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New Guardian reggae playlist out

The Guardian has put out its latest reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring MAVADO, MACHEL MONTANO and ALAINE.

MONTANO delivers another high-quality soca track with “Temperature”, while KERWIN DU BOIS featuring PATRICE ROBERTS deliver more soca vibes with “Unforgettable”.


MAVADO loses assault conviction appeal

Jamaican dancehall artist MAVADO, real name David Brooks, has lost an appeal against his conviction for assault and malicious destruction of property. 

As reported by the Jamaica Gleaner, the Court of Appeal in Jamaica said it did not find anything to change the resident magistrate’s original ruling.

The court heard legal arguments this week and had reserved judgment to yesterday (18 October). 


Dancehall producer ROACH shot dead

Jamaican dancehall producer Patrick Samuels, better known as ROACH, has been found dead along Manning Hill Road in Kingston.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the producer was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds, and was killed by unknown assailants in the early hours of the morning.


MOBO Awards 2013: ‘Best Reggae’ shortlist unveiled

The shortlists for the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards 2013 can now be revealed, including four Jamaican-raised artists and STYLO G representing the UK.

The ‘Best Reggae’ category shortlist includes:


Assault charge dropped against MAVADO

Jamaica's Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court has dropped an assault charge against dancehall artist MAVADO, real name David Brooks.

As reported by the Jamaica Gleaner, when the case was called up the court was told that the matter was settled at mediation and the complaint withdrawn. 


MAVADO and DI GENIUS team up on HTC European ad campaign

Jamaican dancehall artist MAVADO and producer STEPHEN "DI GENIUS" MCGREGOR have scored another big hit with “Di Gyal Dem” which spearheads the new European advertising campaign for HTC. 

HTC launched its new One X handset and contracted DI GENIUS to produce the background music for the campaign video clip, which was shot in Miami.

The campaign launched in Germany, and will shortly spread to Russia, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey, before going into Asia and the Middle East.


MAVADO trial pushed back to February

Jamaican dancehall artist MAVADO, real name is David Brooks, is set to return to court on 12 February 2013 for his assault trial.

The case was scheduled to get underway earlier this month, but a judge adjourned the trial because Brooks’ attorney is engaged in another trial.


MAVADO trial postponed until February; plus ‘hit’ taken out on the artist

Jamaican dancehall artist MAVADO, real name David Brooks, will be back in court on 12 February on a charge of “assault occasioning bodily harm”. 

The confirmation of the new date came up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on 27 September.


Edward Seaga selects Origins Of Jamaican Music tracks

Former Jamaican Prime Minister (1980-89) Edward Seaga has picked out 100 songs for Origins of Jamaican Music which will be released via VP Records.

The four-CD box set will be launched with a promotion tour in late October and officially released on 6 November.

The set includes:


The Guardian reveals Jamaican artists 'you need to know about now'

The UK’s Guardian newspaper has published an article called ‘Sounds of Jamaica: eight acts you need to know about now’.

The list includes:


Reggae Gold 2012 out now

VP Records and Greensleeves Records have released the 20th edition of the annual reggae compilation Reggae Gold as a special two-disc set including new and old hits from SEAN PAUL, POPCAAN, KONSHENS, BUSY SIGNAL and DAMIAN MARLEY.

Artists:- June 2012 podcast now available

This month DJ RICHIE BLOOD delivers another hour of the best in dancehall, dub, jungle and reggae to get you warmed up as the summer season kicks off.

The June podcast blazes a trail showcasing brand new dancehall riddims including Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor’s Bassline Riddim, Aurora Skies Riddim Pt.2 and Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker Riddim.


MAVADO guilty of assault & malicious destruction of property

David Brooks, better known as dancehall artist MAVADO, has been found guilty of “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” and “malicious destruction of property” in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Brooks pleaded "not guilty" to the charges relating to an incident on the Belmont main road district in July last year, but was found guilty by resident magistrate Wilson Smith and fined JMD$100,000 (£700).


MAVADO and VYBZ KARTEL court updates

The trial of Jamaican dancehall artist MAVADO has been postponed on the same day that VYBZ KARTEL’s second murder case was transferred to the Circuit Court.

According to the Jamaica Observer, a shortage of court rooms at the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court forced the postponement of MAVADO’s (David Brooks) trial earlier today (13 March).


MAVADO cancels all shows in the UK; no official reason given

All shows that were scheduled in the UK this month featuring MAVADO, CHIPMUNK, GAPPY RANKS and STYLO G, have been cancelled.

The promoter for the high-profile tour has yet to give an official reason why such action was taken so close to the tour kicking off. Some websites have attributed the cancellation “due to illness”, while another has said they wouldn't give MAVADO a visa to enter the UK.


New MAVADO track featuring AKON: Listen to it here

One of the first releases from dancehall artist MAVADO’s upcoming album on DJ KHALED’s We The Best label can now be heard below.

The “Survivor” track, which features US R&B star AKON, is finally here:



New date set for MAVADO ‘assault’ trial

Jamaican dancehall artist David Brooks, better known as MAVADO, will now face trial on a charge of assault on 16 May 2012.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Brooks appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on 21 November.

The charge relates to an incident that occurred at BOUNTY KILLER’s birthday bash on 12 June at the Quad Night Club in New Kingston.