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Posted by msvibez on August 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)





Orlando FL, September 14, 2012: The highly anticipated event to hit Orlando Florida is only 7 weeks away. The 1st Annual Orlando Jerk and Caribbean Festival kicks off on October 28, 2012 at the beautiful Orlando Festival Park from 12 – 8 p.m. This event is being put on by Full-A-Vybez Inc.


Full A Vybez Inc. is a reputable Event Management/Promoting company based in West Palm Beach Florida created in 2004. Full A Vybez Inc. is more popularly known for its unique events such as: The Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Festival which is one of the longest running Caribbean Festivals. This Annual event is held in Palm Beach Florida and have seen 9 successful stagings . This event celebrates the rich culture that is reminiscent of the Islands of the Caribbean. A highlight of this event is the exciting “Jerk Cook –Off Competition” where some of Florida’s “Master Chefs” and “Restaurateurs” get to show off their cooking skills by creating some of the most exotic Caribbean influenced dishes that are sure to tantalize the taste buds. The last staging of this event saw patrons being treated to a live concert which featured Artistes such as: Baby Cham and Award Winning Artiste Sanchez and popular band Fab 5. This event has grown tremendously since its inception stage in 2004 as it attracts patrons from various ethnic groups and has seen crowds as large as 15,000 people. Patrons of the Caribbean are particularly drawn to this event as it brings creates a sense of autonomy to their Culture. The 1st Annual Orlando Jerk and Caribbean Festival will complement its sister event, and some of the popular events such as the “Jerk off Competition” will be retained. This is a family oriented event and there will be a designated “Kiddies Korner”. This area will feature fun filled activities such as: Face Painting, Bounce House, Clowns and Magicians. Patrons can also expect to see a vivacious Fashion Show which features some of the most exotic models who were born to “Rock the Runway” to the pulsating beats of some of the hottest music. In addition to the Fashion Show, Jerk Cook Off Competition and Kiddies Area, there will also be the very popular live concert, which is a staple of any Full-A-Vybez Inc. production. The concert features authentic Live Bands, Sound Systems and Artistes from the Caribbean. Headlining the show this year is Jamaican Reggae Music Pioneer, The Great Freddie McGregor. McGregor is said to be one of Reggae’s most durable and soulful singers and has been around since the 1960s. McGregor has earned his title as he stays relevant to the times. Also headlining this years’ show is popular Dancehall Artiste Cham popularly known as “Baby Cham”. Cham has had numerous hits and is more popularly known for hit songs such as “Vitamin S” and his 2006 Collaboration hit “Ghetto Story” with Alicia Keys. Also included in the performance line-up is Jamaican Singer Terry Linen of the breakthrough hit “No Time to Linger“. Linen entered the music scene in the new Millennium and is known for his clear distinctive voice.


He has secured a place in the hearts of Reggae lovers all over the world because of his infectious lyrics and meticulous song writing skills. It is guaranteed that patrons will have a grand time being entertained by the antics of the very comedic and veteran artist “Professor Nuts”.


The event will be held at the Orlando Festival Park, 2911 East Robinson Street conveniently located at Colonial Drive and the 408 Expressway by the Orlando Executive Airport. Gates open from 12 p.m. – 8 pm. The show begins at 3.pm. sharp and Patrons are asked to come out early and bring the entire family. Early Bird Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $20.00 at the Gate and Children under 12 are Free. Ticket Outlets: Caribbean One Stop Restaurant (407-623-7552), Golden Krust Bakery, Orlando (407-298-0543) Caribbean Sunshine Bakery 2528 W. Colonial Dr. (407 – 839-3060.


Please Visit www.orlandojerkfestival.net to purchase Early Bird Tickets


Please Visit: http://maps.google.com.jm/maps?hl=en&tab=wl for directions to the Venue



Posted by msvibez on June 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dancehall icon Bounty Killer and Grammy award-winning producers Sly and Robbie have teamed up with UK-based pop artiste/producer Deewaan, to release a collaboration called ‘Runnin It Wild’, which they believe has the potential to become a world-wide hit.

