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Sly and Robbie help emerging artiste to show ‘Survivalist’ skills with new song

Following the recent announcement of a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, prominent Jamaican producers, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are mixing their creative juices once more to help prop up a promising new Reggae act.

Sly and Robbie have produced a large catalogue of hits and one of their latest projects adds to their esteemed résumé as they’ve teamed up with promising Reggae singer, Survivalist. Dubbed as The Anointed One and Da’ Living Survivor, Survivalist has scored with his new single, Give The Youth Dem a Income.

The conscious track tackles the ever-growing issue of unemployment within Jamaican society and calls for the government and potential employers to offer young people chances to make positive and constructive changes to their communities. As the song’s chorus preaches, “Give The Youths dem a income, you will see a better outcome.”

Survivalist’s plea for a better tomorrow for our future is evident throughout Give The Youth Dem a Income, as he sings to the suffering young people throughout inner cities and across Jamaica go through as they struggle to make ends meet for their families, “When I see unemployment, no enjoyment, pure frustration, mi feel so torment. Nuff excitement over one indictment, jus’ another day filled with disappointment.”

The promising singer continues to express his hope that young people are afforded opportunities that deviate them from negative influences., singing, “Mi seh we got to come up with an I.D.E.A, Drugs is not my cup of T.E.A, I doe wah be caught by no D.E.A, cause too much youths a tun up M.I.A.”

These four minutes of inspiring messages and clever wordplay covers an unlimited time of frustration expressed at the system and its efforts to create employment opportunities across the board. To make Survivalist’s efforts heard, Sly and Robbie ensured the drums and bass were played to perfection while the sweet voice of Buju Banton’s sister, Adena Myrie offer scintillating background vocals to further emphasize his points.

Survivalist’s song is already a chart-topping hit and extends the long list of successes attained by his label, Super Power Records, which produced legendary acts such as Shabba Ranks, Super Cat and Admiral Bailey.

Give The Youth Dem a Income can be heard on Survivalist’s official Reverbnation page as well as Super Power Records’ official MySpace page. It’s worth a listen and a replay.

Check out Give The Youth Dem a Income oon Survivalist’s official Reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/KingSurvivalist

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Jah Cure reaps early success from ‘World Cry,’ already working on new album

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Jah Cure has finally dropped his heavily anticipated album, World Cry.

Marking the entertainer’s sixth solo album to date, Jah Cure insists that World Cry I his greatest work yet. The compilation, released digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com on Tuesday, features a number of prominent American musicians, including Rick Ross andJasmine Sullivan as well as late, great rap superstar, Tupac Shakur for the single, All By Myself.

In an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Jah Cure spoke glowingly of his latest project.

“This is one of the biggest albums released from a Jamaican artiste. This is the hardest I’ve worked on an album cause I always want my work to be better than the last and I always want it to be top-notch,” he said.

Jah Cure admitted the process behind making World Cry was strenuous. But the prominent entertainer stresses that this album is worth the wait.

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New Artist Spotlight : Snapshot Camp

The Snapshot Camp project bore in the January of 2012 from the mind of four boys(Buzzoman(1989), Cescojam(1988), Reze(1989), Sweetfiyah(1989) and one girl(Lety(1990). Their passion for the world of reggae and dancehall born a long time before, when they they were 14 or 15 fifteen years old, when in their town(Campobasso), there were the first reggae and dancehall events, thanks to some sound system of the town, especially Almighty Squad & Good Vybez. In the beginning it was just a like a game, a hobby, both for the lyrics level and for the recording level. In the 2012 they took the decision to plan a serious project, and the first step was to built a own studio, where they could meet and take care of their tunes properly.

The “Camp” distinguish for his faculty of pass from a reggae rhythm to a dancehall beat, alongside with a hip-hop flavour. The quality of the stuff is the most important thing for all the members of the crew, and they give special attention to the flow and the lyrics of their tracks. The five members of Snapshot Camp sing together or in combination of two-three, but there are single tracks too, because one of basic principels of the Camp is the freedom of every member to take part in all projects that could be made. Their topics range from the party song to the deepest conscious things, passing through the ragga themes.

They already worked with international labels, like Hypeyawdz Prod. (from Brooklyn), Hypemasters Entertainment(Kenya), Machete Records(Jam/England), Locksmith Records(New York), Upper class Records(Jam), La Familia West(Jam), Munshynz Records(Malawi), J’Island Records(Jam)and we voiced on their riddims. Also they made dub-plates for nuff italian and international sounds ( Pushman, Shanty Crew, Sun Empire Sound, Frisco Sound,TnT Sound, Good Vybez, Lsc Gangsta Sound, Raging Dawgs, Southboyz Sound, Irregular Beat Sound, TurboForce Sound(from USA), T-Works Sound(from Japan)) & drops for radios.

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Da’Ville savors selection for Grammy Award shortlist

Internationally-renowned Jamaican entertainer, Da’Ville is basking in musical glory once more as he cherishes being selected on a provisional list for music’s highest honor.

On November 11, the Reggae/Pop superstar was named as one of 50 artistes on a shortlist for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Da’Ville’s third studio album, Krazy Love was deemed worth of mention for the award, culminating what has been a successful return to the spotlight for the smooth-sounding entertainer.

According to the Fashozy Records recording artistehe is humbled by the Recording Academy’s consideration of his album as it shows that his years of hard work have finally paid off in a big way.

It’s definitely a great feeling, it shows that my music and work is being recognized and for that I give thanks” he said.

After taking a break from the industry to recharge his batteries, Da’Ville released Krazy Love in July, to rave reviews locally and internationally. Passionate efforts like Woman, Took a Break andThis Love reminded fans and industry players of the talent and diversity Da’Ville possesses, helping Krazy Love to chart in Jamaica, the United States, Europe and Africa.

