Chudney J takes it back to her roots with "Gimmi Love", produced by Izy Beats.
"Gimmi Love" boast a sweet, roots rock reggae sound, infused with lyrics and harmonies that take your mind on an imaginative journey, inspired by sensual love. The single is already buzzing in European markets due to some recent radio airplay, making this one of Chudney J's most highly anticipated singles.
When asked how the concept of the song came about, Chudney answered "It's about me wanting love, searching for that guy that just makes me tingle inside.." (she laughs) she went on to say "I believe in love, real love, and I love the feeling of being loved and giving love".
"Gimmi Love" is available on iTunes for pre-order starting today November 8 2014, the single will be released on all digital platforms November 18 2014.
Twitter and Instagram @Chudney
Multi-talented, versatile singer-songwriter/producer hails from the Tropical Isle of Jamaica and is currently under the umbrella of 'HempHigher' and 'J.O.A.T' (Jack of all tradez) productions. Randy Valentine is a true star who hones his craft with a special passion and desire to touch people through his music.
2012 saw Mr. Valentine tour Costa Rica and Panama supporting one of Dancehall's biggest artists - BUSY SIGNAL. The tour proved to be a huge success for Randy, catapulting him onto a brand new platform, on which he could voice his talent, and build up a solid international fan base. To add to his repertoire, Randy has also opened for the likes of BUSY SIGNAL, DEMARCO, MR VEGAS, US R&B Sensation, LLOYD from YOUNG MONEY and toured Austria alongside fellow rising Reggae star, Cali P.
Citing 'the foundation' music as one of his main sources of inspiration, Randy decided to release a one-drop mixtape, where he sings over 13 tracks - all built upon classic STUDIO ONE riddims, such as "Stalag Riddim", "Bobby Babylon Riddim", "Lecturer Riddim" and more!
Hence, on the 1st of October 2012,' Bring Back The Love' was introduced to the world. The mix-tape, mixed by Switzerland's finest, 'Straight-sound' became an instant hit with fans, from the Caribbean to Japan, commanding 800 downloads on its first day of release.
Embarking on the US November 15 - November 18th Randy Valentine will be making stops via various media outlets and available for interviews.
New York, New York - International recording artist Shaggy started 2014 on a high note. It is evident there is no stopping for the Grammy award, diamond selling recording artist to end the year any other way.
On Monday, October 13, CENTRIC announced the nominees for 2014 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, which celebrates R&B's finest and most soulful artists. Among the nominees is Shaggy, who was nominated for Best International Performance for his single ''You Girl' featuring R&B superstar Neyo.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, hosted by Wendy Williams, will honor artists in 12 different categories. R*B star Chris Brown leads the pack with seven nominations and R&B diva Beyonce follows with six. For Shaggy this nomination is a great honor and recognition for the work he enjoys and loves.
"Its always a great accomplishment to be acknowledged for the work I love and
enjoy doing everyday. To Soul Train Awards and CENTRIC thanks for acknowledging the hard work" says Shaggy.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will take place on November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014 at
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 - Nominees & Categories
Best New Artist
Nico & Vinz
Centric Certified Award
Dancehall artiste Kalado is definitely on the move this year, and as the last quarter of 2014 sets in, the "Love The Life You Live" singjay is upping the ante in his quest to end the year on a dramatic musical high.
Keeping his eyes firmly focused on the prize, the entertainer who has already secured a number one hit with "Personally", has no intention of resting on his laurels. For him, it's all about preparing for the next show, putting out another song or just generally working on his craft. The hard-working entertainer recently released what is poised to be another monster hit, the Dre Day-produced "Sex Compliment", and this is just one of the many songs that he will use to entertain fans in Antigua on Saturday night.
Scheduled to be held at the popular Millers By The Sea venue on the island, Kalado will be joined by dancehall diva Tifa, in a concert that is being promoted as "Action Pack". Although no stranger to the Caribbean, this will be Kalado's official breakout Antigua show and he is rubbing his palms together in anticipation.
"Antiguans are so special and I just love their accent," Kalado revealed.
He continued, "I can't wait to perform for my fans there. My management team has been in constant communication with the promoters … they are rolling out the red carpet and we are ready to take the walk and give it our best, like we always do," the "Take A Ride" artiste declared, adding that he has something special just for his Antiguan fans.
Suzie Q returns to radio after taking more than a ten years hiatus to focus on her Hit Entertainment Television show Video Alley - Reggae Top Ten.
Suzie Q says "Radio is my first love, I started out on radio in Jamaica in the early 90's and did a short stint in 2000 but there was always a longing to put that earphone on and have enough time to talk to my people and push uplifting Reggae music with a nice balance of dancehall ".
The multifaceted media personality was very excited when she started last Saturday September 27,2014 on Nationwide 90 FM and realized that she was not dreaming. The Programme is called The weekend Marathon, Suzie Q plays for six solid hours from 12pm to 6pm every Saturday and will have features such as Reggae Legends (one or two Legends each week sometimes tune for tune ..Last week she featured Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor and this Saturday it will be Cocoa Tea and Frankie Paul).
Other features are: Gospel Blend, Trail Blazers ,In My Town with Niki Chin, The Retro Wheel, and Reality Check. Suzie Q is always willing to "bring" a new talent so there is DJ Omar who plays the tunes.
Suzie Q has an international fan base so she is happy that they can log on to Listen Live Online - Nationwide and listen live.
Suzie Q on Nationwide - Youtube
Following a memorable stint last week in Nantucket Massachusetts, the prolific disc jock Zj Liquid real name Michael Brissett landed in Jamaica to exciting news that he has been nominated for Reggae disc jock of the Year by Global Spin Awards. Global Spin Awards announced their nominees last Friday at Bryant Park Hotel in Manhattan where past awardees Dj FunkMaster Flex, Dj Kid Capri and Dj Premier were present among other top disc jocks across the globe. Jamaica's Zip jock sensation Zj Liquid , Hot 97 Jabba and Bobby Konders, MaxGlazer, Power 105.1 Dj Norie and 99 Jamz WaggyTee are all nominated in the category of Reggae Dj of the Year.
Global Spin Awards is a prestigious award that has been classified as the Quality award selected by music industry executives and tastemakers. "The award was created to honor the world’s most dynamic and talented DJ's across the globe who have impacted diverse audiences globally across genres and have contributed to the entertainment industry and the ever expanding Dj culture" says 15 years Bad Boy Records Executive Shawn Prez who is the founder of Global Spin Awards.
Zj Liquid who is no stranger to winning awards said "By just being nominated by Global Spin Awards I am already a winner. It is a honour and joy to see that my work is being recognized, loved and respected across the globe. I live to entertain people it doesn't matter what genre I always give my audience my all. I am very grateful for this nomination from Global Spin Awards and I am looking forward to the award ceremony to see my fellow nominees and disc jocks I look up to across the globe give thanks".
Negril native, and rising star, Chudney J, scored big with her hit single, "Yuh Nuh Ready", produced by Izy Beats, featuring Gully Gad, Mavado. Released in May 2014, the song quickly gained international acclaim. Currently a top ten single, in syndicated dancehall charts, Chudney J and Mavado recently completed the official music video in Miami Florida.
The motion picture like production boast a poised, and modestly sensual, Chudney J.
Veteran, billboard artist, Mavado showcased his usual gangster, gully yet well refined style. In an absolutely epic staging of the petite powerhouse', coquettish alter ego, the video is a vivid depiction of the seductive lyrics. The unique visual experience captivatesviewers more and more every minute into the sultry video. The scheduled release is set for October 2014.
In a recent radio interview with Pon D Ends, Chudney stated "I've always had a passion for music, art, and creating..." Chudney also owns and designs for AOOC (Art of Originality Clothing) which is another avenue that showcases her impeccable creative abilities. As for working with international, cross over artist, Mavado, she is later quoted in an interview with Diva Nikki Z, that when the concept of the song came about "we reached out to the boss, "Mavado"... he jumped on it... and it's a HIT! I love it!"
The EP, "My Art", Chudney J's debut release, will journey fans through her everyday thoughts, emotions, struggles and triumph. She writes her material from the heart and
describes her style as "reggae pop".
Chudney J will begin a European tour in October 2014, and Caribbean tour shortly after. The video will premiere on Chudney J's VEVO channel, and look out for local television premieres near you.
Stay in touch with Chudney J on social media @ChudneyJ
Following on their super successful 25-date European tour in February, and the subsequent dizzying round of festivals in the summer, Droop Lion and The Gladiators are back on Jamaican soil, recuperating, reflecting and ready for intense studio work. Whereas, The Gladiators are seasoned hands at the touring game and know exactly how to circumvent the many potential pitfalls, Droop Lion is learning, and learning quickly too.
Droop Lion, who has been relatively newly-baptised as lead singer of the legendary reggae group, makes no claims to being a monk, or any such holy figure, however, when on tour, his circumspect behaviour has led to such questionings. But, being the soul that he is, Droop takes this all in his stride and maintains his Rastafari livity. An ardent musical ambassador, whose choice of on-stage rainment - a gown - makes him somewhat of an ethereal figure, Droop makes no apologies for his conscious decision to let his music do all the talking.
"I learnt a long time ago that you can't mix business with pleasure," the humble, yet outspoken, reggae singer said. "Especially when the business that you are in involves excess amount of hype. I enjoy being on stage and I also enjoy interacting with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs, because that is another important aspect of the business. But we all know how the world set up, as long as there are so called 'celebrities', there will always be those persons who want to get intimate," he noted.
New York, New York - Grammy award winning reggae/dancehall artist Shaggy is set to premiere the video for his third single off his critically acclaimed album, 'Out Of Many One Music', produced by the dynamic Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and Sting. The single titled, 'If U Slip U Slide (You Could Be Mine)' features beautiful songstress Melissa Musique. Together both Shaggy and Melissa exemplify their feelings for each other, while coming to the realization that they could share the rest of life together.
The video, which is set to premiere worldwide on Vevo.com Friday, September 12, is a fun, lighthearted, jovial video of two individuals taking a ride around town in their Fiat 500 Abarth. The video takes place on the South Shore of Long Island in a ranch like atmosphere, which is so fitting for this single as both Shaggy and Melissa Musique enjoys nature and express their feelings to one another. The video, which is not crowded with a lot of extras, highlights two individuals sharing the same sentiments and expressing their feelings while driving around town. As they are driving and sharing this intimate space together, the melody will captivate and take you along that nice end of summer ride.
Shaggy's album 'Out of Many One Music' is the first exclusively one drop reggae release of the artist's celebrated 25 year recording career. This album has received numerous accolades from the industry movers and shakers and continues to move units despite the lull today in album sales across all genres.
"The first two singles we released received great reviews and we are pleased to still have such interest in the album. So we plan to do a re-release of 'Out of Many One Music' by the end of the year, which will include new tracks. If U Slip U Slide is a great single giving a nice old school reggae vibe with a modern twist and people are loving it" says Shaggy.
New York, New York - Grammy award winning reggae/dancehall artist Shaggy is set to premiere the video for his third single off his critically acclaimed album, 'Out Of Many One Music', produced by the dynamic Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and Sting. The single titled, 'If U Slip U Slide (You Could Be Mine)' features beautiful songstress Melissa Musique. Together both Shaggy and Melissa exemplify their feelings for each other, while coming to the realization that they could share the rest of life together.
The video, which is set to premiere worldwide on Vevo.com Friday, September 12, is a fun, lighthearted, jovial video of two individuals taking a ride around town in their Fiat 500 Abarth. The video takes place on the South Shore of Long Island in a ranch like atmosphere, which is so fitting for this single as both Shaggy and Melissa Musique enjoys nature and express their feelings to one another. The video, which is not crowded with a lot of extras, highlights two individuals sharing the same sentiments and expressing their feelings while driving around town. As they are driving and sharing this intimate space together, the melody will captivate and take you along that nice end of summer ride.
Shaggy's album 'Out of Many One Music' is the first exclusively one drop reggae release of the artist's celebrated 25 year recording career. This album has received numerous accolades from the industry movers and shakers and continues to move units despite the lull today in album sales across all genres.
"The first two singles we released received great reviews and we are pleased to still have such interest in the album. So we plan to do a re-release of 'Out of Many One Music' by the end of the year, which will include new tracks. If U Slip U Slide is a great single giving a nice old school reggae vibe with a modern twist and people are loving it" says Shaggy.
Like it or love it, Kalado has so far proven that he is indeed the fastest rising act for 2014. Sealing a slew of hit singles - including the # 1 one song, "Personally" - with a string of memorable performances both locally and overseas, it is obvious that this is a deejay who is definitely on the rise.
Having performed in the Caribbean and the continents of North and South America, the "Good Good" singer is rising to the challenge of taking on another continent - Africa, the Motherland. Kalado will make his Africa debut on September 13, when he headlines a concert in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, in what is anticipated to be a mega affair.
"We all know that Jamaicans have a special relationship with Zimbabwe, musically. Ever since the great Bob Marley wrote the epic tune "Zimbabwe" and was invited to perform at their independence celebrations in 1980, it has become like a rite of passage for all reggae/dancehall artistes to visit Zimbabwe. Therefore, it is a special honour for me to be touching down on Zimbabwean soil and to be actually headlining a concert there," Kalado said.
The event, which will also feature a number of African artistes, took its name from one of Kalado's most popular songs in Zimbabwe, "Make Me Feel". Fans will be treated to Jamaica's newest dancehall sensation giving them not only dancehall music but a touch of Afro beat with his latest hit "Personally".
Rapper Yung Tae was born Dante Pruitt on April 27th,1994 in Detroit Michigan. Unfortunately Yung Tae's mom, Jacquelin Pruitt passed away when he was only 13 years old, after years of hard drug use and gang banging. Eventually he was signed to Platinum Camp's label. He released his first single 'Louie Out' and followed up shortly after with his present single 'Hard To Smile' Platinum Camp's C.E.O Daddy Bigg$ approached Dance Hall King,Beenie Man with the record and after listening to the song he immediately made the decision to hop onto the single and the rest is history. This is simply the best collaboration since Barrington Levy and Shyne
Yung Tae ft BeenieMan & Modesty Lycan
Morgan Heritage is riding high with their Lover's Rock smash "Put It On Me," capturing the attention of scores of Reggae music fans and the media alike. Without question, the Shane C. Brown-produced song for Juke Boxx Productions, will continue rocking the hearts and ears of listeners. The red-hot single, combined with their wildly successful "IJAM Reggae American" tour, has solidfied Morgan Heritage as a force to be reckoned with this Summer. As if things couldn't get hotter, the "Royal Family of Reggae" Morgan Heritage is headed to rock the famed Yokohama Reggae SAI 'One Link' music festival, which is produced by the internationally acclaimed Mighty Crown sound system.
Billed as a headlining guest act, Morgan Heritage is slated to grace the main stage at the historic Yokohama Reggae SAI 'One Link' - which will go down on September 7, 2014 in Kawasaki, Japan at Higashi Ogijima Higashi Park. The group will surely sing their latest hit "Put It On Me" and belt out a host of favorites from their monstrous catalogue. The buzz surrounding Morgan Heritage's appearance is incredible. Japanese Reggae fans have been anticipating the arrival of the "Royal Family of Reggae" for months. In addition to having a huge Japanese fanbase and loads of classic Reggae music, Morgan Heritage dropped the album "Morgan Heritage Perfect Best Songs" (selected and mixed by Mighty Crown) in Japan earlier this summer, which drove Japanese Reggae fans into a frenzy.
New York's Power 105.1FM DJ Norie says "all is set" for Anything Goes this Saturday.
One of New York's top radio station Power 105.1 - finest disc jock DJ Norie is dubbed as one of the baddest selectors in NYC says with a slew of artistes on the line up for the 6th staging "Anything Goes Live".
Norie who is no stranger to hosting stage shows is a successful promoter for his event "Anything Goes Live".
"Anything Goes Live" is named after his Sunday's show
Norie just added international song bird ,winner of 2014 NBC The Voice Tessanne Chin to the line up which also features Mavado, Beenie Man, Sanchez ,Agent Sasco, Bugle, Kranium, Gyptian and a slew of other artistes who are set to ignite New York's Amazura Night Club this Saturday night.
For the 6th Staging I wanted to give the patrons a super solid lineup and the feedback already is great the fans cant wait to see their artistes. trust me all is set for Saturday "Anything Goes Live". says promoted Dj Norie.
Born to Panamanian parents selector Norie was raised in Flat Bush Brooklyn and fell in love with reggae/dancehall music by listening to mixtape from Stone Love and Killamanjaro Sounds. Grammy Award Winning artistes Stephen Marley and Lady Saw were once featured on the annual event "Anything Goes Live ".
For the second time since the start of this year, dancehall artiste, Kalado, treated his Canadian fans to a dazzling, unforgettable performance and still managed to leave them wanting more.
From Toronto, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec, the artiste, who is undoubtedly the fastest rising dancehall act for 2014, has demonstrated his ever-increasing star power. Not even the rain in Montreal could dampen the mood, as the "Personally" singer upped the ante and delivered a great performance at the annual Montreal International Reggae Festival. For an artiste making his debut at an overseas festival of this calibre, the critics agree that Kalado was impressive.
Actually, Kalado was a last-minute addition to the event, having had his August tour of Europe cancelled, thus freeing him up for other lucrative engagements. His fans inside the venue must have given thanks for the cancellation of the Europe tour, as they stood in the pelting rain and gleefully sang word-for-word songs such as "Good Good", "Personally", "Body Nuh Dead", "Make Me Feel", "Sad Streets", "Pree Money", "Pay Dem No Mind" and "Take A Ride".
As Kalado explained, "The festival organisers had approached my manager a few months ago to book me, but we were already holding the dates for Europe, but as soon as they found out that our tour was cancelled they reached out and booked me and my team made it happen.
He continued, "I was very surprised to see how many thousands of people were standing in the rain singing and cheering me on after every song. It was a great opportunity and I really had a great time."
Natural Black has just released "Gimme Di Trees" video off his 14th full length studio album titled "No Prejudice".
"Gimme Di Trees" is best described as full of vibes and reflects on Natural Black versatility, while the self explanatory lyrics give an insight in the artist forethought and vehemence. The video featuring a cameo by reggae artist Prestige Pressout was filmed on location in Jamaica and edited by critically acclaimed Upsetta Films.
Natural Black would like to recognize and give thanks, he stated "This was also made possible to the assist of Delroy "King Dada" Ferguson that sadly passed away recently. First and foremost I would like to Give Thanks to the Creator of all things, Tasz Smith, Shaggillia Records, Frenz Fi Real "It Real", Prestige Pressout with a doubt for giving us a cameo, RedBoom, Kasha, Hunage, Wayzi, Lovie, Arrayma, Wasps Records, Upsetta Films" You know what you did… You were AWESOME to work with", the late King Dada and all guys & girls from August 'Keep the Peace, Live and be Happy' and the Triple T Production Team."
The album "No Prejudice" is now available on iTunes, Amazon, 7digital, Google Play, Spotify and all other digital outlets.
STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY RECENTLY APPEARS ON
BET 106 & PARK (AUG 5) TO PREMIERE HIS NEW VIDEO
"ROCK STONE" FEAT. CAPLETON AND SIZZLA
Admist his U.S. tour Summer Sessions with Slightly Stoopid, Stephen "Ragga" Marley stops by BET 106 & Park recently to premiere his latest video for "Rock Stone" featuring Capleton and Sizzla on national television. The single is available today on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life. Stephen talks about the inspiration behind the song and what's to come.
Watch/post "Rock Stone" video (directed by Shaun Escayg) on VEVO:
Purchase Stephen "Ragga" Marley's "Rock Stone" feat. Capleton & Sizzla song now:
Throughout August, the eight-time Grammy winner and son of Bob Marley continues his 20-city amphitheater run with Slightly Stoopid on the Summer Sessions 2014 Tour. See remaining tour schedule below.
Lion Brothers recording artiste Paradax as now earn his spot on the list of new dancehall sensations to watch for 2014 and beyond.
The young and talented artiste who hails from "Out A East" is now riding on a high with his latest release titled Body Deh on the popular Bike Ryda Riddim which was produced by Chris Rock and Fireside Imperial from Australia.
"Its joy to see that success is now shining in my direction after all the hard work my team and I have put in day in, day out," says Paradax.
He continues, "This is just the beginning of great things to come and with the continuous support of my team, friends and family, wi ago create history."
Also on the Bike Ryda Riddim are various young stars such as Alkaline with Pretty Likkle Som'n, Tiana with Batty Rider, G Whizz with AnyDay, Patexx with Yardman Stay, Stylo G with Fuck So Good and Billboard artiste Spice with Whine Up Mi Body just to name a few.
Paradax's Body Deh which is on its fast on its of becoming a female anthem is already in the process of putting together plans for the shooting of the video.
"Yeah man the video ago loud with a lot of sexy girls to represent with dah body deh," says the young star.
The video should be out by the end of August which will be shot and directed by Carlignton Wilmot from OutAroad Pictures.
UIM Recording artist Blak Diamon just released his new mixtape titled Eclipse
(Mixed By New Vision Sound)
Single Track Download:
2.) Bang Bang
3.) We Nuh Play (Remix)
4.) Alien Girl (Remix)
5.) Run Wi Down
6.) Live We Life Ft. Tommy Lee
Red hot Jamaican superstar Demarco is currently one of the hottest tickets on the international Reggae & Dancehall scene this after dominating the local space for several months scoring four consecutive No.1 hits with 'Lazy Body', 'Ride', 'Loyal' and arguably this summer's biggest anthem 'Good Book'. The latter recently clinched the apex on Britain's BBC 1Xtra Urban Chart and is a catalyst behind the renewed demand for the blonde hair singer's popularity which continues to soar exponentially.
Adding to his increased fan base is a plethora of upcoming assignments that sees the deejay fully booked until the ended of Summer. Demarco is expected to depart the island later this week for a stint in the Bahamas before jetting off to Kansas City, Texas, Toronto, Montreal, French Guiana, Manchester, Birmingham and London amidst his performance at the International Reggae Festival in Canada on August 16th headlining alongside compatriots Sean Paul, Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez and Maxi Priest respectively.
Last weekend Demarco completed a triad of successful concerts in Antigua, Guyana and Detroit, Michigan as part of the CARICOM festivities coinciding with the July 4th U.S independence celebrations. When quizzed the singer attributes his resurgence to his team at True Gift Entertainment (TGE) and the aggressive campaign that currently encircles his career.
Patexx "Anydaynow" has established himself as a true Alliance Next Generation artiste to watch... with his incredible talent as a song writer and recording artiste his upbeat attitude and positive energy combined makes him one of the most diverse performers in this business today.
With recent releases to showcase his versatility such as Artiste Peggy & Done Chat (Baxx Riddim) both songs produced by DJ Tropical. Life Sweet (Apple Vodka Riddim), Street Life, Better Days and Mi Have It done with Cecile, most recent is a free style single called "So Right".
The video is now out for Artiste Peggy the single which has been favorably rotated on the radio locally and Internationally, creating a buzz with its lyrical content, He has expressed his gratitude for the support received.
His fast rising hit single Yard Man (Bike Ryda Riddim) which was recorded locally for European Producers ChrisYardRock and Fireside Imperial made it's release in Europe and is doing well also in several other dacnehall territories.
Patexx's tag line "AnyDayNow" has been trade marked in all his recordings and is well known to his fans along with his distinguished look in choice of colours Red and Black.
Currently he has been putting in the work along with his team promoting these singles,he has also done a couple of videos to follow these new releases, you can look out for him premiering them in the near future. This summer is looking good for the artiste and his upcoming European Tour is scheduled to kick off later this year.
The #1 Caribbean-Urban publication, L3 Magazine, has launched their July issue which packs summer heat thanks to the sexiness of Dancehall Diva Tifa, the Arizona based group the lovelost, and a proud Dominican named marie-claire!
Interviewed at a hideaway location in Jamaica, we caught the Diva Tifa just before her promotional tour for her new album, and before her signing to her new label Island Kings Records, and asked her how she's gotten through the rough part of 2014 which included the hacking of her Twitter account.
The lovelost has successfully combined Jazz, Salsa, World, Rock n Roll and more to come up with their own unique sound which is easily identifiable. Senior Writer Song River sits down with the group who explains how growing up in Mexico City exposed them to most genres of music which too influenced their sound. They discuss the emotional ride of performing with a band, and now being a duo. They also share the ins and outs of being in a partnership as well as being a duo.
Dominica's Marie-claire is living her dream life on centre stage thanks to her passion for Jazz, and her production company called girlfullofgold. Because of these two anchors, Marie has performed at Jamaica Jazz and Blues (Jamaica), Jazz on the Green (St. Vincent), and Love is All We Need (Antigua). There is more to Marie-claire than just Jazz, and it's a combination of all things that make her a fascinating topic for Ayeola George's interview!
Sensational artiste and performer Aidonia ignited both Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend.
The lyricist performed for a massive crowd of fans at Maracas Beach in Trinidad.
While in Tobago he performed at Apex Night Club where the club was sold out! It wasn't a surprise Aidonia said, "My Trinidad fans love me to the max star so whenever i am going there I know they gonna come and represent....Tobago fans dont get to see me as often as Trinidad so definitely I know why they came out so much to come and show support to the Don"
Aidonia's manager Lavarcam Lawrence intervened, "the way how the beach was crowded with people fire Marshall's were sent to the venue to control the crowd that's how massive the crowd was".
Last week Aidonia belted out hits from 2005 all the way up to 2014 for his Cayman fans.. The last time he performed in Cayman was 2008. "I swear it was like song after song from 2005 up the fans wanted to hear every song.. Aidonia laughs and continues but I didn't mind because I was more connected to the fans and that proved to me that they have been apart of my career from the inception. Big up Cayman the promoter said it was the biggest show ever in Cayman massive love and respect" says Aidonia.
Aidonia returned to the island yesterday and went straight to rehearsals with the band. The artiste says this Thursday he has a surprise for his fans and everybody who will be at Catherine Hall, Mobay. "Just finish rehearsal with the band Thursday aggo madd! Want all a mi fans dem fawud fi see me perform and most of all fi the surprise can't too hint unu all I can say is Come a dancehall night this Thursday yea hombre"
MTV.com - Rising Reggae Star Jahmiel latest video "Real Fathers" is now featured on MTV.com. Produced by billboard topping producer Notnice, "Real Father" on the Devotion Riddim, the single and video were received with critical acclaim.
Jahmiel proudly takes his place at MTV.com along some of the biggest names in music such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay Z and many others. Check out Jahmiel at MTV.com/artists/Jahmiel
Filmed on location in Jamaica, the video was directed by Kalila Anderson and Ricardo Williams and features cameos by Bugle, Richie Feelings, Vybrant, Gyptian, Keznamdi, Razz, Rum Blood, Clive Hunt and Notnice.
That song was inspired by my dad and the good fathers I know. I felt it was necessary knowing that there's mostly mother songs out there in the music industry and less for the fathers. I do have a great mom but my dad is supportive of the 7 of us too, so I represented for him and the real fathers of the Earth. BIG up Notnice who produced it and was also influential with his son where this song is concern. stated Jahmiel
Take it raw or have it 'cooked', but whichever flavour you favour, the reality is that rising singjay, Kalado, is heating up the entire 90 days of summer with the exciting hit single entitled "Personally".
This song has been steadily creeping its way into the psyche of dancehall fans, many of whom know the lyrics word-for-word and are able to inject the right degree of passion and pleasure into each syllable, just like Kalado. Huge amounts of genuine love from radio have seen "Personally" enjoying high rotation by being included on the playlist of most of the popular disc jocks and club selectors. The video has also been racking up numerous hits and positive commentary on Youtube, and with so much attention from all angles, chart success was almost inevitable.
Holding firm in the number two spot on the popular ER Chart for three consecutive weeks, "Personally" is tipped to take pole position any week now and give Kalado that longed-for Number one song.
"Yeah…I'm holding my breath waiting for that moment when Personally tops the charts," the entertainer admitted, rubbing his palms together and looking towards the heavens.
"I am enjoying the love from fans around the world and learning to separate the hype from the reality," said the artiste who is confirmed for a tour of Europe this summer.
On a high from the releases of several hot tracks recently, dancehall star Mr. Vegas has ganged up with dancehall Bad Gyal Ce'Cile to release their new track Pow Pow Pow.
With a video shot on the picturesque Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, Pow Pow Pow features popular local VJ Awax and transfers the authentic feel of Jamaican Dancehall from the gritty streets of Kingston to the serene landscape of Réunion's Sainte-Marie Commune.
Mr. Vegas is excited at the success of the song, and video, which has so far surpassed the hundred thousand mark on YouTube and is getting good airplay in that side of the world: "It's amazing, these people speak French and to think that Ce'Cile and I have a hit in that part of the world is amazing. Our music continues to cross all borders and inspire people bringing a smile to their faces".
Mr. Vegas is now getting prepared for his appearance on Reggae Sumfest 2014, something he hasn't done in over a decade and the artiste says he is ready for a memorable performance: "We plan a special set for real music lovers bringing in some old and some new but always quality".
Reggae recording artist Bugle is set for Miami's biggest reggae and dancehall concert, Best of the Best, on Sunday May 25th in Bayfront Park, downtown Miami. With the release of his debut album titled 'Anointed', Bugle is currently one of the most anticipated performers for the upcoming concert. With three singles 'Nuh Compatible', 'Infidelity' featuring Lady Saw and 'Anointed' currently playing on international radio and in the clubs worldwide, fans and the promoters are looking forward to his performance.
