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Download : Versatyle’s new single I Needed You Baby – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 23, 2009

Versatyle's song art

Versatyle's Song Art

Download :  I Needed You Baby

Representing the island of Jamaica, Versatyle displays creativity and passion in his music. Versatyle also sings, writes and performs with the group RuguNation which is also Jamaican based. Check out Versatyle on myspace or contact him by email at rugunationmusic@gmail.com for dubs, or shout outs.

Check it out SonicSurfers….!!!!Dresonic certified link….!!!!

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Vote – Should Dancehall music be banned from Jamaican radio?d

Posted by Dresonic on February 19, 2009

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Fraser expects great results in 100

Posted by Dresonic on August 13, 2008

20080813T000000-0500_139009_OBS_FRASER_EXPECTS_GREAT_RESULTS_IN_____METRES_1Even her smile resembles that of a young child. But don’t let that fool you because when she takes the track she is as fierce a competitor as they come.

New Jamaican sprint sensation, Shelly-Ann Fraser introduced herself to the world at June’s National Track & Field Championship with a magnificent 10.85-second clocking to finish second in the 100m and book her ticket to the 29th Olympiad in China.

And like her MVP teammate Asafa Powell, Fraser says sprinting runs in her family.

“My mother (Maxine Simpson) is probably one of the biggest reasons why I’m running because she used to run and she stopped because she got pregnant with my big brother (24-year-old Omar). She also has a 20-year-old brother – Andrew.

“My mother encourages me
a lot and I really love her because when nobody else was there, she always made sure to provide for us (by peddling goods),” she related.

The Stephen Francis-coached Fraser surprised most people at the National Stadium, including reigning World Championships 100m gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown, who crossed the finish line fourth in 10.88secs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Watch Beijing Olympics 2008 Online – Every Event as They Happen!!!!!

Posted by Dresonic on August 10, 2008

I know have we thw world has been waiting for this moment; “the 2008 Beijing Olympics.” What can I say its the most exciting event in history for the year 2008. I know I have promised the Dresonic community TV-J and CVM-TV links, but unfortunately that didn’t not work out as the link I was discontinued. I have been looking high and low to find a link so I can bring Sonic Surfers Olympic joy. Well don’t worry I have found a way that I think we all can be pleased with– and NO ITS NO YOUTUBE!!!! Well really all you have to do is follow the instructions below and you will be on your way to learning Chinese and watching Asafa and Bolt demolish the track.

(High Speed Internet Recommended)

Instructions to watching Beijing Olympics online:

1. Go this link and download the file Silverlight.2.0 as you will need this to view the videos. (Don’t worry this is not spam, it is a Microsoft certified software so it is safe to install)

2. Next thing go to the website http://www.nbcolympics.com/ and you will see a full schedule of every event.

3. The video player will ask you to fill in some information about your internet provider and zip code in the United States. I recommend for you to put 06604 as Zip Code and Direct Tv as your internet provider from the drop down list. It will give you a message. Just click next or ok.

4. After that you will be ready to watch the Olympics on demand.

All the best Sonic Surfers


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Smith in Olympic squad Triple jumper late addition to Jamaica’s Olympic squad

Posted by Dresonic on July 3, 2008

SMITH… initially omitted from Jamaican squad

The Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) added 2005 World triple jump champion Trecia Smith to the Olympic team yesterday after initially omitting the former Sportswoman of the Year.

“Please be informed that Trecia Smith is a member of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association’s Track & Field team to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,” a terse JAAA release stated yesterday.

“The team departs on July 29 and returns August 25, 2008,” the release added. Smith’s inclusion takes the number of athletes in the track & field delegation to 52.

Earlier, the Observer contacted Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, a member of the JAAA’s Selection Committee, who revealed that their information suggested that Smith had not attained the ‘A’ (14.20m) or ‘B’ (14.00m) qualifying standard for the Olympics, prompting her omission from the team to the 29th Olympiad.

“Miss Smith hasn’t got a qualifying mark, either ‘A’ or ‘B’ standard, and as a result of that there is no way that she can be selected,” McCook said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

 image image THE Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) yesterday named a strong 51-member athletic squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 8-24, following the National Senior Track & Field Championships last weekend.

Double sprint champion Usain Bolt heads the Men’s list and 100m champion and 200m silver medallist Kerron Stewart the Women’s.