For Da’Ville, this Grammy nomination just adds fuel to the fire.

“Sometimes this business make you wanna give up but I’ve always been a motivated individual so this news certainly adds to motivating me a little more,” he said.

Da’Ville’s Krazy Love will square off against efforts fromBusy Signal (Reggae Music Again), Konshens (Mental Maintenance), Vybz Kartel (Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey), Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Mr. Vegas (Sweet Jamaica) and fellow stalwarts who will contest for the final five or six nominations list, to be announced on December 5 in Los Angeles.

Though competition is stiff, Da’Ville believes he has a great chance at taking home the Best Reggae Album Grammy. What would it mean for Da’Ville to take home music’s greatest accolade?

“Honestly, I mean…after putting my life work, time, effort and commitment into my music, to me that would be like a prize fighter winning the coveted world title,” he said “.It would say a lot about the work and talent that I have. People would have to take notice at some point don’t it? I wouldn’t trade that for anything else. It’s a life time experience.”

Though his aspirations are great, Da’Ville won’t allow success to get to his head. The prominent entertainer continues to tour and promote Krazy Love. He’s also expanded his strong catalogue of hits, with joint efforts alongside Bunji Garlin (Touch You) and Charly Black (Never Let You Go) as well as the Inna Mi House Music-produced track, Come Mek We Touch.

“There’s so much going on and so much more to do,” Da’Ville said. “I can never stop making music so always stay tuned to new and exciting things from me.”

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Mp3: Katy Perry – Wide Awake – Niko Star Reggae Remix

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Junior Kelly Back In Jamaica After Successful Fall European Tour.

Reggae singer Junior Kelly is back home in Jamaica after a very successful fall European tour, which kicked off last October in Amiens, France. Even hurricane Sandy hitting Jamaica, weather conditions grounding flights and closing the Island airports couldn’t put a damper on him. He remained in high spirit and great energy.

Kelly departed as soon as the country airport in Montego Bay reopened on the Thursday, October 25 late evening right before his Friday, October 26 performance. With no time to spare as he landed, Junior Kelly was up for his meet and greet, press and straight to his scheduled performance.

Full of energy, good form and positively great vibes, Junior delivered his hits to the delight of eager fans. Taking the crowd on a melodic musical journey with classic songs such as “Love So Nice” to his latest hit “Been There” video. The tour took Kelly and his band through the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Reflecting on his tour Junior stated, “The energy and vibe i received from the fans during this tour was truly amazing and humbling and it was heart warming to see that people out there are still crying out for conscious music, my music, Reggae music”

“Its really beautiful to see three generations of people coming out to my concerts and enjoying and loving Reggae music, so i know it will live on”

“I really appreciate the fact that i am able to perform every day of the week and the fans came out in their numbers every night to listen to Reggae music, even in these harsh economic times when buying a concert ticket is so hard. These die-hearted fans in Europe are mainly from the poorer class of society and they have so many other choices in terms of artistes or food or paying a bill, but they come out because they see me as one of the young roots artistes whose messages make them feel good and one that is going to stand the test of time. It is truly a blessing and an honor.”

Check out video footage of several performances and interviews

Junior Kelly – @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)
http://youtu.be/1dt3oNwnGvQ

Junior Kelly – Iinterview @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)
http://youtu.be/IuPErAGaRBQ

Junior Kelly – Melkweg, Amsterdam
http://youtu.be/FwzUFI6vyIY

Junior Kelly Live at Melkweg Amsterdam (NL)
http://youtu.be/9TGnK3gHfCo

Junior Kelly live @ Club Reigen – Vienna, Austria
http://youtu.be/3laoTMTpkkc

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Video: Mavado – So Gully (Presented by Rocksteady – The Shrine Chicago)

Video: Mavado – So Gully (Presented by Rocksteady – The Shrine Chicago)

Mavado – So Gully, a Superstar Film by Jamaar J presented by Rocksteady captures reggae superstar Mavado live at The Shrine Chicago. In this film you can catch an electrifying performances of hits like “Destiny” “So Special” and his new single “So Suicidal” . He also finds time to sit down and chat with Christina Mighty. In the interview Mavado speaks about what keeps him going in music, his influences and who he is listening to. This was yet another great night at The Shrine.

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Mp3: Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe – Reggae Ska Jon FX Remix

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe – Reggae_ Ska remix

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Mp3: Maroon 5 -One More Night-Dancehall Reggae Mix

Maroon 5 -One More Night-Dancehall Reggae Mix

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Video: TG MAD RECORDZ meets NE-YO – So Sick (So Reggae Riddim)

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TG MAD RECORDZ presents NE-YO — So Sick (Reggae Instrumental Remix)

Original : NE-YO — So Sick (DEF JAM MUSIC, 2006)
Instrumental : So Reggae Riddim (T-gee aka TG MAD RECORDZ)

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Video: ATIBA “LOVE IS BLIND”

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ATIBA “LOVE IS BLIND”

First single from reggae artist “ATIBA” on K.LICIOUS music group

artist: Atiba,
song: “LOVE IS BLIND”
music produced by: Jon Jon Web jr. for Jon Jon Traxx llc.
song written by: atiba, malica, tommy hopkins & ces lamour
video produced by: k. licious music group, tony “cd” kelly, fmam & atiba
directed by: ces lamour
assisted by: creatah & nayomi
edited by: creatah
actors: jemstar (boyfriend), ces lamore(love interest), taranchyla (engineer), peter baldwin (guitar)
camera: ces lamour, creatah, nayomi, wash, jemstar

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Mp3: So Wet – Vision & Raeshyne feat JonFX – Reggae meets Reggaeton

Mp3: So Wet – Vision & Raeshyne feat JonFX  – Reggae meets Reggaeton

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‘Free Buju’ campaign heading to the White House

If you want to look up a definition for the word ‘loyal’ in the dictionary, a reference to Buju Banton’s fans should appear beside it as they steadfastly refuse to let the embattled Reggae artiste spend more time in prison.

