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Mp3: Masicka-Same-Way

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Mp3: Bunji Garlin – Pat Yuh Drum (Smash Remix)

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Bunji Garlin – Pat Yuh Drum (Smash Remix)
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Mp3: Ishawna Ft. Busy Signal – Do It

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Mp3: Busy Signal – UP

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Mp3: Masicka – Same Way

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Mp3: Vybz Kartel Ft. Fiona Robinson – Anytime

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Reggae Sumfest 2014 Review: Festival shines as quality performances, large crowds are fixtures of this year’s show

There is a reason why Summerfest Promotions calls Reggae Sumfest the ‘Greatest Reggae show on Earth,’ as the show consistently puts on a slew of quality performances and eye-popping moments that get music lovers this year.

Once again, that standard was met as organizers found the right fits for each night of their week-long festival. Many established and emerging names graced the stage, as well as some international acts who won over a new section of fans after gracing the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Each year, this humble writer drops a review analyzing the happenings at Reggae Sumfest. This year, however, the review takes on a slightly different form as highlights and lowlights (though there weren’t many this year) at this year’s show as well as assessing grades overall for the nights in question. Here we go:


                                                                                                               Dancehall Night

Aidonia Reggae Sumfest 2014

Looking like a real general on stage, Aidonia gives one of the better performances on the night at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Perhaps the biggest highlight on this night wasn’t the performances, but the crowd that came to witness them. Over 25,000 patrons filled Catherine Hall last Thursday for Sumfest’s Dancehall Night, one of the biggest crowds in the show’s 22-year history. They set the tone for an energetic and fun-filled night which provided many solid performances from the best in the genre.

Highlights – There were many to choose from on this night, including Spice, who kept up her tradition of out-of-the-ordinary performances by donning her new male alter-ego while performing, Like a Man.

Ninja Man was also a hit, performing many of his classic songs while engaging in a friendly lyrical clash with his Downsound Records label mate, Specialist, which was well-received by the crowd. Gage stood composed, yet brimming with energy as he performed in front of his hometown crowd, who gave him many forwards; Aidonia gave a strong performance clad in an armed forces-like suit, and even peered through security in attempt to gauge more interest from the fans, a tactic that worked well.

Baby Tash called a lucky male fan on stage for a lap dance, Tifa performed a slew of covers to a solid reception and Assassin was fluent in delivering several hit Dancehall and Reggae songs from his lengthy catalogue.


Bounty Killer Reggae Sumfest 2014

Bounty Killer is in no joking mood as he talks about the state of Dancehall during his set at Reggae Sumfest 2014

However, the heaviest hitters on the night were Mr. Vegas, who, decked out in a suit and retro boots, performed hits such as I Am Blessed and Man a Gallis before bringing on veteran deejay, Wickerman,as well as protégé, Latty J for an entertaining rendition of their new single, Who Rule. Bounty Killer was in typical militant mode during his set, questioning the morality of Dancehall while taking a few shots at his former protégé, Mavado. I-Octane, who closed Dancehall Night for the second straight year, followed suit, cheekily remixing his chart-topper, Gyal a Gimme Bun to call out Mr. Vegas, who he has had issues with since last Sumfest, by implying Vegas performs oral sex on women. Safe to say, the disagreements between these two aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, but it certainly makes for great entertainment as it did on this night.

Lowlights – Much was expected of Dancehall’s rising star, Alkaline, who was performing at Sumfest for the first time as a main event act given the acclaim and hype surrounding him over the last year. However, his performance left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, performing hits such as 1-2-3 and On and On. But throughout the set, it seemed like, to use one of his song titles, he would have to ‘Move Mountains’ to get the crowd to react to much of his set, with the reception lukewarm at best. Whether it was the Montego crowd’s way of supporting hometown boys, Tommy Lee and Gage, who Alkaline has had issues with in recent times, or their lack of familiarity with his songs, we don’t know, but his performance just failed to click like a faulty mouse on this occasion.