"Bugle has performed on Best of the Best before, and each time he gave a solid performance, but this year we know that with his current fire in the dances he will be bringing a different energy" says Jabba Co-promoter and DJ of Massive B and Hot97.
The Best of the Best concert, which has a star studded line up of reggae and dancehall artists such as, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Agent Sasco, Beenie Man, Etana, just to name a few, is the first major east coast concert for 2014 and kicks off the start of many artists touring schedule. Bugle whose management, DASECA Productions, is in the middle of preparing his 'Anointed US tour', is pleased with the feedback of the album and the anticipation from promoters and fans worldwide to see Bugle perform.
The promotion of dancehall artiste Pamputtae's latest single Nuh Problem has been amped up thanks to the release of the accompanying video.
The video was shot on location in the Fletchers Land area of Kingston and directed by Carlington Wilmot. was recently released to television and cable stations over the weekend.
A number of dancers are featured in the video to capture the essence of the track while demonstrating various acrobatic dance routines.
Since its release digitally, Nuh Problem has been doing well on iTunes. It is also featured on various dancehall mix tapes and is reportedly enjoying heavy rotation on radio.
Nuh Problem has been featured on the CBS Power 98FM Caribbean Shakedown show. It is also number six on the top Reggae songs by Funkmaster Flex's Franchise Records Pool.
Nuh Problem was written and produced by Adrian 'Donsome' Hanson.
Pamputtae is known for hits such as Slim Gal vs Fluffy Gal featuring Spice and It Good.
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Youtube Link for Pamputtae Nuh Problem Official Music Video http://youtu.be/qacOnElDKMo
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I recently caught up with Queens based singer, and one of the fastest rising stars in the reggae and dancehall world Kranium. We chatted about the success of his single "Nobody Has To Know", what motivates and focuses him, the advantages being based in America and much more.
Watch the interview to find out.
* If there are any disadvantages to having a worldwide hit early in your career
* What the essential elements of any Kranium song are
* How his uncle Screwdriver’s story focuses and motivates him
* Why he is so selective about the producers he works with
* How guys from Queens are different
* If he sees himself as New York’s “Voice Of The City”
* Why he thinks being based in America boosts his music sales
* And much more
Watch the interview now
Bebble Rock Music has released the official music video for Kabaka Pyramid's track "Never Gonna Be A Slave" produced by DJ Frass on his Cane River Riddim. The video was directed and edited by Eric Christian King of Royalty Productions out of Norway.
We are proud to present the visuals to a truly inspirational song with the powerful message of self sufficiency and financial independence.
Kabaka is currently finishing up his spring "Lead the Way Tour" performing in US, UK and Europe.
NEW YORK CITY - Three of the most dominant athletes in the sport are the latest superstars to join the lineup for the adidas Grand Prix, which this year marks its 10th year of bringing the world's top athletes to Icahn Stadium, organizers announced today.
David Rudisha, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Valerie Adams-who among them own five Olympic gold medals and 14 World Championships titles-will all be returning to the NYC event, set to be held this year on June 14. One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil-including Rudisha's awe-inspiring run here in 2012.
Looking at our first track stars announced for this year's adidas Grand Prix
David Rudisha (KEN) is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, 2011 IAAF World Champion, and World Record-holder (1:40.91) at 800 meters. In his U.S. debut at this meet in 2012, Rudisha stopped the clock at 1:41.74, the fastest time ever run in this country.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) has won the past two Olympic gold medals at 100 meters, and is a six-time World Champion. She was named 2013 IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year.
Valerie Adams (NZL) is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion in the shot put, and has not lost a competition in more than three years, going back to August 22, 2010.
Canada's most awarded Reggae artist, Exco Levi is in Europe as he readies for his tour which covers 8 cities in a span of 2 weeks, and while on tour, his label, Penthouse Records releases his EP Words of the Wise on the VP Records imprint.
Continuing his fruitful relationship with Silly Walks Discotheque (producers of the songs "Storms of Life," and "Strive" featuring Kabaka Pyramid which won the 2013 and 2014 Juno award for Best Reggae Recording), Exco and Silly Walks will perform several songs including material not yet released to the public. About the tour, Exco says "I can't wait to perform for the people. They are the reason why I make the music, so performing for them is always special. Europe here I come!"
In addition to Exco's tour, the artist actively shared via social media his good news of a new EP called Words of the Wise which will be released to all major digital retail outlets on April 29th, 2014. The project was produced by Donovan Germaine and team at Penthouse Records via the VP Records Imprint.
The 7 track EP includes songs previously released "Bleaching Shop," "Life in the Factory," "Save the Music," "Walk Wide a Mi," "Ready Fih Revolute" and "Can't Live Without God" as well as an exclusive, "Under My Sheets" which has not been previously released. Donovan Germaine, CEO of Penthouse Music feels that Exco's music "has been well received by music lovers who appreciate Reggae and want more from him. We are pleased to give his fans this album and we are confident that they will not be disappointed!"
(Kingston, Jamaica) Always ready to try something new, RDX is embracing the social media wave and presenting #RDXLive! Coming soon to your Instagram, the progressive duo will be launching #RDXLive a fan experience.
"Without our fans, we wouldn’t be here! We’re just taking time out to bond with our fans worldwide, sharing some behind the scenes insight, answering questions and getting insta-active!"
Want to know how many songs have they release? Can Delomar and Renigade really dance? How many times have they dyed their hair? Is the hair color symbolic? #RDXLive is just for that! Each and every Wednesday, RDX will respond live to inquiries via Instagram. The only requirement to participate is that fans must follow the @RDXMusic page on Instagram, the hub for all things RDX. Fans can be prepared to ask Delomar and Renigade questions, participate in contest, receive shout outs, view studio footage, interviews and most important, hear undying appreciation that RDX has for their fans.
#RDXLive will launch on April 30th. Questions can be submitted by using the #RDXLive hashtag. While fans wait for the #RDXLive launch, they can check out the latest RDX releases "Hold Yuh Lane" "Whisper" and "Bum" all produced by Apt 19 Music. Fans who follow @RDXMusic will not only be privy to #RDXLivebut able to hear sneak peeks from upcoming albums "Soul Poetry" and "Bangers" but catch behind the scenes footage of forthcoming RDX European tour!! So let's get insta-active with #RDXLive!
International reggae lyricist Kabaka Pyramid, is ready to embark on his "Lead the Way" Spring European Tour after his recent Juno Award win.
On Saturday, March 29th reggae artists Exco Levi and Kabaka Pyramid won the prestigious Canadian Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording of the Year, which was a collaboration with the three time Juno award winner Exco Levi for the single 'Strive'. 'Strive' produced by Silly Walks, on the Honey Pot Riddim talks about striving and never allowing anyone or anything to get you down.
"Its an honour to be recognized for the works we do and the positive music we continue to put out. I thank the fans and the committee of the Juno Awards" says Kabaka Pyramid.
With only four months into 2014 Kabaka Pyramid has received several awards and global recognition and is set to embark on his European tour. Commencing in Prague on April 9th, Kabaka Pyramid will be in Europe for over five weeks performing in several cities; Vienna, Andorra, Munich,Dortmund, London, Zurich, Oslo and Bordeaux, just to name a few.
We give thanks for the opportunity to travel and spread the music. The "Lead the Way Tour" will be a great vibration and the European fans will get a chance to see the growth in Kabaka Pyramid's career says Abishai Hoilett of The Bebble Rock Management Team.
International Dancehall Star Mr. Vegas is set to add yet another milestone to his expanding career. The artiste, who is currently on a multi-city tour of the United States, has been officially added to the lineup for Miami Urban Radio 103.5 The Beat's 2014 Beat Down Concert at BB&T Centre in Miami on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Branded as one of the hottest urban music shows in Florida, the 2014 Beat Down Concert will feature the biggest names in Hip Hop and R & B and now also the hottest name in international Dancehall Music, Mr. Vegas.
103.5 The Beat's afternoon personality, Papa Keith, announced the official lineup last week, which includes performances by Kendrick Lamar (Swimming Pools, Don't Kill My Vibe), Trey Songz (NaNa, Heart Attack), Future (Turn on the Lights, Same Damn Time), Rico Love (They Don't Know, Be Like), Yo Gotti (Act Right, Got Dat Sack), Mr. Vegas (Heads High, Bruk It Down), Ace Hood (Bugatti, Hustle Hard) and DJ Khaled (No New Friends, I'm On One).
Two of Jamaica's top wordsmiths, Tanya Stephens and Sanjay, have teamed up to create one of the most talked about videos in reggae music today.
Directed by Daniel Saboune out of Australia and shot in Jamaica. Corners of My Mind, the video, was released on International Women's Day and since then has had tongues wagging due to its anti-abuse message.
In the video Sanjay and Tanya are at the end of what appears to be an intense and emotionally charged relationship. Throughout they reminisce on the good times; looking back at the love they both experienced. Tanya's signature sharp vocals are blended with Sanjay's soothing lyrics which deceptively takes the viewer on a love journey ending in tragedy for Tanya.
According to Tanya; "Sanjay and I discussed working together for a long time but this song wasn't planned. This topic of domestic abuse is very dear to me and I feel that the video is a good vehicle to start conversations, especially because the video caught everyone off guard".
Following several exhausting weeks on the road, Dancehall artiste Bramma 'Di Gorilla' has finally wrapped his first 2014 island-wide tour. This as the curtains comes down on the RJR Cross Country Invasion which formed part of his promotional machinery for the New Year.
During the month-long tour the affable crooner made stops at various towns and communities across the length and breadth of the island showcasing maturity and growth with each performance, all aimed at bolstering his brand. [WATCH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS]
The S-Lock Entertainment recording artiste also thanked the members of the RJR Group for the opportunity.
"I want to personally thank RJR for the opportunity, it was a great experience that provided me an avenue to connect and reconnect with old and new fans while promoting my brand."
The music industry and its audience is accustomed to the musical trend of combining the Caribbean genres of music. Lavneccia Anastacia Smith AKA REBIRTH is no stranger to the music industry and making these combinations herself. Born in Nassau Bahamas, REBIRTH introduced herself to the music fraternity in 2009 with the single "FOCUS", produced by Yellow Entertainment in the Bahamas.
After 2009 however the artiste took a break from the music scene to hone her craft and focus on other things. Four years later REBIRTH returned revitalized and committed to a fulltime career as a recording artiste.
"From an early age I always sang throughout primary and high school, through personal life experiences I decided to record my own material.My main inspiration for music is life itself, artistes such as Lauren Hill, Buju Banton, Whitney Houston and many others have been a major influence on my career", said REBIRTH.
Nuh Behavia king, KipRich, and the dancehall rebel, Danielle D.I., recently released the upbeat and daring single Hear The Pree.
The song is one of the hottest tracks on the Clean Money rhythm distributed by Johnny Wonder 21st Hapilos.
The single has two versions, one for the airwaves and another for the street. Hear The Pree is steadily gaining momentum in both spheres.
"The feedback has been real good so far. Everywhere I go, when it plays, the girls go crazy. The vibe in and outside of the dance has been terrific! The radio DJs are also picking it up, so it's a great feeling," Danielle said.
"It's a new year and all I can say is expect the unexpected. My female fans have been asking for more, and I know this combination delivered. Trust and believe lots more to come from KipRich this 2014," added Kiprich.
KipRich and Danielle DI are both preparing to shoot the visuals for Hear The Pree. Their production team is currently scouting locations in Portland for a steamy music video
OutA Road Recording artiste Berri has been receiving tremendous amount of love via the airwaves both locally and internationally since the release of her fast rising single I Cant Let Go.
The Diva is currently busy in the studio working on her upcoming EP soon to be released via the popular OutA Road label imprint. The video for I Cant Let Go was recently shot in the beautiful parish of Montego Bay over the weekend and should be available for a world wide premiere in a few weeks on visual related medium.
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By Jodee Brown
Throughout 2014, music lovers have seen a sharp increase in hardcore sexual content and imagery within Dancehall, with the likes of Alkaline, Demarco, Ricky Carty and J Amsterdam pushing boundaries with eyebrow-raising material to gauge interest from fans. One legendary artist is sick of this growing trend.
Barrington Levy, singer of classics such as Broader Than Broadway, Under Mi Sensi and countless others says he is tired of the X-rated nature that the genre has taken on and thinks it has damaged its credibility.
In an interview published in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, Levy said, "I see where the music business is taking a turn for the worst. It's going in a direction where we are losing it."
"These people have no morals anymore. Are we going to do anything for money? I never came into the music business just to sell records. I thought I would just sing for the love of it."
In another interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Levy was more solutions-oriented, pointing to a lack of positive influence as the reason why young artists choose to ratchet up the shock value in their musical content.
"They are surrounded by a lot of hotheads that cannot steer them in the right direction," he said. "People are talking about them and their songs, but not in a good way. As entertainers, we need to always set a good example for the future of music."
"Surround yourself with good people, people who will lead you in the right direction, people that will help you make good career choices that will ensure longevity and international success."
Chronixx, one of Jamaica's fastest rising reggae stars, will make his outdoor concert debut at New York City's flagship reggae, rhythm and blues summer concert Groovin' In The Park on Sunday, June 29 in Queens.
"Chronixx is the hottest reggae artiste on the circuit right now and we are extremely pleased to present him for the first time to music fans in New York at our outdoor festival this year" Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin Inc said.
"He is talented, exciting to watch on stage and lyrically out of this world", Roberts continued.
Roberts is not the only music executive heaping praises on Chronixx. In a recent Billboard Magazine interview, Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell said Chronixx's music, is "completely fresh, uplifting and very pure." Major Lazer selector Walshy Fire quipped, "the world will recognize him as one of reggae’s greatest artists."
Chronixx comes to the sizzling one day reggae and R&B festival with superb credentials. He has an impressive catalogue of smash hits including "Behind Curtain," "Tell Mi Now," "Here Comes Trouble," "African Heritage" and his patriotic Jamaican anthem "Smile Jamaica" that has placed him on reggae's frontline.
Over the past few years the questions; is reggae and dancehall music dead? has been raised. This question depending on who it is presented to, can stir up a lot of feelings and spark up a good conversation. Yet, many find it hard to agree with anyone who answers that question with a YES.
For the past few weeks international dancehall and reggae super star Shaggy has hit the road again due to the demand since the release of his recent album 'Out of Many One Music'.
After a successful charity event, which Shaggy raised 70 million JMD for Bustamante Children Hospital in Jamaica, he has hit the skies once again. Yet, the countries where he is scheduled to perform may sound a little unfamiliar to some, like Solomon Island. Solomon Island is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania.
Hearing Jamaican artists travel to these parts of the world should be applauded. Each night they perform they are spreading the culture and raising the flag high. Shaggy is the first major superstar to perform on Solomon Island.
Demarco was in superb form recently at a concert on the premises of Twickenham Park Police Training Academy in St. Catherine. The entertainer was the specially invited guest of several high profile members of the Constabulary Force who were hosting a gathering for its members and new recruits.
Hitting the stage with the street anthem 'True Friend' Demarco was greeted with much fanfare as patrons showed strong support in their numbers with many rushing on stage to get closer to the blonde-haired star. Reeling off classics such as Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, Standing Soldier, Sort Dem Out, Fallen Soldier interspersed with new favourites Lazy Body, Fren Circle and the highly controversial Ride, Demarco had the crowd in a frenzy during his twenty minutes set before closing out the performance with the very inspirational I Love My Life.
According to Demarco despite the precarious relations shared at time between the Dancehall fraternity and the Constabulary force, "everyone loves music! therefore as an entertainer my job is to entertain. They reached out to my management team requesting support and we obliged. In my view ... anything that's going to help foster good relations between the people and the security forces I'm all for that."
By Gaby Wilson
The world got a lot sexier on Tuesday when Queen Bey released her ultra-hot "Partition" video to the masses. Opening with a clean-cut, glasses-wearing Beyoncé at a breakfast table, we're quickly taken into a dark fantasy world where Bey rides a chaise lounge/pommel horse, performing a sort of sophisticated strip tease for hubby Jay Z. The entire experience is drool-inducing.
Then we arrive at Paris' Le Crazy Horse, where the wardrobe becomes SIGNIFICANTLY smaller for the rest of the video. Bey emerges in the new location dripping with rhinestones from her fancy hairnet (a piece from Crazy Horse's own archives) and vintage crystal bra to her Manuel Albarran hip belt, Lorraine Schwartz body chain, and crystal Louboutins.
Yep, even down to her custom suede Le Crazy Horse G-string
After a lot of showgirl hand choreography, Bey is next pictured swanning around (much like that one part in the sand in the "Run the World (Girls)" video), wearing a fishnet and polka-dotted bodysuit from Louis Vuitton and not much else.
But it's not long until that shot is over and Bey is in a kind of striptease chorus line. Here, she wears a different but equally glittery and sparse triangle bra + G-string situation. This look has a fringe under the bra and loses the bejeweled hairnet.
All hail Queen Bey.
Spanner Banner is generating a new buzz in the reggae market with the single, 'Love Is Champion', which has been getting favorable airplay on local radio. He started out the year 2014 with a bang with a brilliant performance at this year's Rebel Salute 2014.
"The single is doing well on radio especially in Canada and St. Maarten, and with the release of the video, people rate the video, they are excited about it," he said. He is working on an EP which will feature seven tracks including 'Love is a Champion'. This will be his first major release of recorded material since 2009. "Time is of the essence when it comes to dedicating time towards an album. I had been busy doing other things, and I never got the time to do it the right way. I want it to be special, now is the time to do it, cause I wanted it to be very special. I have been writing and getting the right producers for the project," he said.
His last full length project "I'm A Winner" released in 2009, was chock full of musical gems such as Rolling Stones, Solid As A Rock, One Love, She Groove Me and the title track, "I’m A Winner". The album was produced by his family label Bonner Cornerstone Music, along with producers such as Don Carleone, Donovan Germaine and Kemar 'Flava' McGregor.
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Razor B is going hard with this track specifically for the ladies. The lyrics couldn’t be any more straight-forward as Razor B instructs his female fans to "Whine and Stop". The video is enticingly tasteful while showing off the many talents that Jamaican girls have. It's sexy and colorful. It was directed by Wayne Benjamin from Fabrikated Projex. The track can be heard all over the local airwaves like Zip 103 FM and in the Dancehall, especially by DJ Kitt, Dj Sigar and Boom Boom.
Jamaica's Dancehall artiste Spice to premiere her new single 'Go Go' this valentines, on Friday February 14 in the UK on Epik Jones award winning show 'Setting Friday'. The show is live 8-10pm (UK time), 3-5pm (Ja/US Est time) via www.flamesradio.co.uk and available on all tablets/smartphones via tunein radio app (flames radio). The new single 'Go Go' is a sexy dancehall song produced by well acclaimed Notnice Records also responsible for street hit 'So Mi Like It', recent hits for Alkaline and formerly for Vybz Kartel's led Portmore Empire (Gaza).
Of no surprise she has chose official Dj Epik Jones for the world premiere as dancehall evolves where music is promoted heavily online, the highly interactive global Setting Friday Show has with over 20 countries statistically listening. Just recently Epik Jones premiered Melloquence & Elephant Man's new collab 'Hold Me' two weeks prior being released to any dj worldwide. Epik Jones sees this as great for dancehall as music has no boundaries.
His charisma and personality is what keeps listeners attention, as music is accessible everywhere. With all artistes being clients of Stars R Us promo this works for all parties which has a roster including the likes of Elephant Man, Melloquence, Spice, Frastwinz, Tiana, Kalado, ZJ Liquid, Demarco & Epik Jones amongst others. E.P.I.K Entertaining People Increasing Knowledge so don't miss the show.
Reggae Revivalist Exco Levi "Strives" his way to earn a Juno Nomination for Best Reggae Recording 2014!
"Strive" was produced by Silly Walks Discotheque and features guest vocals from fellow Reggae revivalist Kabaka Pyramid. The song is performed with encouraging lyrics, telling listeners to keep their faith as they go through difficult times in their lives.
This years Juno nomination (the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy) marks Exco's 3rd nomination since 2011. The 43rd annual awards ceremony will be held from Monday March 24th to Sunday March 30th, 2014 in Winnipeg and celebrates the best musicians in Canada.
When notified about his nomination, Exco said "I am proud of this nomination ... Wow! I thank CARAS and the fans for sharing my music and the positive message in the song. I also thank Kabaka and Silly Walks for making this song a truly great one!"
For Jamaica's Kabaka Pyramid, this marks his first co-nomination for a Juno Award, and second for Germany's Silly Walks Discotheque.
Additional nominees in the 2014 category for Best Reggae Recording include Ammoye "Baby It's You."
Raine Seville has done it again; this time around in a new video showing the artiste in a different light: sexy, confident and mind-blowing are just a few words to describe its content.
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Under his imprint label FME Recordings, producer Ricky Blaze has displayed his multi talent by releasing an arsenal of hits spanning from Dancehall and Reggae to Pop, R&B, Hip Hop and Soca by working with some of the hottest artists in all genres of music.
Only 2 months in the new year and Ricky has released the chart topping hit single featuring reggae star Gyptian "Stuck", a soca infused single with the sexy sirens K.O Chicks "Feel It", the dance hit "Syvah" performed by all around entertainer Ding Dong, his own hit single "Never Be" and many more hit bound singles!
The no rest for the weary producer is putting the finishing touches on an upcoming project with pop star Chelley and gearing up for the release of rising star Alexus Rose new video amongst many projects.
Rising international Recording Artist and Dancehall sensation, Razor B, has released a new track called "Sleep Over", which has already become popular amongst his female fans.
The track was mixed by Zip FM's own ZJ Rush, therefore, it has gotten some rotation on the station's playlist. DJ Kitt of 007 Sound has been playing it at all the hot party spots in Kingston, Jamaica, especially during Mojito Mondays held at Suzie's Bakery, which has seen an immense feedback so far, countless "forwards' and expensive "money pull-ups".
In it, Razor B is heard at the beginning of the track, calling a girl and asking her to "Sleep Over" and spend the night with him. It's a clean track but the lyrics are skillfully raunchy without being obscene. Razor B is evidently artistic in his lyrical composure and crafty in his writing abilities while the beat helps bring it all together.
Known for his list of girl tunes, his sexy image and intense performances, Razor B is a sure success with female listeners. "Sleep Over" is just another proof that Razor B has what it takes to grab the attention of any Dancehall fan as well as to crossover to an international listener-ship. The video is set to begin shooting soon and casting has begun. His label, OG Entertainment, is seeking a sexy, dark-skinned female to fill the leading role.
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Kingston, Jamaica:- Ace lyricist Sanjay has sparked a dancehall epidemic with his latest infectious tune dubbed Head Top. The track, which has been getting good support in the dancehall, has sparked bouts of head top dancing not only in Jamaica but internationally.
Head Top, which was produced by Kirkledove, is now accompanied by a video directed by Mental Chung Creative lab who are known for their cutting edge productions including the immensely popular Dutty Bwoy series.
Sanjay says he is a bit surprised by the popularity of the song as he didn't expect it to blow up the way it has: "I have been getting links from as far as Russia and Sweden. The song has really caught on. In Jamaica there is big support in the streets and even head top competitions. The song is clearly #riiich".
Sanjay's Head Top highlights the infectious nature of the authentic dancehall sound as well as the skill and dexterity of some of its main proponents, women. The video for Head Top emphasizes these characteristics while showing off the expert movements of dancehall dancers from all over the world all doing the Head Top dance.
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Kingston Jamaica - Reggae/dancehall star I-Octane already has much to look forward to in 2014, and the New Year has barely even started to unfold.
Nominated 10 times in eight different categories for the upcoming Youth View Awards (YVAs), the Happy Time singer says, "It's always humbling and rewarding when people acknowledge your hard work. I'm honoured to be nominated in so many categories and I feel good to know that my music and style are connecting with the youth."
The categories that I-Octane has been nominated in for this year's Youth View Awards are Favourite Local Music Video for Happy Time; Favourite Cultural Artiste; Favourite Local Artiste of the Year - Male; Favourite Summer Song of 2013 for Happy Time; Favourite Music Collaboration of the Year for Double Trouble (featuring Bounty Killer); Favourite Music Collaboration of the Year for Lighters Up (featuring Alaine); Favourite Music Collaboration of the Year for It's a Celebration (alongside Ding Dong, Konshens and Chris Martin); Fashion Icon of the Year - Male; Celebrity Role Model of the Year; and Young, Hot & Hype Male of the Year.
Kingston Jamaica:- It's soca season and Ce'Cile and Mr. Vegas, two of Jamaica's most successful dancehall artistes have teamed up to release what is expected to be one of the hottest tracks this soca season, Mash Up the Place.
Mash Up the Place was produced by Studio 758 out of St. Lucia and Mr. Vegas' own MV Music and will be released this week, Mash Up the Place is a hi-tempo soca track which will definitely have you moving. It features the sexy vocals of dancehall superstar Ce'Cile and the gritty vibe of Mr. Vegas' lyrics blended together to make a catchy dancehall/soca hybrid tune.
This is the first time both artistes have collaborated on a song, despite their many years of friendship, and according to Mr. Vegas: "We have always been on the road touring, when I am in Jamaica she is not, but we have always wanted to work together musically. The song is something different as I have never collaborated with a female dancehall artiste before. This song is a fun catchy tune and it has the new soca flavor that will have people chipping down the road this season."
After two stellar performances in Jamaica at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza in St Elizabeth on December 25 and Cream of the Crop at the Cruise Ship Pier in Ocho Rios on December 28, Digicel/Busta brand ambassador I-Octane left the island for two shows in Guyana.
The first show, held on December 31 in Linden, at the Wisrock Bus Park, saw more than 4000 patrons coming out to see his performance.
At 11:30 p.m., the artiste stormed the stage with Buss a Blank, Nah Wash, Badmind Dem A Pree, My Story, and others hits. The high energy was maintained throughout his set, but when he performed crowd favourites like My Life and L.O.V.E. Y.O.U., his performance soared to another level.
Fellow artiste, Versatile, entered the stage halfway through Octane's set and performed two songs before leaving Octane to lament, Gal a Gimmi Bun, Puff It and I A Cry before closing the show and his high-energy 50-minute set withJah Jah.
Dutty Fridaze Promotion recording artiste Gage has been nominated for the prestigious Youth View Award in the "Favourite Breakout Celebrity of 2013" category.
The young Clarendonian has been enjoying a wave of success since he was signed to popular independent label Dutty Fridaze Promotion. Gage can definitely be defined as one of the Teen's favorites ... Such definition was recently exercised when he was selected as one of the closing acts at the recent Entrance High School Sound Clash.
Negotiations are now in progress between his management team and several promoters from Caribbean which includes St Maarten, Trinidad and Costa Rica for his first Caribbean Tour which will also includes heavy radio and press interviews.
Gage who had a busy scheduled in December continues his string of shows which saw the young act starting off the new year with a bang when he gave a brilliant performance to a full pack audience in his home town Clarendon. He will next appear on the popular Camalla's Fashion Franzy as a special guess artiste this Wednesday night at South Beach Cafe.
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Reggae superstar Barrington Levy is pleased with response to his latest single, 'Rosie', which hit FM radio a few days ago. It was officially released on January 1, 2014 on the Black Roses Entertainment label.
"The new single "Rosie" premiered on IRIE FM shortly after 12 midnight on January 1st, and the feedback has been tremendous so far, very positive," he said.
Levy admitted that the song is a part two to his seminal hit, 'Black Roses'.
"The story continues, I wrote the song recently as a followup to 'Black Roses'. You see 'Black Roses' was about travelling the world and never seeing a black rose, something special in my garden. Now 'Rosie' is that special girl who comes into my life with ignorance when I am looking for romance, and how I lay down the rules for her, threatening to lock her off if she doesn't change," Levy said.
This is not the first time that the man known as 'Mellow Canary' has sung about a character called 'Rosie'. In one of his biggest international hits, 'Here I Come' (Broader than Broadway), he sings On the intercom Rosie tell me to come/Say she didn't have a daughter she did have a son…Cause you are old and I am young/Yes while I'm young yes I want to have some fun.
I recently caught up with the reigning "Sting Clash Champion" Kiprich to preview "The Downsound $30,000 USD Cash Showdown" which he will be taking part in at "Sting 30".
Listen to the interview to find out
* Which artiste he would most like to clash.
* His thought’s on a clash with the returning "dancehall icon" Supercat.
* If Wyclef and 2 Chainz have the "lyrical ammunition" to test him.
* If he thinks Ninjaman will be able to resist getting involved in this year’s clash
* If he has been given any clues as to who the other artistes taking part in the clash will be.
* If he feels under more pressure to perform this year than ever before.
* What goes through his mind in the moments before a clash.
* And much more
Listen to the interview now on YouTube
Known as the Global Reggae Chart, Video Alley- Reggae Top Ten, Suzie Q- Host / Producer of Video Alley - Reggae Top Ten is bursting with joy; it has been a glorious year as she gives thanks as the end of 2013 draws closer.
Video Alley celebrated its 12th anniversary, Suzie Q won the coveted Linkage Award, for TV Personality of the Year in March Suzie Q got married, on December 1st to Reggae Superstar Joseph Bonner AKA Spanner Banner who is getting ready to tour Europe with Duane Stephenson.
