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May 25th : Best of the best Concert – Miami FL

Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with Rockers Island Entertainment and Massive B, are proud to present the 8th annual Best Of The Best music, arts and culinary fest, returning to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) in the heart of downtown Miami on Sunday, May 25th.

The top acts in Reggae, Dancehall and Soca have already been confirmed to blaze up the stage, including Jamaican music legends Beres Hammond,Barrington LevyCocoa Tea and Beenie Man, alongsideChronixxTarrus RileyEtanaElephant ManAssassin,Singing MelodyBunji GarlinEdwin Yearwood,Destra Shal MarshallGBM NutronBugleTifa,NatureQQ and Popeye Caution. Even more additions to the already massive lineup will be announced soon!

The 100% Caribbean show will be hosted by JabbaJamusaDJ RoyHollywood ButtaMikey Mike800 BunjieEmpress YvetteRagashantiNikki ZLance-O, and Ricky Platinum. With music by Massive BWaggy TMetro Media and Fergie N Springer.

Best Of The Best Entertainment will produce a star-studded Welcome To Miami Party onFriday, May 23rd at Madhouse/Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines. Following the Sunday show, all roads will lead to the Official Best Of The Best 2014 After Party at Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway). On Memorial Monday, May 26th, the promoters will sponsor a Celebrity Soccer Match at Fort Lauderdale Regional Park (3700 N.W. 11th Place). 

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New Artist Spotlight: On My Way – RYTHMadix


Track 1 from RYTHMadix’ Debut E.P Break Free, Titled “On My Way” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google and more!

Download your copy of the Full E.P Today! Support Conscious Reggae Music!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RYTHMADIX


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Jamaican Recording Artist OMI Signs with American Based Ultra Music

 Gaining popularity and a huge fan base throughout the Caribbean, Hawaii, Canada, Dubai and other places in the world, Jamaican born and raised crooner Omi busted on the musical scene with his self-penned song hit single “Cheerleader”.

Discovered by Clifton “Specialist” Dillon who is known for developing artistes such as Shabba Ranks and Patra, Omi recently signed with Ultra Music, the label formed by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey.

Acclaimed billboard producer Ricky Blaze breathed new life and gave a new sound to “Cheerleader” by remixing it and giving it that multi genre sound that Ricky is known for, a blend of reggae, dancehall with hints of soca and dance music.

The single will be available on itunes April 8th, but in the meantime check out a teaser of “Cheerleader” Ricky Blaze Remix

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International reggae singer Duane Stephenson will reunited once again with video director guru Ras Kassa this weekend for the highly anticipated video shoot of Stephenson’s 2nd official album single entitled “Cool Running’s”.

The shoot which is scheduled for April 5th will be the second time Kassa and Stephenson will collaborate of a project. “I’ve worked with Kassa before, he shot the video for my single “Better Tomorrow” which came off my Black Gold album a few years ago and its really a pleasure working with him again on this new single”.
stated Stephenson.

Stephenson who is still riding mainstream airwaves with his “Rasta For I” single will also be dropping a second video in a few weeks. “Currently im also promoting a song called Rastafari Way for which I just shot a video for with director Dameon Gayle of Warrior Musick Productions and that will be ready for release sometime in April”.

In other news Stephenson is slated to perform at the Keesing Live Anniversary Show in Kingston on April 16th. His 3rd official studio album “Dangerously Roots” is expect out in the coming months.

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New Artist Video: Peter Lloyd – Blood On Your Hands

On the heels of his highly successful three month “Positive Vibrations Tour” of Europe , which he

headlined, and the success of his sophomore album : Stories From I Fathers’ Country, international

reggae star PETER LLOYD, The Love Messenger,

releases Blood On Your Hands. Blood On Your Hands is the first single from Peter Lloyd’s highly

anticipated third album, due late spring 2014.


Blood On Your Hands, which will be available on the Blacklight Records imprint, was produced

by PETER LLOYD, and Dean “Cannon” Fraser. Blood On Your Hands, mixed and mastered by Rohan

Dwyer, features Lloyd’s soaring vocals over a pure dub mix, as the artist, and song writer’s, simple but

potent lyrics, and addictive hooks, offers us a lesson in societies many challenges, as well as a potential



PETER LLOYD, a self, described positivist, drives home his message with an hypnotic, purist reggae

beat, live drums and a harmonious groove which appeals to almost any demographic.

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A History of Reggae + Jamaican Music w/ Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander + Chronixx | LargeUp TV

Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin and pianist Monty Alexander unite with reggae’s newest star, Chronixx, for “A History of Reggae and Jamaican Music,” a series of intimate shows at famed New York City jazz club, the Blue Note.

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It was high energy on set last Saturday evening as international Reggae recording artiste Wayne Wonder shot the visuals for his latest single entitled “Let Me Love You Tonight” featured on the Sweet Personality Riddim by Nature’s Way Entertainment.

The video was directed by Chris “Icey Jace” Campbell of Icey Jace Film Factory and featuring a number of steamy one on one scenes with Wonder’s female lead lady Ameala Kirlew.

Shot across several locations in Kingston the video represents Wonder’s first since the start of the year having release the highly successful “Reset It” in October 2013.

“Let me Love You Tonight is one of several new song we are promoting right now and when the video is ready it will be nothing short of amazing. Working with Icey Jace and his team is always a pleasure and for sure I have to thank everyone who made it possible. Special thanks to ZJ Bambino for making a cameo in the video and the fans can also look out for the “Many Reasons” and “Searching For Love” music videos, the latter of which features A.N.G deejay Iyara”.

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Event: March 17th Celebrity Monday’s – - Mega Super Producer Scott Storch’s Supreme Night #celebritymondays

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Event: March 17th Celebrity Monday’s – - Mega Super Producer Scott Storch’s Supreme Night

Celebrity Monday’s are BACK!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014 Kickoffs Celebrity Monday’s at Club Vault FLA as Mega Super Producer Scott Storch SMG host the “Supreme Night”

Scott just finished up songs for his boys Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg so he’s celebrating with us on 03/17/2014!

Doors Open at 9pm

10pm-11pm – - LIVE Band & Performers
10pm -12am – - 99 Jamz TAKE OVER
12am – Until – - Scott Storch’s Supreme Night

$99 Bottle Special ALL Night!!!! Hip-Hop and R & B along with 2 Rooms inside to Party (Latin & Reggae)

Outdoor Oasis to relax and lounge with Projection Screens!!!

Club Vault – 2801 Greene St., Hollywood, FL (Off I95 between Sheridan & Stirling Rd.

For more information & Bottle Service – 786.320.6690 x 12 or email [email protected]


$20 General Admission $40 VIP ALL ACCESS PASS

Tables & Bottles;
* $350 for 3 Bottles up to 4 People ($50 Gratuity)
* $500 for 4 Bottles and 6 people ($50 Gratuity)
* $750 for 5 Bottles up to 8 people ($50 Gratuity)
* $1,250 for 6 Bottles up to 10 people ($50 Gratuity)

Brought to you by Jay Wray Productions
Powered by Blue Dream Party in conjunction with LYFE Management Group & Dnalsi

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Grammy nominated reggae superstar Wayne Wonder is back in Jamaica this time to promote the release of a brand new mixtape entitled “Its Legendary”.

