CLEAN BANDIT – Rather Be “Reggae Remix” – TG MAD RECORDZ
Posted on 18 September 2014.
CLEAN BANDIT – Rather Be “Reggae Remix” – TG MAD RECORDZ
Posted on 12 September 2014.
Music’s importance lies in the feelings it evokes in listeners, such is Vision’s aim with the hit bound reggae single “We Jammin”. Produced by Jon “fx” Crawford and Dubloise for Keynote Records, the feel good vibe of “We Jammin” brings nostalgic memories.
“We Jammin is a song that reflects the most memorable and happy times of my life in Jamaica. Jammin means to kick back and relax, instead of saying Chillin or vibing, in Jamaica we just say Jam short for Jammin. The song tells you a lot about who I am and where I’m from. Living in America isn’t a bed of roses for most Jamaicans. Leaving our families behind and starting all over has its obstacles. So to past the time we jam reminisce on the good times back home in Jamaica. Thats what the song is about, its about we Jamaicans, even we immigrant. We all like Jammin in our own way.” stated Jamaican born singer/song writer Vision.
Proudly Jamaica has given reggae music to the world, iconic artists, legendary entertainers and music that stands the test of time. Vison’s “We Jammin” is sure to fall right into place with such distinctions as it boasts melodic hooks and authentic reggae vibe.
The single will be available for purchase on February 21st, 2014 on itunes.
For more information, and/or to request “We Jammin”, please e-mail [email protected]
Meet Jamaican born, singer-songwriter, Simon Mitchell, most infamously referred to by his stage name “Vision”. The name was inspired by Mitchell’s influential upbringing during his childhood stint as a member of his mother’s church choir. It was here that Vision decided that in all things life, he would be lead by faith and not by sight. Because of this mantra, following his musical transition to dance-hall, the international artist set out to create a promising new sound that he would later deem as “Roots Pop Reggae.”
But before there was Vision, there was Simon Alexander Mitchell. Born November 5 to a Jamaican mother and British-Jamaican father, Mitchell resided in England as a child while his father played professional soccer before later changing careers and moving Simon and his mother to Jamaica. It was here that the influence of the island’s strong musical culture would engulf Mitchell’s life and inspire him to become an artist. At the age of 12, the young boy was introduced to the piano, which he took to very well and would learn songs at a gifted pace. He’d soon realize his melodic knack for composing music. Fast-forward years later in which a football injury and a twist of fate would lead the former college athlete to a life of music. Read more.
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Posted on 29 August 2014.
Only two current songs from Jamaican artists currently occupy the Top 50 of Billboard magazine’s Digital Reggae Singles chart, according to newly-released figures by Nielsen SoundScan.
New York-based newcomer, Kranium is the highest placed Jamaican on the chart at number 32 with his hit single, Nobody Has to Know, which has sold just under 18,000 copies. The song is also on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. Reggae superstar, Jah Cureis at number 45 with his cover of All of Me by John Legend, which has sold just over 1,000 copies.
The chart is dominated by American acts, but is topped by Canadian Reggae fusion band, Magic! with their single Rude, which has sold over 2.4 million copies and topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for several weeks while their song, Let Your Hair Down is second, selling over 48,000 units.
The Billboard Reggae Albums chart is more of the same as only Ziggy Marley’s album Fly Rasta hails as the only album by a Jamaican artist to hold a top 10 spot on the chart. Amid the Noise and Haste by American Reggae band, SOJA tops the chart while Count Me In by Rebelution and Easy to Love by Maxi Priest also occupy spots in the top five while the rest of the top 10 is dominated by compilation albums and other foreign acts.
Posted on 19 August 2014.
Posted on 12 August 2014.
Video: Romain Virgo – Stay With Me
Romain Virgo performs his reggae cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’.
Produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music
Posted on 11 August 2014.
I-Octane Live @ Reggae Geel Festival 2014 I-Octane Live @ Reggae Geel Festival 2014
Posted on 11 August 2014.
Boomshots: Chronixx & Protoje “Who Knows” Live in London
One highlight of last night’s sold-out Chronixx show at the Electric in Brixton was the surprise appearance of Protoje, who came out to support his bredren Chronixx and perform their smash hit “Who Knows” live. After he and Diggy blazed the stage, Chronixx went on to perform “Here Comes Trouble” and even flashed a few lines of Jesse Royal, Jah9, and Damian Marley pon the riddim. Subscribe to Boomshots TV for more crucial reggae and dancehall videos.
Posted on 05 August 2014.
10 Bob Marley & The Wailers
08 Various Artists
07 Tribal Seeds
06 Snoop Lion
05 Lovd Ones
04 Ziggy Marley
03 Maxi Priest
With every day progress Reggae Music is evolving from every part of the world. Grabbing new fans all over the world, Reggae is a form of voice of masses for the people who are reggae music fans. It is a form of music which delivers political, social, spiritual notations through its lyrics.
10. At no 10 we have our Famous Reggae Artists like Bob Marley & the Wailers have won the hearts of some thousands of music lovers through their notable songs which they have delivered through some years. Visit Dancehall USA for a list of available tracks
08. Various Artists at no 8 includes my different artists as follow:
“Red Hot + Rio 2″
“Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection”
“One Love at Studio One, 1964-1966″ / “The Best Of Studio One / Full Up: The Best of Studio One, Volume Two” / “Downbeat The Ruler: Killer Instrumentals From StudioOne”
“Once — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” which are a huge hit & listened world wide.
07. At no 7 we have Tribal Seeds with “Representing” Tribal Seeds is a reggae band based in San Diego, California. Current band members include Steven Rene Jacobo; lead singer, Tony-Ray Jacobo
06. At no 6 we have our famous loved artist Snoop Lion with Reincarnated Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012.
05. At no 5 we have Lovd Ones
At no 4 we have Ziggy Marley. David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of Rita Marley and reggae legend Bob Marley
03. At no 3 we have Maxi Priest
02. At no 2 we have Rebelution
At no 1 we have none other than Jamar Rolando McNaughton also popularly known as Chronixx. Is among the emergning artists who has made his impact with his ne album ‘Dred & Terrible’ Which topped the music charts.
If you are a die hare music lover of Reggae Music then Support it buying a gear @ Dancehall USA The deals are truly unbelievable. Stay connected for more updates on Reggae Music.
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
Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/1qGWfhQ
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.