image Jamaican deejay Lady Saw copped four titles to top the winners list at the 2013 Linkage Awards in New York.

NEW YORK, United States, Friday March 22, 2013 – A glittering array of dancehall and reggae stars converged in New York on Saturday for the 2013 Linkage Awards in Mount Vernon. 

Seasoned Jamaican deejay Lady Saw made the night her own, taking home four new titles to add to the collection, topping the winners list and delivering a stunning live performance.

The enduring entertainer, born Marion Hall, copped the Female Artiste of the Year and Outstanding Female Artiste honours, and was also inducted into the Linkage Hall of Fame and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hot on the Lady’s heels was Bunny Wailer with three honours. The reggae icon also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, as well as being chosen Reggae Ambassador of the Year.

Completing the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees were singers John Holt and Cocoa Tea and deejay Lady G.

Holt and Cocoa Tea, as well as fellow singers Luciano, Jimmy Riley and Spanner Banner were also presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Entertainer Of The Year award went to popular artiste Konshens, who also picked up the Most Consistent Recording Artiste Of The Year honour.

“Bruck It Down” by Mr Vegas walked away with Song Of The Year, while Christopher Martin scored as Singer Of The Year.

Khago got the nod for Most Improved Artiste Of The Year and was also one of the show’s featured performers, while Etana and Hezron took home the awards for female and male Culture Artiste Of The Year, respectively.

The full list of 2013 Linkage Awards winners follows:

Breakthrough Reggae Artiste of the Year: Nature

Breakthrough Gospel Artiste of the Year: Kukudoo

Most Consistent Recording Artiste of the Year: Konshens

Most Consistent Performer of the Year: Romain Virgo

Female Artiste Of The Year: Lady Saw

Male DJ Of The Year: Kiprich

Singer Of The Year: Christopher Martin

Singjay Of The Year: I-Octane

Song Of The Year: Bruck It Down - Mr. Vegas

Male Culture Artiste Of The Year: Hezron

Female Culture Artiste Of The Year: Etana

Most Improved Artiste of the Year: Khago

Entertainer of the Year: Konshens

Promoter Of The Year: Isaiah Laing – Sting

Selector Of The Year: Platinum Kid

NY Radio Personality Of The Year: Ragashanti - 93.5FM

Jamaica Radio Personality Of The Year: Barry G - Mello Radio

TV Personality of the Year: Suzie Q

Street Promoter of the Year: Stampede

Outstanding Achievement in Music: Duane Stephenson

Outstanding Achievement in Music: Tony Rebel

Outstanding Achievement in Music: Luciano

Outstanding Achievement in Music: Gramps Morgan

Outstanding Achievement in Music: Ninja Man

Outstanding Achievement in Radio: Ras Clem

Outstanding Female Artiste: Lady Saw

Most Consistent Personality on Linkage Radio: Lady D

DJ of the Year Linkage Radio: Gassie

DJ of the Year Touch FM Radio Showa Gela

DJ of the Year Road Block Radio Naturalist

DJ of the Year Parti FM Radio Short Mike

DJ of the Year Busy Radio Sheldon Money

DJ of the Year Royal Radio Supa Barry

Linkage Hall of Fame Inductees: Bunny Wailer, John Holt, Cocoa Tea, Lady Saw, Lady G

Lifetime Achievement: John Holt, Lady Saw, Cocoa Tea, Spanner Banner, Luciano, Jimmy Riley

Reggae Ambassador of the Year: Bunny Wailer

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Downsound Records CEO Josef Bondonovich believes his company is on a path to create history in dancehall music. He recently signed iconic clash artiste Desmond Ballentine, popularly known as Ninja Man to his label.

Though many people might think Ninja Man is past his best musically Mr. Bondonovich is convinced that Ninja Man still has a lot to offer dancehall music.

