Chronixx talks state of Reggae with Hot97 Morning Show
Posted on 01 August 2014.
Chronixx talks state of Reggae with Hot97 Morning Show
Posted on 21 July 2014.
There is a reason why Summerfest Promotions calls Reggae Sumfest the ‘Greatest Reggae show on Earth,’ as the show consistently puts on a slew of quality performances and eye-popping moments that get music lovers this year.
Once again, that standard was met as organizers found the right fits for each night of their week-long festival. Many established and emerging names graced the stage, as well as some international acts who won over a new section of fans after gracing the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.
Each year, this humble writer drops a review analyzing the happenings at Reggae Sumfest. This year, however, the review takes on a slightly different form as highlights and lowlights (though there weren’t many this year) at this year’s show as well as assessing grades overall for the nights in question. Here we go:
Perhaps the biggest highlight on this night wasn’t the performances, but the crowd that came to witness them. Over 25,000 patrons filled Catherine Hall last Thursday for Sumfest’s Dancehall Night, one of the biggest crowds in the show’s 22-year history. They set the tone for an energetic and fun-filled night which provided many solid performances from the best in the genre.
Highlights – There were many to choose from on this night, including Spice, who kept up her tradition of out-of-the-ordinary performances by donning her new male alter-ego while performing, Like a Man.
Ninja Man was also a hit, performing many of his classic songs while engaging in a friendly lyrical clash with his Downsound Records label mate, Specialist, which was well-received by the crowd. Gage stood composed, yet brimming with energy as he performed in front of his hometown crowd, who gave him many forwards; Aidonia gave a strong performance clad in an armed forces-like suit, and even peered through security in attempt to gauge more interest from the fans, a tactic that worked well.
Baby Tash called a lucky male fan on stage for a lap dance, Tifa performed a slew of covers to a solid reception and Assassin was fluent in delivering several hit Dancehall and Reggae songs from his lengthy catalogue.
However, the heaviest hitters on the night were Mr. Vegas, who, decked out in a suit and retro boots, performed hits such as I Am Blessed and Man a Gallis before bringing on veteran deejay, Wickerman,as well as protégé, Latty J for an entertaining rendition of their new single, Who Rule. Bounty Killer was in typical militant mode during his set, questioning the morality of Dancehall while taking a few shots at his former protégé, Mavado. I-Octane, who closed Dancehall Night for the second straight year, followed suit, cheekily remixing his chart-topper, Gyal a Gimme Bun to call out Mr. Vegas, who he has had issues with since last Sumfest, by implying Vegas performs oral sex on women. Safe to say, the disagreements between these two aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, but it certainly makes for great entertainment as it did on this night.
Lowlights – Much was expected of Dancehall’s rising star, Alkaline, who was performing at Sumfest for the first time as a main event act given the acclaim and hype surrounding him over the last year. However, his performance left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, performing hits such as 1-2-3 and On and On. But throughout the set, it seemed like, to use one of his song titles, he would have to ‘Move Mountains’ to get the crowd to react to much of his set, with the reception lukewarm at best. Whether it was the Montego crowd’s way of supporting hometown boys, Tommy Lee and Gage, who Alkaline has had issues with in recent times, or their lack of familiarity with his songs, we don’t know, but his performance just failed to click like a faulty mouse on this occasion.
Overall Grade: A-
International Night 1
Arguably the best night of the lot, International Night 1 provided high energy and positive vibes throughout, with Reggae star, Chronixx the star of the show on this night. He performed a plethora of his hits such as Start a Fire, Smile Jamaica, Here Comes Trouble, amongst others. But he also took time to address the contrasts and similarities between Dancehall and Reggae music, suggesting neither are whole without the other.
“You know how dancehall came about? Because radio stations wouldn’t play the foundation artistes songs. So they created their own space to promote and enjoy their music,” he said, educating the audience on how the two genres are forever intertwined. He received some of the loudest ovations on the night – including when he brought out Protoje to perform their joint single, Who Knows – superseding the set he gave at his Sumfest debut last year.
