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2012's musical moments

Published:Wednesday | January 2, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Gregory Isaacs
Shabba Ranks performing at Reggae Sumfest 2012. - File
Beenie Man.


Today, we continue looking at those moments that made 2012 a year to remember. The Gleaner began taking a look at those moments yesterday, ending on July 7. Here are a few more.

July 15

Gregory Isaacs' birthday is celebrated with a 'Hat Affair' concert in New Kingston, at which Cocoa Tea, George Nooks, U-Roy, John Holt, Luciano and many others perform.

July 19

Glendale 'Busy Signal' Gordon is extradited to the United States to face charges in Minnesota. The extradition was officially carried out a few minutes after 10 a.m. Busy had been involved in a narcotics offence, allegedly committed in 2002, and waived his rights to an extradition hearing and would only face charges of absconding bail.

July 20

Deejay Ralston Fernando 'Shabba Ranks' Gordon tears the house apart on International Night One of the Reggae Sumfest Festival. He had been given a tumultuous reception at the Norman Manley International Airport on arriving in Jamaica, banners hailing the Dancehall Emperor's return put up around Kingston ahead of Shabba's arrival.

july 25

A 12-night series of concerts at the O2 in London, scheduled to coincide with the Olympics and Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence, starts. It features 50 performers, among them Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mutabaruka, Jimmy Cliff, and Shaggy.

July 30

Rapper Snoop Dogg announces in a United States press conference that he has been transformed into Snoop Lion. He plans a reggae album, Reincarnated, and has the popular single La La La with Diplo and Major Lazer.

August 6

The One People documentary, done by Zachary Harding and Justine Henzell, premieres at the official Jamaica Independence Village. The film is a compilation of opinions about Jamaica by a wide cross section of the society.

Bounty Killer is voted the number-one dancehall icon of all time in the online Guinness 50 Greatest Dancehall Icons of All Time competition. He compares the accolade by the public to winning a Grammy Award.

Deejay Beenie Man does a remake of his popular single Dweet Again

to honour the success of Jamaica's team to the Summer Olympics in London, England. As Beenie Man said, "When it come to tracks, Jamaica never flop/touch inna London the whole city lock/athletes stock medals by the box … we shell Olympic already an we go dweet again".

The video for Leftside and Konshens' Clap Dat, filmed in a go-go club and featuring full nudity, is released. Controversy abounds as the video includes a simulated blow job and breast fondling.

August 10

Bass Odyssey sound system marks its 23rd anniversary at a landmark session in St Ann, where Stone Love Movements and Kilamanjaro also play. It is the first time the three sound systems are playing at the same event.