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Irish and Chin has been investing in the preservation of sound system culture globally for two decades. The leading company in sound clash entertainment heads toward celebrating 20 years of their popular World Clash brand with the addition of The World Clash Dubplate Awards, the first and only award show acknowledging the vital role of dubplate recordings in sound system culture. Amassing thousands of votes, winners were selected from ten categories.

What is a dubplate? An underground song/recording by artists exclusively for a selector/sound system. These recordings glorify the talents of a selector/sound system and ultimately increase their “stock value” in the market place. Additionally, these recordings are used by selectors and sound systems to compete ("clash") against each other.

What is the goal of the awards? Namely, The World Clash Dubplate Awards, which was founded by Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin, celebrates artists for their yearly dub plate contributions to sound system culture (November – September). Moreover, the prospering awards highlight the historical legacy between artists and sound systems/selectors, uniting the artists who made the recordings and the selectors/sound systems who helped make these recordings popular. The event is the ideal vehicle for music lovers and most importantly, the selectors and sound systems to have a voice in saluting contributing artists. In turn, the artists feel rewarded and a greater demand is placed on their product.

Why are dubplates important and what role have they played? Once upon a time, dubplate culture was the most important aspect of Dancehall. Sound systems invested in dubplate recordings so that they could play unique and obscure selections, which set them apart from their peers/competitors. These selections could only be played during their performances, spawning what many refer to as “exclusives.” Many young artists were introduced to Dancehall by dubplate recordings played by popular sound systems, way before releasing official studio recordings/singles. Producers scouted some of their best artists because of hearing their dubplate recordings, which spawned massive crowd responses.

How were the categories and nominees selected? While Irish and Chin identified the categories, they canvassed Dubplate studios across the globe and dub runners (individuals who coordinate and secure dub plate recordings for sound systems and selectors) for the artist nominations. The lists were cross referenced and the most suggested artists were then included in the award categories.

What was the voting process? Voting for The World Clash Dubplate Awards took place on Additionally, in person voting also took place as ballots were issued and collected from patrons at numerous sound clash events. Launched in 2016, The World Clash Dubplate Awards peaked this year, yielding a record breaking number of votes.

Who were the 2017 World Clash Dubplate Award Winners?

Dubplate Artist of the Year – Aidonia

International Dubplate Artist of the Year – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Most Sought After Dubplate Artist of the Year – Chronixx

Male Dubplate Vocalist of the Year – Romain Virgo

Female Dubplate Vocalist of the Year – Marcia Griffiths

Veteran Dubplate Vocalist of the Year – Luciano

Veteran Dubplate Deejay of the Year – Josey Wales

Customized Dubplate Artist of the Year – Taranchyla

90’s Dubplate Artist of the Year – Bounty Killer

Dubplate Single of the Year – “Banga” – Aidonia

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Although the World Clash Dubplate Awards is currently virtual, the promoters would like to transition it to an annual awards ceremony. “The dubplate culture is a vital part of Jamaica's indigenous sound system culture. It's a constant signature, which identifies and separates the boys from the men," says founder Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "It's impossible to preserve this highly important sector of our musical heritage without properly acknowledging the role played by dubplate recordings."

On Monday, October 16, 2017, police investigators confirmed that Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons, was shot along the Port Henderson Road, in Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica.

It is alleged that at 7:20 a.m., 62-year-old Gibbons accompanied by a man, was walking along the road way, when a Nissan motor car pulled up and shots were fired from the vehicle hitting both men.

The vehicle reportedly sped away from the scene and the injured men were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, Jamaica.

Gibbons who received two gunshot wounds, was admitted in stable condition.

Gibbons who resides in Canada, has been featured prominent Jamaican stage shows, one such show, Rebel Salute; is responsible for hits such as, Lover's Question and popular covers like This Magic Moment and Cupid.

Ninja Man, international Reggae Dancehall recording artist has been taken into police custody pending his murder trial.

His bail was revoked on Tuesday during his court appearance. Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne, in 2009, was arrested and charged along with his son, and another man, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, in the said year.

A new charged, shooting with intent, has now been added to Ballentyne's charges, as the trial is now slated to commence.

The case, first mentioned in court in 2009, has had 17 missed trial dates and 23 mention dates in the eight years.




On Sunday, October 1st, the "Unruly Boss" Popcaan; through an Instagram post, conveyed a heartfelt cry to "ghetto youths" urging them to stop the unnecessary blood shed and war. 

The post was captioned as "Sunday pree this" and the artist shared his views on the state of violence currently taking place in Jamaica.

In the video he mentioned that his gun lyrics are not to be taken literally and that it is time to stop the senseless killing.

Hugh Hefner, the founder and creator of the Playboy brand, magazine, media and entertainment-industry, died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 91years old at death, which was announced by Playboy Enterprises as they mourn the passing of the trailblazing icon.

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Hefner the man and Playboy the brand were inseparable. Both advertised themselves as emblems of the sexual revolution, an escape from American priggishness and wider social intolerance. Both were derided over the years — as vulgar, as adolescent, as exploitative and finally as anachronistic. But Mr. Hefner was a stunning success from the moment he emerged in the early 1950s. His timing was perfect.

The first issue of Playboy was published in 1953, when Mr. Hefner was 27, a new father married to, by his account, the first woman he had slept with at age 22.


