Posted on 13 February 2014.
Posted on 09 February 2014.
DAMIAN “JR GONG” MARLEY GOES GOLD ONCE AGAIN
FOR HIS SKRILLEX COLLAB “MAKE IT BUN DEM”
GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST DROPS BRAND NEW SINGLE
“IS IT WORTH IT (GUN MAN WORLD)”
This week, reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley scores another Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold certified hit for his Skrillex collab “Make It Bun Dem.” This is the first time Damian has reached this status since his ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ album in 2006. The album’s title track also sold over 500,000 units in 2005.
Skrillex reached out to Damian to be on the track and the rest is history. When released in 2012, “Make It Bun Dem” saturated all blogs, clubs and airwaves worldwide. To date, the video has received over 72 million YouTube views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Purchase the single now, along with 6 other remixes, on ‘Make It Bun Dem After Hours (Remixes)': https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/
Posted on 07 February 2014.
SONGSTRESS MS. LAURYN HILL JOINS THE MARLEY BROTHERS
STEPHEN, DAMIAN & JULIAN
FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL 9 MILE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
9 Mile Music Festival welcomes Ms. Lauryn Hill on her third festival appearance this year, along with Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and Julian “Juju” Marley. This year’s festival also features Sean Paul, Tito El Bambino, Mavado, Chronixx, Ken Y and many other surprise performances and appearances.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 15th at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, (10901 SW 24th Street in Miami), the festival gates will open at 12:30PM, with two stages featuring reggaeton, reggae, and dancehall artists.
The 9 Mile Music Festival has always carried a humanitarian message within its musical one and to date has collected and donated almost three million cans of food to hunger projects internationally. This year, canned food collected at admission during the festival will benefit Curley’s House. Curley’s House is a food bank that provides bulk food products to thousands of needy families and the homeless throughout Miami-Dade County. They offer job training skills and access help as well as others services.
Advance general admission tickets are $57.83 and include all taxes, fees and parking. Special VIP tickets are available for $179.00 and include a VIP entrance, special viewing area and backstage access. Tickets are available at www.9milemusicfestival.com and the following outlets:
Caribbean Delite Restaurant, 9491 SW 160th Street
Cliffs Restaurant, 10740 NW 7th Avenue
Condom USA, 3066 Grand Avenue
Holy Smokes, 13205 SW 137th Avenue
Jamaica Kitchen, 8736 SW 72nd Street
Midtown Smoke Shop, 3503 NE 2nd Avenue
Uncle Sam’s, 1141 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
In Broward County:
Aunt I’s, 1166 N State Road 7
Aunt I’s 10111 Pines Boulevard
Barbican Square, 11030 Pembroke Road, Miramar
One Love Music, 6460 N State Road 7
Reggae n Things, 7851 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs
VP Records, 6022 SW 21st Street
We-B-Joys, 3565 Powerline Road
In Palm Beach County:
Chinnys Restaurant, 1155 Royal Palm Beach
Silverspoon Restaurant, 940 Park Avenue, Suite 104
Posted on 30 January 2014.
When a producer and artist have the right chemistry it translates into their music like a well orchestrated dance. Such was the result when producer Ricky Blaze and international reggae star Gyptian teamed up for what became Gyptian’s gold-selling anthem “Hold You”.
Since then, both Ricky and Gyptian have been a busy fixture on worldwide charts, Ricky with chart topping hits from Hip Hop to Reggae, and Gyptian touring worldwide, and more recently a live performance in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan, NY. Luckily for music lovers, the two finally reunited; “Its been years since me and Gyptian worked due to super busy Schedules but whenever we get in the studio with his melodies and my production we always come out with cool songs and i feel this song will definitely move clubs around the world” stated billboard producer Ricky.
The new single “Stuck” offers a flair of dancehall with a hint of soca. It was described by music industry insiders as a feel good song that makes you sway as the first note hits your soul, it sticks to you!
Posted on 30 January 2014.
