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The Month's Goings-On In Dancehall and Reggae...

VYBZ KARTEL has been out of the news for a while but this month the Werl Boss took to the headlines again, though it's mixed news for him. He was granted bail for $3million Jamaican, but that was for only one of his murder charges. He still awaits bail on the second.

SNOOP DOGG & DIPLO are to collaborate on a new all-reggae album, a first for Snoop. Diplo (the producer behind Major Lazer's massive Pon de Floor) worked with Snoop in 2010 on the track That Tree. There's also talks that POPCAAN and Snoop may be collaborating on a track--now this sounds interesting!

Lastly, there's news expected about some BIG reggae gigs in London this summer - watch this space.

Big Riddims in rotation this month include 'Wet Up', featuring artists such as SPICE, KHAGO, BEENIE MAN, TIFA, KONSHENS…but CASHFLOW's sizzling hot 'Back Way' riddim really has things revved up to maxx - can't decide between tracks 'Back Way' (CHAM FT. O) or 'Ride' by BOUNTY KILLER & CECILE. The five star general and the badgyal now that's a killer combo, "Me love when you sit down an turn it…me want loving from Sunday to Sunday…. can you handle the ride???'

MAVADO does his heart melting trick AGAIN. He's got every girl in the palm of his hand AGAIN with new track 'Soulja Girl.' "She's always on my mind… " he sings on the DJ Khaled production. Its all about standing by your man in good times and bad - ''shoulder to shoulder''. The Gully Gaad and SERANI rocked Amazura Club in Queens NYC last month, featuring a surprise stage appearance from BUSTA RHYMES!

With hip hop and reggae mixing it up so much at the mo it's no surprise to hear VYBZ KARTEL on the beat from JAY Z and KANYE's 'N*gg@s in Paris,' giving a real Portmore treatment to 'Breddaz in Paris' and effortlessly pulling it off, as always. Nice to get a little dose of the incarcerated dancehall hero.

BRAMMA drops a new track 'Anyweh', a DI GENIUS production, which is riding high. And talking about genius productions SALAM REMI & NAS got together to unleash 'The Don,' on a track that was originally made by Heavy D. The reggae-flavored number has hip-hop heads going crazy right now.

Finally if you ain't heard of him already then take note: there's a new kid on the block straight outta TrenchTown who's putting the dancehall back into dancehall I guess. POTENTIAL KIDD got all noticed with his track 'Yah So Nice' which plagued the island with its risque lines and catchy phrases that seem to be creating some waves inna the dance. Cute & cheeky, I guess the kidd's got potential!

Timed to hit the streets at the same time as BUSY SIGNAL's new album 'Reggae Music Again' is a very nice little addition, a vinyl companion piece entitled 'Reggae Music Dubb’n Again'. The exclusive LP will feature extended dub mixes for six of the album’s songs, which are all produced and engineered by SHANE BROWN of Jukeboxx Productions along with his legendary father, ERROL BROWN.

New York City's 'Best Buy Theatre' saw a triple MARLEY stage show as bros JULIAN, STEPHEN & DAMIAN gave the audience a night to remember, performing hits like "Pimpas' Paradise," "The Mission," and "Traffic Jam" together on stage. Trust me, it was locks everywhere. There were also appearances from the Ghetto Youths stable including new recruit WAYNE MARSHALL and CHRISTOPHER ELLIS, who bought a little bit of South London to the Big Apple when he showed the city what he could do with his version of his father's hit "Willow Tree.'"

This Friday 6th April GENERAL LEVY, STYLO G, MR WILLIAMZ, LEA ANNA and more—backed by live band DIRTY GOLD—perform at the XOYO in East London. If General Levy's performance is anything like his one in the recently released UK Dancehall doc "Showtime," it's worth grabbing a tkt.

And fast approaching is this year's 'London International Ska Festival, which takes place 3rd - 6th May. Acts on the bill include DAWN PENN, DANDY LIVINGSTONE, DAVE BARKER & THE DUALERS. For full ticket & venue info visit

Of course it's Record Store Day on the 21st April so get on down to your local Reggae / Dancehall specialist for the real deal. I spotted Sounds of the Universe, Sister Ray and Piccadilly Records (Manchester) but the full list is here:

Big respect to LADY LESHURR, LITTLE ROY, and RAS ITES, who traveled all the way from the England to Austin, Texas for SXSW last month and showed America what UK Bass culture is all about.

See ya next month!

Words by Reshma B

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