The Montego Bay crowd again showed love to their home acts as former Digicel Rising Stars winner, Shuga, Nature and Jah Cure all received strong praise from the home fans, singing hits such as Soul to Jah, Revolution Sound and Unconditional Love respectively.
The international acts were spot on with their performances as Wiz Khalifa got the crowd moving to hits such as Taylor Gang and Black and Yellow while Jason Derulo had the ladies excited throughout, performing In My Head and Riding Solo, among other songs to screams and cheers from the crowd before bringing on former American Idol winner and significant other, Jordin Sparks to perform Vertigo and her collaborative single with Chris Brown, No Air..
Beenie Man closed the show at sunrise with a trademark performance as he performed several of his classics as well as newer material and used some of his set to pay tribute to incarcerated Reggae superstar, Buju Banton, who celebrated his birthday during Sumfest. Overall, the night went without a hitch and put pressure on the performers on International Night 2 to try and put on a better show.
Lowlights - None
Overall Grade: A
International Night 2
Highlights – This night belonged to two crossover Jamaican stars who were welcomed home with open arms and reminded the locals of how they managed to attain their success. Tessanne Chin surprised patrons, donning a black tux and bow tie for her set. But like her outfit, the performance was very sharp, delving into songs from her recently-released major label debut album, Count on My Love, including Heaven Knows, Tumbling Down and Everything Reminds Me of You as well as her classic, Hideaway, which garnered very positive reactions from the crowd.
After 10 years away from the Sumfest stage, Sean Paul was glad to be back at a major Jamaican stage show, and his female fans were certainly happy as they scream and shouted to no end. Also donning a suit, he performed classics such as Gimme The Light, Get Busy and Hot Gal Today as he reingratiated himself with his Dancehall fan base.
His performance preceded Reggae legend, Freddie McGregor who closed the show in fine fashion with hits such as Big Ship Sailing, Don’t Wanna Be Lonely and many more, while also being honoured by show organizers for his vast contributions to the Jamaican music industry, over four decades worth to be exact.
Rap star, Future also found favour with the locals, donning a Jamaica t-shirt as he belted out hits such as Get Lucky and had them participating at every turn. Not a bad way to try and win over a typically demanding fan base.
Lowlights – For all the thrills delivered on the night, there was one spill that nearly ruined a part of the show as Reggae crooner, Sanchez furiously walked off stage due to ongoing sound issues during his first set at Sumfest in several years.
The sound quality in the opening minutes of his performance was spotty at best and frustrated him to the point he constantly asked soundmen to fix his microphone before temporarily leaving the stage until the problem was fixed. After a few minutes, Sanchez returned and managed to salvage his set somewhat, but you hate when things like this happen at major stage shows, especially to a decorated entertainer who has always been meticulous about his performances. A good effort on his part to deliver for the crowd nonetheless.
Overall Grade: B+
All in all, Reggae Sumfest 2014 was a great success, considering the crowd, quality of performances and the right blend of overseas flavour added to the show. The show was missing top names like Damian Marley, Lady Saw and Sizzla, but didn’t take away from what should go down as one of the best and smoothsts Sumfests in recent memory.
Overall Grade for Reggae Sumfest 2014: A-
Posted on 21 July 2014.
Posted on 17 July 2014.
Garnet Smith Jr., son and namesake of the legendary reggae artist Garnet Silk will proudly make it’s the debut on the stage of the renowned Reggae Sumfest 2014. The young artist will be performing his several hits such as the remake of his father’s single “Mama”, his hit singles “Promises”, “Condolences”, “Lady Divine” and more.
Garnet Junior slated performance will take place at the Digicel sponsored stage on night 2 of the famed event at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, which will also feature Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Chronixx and Beenie Man, amongst others.
Garnet Jr whose latest video “Promises” is enjoying heavy rotation on various worldwide TV programs, will then be hitting the stage in Grenada at the Caricom festival.
