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The music fraternity is in mourning, following the untimely death of Rodney ‘Bounty Killer’ Pryce’s mother, Ms Ivy Williams. The name Ms Ivy is very familiar in the dancehall circles, for the most part, because Bounty Killer makes constant reference to her in song.
Bounty made the announcement on Twitter early Sunday morning, expressing his love for his mother and asking the rhetorical question ‘why’?
“RIP to the world’s greatest mom because she gave the world the greatest man. Ms Ivy Williams 1941-2012. Rest in peace mama, Love you more than ever and always life and death is the equation; it’s inevitable and you lived an excellent life my mother, my mentor, my friend, my a whole lot of things. Why now Jah? You know what’s best though!!!” Bounty Killer tweeted.
Throughout Bounty Killer’s musical career he has continuously shown respect and appreciation for his mother, and has dedicated singles such as Mama on the 1990s ‘Cuss Cuss’ rhythm, Mama’s Love and Pot Of Gold, featuring long-time friend Richie Stephens in her honour.
Bounty Killer’s single Ms Ivy Last Son also gave him much attention on the dancehall circuit. The song is used in sound system clashes even today.
The STAR made attempts to reach Bounty Killer for a follow-up comment but the artiste was in no mood to talk.
Bounty Killer’s business partner and manager of Alliance Next Generation (ANG), Cross Cris, revealed that Bounty Killer was in a meditative mood.
“Bounty Killer is in a pensive mood right now with the passing of his mother who he holds in very high esteem. This has hurt him deeply and it is no secret to the world that his mother was his main motivation. He is in no mood now for an interview at this moment and I, Cross Cris, would like to publicly say condolences to the entire family and hope they can stay strong during this tough time,” he said.
“Mama Ivy is a deeply God-fearing woman and we all know that she is in a better place at this time,” he added.
The STAR also spoke with ANG artiste Iyara, who described Ms Ivy as being a happy woman.
“Mama Ivy a one of the best mothers. She is like my other mother, she always happy, loving and caring. She always show the youth around Bounty Killer love. A she first bring mi guh a church and mi ago miss har a lot. The entire ANG family will miss her, and sincere condolences to the entire family,” Iyara said.
Many local artistes also took to BlackBerry Messenger to share hearts bearing their name in celebration of Ms Ivy’s life.
Some of the artistes who parti-cipated in the RIP Ms Ivy love broadcast included Mavado, Sizzla, Darrio, Khago, Kiprich, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Quick Cook, D’Angel, Inna Wi Genes Records, and Captain Barkey.
Ms Ivy was 71-years-old at the time of her passing. She had been ill for a while and died in her sleep.
We here at Radiowestindies.com wishes to extend our condolences to Bounty Killer and his family during thier time of lost.
R.I.P Ms Ivy Williams.
HOURS after collecting an award on behalf of his father’s band, the legendary Skatalites, Okeene Brevett was shot dead in his home community of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew early Sunday morning.
Okeene had attended the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Awards at Emancipation Park Saturday night because his father, Lloyd Brevett, is too old and frail.
The youngster was presented with the JaRIA Band award by former Skatalites manager and ex-Prime Minister P J Patterson in what was obviously a proud moment for both men, as the Skatalites are rated by many as the best musical aggregation to come out of Jamaica.
Police report that approximately 1:00 am, Brevett was walking in the community, close to his home, when he was pounced upon by armed thugs who shot him. He died on the spot.
A JaRIA official said he was told that Okeene had taken the award home, showed it to his father and other people in the community, then left his home to celebrate when the tragedy occurred.
Detectives from the St Andrew South police are still carrying out investigations.
Lloyd Brevett is a co-founder and former upright bass player of The Skatalites. The group, which was formed in 1964 with some of Jamaica’s top musicians at the time, has recorded over 20 albums and toured the world extensively.
Among their classic recordings are Guns Of Navarone, Confucius and Freedom Sounds. They also backed several top artistes of the day, including The Wailers on the 1964 hit song Simmer Down.
