Can't Cut Wi Vibes - Bryan Art


In the face of "diminishing Standards", and other social challenges affecting the local entertainment industry and Jamaicans in general, "Can't Cut Wi Vibes" by Bryan Art seems to be the new song of cheer and hope.

Can't Cut Wi Vibes has just hit the streets, and it's success has been immediate. The G-Block production team, a subsidiary of Gumption Global, has changed the script and infused an exotic Pop Reggae/WorldBeat sound that has rocketed into heavy rotation on Jamaican radio and is winning the hearts of those in the diaspora.
"This is a new Jamaican Anthem" says Rolando "Phanso" Wilson of G-Block Records. "It is yet our sophomore single on this new label and will feature on the upcoming Bryan Art EP slated for release in 2018.

Notwithstanding the slight but obvious shift in terms of style and genre, Bryan Art (Known for hits like "Get It" and 'Rock and Come In") as usual has managed to maintain his sound, and masterful songwriting ability which shine through in spectacular fashion on this his latest hit-bound single.

The Wailers on New Year's Eve

The last thing I expected from Niagara Falls on New Year´s Eve was a free outdoor reggae concert. This was just last year, the 2011-2012 celebration. I was in the U.S. visiting family with my Mexican girlfriend. Even though Michigan isn’t particularly close to the falls, and being Mexican she isn’t allowed to enter Canada without a visa (Canada is the more scenic side), like many foreigners she really wanted to see Niagara Falls.

So I changed the dead battery of my old beat up car and we drove out across Ohio and Buffalo to Niagara Falls, New York. We made a pass through the little casino / buffet town and saw the stage getting set up. Who would be playing? The Wailers. The Wailers? Bob Marley’s band? Sure enough, and not only that – it was outside and free. It would start around 11.

The only original member of the band is bass player Aston "Family Man" Barrett. But he’s an important member – some of those bass lines, like in Stir It Up, are legendary. He’s an ultra chill guy who barely moves on stage. You can see that his playing is as economical as possible.

Completing the band were his son on keyboards and sometimes bass, two lead singers, guitar, drums and another keyboard that handled the horn lines. They played the biggest hits (but not all of them) in a two-plus hour show, which really makes you realize how many classic songs Bob Marley wrote.

It wasn’t too cold, and at set break before midnight it was only a 10-minute walk down to the falls, which were all lit up with colors, on both sides. The Wailers are back!

Drama in Dancehall – Weekly Reggae Music News

A reader and listener sent Trinidad Express a letter talking about his concerns about how there are many radio stations that are playing soca only during Carnival times.  Many stations are choosing to play dancehall music more than Trinidad’s native music of soca.  He also complained about how explicit the lyrics have become and being subjected or forced to listening to that type of music. He felt their traditional music was being thrown out the door.  While I agree with the listener he must understand that the radio stations are focused on the demand and the demand from listeners is that they want to hear dancehall and reggae music than soca.  The reader doesn’t understand that if a station were to play what isn’t in demand right now such as soca music the station would lose money and end up closing down.  It’s about money and overall demand that listeners and advertisers want from the radio stations. 

Bounty Killer Continued Woes

Bounty Killer real name Rodney Pryce’s trial didn’t get started as scheduled Thursday morning within the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court due to the passing of his mother, Ivy Williams also known as Miss Ivy who lost her long battle on February 26th in St. Andrews at the Medical Associates Hospital. 

Bounty Killer is currently faced ganja (marijuana) possession charges and smoking marijuana charges.  He was seen smoking ganja on in New Kingston on the Grenada Way. His car was searched and they found more presence of ganja (marijuana) in his possession.  He was then arrested and charges with possession of the drug substance.  Bounty Killer is currently being represented by his attorney Linda Wright.   His trial has been rescheduled to June 6th, 2012. 

Reggae Music News for the Week of March 4th 2012

Reggae music is a cultural music which originally came in Jamaica. It became popular as Bob Marley introduces it internationally. But foreign artist invade the local music. Damian Marley thinks that Jamaica should pay more homage to their own music because it is now a bit imbalance for they don’t hear cultural music because of the influence of the foreign music. International acclaimed Reggae superstar Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley encourages the local industry to let the spirit of reggae music back to the Jamaican.