Though the list did not specify the respective events athletes will compete in at the Games, seven of the eight finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s 100 metres were named, including Nickeisha Anderson, who finished seventh in the 100m and sixth in the 200m final.

Meanwhile, Observer sources say World 100m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who finished fourth in the 100m at the National Championships at the weekend after clocking a season’s best 10.88 seconds, will be an alternate in the event in accordance with JAAA team selection criteria and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Olympic Games entry standards.

The JAAA selection criteria states that “athletes placing in the first to third positions in all events will be selected, provided that they have attained the qualifying ‘A’ standard for the competition. The fourth-placed athlete will be named as an alternate for the individual event”.

According to IAAF Olympic Games entry standards rules, National Olympic Committees have until July 23 to nominate three athletes to be accredited for an event and nominate a fourth as a reserve.

“This reserve could be selected to replace an entered athlete until the time of the technical meeting for the respective event, one day prior to the first competition in the event, and the accreditation status of the replaced athlete transferred to the newly entered athlete”, the rule states.
Despite having made the ‘A’ qualifying standard (14.20m) in the prescribed period, Helsinki 2005 World triple jump champion, Trecia Smith, who leaped 13.61 metres for victory at the Trials has been omitted from the squad.

Smith, a surprise winner in Helsinki three years ago, has battled injury this season and had been doubtful for the Championships. She leaped 14.35 metres at the National Trials on June 23 last year.

However, Women’s long jump champion, Chelsea Hammond; javelin winner Olivia McKoy and Men’s 800m champion Aldwyn Sappleton – who have all attained the Olympic qualifying ‘B’ standard – were among the 25 male and 26 female athletes named.

IAAF rules specify that national associations may enter one qualified athlete per event if he or she has met the ‘B’ qualifying standard between January 1, 2007, and July 23, 2008.

Nesta Carter, who did not start in the final of the Men’s 100 metres due to cramps but finished fourth in the 200 metres, has been named.

Holmwood Technical student, Bobby Gaye Wilkins, has also been included following her fifth-placed finish in the Women’s 400 metres.

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World Juniors coach confident Jamaica will shine!!!!!

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

Danny Hawthorne, coach of the Jamaican team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, is confident the 32-member team which departed for Poland will
do well.

“I’m happy with the team we have as I know these boys and girls are ready and raring to do well and… as Jamaicans we always want to do well whenever we go anywhere.
“I’m not expecting anything but the very best from them,” Hawthorne told the Observer on Monday as the team assembled at the offices of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association at the National Arena.
There are injury concerns surrounding key members of the team, including IAAF World Youth Championships 200m gold medallist Ramone McKenzie and 400m hurdles finalist Shana-Gay Tracey, but Hawthorne said all the athletes were given a clean bill of health.

The delegation was due to arrive in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz yesterday and will take part in a five-day camp, starting today. Hawthorne said this will help the coaching staff “to assess everyone on their form and fitness and to make necessary adjustments”.
While the team management has an idea who will contest the various events, Hawthorne said it is yet to make a final decision, especially in the boys’ 100m.
IAAF World Youth Championship 100m gold medallist Dexter Lee won the Junior Trials two weeks ago, while Nickel Ashmeade was second after National Junior record-holder Yohan Blake was disqualified for a false start.

Hawthorne was reluctant to divulge whether or not Blake would contest the 100m, but said they would have a better idea when the camp starts.

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Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008


EUGENE, Ore. – Probably the guy least impressed with the fastest 100 meters in history is the guy who actually ran it.

Tyson Gay shrugged, flashed an awkward smile and was generally dismissive after winning the 100 at the U.S. Olympic Trials yesterday in a preposterous 9.68 seconds (you read that right), which would be a world record had the Hayward Field wind gauge not read plus-4.1 meters per second – over the allowable limit of 2.0 mps for record purposes.

How was his race?

“It was OK,” he said.

But this is Gay, who breaks records and also breaks the mold of your typical world-class sprinter – the trash-talking, gesture-making, self-promoting, expletive-spewing mass of tattooed muscles. Gay, 25, is a mama’s boy from Arkansas who goes to church, watches what he eats and gets to bed on time.

He speaks in a near whisper. He lets others provide the superlatives.