With Buju Banton facing an October 30 sentencing date in Tampa, FL, where he could face five additional years behind bars in relation to his ongoing drug case, fans of the Grammy-winning entertainer have officially launched a campaign to contact the White House in a last gasp attempt to secure his freedom. In an announcement on Monday, organizers of the campaign urged for 50,000 of Buju Banton’s die-hard fans to contact the residence/workplace of U.S President, Barack Obama by any available means (phone, email or letter) before October 30. This in an attempt to cop Buju an immediate release from what they campaign organizers call an ‘unjust incarceration,’ citing entrapment by a U.S. Government informant.

The White House campaign follows a failed appeal filed by Buju Banton this pas summer in which the internationally acclaimed Reggae legend was refused a possible reversal of his initial conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence on drug-related charges in February and June 2011 respectively. A few weeks later, an application by Buju’s legal team for a new trial fell through as, like the failed appeal, it was determined that not only was there enough evidence for his conviction on the drug charges, but that such evidence validated the reinstatement of a gun-related charge which was originally thrown out during the February 2011 ruling.

For more information on this new ‘Free Buju’ campaign, follow the campaign organizers via Twitter: @freebujunow or you can contact the White House directly through the address and/or email below.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

202-456-1111

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

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ALBUM OF DUETS BY RICHIE STEPHENS & GENTLEMAN TO BE RELEASED BY VP RECORDS

Jamaica music ambassador Richie Stephens and multi-platinum German sinjay Gentleman, who both enjoyed tremendous success this year with hit singles “Live Your Life” and “Warrior” have pooled their creative talents on a new album aptly titled “Live Your Life” which will be released next month on the VP Records imprint.

Gentleman, who is currently in Jamaica putting the finishing touches on the new disc was very upbeat about the project. 

“It is nice to see how things have turned out with the album. We have some excellent songs that fans are gonna really enjoy” he said.

“The project came out of a natural vibe between the two of us without being planned. We put a lot of work into the songs and I am very happy with the finished product.” 

The 12 track disc will feature 6 duets including ‘Jah Is Not Sleeping,’ ‘I Found Heaven’ and previous released singles ‘Life your Life’ and ‘Warrior.’ Also to be included on the disc are six solo tracks (three from each artiste) including ”Drift Away’ and ‘Dutty Soul’ from Stephens and Gentleman respectively. 

‘This is probably one of the most sophisticated album I have ever recorded” Stephens bragged. 

“We have a little something for everyone including an old school track that fans are really gonna love. The rest of the album is just as impressive” he said.

Given the good working vibes he has with Gentleman, the decision to do an album of duets was a no brainer Stephens said. 

“Gentleman is the consummate professional and an extremely hard worker. We have a musical connection that brings out the best in us” he gushed.

Gentleman and Stephens’ whirlwind success started in 2011 with their first recording “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in New York, Florida, Atlanta and was voted the ‘Best International Song’ at the 2011 Stone Love Awards in Kingston. The video clip for the song also won the award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Chicago this year. The pair have also enjoyed several electrifying performances in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia where Stephens was the special guest of Gentleman. Their most memorable performance was before a crowd of 750,000 in Poland, at the biggest festival in the world — Woodstock. This was followed by another stellar performance at the 2012 Jazz & Blues Festival in Trewlany, Jamaica. 

Stephens and Gentleman will give fans a taste of songs from their new album along with other favorites when the perform at the American Friends of Jamaica Ball in Manhattan on Thursday, October 25 and the official album launch slated for Friday, October 26, 2012 at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx. Dub Master Chris, radio host of Irie Jam Radio in NY will be serve as MC for the launch.

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Dancehall USA inks iTunes distribution deal

Internationally acclaimed entertainment website, Dancehall USA seeks to revolutionize the music world with a new distribution deal set to strongly impact one of its most significant outlets.

Dancehall USA recently inked a major deal with a prominent international music distributor who will help Dancehall/Reggae music earn its deserved recognition on the worldwide market while helping singers and deejays responsible for its progress to reap mass benefits from their work. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Sites such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, You Tube, and Believe Digital (Europe and Asia) are some of the sites where Dancehall/Reggae will be featured.

CEO and founder of Dancehall USA, Nick Walker promises that Jamaican artists will get their just dues as a result of this ground-breaking deal; outlining an exclusive 3-for-1 package that’s certain to benefit local musicians from both money-making and promotional standpoints.

Through Dancehall USA’s deal, not only will artists see their music being distributed through iTunes, Amazon.com and other major networks, but also earn non-stop promotion of their work on Dancehall USA as well as through top affiliates, disc jocks and promoters associated with the landmark website, known as one of music’s most influential and informative brands.

The exclusiveness of this enriching deal comes in the form of a major offer, one so exclusive and top secret that only members and sign-ups via Dancehall USA can receive access to it.

Nick Walker further maintains that this iTunes distribution deal and other online store placement hails as just one of several, strategically planned moves sure to make Dancehall/Reggae music a truly united power player within a globalized and competitive music industry. Without a doubt, this move shows signs of an impending revival amongst Jamaica’s signature genres.

