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Pon Di Wire: Lucky Dube Tribute, Dancehall Street Battles, New Tunes for 2008.

Members of Mavado and Vybz Kartel’s entourages squared off at the popular street dance Bembe Thursdays in Kingston. A reporter from OutARoad commented: “Mavado and him crew did stand in the direction of the bathroom, and it seems like Kartel and a few men from his entourage was heading in that same direction when Mavado’s thugs tried to stop them from passing through the middle, and then things got ugly. Bottle mash in a head, kick and punch and all sort of things erupted.” Police moved in quickly to break up the incident.
 
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Story of the Year: Distribution Distress

Goya Music UK’s November 30 announcement that it was closing after 10 years as broken-beat and nu-jazz music’s most respected distributor only furthered speculation that niche vinyl distribution may finally be breathing its last gasp. A press release posted at Bugz In The Attic’s CoopR8 online social network read in part: “Last week our good friends and partners, Goya Music Distribution Ltd, filed for liquidation. Read more » 

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  • 12/28/2007

Trentemøller Announces New Single

Andrers Trentemøller doesn't like to sit still. In 2007, the Danish producer and remixer unleashed The Trentemøller Chronicles, a double-disc collection of original tracks and remixes, his own fashion line, and reworked numerous tracks for other artists. You'd think he might want to sit back, drink a beer, and view his achievements from afar, but instead, he'll go right back to work in the new year, with another release for Poker Flat sublabel Audiomatique.

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  • 12/28/2007

M83 Announces New Album

It's not even January and Frenchman Anthony Gonzales has announced the release and tracklisting of a new album, Saturdays = Youth, under his M83 moniker. The goods are slated to drop April 15, 2008 on Mute.

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  • 12/21/2007

AudioCubes: Colorful Controllers Get Updated

Ready to play musical cubes? If there was ever any doubt that 2008 could be the technological “future” we’ve been anticipating for decades, here’s one instrument that will get your head spinning. Belgian music technology company Percussa will debut new software for its AudioCubes hardware platform this January, at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

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  • 12/20/2007

Pon Di Wire: Munga Gets Dishonorable, World Clash Photo, Xmas Reggae Shots

One of Jamaica’s premier young video directors, Jay Will, has a new long-form music video out featuring new deejay Rally Bop. Directed with a narrative approach, the video is an ill-fated tale of three friends (all portrayed by Bop in different costumes) planning a robbery. With plot twists galore, this is not your average dancehall video. Read more » 

Huge Samurai Radish

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  • Filed under: video
  • 12/19/2007

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