“Amazing,” said Harvey Glance, a gold-medal sprinter from the 1976 Olympics and now an assistant U.S. sprint coach. “That’s a pretty historic moment. I don’t care what conditions you are running in. Nine-six is extraordinary.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Powell, Bolt cruise into Jamaica semi-finals

Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008

THE world’s two fastest men, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, have cruised into the semi-finals of the men’s 100m at Jamaica’s Olympic track and field trials. Powell was the more aggressive in his heat, racing to victory in season-best 9.90 seconds.

“I am just using this as my practice going into Beijing,” Powell said.

He continued to play down a clash with Bolt. Asked about the showdown, he replied, “whatever it takes to get to Beijing, I will be there”.

Bolt, in heat one, stopped the clock in 10.19 seconds.

“I came out here this evening to get a feel of the track and the atmosphere, but will come back tomorrow to take care of business,” Bolt said.

Reigning Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell meanwhile booked her spot in the women’s event.
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own won heat one in 11.28 seconds but Kerron Stewart stole the show, winning heat three in 10.99 – the day’s fastest time.

Shelly-Ann Fraser (11.01) and Sherone Simpson (11.11) recorded the next-best times.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, Isa Phillips, who won heat one in a season-best 48.78 seconds, leads Markino Buckley (49.21) and Danny McFarlane, the silver medalist from Athens (49.54) into Sunday’s final (EST).

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How tiny Jamaica develops so many champion sprinters

Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008

– As late afternoon trade winds drift into Kingston’s National Stadium, the world’s fastest man ambles back to his starting blocks.

Usain Bolt’s performance in this training session is less than lighting-fast, however, and it fails to impress his coach, Glen Mills. “Make sure you do them good, otherwise you’ll do them tomorrow morning – early,” he barks.

A month ago, Mr. Bolt lived up to his name by breaking countryman Asafa Powell’s world record in the 100-meter dash. The two hold the five fastest recognized times in the event and will go head-to-head this weekend in Jamaica’s Olympic trials.

Yet these men are just two of dozens of top-flight Jamaican sprinters who are poised to put the tiny island nation on the map in the same way Kenyans and Ethiopians are known to dominate long-distance running. Jamaica’s Olympic track team is so deep in talent that these trials will be like watching American NBA stars vie for a spot on ™basketball’s famous Dream Team.

How does a poor Caribbean country of less than 3 million people produce such athletic riches? Improved coaching and a new system to develop raw talent at home have combined with a tradition of seeing sprinting as an inexpensive ticket out of poverty, observers say.

“Where we are today is [like] a flower,” says Anthony Davis, the sports director at Jamaica’s University of Technology (UTECH), whose programs and facilities helped shape some of Jamaica’s finest runners, including Mr. Powell and Bolt. “You’d have had to plant a seed long ago to get where we are today.”

And plant they did.

A little more than 30 years ago, former world-record sprinter Dennis Johnson decided to take what he’d learned at San Jose State University in the 1960s and set up a competitive, US-style college athletic program here in his home country. The goal: produce world-class athletes, especially track stars.

At the time, most considered this crazy talk.

Jamaica had long produced some of the world’s top high school track athletes, but then they left the island. There was no place in this former British colony’s college system for them. Postsecondary education is based on an older British model in which sports are merely a recreational break from the rigors of academia. The only hope of continuing track after high school was to get a scholarship to a foreign university.

Today, Jamaican sprinters still leave, and pad many NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) track rosters.

“In Louisiana, at a high school track meet, we’ll find maybe one or two athletes that could be good enough for [Louisiana State University’s track program],” says Dennis Shaver, head track coach of the 2008 NCAA championship LSU track team. “[But] in Jamaica, there are probably 50 women ready to fit right into the program every year.”

“Jamaicans have played a significant role in the 31 track and field championships we’ve won over the years,” he says, adding that Jamaica will be “very competitive in Beijing.”

Competing in the top US schools was, and is, a fast track out of poverty. The problem, as Mr. Johnson saw it, was that too many Jamaicans never came back home, and some even ran for other Olympic teams. (Donovan Bailey of Canada and Linford Christie of Britain are two examples of Jamaican-born Olympic champions.)

That’s why Johnson started a sports program at a two-year vocational college here, and that later became UTECH, a four-year college. Through Johnson’s work, which has since passed to Mr. Davis, the program now has 280 student athletes and houses the top professional track teams in Jamaica.

By US standards, the training facilities are second class. Jamaica’s top sprinters cram into UTECH’s tiny gym to pump rusty weights, and they often practice on the school’s basic grass track.