The song is expected to bring Bounty back into the pop market, following his highly successful collaboration with No Doubt in 2001, another song which featured works from musical geniuses Sly and Robbie.

According to Sly, one half of the duo, Runnin It Wild is a potential hit.

“It really sound’s good and overall a nice track that people should add to their collection. It sounds like it can break through internationally,” Sly said.

The instrumental for the song is all pop, coupled with the voice of Deewaan and the hard-core lyrics of Bounty Killer. Sly says producers from his era were moulded to be musically versatile.

“Most musicians my age group used to play in a band and we played different genres. So because of that, we have learnt how to embody all genres of music. Music is like a dream, you play a song 20 years ago then one day you wake up and it’s a hit or somebody samples it. Because even this song, I didn’t remember that we produced it until now,” Sly said.

international success

Deewaan has already seen a speck of international success after inking a collaboration with American pop star Lady Gaga, for the remix of her Just Dance single. In the capacity of producer, Deewaan has done work on songs like Irie with Andrew and Wada Blood and Lockdown with Vybz Kartel and Ms Trinity.

According to the multi talented Deewaan, Runnin It Wild was written in a party atmosphere. However, he wanted of to get that authentic Caribbean feel into the final product. Hence, making the connection with Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie.

“Runnin It Wild was written in Las Vegas while I was enjoying a night with some friends at the Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Hotel. I was feeling the track so much, I flew back to the UK to record and produce the demo, and then I boarded a plane to Jamaica a few days later to record with Bounty Killer and Sly and Robbie,” Deewaan said.

An animated music video is already being edited to accompany the song’s promotion. The video shows Deewaan, Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie as superheroes flying around the world in a red open-top bus and spaceship, dodging obstacles and picking up their super-beautiful heroine friends from different countries. They then head to their final destination, Las Vegas, where they conclude the excitement with a party.

With a full promo campaign planned around the release and video, the song is hoped to become one of the defining tunes of summer 2013.

“It’s a smashing billboard hit that’s really a killer. I love the track and I love how it’s being promoted. The song is amazing based on how it was prepared and the final product that I am hearing,” Bounty Killer said.

Bounty Killer’s last pop collaboration, Hey Baby, with No Doubt, received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It also peaked at number five on Billboard’s hot 100.

Sly and Robbie last week released the debut album for their artiste Danielle D.I., the album is called Sly and Robbie Presents Danielle DI The Rebel.

Mavado Freed Of Assault Charges

Posted by msvibez on June 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Mavado was this morning freed of assault charges.

Vado armed with his legal team appeared in the Halfway Tree R-M court to answer to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm. Attorney at law Tameka Harris tells Music News that the parties agreed to mediate the matter.

Mavado has since tweeted “Charges against me dismissed in court today, to God be the glory.”

All this stems from a shooting incident that left the Mavado’s childhood friend dead.

Vado’s friend Conroy “Connie” Edwards was allegedly shot by an off-duty policeman. The bullet entered the left side of his abdomen where it lodged. Connie succumbed to his injuries on the evening of June 16, 2011.

It is alleged that Vado had a physical altercation with the policeman in question.





Blazing acts at Rebel Salute

Posted by msvibez on January 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (1)

THE top performer at Rebel Salute — inside the Kaiser Sports Club at Alligator Pond, Manchester — was the audience.

No artiste was left feeling unwelcome as the throng of entertainment hungry patrons loudly tooted their vuvulezas in support of each act.

And the sound of the plastic horns perhaps resonated the loudest when sons of Reggae king Bob Marley graced the stage.

Stephen Marley entered first and stamped his class on the event before summoning younger brother, Damian, to seal the deal.

Both were in fine fettle and took the time out to hail incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton. Stephen had put up his Florida home as collateral so Banton could meet the bail conditions stipulated by a Tampa-based court after being charged for drug-related offences.

