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Is BeenieMan still the King of Dancehall?

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It has been said that, Seven days without prayer, makes one weak. Sometimes you hear someone say, Weve done all we can. The only thing we can do now is pray. Prayer really should be our first resort rather than our last resort. Jesus gave us the Lords Prayer, as a model prayer and Jesus himself often went off to pray, setting an example for us to do the same.

In Matthew 14:23, it says, And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (KJV) If Jesus needed to go off and pray, how much more do we need to? Praying should not be something we do out of duty and routine. Prayer is talking and listening to our loving, all knowing, heavenly Father. The book of James tells us to pray for wisdom when we dont know what to do (James 1:5).

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Prayer shows our dependence on God, His power and His wisdom. Prayer is powerful and so important

In Philippians 4:6,7, prayer is connected with receiving Gods peace.


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Jamaicas New Prime Minister Appoints Cabinet

KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaicas new Prime Minister has appointed his government, leaving nearly all ministries unchanged while making relatively minor shifts that he said would accelerate administrative and economic reforms. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his Cabinet represented a new direction for the Caribbean island while also providing stability. Yet his picks represented more continuity than change. Holness kept many of the top ministers of predecessor Bruce Golding, who abruptly announced in late September that he was stepping down. Among the holdovers were the ministers of justice, foreign affairs and energy. The Jamaican people want to see decisive, instrumental and quick action because their challenges and problems are urgent, Holness said Tuesday night. In striking that bal-

Contributor he Jamaica music landscape has changed dramatically for the better or for the worse; only time will tell. With the advent of computer, the music landscape has revolutionised with more emphasis being place on beats. Songs are adjudged to be bad based on the rhythm that it is on. Less emphasis is placed on lyrical content. The beat is the driving force behind a song. Forgive me for being mature but whilst we have to cater for the young market there has to be BALANCE.


ance you have to contend with a limited learning curve so you want to have change, but you certainly do not want to have chaos in change. As prime minister, Holness kept the education portfolio he had in

Here is a question Which comes first, the chicken or the eggs? Each one teaches one. I am saying this to say that newness is good but with proper guidance it can be BETTER. Our music is our GOLD and we need to preserve it; for our children and grandchildren. We need timeless music. We have too many flavours of the month or the season. It is therefore the duty of the power houses that introduce the music over the air waves to be aware that children are listening. Some children dont have proper guidance and are influenced greatly by music. Music can be addictive and persuasive. It has been proven that children learn faster when lesson is put to music. We need to be SINCERE in our handling of music. With power comes responsibility. Goldings administration, while shifting planning responsibilities to the ministries of finance and housing. He appointed Sen. Arthur Williams as a minister without portfolio in charge of public service and information while shifting Daryl Vaz from the Information Ministry to a post in the prime ministers office overseeing telecommunications and public sector efficiency. L a w m a k e r Shahine Robinson became the second woman in Holness Cabinet, overseeing housing, environment and local gov-

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ernment issues. Last year, Robinson was forced to defend her northeastern St. Ann parish seat after revealing that she held U.S. citizenship in violation of constitutional law. Holness announced earlier that he was retaining the ministers of finance and national security. Holness had vowed in his inauguration to continue many of the previous governments policies, including tax reform, poverty reduction, anti-corruption measures and fulfillment of obligations with international partners. Many analysts believe Holness will call general elections soon instead of allowing tough economic realities to weigh down his early days as prime minister. The country has seen two quarters of slight economic growth this year, but average Jamaicans continue to struggle.



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Dancehall king Beenie man was voted the most popular Jamaican artiste five years ago.

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n a scientific poll that was conducted in 2006 in Jamaica, when the question was asked Who is your favourite living Jamaican artiste? Beenieman racked up an impressive 28 per cent of the tallied votes. Lovers rock crooner Beres Hammond was a distant second with only seven per cent of the votes. Warlord Bounty Killer was third with six per cent while Vybz Kartel and cultural singer Luciano polled four percent each. If a similar poll was conducted today, which artiste would come out on top?

Can the DOCTOR beat Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Shaggy, Jr. Gong or Beres Hammond for the title in 2011? by Howard Renrut
Damian Marley, Beenieman, Lady Saw and Bounty Killer. These acts had the biggest impact as hit maker, live performers, news makers, local and international record sales and as a touring acts. Love him or hate him, one thing that cannot be denied is Vybz Kartels ability to grab headlines. He made headlines for his famous clash with Ninjaman at Sting 2003. He was again in the news for his lyrical clash with Mavado at Sting 2008 and recently for his highly publicized lecture at the University of the West Indies

again this time for bleaching his skin. His action caused 2010 NY broadcaster of the Year, Dubb Master Chris to issue a temporary ban on his music for Black History month 2011. On wax, Kartel has blazed a trail of hit including Ramping Shop, Double Down, Drive By, Money fi Spend and Real Badman Never Afraid. Kartel has also worked on collaborations and remixes with Hip Hop and R&B acts like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Akon, Jim Jones, Lil Wayne and Eminem.

In 2011, listed among the most sought after Jamaican reggae/dancehall acts of the past decade are Shaggy, Beres, Sean Paul,

that was viewed by critics as nothing more than a publicity stunt. It was just over two years ago at the start of Black History and Reggae Month that Esther Tyson, principal of Ardenne High School in Kingston lashed out against Kartel for his song titled Romping Shop. Earlier this year Kartel came under fire once

He has established himself as a successful entrepreneur, launching his own record label, Street Vybz Rum, a condom line among other successful ventures. A few weeks ago his reality TV flick Teachas Pet premiered on CVM TV. With a new international recording contract and his current hit song Delilah blazing ethnic and urban radio stations in the tri-state area, Mavado is poised to finally garner the type of international attention he has craved since he busted on the scene six years ago. Delilah was added to urban stations HOT 97 in New York, WZMX in Hartford and other stations across the country. Mavado

has done collaborations with a slew of international acts including DJ Khaled and and rapper Drake. He has delivered many hit songs including his critically acclaimed debut album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, which includes hit singles Fathers Prayer, Cassava Piece Radio, Sadness, Gully Side, and On The Go which was dedicated to former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell. Today with hot singles like Peppa, Star Boy and One by One with Laza Morgan on the reggae charts and his US visa in hand, Mavado is as hot as ever. Platinum artiste Shaggy biggest success came at the turn of the millennium with singles It Wasnt Me and Angel. The subsequent album Hotshot was not only certified diamond by the RIAA but soared to the top spot on the Billboard 200 and UK album chart. He scored again with Lucky Day which went Gold in 2002 and his 2008 album Intoxication, which earned a nomination for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards. Beside his on stage

accolades, Shaggy has championed many philanthropic initiatives including raising funds for the Bustamante Childrens Home in Kingston. In April 2008, he was chosen to record the official anthem for the Mascots (Trix and Flix) of the Euro 2008 football tournament held in Austria and Switzerland. He also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2009 IPL tournament held in South Africa and at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 the same month in India. Continued on page 5

In 2007, Shaggy was recognised by the Government of Jamaica when he was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD). Jr Gong Marley created mayhem in 2006 with his monster hit Welcome to Jamrock. The song sat atop charts in Jamaica, Europe, and Canada and created just as much fever state side, enjoying multiple spins on urban radio stations and cable channels like BET, MTV and VH1 TV. When the album was released in 2005, it shot to #7 on the sales charts, making it the biggest opening for a reggae artiste in history. Two days after the 61st anniversary of his fathers birth, Gong claimed another first when he became the first Jamaican artiste to win two Grammy awards at the same show. In 2010 he teamed with rapper Nas on Distant Relatives. The album joins two different flavors of music with Marleys dub-rock aesthetic and Nas flow. He has also joined Mick Jaggers musical project Super Heavy

Beenie Man Cont.

with Joss Stone and Jamie Stephens. Sean Paul, who enjoyed unprecedented album sales with his debut album, Stage One in 2000, has had a string of successes including his song Gimme the Light that was a huge hit, and the multiplatinum album, Dutty Rock (2002), which earned him a Grammy award. Paul followed up with The Trinity in 2005, which also went platinum and won the American Music Award for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artiste in 2006. One only has to hear the first line from any of these monster tracks She Loves Me Not, Step Aside, Tempted To Touch, Double Trouble, Putting Up Resistance or One Step Ahead to know that Beres Hammond is in the house. Thats when the women get weak in the knees and men clutch their ladies tight for fear they may be tempted to touch. Beres has an extensive fan base at home and in the Diaspora is always warmly received whenever he steps on stage.