Overall Grade: A-


                                                                                                                  International Night 1

Chronixx Reggae Sumfest 2014

Chronixx is feeling the vibe as he gives a stellar performance on Internaitonal Night 1

Arguably the best night of the lot, International Night 1 provided high energy and positive vibes throughout, with Reggae star, Chronixx the star of the show on this night. He performed a plethora of his hits such as Start a Fire, Smile Jamaica, Here Comes Trouble, amongst others. But he also took time to address the contrasts and similarities between Dancehall and Reggae music, suggesting neither are whole without the other.

“You know how dancehall came about? Because radio stations wouldn’t play the foundation artistes songs. So they created their own space to promote and enjoy their music,” he said, educating the audience on how the two genres are forever intertwined. He received some of the loudest ovations on the night – including when he brought out Protoje to perform their joint single, Who Knows – superseding the set he gave at his Sumfest debut last year.

The Montego Bay crowd again showed love to their home acts as former Digicel Rising Stars winner, Shuga, Nature and Jah Cure all received strong praise from the home fans, singing hits such as Soul to Jah, Revolution Sound and Unconditional Love respectively.

International Night 1 highlights

Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks and Wiz Khalifa lived up to the expectations as international acts while Beenie Man brought a fine close to the show.

The international acts were spot on with their performances as Wiz Khalifa got the crowd moving to hits such as Taylor Gang and Black and Yellow while Jason Derulo had the ladies excited throughout, performing In My Head and Riding Solo, among other songs to screams and cheers from the crowd before bringing on former American Idol winner and significant other, Jordin Sparks to perform Vertigo and her collaborative single with Chris BrownNo Air..

Beenie Man closed the show at sunrise with a trademark performance as he performed several of his classics as well as newer material and used some of his set to pay tribute to incarcerated Reggae superstar, Buju Banton, who celebrated his birthday during Sumfest. Overall, the night went without a hitch and put pressure on the performers on International Night 2 to try and put on a better show.

Lowlights - None


Overall Grade: A




                                                                                                       International Night 2


Tessanne Chin Reggae Sumfest 2014

Tessanne rocked her suit well, taking fans on memory lane during her set

Highlights – This night belonged to two crossover Jamaican stars who were welcomed home with open arms and reminded the locals of how they managed to attain their success. Tessanne Chin surprised patrons, donning a black tux and bow tie for her set. But like her outfit, the performance was very sharp, delving into songs from her recently-released major label debut album, Count on My Love, including Heaven Knows, Tumbling Down and Everything Reminds Me of You as well as her classic, Hideaway, which garnered very positive reactions from the crowd.

After 10 years away from the Sumfest stage, Sean Paul was glad to be back at a major Jamaican stage show, and his female fans were certainly happy as they scream and shouted to no end. Also donning a suit, he performed classics such as Gimme The Light, Get Busy and Hot Gal Today as he reingratiated himself with his Dancehall fan base.

His performance preceded Reggae legend, Freddie McGregor who closed the show in fine fashion with hits such as Big Ship Sailing, Don’t Wanna Be Lonely and many more, while also being honoured by show organizers for his vast contributions to the Jamaican music industry, over four decades worth to be exact.

Rap star, Future also found favour with the locals, donning a Jamaica t-shirt as he belted out hits such as Get Lucky and had them participating at every turn. Not a bad way to try and win over a typically demanding fan base.


Lowlights – For all the thrills delivered on the night, there was one spill that nearly ruined a part of the show as Reggae crooner, Sanchez furiously walked off stage due to ongoing sound issues during his first set at Sumfest in several years.

The sound quality in the opening minutes of his performance was spotty at best and frustrated him to the point he constantly asked soundmen to fix his microphone before temporarily leaving the stage until the problem was fixed. After a few minutes, Sanchez returned and managed to salvage his set somewhat, but you hate when things like this happen at major stage shows, especially to a decorated entertainer who has always been meticulous about his performances. A good effort on his part to deliver for the crowd nonetheless.


Overall Grade: B+


Sean Paul Reggae Sumfest 2014

Sean Paul’s return to Sumfest was met with much approval as he gave just under an hour or classics and newer material to his local fans.

