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Caribbean Entertainment Round-Up – Reggae Coming To Coachella 2018


Skip Marley

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 12, 2018: Reggae is on the line-up for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, has been added to the list of performers for the event, set to take place on the weekend’s of April 13th to 15th and 20th to 22nd.

Skip Marley is billed for day one of the annual festival that is being headlined by Eminem, Beyonce, and hot new rapper Cardi B. Marley had a great had a great year last year with a few solo hits as well as a guest spot on Katy Perry’s song “Chained To The Rhythm. Last year he also released solo singles like “Lions” and “Calm” down which were all well received.

Stars Come Out To Help Haiti

Singer James Taylor was among the stars that came out in Hollywood recently to help raise funds for Haiti.

Taylor was part of the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting the J/P Haitian Relief Organization on Jan. 6, 2018 in Hollywood.

Also attending the event were Jeff Bezos, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tobey Maguire, Casey Affleck, Mark Burnett, Lena Dunham, Sofia Boutella, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, who praised his friend Sean Penn for his work in Haiti.

“He was in Haiti to provide medicine to the sick and suffering people and to clean up the toxic water and sanitation systems in the face of bureaucracy after the earthquake,” DiCaprio said. “This type of action speaks to his profound commitment to action to making measurable and tangible differences on the ground. His heart and his commitment are what created JPHRO. It’s an incredible organization, and it’s known for solving the most complex problems with tangible long-term solutions from communities in Haiti, so thank you, Sean, for your leadership.”

James finished the night’s performance with his hits “Carolina In My Mind” and “How Sweet It Is” while Madonna donated to the live auction a Jeremy Scott-designed Moschino dress costume she wore on her 2015-2016 Rebel Heart Tour. It was sold for more than $35K and the entire evening raised almost four million.


Sting and Shaggy in Jamaica.

Shaggy Still Raising Money For Bustamante Hospital for Children

The show may be over but reggae star Shaggy is still prodding on with his mission of raising funds to benefit The Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica.

The star, who thrilled many Jamaicans last Saturday night with a concert with many top celebrities on the grounds of Jamaica House in St. Andrew, is hoping to deliver US $1 million to the hospital.

Through his Rae Town apparel, the star says 100 percent of profits from the sale of the ‘ShaggynFriends’ concert tee-shirt will also go directly to helping the hospital.

The Shaggy and Friends concert featured top celebrities like Sting, Wyclef Jean and Dough E. Fresh along with soca stars Benji Garlin and Faye Ann Lyons and reggae’s Capleton, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Professor Nuts, Barrington Levy, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Rayvon, Wayne Wonder, Shenseea, Third World, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo.

Sting, former Police frontman, started his extended performance with ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘Message in a Bottle,’ ‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘Roxanne,’ as well as a new track with Shaggy titled “Don’t Make Me Wait.”

IRAWMA Announces 2018 Nominees

 The International Reggae and World Music Awards, (IRAWMA), has released the list of all nominees for its 36th staging later this year.

The nominees for the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year are: Alkaline, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Damian Marley and Popcaan.

For Best Male Vocalist, the nominees are: Beres Hammond, Chris Martin, Chronixx,  Romain Virgo and Tarrus Riley, while Best Female Vocalist nominees include Queen Ifrica, Marcia Griffiths, Rankin Pumpkin and Tanya Stephens.

The Best Song nominees are: Aidonia – “Banga”, Alkaline – “After All’, Agent Sasco – “Winning Right Now,” Blood Money – Protoje and Owner – Dexta Daps.

Reggae Grammy nominees Chronixx, Common Kings, Damian Marley, J Boog and Morgan Heritage will compete with Sizzla for Best Album.

Best Male Dancehall Artist are: Alkaline, Aidonia, Busy Signal, Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, while Best Female Dancehall are Spice, Shenseea, Ishawna and DI.

Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer will be chosen from Capleton, Chronixx, Luciano, Tarrus Riley and Sizzla.

For their humanitarian effort, the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award will be given to either Capleton, Josef Bogdanovich of Downsound Records or Shaggy.

IRAWMA is rebranding for national network TV broadcast in the US. The 2017 nominees will be announced at the 37th Chicago Music Awards on March 18th.

Vybz Kartel Turns 42

Dancehall star Vybz Kartel turned 42 on Jan. 7th and despite being behind bars celebrated with a family visit from his kids.

A rep for his label told dancehallhiphop that he is in good spirit as he marks another milestone in his life and career despite his incarceration. Bounty Killer, along with several other affiliated dancehall entertainers including Sean Kingston, Popcaan and NotNice have since wished Vybz Kartel a happy birthday on social media. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is serving a life sentence for murder. His appeal trial is set for July of this year and he is eligible for parole after serving 35 years of his sentence.

Semi-Finalists Named For Trinidad Chutney Soca Monarch Competition

Thirty-four semi-finalists have been named for the Chutney Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad, set for this Saturday January 13th. Among those making the list is Nermal “Massive” Gosein, who has created news globally after releasing the controversial song, “Rowley Mother Count.”

The competition will kick off at the LIV Nightlife, Gulf View in La Romaine at 10 p.m. Of the 34 semi final contestants, only 8 will be selected to join the reigning champions for the Grand Final night.

Omardath Maharaj and Ravi B are expected to defend their title on January 27th at the Grand Final.

Stars Plead For Ninja Man

Two Jamaican dancehall artists were among those asking a High Court judge to show mercy on convicted fellow dancehall artiste Ninjaman.

Stacious, whose real name is Stacy Scarlett Bryan, and Karlene Smith, popularly known as the Dancehall Queen, were among the character witnesses called during the sentencing hearing for Ninja Man, his son Janeil and co-convict Dennis Clayton in the Home Circuit Court today.

The three were convicted last month of killing Ricardo Johnson, popularly known as ‘Ricky Trooper’, in the St Andrew community of Lower Mall Road in 2007.

Stacious, in her testimony, said the Ninja Man she knows is not the person who was convicted of murder while Smith also pleaded with Justice Martin Gayle to give Ninja Man a chance.