Must watch!!,Immperial talks about the Jamican music inductry and latest projects PT 1&2

DSC00202Reggae/Dancehall artiste and producer Immperial formerly known as Alley Cat talks about life in Jamaica,the music industry and his latest musical projects.
take a look at these videos and see the tremendous growth and professionalism of this artiste. As the artiste said it can only get better with the type of music

New Bob Marley and the Wailers movie Ready for theater


According to the website,, a film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works.
Reported to be titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley’s songs), it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.
According to the website, the film traces Marley and the Wailers’ emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.
There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 at age 36 from cancer.
At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that reportedly fell through.
Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his critically-acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.

Ce’Cile and Chris Martin do the Uncoupling

cecile and chris martinYet another power couple within the Jamaican entertainment industry has broken up as it has been confirmed that universally-regarded Reggae singers, Ce’Cile and Christopher Martin are no longer together.

The duo have reportedly been dating since the start of the current decade, with Martin, 27, being 13 years younger than Ce’Cile, 40. The couple share a 20-month-old daughter.

Though Ce’Cile never publicly acknowledged her relationship with Martin, the artist, whose real name is Cecile Charlton, told the Jamaica STAR in a report published Friday that the two have been broken up for quite a while.

“I never publicly said who I was dating, but whoever I was dating is no longer in the picture,” she said to the newspaper. “I have been single for a few months now. I can confirm that. There’s no drama or anything attached to it. There’s a time and place for everything, and I guess this time has expired.”

Despite the split, Ce’Cile said the break-up will not affect their daughter.

“I lost a boyfriend, my daughter has not lost a dad. It should never be entangled,” she said. “He’s a good dad.”

Ce’Cile also opened up about her relationship with her daughter, saying that it is hard to leave her daughter behind when touring but plans to take her with her to a foreign country every year while on tour.

She is now working on a new album, for which she has already recorded 13 tracks for, and is promoting her new record label, YGMG.

The break-up of Ce’Cile and Chris Martin marks the third such breakup of note within the local entertainment industry in the last two months. In February, news broke that former beauty queen and current media personality, Yendi Phillipps and popular Reggae singer, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor split after years of dating and sharing a child together. Last month, singjay, Ishawna confirmed her breakup from popular producer, Foota Hype, with whom she had been with for nearly a decade and was engaged to for 11 months.

Chronixx and band members beaten at Paris concert. True or False?

chronixxIt appears that a legal battle will be ensuing between reggae artiste Chronixx’s management team and representatives of Platinum Camp Records, following the broadcast of an email alleging that the artiste and members of his band were beaten at a reggae concert in Paris, France on Sunday.

an email was blasted from a member of the Platinum Camp Record which stated that Chronixx and his party were beaten by a group of security guards, because they allegedly refused to wear the armbands that were distributed in order to have access to the stage and backstage areas.

But in a release issued to media on Tuesday, Chronixx’s management team categorically denied the allegations stating, “There was no altercation whatsoever between members of Chronixx team and security providers at the show. There was also no incident involving Chronixx or any member of his team where anyone was beaten, nor was there any incident involving security personnel.”

The release also stated that they intended to seek legal counsel into the matter in a bid to get the statement retracted by Platinum Camp Records.

“We consider the false report issued by Platinum to be not only unprofessional and irresponsible, but also very damaging to the credibility and good name of Chronixx and members of the Chronixx Music Group team. We have therefore consulted our attorney and will be seeking to have all necessary actions taken to have this false report corrected, and any damage done repaired.”

Shortly after Chronixx’s team submitted the release, Platinum Camp responded stating they would not be retracting the contents of the email because they were not the creators of the story.

“Platinum Camp Records has been contacted by Chronixx’s lawyer and one of the producers of the event asking for the retraction of the story.Platinum Camp did not write the story, therefore, Platinum Camp cannot retract the story, we simply blast the story.”

The release also added that they were reliably informed about the alleged beating.

“Two eyewitnesses have confirmed the story but we also reserve the right to protect the identity of our sources.”

Chronixx is currently on his ‘Dread and Terrible’ European Tour which began on March 27 and is scheduled to conclude on April 20.

