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Published: Friday | June 22, 2012 Comments 0

Romain Virgo on 'The System' tour

Reggae artiste Romain Virgo is set to make appearances in California, Oregon and Washington in the USA this month and July in promotion of his recently released album The System.

Virgo will perform alongside fellow artistes such as Perfect and Prince Allah.

He will also be featured at major festivals like the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae on The River and Bridge City Music Festival.

Details of Virgo's tour dates can be found at www.facebook.com/RomainVirgo.

Since its release last month, The System has remained in the upper ranks of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, where it debuted at number six. The album was launched at Emancipation Park, New Kingston.

In a recent article, Billboard describes Virgo as "a leading light among a new generation of roots reggae stars", and shared the view that he uses empowering messages over intricately textured one-drop rhythms instead of frenetic digital beats.

Andrew and Wada release summer collab

Reggae duo Andrew and Wada Blood, fresh from a United States tour, are again ready to make their presence felt on the local music scene, with the release of a new single called Gyal A Wine.

The high-energy summer song is geared at enhancing female participation on the dance floor and also features disc jockey Cutty of the popular dancehall sound Coppershot.

Also featured on the track is Juju Blood, another son of Junior Reid, who is now making his way into the music industry, following in the footsteps of his brothers and legendary father.

On-the-spot song

"The song came about after Blade from Social Yaad linked me to say he had a rhythm he wanted us to voice on," said Wada Blood. "I listened to the 'rhythm' and right away we found the song just like that - no pen, no paper."

The track has already been receiving airplay from disc jocks locally and internationally and was premiered in New York City by DJ Norie on Power105 FM. The music video for Gyal A Wine is set to be shot in the coming weeks.

Andrew and Wada Blood are currently working with producers such as Elvis of Sounique Records, Don Corleone Records and Live-Up Records.

Nature declares peaceful stance

Downsound recording artiste Nature says he has been receiving death threats. The reggae artiste, who recently released his anti-crime single called World Peace, says the threats came in wake of an ongoing feud between two prominent artistes.

He said someone called him from a blocked number, cursed and demanded how he could tweet a link to a particular song. "First of all, a nuh me send out the link, is someone from Downsound who manages my Twitter page ... . Mi just want the public aware that a nuh me send it out because a world peace me a deal wid," Nature said.

According to the artiste, his music represents peace and that is his sole purpose in the music industry.

"A world peace me a deal wid. A dat me a sing bout. Mi nuh have time fi nuh war. The person call me and a tell me say dem a go see me inna the streets and ting. Mi report it to the station because you can't take dem tings here lightly," Nature said. " I am not a part of any animosity between artistes. A world peace me say."

Nature's World Peace has had over 54,000 views on youtube.com, since its release in May.

Pomedy back at STETHS

After a highly successful staging of The Pomedy Show at STETHS' 50th anniversary celebrations last June, it is now an annual celebration at STETHS. In fact, The Pomedy Show, which is the brainchild of a Stethsonian, Yasus Afari, had its world premiere at STETHS' 48th reunion celebrations in 2009.

The next staging is on Sunday, July 1, at STETHS, Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.

Charitable cause

As was the case in '09 when proceeds were contributed towards computers and printers in the school's computer lab, in 2011 over $100,000 was used to jump-start the John Pottinger Entrepreneurial Fund at STETHS. This year, a more hands-on approach is being taken, so the proceeds will be used to directly intervene in improving the quality of life for students at STETHS in a way that has an entrepreneurial nature, impact and effect.

The Pomedy Show is being staged as an officially endorsed and designated Jamaica 50th Anniversary Event for the Jamaica 50th Anniversary Secretariat as well as the JCDC.

The Pomedy Show at STETHS on Sunday, July 1, will feature Mutabaruka, Dr Michael Abrahams, Rohan Gunter, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Lemon, Tiney Winey and FuZion as well as STETHS past student: Yasus Afari, Richie Innocent and Singing Vernon, among others.

Showtime is 6 p.m.

Bieber gives away award

Justin Bieber accidentally gave a fan his Much Music Video Award.

The 18-year-old singer made the mistake when he won the accolade for UR Fave Artist over the weekend and went to greet the crowds.

When he went to show off his trophy to the crowds, apparently the pop star got confused when he approached screaming fans and one of them latched onto his prize.

Due to the fact one girl held onto the award so tightly, Bieber was convinced she was an official staff member for the Toronto ceremony and would hand the item back to him later.

However, the lucky fan wasn't an employee and was later asked to return the small statue by a real worker at the Canadian event.

The lady in question did give the trophy back. However, Justin is said to feel bad for her and wants to trace her down to present her with a replica, according to TMZ.com.

It comes after a video posted on website HollywoodLife.com saw Justin tell waiting fans at the city's airport: "Do I not have any right as a human being to wait for my own girlfriend? Why do you have to be so impatient?"

Lil Wayne asks Drake to end Chris Brown feud

Lil Wayne, the founder and co-head of Young Money Entertainment, the label Drake is signed to, has called on the Canadian rapper and Chris Brown to stop arguing, because it is bad for business.

Drake and Chris have been at war due to their individual romantic relationships with Rihanna and their argument spilled into violence last week when a huge brawl erupted in a New York nightclub between them and their entourages, which left Chris with a cut to his lip and various bystanders injured.

Sources say several people from Young Money, including Wayne, Birdman and co-founder Mack Maine, have called Drake to tell him to make up with Chris.

They are keen for him to end the beef because many of the label's acts have appeared on tracks with Chris and he is behind a number of their hit records and while the company says it will stand by Drake no matter what, one source told TMZ.com: "Making money matters most."

Drake is said to be unwilling to make amends with Chris until he says he wasn't responsible for the fight at the W.i.P club last week. Despite the altercation, Drake's friend Meek Mill has insisted there are no huge problems between the two.

He said: "I talked to Chris immediately after that, on the phone. There's nothing there. Chris Brown be in clubs. He be around situations like this. Things get out of hand. That don't mean it's out of hand with me and him or whoever, not even him and Drake."

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