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This Friday Dancehall Superstar Mavado & Alkaline in Queens New York

Dancehall super star Mavado is not new to headlining events across the world. On Friday December 19th, 2014 Mavado will headline “DARKNESS” inside Amazura Nite Club, Queens N.Y. This will be Mavados’ first time performing in New York on his own band, ‘Gullyside Band’, and the first time rising dancehall artist Alkaline will perform in New York.

Set to be a memorable event for dancehall and for music, Mavado and Alkaline are both looking forward to this event.

“Performing with my band is something I look forward to sharing with my fans. My fans can expect not 30 minutes, not 45 minutes but full full performance from me backed by my band, the Gullyside band. Also we decided to bring with us one of the hottest artist in dancehall right now, Alkaline. The people want to see him, his fans are looking forward to his arrival in New York, so I say get your tickets early and come out early” says Mavado.

Tickets are currently on sale at all major outlets in New York and can be purchased online as well.

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NOISEY JAMAICA II: ALKALINE, NOTNICE, PORTMORE AND POPCAAN’S MOM – EPISODE 5/6

NOISEY JAMAICA II: ALKALINE, NOTNICE, PORTMORE AND POPCAAN’S MOM – EPISODE 5/6
In this episode of Noisey Jamaica, we meet travel to Portmore to meet the man behind some of Popcaan and Vybz Kartel’s main songs, the producer Notnice. Then we go into Kingston to meet Alkaline, a rising star of dancehall. Did he really tattoo his eyeballs black? Find out here.

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Noisey Jamaica II – The Reggae Revival feat. Chronixx and Protoje – Episode 2/6

Noisey Jamaica II – The Reggae Revival feat. Chronixx and Protoje – Episode 2/6
In this episode of Noisey Jamaica II we meet the new young reggae artists Chronixx, Protoje and more. These artists are leading the way for the reggae revival both with their new found commercial success. Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire talks to these artists to find out what’s really fueling this reggae revival.

The second edition of Noisey Jamaica is a look into the revolutionary new young reggae movement led by charismatic artists like Chronixx and Jesse Royal. Presented by Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire and also featuring controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline, Noisey Jamaica travels from downtown to the beaches to report on one of the most exciting periods in Jamaica’s rich musical history, including a look at the influence of Vybz Kartel, currently incarcerated for murder.

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Vevo Premiers Miss Str8 (@Miss_Str8) Ova Me Video

Austrian based entertainer, Miss Str8 has now released the visuals for her highly anticipated video, Ova Me. The video, which features sexy female dancers, was shot at various locations in Vienna. It will be premiered on local TV and cable stations throughout the Caribbean next week.

Miss Str8 is very excited about her sensational new video, The concept came through well in the video; it’s basically showing what its like when a man has an intensely strong desire for you. I am ecstatic at what my team was able to put together. I was styled by Mystic creations and the finished product looks real hot,” she said.

The video that was shot by talented director, Jami Dread and well-known editor Dwayne Julius features some of the best on the European dance scene, the Nuhbadda We and the Wild Out dance crews. “I believe dancing is a very important expression from music. To get these dancers in the video was a must for me they brought the energy and real dancehall vibes,”she revealed.

Miss Str8 now looks towards her Sting debut. The dancehall deejay is booked to perform at Magnum Sting on December 26that Jamworld. Her hot new release, Ova Me is now available on music video platforms, Vevo and Youtube. The single produced by Tom Hype Productions can be obtained on iTunes.

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Welcome To Noisey Jamaica II – Episode 1/6

The second editon of Noisey Jamaica is a look into the revolutionary new young reggae movement led by charismatic artists like Chronixx and Jesse Royal. Presented by Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire and also featuring controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline, Noisey Jamaica travels from downtown to the beaches to report on one of the most exciting periods in Jamaica’s rich musical history, including a look at the influence of Vybz Kartel, currently incarcerated for murder.

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Radio : #DancehallNation W/ Kenny Allstar (6/12/14) – Dancehall Syndicate Guest Mix

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New Artist : Omari Banks (@omaribanks11) : No Point To Prove feat. Peetah Morgan (@PeetahMusic)

New Artist : Omari Banks (@omaribanks11) : No Point To Prove feat. Peetah Morgan (@PeetahMusic)
Omari Banks single No Point To Prove. Song written and produced by Omari Banks. Performed by Omari Banks feat. Peetah Morgan. Video produced by Big Banko Music with Keynote Records.