For more information and to sign up, please check out http://itunes.dancehallusa.com

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Mp3: Lutan Fyah Ft Freeky – God Watch Ova Wi

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Olihile ‘FREEKY’ Afrika is an African reggae artiste that was born in a
township south of Johannesburg, South Africa. His name ‘Freeky’ is origin from
Sotho (one of the tribes found in South Africa). He was musically incline and
dominantly played the bass guitar within his teenage years; and contributed
greatly to his friend’s albums and demos. This is where he developed his
recording skills. His musical transition to secular music introduced him to
his musical influences which stems from: Bob Marley, Garnet Silk,Buju
Banton,Capelton and Sizzla.

Thereafter, Freeky joined a legendary Sotho Band (Ntjapedi) in 2006. It
was with this band, that he shared stages with Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela and
other African musical legends. He also collaborated with other African musicians
he regards highly such as: Bongo Riot, Jah Seed under the Ntjapedi umbrella. At
the point, he was appointed a leadership position which deems him out of his
comfort zone to be front and centre to lead a band called TATTOO L9. TATTOO is
a band he writes, leads and composes music for.

In 2007 Freeky decided to try a solo career. He met Robin Mabunda of Dreaded
Sounds who got him more in touch with reggae music’s roots. His abilities as
a song writer and singer added colour to every song he did and as such drawn
the attention of other musicians he has now collaborated with: Mawe2, Lutan
Fyah, ,Singer Jah , Sizzla Tommy Gunn and Stacious

Freeky, is currently working on his sophomore album for Dreaded Sounds and
anticipate going to Jamaica to work with other artistes and producers.

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Video: Spechinal – Cuss Me

Spechinal – Cuss Me

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Video: Spechinal – True Love

Spechinal – True Love

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Video: Wiz Khalifa Black and Yellow Cris Cab Reggae Cover

Video: Wiz Khalifa Black and Yellow Cris Cab Reggae Cover

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Snoop Dogg debuts alter-ego, drops first Reggae single

Months after internationally acclaimed rap legend, Snoop Dogg filmed a documentary in Jamaica, the prominent artiste has created an alter ego symbolic of the island’s culture and its most popular genre.

In February, Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica as he shot footage for a documentary focusing on the Rastafari Movement as well as the island’s culture. Additionally, the rap icon reportedly recorded a single at Geejam Studios in Portland for his upcoming album, Reincarnated.

Obviously fond of Jamaican folklore and Reggae music, Snoop Dogg recently created a new moniker, Snoop Lion and has recorded his debut single under the new alter-ego dubbed, La La La. Produced by Major Lazer, La La La showcases an authentic Reggae sound as Snoop attempts to speak Jamaican patois. Meanwhile, popular Reggae singer, Jovi Rockwell features on the track as she provides background vocals.

So far, the reception to Snoop Dogg’s change of style has been positive as fans and even Bob Marley’s son, Rohan Marley offered words of encouragement via Twitter (@snoop_lion) to the prominent entertainer.

This past March, Major Lazer’s Diplo hinted during an interview with MTV.com that he and Snoop Dogg will be working on a Reggae album together.

“What we’re doing is a reggae record. It’s like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer together. It’s all reggae and he’s singing and he’s doing an awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song,” he said.

“We’re going to get back into the production of it next month, and I’m really proud of that record. It’s the first record I’ve ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing.”

Major Lazer has significant experience dabbling in Jamaican music, working with highly regarded Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal and Mr. Lexx.

Meanwhile, Snoop Lion will give his first live performance during Caribana 2012 next week Friday in Toronto, Canada.

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Toi & JahVinci Ignite Reggae Sumfest with Surprise Performance

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Reggae Pop sensation, Toi & top dancehall singjay, JahVinci, took the stage at the Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, to entertain the masses at the 2012 Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This traditional event marks the start of the 20th Anniversary of Reggae Sumfest.

Toi, who began her performing career two years ago in Miami, Fl, has been making steady strides in the music industry. This latest performance shows that she has grown into a confident artist who knows her way around the Stage. With a wealth of musical styles and a powerful expressive voice, Toi laid down a smashing performance.

“I did my thing and it was great, I loved it”, said Toi. “It’s been an amazing experience so far, and theres a lot more to expect from Toi. I want to thank the fans for supporting me and keeping me reaching for more”.

JahVinci, the former Portmore Empire member & singjay, with his Weaving lyrics and flawless flow had the crowd jumping with energy. Since parting with the Portmore empire, he has captivated many dancehall and reggae music lovers with his cultural outreach. Well known for singles such as “Watch Yuh Friends”, “Money”, and “Remedy”, JahVinci delivered solid entertainment.

As Reggae Sumfest moves forward in its 20th year, attendees can look forward to more action, more good music, and non-stop energy. With several major acts ready to grace the stage, one thing is sure, Reggae Sumfest 2012 is off to a real good start.

 

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Jamaica 50 NY Festival Hosted By Oliver Samuels Offers Music, Food, Performances and more

With more mature Jamaicans in the New York area having limited access to venues that are more inclusive than musical performances to recognize Jamaica’s 50th, the organizers of the Oliver Samuels Jamaica50 NY Festival have come up with what will be seen as a solution. The idea of this celebration explains Oliver is to put together a show that will blend old and new. To not allow the older generation to feel left out of the celebrations because they are in the USA and to help the younger generation re-connect with our rich history in all areas and not just music. I think with this show we achieved that.

Oliver teams up with actress Andrea DELCITA Wright to bring together an all-star cast for The Oliver Samuels Jamaica50 NY Festival. This is the first time this talented duo will be sharing the same stage.

The event will be held at Roberto Clemente State Park, located at 301 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 10453, on August 4, 2012. Gates open at 11AM until 7PM. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Jamaican colors and of course to be in possession of your flags.
The venue reflects, musical and culture performers, VIP guest speakers, sport figures, and will recognize the contributions of Jamaicans in several areas over the last 50 years.