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UNCLE SAMS 305.532.0973
MIDTOWN SMOKE SHOP 305.748.1661
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CLIFFS RESTAURANT 305.754.2679
BIG MOMMAZ SMOKE SHOP 305.559.4600
MAX AXE GUITARS 786.454.5808
BARBICAN SQUARE 954.885.5422
AUNT I’S 954.321.0190
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Posted on 15 January 2014.
Slick who is based in Maryland Virginia recently release a music video for the song which he describes as a plead to his fellow Jamaicans to wake up and realize their true potential.
Directed by Richard Brown the video was shot on location in Negril Westmoreland and was produced by Shavy T Records
Posted on 14 January 2014.
Stephenson who has been busy finalizing work on his upcoming album “Dangerously Roots” which is due out in the first quarter of the year will perform alongside other headline acts including Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Chuck Fendah, Luciano, Kabaka Pyramid and Bugle to name a few.
The two day Festival will take place on the lawns of the Richmond Park Estate in Priory St. Ann and according to event organizer Tony Rebel the more than 40 local acts will take the stage. “Outside of an extensive line up of more than 40 artists Rebel Salute will also be offer Camping similar to other major festivals internationally coupled with a better ticketing system to patrons local and overseas”.
Currently promoting his new single “Rasta For I” Stephenson continues to climb international charts moving up 2 places to #15 on the New York Foundation Radio Top 25 Reggae Charts.
CLICK THE LINK TO WATCH
DUANE STEPHENSON – RASTA FOR I
Posted on 14 January 2014.
Dubtonic Kru, the group that was voted “Best New Band” at the 2011 Global Battle of the Bands, comes with an instant reggae classic, creating EVERLASTING LOVE from the ground up in association with SICK DONKEY RECORDS. The song was recorded one afternoon in Seattle and represents the true ensemble vibe with lead vocalist Kamau and guitarist Jallanzo trading vocals, Jubba on harmonies and drums, while bassie Stone drives the message, and Luke builds keyboard sounds that echo American R&B of the early 1980’s. The groove is definitively reggae one-drop with lyrics steeped in metaphysical potency that will have you singing along with the message of universal, unconditional, agape love from the Creator reminding us that “Jah made the sun, the moon, the stars that shine; eternally.”
Posted on 10 January 2014.
On January 21, 2014, Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall will unveil Tru Colors – his first full-length album in over 10 years and debut studio release for the Marley label Ghetto Youths International. The 13-track collection, produced primarily by Damian Marley and written almost entirely by Marshall, follows his recent digital-only EP Tru Colors (Ghetto Youths International) and his 2003 LP Marshall Law (VP Records). Tessanne Chin, this season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice and Marshall’s sister-in-law, also contributes lyrics on the album’s closing track “On The End.” Tru Colors will be distributed through Thirty Tigers / Sony Red.
The multi-faceted singjay, songwriter and producer – known for his clever lyrics, melodic cadence and hit-filled repertoire including “Overcome,” My Heart” and “Good Ole Wife” – covers a diverse range of moods, styles and topics on Tru Colors. Taken from a phrase in R.E.M.’s mega-hit “Losing My Religion,” Marshall talks about our choices being essential to our fate on “On The Corner,” backed by a heavy roots reggae rhythm. He calls out all fake friends on the title track and urges strugglers to keep their heads up on the R&B/gospel-tinged “Nah Give Up” featuring Tarrus Riley. On “Be On The Alert” featuring Bounty Killer, he addresses the dramatic increase of missing children in Jamaica over a leisurely-paced one drop riddim. He dreams big on “Success Story,” contemplates life on “In The End” and livens things back up on the aspirational anthem “Stupid Money” featuring Assassin. His swagger also shines on the playful single “I Know,” his massive 2012 hit “Go Hard” featuring Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer and (the incarcerated) Vybz Kartel, and its new hip-hop flavored remix “Go Harder” featuring Ace Hood, Cham and Waka Flocka.
Check out the video for “Stupid Money” (directed by Maybach Music’s Jon J):
Check out the video for “I Know” (directed by Jay Will):
Marshall wanted a clear vision and plan before releasing his new studio album. He wrote songs with Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley before signing to Ghetto Youths International in 2011, and knew their label would successfully execute and oversee his next full-length musical endeavor.