Acclaimed and Successful Concert for Reggae Star Omari, Debuts “No Point To Prove” Video

db8382eb-023c-4245-babb-057d0be472eaWorldwide (MPR Consulting) – On Friday November 28th, Reggae star Omari Banks took the stage in Anguilla for an unprecedented performance to a sold out crowd and to the entire world via a television broadcast and live internet stream to officially premiere the video for his hit single “No Point To Prove”.

Backed by the melodious riddims of his own “Eleven” band and the sweet sounds of his harmony singers, Omari Banks captivated his audience and quenched their musical thirst when the star gave reggae music lovers fifty minutes of musical bliss. Belting his hits “Move On”, “I’ve Seen It All”, “Prince of Darkness”, “Jehovah Message” which featured his talented cousin Lateef Banks, “Runaround”, Omari kept the audience engaged and rocking. He then proceeded with a touching tribute to his daughter with “Somaiya” and “Unafraid”. Omari brought down the house when he ended his performance by bringing international reggae star Peetah Morgan of world renowned Morgan Heritage on stage to perform the lead single from his upcoming 2015 “Move On” Deluxe Edition Album, the hit single “No Point To Prove”.

Concert goers ranging from political notables such as Candice Niles director of tourism of Anguilla, sports figures like renowned Cricket Coach Cardigan Connor, entertainers the likes of world renowned violinist Lee England JR, and fans alike were exhilarated, sang along and danced as the sweet sound of “No Point To Prove” resonated across the sky. By all accounts a timeless classic song was born that night. Adding to the stellar evening, patrons were also treated to performances by St. kitts artist Infamous and Anguilla’s own True Intentions.

Still reeling from the excitement, worldwide fans were then treated to the video premiere which has garnered over 3 thousand views in 24 hours on youtube. Directed by Kerro and Produced by BigBankomusic and Keynote records, “No Point To Prove” video was filmed in Jamaica in Kingston at very familiar locations like Sabina Park, Jamaican newspaper The Observer and Down town New Kingston, and features cameo appearances by Jamaican and West Indies crickets like Wavell Hinds, Carlton Baugh jr ,Tamar Lambert and Dave Bernaud JR, as well Reggae stars like Gramps Morgan and Dancehall/reggae Artiste Cecile.

“The No point to prove music video release party and concert was special. When music connects with the listener something special happens and a out pour of emotion is usually the result. I am truly happy to be producer and a  Artiste on this unprecedented show, the oneness shown by persons involved and receptive applause by the audience captured the essence of what the event was truly meant to symbolize. Thanks to all person who worked infront and behind the scenes to make this event special one.” stated Omari.

“No Point To Prove” is now available on all major digital platforms including itunes

 

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f383b1d9-19fe-4da7-903d-9147aeb8d38fOn his fifth birthday Anguillan born Singer/ Songwriter Omari Banks took the stage in Milan, Italy at Club Zimba to sing alongside his father Bankie Banx and has not left the stage since. By the age of ten he had won multiple talent shows as a singer and was a confident guitar player.

As a teenager his attention turned to the sport of cricket, where he excelled first locally, then regionally and then ultimately on the world stage. As a twenty year old, Omari shined bright on the largest stage in test cricket as he played a pivotal role in the greatest second-inning comeback in test cricket history. Throughout his successful twelve year professional cricket career, Omari seemed to always excel on the largest stages.

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Radio Mix : #DancehallNation With Kenny Allstar X DJ Dee (22/11/14)

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Mp3: Demarco – Lime Chip (Konshens Diss) Wul Dem Again Riddim


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Mix : Maroon 5 (@maroon5) feat The Kemist (@iamthekemist) – Maps (Black Lion Miami Tropics Remix)


Mix : Maroon 5 (@maroon5) feat The Kemist (@iamthekemist) – Maps (Black Lion Miami Tropics Remix)

Jamaican Production duo Black Lion fuse their love of EDM and Dancehall with Adam Levine’s crisp vocals on the smash hit MAPS. To top it off The Kemist adds his witty twist to make this record uniquely theirs.

