Sean Paul held the Caribbean launch for his latest album Tomahawk Technique at the Fiction Nightclub and Lounge in Kingston on June 13th. The launch was hosted by Paula-Anne Porter, and included guest speeches by Sean Paul's first record producer Carrot Jarrett and Jamaican record label mogul Robert Livingston. Also, an interview segment was conducted about the album's details with Sean Paul answering questions posed to him by television personality Pepita, followed by a spur of the moment performance by Sean Paul himself.
Mission 50 Panned
The theme song for Jamaica's 50th year of independence entitled Mission 50 has been released, but not without a whirlwind of negative feedback. The song produced by Shaggy, features acts Chevelle Franklin, Damian Marley, Beres Hammond, Romain Virgo, Tarrus Riley, Wayne Marshall, Assassin, Tessanne Chin, and Shaggy himself performing over an instrumentation far from any of the musical sounds Jamaica is known for. The controversy lies not only in Mission 50 not sounding sonically Jamaican, but ambiguity to the public as to why the Mikey Bennet helmed Find The Flag (In Your Heart And Wave It) was axed as the official Jamaica 50 theme song, as it featured a myriad of Jamaican genres on display, with the involvement of the artistes Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Cocoa Tea, Bunny Rugs of Third World, Freddy McGregor, Taurus Riley, Konshens, Brian Gold, Vegas, Ernie Smith, Beres Hammond, Assassin, Capleton, Chevel Franklin, Stitchie, Admiral Bailey, Sherita Lewis, Dean Fraser, Dwight Richards, Stevie Golding, Kirk Bennett and Kevon Webster. Worries are that politics is at play as the Mikey Bennet release was recorded during the last Jamaica Labour Party administration.
Drake surprises concert patrons with Mavado
At the Hartford, Connecticut stop of his successful Club Paradise tour, rapper-singer-actor Drake surprised concert goers to much delight by bringing onto stage dancehall artiste Mavado. Mavado performed fan-favourites such as So Special, Settle Down, and I'm A Survivor to much fanfare.
Khago Fires Back At Sizzla
In response to Sizzla's Hurry Come Up, Khago has released Nutten (Come Outta Me Way) on Downsound Records' Duffle Bag Riddim. A fearless Khago threatens Sizzla multiple times throughout the track, and accuses Sizzla of not co-signing younger artistes as his peers Bounty Killer and Capleton have done over the years.