“I feel very good about the songs that we have put together and believe Tru Colors will be a stepping stone towards taking my career to the next level,” Marshall states.
Posted on 30 December 2013.
Super Cat returns – Jamaica Gleaner
Super Cat returned to his roots in the community of Cockburn Gardens by helicopter od December 22. Fans surrounded the reggae artiste as he made his way to the stage where he gave the crowed a taste of what is to come on Boxing Day at Sting 2013 at Jamworld, Portmore.
Posted on 28 December 2013.
A Weeklong Lineup of Collaborative Shows at Blue Note Jazz Club
In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. This January, he will come to Blue Note Jazz Club to present a lineup of collaborative shows that combine the worlds of jazz and reggae in perfect harmony.
An award-winning artist, Monty Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, and Sly & Robbie, among others. To celebrate the breadth of musical genres his work has combined, Monty is proud to have assembled a diverse group of performers to showcase his evolution of sound.
Rocking Reggae Meets Jazz and Swing
Monty Alexander’s weeklong showcase will preview on January 13th with a double-feature lineup. The Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will kick off the night with a release party and performance for their new release on Motema Records. The Harlem-Kingston Express project combines two groups into one, seamlessly blending rocking reggae music with classic, acoustic jazz.
Afterwards, Caterina Zapponi, Bucky and Martin Pizzarelli, and Frank Vignola come together to present a lineup of jazz and swing-centric compositions. In her career, the gifted multi-lingual vocalist Caterina Zapponi has explored music ranging from jazz and the American popular song to cabaret and musical theater. She was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and has since performed at prestigious venues including New York’s Birdland, and The Blue Note, and internationally at the Verbier and Saint Barthelemy festivals. Her recordings include the album Universal Love Songs, released by Inak Music in 2001, and the forthcoming Amorosa on Motema Music. Zapponi is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and performed “A Song For You” for the film For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner.
Bucky Pizzarelli, a legendary swing guitarist and banjoist, has performed with the likes of Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli and Benny Goodman over his illustrious career. His son Martin Pizzarelli is an accomplished jazz double-bassist. Guitarist extraordinaire Frank Vignola has performed with such legendary artists as Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal.
Monty returns to Blue Note with this double feature on January 21st to kick off his week-long lineup.
A Legendary Jazz Trio Unites
From January 22nd – 24th, Monty Alexander will perform with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton; assembling one of the most legendary trios in all of jazz. They have worked together for over 40 years and have released many albums together, the most famous being “Live In Montreux,” one of the most celebrated jazz piano trio records of all-time.
A History of Reggae and the Music of Jamaica
On January 25th and 26th, the Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will celebrate Jamaican music with special guestsErnest Ranglin, Jamaica’s legendary guitar master, and Chronixx. Guitarist Ernest Ranglin’s sound defines the Jamaican sound for a generation of musicians. He has worked with Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Skatalites, and numerous other legendary reggae musicians. Chronixx is the young Rastafarian artist whose rise in popularity over the last year has him being called reggae’s next superstar by many industry heavyweights. Since the beginning of 2013, Chronixx has appeared on every major stage show in Jamaica, and is well-versed in the music business. Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle.
There are two shows each night throughout Monty Alexander’s lineup, and tickets are $20 at the bar, $35 for table reservations. Doors for the 8PM show open at 6PM; doors for the 10:30PM show open at 9:45PM. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluenote.net. Blue Note Jazz Club is located at 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village.
Posted on 21 December 2013.
LONGEST-RUNNING ANNUAL REGGAE COMPILATION STRICTLY THE BEST
VOL. 48 & 49 OUT THIS WEEK (DECEMBER 17)
Samantha J Appeared on Last Week’s BET 106 & Park To Perform Featured Track “Tight Up Skirt”
Established in 1993, Strictly The Best is the first annual reggae compilation in the business. This year’s installment Vol. 48 & Vol. 49, which features an explosive collection of trendsetting hits on two separate discs, is available this week (Dec. 17) and marks the series’ 20th anniversary. Year after year, the Strictly The Best series unveils a comprehensive collection of the genre’s most popular tunes and breaking hits. The go-to compilation features reggae’s biggest stars and is also a platform for new talent to gain notoriety in the industry.