 

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The Wailers – One Love | Kenny Allstar’s Dancehall Nation | Reprezent 107.3FM

The Wailers – One Love | Kenny Allstar’s Dancehall Nation | Reprezent 107.3FM

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FEATURE: Top 10 Dancehall songs about sex

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BY: Jodee Brown

Dancehall has long been embedded with wide-ranging overtones that have made it one of the leading genres in Jamaica since the 1990s. Whether symbolizing the struggles of inner city life or simply having a good time with friends, Dancehall has always been relied on as a storytelling tool for many everyday topics that other mediums just don’t get into enough.

One topic that Dancehall has definitely shone a light on throughout its evolution is sex. Artists have never shied away from telling the naughty things that go on behind closed doors; in many cases, going into heavily explicit detail to get their points across. You could certainly say the genre has become ‘oversexed’ considering the increased sexual imagery that has inundated the music scene in that last few years. However, there are those songs that have been released along the way that, which being pretty clear about the theme, are also regarded as hits on radio, in sessions and bedrooms alike due to the cheeky metaphors, quality concepts and on point melodies without making everything overtly obvious.

Conjugal Visit, the recently-released collaboration between Spice and incarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel is a solid example of it, especially the concept, considering the song is about Spice’s character wanting to give it up to her jailed boyfriend during her visit behind prison walls. The song’s already been a hit, with the official video topping two million views on World Star Hip Hop within 24 hours of it release.

Inspired by this latest track, here is a list of the 10 greatest Dancehall songs about sex. But first, the honourable mentions:

Konshens – Stop Sign: Arguably the best song in Dancehall in 2012, Konshens scored with this improvisational number, comparing sexual rendezvous with a girl to road signs and treasure hunts. Deejay of the Year type material indeed.

Lady Saw – Stab Up Di Meat/Sycamore Tree/Healing/Heels On: She could honestly have a Top 10 list on her own about this topic given her raunchy, pull no punches persona. The latter was one of the biggest songs of 2013 and help reinforce her status as the Queen of Dancehall while the others helped her ascent to that crown in the mid-90s

Ce’Cile – Do It To Me: This was the first song of its kind that explicitly spoke out about on the biggest taboo topics in Jamaican culture; the issue men giving women oral sex. It gained her a lot of acclaim and criticism from her male counterparts, but it was a lightning rod and pace setter for divas who maybe were hesitant to speak out about it initially.

Vybz Kartel – Virginity: In a way, this was Dancehall’s version of Madonna’s classic, Like a Virgin as the ever polarizing Vybz Kartel scored with this chart-topper, Virginity in 2008.

The idea behind the song is about a man who gets intimate with his girl and triggers memories of the moment they had sex for the first time and he broke her virginity. Add on a nice melody from Kartel’s protégé, Gaza Indu and you get this hit which was one of several in 2008, arguably the best all-round year of the deejay’s career. Safe to say this song remains a hit in the music scene to this day.

 

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10. Macka Diamond – Dye Dye: For years, Macka was synonymous with doing counteractions of popular songs, speaking out about issues of cheating or hot new dance moves.

But the biggest hit of her career to date in her two-decade-long career as an artist was this hot number back in 2013. Dye Dye tells the story of a woman who seduces her boyfriend and drags him into the bedroom, begging him to please her to the point she cursing in patois repeatedly while using selective wordplay and sultry vocals to co-exist well with the rhythm.

The song was a chart-topper in Jamaica and a hit charts in the U.S. and Europe respectively. The video for it, which shows Macka simulating sex while scantily-clad dancers dance around to the beat make it all the more eye-catching. It got so popular to the point her Latin American fans got a treat when she remixed the song in Spanish. What better way to push a song about sex than by singing it in two different languages. Bedrooms all over the world were getting squeaky when this hit the airwaves.

9. Spice – Jim Screechie: It’s one thing for a song to talk about sex between and woman and her man. But when the song is about a woman willing to give it up to man despite having a boyfriend, it gives said song a bit more of that ‘stir the pot’ type element and in Jim Screechie, the proverbial kitchen was heating up whenever it was played.

This chart-topper from the Dancehall diva took the Equiknoxx Music produced rhythm of the same name due to its storyline about a woman who invited her mate, ‘Jim Screechie’ to come over while her significant other was at work and give her the loving she lacked and was desperate for. The irony about the video for the song is that ‘Jim Screechie’ was played by her long-time boyfriend, Nicholas Lall.