Garnet Jr. fatefully entered the rhythmic realm with his first professional recording in a studio at the tender age of 13, after receiving much encouragement from family and friends to sing for years. Family friend and producer Lloyd “Pecus” Anderson recorded his first track, “Jah A Guide.” The song was never officially released as a single but granted Garnet Jr. invaluable recording experience, along with his first taste of lyrical liberation. Realizing that his prized pedigree brings enormous responsibility, Garnet Jr. is proving to be a dynamic and talented entertainer, which only compliments and strengthens his father’s legacy, through the younger Garnet’s relentless work ethic and boundless creativity. Indeed, this heir to the throne is paving his own way and earning his right, with each beat and lyric, to his very own crown.
Posted on 15 July 2014.
Video: Barrington Levy Live at Summerjam 2014 – WorldAReggae
Posted on 07 July 2014.
Interview Maxi Priest – Amsterdam Reggae Village Festival 2014
Danny Pepperseed talks to Maxi Priest about his new Album ‘Easy to Love’ backstage at The Amsterdam Reggae Village Festival 2014. Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam.
Get The Easy to Love album here: http://goo.gl/GkYucQ
Posted on 02 July 2014.
Yet another hit bound single from Don Dem Entertainment camp!!! Still receiving rave reviews for their “Dem Nuh Real” produced by famed Armzhouse Records, Don Dem is being featured on the nostalgic 90′s dancehall era “Galang Riddim” build by D&H and produced by French based Galang Records.
The single features Don Dem members Bob Di Builda and Kirk Diamond. “It was really nice to see our name alongside some of the other artists to which Im a fan of their previous work” states Kirk.
“Galang Riddim” features the iconic Mad Cobra alongside a new generation of established artists such as Agent Sasco a.k.a Assassin, Charly Black, Gappy Ranks and Don Dem, the upcoming superstars!!! “Galang Riddim” will be available on July 3rd, 2014 via www.GalangRecords.com
Don Dem will be performing in Kingston, Jamaica at the July 10th, 4th staging of the M.I.A Awards. Kirk will then prepare to head out to Europe for an eagerly anticipated performance at U.K’s number 1 Reggae Festival “One Love Festival” and media tour.
Posted on 27 June 2014.
Mp3: Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing
iTunes (UK): http://smarturl.it/EasyToLoveUK
iTunes (US): http://smarturl.it/EasyToLoveUS
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/1miXmBs
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UK Release Date: 6/16/2014
US Release Date: 7/1/2014
Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.
The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.” WATCH “Easy To Love” video.
Maxi’s been tugging on women’s heartstrings ever since the mid-80′s. New and long-term fans alike will relish hearing irresistible tributes of enduring affection like “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday,” “Still In Love,” and “Gravity.” The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
There are many more highlights on Easy To Love. While “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another, other tracks like “Fire In The Skies” simply defy categorization and are living proof of Maxi Priest’s musical versatility. The delicate, aching need of “Angel Wings” also demonstrates just how far reggae has evolved in the new era.
Posted on 25 June 2014.
Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed docu-series by heading to Stephen Marley’s “Lion’s Den” recording studios in South Miami where the reggae superstar discussed his iconic farher’s legacy, his new album ‘Fruit of Life’ & working with rappers to create a more conscious sound
Posted on 21 June 2014.
On a high from the releases of several hot tracks recently, dancehall star Mr. Vegas has ganged up with dancehall Bad Gyal Ce’Cile to release their new track Pow Pow Pow.
With a video shot on the picturesque Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, Pow Pow Pow features popular local VJ Awax and transfers the authentic feel of Jamaican Dancehall from the gritty streets of Kingston to the serene landscape of Réunion’s Sainte-Marie Commune.
Mr. Vegas is excited at the success of the song, and video, which has so far surpassed the hundred thousand mark on YouTube and is getting good airplay in that side of the world: “It’s amazing, these people speak French and to think that Ce’Cile and I have a hit in that part of the world is amazing. Our music continues to cross all borders and inspire people bringing a smile to their faces”.