Of the nine original members of the group, only Brevett and Lester Sterling are still alive.
Saturday night’s JaRIA Awards celebrated excellence in Jamaican music
Why is it that the city sanitation employees who pick the garbage up leave the trash all over the ground? There is a huge difference when the garbage man collects the rubbish in the suburbs. The workers make sure that all the trash is dumped into the garbage truck as well as putting their trash-can back in its rightful place. In addition, you rarely find waste present on the ground after the trash truck depart the suburban neighborhoods. I understand that property taxes are a little more in the suburbs than the city homeowners’ taxes, but the fact of the matters is that everyone should be treated fairly. If I didn’t know better one would get the idea that the garbage men fears that the suburban residents will report them, so they take their jobs much more serious.
Have you ever been caught behind a city trash truck on one of those small blocks, where you cannot go around the truck and you have no choice but to wait? If you had such experience then maybe my point will be clear. Some of these sanitation men shabbily throw the trash in the truck and sometimes half the garbage misses the truck and wind up on the ground. Some of the garbage men don’t even bother to pick the waste up. Visible the rubbish is left in the middle of the street blowing back and forth; as a result the neighborhood looks horrible after the garbage men leave the location. “God forbid those street cleaning trucks that don’t do anything but waste tax payers money”. The idea came about that trash day was a way to eliminate the rubbish, but in this case trash day is not beneficial to the city homeowners. Please don’t misunderstand what is being said, sanitation employee is not a demanding job because the garbage men are dealing with an extensive amount of filth. However, the choice that one makes when choosing a profession requires meeting customers/ homeowners’ expectations. Is it that the city property owners does not show much interest in the service which is given to them compare to the suburban homeowners? Or is it that majority of minorities live in the cities deem they do not have a voice?
If property owners’ in the city does not stand-up for their rights, then they will settle for nothing. The next time your garbage man leave you block / in front of your house messy and filthy give the sanitation department a call and complain. Remember if you don’t take care of your community who will. The next time the garbage men drives down your block on trash-day they will reconsider leaving your community messy because someone is take pride in how their neighborhood is kept. Please post your comments, and remember this is just something to talk about!
Reports indicate that Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, mother of dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has died. Miss Ivy raised eight children, including her last son, Bounty Killer, who has mentioned her in many of his songs over the years. A devout Christian, Miss Ivy never liked some of the excessive cursing that her son did in some songs, but was always very proud of his musical success.
She stuck by her son, and even as recent as 2010 when he had a number of court cases and was seemingly on a troubling path, she took him to her church – the Agape Christian Fellowship Church in Gregory Park, St. Catherine – for blessings (picture below).
Our condolences to Bounty Killer and the family and friends of Miss Ivy.
It is only two months into the year and Ziggy Marley is already making waves. The Grammy-winning musician, actor and activist has been busy with projects spanning not only entertainment, but human rights and environment as well.
In his role as activist, Marley is one of the spokespersons for Amnesty International Benefit. Earlier this year, the musician contributed the cover version of Blowin’ in the Wind on the Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom, for the human rights agency’s 50th anniversary celebrations. He also performed Blowin’ in the Wind on the Late Night Show with David Letterman, in support of the Chimes of Freedom album release.
Ziggy recently brought light to his non-musical achievements while appearing on the popular show, Last Call, with host Carson Daley. He was interviewed about touring; his new comic book, Marijuanaman; his latest album, Wild and Free; and memories of his father Bob Marley.
The performer, donning his humanitarian cap, was also busy playing his part to protect the environment. He was interviewed for the feature in the cover story of Boulder Weekly and played at a benefit concert in Boulder, Colorado, to promote freedom from Genetically Modified Organisms as part of the GMO Free Boulder campaign.
Additionally, Marley is looking forward to the debut of Marley, a documentary film on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley, produced by Cowboy Entertainment and Shangri-La Entertainment.
