Reggae music’s newest flavour

HEADS bob approvingly to the frenetic beats pounding the studio walls at Beres Hammond’s Harmony House studio.

Among those sitting in on the listening session is singer Courtney John. He is the creator of Rootstronic, a kinetic fusion of roots-reggae and electronica.
“Jamaica has become a melting pot of creative elements. When I was growing up you had about four or five radio stations but this generation has YouTube and the Internet and you can’t restrict what they’re listening,” he told said.

“Jamaica has become a melting pot of creative elements. When I was growing up you had about four or five radio stations but this generation has YouTube and the Internet and you can’t restrict what they’re listening,” he said.

“I do think dancehall is great but I also think that we’re too creative a people to think that’s where the buck stops.”

John’s Soul of a Man is the first song on the new beat. It is available digitally and is expected to be followed by Very Special, both co-produced by Nastasia ‘The Wizard’ Hammond and keyboardist/producer Stephen ‘Lenky’ Marsden.

Like Dubstep, Grime, House and Drum and Bass which are popular with British clubbers, Rootstronic borrows from roots-reggae, the dominant sound in Jamaica during the 1970s.

“If you listen keenly you’ll hear that foundation sound. I love the vibe because it allows me to stay true to the core elements and still experiment,” John said.

Since the sensational Sleng Teng erupted in 1985, computerised rhythms have dominated Jamaican music.

The dancehall sound made significant inroads in the lucrative American market throughout the 1990s and the 2000s on the strength of big-selling albums and songs from Shabba Ranks, Shaggy and Sean Paul.

Dancehall hits have trickled in recent years, as the global market becomes flooded by new sounds like electronica and dubstep.

John first made his mark as Yogie in the late 1990s with the lovers rock song That was Then, followed by a cover of blue-eyed soul singer Paul Davis’ I Go Crazy.

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Wayne Hamilton, who was shot to death alongside gal pal Tracy Bennett outside Holiday Motel, taunted Joseph Kernizan in song ‘Nah Lef Joe.’ Police are hunting Kernizan, who allegedly gunned down duo after Bennett begged for her life

Joseph Kernizan, suspect in double slaying outside the Holiday Motel in the Bronx.

The popular reggae singer gunned down with his secret girlfriend outside a seedy Bronx hotel had taunted his romantic rival and accused killer in song.

In “Nah Lef Joe,” released in 2010, Wayne Hamilton, 50, better known as Captain Barkey, sang of bedding a woman, then complaining in the chorus, “She tell me she nah lef Joe.”

Friends said the song was aimed at Joseph Kernizan, 42, the man cops are hunting for killing Hamilton and his lover Tracy Bennett early Saturday outside the Holiday Motel, where the doomed duo had booked a room.

“It’s a song about her not leaving Joe,” said Bennett’s longtime friend Bella, who declined to give her last name.

“He was begging her to leave Joe for a long time.”

People close to Hamilton had repeatedly cautioned him to break off the steamy affair, warning him that Kernizan was “a serious man,” dancehall artist Wickerman told Jamaican entertainment news site One876Entertainment Saturday.

Bennett and Hamilton were about to get in her white Toyota Camry after an apparent early morning tryst at the hot-sheets motel when cops say they were confronted by Kernizan, a music promoter on Long Island who went by the nickname “Country.”

“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” Bennett wailed, witnesses said, as she and Hamilton were gunned down.

Tracy Bennett begged for her life before she was shot dead.

Bennett, a nurse at a Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, L.I., had been dating the reggae star for five years, friends said.

Meanwhile, she struggled to leave Kernizan, the father of two of her three children.“He was so obsessed with her,” Bella said. As Bennett moved toward independence, even taking out an order of protection against Kernizan, he grew more enraged, the friend said.

“I know he wanted her dead — and the lover,” Bella said.
Other neighbors have said that police were frequently called to the house Kernizan and Bennett shared in Elmont. Hamilton, best known for his 1996 hit “Go Go Wine,” lived in Milwaukee with his wife, Mavis Hamilton.

She knew nothing about his affair with Bennett, even though he alluded to it in song.  “Now that he’s dead, what can I do?” Mavis Hamilton, 48, said. “The memories that I’ll keep is the man that I know that loved me.” She left worried messages for him when she didn’t hear from him after taking him to the airport Friday for his New York trip.”

The scene where a double shooting took place at the Holiday Motel in the Bronx.

Cops arrived to find both the victims dead at the scene. The man was 50, and the woman was 38.

The suspect, described as a bald man, sped away in a blue Honda sedan, sources said.

It was not immediately clear if the victims were staying at the motel. Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the brutal double murder.

Damone Jackson, 38, was pulling out of the lot with his girlfriend after they decided to go to another motel when the gunfire erupted.

“I saw the guy running around. He was dancing all over the place,” Jackson said. “Then, I heard the shots. It sounded like about 30 shots. It was like two clips worth.”

Jackson said he was about to go to the office to book a room, but his girlfriend insisted on finding another place to stay.

“I was about to check in five minutes before it happened,” he said. “I thank God that I didn’t come in here. I thank God.”

Dancehall Artiste Captain Barkey Found Dead Outside Bronx Motel?

Police are investigating after a man and a woman were found dead early Saturday morning outside a motel in the Bronx. Police say they found a 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to the head in the parking lot of the Holiday Motel just after 3 a.m. Saturday.Both were pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
Police say there are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Slow sales for Sean Paul album [Tomahawk Technique] in the US

TWO weeks after its release in the United States, Sean Paul’s fifth studio album Tomahawk Technique, has returned paltry numbers.