Some of the participants will include: Trench Town Ska era group-The WAILING SOULS and the MELODIANS, legendary crooner-DOBBY DOBSON, 3x Olympian-DEVON HARRIS, former USA professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Jamaican women’s basketball team SIMONE EDWARDS, recording Executive ANDREA ANMOUR, the GEORGE WESLEY Band, the winner of California’s Best Male Vocalist competition-FARAJI BRYAN, The performer with the most nominations (6) at the Annual Washington DC Reggae Music Awards-RUTH ANN-BROWN, HUMBLETON, singer LEIGHTON MILLER, HUMBLETON and many more.

Be prepared to hear great renditions of the national anthem, pledge and if you are a fan of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley you will certainly enjoy a special tribute and performance that will honor their legacy.

The program also includes a gospel performance by the male A Capella Gospel group, VOICE and opening remarks and prayer by Rev. Dr. Agorom Dike, Chair: Caribbean Faith Based Leadership Advisory Council.

With successful performances at The Consulate of Jamaica in New York, City Hall, Bronx Borough Hall, The world famous Braata Folk Singers will be showcasing Jamaican folk music and songs. The group utilizes music, dance and drama to deliver a combination of high-energy performances, folk ballads and traditional Jamaican folk songs. If you loved the performances of Ms. Lou then you are in for a special treat from Braata Folk Singers

Award recipients will include Olympian Merlene Ottey – presented with Lifetime Achievement Award and honored as Jamaica’s best athlete in 50 years, former Congresswoman and City Council member Una Clarke – recognized for her years of outstanding service to the Caribbean community (Award presented by Mt. Vernon City Council President Yuhanna Edwards), Oliver Samuels – recognized for his theater contributions, The Wailing Souls and 3x Olympian Devon Harris.

Come out with your family and enjoy, cultural workshops, speakers and performers from Jamaica, great foods, music, entertainment, craft vendors showcasing Jamaican merchandise, loodie and domino contests, traditional Jamaican foods and more, all while re-connecting with Jamaican culture and history.

This event is made possible by sponsors: LIME – formerly Cable & Wireless, PalmTree Marketplace located at – 3717 Boston Road, Bronx NY, EveryTing Jamaica, located at -400 East Gun Hill Road and Dennis Shipping (800) 416-4624.

TO BE A SPONSOR for this event or to purchase tickets call 914-384-9554, or visit the website@,www.Jamaica50Anniversary.com. Ticket holders who purchase 2 more tickets can also have them hand delivered. Call for more information

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Junior Kelly scores # 1 with the hit single “Been There”

After 15 weeks on the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart, singer Junior Kelly has convincingly captured the number one slot with the gripping, reality-laced  single, “Been There“.
Chart-watchers had early predicted  that “Been There” would have enjoyed exciting chart success, noting that there was a strong possibility of it taking over the pole position. Well, it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’. They are now eyeing the song’s progress on the long-running New York Reggae Singles Chart, where it now sits in the number 6 spot and is steadily making upward movements. Kellyhas also dominated the popular Stampede Street Chart, where he has been singled out as ‘Artiste of the Week‘.
On the Broadleaf riddim, produced by Big Bomb Entertainment, “Been There” adds to Junior Kelly’s list of songs which have impacted in a huge way. Among them are the  “Sunshine,” “Boom Draw“, “Hungry Days,” Missing You (with Bar-bee)”, “Receive” and the blockbuster, breakout single, “Love So Nice“, which spent a record 15 weeks at number one.
The single, which was driven by the music video, is currently getting good rotation across the globe and Kelly himself has been busy on the promotional trail, ensuring that “Been There”  forms part of his  live set.
He explained that the initial response to the song was so overwhelming that he did the music video ahead of schedule. The video, which has a simple and effective storyboard, sees Kelly playing the role of a taximan, as he belts out the lyrics to the song.
“I give thanks to all those who worked assiduously to make this single number one. Naturally, it’s a good feeling when fans endorse your music and it gives me the encouragement to continue along this path,” the conscious Rastafarian commented.
Junior Kelly, who has been enjoying a strong season of success, both in Jamaica and overseas, has easily reclaimed his space in the US market after an hiatus. His performance in Brooklyn at the Rose Garden on July 8 was so powerful that he was immediately booked for a second show to be held at the VillageNY on July 22.  Kelly gave a masterful performance at the Bayfront Reggae Festival,Minnesota, last Saturday, alongside Jamaican artistes Ce’cileAnthony B and Gramps Morgan.
Fans will be treated to another side of Junior Kelly on SundayJuly 29, at Weaver High School, Hartford Connecticut. He will be participating in the annual Celebrity Soccer Games, an event which he is quite enthusiastic about.
Junior Kelly has been in the business of making uplifting and empowering reggae music for more than 25 years. Beginning his career during Dancehall’s ‘rude boy’ era in the late ’80s, Kelly’s inspiring messages have always made him a standout artist within Jamaica’s heavily populated entertainment scene.
His breakthrough single “Love So Nice” established him as a bonafide star in 2000. His commanding juxtaposition of precisely timed, deejayed rhymes and melodic singing, coupled with his vivid storytelling abilities, took the song to #1 on the Jamaican charts. The album “Love So Nice“, released in 2001, also spawned the well-received singles which brought him recognition throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
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Video: Jimmy Kimmel – The Dirty Heads – Spread Too Thin

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Payday Music Presents Dancehall Legends Vol 1

If the term legend, is defined “as a non-historical story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted” and Dancehall as “a genre of Jamaican popular music, a style of dance-oriented Reggae” than the art form that is known as Dancehall, which lives through Reggae, spins the livelihood tales of Jamaican culture is most definitely a legend.

