First Note: Vybz Kartel’s trial saga continues, Jah Cure in Kenya, Ariane Moffat

Vybz Kartel now faces murder trials in December and January (Caribbean 360)
Following this week’s postponement of the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, the controversial deejay will now face trials in the last month of this year and the first month of next in relation to two separate incidents.
Kartel will go on trial on January 21 for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, who was slain last year over the disappearance of an illegal gun.
The trial was originally scheduled to begin on Monday November 5, but Kartel’s attorney Valerie Neita Robertson was unavailable as she was appearing in another matter.

Bridgett Anderson: Lioness of Firstborn Management (The Jamaica Observer)
As reggae’s stocks rose in the 1980s, so did female managers who helped develop the careers of high-profile acts like Michael Rose, Maxi Priest and Beres Hammond. Bridgett Anderson joined that fray early in the next decade.
Anderson was part of the neo-roots movement that erupted in dancehall music during the 1990s. Her Firstborn Management handled the careers of singers Jahmali, Jahmel, Natty Remo and a charismatic vocalist from Manchester named Garnet Silk.
The local reggae circuit was dripping with talent then, but Anderson believes things are much different now.

Builder, 57, signs £250,000 record deal as music boss finds his demo tape in garage 15 years after it was given to him (Mail Online)
The chances of Kenni Wenna’s old demo being discovered were like finding a needle in a haystack.
The builder thought he had hit the big time when he was spotted busking in the mid-1990s and offered a life changing contract by Cargill Bruce, the boss of independent Manchester record label Global I.
But the 57 year old’s singing career stalled when the now-defunct label hit financial problems. His recording deal fell through and the father-of-two was forced back to his day job as a builder.
Amazingly, 15 years later Cargill found Kenni’s demo while he was rummaging in his garage and knew the songs could still be a hit.

Kenya: Jamaica’s Jah Cure Confirms Kenya Concert (The Kenya Star)
Jamaican reggae sensation Jah Cure has confirmed his concert in Kenya in December via twitter. “I will be in Kenya in December,” he tweeted.
Jah Cure famed for his songs like Longing for, What will it take and Call on me made his first big break in March 1997 when he released the single King in this Jungle which was a duet with Sizzla.

Prezident Brown’s New Album Debuts November 13 From Tad’s Record (TropicalFete)
Tad’s Record releases the highly-anticipated new album from Jamaican roots artist Prezident Brown with I Sound Is From Creation, available worldwide on November 13, 2012 . Born Fitz Cotterell in Clarendon, Jamaica, Prezident Brown embarked on a prolific musical journey that spans three decades and has transcended international borders, bringing his brand of socially-conscious messages to the global audience.

Mavado Talks Vybz Kartel Incarceration, Popcaan Collabo, Death Theats, Sting And More (Urban Islandz)
In 2004 Mavado made his dancehall debut with “Real McKoy,” a gritty single off the Anger Management Riddim. But it was his second single “Weh Dem A Do” released on the Red Bull & Guinness Riddim that really caught the attention of the masses.
Fast forward 8 years later and Mavado is a household name in dancehall worldwide. With his unique sound and delivery Mavado will no doubt go down in history as one of the best that ever did it.
But that success didn’t come easy. Through all the controversy, pain and disappointments, the man from Cassava Piece rise to the occasion to become a dominant force in the genre.

Ariane Moffatt gets twisted by Poirier on MA Remix (
“When you remix someone, you can’t have respect,” said Poirier.
If that’s true, the Montreal beat-maker has no respect for acclaimed singer-songwriter Ariane Moffatt, who hired him to oversee her new EP,MA Remix. And that’s a good thing.
“If you have respect, you won’t bring your own flavour (to the track),” Poirier explained. “You’ll be too afraid.”
Listening to MA Remix, it’s clear there wasn’t much fear in the air. The six-track collection features reworked songs from Moffatt’s bilingual album MA, released earlier this year.


First Note: Vybz Kartel’s trial saga continues, Jah Cure in Kenya, Ariane Moffat
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