Released by Atlantic Records, it debuted and peaked at number two on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart. The disc was initially released in Europe early this year.

But Tomahawk Technique has not showed up on any of Billboard Magazine’s major charts and is currently number four on the publication’s Reggae Album chart.

It is the 39-year-old artiste’s lowest charting album in the US.

Figures obtained from Soundscan, which tracks music sales in that country, indicates that Tomahawk Technique sold just over 1,200 copies in its opening week.

This figure pales in comparison to Sean Paul’s previous releases.

He debuted in 2000 with the VP Records set Stage One. To date, that album has sold over 500,000 copies and contained the hits Deport Them and Hot Gal Today (Haffie Get Da Gal Deh) featuring Mr Vegas. Both singles entered Billboard’s R&B Singles chart.

His 2002 major label debut, Dutty Rock, sold 65,000 copies in its first week. The album went on to sell two million copies in the US and four million copies globally.

The Trinity, his third album, was released in September 2005 and set a record for first-week sales by a Jamaican reggae artiste. It opened with 107,000 copies and debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album chart.

Fuelled by the singles Give it up to Me, We Be Burning and Temperature, The Trinity sold more than four million copies.

The 2009 album, Imperial Blaze sold well outside of the US, charting in Japan, France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

Tomahawk Technique has also fared better outside of the US. Two singles, Got 2 Luv U featuring Alexis Jordan and She Doesn’t Mind, were chart-toppers in Switzerland and figured on several European charts.

English Superstar Adel wishes to see jamaica

British songstress Adele has revealed that she is hoping to visit Ian Fleming’s famously creative home, Goldeneye, near Oracabessa in Jamaica.

According to a report in the Travelmail Reporter, Adele hinted her interest in wanting to visit the historic location after confirming that she was indeed the voice behind the new theme song for the latest Bond film, Skyfall.

When recording vocals for the track, Adele, pregnant with her first child, discovered a love of all things Bond, and has said she would love to visit the Jamaican home of Ian Fleming, writer of the 007 books.

can’t get enough

A source told The Sun: “After working on the new Bond theme for over a year, Adele can’t get enough of the series. She came across Ian Fleming’s house when she was researching the spy series and now has her heart set on going there. Whether it’ll be suitable for her and a new baby, who knows, but she at least wants to visit.”

Bond was dreamed up by Fleming in February 1952, at the holiday villa near the town of Oracabessa in Jamaica.

All 14 Bond novels were written there and Fleming famously began his first 007 book, Casino Royale, with the line: ‘The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning’.

Fleming’s old estate is now owned by Jamaican hotel group Island Outpost, which was founded by Chris Blackwell – the man who ‘discovered’ Bob Marley and helped spread his music across the globe.

Adele wrote the Skyfall track alongside Paul Epworth, who co-wrote and produced her massive hit Rolling In The Deep.

Skyfall sees Daniel Craig reprise his role as 007, with director Sam Mendes at the helm and Javier Bardem as the film’s villain.

The movie will have its world premiere in London on October 23, before it is released on October 26.

Vybz Kartel Baby Mama “Shorty” Pregnant For Another Man

Is Vybz Kartel’s baby mama, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, pregnant for another man while the deejay is behind bars?

That is the question everyone is asking.

Vybz Kartel was right on point when he says “you cant get pum pum a prison, a next man have your girl when you missing” in one of his latest singles Back To Life.

The rumor mill is in full swing with allegations that Vybz Kartel baby mother, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, is several months pregnant for a former member of the now defunct Portmore Empire.

Sources inside the gaza camp told Urban Islandz that the rumors are true, however, Shorty and Vybz Kartel has been separated for quite some time.

“Listen Shorty and Vybz Kartel are not together so even if these rumors are true it has nothing to do with Worl’Boss,”the source said.

“Shorty is her own big woman and she and Vybz are close but he knows she have to go on with her own life. People should stay out of other people business,”the source added.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, shares three kids with Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson.

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Nicki Minaj Cusses Out Mariah Carey During ‘American Idol’ Audition [VIDEO]

Nicki Minaj derailed the “American Idol” auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, after swearing at Mariah Carey and threatening, “I’m gonna knock you out” … sources tell TMZ.

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious … shouting, “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to “knock out” Mariah … but she said it before the video starts.

It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge’s table … with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We’re told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant’s performance.

Listen closely as you play the video … you’ll hear

Nicki Get this s**t in self control. Get in control. Get in control.
Randy Settle down, settle down
Nicki Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
Nicki (inaudible) every 5 minutes. So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
Nicki I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.
Nicki I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.

Mariah is talking back at Nicki but it’s hard to hear what she’s saying.

According to our friends at Mouth To Ears.Com, producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down. We’ve confirmed that happened.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up. It seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul.

Imperial Alley Cat Gave great performance at Rice and Peas event in NewYork

Monday Oct 1st saw the Imperial making a guest appearance at the well known Rice and Peas monthly event held in Menhattan New York.

The vibe was perfect as the Imperial joined fellow artiste like Rayvon, Red fox and Beniton to make the night exeptional. Every artiste were doing their thing on the mic, but when Imperial Alley Cat took over it was a different ball game. Singing a slew of his previous hits alone gave him the night. Loud cheers could be heard coming from the audience with every song he uttered got big forwards.
The night was full of vibes and the loyal Rice and Peas fans really enjoyed it.
Music was provided by Orijahnal Vibes, DJ Gravy, Federation Sound and Dj Maya. Currently, Imperial just Release his hardcore album titled “BLUE MOVIE” available on all Digital music networks and gets ready to drop a new video for “Keep it Holy” a hot track off the album.

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