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For the past 10 years, Grammy-nominated Bounty Killer has made a career of bussing young artistes such as Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man and several members of his Alliance crew. He is a fearless performer who has waged numerous on-stage battles with arch nemesis Beenieman. On the international scene, Bounty made his biggest mark in 2001 with a successful collaboration with No Doubt on the single Hey Baby. He also enjoy solo successes with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination. Dancehall Queen Lady Saw is an accomplished international star who has the distinction of being the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award. Her international exploits also includes a gold certification for the single Smile with Vitamin C, a triple-platinum certification for Underneath It All for her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt. She has also earned

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a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured performance on No Doubts single Underneath It All, which reached number #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. My choice as the most popular Jamaican artiste of the past decade is the Dr. Beenieman. Beenieman may not have the international record sales of Damian, Shaggy or Sean Paul, however, since his famous clash at Sting with Bounty Killer in 1993 he has had the streets locked. On the international stage, his album on Virgin Records, Art and Life was certified gold and won him the Grammy for Reggae Album of the Year in 2001. In 2002, he scored internationally again with a duet with Janet Jackson called Feel It Boy and followed with his 2004 remix of Dude, featuring Ms. Thing. The Doctor has delivered many exceptional live

performances including his memorable set at Reggae Sumfest 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that some say, firmly established him as theKing of the Dancehall. On the local charts, Beenieman has an impressive catalogue of hits including Matie, Slam, Romie, Old Dog, Dancehall Queen, Who Am I, Girls Dem Sugar (featuring Ma), Dude, King of the Dancehall and Back It Up. He continues to have a major presence at all the major reggae festivals around the world including Irie Jamboree where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in September this year for his 30 year contribution to the industry.

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The Round-up
G Whizz latest single Bartender is currently dominating the #2 position on the MTV Dancehall Charts. Bartender has proven to be a major hit in Jamaica, USA, Europe, Japan and Africa. G-Whizz has also been creating major waves both on the local and international scene with his new songs, Dash Weh Yuh Trouble and

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G-Whizz Tops Africas MTV Dancehall Chart

Mavado And Drake to Release Collaborative Album With the return of his United States visa, a new record deal with We The Best Music Group and a slew of hit singles in rotation, Mavado is winning. Some exclusive inside information reaching Linkage Linkz is that Mavado and rap star Drake plans to release a collaborative dancehall/ hip hop album, similar to Nas and Damian Marleys critically acclaimed Distant Relative. Mavado recently hinted in an interview that hes had a desire to collaborate with Drakes mentor and internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar, Lil Wayne. From a couple years ago Ive always wanted to do a mad record with (Lil) Wayne, Mavado said. That kid is crazy, trust me hes out of this world. Its gon happen in due time. We gon put some steroids to this game and turn it up, loud! Gyptian Disses Nicki Minaj
Internationally acclaimed singjay, Windel Beneto Edwards, more popularly known as Gyptian, is the subject of controversy following a drunken rant recently captured on video. A video surfaced on Youtube with Gyptian in studio addressing how his collaboration with American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj came about for the Hold Yuh remix. According to Gyptian, Minaj never jumped on the original Hold Yuh single when asked to

Haffi Win. G Whizz recently released a mixtape titled Affi Win which is hosted by Teacha & Mackerel. This mixtape with a mainstream appeal, proves itself a club and street banger. Fun, witty lyrics accompanied with immaculate production makes this song yet another hit for the artist.

A video was recently shot for the artiste latest single: Who Jah Bless which was produced by: Gachapan Records. The video includes clippings from G Whizzs tour in Japan. Who Jah Bless has been #1 on Japan iTune for most downloads for one week!

Dancehall artistes Black Ryno and Popcaan have been at odds since Ryno left the Portmore Empire camp and recorded the Gaza diss song Mi Lef in 2010. Popcaan counteracted the song with Dem Sell Wi Out and the two have been silent on the subject since. However, Ryno has recently recorded a song called Gaza Beating Stick, where he challenges Popcaan to a lyrical battle. In the song, Ryno sings, When yu si mi yu run like three likkle pig ... how badman fi name Popcaan ... him a country man from him born,


voice the song. Once the single gained international acclaim, Gyptian implied thats when Minaj decided to do the collaboration. Is a f**k up b, guess wah bun me out a everything and den di gal a jump pon di song. Di b***h a get

put yu pon a country bus, guh back dung a St Thomas fi guh back guh plant pak choi ... when yu si di clang and the click if yu think yu bad flip. Black Ryno states that Popcaan threw lyrical jabs at him in a recent song called Nuh Box Pon Jaw where he says, Badman nuh tek box pon jaw ... all now some bwoy sey dem bad and cyaah defeat wi doe ... mi have a thing wey mi walk wid, tek wey yu three points mek some bwoy haffi play zero. He also states that he knows that Popcaan is dissing him because certain things happened in Gaza

$25,000 from VP dem fi get di bloodc***t song hard and never bloodc***t go pon di song, and when di song go out and get big now she jump pon di song off a her own. First ting she ask when dem ask her fi voice pon di song, Who Gyptian? She nuh

that Popcaan knows about. When I heard the song, mi know sey a me him a talk because a whole heap a things happen inna Gaza, he said If a artiste a style mi, mi wi run een an deal wid it ... but mi jus a gwaan watch dem now, he said. Ryno says he only answered the song to show that he was no weak fence, because Jamaicans would assume that he was a coward if he didnt. The artiste says that at Sting persons can expect the same Black Ryno and if its war, then its war. Wi nuh tek long fi sic, suh if a war a war, he said.

kno mi, Gyptian said. When producers in studio stated that Gyptian wasnt an artiste who called out other artistes via Twitter, the singjay replied, Im not Vegas, referring to prominent, veteran deejay, Mr. Vegas.

Vegas mi an yuh no vex, but mi want yuh stop do wha yuh a do, yeah, da bag a chatting chatting dem an chat bad bout di bag a artist dem, especially me man, yuh sound like a sissy man. Mi cyaah even seh p***y cah u rich an yuh know yuh have u ting lock already, a seemingly drunk Gyptian said.

Singer George Nooks has done it again and its with another gospel gem Broken Vessel. Recorded to a jazzy reggae beat. Nooks adds his own special touch to it the result its a runaway hit! The single is now sitting pretty in the number one position on both the New York and South Florida The song is also doing very well in London and other parts of the Caribbean. Commenting on the success of the gospel cover Nooks says he really couldnt be any happier about the response the song has been receiving since its release. I had people coming up to me and telling me just how much this song has touched them. I guess thats the reason it has taken off so much, he said. Broken Vessel has also been getting heavy rotation on the local airwaves often time with disc jocks being requested to pull up and come again. But this is not the first time Nooks has enjoyed a big success with a gospel song he did it a few years back with the Al Green cover God Is Standing.