 

Then infusing with the DJs and Singjays of present, names like Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Sizzla, we create storytellers. Who embed in generations old, new, and yet to come cultural sagas to be enjoyed for years to come creating dancehall legends.

 

On July 10th, Payday Music Group presents “Dancehall Legends Vol 1” a compilation of work by Grammy award winning producer, Austin “Payday” Green spanning over the last 8 yrs.  This audio collection is a showcase of some of dancehall’s greatest artist that Austin has the opportunity to produce for.

 

Austin (better known as “Payday” or “Kevin”) Green started his career in music over 14 years ago. With beginnings at Gargamel Studios, work at England’s Jet Star, as well as all the years in between producing, engineering, crafting and creating, Austin Green has contributed greatly to Reggae music. Most recently Austin and the Payday team release “Play Your Part” the official theme song for HelpJA Children initiative.

 

As “Dancehall Legends” prepares to release, Austin remarks that it was “exciting” going through years of music, choosing selections for the 1st volume, stating, “I’ve produced a lot of good music over the years, I realize my catalogue is growing. I just want to showcase some of the work”. The compilation will have eleven tracks, nine previously released with two exciting new exclusives. Some of the singles featured will be “Informa” Mavado, “Run Dem Mouth” Sizzla, “When Yuh Hold Dem” Vybz Kartel, and “Tek It To The Heights” Capleton.

 

The exclusives tracks; however, come from Bounty Killer and Buju Banton. The two new songs “Dem A Trace” from Bounty Killer and “Pressure Dem” from Buju Banton, are currently un-released and will be available only on “Dancehall Legends”.  As curiosity might strike to why Payday waited to release these singles, Austin offers this response, I don’t like to rush music. When he (Buju) was incarcerated, people tried to rush and put out what music they had, I don’t do music like that, no bandwagon thing.  It just felt like the time is right to release it. As for the Bounty single, it’s a track we revisited during the “Play Your Part” recording. It’s included on the compilation versus a regular release as to not bring “hype” and “questioning” to the song title “Dem A Trace”.

 

With that said, let the stories be told and the legends unfold, as Payday Music presents “Dancehall Legends Vol 1” on July 10. The compilation will be available on all digital outlets.

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JONFX I VISION I RAESHYNE (Interview) – Fusion between Reggaeton and Dancehall

JONFX I VISION I RAESHYNE (Interview)  – Fusion between Reggaeton and Dancehall

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SOPHIA BROWN SET TO RELEASE “CATCH ME DUBBING” ON JUNE 19TH

Armed with a fresh new mix of her previously released “Catch Me If You Can” studio album, reggae recording artist Sophia Brown will be looking to grab the attention of her fans on June 19th with the official release of her dub and instrumental album entitled “Catch Me Dubbing” on her Music Mecka label distributed by U.S based digital distribution company Zojak Worldwide.

According to Brown “Catch Me Dubbing” was done taking into consideration other music markets across the globe. “I decided earlier this year that when I released my album “Catch Me If You Can” I would also do a dub and instrumental version of it and this is what we are gearing up to drop next week because we recognize that in different parts of the world that is also in demand”.

With “Catch Me If You Can” souring to #55 on the iTunes Top 100 Album Charts Brown said her energy at the moment is centered around promoting the singles “Relationship” and “Poverty”. “Since my song “Tonight Is The Night” went #1 in 9 different countries earlier this year we have been searching for that next official single and we feel “Relationships” which feature Hezron and “Poverty” which features The Messenger Luciano are getting good radio play. A video for “Poverty” is definitely in the pipeline while other tracks such as “Tall & Sexy” and “Mama Africa” have been buzzing internationally”.

With confirmations of a 3 weeks tour of Egypt already on the table Sophia Brown continues to forge ahead in the reggae fraternity.

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Rihanna – Where Have You Been (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)


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Mp3: Mindless Behavior – Hello (Producer Jon FX Reggae Remix)

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Video:Alex Clare’s cover of Gyptian’s track ‘Hold Yuh’ – ****

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SHAGGY LAUNCHES RECORD LABEL

New fusion reggae label Ranch Entertainment, Inc. launched worldwide in early 2011, and now the label invites colleagues, media and music fans to its official launch celebration onJune 4, 2012 at Santos Party House in New York City. The label boasts a roster of world-renowned artists including reggae superstar Shaggy, and long-time collaborators Rayvon and Red Fox, in addition to acclaimed producersand songwriters, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

As the music industry continues to pose hurdles and challenges to the success of rising stars, the mission of Ranch Entertainment is to develop and facilitate innovative approaches for up and coming artists to excel in the current market.

The label launch will be hosted by HOT97 radio personality Jabba, and also commemorates the five-year anniversary of New York-based DJ-collectiveRice & Peas. Additionally, the launch festivities sets the scene for the shooting of Rayvon’s latest music video for his breakout track “Selecta,”featured on Ranch Entertainment’s Kingston 13 Riddim album.

Sponsors Bartenura Moscato and Golden Krust will be catering drinks and food for attending media. Radio sponsors include Irie Jam Radio and LinkUp Radio, both 93.5FM affiliates in New York City.

For more information on Ranch Entertainment, visit  RanchEnt.com or follow the mission at Twitter.com/RanchEnt and Facebook.com/RanchEnt.

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Saine doubles the pleasure with a pair of hit tracks

Fast Rising Dancehall/Reggae singer, Saine has scored a double knockout in her fight to earn significant mainstream buzz within the music industry as she’s released a pair of singles that have peaked mass interests.

