World Clash Jamaica winner Mighty Crown went down early. Killamanjaro, featuring Ricky Trooper, was voted out too. Matterhorn, Sentinel, and Black Kat nah mek it to the finale. When it came down to dub fi dub, it was two veterans, Jamaica’s Bass Odyssey and the U.K.'s David Rodigan, who stood across from each other in the last round of the seventh and final UK Cup Clash held Sunday, April 6 at the Stratford Rex in London. Bass Odyssey, known as “sound from country,” lead by selector Squingy, was victorious. More details soon. See pictures here.
The big buzz tune pon road right now is K-Salaam Presents Buju Banton and Trey Songz “Street Life.” The track versions’ The Police’s “Roxanne” as a gangsta lament tune, with a chorus that pleads, “You don’t have to bust your gun tonight…” PDW predicts this will be a major summer radio tune. K-Salaam’s Whose World Is This (VP/Universal) also drops this summer. Buju is meanwhile running hot with his single “Cowboys” on the 3 Blind Mice riddim, available as a digital download April 15.
Also on the unusual collabo tip: Mariah Carrey and Sizzla Kollanji have teamed up for the remix of Carey’s top-ten single, “Touch My Body.” Sizzla commented to Jamaica Star News, "Mi feel good 'bout it cause is another stepping stone, another mission accomplished. We all got goals in life that we want to reach and to unite in that way, mi really feel good and I'm gonna work towards more great things." Sizzla also recently celebrated his 32nd birthday.
Popular Jamaican beer Red Stripe is pulling its sponsorship from major JA concerts Sting and Sumfest, citing dancehall music’s increasing violence and vulgarity as its rationale. Meanwhile, commentator Maria Jackson has called on dancehall fans to boycott the brew until the company realizes its bad move.
Greensleeves will release a killer set, collecting producer Jah Thomas’s best 1980s rub-a-dub singles. The latest in Greensleeves 12” Rulers series, the Jah Thomas collection features discoplate versions by Little John, Billy Boyo, Anthony Johnson, Triston Palma, and Peter Metro.
L.A.’s Massive Productions presents its next big sound clash event titled Who Runs LA? So Cal sound men Quantegy Tazmania, Rok Steady Int’l, and Krossfayah will battle it out April 26 at The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles.
The 11th annual Jamrock Reggae Fest (formerly the Westchester Reggae Fest) will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, on Saturday, June 14. Beenie Man, Etana, Sanchez, and Third World will appear.
Jamaica’s Top Dancehall Ten Singles
1. Harry Toddler “Don't Run In” (Truck Back)
2. Mykal Rose “Shoot Out” (John John)
3. Serani feat Bugle “Doh” (Daseca)
4. Demarco “Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten” (John John)
5. Busy Signal Pon Di Edge” (Star Kutt)
6. Vybz Kartel “Money Fi Spend” (Big Ship)
7. Erup “Click My Finger” (Truck Back)
8. Mavado “Touch Di Road” (Foota Hype)
9. Voicemail “Bembe” (Big Ship)
10. Bugle “Journey” (Daseca)
Above: Bass Odyssey, Sizzla.