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Archived: De Original ‘Teddy Bruk Shot’, Louie Rankin, Dies in Road Accident.

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Overnight news surfaced that ‘Shottas’ actor and dancehall artist, Louie Rankin had died. This morning, the aftershock permeates across the Caribbean entertainment circuit as the news spreads and digests. Dancehall entertainer, Spragga Benz who acted in the Shottas movie alongside Rankin’, said, “Mi don’t even want to believe.”

Rankin in the movie ‘Shottas’ which also featured Kymani Marley and Spragga Benz.

International entertainment news portal, TMZ has reported that Rankin was killed in a vehicular smash up in Ontario, Canada on Monday. They said the crash involved a transport truck and another vehicle.

As news spread, Caribbean soca artist, Bunji Garlin paid his respects saying, Rankin stepped bravely into any industry and in life. He recalled that the entertainer was one of the very first dancehall artistes to appear in concert in Trinidad and Tobago, setting the pace for dancehall concerts that followed. “Respect for the legacy you have left to your people of Jamaica,” he ended.

Rankin was known for his Grammy Award winning 1992 hit Typewriter and calling himself the ‘Original Don Dada’. He was also applauded for his role in ‘Shottas’, playing Teddy Bruckshot and in 1998 he also played th role of Ox in the crime drama Belly, alongside rappers Nas and DMX.

In 2016, both Louie and Nas appeared in DJ Khaled’s music video for his track, ‘Nas Album Done.’

News of Louie’s death was confirmed via his verified Twitter account.

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Beres Reminds Us of What We Need; Delivers Like No Other.

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Beres Hammond is a legend in these parts and on Sunday night as he hosted his “Love From a Distance” virtual concert, he proved that greatness never ceases to amaze.

Beres has delivered his sweet, flavourful reggae love ballads for decades. On Sunday night, as thousands of his loyal fans around the world, streamed the virtual event, they were certainly reminded of the importance of good music, especially in times like these.

 

Beres, joined on stage by Buju Banton.

Reggae music has felt somewhat alienated in recent time, with the surge of more youthful, less melodic artistry, but all is not lost, and on Sunday, Beres accompanied by Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton and even young dancehall sensation, Popcaan, fulfilled the silent desires of many, many people from around the world.

Vocals properly tuned, the 65-year-old hit maker, rendered some of his most memorable songs, among them, “Stop A Man from Trying,” “Rock Away”, “What One Dance Can Do” and many others. In a video clip, pre-recorded and inserted into the show, Beres told fans, “For all the well wishers, fans, family and friends and everyone, I am very saddened by the almost two years I haven’t seen you… it makes me feel bad. I’m trying to do this thing now, so we can stay in touch. Welcome to Beres…”

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ms3ihZ2xPs

 

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Jamaica’s Sean Paul Gives The World ‘Live n Livin’; Says Dancehall Is Not Dead.

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Jamaican dancehall artist, Sean Paul’s ‘Live N Livin’ is one of two albums from him, set for release this year. The album, according to a media statement issued, was inspired by the perception of members of the music industry that dancehall is dead. Confronting the sentiment head on, Sean Paul says he believes dancehall is alive and well, and maintains a strong pulse.

Sean Paul set to release two albums in 2021.


The first album being released, showcases over twenty artistes and even having proven himself over the years as an International dancehall trendsetter, Sean Paul says he still aims to highlight the significance of the genre while collaborating with different talented artists. Over the years, Sean Paul has made music with the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Sam Smith, blending and fusing his sound with world rhythms.


Live and Livin’ is dubbed “a collaborative effort,” with 16 tracks all featuring an accompanying artist. On the single, ‘Lion Heart’, Sean Paul stands solo. “It was important to me to show that in our genre of dancehall, we don’t need to clash in order to attain the spotlight. We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams. Over the years me, Shaggy, and more recently Koffee, Shenseea and others have been making it onto the world stage and we are not clashing with our co-workers, nor are we dividing our fans. This album ‘Live N Livin’ is an album I hold very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation,” he said.


The album features veteran artists like Buju Banton, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Busy Signal, Mavado, and the younger generation of artists such as Chi Ching Ching, Intense, Skillibeng, and Govana and more.


‘Live N Livin’ is set to be released on March 12th and is executively produced by Sean Paul’s label Dutty Rock Productions and distributed by ONErpm.


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