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Jahvillani is a country boy and a proud one. Born and raised in Ocho Rios, he is not afraid to talk about his rural roots and express it in his music.

In fact, the singjay credits that authenticity for the rise of artistes from rural Jamaica in recent years. St Thomas-based deejays Hot Frass and Chronic Law, Montego Bay's Shane E, Rygin King, Squash, and Teejay, have all enjoyed considerable success in the past 18 months.

“The country artistes, a we a dweet now. We a bring di raw chatting an' it sound real. When people hear it, dem feel it more,” Jahvillani told the Jamaica Observer's Splash. “The new era tek over an' a captivate di people more.”

Jahvillani has one of the hottest songs in Jamaica with Wileside Government. It has racked up over five million views on YouTube and is currently riding local charts. Some of his other songs, such as Clarks Pon Foot, Nuh Reason, and W eh Dem Ago Do, are also hot in the streets.

His hectic recording regimen has paid off, as Jahvillani is booked for Reggae Sumfest in July. He also has dates lined-up for the United Kingdom and Canada this summer.

Music was something Jahvillani (real name Dujon Mario Edwards) always aspired to do professionally, even though he graduated from Ocho Rios High School with seven passes at CSEC level.

“Wi born with music. It's a given talent that we have an' from as long as I can remember, I have been doing music,” he shared.

His first song, Badda Dan Dem, was released six years ago. It was produced by Y G F Records, a St Ann label for which he continues to record.

“The first time I heard my song on the radio, up to now I feel like it's the greatest feeling ever. I always wanted to hear my song on the radio an' when I heard it, it was a joy. It was like a big accomplishment for me,” said Jahvillani.

After finishing high school, Jahvillani decided to pursue a career in music. He recalls travelling tirelessly between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay to make the right connections.

“The journey was a hectic one. I didn't give up even though I faced obstacles. You have a whole heap of artiste with talent trying to buss same way. But, you have to try an' be different in the music if you want to stand out,” he reasoned. “I remember when I was trying to reach where I am right now. I remember when I wasn't in this position that I am in, and that has been my greatest motivation to continue.”

Hit songs and frequent shows have resulted in a more stable financial life for Jahvillani who lives in Great Pond, a town in St Ann. His life has changed considerably due to his persistence.

“We have more money right now, but the work has gotten very hectic. We cherish life and accept it to the fullest,” he said.

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“Don’t mess with my birds,” Lee “Scratch” Perry said—apropos of nothing—while placing a feather into his electric-pink hair. I had not messed with his birds and definitely would not be doing so after receiving such a warning. It was late at night a few weeks ago in New York, and the pioneering Jamaican reggae musician was wrapping up the installation of his first institutional exhibition, “Mirror Master Futures Yard,” on display at the Swiss Institute in the East Village through June 2.

Sensing my confusion about the birds, Perry beckoned me back into a room where rocks, leaves, drawings, print-outs, and paraphernalia were scattered on the floor as heavy reggae issued from a speaker. He pointed to the feather on his head and said, “That’s the first pen”—an allusion, it seemed, to a quill. Then he reached for my notebook and placed a sticker of an owl on the front of it. Somehow, it felt like a blessing.

Blessings of the kind are not necessarily easy to come by. Lorenzo Bernet, a Zurich-based independent curator who organized the exhibition with the Swiss Institute, laughed that, while they were working together, Perry once tried to throw a rock at him. Still—“I love the work so much,” Bernet said. “It’s dub in physical form.”

As a musical genre, the reggae variant of dub gets its name from the act of “dubbing” different versions of songs, with echoes and strange sound-effects that have proved prominent in the evolution of remix culture. As he does with sound recordings, Perry’s does with objects in his show. In one arrangement, Christmas ornaments are mounted over magazine ads, which are mounted over original drawings, which are mounted on canvas—and so on. In another nearby, a mirrored cross bares old shoes, candles, a figurine of the Black Madonna, and a bowl of water filled with fake fish.

The objects come from anywhere and everywhere. Some of them are relics from Black Ark, Perry’s storied recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, that burnt down. Others he picked up at tourist shops on the East Village main drag of St. Marks Place. From a distance, the assembly could be dismissed as a bunch of junk, but up close, a shrine-like quality comes through.


“I think it was a little bit of a shock for him to see some of these pieces in this setting,” said Lady Nigel Butterfly, one of the artist’s fellow rainbow-haired assistants. “I don’t know if he was ready for it.”

No longer in his homeland of Jamaica, Perry currently lives in a small town in Switzerland called Einsiedeln. “I like Switzerland very much,” he said. “There’s too much bad people in Jamaica—too much evil, too much violence.”

Intensely present in person, Perry moves slowly but purposefully, his eyes alive with energy. After he won a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album with Jamaican E.T. in 2003, he has released more than 20 records (on top of the many he made or produced dating back to the 1960s). His newest, Rainford, is a groove-heavy, wah-wah-intensive collection of songs set for release on May 31 from the label On-U Sound. The mournful single “Let It Rain” is accompanied by a collage-style video with allusions to the Bible, mysticism, and past U.S. presidents. The albums closing track, “Autobiography of the Upsetter” (Perry’s long-held nickname) walks through his long life and reveals his earthly mission to “wipe out evilness … wipe out racism.”

At the age of 83, Perry shows few signs of slowing down. Looking out over the art show he put together while staying with the music that made his name, I asked if he plans on taking a break from working any time soon. His answer was clear: “When the black spirit says to stop, I’ll stop.”




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Noville 'Big Joe' Webster has come up with a simple way to improve his living conditions. At dances, Webster has been showing in the middle of the juggling by DJs, to solicit money. His goal is to complete a house that his late father left behind.