An impregnated Queen Ifrica could not make a wrong move for the audience and rocked the house with her popular catalogue. She drew loud cheers when in introducing the hit song Below The Waist, she pointed to her belly and said, "See the song come to pass."

She also drew howls of approval when she stated: "I would like to send a message to those who want to change the laws of nature. No buggery law nah repeal a Jamaica," before singing her classic Keep it Yourself.

Close to midnight, event organiser Tony Rebel celebrated his birthday by belting out his popular hit songs, including I Can't Recall, Jah By My Side and Fresh

Vegetable to gain the approval of most of those in attendance.

He also urged Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture, to give Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller the message that the buggery law need not be reviewed or repealed.

Veteran deejay Admiral Bailey is certainly not done. He flaunted his big belly and jumped up as if to suggest that all who had 'bad mind' are committing suicide.

Johnny Osbourne was also in great form and the audience loudly tooted their horns and consumed his Ice Cream Love as the dub plate played Like A Yo-yo in cool Manchester.

Special mention must be made of the rising Romain Virgo, who although asked to perform in the wake of a marauding Tarrus Riley, performed admirably and suggested that there is hope for the future.

An energetic and fiery Capleton closed the show even though some patrons left after being choked by thick clouds of smoke billowing from fires lit by his ardent supporters. Firefighters were, however, on hand to douse the flames.

Buju moved

Posted by msvibez on August 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

REGGAE star Buju Banton is now being transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Florida to a correctional facility in Mississippi to begin serving his 10-year sentence.

Banton will be taken to the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi.

Defence attorney David Oscar Markus, who represented the embattled artiste, in his drug trial, told the Sunday Observer that United States magistrate James Moody recommended that Banton serve his sentence at a facility in Florida, but a shortage of beds caused him to be transferred to the Mississippi-based prison.

"The judge recommended that he serve his time in Florida, but there were no beds in Miami, and the ultimate decision was made by the Bureau of Prisons. We are hopeful that when a bed opens up down here (Florida) that we can get him transferred so that it is easier on his family (and us) to see him," Markus said.

The Adams County Prison has the capacity to house 2,232 male prisoners and is owned by the corrections management provider, CCA.

The company is the fifth-largest corrections system in the US and houses 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities across that country.

CCA is a private corrections business which specialises in the design, construction, expansion and management of prisons, jails and detention facilities, as well as inmate transportation services.

The artiste was sentenced in the Sam Gibbons US Court in Tampa, Florida in June this year of conspiring to negotiate a drug deal in a police-controlled warehouse in Florida.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was arrested at his home in Tamarac, South Florida after almost a year of surveillance of telephone and live conversations and video recordings that included him tasting cocaine in a Saratoga warehouse.

He has consistently pleaded his innocence and maintained that he was entrapped by government informant Alexander Johnson, who he claims was paid US$50,000 to ensnare him.

The 38-year-old artiste has since signalled his intention to pursue higher education in the form of a master's degree in economics and political science while he is incarcerated.

His attorneys have also indicated that they are planning to appeal his sentence before a three-member panel of judges in an appellate court in Georgia.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buju-moved_9389729#ixzz1UlXAIE8d

Mavado to return to court on September 29

Posted by msvibez on August 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

DANCEHALL Deejay Mavado, real name 'David Brooks', was ordered to return to court in late September when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of assault and malicious destruction of property this morning.

Mavado's attorney, Martyn Thomas, filed an application before Resident Magistrate Coralin Tie, that the matter be referred to mediation instead of trial. But Tie postponed her judgement on the application until a full medical report was available.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was charged following an incident near Anchovy, St James last month.

He is accused of encouraging members of his entourage to attack a man and his son after the man refused to move his vehicle to allow the deejay to avoid potholes.

