, Omari, St Matthew

Time: 7:00 pm

Pic: Goddy Goddy

Caption Goddy Goddy among performers for Liberation, Dance Edition on Saturday

Hawaiian Paradise

@ Ice wata Roof, North Street & Milk Lane

Featuring: More Money International among others

Time: 9:00 pm


@ NHT Parking Lot, New Kingston

Time: 9:30 pm

Starlife Saturdays

@ Famous Nightclub, Gerbera Avenue, Portmore, St Catherine

Time: 9:00 pm

ULTRA Saturdays

@ Fiction Night Club, 67 Constant Spring Road, Kingston

Time: 9:00 pm

Smirnoff Night Life

@ Margaritaville Ocho Rios, Turtle Beach Road, Ocho Rios

Time: 9:00 pm


South Western BBQ

@ Tiki Hut, 12 Hope Road, Kingston 10

Time: 7:00 pm

Red Cups Bacyaad Cooler Fete

@ Hope Garden lawn

Time: 4:00 pm - 12 midnight

Sundayz Live Jazz & Blues

@ The Essence, Kings Plaza

Featuring: Colin Shirley, Vin de Musical Icon

Time: 8:30 pm

Seafood Sundays

@ Pier One, Montego Bay

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Retro Night

@ Sharkies Seafood Restaurant, Salem, Runaway Bay

Time: 8:00 pm

Movie Sundays

@ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall, MoBay

Time: 8:00 pm


Rum Buck Throwback

@ Oneil's Place, Hagley Park Road

Featuring: DJ Marvin

Time: 10:00 pm


Moeish 'Buss Big' Album Launch

@ Comfitanya Lounge and Restaurant, 169 Mountain View Avenue

Featuring: Nature, History Man, Fantan Mojah, Abijah, Hezron, Natural Vybz, Free Style among others

Time: 7:30 pm until...

Minard Livestock & Beef Festival

@ Minard Estate in Browns Town, St. Ann

Time: All day


Bad Mind Get The Best A Dem

@ 3 Browning Avenue, Duhaney Park

Featuring: Lionheart International Sound

Time: 9:30 pm


Fashionably Loud

@ Basketball Court, Standpipe

Featuring: Snipa International, Boom Boom, Bishop Escobar among others

Time: 9:30 pm


Tempted, Impy Skimpy

@ Brooke Valley Park, Duhaney Park

Featuring: Mello Vibes, Ariff Cooper, DJ Siddoo. DJ Kitt

Time: 9:30 pm

King Sturgav Inna Dancehall Concert

@ 581/2 Mannings Hill Road, Flava Parking Lot

Featuring: Sizzla, Josey Wales, Freddie McGregor, Errol Dunkley, Little Twitch among others

Time: 9:00 pm

Movie Script

14b South Camp Road

Time: 9:30 pm


East Kingston Invasion

@ Skateland, Kingston

Featuring: No Limts Sound, Fire Biggs, Gargamel among others

Time: 9:30 pm


@ Clun Enima, Cedar Valley Road, Standpipe

Featuring: DJ Menace, Escobar

Time: 9:30 pm


Out and Clean in Jeans

@ Korner View Club, Half-Way Tree

Featuring: Rhyme Up among others

Time: 9:30 pm


Jermaine Edwards Don't Count Me Out Album Launch

@ Waltham Park, New Testament Church

Time: 7:00 pm


Manie Gooch Birthday Party

@ Mr Tyre, 53 Waltham Park Road

Featuring: Lovers Choice, CD Fantasy, Stone Love among others

Time: 9:30 pm


Scallawah Attack, The Gold Bottle Edition

@ Oneil's Place, Hagley Park Road

Featuring: Foota Hype, Boom Boom, Richie Feelings

Time: 9:30 pm


Stone Love 42nd Aniversary

@ Red Stripe Oval

Featuring: Selectors

Time: 9:00 pm


Funny Kind'a Love

@ Centrestage Theatre, Cinema 2, Dominica Drive, New Kingston

Featuring: Camille Davis, Courtney, Glen 'Titus' Campbell, Sharee Elise/Sakina Deer

Time: Tuesday - Friday @ 8:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday @ 5:00 & 8:00 pm

At The Movies

John Wick




The Best of Me


The Equalizer

Pic: John Wick


A scene from John Wick now showing at Palace Amusement Company cinemas.

Riddim Twins pay tribute to Holt

In tribute to singer John Holt, who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to his final farewell, which is scheduled for November 15.

FOR their 1998 album Friends, the revered drum-and-bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare paid homage to the music they grew up listening, by covering songs by singers John Holt and Dobbie Dobson.

British singer Maxi Priest, who helped popularise the lovers' rock sound in the United Kingdom during the late 1980s, covered Holt's Only a Smile while Ali Campbell put his spin on Seems to me I'm Losing, originally done by Dobson.

Holt first recorded Only a Smile while he was a member of the rocksteady group, The Paragons. It was produced by Duke Reid for his Treasure Isle label.

Priest was born in London to Jamaican parents. He recalls Holt being one of his biggest influences along with Dennis Brown and Jacob Miller, Priest's cousin.