Bank Teller of popular jamaican Bank scams Entertainer money

Stack Of CashThe Police Fraud Squad is now investigating the employee of a bank who is accused of fleecing millions of dollars from an entertainer’s account.

But while investigations are ongoing, the popular local entertainer is accusing the institution of moving too slowly to compensate him.

The attorney representing the entertainer yesterday said that the banking institution has failed to honour its financial obligations to his client, leaving him deprived of access to millions of dollars which he legitimately lodged to his account.

Information reaching our news team is that the entertainer deposited the money over time to his account through a specific female employee at the institution.

It’s gathered that the employee had been advising the entertainer for over a year and advised him how to invest his money. She is said to have then signed off on documents advising her client that everything was taken care of.

The attorney said that his client was under the impression that he had been receiving ‘special treatment’ from his personal banker and had never joined a queue whenever he visited the bank, on the advice of the woman.

The discrepancies were said to have been unearthed last month when the entertainer visited the bank, and had to join a line because the woman was not at work.

The attorney said, “He has two accounts and would normally leave the books with her and collect them a few days later, at which point he would check and it appeared that things were normal. While he was at another teller, he was told that one of the books he thought was a US account was not a US book, but in fact Jamaican … The number coding in the books were different, but my client didn’t look to see.”

Additionally, it was outlined that the entertainer was misled as none of the investments he made were there.

Our news team was told that since the discovery the entertainer has been receiving the run-around from the local bank in his attempt to reclaim his funds. It is said that he has been compelled to make contact with the bank’s head legal officer.

Yesterday, a Fraud Squad detective confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

It was told that it was the bank who contacted the police. We were told, however, that the female banker in question was not yet in police custody as the investigations are ongoing.

Feds nab music executive from 21st Hapolis Dist. at JFK for decade old murder

A wily reggae music executive — wanted for a 2002 murder in Maryland — was busted by federal marshals at JFK Airport late Sunday night after he crafted a new identity and eluded law enforcement for more than a decade, The Post has learned.

Kevin Reynolds was wanted for the the shooting death of Winston King in front of his screaming 11-year-old daughter in Silver Spring but managed to vanish into the shadows for the past 12 years, sources said.

Reynolds allegedly changed his identity to become “Dennis Graham” and soon climbed the ranks at popular reggae and dancehall music label 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution that lists offices on Madison Avenue as well as in Jamaica, law enforcement sources told The Post.

Despite his wanted status, Reynolds obtained new paperwork and passports and settled in Canarsie, Brooklyn while helping run the music company.

Sources said he even managed to fly freely from New York to Jamaica and back without detection until he was finally busted this weekend while waiting to board a flight to Kingston.

He was nabbed by the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and NYPD detectives, sources told The Post.

Along with another man, Reynolds allegedly approached King and his daughter in a parking lot outside their Maryland apartment complex in November 2002, sources said. The men knew each other.

Reynolds allegedly dragged King away while his accomplice put his hand over his daughter’s mouth. She later heard gunshots and saw the men speed off, according to sources.

The child saw her father stagger and eventually collapse but told cops she recognized Reynolds before he bolted, sources said.

Twelve years later, Reynolds is expected to be extradited to Maryland to face murder charges.

Teflon’s road manager killed in Gang feud

TeflonAmidst preparations for his live concert series and upcoming album titled ‘Next Dimension’, tragedy has struck leaving Reggae singer Teflon stricken with grief by the sudden death of his close friend and road manager Ricardo Lowe more popularly known as Blackman.

Reports are that on Friday night, April 4th several persons including children were at the intersection of Charles Street and Chestnut Lane when a group of armed men sprayed bullets on them. The 12-year-old boy reportedly died on the spot while Lowe man died in hospital. Unconfirmed reports are that the shooting incident stems from an ongoing gang feud between men from Tivoli Gardens and Chestnut Lane.

A bereaved Teflon appeared evidently shaken by the news of Lowe’s death. According to a senior member of Yard A Love the artiste’s management company.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Ricardo Lowe and would like to sincerely extend our condolences to his family and friends in this time of grief. He was an outstanding worker and devoted comrade to his job; and to see him lose his life in such a draconian manner is difficult for us to comprehend, but we must remain strong, his passing is a great loss to music industry.”