“We have to be creative, because we don’t have the resources,” says Davis, explaining that the lanes of the track are marked with diesel and burned because the school can’t afford the machine that lays down chalk lines every week or so. “We had a choice: complain about the resources and do nothing or work with what we have.”

Davis is pushing to attract more sponsors for UTECH’s programs. The British sports drink company Lucozade now offers two full track scholarships to UTECH, and Davis is hoping that success in Beijing will lead to funding for scoreboards and an indoor track surface. And he knows right where he’d put a new athletic center, if he ever gets the money. “We want someday to be the sports center of the Caribbean,” he says.

But UTECH’s program is only part of the reason for Jamaica’s sprinting prowess. “Coaches have played a very important role and are still playing an important role,” says Herb Elliot, a Jamaican member of the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission. “NCAA scouts come here in droves to recruit, but our athletes often come back [from four years at US universities] tired and mediocre,” says Mr. Elliot.

Among the most effective Jamaican coaches today is Powell’s coach, Stephen Francis, who founded the Maximizing Velocity and Power (MVP) team in 1999 after getting his MBA from the University of Michigan. “My background is different from most coaches, who were former athletes,” says the rotund Mr. Francis, explaining that the Jamaican track establishment did not appreciate his maverick style.

“My philosophy is based on doing things the hard way,” he says. “We don’t recruit superstars.” He looks for latent talent and chooses coachable sprinters who don’t have supersized egos.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton is one of Francis’s first success stories. When she started working with him in 1999, most didn’t see her potential. But she’s cut more than half a minute off her time in the 100-meter hurdles and won bronze in the event at the 2005 World Championships.

Powell – who says in a matter-of-fact manner that he is still the world’s fastest man despite Bolt’s record run – is another Francis success story.

Powell struggled as the youngest of six siblings growing up in the Jamaican countryside. He was a good sprinter in high school, but not among Jamaica’s very best. A few years ago, one brother was shot to death in a New York cab and another died of a heart attack. The tragedies might have derailed some athletes.

Both of his parents are pastors and he credits a strict upbringing for his focus. “I couldn’t miss one day in church and my mom and dad still call to see if I’m going to church,” he says. “None of this would’ve been possible without God, and I pray to him each and every day. But I know that God helps those who help themselves, so I try to help myself.”

He says he’s ready to win the Olympic gold medal that eluded him four years ago.

But given the recent convictions and confessions of steroid use by track and field athletes, some skeptics question the success of Jamaican sprinters. There have been no recent cases of Jamaicans caught using performance-enhancing drugs. “We are far in advance of the US record for [preventing] doping,” says Elliot, who’s the top enforcement official in Jamaica. “We preach, cajole, and test,” he says. Jamaica makes its athletes available for sudden testing 24/7.

Besides, Elliot says, Jamaica won’t tolerate cheats. “Sports is such a part of our culture that the disgrace [of doping] is so great that the Jamaicans that live here wouldn’t even consider it.”

For now, Jamaicans are reveling in having the world’s two fastest men heading into the Beijing Olympics.

“In the sprints, we’re as good as any,” says Fitz Coleman, a technical coach on Bolt’s team who is widely regarded as one of Jamaica’s best hurdles coaches. “In fact, we just might be the measuring stick at this point in time.”

Another reason for Jamaicans’ success: their attitude, according to Mr. Coleman. “We genuinely believe that we’ll conquer,” he says. “It’s a mindset. We’re small and we’re poor, but we believe in ourselves.”

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New CD from Versatyle “Ghetto Soldier” is out Get It Now Via Bit Torrent!!!

Posted by Dresonic on May 11, 2008

Front Cover Ghetto Soldier AlbumBack Cover Ghetto Soldier Cd

Ghetto Soldier is Versatyle’s newest creation. The Album features hit singles such as “Crazy feat Price & Jiggy”- “African Princess” – “High Grade” – “Ghetto Soldaz” – “I Miss You feat. Japanese sensation RuRu” and many more. The Album has twenty tracks. Get it while you can freely Via bittorent. Versatyle is making his CD exclusively available to Dresonic.wordpress.com so sonic readers grab it. Dresonic is working on a direct download but still no success with that yet.

Dresonic hopes to get an exclusive interview with Versatyle we will have that up as soon as possible for the sonic readers. Give some feed back…

How To Get It: Follow link and download the torrent file (Versatyle Ghetto_Soldier_Album + Bonus Photos) and then use your favorite bittorent client Utorrent ( get it at Utorrent.com) and then you are down.