All in all, Reggae Sumfest 2014 was a great success, considering the crowd, quality of performances and the right blend of overseas flavour added to the show. The show was missing top names like Damian Marley, Lady Saw and Sizzla, but didn’t take away from what should go down as one of the best and smoothsts Sumfests in recent memory.


Overall Grade for Reggae Sumfest 2014: A-

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Reggae Dubstep version of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis



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Mp3: Jah Vinci Ft. Beenie Man – Don Of All Dons

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Mp3: Dre Island – Hide Away – 7ven Riddim

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New Artist Spotlight: Sade Serena – “Me & My Broken Heart” – @sadeserena


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Mp3: Demarco – “Fulla Gyal” (Kick Dem Records)


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New Artist Spotlight : Chudney J ft Mavado “Yuh Nuh Ready”


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Mp3: Cecile Ft. Patexx – Me Have It

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Beenie Man says he IS Dancehall

Beenie Man stops by the morning show and talks about his new project, and the current status of Dancehall music.

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Beenie Man fires back at Elephant Man

Beenie Man 2014The war of words is heating up between Dancehall stalwarts, Beenie Man and Elephant Man as the ‘King of the Dancehall’ has issued a blunt retort following a rant the ‘Energy God’ made following Beenie’s recent interview on HOT 97.

The interview, done several weeks ago, focused mainly on the state of Dancehall today. Speaking with Cipha Sounds and Peter RosenbergBeenie Man called out several artists, including Cham, Mr. Vegas and Sean Paul, questioning the consistency of Cham and Vegas while saying Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots.’”

His comments on Elephant Man however, were particularly strong, telling the American hip-hop station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

Those comments drew the ire of the Pon Di River singer, who accused Beenie of damaging Dancehall’s reputation internationally with his comments, not grooming young artists and being jealous of other entertainers.

In an interview published on one876entertainment.com on ThursdayBeenie held nothing back.

“Elephant is looking a hype because he is not hot but I have no beef with him,” he said. If Ele want to buss back come we sit down and plan a strategy but don’t run to media and smear my name for a hype. Elephant cannot name an artist that him buss, who is that artist? I can honestly say that all the artistes in Shocking Vibes was highlighted because of Beenie Man, I helped to nurture their careers, and we built a powerful camp.”

He also claimed that Elephant Man’s career was in steep decline, reiterating his point on HOT 97 that the deejay has not had a hit song in years.

“Let’s talk about hit songs. I have one of the hottest singles in the dance and on radio at the present moment - My life so Happy,” he said. “Plus Hottest Man Alive is a must play song in every dance every night in any dancehall setting across the world. Ask Ele to name his hot song? Who produced it and where is it playing?”

Furthermore, Beenie took shots at Elephant Man’s lifestyle and questioned his sexual orientation, making reference to a rumor that came out last year claiming the ‘Energy God’ was in a pool with several men at his home, a rumor he later refuted and threatened to sue over.

“Who nah no house on the hill? Elephant must not talk things he doesn’t know. Cause when I stand on my balcony I can see his rainbow colored house – a sore sight for the community,” he said.

“Elephant no fi talk bout mi hair and my teeth, him love man? A no me dem catch in a pool naked with a bag a man.”

Beenie Man is reportedly in the U.S. on tour while Elephant Man is touring in Europe.

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Alongside Mad Cobra, Agent Sasco & More, Don Dem Pays Homage to 90′s Dancehall Era on “Galang Riddim”


Yet another hit bound single from Don Dem Entertainment camp!!! Still receiving rave reviews for their “Dem Nuh Real” produced by famed Armzhouse Records, Don Dem is being featured on the nostalgic 90′s dancehall era “Galang Riddim” build by D&H and produced by French based Galang Records.

The single features Don Dem members Bob Di Builda and Kirk Diamond. “It was really nice to see our name alongside some of the other artists to which Im a fan of their previous work” states Kirk.

“Galang Riddim” features the iconic Mad Cobra alongside a new generation of established artists such as Agent Sasco a.k.a Assassin, Charly Black, Gappy Ranks and Don Dem, the upcoming superstars!!! “Galang Riddim” will be available on July 3rd, 2014 via www.GalangRecords.com

Don Dem will be performing in Kingston, Jamaica at the July 10th, 4th staging of the M.I.A Awards. Kirk will then prepare to head out to Europe for an eagerly anticipated performance at U.K’s number 1 Reggae Festival “One Love Festival” and media tour.