Mr. Vegas is now getting prepared for his appearance on Reggae Sumfest 2014, something he hasn’t done in over a decade and the artiste says he is ready for a memorable performance: “We plan a special set for real music lovers bringing in some old and some new but always quality”.
Posted on 20 June 2014.
The seven show tour which runs until July 1st will see Wonder performing at a number of Club venues including the Ring Night Club in Brantford on the June 21st, Club XO in Edmonton on the 27th and Karma Club in Winnipeg on the 30th.
Opening for Wonder on this inaugural tour will be Canadian based reggae singer Shalli who is best known for her singles “Show My Love” and “Down in Jamaica”.
In other news Wayne Wonder is set to release a brand new video this time for his single “Many Reasons” which is featured on the Natural Juice Riddim. The video which was directed by Chris “Icey Jace” Campbell was shot in Kingston Jamaica and is the third official video release from Wonder since the start of the year.
Other videos such as “Let Me Love You Tonight” on the Sweet Personality riddim by Nature’s Way Entertainment and “Searching For Love” which features dancehall deejay Iyara for Pay Day Music Group are currently in rotation on television stations worldwide.
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Behind The Scenes: WAYNE WONDER – “MANY REASONS” Video Shoot
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WAYNE WONDER – LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT (Official Video)
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WAYNE WONDER FT. IYARA – SEARCHING FOR LOVE (Official Video)
Posted on 09 June 2014.
Dubbed ‘The voice of the majority: Klaryti’, he is well known in dancehall music circles as the brilliant drummer, ‘Drum Rat’, in deference to his work for several top-notch dancehall and reggae artistes at live shows and on iconic albums. The name is also a nod to his uncanny resemblance to his brother, dancehall superstar Red Rat.
“People know real talent. They know from the moment I sing or deejay the first line of a song that I am a great artiste-song writer. And that is when my support comes. This is my destiny, and they know it,” he said.
Hailing from the hills and rivers of Ocho Rios, St Ann, Klaryti is on a journey to bring love, peace, unity, and fun back into the world of reggae and dancehall. He uses his original sound, witty, electrifying lyrics, and his wonderful sense of humour to get his message of positive vibrations across.
You can check out his music at http://klarytionline.com /listen/
Posted on 09 June 2014.
Popcaan tells Reshma B about his links with Pusha T and Drizzy Drake. Subscribe to Boomshots TV for more crucial reggae and dancehall videos.
Posted on 28 May 2014.
On the heels of last week’s announcement of its East Coast run, today Rebelution - known for its relentless touring schedule, positive, upbeat music, and sense of community and collaboration - announces the West Coast dates for its “Count Me In Summer Tour,” set to kick off on June 12 in Boston, MA. The additional 14 west coast dates will take the band from San Diego to the Seattle area to Salt Lake City, and will include headline slots at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and two nights at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA. The tour is in support of Rebelution’s upcoming release, Count Me In, due out June 10, 2014 (87 Music/Easy Star Records.)
In addition, the band will be hosting photo and video contests on their social media pages, giving fans the unique opportunity to paint live on stage during Rebelution’s set and participate in a jam session with the entire band backstage before the show. Details can be found on the band’s website - http://www.rebelutionmusic.
Rebelution will be joined on this tour by support acts Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle. Tickets for most of the west coast dates go on sale to the general public Thursday, April 10; log onto http://www.
“There’s really nothing else we’d rather do during the Summer than be on the road, performing live music,” said bassist Marley D Williams. “We’ve got a great show planned and are looking forward to playing some brand new songs as well as the favorites, so we hope everyone will come and celebrate the Summer life with us.”
Count Me In was produced by the SoCal-based Rebelution (Eric Rachmany/vocals, guitar, Rory Carey/keyboards, Marley D. Williams/bass, and Wesley Finley/drums), and recorded in Miami and Burbank, CA between September and December of last year. The album features special guest appearances by dancehall singer Collie Buddz (on the track “Hate To Be The One”) and legendary roots reggae vocalist Don Carlos (on “Roots Reggae Music”).