“This guy is a living legend, he’s one of the greatest artistes ever and I certainly think he has a lot to offer to this generation of dancehall fans, he’s one of the greatest dancehall acts ever, he has a lot of history behind his name and Downsound plans to make some more with him, you’ll see .”

Ninja Man who began his career in the late 1980s is known for his famous clashes at Sting with the likes of other dancehall luminaries such as Shabba Ranks and Super Cat.  The self-styled bad boy of dancehall music has remained a prominent fixture on the local music landscape despite his many run-ins with the law over the years.

He recently declared that he has resigned from clashing to focus on the rebuilding of his recording career and the upliftment of dancehall music.

“Mi done do 26 years as the champion of clashing, mi a resign wid mi title like Lennox Lewis, mi do enough, mi a lef it gi Kiprich, mi teach him how fi clash and right off deejay a sting, a fi him time now fi reign and pass on the knowledge to a next youth down the line. Now mi a focus pon mi career wid Downsound,” said Ninja Man.

According to Ninja Man his time at Downsound will be spent on reestablishing his recording career and mentoring the younger acts in the camp.

“A time now fi focus pon mi recording career, over the years mi miss out pon a whole heap a things and now is the time to build back mi career. Mi like how Downsound have a team and the whole a we, Joe, Skatta, Foota, Khago and all the artistes dem a work together, mi love the unity. Right now mi a record a whole heap a tunes and me a help guide Specialist and the other young artistes inna di camp.”

Downsound recently released Ninja Man’s first single for the label. The scorching hot single titled Dweet which was done in tandem with Specialist is already blowing FM radio both locally and abroad. Its supporting music video is also enjoying strong rotation.

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Usain Bolt will earn a staggering £10,000-a-second when he runs the 200m at the Paris Diamond League meeting this summer.

The triple Olympic champion will earn £200,000 as he warms up for the World Championships in August by competing in the French capital on July 6.

Organisers of the London Grand Prix on July 27 still hope to attract the Jamaican after the removal of a tax law.

Streets ahead: Usain Bolt will command £200,000 to run in Paris

Streets ahead: Usain Bolt will command £200,000 to run in Paris

Bolt has committed to two other races this year, a 150m event on Brazil's Copacabana beach on March 31 and the 200m race at Oslo's Bislett Games on June 13.

Bolt, 26, will also compete in a 150m race on Brazil’s Copacabana beach on March 31. His only other confirmed event is over 200m at Oslo’s Bislett Games on June 13.

Despite his extravagant fee, Paris director Laurent Boquillet insists it will be money well spent.

'With Bolt, we know that we will easily fill the Stade de France,' he said.


Earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne granted a 'one-off' tax exemption to athletes competing in this summer's London Grand Prix, paving the way for Bolt to run again at the Olympic Stadium.

Excluding last summer's Games, the fastest man in the world has not raced in this country since 2009 because tax rules mean he would have to pay on his global income, including multi-million dollar sponsorship deals, as well as on his earnings for the Grand Prix.

Fans favourite: Bolt may return to London for this summer's Grand Prix

Fans favourite: Bolt may return to London for this summer's Grand Prix

Osborne's decision comes following a series of meetings with former London 2012 chairman and Olympics legacy ambassador Lord Coe, who had lobbied for the exemption.

Osborne said: 'The Government is determined to do everything possible to secure the Olympic legacy and I am delighted to grant this exemption.'

The world's leading athletes have made a habit of withdrawing from the London Grand Prix in recent years but after it was moved to the Olympic Stadium from its usual home of Crystal Palace to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the Olympics, the need for Bolt and Co to compete was made apparent to Osborne.

Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, welcomed Osborne’s decision: 'It’s good news for the Diamond League meeting and British sport in general.

'The rules were discouraging a lot of the top stars from competing in the UK when they had options elsewhere.'

He added: 'I think it’s about two weeks before the World Championships, which is quite late, but it’s London and it’s the Olympic Stadium again so it obviously has an attraction.'


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