"Life is a dream trust me, despite the stumbling blocks which I have used as stepping stones, the attacks I have decided to ignore and just walk carefully and move wisely, I told myself that I shall not be defeated. I DECLARE ONLY POSITIVE OVER MY LIFE AND IT'S HAPPENING BECAUSE IN EVERYTHING I DO I PUT GOD FIRST." (Quoted Suzie Q ).
In case you missed the show, feel free to click the links below to watch.
( Video Alley with Richie Spice - Nov 30,2013)
Ninjaman , Nature, Ishawna , Sting 30 and more - Dec 14,2013
Reggae artiste Tony Frass is creating a buzz in the streets with a single called 'Work Fi Di Breakfast' for Liv Up Records. The song has become a staple in the streets of West Kingston, and it is on the strength of this single that he is ready to announce his arrival to the reggae scene in a live showcase dubbed "Tony Frass Live" at the Chelsea Fun Bar on November 27th.
"I am looking forward to this event, I have been practising with the band, Ya Roots, for the last couple of weeks. I am just building up the thing and we have confidence that it will be great," he said.
Born Kenroy Allen on October 25, 1984, he grew up in Salem, Clarendon where he attended Clarendon College and then Claude McKay High where he graduated. Although he did not hail from a musical background, at an early age, he showed great promise.
With several years of hard work behind him, he is poised to be a songwriter/artiste of international renown. Commencing his professional recording at age 20, Tony Frass has earned himself the reputation of being a potent lyricist with a commanding delivery and a stage presence that radiates with charisma. He is strongly influenced by the works of the legendary Garnett Silk and aims to "keep the music positive at all times and to reach the hearts of people worldwide".
"Garnet Silk ah the real man, he is perhaps my greatest influence," Tony Frass said.
Reggae Grammy heavyweights Sean Paul and Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley have hit the streets with a new collaboration, Riot which has been creating high levels of anticipation in fans of the duo for the release of the video.
Eager to please their fans, the artistes will release the video for Riot on Saturday, December 14 on TVJ's Intense and Onstage aired on CVM TV. TVJ's Intense was on set for the video shoot and aired behind the scenes footage of the video on Saturday, December 7 giving viewers worldwide, a preview of Riot.
Under the direction of Jon J, the artistes linked up in Miami to shoot the official Riot video. Jon J, who has worked with Sean Paul on other projects as well as with artistes such as Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and a host of other superstars, was delighted to work with Damian Marley for the first time.
"Honestly, it was just an honour to be able to work with Damian. He was very humble and easy to work with. Couldn't ask for anything else from an artiste of his stature," commented Jon J. Having worked with Sean Paul before, Jon J added, "I feel like this time was better because I believe he trusts my vision now and it was definitely a bigger and more fun set for him to work on."
With two hot new singles, a calendar and a new video, the 'What Tomorrow May Bring' singer Delus is turning heads. "I am reinventing myself, I have a unique sound and I have found that Reggae music is what I really want to do" Delus shares. The Subkonshus team along with one of his publicists from Taylor Made Events and PR Management, has launched several social media competitions on Delus' official Facebook Page consisting of cover competitions, trivia, one on ones and much more. Additionally Delus has recently premiered his collaborative video with Hyah Slyce entitled "Money" via social media before premiering it on CVM TV's Hitlist. Delus further shares that, "Media trends are changing, we as artistes have to keep up with the demands of new technology; my team has recognized this and are working towards building new strategies".
Delus also has a Christmas project in the pipeline as he will be visiting four Youth Clubs in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. During these visits, Delus will speak about this career as an artiste, some of the challenges he faced and how he overcame these challenges. For each visit he will be accompanied by a guest celebrity and/or member of the Subkonshus family to perform and provide give-a-ways and a full entertainment package. In addition to this Delus will choose one talent from each Youth Club for a chance to vibe with him in studio and to receive mentorship. The project is dubbed: "Music: My Way Out".
Delus is set to visit the Newton Square Police Youth Club on Sunday December 22; Franklin Town Youth Club on Saturday December 14; Youths with Vision Youth Club and Vineyard Town Youth Club on Saturday December 21. Delus points out that, "It is very important to give back to communities especially at a time like this where music has so much influence on the youths".
The 14th annual staging of Boom Energy Drink GT Taylor's Christmas Reggae Extravaganza is set to be one of the most exciting events in Jamaica for the Christmas Holiday season.
Reggae singer Romain Virgo who will be performing on the event for the 4th time in his career is eagerly anticipating show night.
"I always look forward to GT's show, It's one of the shows that has really stood out over the years. I look forward to it every year, not only to perform on the show, but I also like to watch the performance of other artistes on the show. It's one of the shows that has been growing over the years and I'm happy to be a part of this growth," said the artiste.
Romain is also excited about the fact that this year he will be performing at Boom Energy Drink GT Taylor's Christmas Reggae Extravaganza with his own band.
"This time around I will be working with my band, it will be the first time that I will get to perform on major show at home with my own band. Its good that GT is willing to set up things to allow me to work with my band. This will help me to be more comfortable on stage, I plan to go out there and sing from my heart. I plan to give the people a 150 percent when I touch the stage on christmas night."
Sizzla Kalonji and Kalonji Muzik send condolence to the Mandela Family and the People of South Africa on the heels of his first Grammy Nomination for 70th album, The Messiah. "We express our deep grief loosing our beloved President the Honorable Nelson Mandela. It is only right that we send our condolence to his family and Africa," says Sizzla.
With respect and honor from Judgment Yard he continues, "We love the President as our African Father, more over for standing up for our motherland Africa and all its brothers and sisters. Rest In Peace, our freedom fighter, we love you. Free Africa now, this moment, this instance."
Mr. Homer Harris, head of Sizzla's management team sends this message, "Condolence to the Mandela Family. The Reggae Community has been singing songs to dismantle apartheid since the 70's, 80's till now. We must not forget about our Giants like Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko. The Reggae community must continue to chant messages across the globe to fight against oppression all over the world."
While the world celebrates the life of one of our greatest Giants, the same weekend our team received news that Sizzla had been nominated for his first Grammy for his 70th album, The Messiah. So while we honor and celebrate Madiba Mandela, we honor and celebrate the achievements of Sizzla Kalonji who has used his music as a pedastol to spread messages of empowerment, unity, love, upliftment, justice, and peace.
Kingston Jamaica: Fresh from their collaboration, Riot, one of the many unique styled tracks from Sean Paul's upcoming album Full Frequency, Reggae giant Damian 'Jnr. Gong' Marley and Dancehall international star Sean Paul again teamed up to shoot the music video to accompany the single due to the buzz it has created since being leaked.
A sneak peek of the video with interviews, behind the scenes footage, outtakes and other content not available anywhere else, will air on Saturday, December 7 on TVJ's Intense TV Show at 8:30pm(EST) ahead of the world premier of the video. Watch a live stream of TVJ's Intense online at www.televisionjamaica.com.
Sean Paul and Damian Marley collaborated on the Riot single and later linked up in Miami to do the shoot for the official video. TVJ's Intense was on the scene to catch snippets of the Jon J directed video. TVJ presenter, Talia, had exclusive access to Sean Paul, Damian Marley and Jon J on the set for more than 12 long hours.
"My inspiration for the video was really based on conversations with me and Sean's team. We agreed the video should have a serious feel and also have some type of social message. From there I just created this world of Riot and snuck in different social messages with the posters during the video," explains Jon J when quizzed about the inspiration behind the video.
Controversial dancehall deejay Deva Bratt, recently began his US tour. This is the deejays first US tour, and the streets are buzzing only a week into his entrance in the United States. Deva Bratt is popularly known for hit songs like "Bag a Talking/Gussie Clarke", and "Bungle a Gyal". Mr. "Actually Factually" is recording under his Krucial Konflict label formed in 2009. Look out for an exclusive interview from Deva Bratt, discussing life after Sting, new projects, and how he has maintained his lyrical eminence for all these years.
Multi-talented Jamaican artist, Dudsymil is once again showcasing his determination for mainstream superstardom by releasing the official video for his pulsating single, Come Here, the follow-up to his hit song, Go Away.
The official video for Come Here, a Reggae-influenced rendition of Ed Sheeran's Kiss Me, once again displays Dudsymil's raw emotion and vocal prowess in plain view for music lovers to see. Recently shot within the Greater Toronto Area, Dudsymil speaks fondly of one's affection for a woman who captures the heart while instantly creating a comfort zone for the woman to feel loved and secure.
Additionally, the aspiring international star shows his performance, offering a cool, soothing flow as well as a soulful, well-controlled energy in his delivery; creating an atmosphere filled with fitting visuals for the mood and concept of the track.
The video for Come Here was directed by Debbie Deer, the founder of her self-titled production company, Debbie Deer Productions and a former RETV VJ. The single is produced by Eddie Bullen and Quincy Bullen.
Dudsymil's video for Go Away, a counteraction of Rihanna's chart-topping single, Stay has garnered consistent attention Jamaican music outlets - including HYPE TV and RETV - as well as various social media networks as mainstream buzz continues to build.
This video for Come Here will only serve to increase such recognition and make Dudsymil a reliably powerful force to be reckoned with going forward.
Quite upbeat from a recent Fort Lauderdale gig where he was accompanied by the very talented Black Soil band, and which also featured Tarrus Riley and Dean Frazer, reggae crooner, Duane Stephenson is looking forward to thrilling his Caribbean fans as the hectic Yuletide season begins to take shape.
The singer is booked for shows in the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago and also Guyana, two markets which have a solid, long-standing relationship with the man from August Town. Duane is more than ready to take his soothing, conscious lyrics to Trinidad on November 30, where will perform at Culture Reggae Fest, scheduled for the popular Queen's Park Savannah.
Billed as "the biggest culture concert to end the year in Trinidad and Tobago", Culture Reggae Fest also showcases reggae heavyweights Luciano, Everton Blender and Bushman, alongside Trinidad and Tobago's best, including Jamelody, Isasha, Prophet Benjamin and others. According to the organisers, there will be loads of positive vibes at the concert and Duane totally endorses this, noting that as Caribbean people, we need to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.
The fire is still burning in UK for Chronixx - After a very successful tour last month, his latest single "Smile Jamaica" is #1 for the second week on BBC 1Xtra Dancehall charts.
Watch Chronixx " Smile Jamaica " prod by Silly Walk
Itunes link : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/smile-jamaica-single/id598937945
In 2013 BBC 1xtra play listed four Chronixx's tracks ("Behind Curtain", "Odd Ras", "Here Comes Trouble" and "Smile Jamaica"). It s a been a long time since an independent reggae artist is getting so much exposure on the BBC network.
The young Jamaican singer will feature also in the mainstream magazine GQ and in music magazine Echoes in January/February issues. Chronixx also feature in this month issue of The Fader Magazine.
Chronixx is actually working in Jamaica on his future EP "Dread & Terrible" set to release early 2014. He was recently seen in studio with Maverick Sabre, Stephen McGregor, Kymani Marley .. just to name a few.
Kranium's single "Nobody Has To Know" is getting a lot of airplays and spins all around America, Jamaica & UK in clubs and radios.
Its been years since a USA based dancehall artist Kranium is making so much noise in the dancehall business. The 23 years old dancehall star from Queens, NY is actually working on his first EP with top US producer Ricky Blaze (Gyptian " Hold you "), young US producers LMR pro ("Nobody has to know") and also young Jamaican producer Teflon from ZincFence Records (Chronixx " Behind Curtain "). Kranium's first EP will be released in February 2014.
Nobody Has To Know (Prod by LMR)
Listen to Kranium's interview w/ Max Glazer (Federation Sound) on Radio Lily : https://soundcloud.com/kranium1/interview-on-radio-lily-w-max
In March 2014, Kranium will fly to UK for his first international tour. In the mean time he is performing all around the East Coast of USA.
Follow Kranium1 on IG or Kraniummusic on Facebook & Soundcloud.com to get more infos on tour dates, music ...
Epik Jones UK'S multi-award winning DJ of The Year who's also known for production, writing and promotions.
The globally accepted Settingz Friday show 8-10pm UK time, 3-5pm US/Jamaican time has been a platform in gaining @Epikjones twitter handle over 20,000 followers including the likes of
Missy Elliott, Keyshia Cole, Tessanne Chin, Baby Bash, Kat Dahlia, Swizz Beats, DJ Khaled & host of other international reggae/dancehall artistes & producers. With listeners & fans from all over the world such as Zambia, Kenya, Gambia, Nigeria India, Australia, Japan, North & South America, Europe & the Caribbean its safe to say that reggae/dancehall is well promoted from the school of Epik. Whether it be juggling vibes for the weekend or interviews with the biggest reggae/dancehall stars worldwide Jones has done it.
Epik Jones will be embarking on another trip to Jamaica this December from 14th-29th with a few events of his own and bookings to entertain patrons. Production wise his production last December caused the biggest uproar leading into Sting with Spice's Let Out The Donkey anything is possible. With the two falling into the same team, both promoted & marketed by Stars R Us (Bahamas/Jamaica) based. Another song produced and doing well is Karian Sang's Break Us, whom happens to be signed to Mavado's label and played a leading role in the movie Destiny.
Epik Int'l is well marketed globally by Stars R Us, Finewine, Rdhtv and Joy Gogetter (Unrivalled Media) all of whom network, promote & use groundbreaking techniques to promote all their clients. A very important part of the business, is not just being great at the craft anymore & it has to be accepted that as well as management, production & such PR skills and marketing is very much needed in the industry to connect the missing links and bridge gaps.
Sean Paul has earned the votes to challenge the top song in this week's HOT 97FM Battle of the Beats with his single Want Dem All featuring dancehall deejay Konshens.
Sean Paul's Want Dem All single climbed New York's HOT 97FM charts to the No. 1 position in just a few hours on Monday, November 18 to snag the challenger position against All That Matters by Justin Bieber already chosen for the battle earlier in the day.
To get Want Dem All at No.1, fans must visit www.HOT97.com/battleofthebeats and vote, each person can vote once.
Want Them All features dancehall star Konshens in his first collaboration with Sean Paul. Both deejays showcase unusual styles with a slow, steady flow of the lyrics to the fist-pumping beat of the track.
As a well recognized source for hottest new releases in Hip-Hop and R&B, HOT 97FM delivers a 'hear it here first' experience to its audiences worldwide. Battle of the Beats features weekly battles of the latest songs, solely dependent on fan votes to keep them ranking on the chart. Now the top two songs go into ultimate showdown as each is responsible to rack up their own votes to win. The winner of the battle will be awarded airplay of the winning single as the hottest single that week.
Want Them All is featured on Sean Paul's Full Frequency album set to be released in 2014. Also rocking the airwaves is previously released chart topping single Riot featuring Damian Marley. Sean Paul who received a MOBO award last month continues to shine as he recently wrapped up a Want Dem All promo tour in the US. Voting closes today for this round of Battle of the Beats, to vote for Want Dem All , fans must visit www.HOT97.com/battleofthebeats, each person can vote once.
Uprising female singer Joey Brooks, (sister of Dancehall's sensation David Brooks aka Mavado,) has just recently harnessed the full power of her vocals, recording a breakthrough single called 'Dreaming' alongside Concrete Jungle Movie producer 'Badd Indyann' (who is also an upcoming artiste).
The collaboration on the track, produced by the Trench Town based producer, Orville Stoddart CEO of Triple L Records. The song is firmly believed to have the proficiency to rocket both their careers to great new dimensions. The song speaks about the vigorous sex-appeal she posses, and the effectiveness it has on Badd Indyann, then she sings about not wanting to rush into a relationship, but would rather be a celibate until she finds Mr. Right.
Joey is a wonderful singer with a beautiful voice, she's very unique and has a distinctive sound that are pleasing to the ears. However, Badd Indyann is very persuasive with his style of flow and gripping catchy lyrics. The song has just been pre-released and will be premiered by DJ Smurf on Irie Fm. A music video is also in the making.
On Saturday, December 14th history will be created as dance-hall icon Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon; aka Shabba Ranks, will perform in New Jersey for the first time in over 20 years. Also added to this line up is Reggae and Dance-hall icon Barrington Levy. Known to the world for their plethora of hits and ability to entertain their audience from beginning to end, it is truly a gift right before the holidays to see both Shabba Ranks and Barrington Levy on one stage, on the same night.
As one of dance-hall icons who to received international accolades and assist in putting dance-hall music on one of the highest platforms to date. Shabba Ranks is set to give his fans in the tri-state area a memorable performance.
"Its been years of planning and working on getting Shabba to New Jersey, but nothing happens before its time and the time is just right. Adding Barrington Levy to the line was the icing on the cake and we thank both artists and their management team for making this happen. The feedback is tremendous and the response crosses all demographics" says G-City owner of Sounds Of Greatness & Road Block radio FM.
By now, most if not all should know that Dancehall's Goddess of Money, Macka 'Dye Dye' Diamond, is on her first official European Tour, but what many may not know, is just how successful the tour has been so far and the impact that Macka is having on her new found audience (who for the record, all speak a different language).
"Yes, the success has been overwhelming, with every show a sold out experience so far," Macka explains. "The tour really started in the French Caribbean islands, where we did Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guyana, before we actually arrived in Europe, and so far we have done five shows in Paris, one in Bordeaux, one in Toulouse, one in Zurich and one in Geneva, Switzerland, and the fans have been nothing short of exceptional. I mean, they know every song, even songs that I have a problem remembering the lyrics to, they know them word for word," jokes Macka.
Leesah Larmond, Macka's road manager describes the situation as overwhelming. "Performing to large audiences is nothing new for Macka, but performing primarily in front of an audience that speaks little or no English night after night, is definitely new, with the most interesting part of all being how verse these audiences are when it comes to Macka's catalogue. They know every song, so much so that we have had to rearrange her set almost nightly, because everywhere we go, not only does the audience know the songs, but they are also requesting songs that Macka has not done on stage in maybe over ten years…Just the other night the audience in Bordeaux requested a song called; 'oh what a pity'...a song that Macka could not do more than the chorus to, but since then has gone back to memory and revamped it."
Reggae Artist Andrew Reid ( AKA Andrew Blood ) was in Nigeria this month. Andrew was a guest speaker representing Internet Income Jamaica at the recent Afrinet Internet Business Summit.
Since June of this year Andrew has been using his music to make money online as a freelancer. Andrew then joined forces with internet marketing gurus Alicia Lyttle and Lorette Lyttle of Internet Income Jamaica and started teaching others how to duplicate his success. The program on how to make money online has created such an impact in Jamaica that it caught the attention on Nigerian businessman Dr. Ope Banwo, director of the Afrinet Internet Business Summit.
Andrew has been teaching at bootcamps held by Internet Income Jamaica since July of this year and along with the director Alicia Lyttle, he was invited to teach and speak in Nigeria.
"I was very excited to be flown into Nigeria along with Alicia Lyttle. The program that we teach in Jamaica on how to work online and make money is working now in Nigeria. We have created a relationship with Nigeria and have duplicated our program there. The bootcamp that we held this month in the city of Lagos was the first of its kind in Nigeria. People set up their businesses and made money within a day!"
Dancehall's rebel, Danielle D.I. returns to the island after impressive performances alongside international reggae star, Gyptian. The Sex, Love and Reggae U.S. tour was a success.
"I am grateful to Gyptian for endorsing my talent. It's a tremendous opportunity to have a world class act's support. He has been in my shoe and understands the journey I'm taking. He presently has the number one reggae album on the Billboard charts, and is the only Jamaican to sell Gold in the past eight years; numbers never lie, so I'm deeply appreciative to be under his wings," she said.
Danielle D.I. completed solid sets for the capacity crowds. The turnout was phenomenal for every one of the events. The audience sang along, while dancehall's bad girl performed her hit tracks: Beat It, Rebel, Pat It Up and My Man.
"I had no idea I would get such positive responses. It was overwhelming at times. One of my favorite stops was performing at S.O.B.'s in Manhattan. I could feel the love while on stage and after the show. Fans showed excitement in meeting me, to get my autograph and to take pictures. Words can't explain how it feels when they sing back my old songs to me, it's a joy!" Danielle D.I. exclaims.
Like a beacon on the mountain, shining like through like the rising sun, so shall it be for the faithful, the ones who never stop till the work is done, we grind cause the system does not favour the common man, but we shall reap the riches plentiful like the grains of sand" Damian Marley
"I got the spirit of Fighter never ever quit, wnt my future to be brighter tired of the itch, Run weh di politician cause none a dem nuh fit, wi haffi look out fi wi self and defend our benefit" - Baby Cham
International artistes Baby Cham and Junior Gong is all set to shoot the video for their hard-hitting collab "Fighter" produced by MadHouse Records. The artistes flew in in the island a day ago to prep for the video to be shot today and also to promote their collaboration 'Fighter'.
Since the release of the fiery collaboration "Fighter", the feedback has been nothing but positive as the song seeks to motivate, to empower people, to strive and work hard towards their goals and never give up.
According to the prolific deejay Baby Cham, "Dave Kelly (my manager) called me at about 5:30 am one morning with a hook which is now the chorus that Gong sings. At first Dave was thinking of using Akon because we have worked in the past but when i really listen to it I was feeling Junior Gong I know he would bring a different dimension to it and that is when Dave Kelly said I should reach out to him, at 10am the morning I called and right then Gong said he was game and he came to the studio and the chemistry was just so right like we have been working together for a long time. He went in the voicing room and within twenty minutes he smashed his part and I went in after and did my verses which myself and Dave thought was too dark so we tailored it down because we know the song has a huge potential to be our next international hit."
U.S.A, JA (21st Hapilos News) - Undoubtedly one of Jamaica's most popular sound systems, Stone Love has long ago revolutionized their craft by branching out from playing the hits to creating the hits. Headed by the esteemed Winston "Wee Pow" Powell, internationally renowned Stone Love has leaped to the digital era by inking a deal with Digital distributor giants 21st Hapilos Digital.
21st Hapilos Digital has revolutionized the entertainment industry through online distribution, and delivered the hottest hits from the biggest and upcoming artists and producers alike in dancehall and reggae music. Signing Father Weepow - Stone Love is only befitting of those 2 musical giants.
"Johnny Wonder is a man who knows the music globally so this can only enhance our status in the music industry,. It will take me to a higher level in the digital world. My first project that we will be the releasing is the Banjo Riddim." stated Winston "Wee Pow" Powell.
Johnny Wonder, Executive Vice President and co founder of 21st Hapilos Digital remarked "Father Weepow is a friend and a Mentor to me so, I am excited to work with pow and his son Duane Dpow on the relaunching of the Stone Love music digital record label. we have a lot of ground breaking ideas in the works. stay tuned!
Grammy award winning Reggae superstar Sean Paul will be hitting the road on his first US Club promo tour in support of his upcoming album Full Frequency.
Sean Paul and and his DJ, Copper Shaun from Coppershot Sound, are all set to blaze the hot new singles from the album including the just released dancehall/reggae track - Want Dem All featuring fast rising dancehall star, Konshens.
While on the promo tour, Sean Paul will make several media appearances in various markets.
Party with Sean at;
Sunday, November 3: LIV, Miami, FL,
Monday, November 4: Haven, Atlantic City, NJ
Tuesday, November 5: Rumor, Boston, MA
Wednesday, November 6: Marquee, New York, NY
Thursday, November 7: Park, Washington, DC
Friday, November 8: Club V, Detroit, MI
Saturday, November 9: Studio Paris, Chicago, IL
Sunday, November 10: Maya, Scottsdale, AZ
Wednesday, November 13: Infusion Lounge, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 14: Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, November 15: Stingaree, San Diego, CA
Saturday, November 16: Heat Ultra Lounge, Anaheim, CA CA
Sizzla, one of reggae's most prolific artists, releases his brand new video for "Good Love" off his 70th album The Messiah, released in May 2013 on Kalonji Music/VP Records. The Jay Will directed video premieres today on Okayplayer's Large Up, who hails "Good Love" as one of their "favorite songs by him in the last decade."
Watch/post Sizzla's "Good Love" video now:
Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. Even musical icons like Jay Z have taken notice. On Jay Z's latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rap mogul samples Sizzla's timeless classic "Solid As A Rock" on his new song "Crown." Before Jay Z, hip hop artists used the same Sizzla tune to proclaim their throne status, including 50 Cent on "You Will Never Take My Crown" and Ja Rule on "The Crown." It is evident that Sizzla remains the reigning king of roots on his latest effort The Messiah, which peaked at #1 on the South Florida Reggae Chart and New York Reggae Chart. He showcases his musical depth, passion and precision in partnership with Bread Back productions.
Fast on the heels of the release of his latest album Bruk It Down 2.0, Mr. Vegas has followed up with the release of his first videos off the album for the song Give It To Har.
The video which was first released on Mr. Vegas' MV Music Website last week has, in just days, amassed almost tens of thousands views on YouTube and continues to grow everyday day. The video is also a favourite on US based site World Star Hip Hop.
Mr. Vegas, who recently performed at two sold out shows in Dakar Senegal, says he is happy with the pickup of the album so far and is glad that the fans are pleased with the video, "When I look at the comments on places like YouTube about the video it is very encouraging plus the reception of the album has been very good.
Directed by Jay Will, Give it to Har has an authentic Dancehall feel and will be a pleasure to dancehall fans. Filmed in Downtown Kingston the video has cameos from Jamaican dancing outfit Dance Expressions and dancehall’s top female dancer Mystic.
Reggae's powerful sibling quintet Morgan Heritage returns with the compelling video "Ends Nah Meet." Directed by the band and Maximilian Shelton, the video features a montage of clips from Jamaica, Morgan Heritage's most recent European tour as well as historical public domain footage documenting the economic struggle that people of all classes (lower, middle and upper) face on a daily basis.
"We wanted to connect the message in the song to real life situations over the last 100 years by using current and historic cinematography," states Mojo Morgan, the group's percussionist and vocalist.
"Ends Nah Meet" is off the group’s first studio album in five years 'Here Come The Kings' (VP Records, June 11). Filled with brilliant instrumentation and empowering lyrics, the 12-track set explores new sounds that successfully fuse roots, r&b, and a hint of dancehall.
Morgan Heritage, known worldwide for their riveting live performances, recently wrapped their North American and European tour in support of 'Here Come The Kings.' They will get back on the road this fall for select shows. See tour dates below and for most up-to-date schedule visit http://www.facebook.com/morganheritage.
Raine Seville has done it again; this time around in a newly controversial video showing the artiste in a different light: sexy, confident and mind-blowing are just a few words to describe its content. The video entitled "Mad Dem" was directed Di Rawtid Yute TV and produced by JRK Productions. "The concept reflects sexiness, confidence, happiness; ladies who feel good about themselves who know their worth just aren't afraid to show it" Raine Seville shares.
The song is already a ladies anthem and was premiered last week Friday on Hype TV's Up and Live, "the video has been receiving great reviews, it's been a year since I have done a video so this is just a great way to show my fans just how much I have grown and become confident in my work" Seville further shared. When asked about the controversial scene in the video Raine says that she has no problem taking risks as she is no longer a sheltered artiste. Dancehall group Voicemail and the producers also helped Seville compose the track.
Raine Seville's previous controversial move was the releases of a set of provocative pictures with the 'Gal a bubble' singer, Konshens which aided in the promotion of their then single 'Sekkle Dung Body'. "I am always on the move, working and trying to better my craft, so you can really look out for some great songs and videos from me, this is where I step up and show my fans the real me" Seville shares.
FRENCH CARIBBEAN TOUR / EUROPEAN TOUR
"Sex sells," starts Macka about the success of what many are calling the song of her career, the sexually charged and blatantly stimulating DYE DYE.
"I mean, let's be real about the subject," declares a confident sounding Macka, "like almost everything in life, none of this is new… Madonna did it, Janet Jackson did it, Lil Kim did it, and now there is Nicki Minaj, and we don't even have to go so far, because even our own Lady Saw has done it, so the verdict is in, sex sells and
continues to sell," repeats Macka with a sly smile that seems to say it all.
And from all indications, it is obvious that the Money Goddess is on to something, because with Dye Dye literally becoming the sex anthem of sorts that it has become, the demand for Macka has increased tenfold, and like the true Dancehall trooper that she is, she has answered the call with class and energy that has left her audience wanting for more; so much so that she has had over four repeat performances in Trinidad alone since the Dye Dye snowball effect began and is set to return again in December.
So how does the forty and fabulous DJ keep up with a schedule that has more than tripled in demand?
Again smiles proceed the coy reply, "jetlag…jetlag…it gets hectic at times, but you know what they say about the customer is always right…right? Well in my world, the audience is the customer, and if the promoters are calling you, that means that they are giving the customers what they want, and if a Macka dem want and all the necessary T's are crossed and I's dotted, best believe I will be there in fine form too."
Following a plethora of quality performances at the recently concluded Irie FM Road Show, Dream Weekend Live, LIME Skool Aid, The Jamaica Cancer Society 'Relay For Life' and the newly opened Famous Night Club in Portmore, St. Catherine; Reggae singer Teflon is happy with the renewed interest in his career.
His video for the conscious ballad 'Love & Adore You' is also poised at No.2 on the CVM-TV Hit-list Video Countdown.
Set to depart the island this weekend for a stint in St. Lucia the Rastafarian crooner says he's pleased with the current direction of his career, attributing the resurgence to hard work and the relentless dedication of his team. Upon his return from the Caribbean island Teflon will shift his focus to Europe for a month long sojourn on that continent. Dubbed 'Love & Adore You' the eight-city tour is expected to make stops in Austria, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Denmark, and Finland among others. His inaugural performance will get on the way October 1st in Sweden with the final show set for October 31st.