While the music and lyrical content varies on Count Me In, the album’s 11 tracks provide positive inspiration, encouraging fans to create a pro-active and optimistic impact on society and life. “A lot of what we hear every day is that money measures success,” said Rachmany. “This new album is a reminder to spread love and positivity to the people around us – these are the true measures of success.”
With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for Legs One and Two of Rebelution’s “Count Me In Summer Tour” is as follows:
12 Boston, MA – House of Blues
13 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
14 Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing
15 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
18 Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook Pavilion
19 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
21 Portsmouth, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavilion
22 Boonville, CA – Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
25 St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing
26 St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing
27 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
28 Cocoa, FL – Riverfront Park
29 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
6 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
7 San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
8 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
9 Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
10 Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
13 Tahoe Vista, CA – North Tahoe Regional Park
14 Las Vegas, NV – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
15 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
16 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
17 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheatre
19 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre
21 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewing Company
22 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
23 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Posted on 28 May 2014.
The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) has released a partial look at their 2014 line up which combines classic Lover’s Rock with Soul, and is forecasted to make Montreal the most popular Canadian city for August, 2014!
Taking place at the scenic Montreal Old Port, organizers from Canada’s most acclaimed Reggae festival have shared with media and fans 4 of the 12 headlining artists who will be performing at the 11th annual festivities, offering patrons the right musical mix and value for their dollar.
On the heels of the release of his new album, Maxi Priest will take center stage to rock classics as well as some of his new singles “Easy to Love” (lead single from his new album of the same name), and “Every Little Thing.” The Grammy Award winning, and Billboard chart topping artist is excited to be performing in the city.
The Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths will endear fans with her sweet voice that has created so many memories. Getting her start with the I-Threes who famously backed Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ms. Griffith now celebrates 50 years in the music industry and Montreal can’t wait to do the “Electric Slide” in her honor and classics such as “I Shall Sing” and “Dreamland!”
After an outstanding performance in 2009, Sanchez will return to the MIRF stage giving the city his unique mix of Gospel, Lover’s Rock and some Pop Reggae such as his new song “Him Buy You a Drink” which has been gaining traction on the Canadian Reggae landscape.
Soul has always been embraced by Reggae fans, so to sweeten the mix, MIRF brings legend Percy Sledge! One of the most beloved American artists, Percy’s single “When a Man Loves a Woman” became an international top 40 hit and certified gold record. Additional hits include “Warm and Tender Love,” and “Take Time to Know Her.”
Early bird tickets are available via www.ticketpro.ca with prices ranging from $80 CA for a weekend pass (if purchased between May 8th and June 2nd, 2014).
The complete 2014 lineup will be announced at a press conference to be held on June 14th at O Patro Vys – 356 Mont Royal St. East at 11am. In addition to performances, MIRF will offer workshops at O Patro Vys on August 12th, 13th and 14th.
Posted on 22 May 2014.
Just before the big reggae and soca show Memorial Day weekend in Miami, Reshma B caught up with Jabba to chat about how he’s “learned from his mistakes” and made BOTB 2014 a 100% Caribbean festival with reggae and dancehall and soca but NO hip-hop. “Me get back to my roots,” say Jabba. “This year we involve more soca into the show more than just keep mixing the hip-hop and the reggae, because it come in like oil and water. We notice it’s eight years going in. When I first begun I just, you know, coming from a big urban radio station, I feel like hip-hop is part of my culture as well. Because you done know is a Jamaican man who started hip-hop in the Bronx—Kool Herc big up yourself anywhere you deh. So I felt like I can take that mission to a next level and just know say, Hear wah gwan now, let me mix up hip-hop onto reggae on the next level like it’s never been done before. And big respect to all the rappers, but it come in like the worst idea we coulda ever do. But you learn from your mistakes. Because when you come to a Caribbean culture festival, nobody no wan’ hear say “Yo, turn the motherfuckin mic up!” and “Where’s my niggas at?” You understand? It kinda hurt me for two years. But now me build it back and me get back to my roots. And me know myself. And you always learn by your mistakes. So the hip-hop acts I used to use, I kinda shove them to the side and say bring in some soca. So that’s the reason for Bunji—to replace the-hip-hop acts I used to put—and we get the Destra, the Edwin Yearwood, and so much more. So we’re just planning and we’re growing, and I just hope to see that one day my children can take it over when me retire and know say Best of the Best, the 35th Annual, and know say the youths have it under full control.”
