First Note: 10.02.2012

A bounty for Buju? Supporters say reggae giant was set up as new lawyer takes case (Final Call)
Later this month Buju Banton, a leading reggae entertainer and music industry giant, returns to court for resentencing on a gun charge related to a controversial drug trafficking conviction. His new lawyer and supporters say the gun charge, which was thrown out by a federal judge before a court ordered its reinstatement, is as suspect as the conviction. He never had a gun, someone else in the case did. Supporters are also determined to keep fighting for his freedom.

Bounty Killer Goes Head To Head With Beenie Man On Street Bomb Riddim (Urban Islandz)
Dancehall giants Bounty Killer and Beenie Man are going head to head on the new Street Bomb Riddim and Tommy Lee is caught in the crossfire.
The riddim was produced by Buju Banton son Markus Myrie who is building a name for himself in dancehall.

Omari’s pens Why Me God? (The Jamaica Observer)
GOSPEL singer Omari has added another dimension to his résumé. The artiste has written his first book — Why Me God? — which is set to be launched on October 12, at Kingston Book Shop in the Springs Plaza, St Andrew.
Inspired by societal ills, the book will be distributed by PageTurner Publishing. He says it is an extension of his song Help which addresses similar inequalities.

Aidonia now a producer (The Jamaica Star)
Dancehall artiste Aidonia has now transformed his J.O.P camp into a recording company.
J.O.P, known as Jag One Productions, has released its first rhythm called Fatality and features Aidonia and his protégé Deablo among others.
According to Aidonia’s manager Lav Lawrence, the production has been over 10 years in the making.
“J.O.P has been around for 17 years. It started out as a crew with some schoolmates who were interested in music, they deejayed at concerts and so forth. We took the idea from the Scare Dem Crew, so that’s how it all started,” Lav said.

U-Roy invites 13 friends on new album (United Reggae)
Jamaican deejay pioneer U-Roy is one of the most influential artists ever from Jamaica. He started his career in the 60’s and has been active on the reggae scene ever since.
On October 9th he drops his new set ‘Pray fi di People’where he has invited 13 mostly contemporary artists to share the microphone with him, among them Chezidek,Tarrus Riley and Bitty McLean. Some veterans also show up such as the empress of reggae music Marcia Griffiths and Horace Andy.

Reggae, A Force for Dialogue (UN Chronicle)
Reggae music blew up with a bang to the resistance movement against imperialism in the 1960s. It started in Kingston, Jamaica, and has conquered the world and acquired an emblematic Rastafarian character, but an understanding of its fundamental nature is still lacking.




First Note: 10.02.2012
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