Watch STB’s video playlist that features 14 of the year’s hottest dancehall and reggae videos from Vol. 48 & 49:
This year’s Strictly The Best Vol. 48 includes 2013’s most sought-after smooth sounds in lovers rock and roots. Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin, who is a top contender on NBC’s The Voice this season, delivers a spine-tingling ballad on “Incredible Love,” while roots empress Etana celebrates life’s blessings that are often taken for granted on the title track of her most recent effort Better Tomorrow. Reggae’s royal family Morgan Heritage makes a grand entrance with “Here Come The Kings,” the title track off their most recent album, and delivers a powerful plea on “Forgive Me” towards the close of the album. No. 1 Billboard hitmaker and UK’s reggae pop icon Maxi Priest also shines on his latest chart-topper “Easy To Love,” which will be featured on his 2014 album on VP Records. Volume 48 will provide the perfect soundtrack to unwind and reflect over the holiday season for years to come.
On the other end, Strictly the Best Vol. 49 delivers the hottest Jamaican dancehall tunes banging in the streets, clubs and on the airwaves. The set opens with the fierce sizzler “Riot” from multi-platinum reggae star Sean Paul featuring Grammy-winning musician Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The song will also be featured on Sean Paul’s upcoming studio album Full Frequency. Then, the fire keeps blazing with Major Lazer’s remix of 2013 Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin’s massive carnival hit “Differentology (Ready For The Road)” Also, songs like Elephant Man’s “Miley Cyrus Twerk” and Mr. Vegas’ “Party Tun Up (remix)” featuring Fatman Scoop and Sean Paul will get the dancefloor shaking. The 17-year-old rising Jamaican pop star Samantha J recently performed Vol. 49’s featured track “Tight Up Skirt,” which samples Red Rat’s iconic anthem, on BET’s 106 & Park last Monday (Dec. 9). Whether it’s currently at the top of the Jamaican charts or an underground club anthem sweeping the dancehalls, every song on Volume 49 will get the party started no matter the occasion.
Posted on 18 December 2013.
International Grammy nominated reggae artist Wayne Wonder is once again grabbing mainstream media this as the singers latest video “Reset It” was featured on MTVIGGY.COM earlier this week.
A division of the Viacom Media Network which is also the parent entity for channels such as MTV, MTV2, MTV Jams, VH1 and CMT, MTVIGGY.COM is known for bringing cutting edge global music and artist to the U.S audience. The site features new videos, interviews and music from artists across the world who are making impact in their own regions.
Wonder who came to Jamaica in October teamed up with local based video production company Icey Jace Film Factory and shot scenes for “Reset It” in the parish of Portland. The song was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Austin “PayDay” Green of Pay Day Music Group and currently has over 75,000 youtube views in just under 2 months of being posted.
According to Green the project was an overwhelming success. “I must commend everyone involved in making “Reset It” the hit that it now is, a lot of hard work went into the production and marketing of the song and video. We have been campaigning the project heavily and our efforts are paying off. Currently im launching my new line of branded T Shirts called “Self Driven” and it really encompass what Team Wayne Wonder, Team Pay Day and Team Icey Jace are about”.
CLICK LINK TO VIDEO MTVIGGY POST
Posted on 16 December 2013.
Less than a month after its lineup of top tier Jamaican acts was announced on his Facebook page, Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner, Damian told Billboard.biz in an exclusive interview.
So named for Damian’s 2006 Best Reggae Album Grammy Award-winning “Welcome to Jamrock” (Universal Motown/Tuff Gong), which peaked at no. 7 on the Top 200, and its blockbuster title track which reached no. 55 on the Hot 100, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will sail from Miami to Jamaica, October 20-25, 2014, docking for daytime excursions and beach parties in the island’s resort towns, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
The enthusiastic, globe-spanning response to the cruise — cabins were purchased by reggae fans from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas — signifies reggae’s broad-based, continual appeal, despite the genre’s persistently modest sales. “Reggae doesn’t traditionally move a lot of numbers but it is loved the world over and this cruise is a testament to that; we haven’t done any marketing except announcing the lineup in late September, and it sold out,” Damian told Billboard.biz on the phone from his Miami studio.
