July 15, 2017


KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Former Magnum King of the Dancehall winner Devin Di Dakta has become the first winner from the televised competition to enter the Billboard charts.

Devin is featured on the track Oh Devil by California band Electric Guest.  The song enters the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart at number 47. It was released by Downtown Records.

In a media release, Devin spoke about his latest accomplishment.

‘Making the billboard chart is a great accomplishment that I'm thankful for. I’m feeling excited right now’, he said.

The collaboration came about after an A&R from the California based Downtown Records reached out to Devin’s management after watching YouTube clips of his performance during the Magnum King of the Dancehall competition.

‘They reached out to us about the feature on the song after they saw my work on the internet and fell in love my musical style’, said Devin.

“Devin cracking the Billboard Hot Rock Song chart with this collaboration is one more way that Dancehall culture has broken through the glass ceiling of popular international music.  We are extremely proud of Devin’s accomplishment, especially following his Grammy nomination this year.  We are happy to support his career from Magnum Kings & Queens to the Grammy’s and now to the Billboard Charts’, said Tamika West, Marketing Manager, J Wray & Nephew Ltd, title sponsor for the Magnum King of the Dancehall competition.

She added ‘It’s amazing that a local television show such as Magnum can be seen internationally as a platform to discover new talent’.

Devin is currently promoting the song Beautiful and is set to release another single Get Hot. Videos for both songs are to be completed shortly.

He is also booked for Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

July 13, 2017

Businessman gunned down contract style in his Benz SUV on Ruthven Road

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - The police are probing the contract style killing of popular
businessman Richard Ramdial, whose family operates Ramdial Auto Sales and Accessories on Beechwood Avenue in St. Andrew. He was shot was in traffic sometime after 4:40pm along Ruthven Road on Tuesday afternoon when two men reportedly approached his dark blue Mercedez Benz SUV and pumped more than a dozen bullets through the window on the driver's side.

Some reports say that the killers were two men in a white Toyota Camry motorcar which was parked on Ruthven Road, but other reports say the killer was a lone man who subsequently escaped on a bike. Alighted the vehicle and opened fire on Mr. Ramdial who was driving a Mercedes Benz.

The businessman was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused panic as several motorists attempted to flee the scene when the barrage of gunshots were fired.
Mr. Ramdial’s licensed firearm was not taken by his attacker

July 12, 2017

Kenny Bling making his mark with Mi Chargie

Kenny Bling
On-the-rise dancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as “a reality tune that couldn't be any more real”. It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.
"I am singing about my own life… the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil “Scully” Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".
The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance. 

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract. Eager to get back in the studio, the AFM team has already started a new project, but the main focus for now is the marketing and promotion of Mi Chargie, especially in the lead up to Jamaica's internationally acclaimed annual Reggae and Dancehall festival Reggae Sumfest.
With Mi Chargie
poised for the big time, Kenny Bling and his team have taken the decision to shoot the accompanying music video. This, Kenny says will be done in the next few weeks. The location will be Stony Hill in Kingston, Jamaica.

June 27, 2017

Vybz Kartel hates me, says Popcaan

Vybz Kartel
Dancehall artiste Popcaan recently told BBC 1XTRA that he is hated by mentor Vybz Kartel due to his mainstream success.
According to the deejay, who claimed that he loved Vybz Kartel the most during his performance at Sting 2012, the dancehall space is filled with jealousy, and envy.
"Dancehall artistes don't like the ones who are progressive. When you are on a low level, you have the most friends in music. When you going up, you have less friends, and I learnt that a long time ago," he said. "Since I have been around Vybz Kartel, a lot of people used to hate Vybz Kartel, but he stayed on top. I learn that lesson from him and that is why he, Vybz Kartel, hates Popcaan today. I will forever be on top ... because I learn that from him."
The Billboard-charting/MOBO Award winner also said it is unfortunate to see the large amount of hate that has been levelled against dancehall artistes who are simply trying to feed their families through hard work.
"One artiste can contribute to 50 per cent of dancehall and if that person hates you that is a problem. Me as a man from my humble beginnings, who grow with my granny ... man come from bush, real bush, from nothing. All I try to do is take care of my family, and people have a problem with that. It is not my job to tell people what to say or how to live. So it's nobody's job to tell Popcaan how to live," Popcaan said.
However, it would appear that Kartel is not the only person disgruntled with Popcaan. Fellow incarcerated dancehall artiste Shawn Storm recently released a diss song called No Frauds targeting the deejay.
When contacted, a member of Shawn Storm's management team, who requested to remain anonymous, told THE STAR that the song was intended to address Popcaan's alleged disloyalty to Kartel and Storm.
"From Shawn and Vybz Kartel have been incarcerated, I don't think he has visited them even one time or check with their family. Remember that after everybody left Gaza it was only Popcaan, Gaza Slim, Shawn Storm and Vybz Kartel. Popcaan is acting like they never existed. I want you to please note that this song was recorded long time, but we just decided to release it because it's timely," she said, making it clear that Storm hasn't been recording behind bars.
She said the song is not about war, but rather to remind Popcaan where he is coming from.
Popcaan was unavailable for a comment. Several calls to his phone went unanswered.

Source: The Star

June 23, 2017

Spice lands first corporate deal

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Dancehall artiste Spice has secured her first major partnership with a corporate company.

The hard-core female entertainer signed a deal with Sperone Moscato Jamaica, and is now the company's newest ambassador. The line of Italian Sparkling Moscatos is distributed by Select Brands Limited, one of the largest distributors of wines and spirits in Jamaica.
Spice told THE WEEKEND STAR that she was overwhelmed at the opportunity, but was hesitant at first because she wasn't sure if her image and the corporate world would work well.
"Sperone's marketing manager reached out to my business partner, Romeich, to contact me with the proposal," she explained. "When Romeich contacted me, the first thing I said was that I wouldn't be able to do it because most corporate companies probably want me to adjust and tone down who I am, including my wild stage performances."
To her surprise, the deal did not require her to make any adjustments to her raunchy dancehall image.
Spice is flanked by corporate marketing manager for Select Brands, Tania McConnell (left), and Sperone Moscato Jamaica's brand manager, Jhannel Townsend (right)

"When I was told that they know what I'm about and they want me to represent their product regardless, I was so excited and overwhelmed. I realise now how much the brand loves and supports dancehall, and I will encourage every single person to support them," she said.
The new deal will see Spice appearing on Billboards and in advertisements as the new face of the product. As an ambassador, she is expected to promote the product, something she says will be easy.
"It's the only thing I drink since lately. I will use my huge fan base to showcase the product across the island. A di hottest bottle a wine in the streets right now anyway. It's a product that is loved, so this will be easy," Spice said.
The entertainer has been enjoying media attention and much success in recent times, especially following her appearance on the VH1 hit TV series Love and Hip Hop.
Source: Jamaica Star