The documentary made its world premiere at the Berlin Film festival in early February, and its United States premiere at the SXSW Film festival is set for March, with Marley himself in attendance.
Marley’s new radio show Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae made its debut on SiriusXM satellite radio’s, The Joint. His first episode aired on Sunday, February 5, one day before his late father Bob Marley’s birthday, featuring an in-depth interview with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. The monthly show airs on the Joint on the first Saturday of the month.
Marley’s latest album Wild and Free was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. The musician will continue working on his Wild and Free music video, to be released later, and tours.
Reggae star Jah Cure and wife Kamila McDonald-Alcock is celebrating their first child together.
The newly wed couple welcomed a baby girl on Monday (February 20). An elated Cure hit up hi fans on Twitter to share the good news.
“My baby girl is expected in a few hours from now,” Cure tweeted before adding “She’s finally here. She’s so beautiful.
The “Unconditional Love” singer never hold back his excitement, he tweeted
“I’m now officially a daddy. I’m so happy. lol.”
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, wed Kamila McDonald on August 7th of last year in a lavish wedding at the Tryall Clubs in Hanover, close to where he grew up.
Jamaican dancehall-reggae outfit Voicemail recently completed work on its latest album, Next Level, which is to be released by Captive Music.
The album which is set for release later this year is led by the first single,I Got Love, which has now gone into rotation on Germany’s Big FM pop radio station.
Voicemail members Kevin Blair and Craig Jackson recently did the promotional rounds in New York City, which was completed by a photoshoot and recording sessions. The duo also did a number of interviews to promote the upcoming project.
Early response to the I Got Love single has been positive. A popular blog compared the track to the style of international artiste Sean Kingston and described it as a summer smash.
Voicemail received great feedback from underground blogs as well as from mass media for their latest release.
The Voicemail members are obviously excited about the addition of the track to an international pop outlet such as Big FM.
“This is a great opportunity for us to build an audience in a major music market such as Germany. We’re significantly interested in the steady growth of our fan bases overseas, especially in Japan, Europe and parts of the United States,” said Kevin.
“I’m glad that music lovers in Germany appreciate our sound and our image. As a real, authentic Caribbean act, we want to show the uniqueness of our home country, Jamaica, to people around the globe,” added Craig.
Known for hits including Get On Up, Let’s Dance, Wacky Dip, Weddy Time, I Need You, Get The Money, Best Days Of My Life andGangster Rock, Voicemail has, to date, released four studio albums.
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Snoop Dogg is currently in Jamaica recording new material for his upcoming album and documentary titled Reincarnated.
The rap legend and his entourage was flocked by hundreds of fans when he visited downtown Kingston. Doggy Dogg also visited local Rastafarians at one of their Nyabinghi ritual.
Sources close to the artist said that he is working with the Geejam Studio in Portland, the same studio Alicia Keys spent a week recording last month
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Internationally acclaimed hip-hip superstar,Snoop Dogg continues to enjoy his Jamaican adventure and now aims to make a documentary about this experience.
Earlier this month, the California native announced, via his YouTube page, that he would travel to Jamaica to record a single for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated. While celebrating what would have been Reggae icon’s Bob Marley’s 67th birthday on February 6, Snoop Dogg intimated that the title for said single will be, Reincarnated: Peace, Love and Soul.
Reportedly, Snoop Dogg was doing work at Geejam Studios in Portland; joining Senegalese rappers, Akon as well as Grammy-winning R&B singer, Alicia Keys as international acts recording at the prominent studio complex since the start of 2012.
On February 15, Snoop, his wife, Shante Taylor-Broadus and accompanying entourage visited the Nyabinghi Centre in Montego Bay; seeking authentic material for his new documentary, Snoop In Jamaica which explores the depths of Rastafarian culture.
According to prominent local booking agent, Olimatta Taal during a radio interview on Tuesday, Snoop talked of being strongly influenced by Bob Marley while insisting that he wanted to do the documentary because he wanted to personally understand the concept of Rastafarianism after seeing television shows talking about its origin.