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and for many islands across the Caribbean, where an escalating arms race among criminal gangs has turned once-peaceful neighborhoods into battle zones. St Kitts and Nevis, a two-island federation of nearly 50,000 people, has tallied 31 homicides so far in 2011, already making it the bloodiest year on record. Police blame gangs with names like Killer Mafia Soldiers and Tek Life for the escalating violence. In Trinidad and Tobago, which is off Venezuelas coast along a prime drug shipment route, the Government has declared a state of emergency, imposing nightly curfews and giving police and soldiers broad powers to conduct searches and seizures. Still, there are isolated cases: A vacationing US Army sergeant was killed during a robbery in Trinidad last year. A Welsh couple was butchered in an Antigua vacation cottage on the last day of their two-week honeymoon in 2008. In St Kitts, bandits held up a small bus of tourists last year, prompting two cruise lines to briefly suspend stops there. Two British women were raped on a remote beach in St Lucia earlier this year. Drug traffickers have helped to drive up the crime rates by introducing firearms and narcotics with a street value exceeding the size of the Caribbeans legal economy. Comparisons

Caribbean Islands Struggling to Dismantle Gangs Travel Tariff Caribbean, Times have changed here with other parts of the world Canadian and Mexican travcan be stark. Jamaica, an island of roughly three million people that has been hit hard by drug and extortion gangs for years, chalked up 1,428 killings in 2010. Chicago, a city of nearly three million, reported 435 homicides last year. Statistics from the UN crime office show homicide rates nearly doubling in a number of Caribbean countries since 1995. In St Kitts and Nevis, slayings have increased six fold since 2002 when there were just five killings. Many Caribbean islands have been known for feeble local enforcement. In St Lucia, drug smugglers know immediately when the maritime police are on patrol, making evasion nearly effortless, said Day, the crime researcher in St Lucia. St Kitts recruited a new police commissioner, Celvin G Walwyn, who is a native islander with long experience as a police officer in Texas and Florida. He has warned street gangs he plans to eradicate them and has special teams of police and soldiers to patrol crime hotspots together. A tough new law can put people away for 20 years if they are convicted of recruiting for the gangs. Rumours on the street are that the gangs have an arsenal. But if push comes to shove, we can wipe them out, Walwyn told The Associated Press.

News Round-up
ellers are once again going to have to pay up a US$5.50 tax if they enter the United States by air or sea. A U.S.-Colombia free trade deal, passed includes a clause that removes an exemption from the tariff for travellers from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The exemption from the fee since 1997 was under the

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Guyana - Man Arrested For Having Sex With Cow

A Guyanese man was remanded to prison having been charged with buggery when he made an appearance at the Vreed-en-hoop Magistrates Court. The accused, 26-year-old Derrick Manniram, appeared before Magistrate Nyasha WilliamsHatmin. It is alleged that on October 17, at Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, Manniram had sex with a cow. The accused was not required to plea to the indictable charge. The man was caught by members of the Community Policing Group and residents of the community, having sex with a cow. Initial reports are that on the same day the man tried to have sex with another calf

Prostitute Turned Into A stitches. Police said they found Donkey - A Zimbabwe man
told a court that the prostitute he hired turned into a donkey overnight, and now he is seriously in love. Sunday Moyo, 28, was caught having sex with a donkey early Sunday morning, according to the New Zimbabwe news website. While appearing in court on bestiality charges, he told the magistrate a tale that reportedly had the court in

when the owner spotted him and chased him away before securing her animal. She subsequently informed members of the CPG, who went in search of the perpetrator. The man was apparently not satisfied that he was unable to mate with the cow, so he caught another one and tied it to a jamoon tree and commenced the bestial act. It was then that he was pounced upon by the CPG members. Two weeks ago he was forced to compensate a man to the tune of $10,000 after the mans dog succumbed after it was sexually assaulted.

North American Free Trade Agreement, but American politicians needing fresh cash for government coffers have resurrected it. New Airlines slated to begin flying into Jamaica. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has revealed that a number of new Latin American and European airlines are slated to begin flying into Jamaica before the end of this year. The minister said the expressions of interest by airlines from countries in these regions are a strong signal that Jamaica is poised for an influx of business that will flow from these areas. Minister Bartlett outlined that airlift is the centre piece of our efforts to get visitors to the island and we continue to build partnerships with airlines across the globe, starting with Copa Airlines on December 11, then Satena, which will fly from Colombia to Jamaica, as well as Look Voyages, which will reconnect Jamaica to France for the first time in many years. Fifty thousand additional seats have also been added out of Canada over the figure for last winter, bringing the total to some 300,000 seats from that market, in addition to 700,000 out of the North American market. The minister expressed delight at the introduction of the new Copa flights into Jamaica noting that Copa Airlines will connect Jamaica to 58 cities across North, South and Central America. Commenting on the upcoming winter tourist season which starts on December 15, Minister Bartlett underscored that we have already secured over one million airline seats which will allow Jamaica to continue to grow its arrival figures at a pace which will not only bring wealth and credibility to the destination, but also ensure that this beautiful country remains the number-one destination in the Caribbean.


Italian Worshiper Tears Both Eyes Out at Mass

An Italian man tore both of his eyes out in the middle of the priests homily at a church near Pisa. Fellow parishioners watched in horror as Aldo Bianchini, 46, used his bare hands to pull out both eyeballs. Bianchini later told surgeons, who were unable to save his vision; he heard voices that told him to do it. He was in a great deal of agony and he was covered in blood, Dr. Gino Barbacci

stated. He said that he had used his bare hands to gouge out his eye balls after hearing voices telling him to do so, to do something like that requires super human strength. Father Lorenzo Tanganelli said he had just launched into his sermon when he saw a commotion in the back of the church. This man at the back of the knave started tearing at his face and I realized he was gouging out his eyes, Tanganelli told the paper. I called for

assistance and the paramedics were quickly at the scene and he was taken away and then I carried on celebrating Mass but a lot of people had left because they were so shocked by what they had seen. The Bibles Gospel of St. Matthew quotes Jesus telling his disciples: If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Moyo having sex with a donkey tied to a tree outside his home in Zvishavane, a mining town near Masvingo, on Sunday at around 4 a.m., the New Zimbabwe says. In court, Moyo admitted to the sex act, but explained that the donkey was in fact a prostitute he had earlier hired for $20 at a local nightclub. I dont know how she then became a donkey, Moyo is reported to have told the court. I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested. Moyo, who now says he is in love with the beast. I do not know what happened when I left the bar, but I am seriously in love with [the] donkey, Moyo said, according to state-run newspaper The Herald, as cited by Agence France-Presse. The magistrate has ordered that he be examined by psychiatrists.


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Upcoming Events Caribbean

Anguilla Tranquility Jazz Festival November 10-13, 2011 The sweet sound of Jazz fills the Anguillan air once a year as culture and music converge for this festival. Caymans Pirates Week November 10 - 20, 2011 Cayman Island is filled with music, games, and competitions, delicious food and drink along with its glittering parade, events performed by street dancers and sports events are also included.

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Martinique Jazz Festival November 8 14, 2011 Venues across Fort-de-France toot their horn for this annual Jazz Festival. Martiniques best musicians come together to play an exciting mixture of traditional island biguine and transcontinental blue-note and bee-bop during the festivals concerts. Dominican Republic Jazz Festival November 10-12, 2011 The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is a festival full of rhythm, flavor and color, that is wrapped in the fragrant air of the Dominican Republic

Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival November 18-21, 2011 World renowned chefs and wine experts will join with Barbados best culinary artists to share their talents and create a four day festival bringing together the best in food, wine, rum and Barbados culture.

Bahamas International Film Festival December 1-4, 2011 The Bahamas International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization providing the local Bahamians and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am NIKE GOLF December 7-11, 2011 The Jamaica Tourist Board has teamed up with NIKE GOLF to present the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am nicknamed Annies Revenge, after the legendary story of the

live music, games and contests for all ages.

White Witch of Rose Hall. The foursome teams are comprised of three amateur golfers and a professional. Teams will compete over 54-holes, playing both the Cinnamon Hill and White Witch course as they vie for the Jamaica Pro-Am Championship crystal trophy. Grenada Carriacou Parang Festival December 16-18, 2011 The Carriacou Parang Festival is a fun and lively lesson in one of the oldest musical genres of the Caribbean islands, parang, and takes place on the streets of the Hillsborough region of Carriacou Island.

