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By Krista Henry

Producer Shane Brown

The 'Boops' rhythm has returned. This time however the track has a new generation of artistes giving the old rhythm a different twist.

Boops by Super Cat was made popular in the 1980s and was a massive hit cementing Supercat's place in reggae history and also that of the late producer Steely of the Cleevie and Steely duo. 'Boops' rhythm was remade and re-released late December 2009 by producer Shane Brown of Juke Boxx Productions.

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In a recent interview with Brown he explained his reasons for re-making the rhythm saying, "I decided to do 'Boops' because Steely is someone I grew up listening to and admiring. A lot of people don't really know what persons like that contributed and made for us today." This is Brown's first cover of a rhythm, which he did alongside Kirk Bennett. According to Brown the foundation of the original 'Boops' rhythm is the same but he has added modern improvements and modern synthetic samples.

Brown's 'Boops' rhythm has songs from Chino, Assassin, Busy Signal, Timeka Marshall, Elephant Man, Karl Morrison, Konshens, Lutan Fyah, Romain Virgo and Tarrus Riley. In the modern take of the rhythm the artistes take on a variety of topics in new deejaying styles and in imitation of dancehall greats. "The artistes brought something new and old, Busy and Assassin used the old way like Super Cat and Shabba and the young artistes compliment the rhythm but keep it authentic by using old melodies," Brown said.

The artistes tackle current issues of technology, love, and living conditions in Jamaica. Assassin has two songs on the rhythm, History Books where he educates youngsters about the 'old time' culture, while in Nowadays Boopsie he cautions boys about talking to nowdays girls who will "squat yuh like a mosquito." Busy Signal has three diverse songs on Boops including Dem Nuh Care, Government Gone Luu and Dat Me Love. In Government Gone Luu Busy does a convincing Super Cat impression talking about the recent raising of taxes.

Riley does one for the children with Children A Pree We saying, "yuh a sey di yutes bad, weh dem get it from?..a yuh, a yuh." Chino talks about being a "real real gallis" in Phone Gallis, while Elephant Man tells the ladies to 'Whine' (the title of the track). With his powerful voice Virgo also stands out on the rhythm with Live Mi Life, singing, "me waan live mi life, tek care of mi madda, and mi pickney and mi wife."

For Brown, the response to the rhythm has been going well, and Juke Boxx has also been busy with a number of upcoming singles from Marshall and Busy Signal. Brown says fans can expect soca songs from Busy Signal including Wooeeii Gal Wooeeii featuring Machel Montano. Busy is also expected to release his third album 'D.O.B' in March of this year.

Brown said, "The next rhythm we have coming out is in April. We tekking this year and easing off the 'One Drop' rhythm and bringing back the 80s/90s era music like Boops."

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Machel not hired for Beyonce, says mom


Machel Montano is not carded to be the opening act of the February 18 Beyonce concert.

Elizabeth Montano, mother and long-time manager of the soca superstar, yesterday denied rumours her son is carded to open for the R&B/pop superstar.

Rumours of Montano’s appearance at the much-publicised concert began circulating after one of the HD Family members referred to their missing comrade while performing at Island People’s annual Amnesia fete last Sunday night. While on stage, the HD Family asked the audience if they were missing Machel, if they were going to see Beyonce, and then said Montano ’would be there as well’.

Montano said while these comments may have been interpreted as an indication of Machel’s appearance at the concert, Mr HD has not been contacted about or booked for the show.

She said: ’I don’t know where they get that from; I don’t even know what they meant when they said that onstage because Machel is not even in the country at this time. I’m not sure if they spoke to him privately, and he said he’s coming back to take in the show, but officially, we have not been contacted about or contracted to perform at the Beyonce show.’

Montano added even if Machel had been hired to open for Beyonce at the show, TSTT (Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago) would share that information with the public when they felt the time was right, and not anyone from the HD Family.

’This is business at the end of the day, and the promoter has the discretion of announcing their accompanying acts when they see it fit. As far as I know, Machel is outside working on a lot of different projects and concentrating on different things. He’s spent almost his entire life performing in Trinidad Carnival year after year and after Trinidad, he’s always called upon to perform at all the other Carnivals as well, so he’s decided to take a different approach this year and is glad to leave the space for young talent to shine.’

Montano called upon the population to ’encourage and embrace all the young, talented acts’ that are rising to the fore this year, instead of ’comparing them to Machel and not accepting them for who they are’.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Rescue workers struggled to clear rubble and bodies Wednesday from the streets of Haiti's "flattened" capital, where a government official said the death toll from Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake may exceed 100,000.

Thousands of injured people waited for care outside badly damaged hospitals, while an unknown number remained trapped inside collapsed buildings. Basic services like water and electricity were out, and Haitian President Rene Preval said his government needs help clearing streets so rescuers can reach some of the hardest-hit areas.

"We need medicine. We need medical help in general," Preval told CNN. "Some of the hospitals, they collapsed."

People were digging though the rubble of leveled buildings with their hands Wednesday, looking for survivors or bodies, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported from Port-au-Prince. Other CNN correspondents in Port-au-Prince and its suburbs reported whole blocks of collapsed buildings, with dozens of bodies piled in the streets.

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Video images captured just moments after the temblor show dust-covered survivors rushing through the streets, yelling in terror. Others trapped in buildings are seen punching out debris and bricks, and shouting for help and trying to squeeze themselves out through cracks in the structures.

Port-au-Prince "is flattened," said Haiti's consul general to the U.N., Felix Augustin, who said he believed more than 100,000 people were dead.

But Preval said other estimates ranged from 30,000 to 50,000.

"It's too early to give a number," Preval said.

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The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It could be felt strongly in eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away.

