Reggae/Dancehall superstar, Gyptianhas topped the U.S. Billboard Reggae Chart thanks to his new album,Sex, Love and Reggae, breaking a Jamaican drought on the charts in the process.
According to reports, Sex, Love and Reggaetopped the chart with 1,290 copies sold in its opening week, becoming the first album by a Jamaican artist to top the chart since Beres Hammond’s One Life, One Love last October. The album more than doubles the output garnered for his last studio album, Hold Yuh, which sold just a touch over 500 copies and peaked in second spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart in 2010.
Gyptian has been doing a promotional tour for the album over the last month in the U.S. and U.K. respectively, performing mainly club venues throughout the tour.
Sex, Love and Reggae features several international names, including Melanie Fiona on One More Time,Estelle (Majestic Love) and Bunji Garlin, amongst several others.
His last album featured the award-winning, chart-topping single, Hold Yuh, which was certified gold in the United States with over 500,000 copies and silver in the United Kingdom, with over 200,000 units sold.
Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.
On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced by Ricky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrock achieved such status in 2005.
Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian hopes to re-create international buzz for himself two years after his biggest hit to date, with the upcoming release of his new album.
After topping overseas charts and copping a Soul Train award with his popular single, Hold Yuh in 2010, Gyptian seeks similar success as he will unveil a new studio album dubbed, Sex, Love and Reggae in the first quarter of 2013. The compilation is a follow-up to a new, six-song EP that the Serious Times singer, released under the same name.
The Sex, Love and Reggae EP includes covers of classic songs such as One More Night by Gregory Isaacs and True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.
Internationally regarded Jamaican producer, John ‘Jon FX’ Crawford has once again displayed his affinity for the unique sound on his newest compilation, the Dubstep Fusion Riddim.
Known for creating the highly acclaimed Cloud Nine Riddim as well as working with several Reggae superstars such as I-Wayne, Buju Banton and Sizzla, Jon FX has become one of the island’s most recognized producers; earning consistently high marks for his versatility and ability to create unprecedented sounds. Now, Jon FX has joined forces with present and future Dancehall/Reggae superstars on the Dubstep Fusion Riddim, creating an atmosphere on this project fitting for fans of various genres with the use of UK-based electronic music, otherwise known as Dubstep; a sound fitting for any dance floor.
Award-winning Reggae singer, Gyptian hails as the biggest name on Dubstep Fusion as he once again collaborates with Jon FX for the single, Take Me Away. Having previously produced some of Gyptian’s biggest hits to date such as, I Can Feel Your Pain and Nah Let Go, Jon FX once again enlisted the Hold Yuh singer’s services for his Dubstep Fusion compilation.
In Take Me Away, Gyptian creates an aura of paradise for his legions of female fans as he talks of the most pleasurable experiences with a woman and the ability to make her feel happy, whether through love making or just spending quality time together. The single sparks memories of Gyptian’s early days as a baby faced singer who would make a woman’s heart melt once she heard his voice.
In addition to Gyptian, Jon FX used his newest project as a way to showcase Canadian-based Dancehall/Reggae talent on a mainstream scale. One such talent that features on the Dubstep Fusion Riddim isAlty-B, who continues his strong run of form on the single, Girl. Having already released hits such as No More and Love Ah Come Dung so far this summer, Girl once again proves Alty-B’s plaudits as a singjay as he seeks out the woman who captures his eyes and pours out his heart and affection for her. With No More (Smoke Shop Productions) already gaining significant airplay, Girl will surely follow along the similar trail to success.
Producer turned deejay, Faze shows his swag and love for the social scene with his single, Party Animal as he looks to rock the Canadian clubs while fellow up-and-comer, Squaddy get the women moving to the beat through his effort, Slow Wine and emerging deejay, Five Star shows his versatility on From When.
For fans of Dancehall, Reggae and dance music, the Dubstep Fusion Riddim once again adds credence to Jon FX’s growing legacy while setting the foundation for younger artistes to make their names internationally.