Posted on 21 May 2014.
Legendary Jamaican producer Donovan Germain and his Penthouse label productions have made an indelible mark in the history of reggae music. To commemorate 25 years since the founding of Penthouse recording studio, VP Records and Mr. Germain have collaborated on the new release Penthouse Records 25 Years — The Journey Continues. The 2 CD/DVD collection will be available on January 14, 2014.
The Penthouse Records 25 audio discs highlight essential hits, new tracks from its current roster and two unreleased tracks from the legendary Garnett Silk (“My Favorite Song” and a remix of his classic “Everything I Got”). Hosted by Mr. Germain himself, the bonus DVD is an hour and 45 minute journey through the history of the studio and label and features many the key players in Jamaican music. Interviews include original Penthouse crew members Tony Rebel, Richie Stephens, Wayne Wonder, Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond.
The Penthouse studio — originally located at 56 Slipe Road in Kingston, Jamaica — produced many of the genre’s biggest hits during the late 1980s and 1990s and has continued to churn out chart-topping anthems since relocating in 1998 to its current address 6 Ballater Avenue. Founder Donovan Germain produced world-class recordings alongside the island’s top engineers and studio musicians of the time — including Steven Stanley, Dave and Tony Kelly, Michael “Coolie” Cooper, Steely and Clevie, Sly and Robbie, Firehouse Crew, Steven “Lenky” Marsden and Mafia and Fluxy — and played an instrumental role in developing the careers of reggae stars Buju Banton (cranking out the most No. 1 singles for the reggae icon to date), Wayne Wonder, Cutty Ranks, Richie Stephens, Beres Hammond, Romain Virgo, Queen Ifrica and more.
In addition to these artists, the deluxe 47-song collection features today’s crop of Penthouse artists, including Dalton Harris, D Major, Exco Levi, RC and Shuga. Producer and visionary Donovan Germain’s quest for excellence is evident. He says “it’s all about the next hit song,” and for Penthouse Records the journey continues.
Posted on 17 May 2014.
Protoje teams up with Chronixx for a song that is the hottest track in the Reggae space right now! WHO KNOWS!
Posted on 13 May 2014.
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Posted on 30 April 2014.
Hailed as one of the most lyrical and controversial Dancehall artists in recent memory, emerging Jamaican deejay, Alkaline will be one of the headliners of this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest, according to reports Wednesday.
The artist, known for hits such as Church Folks, Moving Mountains and Lonely, is making his second appearance at the highly-acclaimed show, debuting last year on Dancehall Night to relative approval.
Also billed for Reggae Sumfest 2014 is Dancehall/Reggae powerhouse, I-Octane, who closedDancehall Night at last year’s edition of the popular stage show. Octane continues to dominate local charts this year with songs such as Trend Setta and Crausiswhile currently promoting his latest album, My Journey, which includes the hits Love You Like I Do and Lighters Up (feat. Alaine).
Other big names expected to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage include Mr. Vegas, who recently scored with his hit, Party Tun Up (feat. Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop) as well as fellow deejay Spice, who recently collaborated with hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes on the remix of her So Mi Like It single.
Popular deejays, Aidonia, QQ, Assassin and respected singjay, Bugle have also been confirmed for this year’s show.