The man was allegedly beaten all over his body with a machete and his son reportedly hit in the face with machete causing him to lose several teeth.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Movado-to-return-to-court-on-September-29#ixzz1UlWLTmNG

MoBay ready for Sumfest

Posted by msvibez on July 22, 2011 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (0)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has reported solid bookings in hotels across western Jamaica as a result of this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest.

"Bookings are very strong and it's further indication that mega events like these do bring heads to beds," the tourism minister quipped.

The musical event, dubbed The Best Reggae Show on Earth, was scheduled to kick off last night with the popular Dancehall Night, which highlights the stars of the dancehall music genre. The show will climax this Saturday night.

The tourism minister expressed that normally events of the ilk of Sumfest, bring between US$2million to US$3million into circulation.

"Normally, the money that circulates during events like these is somewhere in the region US$2 million to US$3 million," Bartlett argued.

He added: "In addition to the hotel rooms that are full, the restaurants and the transportation and other sectors are also beneficiaries."

Meanwhile, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Davon Crump noted that the chamber was in full support of the event, and he was equally optimistic about the earnings expected to accrue to the economy from the musical event.

"Reggae Sumfest is a signature event for Montego Bay, which is well known for its embrace of the popular culture. Its renewal every year adds to the vibrancy of the economy of the city and Jamaica overall. In fact, even though much is made of the visitors coming in, we do have locals spending maybe more than they are used to at this time of year," Crump argued.

He added: "So it adds to the culture life of the western region and Montego Bay in particular, and no doubt contributes significantly to the local economy, the restaurants, hotels, clothing stores, and other businesses."

In the meantime, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Linette Williams Martin, commander of the St James Police Division, revealed that in the wake of the music festival, the police have increased operations in the parish.

"We have beefed up security overall. We have pushed more personnel on the streets and along the highway. We have two more additional highway patrol vehicles that we have added to our fleet to boost our patrols," SSP Williams told Splash.

Up to press time, it was not clear whether a replacement had been found for R&B crooner R Kelly, who had to withdraw from the festival due to illness.

On Wednesday came news that Kelly, who along with hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj formed the international component of the festival, had been admitted to hospital to undergo an emergency operation to drain an abscess that has appeared on his tonsil.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MoBay-ready-for-Sumfest_9272672#ixzz1SrAE96Z2

Vybz Kartel's looking for love

Posted by msvibez on July 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

DANCEHALL superstar Vybz Kartel is looking for love — this time through the staging of a reality dating show entitled Teacha's Pet.

A 'teaser' for the reality show hit the Internet this past week and has been creating a buzz online.

Set to debut in late September on CVM-TV and LIME Mobile TV, the show will consist of 13 episodes and will see 20 contestants vying for the love of Vybz Kartel.

LIME is on board and according to the company's head of promotions, Tara Playfair-Scott, Teacha's Pet will feature 10 contestants from Jamaica and 10 from around the world. All 20 ladies will live in a St Andrew house during the quest to gain his heart.

Playfair-Scott says that although the producers, Jay Will and Carlene Samuels, are seeking ladies in their mid to late twenties love has no boundaries. Therefore, females ages 18 and older may also stand a chance of being in the 20 selected. Interested females are asked to send their info whether in writing or via a videoclip to [email protected] or Facebook 'teachaspet'. Submissions close August 5.

"In order to select the 20 contestants, all the entrants will go through a screening process. All the contestants will be required to stay at the house during the series until the elimination process. Therefore, the ladies who have a job will have to seek time off during that time... all those little things will be taken into consideration in shortlisting the 20," Playfair-Scott told Splash in a recent telephone interview.

On the social network site Facebook, there were mixed responses. One person commented: "Wi culture gone to di dogs and di man nuh even orginal, always a try be like somebody else" while another stated: "Can't wait for it to start". "Teacha's Pet is going to be the biggest reality TV show,"another commented.

