For the second week in a row, a woman stands atop the Reggae Billboard chart and for the second week in a row, that woman is Etana.
Etana’s album Reggae Forever which was released by Tads International Records has sold more than 700 copies in the 2 weeks since its release.
Etana faced major backlash from the reggae community in 2016 when she came out in strong support of Donald Trump. That did not keep the strong one down however. She was able to pick herself up, dust herself off and rise to the top again. There is a saying that if a man washes his hands, he can eat with kings, Etana has proven that the same is true for women also.
Etana is now riding above the top male performers in reggae. She is above Chronixx who is sitting at number eight with Chronlogy and Damian Marley who is at number four with Stony Hill.
Radio personality, Nikki Z, sent out a Black Panther challenge and top dancehall star, Popcaan, answered and answered in a big way.
Nikki’s challenge was for anyone who can afford to do so, to step up and sponsor someone less fortunate to see the movie Black Panther. Popcaan took up the sponsor and did way more than Nikki Z was expecting. The former Vybz Kartel protégé paid for every single child at Walker’s Home in Jamaica to go and see the movie. Nicki posted a video on her Instagram in which she had nothing but high praises for the deejay.
“He said, ‘Nicki, I want to give all the money for all the children at Walkers Home to go see Black Panther’”, Nikki said with tears almost coming down her face. “And not only for the kids to go see Black Panther, Popcaan gave me the money to make sure those kids got their Popcaan and Juices… Popcaan you are f#(king awesome,” she continued.
Nikki also reminded people not to believe all the negativity about Popcaan that they read and hear.
Popcaan joins a list of high profile celebrities who have helped less fortunate children and adults all over the world to see the movie. Kendrick Lamar and his record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) hosted a free screening of Marvel’s Black Panther for kids from the Watts housing projects in L.A. NFL wide receiver and Philadelphia native Jaelen Strong gave 60 kids from Philly a private screening of Black Panther on opening night.
These celebrity efforts to offer opportunities to children to see the film come after the #BlackPantherChallenge movement emerged on social media encouraging people to raise money or buy tickets for kids to see the movie.
Back in 2015, when Andrew Holness was Jamaica’s opposition leader, his favorite song was Clarks just like his favorite shoe and his favorite artiste was Vybz Kartel.
Now that Holness is the leader of the country he can no longer embrace a convicted murderer, thus Kartel is no longer even in the Prime Minister top five artistes nor is any of Kartel’s songs in Holness list of favorite songs.
So 18 Karat Reggae asked the Prime Minister who is his favorite artiste now that he has jumped off the Vybz Kartel bandwagon.
“Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “Let’s start with Bob Marley, because he’s number one on the list. Then we would have to do Dennis Brown, then Beres Hammond.”
I would also have to add Chronixx to the list and you have to consider the younger ones, now I’m seeing Protégé, Etana and Queen Ifrica,” he concluded.
So there you have it, the Prime Minister of Jamaica top 7 Reggae artistes are:
- Bob Marley
- Dennis Brown
- Beres Hammond
- Queen Ifrica
Of course Jamaica’s greatest, Sizzla, did not make the prime minister’s cut. But for a man who once had Vybz Kartel as his favorite that is to be expected.
As for Holness’ favorite songs, most of them were from his favorite artistes.
“There are so many of them! But Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic is just such a beautiful song. Redemption Song is another beautiful song. But I like Chronixx and he’s had a few hits that have resonated with me. I like his most recent one, ‘do it for the love, not for the likes’. Nesbeth’s song is great as well. I find that that’s my theme song, My Dream.”
Yesterday members of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were called in following the discovery of a tunnel leading from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston to a nearby church.
There was an immediate lockdown of the facility, a thorough roll call was taken and all prisoners were accounted for.
A major investigation is now underway by the Jamaican Government to figure out who is responsible for the tunnel and how long it has been there.
Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is supposed to be a maximum security facility and is the home of top flight deejay, Vybz Kartel, who is serving a life sentence. Even though he is behind bars, Kartel has continued to rule the dancehall with new music, sometimes releasing songs on a weekly basis.
