Archive | March, 2012


Tiana scores again, secures two IRAWMA nominations

The growing international reputation of prominent Dancehall star, Tiana continues to be enhanced as the budding singjay has copped two more award nominations.

The ‘Princess of Dancehall,’ who was recently nominated for two honours at the Carivibez Video Web Awards, has struck similar notice from the International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), who have named her in a pair of categories for this summer’s event.

Recognized for her stellar year in 2011, Tiana earned a nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, where she goes against fellow Dancehall/Reggae divas, Ce’Cile, Etana, Queen Ifrica and veteran, Marcia Griffiths as well as Nkulee Dube, the daughter of late South African singer, Lucky Dube.

Additionally, Tiana was nominated for Best New Entertainer as she competes against artistes from varios genres such as the aforementioned Dube, J-Boog, Protoje and Laza Morgan.

These latest achievement further emphasizes the strength of her emergence as a top level artiste in this, her second year as a major mainstream act. Recently, Tiana released a captivating medley video for her fiery singles, Me Nuh Fear Yuh (D&H/Subkonshus) and Real Bad Gyal (Cashflow Records). Furthermore, the breakthrough sensation released her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall via iTunes. The nine track EP, distributed by Johnny Wonder and 21st Hapilos, features hits such as Bruk Out and Whine as well as Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Meanwhile, this year’s IRAWMA ceremony features four nominations for Mavado including Best Male Disc Jockey and Best Crossover Song (Delilah). Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Freddy McGregor, Gentleman, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, I-Octane, Nkulee Dube, The Green, Richie Spice, Kes the Band, Protoje, Alison Hinds, Machel Montano and Calypso Rose.

Among the other international nominees are Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Shakira, Pit Bull, Enrique Iglesias, Collie Buddz, Popcaan, Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Adventura, Matis Yahu, Third World, etc…

The 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards will take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Dancehall music blamed for violent behavior of youths in Antigua

Several times in the past, critics have pointed the proverbial finger at Dancehall music for the growing ills in society. However, it’s not just in Jamaica where that blame game’s being played.

In Antigua, there has been a recent trend of violent behavior amongst young people, with two school stabbings in two days and a brawl at a local comprehensive school earlier this month. There’s been growing concern and outrage about these incidents and with that in mind, one Antiguan woman has put the blame squarely on Dancehall music for triggering these occurrences.

In a letter to the editor issued to local newspaper, the Antigua Observer, Mary John asked the question of why her country has allowed Jamaica’s most popular genre to take over and influence their society.

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Beenie Man to perform alongside Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will play a major role in promoting Nicki Minaj’s album on the day of its release as he looks set to take New York by storm.

Beenie will perform alongside the Trinidadian-American hip-hop diva on stage during this coming Monday’s episode of BET’s 106 & Park. The duo will be performing their hit collaboration, Gunshot from Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will hit stores the following day.

This marks Beenie Man’s first performance in the United States since re-acquiring his visa last year. Despite the long wait to perform in America, the ‘King of the Dancehall’ believes that his international reputation has continued to elevate, regardless of that setback.

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Mp3: Gyptian – All Night (Raw) – Sexxx Tape Riddim

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Mp3: Lady Saw – Mr Short Cummings – Sexxx Tape Riddim

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Mp3: Munga – We Bad – Area 51 Riddim

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Mixtape: KALIBANDULIU – Brand New Collection Mixcd Vol.27 March 2012 Edition

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Jamaican film maker debuts her own Bob Marley documentary

With the highly anticipated debut of Marley set for next month, a Jamaican filmmaker has decided to unveil her own film about the iconic Reggae superstar.

Long time actress and photographer, Esther Anderson has unveiled her own movie, The Musical Documentary – Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend.  The film, which she’s currently promoting in Barbados, features never-before-seen footage, in black and white, of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Anderson hailed as a minority shareholder and co-founder of Island Records, the label where Bob Marley established himself as a dominant force in Reggae music. In the 1960s, Anderson helped to launch the international careers of local singers such as Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff.

In 1972, Anderson met Bob Marley in New York after she starred in the film, A Warm December alongside prominent Bahamian-American actor, Sidney Pottier. Marley then asked Anderson to help promote him and his band as they looked to establish themselves as household names. Anderson agreed and returned to Jamaica where she helped launch Bob Marley and the Wailers, rehearsed them, photographed them and filmed their early progress.

Reportedly, Anderson also collaborated with Marley on his internationally acclaimed hits, Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff. Furthermore, her picture of Bob Marley smoking marijuana became the cover for the Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Catch A Fire.