He believes that Jamaicans needs to gain the benefits that reggae music has provided to them and musician worldwide. He asks every Jamaicans to show appreciation for the reggae music. Reggae describes every Jamaicans and it is their identity but unfortunately there has been an apparent declining. The superstar simply wants reggae music alive in Jamaica. For him, Jamaica is loaded with great talents and wonderful music’s which they can showcase locally and internationally. He said that as music had grown, Jamaicans need to capitalize on that part.

The superstar encourage his countrymen the follow the example of the youngest son of Reggae icon Bob Marley. He wants Jamaicans to evolve and love their cultural music just like how Bob Marley loves their music. Damian saw that Jamaicans have potentials if they will focus and work on what they have. Their music has been recognized all around the globe. While Marley dominates the Jamaican music scene with two recent releases Set Up and Affairs of the Heart. Jr. Gong revealed the Ghetto Youths International will soon be promoting upcoming singles for recent singing Wayne Marshall.




New Reggae News

There have been recently news reports saying that rapper Snoop Dogg stepped onto the island of Jamaica with a project in mind consisting of visiting Vybz Kartel, real name Adidjah Zeim Palmer who is being held behind bars at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre since October 1st of last year.  However,  a different source has said that it was anticipated Snoop Dogg would visit Vybz.  Snoop Dogg is currently in Jamaica to record several songs for his upcoming album called Reincarnated at the Geejam Studios located in Portland, Jamaica.  Snoop Dogg was seen with his wife Shante Taylor-Broadus and his entourage visited the Nyabinghi Centre in Montego Bay.  Snoop has been looking for real material his documentary about the Rastafarian culture and its origins.  Olimatta Taal who is a prominently known local booking agent, said that during a radio interview that Snoop talked of being influenced by Bob Marley.      

In other news during the Entertainment Buzz, Dancehall deejay Mr. Vegas said that he has not enjoyed his successful music career at all. He is normally known to be very outspoken and this news shocked his fans and those he has worked with too. He was speaking in general for entertainers and artists in the music business. He has stated that he’s been through a lot in his life and had to hold on to his spirituality more amongst other things which could mean anything.  Mr. Vegas is supposed to release a double disc CD named Sweet Jamaica on March 6th



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About Reggae Riddim

Reggae music is a genre that is defined by its distinctive rhythm, instrumentation and lyrical content. There are many singers and even bands that switch to reggae because of its different genres and sub-genres they can choose from.  Reggae has split off into many sub-genres, like roots reggae mostly sang by Bob Marley because of its political and spiritual form; lover’s rock, a romantic form of reggae that Americans like Janet Kay’s “Silly Games” and Louisa Mark’s “Caught you in a Lie,” where rubbing against bodies in the dark and intimate dancing is all about.

There is also the remixing of instrumental versions called the dub music, using drum and bass instruments and the raga or electronic reggae, which is the use of synthetic instruments like keyboards and drum machines.    The reggaeton, a dance music that is influenced by a wide variety of genres like salsa, Latin pop and hip hop is also one of the reggae genres that gain popularity until today. 

Because reggae is becoming more and more popular, there are bands who decided to switch to reggae music like Passafire band, that is known for its traditional music.  The band thinks the universality of music and of reggae is an important part of its goal to make its music good.  There are also bands that are well-known in their reggae music like the Big Mountain from San Diego, California.  The Big Mountain has been recording recently with producer Jed Leiber, which has yielded one promising song entitled, “Leap of Faith.” 



Movado and Mr. Lexx in Trouble

On Tuesday, February 7th, Dancehall music artists Movado and Mr. Lexx’s court cases were both delayed.  They both appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on separate charges.  Movado faced charges on July 22nd of last year around 7:00pm that the complainant was riding in a Toyota Camry with his son along the Belmont road to traffic where the road was dug up.  He pulled off the road, and Movado (David Brooks) drove up in a black Range Rover vehicle and told the complainant to move.  The complainant refused to move as the side of the road was filled with stones making it hard to drive over.  Movado then used the wheel of his Range Rover to squeeze through the area and ended up squeezing the complainant in the process which caused swelling to his foot and shoulders along with cuts and scrapes.  Movado also had slapped the complainant in the face and kicked him in the groin.  Movado was charged with malicious assault and destruction of property.

Movado, real name David Brooks had his case delayed until March 7th.  His main lawyer Christian Taveres-Dinson was unable to attend, and another attorney Martyn Thomas was there in his place.  He asked for a new date so that Brooks’ main attorney will be present for that new date.