Nevertheless, this cheater’s anthem not only became a hit in Jamaica and North America, but it essentially made ‘Jim Screechie’ a part of the street lexicon, similar to the guys who label themselves ‘Joe Grine.’

8. Mavado – Squeeze Her Breast: While he and the aforementioned Kartel were exchanging lyrical blows with diss song after scathing diss song, the ‘Gully Gaad’ took time from the musical battlefield to make this hit for the ladies, entitled Squeeze Her Breast.

While the title pretty much gives away what to expect when hearing the song, Mavado’s wordplay and transition between hardcore deejaying and singing makes it worth the listen. While other effort such as Car Back, Twice a Day and Till She Bawl are other notable sex songs from the former Alliance standout, it was one of the songs that further pushed Mavado to superstardom, topping the local charts and being one of the biggest hits off his critically-acclaimed debut album, Gangster For Live: The Symphony of David Brooks.

7. Shabba Ranks – Bedroom Bully: Long before Kartel set the bar for slackness, Dancehall’s emperor, Shabba Ranks was the original pace setter for singing about bedroom shenanigans in his music.

Songs like Mr. Loverman, Champion Lover and Wicked Inna Bed were strong efforts describing this ever popular topic and helped him solidify his status as an international star in the early 90s. But it was this 1993 effort, Bedroom Bully that left no stone unturned; with Shabba bragging about his ability to please the ladies, essentially suggesting it was in his genes. “My daddy was a bedroom bully, bedroom bully for I man mommy. Then daddy bully Shabba Rankin mommy. Then Shabba mommy have a bully baby. And the bully baby God Almighty was me.”

This was Shabba at his ingenious best as he talked about his own talents between the sheets as well as how his ladies liked it and showed why he warranted a pair of Reggae Grammys in 1992 and 1993 respectively for his efforts.

6. Beenie Man – Wickedest Slam: The ‘King of Dancehall’ has a sizeable catalogue of sexually-charged songs to his credit, including Nuff Gal, Hmm Hmm and many others. But this one stood out not just because of its impact musically, but on popular culture as well.

Beenie, in no uncertain terms, talked about the type of girls he loved most and wanted to be with in this chart-topper, suggesting ghetto girls know how to please their men best. The video for the song was also one of the most popular Dancehall videos during the 1990s.

Not only was the song big locally and internationally, but it also helped trigger the condom brand, SLAM Condoms, which remains one of the more popular brands in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Additionally, the song partly inspired the 2003 smash hit, Dude which featured then teenage singer, Ms. Thing. 

5. Lady Saw and Spragga Benz – Backshot: Back to the Queen of Dancehall and despite her legion of hardcore songs about sex, this was undoubtedly the best of them all.

Muma Saw didn’t joke around on this one; getting straight to the nitty gritty about what her favourite position is and how she likes it while in said position. A pretty simple formula for a successful sex song: Talk about what you most enjoy about sexual interaction, put in a flurry of hard-hitting similes and metaphors and successfully transition with a male artist as each side describes the benefits of engaging in that specific position.

A top notch song with all the right elements to get you moving in the streets and between the sheets

4. Mavado and Stacious – Come Into My Room: On the heels of the squashed feud between himself and Vybz Kartel, the ‘Gully Gaad’ found both local and international success when he teamed with curvaceous Dancehall diva, Stacious for this smash, Come Into My Room in January 2010.

The Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor produced track was the perfect combination of a stimulating beat meshing with sexy vocals by Stacious and Mavado’s hard-hitting lyrics. The chemistry on this track was fluent throughout as the two made you believe they were together given how intimate the song sounded. It was arguably the year’s biggest Dancehall song and personally, I can’t tell you how many times I heard people bopping to this song at one apartment I used to live at. Annoyed much.

3. Shaggy – Boombastic: After the likes of Shabba Ranks and Patra and others helped put Dancehall on the international map in the early 90s with their no holds barred lyrical content, then emerging act, Shaggy took things to another level when he crafted this bedroom banger, Boombastic in 1995. 

The song showed Shaggy talking about how he had the physical attributes to please any woman, any time and his distinctly deep, rough vocals gave an edge to the song, which including a sample of Marvin Gaye’s classic, Let’s Get It On. It is still regarded as one of the most commercially successful Dancehall tracks of all time, reaching the top of the U.K. singles charts while peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also landed the entertainer his first and only Grammy award for Best Reggae Album for his compilation of the same name.