The 36 minute Ruba Dub style mix features a host of new and previously recorded singles from Wonder and his alter ego’s Surpriz which is a hardcore deejay and Glock 40 who selects music on Singso International Sound System. 

The mixtape which was fully engineered and mixed by the multifaceted singer, songwriter and producer is the first of its kind and features a host of samples from legendary moments in dancehall history.

Wonder who late last year captivated the mainstream circuit with his PayDay Music produced single “Reset It” which was featured on MTVIGGY.COM has been busy working on a host of new material which includes the hardcore 6 minute track “Always Carrying” as well as the lovers rock single “Let me Love You Tonight” produced by NaturesWay Entertainment.

“Right now im in the island to turn up the promotion on a number of projects including the singles “Let Me Love You Tonight” and “Many Reasons” which have been getting good radio airplay across the board. We will be shooting the video for both singles in a few days and we also will be releasing the highly anticipated video for “Searching For Love” which is a single I did with A.N.G recording artiste Iyara so the fans can look out for that” 




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Dance Instructions – Gyptian – Wine Slow ft. Tanisha Scott

Gyptian – Wine Slow ft. Tanisha Scott

Gyptian’s new video for the sexy “Wine Slow” is hosted by celebrity choreographer Tanisha Scott (Beyoncé, Sean Paul, Rihanna), who instructs a band of ready rump shakers on hypnotizing waist movements. The track is a favorite from Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae LP.

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Etana Pulls Trigger


International reggae artiste, Etana is pulling the trigger with another socially conscious message for fans. Etana has never been afraid to push the envelope and express herself freely. She explores the difficulties and hardships faced by communities at the base of the social strata. She is known for inspirational music and provides hope through song. 

Her latest single, Trigger, exposes an abstruse side of a survival story. “I think it’s different to view things from the perspective of the man holding the gun. This song doesn’t say he actually pulled the trigger, but he’s thinking. That’s what he has to do, due to circumstances. It’s metaphoric, a deep song that is real to some,” Etana explained. Trigger tells the true-to-life tale of a youth, who promised his mother faithfully that he, would evade a life of crime. This character is trapped by economical challenges, making the temptation near impossible to resist. He hollers,‘Mama mi haffi pull the trigger, again’” and clarifies why he is ensnared in a cycle he desperately tries to abandon.

The lyrics, written by Shauna McKenzie Morris and Sherietta Lewis, are enthralling. Etana said her inspiration to write and record the piece came from, “someone I met long ago who had a similar story, but never picked up the gun. Instead, he chose the books. However, some aren’t so fortunate to even find assistance to continue their education.”

She continued to describe the song’s producer, He’s just super talented. First he had to love it! Then he came up with the intricacies of producing a “love” track. Selecting the right musicians etc. I enjoyed working with him.” C-Sharp Keyboard Player, Dwain “Wiya” Campbell produced the track for his label, Barbwiya and Etana’s Freemind Music. “Trigger” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital music stores worldwide.

Her next video, “Thy Will Be Done” is scheduled for premiere on the world’s largest music video platform VEVO on March 8th. The video features Jo Mersa Marley, the grandson of global music legend, Bob Marley.


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Sean Paul tops chart despite weak sales – Jamaica Observer

FULL Frequency, the new album from Sean Paul, has debuted at number one on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart.

Although this is the Grammy-winning deejay’s fourth album to top that chart, he did so with paltry sales.

The Atlantic Records/VP Records set opened with 2,160 copies. This pales in comparison to impressive numbers by two of Sean Paul’s previous albums Dutty Rock and The Trinity.

Dutty Rock opened with 65,000 copies in November 2002 and went on to sell over six million copies worldwide.

Released in 2005 The Trinity set a best opening week record for a Jamaican act with over 107,000 copies. It eventually sold over 4.3 million copies worldwide.

Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, the long-running number one Reincarnated by Snoop Lion falls to number two, selling 663 copies in the past week for total sales of 91,955 copies.

The sales of Jamaican acts continue to be dismal. Gospel deejay Papa San’s One Blood falls to number five, having topped the chart more than three weeks ago. Its sales tally stands at 1,820 copies.

Tarrus Riley’s Love Situation, which was number one two weeks ago, slips to number eight. After three weeks, it has sold 1,126 copies.

VP Records’ flagship compilation Reggae Gold 2013 is at number nine with 121 copies moved over the past week. Its figures to date stands at 8,286 copies.

At number 10 is Gyptian’s highly-touted Sex Love & Reggae which has to date sold 3,899 copies.

Shaggy’s Out of Many, One Music is at number 14 with 83 copies sold over the tracking period. Its total sales are 2,777 copies.

Legend Remixed by Bob Marley and the Wailers sits at 16, selling 79 copies the past week. Released last year, the set has so far sold 14,063 copies.

Jah Cure’s World Cry sold 39 copies last week to bring its tally to 4,374 copies for number 27.

Vybz Kartel’s Kartel Forever: Trilogy, another set with high expectations, is at number 33. It sold 32 copies over the previous week — a paltry 947 copies were sold in total.

At 41 is Here Come the Kings, the comeback set from Morgan Heritage which sold 22 copies for total sales of 3,662 copies.

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Meditations, Part One: Jesse Royal + Ras Jammy (Suns of Dub) | LargeUp TV

Meditations is a documentary series revolving around the everyday spiritual life of these musicians. Chapter 1 features singer Jessie Royal and Ras Jammy (of the Suns of Dub) harvesting ackee and preparing an ital feast at Gabre Selassie’s home overlooking Kingston.

The second installment in our Meditations documentary series features some peaceful vibes with Suns of Dub’s Addis Pablo. Addis, son of dub legend Augustus Pablo, sat with us in Earl “Chinna” Smith’s yard to share some insight about growing up surrounded with music, and how he carries on his father’s mystic tradition today. Inspired by recently unearthed footage of Augustus and Hugh Mundell, we then joined him, singer Jesse Royal and drummer Tesfa Zion on Jack’s Hill for an acoustic session overlooking Kingston.

The third and final video in our “Meditations”series — a trilogy of mini-docs revolving around the everyday spiritual life of Jamaica’s young musicians— depicts moments over the course of a day at the Kingston home of the Hendrix of roots reggae, guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. His home, better known locally as Inna Di Yard, is a studio, rehearsal space, meeting ground and all-around musical oasis, world renowned for the relaxed jam sessions.

On this particular evening, after meeting up with Addis Pablo and Ras Jammy of Suns of Dub, we found Ras Michael, luminary prophet of psychedelic Nyabinghi group the Sons of Negus, leading an extended acoustic session with elders such as Kiddus I, Addis, the reggae revival’s leading female voice Jah-9, and many more. Press play, and hold a vibes…

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Creating a Musical Buzz, Vision “Leads by Faith and not by Sight” – “We Jammin” out Now on Itunes!