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The #DancehallNation After Hours Podcast With LADY SAW (S1 EP.1)

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Mp3: Tommy Lee Sparta – Nymphomaniac

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Mp3: Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing

Mp3: Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing

iTunes (UK): http://smarturl.it/EasyToLoveUK

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UK Release Date: 6/16/2014

US Release Date: 7/1/2014

Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.

The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.” WATCH “Easy To Love” video.

Maxi’s been tugging on women’s heartstrings ever since the mid-80′s. New and long-term fans alike will relish hearing irresistible tributes of enduring affection like “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday,” “Still In Love,” and “Gravity.” The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

There are many more highlights on Easy To Love. While “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another, other tracks like “Fire In The Skies” simply defy categorization and are living proof of Maxi Priest’s musical versatility. The delicate, aching need of “Angel Wings” also demonstrates just how far reggae has evolved in the new era.

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The #DancehallNation Show With Kenny Allstar 21st/6/14 (Future Kidd Freestyle)

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Mp3: Aidonia – Bring It Come

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Video: MR. VEGAS ft. CE’CILE – Pow Pow Pow (By VJ Awax)

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”.

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Wayne Wonder Tour DatesInternational Reggae recording artist Wayne Wonder will kick start his first ever tour of Canada this Friday June 20th at the Estate Night Club in Ontario Toronto.

The seven show tour which runs until July 1st will see Wonder performing at a number of Club venues including the Ring Night Club in Brantford on the June 21st, Club XO in Edmonton on the 27th and Karma Club in Winnipeg on the 30th.

Opening for Wonder on this inaugural tour will be Canadian based reggae singer Shalli who is best known for her singles “Show My Love” and “Down in Jamaica”.

In other news Wayne Wonder is set to release a brand new video this time for his single “Many Reasons” which is featured on the Natural Juice Riddim. The video which was directed by Chris “Icey Jace” Campbell was shot in Kingston Jamaica and is the third official video release from Wonder since the start of the year.

Other videos such as “Let Me Love You Tonight” on the Sweet Personality riddim by Nature’s Way Entertainment and “Searching For Love” which features dancehall deejay Iyara for Pay Day Music Group are currently in rotation on television stations worldwide.


Behind The Scenes: WAYNE WONDER – “MANY REASONS” Video Shoot





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The #DancehallNation Show With Kenny Allstar 14th/6/14 (Mix Masters Guest Mix)

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Mp3: Mavado – Everything

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Mp3: Demarco – We Dem A Say


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Dancehall artiste Klaryti is a fresh and positive voice emerging in 21st-century dancehall.

unnamedDubbed ‘The voice of the majority: Klaryti’, he is well known in dancehall music circles as the brilliant drummer, ‘Drum Rat’, in deference to his work for several top-notch dancehall and reggae artistes at live shows and on iconic albums. The name is also a nod to his uncanny resemblance to his brother, dancehall superstar Red Rat.

“People know real talent. They know from the moment I sing or deejay the first line of a song that I am a great artiste-song writer. And that is when my support comes. This is my destiny, and they know it,” he said.

Hailing from the hills and rivers of Ocho Rios, St Ann, Klaryti is on a journey to bring love, peace, unity, and fun back into the world of reggae and dancehall. He uses his original sound, witty, electrifying lyrics, and his wonderful sense of humour to get his message of positive vibrations across.

You can check out his music at http://klarytionline.com /listen/

Twitter: @klaryti

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Video: Popcaan Interview: “I Respect Pusha T” – Boomshots Tv

Popcaan tells Reshma B about his links with Pusha T and Drizzy Drake. Subscribe to Boomshots TV for more crucial reggae and dancehall videos.

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Mix: Dj Luzion Cruise Control Radio 90′s Mix Dancehall

live 90s dancehall mix i did june 5 2014. its raw uncut and unedited. Levels might be a little low but enjoy all the same!!