The newly dubbed first lady of Black Spyda Records has dropped her first solo track and collaboration as a part of the emerging Dancehall/Reggae label: All Night and Go With You (featuring T’Nez). Both songs reflect the growth of Saine’s vocal abilities as well as her musical persona as she aims to successfully represent the new crop of up-and-coming singers within the local music scene.

All Night immediately sets a romantic mood for musical admirers to relate to and feel comfortable as Saine lyricallydelivers a story of one’s innermost desires coming to light as he or she covets the essence of love and making love.

In this passionate musical display, Saine sings, “I see you start to sweat, you know what’s coming next, nervous when I undress, I hear you losing breath, I’m gonna take my time, I’m gonna do this right so saddle up and enjoy the ride.”

She continues, “Ok, let’s start again, don’t want this night to end…Wish I could press rewind and just go back in time.”

If that didn’t prove Saine’s credentials enough, the multitalented singer strikes again on her joint effort with fellow breakthrough star, T’Nez on Go With You. On this duet, Saine and T’Nez show undeniably good chemistry as they sing a story about the qualities of love and loyalty which ignite sparks within a building relationship.

Both singles have already gained the mainstream attention that Saine has hoped for as Go With You and All Night have earned strong rotation on ZIP FM where prominent disc jocks, ZJ Chrome and ZJ Dymond as well as Sun City Radio 104.9FM where DJ Calico of Darkcide International also played them.

Saine’s double effort features out the aptly titled, Saine Rain Riddim which is scheduled for digital release, via iTunes on May 15 while being distributed by 21st-Hapilos and Johnny Wonder.

For Saine, her latest works are true indication that her dreams stardom and international recognition isn’t too far from coming true.

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Mp3: Adele – Someone Like You Reggae Version

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Could Bob Marley return to the stage?

On May 11, 1981, Reggae and the music world in general lost one of its pioneers as Bob Marley passed away at the tender age of 36 after a long battle with cancer. Now 31 years since his death, industry observers may be plotting a way to bring him back to the stage.

During the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States last month, fans were stunned when a realistic version of late rap legend, Tupac Shakur appeared on stage and performed. The image was created through a holographic projection, making it appear as if Shakur was revived given that his motions, vocal tone and physical appearance resembled that of the real life rap superstar.

After the success of that project, Jamaican music industry players are speculating about whether to bring back Bob Marley in a similar fashion. According to the island Youth Ambassador for entertainment, Graham Rowe, creating a holographic image of Marley would garner unlimited interest for pure Reggae fans, but could somewhat diminish his effervescent aura.

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SOJA “Strength To Survive” Official Video

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Mp3 – New Artist Spotlight : Miami Vice – Jahfe – Must Listen !!!

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“Jahfe, which means “creation” is a band based out of Miami, FL. Their musical style fuses roots reggae with many other genres including rock, dub, soul and R&B, creating a unique blend of organic sounds. The members of Jahfe´ hail from nations all around the world including Haiti, Spain, Israel, Cuba, Czech Republic, Morocco and the United States. The first ever conscious reggae band to be fronted by a female, “Jahfé hits Mach 2 within the opening measure of their music, with a powerful presence from Esther Fortune, lead vocalist for the 10-piece band.”

Jahfe is for the People” is the chant that can be heard at every show. The band represents the youth with a voice. It embodies the power of a young generation and the wisdom of roots culture. The music of Jahfe´ reflects the true ability of conscious music to connect people everywhere. Jahfe´ uses its music to speak out against the injustices plaguing the world. They have been featured in documentaries about domestic violence and have worked to increase awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Jahfe´’s music is filled with references to many of the serious issues that take place around us every day: hunger, poverty, disease, rape and the hatred between nations. Jahfe´ is a movement that seeks to touch people all over the world with its message.

 

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.


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Video: Usher – Climax (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)

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Facebook to stream Marley documentary during its premiere

Fans of the highly anticipated documentary on Reggae legend, Bob Marley will have the chance to see the film through social media while it premieres across American theatres.

According to the Associated Press, Marley will make its debut in the United States on April 20, a day after its premiere in Jamaica at Emancipation Park in Kingston. While the biopic based on Bob Marley’s life is shown in theatres across the U.S., fans will be able to watch the movie online via Facebook. The social media hub will be streaming the documentary simultaneously, possibly indicating the impact of social media on shifting movie release windows.

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CIROC PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL BEST OF THE BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

CIROC presents the 6th annual Best Of The Best Concert, which returns to downtown Miami on Memorial Weekend. The long running international music festival will take overBicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 27th for a marathon all-ages festival that will stage some of the biggest names in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca, R&B and Kompa.


Produced by South Florida’s premier music and lifestyle promotions companies, XO Management and Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B of NYC, the Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year’s show.


So far, the star-studded lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes ShaggyMavadoDJ Khaled,Marcia GriffithsFabolousAdmiral BaileyIwer GeorgeFrench Montana,Frankie PaulT-ViceI-OctaneAce HoodGhostBriannaTony MatterhornMeek MillDemarco2 Chainz,Wayne MarshallLaza MorganSeraniKhagoChristopher Martin. Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters plan to add additional artists to the bill in the coming weeks.


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The Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event will be legendary New York DJ, Funkmaster Flex. Jabba will also co-host, alongside DJ Roy, Nuffy, Jamusa, C-Roy, Nikki Z, Ms. Kitty, Captain Kirk, Mikey Mike, 800 Bungie, Walshy Fire, D-Life, Bashment Kid, Nikki Blacks, Mike B. Selectors will include Stone Love, Waggy T, Massive B, Platinum Kids, Fergie & Springer, Hype Squad, Innocent, Supa Sound, Steelie Bashment, Abhi Earthquake, Half Crazy Sound, Fire Reds and the Mixx 96 DJs.


Additional sponsors for Best Of The Best 2012 include Bartenura and Swiftkick Sneaker Wipes… now available at all Walgreens.

