Miami, Florida rapper Trina will be honored in Kingston, Jamaica during the 7th Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) this coming March.
EME Awards Founder and Chairman Richard “Richie B” Burgess said Trina will be the 2011 “International Friend of Reggae Honoree” honored for her collaborations with various Jamaican acts like Queen Lady Saw, Sean Kingston, Barbee and others.
“Some of the icons of our rich musical heritage as well as the hottest newcomers around will receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve, for providing us with wonderful musical gems throughout their careers”, Burgess said in a statement.
Richard “Richie B” Burgess you are a JOKE! Honouring Trina (of all “artists”) because she collaborated with a few Reggae artists in the past?
“International Friend of Reggae Nominee” – What RUBBISH am I reading on this cold Monday afternoon?
Due to my close ties to Jamaica I feel nothing but embarrassment right now.
This award should be scrapped and the focus should just remain on homegrown talent. But I know that this pointless “Friend of Reggae” award has been included to generate more interest in the event, hence why they are being handed out to well known US artists both good and bad.
AllHipHop reports that Hip Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc (real name Clive Campbell) is currently in the hospital suffering from an unknown health condition.
According to Gangstarr’s DJ Premier, Kool Herc’s health is deteriorating and he is in need of financial assistance, because he reportedly doesn’t have health insurance.
Premier revealed on his XM Satellite radio show,
Kool Herc is very sick. For those that know about Hip-Hop, who we call the father of Hip-Hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well. It’s funny how we have a father of a culture that still lives, where as in some cultures they are dead and gone even though they may still be worshipped or reflected on in some kind of way.
Being as though he is the man who set this whole culture off, y’all [the fans] should be willing any type of way you can.”
Premier claims to have spoken to Herc, who revealed that he was in need of financial assistance because he didn’t have medical coverage.
“He’s very sick and has no insurance, uses a metro card to get around, needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital, it’s ill…
This is sad news and I hope DJ Kool Herc pulls through, but DJ Premier’s call to fans for donations irritates me to the core.
Some of the fans are probably in financial dire straits themselves, after all we are living in financially difficult times. So why not contact your famous rich peers Premier and while your at it dig in to your own deep pockets? That should sort out the problem within a matter of days.
For those who wish to donate send your donations to the address below.
For all donations for Kool Herc….send to: Kool Herc Production PO Box 20472 Huntington Station, NY 11746 per DJ Premiere—
Chuck Creekmur (@chuckcreekmur) January 30, 2011
Kool Herc is out of the hospital, but still in dire need of financial aid.—
Chuck Creekmur (@chuckcreekmur) January 30, 2011
I think it’s only fair that the fans receive some more information about this situation if they are going to send donations. Hopefully sometime this week Herc /a close family member will issue an official statement about his current condition.
So far all we know (via DJ Premier) is that the man is apparently gravely ill and needs financial assistance. No other information has been disclosed. No OFFICIAL statement has been released regarding the state of his health. One minute it sounds as if he’s at death’s door, the next people are claiming on online forum’s to have spoken to him and say “he sounds well but will be going in to hospital for an operation this week”. It’s all bordering on hearsay.
Before fans send donations to the PO Box address above they have a right to know all the facts first.
Get well soon Herc.
It has been announced that reformed boy band Blue will represent the UK at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
The four piece will perform the self-written song I Can at the annual competition, which will take place in May in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Formed in 2000, Blue split in 2004 to concentrate on solo careers and reformed in 2009. The band has sold more than 13 million records, and have also won two Brit Awards.
When I first came across this news I had to back track just to confirm that the group representing Britain at cheesy Eurovision this year was in fact the super popular early-mid noughties boy band Blue.
Established acts rarely enter this contest.
For those who don’t know Blue were HUGE! Then the group split at the height of their fame for a while and reformed in 2009. But I think their return to the music scene didn’t go as well as hoped, which sort of explains the decision to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.
I hope for their sakes they win.
