Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup

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According to this week’s reggae singles charts, Rasta singer Lutan Fyah (pictured below) retains his number one position in Jamaica for a second week, with "Save The Juvinile" (Real Life). Macka Diamond’s dancehall hit "Hula Hoop" swivels in at two, while Vegas climbs to three. Mavado’s "Dying" (Daseca) moves quickly to number four in JA, and tops London's BBC 1Xtra chart. The island top five is rounded out by Shaggy’s heavenly "Church Heathen" (Big Yard), also number one in New York and two in London. Speaking of the Big Bagel, it rates roots singer Taurus Riley’s "She Is Royal" as its second 45 fave (it’s number one in South Florida). Meanwhile, Sadiki’s unmetered taxi-riding "Lost Without You" is number two in Florida, and Ninjaman’s "The Pastor" sneaks in at four.

Legendary deejay and Grammy-winner Shabba Ranks will open for Buju Banton at the highly-anticipated, pre-Mother's Day "Driver" concert, to be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sunday May 6, at 8:00 p.m. DJ Tony "Mentally Ill" Matterhorn will play music throughout the night.

If you have a morbid fascination with the demise of reggae music’s fallen artists, get the facts on who has passed away by visiting the reverent "careers cut short" page of Reggae Source.

The Jamaican Observer reports that gospel deejay Stitchie (formerly Lieutenant Stitchie) reunited with his former top-ranked Stereo One sound crew. Stitchie took the mic Sunday April 29 at the Stereo One Reunion Dance in Portland, Jamaica, and shared the stage with some of his peers from his secular music days, including Ricky Stereo, Captain Barkeyand Wickerman, and Courtney Melody. Stitchie brought the Stereo One Sound System to prominence in 1985, and was the first dancehall deejay to be signed to a major US record label (Atlantic).

Afrique is one of New York’s most revered clash sounds. The crew was founded by Super Claude in the early ‘80s, and joined by Jagga B from Klassique, and later by Englishman Crazy Richie, who added a special flavor to the sound. Perhaps their most famous member was vocal clash master Super Twitch. Learn more about Afrique and other "#1 Sounds" at Dancehall World

Speaking of sounds and clash, Gleaner has an excellent profile of what it takes ($1.5 to $2 million JA on dubplates and artist transport) to be a top sound man like Ricky Trooper.

One876 reports that Kirk Roberts, long-time road manager of Aidonia (pictured above), has split from the deejay over what has been termed "money issues." But Roberts has also been spotted hanging out at a recording studio in St. Andrew with Aida rival Vybz Kartel. Meanwhile, rising solo-selector Richie Feelings has amicably parted ways with top juggling sound Stone Love.

Looks like Humbolt’s Reggae Rising festival (booked by former Reggae On The River producer Carol Bruno) got a judge’s thumb’s up, and rival Reggae One The River will not take place. Rising is scheduled for August 3-5, 2007.