Playfair-Scott also explained that the series will promise lots of excitement and will be up to the standards of those done in the United States, such as For the Love of RayJay and Flavor of Love. The too-hot-for-TV moments will also be shown on LIME TV.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Vybz-Kartel-s-looking-for-love_9261511#ixzz1Sr9fdoLc

Buju Banton Gets 10 Years

Posted by msvibez on June 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM Comments comments (0)

TAMPA, Florida — Reggae Star Buju Banton was today sentenced to 10 years at the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court, four months after his conviction.

REGGAE artiste Buju Banton was today sentenced to 10 years by United States magistrate Jim Moody in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa Florida. He will be incarcerated at the FCI prison facility in Miami.

The artiste – real name Mark Myrie – was found guilty in February of conspiring to negotiate a drug deal in a police controlled warehouse in Florida.

The charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense was dropped however.

The artiste was slapped with the heavy sentence despite pleas for leniency by his attorney, his children, movie star Danny Glover and other character witnesses.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, seemed resigned to accept his fate and calmy accepted the verdict.

His attorney David Oscar Markus has signalled his intent to appeal Banton's guilty verdict and indicated that he would move with alacrity to secure the artiste's release.

The verdict was handed down in front of a packed.

courthouse which included members of the artiste's family, his close friend Wayne Wonder, his manager Traci McGregor and reporters.

Many persons, including artistes and Banton's close friends Gramps Morgan and Delly Ranks who came to hear the verdict were turned back after court officials indicated that the courtroom was packed and Moody had already been seated at minutes to 9:00 am.

The sentencing hearing lasted just over an hour and many of Myrie's supporters and family members cried openly.

The artiste will serve his time at the penal facility in the state of Florida.

Myrie underwent two trials after the first trial ended in a mistrial in 2010. He was however found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, using the wires to facilitate a drug offense and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence.

Banton's two co-conspirators, Ian Thomas and James Mack both plead guilty after they were hedl in a sting operation attempting to purchase cocaine from federal agents in a police controlled warehouse in Tampa.

The Us government built their case around wiretap and video evidence which caught Banton tasting cocaine and making several statements of the purchasee and sale of large amounts of contraband.

Buju seeks mercy - Entertainer wants Shorter Sentence- BujuĀ?s lawyers argue for reduced sentence

Posted by msvibez on June 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM Comments comments (0)


JAMAICAN Grammy Award-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton wants the court to impose a prison term below the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years at his sentencing hearing later this month.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23 in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida, United States. The artiste was convicted in February on charges of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

The documents asking for the reduced sentence were filed yesterday by his legal team led by attorney Oscar David Markus.

"The 10-year minimum mandatory sentence for the drug count and the five-year minimum mandatory consecutive sentence for the gun count are unconstitutional in this case because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment and also because it constitutes too severe a penalty for proceeding to trial," the lawyers noted.

The lawyers also stated that the court is well aware that, according to United States v Booker, a sentence "calculated pursuant to the United States Sentencing Guidelines is no longer mandatory". The lawyers also pointed out that Banton's limited role in the drug offence entitles him to a reduction in sentence, while citing the artiste's good character and clean record as it relates to the offence for which he was convicted.

"Throughout both trials, it was clear that the significant players in the December 10, 2009 drug transaction were Isaac 'Ike' Camon, a major drug dealer in Georgia, as the buyer; and Alex Johnson as the seller. Not Mark Myrie," said the lawyers.

Ian Thomas, a friend of Banton's who was instrumental in the drug transaction, was sentenced in May to 51 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty and assisting the prosecution.

Banton's first trial in September last year ended with a hung jury, resulting in the second trial in which he was convicted. The artiste was arrested at his south Florida home in December 2009.

Yesterday's document also contained letters from actor, activist, and humanitarian Danny Glover, as well as from several of Banton's 15 children, asking for the court's leniency.

Banton's pending motion seeking acquittal and for a new trial will also be heard on June 23.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buju-seeks-mercy---Entertainer-wants-shorter-sentence_8988866#ixzz1OtfqqJ82


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