BY: Alan Lewin
Hardcore female D.J. Macka Diamond who is currently on a high with her popular hit single "Dye Dye", has replaced Elephant Man on the inaugural Mobay Nite Flexx, the VIP Celebrity Party scheduled for this Friday September 27 at the new Don Way Jamaican Style Village, located on the Hip Strip, Glouchester Avenue, in Montego Bay, St James.
Due to scheduling conflicts, The Energy Gad, Elephant Man, will be unavoidably absent, however, the organisers, not wanting to short-change the thousands of patrons who will be in attendance, have confirmed the 'Money Oh' hitmaker, Macka Diamond to fill that slot. Macka's latest single entitled 'Twist Me' is already aiming at surpassing the popularity of Dye Dye and she says 'Mobay people dem a guh love me even more when mi done wid dah show yah'.
QQ will bring his brand of youthful energy to Mobay while performing his many hits such as Stookie, Poverty, Skip to my Lou, Rum Ram, Ghetto Gyal and the dancing anthem of this past summer 'One Drop'. He will award $5,000.00 to the best One Drop dancer.
The sultry, rising female sensation Sophia Squire says she plans to perform all her hits for her fans. Rounding out the list of performers are two late additions to the line-up - the award winning Toronto based singer Elaine 'Lil Bit' Shepherd and Mobay Boy Wonder Slim Shawn, the eleven year old student of Irwin Primary and Junior High School, who was introduced to the Reggae Sumfest stage recently by his mentor Bounty Killer, to rounds of genuine forwards and applause.
Fast rising Dancehall artiste Gage who's known for his way with words as officially gotten the stamp of approval from the music fraternity as Shane Brown from Juke Boxx records has been paying keen attention to Gage … even went as far as to contact his road manager Neil to work with the artiste. They then moved on to producing a track called "Standing Firm" on a one drop rhythm.
Gage believes that no artiste should be stuck in one style or one genre of music, so he listens to all types of music and is looking to surprise his followers soon with an international collaboration. The artiste decided not to call any names; after all he wouldn't want to ruin the surprise.
The streets are talking and they love the energy that Team Gage brings out each week "nuff love ladies" they really complements the artiste. What can we say; he looks like a true general walking out with five beautiful ladies by his side.
Gage might be a young artiste, but many veterans in the business are rooting for him and with the right guidance he will make it to the top. Be on the look-out for Gage on various upcoming shows such as Full Black - October 20, 2013, England tour - late December and a Caribbean tour soon to be announced.
Ladies if you think you can dance and you have what it takes to do the best IN DEH dance routine then make a video and drop us the link on Gage facebook page "Gage Burning Sun" your video should be five minutes and no longer. All entries must be in before 18.10.13
Joseph Anthony Bonner popularly known as Spanner Banner was born in Rock Hall, St. Andrew. He is the eighth of eleven children for his mother Violet Bonner. He grew up in Rock Hall St Andrew with his parents and siblings, several of whom are also musically inclined. He is a member of the talented Bonner brothers which includes Pliers (of Chaka Demus & Pliers fame), Richie Spice and Snatcha. While growing up music was always a part of his life, the music of such greats as Bob Marley, Jacob Miller & Gregory Issacs were the sound track to his childhood days.
Spanner Banner confirmed his musical intentions at a tender age when he sang at an event in his community and received great responses from the audience. Hence his decision to pursue a career in music was not a very difficult choice. He recorded his very first single Life Goes On, while still in his teens in 1989 for legendary Jamaican record producer, Winston Riley. This song dominated reggae charts locally and internationally placing the name Spanner Banner on the lips of music lovers worldwide. He proved that this was no fluke by quickly reeling out successive hit songs such as, Live & Learn, Michelle & Tease Me which reached the top of the British pop charts in the 1990s after it was re-recorded by Chaka Demus & Pliers.
This new found success opened up many doors for Spanner Banner in the music industry and pretty soon he was being sought to record for several other topflight producers such as King Jammys, Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital and Phillip 'Fattis' Burrell. In 1993 Spanner Banner signed a contract with Island Records and collaborated with famed Jamaican record musicians/producers Sly & Robby to record an album titled Chill for Island.
Nesbeth will be performing in the United Kingdom at 'Reggae Salute' to be held at 02 Brixton Academy London, September 29, alongside Luciano, Etana, I-Octane, Truck Fenda and Christopher Martin and September 28 at the Luxurious Tower Ballroom in Birmingham. In regards to the performances the singjay whose current La La La Jan Biggs produced track remains humorous to listen, said the performances have been long in coming, "this is something I am definitely looking forward to and all UK Reggae fans in attendance of these shows will be given a performance this September that will stay with them as long as they have waited to see me," he said.
Nesbeth is promising all UK Reggae fans who will be attending these shows a "September to remember" performance because his fans have not shared a moment with him since making his 2007/8 Flavor McGregor produced, chart topping tracks Boardhouse, Guns Out and Baby Mother big hits in that region, "I think the opportunity slipped by, it happens, but I am not worried. I will be going there and will be giving of my best to make up for those lost moments" said the newly wed, Kingston 13 resident.
New York, New York - Beautiful, sultry, and soulful Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin has auditioned for the popular reality vocal show The Voice.
The Voice is an innovative vocal competition show, which features four stages of try outs. The first begins with the blind audition, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions the decisions from the super star panel of coaches, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, are based solely on voice and not by looks. The coaches hear the artists perform yet, don't get to see them. If the coaches are impressed by the artists voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team.
Known for her hit singles "Hideaway" and "Messenger" Tessanne Chin and her team Ranch Ent. has confirmed that Tessanne has auditioned for The Voice.
As a child, Craig 'Leftside' Parks accompanied his father, famous bass player, Lloyd Parks to his 'We the People' band rehearsals. There he witnessed firsthand musical productions from some of Jamaica's greatest musical icons including Dennis Brown, Yellow Man, and Ninja Man. So, it came as no surprise that Leftside later became involved in music.
As a young drummer and member of his father's band, he travelled to the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Around the same time, he was a disc jockey stirring up mixes on the turntables at parties for local sound system, Syndicate.
Soon after, the deejay/drummer upped his resume when he decided to pursue musical production. Some of the popular record labels he has worked with are: Kings of Kings, Don Corleon, and King Jammy's. He was instrumental in the production of a number of albums for popular reggae icon, Sizzla, and Elephant Man's 2003 popular hit "Pon Di River", which climbed its way to BET's 106 & Park Countdown.
Given all that he had done before, it seemed inevitable that Leftside would start making music of his own. He started out by writing his own songs. Then he became a member of the popular duo Leftside and Esco, their first hit being "Tuck In Yuh Belly".
Prompted by his innate ingenuity, Leftside devised the alter ego, Dr. Evil, which released hits like "My Name is Dr. Evil", "More Punany", "No STD", and "Shake It".
Dutty Fridaze recording artiste Gage who is known for is popular songs "Burning Sun" and 'In Deh"seems to be the talk of the town. Gage who is maintaining a cool head is very receptive to the love that he is getting and will keep giving the people what they crave.
Gage recently ventured to the beautiful island of Trinidad for a performance at West Indies Cricketer Dwayne Bravo's after party where he shared the stage with the soca singer Machel Montano, it was then twitted by a fan that Gage delivered an amazing performance. Since then he has been getting crazy request to perform elsewhere in and around the Caribbean.
So far the young artiste has completed three music videos "Burning Sun, In Deh and Nitty Grity"all of which you can see on his official YouTube page Gage Almighty.
Gage is currently in studios working on new materials for the rest of 2013 and beyond. Loyal fans can be on the lookout for songs like: "Oakland" and Never Heard A Yuh"
On that note the artiste and his management team would like to extend thanks to all who has been supporting Gage since he made his entry on the music scene. Keep your ears and eyes glued to your tv screens and radios to be a part of the history in the making.
Fams House Recording artiste G Whizz who's known for mega hits such as 'Life', 'On and On', 'Bartender', 'Night or Day', 'Tomorrow', and most recent 'Cant Love You Good' ft D'Angel, among others.
G Whizz enjoyed a lot of success from Cant Love You Good as it was labeled as one of the Summer favorites. However, the Gangsta Whizz will definitely end 2013 on a high with is potentially hit single titled 'IF JAH BE FOR ME' which was produced by the famous chart topping Dancehall/Reggae producer Seanizzle.
This hit song came into existence when Seanizzle sent G Whizz a riddim requesting a single, within a few hours the song was written.
"From mi call Nizzle, and sing it to him on the phone, him say SHOT mi artiste, a yuh next big hit dat," says GWhizz. He continues "the last time me and Nizzle work on a song similar to this, was NIGHT or DAY on the popular Split Personality Riddim, which is a favorite among my diehard fan-base."
The Life hitmaker G Whizz went on by saying, "this new single 'IF JAH BE FOR ME' is a very relate-able song. "Every line of this song is real, no matter where you are from or the type of work you do, there's always someone who will envy your progress or success in life".
G Whizz urges his fans to look out for this new single set to release anytime now.
G Whizz is currently in negotiations with several European promoters who are interested in doing a Winter Tour starting December rolling over into the 2014.
The international recording artist Konshens has added an incredible accolade to his growing list of accomplishments. The stellar dancehall star has landed the very first theme song for the epic sound system competition World Clash R.E.S.E.T. 2, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 in Queens, New York at Amazura event hall.
Konshens' rising dancehall hit "ANY WEH", produced by hit makers Chimney Records, on the Raw Cut Riddim, was selected as the clash's official theme song by the event's promoters Irish and Chin because of it's hard hitting impact.
"From the first time I heard 'ANYWEH' -- the energy from the song and the lyrical content captivated me," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "The song screams I am BRAVE, BOLD and BAD, which mirrors the attitudes of sounds and selectors when clashing".
"From a youth, we follow World Clash and the global impact it has on sound system and the sport of sound clash. Never have I heard Irish and Chin pick a theme song for World Clash, so I am honored for my song 'ANY WEH' to be chosen....it's a good feeling and achievement," says Konshens.
The Dancehall Rebel and the Dancehall Duchess have merged forces to collaborate on the track, Talk It Out. The very catchy tune which is expected to be a female favorite was recently recorded at Taxi Records.
"Talk It Out, is one of the easiest songs I've ever recorded. We had a great chemistry in the studio. The lyrics and ideas came quickly and it was smooth sailing. We even have the same first name, this connection was meant to be, it was ordained," Danielle D.I. enthusiastically shared.
Tiana endorsed D.I.'s statement and looks forward to the project, "It was indeed a pleasure, we share a lot in common, especially as it relates to creative ideas. We have already drafted plans for the video. When it premieres it will show our male counterparts that we have the ability to help drive the music further. It was a dream come true to work with the great musicians, Sly and Robbie."
Talk It Out was co-written with Paul "Patchy" Wright and produced by Sly Dunbar, Robert Shakespeare and Orville Baker of One Pop Music.
Danielle D.I. has recently released her first album, The Rebel that features collaborations with Shabba Ranks, Gramps Morgan and Cherine Anderson.
Tiana is one of the first upcoming female acts from Jamaica to ever headline her own six weeks European tour with sold out audiences on her own merit.
Sizzla, one of reggae's most prolific artists, has announced four European tour dates in support of his 70th album The Messiah, released in May on Kalonji Music/VP Records. He kicks off this Saturday, July 27th at the Garance Reggae Festival in France and will make stops at the Salento Summer Festival in Lecce, Italy and the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris, France before wrapping on Tuesday, July 30 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland.
Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. Even musical icons like Jay Z have taken notice. On his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rap mogul samples Sizzla's timeless classic "Solid As A Rock" on his new song "Crown." Before Jay Z, hip hop artists used the same Sizzla tune to proclaim their throne status, including 50 Cent on "You Will Never Take My Crown" and Ja Rule on "The Crown." It is evident that Sizzla remains the reigning king of roots on his latest effort The Messiah, which peaked at #1 on the South Florida Reggae Chart and New York Reggae Chart. He showcases his musical depth, passion and precision in partnership with Bread Back productions.
Mostly written and executive produced by Sizzla himself, Kalonji's full scope of talents are displayed on The Messiah. With a fresh perspective in 2013, the man on a musical mission inspires positive change worldwide on this 15-track collection. His social commentary on songs like "Chant Dem Down," "No Wicked Man" and "Psalms 121" reveal his daring bravado and righteous lyrics, while his melodic anthem "Good Love" unveils his softer side. He is scheduled to shoot a music video for "Good Love" in Jamaica with director Jay Will on August 10th.
This past Sunday (July 21), Gyptian made a surprise guest appearance at the third annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which attracted over 15,000 people to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY to celebrate the finest Caribbean cuisine, culture and music. Irie Jam's 93.5 FM radio personality DJ Roy called the reggae star to the main stage to present him a RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified Gold plaque for Gyptian's #1 hit single "Hold You."
The title-track from Gyptian's Billboard Top 200 album is the first track from a Jamaican reggae artist to sell over 500,000 digital units in almost a decade. This milestone places Gyptian among an elite class of Jamaican artists including Shaggy, Sean Paul and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.
After Gyptian graciously accepted the award, he performed the anthem to the jam-packed crowd, which also saw performances from Christopher Martin, Fab 5 and festival headliner Shaggy with surprise guest Maxi Priest.
Bugle's summer hit Nuh Compatible continues to top the charts, months after its release. The UIM produced track is now number one on the Jamaica Music Countdown top 25 Dancehall chart.
Nuh Compatible had spent 3 weeks at number one on the ER Top Ten chart and four weeks at number one on the Pree Dis Top ten. The song is currently riding the HYPE TV Top 20 Singles chart and is presently occupying the #13 position on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.
The accompanying video which was directed by Jay Will, has been doing well at music video outlets, having charted on the Hit List Video countdown on CVM TV and the HYPE TV VTX Countdown.
Bugle is preparing to deliver a hit laden performance for fans at the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night.
In a release to the media, Bugle spoke about the upcoming performance.
"Fans should expect to hear all the hits from Bugle. It will be a performance to remember", Bugle reassured.
Following his Reggae Sumfest performance, Bugle will head overseas for a UK tour which will break for a few days when he returns to the island for the Dream Live event in Negril in August. The tour will then resume for a few weeks.
Tifa's music continues to make inroads on the international scene. Her latest accolade is a nomination for MTV Iggy's Song of The Summer title.
Her video Champion Bubbler which was featured prominently a few months ago on the MTV Iggy site is competing for the coveted title along with nine other videos including Bunji Garlin's Differentology.
In a release to the media, an excited Tifa noted that she felt honoured to be nominated for the award.
"It's an honour to be nominated for this MTV Iggy award. This song is like the little engine that could", she noted.
Champion Bubbler was produced by Dre Skull for Mix Pack Records. It is featured on the Kling Klang riddim.
Dre Skull is best known for his work on Snoop Lion's Reincarnation album.
The video was shot on location in Kingston last November and directed by Andy Capper.
Fans have until July 22nd to log on to http://www.mtviggy.com/lists/we-picked-our-worldwide-songs-of-the-summer-vote-for-number-1/ and cast their vote.
Fams House recording artiste FormilaOne latest effort titled African will definitely become a favoriite among authentic reggae music lovers and of those who fight against the bleaching of the skin.
The Fams House produced track is said to be the perfect reminder of how beautiful it is to be a black and proud descendant from mother Africa.
"We should all love ourselves and appreciate the way God made us. Do not be a replica of the people who think that if they don't bleach they do not look good," FormilaOne stated "The reason and main influence behind my song titled African is to let people know that you're supposed to be proud of who u are and how you were made. We are all created special in God eyes".
FormilaOne continues to say, "I wrote this song over two and a half years ago, seeing that individuals no longer knew who they are ,what they stood for anymore and developed a low remembrance of our heritage and history so fort the song was brought to life seeing these obvious signs every day''.
Diamond Selling International Recording artiste Shaggy is ready to electrify New York this weekend, first stop Fox 5 Good Day New York. There is no slowing down international superstar Shaggy, who is set to appear on Fox 5's 'Good Day New York' tomorrow morning, Friday, July 19, 2013 (WNYW-TV http://www.myfoxny.com/category/233393/watch-good-day-live). This performance is not to be missed and Shaggy will perform 'Fight this Feeling' on air alongside a VERY special guest.
With a jam-pact schedule Shaggy has been on the road since June, performing in Azerbaijan, Beirut, Poland, Lithuania, Dubai and has just wrapped up a performance in Tunisia, Africa just to name a few.
Yet, Shaggy still found the time to release the video for his first single, 'Fight this Feeling' off his upcoming album, Out of Many, One Music, on Saturday, July 13th on Jamaica's National Television with Winford Williams Onstage. 'Fight this Feeling' featuring Beres Hammond is one of the fastest rising reggae single for 2013, purchased and loved by a wide age demographics of 17 - 78. With over 12,000 YouTube views in one day 'Fight this Feeling' is sure to continue to garner enormous radio spins and sales.
International, young, hip and soulful reggae crooner Christopher Martin is set to make an impact on the music industry this summer.
Just completing his first performance on St. Kitts Music Festival Main Stage, Christopher Martin has made a stamp for all to remember. Marcia DaVal, a devoted St. Kitts Music Festival patron stated "He is truly a star. My friends and I came to see Beres Hammond and we left as Christopher Martin fans. A true artist who knows how to hone his craft, I saw a Star shine right in front my eyes tonight".
For Christopher Martin St. Kitts music festival was a wonderful show and the thousands in attendance showed him nothing but love from the moment he stepped on the stage until he departed.
"It was great and I felt great while performing and after my performance as well...I just give praises to the almighty" says Christopher Martin.
Immediately following his stellar St.Kitts performance it was off to Guyana. Christopher Martin had the sold out crowd, singing and dancing all night. The crowds favorite was Cheaters Prayer, Oh Na Na and Friend Dem.
DJ Mad Cobra is having fun in the dancehall again, and topping charts in the process. The deejay's hard-hitting 'Dis Dem Anyweh' has been number one on the FIWI Choice Top Ten charts for the past seven weeks.
And he is not stopping there. He has hit the local dancehall world with a barrage of new singles including 'Defend It' and 'Shell Dat' that have increased his local profile.
"I came back because dancehall is boring. I do most of my shows in Europe. I haven't worked in Jamaica in five years and I am not looking to work, I know what my plan is, mi nah look no show, mi a put in the work," he said.
He hardly does shows locally but still voices tunes on key dancehall rhythms that pique his interest. This policy, he says, is useful to avoid overexposure.
"When you are overexposed people get tired of you. Sometimes people must expect to see you and ask what is happening with you. They must anticipate your next move," he reasoned.
Mad Cobra believes that dancehall's music decline in the box office is particularly troubling.
"Most of the big names move from arenas to small venues. Dancehall is on a dive. Younger artistes can't deliver the songs how it sound on the recordings. Shows don't ram like how dem used to ram before," he said.
Cologne, Germany: Award winning reggae singer Richie Stephens and German singjay Gentleman are doing it big in Europe, tearing up the first leg of their 2013 European tour. With a plethora of hit songs, big stages, flashy lights, and strong performances, the two reggae stars are putting on one heezy of a show that has attracted thousands of reggae lovers in Koln, Germany; Voss, Norway and Saarbrucken Germany. The tour includes the popular three day Summerjam Reggae Festival in Cologne, Germany where Richie and Gentleman shared stage with Romain Virgo, Snoop Lion, Tarrus Riley, Matisyahu, Morgan Heritage, Alborosie, Busy Signal, Popcaan, Chronix, Major Lazer, Protoje and others. Other upcoming dates include stops in Pforzheim, Germany; Frauenfeld, Switzerland; Reta, Spain; Carhaix, France; Venice, Italy and Brandenburg, Germany.
"I am having the time of my life" Richie said, moments after an explosive performance at Summer Jam.
"I feel honored to have had this opportunity to perform each night with my friend Gentleman who is a mega star here in Europe. We are selling out big venues and playing gigs that a lot of reggae star do not normally get to play. I feel I am not just representing myself but I am carrying the reggae flag for the entire Jamaica and taking the message directly to the people here. The music has been great, the vibe has been magical and fans are loving the music" Stephens noted.
Following the recent release of the Benny Blanco & The Cataracs co-produced anthem Other Side Of Love, international superstar Sean Paul releases Entertainment featuring 2Chainz & Juicy J, a club smash available now on iTunes. The new track off his as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, due out this fall on Atlantic/VP Records, is produced by Maejor Ali, SixOne, Young Yonny & Chef Tone and sees Sean Paul returning to his urban roots on a track guaranteed to keep the clubs moving. Paul continues to merge dancehall with various genres and the first two tastes off his new album showcase his flexibility as an artiste, moving seamlessly between pop and hip-hop while keeping his signature sound.
"I always say that dancehall has become a staple of all genres of music and I am excited to continue to show how much impact the music has had," said Sean Paul. "I have been a fan of 2Chainz and Juicy J for a while and getting them together on this track made perfect sense. As always, we needed to give the fans something to dance to for the summer."
The new music comes hot on the heels of the release of the international smash Tomahawk Technique, which netted Sean Paul yet another Grammy® nomination and saw a Top 10 debut in seven countries, including two Gold certifications. The lead singles from the project sold over five million copies combined and received several platinum and gold certifications. Sean’s new album will feature a host of surprise collaborations to be revealed over the next few months.
As Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest 2013 approaches, Macka Diamond's street promotional team Team Macka is amping up promotion on her hit singles, 'Dye Dye' and 'Twist Me'.
"Team Macka ah do road hard. Monday, we did Independence Mondays on the Brunswick Spanish Town. Mi hear say as the car pull up, Dye Dye ah play and Timry run in pon dat and slap it way wicked wicked. After that, dem send on the "Twist Me" CD pon DJ Ice and Spanish town lift up. After that was Pull Ova Mondays Anniversary, Gary Chucks big up yu self. Then we do Uptown Mondays! Boom Boom n Harry Hype big up unu self!" Macka Diamond said.
Macka Diamond is also attempting to parlay her street buzz into cold cash. With that in mind, she has teamed up with Timry and Team Macka to host 'Gurls Rush Wenzdez' which begins on July 24th at Kure Sports Bar n Lounge, 40 Old Hope Rd (beside Lucky 38).
"It's gonna be epic, so come out and feel the rush," she said.
After a whirlwind breakout year, 'concious' music recording artiste, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption band, will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage on Saturday, July 27. The budding Reggae star is slated to perform on the event's coveted International Night 2 alongside International star Miguel, Grammy award winning Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and crowd pleaser Romain Virgo.
Born Jamar McNaughton, Chronixx was introduced to the music industry from an early age through his musician father. His father's mentorship afforded the youngster the opportunity to observe the behind the scenes work of Norris Man and the legendary Gregory Isaacs. By age 14, Chronixx began producing popular beats while lending his vocals as a back-ground singer for artistes such as Jermaine Edwards and Lutan Fyah.
It was longtime pal and producer at Zincfence Records, Teflon who encouraged the then underground singer to take his vocal talent to the next level and record his own tunes professionally. Together the dynamic duo are best known for releasing the hit singles Warrior, They Don't Know and the chart topper, Behind Curtain.
With Videos in Rotation on MTV, VH1, Popcaan Performs at the Top European Festivals and Gets Ready for Reggae Sumfest
Fresh from a successful Canadian tour in June, Popcaan performed for full house venues in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. The popular artiste has remained at the forefront of the dancehall scene from climbing charts to performing sold out shows worldwide.
Now Popcaan, raises the bar as he has performed to sold out concerts in Europe on his European Summer 2013 Tour, playing major festivals in Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland over past 2 weeks. Of significance was his first time performing with a band on such festivals as Afro Latino in Belgium and Summerjam in Germany.
After rocking a crowd 30,000 strong at Summerjam, Popcaan said "it was an amazing experience, its great to see how the people accept the music, Summerjam is a special vibe and a every energetic crowd"
He will return to Jamaica just in time for the highly anticipated Reggae Sumfest, one of the biggest nights for music in Jamaica at the end of July. After a critically acclaimed performance last year, the DJ looks forward to delivering on Dancehall Night yet again.
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Tropical soca star Mr Renzo spices up his latest single and video by teaming up with dancehall star Aidonia for "Bend Ya Back (Remix)." An exciting and eclectic singer and songwriter, Mr Renzo was born Lawrence Adams in Bolívar, Venezuela and relocated to Trinidad at the tender age of one. His prolific journey into music began as a child and continues today, as he builds his own legacy of Spanish-Caribbean fusion, mixing tropical and salsa music with soca and calypso, as only someone with his diverse and unique heritage can do.
"I sing about what I know and coming from a Spanish background but being raised in Trinidad, it's only natural that I bring you Latin flavors in my special take on soca music," reveals Mr Renzo. "I'm thrilled to team up with Aidonia for 'Bend Ya Back (Remix)' because I want to push the fusion envelope further, and now we have a rare dancehall-meets-salsa-meets-soca hybrid. So I'm expanding the reach of my music beyond the regular soca and Latin markets and the response so far has been tremendous."
The explosive tune was produced by StarBlu Entertainment and MillBeatz Entertainment as part of the Soca Salsa Riddim, and was penned by Mr Renzo, Tiffany Isaacs, Kern Rose and Aidonia.
Diamond Music Empire recording artiste D'Angel is pleased with the positive response to her latest release, 'Hot Gal March Out' which has been dominating FM radio since last week.
"The disc jockeys are showing me a lot of love, everyday, the single plays at least five times on a variety of stations, ZIP, IRIE, HITZ, Mello, Roots, Fame, everybody ah gi mi some support, everytime the song play, mi phone blow up," she said.
D'Angel shows a lot of verve and style with her new single, 'Hot Gal March Out' on the Diamond Music Empire label, which underlines her growth as a deejay.
"My rhymes are tighter and my delivery is more confident and aggressive, the girls are going to walk out on this anthem, and wait till you see the video, full boot camp style mi a go," she said, laughing.
Earlier this week, the US-based indie label signed street king Sadiki to its label to promote the music of its flagship artiste, D'Angel, at street dances in the Kingston Metropolitan area.
Etana is happy to announce her first headlining North American tour in support of her critically-acclaimed third studio album Better Tomorrow on VP Records. The reggae songstress kicked off the tour last night in Decatur, GA and will continue to headline shows in over 20 U.S. cities - spanning the South, Northeast, Midwest and Western region. In addition to these more intimate club dates, she will be performing at major stage shows, including Portland's Northwest World Reggae Festival, Austin Reggae Festival, Summer Jam 2013 in West Palm Beach, FL as well as the Irie Music Festival in Toronto, Canada. See most up-to-date tour schedule below.
Etana will be accompanied by her four-piece band and two back-up vocalists on the road to give fans the ultimate listening experience, which she captured on her latest effort Better Tomorrow. The new album is a marked departure from her previous material, including The Strong One (2008) and Free Expressions (2011), and is a true testament to her evolved sound. Etana's indomitable spirit and inspiring songwriting uplifts generations both old and new on a Better Tomorrow. Instead of incorporating Jamaica's popular digital riddims, she chose to be backed by all live instrumentation. The album's primary producer, Shane C. Brown of Kingston's Juke Boxx Productions, and Stanley "Rellee" Hayden of A-Team Music executed her vision. She recorded all fourteen tracks at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong Studios with Jamaica's finest modern-day musicians - including saxophonist Dean Fraser, guitarist Lamont Savory, keyboarist Kevon Webster, drummer Kirk Bennett, bassist Aeion Hoilett and percussionist Uziah "Sticky" Thompson.
Reggae legend Junior Reid remains relevant with the release of his latest single "Out Deh," available digitally worldwide on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, from JR Records/Zojak World Wide. Known to fans as "One Blood" after his breakout hit, Jr. Reid (born Delroy Reid in Kingston, Jamaica), returns with his trademark socially-conscious commentary that vibrates with his signature musical styling on "Out Deh." The single will be featured on his upcoming album, tentatively titled Junior Reid The Legend, and is slated for a late-summer release from Zojak.
"Out Deh" was written and produced by Jr. Reid for his own label, JR Records. The video was directed by Mike Abela and was shot on location in Riverton, Jamaica. According to Jr. Reid, the inspiration for the song is looking at how the world is today and seeing the plights of people, and he urges everyone to be free of mental slavery and to go out there and work to gain a better quality of life for all. "When Jamaica celebrated its 50th Anniversary, it was only a celebration for some, not everyone," reveals Jr. Reid. "There are still so many issues plaguing our people, including poverty, homelessness, lack of food and threats to safety. 'Out Deh' literally means out there in the world - be it Africa, England, Canada - everywhere. Even if you’re in Jamaica, you have to leave your yard and go out there and work to build a better future for yourself. So get out there and do what you can to make this life your heaven on Earth."
(New York, NY) - Caribbean-American actress Rhona Fox received the Rising Sun Award at the Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts gala in Hollywood, California, on Friday, June 20, 2013. She was honored along with actor Reno Wilson (currently stars on Mike & Molly on CBS and of Antiguan heritage) and Paula Madison (a former vice-president of NBC Universal and part owner of WNBA Los Angeles Sparks team, and of Jamaican heritage).
The Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) has been hosting this awards ceremony since 2007 and selected Fox as this year's emerging actor. The Rising Sun is awarded to one actor of Caribbean heritage each year and past recipients include Tatyana Ali. In her acceptance speech, Fox was humbled to receive this prestigious honor and shared it with everyone attending, as the gala also served as a fundraiser for local charities and a scholarship in Haiti. "I'm so thrilled to receive the Rising Sun Award from the Caribbean Heritage Organization and had an amazing time celebrating this incredible recognition in true Hollywood fashion," states Fox. "All this support encourages me to keep chasing this crazy dream of mine and I look forward to making my Caribbean people proud."
The red carpet event took place at the ritzy Hilton Universal City and kicked-off with a VIP press reception, where Fox was interviewed by various media outlets. The party then moved to the formal ballroom, where dinner was served and patrons were entertained by musical numbers and various Caribbean folk dances, which included Garifuna and Junkanoo dance ensembles. The awards were presented to the three honorees, with video tributes introducing each person. For Fox's tribute, she was congratulated by her mother, soca star Farmer Nappy and dancehall icon Shaggy. Each honoree delivered heartfelt acceptance speeches before the gala erupted into dancing and a true celebration.
Aidonia's mega dancehall anthem 'Tip Pon Yuh Toe' continues to dominate the #1 spot on several Dancehall Charts and is now being used to headline 'Summ Fun Party Weekend' in Trinidad that is already sold out!
The fiery dancehall artiste Aidonia is no stranger to dominating dancehall charts. But most recently it seems all of his songs has been dominating not just local charts but also the Caribbean, the US and the UK at large.
Aidonia have been in the #1 number one spot for two weeks on two major dancehall charts(Entertainment Report and Hype TV) in Jamaica. In the Caribbean the song has climbed on the Top 10 charts and in the UK and USA.
Since the release of "Tip Pon Yuh Toe" the radio stations in Trinidad have added it to all their major playlists.
Dj Slaughter from Slam 100.5 and WE FM 96.1 Fm says "its the ladies favourite here in Trinidad..they get wild and galang bad. I think it has to do with the soca-dancehall fusion in the beat and then the lyrics that Aidonia spits on it brings it to life.. He is very talented.. we cant wait to see him perform this Saturday its gonna be huge"
Released last year, Konshens 'Couple Up', on the Calabash Riddim, currently has over 600,000 YouTube hits to date and is now on MTVIggy. It just shows the effort of a great production and belief in a song. The video definitely exemplify the vibe for this summer as the temperature begins to rise.
There's something huge happening with reggae singer Sophia Squire. She has a new single called 'Some Day' which has generated over 100,000 views on youtube in only two weeks, a phenomenal achievement for a reggae artiste.
"Right now, I am just pleasantly surprised, what Sophia is doing with this song is impressive because I remember at one point, last week, she got 16,000 views in one day, and it has been steadily going up, big things are happening for Sophia in Europe and this song is propelling her in a major way," Audley 'Bready' Allen said in a release.
The single, Some Day' is produced by Swedish producer Frederick Mikaelsson, has signaled Sophia Squire's emergence as one of the fresh new voices of reggae. You can watch the video at the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyVwPUIA_bE
In the past few months, Squire has become a bit of a social media sensation as 'Love Caan Pay the Bills' featuring Rich Ras for the Tremor Modernise, generated heated debate between males and females on the social networks of Facebook and Twitter.
NEW YORK, USA: With the major success of two #1 singles in 2012, "Broad Out" and "Jump", dancehall duo RDX is set follow up the achievement when "Kotch", their recently released single, becomes their 8th #1 chart topper.
"Kotch", a Cashflow Production which was subject to accusations of artistic theft and plagiarism, has risen beyond the meagre speculations and has now positioned itself to be the latest in the duo's arsenal of hits. Despite this criticism, the group continues to produce hit after hit for fans to enjoy.
The catchy string-based song has been steadily climbing several international charts, creating a musical storm on the airwaves and is shaping up to become a party anthem. The sexy single’s success is not only limited to the airwaves, but can also seen in the accompanying video going viral and garnering over 3 million views on video sharing site YouTube and has positioned itself within top 5 singles on Zipfm.net, OutaRoad.com and several other charts both locally and internationally.
On Monday, June 10, international superstar Sean Paul released Other Side Of Love, a new track off his as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, due out this fall on Atlantic/VP Records. Co-produced by Benny Blanco and The Cataracs, the up-tempo dance track provides a taste of what's to come off of Sean's new project, which sees him continuing to merge dancehall with various genres of music and showcase its global influence.
"I am excited for my fans to be able to hear some of the new music I have been working on for the album," said Sean Paul. "I wanted to give everyone a taste of the diversity that will be featured on this project and show how influential dancehall is in every type of music."
The new music comes hot on the heels of the release of the international smash Tomahawk Technique, which netted Sean Paul yet another Grammy® nomination and saw a Top 10 debut in seven countries, including two Gold certifications. The lead singles from the project sold over five million copies combined and received several platinum and gold certifications.
International recording artiste Macka Diamond has been booked solid for the months of July and August as her sexually charged 'Dye Dye' hit catches fire internationally.
The single roared to #1 on the Wave Top 20 Caribbean Countdown in St. Lucia last week, and it has popped up on charts in Miami, New York, Barbados and Trinidad over the past two weeks. In Jamaica, 'Dye Dye' jumped to #9 on the ER Dancehall Top Ten, and rocked to #5 on the FIWI Choice Top ten and was also #5 on the HYPE TV Top 20 charts.
"The Dye Dye song is playing at almost every dance now, every day, and mi just have to big up every selector and every disc jockey who ah support this song. Big up Boom Boom, Flabba Dabba, Wee Pow and the Stone Love crew, DJ Crackers from Waterhouse, the whole crew from Chickenback Wednesdays over Spanish Town, Dye Dye ah the hottest song inna the gal segment fi the Summer," she said.
The shows are certainly rolling in.
Macka Diamond will jet off the island next week for a show in Atlanta on June 22nd and then the following week, she will be Grenada on June 29th. In July, she has shows in the Bahamas, a boat ride in New York, a show in Brooklyn, and then a blizzard of shows in Jamaica between July 27 and July 31, including General Degree's Manchester Fiesta.
VP Records is proud to announce that Gyptian's hit song "Hold You" has officially reached Gold status according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The title-track smash off of Gyptian's Billboard Top 200 album is the first song from a Jamaican reggae artist to sell over 500,000 copies in almost a decade.
Gyptian is overjoyed. "Give thanks to everyone who bought my record. I am humbled by the support of my fans and hold this achievement close to my heart," he states.
This milestone places Gyptian among an elite class of Jamaican musicians, as the island has not seen an act earn Gold status on a single since Sean Paul and Damian Marley in 2005.
"This is a proud moment for VP Records and reggae music. We are still breaking records and developing acts," says Chris Chin, CEO of VP Records.
The timeless anthem, which is still bumping in cars, clubs and on radio to this day, dominated rhythmic radio in 2010, led to a remix from platinum rapper Nicki Minaj and earned Gyptian a Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist that same year. The track reached #31 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hop Hop Songs chart. In the UK, "Hold You" climbed to #16 on the Singles chart and earned Gyptian a MOBO award.
Former Gaza artiste Jahvinci is working hard at building his own brand, and establishing his own distinctive musical identity in the aftermath of leaving the Portmore Empire.
The artiste is pleased with the growth of his own brand/ label - Out Clear Movement - a fusion with Tripledose Production.
"Right now, I have a solid marketing and booking team and we are making a big push this Summer to move the brand forward, there have been some encouraging signs and I am going to use my next big public performance as a springboard to launch out in a big way," Jahvinci said.
Jahvinci is an ultra-talented singer who has ignited the dancehall/reggae scene with hits such as Watch Your Friends, Mama Love, In My Life, Remedy and Wipe Those Tears. Earlier this year, he released his mix CD Braawling hosted by DJ Metro to rave reviews from dancehall insiders. The mix highlighted a different aspect of Jah Vinci's versatility, with tracks: Rich Two Time, Weh Mi A Guh Duh which features IQ, and Let's Rock featuring Rapper Scantana.
In recent months, he has done several local performances, especially in Montego Bay where he has a huge fan base. Internationally, he has performed on shows such as Bermuda Link Up, and he recently did a gig in Calgary, Canada.
Dancehall/reggae artiste Bugle is currently riding a wave of success with his latest single Nuh Compatible. The UIM Records produced track is spending its third week at number one on the ER Top Ten Chart. It is also making its presence felt on several charts including the Pree Dis Top ten, Fi Wi Choice, CVM TV Hit List, Jamaica Music Countdown and Hype TV charts.
The artiste’s passport seems to be running out of leaves as he is fully booked with overseas performances every weekend for the rest of the summer.
Bugle recently delivered a superb performance in Grenada at the Real Reggae concert in Moonlight City. His upcoming dates include London, Canada, parts of the Caribbean, North America, as well as shows locally.
Major events locally include Reggae Sumfest, Dreams Weekend in Negril as well as a tour of the UK.
Bugle is also in the musical lab working on a number of new singles, which are waiting to be unleashed to his broadening fan base.
U.S.A, Jamaica (21st Hapilos) - Dancehall Duo Voicemail & Chevaughn Release "Do You Remember" Video. The video pays tribute to an era when dancehall was all about dancing, and highlights some favorites dance moves such as "Wacky Dip, Signal Di Plane, Thunder Clap" amongst many others. "Do You Remember" pays homage to the dance creators such as the late legendary and influential Mr.Wacky aka Bogle, the gone too soon but not forgotten Ice and beloved Voicemail group member O'Neil and all those who have contributed as they live on throughout the dancehall community.
The video features cameos by former Black Roses Crew dancer John Hype, dancer/entertainer Ding Dong, former Dancehall Queen Keiva, Bosie and Gabba Don. "Do You Remember" was produced by 21st Hapilos was directed by RD Studios & El Puru and filmed on location in Jamaica.
Considered by many as one of the summer music anthem contender, "Bad Gal" riddim has delivered a slew of hits including Voicemail and Chevaughn "Do You Remember" on the Bad Gal Riddim. The Bad Gal Riddim was created by billboard chart topper producer Adde Instrumental and produced by Johnny Wonder, is available on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.
U.S.A, Jamaica (21st Hapilos Digital) - Stars of Dancehall & Reggae Bugle and Delly Ranx respective videos have made their debut on VEVO.
"Nuh Compatible" video was filmed on location in Jamaica and directed by Jay Will "Game Over". Bugle has been a fan favorite since he hit the music scene and has become a staple on local and international charts. Produced by UIM Records on the 4Play riddim, Bugle "Nuh Compatible" is now available on itunes and distributed by 21st hapilos Digital.
The sexy "Jiggle and Wine" video was directed by Terminal4 Media. A Pure Music productions, Delly Ranx's "Jiggle & Wine" on the Property Tax Riddim is now available on itunes.The single distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital is a must have for the dancehall music lover!
Ranked by comScore as the #1 Music platform on the web, VEVO was named by Billboard as one of the top startups of 2010 and received the prestigious Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award for Online Video Platform Launch of the Year.
Dancehall artiste, producer, musician and songwriter Craig 'Leftside' Parks is currently promoting his latest singles Cry Fi Yuh and Gorilla Foot.
Cry Fi Yuh was produced by Never Sleep Productions while Gorilla Foot is featured on the Gorilla Foot rhythm project from Keep Left Records label.
The artiste who is known for a string of hits including Tuck Een Yuh Belly, Whine Up Pon Har, and Stay Far, recently created a buzz on the Irie FM Road shows in May Pen, Spaulding and Christiana.
"The crowd response was overwhelming. It was a good feeling to see that I am still current in those areas especially in May Pen," Leftside said in a release to the media.
Rising Dancehall sensation, Altiman Grason, more popularly known as Alty B has been enjoying a wave of mainstream success in 2013, in part thanks to his latest achievement: Releasing the official video for his hit single, Island Girl.
The single, which features fellow star singjay, Richie Loop has inundated airwaves across Jamaica, Canada and even Africa as it has launched Alty B to heights he has tried many years to climb. The Toronto-based entertainer has been featured in several publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica STAR and the Vision Newspaper in the United Kingdom and travelled to Jamaica in mid-April, doing media promotions for the track.
During his trip to Jamaica, Alty got the groundwork going on the video for Island Girl. Shooting from the beaches to the streets across Portmore and Kingston, he and Richie Loop added fitting visuals for the song as beautiful Jamaican women are featured across the board. A touch of carnival fever was also added to the video to ensure that Caribbean essence was fully displayed as the song celebrates ladies across the region.
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The reigning Dancehall Duchess, Tiana has been on a roll in recent weeks as she continues her tour of Europe; scoring a major collaboration of sorts in the process.
Tiana has been featured on a soon-to-be-released remix alongside Trinidadian-American rap sensation, Nicki Minaj and Dancehall stalwart, Mavado. The remix, done by 'The Remix King,' DJ Dain features a mash-up of Tiana's Freaky Man a remix of Vybz Kartel's Freaky Girl: Part 3 with Freaks, by Nicki Minaj and French Montana with sprinkling of vocals by the 'Gully Gaad' across the song.
This remix is sure to be a smash for Dancehall and hip-hop fans as it encompasses various elements of urban music in one song.
It is another achievement for Tiana, who has been enjoying her first tour of Europe since April 13th. The Tiana: Live in Action tour has seen the Duchess perform at shows in Austria and across various German cities, including Dortmund, Bochum and Detmold. She also performed at Club Eclipse and Club Storm in The Netherlands and became the first Jamaican act to perform at Club Reverse in the Pissa, Italy. Most recently she gave a brilliant performance at Club Waagenbau in Hamburg.
The tour has now been extended until May 22nd, as Tiana will return to Germany to perform shows in Hamburg and Munich while her Austrian fans have demanded that she return for an encore performance in their country.
Roots Reggae artiste Nesbeth goes Dancehall on a new track titled, "Laa Laa Laa La." Nesbeth puts it down on the Jan Biggs produced track, a happy song by a newly wed taking jabs at some of his colleagues singing, "dem sey too much demon, too much duppy. Too much bad people ina de gully..."
Nesbeth has stuck with roots reggae over the years simply because it's who he is. Dedicated to the music, this artiste has no intention of switching his allegiance from giving the people, clean, inspiring and motivating music at all times. However, the usually soft spoken artiste could not resist the temptation of recording on this Dancehall track but kept it fun and from the responses he's gotten so far, "I have no regrets. I actually called a DJ to ask him if he had gotten the song which was sent in his email and he was like, Nesbeth you naa listen radio? You never hear how me deal wid it." This statement Nesbeth said left him tongue tied because he felt bad about not knowing that this had taken place. Several other DJs, Nesbeth confirmed have also personally contacted him to tell him they are feeling the track and has already begun pounding it.
Marriage has certainly made Nesbeth happy at heart and that's the vibe he now brings. It is welcoming, coming from him and Reggae fans can rest assured that he will keep his roots reggae persona in check at all times.
By: Sophia McKay
Even her fingers are a-dancing as ZJ Elektra meticulously prepares to launch a musical onslaught on Connecticut, where she has been booked for a double date this weekend. Actually, it will be the Zip jock's debut in that US state, and since debuts are supposed to be special, Elektra has vowed to give Hartford two nights in May that they are not likely to forget in a hurry.
Come Friday, patrons who attend Sunset Friday at Sunset Café in Hartford, will experience a sunset like no other as the ultra savvy Elektra flexes her musical muscles and totally locks the city. It is almost redundant to say that the electrifying Elektra, whose latest mixtape is wreaking musical havoc in the dancehall, plans to take her 'A' game to Sunset Café.
According to the promoters, the buzz on Friday's event is through the roof and many of Elektra's fans - both male and female - are ecstatic at the opportunity to experience her live. Also showcasing their musical dexterity will be DJ Prince Paul, Monsta P and Bob Steel, while Kwesol has been assigned hosting duties.
Like only a bold beer can do, Guinness is to 'BLACK the Streets' across Jamaica in an epic three-month, 12-bar tour that also includes three mass event experiences.
The Bar Tour, undertaken under the banner 'Guinness Made of More Black the Streets, is "to revive the Guinness Man's pride with his favourite brew, inviting him to … seek more, stand out more and be made of more," says Brand Manager, Racquel Nevins.
Explaining the idea behind 'black the street', she says the Bar Tour and the three huge events will create a setting of fun and excitement reminiscent of the authentic Jamaican dancehall party when they used to block (pronounced 'black') the streets.
The first five-bar activations will take place on Friday April 19 at Ken's Wildflower in Portmore and Allen's Spot Bar at 52 Balcombe Drive in Waterhouse, from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Guinness Basement and New Uptown Bar both on Gordon Town Road from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; and Saturday April 20, at Gee Wee Restaurant on 1 Caledonia Avenue.
The first major event of the 'Black the Street' parties takes place at the home of Guinness, the Red Stripe Oval at 214 Spanish Town Road, on Friday April 26 at 9:00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. The other two mass events will hit the streets of Montego Bay, with the Grand Finale going to St. Catherine.
Digicel/Busta brand ambassador I-Octane is set to headline HOT 97 'Who's Next' show.
Generally the phrase 'Who's Next' is not associated with superstars. The exception in this case, however, is that reggae/dancehall star I-Octane will be headlining premier radio station Hot 97's famed 'Who's Next' showcase at SOBs on April 24.
Recognising the singjay's dominance of the dancehall scene for the past few years, the hip hop and R&B juggernaut has invited the artiste to perform at their stepping stone event.
According to I-Octane, "hard work pays off, and it feels good that the Hot 97 team has recognised the work I have put in. I'm definitely looking forward to performing there."
I-Octane joins an elite group of artistes like Drake, ASAP Rocky, and Kendrick Lamar who have all graced the SOBs stage for this marquee event. Octane's headlining appearance on the bill sets the foundation for his move to take his vibes to the mainstream.
I-Octane affirms: "A my time now, mi ready fi conquer the globe, it ago siicccckkkk."
In other news, I-Octane recently performed at Mingles Nightclub in Bronx NY. He performed favourites like, My Life, Puff It, L.O.V.E Y.O.U, My Story, Love Di Vibes, More Money (Wah Money) and Badmind Dem A Pree, and new songs, Gal A Gimmi Bun and Buss A Blank, just to name a few, during his more than 45 minutes on stage.
The club was filled to its capacity. This was his first time performing in NY for over a year. The show was titled 'Irie Jam Presents: I-Octane Live in Concert' at Mingles Night- club on Saturday, April 6.
It has often been said that imitation is the best form of flattery, and, this maxim certainly holds true for Suzie Q and 'her baby', "Video Alley".
The former Irie FM disc jock recalls that when she launched "Video Alley" on October 6, 2001, there was no programme like that on Jamaican television, unlike now, almost 12 years later, when the media landscape has blossomed so dramatically and video countdowns have almost become a TV staple. Added to that, Suzie's experience was really in radio and it wasn't until she migrated to the United States that she got the bright idea to play a more integral role in the development of reggae music by doing something on television.
Without a blueprint to follow, the trendsetting Suzie Q simply followed her dreams. However, armed with the television experience she had gained by working on her first TV show, the award-winning "Reggae Trail TV" (The first weekly Talent Search on Jamaican television), the dynamic radio-jock-turned-television-producer, pushed the envelope - and also pushed on quite a few doors in the process - and made "Video Alley" a reality in a huge way.
Her efforts paid off handsomely and the show was an instant hit, (By February 2002 She was interviewing NY then Governor George E Pataki) with artistes and the public alike becoming glued to their television sets weekly in anticipation of their favourite video being on the top ten countdown. "Video Alley" has far exceeded Suzie Q's expectations and has forced her to become more creative in her format throughout the years. Her viewership is far-reaching, as the programme is aired on TVJ in Jamaica, CIN in New York and Ben TV in England and there is also the Video Alley website http://www.reggaetopten.com/.
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - The Star Dance Riddim offers music lovers a hybrid of electronica, dance and soca music, bringing the ultimate Caribbean-pop fusion sounds for your party playlist. Star Dance Riddim is distributed by Precision Digital and will be available worldwide on all major digital retailers on April 30, 2013, with pre-order available now.
Combining his exotic Trinidadian roots with a very proper English upbringing, producer Ashwin "Smash" Seegobin is the newest member of the Precision Productions team, and has spun a musical web with this compilation, seductively enticing listeners from the Caribbean to across the pond and beyond.
Star Dance Riddim is an energetic culmination of 18 months of careful training as a producer and engineer at Precision Productions for Smash. With soca and mainstream dance music having the strongest impact on him, this riddim melds the music of Trinidad and Tobago with the throbbing energies he experienced in London, resulting in an eclectic mix of melodies that only such a diverse background could generate.
Emboldened by his previous release, the Cosmic Riddim from J-Rod Records, Smash enlisted a range of talented voices to give flight to his tuneful ambitions. They include the very-Caribbean cast of Tian Winter, Cherise Ransome, Fireball, Ricardo Drue featuring Crissanji, and Nikisha.
After appearing on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta alongside Grammy Award winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Kandi Burruss, Selasi (producer & engineer) joins her team of experts on Bravo TV's newest reality show, The Kandi Factory, which premieres April 9th @ 10pm. The show follows Kandi Burruss, and team as they transform 16 aspiring artists into seasoned entertainers.
The Ghana-born Atlanta based artist who has produced, engineered, and co-written songs for a variety of artist most notably Kandi Burruss, Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba, Keyshia Cole, Akon, NAS, Jagged Edge, Trey Songz, Bobby Valentino, GS Boyz, Pimp C, Ying Yang Twins, Rasheeda, Killer Mike, Petey Pablo, Yung Joc, Q Parker (112), Rich Kidz, and more releases Shades Of Grey, a 5-track EP pulsating with the rhythms of the diaspora blending American, Africa, and Caribbean dancehall rhythms in a musical mélange of sound. "I called this project Shades Of Grey, because it's exists in a grey area that’s not completely African, American, or Caribbean.
What About Us by The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul has topped the iTunes UK Chart.
Reggae superstar Sean Paul chants on the pop track by the UK based girl group. This is their first number one single.
The success of What About Us has earned Sean Paul a March 20 slot on the edgy Allan Carr Show in London. Also known as Chatty Man, this television series has featured high-profile celebrities including actor Samuel L. Jackson, the Black Eyed Peas, Bette Midler and Australian cricketer Shane Warne.
Linda Blease also known as 'Miss Blease, from Belize' is taking 2013 by storm. After making her name touring in 2012 between Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua, this DJ Diva in stilettos has made a mark within the Caribbean as one of the top touring female DJs from the region. To top it off this DJ received an award in December 2012 as Selector of the year from a local award show Shoa Wiself in Belize. In addition to this, national recognition was drawn to the talented DJ by adding a feature on her in the internationally accessed Belizean travel guide Destination Belize. There it identified her as one of Belize's top entertainment icons being that not only is she the veteran DJ in Belize as she hosts not one but two popular radio shows but she also produces her own TV shows -one, Spotlight MVS. On weekends, Miss Blease rules the clubs and parties as a top-billed turntable specialist with a reputation for getting the hottest women to 'gwan bad' in any party, with multiple genres.
Just last year, Blease was added to the lineup at internationally recognized event SumFest Beach Party in Jamaica and was notably the only female Disc Jock on the line up - Speaking volumes for the DJ. The outcome of the event only led to more bookings for Blease across the island from Negril to Montego Bay to Kingston and Portmore playing at top nightclubs such as Fiction, Club Privilege, and Quad. She continued to be highlighted as guest DJ for special high-society parties such as Bleu, Brand New Machine and 5iv3. Soon after the DJ was whisked away to the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago as special guest DJ at the Woodford Café in Woodford, Port of Spain where she reportedly 'tore it up' - It was Bleased. Miss Blease continued lighting her path blazing up the turntables with mixes to kill all the way to Antigua in October 2012 as guest DJ for an annual car showcase event Little Tokyo Weekend where she played at the pre-party event. Her talent was so greatly acknowledged that even Antigua wishes her to return for more.
Dancehall star Shane O has signed a two year management and recording deal with So Unique Records, a move which hopes will catapult his career to the next stratosphere.
"Right now, the streets are talking about the 'Shane O House Party' on the Happy Thoughts riddim for So Unique, it is already on Boston HOT 97, so look out for the video soon. We are pushing the street promotion as well, I am doing projects with Elvis and Andrew Blacks, ah de so mi ting de. Mi ah put in whole heap of work, mi have a bad song with Pusha Yute called 'Yelle Love' that the girls dem love, and Pusha Yute say him ah do a video," Shane O said.
He has also voiced a single called 'Nuffi Test' on Milla 9 Records new MP40 riddim which takes potshots at rival deejays.
"The Nuffi Test song ah drop a bomb right now, it ah crush couple artiste pon the song right now," Shane O said.
He has also pooled resources with Vivian Thomas of Pusha Yute Productions to produce an EP called 'Sharper than a Razor' with six tracks. Shane O also leads out a Pusha Yute-produced Cypher with top flight artistes Deva Bratt, Zagga from Chimney Records, and the late deejay Nash, and that song is getting favourable airplay on FM radio.
"Weed Seed", born Patrick Billings in St. Andrew Jamaica W.I and was raised in Portmore, St. Catherine. He went to Ardenne Prep School from 1988 to 1995. He continued his education at Jamaica College High School from 1995 to 2000.
After completing Jamaica College High School, Weed Seed studied music engineering for two years at the Music Business Institute (MBIT) from 2000 to 2002. He then did four years at the Edna Manley College school of Music from 2002 to 2006 where he achieved four grades in Musical Theory and Practice. To date, Weed Seed is an accomplished studio engineer, producer, promoter, and radio disc jockey.
He has been making and writing music for 14 years thus far, and has worked closely with major artiste such as Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Junior Reid, I-Wayne, Anthony-B , Junior Kelly, Prestige, and Magazeen from world renowned Maybach Music Group.
Yen Productions Inc / Toronto, Canada: Yen has been working hard in the studio on the upcoming mainstream/crossover EP album titled "Hold Me", by the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man. The two have been in collaboration since early 2012 aiming to branch into the North American mainstream market.
Yen recently released the record "So Hot" branding the upcoming EP with a special collaboration featuring Beenie Man and Toronto's R&B songstress, Kim Davis. The heated love song with the dynamic duo has been creating a buzz with the Toronto radio stations. The song captures the mainstream market with the authentic, vibrant sound that fuses oriental instruments with classic mainstream pop elements combined with the urban flow that both Beenie Man and Kim Davis bring to the table. The single is also being circulated in the U.K, Africa, Western Australia and Japan as well as most European countries.
Yen continues to work with Beenie Man with the anticipated release of the "Hold Me" remix. Yen also just recently came off tour with Billboard reggae artist Gyptian with whom he also collaborated with on a new R&B record to release at the end of spring.
His popularity is steadily increasing and if anything to go by, the Alliance Next Generation artist is sure to be the next sensation from Bounty Killer's camp.
Kalado now has the most requested song in St. Lucia and even has another song on the Trace FM charts, but, it is his song titled "Make Me Feel" that is causing a whirlwind in that country. The song has been getting heavy rotation on all the major radio stations and at every party location across the island. After speaking to a few music industry insiders in St. Lucia it is evident that Kalado has gain rapid momentum since the outburst of this single and he now also has a song titled "Whole Night" on the Trace FM charts which spans Guadeloupe/French Guyane/Martinique.
His music videos "Sad Streets", "Whole Night", "When She Wine/Tear Mi" ft. Bounty Killer and his newest release yet "Her Struggles" are now in rotation on Tempo TV, which must be a big boost for the artist as Tempo airs in North, South, Central America, Germany and the Caribbean.
Disc jock Kurt 'the Party Animal' Riley continues to whet the appetites of soca music enthusiasts not only locally but across the Caribbean.
Riley who is an in demand jock on radio station FAME FM, has consistently brought the soca vibrations across the Jamaican airwaves.
His knack for unearthing the latest and most popular soca treats have endeared him fans from around the world.
Riley is solidly booked this weekend for a number of soca events. On Friday March 8 he unleashed his musical mastery at Fantastic Fridays held at the Mas Camp. That same night he continued his musical assault at the Fiction Nightclub. On Saturday March 9, his next stop was at Trelawny Carnival. He will next be in action at BritJam in Montego Bay on Sunday March 10. His weekend will then culminate at the Bikini Fest event at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew.
A few of Riley's friends from the soca world, have endorsed his support of the music.
According to Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer of Trinidad based soca group KES the Band, 'Music is universal. We Caribbean people have so much more in common than different. So it’s a blessing when Kurt Riley can appreciate calypso and soca, just as a Trinidadian, Lucian, and Bajan loves dancehall and reggae. Caribbean people need to all unite. We are a strong people and have the power to change the world with our lifestyle and music. We are all connected so big up to Kurt Riley who sees that the future is secure with unity. Peace and Love!
Reggae enthusiast Snoop Lion gave the infamous "Diva Of Media" Nikki Z, a very candid interview for both WZMX Hot 93.7 and her syndicated World Caribbean Countdown, "Nikki Z's Hot 20", heard in Africa, the Caribbean, and throughout the USA.
In the interview, Snoop discusses his motivation behind doing a reggae project and states, "I'm going to make reggae get so big so the whole world respects reggae music". Snoop notes and explains the significance of the track 'Lighters Up' featuring known musical rivals Mavado and Popcaan. He addresses the importance of artists uniting through music and not separate the masses
Snoop Lion's career began in 1992 under his official moniker "Snoop Dogg" with the release of the Dr. Dre produced 'Chronic' album with tracks like "What's My Name", "Gin & Juice", "Deep Cover", and "Murder Was the Case". Indeed, Snoop was more known for his gangsta flare for the majority of his career. In the compelling interview with Nikki Z, Snoop discusses why reggae helped bring him get closer to family and closer to peace. Snoop Lion documented his journey with "Reincarnated" documentary scheduled for release March 15th.