Creating a musical buzz with the release of his hit single “We Jammin”, music lovers have been curious and want to know more about the man behind the voice and talent that has delivered a feel good real reggae song.

Vision indeed achieved his aim by transporting us back in time with his chart climbing hit. In an earlier statement to the media he  declared “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.”

Since hitting the airwaves the musical fraternity and blogmosphere feedback has been impressive with similar sentiments across the board. “Loving this “We Jammin” joint by Vision. It reminds me of the reggae of my yuth” stated DJ Eva Hype, while a fan noted via twitter that “We Jammin is good vibes. That track is refreshing yet it has the feel of a classic”.

Produced by Jon “fx” Crawford and Dubloise for Keynote Records, “We Jammin” is now available onitunes!

Artist Spotlight! Vision - Led by Faith and not by Sight

They say when life gets tough, what keeps us going is our faith in things to come. And in order to see the unseen, one must have true vision. 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.

In January 2011, Vision was given the opportunity to open for singer Collie Buddz at the Play back Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That was his first introduction to the states that would soon deem him a crossover artist on the rise and international sensation. Since then, Vision has been feverishly writing and performing music.

Vision’s music is characterized by its versatile sound and most recognized by its raw, yet rhythmic, lyrical content. It’s this range in musical artistry and character that has allowed for Vision to become vastly popular amongst listeners.

“Love yuh life, I’m going to take you on a journey…” -Vision.

For more information, and/or to request “We Jammin”, please e-mail i[email protected]

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Event: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert in Miami! – @BESTOFTHEBEST



Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with, Rockers Island Entertainment andMassive B, will once again bring the heat to the streets of South Florida during Memorial Weekend (May 23 – 26), with several blockbuster parties and exclusive shindigs — all anchored by the city’s long running music, culinary and arts festival, Best Of The Best 2014.

This year’s big concert will be held Sunday, May 25th at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami and feature performances from a bevy of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca giants, including Beres HammondBarrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, alongside Tarrus RileyChronixx,Elephant ManSinging MelodyBunji GarlinEdwin Yearwood and Nature. Additions to the “100% Caribbean” lineup will be announced over the coming months.

Best Of The Best will be hosted by JabbaJamusaDJ RoyHollywood ButtaMikey Mike,800 BunjieEmpress YvetteRagashantiNikki Z and Ricky Platinum. Music by Massive B,Waggy TMetro MediaHypa SnypaDJ KMFergie N SpringerBashment KidJah Stream,Fire Redz and Juxy Fire.

Prior to the main event, Best Of The Best Entertainment will produce a star-studded Welcome To Miami pre-party on Friday, May 23rd at Madhouse/Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines. Following the Sunday show, all roads will lead to the Official BOTB After Party at Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway). On Memorial Monday, May 26th, the promoters will sponsor a Celebrity Soccer Match at Fort Lauderdale Regional Park (3700 N.W. 11th Place).

The Best Of The Best franchise remains the country’s largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival, consistently welcoming thousands of visitors from urban centers around the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. General Admission tickets for Best Of The Best 2014 are currently on sale for $37 while VIP/OPEN BAR tickets are on sale for $109. Both early bird deals available untilMarch 16th.


FOR TICKETS: Log on to www.bestofthebestconcert.com


FOR BOOTH/VENDOR INFO: Call 305.438.9488. Space Is Limited!



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Inner Circle Talks the Late Great Bunny Rugs & Daniel Bambaata Marley Gives You an Update

ReggaeWaveTV host Lance O sits down with Roger from Inner Circle as he talks about his good friend the late great Bunny Rugs from the band “Third World” & Daniel Bambaata Marley gives you an update whats new with him in 2014.

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Blue Mountain Music Festival – Feb 23rd & 24th

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On February 22 and 23 the hills of Holywell will come alive as Bombrush Records and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) host the inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival. The festival boasts a hybrid of music, culture and outdoor adventure, set against the panoramic landscape of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

The Blue Mountain Music Festival, an official Reggae Month event, will feature two days of performances, yoga, hiking, camping and an array of entertainment for the entire family. Festival promoters promise an experience synonymous with the acclaimed Woodstock Festival, and encourage patrons to take advantage of the overnight camping facilities and outdoor activities.

Festival Schedule

 On Saturday, February 22nd, gates open at 2 p.m. and the Reggae Party begins at 7 p.m., featuring the legendary Third World band, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid, among others. On Sunday, February 23rd, gates re-open at 11a.m. and the  Misty Bliss concert starts at 2 p.m., featuring T.O.K., Nomaddz, Ity and Fancy Cat, Kelissa and Jesse Royal.

Sharing his vision for the Blue Mountain Music Festival, Executive Director of Bombrush Records, Roshaun Clarke, sees the event evolving to become “one of the premiere music festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Diversity in the genres of music presented and offering innovative attractions will be key to achieving this.”

Daytime activities include guided hikes, yoga, Maroon drumming, stilt-walkers, fire-breathers and storytelling.





Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park 21st Anniversary Celebrations


“The Blue Mountain Music Festival is the first in a week-long series of events celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the designation of the Blue and John Crow Mountains as a National Park,” shared Dr. Susan Otuokon, Executive Director of the JCDT. “The festival will raise awareness and funds for the park, while encouraging Jamaicans to visit and enjoy the cool, crisp ambiance at Holywell.”


Tickets and festival information


Tickets start at $2,500 for day passes and $5,000 for season passes, which are available at Woolworth, Xtras, Cove Cinema in Ocho Rios and online at TouchTix.net.


Proceeds from the Blue Mountain Music Festival will benefit the JCDT and TOK’s Guardian Angel Foundation.


Sponsors include the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Bombrush Records, RJR Communications Group, Anubis Communications, Telegens, Got Creative Design & Photography and Listen Mi Caribbean.


Visit bluemountainmusicfestival.com or email [email protected] for information.


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Video:Busy Signal The Gambler Reggae’s Gone Country

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Goes Gold w/ Skrillex + Unleashes New mp3 “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World)”




This week, reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley scores another Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold certified hit for his Skrillex collab “Make It Bun Dem.” This is the first time Damian has reached this status since his ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ album in 2006. The album’s title track also sold over 500,000 units in 2005.

Skrillex reached out to Damian to be on the track and the rest is history. When released in 2012, “Make It Bun Dem” saturated all blogs, clubs and airwaves worldwide. To date, the video has received over 72 million YouTube views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGpzGu9Yp6Y

Purchase the single now, along with 6 other remixes, on ‘Make It Bun Dem After Hours (Remixes)’: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-it-bun-dem-after-hours/id555199107

Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/withlove-pr/damian-jr-gong-marley-is-it

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9 Mile Music Festival welcomes Ms. Lauryn Hill on her third festival appearance this year, along with Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and Julian “Juju” Marley.  This year’s festival also features Sean Paul, Tito El Bambino, Mavado, Chronixx, Ken Y and many other surprise performances and appearances.