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Coco Tea live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

Coco Tea live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

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The #DancehallNation Show With Kenny Allstar 31/5/14 (Sir DJ Corey Guest Mix)

The #DancehallNation Show With Kenny Allstar 31/5/14 (Sir DJ Corey Guest Mix)
On this weeks show:

- Brand new music from Yellow Moon Records, Kiprich and Sneakbo

- 2011/12 Bashment Anthems in the mix

- Dancehall Nation playlist mix

- Stylo G’s official DJ – Sir DJ Corey Guest mix

- 630 Work Out Session

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Destra – Carnival – Live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

Destra – Carnival – Live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

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Tifa live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

Tifa live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

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Destra Live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

Destra Live at Best of the Best Concert 2014 – Dancehall USA

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Chronixx – Behind Curtain – Live at Best of the Best 2014 || Dancehall USA

Chronixx – Behind Curtain – Live at Best of the Best 2014 || Dancehall USA

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Shaggy @DiRealShaggy performing live at Nine Mile Music Festival 2014 || Dancehall USA

Shaggy @DiRealShaggy performing live at Nine Mile Music Festival 2014 || Dancehall USA

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Rebelution - 2014

On the heels of last weeks announcement of its East Coast run, today Rebelution - known for its relentless touring schedule, positive, upbeat music, and sense of community and collaboration - announces the West Coast dates for its “Count Me In Summer Tour,” set to kick off on June 12 in Boston, MA.  The additional 14 west coast dates will take the band from San Diego to the Seattle area to Salt Lake City, and will include headline slots at Denvers Red Rocks Amphitheatre and two nights at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA.  The tour is in support of Rebelution’s upcoming release, Count Me In, due out June 10, 2014 (87 Music/Easy Star Records.)

In addition, the band will be hosting photo and video contests on their social media pages, giving fans the unique opportunity to paint live on stage during Rebelution’s set and participate in a jam session with the entire band backstage before the show.  Details can be found on the bands website - http://www.rebelutionmusic.com

Rebelution will be joined on this tour by support acts Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle.  Tickets for most of the west coast dates go on sale to the general public Thursday, April 10; log onto http://www.rebelutionmusic.com for complete purchasing information.

“Theres really nothing else wed rather do during the Summer than be on the road, performing live music,” said bassist Marley D Williams.  “Weve got a great show planned and are looking forward to playing some brand new songs as well as the favorites, so we hope everyone will come and celebrate the Summer life with us.”

Count Me In was produced by the SoCal-based Rebelution (Eric Rachmany/vocals, guitar, Rory Carey/keyboards, Marley D. Williams/bass, and Wesley Finley/drums), and recorded in Miami and Burbank, CA between September and December of last year.   The album features special guest appearances by dancehall singer Collie Buddz (on the track “Hate To Be The One”) and legendary roots reggae vocalist Don Carlos (on “Roots Reggae Music”).

While the music and lyrical content varies on Count Me In, the albums 11 tracks provide positive inspiration, encouraging fans to create a pro-active and optimistic impact on society and life.  “A lot of what we hear every day is that money measures success,” said Rachmany.  “This new album is a reminder to spread love and positivity to the people around us – these are the true measures of success.”

With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for Legs One and Two of Rebelutions “Count Me In Summer Tour” is as follows:


12        Boston, MA – House of Blues

13        Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage

14        Philadelphia, PA – Penns Landing

15        Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion

18        Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook Pavilion

19        Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

20        Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

21        Portsmouth, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavilion

22        Boonville, CA – Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

25        St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing

26        St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing

27        St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

28        Cocoa, FL – Riverfront Park

29        Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle


 6         Mesa, AZ  – Mesa Amphitheatre

 7         San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre

 8         San Diego, CA -  Open Air Theatre

 9         Costa Mesa, CA  – Pacific Amphitheatre

10        Costa Mesa, CA  – Pacific Amphitheatre

13        Tahoe Vista, CA  – North Tahoe Regional Park

14        Las Vegas, NV  – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

15        Santa Barbara, CA  - Santa Barbara Bowl

16        Berkeley, CA  – Greek Theatre

17        Eugene, OR  – Cuthbert Amphitheatre

19        Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre

21        Missoula, MT  – Big Sky Brewing Company

22        Salt Lake City, UT  – The Great Saltair

23        Denver, CO  – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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The #DancehallNation Show With Kenny Allstar 24th/5/14 (Allan Brando & DJ Jamrock Guest Mix)

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Lady Saw Interview Pt. 1 of 2: “I don’t care if you don’t like me” – Boomshots Tv

The Queen of the Dancehall chats with Reshma B about her new album “Alter Ego,” and explains the inspiration behind her recent single “I Don’t Care.”