In regards to the controversy involving Bunny Wailer, he simply said, "I didn't hear any disrespect out of Bunny Wailers mouth, all I can do is say I love Bunny Wailer, I love him more today than yesterday".
ZJ Sparks has been blazing quite a trail of success ever since her entrance on the Entertainment scene as a production assistant at KLAS 89 Fm.
Known not only for her musical dexterity and addictive mixes on the turntables, ZJ Sparks embodies the adage, "variety is the spice of life" and is a lot more than meets the eye and pique the ears.
Last year, the "Kush Morning Riddim," a co-production between her record label, Twelve 9 Records and Dynasty Records took the world by storm - literally! The single, "I Feel So Good," sung by Collie Buddz was featured on an episode of the American Television series, "Basketball Wives", Capleton's "Fire, Fire" became an anthem in Zimbabwe while Ikaya's "Brand New", I Octane's "Run Mi Out" and Jah Vinci's "Real Woman" are still hot in the streets.
Desirous of highlighting the female powerhouse, Sparks had refused to release the riddim without having Ikaya on it. The riddim also afforded her an opportunity to work with Peetah Morgan from Morgan Heritage who collaborated with Jah Sun (originally from Texas) on "Heart like a Lion" for which, an official video has been made.
Catch her in the ZIP FM studio when she's doing her normal one-woman band routine - selecting her set, playing great music, vibing it up and tweeting to her followers as her body undulates to the thumping rhythm of the music, and you'll fully understand the meaning and passion that fuels ZJ Elektra.
Indeed, there's just something very special about Elektra and it's more than just her much-talked-about high energy on the station that's dubbed "the high-energy station". This Zip FM jock is a nicely wrapped package of musical versatility, while being a reservoir of knowledge with an appreciation for all things musical. Elektra, christened Sheryl Johnson, is one of those on-air radio jocks who, while playing by the rules, is never content to passively follow the leader. In fact, she prefers to be that leader who is totally unafraid of breaking new ground musically.
It stands to reason therefore, that after close to a decade on radio, Elektra has broken the glass ceiling into that male dominated sanctuary and is rightfully claiming her much-deserved piece of the pie. Her slots on Zip FM - Mondays (Girls Rush Mondays) ZIP HEAT noon - 6pm; Thursdays - ZIP DRIVE 6pm - 10pm and Sundays - ZIP TEASE 10pm - 2am - are closely monitored by her legion of avid listeners who know that ZJ Elektra always has something special for them. And although she readily embraces her role as 'educator', Elektra also revels in being a disciple and is constantly seeking knowledge.
The Mad Decent production of critical acclaim "Harlem Shake" was revived with a dancehall flair with the hit single by The "Energy God" Elephant Man featuring Baauer. The track produced by Stephen Mcgregor/Di Genius Records is topping the charts internationally and still climbing every day!
"Harlem Shake" created an international viral video craze online, inspiring fans to upload their own videos, and since Elephant Man who is known for his his dance minded music it was a marriage made in music heaven when "Di Genius" put his dancehall spin on the track.
The single recently released on iTunes, distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital is already #10 in the U.S, #5 in France, #8 in the U.K, #4 in Holland and #5 in Switzerland. The video produced by OtroCity has garnered almost a hundred thousand views in 1 week on youtube.
Reggae/dancehall Artist Tenza aka Di Boss Lady fresh off her two week tour of Gambia has released new promotional music video for seductive single titled "Reason Fi Wine," on young and upcoming Jamaican producer "Frassout" Gangsta Setting Riddim. "Reason Fi Wine" has been enjoy heavy radio plays world wide and have feature on a number have feature on a number dancehall mixtape and playlist respectively. This just one of the many bright sparks from Di Boss Lady for 2013, who recently preformed for the President of The Republic of Gambia His Excellency Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yahya Jammeh.
"Reason Fi Wine" video showcase Tenza doing some mind bugging and unruly movements of her waistline, Tenza snaps out of the girly light to deliver this hot new video to go with her raunchy outfits.
Tenza who as being keeping busy tour and working on her forth studio album stated that "Reason Fi Wine" is the first five music video to be released before the spring of this year, to go with her "Deal Wid It" EP. The EP which have just enter the iTunes download charts in several countries shows why Tenza maintain her grid on the dancehall/reggae music industry, as she continue to go place and borders no other female artists in her field have enter.
Tenza set to performed in the Luton UK later this month along with longtime Dancehall star Lt Stitchie, before embarking on a 8 country tour of Europe and West Africa this summer.
Undoubtedly the #1 Dancehall Group in the world, RDX has added another hit song to their top charting collection. Their single BROAD OUT is now their 7th #1 Chart Topper in Jamaica and has been in heavy rotation since its release. The premiere of the video has added more fuel and has now made it's way to international charts.
The duo has always managed to keep their fans and music lovers breathless with their high tempo music and energy filled performances. RDX is presently in the midst of a blazing European tour making appearances in Rome and Milan (Italy), Paris, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Lille (France), Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Biel (Switzerland) and Moscow (Russia) amongst many others.
Since their explosion on the scene with mega hit "Bend Over", they instantly followed with more hits such as "Dance", "Everybody Dance", "Daggering" and summer party anthem "Summer Slap Weh" amongst others, the group has always gone beyond the call of their musical duties to not just deliver music but also entertain. It was just recently they topped the charts with their single JUMP which became RDX's 6th chart topping single and has acquired over 3.2 million views on YouTube while remaining in steady on the international charts. The single Jump & Broad Out is being distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos via iTunes.
Circulation Music Productions is one of Montreal Canada premier musical enterprises. A production-promotion company, music studio, public relations-artist representation and management company, The company- complex is owned by Jamaican born Canadian citizen Barry York who is said- rumored to be a multi investment entrepreneur in Montreal Canada. Barry York was born in Kingston Jamaica but migrated to Canada from he was in his teens. Apart from Circulation Music Productions already extensive past and present musical catalogue, Circulation Music Productions is on a 2013 musical roll, and as Barry said, before 2013 is over, Circulation Music will be 'dropping it like its hot' musically speaking, with new rhythms such as the "Passion Fruit" rhythm, a combination of reggae-reggae ton-dance-fusion groove, the "Double Bolt" and the "Seductive Groove" rhythm, among others.
2013 will definitely be a good year for Circulation Music Productions the fact that the "Passion Fruit" rhythm tracks were fused with Rihanna Diamonds vocals (reggae re-mix) which is already burning up the charts in Canada/UK/Europe. Barry said, although there are a few other Rihanna Diamond re-mixes, the word on the streets is that, Barry's version stands out because his foundation tracks are original, while all other Diamonds re-makes are either caustic or sampling re-mix. So although we have adopted some of Rihanna Diamond's musical elements like dubbing her vocals on our original rhythm track, we have in ways originated so as to speak.
Getting To Know Barry York:
Barry York is no stranger to the music business, as Barry musical journey started from his days growing up in the hood (ghetto) in Trench Town-Greenwich Street/Sunlight Street playing marble with Tabby Diamond, Bunny Diamonds, including attending Greenwich Town Primary with John Holt and Pat Kelly, Barry also grew up in the Waltham Park Road Kingston 11 and the Kingston 20 area with Bunny Wailers kicking football etc, so the Wailing Wailers and the legend story that is only "hear-seh" to some people, is a lived-experienced by Barry, Bunny Wailer can confirm that, because both Barry & Bunny have been simmering down from way back then.
Hard to imagine that it has been twenty years since Irie Jam radio launched the very first, historic radio simulcast on New York radio. Back then the show was on air for only three hours each Saturday night (midnight to 3am) on WRTN now WVIP in New York and Irie FM in Jamaica.
CEO Bobby Clarke, who along with Ouida Crawford and Milford Edwards conceptualized the idea said, "Our goal then was to create a program that would connect Jamaicans at home with those who had migrated abroad. The program was also to facilitate growth in marketing, advertising and other innovative business ventures," Clarke affirmed.
Today Irie Jam radio with a cast of 7 on air personalities broadcast 7 days per week and connect Jamaicans in the Tri-state area with their roots with a fresh dose of music, news, talk and entertainment features.
Fans know the artist Gappy Ranks musically as does the industry, but L3 Magazine's Portia Clarke takes us into the world of Jacob Williams as well as Gappy Ranks where we learn everything from decisions he makes as an artist, to running his record label Hot Coffee Music to what he cooks for his family come dinner time.
When Portia asked Gappy about the beef between he and fellow UK artist Stylo-G, how did he answer?!
Find out >>> www.L3Magazine.com!
Tricia 'ZJ Sparks' Spence sits down with the lyrical Fiyah Cali P who gives insight into his new album produced by legendary producer Bobby 'Digital-B' Dixon, and Ayeola George speaks to Bahamian sensation Sammi Starr where fans get to know the artist in 20 questions.
Our features of the month includes our pick of influential women of the Caribbean, a provocative look at payola or 'pay for play,' as well as music reviews of the Gyal Season Riddim produced by Justin Jus Bus Nation and Bambino Muzic, The Soul Reggae Riddim and the Sparkling Riddim produced by Twelve 9 Records and Zion Freeze Records.
Grammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae musician, Shaggy will be launching his newly founded Ranch Entertainment record label in his native Kingston on February 26.
The highly-revered entertainer originally launched the Reggae-fusion entity in 2011 and held a function commemorating this venture inside the Santos Party House in New York City last June. Now, Shaggy is set to host a Jamaican launch at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant on Tuesday at their weekly, Behind The Screen event.
Shaggy has been hard at work building the Ranch Entertainment brand ever since splitting from long-time manager, Robert Livingston and his Big Yard label following an 18-year stint. Many of his colleagues at Big Yard are working with the singer at his new outlet as they try to introduce new and veteran artiste to the mainstream market overseas.
The Party Animal, DJ Kurt Riley, will journey to the west on February 23 for NuWave Entertainment and Kirov Vodka's Bikini Splash at Chances Beach, Negril.
Kirov Bikini Splash; The Drink and Rave Edition, is a Kirov-Inclusive party that will be staged on the beach at Chances Beach, Negril. According to Ronald White of NuWave Entertainment, this event will be one to watch,
"This is our inaugural event and we are pulling out all the stops to ensure patrons who attend are satisfied and get value for money. We will have a foam pit, cash prizes and numerous other attractions to keep the party vibe on hyper. We will also have numerous drink specials including bucket deals. Coupled with the expert spinning of Kurt Riley and several other top DJs anyone who is on the area on Saturday night can expect to be entertained."
Kirov Bikini Splash will be kept rocking with the selections of famed DJ Kurt Riley, the dynamic duo of Razz and Biggy, Dj Absolute along with Westmoreland's finest; Black Blunt with Avatar.
Fams House recording artist Formila One is changing gears this year with a renewed focused on putting out solid hits and based on the tremendous feedback for his current hit single "Musical Bandelero" the upcoming singjay could soon be back on track, picking up where he left off in 2011 with the reggae bombshell "Walking".
Musical Bandelero which is featured on the 90's Riddim by DigitalVibez Productions has been getting steady radio rotation and has even grabbed the attention of several music critics who declared the song has a familiar flow to the 1991 hit single "Bandelero" by Pinchers.
"A lot of people think its a collaboration with Formila One and Pinchers but its not" stated a representative of Fams House Studios. "The flow is definitely identical but Formila has nothing but respect for legends like Pinchers so its not a matter of stealing his style but more so bringing back that 90's sound to match the concept of the riddim which is called 90's".
With plans already in place to shoot a video for the track Formila One remains confident his music will not go unnoticed.
Singer Rayvon and dancehall artiste Red Fox have scored big with their collaborative single No Other like You.
The song which is produced by New York based producer Musical Masquerade is sprinting its way up the South Florida and New York Reggae charts.
In a release to the media, the producer expressed his delight in the progress of the song.
"Its great to know that the song is on the charts. It means that the radio stations and fans of music are gravitating towards the song", said Musical Masquerade.
Chart action isn't new for Red Fox and Rayvon. Both have hit ethnic and pop charts over the years with successive hit singles.
Musical Masquerade pointed out that a video is the next step as far as promotion for the song. "Our intention is to do an official video for the song as soon as possible", he hinted.
As for a follow up single, the producer says there are a few options on the table for a follow up.
Skeptics in dancehall thought they would be a one hit wonder and many critics remain puzzled by RDX constant success. Their latest hit single "KOTCH" was the subject of plagiarism and accusations of artistic theft, yet it has risen beyond those meager speculations and is now exploding worldwide since the release of their "Kotch" viral video.
Though their artistry was brought into question, the duo managed to rise beyond the naysayers by staying true to their indigenous style and techniques. The viral video garnered over 50,000 collective views in four days since it's release and prove once again that RDX formula for hits is safe and secure in 2013.
Still reeling from their "Favorite Local Music Video of 2012" win for the single "Jump" at The Youth View Awards in Jamaica, and now on their European tour, their publicist Shuzzr states "it's no surprise that Jamaicans gravitates towards RDX artistry especially the ladies as the duo ensures that their music has the ladies busy doing all kinda theatrics and once the ladies audience is satisfied the men supporters of dancehall music are pleased indirectly". He laments further that "while the duo isn't physically at many local events, we as team are working assiduously to please fans locally and internationally- Striking a balance. Despite criticism however, RDX will forever remain on the lips of Jamaicans and international audience alike, as their creativity; ingenuity and resilience speaks volume."
Fast rising culture reggae artiste Aima Moses is set to open for veteran reggae artiste Tony Rebel in Washington this Saturday.
Moses who is currently promoting his new single Make it One Day (produced by Donsome Records), will perform as the opening act at Club Sur in Seattle. Also performing on the bill is Queen Ifrica, the Fya Mumma.
Moses, who performed with the Highlight band at Club Nectar in Washington last week, is looking forward to this weekend's performance.
"Opening for Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica is wonderful. This is the second time I will be doing a show with both of them. The first time was in my homeland of Dominica and I am really looking forward to this event", Moses said in a release to the media.
Members of the Rastafarian community have been openly criticizing a new combination song by Goldy and Chronixx called 'Mini' where the artistes extol the virtues of women in short skirts. Some believe that such sentiments should not be expressed by anyone representing the Rastafarian faith.
"Yes, mi hear the critics dem a talk, dem a say how bobo ah sing bout mini and a bagga tings but even most of them have to admit that it has a great melody. I create music, I don't know about politics, Chronixx say the song good, but certain rasta ah lick out about rasta ah sing bout short skirt, but ah straight business mi a deal wid. Music is music, politics is politics and mi no see nothing wrong wid the song," engineer-singer-producer Goldy said.
The song samples an original song recorded by singer Willie Francis, 'Oh What a Mini', and which soared to the #1 position in the 1970s. Willie Francis is the father of Fabian 'Goldy' Francis so he is a second generation musician.
"Mi get a vibe to do over the song, and at the time, Chronixx was a prentice engineer at the time, he was building tracks, that was 18 months ago, so it is not a song that was done recently," he said.
By Miss Joan
Platinum Camp takes you on tour to Cannes NRJ Music Awards in France with International sensation Laza Morgan. See Laza up close and personal in the American Idol of France, "Star Academy" Join The Great General Daddy Biggs on set in Laza Morgan's new music video "All That She Wants"
The artist and the General Daddy Bigg$ then flew to France where we are so proud to say that Laza Morgan walked the red carpet at the Cannes NRJ Music Awards with the likes of Alicia Keys, One Direction, Psy Gangham and Taylor Swift. Laza delivered a stunning performance that blew away the crowd, the only Reggae artist to represent Jamaica to the fullest on such a grand scale. Congrats to the Star!!!
007...Laza Morgan later blazed his way onto NRJ, the number one television show in France as a guest coach on Star Academy the French version of American Idol where he later performed his hit songs 'One By One' and 'All She Wants' with two of the gorgeous French contestants. He had the audience and the judges on their feet rocking to the beat as they sang the lyrics in French....Amazing!!!!
TMD Records Reggae/Dancehall artist Tenza, starts a "new and innovative approaches" to her musical career which she expects to see flourish naturally as her juggernaut style to reggae/ dancehall music continues.
Just like a number of top musical supper stars such as Rihanna, Snoop Lion, 50 Cent and many others, Tenza has decided to release her own blackberry app, which can be downloaded from blackberry apps world as "Tenza Magazine".
But instead of allowing you to sing or repeat memorable lines, Tenza's new app will allow you to keep up to date with her musical endeavours and releases, The new Tenza's App will also allow you to download exclusive tracks and posters from the dancehall "Boss Lady".
The Tenza App which was developed by Vokari Media Group, features a fully photo gallery, which can be share via facebook and twitter, news, free downloads and a e-shop which fans can purchase Tenza albums and merchandised.
Fans of dancehall diva Tifa are in for a big treat on Friday February 1. Not only will she headline the Bigga 'A Suh Wi Dweet' concert (for specially invited guests) but her newest video Champion Bubbler will be launched at the event.
The Champion Bubbler clip was directed by New York based director Vice, who shot the recent Snoop Lion documentary. The song is featured on the Kling Klang rhythm and produced by Dre Skull Mixpack Records imprint.
Featured on the Kling Klang rhythm are songs from Beenie Man, Popcaan, Ward 21 among others.
The Stanley Gold boxing gym in downtown, Kingston was the location for the video shoot, which features cameo appearances by members of the national female boxing team.
The Bigga 'A Suh Wi Dweet' concert can be seen live at 8:30 PM this Friday online at Google Plus. The one hour performance will see Tifa performing alongside the Ruff Kut band belting out new and familiar hits.
Busy Signal is an artiste on a mission to take over 2013 with his infectious lyrics and musical style. Busy recently shot the video to the third single from his VP Records released album, "Reggae Music Again" album entitled "Royal Night".
Directed by the talented Dameon Gayle of Warrior Musick Production, all scenes were shot at the charming Alahambre Inn in Mountain View.
Not wanting to give too much of the concept away, Busy said "it's a true to life drama and when released, viewers need to watch the video right to the end to get the twist."
"Royal Night" is a joint production of Shane Brown's Juke Boxx Productions label and Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records.
"Reggae Music Again" was released last year before Busy Signal's incarceration and shot up the international charts even while the artiste was absent. It was named reggae album of the year in Kenya, Uganda and Portugal and it made the list of one of the BBC's top ten albums for that year. In Germany, Busy was listed as Reggae Artiste of the Year.
21st Hapilos Production debut project "SWA (Sleep With Angels)" riddim became an instant success as it hit the airwaves. Enlisting stars of reggae and dancehall such as Spragga Benz, Tarrus Riley, I Octane and other notable artists, the riddim topped charts around the world.
The riddim which was created by talented duo Jordan & Hizzle of Chimney Records, became a staple on dance floors and radio airwaves throughout 2012 and to the delight of music fans is taking you into 2013 with the premiere video of Spragga Benz "SWA (SLEEP WITH ANGELS)". The video for the single which holds the same name as the successful riddim, was produced by Red Square/21st Hapilos and directed by Carlton Grant and Neil "Disco" Dyer.
On this feel good riddim, International artist, movie star and philanthropist Spragga Benz sings of loved ones that passed away, and his recognizable deep rich voice bring "SWA (Sleep With Angels)" one of the most important reggae releases of the year.
As his street creds swells, the Mi Nuh Trus People Dancehall Gorilla Bramma, pile up some new videos to further intrigue his fans with his artistry. As reported on Bramma's new website Bramma Music Dot Com the 24 year old Jamaican Dancehall artiste, wasted no time shooting videos for his Gorilla Dread Locks Rasta track on Big Ship Label which is expected to be released in unison with the video and another entitled, Only One But You. But NIPnews is reliably informed that the entertainer will be shooting two more videos in the coming week for even newest tracks, 'Love Off Mi' and newest-sh**t, 'Gal Hold Yuh Man' produced by Charlie Pro.
Other exciting projects the Gorilla will be dropping momentarily is a street mix that will be like none other plus a string of tracks already recorded but awaiting release dates by producer Steven 'Di Genius' Mcgregor who promised the releases will be out sooner than later.
Fresh off hosting On the Verge last year, DJ Bambino stays active with his plans for the New Year.
Kick starting 2013 with two Youth View Awards' nominations: "Media Personality of the Year" and "Selector of the Year", the former recipient of the 2012 "Selector of the Year" award, hopes to snag both awards this year, and the fact that he will also be co-hosting the show adds to his mounting accomplishments.
In keeping with his musical persona, Bambino released the brand new, 'Gyal Season Riddim'. The riddim is readily available now on iTunes.
The riddim was produced by Bambino and Jus Bus, an Antiguan producer whose real name is Justin Nation, and features artistes such as: Etana, Busy Signal, Kes The Band, Denyque, Tessanne Chin, Romain Virgo, Spragga Benz, Tanya Stephens, Sophia Squire, Keida, Jus Ice, Drastic and Jamaica's beloved parodist, Trever Off-Key.
When asked what fans can expect to hear, he said, "The riddim had an old Rock Steady feel with a touch of modern day vibe."
Fast rising Dancehall artiste Ryan Oneil enjoyed what could be described as the most fruitful year of his career last year. During 2012 he scored multiple chart toppers with singles he recorded for top producers and labels including Seanizzle and popular IRIE FM DJ Ainsworth Higgins (Big A).
According to Ryan Oneil he plans to build on the success he enjoyed last year in order to take his career to the next level.
"I plan to build on the work that was done last year and move my career to new heights. Last year I had a very good run on the charts with I’m Just Saying and A Nuh Me, this year I want to achieve even greater success," said the artiste.
Ryan Oneil is currently promoting a brand new single titled Late Again on the Hot Pursuit rhythm. He is also getting ready to release a mix tape titled Earth Quake international Presents Ryan Oneil. The mix tape which is slated to be released early next month was produced by legendary New York sound-system Earthquake International.
Ryan Oneil is booked to Appear on the big Spring Break stage show in Negril this March.
Richie Loop, the In My Cupp singer, started the year with a sure club and street banger "Party Rocks." The Appy Feet recording artist has another song that will definitely do good locally and internationally.
The hits maker reggae singer once stated in an interview with the Jamaica Observer some time back "We do songs with visas, songs that can pass airport," Richie Loops emphasized. I can see this songs receiving huge forward at events such as ATI, & RTI and many other beach party across the Island before and during the summer.
This single will also attract many festival promoters from all over who are looking for a singer give patrons a enjoyable experience. This singer hot new single will definitely do that and probably pick up a few awards along the way.. Richie Loop's songs always gives a happy feeling and this new smash hit by Mr. Loop did not stop short of delivering that same vibes. Everybody in the world can relate to Mr. Loop's songs because of the happy feeling it gives.
The Great General Daddy Bigg$ and the Platinum Crew has done it again in stunning style! Congrats on a crazy video shoot starring DJ Frassman with his hotter than ever single, 'Dat Nuh Hard'. In a crazy collaboration between Platinum Camp and NS Entertainment, they have pulled off the illest video of the year.
No expense was spared to get the baddest video vixens as over 80 bottles of Moet and Rose Champagne flowed in the shower scene.
Security had to be tight as case loads of real money was used on the set. Frassman brought his A-game and set the pace for all others, the DJ to recon with as his aura shines bright for '2013. And if you didn't know before.... well, now you know.
Radio DJ Damage later took the set to Onyx Stripper Night Club, and in true party style, they rained down over 10,000 singles in the club.
Shout out to the Hilton Hotel in Atlantic City for tolerating the over the top drama as the shoot went off without a hitch. And a special shout out to the incredible director, Dave Patten of South9 Entertainment.
A'N'G artist Iyara has teamed up with record producer Garo Records to voice what some believes to be a stimulant for the ladies in the dancehall/party space. The artist who in 2012 travelled to the UK and twice in Canada on separate occasions, is known for his hardcore and hard hitting lyrics, but has now decided to showcase a "suggestive" side of him to the ladies.
The title of this song is called "Night and Day" and it expounds on having relentless "fun" with the ladies no matter the time, whether night or day. The song was released on January 15, 2013 and is being distributed by 21st Hapilos. This is also Iyara's first single to be released for the year and he plans to a lot more songs throughout this year that generates topical issues for the ladies, as emphasized "Mi ladies dont worry mi a tek care a unu fi 2013, crazy gyal tunes unu ago get".
The producer of the track, Garo Records also stated "So far working with Iyara has been a great expereince we have been working the artist since 2012 with songs like 'Nah Trouble' and 'Do Aything' ft. Chi Ching Ching, and the artist is going all out for 2013 with the calibre songs now soon to release and mi sure the ladies dem gonna love this 'Night and Day' single".
The song is now available for purchase on itunes, you can also listen to the song at this link provided below
TMD Records artist Tenza have been receiving rave review from her recently released mixtape "Tenzalicious" which was hosted by Austrian based all female sound system "Badda Pum".
According to Tenza management team, the mixtape as being well received by fans from around the world and have already amass over 9000 downloads over the internet and Via Tenza blackberry App, to go with the handing out of over 10000 hard-copies in countries such as Gambia, India and Japan in just 3 weeks since it as being released.
Tenza management team stated that the mixtape is a promotional tool for the artist who as being getting limited radio plays in countries such as Jamaica and United Kingdom, due to the political stigma of greed that is destroying the reggae music industry.
Kym-ling from TMD Records also stated that the locked of Radio plays for Tenza, as nothing to do with the quality of the music as radio djs in these countries are no longer playing music for the qualities or the love for reggae/dancehall music but for the greed of money, that as become a cancer to the dying genre of reggae/dancehall music.
JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN
BY RICHIE B, HOST - "HOT MIX" ON HOT 102FM
TOP 25 REGGAE SINGLES - DEC 28, 2012 - JAN 3, 2013
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 19 Not The Life - Asfa - Jecoliah Entertainment Productions (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 30 My Everything - Nando Griffiths - One Jam Music (3wks@#1) D-1
03 5 11 Don’t You Remember - Romain Virgo - Vikings Productions U-2
04 4 11 Heart Affi Strong - King Asar - W.S.P.K.A.S. Production NM
05 3 21 My Story - I-Octane - DJ Frass Records (pp#3) D-2
06 9 9 Do For Love - Ishawna & Specialist - Downsound Records U-3
07 8 10 Lies and Tricks - Lutan Fyah and Hefla Nyah - 619 Entertainment U-1
08 15 5 Diamonds - Rihanna - J-Vibe/Cyclone U-7
09 11 10 Curly Locks - Patrick Buddo - Romero Music U-2
10 12 7 Sorry is a Sorry Word - Tarrus Riley - T J Records U-2
11 13 8 Free - Richie Spice - Bonner Cornerstone Records U-2
12 14 7 Me and You Girl - Benzman - Yah Bless Productions U-2
13 6 23 In My Arms - Beres Hammond - Fat Eyes Productions (2wks@#1) D-7
14 7 18 Land We Love - Bunny Rugs - Raw Edge Productions (2wks@#1) D-7
15 16 9 The Girl is Mine - Morgan Heritage - Gideon Music U-1
STING 2012 is dubbed as one of the "Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Shows on Earth" and over the years its been filled controversy, raw energy, on the spot creativity and the end of many artiste careers as well as the birth of others.
Dancehall Artiste Blak Ryno is no stranger to the show as he's not just only performed on several occasions but entertained fans who tuned in to watched online or those who went to see the show live. This year the artiste wasn't formally booked for the event but just as how over the years spontaneously artiste made surprise performances, the artiste was about to the same.
Blak Ryno who went on when Popcaan was on stage performing hoped to give his fans and those who may not be a well wisher a show/performance many have been wanting to witness since his departure from the controversial group Portmore Empire more popularly known as GAZA.
After he made his entrance on Stage to much surprise, the artiste long anticipated clash came to an abrupt end when Popcaan made a cowardly move and push him off stage. Blak Ryno who attempted to make a second entrance to settle all scores lyrically was stopped by security personnel.
Subkonshus Music recording artist Darrio is without a doubt is one of the hottest new acts for 2012. The rising dancehall artiste had his best year to date being the only newcomer to score a number one song locally this year. He also embarked on numerous local and overseas performances and released a consistent diet of hot singles and music videos.
He kicked off 2012 with the track School Fee entering various charts. The song which featured prominently on the School Fee rhythm project from the Subkonshus Music label, gave him the attention he craved by simultaneously opening up various performing opportunities in the Caribbean and Europe.
One of Darrio's standout moments for 2012 was the memorable performance he delivered at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in Montego Bay during the set from Konshens. He would later collaborate with Konshens on the smash hit Siddung produced by Washroom Entertainment.
The song was welcomed by dancehall fans, especially the females, and quickly made its way on local and overseas radio playlists. It topped several charts in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana.
It's the news that all serious dancehall fans have been waiting for over the past few weeks…Will Konshens be performing at Sting? Well, it has been confirmed that dancehall powerhouse Konshens has joined the exclusive and enviable lineup of the Greatest One Night reggae show on earth, Sting 2012.
The artist joins the lineup after a series of negotiations were finalized Saturday night between Sting Promoters Downsound Records and Konshens management team Subkonshus Music. Manager for Konshens, Miguel 'kiTTen' Noble states "Konshens will be at Sting, we finalized negotiations and it is confirmed that the artiste will be on the show".