Turks and Caicos Conch Festival November 25-26, 2011 Celebrate the islands most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export. Great food


WBabatunde Witter (Babatunde) s first among equals, whom he has served in the Prime Minister Bruce field of journalism before Golding unmistak- he rose to the top seat of poably assumes that others litical service. Mind you, the in his Cabinet are either manner of Goldings rise to equally stupid or they have that lofty post is cloaked in a all agreed to a political cur- web of thorny questions. His tain call empty of truth and own brother-in-law Pearnel ungracious in promises. He Charles has enough notes may be wrong. Truth is the centre piece for winning todays elections. One hopes that Golding had given Holness the opportunity of learning this style. With poverty, crime and a ballooning global debt high on the agenda of public management, Golding not too long before his departure, found it meet and right to use the platform of his Party headquarters to take on two columnists, one from the trade union movement and the other, his religious flock. Weekly penmanship of columns from Garnett Roper and Lambert Brown reveal quite strident and equally sharp analyses of the State and the state we are in from their points of departure, from the economy to rebuilding social capital. Of what serious merit it could be for Mr. Brown or Rev. Roper to advise citizens as to which political party they should vote for to become Government of the day? Both gentlemen perhaps have their own scope to increase his own tally of of influence in many fields books to give personal exof their rich work in the tem- perience of that once lonely poral and spiritual worlds flight of Bruce to the top. with Brown sweeping the Much on this matter is also former and Roper, the latter. recorded in the Court room. But what difference does it Some youngsters in the JLP make when Golding, while who may be firmly rooted he was in the headquarters genetically but with some of the JLP among very young intellectual clout, notwithpoliticians, took these col- standing, should contribumnists to task for talking ute to the development of and writing harshly about a slight shift of political scithings as they see fit? If you ence research methodology take the language and writ- for Universities in Jamaica. ing of both men it is not hard Their primary focus should to pin them outside of the be promoting introducpenniless class. But get them tion of a course on leaderinto representational poli- ship accession in a political tics that is another kettle of party, such as the Jamaica fish. Perhaps that may be the Labour Party, which began thought which had gripped before 1944 when it won the Golding. But he should have first general election under scrapped it and move on. Universal Adult Suffrage. Golding spoke quite de- Lambert Brown has sought meaning of these men with to give his own view of ac-

Golding on truth

tions and styles of this government led by its modern leader Bruce Golding within the context of truth. We want our leaders to step up to the plate and speak the truth forever, at whatever cost. This must be spoken from the fountain head of trust. Brown, the columnist, gave his own conclusion about Goldings recent

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in talks with the big global bank, the IMF, for us to get relief loan to the sum of US$1.2 billion. But bad blood was flowing when the BOJ Chief was not part of the first team seeking IMF money. Heat in the kitchen became even hotter it would seem from Browns insight. He writes: unfortunately, the plan was not properly choreographed

of Finance, Goldings predecessor first in the West Kingston constituency and secondly at Jamaica House. Professor Seaga, more than a blazing cut above Golding, is a man of panache, dignity and esteemed competence, which is unmatched by many whom he has taught and mentored. Professor Seaga would sit through the night dotting of Is and crossing every Ts. Brown may concur that some, in the upper reaches of the JLP today, have sadly failed to learn from one of our modern-day Czars of finance, ground-up politics and socio-cultural rebirth. Brown brings Goldings failing grade even much sharper when he frankly made the point that no conference call was made to the key players in the market and key players in the international financial communities to brief them on the breaking news. That conference calls method is par for the course for top leaders with crises on their door steps goes without saying. Remember that Golding is seen as a runaway boy who made some post-colonial analytical remarks about the Monarchical system and its export model without tidy references before he was dragged over the coals to come back home with fat money at its pearly gate. Again, Brown, with a touch of intellectual savvy, decides to bite even deeper. He reminded that the last former Finance Minister, Dr. Omar Davis, used to soothe market fears in the past. Efficient management and a firm take of ones environment leads one to nod, calmly shake hands and bow gracefully to win friends and influence people. We are yet to know truthfully who is really in change. The Government took quite a long time to explain itself. It shows loss of good taste, self-worth and wholesome discipline in business deals when one party treats time with dishonour. Brown brings trust again to the fore. In fact this learned trade unionist has put on the table the ideal choice of truth and trust (Fukuyama, 1995) as Continued on page 13

action which was empty of truth and etched in less than yearning for facts. He at the time: Truth suffered, trust was damaged and the nations best interest was injured by the impetuous and juvenile handling of the BOJs Governor Dismissal by the Government (Gleaner, November 8). That Brown is a trade unionist who represents workers to make sure that they get the best pay for work done, is neither here nor there now. But it is difficult to turn a blind eye or even deafen ones ear to what he says. Let us examine Mr. Browns column as he states the facts against the background of Golding. He told us then that the Government reported that the Governor had resigned only two weeks after they named him to play a lead role

and the country was sold an untruth: that the governor had resigned. That is what angers Golding. Brown had the gall to show up Goldings failure in dance moves not beautifully choreographed, a talent he could have learnt from Tivoli Dance Troop in their poise, colourful display of talent on their toes and an amazingly bedazzling pirouette. They have danced before the world for years as they cop gold medals long before Goldings dramatic dive into their urban modernity, Tivoli Gardens. This was once Back-o-Wall but was refashioned and created in Tivoli Garden by the quintessential, Professor, the Most Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga. The fact is that Brown would not have found it that easy to do this to a former Prime Minister and Minister


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Jamaica Awards Dennis Brown, Millie Small and Dobby Dobson with National Honor

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amaica awarded the late reggae singer Dennis Brown with one of its highest civic honors, on National Heroes Day. Twelve years after his death, the former child star who became known as the Crown Prince of Reggae was posthumously conferred with the Caribbean islands Order of Distinction for his contributions to reggae. Browns widow, Yvonne, attended the National Honors and Awards ceremony in Kingston, where the late entertainer was honored along with living awardees, including singers Millie Small and Ralph Dobby Dobson. who is now the Hon. Dobby Dobson OD, after receiving the insignia of the Order of Distinction from the

Governor General. Brown, who died at 42 of respiratory ailments, rose to prominence during the 1970s. He released more than 50 albums and a long string of hits, beginning with No Man is an Island, which he recorded in 1969 at the age of 12. He recorded his first work at Clement Coxsone Dodds famed Studio One. By the mid1970s, Brown had become one of the islands most popular performers. His hits include Wolves and Leopards, Here I Come, and Revolution. He worked with a whos who of Jamaican producers during reggaes 1970s and 80s golden age, including Joe Gibbs, Sly & Robbie, and Derrick Harriott. After Brown died in 1999, more than 10,000 Jamaicans streamed into a Kingston theater to view his body. He became the first entertainer to be buried at National Heroes Park, a cemetery reserved for Jamaicas most notable figures.

African Vibes
n our first edition of Linkage Linkz Newspaper, we are honored to receive the member of one of the most successful musical groups in Africa. In the 80s, this group toured almost all the African Continent and some European countries and have won a lot of prizes. Their music was chosen as the 2010 soccer world cup anthem in South Africa. African Prince: Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to grant us this interview. Can you please tell us who Emile Kojidie is? Emile Kojidie: Emile Kojidie is a composer and song writer. I


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African Prince: Now that we know who Emile Kojidie is, can you please tell us the history of the group Zangalewa? Emile Kojidie: It is a very long story but I will make it short; Zangalewa is a musical group that was created in the 80s from a mother group called Golden Sounds. Golden Sounds was the official band of the Presidency of the Republic, but while playing

am from a beautiful country in central Africa called Cameroon, and I am founding member of a group called Zangalewa.

with African Prince

with this big group, some of us use to stay behind after the big practice to work hard and these are the ones that became the founding members of the group Zangalewa: Dooh Guy, Bass guitarist and songs Ze Bella, Drums and songs Eyebe, songs Annie Anzouer, (the only lady)

guitar and songs Emile Kojidie, Sax, songs and drums Kero (RIP) who died in 2010

After some years, Annie Anzouer left the group to pursue her solo career in Europe. We toured countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Benin, Senegal, South Africa and Kenya where we received the first URTNA price (National Union of African Televisions). We also toured different cities in Europe and we are going back in November for a European tour.

African Prince: How did you feel when you heard your song at the opening night of the 2010 soccer world cup? Emile Kojidie: to be honest, I had tears in my eyes when I heard that song. Many musicians will love to have this type of experience in their lifetime. I am so grateful to God because without him something like this wouldnt happen. Its a blessing and a consecration to be honored like that.