Scheduled for Saturday, February 15th at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, (10901 SW 24th Street in Miami), the festival gates will open at 12:30PM, with two stages featuring reggaeton, reggae, and dancehall artists.


The 9 Mile Music Festival has always carried a humanitarian message within its musical one and to date has collected and donated almost three million cans of food to hunger projects internationally. This year, canned food collected at admission during the festival will benefit Curley’s House. Curley’s House is a food bank that provides bulk food products to thousands of needy families and the homeless throughout Miami-Dade County. They offer job training skills and access help as well as others services.

Advance general admission tickets are $57.83 and include all taxes, fees and parking.  Special VIP tickets are available for $179.00 and include a VIP entrance, special viewing area and backstage access.  Tickets are available at www.9milemusicfestival.com and the following outlets:

In Miami-Dade:

Caribbean Delite Restaurant, 9491 SW 160th Street

Cliffs Restaurant, 10740 NW 7th Avenue

Condom USA, 3066 Grand Avenue

Holy Smokes, 13205 SW 137th Avenue

Jamaica Kitchen, 8736 SW 72nd Street

Midtown Smoke Shop, 3503 NE 2nd Avenue

Uncle Sam’s, 1141 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


In Broward County:

Aunt I’s, 1166 N State Road 7

Aunt I’s 10111 Pines Boulevard

Barbican Square, 11030 Pembroke Road, Miramar

One Love Music, 6460 N State Road 7

Reggae n Things, 7851 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs

VP Records, 6022 SW 21st Street

We-B-Joys, 3565 Powerline Road


In Palm Beach County:

Chinnys Restaurant, 1155 Royal Palm Beach

Silverspoon Restaurant, 940 Park Avenue, Suite 104


Producer Ricky Blaze and Reggae Star Gyptian Team Up for Another BLAZING Hit!

When a producer and artist have the right chemistry it translates into their music like a well orchestrated dance. Such was the result when producer Ricky Blaze and international reggae star Gyptian teamed up for what became Gyptian’s gold-selling anthem “Hold You”.

Since then, both Ricky and Gyptian have been a busy fixture on worldwide charts, Ricky with chart topping hits from Hip Hop to Reggae, and Gyptian touring worldwide, and more recently a live performance in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan, NY. Luckily for music lovers, the two finally reunited; “Its been years since me and Gyptian worked due to super busy Schedules but whenever we get in the studio with his melodies and my production we always come out with cool songs and i feel this song will definitely move clubs around the world”  stated billboard producer Ricky.

The new single “Stuck” offers a flair of dancehall with a hint of soca. It was described by music industry insiders as a feel good song that makes you sway as the first note hits your soul, it sticks to you!

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WE-B JOYS 954.561.4741

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Video: Reggae Singer Ras Slick Voice Concerns In New Video

Reggae recording artist Ras Slick is voice his concerns of some of Jamaica’s ongoing social and economic woes in a brand new single entitled “This Place”.

Slick who is based in Maryland Virginia recently release a music video for the song which he describes as a plead to his fellow Jamaicans to wake up and realize their true potential.

“On this new song I wanted to shed some light on some serious issues taking place in Jamaica. I’m a proud Jamaican and when I see people fighting and killing each other for foolish reasons it really bothers me. In short I just wanted to inspire those who are willing to listen and so right now we gearing up to promote the song both locally and internationally”.

Directed by Richard Brown the video was shot on location in Negril Westmoreland and was produced by Shavy T Records

Slick who last year released “Dreaming”, his most successful single to date is promising big things for the new year. “Well for 2014 we will continue to work hard, I have a lot of new music on the way and we definitely looking to do a lot more shows. I just want to build a steady fan base and grow as an artiste”.

RAS SLICK – THIS PLACE (Official Video)

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International Reggae ambassador Duane Stephenson will be heating up the stage on Friday January 17th at the 21st Staging of Rebel Salute one of Jamaica’s premier music festival’s.

Stephenson who has been busy finalizing work on his upcoming album “Dangerously Roots” which is due out in the first quarter of the year will perform alongside other headline acts including Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Chuck Fendah, Luciano, Kabaka Pyramid and Bugle to name a few.

The two day Festival will take place on the lawns of the Richmond Park Estate in Priory St. Ann and according to event organizer Tony Rebel the more than 40 local acts will take the stage. “Outside of an extensive line up of more than 40 artists Rebel Salute will also be offer Camping similar to other major festivals internationally coupled with a better ticketing system to patrons local and overseas”.

Currently promoting his new single “Rasta For I” Stephenson continues to climb international charts moving up 2 places to #15 on the New York Foundation Radio Top 25 Reggae Charts.



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Video: Dubtonic Kru “Everlasting Love” official video (2014 Sick Donkey Records)

Dubtonic Kru, the group that was voted “Best New Band” at the 2011 Global Battle of the Bands, comes with an instant reggae classic, creating EVERLASTING LOVE from the ground up in association with SICK DONKEY RECORDS. The song was recorded one afternoon in Seattle and represents the true ensemble vibe with lead vocalist Kamau and guitarist Jallanzo trading vocals, Jubba on harmonies and drums, while bassie Stone drives the message, and Luke builds keyboard sounds that echo American R&B of the early 1980′s. The groove is definitively reggae one-drop with lyrics steeped in metaphysical potency that will have you singing along with the message of universal, unconditional, agape love from the Creator reminding us that “Jah made the sun, the moon, the stars that shine; eternally.”

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On January 21, 2014, Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall will unveil Tru Colors – his first full-length album in over 10 years and debut studio release for the Marley label Ghetto Youths International. The 13-track collection, produced primarily by Damian Marley and written almost entirely by Marshall, follows his recent digital-only ETru Colors (Ghetto Youths International) and his 2003 LP Marshall Law (VP Records). Tessanne Chin, this season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice and Marshall’s sister-in-law, also contributes lyrics on the album’s closing track “On The End.” Tru Colors will be distributed through Thirty Tigers / Sony Red.

The multi-faceted singjay, songwriter and producer ­– known for his clever lyrics, melodic cadence and hit-filled repertoire including “Overcome,” My Heart” and “Good Ole Wife” – covers a diverse range of moods, styles and topics on Tru Colors. Taken from a phrase in R.E.M.’s mega-hit “Losing My Religion,” Marshall talks about our choices being essential to our fate on “On The Corner,” backed by a heavy roots reggae rhythm. He calls out all fake friends on the title track and urges strugglers to keep their heads up on the R&B/gospel-tinged “Nah Give Up” featuring Tarrus Riley. On “Be On The Alert” featuring Bounty Killer, he addresses the dramatic increase of missing children in Jamaica over a leisurely-paced one drop riddim. He dreams big on “Success Story,” contemplates life on “In The End” and livens things back up on the aspirational anthem “Stupid Money” featuring Assassin. His swagger also shines on the playful single “I Know,” his massive 2012 hit “Go Hard” featuring Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer and (the incarcerated) Vybz Kartel, and its new hip-hop flavored remix “Go Harder” featuring Ace Hood, Cham and Waka Flocka.

