Pon Di Wire: A Reggae News Flash!

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Ini Kamoze, Jah Cure, and Collie Budz, making the headlines.

On his 1984 self-titled release, Ini Kamoze famously sung that there was a “world of reggae on yah.” So, straight to it! Get your weekly reggae top-ten singles charts straight from the source, Jamaica Star News. In addition to chart listings with audio clips, the site always has the latest entertainment gossip–like the ongoing Beenie Man/Spice spat.

Yard Flex is reporting that, barring any incidents, Jah Cure is set to be released from prison July 28, 2007. The Rastafarian singer is completing a 15-year sentence for sexual assault.

The world’s premier roots and dub label, England’s Blood & Fire, has announced that full digital versions of its catalog are now available from online retailer Boomkat.

Bermuda reggae DJ Collie Budz continues to assert dominance in the international reggae charts with “Come Around,” his smash song about herb movements, out on Massive B/Epic Records. Released in October 2006, It’s currently at number six on Richie B’s Hot Mix Jamaican chart, #2 on Robbo Ranx’s BBC1Xtra listing, and is bubbling in New York’s top 20. Buddz, who hits California for shows March 1 (L.A.) and 2 (S.F.), is another in the growing ranks of successful non-Jamaican reggae artists, including Germany’s platinum-selling Gentleman and Trinidadian artist Marlon Asher.

Tomas Palermo