Macka Diamond to release ‘Bun Him’ Pt 2 & New single [Money Addiction]

Having written dance-hall’s first novel titled Bun Him, artiste Macka Diamond is now gearing up for the release of its sequel.

Bun Him was released in 2007 and now, five years later, Macka Diamond says she is excited about the December release of Bun Him Pt 2: Naughty and Nice.

“I had to do a book two. Bun Him ended with a bit of mystery and some unfinished business with Sandra (the main character), so everybody wanted to know what was gonna happen next. I’ve been getting lots of requests for a book two and we had deliberately ended the first novel that way so that we could release a second part,” she said

With the book launch tentatively set for December 12, Macka Diamond confirmed that since this will be her fourth novel, writing has got much easier. She had previously released Bun Him, The Real Gangster’s Wife and Grown and Sexy.

“Now that I’m on the fourth book, the writing process is much easier. It was a learning process for me, but over time it’s becoming more simple and easier,” she said.

As for Bun Him Pt 2: Naughty and Nice, Macka Diamond says fans will be in for a real surprise.

“Dem a go love it. Sandra decide say she a go road and she a go collect and go through so everybody just needs to buy the book when it goes on sale because trust me, Sandra a go hard, it’s gonna be an awesome read.”

In the meantime, Macka Diamond says she is focusing her attention on releasing a One Drop album next year.

Check out her new Single “Money Addiction”

Ninja Man murder trial set for May 2013

Veteran Dancehall superstar, Desmond ‘Ninja Man’ Ballentine will be made to wait a few months for his long-awaited murder trial to begin, but will be afforded an extra amount of freedom until it begins.

Ninja Man will be made to wait until May 2013 to answer a murder charge stemming from a March 2009 shooting incident of a 20-year-old man. The new date was set inside the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday as the case could not be heard due to the fact Ninja Man’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is currently working on a murder case involving three policemen.

Ninja Man, his son, Janiel Ballentine and two other men are currently on JA$2 million bail as they await trial.

In the meantime, Ninja Man had his curfew temporarily lifted by the Home Circuit Court for the holiday season, giving him the green light to perform at STING 2012 on December 26 (Boxing Day) in Portmore, St. Catherine. The self-professed Don Gorgon will be allowed to perform without time restrictions between December 8, 2012 and January 7, 2013.

As a condition of his bail, Ninja Man was ordered to be at home from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day but had the curfew lifted after his lawyer argued that such a restriction would hurt his earning potential during the holiday season.

Lady Saw contemplating baptism? considers switch to gospel

The Jamaican music industry may be witnessing the transformation of one of its icons as the most prominent female deejay of all-time has been considering a shift of gears, musically and spiritually.

Known for her raunchy, no-holds-barred musical persona, the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw shocked fans by tweeting that she has been contemplating baptism as she has been going through a spiritual transformation in recent months.

“Been thinking of getting baptized from about six months now, but then some people draw me out and I end up cussing them out. Well not anymore,” she tweeted.

Lady Saw followed that statement up by insisting that her new single, Heels On will be her last Dancehall song, as she will be doing gospel music from here on in.

Insisting that this was no joke nor publicity stunt as she later confirmed this with the Jamaica STAR, Lady Saw revealed that she has scarcely released Dancehall singles over the last nine months due to the spiritual transformation she’s experiencing.

“To all record producers, the reason why I didn’t record your songs from nine months ago until now is cuz of what I’ve been experiencing, u get it,” she tweeted.

Lady Saw has been dealing with her share of off-stage drama in recent weeks after she found out that her boyfriend of 17 years and prominent producer, Lloyd ‘John John’ James had impregnated another woman. This prompted Lady Saw to rant on Facebook and Twitter before revealing in a radio interview that she would stick by John John despite his latest case of infidelity.

Lady Saw also revealed that she had been going through a number of experiences while in Florida and back in Jamaica that made her seek God through her times of troubles.