Reggae Sumfest organizers say that they are in the process of recruiting bigger names for the show, but have not revealed who those names are.
Some big names outside of the Dancehall arena that have been confirmed for the show include season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, American hip-hop superstar, Wiz Khalifa as well as Reggae superstars, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Sanchez.
Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place from July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Early bird tickets are now available on Reggae Sumfest’s official website.
The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.
Posted on 13 April 2014.
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 Levy, Cocoa Tea and Beenie Man, alongsideChronixx, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Elephant Man, Assassin,Singing Melody, Bunji Garlin, Edwin Yearwood,Destra , Shal Marshall, GBM Nutron, Bugle, Tifa,Nature, QQ and Popeye Caution. Even more additions to the already massive lineup will be announced soon!
The 100% Caribbean show will be hosted by Jabba, Jamusa, DJ Roy, Hollywood Butta, Mikey Mike, 800 Bunjie, Empress Yvette, Ragashanti, Nikki Z, Lance-O, and Ricky Platinum. With music by Massive B, Waggy T, Metro 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).
Posted on 13 April 2014.
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!
Posted on 08 April 2014.
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
Posted on 01 April 2014.
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”.
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.
Posted on 21 March 2014.
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.
Posted on 19 March 2014.
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.
Posted on 18 March 2014.
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”.
Posted on 15 March 2014.
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)
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Posted on 06 March 2014.
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”
WAYNE WONDER – LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT
WAYNE WONDER – RESET IT
Posted on 05 March 2014.
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.
Posted on 02 March 2014.
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.
Posted on 01 March 2014.
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.
Posted on 26 February 2014.
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…
Posted on 26 February 2014.
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 [email protected]
Posted on 20 February 2014.
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 Hammond, Barrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, alongside Tarrus Riley, Chronixx,Elephant Man, Singing Melody, Bunji Garlin, Edwin Yearwood and Nature. Additions to the “100% Caribbean” lineup will be announced over the coming months.
Best Of The Best will be hosted by Jabba, Jamusa, DJ Roy, Hollywood Butta, Mikey Mike,800 Bunjie, Empress Yvette, Ragashanti, Nikki Z and Ricky Platinum. Music by Massive B,Waggy T, Metro Media, Hypa Snypa, DJ KM, Fergie N Springer, Bashment Kid, Jah 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.
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Posted on 20 February 2014.
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.
Posted on 15 February 2014.
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.
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.
Posted on 13 February 2014.
Posted on 09 February 2014.
DAMIAN “JR GONG” MARLEY GOES GOLD ONCE AGAIN
FOR HIS SKRILLEX COLLAB “MAKE IT BUN DEM”
GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST DROPS BRAND NEW SINGLE
“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?
Purchase the single now, along with 6 other remixes, on ‘Make It Bun Dem After Hours (Remixes)’: https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/
Posted on 07 February 2014.
SONGSTRESS MS. LAURYN HILL JOINS THE MARLEY BROTHERS
STEPHEN, DAMIAN & JULIAN
FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL 9 MILE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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:
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
Posted on 30 January 2014.
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!
Posted on 30 January 2014.
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Posted on 15 January 2014.
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.
Directed by Richard Brown the video was shot on location in Negril Westmoreland and was produced by Shavy T Records
Posted on 14 January 2014.
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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DUANE STEPHENSON – RASTA FOR I
Posted on 14 January 2014.
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.”
Posted on 10 January 2014.
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 EP Tru 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.
Posted on 30 December 2013.
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.
Posted on 28 December 2013.
A Weeklong Lineup of Collaborative Shows at Blue Note Jazz Club
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 Zapponi, Bucky 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.
Posted on 21 December 2013.
LONGEST-RUNNING ANNUAL REGGAE COMPILATION STRICTLY THE BEST
VOL. 48 & 49 OUT THIS WEEK (DECEMBER 17)
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.
Posted on 18 December 2013.
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”.
CLICK LINK TO VIDEO MTVIGGY POST