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Krista Henry, Staff Reporter Western Consciousness salutes dancehall in the 21st staging of the event which will feature for the first time a less 'cross, angry and miserable' Bounty Killer, who will be performing as Rodney Price. Launched yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the event, which is staged by Worrell King, strives to celebrate the best in reggae music. This year Western Consciousness, under the theme 'The Celebration of Good Over Evil', has changed gears in an effort to represent a positive side to dancehall music. The event will be held on April 20, at the Paradise Park, Smithfield, Sav-la-Mar, Westmoreland. Roots FM's Denise 'Isis' Miller, MC for the evening, explained that Western Consciousness will be transformed to salute the positive side of dancehall from eras past and the dancehall of today. Taking to the stage at the launch, Worrell King said, "This year we decided to express our sentiment of love for dancehall, for many people are of the idea that we hate dancehall. We don't hate dancehall, cause that is where it all started." For King, he hates the sometimes negative message of the dancehall but this year has striven to show that dancehall…
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Musician Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly scored a come-from-behind victory yesterday in Haiti's presidential run-off, according to preliminary results from last month's election in which he easily defeated a former first lady for the leadership of a country facing enormous challenges. Martelly, who has never held political office, received nearly 68 per cent of the vote in the two-way race with Mirlande Manigat, electoral council spokesman Pierre Thibault said in an announcement that was immediately followed by noisy celebration in the Haitian capital. MARTELLY... has never held political office MARTELLY... has never held political office 1/1 The popular musician, a star of the Haitian genre known as compas, had trailed Manigat in the crowded first-round election in November. But his campaign gained momentum in the second round and many voters seemed enchanted with his lack of political experience in a country where the government has failed to provide many basic services. Martelly promised profound change for Haiti, vowing to provide free education in a country where more than half the children can't afford school and to create economic opportunity amid almost universal unemployment. "I'm going to celebrate with the people, then I'm going home to my kids,"…
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0 April 5, 2011 POSTED IN Celebrity, Music Report, News Barbadian LOUD girl, Rihanna took to her twitter yesterday to announce that “California King Bed” will be a international release. She will be releasing “Man Down” and they be released the same time. Rihanna is thinking of going to Jamaica to shoot the video for “Man Down” . The video for “California King Bed” has already been shot last month as confirmed in the Rolling Stone interview. On the reggae-tinged track, "Man Down," Rihanna delivers graphic lyrics about shooting a man, but it’s not like she’s armed with a glock and gunning down dudes on the street.The song was produced by Rock City & co-written by Shontelle. “The song is about breaking a man’s heart,” Rihanna explains. “It’s a very cleverly written song and what I love about it is that it’s not a lyric you’d normally hear a female singing.” As for the reggae vibe of the record, Rihanna says the music is an echo of her roots. “The vibe is Jamaican and West Indian,” she says. “That’s something that’s close to me.” “I wanted to exude the energy and space I’m in right now that’s what I always…
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Today two podcast were released from D' Bandit on DBandit.com. These are the first of 4 releases in over the next week. Included are Dagga Dagga 5 & 6 and the long awaited TnT 2011 Soca Podcasts now called Groovie Town and Power Gen have now been released. Even though the 2K11 Soca releases are late there are many who look forward to these mixes by D' Bandit. Check them out NOW! GROOVIE TOWN POWER GEN COMING SOON COMING SOON
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Brooks and Hasani Walters, STAR Writers Dancehall artiste Mavado is denying claims that he ever recorded a song with Trinidadian artiste KMC which was a big part of Carnival 2010. During an interview on Synergy TV in Trinidad, Mavado was asked about a song called On The Road that he supposedly did with Trinidadian artiste KMC in 2009 and was a big part of the 2010 Trinidad Carnival. When the song was played Mavado denied doing the song or even knowing who the other artiste on the track was. "If you could listen that voice and listen Mavado, that's not me. That's someone trying to be Mavado, but that's definitely not me," he said in the interview while laughing, with a puzzled look on his face. Speaking with THE WEEKEND STAR, Mavado's manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths, also added that the voice in the song is definitely not that of Mavado. "During the interview, Mavado's reaction was a surprised one. He looked at me and was puzzled. Everybody has been BBing, calling and asking about it. I also found out that it was a big song last year in Trinidad Carnival. I heard that he (KMC) was promoting it hard down there.…