Veteran reggae artiste Brigadier Jerry is facing a long list of charges

Veteran reggae artiste Brigadier Jerry is facing a long list of charges following a shooting incident at a Jamaican restaurant in Connecticut in the United States on Monday night.

The 62-year-old artiste whose real name is Robert Russell has been slapped with first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a pistol and altering a serial number on a firearm, after a card game reportedly turned sour.

According to reports the Waterbury Police was called to a popular eatery after the artiste fired shots causing panic inside the venue. It is further reported that Brigadier Jerry had suspected that someone had stolen his wallet earlier during a card game. He is said to have left the restaurant, but later returned with a gun.

He fired a shot into a wall, which sent card players running for the exit. He then grabbed the cash from the table and left the restaurant in his black BMW motorcar. No one was injured in the gunfire.

The police later found Brigadier Jerry along with the gun and he was arrested and charged. He was held on a $250,000.00 bond.

Brigadier Jerry was born in the Papine area of St Andrew in 1957, and became interested in music at an early age. Originally, he started out with Daddy U-Roy’s King Stur-Gav Hi-Fi sound system that based in Olympic Gardens.

He is well known for his three-the-hard-way clashes with fellow artistes Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplain.

Brigadier Jerry was instrumental in the career of his sister known to audiences as Sister Nancy.


In the latest annual listing of the top-earning dead celebrities, American business magazine Forbes has placed Marley at number five with a gross earnings of US$20 million.

It has been 38 years since the passing of reggae icon Bob Marley, but the estate of the singer of anthems including One Love, No Woman No Cry, Africa Unite and Natural Mystic, continues to earn millions.

In the latest annual listing of the top-earning dead celebrities, American business magazine Forbes has placed Marley at number five with a gross earnings of US$20 million.

The magazine noted that it calculates its yearly listing based on data from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders. Fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.

Forbes’ list of the top-earning dead celebrities measures pre-tax income from October 1, 2018 through to October 1, 2019.

The income for the Marley estate, Forbes noted, comes from nearly one billion streaming spins in the United States, and the fact that his music keeps his House of Marley products, including headphones, speakers and turntables, as viable commodities on the market.

This year’s list is topped by the King of Pop Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, but his estate earned US$60 million over the past year. Second place went to Elvis Presley, who earned US$39 million. He died in 1977.

In third is Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame. He died in 2000 and earned US$38 million over the past 12 months. Golf legend Arnold Palmer who died in 2016 is in the fourth spot with earnings of US$30 million.

Dr Seuss, creator of the popular books, is in sixth place with US$19 million. He died in 1991. The seventh spot is held by John Lennon of The Beatles, who died in 1980. His earnings this year stood at $14 million.

Film siren Marilyn Monroe is in the eighth spot. She passed away in 1962 from a drug overdose. Her estate earned US$13 million for the period under review. The ninth spot is held by Prince, whose earning reached US$12 million. He died in 2016.

The tenth place is held by hip hop act Nispey Hussle who earned US$11 million. He was killed in March of this year. The artistes who fell just under the top 10 include Whitney Houston, George Harrison and XXXTentacion.


PRODUCER Ainsley “Notnice” Morris says he’s on a mission to return dancehall music to its pride of place on the global stage.

PRODUCER Ainsley “Notnice” Morris says he’s on a mission to return dancehall music to its pride of place on the global stage.

“The sound of it (dancehall music) is changing too much and change is good; but when it is changing for the worse and people a complain both locally and internationally, dat cyaan work,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

According to him, the dancehall sound has lost its appeal. And, he made the decision “to rescue it” after learning United Kingdom radio stations are giving more air time to Afrobeat, while dancehall and reggae music are on the decline.

“I was so not happy with that,” said Notnice, who indicated his new mission kicks off in 2020. “Me just a use my medium to lead by example. So mi just a do more dancehall stuff.”

Notnice rose to prominence in 2009 and provided the rhythms that gave artistes, including Vybz Kartel and Popcaan, an international audience.

In August, he released his 18-track, multi-artiste project, Kyng Midas, which debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. He said some of the songs on the album have the old and edgy sound he plans to recreate.
“If you listen to the album and hear Bounty Killer songs, K Queens, (Agent) Sasco, I really try to give it that grimy dancehall sound that I grew up on,” Notnice said.

The producer believes the genre’s changing sound has played a role in hindering dancehall artistes from really tapping into foreign markets.

“No whole heap a artiste nah really crossover. Dem nah hit internationally! It’s 14 parishes and it look like dem just alright with that. Me nuh alright wid it!” he states.

In the late 1980s and ’90s, dancehall music was at its global peak and international labels came courting. Acts including Tiger, Super Cat, Shaggy, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man had major record deals.

“Mi jus’ a go play my part. This is really my goal for next year; fi get more producers and artiste fi try get back the original dancehall sound wah the overseas market did really gravitate to from back in the ’90s,” he added.


Israelites, the classic 1968 song by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, debuts on the Billboard Digital Reggae Song Sales Chart this week at number two.

Israelites, the classic 1968 song by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, debuts on the Billboard Digital Reggae Song Sales Chart this week at number two.

