Friday, 04 November 2022 12:51

Skeng disappoints fans at debut EP launch

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In his farewell address to fans delivered through host, Neisha-Yen Jones, dancehall artiste Skeng dropped the phrase “death before dishonour” as he thanked his loyal supporters for coming out to his EP launch. Still, what should have been a great moment spent with fans inside Di Lot on Constant Spring Road in Kingston on Thursday night, was anything but honourable as guests left without so much as a performance from the ‘Ratty Gang don’.

After waiting some four hours for the Protocol deejay to make his grand entrance to the event, fans were no doubt left disappointed as the man of the hour spent less than five minutes on stage.

It was supposed to be the occasion where the artiste unleashed the ‘Beast of the Era’ his new EP, however, the highly anticipated launch of Skeng’s debut EP fizzled to an anti-climactic end.

Whispers of “so that’s it?” echoed throughout the Constant Spring venue when Jones read a woefully underwhelming apology from Skeng. The entertainer, who was said to be ill, blamed his inability to perform on a change in the weather — albeit there were clear skies the entire night.

The ‘apology’ was a sign that the event had come to an abrupt end. Guests began filing out of the venue.

Before the hasty ending, fans were lucky enough to at least be briefed on the body of work. The project marks the first compilation from the entertainer since he shot to stardom over a year ago. Boasting six tracks, the EP was executively produced by Skeng himself on his newly formed label, RG Music (Ratty Gang Music), together with Geejam Recordings.

Internationally acclaimed producer, Rvssian, worked with the entertainer on two tracks on the EP — Thug Life and It’s True featuring Shenseea. Di Truth Records, which has been instrumental in the artiste’s rise to fame, is responsible for the lead track, Demons Awake while Highway and New Era came courtesy of John Coop.

The other single on the EP, Eeddiattt features fellow artiste Jigsta. The track was produced by Droptop Records and co-produced by Emelio Lynch and Kevon Shaw.

Those who were hoping to enjoy performances of the new music on Thursday will have to get their ‘fix’ by downloading the EP on all available digital platforms. The project became available for purchase at midnight.

Earlier on in the night, as if anticipating her client’s future moves, co-manager Cara Vickers sought to address the entertainer’s elusive ways. Indicating that the thoughts of artistes are often misconstrued by the media, Vickers said Skeng has purposely avoided the media.

Since getting his big break in music, the Likkle Miss deejay has only accommodated a handful of interviews. Vickers explained that the latter is because the entertainer wants to ‘tell his own story.’

“He doesn’t do interviews not because he’s anti-social’ — well maybe a little bit —,” Vickers admitted. “But because he’s preserving his energy and his right to narrate his story for what it really is. He doesn’t want anybody to run with a comment or run with a song and judge him. If he makes that choice not to do an interview, it’s nothing personal.”

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 14:34

No ease up for Jah Cure

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Jah Cure will continue serving his six-year prison sentence for attempted manslaughter, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 14:10

Minister Marion Hall asks fans to pray for Spice

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Though she has been at loggerheads with Spice in recent times, Minister Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, has implored her followers to pray for the dancehall artiste.

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 14:13

Sevana pleads guilty to death by dangerous driving

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SEVANA pleaded guilty to the charge of death by dangerous driving in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Monday.

BOUTS of laughter filled the National Arena in St Andrew at the Ourburst Standup Comedy Series on Saturday night. Favourites Christopher "Johnny" Daley and Majah Hype, as well as Americans Rita B and Cedric The Entertainer, delivered strongly on the dome-shaped stage.

Rihanna released her first single in six years on Thursday night. Dubbed 'Lift Me Up', it's the first track to emerge from Marvel’s blockbuster sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

According to Yahoo, the song, which is a tribute to the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman, was written by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, Rihanna, top film composer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler.

'Lift Me Up' is one of two songs from the film, which is slated to premiere in theatres on November 11. Few other details have been released about the song or the soundtrack album that Rihanna is reportedly curating in a manner similar to the way Kendrick Lamar helmed the first film’s album, according to Yahoo.

Rihanna has made just a handful of featured appearances in the years since her last album, 2016’s 'Anti' — most notably features on N.E.R.D.’s 'Lemon', which she briefly performed with Pharrell at her Diamond Ball in New York in 2019, Kendrick Lamar’s 'Loyalty' and Future’s 'Selfish'.

But, in February, she will be the performer on the world’s largest stage for a musician, the Super Bowl halftime show.

Rihanna has expanded her career far beyond music with her cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and lingerie line Savage x Fenty, which have made her a billionaire.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced on Tuesday that his administration will be constructing a school to train entertainers and musicians.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 20:15

Actress Leonie Forbes dead at 85

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Jamaican theatre icon and broadcaster Leonie Forbes has died.

America-based worldwide clothing and accessories retailer, Gap, has announced that it is removing products made in collaboration with [Kanye West] Ye’s Yeezy brand from its stores and website, following the rapper’s recent anti-semitic comments.

The Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) says that an investigation is underway into an off-duty member of their ranks, who was seen on stage with Skillibeng with an open-carry firearm at the Onyx concert olast weekend.

Friday, 21 October 2022 14:05

Shaniel Muir giving up dancehall for the church

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Shaneil Muir is confirming that she's stepping away from the dancehall spotlight to walk the straight and narrow. The entertainer made the declaration via Instagram on Wednesday, but noted she would honour the gigs which she had been previously booked for.

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