Bounty Killer Says Soca Will Be Bigger Than Dancehall After Sting 2022 Flop

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Bounty Killer has issued another grave warning that dancehall is receding while other genres of music, like soca, are getting bigger forwards in the Jamaican entertainment space.

The veteran artist posted and deleted his thoughts on the recent Sting chaos that took place on Boxing Day night. At the same time, another party- I Love Soca, was well-attended and featured a more organized event that had no reported violence.

The Sting fiasco has been an embarrassment for the proponents of dancehall, who continue to deny that the music is not connected to “badness” or encourages unruly behavior. The return of Sting sought to bring back the same old rivalry characteristic of 90s dancehall music, and while some were here for it, others felt that the event sought to take the genre a step back.

Among those who have been very vocal is Mr. Vegas, who called the event a ‘disgrace’ and called out promoters for not booking “real” artists and entertainers to promote dancehall music.

In response to videos of Trinidadian artist Kes The Band performing in Jamaica before a packed I Love Soca crowd, Bounty Killer had a very ominous warning about the recession of dancehall while other genres were being loved and promoted.

“That flopped sting last night while dancehall is being stuck in a barrel and losing its appeal to the world watch Soca in Jamaica,” the artist wrote.

“Believe it or if we don’t take heed and try to fix the problem right now Soca will be even bigger than dancehall yrs to come here sad but it’s the truth,” Bounty Killer said.

While Bounty Killer is worried that Jamaica will be overrun by soca music, some soca artists also shared that they felt Jamaicans embracing soca more is a good thing.

Artist Moto wrote, “It was about time Jamaica accepted soca 100%. This will be great for the future of the genre. Jamaica has the advantage of popularity and population compared to smaller islands. It be a huge push forward for SOCA. This is a GREAT thing indeed.”

Another wrote, “Well after seeing what was served up at Sting it’s no wonder Sting 93 Beenie Man Vs Bounty Killer Sting 95 Cobra Vs Ninja Man fast forward to sting 2022 Amari Vs Queenie people have to realise that the Dancehall music we know and love is now a deadman walking.”

This year’s Sting was headlined by Skeng Don, Jashii, Valiant, and others, but the artists did not get to perform as police ended the show early after the stage was stormed by unknown persons. Police officers could be seen restraining people while others had their guns drawn during the fracas.

One of the biggest moments of the show was the clash between non-artists Amari and Queenie, which degenerated into a cuss-out on stage. The promoters of Sting have not addressed the criticisms of the show, which returned after a decade of not being hosted and which they promised would be bigger and better than before.

Jo Mersa Marley Cause Of Death, Tributes Pour In For Reggae Singer

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Jo Mersa Marley’s cause of death has been revealed as tributes poured in for the late reggae star.

Urban Islandz broke the story on Tuesday that the son of Stephen Marley and grandson of the late reggae legend Bob Marley passed away after being found unresponsive on Boxing Day in his car in Florida. While the reggae community struggles to deal with his untimely death at the age of 31, sources are telling Urban Islandz that the young Marley might’ve had an asthma attack before passing.

At the time of this publication, no official cause of death has been revealed, but sources say the Marley family plans to do an autopsy. In the meantime, tributes have been pouring in from Jo Mersa Marley’s friends and fans in the reggae community with names like Bounty Killer, Baby Cham, Freddie McGregor, Ce’Cile, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Collie Buddz, I-Octane, Sean Paul, Gramps Morgan, Jesse Royal, Capleton, and many more all shared tributes on social media.

Jesse Royal, who was a close friend of Jo Mersa, wrote, “My heart is truly aching… Jo was such a solid loyal and direct individual. An incredible and dedicated father, A friend u could always count on and a Lion who a govern him Jungle. Jo Always ago tell you how him feel despite feelings. The memories are too numerous to mention, the laughs were too real to forget but at the moment the pain is inconsolable. I’ve seen you grow thru so many changes and stages and only kept getting better and better Broo! I pray that the world gets a chance to hear every piece of art u have ever created!! Even the demos because they are that good! Broooo mi still can’t even believe this is real. Sincerest condolences to the family Jah Know Mers #HurtingInside.”

Jo Mersa died leaving behind father, Stephen Marley, his wife Qiara Marley, and a daughter. Mersa also has several siblings as his father Stephen has fathered a reported close to a dozen children.

Sean Paul wrote, “Cyah belive young soldier. R.I.P G @jomersamarley condolences 2 #stephenmarley an the entire marley fam. All his freinds an fanz.”

Bounty Killer added on IG, “Jah know star let’s all just cherish each moment from here on since non of us never know the time. My deepest sincere condolences goes out to #StephenRagga and the whole Marley family.”

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Dancehall DJ Raevas Findley Has Died, Bounty Killer Shares Tribute

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Popular dancehall DJ Raevas Findley has reportedly passed away. Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the DJ who was part of the DJ group Tom & Ravaz was found dead in his home on Boxing Day.

DJ Raevas Findley’s cause of death is not yet known, but sources told Urban Islandz that Findley passed away early Tuesday morning. On Instagram, Bounty Killer, who was a close friend of Findley, shared condolences to the DJ’s family.

“Kmt Jah know star no mon dis cyaah be real. R.I.P mi lil bredda @dj_raevas,” Bounty wrote.

Bounty Killer and Raevas worked together on his popular Sunday party series ‘Bounty Sunday Shift’ held at Oneil’s Place.

DJ Tom also shared his final conversation with Raevas where the deceased artist spoke about his dreams and desires for their DJ team to “put in the work and gwan impress” so they can earn the rewards of their labor.

“Five years’ time from this we can relax, bro…the least likkle thing we do can please the crowd,” Raevas said in the voice note.

Among those who also reacted to the news of his death was Skatta Burrell.

Jah know my friend… what is life? Yah one of the nicest bredda wid the cleanest heart. Sigh,” Skatta wrote in a comment under Tom’s post.

Teflon Zinc Fence wrote, “Bloodclaut No no no Kmt Jah know yute.”

“Sorry for your lost me G swear,” Romeich Major from Romeich Entertainment wrote.

“Jah Kno Bro this can’t real G,” Chinging Ching wrote while fellow DJ Tripple X said, “Jah Jah…this cyah real….hold it yute. Mi know u inna pain yah now cause unuh was way more than coworkers…just know say mi deh yah fi u mi bredda.”

Bay-C said, “Jah Know mi bredda!!!!! This can’t real.”

Raevas was also popularly known as dancehall artist Marcy Chin’s DJ. On Instagram, she shared a photo of the young man and his son. “Dawggggg” she captioned the photo with broken-hearted emojis and crying emojis.

Producer Crawba Genius, artists Xyclone, and Lil Hanky Panky, among others, expressed shock at his death.