At this time Teflon’s Management is asking members of the media and music fraternity to be respectful as the entertainer moans in private.

Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for ‘A Yah Wi Deh,’ Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

i-OctaneThroughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most heartfelt observations reflecting the cries of the sufferers. It is his command of both expressions that has rendered the 29-year-old artist, born Byoime Muir, a consistent hit maker.

“It is like a balanced equation,” I-Octane said in a recent interview with Billboard in Kingston, Jamaica. “People that follow I-Octane embrace my reggae and dancehall songs, so I am trying to master both sides and want people to accept me as a balancer in reggae music.”

Putting aside his animated dancehall bashment identity, I-Octane was instead celebrated as a thoughtful reggae troubadour by a capacity crowd at the March 6 release party for his sophomore album “My Journey” (Tads Record), held at Kingston’s Triple Century 333 Sports Bar and Restaurant, owned by Chris Gayle, famed batsmen for the West Indies cricket team.

Backed by the Ruff Cut band, I-Octane performed several of the album’s tracks, including a moving tribute to his mother (“Mamma”) whose hard work to sustain her children, despite extreme poverty, has been a source of inspiration throughout his career ascent. I-Octane was joined onstage by Bob Marley’s son Ky-Mani for a lively rendition of their duet “A Yah Wi Deh” (meaning: yes, we’re there), an affirmation of their commitment to keep the faith and fight injustices. “A Yah Wi Deh” feels more hip-hop than one drop but its uplifting sentiment aligns with a conscious reggae realm; the song’s video, filmed in Kingston three weeks ago, debuts here:

Primarily a one-drop reggae release with tracks such as “Time Will Come” and “Babylon” showcasing the nuanced skills of Kingston’s finest musicians, I-Octane’s coarse yet surprisingly supple vocals bringing gut-wrenching urgency to numerous social critiques including “Pressure,” “My Journey” premieres on the Reggae Albums chart this week at No. 4; its predecessor “Crying to the Nation” (VP Records/Scikron) debuted at No. 6.

“I-Octane is one of the artists who is comfortable in both one drop reggae and dancehall and not many artists can do that,” observes Tads Record founder Tad A. Dawkins, who has annually featured I-Octane on his Kingston/Miami based label’s Phantom compilation series, developed in 2010 to showcase younger artists. “In today’s music industry you can’t just do one thing, and I think he should just continue the way he is going and try to break on both fronts.”

“My Journey” is also the first artist album produced by DJ Frass (b. Andre Gordon) 27, who made his name producing dancehall hits by Mavado; in 2013 he produced the Mavado-DJ Khaled collaboration “Weed And Hennessey,” a bonus track on Khaled’s album “Suffering from Success” (Cash Money/Republic/We The Best). Frass also produced previous hits for I-Octane including the somber “Lose A Friend” and “My Story,” a poignant salute to those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Having toured Europe as Mavado’s deejay, DJ Frass experienced first hand the vast audience drum and bass driven roots reggae commands in comparison to the fan base for hardcore dancehall, which prompted a shift in his musical direction. “Live reggae music is the best, it comes with a good feeling, lasts longer and more people around the world listen to it,” Frass said. “Since we have gone in this direction with this record, we have attracted more fans from all over the world.”

Within the dancehall genre, which has recently seen some of its biggest stars felled by incarcerations, criminal trials and convictions, I-Octane’s reasonably clean-cut image is a welcomed change; in Jamaica it’s a corporate godsend. He has held the role of brand ambassador for telecommunications company Digicel since 2010; he is also the brand ambassador for Busta Soft Drinks and is the voice of Guinness Stout. All three companies were sponsors of the “My Journey” release party alongside Tads Record, DJ Frass Productions and Octane’s own Conquer The Globe Productions, which handles many of his day-to-day career responsibilities including his various social media accounts, where he has a total of 600,000 followers.

“I-Octane has been such a great ambassador for Digicel, he is a very wholesome brand and ‘My Journey’ is a testament to that,” Tahnida Nunes, Digicel’s special project manager, said. “Children can listen to it; it is good wholesome music.” (Some parents, however, may object to their children hearing the marijuana-championing track “Burn It.”)

