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2013 Year in Review: The best songs, artists and stories in Jamaican music

Tessanne Chin The Voice winnerAfter a 2012 which saw Jamaica return to the roots of its music during its 50th anniversary year, the majority of 2013 proved to be a major letdown and appeared to be heading for irrelevancy within the pantheon on memorable Jamaican periods. That is, until a certain sparkly 28-year-old singer reminded everyone that our music still has a very long shelf-life, if attention is focused on the right channels.

Tessanne Chin added a much needed boost to what was a mostly ordinary year within Jamaican music and entertainment. From a downsizing of hit songs, to increasingly poor album sales in the United States, to undying scrutiny regarding lyrical content and party regulations, these were trying times for artists and music lovers alike in 2013.

Nevertheless, we try to look on the brighter side of things in our music. With that said, check out this very detailed review looking at the songs, artists and news makers that made Jamaican music interesting in 2013. Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with these picks.

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I-Wayne unhappy with music industry, says it promotes too much filth

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, I-Wayne continues to voice his displeasure with the current structure of the Jamaican music industry and lays blame squarely on the entertainers who promote ‘filthy music.’

Having previously expressed his concerns with the industry’s direction, I-Wayne insists that corruption has become rife within the local system while chastising its members for allowing said system to reach such a low point.

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New Artist Video: AYANI – Good Body Shape – DONJALYS Productions

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French Reggae-Dancehall deejay AYANI (born Yannick Jeanne) is from Guadeloupe . when he was twelve he fell in love with Jamaican music when he first listened to the Great foundation icons as Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks General degree Buju Banton & Bounty killer. He started a few years later as a selecta with his brother entertainning parties in several places in the west-indies. When he moved to Ft laudardale (MIA) for holydays he went to a Reggae sumfest and was totally hypnotized by how the artists was managing the crowd and decided to got his mind set on becoming a deejay so he started to learn and improve. He was strongly influenced by one of his icons Bounty killer, singing the warlord Hits during break at school for friends and familly. When he moves to Paris for the rest of his studies he began to write his own lyrics and to recorded songs with his cousin who was a sound engineer, then he introduced him to Don jalys production and they automatically started to work on a compilation called “SNIPER RIDDIM” released in 2006 then a couple of compilation followed also under the Don Jalys prod. like “NEVA DIE RIDDIM” “SWEET SUMMER RIDDIM” “G-I RIDDIM” he also worked on collaboration with others artists as Tony-c, Mad Killah, Murda, Mighty Kalimba, Bidji… More recently he has signed a single on “Don Jalys production” and another collaboration on a french production named “Onekyp record” mixed by D&H.

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With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, the German platinum and award-winning singer Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut. Diversity, set for release on February 14, 2012 with VP Records, charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

Gentleman is currently touring Europe and plans to embark on the second leg of the Diversity world tour throughout the U.S. and South America beginning in March 2012. The series of shows include a west coast run supporting SOJA and his debut NYC showcase. Dates and venues to be announced.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars ) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

With new vigor and passion, Gentleman feels renewed on this 14 track set and is ready to take the U.S. by storm. “That fire you feel as a newcomer does not keep up for very long. It is up to you to stoke the embers and this (album) has much more force behind it,” he notes.

One may not assume that the Cologne native and son of a Lutheran pastor would become an international reggae superstar, but Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto in 1975) has been drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He immersed himself in the culture and music at the age of 18, making Jamaica his home away from home.

In 1997, he eventually got his first break with German hip-hip group, Freundeskreis, after delivering a verse on single “Tabula Rasa” with his distinctive singjay style. Since then, Gentleman has had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards).  He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy. After over a decade under the label Four Music, he moved to Universal in 2010 and will release Diversity in the U.S. with VP Records next year.