The lineup features Damian and his older brothers Stephen and Julian Marley; dancehall superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy, contemporary roots singers Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, and Etana; sing-jay Busy Signal, Jamaican-American sibling band Morgan Heritage and the roster of acts from the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International imprint: Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (son of Jamaican rock steady legend, the late Alton Ellis) and Stephen’s son, Jo Mersa Marley. Also on board will be renowned UK selector Sir David Rodigan and three veteran reggae sound systems Jamaica’s Stone Love and Renaissance Disco and Japan’s Mighty Crown.
The proliferation of successful American and internationally based reggae acts over the past few years and their dominance on the Reggae Album chart prompted Damian to choose acts coming from the music’s birthplace for the inaugural Jamrock cruise, which will be an annual event. “Reggae’s root is Jamaica, and it seems that the world is losing a bit of that history so we were very strict in having most of the lineup for the first cruise be of Jamaican heritage,” Damian stated.
“We are very excited to have a reggae success story and another platform to present artists that we think so highly of,” added Damian’s manager Dan Dalton of Red Light Management. “There has never been a fully chartered cruise ship devoted to reggae so this will be like a festival with sound systems playing, a rock steady lounge or dub lounge, an 80s dancehall club, a multifaceted Jamaican musical experience.”
Marley and Dalton envisioned the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise several years ago and shared their concept with Brian Edelman of William Morris Endeavor (WME), longstanding booking agent for Damian and Stephen Marley; Mike Rosenfeld, head of WME’s newly developed Cruise Division was also recruited to help spearhead the project. Noting the success that genres such as country and jazz have had with theme cruises in recent years, the team believed chartering a ship and taking reggae to the Caribbean Sea would be an easy sell, but they encountered many challenges in securing financial backing. “We were repeatedly told that the typical reggae fan doesn’t have enough disposable income to afford a cruise and that reggae events don’t sell out tickets in advance and because a lot more goes into chartering a cruise ship instead of renting out a club or an amphitheater, it’s more expensive and a greater risk,” Edelman explained.
“There are tiers of pricing depending on the view, the level of the cabin on the ship, interior or balcony, the number of people who will stay in the cabin and because there are so many variables, cruise promoters like Flying Dutchman have the proprietary software that enables them to easily ticket the passenger, which cuts through another layer of complexity like buying a ticket through Ticketmaster,” offered Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld has put hundreds of acts on cruise ships and says the Jamrock cruise is among the fastest-selling he has seen. “We just had the third annual Backstreet Boys cruise, which sold out in about the same amount of time and a year in advance, but the Jamrock cruise sold out after just a few posts on Facebook. The vast majority of the world doesn’t know this cruise exists because no traditional marketing or advertising was done, so we have barely scratched the surface of the potential for this market.”
According to Edelman 48% of the cabins sold were purchased by reggae fans from outside North America, representing 40 countries, with an age range evenly split among 25-50 years old. 170 people are on the waiting list should cabins become available for the 2014 cruise, and over 200 are on the waiting list for the 2015 cruise, the dates for which have not yet been announced. “I work in the live side of the business, I have been to events all over the world and this is the most globally diverse event I have ever been a part of,” Edelman acknowledged.
“We are also trying to get a few promoters to come on board, to draw attention to reggae from a business perspective, to open people up to taking more risks with our music,” Damian acknowledged. “The cruise will provide great exposure for our Ghetto Youths acts, but it is a broader mission to give exposure to the genre and show there is more that we can do to get the music out there besides putting out records.”
Posted on 12 December 2013.
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Posted on 11 October 2013.
Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013
Growing up on the island of Jamaica with musical parents, Tessanne knew she always wanted to be a musician. For three years, she sang backup for reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, but eventually broke out as a solo artist in Jamaica. Tessanne has not been able to make any waves in the U.S., but she’s hoping that The Voice will take her global. Follow Tessanne on Twitter at @Tessanne
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