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Stephen Marley Talks New Album, ‘Fruit of Life’, working with The Roots, Wale & other Hip Hop Acts

Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed docu-series by heading to Stephen Marley’s “Lion’s Den” recording studios in South Miami where the reggae superstar discussed his iconic farher’s legacy, his new album ‘Fruit of Life’ & working with rappers to create a more conscious sound

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Mr. Vegas

Video: MR. VEGAS ft. CE’CILE – Pow Pow Pow (By VJ Awax)

On a high from the releases of several hot tracks recently, dancehall star Mr. Vegas has ganged up with dancehall Bad Gyal Ce’Cile to release their new track Pow Pow Pow.

With a video shot on the picturesque Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, Pow Pow Pow features popular local VJ Awax and transfers the authentic feel of Jamaican Dancehall from the gritty streets of Kingston to the serene landscape of Réunion’s Sainte-Marie Commune.

Mr. Vegas is excited at the success of the song, and video, which has so far surpassed the hundred thousand mark on YouTube and is getting good airplay in that side of the world: “It’s amazing, these people speak French and to think that Ce’Cile and I have a hit in that part of the world is amazing. Our music continues to cross all borders and inspire people bringing a smile to their faces”.

Mr. Vegas is now getting prepared for his appearance on Reggae Sumfest 2014, something he hasn’t done in over a decade and the artiste says he is ready for a memorable performance: “We plan a special set for real music lovers bringing in some old and some new but always quality”.

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Wayne Wonder Tour Dates


Wayne Wonder Tour DatesInternational Reggae recording artist Wayne Wonder will kick start his first ever tour of Canada this Friday June 20th at the Estate Night Club in Ontario Toronto.

The seven show tour which runs until July 1st will see Wonder performing at a number of Club venues including the Ring Night Club in Brantford on the June 21st, Club XO in Edmonton on the 27th and Karma Club in Winnipeg on the 30th.

Opening for Wonder on this inaugural tour will be Canadian based reggae singer Shalli who is best known for her singles “Show My Love” and “Down in Jamaica”.

In other news Wayne Wonder is set to release a brand new video this time for his single “Many Reasons” which is featured on the Natural Juice Riddim. The video which was directed by Chris “Icey Jace” Campbell was shot in Kingston Jamaica and is the third official video release from Wonder since the start of the year.

Other videos such as “Let Me Love You Tonight” on the Sweet Personality riddim by Nature’s Way Entertainment and “Searching For Love” which features dancehall deejay Iyara for Pay Day Music Group are currently in rotation on television stations worldwide.


Behind The Scenes: WAYNE WONDER – “MANY REASONS” Video Shoot





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Dancehall artiste Klaryti is a fresh and positive voice emerging in 21st-century dancehall.

unnamedDubbed ‘The voice of the majority: Klaryti’, he is well known in dancehall music circles as the brilliant drummer, ‘Drum Rat’, in deference to his work for several top-notch dancehall and reggae artistes at live shows and on iconic albums. The name is also a nod to his uncanny resemblance to his brother, dancehall superstar Red Rat.

“People know real talent. They know from the moment I sing or deejay the first line of a song that I am a great artiste-song writer. And that is when my support comes. This is my destiny, and they know it,” he said.

Hailing from the hills and rivers of Ocho Rios, St Ann, Klaryti is on a journey to bring love, peace, unity, and fun back into the world of reggae and dancehall. He uses his original sound, witty, electrifying lyrics, and his wonderful sense of humour to get his message of positive vibrations across.

You can check out his music at http://klarytionline.com /listen/

Twitter: @klaryti

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Popcaan 2013

Video: Popcaan Interview: “I Respect Pusha T” – Boomshots Tv

Popcaan tells Reshma B about his links with Pusha T and Drizzy Drake. Subscribe to Boomshots TV for more crucial reggae and dancehall videos.

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Rebelution - 2014


Rebelution - 2014

On the heels of last weeks announcement of its East Coast run, today Rebelution – known for its relentless touring schedule, positive, upbeat music, and sense of community and collaboration – announces the West Coast dates for its “Count Me In Summer Tour,” set to kick off on June 12 in Boston, MA.  The additional 14 west coast dates will take the band from San Diego to the Seattle area to Salt Lake City, and will include headline slots at Denvers Red Rocks Amphitheatre and two nights at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA.  The tour is in support of Rebelution’s upcoming release, Count Me In, due out June 10, 2014 (87 Music/Easy Star Records.)