Track Listing:
1. The Reason
2. Changes
3. Hold On Strong
4. Tempolution
5. To The Top ft. Christopher Martin
6. Lonely Days
7. In A Time Like Now
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Another Melody ft. Tanya Stephens
10. I Got To Go
11. Good Old Days ft. Sugar Minott
12. Fast Forward
13. The Finish Line
14. It No Pretty

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Dancehall’s most energetic deejay Elephant Man is showing no signs of slowing  in 2011 this as he swept thousands of fans off their feet at the 2011 Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden with a historic performance last Saturday evening. The Energy God as he is affectionate called made his presents felt in Scandinavian territory as he shared the main stage with other local entertainers including Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and Ken Boothe.

Armed with a handful of enthused female dancers the “Pon Di River Pon Di Bank” deejay had the crowd screaming for more as he danced through his long catalog of hit singles. Elephant who is still enjoying rave reviews following his electrifying Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night performance and the unforgettable Captain America inspired suite designed by Romeich also took the stage at Fullyloaded days later on July 24th where he along with fellow entertainers Beenie Man, Capleton and Bounty Killer provide a power packed set to an early morning crowd.

Currently touring several countries in europe Elephant Man will continue to Helsinki Finland on August 10th and from there to Italy on August 13th.

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Vybz Kartel isn’t just the biggest star in dancehall. These days, it seems like he’s the only one. The 35-year-old deejay from the gritty Kingston suburb of Portmore has dominated the Jamaican music conversation for the last year to such an extent that even his headline-grabbing (and only recently resolved) feud with long-time rival Mavado now seems a distant memory.

Fueling the phenomenon is a striking, Michael Jackson-like visual transformation that has seen him lighten his skin several shades, his hair suddenly long with extensions. A master of spin, Kartel first chalked his new coloring up to air conditioning and cake soap, a powerful cleanser used to wash clothes. Without actually copping to what most people suspect—that he bleaches his skin— he’s defended the practice by likening it to tanning white people and black women who straighten their hair. Fittingly, one of his biggest recent hits is called “Cake Soap”.

Kartel (aka Adidja Palmer) is also, arguably, Jamaica’s most prolific artist, churning out provocative commentary and lowbrow throwaway tracks with Tupac-like (in)consistency. His latest project, Kingston Story, is different, though. Recorded entirely with a single producer, Brooklyn’s Dre Skull, the result is a rarity for singles-driven dancehall: a proper album with a uniform sonic aesthetic. While the lyrics are primarily sexual in theme, the LP, with its quasi-orchestral rhythms, points to a new, more emotive direction for this most hedonistic of genres. MTV Iggy spoke with Kartel by phone from Jamaica about Kingston Story, his growing business portfolio, and what exactly he’s trying to prove with his outlandish behavior.

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Reveals Secrets About VP Records

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It’s no secret that many artistes and producers in the dancehall/reggae music industry have had acrimonious splits with industry giant, VP Records. As recently as last night, Wayne Wonder was on TVJ’s ER programme, talking about his recent departure from the VP Records camp, meanwhile popular reggae producer Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor took to his Twitter page, website and other online channels recently, with allegations of wrongdoings by VP Records.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor is one of the best young roots-reggae producers in Jamaica. His excellent track record speaks for itself when it comes to producing hit rhythms and penning world-class songs. Along with writing he produces his own beats which has proved to be a winning combination with artistes such as Gyptian, Etana, Nesbeth, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah, Gramps Morgan, just to name a few, and he has worked with major artistes like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Glen Washington, Coco Tea, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Capleton and Beenie Man.

Flava’s hit list includes songs such as Nesbeth’s Guns Out, Etana’s I Am Not Afraid, Gramps’ One In A Million, among others.

Below we’ve featured a clip of an exclusive audio interview of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, by Daddy Turbo from the UK. This interview was aired on Monday night (February 7) on Daddy Turbo’s weekly Reggae & Dancehall Link Up Show on ICR FM 105.7 (icrfm.co.uk). Check it out:

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