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DJ Khaled flew to Jamaica this past weekend to meet with Buju and others.

Billboard has confirmed that Buju Banton’s first concert appearance will in fact take place in Jamaica. The event will take place on March 16th, 2019 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Confirmation of the much anticipated first-show comes just days after popular international music producer, DJ Khaled visited Jamaica, meeting with Buju and other reggae and dancehall artistes on the island. 

Billboard details that Buju with his 10-piece Shiloh Band will perform a full 90 minute set at the Long Walk to Freedom concert, which is being presented by Miami based, Best of the Best Productions and Kingson’s Solid Agency, which is managed by Sharon Burke. 

Buju Banton’s daughter was certainly happy to see her father.

Buju had indicated his desire to spend time with family and loved ones post release, but mere days after being released from prison, photos emerged of the reggae icon, in studio. Videos are also now emerging of the artiste out and about, seemingly preparing for something major. Buju’s last performance, before his 9- year- incarceration was in Miami at the event held in his honor. The “Before the Dawn” concert held at the Miami Bayfront Park Amphitheater on January 16th, 2011, saw a number of reggae hit makers grace the stage in the aftermath of Buju’s initial 11 month incarceration in the US before he acquired bail. That event attracted a crowd of some 10,000 persons. 

Joseph Louie, best knows as Joey Budafuco, a member of Buju’s management team, told Billboard that the concert event is still in its planning stage but noted that there will only be about three or four opening acts, since it is important that Buju has ample time for his performance. It was further revealed that Buju has established a non profit organisation- ‘The Lend A Hand Foundation,’ which aims at assisting with the needs of at-risk children. Budufuco said a portion of proceeds from the Kingston show will go to the foundation and further to that, performances across the Caribbean in the aftermath, will see the artiste, aligning himself with non profits in those territories, to achieve the same. 

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Patrice Stuns With Sultry A Capella Performance at UWI All Inclusive.

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Say what you want about Patrice Roberts, the Soca star’s been serving it in the past couple years and by the look of things, she’s only just getting started. Several major Carnival anthems to her credit this season, Roberts proved her ability to manage anything when she took the stage at UWI’s annual All Inclusive Fete on Sunday evening.

An incredible lineup of performers that included the likes of Kees, Iwer George, Swappi, Shurwayne Winchester, David Rudder, Ravi and Nisha B and three time Soca Monarch King, Voice, the fete in it’s 30th year, offered patrons the expected ambience and not to mention an awesome array of succulent Caribbean and international dishes. Bar service unparalleled, patrons basked in the wide Angostura cocktail selection and of course, delighted in the tastes of JP Chenet, Absolut Vodka cocktails and Mandria Sagria. Certainly one of the most attractive fete layouts that offered the perfect combination of lush atmospheric beauty and attractive fetters, the UWI All Inclusive Fete, aptly coined, ‘White Diamonds’, delivered elements of Caribbean flair in a way that promoted our people’s ability to enjoy the finer things in life, when so desired.

Curry was served up.
Fried delights
Delightful seafood too.
Shurwayne Winchester on stage at UWI All Inclusive 2020.

On stage, Shurwayne Winchester – an artiste with many titles to his name, worked the early part of the evening with the Rhapsody Next Generation Band. He thrilled with some of his classic hits and delivered his 2020 offerings, much to the delight of patrons. Other caribbean stars like David Rudder, Ravi and Nisha B, and Swappi would follow, however, it would be Patrice who’d impress, delivering a set that was nothing short of exceptional. The superstar female performer managed to make things work, this despite kicking off her stage show without the accompaniment of the sound system – the music having failed as she was just about ready to deliver. Patsy would make light of the situation, willing the crowd to tell her what she should sing.

Happily, Roberts worked the stage at UWI fete, pouring out the vocals she may have been holding in for some time. Performances like the one we experienced on Sunday, are very rare this time of season- many artistes often trying their best to save their voices for the long haul. With less than a month before Carnival Monday, fans of soca can certainly expect to see and experience Roberts in full performance mode as the season climaxes. She’ll be at the upcoming Army Fete at the Queen’s Park Savannah on February 14th. Now… there’s a place she’s guaranteed to bring the energy! Get ready. We’re almost certain it’ll be out of this world!

CHECK OUT THIS SNIPPET OF PATRICE’S A CAPELLA PERFORMANCE AT UWI:

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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