It’s been played in several movies and television shows during scenes where characters are about to do the nasty, but make no mistake, the clean nature of the lyrics compared to other sexually-charged anthems combined with the range of the artist who sang it makes it a classic in Jamaican music folklore.

2. Vybz Kartel and Spice – Ramping Shop: The song which inspired this list is a follow up to this classic from 2008 and is arguably the best piece of work in each artist’s careers.

Ramping Shop is the best sexually-charged combination single in Dancehall history, hands down, with its hardcore, world class wordplay by both artists. Plus what made it stand out more was the imagery behind the single, as the two took very racy photos in bed together to promote the track.

The song was number one for several weeks in Jamaica and broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2009. However, it courted just as much controversy as it did acclaim, if not more, as the song had to be pulled from radio after the publishing company Grammy-winning singer, Ne-Yo claimed copyright infringement due the song’s use of the rhythm for his hit single, Miss Independent. The song was also banned from radio by the Broadcasting Commission at one point and heavily criticized by public figures, including the then principal from my alma mater, Ardenne High School, Esther Tyson for its raunchy lyrical content.

Any song which talks unapologetically about sex is due to get scrutinized and given how popular and high quality this song was, it got more than most. A classic nonetheless.

1. Mad Cobra – Flex: After signing with American label, Columbia Records following a string of #1 hits in the U.K., Mad Cobra delivered the biggest hit of his career with this 1992 hit and the signature line, ‘Girl flex, time to have sex. Long time yuh have di rude bwoy yah a sweat.”

A Dancehall adaptation of Just My Imagination by The Temptations, this song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains one of the most successful Dancehall songs, about sex or otherwise, to date. One of the more underappreciated lyrics in the genre’s history, the song also includes elements of R&B and Reggae along with soothing and wide-ranging lyrical content, with the song and beat often sampled by younger artists to this day. To date, it’s the best Dancehall song ever about sex.

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WATCH: DANCEHALL ARTIST TIMBERLEE DROPS SHMURDA FREESTYLE

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New Artist Spotlight : Micha Ciselle (@michaciselle) – Lover’s Leap

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Jamaican-born artist, Micha Ciselle is gearing up to release her freshman EP this summer. The EP is called Lover’s Leap and the four-song compilation celebrates taking chances and Love — a term the songstress often uses as a metaphor for music. Mixed and Mastered by one of Jamaica’s most recognized engineers, Rohan Dwyer, Lover’s Leap will be the first official musical statement for this Island beauty. Half Trinidadian, half Jamaican, the LA-based singer ingeniously fuses the music of her oots with Pop and electronic music. A singer/songwriter at heart, Micha Ciselle wrote the lyrics for this project, as well as the music for two of the four tracks – “Ready for Love,” and “Fallin’”– which Dwyer then brought to life, enlisting the talents of some of Jamaica’s finest musicians. Lover’s Leap strongly reflects her dual nationality, and listeners can look forward to hearing prominent dancehall and reggae influences, soca references, and a distinct Pop flavor. The EP showcases her soulful vocals and intricate background vocal arrangements – a trademark she has become known for.
The title of the EP was inspired by the singer’s personal experience with music. Micha Ciselle
took a chance in 2010 and moved to California after being awarded LA College of Music’s most prestigious scholarship, where she was mentored by artists such as Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson, American Idol) and Tierney Sutton (multiple Grammy Award nominee). Since taking this leap of faith, Micha Ciselle has embarked on a steady journey, establishing herslef in the music industry. In 2011 she was invited to a private audition for The Voice where she was one of the few to progress in the audition rounds. In 2012 she contributed one of the top performing tracks on the compilation album – Absinthe. Produced by Jamaican outfit, Jus Eazy Productions, who have worked with artists such as Ky-mani Marley and Busy Signal, Absinthe also includes selections from Internationally acclaimed Jamaican group, Voicemail among others. In 2013 she collaborated with the TV/music producer of 3Gfilms, LA to create the single “Beautiful”. Micha Ciselle has also graced many stages in LA including The House of Blues, The Mint, Whiskey A Go Go and festivals such as David Arquette’s Piece Fest – the first festival of it’s kind for the actor. Lover’s Leap is a long-anticipated labor of love for Micha Ciselle and is the next logical progression in her musical forays.

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