He told THE STAR: "A just the energy weh mi a push and me know if me dweet, people would a give me a good forward. As a likkle youth, mi a try fi elevate and live comfortable like everybody else and move good. Mi want can sleep comfortable and you nah go hear say me rob."

Webster, who hails from Golden Spring in St Andrew, says the idea came after he was given the microphone at a dance by Fuzzy, a sound system operator.

He said: "I asked and mi make $2,500. Then mi say alright, mi a go a big party and 'stick up' da party deh because I know a lot of foreigners deh deh, so I just go and ask. Dem say you must ask and you shall receive."

According to Webster he made $19,500 in less than two minutes.

"From there I buy some things for the house. I bought a big fan and post it on Facebook and tell di people dem this is what I made and thanks for helping Big Joe," he said.
His strategy

Webster, who lives with his mother, said that he has spent more than $50,000 on the house, and estimates that he will need between $200,000 and $250,000 to finish it.

He said that he knows his strategy alone won't last, so he wants to invest any money he gets. He has even started hosting his own events.

"Each time me go a party and 'stick it up', I want to invest in something, buy a car, run taxi or something. I love the energy I get from people and the people dem love Big Joe all bout. Mi keep my party last year and the money weh leave after consignment, mi use buy board, nail, zinc, bed and the base," he said.

Webster says he dropped out of high school because other students "used to bully me, beat me up, so mi nuh go back. Mi just stop go school and go work."

But his attachment to parties saw him leaving work to attend dances.

He said: "Mi leave from work and go dance go lift sound box and string up sound, get a likkle change and invest in myself. The dance thing ina mi, from mi bout six year old. Fuzzy ever a push mi from dem time deh, him still a steer me and guide me. DJ Shawn too, afi big him up."

Webster has outlined what areas of the house he wants to work on next.

"Mi wouldn't mind get likkle help to fix up the window and step to enter the house. My mother live here with me. She need a step to go up her likkle room to and the bathroom to fix up. Every time mi get a likkle change me just spend it back on the house," Webster said.

via jamaicastar

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Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta has released a surprise album titled Reincarnation.

The 12-track project was released on all streaming platforms on Monday.

There were no guest spots on the album, just Tommy Lee Sparta in his unfiltered style.

The project comes after the artiste's signing in 2018 of a new deal with Boss Lady Muzik.

Reincarnation features tracks Monster, Drunk and High, Top Shotta, and Redemption Song.

The project is currently available on iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and TIDAL.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has apologised to Jamaican reggae artiste Buju Banton, whose hotel room in Port of Spain was raided by cops earlier today.

The police claimed to have had a search warrant.

They found nothing illegal in Buju's room.

Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is in Trinidad for the staging of the ‘I am Legend’ concert, slated for Queens Park, Savannah, Port of Spain, Sunday.

The Trinidadian government was reportedly unaware of the raid.

Buju, relating the incident in an Instagram post, professed his love for the people of the Trinidad and Tobago, saying that he would not be broken.

Fans who spoke with The Gleaner said they were curious about reports that the police obtained a warrant to search Buju's hotel room today.

"Is it that they were working on a search warrant before he came into the country?” asked one woman who asked not to be named.

Buju arrived in Trinidad on Friday to a fanfare at the airport.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Wayne Sturge, commenting on social media, said a search warrant on a Saturday was not the issue.

"The real issue is that they could never have had any credible information upon which they could have obtained a warrant. I don’t know what the agenda is, but it must cause anger in the minds of right-thinking men,” he said.

Sturge described the raid as one that wreaks with abject spite and wickedness.

According to Gleaner sources, on Saturday afternoon Banton visited old friends in the urban community of on Basilon Street, Laventille.

A short while after returning to his hotel room, several police personnel turned up claiming they had a search warrant.

"Trinidadians are upset about what happened. It just wasn’t right. Everybody was so excited about Buju being here. It makes us look bad. The police commissioner cannot even tell us what they were searching for," said the woman cited earlier.

She is convinced that the Jamaican artiste was targeted.

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Dancehall artiste Popcaan was a special guest on Canadian rapper Drake's Assassination Vacation tour show held Tuesday night at the O2 arena in London.

The concertgoers erupted as Popcaan performed his hit tracks including the single Only Man She Want.

The event marked the first time Drake and Popcaan performed on the same stage since the Popcaan officially became a member of OVO records earlier this year.

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Toast, the smash hit by singer Koffee, has entered the UK Official Singles Chart at number 84. The new chart was released yesterday.

At 19, Koffee is the youngest Jamaican artiste in 41 years to make the chart.

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, president of her label Columbia Records UK, is proud of Koffee's achievements so far.

“Columbia Records is incredibly proud of Koffee and what she has already achieved. She is just starting out and we believe she has what it takes to have a long-lasting career,” said Unger-Hamilton.

He continued: “When we started working with her I don't think we knew that 'Toast' was going to be the global smash that it has become, we just knew how much we loved her EP and what an incredible talent she is.”

Koffee's EP, Rapture, was released March14. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with first-week sales of 444 copies. It features the title track, which is the next single to be released internationally.

“Sony Music is throwing its full weight behind Koffee globally,” said Unger-Hamilton.

Millie Small was 17 years-old, when she reached number two on the UK chart in March 1964 with My Boy Lollipop. It would take another 14 years before the teenaged duo of Althea and Donna (ages 17 and 18, respectively at the time) to hit number one with Uptown Top Ranking in February 1978.

The most successful Jamaican act on the UK chart is Sean Paul with 30 entries including two number one songs. Shaggy has four chart-toppers from 19 entries, while Bob Marley and The Wailers have 22 charted titles.

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