Check out the video for “Stupid Money” (directed by Maybach Music’s Jon J):

Check out the video for “I Know” (directed by Jay Will):

Marshall wanted a clear vision and plan before releasing his new studio album.  He wrote songs with Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley before signing to Ghetto Youths International in 2011, and knew their label would successfully execute and oversee his next full-length musical endeavor.

“I feel very good about the songs that we have put together and believe Tru Colors will be a stepping stone towards taking my career to the next level,” Marshall states.

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Super Cat returns – Jamaica Gleaner

Super Cat returns – Jamaica Gleaner

Super Cat returned to his roots in the community of Cockburn Gardens by helicopter od December 22. Fans surrounded the reggae artiste as he made his way to the stage where he gave the crowed a taste of what is to come on Boxing Day at Sting 2013 at Jamworld, Portmore.

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Monty Alexander celebrates the crossroads where Jazz and Reggae intersect

Monty Alexander

A Weeklong Lineup of Collaborative Shows at Blue Note Jazz Club

January 2014

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.  This January, he will come to Blue Note Jazz Club to present a lineup of collaborative shows that combine the worlds of jazz and reggae in perfect harmony.

An award-winning artist, Monty Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, and Sly & Robbie, among others. To celebrate the breadth of musical genres his work has combined, Monty is proud to have assembled a diverse group of performers to showcase his evolution of sound.

Rocking Reggae Meets Jazz and Swing

 Monty Alexander’s weeklong showcase will preview on January 13th with a double-feature lineup.  The Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will kick off the night with a release party and performance for their new release on Motema Records.  The Harlem-Kingston Express project combines two groups into one, seamlessly blending rocking reggae music with classic, acoustic jazz.

Afterwards, Caterina ZapponiBucky and Martin Pizzarelli, and Frank Vignola come together to present a lineup of jazz and swing-centric compositions.  In her career, the gifted multi-lingual vocalist Caterina Zapponi has explored music ranging from jazz and the American popular song to cabaret and musical theater.  She was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and has since performed at prestigious venues including New York’s Birdland, and The Blue Note, and internationally at the Verbier and Saint Barthelemy festivals.  Her recordings include the album Universal Love Songs, released by Inak Music in 2001, and the forthcoming Amorosa on Motema Music. Zapponi is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and performed “A Song For You” for the film For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner.

Bucky Pizzarelli, a legendary swing guitarist and banjoist, has performed with the likes of Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli and Benny Goodman over his illustrious career.  His son Martin Pizzarelli is an accomplished jazz double-bassist.  Guitarist extraordinaire Frank Vignola has performed with such legendary artists as Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal.

Monty returns to Blue Note with this double feature on January 21st to kick off his week-long lineup.

A Legendary Jazz Trio Unites

 From January 22nd – 24th, Monty Alexander will perform with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton; assembling one of the most legendary trios in all of jazz. They have worked together for over 40 years and have released many albums together, the most famous being “Live In Montreux,” one of the most celebrated jazz piano trio records of all-time.

A History of Reggae and the Music of Jamaica

On January 25th and 26th, the Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will celebrate Jamaican music with special guestsErnest Ranglin, Jamaica’s legendary guitar master, and Chronixx.  Guitarist Ernest Ranglin’s sound defines the Jamaican sound for a generation of musicians. He has worked with Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Skatalites, and numerous other legendary reggae musicians.  Chronixx is the young Rastafarian artist whose rise in popularity over the last year has him being called reggae’s next superstar by many industry heavyweights.  Since the beginning of 2013, Chronixx has appeared on every major stage show in Jamaica, and is well-versed in the music business.  Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle.

There are two shows each night throughout Monty Alexander’s lineup, and tickets are $20 at the bar, $35 for table reservations.  Doors for the 8PM show open at 6PM; doors for the 10:30PM show open at 9:45PM.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluenote.net.  Blue Note Jazz Club is located at 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village.

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Out Today – Strictly The Best Series – BET’s 106 & Park Has Samantha J Perform Featured Track “Tight Up Skirt”




The Latest Installments Includes Hits from Tessanne Chin, Sean Paul, Snoop Lion, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Sizzla, Mr. Vegas, Bunji Garlin and more

Samantha J Appeared on Last Week’s BET 106 & Park To Perform Featured Track “Tight Up Skirt”

Established in 1993, Strictly The Best is the first annual reggae compilation in the business. This year’s installment Vol. 48 & Vol. 49, which features an explosive collection of trendsetting hits on two separate discs, is available this week (Dec. 17) and marks the series’ 20th anniversary. Year after year, the Strictly The Best series unveils a comprehensive collection of the genre’s most popular tunes and breaking hits. The go-to compilation features reggae’s biggest stars and is also a platform for new talent to gain notoriety in the industry.

Watch STB’s video playlist that features 14 of the year’s hottest dancehall and reggae videos from Vol. 48 & 49:

This year’s Strictly The Best Vol. 48 includes 2013’s most sought-after smooth sounds in lovers rock and roots. Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin, who is a top contender on NBC’s The Voice this season, delivers a spine-tingling ballad on “Incredible Love,” while roots empress Etana celebrates life’s blessings that are often taken for granted on the title track of her most recent effort Better Tomorrow. Reggae’s royal family Morgan Heritage makes a grand entrance with “Here Come The Kings,” the title track off their most recent album, and delivers a powerful plea on “Forgive Me” towards the close of the album. No. 1 Billboard hitmaker and UK’s reggae pop icon Maxi Priest also shines on his latest chart-topper “Easy To Love,” which will be featured on his 2014 album on VP Records. Volume 48 will provide the perfect soundtrack to unwind and reflect over the holiday season for years to come.

On the other end, Strictly the Best Vol. 49 delivers the hottest Jamaican dancehall tunes banging in the streets, clubs and on the airwaves. The set opens with the fierce sizzler “Riot” from multi-platinum reggae star Sean Paul featuring Grammy-winning musician Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The song will also be featured on Sean Paul’s upcoming studio album Full Frequency. Then, the fire keeps blazing with Major Lazer’s remix of 2013 Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin’s massive carnival hit “Differentology (Ready For The Road)” Also, songs like Elephant Man’s “Miley Cyrus Twerk” and Mr. Vegas’ “Party Tun Up (remix)” featuring Fatman Scoop and Sean Paul will get the dancefloor shaking. The 17-year-old rising Jamaican pop star Samantha J recently performed Vol. 49′s featured track “Tight Up Skirt,” which samples Red Rat’s iconic anthem, on BET’s 106 & Park last Monday (Dec. 9). Whether it’s currently at the top of the Jamaican charts or an underground club anthem sweeping the dancehalls, every song on Volume 49 will get the party started no matter the occasion.

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International Grammy nominated reggae artist Wayne Wonder is once again grabbing mainstream media this as the singers latest video “Reset It” was featured on MTVIGGY.COM earlier this week.