As the entertainment industry mourns his death, many celebrities and industry movers and shakers, took to social media to pause and express their deepest condolences for his passing, life, and legacy. Hefner impacted many of their lives and careers, in one way or another, and his memory will live on through the Playboy Enterprises.

After being hospitalized for five days, being treated for a kidney related ailment, doctors are still investigating the cause of Vybz Kartel's illness. 

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His attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, confirmed the artiste is still admitted in hospital.

Kartel, who is currently serving a life-sentence for murder charges, had been complaining of pains in his side since last Wednesday. Dr Elon Thompson, president of Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, said the decision to admit a patient with a kidney infection is usually made "if, after receiving antibiotics, the conditions do not change."

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Amidst his current health challenges, his new hit single  "Mhm hm" produced by Jones Ave Records has been making strides and creating waves amongst #GazaNation supporters.

The death of one of Jamaica’s popular fashion designer/model has left many flabbergasted by the circumstances surrounding his death.

Dexter 3D Pottinger, found dead on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at his residence in St. Andrew, Jamaica, compelled many to express their condolences, shock and gross disgust; towards his tragic death. His decomposing body, against the background of, a bloodstained bedroom; painted a gruesome crime scene, leaving many unanswered questions as to who or why he was murdered.

Rumors have been spreading far and wide, within the dancehall fraternity, suggesting many individuals including a popular blogger/vlogger as a suspect in the crime. These allegations lead to the camp of Rohan “Quiet Perry” Perry publishing a formal cease and desist / public announcement on Instagram yesterday leaving many to retract their statements which implicated him as a suspect in the murder.

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So far, police have one suspect in custody, as the investigations continues.



After a triad of noteworthy performances so far for 2017, it is clear that the dancehall community has given 4th Genna recording artiste Govana, whose given name is Romeo Nelson, the stamp of approval; dubbing him with the title of the next big star emerging out of Jamaican Dancehall Fraternity.

Entering the dancehall fraternity under the tutelage of Dancehall International Recording Artiste Aidonia, Govana has officially stepped out of his mentor's shadow, becoming a solo act. Commanding the attention of fans with tracks such as, No Complaining and Happy, it's his latest effort, Gyal Clown, voiced on the 'Genna Bounce rhythm' (also features the monster hit Yeah Yeah by Aidonia) that has forced him further into the spotlight, successively leading to several international players expressing an interest in his career.

According to Govana, "Gyal Clown is definitely opening a lot of doors for me presently. Aside from being one of the most rotated songs for the summer, several overseas agents have been reaching out to my management team wanting shows and also to collaborate on various projects. For that, I am thankful. However, at present, I am not at liberty to speak on everything, but when the time is right, all will be revealed."

Govana further explained that fans can look out for a lot of new material in the months ahead, both audio and visual. He recently released the official video for Shallow Grung, a gritty street composition that has amassed more than 100,000 views via Vevo since it premiered late June. The video was shot by burgeoning director 300K.




Source: The Star

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Reggae/Dancehall International recording artiste I-Octane, has signed a management contract with Beautiful People MGT (BPM), Miami and a recording deal with Independent Distribution Collective (IDC), a San Francisco-based label. The new wave of business ventures comes in preparation for his highly anticipated 2018 album.

I-Octane said: "IDC is a great accomplishment. Big up my management team. This is big for me as an independent artiste. To know that we have IDC on this project, not only for the global distribution, but supporting us in all the marketing, promoting and also pushing us." Speaking to his induction into the IDC family.

Fresh from signing with new management, the first order of the day for BPM was securing distribution with a reputable company.

"As a fan of reggae music, I-Octane has steadily remained on my playlist, so joining his close-knit team was a honour. Our vision is similar, and our aim the same, so to find a company who would match our goal became a priority. To take the brand that is I-Octane to the four corners of the world," said W. Morgan, CEO and founder of Beautiful People MGT.

maxresdefaultSince the release of his 2014, full-length hit-filled anthology My Journey, which made its way to No. 4 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, fan have been eagerly anticipating another phenomenal album, which the artiste has every intention of delivering.

"After being in music professionally for over 12 years now, I have grown, and I have learnt a lot along the way. I did two albums, and they were both very similar. It was social commentary, more one-drop-oriented. This album has a lot of different things on it," I-Octane said.

He went on further to say, "It is a more versatile I-Octane. It's more grown. I expect a lot of mileage from this album. I'm going to go to places where I've never been before through this album. Different sides of Octane, different vocal range, different sound. This is a totally different I-Octane, but the essence is me a grown me."



Source: The Star

downloadTrinidad and Tobago was sent into shock and mourning when Soca Artiste/MC/ Radio Talk Show host Devon Matthews died suddenly early sunday morning. Reports are that Devon Matthews collapsed backstage after performing onstage at Tribe's Festival of the Bands at St Mary's College Grounds. He was pronounced dead at the St Clair Medical Facility early Sunday morning. It is believed that he suffered a heart attack.

Devon Matthews has been performing soca for over a decade and is a popular dj at RED 96.7FM. 

He placed third at the International Soca Monarch Competition in 2017 with his hit “The Journey” which he performed with Ella Andell.

"The TRIBE" family joins the rest of the nation in mourning the sudden passing of DJ, Soca Artiste and cultural advocate Devon Matthews."

"We offer sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans."

"The entertainment and cultural sector has lost a strong versatile talent whose star was on the rise. He will be greatly missed. May he Rest in Peace."


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