Mr. Lexx (real name Christopher Palmer) who has had a longtime feud with Bounty Killer, pleaded not guilty to the court about his possession of ganja (marijuana) that was found in his hotel room.  His case will be heard on April 19th.



Reggae Music News

Reggae Star Shaggy is Making a Comeback

Reggae dancehall star Shaggy’s long awaited re-released album is to be released in February to concur with his fourth Grammy nomination for Best Reggae album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. He will be attending the award show next month.  Shaggy released this album digitally seven months ago during the summer of last year in Kingston.  This album will have two new songs and a remake of a key song added to this album.  The two new songs are called “She Gives Me Love”, “Hurting,” produced by both Sly and Robbie and Sting International.  He has Kat Deluna singing on one of his songs in the new album.

Shaggy came on the reggae scene in 1995 with his album, “Boombastic” that sold well over two million copies within the United States and won a Grammy for that album. Shaggy's “Hot Shots” album that was released in 2000 was one of his biggest sellers and sold over eight million copies in the United States.  He is also completing an album with Sly and Robbie which he plans to release by around summertime with a US tour planned.

Mavado Dancehall Artist Upset with Police

Mavado real name David Brooks has been dissatisfied with the time it has been taking police investigators to the complete their investigation into an incident that occurred on June 2011. The incident involved one his associates who was shot and killed by the cops at a nightclub in New Kingston.  Brooks was also a witness along with five others of the shooting and felt that the police are moving too slowly in their investigation.  Brooks and the other witnesses have all given statements to the police.  Mavado was also accused of assaulting a police officer and has been charged.  Mavado said he felt that the policeman who shot his associate who was unarmed still hasn’t been charged for shooting him. 



Beenie Man Turns Over a New Leaf

Dancehall artist Beenie Man changed his name to No war with Bounty Killer Again.  Beenie Man has been focused creating a positive outlook and positive music and claiming there won’t be any further war between him and his longtime rival Bounty Killer. Beenie Man has further claimed his rival is a thing of the past.  There was a recent clash between both artists in Negril and they were trading insults with each other through their songs.    Beenie Man originally bashed Bounty Killer about Lollipop song remake featuring Gabriel.  Beenie Man also informed the STAR newspaper that his new name was also Ras Paradox and he’s getting ready to release a set of new songs under his new name and he’s currently reinventing himself.  

He claims that this is a way to increase his self-esteem, and rebuilding process.  The new album includes international artists Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes.  He has also hinted that Mya and T.I. may be on the new album too.  While Beenie Man claims the issues with Bounty Killer is in the past, his attitude and views still show that there is a problem with Bounty Killer from saying that his still has his career, didn’t lose anything from Bounty Killer and he also still had his Grammy awards and Bounty Killer doesn’t have any.  He also said that he has had over 18 songs on Billboard and Bounty Killer has only had one. 

Beenie Man’s new album is called King in Control and will be released later on this year and produced by his own music label, MD Entertainment and distributed by an international company. 


New Reggae Music News


Vybz Kartel voice has been heard in his prison cell all the way to the outside world.  While he’s in a Jamaican jail awaiting trial for murder he has managed to create and release new music.  Vyba Kartel has a new riddim called “Me a Pree.”

Vybz Kartel was arrested with seven other men – Andre St. John, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Cairo Jones, and Shane Williams – who have been charged for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.  Williams was murdered allegedly on August 16th over an illegal firearm that disappearance and unfortunately his body still haven’t been found.  However, the prosecution says they have evidence such as a video to prove all of the men were involved in the murder. Adidja Palmer (Vybz Kartel), along with the other men are also facing murder charges to another shooting death of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan of Gregory Park, St. Catherine in July.  They will be returning to court on February 17th

Vybz Kartel – Me a Pree

Popcaan has already release a new song called, “Nah Sell Out – Off the Bench Riddim”.

Popcaan’s song, “All Now”, has been banned in Jamaica as they felt song breached the Children’s Code for Programming. The song talked about violence being used as a means to resolve conflict.  The song will no longer be played on the radio either. 

Movado has a brand new riddim out called, “Clean Everyday.”  There is a line on the track that has many fans talking about the possibility that the line was about the incident with Bounty Killer Party last year.  This track is also being criticized for copying Popcaan’s style of the track called, “Clean.”