A division of the Viacom Media Network which is also the parent entity for channels such as MTV, MTV2, MTV Jams, VH1 and CMT, MTVIGGY.COM is known for bringing cutting edge global music and artist to the U.S audience. The site features new videos, interviews and music from artists across the world who are making impact in their own regions.

Wonder who came to Jamaica in October teamed up with local based video production company Icey Jace Film Factory and shot scenes for “Reset It” in the parish of Portland. The song was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Austin “PayDay” Green of Pay Day Music Group and currently has over 75,000 youtube views in just under 2 months of being posted.

According to Green the project was an overwhelming success. “I must commend everyone involved in making “Reset It” the hit that it now is, a lot of hard work went into the production and marketing of the song and video. We have been campaigning the project heavily and our efforts are paying off. Currently im launching my new line of branded T Shirts called “Self Driven” and it really encompass what Team Wayne Wonder, Team Pay Day and Team Icey Jace are about”.


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Damian Marley’s Reggae Cruise ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ Sells Out Nearly a Year in Advance


Less than a month after its lineup of top tier Jamaican acts was announced on his Facebook page, Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner, Damian told Billboard.biz in an exclusive interview.

So named for Damian’s 2006 Best Reggae Album Grammy Award-winning “Welcome to Jamrock” (Universal Motown/Tuff Gong), which peaked at no. 7 on the Top 200, and its blockbuster title track which reached no. 55 on the Hot 100, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will sail from Miami to Jamaica, October 20-25, 2014, docking for daytime excursions and beach parties in the island’s resort towns, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

The enthusiastic, globe-spanning response to the cruise — cabins were purchased by reggae fans from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas — signifies reggae’s broad-based, continual appeal, despite the genre’s persistently modest sales. “Reggae doesn’t traditionally move a lot of numbers but it is loved the world over and this cruise is a testament to that; we haven’t done any marketing except announcing the lineup in late September, and it sold out,” Damian told Billboard.biz on the phone from his Miami studio.

The lineup features Damian and his older brothers Stephen and Julian Marley; dancehall superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy, contemporary roots singers Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, and Etana; sing-jay Busy Signal, Jamaican-American sibling band Morgan Heritage and the roster of acts from the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International imprint: Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (son of Jamaican rock steady legend, the late Alton Ellis) and Stephen’s son, Jo Mersa Marley. Also on board will be renowned UK selector Sir David Rodigan and three veteran reggae sound systems Jamaica’s Stone Love and Renaissance Disco and Japan’s Mighty Crown.

The proliferation of successful American and internationally based reggae acts over the past few years and their dominance on the Reggae Album chart prompted Damian to choose acts coming from the music’s birthplace for the inaugural Jamrock cruise, which will be an annual event. “Reggae’s root is Jamaica, and it seems that the world is losing a bit of that history so we were very strict in having most of the lineup for the first cruise be of Jamaican heritage,” Damian stated.

“We are very excited to have a reggae success story and another platform to present artists that we think so highly of,” added Damian’s manager Dan Dalton of Red Light Management. “There has never been a fully chartered cruise ship devoted to reggae so this will be like a festival with sound systems playing, a rock steady lounge or dub lounge, an 80s dancehall club, a multifaceted Jamaican musical experience.”


Marley and Dalton envisioned the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise several years ago and shared their concept with Brian Edelman of William Morris Endeavor (WME), longstanding booking agent for Damian and Stephen Marley; Mike Rosenfeld, head of WME’s newly developed Cruise Division was also recruited to help spearhead the project. Noting the success that genres such as country and jazz have had with theme cruises in recent years, the team believed chartering a ship and taking reggae to the Caribbean Sea would be an easy sell, but they encountered many challenges in securing financial backing. “We were repeatedly told that the typical reggae fan doesn’t have enough disposable income to afford a cruise and that reggae events don’t sell out tickets in advance and because a lot more goes into chartering a cruise ship instead of renting out a club or an amphitheater, it’s more expensive and a greater risk,” Edelman explained.

“There are tiers of pricing depending on the view, the level of the cabin on the ship, interior or balcony, the number of people who will stay in the cabin and because there are so many variables, cruise promoters like Flying Dutchman have the proprietary software that enables them to easily ticket the passenger, which cuts through another layer of complexity like buying a ticket through Ticketmaster,” offered Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld has put hundreds of acts on cruise ships and says the Jamrock cruise is among the fastest-selling he has seen. “We just had the third annual Backstreet Boys cruise, which sold out in about the same amount of time and a year in advance, but the Jamrock cruise sold out after just a few posts on Facebook. The vast majority of the world doesn’t know this cruise exists because no traditional marketing or advertising was done, so we have barely scratched the surface of the potential for this market.”

According to Edelman 48% of the cabins sold were purchased by reggae fans from outside North America, representing 40 countries, with an age range evenly split among 25-50 years old. 170 people are on the waiting list should cabins become available for the 2014 cruise, and over 200 are on the waiting list for the 2015 cruise, the dates for which have not yet been announced. “I work in the live side of the business, I have been to events all over the world and this is the most globally diverse event I have ever been a part of,” Edelman acknowledged.

“We are also trying to get a few promoters to come on board, to draw attention to reggae from a business perspective, to open people up to taking more risks with our music,” Damian acknowledged. “The cruise will provide great exposure for our Ghetto Youths acts, but it is a broader mission to give exposure to the genre and show there is more that we can do to get the music out there besides putting out records.”

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MP3: Alkaline – How She Bad Suh | Explicit

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Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013

VCE_204Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013

Growing up on the island of Jamaica with musical parents, Tessanne knew she always wanted to be a musician. For three years, she sang backup for reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, but eventually broke out as a solo artist in Jamaica. Tessanne has not been able to make any waves in the U.S., but she’s hoping that The Voice will take her global. Follow Tessanne on Twitter at @Tessanne

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Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion

Lady Saw vs Snoop LionOne of Dancehall’s greats has become wary of the musical path taken by Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Doggas Lady Saw recently took the popular American musician to task for his venturing into Reggae music.

In a recent interview, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ voiced her disapproval of Snoop’s dabbling into the Reggae market. When speaking following her performance at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in late July, Lady Saw spoke about the implications for Jamaican Reggae artists who strive to achieve chart and commercial success internationally with overseas acts such as Snoop Lion infiltrating the market.

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OMI completing soon to be released debut album

OMI Fast rising Jamaican musician, OMI is set to capitalize on his strong run of form in the immediate future as he is putting the finishing touches on his debut album which will be unveiled soon.

The album comes on the heels of several hit singles for the young singer since emerging on the local scene in 2012, including Cheerleader, Fireworks and My Old Lady.

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Largeup.com: Eddie Murphy goes reggae with Snoop Lion

words by Jesse Sewer

The last time we heard Eddie Murphy sing reggae, he was instructing the members of a VFW Hall to “kill all the white people,” in one of the most memorable skits from his run at SNL. More than three decades later, we’re still laughing at that one.

