Feb 23, 2017

YVAs Organizer Disappointed With Nesbeth

The organizer of the YVAs is responding after entertainer Nesbeth questioned their authenticity.
On Saturday, Nesbeth made headlines when he stormed out of the YVAs after his infectious hit “My Dream” lost to Vybz Kartel’s “Fever” to win the title Favourite Local Chart Topping Song of the year.

Karen Clarke, CEO and executive producer of the YVAs in an exclusive interview with Music News says Nesbeth’s decision to walk out of the awards because he didn’t win was in poor taste.

In explaining that the YVA’s is a fan-based award, Karen questioned the role of the Broadcasting Commission, the Jamaican government, and Television and Radio stations.

Feb 22, 2017

Prime Minister Andrew Holness blames Dancehall Culture for violence against women.

Jamaican police has routinely singled out individual dancehall artists for the out of control crime in the country, the Prime Minister has up the ante by blaming an entire section of the dancehall culture for the high crime rate on the island.

Andrew Holness, speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party meeting at Rusea’s High School in Lucea, Hanover, on Sunday, said that while he has nothing against dancehall, he believes that daggering dances in particular contribute largely to the violence in the country.

“The guys who are doing this daggering dance, they are creative, but, they need to understand that what they are projecting into the minds of our children is that violence is acceptable,”
Holness said.

“We cannot allow violence to take away our true culture and that is being projected as the culture of Jamaica. We must stand up, talk to the entertainers, talk to the promoters,”
he added.

Many in the dancehall fraternity are disagreeing with the Prime Minister and are publicly voicing their disagreement.

“The amount of daggering is a small fraction compared to a few years ago. The majority of dancing in dancehall is done now by dancers doing routines,” DJ said.

The Broadcasting Commission, in 2009, imposed a ban on daggering songs on radio and television.

Since then, daggering has been replaced by several new dance moves, some of which include aggressive but artistic pounding of women by a male counterpart.

Stop putting blame on our music and start holding people accountable for their own behaviour and actions,” recording artist, Razor B said.

Andrew Holness’ comments come on the heel of promoters in the United Kingdom complaining that certain club owners were banning dancehall from playing in their establishments.

South Africa Government About To Publish Guidelines For Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is illegal in South Africa and everywhere else in Africa, but the country is a step closer to legalizing it for medicinal purposes.

The South African government plans to soon publish proposed guidelines for production of cannabis, known locally as dagga.

“This is a major breakthrough and fantastic news for freedom of choice,” said Narend Singh, member of parliament for the Inkatha Freedom Party.

From Huffington Post.

Inkatha Freedom Party member of Parliament Narend Singh said the Medicines Control Council working group on cannabis had written to him saying it expects to publish soon its proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use.

“For us, this is a step in the right direction,” Singh told the Huffington Post South Africa on Monday.

In November 2016, the MCC issued a memo on the legal framework around legalizing dagga for medicinal use.

“In recent years, a small but growing body of evidence has emerged suggesting that cannabis may have medicinal value for some patients in conditions where other treatments have failed,” said the memo.

“Licensed domestic cultivation of medicinal cannabis will be aimed at ensuring the supply of a standardised, quality-assured product for medical, scientific and clinical research purposes, and the implementation of control measures necessary to prevent misuse and to ensure patient safety. Cannabis grown or cultivated for medicinal purposes, as well as any resulting products prepared from the plant material, will remain subject to stringent security and quality control measures.”

Singh couldn’t say how soon the draft documents could become law. This would depend on factors including the public consultation.

There is also a case due to be heard before the Constitutional Court, calling for the full legalisation of marijuana, including for recreational use.

“Nobody is allowed to possess cannabis in our country at the moment, for whatever purposes,” Singh said.

Singh said the hemp industry was interested in getting the strain of cannabis used for hemp legalised as well — you can’t get high on that strain — so it can be grown locally instead of imported.

“Cannabis has got different strains, different varieties, different content. And we are importing (cannabis worth $76 million) a year for hemp production, and we should be allowing that variety of cannabis to be grown in our own country,” Singh said.

However the focus of the potential legislation is “purely on cannabis for medicinal purposes and its accessibility to those who need it,” Singh said.

Feb 19, 2017

Vybz Kartel - Reverb No Delay - February 2017

New Music From 'Di Worl Boss' Vybz Kartel Titled "Reverb No Delay" Produced By Bigga Don Don. 2017

Vybz Kartel Won Five Awards At The YVA 2017

Incarcerated dancehalll deejay Vybz Kartel won big at the recently held Youth View Awards 2017 in Kingston.

he was nominated for eight awards but won five the following categories.

#1 favorite dancehall artist
#2 favorite local artist
#3 best collaboration ft @shenseea
#4 best summer song
#5 top chart topping song