About Versatyle : Verastyle is a new upcoming Independent Jamaican Artiste making his way throught the music with his unique flavor appealing to many different people across the world. His Versatility is shown in his songs. This CD was totally written by Versatyle base on his life’s experiences.

Contact Versatyle : myspace.com/therealversatyle

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New Hit Single from Rugu Nation – Versatyle & Price

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2008

Posted in Bob Marley, Bounty Killa, Caribbean, Damian Marley, Dance, Dancehall, Download, Downloads, Entertainment, Food, Hip Hop, International, Jamaica, Lifestyle, Montego Bay, Music, News, Reggae, Reggae Boyz, Reggae Sumfest, Social, St. Elizabeth, Stephen Marley, Technology, Uncategorized, Videos, Western Jamaica, Youths | Comments Off on New Hit Single from Rugu Nation – Versatyle & Price

The Power of the beat

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

Tivoli High School dancers perform Celebration/Flirt Anancy at Mello Go Roun’ on Thursday night at the National Arena. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The 2007 Festival of the Performing Arts season culminated last Thursday night inside the National Arena in Kingston with Mello Go Roun’, the annual grand melting pot of cultural performances which allowed gold-medal winners in several categories to show off their prize-winning pieces in drama, speech, music and dance, bolstered by some powerful African drumming.

Under the theme ‘Freedom – The Roots and Branches’ and hosted by cultural icons Oliver Samuels and Fae Ellington, the show boasted a diverse line-up of performers who essentially paid tribute to the spirit of our African ancestors.
“Ancestral Riddims” featured a colourful and vibrant traditional dance presentation from Maryland All-Age (Maypole), Liberty Learning Centre (Ballroom Quadrille), Holly Hill Primary (Gerreh) and Morant Bay High (Brukumini).

The dazzling display continued in “The Riddims of Life” featuring Mineral Heights Primary (A Fi Wi Culture) and Lannaman’s Prep (A Fi Wi Rhythm). Ten-year-old Jamilia Smith brought the audience to its feet with her performance of the speech item Teacher Stress, which highlighted the challenges that teachers often face in the Jamaican classroom.

Storyteller Jean Brown performed Anancy and The Prophet followed by the Tivoli High Dance troupe, perennial medal winners, who fully won over the large audience with their Celebration/Flirt Anancy piece.

Students from Lannaman’s Prep perform A Fi Wi Rhythm at Mello Go Roun’ on Thursday night at the National Arena in Kingston.

Gospel was also represented through dance and song with Eltham High performing their riotously funny Amen Corner, blending DJ Nicholas’ What Kind Of Church Is This? with Shaggy’s controversial hit Church Heathen. Glenmuir High’s Jody-Ann Pantry (now a Digicel Rising Stars finalist) wowed the audience with a sweetly seductive rendition of the popular negro spiritual Soon Ah Will Be Done, while JCDC Gospel Festival Song winner Garfield Reid performed his winning entry Sign Of The Times.

Young Jahzan McLaughlin then took over with her Lament of a Five-Year-Old declaring that she is “running away to the back of the yard” as her life as a five-year-old is way too hard. The Glenmuir Festival Choir then encouraged everyone to Rise Up before a boisterous female trio from Rousseau Primary came on stage demanding a Name Change as too many persons with names beginning with the letter ‘B’ were being killed and they didn’t want to become victims.

The show would not have been complete without popular dance items and the Portmore Dancers (Shock The Energy) and students from Morant Bay High (Dun Di Place) were only too eager to entertain with their fancy footwork and body contortions, much to the delight of the audience.

Gunty, the winner of this year’s JCDC Popular Song Contest, brought the show to a close with his piece Woman A Di Beauty, during which he was joined onstage by the cast of performers.

But, of course, the show could not have ended without some antics from the hosts, Ellington and Samuels, who at one point treated the audience to their versions of the local dances Tek Weh Yuself and the Dutty Wine.

Overall, Mello Go Roun’ 2007 was a night of colour, energy, good vibes, rhythm and originality with emphasis on celebrating the freedom of cultural expressions, driven by the power of the beat.

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Deejays plead for peaceful election

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Montego Bay, St James – Dancehall heavyweights used their musical platform at the just concluded Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest to appeal for a peaceful election, putting to rest fears by the local police that utterances by the artistes would have stirred political tension.