Monday 31st January 2011 from 7-12pm
London NW1 7PG
£15 in advance, ticket bookings www.jazzcafelive.com
MashUpFilms presents ZAN at London’s prestigious Jazz Café with the pioneers of UK Hip Hop
A charity event raising awareness of Autism
Banana Klan Sound System ft. Roots Manuva
Rodney P & Skitz
DJ Big Ted
DJ’S Alex & Alec Twin B (Radio 1/1Xtra)
ZAN at Jazz Café is the second charity event of its kind where pioneers of UK hip hop come together to raise awareness of Autism. This never seen before line-up will showcase brand new material alongside hip hop classics from Roots Manuva, Blak Twang, Skinnyman, Klashnekoff, Rodney P and MC D
‘Autistic’ written by MC D for the ZAN charity event, celebrates the ‘difference not indifference’ of Autism and dispels important misconceptions.
Zain’s Autism Network (ZAN) was founded in 2006 by Matt Robinson father of four and film maker whose eldest son Zain has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). ZAN raises funds for charities who are involved with Zain’s ongoing therapy and treatment
Back in 2001 Matt Robinson’s love of hip hop inspired him to make a documentary about the then UK hip hop scene. While filming, Matt developed friendships with some of the artists he interviewed such as Rodney P & Skitz, Skinny Man and MC D. Fortunately for Matt these artists embraced the opportunity to support him and his family’s cause and are wholeheartedly spearheading the second ZAN charity event. Matt expresses his overwhelming appreciation saying: “stepping up to support this cause is a great reflection of how the UK hip hop community, truly care about such important and wide reaching issues”
All proceeds from the ZAN charity event will be donated to Zain’s Bio-medical treatment as well as the charities Osteopathic Centre for Children and Caudwell Children both of whom play a major role in the ongoing treatment of thousands of children.
My favourite UK rapper of ALL TIME Giggs has teamed up with fellow rapper Gunna Dee (who up until this point I’d never heard of) on the new single Matic.
I want to know who produced this track because I really like it!
Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?
Former Floetry star Natalie Stewart now known as The Floacist, has released a video for her new single Let Me.
I really like the track, it has a mellow and cool vibe going on. But the video is just something else………..
Natalie’s husband is her co-star and I would LOVE to know how she managed to persuade him to don a G-string.
Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?
Via The Daily Mail
Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country.
The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders ‘who foul the air’ in a bid to ‘mould responsible and disciplined citizens.’
But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult – and may lead to miscarriages of justice as ‘criminals’ attempt to blame others for their offence.
One Malawian told the website Africanews.com: ‘My goodness. What happens in a public place where a group is gathered. Do they lock up half a minibus?
‘And how about at meetings where it is difficult to pinpoint ‘culprits’?
‘Children will openly deny having passed bad air and point at an elder. Culturally, this is very embarrassing,’ she said. Continue Reading….
The government of Malawi cannot be serious. What a bunch of idiots. They clearly have too much time on their hands. They should all be fired and replaced with individuals who were born with common sense.
I truly hope that this bizarre story turns out not to be true.
Three years in the making, Better Mus’ Come brilliantly captures the deep rooted conflict at the heart of Jamaican politics as seen in violent images in news reports and recent explosive political headlines all over the world in the international manhunt for alleged Jamaican “Don”, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, leaving over 79 civilians dead and a government-mandated State of Emergency in its aftermath. In a timely and provocative production, Better Mus’ Come traces the origins of the use of street gangs by political parties in their violent struggle to win the national election.
[thanks Ruddy Rock]
The votes are in and website Brown Eyez has finally announced their Man And Woman Of The Year.
First let me congratulate Sunday Show founder and event organiser Marvyn Harrison who has been crowned Man Of The Year. It couldn’t have gone to a better man :)
As for Woman Of The Year…. well the coveted title goes to industry outsider and perceived “trouble maker”, founder of Mad News Janice aka Miss Mad News.
I know it’s crazy! I’m still shocked.
Thank you to everyone who took time out to vote for me and for continuing to support Mad News and my daily rantings. :D
Click HERE to read more about the winners.