First Note: 09.21.2012

Vybz Kartel’s new book fails to connect with Jamaicans (The Examiner)
Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelmay still be selling records while behind bars but his new book hasn’t been experiencing similar success.
Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, the first book ever penned by Vybz Kartel made a big splash when it was launched in Spanish Town this past July. However, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto’s tagline, Incarcerated, but not silenceddoesn’t seem to be reigning true in Jamaica for Kartel as his book has been met by rejection throughout the island by book stores and the public at large, with airports being the primary source for sales.

Curiocity Interview: Stephen Marley Makes A Stop In Mpls (CBS Minnesota)
Stephen Marley, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, has proven time and time again that his blood runs pure with naturally gifted musical ability.
After many years of helping produce/write songs for other Marley family projects, Stephen released his first solo album “Mind Control” in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. It was quickly honored with a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

Large Up Interview: Talking Dub and Vampires with Scientists (
As part of the Dub Champions Festival taking place in New York City, dub pioneer and mixing engineer Scientist will reunite tonight with the legendary Roots Radics Band to perform tunes from 1981’s crucial dub albumScientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires. If you love reggae but don’t recognize this album by its name, you’ve probably heard some of the songs from it at some point and not even realized it. Friday’s concert will be the first time the classic LO will be performed on the East Coast (having been performed only twice before in the last 30 years). If that’s not enough, they’re going to be joined onstage by special guest Johnny Osbourne. Musical support comes from our very own DJ Gravy, as well as Deadly Dragon and Subatomic Sound System.

Tommy Lee to headline Sting (The Jamaica Observer)
TOMMY Lee, dancehall’s latest sensation, is the headline act for the 29th staging of Sting at the Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine on Boxing Day.
The singjay, a member of the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire, is currently enjoying in-demand status, and his Uncle Demon mixtape is a hot commodity.

Two Parties, One In2ition (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Trendsik promotions is gearing up to host the first staging of their event In2ition, which will be a double effect treat for partygoers. In2ition delves into two genres of Caribbean music at once, dancehall and soca.

The champion returns (Mmegmi Online)
Phemelo Moikabi, a Botswana dancehall artist affectionately known as Chantty Natural, has done it again.
He is promoting his new single, The Return of the Champion, which is featured on a compilation titled Tell The World: Life Goes On produced in South Africa by Sounds of Edutainment.   The compilation is in honour of a fellow Rastafarian, Kaliman who passed on due to violent crime.
The star of Hey Gal fame also recently shot a high definition music video, produced by Art Productions Johannesburg, for the new single, which is on rotation on South African television stations, YouTube and Facebook.


First Note: 09.21.2012
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