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Romain Virgo to drop sophomore album in May

Prominent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo’s upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010, via VP Records.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person.

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Selectress Mika Raguaa – Sunny Friday Sound System

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In January 2010 Mika was allowed to join first time a line-up in one of the biggest Reggae Clubs in Germany. In Yaam (Berlin) she was allowed to present her powerful Selection to the crowd.

In February 2010, together with the 2nd Birthday of the stage-experience of the Sound, she was joining the Charity Mixtape “Love I Promote – vibes for Haiti” in cooperation with DJ Mess (Ghetto Youths, Slovakia) and D-One (Jam Masters and Herb-A-Lize-it, Netherlands). The Mixtape was hosted by the famous producer
and Soundbwoy Bobby Konders (Massive B, New York – USA). In May 2010 she released together with DJ Baccha from Soca Revolution Sound (Sweden) the Soca Mixtape “Europe gwaan Mad” – Fantastic Flamingos Vol. 3”. This Combination is part of di Berlin Carnival Mixtape-Series to promote Soca Music all over Germany.

Selectress Mika established herself in the German Soundsystem Scene and continued her work on new Selections and some new vibes. The interest of seeing a Girl juggling and MCing same time was growing and so she was allowed to join Yaam in May 2010 again and played together with “The Mighty Pow Pow Movement (Cologne, Germany)” the most famous Soundsystem in Europe.

In June 2010 she had her first performance in the Netherlands together with Champion Sound (UK), DJ Spice (TnT, Grenada, NL) and other DJs with Caribbean origins – a real honor for her.
At Reggaejam Festival Bersenbrück (North Germany) she was allowed to mash up the camp side at the Mash up di place Crew tent. She took her chance and played 10 hours without a break at one day only for entertain the guests of the festival. In August 2010 Selectress Mika had the possibility to play in the Netherlands at DJ Bootleg Café (Rotterdam) back again. At her Birthday on the 31st of August 2k10 she celebrates a big Birthday Bashment at Calabash Club (Berlin) together with Red Sun (Universal Strugglaz, Berlin), Count Shortleg (SWS, Berlin) and Avalanche Sound (Meißen/Leipzig). On this date, her new Mixtape “Acoustic Melody Reloaded” has its official release. The love to acoustic vibes shall be heard in the double Mixtape. Her whole love and passion inside. A review of the special Mixtape followed in December 2010 in the german “Riddim Magazine”.

Since beginning of September 2010, Mika established a Radio Show on the dutch-caribbean online-radio station to promote especially Soca Music in Europe and all over. The recorded  Live-Juggling Sessions are showing strictly soca vibes in topical Sessions. Every Saturday (from 4-6 pm European time) people from all over the world tune into the radio show to enjoy her selections. The Radio Show is streamin in the meantime on 3 different Online Radio Stations – mostly in Germany, Austria,  Netherlands and USA/New York. The Podcast of the radio show is possible to download from the website as well.

In Summer 2011 Mika was invited to macedonias first Reggae Festival “BIG UP SKOPJE” and joined the big Road Trip to the other side of Europe. The Tour continued in Spain while she was performing in Benicassìm at “Rototom Sun Beach”, in Valencia at “Alaquas Reggae Fest” und at Global Reggae Bar – Ibiza. In Valencia she really entertained the massive with her spanish MCing.

In October 2011 Mika Raguaa released the special Sunny Friday Mixtape “Run For Cover”, to show people that are not really into really into Reggae Music – and of course also aimers of conscious lovers styles, that reggae cover songs from all times still can bring the vibes around. Also Riddim Magazine Germany released in December 2011 a nice review about the mix and the “jugglin Ladywonder”.

The year 2011 was ending next to loads of cooperations with Soundsystems and Artists, with the friendly “People’s Choice Contest” at Backstage in Munich. There Mika was performing against local heroes Soulshake (Munich), Iniman vom Caveman Sound (Jamaica) and DJ Goodman (Spin dem Sound Ya!, Paris/Barcelona) to get finally the People’s Choice 2011 of Bavaria!
As an upcoming Selectress, the 26 years old girl has the ambitions to continue national and international cooperations in 2012 and let as many people know more about the Caribbean Culture. Like she did on loads of national and international performances already :)

As an upcoming Media Scientist she is also doing researches about the  communication between Soundsystems and the audience of Caribbean Parties in Germany. For the year 2011 many big performances are already planned. Be prepared for the one gyal show wonder from east germany!

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