Gnarls Barkley’s new video “Going On” Shot in Jamaica

May 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe, Caribbean Style, Film/Video/DVD | Leave a comment

Big up to one876entertainment on this one. Gnarls Barkley’s “Going On” was directed by Wendy Morgan and is the second single from their sophomore album The Odd Couple.

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Comedy Relief!

May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe | Leave a comment

Diddy Makes the List, Kat “Runs the Show” and Dancehall Divas Sitn’

April 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe, Caribbean Style | 2 Comments
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Diddy’s urban fashion line Sean John, makes LICENSE magazine’s list as one of the top licensors. Coming in at a lukewarm #54, still says a lot about the company as it is the only urban fashion line to make the list. You may not like him, but you will respect him!

 

 

Kat Deluna is set to perform her latest hit “Run the Show” at Bloomingdales on 59th street. (Cosmetic section on the 1st Floor) Bloomies is hosting “Beauty Benefits” through Sunday where you can get tips from celebrity make-up artist in person and create a simple beauty look for the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, one of my favorite mags, FADER did an online write up featuring the ladies of Dem Gal Sitt’n Riddim, produced by Ward 21. Click HERE to read and listen. Also, check out the latest issue it has a write of Brooklyn’s own Ricky Blaze.

A Day In the Life with Estelle

April 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe | Leave a comment
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One of favorite new artist of 2008, Estelle did a safe sex campaign with MTV’s “The Lick” Here’s a clip:

(Clip is courtesy of Youtube/Estelle’s myspace blog)

Usher – Love in this Club Video

April 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe, Film/Video/DVD, Musical Vibes | 1 Comment
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After leaking various singles and making a hit with this one, Usher released the video for “Love in This Club” yesterday. I’m a huge Usher fan, but I have to be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the song, not because it wasn’t good, it just wasnt different enough for me. Usher is usually a trendsetter pushing it to the next level, but for me this is nothing different. However, being the fan that I am it grew on me (I still won’t be adding to my i-pod playlist, but I’d bump to it)

The Video is just like “Yeah” to me, but it is a club single so I’ll let him have that. Appearances by Diddy, Kanye West, Robin Thicke and leading lady Keri Hilson (Peep the end when he grabs her hair from behind…so sexy!)

Red Stripe Pull Sponsorship for Stage Shows

April 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe, Musical Vibes, Stage show | Leave a comment
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REPOST From Jamaica Star

Red Stripe pulls plug on live music events

Shamette Hepburn, Entertainment Editor
In a bold and possibly controversial move, brewing company Red Stripe has announced its decision to withdraw sponsorship of live music events which its says facilitate “violent and anti-social lyrics”.

In a statement issued yesterday, the company said that its main sponsorship beneficiaries, the annual Reggae Summerfest and Sting stage shows will no longer have its support.

“Over the years, however, a very negative trend of glorifying violence has crept into some of the music, causing much consternation among well thinking Jamaicans and others at home and abroad. This has far-reaching and damaging implications for the industry and for the country as a whole,” the release stated.

“While our most recent efforts through the Coalition of Corporate Sponsors have met with some measure of success, some performers continue to propagate, through their live performances, violent and anti-social lyrics. Red Stripe will not be party to this, and thus we have taken the very difficult decision of withdrawing sponsorship from live music events. Consequently, Red Stripe will not renew our contract for title sponsorship of Reggae Sumfest and Sting. We will, however, ensure that our brands are made available whenever and wherever our loyal consumers enjoy premium alcohol beverages.”

Corporate strategies

Red Stripe’s Head of Corporate Relations, Maxine Whittingham-Osborne told The STAR that the withdrawal is in tandem with the company’s corporate strategies and values.

“The key thing is the fact that Jamaica has been so labelled as the murder capital of the world and we need to take stock of all the things that we are doing to contribute to it,” said Mrs. Whittingham-Osborne. “The glorification of violence in the music is not helping our situation.”

She disclosed that Red Stripe will now shift its sponsorship focus to programmes which are analogous to its values.

“All we will be doing is shifting our marketing focus. It has to be in line with our corporate strategy and corporate values. We will be launching in the very near future a promotional activity that will be linked to the national football programme.”

Declining to disclose the dollar value of the sponsorship of live music events, Mrs. Whittingham-Osborne said that it is competition sensitive information, but that the amount is in “the millions”.

 These ladies promote Red Stripe’s involvement at an event recently. – Contributed

In response to the possibility of backlash stemming from Red Stripe’s decision, she said: “To be honest we do believe that there may be some persons who are not in agreement with our position. It is time for us to take a stand. We have been working with the industry in trying to make a change. I know people tend to skew it in a particular direction.”

“It is our hope that our action will cause the proponents of this destructive trend in local music to stop and take stock of the negative impact of their actions on the society and seek to make a change. Red Stripe looks forward to the time when good sense will prevail and we can see a return to improved quality and standard of music that all Jamaica can be proud of. At that time we will review our position.”

When contacted Sting promoter Isaiah Laing declined to offer a comment on the matter: “I am not ready to respond.”

Efforts to contact Director of Summerfest Productions, the promoters of Reggae Summerfest, Johnny Gourzhong were unsuccessful.

According to Mrs. Whittingham-Osborne, the company has been in dialogue with promoters and that the move was an individual one, separate from its affiliation with the Coalition of Corporate Sponsors.

“We have invested a lot of time and money and we believe we need to take a stand and while we have had some measure of success there is a far way to go, but this is our position on the matter. We have to think about what is in the best interest of Jamaica and Jamaicans,” she said.

 

Destructive trend

 

 

 

 

 

Estelle’s American Boy

February 26, 2008 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Alternative Vibe, Musical Vibes | Leave a comment

estelle.jpgEstelle is a singer/rapper hailing from England, making huge waves here in the states. She’s signed to singer John Legend’s  Home School Records, and is set to release an album later this year. Check out her new video “American Boy” Featuring Kanye West.

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