African Prince: how do you feel when you see the success this song had in the whole world during and after the world cup? Emile Kojidie: I have to admit that it is a dream come true, mostly when I receive all the frames reminding me that our song is the best selling official world cup song in history, over 2,000,000 singles sold. Every artist dream is to have this type of success but I am not the type to let success make me proud or lose my focus. I commit everything to God and thank him. African Prince: Thanks very much Emile and hoping to having you soon on Linkage Radio. Emile Kojidie: the pleasure was mine and I will gladly accept the invite.


Adidja Palmer (Worl d Boss) began his career as a teenager in 1 9 9 3 , with his first recording Love Fat Woman In 2009 he had two international hits with Ramping Shop debuting on the Billboard Top 100 Singles charts, and Dollar Sign being in regular rotation on urban radio stations in the US. His 2010 single Clarks was one of his biggest international successes, remaining in the top 3 Reggae Singles gaining the most radio plays in North America for 40 weeks. Clarks was also featured on the TV series So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and on a CNN segment on Dancehall dance. When his singles Clarks, Clarks 2 (Clarks Again) and Clarks 3 (Wear Weh Yuh Have) featured the British shoe brand Clarks in 2010, its sales numbers and prices in Jamaica in-


The Life of Vybz Kartel

creased considerably. MTVs Vice Guide to Dancehall featured Kartel at his weekly dance party, Street Vybz Thursday Kartel has worked on collaborations and remixes with Hip Hop and R&B musicians Jay-Z, Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, M.I.A, Pharrell, Kardinal Offishal, Akon, Jim Jones, Lil Wayne and Eminem t-shirts, dog tags and belt buckles based off the Kartel brand. Teachas Pet, a reality TV dating show debuted September 2011 on CVM TV and LIME Mobile TV, surrounding the love life and career of Vybz Kartel. He goes on a Worldwide search in quest of the one person who truly deserves his heart, as he desperately searches to find the Teachas Pet.

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Reality TV Star Murder Suspect

The Artist

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In 2008 year, he also released his own condom line, Daggering Condoms, his own liquor line Street Vybz Rum, (which is no longer on the market) the rum was officially distributed by Vybz Distillers Limited. He unveiled his own brand of blue power soap called Vybz Cake Soap, in May 2011. The OH! Fragrance line, based off Kartels popular catch phrase, debuted on September 15th 2011, accompanied by a variety of skin care products including astringents amongst other products for women and men. The self-proclaimed Dancehall Hero announced the launching of his new shoe brand, Addis, whilst announcing his intention to release

The Entrepreneur

Murder Suspect

On September 29th Vybz Kartel was arrested for possession of marijuana at a small, New Kingston based hotel. On October 3rd he was charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm & conspiracy to murder. The Charges stem from an alleged incident on July 11, 2011 when Palmer, along with a group of men, plotted to murder a St. Catherine based businessman/promoter, 27 year old, Barrington Burton aka Bossie

who was shot and killed while standing with friends alongside Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park. On October 23rd he was charged with a second count of murder. He has been implicated in the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard, who was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St Andrew. Even though Vybz Kartel is incarcerated on two murder charges, he may have something to smile about, now that he is nominated for a Soul Train Award in the Best Caribbean Performance category.

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the key for success of any State, including again a post-colonial State such as Jamaica. We are still searching for socio-economic and sociocultural unity arising from plantation slavery and independence goals in the colonial era and beyond. Great leaders place this premium on truth in good times because in bad times, it will be essential that there be no

moments of doubt or distrust when unity is needed to overcome adversity facing a nation, Brown argues. Truth should be upper most in our minds for actions where we live. It is unbelievable that Golding, having seemingly gained a bout of intellectual talent, would have sought to berate these two columnists without seeking to answer point-to-point the questions posed. He has failed to tell the young and up and coming lead-

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ers in the JLP, who doubtless have read Brown, where did the author go wrong in this analysis. For instance, is Brown lying when comparatively he brings termination and not resignation to the table for us to get a clear picture of the lie that was told about the Governors departure? Latibeaudiere was kicked out of the chair. Brown might have failed to lime with the Belmont Road crew or with others on their patio overlook-

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ing our splendid city. That is perhaps why Golding choose the arena he did to be unkind about men of high standing and unquestionably good breeding. Brown would have none of the rut. He wants the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Some are asking, did the Government know about Latibeaudieres contract before it appointed him to chair the special committee to monitor the impact of the global recession on our financial system? Did the Government know about the contract when it appointed the Governor to head the IMF negotiations? Brown asked. But Golding seems to have brushed aside these questions as he clearly dispels interest in truth, probity and trust in the BOJ Governor saga. The Governor may have been sacked in the interest of the Golding administration to bow unreasonably to the orders of multi-lateral institutions such as the IMF, an action which former prime minister PJ Paterson found wanting and joined the throng in saying good-bye to this institution. This was based on the way we need to go as a post-modern capitalist State with an interest in protecting at-risk-groups in our society. But the story is not yet over. There is the much larger picture of Governments decision to lower the role of the State which will make needed cut backs in salary size and scales. If the powerful BOJ governor can be axed like that, is there any Civil Servant, technocrat or heads of Statutory Boards and Public Enterprises who have the gall to either say that they or their perks cannot be touched? Let the bad man show himself. The new commissioner will be ordered to keep the troops quiet in the down below region when Golding starts the chopping. The soldier would have none of that. What we ought to be thankful for are these men of good character and fearlessness. Both Lambert Brown and Garnett Roper will now have in chair once occupied by Golding, Andrew Holness our new prime minister.


is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop. Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cells nucleus, which acts as the control room of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can turn on certain genes and turn off others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor. The term breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast. Breast Anatomy Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a mistake in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality in-

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herited from your mother or father. About 90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the wear and tear of life in general. Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue and make their way into the underarm lymph nodes, small organs that filter out foreign substances in the body. If cancer cells get into the lymph nodes, they then have a pathway into other parts of the body. The breast cancers stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer: pain or swelling of all or part of the breast skin irritation or dimpling nipple pain or the nipple turning inward redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple, discharge other than breast milk a lump in the underarm area These changes also can be signs of less serious conditions that are not cancerous, such as an infection or a cyst. Its important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor.


Breast Cancer

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soon met Denzil Sassafras Naar who noticed her talent and decided to take charge of her career. Things couldnt have been better as Naar was working with top DJ Papa San. Before long, Lady G was making a name for herself all over Jamaica. It must be mentioned here, that Denzil gave her the moniker Lady G. And for the record, the G stands for good, gorgeous, and if you want to take it further gangster, she chuckles. Seriously, she states, the letter G stands for anything good and positive. Although Lady G has recorded several singles, Nuff Respect was the song that respectfully put her on the chart. The award winning, (DJ of the year award in 1988, 89, 90, 91, 94 and 98 ), international superstar has only moved forward since. Lady G has received her awards from Award bodies such as Martins, Tamika, Rockers, Jamaica Federation of Musician (JFM), Binns and the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. She also received a Best Video Award for Round Table Talk done with


The Fair Lady G

by Michelle MichyB Bailey (mlbcmj@aol.com)

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argument. Whether or not you are a male or female, you have to know what you want and work hard for it. Nothing comes easy, she continues, It is never an easy road. The Lady should know. All she has accomplished was through hard work and determination. Lady G musical career in the dancehall arena, span over two decades and she keeps getting better at her craft. Her latest album Rated G is a testimony to her form and talent. Presently Lady G is promoting her latest album, Rated G released on her G-String Music Label, produced by herself, along with her brother Vincent Wright (Pancho). Among the featured tracks on this album are Ghetto Vibes, Slow Motion and That Question featuring Lovindeer. Honestly, I appreciate the entire Rated G album but my personal favorites are Last-time, Why and Ghetto Vibes. To answer the last question, Lady G affirmed she has no regrets. May be not recording as much, it was all about stage show, just performing on stage, other than that no regrets. Nuff Respect to you Lady G and best wishes in all your endeavors.