To coincide with the Jamaica release party, Digicel sent out a download link of I-Octane’s track “Stepping In The Name of Love” to 400,000 of its subscribers.

Despite his renown throughout the Caribbean, I-Octane has had only minor flirtations with the U.S. mainstream. He performed at New York City’s Hot 97 (WQHT FM) “Who’s Next” series in April 2013 at SOBs and in September at the station’s annually sold-out concert “On Da Reggae Tip” at midtown Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

In the days leading up to each event, he was interviewed on the station and a few of his songs received limited airplay, something he hopes increases with the release of “My Journey”.

“My dream is to get a song that the major stations pump alongside the pop and hip-hop artists,” he said. “I want to make the right links and maybe the right deal so we can get that level of respect and rotation. As a reggae artist, if you are not thinking that way, then you will always be stuck in the same little circle.”

The U.S. release party for “My Journey” will be held at SOBs nightclub in lower Manhattan on April 9, followed by a 20-date European tour in support of the album.

Vybez Kartel to serve 35 years before parole

Vybz-kartelA undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica’s Supreme Court. Several roads were closed within the vicinity of the downtown Kingston courthouse in anticipation of today’s sentencing, which was originally scheduled for March 27th.

Kartel will not be eligible for parole until he serves 35 years of his life sentence, while Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years of their life sentences; Andre St. John will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of his life sentence.

On March 13th, Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of the August 16, 2011 murder of his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams, the outcome of a 58-day trial, which commenced on November 18th, 2013 — said to be the longest in the history of Jamaica’s Circuit court. Guilty verdicts were also handed to Shawn Campbell (dancehall artist Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, who each received life sentences today. The fourth co-accused, Shane Williams, received the jury’s sole not guilty decision. Minutes after the verdicts were announced, juror Livingston Cain was charged with bribing the jury foreman to influence a not guilty verdict; Shane Williams is now charged in another murder case.

Palmer’s lawyers will appeal today’s conviction, a process expected to take between 6-12 months, said Christian Tavares-Finson, who along with his father Tom Tavares-Finson have represented the embattled dancehall artist since the trial started. The defense maintains the prosecution presented evidence that had been fabricated and otherwise manipulated including text messages reportedly sent from Palmer’s phone, after it was confiscated, allegedly boasting of the butchering of Williams’ body, which has never been found.

In August, Palmer will face charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice as related to the Williams murder case; police reported that Kartel’s protégé, singer Vanessa Saddler, a.k.a Gaza Slim, and an associate, Andre Henry, went to a Kingston precinct where Saddler filed a statement claiming she had been robbed at knifepoint by Williams five days after Palmer was charged with his murder. According to police, evidence exists, including phone records, indicating that Palmer instructed Saddler to report the robbery.

“Jamaica feels this because Vybz Kartel has contributed a lot to reggae, no matter what anyone says, and we will support him in any way that we can,” says Tad Dawkins, founder of the Kingston/Miami based reggae independent Tad’s Records who have released three albums by Kartel, including his 2013 set, “Kartel Forever Trilogy,” which reached no. 11 on the Reggae Album chart.

Vybz Kartel’s conviction/sentencing is the dishonorable cap to a career strategically propelled by controversy, from the graphic sexuality on songs like “Tek Buddy” to the gruesome thug exploits recounted in “Real Bad Man,” a grizzly parallel to the alleged events that brought his judgment (“mi lass (cutlass) dem fi choppin’/mi trick him, mi trap him, di rifle dem whop him”), to the years of traded song disses between The World Boss representing his Gaza consortium of artists/supporters and dancehall artist Mavado’s Gullyside crew. The artists’ lyrical salvos were sometimes taken literally by fans with numerous fights, in defense of their preferred artist, taking place at dancehall sessions, even in schoolyards, before peace was declared in late 2009. Prior to his murder conviction, Kartel’s most debated action was the lightening of his skin from its natural chocolate brown to pasty beige to better display his multiple tattoos.
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Each contentious step resulted in greater media attention, something Kartel skillfully manipulated yet proudly mocked, as he told in a December 2009 interview at his Kingston Gaza studio. “I am amazed at how stupid the media can be because there are so many serious issues in Jamaica. The governor of the Bank of Jamaica is in a big scandal over money. The price of flour raise, sugar raise but everybody is on this Gully/Gaza thing, it is like a ploy to take the people’s minds off the real issues and the media is just playing along because they are simple-minded. I know how to control them and I always do.”