Though the Queen of Dancehall has a few on-stage performances coming up, the hardcore deejay will be removing herself from Dancehall lure as she looks to experience a spiritual change in her life that was once experienced during childhood.

“I have some shows to do that I already got paid for so after that am out. Sometimes I am talking to God and I just find myself humming and coming up with melodies, so I am struggling with both sides because nobody is perfect. I have been talking to a lot of Christians, and I have been contemplating baptism, but I did that when I was younger because of my father, so maybe since this time it will be a renewal baptism,” she tweeted.

In addition to Heels On, Lady Saw has another new song out, dubbed Age Is Just A Number on the DJ Smurf-produced Radioactive Riddim.

Sean Paul wins MOBO award

The accolades keep coming for highly acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Sean Paul, who has walked way with another international award.

The Grammy-winning entertainer copped the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act during the 17th annual MOBO Awards, which took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Sean Paul beat out fellow top Jamaican acts such as Mr. Vegas, Konshens, Popcaan and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley the coveted accolade.

This is the second time that Sean Paul has won MOBO’s Best Reggae Act award as he previously took home the honor in 2005. The Temperature singer was unable to collect his award as he is currently touring in India.

Sean Paul’s latest accomplishment adds to what has been a successful year for the Dancehall/Reggae megastar, who became the first Jamaican entertainer to top 100 million views for a YouTube video as the official video for his chart-topping single, Got 2 Luv U (featuring Alexis Jordan) has been watched nearly 105 million times since being unveiled in September of last year.

Additionally, Sean Paul could repeat this YouTube feat with the official video for another chart-topping single, She Doesn’t Mind which now has over 99 million views to date since its unveiling earlier this year. Combined with audio versions of the single, She Doesn’t Mind has been viewed over 150 million views since its release in October 2011.

Both singles are off Sean Paul’s fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique. Despite paltry sales figures in the United States, Tomahawk Technique has been scoring successful digital numbers across Europe.

Twin of Twins to unveil ‘Stir It Up’ Volume 10 this month, offer prelude to CD

Prominent comedic duo turned deejays, Twin of Twins will aim to satisfy fans ahead of the release of their milestone volume of the Stir It Up series with a prelude to the highly-anticipated CD.

The Twins, Patrick ‘Curly Lox’ Gaynor and Paul ‘Tu-Lox’ Gaynor are planning to unveil volume 10 of their skit-laden series, Stir It Up at the end of this month. However, the duo will release a prelude to Stir It Up Vol. 10 this week, dubbed Stir It Up: Vol. 9 ½.

According to Patrick Gaynor, this mini-version of the series will feature their unique takes on today’s hot topics within Dancehall music and Jamaican pop culture, condensed into 10-15 minutes of comedy. Reports are suggesting that those topics include the cheating scandal involving Mr. Vegas’ baby mother and Captain Barkey’s untimely death in New York.

Gaynor branded Stir It Up: Vol. 9 ½ as a teaser to Stir It Up: Vol. 10 while revealing that the CD’s release was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in the island.

As for what content Stir It Up: Vol. 10 has to offer, Gaynor gave little detail, given that they are still editing parts of the compilation. However, he revealed that their milestone edition features actual stories and is more of an audio movie instead of being a compilation of radio interviews and satirical court hearings like past CDs.

Stir It Up: Vol. 9, release in June 2011, featured mock court hearings replicating some of Dancehall’s biggest controversies at the time, including Buju Banton’s conviction on drug charges, Bounty Killer’s alleged ‘hammer’ incident involving an ex-girlfriend and Vybz Kartel’s supposed stronghold on Jamaican society.

Meanwhile, Twin of Twins are continuing to hit the studio as they’ve found success with singles such as So Much Things To Say and Jah Is (featuring Jahvinci), which have been getting heavy rotation, according to the duo.

Furthermore, the Twins will be taking their act to various continents at the start of 2013 as they will host shows in Africa as well as North America (Canada and the United States) between January and March.