In a release to the media, Konshens affirmed his support for one of the year's most anticipated entertainment shows.
"Initially Sting was a show I looked forward to "watch" not so much to be a part of. The hardcore dancehall is healthy for the culture but di bagga wild clashing an everyman a mek up story ting start water it dung and made it almost impossible to organize properly. But now with this new turn weh dem a try mek to give the show a facelift I'm happy to be a part of it. Sting a Jamaica show fi di grass root people dem so I am happy to be able to perform fi dem", Konshens stated.
Zojak World Wide ends the year on a high note with their latest release, a sizzling dancehall pop single from dancehall superstar Mavado. The "Gully Gad" teams up with Jamaican-born, Canadian-based pop princess Karian Sang for the sexy single, "Take It." The track released internationally through Zojak World Wide and is now available on iTunes and e-tailers, worldwide.
"Take It" was produced by Troy "Troyton" Hinds and Michael "Askhell" Fairman for famed dancehall production house, Troyton Music. They were contacted by Mavado and his camp, and commissioned to build the single specifically for Mavado and Karian Sang. "We've been working together with Mavado for years, making some of his biggest hits," states Hinds. "As I've been known for producing tracks like this song with him all the time, I think that's why I was called."
"It was great working with Troyton on this track, as we always do, every time we hit the studio together," reveals Mavado. "We have a good chemistry going. As for Karian Sang, she has a great talent and is hard working, so it was only fitting to do this track with her. And it came out to be great song, we know we have a promising hit song in hand."
International recording artiste Jah Cure is overjoyed at the excellent response to his recently released 'World Cry' album which has been registering excellent sales worldwide, hitting the #2 spot on the reggae iTunes chart in two countries, and charting in the top five in several others.
The album, released on Wednesday, charted at #2 in France, #2 in the US, #3 in the UK on the reggae iTunes charts.
"This is very gratifying to know that the long hard struggle to put out this album was worth it. The response from the fans in terms of sales speaks for itself. Right now, Bob Marley is #1, I am #2, and Bob is #3, so it’s evident that people were waiting for this album," he said.
He said that this was a “great day for reggae music”.
“It’s a great day in my career, and a good look for reggae. To know say for this long time, Bob ah hold it, and to know that we are still alive and touch it, it shows that we must follow up and continue to represent for reggae,” he said.
Jah Cure added that his strategy of limiting his recordings this year definitely paid off.
“I knew that the album was destined for great things, because I held my value, by not recording for anyone, and waiting to mi drop mi ting, mi never did a sing sing all about the place…people were waiting, and this ah the testimony,” he said.
After 27 weeks on the Jamaica Top 25 Reggae Countdown chart, singer Nando Griffiths' outstanding love ballad My Everything has finally reached the summit of the chart. The slow climb to the top is indicative of the song's gradual, as we say, soaking in with the Jamaican "massives", particularly the ladies, and also of its undeniable quality. Father Romie, proprietor of Exodus Nuclear Sound, was one of the first to endorse My Everything. He disclosed, "From di first time mi hear My Everything, mi say di tune a boom. Mi know it would a tek a likkle time fi reach number 1, because di singer a nuh one di front line artiste dem and di song is di only one on di riddim. Right yah now anytime it play inna dance di woman dem guh crazy and all di man dem waan dedicate it to dem woman dem."
One Jam Music, the folks behind Team Jamaica (Light the Torch), the widely endorsed theme song for the Jamaica Olympic team to London 2012, divulged that they wanted to create a lover's rock song with original lyrics and melody of such high caliber, that Jamaicans would go and check if it's a cover song. According to BoLan from One Jam, "We not into the hype. We want to create cover-worthy classics that will be considered old hits generations from now. We don't have a large catalogue, but we strive to deliver classics such as Lighthouse (Bushman), Team Jamaica, and My Everything."
Despite what industry critics, those who aren’t fans and the politics that exist within the Dancehall Industry, Dynamic Duo RDX haven’t been daunted by the negativity or distractions. Instead it has only fueled the creativity and drive of the Shining Star that the group have become and will remain.
Both Delomar & Renigade who are of humble beginnings, have always been resolute as they pursue and maintain a successful career.
RDX conveyed that while they are proud Jamaicans, they are faced with a society which is plagued with corruption, bureaucratic red tapes and a general notion that those who are of a lower economical background won’t be able to achieve. Whilst they continuously encourages their peers or youths in the “Ghetto” to see the burning flame of potential that exist within them and to just embrace it and be more than what society expects you to be.
A school of thought which states "We are injured and hurt emotionally, not so much by other people or what they say and don't say, but by our own attitude and our own response." - Maxwell Maltz, has been centered at their (RDX) hearts.
Renigade states “this story is the story of our lives… two ghetto youth who are self-made… from nothng to something… but isn’t respected in many circles… it’s a testimonial of ours but also those of many others…”
Ace deejay Bounty Killer's ANG group is definitely the hottest dancehall group right now on the local music scene. So it's no surprise that ANG group members Kalado, K Queens and Iyara have been drafted to be on the lineup for this year's staging of GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show.
GT Taylor said that the members of ANG that are selected to be on his event have earned their stripes and therefore merit a place on his prestigious Christmas Day showcase.
"Without a doubt ANG is on the rise in the dancehall arena, everybody knows that. They are under the guidance of one of the giants of the industry, Bounty Killer, and anybody he brings on the scene always go all the way to the top of the business and we have to support what he is doing for the industry. I've been observing the progress of ANG for a good while now with keen interest and this year I have chosen three members of the group to be on the show because I truly believe they deserve to be on the bill," said the Dancehall Master.
According to Iyara who slewed Deva Brat at Sting last year he is looking forward to perform on the show as it has long been his desire to showcase his talent on Christmas Extravaganza.
"It's a good look, GT's show is a show that I have always wanted to perform on over the years and now this year I am on the lineup. The fans can expect an exciting performance from me, K Queens and Kalado, we are going to represent ANG to the fullest."
The 14th staging of the annually held GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show will be one of the most exciting events to be held during the upcoming holiday season.
Promoter of the prestigious Christmas night event GT Taylor has put together a stellar line up of proven dancehall and reggae stars along with some of the brightest and best new acts on the scene for this year’s staging of the event under the theme Still Rules.
In a recent interview GT said that he knows for a fact that the lineup that he has selected this year is one that the patrons will love and appreciate.
"I am sure that the patrons who usually support Christmas Extravaganza are going to appreciate the lineup of artistes that are billed for the show this year. Every year we try our best to put together a line that will attract the patrons and give them good value for their money and this year we have done so again. The lineup features some of the biggest names in the business today, along with several veterans from the 70s & 80s and not to be left out are the young stars on the rise," said GT Taylor.
Among the headline acts for this staging of Christmas Extravaganza dancehall giants Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Sizzla, these three artistes are some of the most consistent crowd pleasers in Jamaica today, they have never failed to deliver on any major event. They are also responsible for plethora of hits spanning almost over two decades worth of popular dancehall music.
Since he emerged on the local music scene almost two decades ago, Bounty Killer has been one of the most consistent hit makers in dancehall music. He has also made his mark as one of the genres greatest stage performers. He is arguably the most enduring dancehall act of all times. He's also very controversial but like him or not one thing is for sure he is one of Dancehall's greatest icons.
No major dancehall stage show line up is complete without Bounty Killer. That's why each year stage show promoter GT Taylor ensures that Bounty Killer is booked as one of the headline acts for his annual Christmas Extravaganza stage show which is slated to take place on Christmas Night at Independence Park in Black River.
In a recent interview Bounty Killer the self-proclaimed Grung Gaad said that patrons attending Christmas Extravaganza should expect nothing but greatness from him.
"I plan to deliver an explosive performance for my fans at GT's show; the fans should expect nothing but greatness from the greatest. it's always good to perform for the fans outside of Kingston because they don't get to see me as often as the fans in Kingston. When the opportunity comes to perform for them they are always very excited, but that doesn't mean Kingston doesn't love me the same. Anywhere I perform I always deliver greatness for the fans so just come out Christmas night for greatness from the greatest at Christmas Extravaganza," said Bounty Killer.
Dancehall artiste Bugle is currently on tour promoting his music and work to major markets. The Major Links recording artiste is quite upbeat about the tour and the progress which has been made thus far.
"The tour is going very good. Last week we were in the UK, this weekend we are heading to Africa and next week we will be in Europe", Bugle said in a release to the media.
The artiste whose video for the track Don't Give Up has been number one on local video charts, recently released the single Nah Do Dat.
Nah Do Dat was produced by Bugle's longtime production team, Daseca Productions. The team has been instrumental behind Bugle's chart topping hits including What I'm Gonna Do (Exercise Everyday) and Journeys.
Nah Do Dat has been blowing up FM radio in the past few weeks. According to Bugle, the track was done in response to a question that was asked by a colleague.
"I was just answering a question that was asked to me by a friend and that’s basically how the song came about", Bugle explained.
In recent times, the artiste has recorded songs for producers including UIM Records, YVP, TJ Records and Daseca.
Dancehall artiste, Bramma, says though there are only a few weeks left in the year, it's going to be 'fire'.
Among his new releases is the single, It's Fire on the Bex Rhythm, produced by Ward 21, "and I have about nine new singles coming from Di Genius in a few days. A mad ting moving into 2013," says Bramma, known for his previous singles, It's Whateva, Guided By The Master, Gal A Wine, Anyweh, Watch Over Me and more.
"There's gonna be something for the ladies, songs fi di gangstas, jus' new material that everybody will be able to relate to," he continued.
Bramma, whose correct name is Shawn Brammer and is also a part of the Big Ship family, says thus far he's pleased with his musical journey and is determined to take it to the next level.
"Right now I'm promoting the new single and video, Bad, and that video was directed by Michael 'Biggz" Burbridge. Both the song and the video have been receiving a lot of airplay so far and I have to give thanks for that and bless up all the fans and media for their support. I'm just staying focused and people can expect big things from Bramma and the Big Ship family in 2013," he said.
Conscious singjay I-Octane continues his dominance on the dancehall scene with several hard-hitting singles.
His latest single a combination with Bounty Killer entitled Bad Mind Dem A Pree has been sitting in the number one position for the past three weeks on the ER Top 10 Singles chart.
But then number ones are nothing new to the artiste who throughout the year has enjoyed chart dominance with singles such as L.O.V.E Y.O.U, Love Di Vibes, Jiggle Fi Mi and My Story.
The singjay shows no sign of slowing down or fading into obscurity, his three new video released over the past two months More Money, Bun It and Laugh and Badmind Dem A Pree - directed by Scorpio 21 shows the calculated effort on their part to drive home that message.
The Digicel Brand Ambassador is also looking forward to a busy yuletide season as his calendar of show dates is pretty impressive.
December 7 will see him appearing at COURTS grand opening in Half-Way-Tree that same night he will make the trek to Negril where he will perform at the Jungle Night Club. December 14 sees him juggling three dates - in Montego Bay and then later on in the night at Maldon High School, before rounding out the night at the Iberostar Montego Bay Staff party.
December 16, it's Fort Clarence Beach in Portmore, a few days later he heads to Prospect St Thomas. Boxing Day will see him at the Montego Bay Seafood Festival and the dates keep coming!
"Come 2013 it will be even more positive songs, great videos and me just trying to step up my game," the singjay said about his expectations for the new year.
His message to fans is that they should just continue their support and "meck sure a see you at my shows!"
Roots reggae singer Richie Spice takes his music to another level with the release of his highly anticipated sixth album, Soothing Sounds: Acoustic.
Touted as a collector’s item, this acoustic set is a one-off departure from Spice’s norm, and, on a broader scale, a departure from the norm in reggae music itself. An acoustic set is no easy feat in reggae, and only a few artistes of this genre have attempted to offer a full length unplugged set such as this. However, with the excitement that Soothing Sounds: Acoustics has aroused, it is likely that we will be getting more albums like this from other reggae acts in the future.
Interestingly, Richie Spice and his accomplished team - which includes talented producer Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chin, who doubles as guitarist; bass player Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly and Robbie fame) Bongo Herman and percussionists Denver Smith - make the production of an acoustic set look all too easy. The very first single, Free, embodied with strong lyrical content, haunting melodies and soothing sounds layered over harsh realities, intrigued the ears of hardened critics and fans alike and set the tone for Soothing Sounds: Acoustic.
Recording artiste IQ is at it again with his hot new single and video entitled STREET LIFE. The single speaks to the everyday middle class persons hustling in the streets to earn a living. Street hustling ranges from the persons who wipe car glasses, selling bag juice and phone card to the person who owns a little stall on the road side.
IQ captures and highlights the day-to-day activities of the hustlers in his own creative way. This song is done for persons in small jobs mainly overlooked by others. He also encourages them to stay focused and keep on “hustling” rather than choosing less viable options to “earn a bread”.
The video which was directed by Tripledose Production was shot in various locations in the Kingston and St Andrew area, by REDFACE, a video director and editor (Over and Beyond Films). Kingston's scenery is the perfect location as the streets are laced with all types of hustling activities which are lyrically painted by IQ.
IQ along with management team of Tripledose Production have set out to promote this single and video through the various media medium. Video premiers, interviews by various TV and Radio stations as well as mix CD’s will aid in the promotion of the single.
Dancehall artiste and self styled 'flossing king' Flippa Moggela formerly known as Flippa Mafia, will return to the Sting stage after a 2 year absence.
The artiste who ripped up the dancehalls and the charts with songs including Dem Ya, Unfinished House and Star a Star, is planning a surprise performance at the annual Boxing Day event.
'I'm planning a welcome home performance for the fans. I'm going to give the people some of what they have been missing because right now the dancehall is short of the flossing and champagne flavour, fun and enjoyment", Flippa explained in a release to the media.
The artiste, who hasn't been to Jamaica in a while, has been busy making a name for himself on the dancehall scene in Philadelphia and other parts of the United States.
Flippa has performed at Sting on numerous occasions before he became a household name.
New York: On Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz will host Grammy winning reggae artist Shaggy, who will perform his classic hit “It wasn’t me”!
Shaggy will be chatting with Big Morning Buzz host Carrie Keagan about his upcoming performance at the BioLife Sounds of Reggae Concert as well as Jamaica's 50 years of independence during a special on-air Thanksgiving Day celebration.
VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live is the first dose of pop culture news, chat and entertainment in the morning. From the lobby of VH1's headquarters host Carrie Keagan, offers up-to-the-minute topical headlines, engaging celebrity interviews, and in-depth conversations with insiders, bloggers and experts in a variety of fields we all obsess over -- from Music, Movies, TV, and everything in between.
Ali Campbell (UB40), veteran reggae crooner Beres Hammond and British reggae star Maxi Priest will join Shaggy at the BioLife Sounds of Reggae Concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Wednesday, December 12.
She is a lover of roots rocking reggae music, so it's no surprise that Ifertari has honed her skills for this musical platform, which she intends to own. Ifertari, meaning, "one creator", is the stage name for the bubbly, talented and sexy empress, whose raspy voice mellows the heart of her listeners. Not only is she vocally inclined, but she writes the lyrics for each of her roots rocking reggae songs. While Ifertari is an international artiste, she is definitely no stranger to reggae music. Her musical career started in her hometown, the reggae town of Kingston, Jamaica; in her father's, Chubby Coleman's studio.
At the age of six, she recorded her first song, a hit song by the most awarded female act of all time, Whitney Houston; I believe the children are our future. This was one of her first inspirations in the pursuit to becoming a singer. She wrote her first song at the age of 9, entitled, Don't Go Chasing After Boys, inspired by the song, Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls by TLC.
Like Reggae King Bob Marley, Ifertari grew up in a "tenement yard", after being abandoned by her mother. This taught her, that a strong work ethic, self motivation and determination are the only ways to achieve your goals in life. In the years to come, Ifertari developed a career in entertainment media to facilitate and enhance her music and entertainment career. She produced and hosted a #1 hit show on Public Access Television in Hartford Connecticut, called Heart Beat Illist; illist meaning, best. This was a live talent show featuring artistes of all genres from around the world, poets, models and dancers.
Konshens scores another chart hit for 2012 - Announces new musical projects
Dancehall star Konshens has scored his sixth major chart hit for 2012. His latest hit comes in the form of the Good Good Productions produced I'm Coming.
In a release to the media, Konshens spoke about the track as well as the upcoming video shoot.
'The response to I'm Coming has been good so far. It's one of those songs that once you hear it, you fall for it. People really love it", said Konshens.
I'm Coming is fast racing up local charts and at last check was number nine on the ER Top Ten. The song follows on the heels of the artiste’s previous 2012 hits Do Sumn, Stop Sign, A So Mi Tan, Gal a Bubble and Siddung.
An online video competition to find a lead girl for the I’m Coming video was recently conducted. The winner will receive an all expense paid trip for two to Jamaica.
According to Konshens, the video is scheduled to be completed next week. It will be directed by a team consisting Dameon Gayle and Gareth Cobran.
Dancehall divas Tifa and Spice have teamed up for a hot new anthem called Why U Mad. The tune was produced by Washroom Entertainment and is featured on the Dog Bite rhythm. It is to be released this week.
In a release to the media, both artistes shared their views on the recording.
'I've always wanted to collaborate with Spice for some time now. We almost worked together on the Matrimony project last year but because of timing it didn't happen", said Tifa.
For her part, Spice said 'The song is basically talking about bad mind people and people who go out of their way to try to stop you in life. It’s a song about the haters. We are God blessed and we are doing our thing", said Spice.
"It's been a long time since a female let alone a combination with two female artistes, is speaking out against bad mind. Myself and Spice have had our fair share. But it’s definitely a liberating anthem for all", Tifa explained.
Tifa's annual Pink Xstacy: The Rebirth party which was scheduled for December 8 has been cancelled.
By Jodee Brown
With a bag of tricks up his sleeve, it’s not hard to see why one upcoming artiste seeks to prove that he’s full of 'Stylez' with substance in his content.
Growing up in Portmore, St. Catherine, emerging deejay, Stylez has music running through his veins since birth. No one recognized Stylez's abilities more than the one who gave birth to him as his mother encouraged him and his two younger brothers to test their musical skills; later forming a group called the Star Brothers, who soon made their name within their community by singing at church.
For Stylez, his mother's belief in him was the driving force towards wanting to own the stage.
"It's safe to say my mother was the ultimate influence on me being introduced to music at a tender age!" he said.
From there, Stylez perfected his craft while attending Dunoon Technical High School, teaming up with his friend, Kardo to form the duo, Stylez and Kardo (SK) in 2006 before migrating to the United States. Being in a new country forced Stylez to make some adaptations on and off-stage, but soon opened doors towards a brighter future in music.
"Being in a new country and reunited with my mother and stepfather, I pretty much had to start over. My mother asked me, 'What do I want to do now?' I told her I wanted to pursue my music full time for a year with their support," he said.
"They agreed and asked me if I was gonna go solo and I told them it's me and my friend so I can't leave home. The following month he was here and out journey began!"
"Trying to get someone to view your product in the media environment, then look no further …six million things to view chose one," says Maia Chung founder of the content disseminator MCTV.
The entity is launching a new method of showing good content which is the company's hallmark, according to Chung it's for fans of the MCTV Facebook page only.
"All you have to do is be on Facebook…like our Maia Chung Television page and you will be able to watch our new show and shows made specifically for that page; of which Hitting D Streets hosted by me, is the first and which will have a weekly update or new episode" - explained Chung.
"We have programmed the show into the page so it will not be view-able anywhere else, it's short and sweet and will focus on everyday people as well as celebrities, our debut show will air this coming week with Twin of Twins, who will be discussing their volume nine and a half of their ongoing comedic look, at Jamaican pop culture which focuses on Jamaican celebrities". Chung says.
Despite not having the support of major sponsors this year GT Taylor is adamant that the show must go and so it will. The 13th staging of his annually held Christmas Extravaganza stage show will take place as usual at Independence Park in Black River, St. Elizabeth on Christmas Day. As expected the 'Dancehall Master' has assembled a top class lineup for his stellar event.
Under theme 'Still Rules' GT has chosen some of Jamaica top acts to headline the show. Listed among the headliners are Bounty Killer & ANG, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Baby Cham, Ninja Man, Aidonia, I-Octane & Khago.
This year's event is an official Jamaica 50 event and will feature a special segment showcasing several artistes that have played a key role in the development of popular Jamaican music over the last 4 decades. Drafted for this segment are John Holt, Yellow Man, Johnny P and George Nooks.
The lineup will also feature the likes of Romaine Virgo, Kiprich, Lady G, Macka Diamond, Pamputae, Lutan Fya, Chuck Fenda, Anthony Cruz, Timmi Burrell, Live Wyha, Stacious, Tiana, Mikeylous, Villa Dutch, Inoah, Hitman Wally, Brimstone and Alva.
In a recent interview GT Taylor said that nothing will stop him from delivering a good show for the people of St. Elizabeth and surrounding areas.
"Nothing can stop Christmas Extravaganza from delivering a good show for the fans this year. Over the years the show has grown to become an event of choice for people in St. Elizabeth and surrounding parishes, the show has also attracted hundreds of patrons from other parts of the island and we cannot afford to let them down. Although we don't have any major sponsors this year we are still going to give our loyal supporters a very good production and show everybody that GT's Christmas Extravaganza 'Still Rules' said GT Taylor.
Dancehall artiste Tifa is gearing up to shoot the video for one of biggest tracks of 2012, Champion Bubbler.
Champion Bubbler was produced by Dre Skull for Mixpak Records and is featured on the hot Kling Klang rhythm project. That beat also features songs including So We Do It by Popcaan; Super Model by Beenie Man; and Deva Bratt's Hot and Ready.
In a release to the media, Tifa spoke about the upcoming video.
"I will be shooting the video the week of November 12. Dre Skull will be coming down with a team from New York to film my video", Tifa explained.
Dre Skull's credentials include production work on Vybz Kartel's Kingston Story album, tracks for Machel Montano as well as the forthcoming reggae album from American hip hop star Snoop Dogg.
Andy Capper who is part of the team that will be working on the Champion Bubbler video, was recently in Jamaica shooting the Snoop Dogg documentary Reincarnated.
Champion Bubbler has been receiving rave reviews from as far as Africa, Europe and in the UK. The track follows closely on the heels of Tifa's current number one single Hold On which is still riding high on the MTV Base Africa Dancehall chart.
Fans can expect another video from Tifa before the end of the year. She will be working on the Show Me the Bubble video.
In the meantime fans can look out for the new tracks such as That's Why You Mad and Get Buck.
The second staging of her Pink & White Birthday Beach Bash- Pink Xstacy: The Rebirth is scheduled for December 9 at Sugarman's Beach in Portmore.
Advoket's reggae cover of Justin Nozuka's After Tonight that has now gone viral in Europe and South America has made it to number four on the Dancehall Empire Show Top 30 Reggae Singles Chart Oct 20th to Oct 27th 2012.
The song has been on the charts for four weeks, entering at number 12 and has been steadily climbing since.
After Tonight has gone viral on Youtube, mainly in Europe, racking up nearly 300-thousand views in just under two weeks.
The video leaped from a few thousand views to just over a quarter million (250-thousand) views last week. Over this weekend alone the video has garnered 40-thousand views. The cover is done on an independent label Gankins Record.
Sean Paul is recognized as a trailblazer in a 20-year career that has seen him win multiple awards and sell millions of albums. In November, the Grammy-winning deejay will again break new ground with his first performances in India.
The shows are scheduled for the cities of Delhi, Bangalore and the capital, Mumbai. According to Prashant Kumar of promoters Blue Note Entertainment, Indian fans are excited to see one of dancehall's icons.
"We have been waiting for Sean to come in India since the last five years. Everyone loves him, people here have been dancing on his tunes for years, and with his new album it will be a special treat for all the fans here,” Kumar said.
Sean Paul kicks off his Indian dates on Friday, November 2 at the Quantum Leap nightclub in Delhi. The following day he is at Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai and he closes on Monday, November 5 at Manpho Convention Center in Bangalore.
The shows in India are part of Sean Paul’s promotional campaign for his latest album, Tomahawk Technique, which was released in the United States on Tuesday, September 18 by Atlantic/VP Records.
The set spawned three hit songs in Got 2 Luv U (featuring Alexis Jordan) which has topped charts across the Caribbean and Europe and has reached a milestone by achieving over 100 million views on youtube, She Doesn’t Mind and How Deep is Your Love which features Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny’s Child. Sean Paul is one of the most successful Jamaican artistes ever. His Dutty Rock and The Trinity albums sold millions on the strength of hit songs like Gimmie The Light, Like Glue, Temperature and Give it up to Me.
Those songs hit the mark throughout India where the market for pop music has taken off in major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. Temperature and Give it up to Me from The Trinity are particularly popular in clubs.
Sean Paul has performed in over 100 territories, covering the five continents. But though he has made appearances in Asian countries he has never performed in India, a country known for its fanatic love of cricket and the thriving Bollywood film industry
Since its release David M's remix collaboration with Beenie Man on his "Here Comes Your Life" single has garnered much attention internationally.
The video is currently in rotation on VH1 Soul, while the single enjoys chart ratings sitting at # 58 on the United States Media Base Rhythmic Chart.
Among the ground breaking successes it now enjoys is rotation on several popular U.S. radio stations which includes 99 JAMZ, Y 100, and Power 105 as well as popular night life scenes such as Clubs Cielo in New York, Mansion, Bamboo and Makai in Miami.
Washroom Entertainment's production of Tifa's Hold On is the number one song on MTV Base Africa Dancehall chart for the second week running. The track is featured on the popular poolside rhythm project.
This isnt the first time that Tifa has teamed up with the Washroom team for a hit single. Two years ago, they collaborated on the chart topper Certified Diva featuring Tami Chynn.
While Hold On charts an impressive course outside of Jamaica, the track continues to make its presence felt on several singles and video charts across the island.
It was number 18 on Richie B's Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Dancehall chart last week. It is number eight on the ER Top Ten; number five on the Pree Dis Top Ten chart; and number 20 on HYPE TV Top 20 Singles chart.
Over on HYPE TV's VTX video countdown, the video for Hold On which was directed by Ruption, is sitting pretty inside the Top 10. The video is number one on CVM TV Hit List; number five on RE TV MVP Top 10; and number two on Fi Wi Choice Top 10.
Tifa will next perform at the Wet Wet Xtreme Sweet Temptations event on October 27 at the Ewarton Sports Complex, St. Catherine.
International recording artiste, Sean Paul is reaffirming his dominance in three international markets with nominations for three influential awards. The Got 2 Luv U singer has been nominated for MOBO Awards in the United Kingdom, MTV European Music Awards and the Soul Train Awards in the United States of America. The artiste has been raising the standards of Jamaican music worldwide through the recognition for his music and has copped two wins at the MOBO Awards, one win at the Soul Train Awards and three nominations at the MTV European Music Awards.
The artiste, who recently released his fifth studio album Tomahawk Technique digitally in January to Europe and Asia and the physical version to the US market in September, has already received the seal of approval across the globe. Sean Paul is among five of the hottest dancehall stars nominated in the UK's MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards for 'Best Reggae Act.'
The deejay will be competing against the likes of Popcaan, Konshens, Damian Marley and Mr. Vegas for the award, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 3 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Sean Paul has previously won two MOBO Awards for 'Best Reggae Act' in, 2006 and 2009.
Dancehall star Tifa continues to score hits one after the other. Her latest smash Hold On taken from Washroom Entertainment's Poolside rhythm has slammed into the number two spot on MTV Base Africa Dancehall chart.
The song is also doing well on charts in Jamaica. It has so far reached number one on CVM TV Hit List countdown; number 23 on Richie B’s Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Dancehall
Singles chart; number one on RETV and Hype TV video charts; and number six on the Pree Dis Top Ten chart.
In a release to the media, an excited Tifa expressed her thanks to the fans and media for their unwavering support of her work.
"This has been a great year for me career wise and I would like to thank all the fans and the media for continuously supporting my work. The best is yet to come", she said.
The feedback to Hold On has been overwhelming. The accompanying video which was directed by Ruption and shot on location in New Kingston, is riding high at music video outlets.
RDX - Jump is now Number 1 on BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Charts and in Canada on the Toronto Top 10 Dancehall & Reggae Charts (Radio Dubplate Show).
JUMP has also topped of the Charts in Jamaica, Trinidad (RED96), St. Lucia (WAVES), Guadeloupe & Martinique (Trace FM), Nikki Z's Hot 20, The Official Music video is top of the HYPE TV Video charts in Jamaica and has racked up 1.2 million views on Youtube to date.
The duo continues to heat up the streets with Broad Out their second banger for the year. New music dominating the airwaves include Pop Dance, Mad Boss, I Care Zero and the controversial WTF. Watch out for soon to be released Shining Star (Apt.19 Music), Wine It Up (Blaqk Sheep) and Party Hop (JustUs).
Jump is Distributed by Hapilos21 Digital and is available on iTunes.
While Tinga Stewart's Nuh Weh Nuh Betta Dan Yard, with its nationalistic overtones, remains one of Jamaica's most popular festival songs, the fact that there are as many Jamaicans living abroad as there are Jamaicans living in yaad (Jamaican's sentimental name for Jamaica) suggests that the realities of life may influence even the most patriotic of Jamaicans to set up shop abroad. Still, true Yaadies never forget their roots.
