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You might say “isn’t this entertainment” yes it is but I might say “this is my site”. Just playing, this is just about whats happening around the world in music. Again with a little touch of bias Jamaican news.

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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Buju under fire for his statements – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 4, 2009

As the Buju Banton, ‘Marley is not the greatest’ debate rages on, a reader, Newell Morgan, responds to the Gargamel’s statement published in the Entertainment section of yesterday’s Observer.

Buju Banton

Deejay Buju Banton needs to know people are not slave driver’s protégés because they do not agree with what he is saying. A slave master’s protégé is one who becomes very angry when challenged because his way is the only way. He uses derogatory words to describe people; he does not credit nor reward people for their work and he is far from humble and believes in ‘switch and bait’.

Buju needs to put what he said in context – since he is certain that we have taken him out of context – so that we can “treat him fairly”.

Bob Marley opened the door many years ago and no one, as yet, has been able to walk through. Do not be fooled, there have been song-writers, musicians, promoters, disc jockeys and sound system players, artistes and promoters who have all worked hard to make this music strong, but were never credited. Point taken, but as we move forward we cannot stray from the music and expect greatness.

When Peter Tosh was asked to describe reggae music, he said, “This is a spiritual music with spiritual ingredients for spiritual purposes. It’s a music you feel.”

Are we still using the ingredients? Could that be part of why we are coming up short? Or could it be that artistes do not find benefit in a mentor or guide who will inspire growth?

Have proper business plans given way to might, brute force and hustle? Reggae music was made to take over the four corners of the earth; the founders had a solid vision and during some rough times they worked overtime to perfect their craft. So if people were to calm down and be open-minded and go back to basics and revisit the work ethic and the ingredients of the founders, they would be much better off for having done so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bob Marley is not the greatest musician – Buju

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

Recording artiste Buju Banton says that Bob Marley is not the greatest Jamaican musician and that this fixation on the reggae icon has hurt the growth of the music.

Banton… I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago

Banton respects Marley’s music but argued that calling him the greatest logically implies that no better can follow.

“I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die,” he told a mixed crowd at the launch of Rasta Got Soul, his new album, at the University of the West Indies on Thursday. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough.”

Currently Bob Marley’s album Legend continues to top iTunes reggae charts in every major reggae market except Japan, even as Mavado, Banton and Jah Cure released new albums this month. Downloaders in 19 of the 22 listed countries are buying Marley’s 1984 album above any other reggae album on iTunes, arguably the Internet’s most popular online music store. These online sales will add to the album’s sales which have surpassed 20 million. Comparatively, the average reggae album sells some 5,000 units worldwide.

Bob Marley

Banton’s comments received claps from the crowd. He then evidenced his point with reference to Marley’s sons who receive the brunt of the comparisons. “Bob had nine sons, allow the youths to be who they are destined to be, because once you do that they automatically fade away. Don’t line me up with anybody. Don’t parallel me and then you find you kill I. I can learn from the great ones and can learn by the wheel, but I don’t want to be that someone who you only see in that shadow,” said Banton who had been compared to Marley with his 1995 release Til Shiloh.

That album had songs in the reggae folk tradition with Untold Stories being its classic hit. Even 14 years after the release it’s frequently compared with Marley’s Redemption Song. Til Shiloh had set the standard for subsequent Banton releases, but Banton has been torn between two lovers: dancehall and reggae. But on his new 15 track album both genres are included. Banton released Reggae Got Soul via his own record label Gargamel Music Inc, via a Tommy Boy distribution deal.

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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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Posted by Dresonic on June 11, 2008

What can I say but totally, RIMarkable…


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  • 480 x 320 display
  • 625MHz CPU, 1GB internal flash memory
  • 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2Dp), GPS, MicroSDHC
  • 480 x 320 video recording, photo geotagging
  • 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.55-inches, 4.7 ounces

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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

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Posted by Dresonic on December 24, 2007

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Posted by Dresonic on December 24, 2007

Do I need to say more>>>????

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Sweetest Girl-Wyclef Jean ft. Akon+Lil Wayne

Posted by Dresonic on September 24, 2007


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Hip Hop Police – Chamillionaire ft. Slick Rick

Posted by Dresonic on September 24, 2007

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R. Kelly facing up to 15 years behind bars

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

rkelly1.jpgR. Kelly, the legendary R&B singer who was charged with child pornography five years ago will face the Judge on September 17. The trial will take place in Cook County, Chicago and should last for about a month.

In 2002, tapes were found that displayed the 40-year-old singer having sex with a female who looked no older than 13. Kelly was then arrested and charged with 21 counts of child pornography.

