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New Artist Music: Vision – “We Jammin”


Music’s importance lies in the feelings it evokes in listeners, such is Vision’s aim with the hit bound reggae single “We Jammin”. Produced by Jon “fx” Crawford and Dubloise for Keynote Records, the feel good vibe of “We Jammin” brings nostalgic memories.

“We Jammin is a song that reflects the most memorable and happy  times of my life in Jamaica. Jammin means to kick back and relax, instead of saying Chillin or vibing, in Jamaica we just say Jam short for Jammin. The song tells you a lot about who I am and where I’m from. Living in America isn’t a bed of roses for most Jamaicans. Leaving our families behind and starting all over has its obstacles. So to past the time we jam reminisce on the good times back home in Jamaica. Thats what the song is about, its about we Jamaicans, even we immigrant. We all like Jammin in our own way.” stated Jamaican born singer/song writer Vision.

Proudly Jamaica has given reggae music to the world, iconic artists, legendary entertainers and music that stands the test of time. Vison’s “We Jammin” is sure to fall right into place with such distinctions as it boasts melodic hooks and authentic reggae vibe.

The single will be available for purchase on February 21st, 2014 on itunes.

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Meet Jamaican born, singer-songwriter, Simon Mitchell, most infamously referred to by his stage name “Vision”. The name was inspired by Mitchell’s influential upbringing during his childhood stint as a member of his mother’s church choir. It was here that Vision decided that in all things life, he would be lead by faith and not by sight. Because of this mantra, following his musical transition to dance-hall, the international artist set out to create a promising new sound that he would later deem as “Roots Pop Reggae.”

But before there was Vision, there was Simon Alexander Mitchell. Born November 5 to a Jamaican mother and British-Jamaican father, Mitchell resided in England as a child while his father played professional soccer before later changing careers and moving Simon and his mother to Jamaica. It was here that the influence of the island’s strong musical culture would engulf Mitchell’s life and inspire him to become an artist. At the age of 12, the young boy was introduced to the piano, which he took to very well and would learn songs at a gifted pace. He’d soon realize his melodic knack for composing music. Fast-forward years later in which a football injury and a twist of fate would lead the former college athlete to a life of music. Read more..

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Video: My Money – VOICEMAIL ft. Agent Sasco aka Assassin

Video: My Money – VOICEMAIL ft. Agent Sasco aka Assassin
Music video for the song “My Money” by Jamaican Dancehall Duo VOICEMAIL.
Watch out for their new album which will be released early next year. (C) CAPTIVATE MUSIC

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LargeUp Interview: Super Beagle on “Dust A Sound Bwoy” + Kanye’s “Mercy”

LargeUp Interview: Super Beagle on “Dust A Sound Bwoy” + Kanye’s “Mercy”

As a teenager growing up in Kingston, my afterschool job was at Techniques Records, where I auditioned artists, sold records, and spent many evenings recording dubplates for overseas customers with sound systems. Artists like Super Beagle, Baby Wayne, Capleton and Buju Banton hung around the store while waiting their turn to record for Winston Riley, the proprietor and producer of the legendary label. Many of us became friends, going to dub studios, writing and practicing songs for the day they would step behind the microphone.

Riley, who had produced “Double Barrel,” the second Jamaican song to go to top the British charts, and other hits including Johnny Osbourne’s “Come Back Darling,” General Echo’s “Arleen,” Tenor Saw’s “Ring The Alarm,” and Super Cat’s “Boops” was not easily impressed—even by artists that already had songs on the road that were selling. When he finally heard and approved Super Beagle’s “Dust a Soundboy” lyrics, he once again opened his vault and lifted out his 24-track Ampex tape with the Stalag rhythm that had already given him numerous hits. We all knew that this was another guaranteed hit. But the icing on the cake for “Dust a Soundboy” was Fuzzy Jones’s intro, with his haunting vocal, like that of an ancient seer, predicting death and destruction to anyone who did not heed his warning: “WELL! It is a weeping and a moaning and a gnashing of teeth in the dancehall and who don’t have teeth gweh rub pan dem gum.”

Move forward to 2012 and one of the hottest songs on the radio is Kanye West’s “Mercy” featuring the same Fuzzy Jones intro from Super Beagle’s “Dust a Sound Boy.” I had to call up Beagle to get his feedback on Kanye sampling his biggest song. The result is more of a stroll down memory lane than an interview, as we compared memories of our days at Techniques Records on Chancery Lane, Arrows Dub Studio, and where it all began for Buju Banton. Photos were shot in and around Super Beagle’s neighborhood in Portmore.