Chuck Fender. led the way in calling for a peaceful election.

“It’s quite refreshing to see them taking that stance,” said St James commanding officer Superintendent Steve McGregor, who warned last week that any such utterances would have been dealt with sternly. “You could see that they were really making an effort and it augurs well for Reggae, which is an integral part of our culture.”

Prior to the start of the four-day festival, McGregor said he had met with Sumfest organisers and warned that inflammatory political utterances by artistes would not be tolerated.
In response, chairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, pledged to support the police in ensuring that the artistes refrained from negative political statements, but noted that it was unusual for them to get involved in politics in any negative way.

True to form, several artistes made good on this and on Thursday, as Reggae music exploded on the Catherine Hall stage, Chuck Fender led the way in calling for a peaceful election, set for August 27, 2007.
Several others of the genre’s leading lights followed suit, including the hard-hitting Anthony B.
“Mi a beg oonu, duh, nuh kill off none a yuh bredda dem dis election,” he pleaded.

Deejay Cham, who lashes out against vicious criminals in his latest single Conscience, also spoke out against election violence. “Election a come, please, mi a beg oonu, it a affect the yout dem, it a affect old people,” he said.

Deejays Idonia and Assassin also added their pleas, while dancehall’s arch rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer found common ground on the issue. “All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” Beenie Man instructed during his closing set Friday morning, while Bounty declared, “mi nuh waah hear who say dem a go do dis and do dat, mi waah hear when minimum wage a go rise and how dem a go help poor people”.

And in what was the only broadside directed at any one party Ninja Man, the dancehall’s ‘Don Gorgon’, scolded, “dem have whole holiday fi run dem dutty election and a wait til di pickni dem fi go back a school”.

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Dr Kathy Brown: a big hit on jazz website

Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2007

Jazz pianist Dr Kathy Brown is so far proving a big hit on a world-leading Internet jazz website. The founder and leader of the Dr Kathy Brown & Friends band reached position Number 82 of the Top 200 most viewed musician profiles on AllAboutJazz.com, arguably the world’s best media reference in jazz and improvised music.

Within a month of being posted on the site, the pianist tallied 470 hits to move up the Top 100 of thousands of registered musicians whose profile appear in the New York based jazz publication.

The All About Jazz (AAJ) tabloid and Internet magazine, which, at the time of writing, has on register 13,790 jazz musicians, records an average of one million Internet viewers per month from across the world since 2006, recording a phenomenal 47,151 hits on January 15 this year.

Of the Top 200 musician profiles viewed, Kathy Brown appears four positions behind her mentor Ahmad Jamal (78), six behind Ella Fitzgerald (76), two and four places before pianist Herbie Hancock (84) and trumpeter Chet Baker (86) respectively.

A sample of names appearing before Brown include singers Sarah Vaughn (72), Ray Charles (67), and Michael Buble (68) saxophonist Kenny Garrett (58), band leader Duke Ellington (50), John Coltrane (36), Louis Armstrong (27), Wynton Marsalis (21), Thelonious Monk (8), and master trumpeter Miles Davis (4). Read the rest of this entry »

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PIECE OF THE DAY -Inna di bus- Written By Yanique

Posted by Dresonic on May 14, 2007


For all those of you who are not from Jamaica/ the Caribbean, the title simple means ‘In the bus.’ This is a topic that I’ve always stewed in my mind and now I’m just venting.

The public transportation system here in Jamaica is a joke, especially if you live in the Kingston region and you have to take the bus to school in the mornings. Unfortunatley, I was subjected to the horrible experience yesterday AND this morning also.

First of all I must say that the bus system does serve to be of some historical use as now almost more than 80% of Jamaicans have had glimpses of what it was like when the slaves were packed like sardines in ships to cross the Atlantic to the Americas. So we now have one more thing in common with our ancestors. If the bus capacity is 40, I can assure you that here in Ja that bus would fit at least 150. Ok ok, maybe I exaggerated. It might fit 100. You become intimately close to the person next to you, behind you and infront of you. You and your neighbours become one. It seems as though our national motto takes on a literal meaning…”Out of many, one people.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sandra Bicknell [Revealed]

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

Growing up in Queens, New York within a typical Cuban-American household, Sandra Bicknell had no intention of being a model, travelling the world or being ‘cover girl’ for the fashion industry’s top glossies. In fact, she nonchalantly sums up her discovery as “just luck”.