n this day and age, its a rarity to find a female reggae artist/DJ staying true to form. From the very first beat, Janice Fyffe aka Lady G. knew she wanted to be the voice for the ghetto and that slackness would not be a part of her message. Lady G reiterates, I always have to have a positive message in my songs. It is a about up- lifting women, she continues, educating and entertaining the people. Janice Fyffe was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and attended St. Joseph and Dunoon Technical High Schools. It was during her high school years that, Lady G developed a passion for music. She recalls sneaking out of school to travel the country with Black Scorpio Sound System. After leaving high school she

Papa San. With her popularity came tours throughout the Caribbean, to Europe, United States, Japan, Switzerland, England, Germany, and Holland. Leaving nothing to chance, the savvy entrepreneur took charge of her own career. In 2003 Lady G along with her brother Vincent, formed her production company G-String Music. It started off with a bang, with her first Greensleeves distributed riddim Belly Skin with top artists such as Sizzla, Capleton and Tanya Stephen. She then followed that up with VP distributed riddim Flava which she produced attracting artists such as Macka Diamond, Lady Saw and Sizzla. The quite unassuming Lady G shared that if she wasnt in the music industry, then probably she would have been a nurse. I like taking care of people. On the issue of female reggae artists in the music industry, Lady G firmly believes, women are more forceful than ever. As female, we are our worst greatest enemies. If we as women can put aside the jealousy and unite as the male artists, we can be a much stronger force. In reference to male artists getting more attention than the female artists, Lady G quickly discounts that

n encounter with Ed Robinson is an encounter with one of Reggae musics most consistently great contributors. Throughout the course of his over twenty year career Mr. Robinson has blessed the music industry with his talent both before the mic and behind the scenes. Having started his career as the drummer in a rock band, Ed Robinson gave hints of his versatility from the very beginning. Over the years he found himself becoming a key player in the diverse genres of Reggae, Rock, Soul, Hip Hop, and R & B. His tremendous production talent has found him at work with industry greats like Luciano, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Super Cat, Third World. Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the incomparable Dennis Brown just to name a few. While constantly at work in the studio, Robinson still found time to perform in such great stage shows as Reggae Carifest, Irie Jamboree, Ragga Muffin Festival and Sunsplash. It was during a performance at Sunsplash concert that he caught the attention of MCA Records. His first album Once Again was ultimately released by VP Records and contained the highly acclaimed track Knockin on Heavens Door. A second album, Sky is the Limit, was released on Jet Star Records featured powerful Roots tunes like Bad Minded People, Skin Im In, and a fine version of Burnin and Lootin. His third album a charm Solitude is that rare album that is made for listening.


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Ed Robinson

The steady grooves are perfectly complimented by his melodious voice. The fourth is as charming as they get. This album sits squarely on the fence between Roots Reggae and Lovers Rock and represents another start-tofinish ear pleaser. The production on The Awakening is smooth and shows the experience of a tried and tested musician. Talented reggae crooner, songwriter and producer Ed Robinson is back in the game with his brand new fifth album titled Written In Stone. The album boast the tribute single Our Heroes, which quickly became an anthem on Caribbean radio programs in Florida, the tristate area, Europe and the Caribbean. The 15 track disc album also include songs like Baby I Love Ya, Youre Special, Cry No More, Talking Blues, Cyberspace Girl and a moving cover version of the Dennis Brown classic If I Follow My Heart that is sure to find a place in the hearts of reggae lovers globally.

Linkage Charts
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Mark Buju Banton Myrie, the reggae icon, will be in prison until February 2019 at the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas. The information is according to the examiner.com. The United States Bureau of Prisons website confirmed the official release date. There were rumours Buju would serve six years when time served and good behavior were taken into account. However, those rumours were answered by the confirmation, as the website explained that time served and lenience for good behavior had already been included in the calculation of the release date. The bureaus official release date set for February 2019 includes the time the prominent reggae entertainer served in prison prior to and between his two trials within the last year, the website

Buju Banton Release Date Set for 2019

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reported. Examiner.com went on to interview David Rowe, a professor and highly regarded attorney-at-law, who explained that Buju Banton has been given credit for 16 percent of federal gain time, that is time that he serves while not violating federal rules behind bars. Should he violate the rules, Bujus sentence could be extended. Buju was sent to prison after being convicted of three drug-related charges in February. The charges came as a result of a December 2009 incident in which he allegedly conspired to organise a drug deal within a policecontrolled warehouse. Examiner.com also pointed out that Bujus lawyer, David Markus, was not planning to go away any time soon, and would be appealing the ruling. November 1st November 14th 2011
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Blood A Boil Khago TJ Records Delilah Mavado Mansion Records Wedding Crashers Sean Paul &Future Fambo Western Ent. Wife A Wife Lady saw - TJ Records Mi Property Lady G G String Productions BBM Broadcast Tony Matterhorn - Darkside Talk Kiprich DJ Frass Production Good Good DAngel Good Good Production Porkys Demise Twin of Twins DJ Smurfs Iyahana Hot Slims Bounce Woman Iyahblazze House of Leeds Records

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A House Is Not A Home Freddie McGregor Steely & Clevie Pro One By One Laza Morgan feat. Mavado Electra When Im With You DaVille Tads Records Seal The Link Chino Di Genius Droop Lion Mix Production I Love Ya Ed Robinson E2 Recording Inc. Distant Love Crisopolis RPR Music Productions California Romain Virgo VP Records He stopped Loving Her Toady Beres Hammond-VP Records Missing You Chris Demontague Oceanic Tradewinds Corner Stone Jermaine Michael Stashment Records Nah Complain Kyenie Born Free label


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Incentives for Investing: SUBSIDIZED LAND PREPARATION - In an effort to reduce the capital costs incurred by agro-investors/agro-businesses, the government has acquired agricultural machines and equipment. The services of these machines and equipment are made available to agro-investors/agrobusinesses at a subsidized rate.

We are forming a community and we are looking for Jamaicans abroad to invest back a yard, through Agriculture. For more information call 914 434 4205

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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT - The research and development arm of the ministry is equipped with the resources and technical competence and provides oversight and support to new agricultural initiatives.

SUBSIDIZED IRRIGATION - In an effort to mitigate against the adverse effects of drought and the high cost of irrigation on the development of the sector, the Ministry has sought to provide further support through the subsidization of irrigation.

INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR APPROVED FARMERS - Section 36(d) of the Income Tax Act 21 of 1982 was enacted for the purpose of encouraging agricultural production by granting income tax relief to any person engaging or proposing to engage in a prescribed agricultural activity. A prescribed agricultural activity is any activity which the Minister of Finance prescribes by Order in the Jamaica Gazette. THE EXCHANGE CONTROL ACT - The Government of Jamaica has no restrictions on the movement of foreign currencies flowing either in or out of Jamaica. This Act facilitates the free movement of capital to other countries, whether for investment or repatriation purposes.

Land Access for National - L.A.N.D The LAND project, a partnership between the Ministry, the Parish Councils, the Ministry of Housing, Environment and Water through the Land Administration Management Programme (LAMP) and the Peoples Co-operative Bank will be utilizing the Facilities for Titles and the Special Provisions Acts to create a root of title to solve the age old problem of land titling. As part of the initiative, stamp duties, transfer and registration taxes will be waived in the issuing of certificates of compliance allowing the average Jamaican to finally own untitled property. The LAND project was launched in September. Benefits of having a Certificate of Compliance unlock potential of land ownership; title ownership; access to loans/ credit; and accepted collateral

initiative, RADA will also enlist support from the Jamaica Business Development Center, public health authorities, the Scientific Research Council, PMOs, and the Private Sector. establish a Clearing House for tourism - to solve payment and quality issues between farmers and hoteliers the Ministry will also facilitate inter-agency dialogue to incorporate locally grown produce in the Government operated School Feeding Programme

tors poised for growth especially with the country having both a competitive and comparative advantage within the sector. To this end, the Ministry is enlisting the support of the private sector as well as engaging in discussions with the Development Bank of Jamaica to drive production within the industry.

