First Note: More airplay for Reggae, BBC hails Busy Signal, Warlord freed

More airplay demanded for Reggae music (The Jamaica Star)
Music industry players are begging members of the media, in particularly radio, to share air time evenly between reggae, dancehall and foreign music.
They claim reggae is not getting sufficient air time to make a positive impact on the market and that playing reggae music should be seen as a social responsibility.
Jamaica Reggae Industry Association chairman Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, believes reggae slots on local radio stations can preserve musical heritage. However, the chairman says radio is a business.

Busy Signal album hailed by BBC Music as one of the best for 2012 (The Examiner)
The good news keeps on coming for Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal since his release from prison as his latest project has copped a top 10 spot on BBC Music’s ‘best of the year’ chart.
Busy Signal’s critically-acclaimed album, Reggae Music Again earned seventh slot on BBC Music’s Welcome to the top 25 albums of 2012 chart. The chart was compiled by BBC Music pundits while fielding votes from a number of disc jocks as well as well as presenters from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 1Xtra, 6 Music, Ulster and BBC Scotland.

Reggae Artiste Eek-a-Mouse in trouble with US law (Caribbean
One of Jamaica’s most popular reggae artistes from the 1980’s Eek-a-Mouse, is facing major legal problems in the United States.
Best known for the single “A wha do dem” as well as his signature mimic of a mouse – Eek-a-Mouse whose given name is  Ripton J.Hylton, is reportedly being deported from Paraguay to the United States.
US law enforcement authorities say Eek-a-Mouse will then face extradition to North Carolina on 4-year-old charges. It’s reported that the reggae artiste left the US sometime after his arrest on rape and narcotics charges in August of 2008.

Bounty Killer Freed, Deejay’s Firearm Charges Dropped (Urban Islandz)
Dancehall legend Bounty Killer was today freed of a gun charge and several other related offenses. Killer, real name Rodney Pryce, and his co-accused Calis Bowen both appeared in the High Court Division of the Gun Court today to answer to the charges.

Di Blue Print for victory (The Jamaica Observer)
FOR the second time, a Jamaican band has taken the Global Battle of the Bands title.
On Sunday night, Di Blue Print won the finals held at The Scala in London, beating 13 bands from various countries including England, Cyprus, Finland, Lebanon, Norway, The Bahamas, and Australia.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer from London, local franchise holder, musician and trainer, Seretse Small was naturally excited about his second win in a row. Dubtonic Crew won last year.”In my 30 years as a musician, this is the best band I’ve seen which has all the ingredients necessary to make it on the international market. However, what is most amazing is that they have developed this style and groove over a very short period. They have only been playing together for two years,” Small said.

Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall superstar G-Whizz for Miss Caribbean Teen Pageant (
Jamaican singing sensation G-Whizz has been confirmed as the headline guest performers at the 33rd annual Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant to be held in St.Kitts on December 29th 2012 .
The Pageant, which is considered to be the most prestigious pageant of its kind in the Caribbean, has seen many big name Caribbean entertainers grace its stage over its 33 year history. Performers including soca King and Queen Machel Montano and Allison Hinds as well as Edwin Yearwood, Jamesy P, Rupee, Reggae Crooner Christopher Martin , Soca sensation Bomani and Kittitian Superstar Infamus have all graced the Miss Caribbean Teen Pageant stage. Former pageant contestants and current popular performing artistes Claudette “CP” Peters and Pat Raguette have also performed along with Trinidadian comedians Rachel Price, Tommy Joseph and Jamaican radio personality Jenifer Jenny Jenny Small.



First Note: More airplay for Reggae, BBC hails Busy Signal, Warlord freed
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