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  • The church is hypocritical - Entertainment industry angered over phone book backlash

    Following backlash from the church on a recent dancehall-themed picture used on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Yellow Pages directory, a few entertainers and industry insiders have come out in dancehall’s defence, stating that the uproar created by the religious groups was totally unwarranted.

    Speaking with the STAR, popular disc jockey DJ Rush held nothing back as he blasted the religious group for creating an issue with something that is an integral part of the Jamaican culture.

    “These people are idiots and hypocrites,” he said. “They stated that the problem with the phone book was that it was a ‘dancehall scene’ as if that’s a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with our skin, accent, music or culture. Dancehall and reggae is our Jamaican culture which we love.”

    He went on to explain that instead of fighting against the dancehall, the church should focus on more important issues such as the crime and violence currently gripping the island.

    “The problem is the corruption in the system, the poverty, crime and lack of education,” he said. “But how often do they (the church) organise a march or make a protest about these issues? Tell me the last time there was a church-organised march against political corruption?”

    The outspoken DJ also said dancehall is now being embraced around the world and should be more accepted in the country that it originated from.

    “The same clothes and scene these church hypocrites are condemning is being embraced right around the world and in places where they don’t have the crime and violence like Jamaica,” he said.

    “Therefore, it’s not dancehall corrupting anyone or else these places would also be feeling the negative effects.”

    Dancehall artiste and producer Esco agreed with Rush, as he said he believes the church’s actions are extreme.

    “This is a prime example of one of the major problems facing dancehall music right now. Its own host country or home country somehow can’t come to grips with the elements of dancehall,” he said. “The image on the Yellow Pages cover is not that obscene. People aren’t that scantily clad, and it’s like a painting. So, how offensive could it be?"

    Esco stressed that he was in no way bashing the church’s stance as he respects their voice, but he believes they just went overboard.

    “I can appreciate the voice of the church because I do believe that balance is needed. But in the same breath, this is a stifling of the market of dancehall. We’re talking about something that’s internationally popular. Tourists fly in from all bout to come look at this and this is just an artistic portrait of that, so if you ask me it’s just a prime display of what’s facing dancehall music right now — our own country not appreciating us and the edge that we have created.”

    The entertainer then pointed out that there are too many double standards within the Jamaican society, stating that if the picture on the cover of the Yellow Pages depicted a carnival scene, the reaction would have been different.

    “If that was Carnival, oh gosh that would fit right in. Tell me if dem carnival girls deh nuh dress scanty and whine up too. It’s the double standards, and it’s something we’ve been facing for a while now,” Esco said. 

    Following the church’s outcry, Chief Executive Officer of Global Directories, Ian Neita, explained that consumers would have options when they go to pick up their directories as the company will be printing copies with an alternative cover for anyone who is offended by the dancehall-themed version. 

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  • Ganggoolie injures ribs during 'daggering' stunt

    Dancehall artiste Ganggoolie is recuperating after a nasty fall while performing at a show in Canada. In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, Ganggoolie is seen deejaying 'Muscle Wine', while standing on top of a chair at the Ring nightclub in Brantford, Canada.

    Ganggoolie is seen preparing to do a 'skydive' manoeuvre, hurling himself from an elevated position at a Caucasian girl lying on the floor. On the count of three, he attempted to dive on top of the female, but, at the last possible moment, she rolled away, leaving Ganggoolie to fall flat on his chest and face.

    The crowd broke out in wild paroxysm of laughter, and Ganggoolie crawled off the stage in what appeared to be a mixture of pain and embarrassment.

    "Mi alright, ah just mi ribs ah kill me. The doctors dem say the majority of the damage is between the third and fourth rib, but in a few weeks, I should be good again," Ganggoolie said.

    "Even though the video never show it, mi finish mi performance. After that, mi a hear all kinda rumour say me hospitalised and almost dead and a bagga things, but mi OK. Ah just mi pride kinda damaged, mi spread out like an airplane and lick up mi belly," the entertainer added.

    He said fans were upset with the white girl.

    "Is not her fault, ah just fun we ah have. Mi meet her afterwards, her name is Sharon, ah so our thing go. I would do it again, ah just entertainment, no boring performance. Big up the promoter Eddie Wisdom," Ganggoolie said.

    Last year, Ganggoolie made national waves with the mega hit, Muscle Wine, followed by the hilariously inventive Donkey Kick, which also spawned a dance of the same name.

    Ganggoolie, once known as Hitlist, aka The Sheriff, scored a big hit with Please Stop The Killing in 2005, and was a protege of deejay Bounty Killer.

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  • Reggae Artiste Murdered in Linstead

    Recording reggae artiste Nanny Mistik was murdered Monday night at her home  just days before her slated performance at Jungle Fyah. According to reports, the reggae artiste was killed at her home in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

    An official post was sent out on her Facebook page updating her fans about the tragedy that struck.

    “Just wanted to let all of Nanny’s Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised… she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I’ve come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you’ll be alright. Guidance”.

    The decease who is originally from May Pen, Clarendon – migrated to Canada where she resides, but came to the island for her scheduled performances that would have been this Thursday.

     

    No motive for the murder has officially been announced by police officials, has it is currently under investigation.

     

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  • Vybz Kartel Transferred From Horizon to Tower Street Prison

    Incarcerated dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Tuesday.

    Reports are that Adijah Palmer was transferred under heavy police guard to his new home at the Tower Street correctional facility in downtown Kingston.

    The reasons behinds his relocation is yet to be published by the authorities, but many have been speculating that the decision was made due to breaches committed by the artiste during his stay at Horison prison.

    Prison officials were said to have been locked in a lengthy meeting has they deliberated his faith.

     

    A recent lyrical exchange of songs between the incarcerated deejay and recording artiste Mavado, led many to solidify the concept in their minds that Kartel was in-fact recording behind bars due to his lyrics counteracting specific statements by the ‘Gully Gad’.

    This however has not been proven to be true, and has not been officially determined to be the cause of his relocation.

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  • Jah Cure arrested ... But artiste beats fighting charge in the Bahamas

    Grammy-nominated artiste Jah Cure was today arrested by Bahamian police following an altercation that took place at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel over the weekend.

    Jah Cure, who was involved in an altercation with a Bahamian, was charged with fighting when he appeared in the Magistrate Court No. 1 earlier today.

    The entertainer was charged along with his manager, but the charges were later dropped after the artiste plead not guilty and the prosecution decided to withdraw the case against him.

    His manager, however, plead guilty and was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

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