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Jabba on Best Of The Best 2014: “Reggae and Hip-Hop Come In Like Oil & Vinegar”

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.”

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Video: Shuga – Ebony – Penthouse || VP Records

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.

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Protoje teams up with Chronixx for a song that is the hottest track in the Reggae space right now! WHO KNOWS!

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Mixtape: Reggae Nice Again Vol 2 – Mixed by DJ Luzion @djluzion


http://www.sendspace.com/file/y31eci – tracked version

http://www.sendspace.com/file/5aia6h – single track

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Alkaline Reggae Sumfest 2014

Alkaline, Mr. Vegas and more confirmed for Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest

Alkaline Reggae Sumfest 2014Hailed 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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New Artist Spotlight: On My Way – RYTHMadix


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

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

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


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Jamaican Recording Artist OMI Signs with American Based Ultra Music

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

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

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

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

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Duane Stephenson & Ras Kassa


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

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

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

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

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New Artist Video: Peter Lloyd – Blood On Your Hands

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

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

reggae star PETER LLOYD, The Love Messenger,

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

anticipated third album, due late spring 2014.


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity Monday’s are BACK!!!!

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

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

Doors Open at 9pm

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

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

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

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

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


$20 General Admission $40 VIP ALL ACCESS PASS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Dance Instructions – Gyptian – Wine Slow ft. Tanisha Scott

Gyptian – Wine Slow ft. Tanisha Scott

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

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Etana Pulls Trigger


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

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

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

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

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


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