Fifty-one years ago, Israelites peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and went number one in the United Kingdom. Co-written by Dekker and producer Leslie Kong, the song was a massive hit in Jamaica before exploding in Europe and the United States.

It is the first reggae song to top the British chart. Dekker died in the United Kingdom in 2006.

Elsewhere on the Digital Reggae Chart, Stylo G’s Dumpling (remix) featuring Sean Paul and Spice retains the number three spot. It Wasn’t Me, Shaggy’s anthem from 2000, is number one.

Over on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, World on Fire by Stick Figure is number one for a ninth week. Ways of The World by The Movement, number two last week, slides to four.

Dreamer by Hirie, rises from number nine to five, while Undercover by Kash’d Out re-enters the Top 10 at number seven. The set peaked at number two in August.

Reggae Gold 2019 is another re-entry at number nine, so too Koffee’s Rapture, at number 10.

Puerto Rico’s Cultura Profetica debuts at number two with Sobrevolando, a 15-song set released on November 1. Twelve years ago, they peaked at number four with Tribute to The Legend Bob Marley.

At number three is the EP, Keep it Movin, by Hawaiian reggae artiste Johnny Suite, while Dubbest enters at number six with Gold Fever.

The Elovaters are number eight with an EP, The Elovaters Live @ Sugarshack Sessions. It is the group’s third title on the chart, following 2017s The Cornerstone, which peaked at number nine and 2018’s Defy Gravity, which went number one.


Venue problems force cancellation of Shaggy & Friends

Diamond-Selling reggae act Shaggy will be taking the time to consider the way forward as he continues to nurture his pet project, The Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The artiste said recent reports regarding the funds raised from the 2018 staging of the popular charity concert had caused such a whirlwind that he is now forced to consult with his core team as to how they deal with certain matters going forward.

Just under two months ago, Shaggy shared that due to his busy touring schedule and projects including his appearance in The Little Mermaid Live which aired on ABC on November 5, he would not be able to dedicate the time and effort to plan the concert. As a result he has cancelled the event for 2020, noting that other smaller fund-raisers would be done throughout the year to continue the work of his Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation at Jamaica’s lone paediatric hospital.

However, at yesterday’s press conference Shaggy also shared that finding a suitable venue was also a factor in the cancellation of the 2020 staging of the concert.

“Part of the reason we couldn’t do it was because we just didn’t have a venue. We have been at Jamaica House for years. The concert has gotten bigger and the bigger the concert gets the harder it is to manoeuvre people and traffic and parking. One of the problems we had was trying to get that east lawn at King’s House. Without the east lawn it’s chaos for Shaggy & Friends. We have had a little bit of an issue with the sitting governor general who really didn’t want us to use the east lawn. We have been back and forth for a year and I’ve had everybody straight up to the prime minister to talk to him. Last year, after a lot of back and forth, he finally kinda caved in and gave us the parking lot. So we figured we were good and could stage another one. Then he sent me a letter saying pretty much don’t ask for the parking lot again.”

With Jamaica House out of the question Shaggy’s hopes of a venue were raised in March this year when he attended the start to Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert inside the National Stadium.

“At that point I said to Rebecca [wife] let’s take it to the stadium. I went to the Buju concert and it ram and it was all Jamaicans that came out to support him I was so moved by it. That little thing that we have where we depend on foreign artistes all the while Buju just erased that for me. We came up with a campaign called Jamaicans for Jamaica, big thing in the stadium all Jamaican acts. That was the plan that I had for next year. This year was a little bit difficult for me. I wanted to do the concert but the schedule was so rough with the tour from UB40 and The Little Mermaid,” said Shaggy.


Hezron Will Be Live In Arizona On June 22nd!

Hezron Will Be Live In Arizona On June 22nd!

Reggae artist Hezron is the headline act for Arizona’s edition of Yawd Niceness! This event was initially started in Portland, Jamaica some years ago by poet and performer Jahmayka Green as an avenue to promote conscious artists, while simultaneously helping the community through donations. Yawd Niceness has since expanded and the first U.S. edition will now be held at the popular venue, Last Exit Live (located at 717 S. Central Avenue) in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, June 22nd.

Hezron Clarke will be doing a full reggae set with support from a live backing band. There will also be performances by local talents: Tommy Doo, Blaq Rynbo, Casper & The 602 Band, Jubilee, Jahbali and of course Jahmayka.

In addition to the musical entertainment, patrons will also be treated to a showcase of fashion and jewelry by Kris Stylist and Fulani Malik. Additionally, there will be reiki, massage and energy healing available. Tickets can be purchased online now for only $15 USD. It will be $20 USD at the door.


Chuck Fenda pleased with Cardi B’s Instagram post

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Reggae Soul artiste Chuck Fenda is flattered that International Rapper Cardi B chose to vibe to his single ‘Coming Over Tonight’ in an Instagram post a few days ago. The singer, who saw the post on Cardi B’s Instagram Stories, believes this is testament to the kind of music that he records, music that is timeless.