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Video: Don Andre- Roll We A Roll (Fun Never Stops) – UK Artist

Video: Don Andre- Roll We A Roll (Fun Never Stops) – UK Artist

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Carlos Andre Don Paul Robinson or as he’s affectionately known ‘DON ANDRE’ is the young and talented Jamaican born recording artist. Don hails from South London, which has become a breeding ground for new refreshing UK underground Dancehall talent.

This year has been all about Don Andre on the UK Dancehall scene. Continually putting out visuals for his ‘Roll We A Roll’ mixtape EP he put out three singles through AfterHours Records, ‘Badmind Tun Up Inna Dem’, ‘Mi Baby’ and ‘Save Something’ were all full worldwide digital releases on the AfterHours Riddim EP Series. He also did a track called ‘Every Ghetto Yute Wah Rich’ on the ‘Aurora Skies Riddim’ from Jamaica that caught the attention of a more international dancehall audience. Don Andre’s buzz has forced AfterHours to release a Pre-Album as a catalogue of the work Don has done under the label with a official music video being shot for his summer anthem ‘Fun Never Stops (Roll We A Roll)’ dropping on the same day, Sunday 10th June 2012.

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New Artist Spotlight : Foxx Williams – Rhythmax Records

Born in Toronto Canada to Jamaican parents, R&B/Reggae singer/songwriter Lavel A Williams aka FoXx Williamz traces his roots back to St. Ann, Jamaica. The smooth vocalist has been singing since the tender age of 5 and cites Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, and James Brown as his strongest influence. However, growing up in a West Indian household, and hearing the grooving rhythms and melodies of Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, and Beres Hammond have armed this budding artist with an influence of Caribbean flavour that enables him to step out into the Reggae scene as a force to be reckoned with.

With the long awaited release of his first Reggae single “I Swear,” filled with sincere lyrics, sweet melodies and lush arrangements, it is only a matter of time before FoXx will be recognized worldwide for his musical and artistic abilities. Now that he has teamed up with Douglas McLeary of Rhythmax Records and MGE Entertainment, FoXx Williamz has the support he needs to accomplish his goals and to share his music with his fans and the public. When asked why he has waited until now to release his first single, FoXx responded “ I wanted to be mature as a vocalist and writer, to master my craft. I know I am ready – my time to shine is now.

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The 2012 installment of “Carnival Puntarenas,” the third of the three “major” festivals of the season in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, proved to be another spectacular affair for the more than 40,000 music lovers who converged for the beach side concert in the capital city to see Jamaican reggae star Ky-mani Marley set the day to music.

When the young Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, hit the stage backed the band Konfrontation, excitement and pandemonium broke out in anticipation of the tasty musical treat that was to follow. Marley blazed the stage for well over 120 minutes, delivering a dynamic litany of songs, from his father’s repertoire as well as some from his own catalogue. The multi talented singer proved his relevance with favourites like ‘Iron Lion Zion,’ ‘Is This Love,’ ‘One Love,’ ‘Get up Stand Up,’ ‘No Woman No Cry,’ ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and originals like ‘Who We Are,’ ‘Rasta Love,’ ‘Ska-Ba-Dar’ and ‘Dear Dad’ – a song that pulls at the heartstrings of anybody who has lost a loved one. 

Ky-mani’s humble yet high-energy style of delivery demonstrated that it was really about the music and exceeding fans’ expectations. He was inundated with requests for autographs and how he managed to sign them while performing is baffling. Pocketbooks and shirts were only a few of the articles patrons threw on stage for signatures.    

Two encore performances later, the band was all set for shutdown, Ky-mani however obliged fans with a third and final encore performance. When he segued into the reggae anthem “One Love” the sea of patrons, obviously beguiled, appeared to be in a musical trance. 

“The picturesque view of thousands singing all the songs word for word, knowing they neither spoke nor understood English demonstrates one thing, that the universal language spoken today is the language of love” Ms. Lexy Brooks of VIP Connected Entertainment said moments after Ky-mani left the stage.

Marley, who is working on a new album, from which a single will be released this summer, is also making time for his latest project “Love Over All Foundation” (L.O.A.F.) an organization he is spearheading to assist his Alma Mata, Falmouth All Age School, along with a number of schools in Jamaica

“I am trying to assist kids in Jamaica who, though obviously eager to learn, don’t have many of the basic tools such as lunch money, school supplies, computers and desks. I have donated some of these items but would love to put a program in place where the efforts are ongoing” he said.

Ky-mani personifies the name “Marley” by continuing to maintain the highest professional standards through music and the love of his fellow man, something Bob would undoubtedly be proud of. The Marley legacy clearly, continues through his children.

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Reggae artist Jiimmy Cliff to play free Brooklyn concert

 Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will perform a free concert in Prospect Park to kick off this year’s Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series, organizers said Tuesday.