The agricultural sector plays a critical role in feeding our society, but we do not produce sufficient quantities to satisfy our demand. As a consequence, our food import bill averages between US $700 - 800 million dollars. This Nine (9) Point Plan is a first step in addressing some of the problems in the sector in the short to medium term (over the next 12 months).

Lowered Interest Rates Critical to improve production is access to capital at reasonable interest rates.

Focus on Fisheries Fisheries survey - in conjunction with the University of the West Indies, UWI to determine our fisheries stock to enable us to plan and strategize for a sustainable future; solar beacons - to act as a navigational guide for our fisher folks; VHF radio systems & Safety gears for fisher folks Yam/Banana/Traditional crops/ Spice Industry Development Programme resuscitate and place greater emphasis on producing traditional crop. pest and diseases research and control; prolonging the shelf life market development

Curtailing theft of agricultural produce The theft of agricultural produce is one of the major hindrances towards further investments in agriculture.

Develop Beekeeping Sector Strengthening of the capacity of the Apiculture Unit to effectively meet this demand is on the agenda of this Ministry. In an effort to minimize the risk factors in the industry, there is currently an ongoing exercise to detect incidence of the most dreaded of the bee disease, the American Foul Brood, in order to keep it in check.

We are moving to reduce this scourge and will be:

Adding value to primary production and canning the excess/Tourism/ School Feeding Programme To promote the value-added agenda, RADA will work in tandem with the Social Development Commission, (SDC), and the Parish Councils in each parish to select one unique product to that parish to commercialize. As part of this

Boosting Pig Production The pig industry is one of those subsec-

collaboration between our key stake holders (farmers, police and Parish Councils) re-launch of the receipt book programme work closely with Parish Councils to be more vigilant at abattoirs register farmers through police stations establishing a closed user group system with the poke and farmers Register butchers


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based song hilarious. Invited to perform at the second staging of the, Linkage Radio Award Show, at The Macedonia Centre in Mount Vernon, New York, in March; Iyahblazze took the big apple by storm, earning several encores in a performance that had even Clinton Young, the City of Mount Vernons Mayor, on his feet dancing. In the days following his performance at the Macedonia Centre, Iyahblazze was in great demand on the New York dub studios circuit, voicing specials for several top sound system operators. In fact, he was forced to extend his stay in America by two weeks to meet the various requests. While Sting is currently at the top of Iyahblazzes list at this moment in time, come next year, great things are poised to happen for him as he is slated to tour both Europe and Africa for the first time.


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The hype surrounding the 2011 staging of Guinness Stings, which will unfold on Boxing Day (December 26) at Jam World in St. Catherine, Jamaica, is now on and one of artistes looking forward to the show with high expectation is House of Leeds recording artistes Iyahblazze. The talented singjay, with the booming voice and potent lyrics, took the show by storm last year, earning three encores the only such occurrence for the night. The promoters were so impressed with his performance that he was one of the first artistes booked for this years event. I will be ready and I will be coming harder than last year, said Iyahblazze. Sting is a place where many of our great artistes made their name. I performed at Sting before so I know what to do to please the fans. Since his performance at Sting last year, Iyahblazze has been on a high and his musical stocks has risen significantly, especially after thrilling fans at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and the Linkage Radio Award Show in New York. At Reggae Sumfest, where he was packaged alongside Mavado, I Octane, Khago, Vybz Kartel, Bounti Killa and Beenie Man on the Dancehall Night segment of the event, he left a massive imprint, treating the fans to a most memorable performance. The Jamaica Gleaner in its review of the event wrote the following: The fans, which came out early, got two special bonus treats in the performances of House of Leeds recording artistes Iyahblazze, who elicited non-stop screams for his songs Rasta and Woman Me Need; and Food Kartel, who continues to use his creativity to make his foodBy: Andrea Anmour Holmes-Seymour

Iyahblazze Ready for the world

I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, said Iyahblazze. I have heard that Europe is a place where roots, rock, reggae has a strong following so based on the type of music in my catalogue, I am sure I would do well there. With his career now gaining serious traction, the hard-working Iyahblazze, whose career started back in the late 1980s on sound systems such as Travellers Disco and Metromedia and later at the legendary King Jammys studio, where he worked alongside Nitty Kutchie, Harry Toddler and Bounti Killa, is now ready for the world. It has been a long time coming, said Iyahblazze. I have done all

the big shows in Jamaica, you name them, Rebel Salute, Tribute to Peter Tosh, Camp, Western Consciousness, Sting and Reggae Sumfest, so it is now time to take on the world.

Caribbean American Cultural Caucus Third Annual Music Conference 2011

The Caribbean Cultural Conference is an annual event designed to bring together entertainment industry stakeholders to explore, examine the obstacles confronting the advancement of the Caribbean entertainment industry.. (CACC) Junior Forbes and his team took the initiative to bring the Caribbean together through music and was successful. The staging of the third annual music conference was held in Manhattan, New York at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway.

The conference was held over a three day period with an impressive array of panelists; speaking on equally interesting topics in several forums. This conference is geared towards educating members from all areas of the music fraternity on the ever-changing landscape that is the music business as it relates to

genres of the Caribbean. Therefore, it is open to all musicians, artistes, promoters, artiste managers, producers, public relations specialists, media personnel, sound operators, song writers and just anybody who wants to know whats going on in the business. As we look forward to bigger and

better things from the Caribbean American Cultural Caucus, next years conference is highly anticipated and should prove to be even more enlightening than this years event. For more in-depth information on each session you may log on to http://caribbeanculturalconference.com/blog/. Again, kudos to Junior Forbes and his hardworking team of Michelle Arthurton, Irwine Clare, Simone Harris, Stan Smith, Bob Frederick and Hon. Eugene Pursoo.

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The Financial Corner

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odays tip is for those people that live in the USA. Credit is one of the most important things in the USA. The credit industry negatively affects 83% of the entire population. One of the biggest factors that affect your credit ratings or credit score is your payment history. Paying your bills late will result in your credit rating or score being lowered. Ultimately, it can result in

you paying higher credit card monthly payments, paying late fees and penalties, or not being qualified to purchase a home or car. It is important that you pay your bills on time every month. Now I know some of you may be wondering, Is that the free tip? Curb your disappointment; I am getting ready to reveal the free tip now. These are serious economical times and sometimes its hard for you to make your payments on time. I understand there are so many necessities for daily living. Sometimes it seems that the ink has barely dried on your check book before its time to retrieve the check book again; the rent is due, the phone bill is due, and the utility company has sent their second shut off notice. Well there is a way for

date and when you pay on that date it will look as if youre paying the bill on time. While not all credit card companies do this, most of the major ones will offer re- aging. To learn more about credit visit: www.hishercredit.com

you to pay the credit card bills late and avoid it lowering your credit score, avoid the late payments, avoid the penalties, and avoid the increased monthly credit card payment. Its really simple! Here is the free tip. Its called re-aging. Just call your credit card company and tell them you want to re-age your account. What they will do is push down the due date of the credit card bill to a later


Women of the Dancehall stepping out

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ith many of their male counterparts all over the news for the wrong reasons trouble with the law, the women of the dancehall are steadily becoming the chief standard-bearers for the genre, which has made international stars out of the likes of Grammy winners Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul and Shaggy. On the same day that controversial deejay Vybz Kartel (correct name Adidja Palmer) was being arrested on murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm charges, the trio of female dancehall stars Lady Saw, Spice and Pamputa were wreaking musical havoc at the Ladies of the Night stage show in Montego Bay, Jamaica. While the ladies have basically been keeping the peace, over the past two years, top-flight male performers such as the dancehall doctor, the inimical Beenie Man; the poor peoples governor, the no-nonsense Bounti Killer; new dancehall sensation Mavado; and the Energy God, the colourful Elephant Man, have all been hauled before the court for various offences.