Well we’re laughing again, but this time not for the same reasons. Reviving a spotty music career that includes“Party All the Time” with Rick James, a not-exactly reggae link-up with Shabba Ranks, and the super-colossal clash of the titans that no one seems to remember, “What’s Up With You” with Michael Jackson, the one-time funniest man in the world has just turned up in a mysterious new music video that’s got us going, “Woy!”

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Boss Minion poised to dominate the airwaves

Boss MinionBoss Minion is poised to take the mantle of the “good ole days of Reggae” and is now ready than ever before to create waves on the music scene. Under the guidance of Tymin Entertainment, the recording artiste is intent on making an indelible mark as a renowned reggae artiste while engaging fans in Jamaica and around the world.

With his latest tracks, Dope Is No Game and Fed Treatment enjoying rotations on the FM radio, the humble Trelawny native is ready to prove that, he can be a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

“I have my own signature style, my music speaks reality, the truth. It also reflects my youth, where I used to listen to Bob Marley, Papa San, Brigadier Jerry and Yellowman, I am about to take the world back  to the good days of Reggae.” said Boss Minion.

Fresh from his performance at the Police Youth Club which was held May 4th in Spanish Town, Boss Minion left patrons on a musical high, yearning for an encore.

According to Tymin Entertainment manager John Tyson, “Boss Minion has a unique sound, which is a signature of his, so once fans hear his voice, they will definitely know his songs after that one time.”

As the artiste continues to gain a steady momentum on the playlists of many radio stations with tracks such as Gwen, Babylon vs. Rudeboy, Fed Treatment, he is now without a doubt, ready to release hits to add to his musical belt as he works up a sweat in studio.

“Fans can download my songs on iTunes, also the single Gwen speaks to my versatility as an artiste, it’s  a fusion of Jazz and R&B”  shared the artiste.

Meanwhile patrons will also get a chance to experience Boss Minion’s performance up close, at The Sperlina Man show at Bob Marley beach, St. Thomas which features Chronixx, amongst other major acts.

Boss Minion wants to assure fans that, he will continue to make good music, which at times can be considered as thought provoking or entertaining, or both, but this passionate and frank artiste is keen more than ever on building a strong and consistent presence in the music industry

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Update: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert In Miami!

South Florida’s biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, returns to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 26th. The long-running Caribbean music, arts and culinary festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Dancehall & Soca to the Miami stage.

Produced by Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B, the Best Of The Best franchise remains the country’s largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival, consistently welcoming thousands of visitors from urban centers around the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2013 includes Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Elephant Man, Mad Cobra, Singer J,Mega Banton, Chronixx, Konshens, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabolous, J.W. & Blaze, and The Bahamas Rat Pack. More superstar additions to the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year, in honor of Military Appreciation Month (May 1 – 31), the promoters of Best Of The Best are offering general admission tickets at a 30% discount to US Military with a valid ID. Special 50% off bonus to the first 300 tickets sold online. Visit: www.BestOfTheBestConcert.com/Military.

On Friday, May 24th, the Official Best Of The Best 2013 Welcome Party will be held at Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines and feature music by Massive B, King Waggy T, D Life, House Arrest and Fergie & Springer. Following the big show on Sunday, all roads lead back to Cafe Iguana Pines for the Official Best Of The Best 2013 After Party featuring champion sounds by Stone Love, Massive B, Poison Dart, Platinum Kids, Encore, Steelie Bashment and more. FREE before 1:00 AM with event flyer!

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Video: Jah Bouks – Angola

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“OMI” – New Artist Spotlight

One writer says, “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, while others had greatness thrust upon them.” In the case of OMI (Omar Samuel Pasley) he was born a great singer! Hailing from Clarendon, Jamaica, OMI is last of the four children of Kenroy and Rachel Pasley. As a child growing up, he sang at every occasion that provided an audience – the church, school concerts or any other community gathering. Much to the delight of his onlookers, OMI would rise to the occasion once he got the opportunity.

OMI idolized his father and nurtured the desire to follow in his footsteps as a visual artist and musician. For him, this was no easy feat to accomplish, as his dad was not only outstanding at painting portraits, but also a great musician known in the industry as Jah Ken. However, before Jah Ken could pass-on all he knew about both vocations, he died of emphysema when OMI was nine years old. His dad’s passing left a vacuum in his world and as young as he was, OMI pledged to use his talents to keep his family anchored together.

He attended the May Pen Primary School, before moving to the Garvey Maceo High School where he started to shine as a true performer among his friends. OMI was captivated by the beats and ‘raw street poetry’ that coloured the hip-hop music genre, so much so, that during class breaks, his peers would take turns providing hip-hop beats while he rapped. His friends were fascinated with the cutting edge lyrics he spit and voiced their approval by drumming on the desks and chairs, while maintaining the rhythm to the lyrics he spun. It was at that moment OMI realized he could effortlessly create catchy melodies. As he grew older and his voice became more distinct, he found singing more to his liking. He enjoyed the latitude it gave him in putting more “soul” and creativity into his compositions.

OMI is the newest young discovery of international talent wizard, Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, who successfully produced and marketed such luminaries as Shabba Ranks, Patra and Italian reggae singer Alborosie. Discovered by Specialist three years ago, OMI is a prolific singer and songwriter inspired by music stars such as Nat King Cole, John Legend and Tanya Stephens. He enjoys reasoning on social, cultural and spiritual issues, from which he elicits material to incorporate into the body of his songs. The timbre of his voice is smooth, bright and compelling. OMI’s fluid vocal delivery and his contemporary songwriting skills will no doubt secure successive hits on both local and international charts. OMI is being groomed in all aspects of the music business under the direction of Kingston, Jamaica based Oufah Media & Production, spearheaded by Specialist, who is also producing his CD. He is currently in the studio laying tracks for his not-yet-titled debut album, of his self-penned songs, for which the intro singles “Standing On All Threes” and “Cheerleader” will be released shortly. Already on the scene is his “Firecracker” song, teasing music fans on YouTube. You are now officially forewarned: Prepare thyself to meet OMI!



OMI – CHEERLEADER - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_NVUZNsh2E


OMI – ALL THREES - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy18UqKRKcY


OMI – FIREWORKS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Obw9Jo0ag

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Alicia Keys – Girl on fire – Remix (Reggae Livication Records)

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Video: Maxi Priest Live! Wild World (Presented by ROCKSTEADY)

In this Superstar Film Maxi Priest rocks the crowd at The Shrine Chicago with classic reggae jams like “Wild World” and “Your Body Can’t Lie to Me”. He also talks about his musical influences from different artist/genres (Dennis Brown, Marvin Gaye, Biggie & Nas to name a few) and being blessed to do what he does. This video is presented by ROCKSTEADY.

Video by Jamaar J
Audio by Romeo G
Interview by CJ Jervis & others

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Rihanna – Rudeboy – Remix by Reggae Livication Records

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Protoje’s new album reaches top five of U.S. Billboard chart

Highly acclaimed Reggae singer, Protoje is reaping early benefits internationally following the unveiling of his sophomore album, 8 Year Affair.

