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INVESTIGATORS from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT)  yesterday evening charged dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel with murder, conspiracy  to murder and illegal possession of firearm.

A news release from the police said that the charges against the  deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, were made following the conduct of an  interview yesterday afternoon by detectives from the MIT in the presence of his  attorneys.

“The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along  with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a  27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine.  Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in  Gregory Park,” the police release said.

A preliminary hearing will take place today at the Half-Way-Tree  Resident Magistrate’s Court, the police said.


source: Jamaica Observer


He may not have made as many hit records as most of his contemporaries, but Leonard Dillon produced enough quality work to earn his title as a reggae pioneer.

Dillon, who died Wednesday morning at his daughter’s St Andrew home, was best known as leader of The Ethiopians, the vocal group that had big hits with Train To Skaville and Everything Crash.

He was 68 years old.

Patrice Dillon, the third of Dillon’s seven children, told The Sunday Gleaner her father died from cancer. He was diagnosed with two brain tumours in August 2010, and last June it was discovered he had lung and prostate cancer.

After undergoing surgery to remove one of the tumours in February, Patrice Dillon said her father seemed to be making steady progress. But three months ago further tests revealed five more cancerous lumps had developed on his brain.

Leonard Dillon was born in Boundbrook, a district near Port Antonio in Portland. In an interview with American writer David Katz, Dillon said he worked in Florida as an indentured worker during the early 1960s to make enough money to pursue a musical career when he returned to Jamaica.

It did not pan out as planned and it took a chance meeting in 1964 with Peter Tosh – then a member of The Wailers – to get his recording career off the ground.

Dillon’s interview with Katz appears in the latter’s book, Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae. He said his first songs were done for producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd at Studio One. They were Woman Wine And Money, Ice Water, What You Get You Must Take and Bull Whip.

The Wailers (Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston) did backing vocals on Bull Whip. None of those early songs made any impact.

It was not until Dillon teamed with Stephen Taylor and Aston Morrison to form The Ethiopians that his career gained momentum. They cut Train To Skaville for West Indies Record Limited (WIRL) and Everything For Crash for producer Karl ‘Sir JJ’ Johnson as Jamaican popular music evolved from ska to rock steady.

The Ethiopians recorded for several leading producers including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, but never scored any more big hits, though they gained a cult following in Europe. In the last 25 years, independent record companies such as Trojan, VP and Heartbeat, have released compilation albums of their best-known songs.

The last of those discs, Train To Skaville: Anthology 1965-1975, was released by Trojan in 2002.

Leonard Dillon is also survived by two brothers, one sister and seven grandchildren.



source:  Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer (The Gleaner)

Rapper Nas recently spoke on the “great inspiration” Jamaican cultural icon Bob Marley has been to him in his own career.

“Bob Marley’s impact is unmatched by any artist, ever. He stands alone like Beethoven. Like Stevie Wonder. Like Michael Jackson. He owns his block. There’s been nothing like him. There will be nothing like him,” said Nas. “And we don’t’ realize how old Bob would have been [if] he was alive today. He probably would have been what 70-something? But his music is timeless and it’s been a great inspiration to me and I had the honor to work with his kids: Damian, Stephen Marley, and meet a lot of his children.”

Nas also shared that he plans on working with Damian Marley on yet another project.  In May 2010, the two artists released the joint album Distant Relatives.  Nas and Damian have also performed tracks from the Distant Relatives album on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Their tour for the album has taken them throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Courtesy: Hip Hop DX

The Canadian native is now travelling between Jamaica and Toronto putting the finishing touches on her new album.  Following the chart topping success of “Hot Ya Now” last year.  Tasha is working with hit makers like Mikie Bennett, Computer Paul and Rohan Dwyer.

She has already completed work with “Patchy” of NCF Productions and the new single, “ONLY A WOMAN KNOWS” is a product of this collaboration.  The video for this release is also to be done on location in Jamaica.  In addition to the work with NCF Tasha is also working with guitarist Steve Golding and Triple B Entertainment.  She intends to feature Bescenta, Influential, and Imar on the new album as well.

This one will be “hot when it drop.”

Courtesy: Ras Vibe Records Inc.

In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes…

This week’s show rounded out with a special feature of the world immortal Stone Love sound with veteran selector Cancer at the controls as the last edition of the “reel” back analog series for the month of September.  Download the show here.


Cancer navigated a musical journey down the golden road of Studio One produced hits and a variety of rock steady tunes featuring the likes of Bob Andy, Ken Boothe, Hopeton Lewis, Delroy Wilson, Winston Francis, Slim Smith/The Techniques, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles/The Heptones, Brent Dowe, Dawn Penn, Alton Ellis, John Holt, Dobby Dobson, Sugar Minott and more!

The show wound down with a Bob Marley & The Wailers showcase ending with the program’s namesake tune “Positive Vibrations” which happens to be in its 27th year of broadcast.

Bob Marley & The Wailers playlist:

Misty morning

One drop


Satisfy my soul

Give thanks

Running away


Positive Vibes

In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes…

Tony Screw (center), Down Beat sound system

Listeners were taken back through time to Sandy Park located within the lower eastern parish of St. Andrews in Jamaica, West Indies.

Katarock and Downbeat the Ruler faced off with a non stop exchange of rare dub plates exclusives.  The event paired selectors from two different generations on common ground of love for the music and respect for the foundation of the genre.

Down Beat originally began in the 1950’s as Sir Coxone Dodd’s home base sound system to play new records he acquired while away on work in America.  As Dodd became more involved in the production of reggae music in Jamaica Downbeat sound system became his vehicle for promoting his catalog.  Thus, Tony Screw possess a lion share of Dodd’s Studio One label tunes.

Tony Screw and The Downbeat sound, presently based in New York, is renown internationally for his unparalleled dub mixes featuring cuts with original artists from as early as the 60’s.

Katarock speakers

Katarock, a sound system originating from the U.S. in the earlier part of the 2000’s, rose to prominence quickly with the seasoned selector Quincy Jones at the helm.  Quincy Jones, formerly of Road Star international, transferred to Katarock sound as the lead selector of the group.  Quincy, accompanied by Jugsy Killer, stood ground against the veteran Tony Screw with their own special brand of dub plate originals.  Quincy and Jugsy proved that age is irrelevant as love, respect and knowledge of the music is all one requires to go the distance in a vintage clash.

The event became more intense during the “one for one” section of the sound clash with each selector responding back to the other with more obscure artistes and rhythm tracks per round.  The

Quincy Jones

event was profanity free and proved to be a musical showdown between two major league disc jocks.

This week:

In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes, Montreal’s, now defunct, Virgo (High Power) featuring Super Dave, Johnny Black, Barry G (Mello G) and Byron performing live on the set over B side instrumentals was the theme. Big ups to Montreal’s NDG and Walkley community crews. Super Dave displayed his lyrical versatility as Johnny Black & Barry G followed in similar fashion. This dance took place in Montreal September 17th, 1988.

In other news, Buju Banton’s new album “Before the Dawn” is available for pre-order on iTunes. Sixth in a series of full length albums from Buju Banton, “Before the Dawn” features 10 solid tracks for roots & culture lovers. Buju, from behind bars, collaborated with his home label, Gargamel Music, on the track selections, track arrangements, edits, mix downs and design of his latest release.

Next week…. Prymtym’s birthday bash live from Cote des Neige in Montreal and more of the original Roots Rock Reggae program from 1993.

Big up to J. E. Bunns, original party rocker from back in the day.