“I had a job in Soho (West Broadway, Manhattan) in my first year of college, some agents came in and asked who’s that girl and that was it,” Sandra says as she nestles into the warm oatmeal couch, eager to share her story with SunDay. Opening what she calls her “memory trunk”, SunDay uncovers a vast collection of photos, magazines and memorabilia from her four-year stint as a model.

Sandra creates history by appearing on two Cosmo covers within three months of each other.
Sandra at her 40th birthday party.

Her whirlwind career filled with quirky moments, life lessons and a near-death experience with meningitis ended when she moved to Jamaica to start a new chapter as mother and wife.
Fast-forward to present day, Sandra is a bubbly 40-year-old, divorced mother of two. still a beautiful soul; grateful for wisdom, relationships and the opportunity to share her life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Library Thing – “Facebook for books”

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

If you’re a book lover, Library Thing is a useful tool to help you catalog your books online, write and read book reviews, see what other people like you may be reading and participate in book discussion threads. In a matter of a few minutes you can add books to your online catalog, tag ’em, and rate them using a star system. Based on your selections, you can then see who else shares your excellent taste in their own book arsenals. Think Facebook for books.

You can catalog up to 200 books for free and if you go beyond that you can get a paid account for $10 per year or $25 for a lifetime membership. There’s a little widget you can add to your blog, if you wish, which shows visitors what you’re reading. Library Thing is currently beta-testing LiveJournal and MySpace widgets.

Some other nice features include:

  • Import data from files and web pages. Supports Delicious Library, BookCollector, Amazon Wishlists.
  • Export all records as tab delimited text.
  • Mobile look-up – http://www.librarything.com/m/

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Windows Live Spaces gets a facelift

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

Windows Live Spaces launched some new features yesterday turning the site into more of a social networking site than the pure blogging/homepage site it once was.

The newness starts with a new homepage design that keeps you up-to-date with changes in your friends pages. In addition to the basic homepage changes users can now send personal messages back and forth as well as add a guest book to their page that allows other users to leave photos and videos as comments.

For those who want to add a little more flair to their Live Space the site has added more customizable options for pages allowing you to incorporate personal photos into your page design or choose from built-in templates. Photo albums also received a slight upgrade; allowing you to view all of your photo albums on the same page.

Microsoft is getting serious about Web 2.0, and only 2 full years behind the rest of the world. Way to go Redmond!

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Entertainment’s finest ladies

Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007

(Photos: Bryan Cummings and Lionel Rookwood.)

The scene stealer

Name: Nadia Khan
Vital stats: 34, single (“and looking for a rich man”), award-winning Trini-Jamaican actress, member of the University Players and interior decorator
Known for: Snagging the Best Supporting Actress statuette at the recent Actor Boy Awards for her role as the tormented Bertha in Polly Teale’s After Mrs Rochester. She has also wowed audiences here and overseas with her perfomances in several theatrical productions, including Patrick Brown’s Dirty Diana and Karl Williams’ The Black That I Am. She’s also appeared on the local soap Royal Palm Estate and several TV and print ads.

Why we’re feeling her: She is no amateur. After years of paying her dues, dreaming and waiting for her time in the spotlight, Khan is taking no prisoners. This adopted daughter of Jamaica is making a name for herself through her work as a much sought-after decorator and as a gifted actress in local theatre circles. “I have been performing since I was three. I’ve always had a love for the arts,” she tells all woman as she preps for her photo shoot. “It is in my blood. I can’t get it out and I don’t want to get it out.” Khan, a do-it-all woman, also worked in banking, giving up her post at Dehring, Bunting and Golding (DB&G) in 2003 to pursue her love for “a creative environment”. Besides acting on a regular basis, she earns a living by doing decor for parties and transforming homes.

“I have a wall fetish. I love painting and doing decor. It is another of my passions,” she says. But nothing beats, she says, being on stage and engaging an audience as she slips into character.

Nickeisha Barnes

What’s next: Khan admits that her “plate is full” for the coming weeks and months. She has several stage projects lined up, including her upcoming turn as Annie Palmer in Jane Crichton’s White Witch, set for the Fairfield Theatre in Montego Bay. The University Players go into rehearsals for an upcoming production in May and there are plans to take their Best Production-winning After Mrs Rochester to Barbados in June. “I’m dreaming of doing film but part of my focus, for the rest of the year, is to get a TV slot so I can host a clean, fun educational programme. The sky is the limit. There are so many possibilities to explore.”