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

 

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Video: Drumma Boy “Where I Come From” ft Junior Reid (In Studio Video)

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Romain Virgo to drop sophomore album in May

Prominent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo’s upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010, via VP Records.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person.

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Morgan Heritage to comeback with new singles, album

One of Reggae music’s most prominent families looks to return to the Jamaican music scene after over four years away from the spotlight.

Morgan Heritage, who rose to prominence in the last decade with singles like Tell Me How Come, Nothing To Smile About as well as Brooklyn & Jamaica are planning to release a new project within the next month as they prepare to re-assert their authority within Reggae music.

Reportedly, the popular group will unveil a new single in April entitled, The Return. Morgan Heritage’s upcoming track was co-produced by themselves and Juke Boxx Productions hit maker, Shane Brown and has been dubbed, The Return as they will return to the music scene full-time.

The Return hails as one of many singles that will be unleashed prior to Morgan Heritage upcoming album, which they are currently working on. Additionally, to help to promote their single and compilation, Morgan Heritage recently confirmed, via Twitter, that they will be travelling across Europe this summer on The Return tour.

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage member, Gramps Morgan will be releasing his second solo album in the near future also, Reggae Music Lives. The album, stated for an April 24 release, will feature a collaboration with internationally-acclaimed soul songstress, India Arie. 

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Sizzla hits back at gay rights critics

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla’s appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, throughhis management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England.  False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever.  He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit.  It is his nature and his character to respect all.”

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Sizzla concert in Europe cancelled following gay rights protests

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singjay, Miguel Orlando Collins, more popularly known as Sizzla continues to get a hard time from gay rights groups who’ve long complained about his lyrics addressing homosexuality.

The prominent entertainer, who gave his first live performance since surviving a near-fatal motorcycle crash last summer, was due to appear at a stage show in Stockholm, Sweden on March 28. However, the event, due to take place at the Hornstull Strand has been cancelled after lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and supporters condemned Sizzla’s anti-gay lyrics; protesting his appearance on the show’s bill.

Gay rights groups in Canada and England previously made similar protests regarding Sizzla’s music, which contains lyrics strongly opposing homosexual lifestyles.

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Etana working on new album

Prominent Reggae songstress, Etana seeks to build on an already accomplished international resume’ as she currently fine-tunes material for her upcoming album.

Most of the tracks for Etana’s yet to be titled third studio album have already been completed and will be shipped off to American based Dancehall/Reggae label, VP Records, who will make the final decisions regarding which singles will make the compilation. The highly regarded songbird hopes to release her album later this year.

Though Etana remains tight-lipped regarding specific collaborations and singles that could feature on her album, industry observers have raved over her joint effort with Reggae veteran and Big Ship captain, Freddie McGregor.

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Former Intense host tries hand at music

One of Jamaica’s most prominent media personalities has returned to the spotlight in a way that few expected.

Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita, former host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) entertainment program, Intense surprised fans and peers alike by unveiled her debut single on Wednesday. The curvaceous diva, who recently won the Youth View Award for Media Personality of the Year, premiered her Reggae-themed single, via IRIE FM on Wednesday night, to rave reviews.

The sensual love song, produced by veteran hit maker, Colin ‘Bulby’ York, features soothing vocals from Pepita as she talks of those who’ve found their ideal partner to complete them.

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AWARD-WINNING GERMAN REGGAE ARTIST GENTLEMAN EXCITED ABOUT DEBUT NYC PERFORMANCE

New York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German’s multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the “Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour,” includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

 

Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM’s ‘The Joint’ with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens. 

“I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish” the German sinjay noted. 

Gentleman’s North and South American tour is in support of his VP Records album titled Diversity that was released in February. The international version of the album already sold Gold (more than 100,000 units) and charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae - teaming up with top Jamaican recording artist Tanya Stephens; the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott; Christopher and producers Don Corleon, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards). He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy.

Last summer he teamed with Richie Stephens on the tribute single “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in Florida and Jamaica and was voted “Song of the Year 2011″ in New York by Irie Jam Radio. Their follow up single/video ‘Warrior,’ has already started to make inroads on the play list of stations across the globe.

Earlier this year, Gentleman delivered a riveting live rendition of “Live Your Life” at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where he was a special invited guest of Stephens. Their performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the festival. 

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Damian Marley calls for Jamaica to revamp Reggae music

With the apparent declining stronghold that Reggae music has within Jamaican culture, one of its premiere disciples hopes the local industry will help that change for the better.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley addressed the local and universal state of Reggae music during an interview on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday. Marley, who’s spent recent months back home after spending most of 2011 overseas recording and touring, believes that Jamaicans need to once again reap the benefits that Reggae music has provided to fans and musicians worldwide.

With many prominent foreign artistes such as Beyoncé, Justin Beiber and Rihanna using Reggae Riddims in recent hit songs, Marley insists that Jamaicans need to get back to their musical roots and show appreciation for the genre they helped make popular.

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Popcaan collaborates with Snoop Dogg

Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to add to his international resume as he’s reportedly landed another collaboration with a prominent American rapper.

On February 17, Popcaan released the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want, which featured internationally acclaimed Jamaican-American rapper, Busta Rhymes. The song, which was unveiled via iTunes, has also earned over 50,000 YouTube views since its debut nearly two weeks ago; earning the Portmore Empire deejay strong acclaim locally and overseas.

Now, media reports have confirmed that Popcaan has joined forces with veteran hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg, who’s currently in Jamaica recording material for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated as well as filming a documentary about the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica.

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Stephen Marley lauds young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn’t see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he’d like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry’s been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that’s surfaced in recent times.

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