Kelly who pleaded not guilty, attended the Cook County Criminal Courthouse two days ago with his lawyer to discuss a questionnaire of over 135 questions that will be thrown out to him for answers. If Mr. Kelly is found guilty he could face up to 15 years behind bars.

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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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Beenie entertained, Cham was truly brilliant

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night on Thursday attracted the largest audience since its 15-year inception – perhaps an indication that dancehall is not entirely dead but has merely evolved, becoming more mainstream.

Cham gets into his act. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

“We cannot fight dancehall,” said MC Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess, “it’s relevant. It’s gonna be around a long time to come,” he added, noting that show organisers had declared the gathering “the largest crowd in the festival’s 15-year run”.

The at least 20,000-strong throng consisted of both Jamaican and international dancehall aficionados who went to the Catherine Hall venue to see their favourite acts at the height of their game. And what a game it was since several top acts managed to thoroughly entertain even as they indicted the island’s politicians and lobbied for peace during the weeks leading up to elections.

Ever the consummate performer, top act Beenie Man, proved to Jamaica, once again, why he was worthy of his self-professed title ‘King of the Dancehall’. Donned in his trademark trench and matching black, green and gold suit, Beenie was a picture of patriotic perfection, rendering hit after hit punctuated by his political opinions.

“All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” the deejay said, the audience readily and unanimously responding. The audience showed their appreciation for the artiste’s comment with mock gun salutes, raised lighters and blow torches even as he continued to speak of the nation’s leaders. The artiste, who was the last act for the morning, exited with his latest hit Back It Up.

But if Beenie Man is ‘King of the Dancehall’, then, judging from crowd response, Mavado must be its prince.
The turbulent, vocally gripping character that is Mavado entered the stage on the brink of daybreak to celebratory screams and fireworks. Seeming totally at ease, he delivered with precision his brutally chilling discourse Weh Dem A Say, Gangsta for Life and Badman Place, et al. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greensleeves releases 12-Inch Rulers compilation

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Twelve-Inch Rulers is the first in a series of compilations which have been released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Greensleeves Records.

The series concentrates on those classic 12-inch singles that Greensleeves has released over the years and those that have never been released on compact disc. The series will be spilt into producer and genre selections such as Dub, DJ, Vocal and Dancehall.

This first selection zooms in on the talents of the late Henry Junjo Lawes, a producer who had a very special relationship with Greensleeves which dates back to 1979. Back then, Lawes had scored big with Barrington Levy’s Englishman.

Kingston-based Lawes continued to supply Greensleeves with sparse and heavy productions that were to dominate reggae’s emergent dancehall culture for the next few years. Lawes was to later discover a wealth of newcomers, including Scientist, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Josey Wales, Wailing Souls, Ranking Toyan and Frankie Paul, all of whom released breakthrough albums on Greensleeves.

All tracks on the 12-inch Rulers compilation were recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist, Soljie and Barnabas at King Tubby’s studio. Most of the tracks featured here have never appeared on compact disc before. The Wailing Souls single Firehouse Rock is exclusive to this release. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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US singer gives emotion-filled performance at Sumfest

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Mary J Blige is one of those performers who, through music, relates her own experiences, moving the most stoic of listeners to catharsis. “I was going through hell, and when you went out and bought my album, I was your therapist. and when you listened we both began to heal,” said the emotional singer during her Saturday night performance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s final instalment, The Zenith.

Blue lights flashed as the thud of piano keys heralded the favourite No More Drama, which alludes to her past struggles with abusive relationships and an alleged drug problem.
The life lessons continued, as the diva’s voice soared, meandering through difficult rifts even as she contorted her slim frame as if each word jabbed her body.


“Don’t let the naysayers kill your dreams. keep kickin’ ’em to the curve. Be happy with who you are,” the R&B queen declared, her fans endorsing her statement by way of applause. And after a long sigh, she proceeded with the love song Be Without You from her late 2005 album Breakthrough.

“I got sick and tired of people’s opinions and how I let that rule my life. as long as I love who I am that’s cool,” she said, apt lines for the introduction to Take Me As I Am, followed by the bluesy I’m Going Down. The audience, however, seemed to have ‘first dibs’ on the latter track, nearly completing the song before the singer could utter a note.
The ghetto soprano’s four-inch heels proved no impediment for her since she glided across the stage, dancing, stooping and jumping during the other renditions: Real Love (her 1994 debut single), Enough Cryin’ – produced by famous R&B producer Rodney ‘Dark Child’ Jerkins, featuring her rapping alter ego Brooklyn – and Baggage, among others.