The young diva

Name: Nickeisha Barnes
Vital stats: 25, “neither single nor married”, reggae/R&B/soul vocalist, Rising Stars alum and proud mother of one.
Known for: Giving male band One Third a run for their money last season on the hit TV talent show/ratings powerhouse Digicel Rising Stars on TV J. With her Mary J Blige-meets-Lauryn Hill vocal stylings, this young woman continues to create a frenzy at stage-shows and other events islandwide.
Why she’s making it big when others have failed: Who wasn’t rooting for this big-voiced girl on Rising Stars last year? After securing a wildcard spot to enter the final round of the competition, Barnes sank her teeth into the opportunity and nabbed the runner-up spot on the night of the grand finale. With her ‘cool chick’ persona and humble spirit, she has evolved from a round-the-way girl (born and bred in Arnett Gardens) into a young diva gearing up for the big times, attaining household-name status in the process. She has also ignored the pesky rumours about her personal life, focussing instead on launching a career that will see her competing for a spot on the charts with the likes of Tanya Stephens, Alaine and Tessanne Chin. She has not forgotten her roots either as she continues to do benefit performances in Arnett Gardens and elsewhere – most recently to raise funds for residents of the Sir John Golding Home in Mona, which was partially destroyed by fire earlier this year. And she is doing all this and balancing life in the spotlight while raising her four-year-old son Jahneil. “It’s a lot of responsibility,” she tells all woman, looking totally glam from head to toe. “It really dawned on me this year that hard work, commitment and discipline are very important on the road to success.”

What’s next: Barnes currently has a slew of radio-friendly tracks in heavy rotation, including the singles Hey Boy, So Much Pain, To Sir With Love, Perfect Stranger and Puppet. She also has a music video for her song Garrison (via Penhouse Records) in the pipeline, even as her studio recording schedule intensifies. “I’m working on a couple more singles and some other projects but nothing to confirm right now,” she says. “I don’t want to limit myself because there are many things I want to accomplish.” Barnes, who also has a 9-to-5 that helps pay the bills, has set time aside to volunteer with the National HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaign run by the Ministry of Health, which she describes as an eye-opening experience. “It is affecting everybody and we just need to take care of ourselves. It’s our life.”

Neila Ebanks

The dancing maverick

Name: Neila Ebanks
Vital stats: 30, status not confirmed, dancer, dance educator and much-sought-after choreographer
Known for: Telling it like it is in her capacity as a judge on the hit TV show MiPhone Dancin’ Dynamites on TV J. Since graduating from UWI Mona, Ebanks has choreographed engaging dance narratives and solo pieces for almost every major dance company in Jamaica, while serving as dance tutor at the School of Dance, Edna Manley College. You might also have seen some of her moves in several local music videos and theatre productions.

Why she gets major ratings: Ebanks, who has been involved in dance theatre and choreography since her days at Immaculate Conception, UWI and the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), continues to pass on the knowledge she gained over the years in a bid to help the upcoming generation of dance performers. Her unique vision and passion for the art form manifests itself without being forced. At the same time, for many young performers, who are told continuously that there is no rewarding career or future in the field of dance, Ebanks proves otherwise. “I love performing. Through choreography, I am able to express what I want to say and I can’t think of anything that I’m more passionate about,” she says in a brief phone interview last week. Now in her second year as a judge on the TV show, she says the experience has been both encouraging and fulfilling. “People are really taking the show seriously. The participants, in particular, are very hungry to win. They are also willing to learn and they come prepared every week. I can’t say the judging process is easier this year because the calibre of performances is now much much higher,” she says, adding that television is a great medium to teach dance. The dance show I’ll Send You A Postcard, which helps to raise funds for dancers to pursue postgraduate studies in dance overseas, was also her brainchild. Ebanks has also crossed over into theatre, providing movements for productions (most recently De Moon in De Crossroads) and securing two Actor Boy nominations along the way. Her freelance choreography has also appeared in dance seasons put on by local dance bodies, most recently the University Dance Society.

What’s next: “I’m in a recovery phase right now and I’m also getting back into training to work on the performance aspect of my craft,’ she tells all woman, chuckling as she speaks. Ebanks also has projects lined up with Ashe (for their upcoming mini-season) and L’ACADCO to round off the year. “I would love to start a dance company of my own. Hopefully sometime in the future.”

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