Japan to Jamaica: Rankin Pumpkin

Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is attracting even more international attention with the debut of its first contestant from Japan. Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D’Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.
On Saturday February 18, Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barret, announced that princesses Aksana and Dexii and princes Kaama and Crazy Nacka were eliminated from Castle Red. For Rankin Pumpkin, born Yoko Matsui, the 10th season of MKQ is her year. Rankin Pumpkin has been travelling to Jamaica since 1995, when she first visited the island to learn more about our culture. Landing in Montego Bay from Kobe, Japan, Rankin Pumpkin set out to immerse herself in Jamaica’s biggest export — our music.
“I love reggae and dancehall music. I came here because I wanted to know about the culture, so I could write more lyrics,” she explained backstage of the season 10’s first live show.

So in love with our music is she, that she is unwilling to name a favourite artiste or song. The 42-year-old entered the premier dancehall talent show satisfy a long standing desire. “I have been watching this programme from the beginning, from season one, always watching and enjoying. I knew that one day I wanted to enter,” said Rankin Pumpkin.

“But I always miss the audition day because I went back to Japan. I always come to Jamaica in November/December, which is late for the audition. I came earlier in Jamaica this year, just for Magnum, and I qualified in Ocho Rios,” said the smiling princess.

Castle Red Returns
The other nine members of Castle Red unveiled in week one include; Clarendon native Lady Caliba who performed with Dah Body Deh. The prince from Ocho Rios Symatic introduced himself to Jamaica with Bad Gyal Wine. Bad Gal Bambi with Gone Ah Lead impressed Skatta with her stage craft and delivery.

Tyshawn gave a soulful tribute with Miss You, while [Everything] Check proved to be a crowd pleaser for Della Rhymezzz from May Pen. Shalanda, from Central Village, sang that she Neva Trust Friend. Tatik’s On My Way struck a chord with the audience as he told poverty goodbye, before 18-year-old prince Rally Banks took the stage. Sugar Daddy from Keke and Frenchy.

Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs every Saturday at 9:30 pm on Television Jamaica. For behind the scenes updates during the show’s live airing, persons can follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, ‘@MagnumTonicWine.


Christopher Martin Is A Very Big Deal

The Big Deal Boss himself, Christopher Martin, is living up to his moniker and proving that he is in fact a very big deal. 

The artist dropped his debut album ‘Big Deal’ on February 10th and it has since soared to Number 1 on the Reggae Albums chart in Japan. It’s hard to believe that this is Chris Martin’s debut album. Jamaica has seen him grow up in front of our eyes (and through our ears) since winning Rising Stars in 2005. 

Since then, Martin has been consistent in blessing us with his amazing voice and making hit after hit, including “Chill Spot”, “Cheater’s Prayer”, “Take My wings”, “I’m A Big Deal” (the title track off the album), and so many others. 

This debut album has shown Martin’s growth, both as a man and an artist. With tracks like “Lady Of The Night” and “Magic”, Chris is undoubtedly taking the crown as the male sex symbol in Reggae & Dancehall music. He has successfully been able to combine the two genres, creating his own style , which he calls “Sugar Reggae”, a name that we can all agree is very fitting, considering the sound of his voice. 

This album has shown Martin’s ability to make great music for local and international air waves, fusing both genres of Dancehall and reggae. It also shows his ability to carry an entire project by himself while simultaneously including a few of his musical friends like Busy Signal (Steppin’), Chip (Under The Influence Remix), Destiny Moriah (Long Distance Lover) and even Tanto Blacks who is adlibs on One Life. 

All in all, Chris Martin’s “Big Deal” is a success and is a project that is very much needed in the local music industry. Congrats Chris on being a BIG DEAL!

Download/Listen to ‘Big Deal’ below:



RUBiS urges Jamaicans to stand against recent attacks against women and children

RUBiS Energy Jamaica urges Jamaicans to take a strong stand against acts of violence that target the nation’s women and children. Last Friday, February 10. RUBiS hosted an event aimed at showing their support for the victims, families and other loved ones who have been affected by the recent attacks.


RUBiS’ CEO, Alain Carreau encouraged staff and teams to, “Learn to talk your problems out,” rather than allowing them to escalate into confrontational situations.


Guest speaker, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Community Safety and Security, Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh, had a similar message of accountability. Welsh delivered a poignant and practical message to the audience around the theme LOVE – an acronym for Legislate, Overcome, Violence and Emancipate oneself.


“As a police officer I cannot legislate what happens within your bedrooms,” said Dr. Welsh. He emphasized the need to set personal rules for which you are accountable. These he noted could range from not engaging in sexual intercourse with underage parties to not having multiple relationships simultaneously.


An offshoot of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Love Me to Live not Love me to Death – a campaign against Domestic Violence, Dr. Welsh noted in his presentation the theme’s need to accentuate the positivity of love.


He went on to share the need to overcome that is, resist tempting but negative situations; resist violence and ensure the ability to have financial and emotional independence/ emancipation when necessary.


Dr. Welsh also encouraged Jamaicans to download the Stay Alert Mobile Application which has a built in panic system allowing individuals in trouble to promptly contact the police.


The function was centered on the theme, “No to Violence Against Women and Children”, which saw staff members donning shirts bearing the same graphic and making presentations about safety tips, all persons can employ.


RUBiS will continue to rally against violence towards women and children through a number of upcoming events. The petroleum marketing company plans to find means of encouraging other Jamaicans to help bring even greater awareness to the issue which affect and touches all Jamaicans.