Though they may physically settle in a foreign land, they always maintain a strong spiritual connection to their homeland. Singer Nando Griffiths knows what it is like to live in these two worlds and this experience has provided him with the perfect platform to launch his ground-breaking debut album Yaad and Abroad on the One Jam Music label.
Yaad and Abroad is an outstanding 17-track album that has reggae and dancehall at its core but also ventures successfully into urban-pop and R&B. The album may be split into four segments: dancehall/urban-pop, lovers rock, R&B, and inspirational. This variety showcases Nando's versatility and ensures that there is something for everyone and a huge bonus for those with an eclectic taste in music. Nando appears equally at home in each genre. On the dancehall/urban pop side, his recent number one Ride All Night and his top-ten hit Look at All These Girls could easily fit into the playlists of the top club deejays across the globe.
His lovers rock tracks cement his place amongst the top contemporary reggae crooners and songs such as his current top-ten ballad My Everything and Your Love look destined to become wedding-day classics. Most top reggae artistes would be ecstatic if they had an album with the quality of the first 12 songs on Yaad and Abroad, but not Nando; he really raises the bar on his R&B tracks.
Dancehall/reggae artiste Bugle is creating waves with his latest single Don't Give Up. The song which was produced by Tru Ambassador Music has been blowing up on FM radio.
In a release to the media, Bugle highlighted the story behind the song.
"Don't Give Up is one of those positive songs telling people that no matter what the problems in your life, just stay positive, have faith and you can overcome it. Failure is just a state of mind", Bugle explained.
Don't Give Up bears a striking resemblance theme-wise to Bugle's previous hits Journeys, Blame Life and What I’m Gonna Do (Exercise).
The Daseca/Major Links recording artiste is presently in the United States shooting the video for Don't Give Up. The video is being directed by Jerome Hyde of Unplugged Multimedia.
By Marc Parc
Congratulations are in order for 2010 Miss Universe runner-up, Yendi Phillipps and Dancehall/Reggae star, Daniel 'Chino' McGregor after the popular couple welcomed their first child together over the weekend.
According to reports, Phillipps gave birth to a baby girl on September 21, with her new-born daughter weighing in at approximately 7lbs, 11 ounces. While the name of Phillipps' baby has yet to be released, sources close to her boyfriend have revealed that they are ecstatic about the birth of their first child as couple while insisting that their new daughter is in great health.
"The baby is healthy and Yendi and Chino are doing fine, they are extremely happy," one such source told online entertainment magazine, Urban Islandz.
Down Sound Recording artiste Nature returned to the number one spot with 'World Peace' this week, dethroning I-Octane from the pole position on the FIWI Choice Top Ten charts.
Nature believes that the World Peace concept is particularly relevant given the violent anti-American upheavals that convulsed cities in many parts of the Islamic world last week since the trailer of an anti-Muslim film aired on Youtube.
"When you watch CNN and Fox News, you see that it's crazy right now, several countries were having anti-US protests last week, everybody heated, it feels like we are on the verge of World War III so right now, more than ever, we need the concept of World Peace to go out there, it is something that we should all aspire towards. The song itself World Peace is still getting massive rotation, people are loving it because the World Peace concept is appealing to every nation and every religion," he said in a release.
The single, produced on the Down Sound Records imprint, has also popped up on reggae charts in Kenya, Australia and France. The video for the single peaked at #3 on the CVM Hitlist charts. It also held the pole position of the HYPE TV Top 20 charts for three weeks, and peaked at #1 on the CVM TV video charts.
Conscious reggae singer, Richie Spice, explored the depth of his musical ability with the 2011 release of his fifth studio album, the critically acclaimed Book of Job.
Rated as the most digitally sold Reggae album for 2011 by iTunes and the New York Times, Book of Job, distributed by VP Records, peaked between #1 and #4 on the Billboard Reggae Charts for a period of six months, from the date of release. Propelling the popularity of Book of Job were hits such as Black Woman, produced by Raging Fyah, Yap Yap, produced by Lenky Marsden, Legal, produced by Richie Spice, and New Day, which held down the #1 spot in Kenya and Grenada, for three months.
However, as successful as the Book of Job proved to be, Richie Spice is not one to sit on his laurels and is a firm believer in the saying, 'the best is yet to come'.
"Book of Job did well for reggae, not just for me Richie Spice. With all the talk about reggae music not having an impact, it is important to understand that there are a lot of great songs being produced by reggae singers, producers and musicians, but unfortunately these songs, for whatever reason, are not being heard. I have songs which have topped charts in Kenya and other countries in Africa, yet Jamaica hardly plays these songs. And I am sure that it is the same for a lot of other reggae artistes. But we do what we have to do and keep on putting out good, cultural, conscious music for our fans to enjoy," the usually quiet reggae singer declared.
Producer, artist and often referred to as one of Jamaica's controversial ZIP jockey "ZJ Liquid" has once again made his mark on the music scene with the release of his latest project, the "Pre-Release" riddim!
The multi awards winner, multi faceted ZJ Liquid on his H20 Records has voiced some of today's hottest dancehall artist to his hardcore dancehall. From billboard chart topping Popcaan to International dancehall star Mavado, the 14 tracks album is laced with hits. The "Pre-Release" riddim album is now available on iTunes distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.
The album features Demarco's "Gak Thing a No Problem", Delly Ranx "Waist Line Roll", Elephant Man "Yeh Yeh Yeh", I Octane "My Chargie Them", Khago "One Man", Mavado "Real N****z Do Real Things", Mr. G & Chico "Fake Friend", Ninja Kid "Get a Gal", Popcaan "Nuh Outlaw", Raine Seville "Hold & Stay" and Sizzla "Let's Party"
The riddim became an instant viral sensation and talking to the Jamaican newspaper "THE STAR", ZJ Liquid stated "A lot of people think that this rhythm is authentic dancehall material. This, for me, is a continuation of what Liquid has been doing over the years as it relates to producing music"
By Marc Parc
Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mavado might be seeking to prove that unity does exist between 'Gaza' and 'Gully' artistes after all as the self-professed Gully Gaad aims towards working with a pair of Gaza heavyweights.
According to reports, Mavado has communicated with highly acclaimed Gaza deejays, Tommy Lee and Popcaan regarding possible collaborations. A source close to entertainment website, Urban Islandz confirmed the exchanges, insisting that this move will help to encourage unity throughout the Jamaican music industry.
"The link was made through a third party and a popular producer in Jamaica…Mavado, Popcaan and Tommy Lee are the hottest artists in dancehall right now and we need unity in the industry. You never know you might just see a collab from Mavado and Kartel in the future," the source said.
"G WHIZZ", now going by his birth name GARLAND ROWE, will be releasing a brand new song "IT HURTS BEING IN LOVE" This song is produced by none other than Karl Morrison's Star Player Music Group, the same producer responsible for busy signal,s "ONE MORE NIGHT" "NIGHT SHIFT" among others, His comment on this song was "di song tun up, affi listen it again and again". I have grown and mature since I came out in 2009 with my hit song "LIFE" ON&ON, TOMORROW, NIGHT OR DAY BARTENDER among others, now this song "HURT BEING IN LOVE" show a more mature side of "G whizz" which is why me and my management team (Lloyd Campbell & Fams House Music) decided to use my birth name GARLAND ROWE as I'm set to do more songs like these, from now on
While the world was tuned to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, Dancehall Reggae Duo RDX was busy touring Europe and representing Jamaica as it celebrated 50 years of Independence.
The dynamic duo held back nothing as they gave their European fans an unforgettable performance making them Jamaicans not by nationality but by the cultural vibe that has resonated across the world over the years.
RDX documented their journey which will be done in a series to give their fans video clips, pictures and personal thoughts of the whole experience as they toured Europe and made Jamaica & themselves proud.
The following is an excerpt from the continuing story documenting the journey of Dancehall/Reggae duo RDX as they invite us on the adventure of their 2012 European Summer Tour.
Pt. 1 THE ITALIAN JOB!
"RDX kicked off their much heralded Summer Tour in Europe at Termoli in Italy with a typical RDX-charged performance in front of a bumber hard core Dancehall crowd. They were joined on stage by local dancers who felt a sense of honor to be sharing the stage with the artiste who have brought so many dancers to the forefront.
After driving for three hours to catch a plane in Napoli to their next destination, the infamous Sicily island, RDX got a glance of the various vineyards with outstretched arms across the Italian countryside with a dormant volcano in the back drop.
Singjay I-Octane has released two brand new singles and they both share one thing in common - his staunch support!
In Wah Money on the Ja Productions label he adds his voice to the poor as he chants “politician come back fi unno gun dem ... a more money fi di slum dem, ghetto youths better than big rifle, ghetto youths nuh wah fi dead... before segueing into the chorus of “The people dem wah money, di people dem need money..”
The song is another intense look at the stark reality of ghetto livity. The Digicel Brand Ambassador shows his insight into the plight of suffering youths on this one.
A while back the singjay stirred some controversy with his hugely popular ganja-loving song Puff It ... well the Good Good Productions' Bun It and Laugh could easily be dubbed part two.
In this one I-Octane doesn’t hold back his fondness for the herb that “give him a charge”. After listening the only thing to say is “gi mi di light!” Listening to the two singles there is no doubt that they have the makings to follow in the steps of their predecessors such as Lose A Friend and My Life. The videos for Wah Money and Bun It and laugh will be done by Scorpio 21 no strangers to working with him as they also did My Story, Jiggle Fi Mi and L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.
As the Jamaican community in both yaad and abroad basks in the glow of Jamaica’s record 12-medal haul at the just-concluded London 2012 Olympic Games, one Jamaican artiste has extra reason to celebrate Team Jamaica. Singer Nando Griffiths, whose song Team Jamaica (Light the Torch) served as the unofficial anthem for Team Jamaica in the weeks leading up to and during the games is overwhelmed not only by the achievements of the Jamaican team to the games but also by the reception that his Team Jamaica song received during this period.
Light the Torch was embraced by not only the Jamaican media and fans in yaad and abroad but also by the athletes themselves. Olympic gold medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake both registered their fondness for the song over social media. Radio programs in yaad and abroad “tun up” Light the Torch especially during the Olympics. The song was used by certain diaspora media to build a vibes amongst their Jamaican audience abroad that was starved of quality coverage of Jamaica’s participation in the Games. In New York for example, Irie Jam - led by Dubmaster Chris, DJ Roy, and Irwine Clare - beat out Light the Torch worse than how Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake beat up on the still-recovering Justin Gatlin to keep Jamaican fans, many of whom were frustrated by NBC's delayed coverage of the Games on TV, excited about Jamaica's participation in the Games.
Fresh from his European Tour, where he promoted his current hit singles, new materials as well as shot a music video for his latest single, Charly Blacks seems pleased with what he dubbed a successful tour.
The deejay who is currently enjoying the success of his current singles, “Claaty Again” and “Too Blessed” in Europe also had his new single, “We Found Love”, directed by Swedish videographer, Partillo.
On tour, he performed in front of more than 50,000 patrons at the annual Rurh Reggae Festival in Germany. The event also featured one of Reggae’s pioneer, Beres Hammond and dancehall giant Baby Cham. Apart from Germany, Charly Blacks also performed in Switzerland, Italy and Sweden. He enthusiastically reported, "All performances went well. The crowd love Charly Blacks and it was a pleasure for me to entertain them. Europe was a big success for me, but I have to continue this work as the journey has only just begun.” The deejay is now working on his first album, which is to be ready by March. Also on Charly Black's agenda is his annual Trelawny Fiesta, which will be kept on October 13 at the Zebra Force Lawn in the parish. The event promises to be an blissful experience.The artiste is slated to go on another European soon.
Following a brief hiatus dancehall lyricist Wasp has returned with a revamped teamed and a brand new single titled 'Hot Like Fiya'. Produced by Justus and Roach of JA Productions (2011 Producer of The Year and Rhythm of the Year winners) the single is featured on the heavily rotated Overtime Rhythm. Other acts on the compilation includes: Mavado, Beenie Man, Spragga Benz, Christopher Martin, Elephant Man and emerging stars: Khago, Spice, Blak Ryno and Navino among others.
Weeks earlier, Wasp delivered commendable performances at the Montego Bay Jerk Festival, several concerts across St. Elizabeth and the just concluded London Olympics Road Show which culminated at the Kingston Waterfront. The deejay is now preparing to release his ‘Above Average’ mixtape chronicled by DJ Dotcom and due for official premier at the end of August. The disc will contain approximately 15-25 tracks showcasing the artiste’s versatility intertwined with a series of skits and interludes and most importantly will be available free of cost.
Dancehall singjay, Wayne Marshall, has undertaken a variety of new efforts since the start of 2012. The Dancehall star recently produced a new track consisting of unique elements; a collection of hard-hitting dancehall acts for a hardcore song. He is also currently working on his upcoming album with his new family at the Marley-owned label, Ghetto Youths International.
The song, Go Hard, has gained the attention of listeners not only for the lyrics dropped on the punchy rhythm, but also the never-before-seen synergy of styles on one song. Go Hard hears the voices of fellow Ghetto Youths International compatriot, Damian Marley, alongside Sizzla, Assassin, Aidonia, I-Octane, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel. According to Jamaican DJ, DJ Nicco, “the song sick….it shows that Wayne Marshall is able to promote and make unity possible in the Dancehall scene.”
Internationally acclaimed DJ, Gee Fus, says “Mi like it,” when asked to address the new single. He continued expressing that, “the song a guh hard for real…give you an old school vibe…the freestyling makes you feel like you’re at a stage show and the mic a pass roun’….yeah man, it bad!”
Since his performance at the 2012 staging of Reggae Sumfest in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica, Shabba Ranks has been on fire in the performance arena, and in the recording arena.
Teaming up with one of Jamaica’s hottest younger generation producers, Calibud (Son of legendary producer Bobby ‘Digital B’ Dixon), Shabba recently returned to the studio to record the powerful song “War.”
Performed on the rebuilt riddim used to back Bob Marley’s song of the same name, Emperor Shabba Ranks denounces war of all types including psychological and physical, and appeals to the powers that be to keep the war away from his people. Turning to his community, Shabba calls for us to unite in order that his people to be uplifted. Using the song’s punch line to emphasize his point, Shabba simply asks “Ah who win the war; the police in the jeep or the soldiers in armored cars?”
Young and upcoming Dancehall artiste and producer of the Jamaican hit movie 'Concrete Jungle' Badd Indyan, has now decided to put all his focus and energy in his music, and with his new style of flow/delivery and his vigorous lyrical content in the game he now unveils a smother calmer and affectionate side in his newest single 'Motion Love' produced by Kimichi Records on the Summer Skies riddim. Now going by the name Hin-Dyann, he said that the change of name will help him to unlock and explore a more positive and creative energy that will take him to new heights.
Check out his latest single MOTION LOVE in the link below;
Fast rising dancehall star, Tommy Lee has remixed his hit song, Psycho escalating the Olympic fever.The overnight sensation has been getting tremendous feedback from his massive online fan base as the song leaked online. The track titled, Bolt Psycho Remix is solely dedicated to the fastest man on the planet. The lyrics describe the insanity of the Olympic record holder's phenomenal talent.
"Usain Bolt you a run from yu heart, with bay badness backa dat" , Tommy Lee rhymes on the new remix. The artiste is elated to be able to pay tribute to his favorite track star with his current hit track.
"Bolt is a true champion you zi mi, so we have to highlight him, a bay badness him a deal with on the track." Tommy continued to say that Team Jamaica was representing on the international stage extremely well especially being a small island. A second remix for the team was done to commend their success via the chart topper, Some Bwoy. The official videos for both songs directed by Omar "Celebrity" Aldana of Heavy Films have been edited to convey the Olympic excitement.
Dynamic Duo RDX has always managed to keep their fans and music lovers breathless with their high tempo music and energy filled entertainment. Since their explosion on the scene with mega hit "Bend Over", they instantly followed with more hits such as "Dance", "Everybody Dance", "Daggering" and summer party anthem "Summer Slap Weh" amongst others, the group has always gone beyond the call of their musical duties to not just deliver music but also entertain.
RDX has added another hit song to their collection. Their single JUMP released a little over two months ago has been in heavy rotation and with the release of the video has only added more fuel to the top of the charts.
JUMP has become RDX's 6th chart topping single and is now according to several of Jamaica's entertainment charts, the number one song and video. The "Jump" video has collectively acquired over 1 million views on YouTube and is also climbing the international charts. The single jump distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos is available on iTunes.
RDX "Summa Slap Weh Tour" will be heading to Europe this August with stops in Italy, France and Germany and gracing festivals such as Ostrada (Poland), Rototom (Spain) and Sodueste (Portugal).
Stay updated for more dates and venues by logging on to their various social network sites.
Jamaican dancehall duo Voice Mail which comprises Craig Jackson and Kevin Blair has hit pay dirt with the single Clap it Up which is featured on the Washroom Entertainment label's Poolside rhythm project.
Clap it Up has been creating waves on the dancehall circuit. The single has crept up two places to number eight on the Entertainment Report (ER) Top Ten Singles chart which airs on Television Jamaica (TVJ).
In a release to the media, Jackson revealed that the duo plans to release a video to capitalize on the momentum of the song's success.
"We are getting ready to shoot the video for Clap it Up within the next two weeks. The song has been doing well and the fans seem to love this track. We have other videos in the pipeline so the fans can look out for them", said Jackson.
Upcoming videos include Party Commander and the Coalition Medley.
D'Angel returns home after her remarkably performance in Chicago at the IRAWMA Awards where she was nominated for Female Rapper/Dj of the year.
She returns to the delightful news of winning the MIA Awards for Female Singjay of the Year for a second time.
At the recent Ochi Invasion Concert D'Angel gave a spectacular performance which shows a more mature side of the artiste who had 100% control of the audience. Overall she was well received and she could have done nothing wrong for the massive that turned out.
D'Angel also recently inked a management deal with the prestigious JamYen Entertainment. With this new and positive move her career will definitely soar to higher heights… D'Angel is on the right track.
The Dancehall Diva is presently receiving heavy rotation for her fast rising hit single "Cost Yuh" produced by Sounique Records ... look out for the video coming soon and other projects from Good Good Production and UIM Records.
Sumfest 2011 for I-Octane was a special one for both he and his fans as the artiste literally almost set the venue afire!
This year, he's back and just what will happen … that’s left to be seen on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex in Montego Bay.
The artiste has been blazing a trail leading up to the big night by his dominance on the local charts.
Last week at the Music Industry Awards the Digicel Brand Ambassador copped two awards - Singjay of the Year and Prince of Reggae.
At the 2012 staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) I-Octane beat out tough acts such as Tarrus Riley, Capleton, Luciano, Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica to to cop the award for Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer.
"I have worked really really hard and the awards are like of acknowledgement of what I was doing,” the singjay said about the accolades.
Commenting on his upcoming Sumfest performance he said he can’t wait. “Trust me, I think I have matured a whole lot more over the past year and I am eager to show my fans that. They can expect something really special from me,” he said.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Highly acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mavado seems to be adding to his already credible international repertoire as he's reportedly teamed up with one of hip-hop music's leading producers.
According to reports, Mavado, who's a member of the Cash Money Records umbrella via DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group, has joined forces with Pharrell Williams to record some new material. Williams remains renowned for producing several classics such as Grindin by Clipse, I'm A Slave For You by Britney Spears and Hot In Herre by Nelly while collaborating with other international megastars such as Madonna, Shakira and Jay-Z.
The self-professed Gully Gaad tweeted a photo of himself in studio with Pharrell and fellow N.E.R.D producer, Chad Hugo.
This news comes as Mavado has been working on an upcoming mixtape as well as his third studio album which is slated for release later this year. His previous two releases were Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks in 2007 and Mr. Brooks: A Better Tomorrow two years later.
Since joining We The Best Music Group last summer, Mavado has collaborated with several international acts such as Akon (Survivor), Ace Hood (Emergency) while releasing singles such as Soulja Girl.
Red Stripe endorses Beenie's Summer is Here single
Ace producer Mario C continues to wage a musical assault on modern dancehall with two hot songs for the summer.
He has collaborated with dancehall kingpin Beenie Man on two productions, namely Wine and Summer is Here.
Wine which features sound system selector turned artiste Boom Boom, is one of the tracks off Mario C's Drum Corps rhythm project. It is arguably one of the hottest 'girls' tunes of the summer. The song is currently riding most local charts.
The follow up to Wine is the track Summer is Here which has been endorsed by beer giant Red Stripe for its summer campaign. The song has been creating waves in the island and the accompanying music video is to be released this weekend. The clip was directed by Ras Tingle and Nahsera.
Singjay and Digicel Brand Ambassador I-Octane is eagerly anticipating the climax of his tour which saw him making stops in places such as Canada, parts of Europe and in the United States.
It has been a busy season for the artiste with some impressive achievements under his belt. Not the least of which being four number one songs since the start of the year - Burn Dem Bridge, LOVE YOU, Jiggle Fi Me and Love Di Vibe.
Topping the charts has not been the only accomplishment for the artiste he has also signed a two year contract with Guinness for the Caribbean; he has represented the Digicel brand so well that he also resigned on for the second year straight.
With slow sales of reggae albums generally I-Octane managed to penetrate the lazy market with his debut album Crying To The Nation earning rave reviews in the process from music industry magazines Vibe, MTV Iggy and The New York Times. It also premiered in the number 7 position on Billboard Reggae Chart.
The Artiste anticipating Birthday party, Sumfest, Dream Weekend & more!
Deejay Popcaan blazed through a successful two week tour of Europe, with back-to-back performances that thrilled his existing fan base and garnered him a number of new fans.
His first tour of the continent as a headline act Popcaan, real name Andrae Sutherland, went above and beyond to please the packed crowds at each venue. Kicking off the tour in Lisbon Portugal, the deejay travelled to Norway then Sweden and ended his European trip in France.
He commented, "It was overwhelming to see the crowds at the venues, they sing along and really enjoy the music. The response is great for old and new hits and even very new songs like Fry Yiy and When Mi Party."
For the deejay one of the most entertaining and memorable moments of the tour was the show in Paris. "It was a real mix of French fans and French Caribbean fans and the line after the show for photos was really long. Also in Paris I got a chance to see the Eiffel Tower and vibe at a street party," he explained.
Last night (Sun. June 24), reggae sensation Gyptian performed to thousands of screaming fans at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend held in East London. Europe's largest free music festival drew in an estimated crowd of 100,000 fans and featured acts including Jay-Z, Kanye West, MIA, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Rihanna and NAS. Nigerian rapper Ice Prince also joined Gyptian on stage to perform his remix of "Magician."
Check out Gyptian's explosive performance of "Hold You" on BBC 1xtra's Stage: CLICK HERE
Two days prior to his performance, Gyptian debuted his latest single "Overtime," off the juggling-riddim by the same name - produced by Justus. Listen to Gyptian's mp3 "Overtime" premiere on The Fader CLICK HERE.
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"Overtime" is exclusively available on this year's 20th Anniversary Edition of Reggae Gold (out tomorrow June 26) and one of the four newly commissioned songs off the compilation.
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SUMMER OF STEIN
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Jamaican artist Stein, formerly Einstein, takes on U.S. audiences this summer, and is achieving great success with a slew of current hit singles. With three of his new tracks gaining airplay on New York's HOT97, participating in a Russell Simmons-lead school tour, releasing his first single under his own record label, and preparing his debut album, it is truly the summer of Stein.
Emerging in 2007, Stein made a name in the dancehall game as a prolific lyricist, penning tunes that both entertained and provoked. He has also inked several hits for dancehall giants Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Initially spewing hardcore lyrics, Stein's current sounds have evolved with more global content, style and appeal.
"It is summer time year round in Jamaica and dancehall music was originally about partying, having fun and enjoying the vibes," reveals Stein. "I'm capturing that timeless, international flavor of dancehall music in my current singles, and I hope my longtime fans and new ones can enjoy themselves, in and out of the dance halls."
Working with the top producers in Jamaica adds unique flavor and flair to each of Stein's current singles, most of which are being played on radio in Jamaica and on reggae specialty programming worldwide. Three of his singles are currently garnering coveted airplay on U.S. urban radio authority, HOT97 in New York City, played by Massive B's Bobby Konders. The three hit tracks are "Shell Dung The Party" (Chimney Records), "Visa Buddy" and "Again & Again" (Cashflow Records).
22-year-old Jamaican singer-songwriter Romain Virgo hits the road on a whirlwind tour stretching across California, Oregon and Washington throughout the rest of June and July. In support of his critically acclaimed album The System, Virgo will perform at a variety of club venues with fellow artists Perfect and Prince Allah as well as major festivals - including Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae on The River and Bridge City Music Festival. See Romain Virgo's full tour schedule below and check www.facebook.com/RomainVirgo for most up-to-date information.
Since its May 8 release, Romain Virgo's The System (VP Records) has remained at the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart - where it debuted at #6. Virgo's second album has been so well-received within the Jamaican diaspora that his recent album launch concert - held on May 30 in Kingston, Jamaica at the Emancipation Park - drew in a massive crowd of nearly 2000 people along with major sponsors like Red Bull, Pepsi and Digicel.
Critics continue to rave about The System - calling Virgo's
music "striking" (Washington Post), "high-quality" (BBC) and "so present, so affecting" (New York Times). In a recent article, Billboard describes Virgo as "a leading light among a new generation of roots reggae stars" and mentions how he has chosen "empowering messages over misogynistic and violent lyrics, intricately textured one-drop rhythms instead of frenetic digital beats...and found an appreciative, multi-generational audience."
Gothic Dancehall star, Tommy Lee has been having much success on his first tour. Since his arrival in the UK the artiste has been the talk of the town. Tickets for the first two shows on the, Gaza Man Crazy No We Insane Tour have been sold out. Due to the overwhelming demand, arrangements are now being made to add new shows to the line up.
His debut performance was at Club Da Boss in London to a packed house where he performed over twenty tracks. His impressive catalogue exceeded expectations, creating a frenzy with his hits, Some Bwoy and Psycho. Earlier he replicated the excitement with a dynamic set in Liverpool. His next event is scheduled for Wolverhampton on June 22nd.
Tommy Lee is proving to be a force to be reckoned with as much anticipation surrounds the future of his career. His spanking new release Lyrical Bomber, has been creating quite a stir, receiving an abundance of airplay. The track is produced by Head Concussion Records', Tarik "Russian" Johnston and is available on I-Tunes via 21st Hapilos. Other new releases include Informer with Vybz Kartel, Step Like Death with Popcaan, Life We Live with Blak Diamon and Gal U Eva Clean on the Coolie Gal Riddim. The brand new mix tape titled, Psycho will be released in a few weeks.
Fresh from their U.S. promotional tour, the duo are ready to promote their new single 'Gyal A Wine'. The high energy summer party song is definitely one for the ladies. The song was given its energetic, party feel by Cutty of the popular dancehall sound Coppershot while JR Productions' new-comer and son of Junior Reid, Juju Blood brought his own flavour to the track.
"The song came about after Blade from Social Yaad linked me to say he had a ‘riddim’ he wanted us to voice on," said Wada Blood, "I listened to the 'riddim' and right away we found the song just like that, no pen no paper”.
The track has already been receiving airplay from disc Jocks locally and internationally and was premiered in New York City by DJ Norie on Power105fm. The music video for 'Gyal A Wine' is set to be shot in the coming week.
Andrew and Wada Blood are currently in the studio working on their new summer singles with producers such as Elvis of sounique Records, Don Corleone Records and Live-Up Records.
ZJ Sparks aka “D’ Wild Child” from ZIP103 FM is set to take over and unleash her wrath on the Pearl Banquet Hall on June 16th in Toronto Canada for the “11th Annual Appleton All White Affair".
Sparks will be the first Jamaican female to represent this special life-style event that is geared towards those who shape the flavour of the reggae party scene in Canada. Known for her high energy and infectious selections, Sparks promised to have patrons drenched in sweat and craving for more. She will also be accompanied by Jamaica's "party animal" DJ Kurt Riley and other top selectors from Toronto and New York.
Resurgent deejay Ninja Kid is the latest member of the dancehall fraternity to be featured in an international magazine. The Jamaican entertainer whose given name is Ojukwu Simpson is featured in the June issue of Canada’s very popular L3 Magazine. [VIEW MAGAZINE]
In the three page spread chronicled by Tricia Spence, Kid talks about his formidable years in the 90s, how he got his break and working with some of the industry’s current icons to his present reinvention.
Currently a nominee for this years’ 'Comeback Artiste Of The Year' at the 2012 Music Industry Achievers awards, Kid is very pleased with the state of his career and has been working assiduously with his management to raise his profile.
"I try to record several songs weekly because this is a very competitive industry and you have to have a strategy to stay ahead of the game if you want to rise to the top." He explained.
Since returning to the scene Ninja Kid has released five music videos namely: 'Menke', 'Have Nuh Gal Like We / Tongue Ring Shot', 'Dem' featuring Markus Myrie and his Summer offering 'Look Pon Duh Gal Deh'. Plans are also in motion to shoot videos for his current singles 'Stushy Stushy' on the Mattrass Riddim and 'Gal Bubble' with Mr. Vegas.
Meanwhile, Kid will headline Guinness Club Hamma scheduled for June 29th on the front lawn of Hotel Versalles, May Pen.
By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mr. Vegas has scored another spot on the American Billboard charts with his latest project, Sweet Jamaica.
The much talked about double album earned the seventh slot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Charts after its official release on May 29. This achievement marks Vegas' four