On Sunday, sons and daughters across the world will show love to the women who brought them life on Mother’s Day.
As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciationfor all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s a list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.
10. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: Former Portmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money and Christmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 with Mama Don’t Cry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the song reflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.
9. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza group’ with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gave Jahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May of last year.
8. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.
The single was re-released in February after Miss Ivy passed away following a long battle with illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.
7. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marley showed his love for Mama in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.
6. Lady Saw – No Less Than a Woman (Infertility): For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who stunned her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking of her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have children.
With three adopted children of her own, Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.
5. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptian became a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Times, Beautiful Lady and Mama. The latter single painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.
The visuals for Mama followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world.
4. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to women. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls home, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the continent of Africa while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.
A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s most thought provoking singles.
3. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonji ascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.
Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.
2. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Vybz Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability with Mama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.
Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich resume’, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.
1. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and may still be his most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.
Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.
Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.
Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.
According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.
The latest reggae mix from @MixtapeYardy filled with 53 of the best reggae tracks out from Jamaica. The mix starts off with the latest production from Head Concussion Records, called High Times Riddim, featuring Chan Dizzy, Rasco, Erup and Hollow Point..then roll straight to riddims like Real Reggae, Kingston 13, Cool Out, Heart and Soul. #BUSSABLANKVOL3 also features artistes Sizzla Kalonji, Chris Martin, Bucanneer, I-Shenko, Tilibop, Roman Virgo, Da Professor, Protoje, Kymani Marley, Tarrus Riley + more!
Reggae music brings people together, Reggae music the world prefer.
01.INTRO – BUSS A BLANK V3
02.CHAN DIZZY – HERBALIST
03.RASCO – RUDE BWOY RANKIN
04.HOLLOW POINT – NAH LAUGH
05.ERUP – FOREVER
06.HIGH TIMES RIDDIM
07.PROTOJE – WHO DEM A PROGRAM
08.DA PROFESSOR – PEACE AND UNITY
09.GYPTIAN – REGGAE MORNING
10.RAYVON – SELECTA
11.J-BOOG – LOW THE GUNS
12.SHAGGY & TARRUS RILEY – JUST ANOTHER GIRL
13.ALAINE – AVALANCHE
With his new album “Summer In Kingston” currently nominated in the “Best Reggae Album” Category of the 2012 Grammy Award Ceremony slated for February 12th in Los Angeles California, International reggae superstar Shaggy was the special guest this morning Monday December 19th on NBC’s popular Morning Time program “The Today Show”.
The Today Show which has an estimated 6.4 million viewers is rated as the best Morning program in America and to date has seen performances from some of the biggest stars in music such as Chris Brown Kate Perry, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Rihanna.
Shaggy who did a short interview with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb later performed his hit single “Sugarcane” with a live band in studios.
In other news Shaggy alongside his team at the Make A Difference Charity Foundation is kicking their promotion for the 3rd staging of the Shaggy & Friends Concert into full gear.
The show which was previously scheduled for December 30th will now take place on January 7th, 2012 on the Lawns Of Jamaica House.
The confirmed line up for the show will see performances from Lauryn Hill, Maxi Priest, half Pint, Cocoa Tea, Deneice Williams, I Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin AKA Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Gyptian and Mr. Vegas.
Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian will perform at the upcoming New Year’s Ever celebrations at Times Square in New York City.
The popular singjay is one of the headliners slated to perform on MTV’s coverage of the New Year’s celebrations on December 31. Regarded as one of the largest New Year’s celebrations worldwide, over 2 million viewers on average view the Billboard screen in Manhattan for all the performances and happening during the celebration preluding the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight.
Talking to IRIE FM after he was informed of the news, Gyptian expressed his gratitude for the honor; relaying the notion that a Reggae artiste’s ability to make it upon this kind of international stage shows how far Jamaica and the genre have come.
“For Reggae and for us as a little island to be far, it’s a good look. For one of your own to be doing it…how better can it get? It must be better and greater,” Gyptian said.