It should also be noted that, over the same period, deejay Ninjaman, the original don gorgon of the dancehall, has found himself languishing behind bars in Jamaica, facing a murder charge while the Gargamel, international star Buju Banton, was convicted on drug charges and is now serving time in a US prison. While deejay Merciless, who himself had a recent run-in with the US authorities, continues to proclaim, the dancehall crowdie, when he hits centre-stage at musical events, those occupying the space are the likes of Lady Saw, Spice, Pamputa, DAngel, Cecile, Stacious, Ikaya, Ishawna and Tifa, the new sources of entertainment for ardent dancehall fans. On Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica; while the male entourage with the likes Mavado, I-Octane, Vybz Kartel, Beene Man and Bounti Killer were considered the main drawing acts, the ladies did not allow themselves to be over-shadowed. In fact, the much-respected Jamaica Gleaner, which provided coverage of the event, highlighted the lyrical prowess of the women, stating that, the women of the dancehall, to include Spice, Ikaya, CeCile and Tifa, all did well in challenging the traditional male dominance of dancehall night. Spice, who is fast becoming the darling of the dancehall, was so lyrically potent that the Jamaica Gleaner singled out her performance,

stating that, on another night, maybe Spice, who did two songs with Mya and Tifa, could well have walked away as star performer. In putting the legal woes of some of the male dancehall artistes in context, one could note that while Beenie Man, the king of the dancehall and the girls them sugar, was before the court answering assault charges stemming from a fracas with dancehall enigma LA Lewis; the ever-green Lady Saw, the queen of the dancehall, was busily in the studio, churning out her latest album, My Way, an exciting body of work featuring 15 tracks. It should be noted that Beenie Mans troubles were not limited to the fracas with LA Lewis, as while he remains immensely popular, albeit without any major chart hits at this time, his recent separation and impending divorce from his wife of five years, fellow deejay DAngel, also earned him some negative attention. Also of note is the fact that, while Bounti Killer was being ridiculed by cartoonists in numerous newspapers and magazines for allegedly hitting a girlfriend with a hammer, rising female stars Ikaya and Pamputa have been hammering out a path on the international circuit, hitting hard with songs aimed at creating their own space in the business. From a business perspective, while several male dancehall stars have had their visas revoked in recent times, locking them out of the lucrative United States market, popular female acts

such as Macka Diamond and Tanya Stephens have been doing more shows abroad than they are doing in Jamaica. In fact, prior to his latest troubles, the self-proclaimed World Boss Vybz Kartel, who is quite popular in the Caribbean, had his music banned from the Guyanese airwaves by that government, whose explanation was that, his music brings nothing positive to the entertainment industry. With the Jamaican police recently stating that a number of top male stars are under investigation for possible links to criminality, including gun and drugrunning, the dancehall could well become the prerogative of the female stars. Based on what was seen at the, Ladies of the Night show in Montego Bay, Jamaica, it would appear that, if called upon, the likes of Lady Saw, Spice and Pamputa are ready to shoulder the burden and take responsibility for dancehall music globally. by Dexter Blake


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It is impossible to lick your elbow.

It is impossible to sneeze and keep ones eyes open at the same time. Unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it.

Facts and Fun

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AMERICAN: Excuse me little girl, can I fit in there? JAMAICAN: Hey, pickney, small up youself! TRINI: smallie, gimmeh ah pass dey BAJAN: Scotch rung! AMERICAN: You are such an attractive woman. JAMAICAN: Gal you look like fresh vegetable. TRINI: Darlin, yuh lookin real good BAJAN: Psssstt !My friend !

Cultural Differences

Weird Laws

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation

According to U.S. laws, a beer commercial can never show a person actually drinking beer.

An old couple in Jamaica was puzzled when the coffin of their dead relative arrived from foreign. The corpse was so tightly squeezed inside the coffin that her face was practically touching the glass cover. When they opened the coffin, they found a letter pinned to her chest which read: Dear Mama and Papa: Mi a sen yu wha lef a Puncie fi di funeral dung deh inna Jamaica. Sarry seh mi couldnt mek di funeral cause dem seh di expenses dem too high. Yu wi find inside a di coffin, unda Puncie body: 12 can a Bully Beef 12 bottle a Posner Shampoo 12 bottle a Posner Conditioner 12 bottle a Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion 12 tube a Colgate toothpaste


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Pon Puncie body is a brand new pair a Nike (size 8) fi Keefa. Unda Puncie head is four pair a Nike fi Boysie son dem. Puncie a wear six Fubu t-shirt - one is fi Trevor and di rest fi im son dem. Puncie a wear one dozen Wonder Bras (a fi mi favorite), jus devide dem mongst the likkle gal dem inna di district.

Di two dozen Victoria Secret panty dem dat Puncie have on is fi mi nieces and mi cousin dem. Puncie also have on eight Levi pants, tek one fi yuhself and give di rest of dem to di likkle boy boy dem whey work pon Papa truck. Di Swiss diman watch yu did ask mi fa de pan Puncie lef wris and di tings dem wha yu did sen come beg mi for Mama (di earrings, ring and chain), dem is where dem suppose fi wear pon Puncie body, please tek dem before anybody come fi view di body. hope seh yu get everyting alright. Di palitishan dem mek yuh affe try all kina way fi get tings eena di kuntri. God bless yu and keep yu, Your loving daughter, Babsie

P.S. Mi a beg yu find a dress fi Puncie bury eenna


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-Octane continues to blaze the fire with the release of his new single Burn dem Bridge produced by Stephen Di Genius McGregor of Big Ship. In this song, I-Octane expresses how people forget the things you have done for them and turn against you, essentially, burning their bridges. I-Octane states this song is not to point fingers but to serve as a

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warning to be cautious of those who may be using you for their own advantage. Burn dem Bridge is the first single off his soon to be released EP Straight From the Heart and an iconic video for the song will be shot by acclaimed director Michael Cushnie. The EP also boasts other notable songs including the hit Example for the Poor produced by Garry G from Uniiqe Impact Productions

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and Dev Kutta of Livity Movements. After the success of the mixtape Focus, a steady buzz is already building around Straight From the Heart as I-Octane fans have been waiting anxiously for a legitimate album from their artiste. They will not be disappointed as the EP is set to be released on December 6 with an exclusive launch party in New York.

Person of The Week


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David aka Brugal Taxi Driver Jamaican

Born in St. Elizabeth, David hails from a large family, lots of brothers and sisters to play with he states. David is well loved by his customers because of his gentle demeanor, his work ethic, and he always has a smile for everyone. I get people where they need to go, maybe their feet are tired and they are not in the mood to walk or maybe they are on vacation and dont have a car, but need to get from point a to point b.

orn Oral Mark Durloo son of David Durloo and Melzeta McIntosh, herself the sister of legendary reggae superstar, Peter Tosh. In the early 1990s, as lead vocalist for Jah Children, Edge Michael shared stage and spotlight with a host of renowned reggae artists, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and Sanchez. Edge Michaels first studio recording was the selfcomposed, co-produced single, Try My Love, released in 1994, on The Crowd Pleaser record label. In 1995, while performing lead vocals for Gumption, then the opening and backing band for reggae superstar, Beres Hammond, he recorded his second single a cover of R Kellys Bump n Grind. In 1996 he released his first full-length LP, Hard Road to Travel. Edge Michael began performing on tickets alongside a distinguished list of entertainment luminaries, such as Steele Pulse, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Maxi Priest, and Shaggy. Edge Michaels United States promotional tour in 2000, as well as performances on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta and 89.3FM WRFG-Atlanta during that same year, pushed through an exponential increase in his fans. In 2007, Edge Michaels eponymous sophomore release, Rebel With A Cause, was released on his own label, Loco Records. Rebel With a Cause was ultimately selected as a Top Ten Reggae Album Pick of the

Edge Michael

Year by the Brazilian-based Radio Reggae Trade and 1.FM Reggae Trade on iTunes and Windows Media Radio Tuner. Throughout the mid-2000s, Edge Michael toured extensively throughout Western Europe, performing for audiences in France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Holland, and Switzerland. Riding on the inspiration of his successful European adventures and collaborations, Edge Michaels third LP, Cornucopia, was released in 2008, on the JAMZ Inc. label. Linkz FM 96 approved, presenting Edge Michael with their 2009 Album of the Year Award.


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