The earthquake's power matched that of several nuclear bombs, said Roger Searle, a professor of geophysics in the Earth Sciences Department at Durham University in England. He said the combination of its magnitude and geographical shallowness made it particularly dangerous.

About 3 million people -- one-third of Haiti's population -- were affected by the quake, the Red Cross said. About 10 million people most likely felt shaking from the earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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As night fell over the island Wednesday, gunshots sounded off in Port-au-Prince. Screams and wails could be heard with each aftershock. Some people who still had homes refused to go inside, fearing collapse. Scores huddled together in parks and sidewalks, trying to get rest.

Though planes carrying aid began arriving Wednesday, humanitarian groups struggled to get the supplies to victims due to the poor roads and debris.

There was no clear system for clearing debris, removing bodies and treating the injured, officials and journalists reported.

"Simply getting through the streets to collect the dead bodies is seemingly an impossible task," CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported from the capital, where shooting could be heard in the background. "There's hardly any heavy machinery to try and dig through the rubble -- people are doing it by hand.

"The hospitals themselves -- the destination of those patients who might survive -- they're nonexistent or have a terrible infrastructure," Gupta said.

Haiti native and "Heroes" cast member Jimmy Jean-Louis was searching for his elderly parents in Haiti on Wednesday. He said the Haitian government is not up to addressing the overwhelming nature of the disaster.

"Just as an example ... we had one school that collapsed -- one school, and we were unable to take care of that," he said, referring to a November 2008 incident that killed 90 people in Petionville, Haiti. "This year, we have the entire city [of Port-au-Prince] that collapsed, including the major points such as hospitals, hotels and even the presidential palace."

Former President Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, appealed to the public to support programs that will provide food, water, shelter and medical supplies to the impoverished country.

"The most important thing you can do is not to send those supplies, but to send cash" to relief agencies, Clinton said.

Governments and agencies across the globe geared up to help, including rescue teams from China, Iceland and France, Haiti's onetime colonial ruler; aid flights and 3 million euros ($4.35 million) from Spain; doctors from Cuba; and a field hospital from Russia.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations plans to release $10 million in aid immediately, while the World Bank pledged another $100 million Wednesday afternoon.

President Obama promised a "swift, coordinated and aggressive" response from the United States.

"The reports and images that we've seen of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching," Obama said.

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Clinton also urged international leaders to fulfill their previous donor commitments to Haiti.

"Most countries are way behind on fulfilling it. ... If you can provide any emergency help, if you can give us helicopters or basic medical supplies -- we need that," Clinton said.

The U.S. military is working to get ground and air assessments of the damage, with Coast Guard cutters, airplanes and choppers deploying to the scene, and Navy ships preparing to leave.

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Two Coast Guard crews of C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft were evacuating nearly 140 U.S. personnel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Nine critically injured peopled were taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Numerous relief organizations were already working in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, when the quake struck Tuesday afternoon. Aid groups scrambled to help in the aftermath of the quake, but were struggling with the same problems as ordinary Haitians.

In a small clinic in Port-au-Prince, doctors were overwhelmed with the causalities coming in. Bodies and bleeding wounded seemed to cover every inch of the clinic.

A woman with a broken leg sat on the floor next to the body of a dead toddler who was covered by a sheet. She'd been waiting for treatment since Tuesday.

A CNN crew at the clinic counted at least 13 other adult bodies piled outside. Others were still alive, leaning on walls, lying on floors in despair.

None of the three aid centers run by Doctors Without Borders was operable Wednesday, the group said. The organization was focusing on re-establishing surgical capacity so it could deal with the crushed limbs and head wounds it is seeing.

The earthquake sheared huge slabs of concrete off structures and pancaked scores of buildings, trapping people inside those buildings, and knocking down phone and power lines.

"One woman, I could only see her head and the rest of her body was trapped under a block wall," said Jonathan de la Durantaye, who drove through Port-au-Prince after the quake. "I think she was dead. She had blood coming out of her eyes and nose and ears."

The headquarters of the U.N. mission in Haiti, a peacekeeping and police force established after the 2004 ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, collapsed during the quake, leaving leaving about 150 members unaccounted for, U.N. officials in New York said Wednesday. At least 10 survivors were pulled from rubble at the U.N. mission, according to former President Clinton.

The top two civilian officials at the U.N. mission, Special Representative Hedi Annabi and his deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa, were believed trapped in the rubble of the hotel that housed the world body's headquarters, their fates unknown, said Alain Le Roy, the undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations.

The Brazilian-led mission has about 9,000 troops, police and civilian staff in Haiti, about a third of whom were in Port-au-Prince. At least 16 peacekeepers, including 11 Brazilians, three Jordanians, one Argentine and one Chadian, were reported dead Wednesday afternoon, U.N. officials said.

Also among the dead was Joseph Serge Miot, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince, according to the official Vatican newspaper. The archbishop was buried beneath rubble along with 100 priests and aspiring priests attending a religious conference, Papal Nuncio Bernardito Auza told the Vatican's Fides news agency.

"There were priests and nuns in the street. ... Everywhere, you heard cries from beneath the rubble," Auza said.

Authorities braced for civil disturbances. Edmond Mulet, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told CNN that the 95-year-old, badly overcrowded National Penitentiary in the capital, collapsed and the inmates escaped, prompting worries about looting by escapees.

Obama urged Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti to telephone the State Department at 1-888-407-4747.

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The presidential palace in Port-au-Prince was in ruins. Preval, Haiti's president, said he did not know where he was going to sleep Wednesday night.

"I have plenty of time to look for a bed," he said late in the afternoon. "But now I am working on how to rescue the people. Sleeping is not the problem."

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