The 63-year-old Jamaican star is known for hits like “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” and “The Harder They Come,” which helped make reggae mainstream.

“He’s been on our wish list for a long time,” said Jack Walsh, director of performing arts for BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn, which puts on the series. “I think in particular he really resonates in Brooklyn across all tupes of audiences. Obviously in Brooklyn we have a large Jamaican community that he’ll be instantly recognizable to.

“In his later years he’s become a fastastic crossover artist, and we think that really resonates well for all of Brooklyn,” he said.

Cliff will perform on June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The rest of the Celebrate Brooklyn! line up will be rolled out in the coming weeks.


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Olympic champion Usain Bolt wins 100M at Diamond League in Paris

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World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt out-paced fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell to wil the men’s 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

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Get To Know Errol Kerr of the Jamaica Ski Team

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It’s tough to get away from a stereotype, especially when it involves being compared to a cast member of “Cool Running’s.” Errol Kerr, the latest Jamaican winter phenomenon, has qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics Ski Cross and is already dealing with the amount of misconceptions that come along with being a Jamaican native.
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International film award for ‘Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast’

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image002Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, the one-hour documentary film by Jamaican/Spanish film and music company Nice Time Productions, has won a major international award.

Producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta and director Miguel Galofre received the Garland of Honour in the category of “Olympic Spirit” at the Sport Movies & Tv 2009 – 27th Milano International FICTS Festival on November 4 in Italy.

‘Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast’ is Garcia-Guereta’s first film production. He knew something ‘big’ was going to happen at last summer’s Beijing Olympics. Garcia-Guereta therefore captured the reactions and emotions of his adopted country – Jamaica – as it witnessed history.

The documentary also contains interviews with athletes and gold-medal winners such as Usain Bolt, Shelly Anne Fraser, and Melanie Walker at home in Jamaica. The natural environment oriented images of the film are reinforced and supported with classic and new reggae songs, partly produced by Nice Time Productions music division, which makes the documentary film a work of significant historical value.

The film premiered in February 2009 at the CPTC in Jamaica as part of the Reggae Film Festival, and was selected as the opening night feature of the Kingston On The Edge arts week. The Jamaican production was also nominated in the best documentary category at the American Black Film Festival held in Miami, USA June 2009.

Nice Time Productions is currently working on their second documentary “Hit Me With Music”. This film captures all ingredients of reggae and dancehall culture in Jamaica, again illustrated with leading Jamaicans commenting on this popular topic and supported by old and new recordings as the appropriate backdrop.

Photo: Producer Fernando Garcia-Guereta (left) and director Miguel Galofre receive the award

For more information about ‘Why do Jamaican run so fast’, photographs of the award night, screenshots of the film and interview requests for Fernando Guereta, please contact:

Europe: Elvira Westervaarder
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MP3:Ras Ophir & Nahswitch – Money


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After such a big work, what was done by beatmaker Hellokatzebeats (Russia) and upcoming artists Ras Ophir (Belarus-Lithuania) and Nahswitch (Jamaica) u can download now new hit song “Money”!!!

Ras Ophir was born in USSR but was highly attracted by Jamaican culture. Now he is working with European, American and Jamaican producers. Soon it will be the release of debut album.

Nahswitch have already worked with top Jamaican producers and have big club banger hits.

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Bolt and Richards win at IAAF world athlete of the year in Monaco

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The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and United States 400 metres runner Sanya Richards have won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

Bolt retained the honour for winning the 100m and 200m finals in world record times at the World Championships in Berlin, matching his sprint double at the Beijing Olympics.

“It’s been an amazing year for me,” said Bolt, whose training was hampered by a foot injury after he crashed his car in April. “I had to refocus my goals and put in a lot of hard work. I did extremely well and I’m proud of myself.”

Richards, the 2006 winner, won her first individual gold medal at a major championships in Berlin. She also won at all six Golden League meetings in Europe to claim a share of the $1m jackpot (£605,000) offered to athletes who swept their event.

“I am so excited and overwhelmed,” said the Jamaican-born Richards. “You work so hard to be a world champion. It’s right up there with winning the title in Berlin.”

Lamine Diack, the president of the International Association of Athletic Federations, praised Bolt for raising his performances to “an unimaginable level”. “We need stars in the sport,” he said. “He brings a lot of prestige to our sport and is one of the best-known people on the planet.”

The 23-year-old Bolt said he aimed to go unbeaten through the 2010 season, when he will compete at seven of the 14 meets which make up the new global Diamond League circuit.

He has signed a contract to race against Tyson Gay, of the US, and his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell. “A lot of people are going to watch out for the showdowns,” Bolt said.