“This song was released in 2007 and is still very very popular even today, the song is loved by so many including Cardi B and it’s a great feeling for me when you see how people react to my music even 12 years later,” Fenda noted

‘Coming Over Tonight’ was released in early 2007 on the Ghetto Blues Riddim produced by Christopher Birch and features female songbird Cherine Anderson. The single was later added to Fenda’s ‘Living Fire’ Album in the same year.

In the Instagram post, Cardi B is vibing in the mirror while the song plays in the background, she sings along while her significant other Offset (from popular group Migos) comes up behind her and starts kissing her on the neck.

“It’s not the first time international artistes have posted reggae songs but for me I appreciate that Cardi B chose my song to share with her over 42 Million fans. Thanks to Birch and Cherine and the fans who helped make the song what it is today,’ Fenda added

Currently in Haiti where he is headlining 2 major events, Chuck Fenda is set to visit the US this weekend for performances before returning to Jamaica to continue promoting his new single ‘Gideon Hot’ produced by Suncity DJ Fire Wayne.


Veteran reggae guitarist ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen is dead

The veteran guitarist suffered a heart attack at home and later died at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston on Tuesday.

Bo Pee started his career in the mid-1970’s, first recording at Channel One studio. He then became a member of noted bands such as Lloyd Parks and We The People, 809 and the Firehouse Crew, touring with artistes such as Dennis Brown, Ziggy Marley, and Luciano.

Lloyd Parks, founder and leader of the legendary Lloyd Parks and The We The Band band, said Bo Pee was an innovative musician who will be sadly missed.

Meanwhile, veteran radio Broadcaster Bob Clarke says it’s a sad day for reggae.

Entertainer Prophecy speaks with Music News from Bo Pee’s home in Kingston.

Meanwhile, tributes continue to flood social media platforms.

On Facebook, Junior Tucker said, “RIP Musical Soldier Winston Bo Pee Bowen. A Soul that was full of Joy. I have no memory of you ever being sad or down. Always evenly full of Joy and being calm. Thanks for the memories praying for your family.”

While on Instagram, producer and musician Lenky Marsden said, “RIP Winston Bo Pee Bowen. You will be greatly missed. You left a tremendous legacy in the music industry as a guitarist and a person.”

In recent years, Bowen recorded and toured with the Inna Di Yard group and was a member of U Roy’s band.

Guitarist Winston “Bo Pee” Bowen was a stalwart musician who worked with reggae music’s elite artistes.


Popcaan is urging players in the entertainment fraternity to make more globally appealing music.

Popcaan is urging players in the entertainment fraternity to make more globally appealing music. His call came via social media yesterday.

“Let’s try to work harder to make our music more appealing to the wider audiences worldwide. We have so much talented artist on our island, but our problem is sometimes we have more ego than hits and it will never work,” he wrote in part.

The deejay’s message is quite timely, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of reggae.

“I see our music going so far in my visions and I am honestly going to make that vision a reality with the few artist them that actually trying to fight for our music the right way and working towards making more international music. Man them can always sing them bag a gun song them because it’s a part of the thing, I will still sing them too but don’t expect to see none on the Billboard,” he said.

Last year’s biggest selling reggae album was Sting and Shaggy’s collaborative effort 44/876. To date, the set has sold more than 53,000 copies. It also won Best Reggae Album category in Grammy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last February.

The other nominees in the category were Reggae Forever – Etana; A Matter of Time – Protoje; As the World Turns — Black Uhuru; and Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley.

Popcaan tipped his hat to the artistes before him who were still keeping Jamaica’s flag high.

“And to the ones who fwd (forward) before me and still holding up, respect goes out in a major way,” he said. “God bless my island and my industry.”

Popcaan (given name Andre Sutherland) is a former member of Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Empire. The winner of two British MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, he is known for songs including Clarks (with Kartel), Family, Firm and Strong, and Unruly.



Singer Fyah Harp debuts at number four on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums chart with Can’t Quench, a 13-song set released last October by Judah Empire Records. It is produced by John “Jon FX” Crawford.

Can’t Quench, which sold 119 copies, contains songs such as Bondage, My African Woman, Gideon Day and Presence of Yah.

Fyah Harp, whose real name is David Somers, is from Montego Bay. He lives in Oregon.

Koffee’s EP, Rapture, is number one for a third week. This is the longest-running number one by a Jamaican solo artiste since Damian Marley’s Stony Hill spent a similar time there in January 2018.

Rapture sold an additional 176 copies last week to bring its four-week tally to 1,042 copies.

Holding firm at number two is Black and White by The Green, which sold 129 copies last week for a total of 1,504.

Moving up one spot to number three is 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy with sales of 53,269 copies, while Everyday Life, Everyday People by Slightly Stoopid remains number five for a second week.

Defy Gravity by The Elovaters, a former number one, returns to the top 10 at number six with 62 copies sold. Poetry in Motion by SOJA is down to number seven, while Free Rein by Rebelution slips to number eight.

The self-titled set by Iration also revisits the top 10 at number nine, while the various artistes compilation, Get Soca, moves up two spots to number 10.