Showcasing her impressive repertoire aside, Blige was the consummate performer, possessing what seemed like an innate ability to connect with her mostly female fan base – many of whom were also stirred to emotion. Her set was well-organised and perfectly executed, which easily made her the best performer of the three-day festival.
The singer, who appeared midway through the show, closed with her ‘crunk’ track Dance For Me.

It seemed emotion – albeit of a different and perhaps a more tongue-in-cheek variety – was also on homegrown star Tanya Stephens’ agenda. Her trademark ‘sunglasses-at-night’ paired with jeans, furry boots and a simple tank made for a simple appearance, but this lyrical maven’s songs were anything but. In fact, the whole arrangement was quite complex, one that could sit in any of the world’s major music festivals.

Taurus Riley is at ease with his guitar during his performance on Saturday night at Reggae Sumfest.

Releasing hit after enthralling hit, the rebel reggae-rocker sang It’s A Pity and Way Back, the track that served as a segue into her older material like Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, Don’t Goggle and Handle The Ride. The musical time machine was fast forward to present day when she performed the sexually charged Boom Wuk, Good Ride and Tek Him Back, all from her penultimate project Gangsta Blues. The artiste, who weeks prior to Sumfest declared in a Splash interview that “the other woman” is often her muse, didn’t disappoint with bitter-break-up-songs After You, Damn You and Can’t Live Without Me.

The biggest applause, however, came for the artiste’s latest single These Streets from her 2006 Rebelution album.
Tessanne Chin, who was among the smaller acts to grace the Sumfest stage, also showed brilliantly with her rock-meets-reggae vocals, especially on tracks like Black Books, One Night Stand and the tres popular Hideaway.

Though the ladies gave the strongest showing, reggae-rock steady crooners Beres Hammond and newcomer Taurus Riley were simply refreshing – especially the latter, whose raspy, breezy lilt resounded through the Catherine Hall venue.
Think John Legend’s rough-cut tremolos paired with the lyrical poignancy of Bob Marley to understand the genius that local music lovers know as Taurus Riley.

Performing choice tracks from his 2006 album Parables, including Microchip, Lion Paw and a cover of John Legend’s Stay With You, the singer soared. It was his closer, the ‘rootsy’ reggae ballad She’s Royal, that sent screams through the audience and the singer had to pause his rendition due to the loud noise.

Veteran balladeer Beres Hammond gave an inspiring performance, charming with his hits and making an impromptu call for audience member Beenie Man to join him on stage. The deejay obliged and the results were simply entertaining.
This reporter left the venue during the tribute to veteran musicians Lloyd Parks and his We The People band.

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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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Kartel, Mavado make peace

Posted by Dresonic on June 4, 2007

After weeks of intense lyrical feuding and spurts of physical violence believed to be linked to the lyrical war between Vybz Kartel and Mavado, a press conference was held yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus, where both artistes under the guidance of DCP Mark Shields and Kimani Robinson called a truce.

According to Vybz Kartel, “this is not a publicity stunt, wi si seh di ting all a reach inna di schools an it a guh too far suh we haffi do sum’n.”

Mavado also agreed that the feud was doing more harm than good for the music.

More harm than good

“Clashing a sumting weh a go always happen but when it reach on a level where it escalate to a more violent ting, den it haffi level. These tings nuh really help we as an artiste, cause it don’t help di music. When it don’t help di music, it don’t help us, it breaks us down and breaks down di whole music,” Mavado said.

Both artistes said that if they led by example and made the first move towards peace then others, including their fans, entourages and other personalities in the music would eventually follow suit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Akon Attempts Some Sexual Healing

Posted by Dresonic on May 9, 2007


Akon intended to get down and dirty, but he didn’t mean to offend.

That’s what the hip-hop star had to say, anyway, on Wednesday when he apologized for engaging in some sexually explicit dance moves with an underage girl at a concert last month in the Caribbean.

A tape of the Apr. 12 show at the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain, Trinidad, ended up on YouTube and was broadcast on local television stations, prompting Verizon to drop Akon as a featured talent and end its sponsorship of Gwen Stefani‘s latest tour, which features the “Smack That” rapper as an opening act.

“I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert,” Akon said in a statement.

“It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met.”

The object of Akon’s simulated affection was 15-year-old Danah Alleyne, who explained after the fact that she thought she was being invited to shake it with Akon because she had won a dance contest.

Turned out that the “contest” was unofficial and more of a move to get seven ladies (or six ladies and a girl, it turned out) up on stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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