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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has said that international soca star Machel Montano will have to “pay” for breaking the law after he was convicted last month of five criminal offenses.

“I am very sorry for what has happened,” said Persad Bissessar. “I think he is a great musical icon. We all agree on that. We are very proud of his talent, but when you break the law, you have to pay for it.”

UntitledThe work of the late, but highly acclaimed Cuban American artist Agustín Fernández will be on display in the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International Museum this month and next.

Fernández, who ranks among surrealism’s most discerning interpreters and is considered one of the masters of modern Cuban art, died in 2006. This exhibition, done in collaboration with the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame, presents drawings from the late 1960s to the 1990s that provide an overview of Fernández’s most recognizable imagery.

Busy SignalFor players in dancehall/reggae industry, 2012 is a year will want to forget in a hurry, as far as sales go.

Figures from the American sales tracking company SoundScan show dismal returns from some of the big names in Jamaican music.

While singjay Popcaan had a minor hit in the United States with “Only Man”, no album by an artiste out of Jamaica had any significant impact in the U.S.

According to SoundScan statistics, as of Dec. 9, Sean Paul’s “Tomahawk Technique” had sold 3,979 copies. The album was released in the U.S. in September by VP/Atlantic Records. It fared better in the European market.

“Reggae Music Again” by Busy Signal showed sales of 4,548, while Konshens’s “Mental Maintenance” had sold 1,263 copies. Romain Virgo, another of the much-touted young reggae acts, also did badly. His “The System” had sold 1,490 copies.

RihannaNEW YORK – Barbadian star Rihanna is among the Caribbean nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” was nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, while her “Talk That Talk” was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Jimmy Cliff’s “Rebirth”, Sean Paul’s “Tomahawk”, The Original Wailers’ “Miracle” and Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters’ “New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition”, represented a Jamaican domination of the nomination for Best Reggae Album.

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