Gay said he wanted a 100m rematch with Bolt at the New York City meeting on June 12. “That would make track and field huge again in the United States,” Gay said at a Diamond League launch.

Richards credited Bolt and other Jamaican sprinters for inspiring her in Beijing with their obvious love of the sport.

“These athletes were just having so much fun,” Richards said. “I was so focused on winning, the medals and the money and everything that came with being a champion that I forgot the simple enjoyment and fun of track and field.”

Richards said she watched videos with her parents of her running as a child aged seven and began to relax during races. “I just felt like I was running a lot lighter, the races became a lot easier,” she said.

Richards said her goal for 2010 is to break the US record of 48.70 she set in Athens three years ago.

Her next main event is marriage to the New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross in Austin, Texas, on her 25th birthday in February.

Bolt topped a shortlist that included his sprint rival Gay and three other world champions: the 5,000m and 10,000m winner Kenenisa Bekele, of Ethiopia, the pole vaulter Steven Hooker, of Australia, and the Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen.

Richards beat her fellow world champions Valerie Vili, the shot putter from New Zealand, the Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, who set a world record winning the hammer, and the Russian pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva.

Votes were cast by nearly 1,800 athletes, officials and journalists.
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Beenie Man Axed from New Zealand’s Big Day Out Festival

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Beenie Man is “heartbroken” at his axing from the Big Day Out after concerns were raised over homophobic lyrics in some of the Jamaican reggae artist’s songs.

The controversial artist was axed just a week after being named to play at the Big Day Out in Auckland on January 15 after an outcry from gay rights groups.

Organisers said “the depth of feeling and hurt amongst these groups has convinced us that for us to proceed with his Big Day Out appearances was, and would continue to be, divisive amongst our audience members and would mar the enjoyment of the event for many”.

But in an email sent to GayNZ.com and other media, titled I Do Not Condone Act Of Violence Toward Others, Beenie Man – real name Moses Davis – said his lyrics were misunderstood because of cultural differences.

“People sometimes may misunderstand my lyrics because of slang, metaphors, jargons and dialect; it is not intended to be harmful,” he said.

“We live in a diverse society, the haves, have-nots, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists, light and dark skinned, homosexuals and heterosexuals. At times we wrongly ridicule each other for beliefs. One thing we have in common, we are all human beings and should strive for peace, equality and love.

“I want my music to bring people together and for them to dance, feel good and enjoy it.”

He said his controversial songs – which include the lyrics, “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays” – were directed at men who exploited young boys, not homosexuals.

“I wrote the lyrics at a point in my life when I younger and was seeing a lot of exploitation of poor and defenseless young boys in the garrison – where I too was born – by rich men,” he said in the email.

“When I wrote the lyrics boys were raped and murdered often – even recently a nine-year-old went to buy cigarettes for a man, came back and was raped and murdered. The act of sodomy was my concern when I wrote the song.

“I realize that those men were not gays but were predators or paedophile which is not a common word in my dialect hence the perception when generalising. I am older and realised the difference after.

“I have worked with gays and lesbians on videos and photo shoots and they have done great. I do not sing or perform any of those songs nor promote any violence on stage. I have been performing all over the world and there hasn’t been any issues of recent.”

He said he was disappointed to no longer be performing in Australia or New Zealand and asked Big Day Out organisers to apologise to him.

“I realize that I have never been to your country and what was old forgotten news in which I have apologised, is now new news because of me coming and now it’s your turn for an apology. I am a music ambassador for the world and the last thing I would want to do is spread hate or violence towards others.

“Please know that I am sincere and right now I am proposing peace, one world… One Love regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and nationality.”

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SHOCKING! Jamaican selector beaten in Japan!

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Jamaican Athletes Admit To Banned Substances

Img214031588Four Jamaican athletes have admitted to taking a banned substance.

The four are Yohan Blake and Marvin Anderson, who train with triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt, as well as Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence.

Jamaican Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal (Jadco) chairman Ransford Langrin said the athletes have admitted they took a banned substance.

He added that the minimum sanction is a reprimand or up to a two-year ban.

Relay runners Blake, Fothergill, Spence and Anderson as well as Sheri-Ann Brooks were withdrawn by Jamaica from the World Championships in Berlin last month.

They tested positive for methylxanthine at Jamaica’s championships in June, but were initially cleared by a disciplinary panel on the basis it was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) banned list.

But Jadco then appealed against the verdict stating the substance had a similar structure to tuaminoheptane, a banned stimulant according to Wada.

Blake, who won bronze in the 100m at the world junior championships in 2006, is Olympic champion Bolt’s training partner and has recorded the fifth-fastest time over 100m this year.

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