Sly and Robbie also brought in Mick Hucknall (of Simply Red) to record Brown's Ghetto Girl and Night Nurse, a big hit for Gregory Isaacs in the early 1980s.

Friends won the Grammy award for Best reggae Album in 1999.

— Howard Campbell

Riddim Twins pay tribute to Holt


Etana rises on Billboard

Due to a change in the cut-off date for the tabulation of Billboard Magazine's charts, Etana's new album I Rise debuts at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album chart.

Although it was released on October 28, Catch Di Riddim sources disclosed that Etana's album sales comprised pre-orders from one state in the United States; roughly 200 copies were sold. It is expected that a week of sales could see the Clive Hunt-produced I Rise topping the chart next week.

I Rise is Etana's fourth entry on the Reggae Album chart. Her 2008 debut, The Strong One, entered and peaked at number 12.

Three years later, Free Expressions stalled at number 11. Last year's Better Tomorrow peaked at number nine.

"The reception to the album has been good so far. A lot of people will like it and some won't. Some will purchase it and some will download for free. It's just the way it is, but I am alright," Etana told the Jamaica Observer while on the Pittsburgh stop of her current US tour.

The tour, which kicked off on October 23, ends in late November. It also features singer Cocoa Tea and deejay Louie Culture.

Aidonia hits out at scammers

DANCEHALL artiste Aidonia is blasting persons purporting to be part of his management team and collecting deposits for shows in Europe.

According to the Bad People deejay, LiveJam Entertainment is not authorised to conduct business on his behalf.

"To all my European fans/promoters and supporters I will not be appearing on any event booked or promoted by LiveJam Entertainment, we have received no payments nor were we aware of any such event(s)," the artiste said in a statement.

"I would like to personally apologise for this unfortunate development and urge that in future only conduct business with reputable agents to avoid these untenable situations. My management team will be sending correspondence advising the perpetrator(s) to cease and desist with immediate effect all activities related to me in an effort to mitigate any further damage to my reputation and brand," he continued.

Adionia, whose given name is Sheldon Lawrence, rose to prominence in the mid-2000s. He is known for hit songs including Fi Di Jockey, Bruki, Ukku and Straight Happiness.

Watch out for Nae Nae

SINGJAY Nae Nae has made her biggest move to become a force in Jamaican music circles with her latest singles, Da Body Ya and Raging Bull.

Da Body Ya is produced by D-Dot Music Group, while Raging Bull was done for Time Code Records.

Born Shanice Graham in Kingston, Nae Nae grew up in Trelawny and resided for brief period in the United Kingdom. Her recording debut came last year with the track Bedroom Stulla which was produced by Barbadian Denny De Illest.

Confidence is something Nae Nae is not short on.

"I have the entire package. I can sing, write and deejay. I look better than all the other female artistes and I'm intelligent. I bring controversy and art to the music," she told this column.

Recently, Nae Nae has worked with several top Jamaican producers including Richie Loop, Donsome Records, and Pay Day Music.

Nae Nae says she was exposed to music at an early age, performing in talent contests during her high school years. She also recorded songs for her uncle at his home studio. One of those tracks caught the attention of a Barbadian promoter who contracted her to perform on one of his shows in Bridgetown.

While in Barbados, she met Shaggy who invited her to do some work at his Big Yard studios.

Later, she hooked up with Pay Day Music Group and did collaborations with deejays Stein and Nymron.

Magnum Kings & Queens goes regional

BILLED as Jamaica's number one dancehall TV show, Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall was launched at the Lyndhurst Road offices of TVJ on Tuesday.

The occasion saw news that the programme would spread its reach to Trinidad & Tobago for its eighth season.

"We have partnered with a TV station in T&T to carry the show. To help it along we will be having auditions in Port of Spain," Mark Kenny, co-producer, told the Jamaica Observer.

This opens the competition to a potential victor from the twin island republic. Also announced was a partnership with $tar Struck Records to help bring the competition winners to the next level.

Sanjay Ramanand, co-producer, explained that the 2015 champions will receive a two-year recording contract with the label, giving them access to professional recording equipment, along with managerial and career advice.

Judges Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton, Cordell 'Scatta' Burrell and Professor Nuts confirmed their return for the new season, with companion programme Digicel Endz getting a new host in the form of comedian Dufton Shepherd. There will also be a host of after-parties during the finals.

"Dancehall is indigenous to Jamaica and the show provides a refreshing of the talent in the industry," Hylton said.

With auditions set to start on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, the launch also doubled as a recording of the contest's season seven retrospective to be shown on TVJ this Saturday.

Guests were treated to the premiere music videos from previous Magnum King Krushal and Magnum Queen Kadyah 'Candy K' Thomas. Krushal's Tek Set was a humorous look at money-hungry females, while Thomas's Me Name Candy K played on her sexy but tough dancehall persona.

"It's been a good experience for me," Thomas said about her post-contest time.

Before providing the studio audience with a rousing freestyle, she noted with pride of the fact that she's used some of the one million-dollar prize money to further her education.

Sidelined by chik-V, Krushal was subbed in by his 2014 show rival Hydal.

Magnum Kings & Queens goes regional


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