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Jabba on Best Of The Best 2014: “Reggae and Hip-Hop Come In Like Oil & Vinegar”

Just before the big reggae and soca show Memorial Day weekend in Miami, Reshma B caught up with Jabba to chat about how he’s “learned from his mistakes” and made BOTB 2014 a 100% Caribbean festival with reggae and dancehall and soca but NO hip-hop. “Me get back to my roots,” say Jabba. “This year we involve more soca into the show more than just keep mixing the hip-hop and the reggae, because it come in like oil and water. We notice it’s eight years going in. When I first begun I just, you know, coming from a big urban radio station, I feel like hip-hop is part of my culture as well. Because you done know is a Jamaican man who started hip-hop in the Bronx—Kool Herc big up yourself anywhere you deh. So I felt like I can take that mission to a next level and just know say, Hear wah gwan now, let me mix up hip-hop onto reggae on the next level like it’s never been done before. And big respect to all the rappers, but it come in like the worst idea we coulda ever do. But you learn from your mistakes. Because when you come to a Caribbean culture festival, nobody no wan’ hear say “Yo, turn the motherfuckin mic up!” and “Where’s my niggas at?” You understand? It kinda hurt me for two years. But now me build it back and me get back to my roots. And me know myself. And you always learn by your mistakes. So the hip-hop acts I used to use, I kinda shove them to the side and say bring in some soca. So that’s the reason for Bunji—to replace the-hip-hop acts I used to put—and we get the Destra, the Edwin Yearwood, and so much more. So we’re just planning and we’re growing, and I just hope to see that one day my children can take it over when me retire and know say Best of the Best, the 35th Annual, and know say the youths have it under full control.”

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Leftside2International Dancehall recording artist and producer Craig Parks more popularly known as Leftside is back in the island this after completing a 10 show European tour which spanned countries such as Germany and Holland.

Leftside who kicked off the tour on April 17th in Frankfurt Germany performed to a packed venue at the I Love Hip Hop showcase before traveling to Schuttorf for his second show at Club Index where he was well received.

Other big performance came in the German cities of Colonge, Cuxhaven and Gotersloh before the Keepleft Records founder and CEO traveled across the border into Holland where he performed alongside Mr. Vegas at the Jamaican Dancehall Special on May 2nd.

Closing out the two and a half week tour at Club Jinx in Holland Leftside stamped his mark musically delivering hits such as “Back It Up”, “Super Model Chick”, “Monkey Business” and “Want Yuh Body” to a vibrant crowd.

Currently promoting his latest single “Dem A Worry” which features a sample from dancehall veteran Junior Reid Leftside is promising his fans more views for the rest of the year.

“Well right now the demand for more videos is high based on the reception I received while on tour so I will definitely be dropping more videos before the summer. I shot two videos while on tour, the first is for a song called “Ready To Party” alongside DJ Rasimcan and Baby Brown which is expected out late June and the other was for “I Wasn’t Ready” which is a song I recorded more than 3 years ago but the fans kept requesting a video so we finally did one.

In closing I have to thank everyone who made the tour possible, Beat Camp, Hakeem, all the club DJ’s, promoters and fans”.
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LEFTSIDE EUROPE TOUR VLOG #1 “Arrive In Germany & I Love Hip Hop Show

LEFTSIDE EUROPE TOUR VLOG #2 “Sound Check and Club Index Performance

LEFTSIDE EUROPE TOUR VLOG #3 “Leftside & FlexiDollz lock down Club Privilege in Colonge

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The #DancehallNation With Kenny Allstar 10/5/14 (Set Good Tuesdays Guest Mix)

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