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It seems that the Jamaica Observer agrees with Pon Di Wire’s assertion last week that this summer’s next big dancehall artist is most definitely the quick-tongued MC Munga Honorable. ”Earthquake,” “Wine Pon It,” and “Bad From Mi Born” are all receiving strong spins from soundsystem and radio DJs around the globe.

Incarcerated reggae artist Jah Cure will be celebrating his anticipated release from the pen in July with a major concert the following month. The Cure Fest is set to run August 24-26 at James Bond Beach in Jamaica. More news about the show will be posted at Cure’s MySpace and the FreeJahCure web portal.

UK-based label Pressure Sounds will issue a major retrospective of Sly Dunbar’s Revolutionaries band. Dropping June 25, Drum Sound: More Gems From The Channel One Dub Room 1974 to 1980 features two unreleased dubplate versions of the Kunta Kinte riddim that highlight Dunbar’s innovative drum patterns and meters that have influenced dance genres all over the map. The album was recorded at Ernest and JoJo Hookim’s Channel One Recording Studio on Maxfield Avenue in the heart of Kingston. The studio achieved worldwide prominence in the mid-’70s, drawing artists like Sting and The Clash for recording sessions.

Help deserving youth in Brazil by visiting Rio’s AfroReggaeDigital. Make a donation and you’ll help continue the project’s anti-poverty and technology-empowerment efforts that teach kids from the favela to run their own radio station.

Promoting In the Streets to Africa (VP), Richie Spice ventured to the motherland for two shows in Kenya before flying over to Europe for a well-received tour.

Nowadayz Dancehall offers an interesting transcription of a typically testy war of words between the “Ground God” Bounty Killer and “The Pastor” Ninja Man. The pair’s beef goes back to 1994 when the deejays famously clashed at Sting.

One-time member of UK electronic dub-dance group Rockers Hi-Fi, Glyn “Bigga” Bush roams solo as Lightning Head. Bush’s new Lion Head label will release its first 7” vinyl release ushering in the album 13 Faces of Lightning Head,” which features collaborations with Ari Up (The Slits), Earl Zinger, and Candice Cannabis.

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