The compilation, released on February 12, has debuted at number five on the U.S.Billboard Reggae Chart, already surpassing its predecessor. Additionally, he achieved fourth spot on the Billboard-affiliated Next Big Sound chart, which tracks musicians who are statistically poised to achieve future success determined by their impact across socialmusic websites.

8 Year AffairAdditionally, the 8 Year Affair landed at number two on the iTunes Reggae chart in Germany while placing third on the same chart in the United States, only trailing Reggae icon,Bob Marley for the re-mastered and deluxe editions of his classic album, Legend.

The project has also copped top ten positions in countries such as Canada, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Protoje hosted a much anticipated album launch for 8 Year Affair on the day of its release atTuff Gong International studios in Kingston; opting to play out his 14-track project instead of performing the songs live as he tried to create an old school Dancehall atmosphere.

He is scheduled to perform a live show on Saturday at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he will give away copies of his album for just JA$500 each.

The 8 Year Affair features singles such as This Is Not a Marijuana Song and Kingston Be Wise, which talks of the infamous incursion in Tivoli Gardens in 2010. The album also features collaborations with singing sensations, Romain Virgo, Tessanne Chin and Toi as well as production from Lifeline Music as well as Protoje’s cousin and internationally-renowned hitmaker,Don Corleon, who produced 13 of the album’s 14 tracks.

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Luciano blasts young musicians for making degrading content

04e435f6a5c2ddaac841d846eaa1618bThe self-professed ‘Messenger of Reggae,’ Luciano has a big issue with the current state of Jamaican music, taking aim at younger artistes for what he calls the demise of positive lyrical content within Reggae/Dancehall music.

Speaking with Bermudan newspaper, The Royal Gazette earlier this week, the veteran singer chastised emerging acts for pushing messages of degradation to the public, disrespecting women and their culture in the process.

“These youth nowadays would sing any garbage. They don’t weigh their words and that’s not right,” Luciano said. “When yuh listen to Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, yuh don’t hear these great pioneers cursing and demoralizing women.”

He says this is only part of the ongoing downfall with Jamaican society, proclaiming there is a precipitous decline in morality and standards.

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Snoop Lion documentary, ‘Reincarnated’ to hit theatres worldwide this March

Reincarnated movie poster 5.inddReincarnated, the much anticipated documentary by Snoop Lion will finally make its way to theatres March 15th.

New York based magazine/multimedia outlet and producers for Reincarnated, VICE made the announcement regarding the movie’s release date on Thursday. Reincarnated can be viewed across a number of select American theatres, including New York’s Sunshine Cinemas, Laemmle Monica and City Walk (Los Angeles), Opera Plaza (San Francisco), Century (Chicago), Midtown Art Cinema (Atlanta) and O Cinema. The film will also debut across theatres in the United Kingdom on March 22. No announcement was made regarding if and when the movie will make its way to Jamaican theatres.

Snoopadelic Films in collaboration with VICE Films shot the long-awaited feature film last year during Snoop’s trip to Jamaica. It recalls the captivating and somewhat eccentric journey of an artiste who went from a gangster rap icon into a Reggae crooner while trying to understand the nuances of the island’s culture, music and people.

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LargeUp TV: Snoop Lion on Bunny Wailer

Snoop discusses his relationship with reggae legend Bunny Wailer in an exclusive interview with LargeUp TV.


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Rastas denounce Snoop Lion’s use of their culture

Snoop-Dogg-TransformationSnoop Lion’s recent transformation from hardcore rap to Reggae has surprised and even amused many music fans locally and overseas. However, some prominent Rastafarians are far from enthused about the entertainer’s new persona.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer has called out the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg, claiming he has been using his ‘Lion’ moniker to profit off Rastafarian culture. Wailer and the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millenium Council issued a seven page letter to Snoop Lion on Wednesday outlining their grievances with the artiste.

Wailer told TMZ of his belief that Snoop Lion is only using the Rastafarian moniker to sell records and his Reincarnated movie while insisting the converted Reggae crooner has failed to meet the “contractual, moral and verbal commitments” of being a Rasta.

According to Wailer, Snoop has engaged in ‘outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” — and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.’

The Council also questioned Snoop’s motives for making the switch, demanding he drop the ‘Lion’ off his name immediately. “Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous Culture!” they said in their statement.

Snoop Lion, who has traveled to Jamaica on several occasions over the last year, has yet to respond to these accusations. In a recent television interview, Snoop explained he was given the ‘Lion’ name by a group of Rastafarians he visited during his trip to Jamaica last February, signaling his maturity as a man.

The California-born entertainer returned to the island earlier this month as he shot the official video for his single, Lighters Up, featuring prominent Dancehall artistes, Popcaan and Mavado. He is also promoting the new web series, Noisey Jamaica, a 10-part web series exploring the nuances of Dancehall music and culture which debuted on Tuesday.

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Year in Review: The Best of Dancehall and Reggae in 2012

It seems like just yesterday the year started, but 2012 is already coming to a close; marking a year within Dancehall and Reggae music that showcased its share of pacesetters during Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.

Fitting that in a year where Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce re-defined the realms of speed in London, there were a number of fast-rising stars who proved consistently that no finish line is in sight regarding their promising careers. This year proved that there may be a future for our core genres after despite two of their proverbial kings, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel serving different forms of penance behind bars. With that said, here are my picks for the Best of 2012 in Dancehall & Reggae music.

Best Reggae Artiste – Romain Virgo: Firstly, let me say it’s quite pleasing to know the presence of Reggae, the musical art form that made Jamaica a household name, has finally re-stamped its authority on the local scene. A borage of all-Reggae projects like Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again and Delly Ranx’s The Next Chapter help Jamaica to regain some of its true identity during our most crucial year as an independent island. However, one artiste and album conquered all.

Virgo became an instant sensation when he conquered Digicel Rising Stars in 2007. Five years later, his star has shone amongst the brightest in the industry, primarily through his latest compilation, The System. Giving us hits like I Know Better, Rich in Love and The System, the album embodied the true essence of Reggae. His performance savvy and range have vastly improved year by year, proving why he is Reggae music’s next international superstar.

Comeback Artiste(s) of the Year – Cham/Da’Ville: After scoring a major hit with Stronger (feat. Bounty Killer and Mykal Rose), Cham seemingly disappeared into the abyss for a little while. However, 2012 proved that Cham has not only refused to desert from the scene, he has an oasis of hits left in the tank.

Wine, Back Way and Tun Up were just three of the hits Cham scored in a remarkable year for the highly acclaimed superstar. His lyrical ingenuity reached new levels and while ascending up the musical stratosphere, he brought his wife and upcoming singer, Ophelia ‘O’ Beckett along for the ride.

Da’Ville endured a rollercoaster ride off-stage as he attempted to re-charge his batteries musically. Those batteries were fully charged as the Reggae fusion singer returned with a bang this year through his critically-endorsed album, Krazy Love. Hits like Woman, This Love and You Got Di Ting once again made Da’Ville a force to be reckoned within the industry and offered a more savvy side to this wise veteran of the industry.

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