Kartel’s clever, often contested lyrics brought him numerous hits while his entrepreneurial savvy transformed his controversial actions into several successful products branded under his Gaza Empire. For example, prior to admitting to skin bleaching he referenced the practice in his hit singles “Straight Jeans and Fitted”, followed by “Cake Soap” then created a line of Vybz Kartel Cake Soap, generating further outrage and publicity. Whether or not Vybz’s Cake Soap actually lightened skin as he claimed, and despite the self-loathing many associate with the procedure, Vybz’s Cake Soap sold out of its initial shipment of 2,000 units in Jamaica in May 2011, without an island-wide distribution network.

Kartel’s Gaza Empire also included Daggering Condoms, the Vybz Wear line of tees, belt buckles and dog tags, and Addi’s shoes, the latter inspired by his massive 2010 single “Clarks” (featuring his Gaza Empire artists Popcaan and Gaza Slim) which prompted a surge in the price and sales of the venerable English shoe brand in Jamaica.

Despite the variety within his abundant repertoire, it’s the Kartel songs that are the aural equivalent of porn or blood splattered gangster films that have brought his farthest-reaching celebrity. Some contend his scatological verse brought the dancehall genre to an unprecedented low, an argument that surrounded dancehall superstars Yellowman and Shabba Ranks, in their respective ‘80s and ‘90s heydays. Yet both artists are now hailed as genre standard bearers. Time will tell if Kartel’s provocative brand merely pushes the envelope in more permissive times, as reflected in movies, television and other musical genres, or if he is truly an aberrant, corrupting force among a predominantly young fan base.

Justice Campbell is weighing the option of allowing Kartel to record in prison after determining if he can be transferred from the New Horizon Remand Center, where he has spent almost three years awaiting the conclusion of his murder trials, to the Tower St. Correction Center, which is outfitted with a recording studio. The judge must also ascertain whether proceeds from such recordings can be awarded to the family of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Whether or not Kartel records new material, the strategized controversies that elevated his career trajectory are now beyond his control.

“Kartel entered the game as one of its most compelling stars and stayed that way; the impact of his conviction/sentencing will be measured over time but he changed Jamaican music,” comments Pat McKay, Director of Programming, Sirius XM, The Joint/ Kirk Franklin’s Praise (Reggae and Gospel). “How it is changed,” she says, “is on the shoulders of current music makers.”

Dancehall artiste Pamputtae gives birth to married man child

PamputtaeDancehall artiste Pamputtae says she has no regrets after recently giving birth to a healthy baby boy who is fathered by a married man.

According to Pamputtae, she is not bothered by the situation because complicated relationships are relatively normal.

“It’s something that I am experiencing. You always have the side girl who then becomes the wife, so basically a desso the thing deh. Nobody don’t perfect, Pamputtae is in that situation and I am dealing with it and mi have it lock. That’s why mi talk about it. Nobody don’t perfect and who is dem to judge me?” Pamputtae said in a recent interview.

The outspoken deejay also released a song called Husband Lock in which she brags about the situation. The Goody Good singer also gives details about the relationship stating the woman’s husband constantly likes her Instagram photos and treats her very well.

In Husband Lock, Pamputtae deejays, “Gyal come a dance and a talk bout she hot, a talk bout ring and a she a get the cash. A pure dutty clothes and plate she a wash, nuh pay har nuh mind cause a chat she a chat. Woi mi have yu husband lock, mi have yu husband lock …”

“She a call mi man tekka, sey mi a home wrecker, a nuh my fault him deal wid me better. Calm dung yu self nuh rise yu blood pressure. Get a pen and guh write Dear pastor a letter. Sorry my dear mi know sey yu hear a him a buy all a mi Brazilian hair. All when mi fly out a him pay the fare. Mi know sey yu hurt but man haffi share” she chants over a bouncing old school flavoured dancehall rhythm.

Pamputtae is known for songs like Slim vs Fatty, Nah Stop Wine and Small Axe.