In addition, the band will be hosting photo and video contests on their social media pages, giving fans the unique opportunity to paint live on stage during Rebelution’s set and participate in a jam session with the entire band backstage before the show.  Details can be found on the bands website – http://www.rebelutionmusic.com

Rebelution will be joined on this tour by support acts Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle.  Tickets for most of the west coast dates go on sale to the general public Thursday, April 10; log onto http://www.rebelutionmusic.com for complete purchasing information.

“Theres really nothing else wed rather do during the Summer than be on the road, performing live music,” said bassist Marley D Williams.  “Weve got a great show planned and are looking forward to playing some brand new songs as well as the favorites, so we hope everyone will come and celebrate the Summer life with us.”

Count Me In was produced by the SoCal-based Rebelution (Eric Rachmany/vocals, guitar, Rory Carey/keyboards, Marley D. Williams/bass, and Wesley Finley/drums), and recorded in Miami and Burbank, CA between September and December of last year.   The album features special guest appearances by dancehall singer Collie Buddz (on the track “Hate To Be The One”) and legendary roots reggae vocalist Don Carlos (on “Roots Reggae Music”).

While the music and lyrical content varies on Count Me In, the albums 11 tracks provide positive inspiration, encouraging fans to create a pro-active and optimistic impact on society and life.  “A lot of what we hear every day is that money measures success,” said Rachmany.  “This new album is a reminder to spread love and positivity to the people around us – these are the true measures of success.”

With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for Legs One and Two of Rebelutions “Count Me In Summer Tour” is as follows:


12        Boston, MA – House of Blues

13        Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage

14        Philadelphia, PA – Penns Landing

15        Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion

18        Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook Pavilion

19        Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

20        Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

21        Portsmouth, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion

22        Boonville, CA – Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

25        St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing

26        St. Petersburg – Jannus Landing

27        St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

28        Cocoa, FL – Riverfront Park

29        Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle


 6         Mesa, AZ  – Mesa Amphitheatre

 7         San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre

 8         San Diego, CA –  Open Air Theatre

 9         Costa Mesa, CA  – Pacific Amphitheatre

10        Costa Mesa, CA  – Pacific Amphitheatre

13        Tahoe Vista, CA  – North Tahoe Regional Park

14        Las Vegas, NV  – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

15        Santa Barbara, CA  – Santa Barbara Bowl

16        Berkeley, CA  – Greek Theatre

17        Eugene, OR  – Cuthbert Amphitheatre

19        Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheatre

21        Missoula, MT  – Big Sky Brewing Company

22        Salt Lake City, UT  – The Great Saltair

23        Denver, CO  – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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MIRF - Partial Line Up

11th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival – 2014!

The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) has released a partial look at their 2014 line up which combines classic Lover’s Rock with Soul, and is forecasted to make Montreal the most popular Canadian city for August, 2014!


Taking place at the scenic Montreal Old Port, organizers from Canada’s most acclaimed Reggae festival have shared with media and fans 4 of the 12 headlining artists who will be performing at the 11th annual festivities, offering patrons the right musical mix and value for their dollar.


On the heels of the release of his new album, Maxi Priest will take center stage to rock classics as well as some of his new singles “Easy to Love” (lead single from his new album of the same name), and “Every Little Thing.”  The Grammy Award winning, and Billboard chart topping artist is excited to be performing in the city.


The Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths will endear fans with her sweet voice that has created so many memories.  Getting her start with the I-Threes who famously backed Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ms. Griffith now celebrates 50 years in the music industry and Montreal can’t wait to do the “Electric Slide” in her honor and classics such as “I Shall Sing” and “Dreamland!”


After an outstanding performance in 2009, Sanchez will return to the MIRF stage giving the city his unique mix of Gospel, Lover’s Rock and some Pop Reggae such as his new song “Him Buy You a Drink” which has been gaining traction on the Canadian Reggae landscape.


Soul has always been embraced by Reggae fans, so to sweeten the mix, MIRF brings legend Percy Sledge!  One of the most beloved American artists, Percy’s single “When a Man Loves a Woman” became an international top 40 hit and certified gold record.  Additional hits include “Warm and Tender Love,” and “Take Time to Know Her.”


Early bird tickets are available via www.ticketpro.ca with prices ranging from $80 CA for a weekend pass (if purchased between May 8th and June 2nd, 2014).


The complete 2014 lineup will be announced at a press conference to be held on June 14th at O Patro Vys – 356 Mont Royal St. East at 11am.  In addition to performances, MIRF will offer workshops at O Patro Vys on August 12th, 13th and 14th.


For more information about this years festival visit the official website www.montrealreggaefest.com or @MTLReggaeFest

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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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