First Note: 09.27.2012

Jamaica: The loudest island on the planet? (BBC News)
Everywhere you go in Jamaica, you hear music – loud music. Although authorities recently enforced an island-wide musical curfew, there is a growing campaign to relax the restrictions. Why has the Caribbean nation gained a reputation for being the loudest island on the planet?

Roads To Tracks & Records Blocked (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Konshens brings unprecedented levels of crowd support to Behind The Screen
The traffic congestion leading to the venue hinted that Tracks & Records would be full for Tuesday’s installation of Behind The Screen, but no one was prepared for the large crowd that turned out to see Konshens.

Di Genius produces for Nelly Furtado (The Jamaica Star)
Having had much success over the years, producer Stephen McGregor has written and produced a song for Canadian singer Nelly Furtado’s album.
Known for songs like I’m Like A Bird and Turn Off The Light, Furtado released her album The Spirit Indestructible on September 18. The album features Don’t Leave Me that was written and produced by McGregor.

Busy Signal Hit The Streets November 21, Bookings On The Rise (Urban Islandz)
Not often you see a lot of positive reactions to an artist being sent to prison. Busy Signal, who was sentenced to just 6 months behind bars last week, is said to be in good spirit after learning his faith.
Signal was initially facing up to five years for absconding bail in 2002, but through some leniency from the judge the deejay will only spend two more months behind bars.

Tad’s Record Releases Prezident Brown’s New Album, ‘I Sound Is From Creation’ on November 13, 2012 (Tropical Fete)
Jamaican roots reggae artist Prezident Brown returns with the highly-anticipated release of his latest album, I Sound Is From Creation, available on November 13, 2012 from Tad’s Records. Born Fitz Cotterell in Clarendon, Jamaica, Prezident Brown embarked on his musical journey in the 1980′s, and over the years, has transcended international borders to bring his brand of socially-conscious messages, packaged through sweet reggae music, to the global audience.

Reggae Star Boom Viniyard Triumphs over Trials and Tragedies (PR Web)
It was almost four years ago after the release of his hit single “You Don’t Have to be Like Them” that many in the reggae industry referred to Boom Viniyard as the next great reggae star out of Jamaica. But just as quickly as he burst unto the scene, he disappeared out of the spotlight.

Richie Stephens, Gentleman do album together (The Jamaica Star)
Jamaica’s music ambassador Richie Stephens and multi-platinum German singjay Gentleman, who both enjoyed tremendous success this year with hit singles Live Your Life and Warrior, have pooled their creative talents on a new album aptly titled Live Your Life, which will be released next month on the VP Records imprint.
Gentleman, who is currently in Jamaica putting the finishing touches on the new disc, was very upbeat about the project.


First Note: 09.27.2012

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