This new discovery has led many fans of dancehall reggae to wonder if this is the tunnel that the Gaza don was exploiting in order to record his music.
One fan asked the following question on social media, “So a di CHURCH FARTEL PRISON STUDIO INNA?”
18 Karat Reggae reached out to the facility but was told that they cannot speak on the matter as a major investigation was ongoing.
Whether there is a studio in the church to where the tunnel leads or if the church was just a pick up point from where Kartel would be taken to the studio, it is unknown at this time.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder along with current dancehall artiste Ninja Man. Munga Honorebel is also awaiting trial for murder; his trial begins next week Wednesday.
Stay tuned to 18 Karat Reggae as this story about the tunnel at Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre develops.
Rancehall artiste, Munga Honorebel, is also known as the gangsta Ras but to Jamaican police and prosecutors, the entertainer is more gangsta than Rasta. The deejay is currently charged for murder and his court case is set to begin next Wednesday.
If found guilty, Munga will be joining fellow dancehall artistes, Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman in prison. Both Kartel and Ninja are serving life sentences for murder.
Christopher Townsend, the attorney for Munga said the dancehall act is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Kingston next Wednesday.
We will be looking at the fine and the judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to see if the matter will be sent to the Supreme Court,” he told 18 Karat Reggae.
Munga Honorebel, given name Damian Rhoden, is charged with the murder of artiste Cleveland Smith, who was shot dead at 315 Molynes Road, Kingston 20, about 1:00 am on February 12, 2017.
Townsend expressed his client’s innocence and said the deejay is still pursuing his passion.
“He has been doing music, his first love, and has been putting out quite a few singles. He does shows from time to time and makes appearances, so life goes on,” said Townsend.
According to police reports, Smith left his Moonlight Drive address on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a session. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun. Smith was shot after an altercation ensued between the men and himself. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.
Munga Honorebel was granted bail on June 23, 2017, in the sum of $500,000 after appearing at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree.
Munga is known for hit songs like Flipping Rhymes, Bad from mi born and The Prayer.
The raunchy melodic tune called “Position From Back “ features a new style we have never seen from the self proclaimed Nostra Don. Produced by Zakariyah of Montreal whom is accredited for work on Vybz Kartel’s “Hmm Hmm” gives a much needed ambiance with hypnotizing keys.
“The ladies come first never last for me” The Nostra Don states. “My Nostra gals inspire every lyric every melody and every verse”.
Yanni Cassanova has much in store for 2018, slated to drop a joint album with fellow Cosa Nostra affiliate RedRock “ as well as his highly anticipated “Galbum”.
As we get going into reggae month, one of the biggest celebrations will be the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the king of reggae, Bob Marley. While we celebrate the king, we should be careful not to forget, disrespect, disregard and discard the accomplishments of the prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown.
When we start reggae month, we pay so much attention attention to February 6th, that whether by accident or on purpose we pay little attention to February 1st, the birthday of Dennis Emmanuel Brown. Both men were great and used reggae to help spread the message of resistance, revolution, uprising, equal right and justice to the entire world. Both me deserve to be honored and celebrated.
Marley, who died in May 1981 at age 36 would be 70 on February 6. Dennis Brown died in June 1999. He would have celebrated his 58th birthday on February 1st.
Dennis Brown and Bob Marley recorded for producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd’s Studio One early in their careers. As a member of The Wailers, Marley’s hits at Studio One included Simmer Down and It Hurts to be Alone. No Man is an Island and If I Follow my Heart are among Brown’s hits for Dodd.
Marley and Brown performed on two shows during their long careers: the April 1978 One Love Peace Concert at the National Stadium, and at Reggae Sunsplash at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay the following year.
In 1973, Marley began recording Natty Dread, his first solo album for Island Records. It contained the classic songs No Woman, No Cry, So Jah Seh and Them Belly Full. That year, 17-year-old Dennis Brown teamed with producer Winston ‘Niney’ Holness and the Soul Syndicate Band for the hit songs Cassandra, Westbound Train and No More Shall I Roam.
18 Karat Reggae presents the King and the Prince: