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Etana Pulls Trigger

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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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Sean Paul Full Frequency album

Sean Paul tops chart despite weak sales – Jamaica Observer

FULL Frequency, the new album from Sean Paul, has debuted at number one on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart.

Although this is the Grammy-winning deejay’s fourth album to top that chart, he did so with paltry sales.

The Atlantic Records/VP Records set opened with 2,160 copies. This pales in comparison to impressive numbers by two of Sean Paul’s previous albums Dutty Rock and The Trinity.

Dutty Rock opened with 65,000 copies in November 2002 and went on to sell over six million copies worldwide.

Released in 2005 The Trinity set a best opening week record for a Jamaican act with over 107,000 copies. It eventually sold over 4.3 million copies worldwide.

Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, the long-running number one Reincarnated by Snoop Lion falls to number two, selling 663 copies in the past week for total sales of 91,955 copies.

The sales of Jamaican acts continue to be dismal. Gospel deejay Papa San’s One Blood falls to number five, having topped the chart more than three weeks ago. Its sales tally stands at 1,820 copies.

Tarrus Riley’s Love Situation, which was number one two weeks ago, slips to number eight. After three weeks, it has sold 1,126 copies.

VP Records’ flagship compilation Reggae Gold 2013 is at number nine with 121 copies moved over the past week. Its figures to date stands at 8,286 copies.

At number 10 is Gyptian’s highly-touted Sex Love & Reggae which has to date sold 3,899 copies.

Shaggy’s Out of Many, One Music is at number 14 with 83 copies sold over the tracking period. Its total sales are 2,777 copies.

Legend Remixed by Bob Marley and the Wailers sits at 16, selling 79 copies the past week. Released last year, the set has so far sold 14,063 copies.

Jah Cure’s World Cry sold 39 copies last week to bring its tally to 4,374 copies for number 27.

Vybz Kartel’s Kartel Forever: Trilogy, another set with high expectations, is at number 33. It sold 32 copies over the previous week — a paltry 947 copies were sold in total.

At 41 is Here Come the Kings, the comeback set from Morgan Heritage which sold 22 copies for total sales of 3,662 copies.

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Meditations, Part One: Jesse Royal + Ras Jammy (Suns of Dub) | LargeUp TV

Meditations is a documentary series revolving around the everyday spiritual life of these musicians. Chapter 1 features singer Jessie Royal and Ras Jammy (of the Suns of Dub) harvesting ackee and preparing an ital feast at Gabre Selassie’s home overlooking Kingston.


The second installment in our Meditations documentary series features some peaceful vibes with Suns of Dub’s Addis Pablo. Addis, son of dub legend Augustus Pablo, sat with us in Earl “Chinna” Smith’s yard to share some insight about growing up surrounded with music, and how he carries on his father’s mystic tradition today. Inspired by recently unearthed footage of Augustus and Hugh Mundell, we then joined him, singer Jesse Royal and drummer Tesfa Zion on Jack’s Hill for an acoustic session overlooking Kingston.


The third and final video in our “Meditations”series — a trilogy of mini-docs revolving around the everyday spiritual life of Jamaica’s young musicians— depicts moments over the course of a day at the Kingston home of the Hendrix of roots reggae, guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. His home, better known locally as Inna Di Yard, is a studio, rehearsal space, meeting ground and all-around musical oasis, world renowned for the relaxed jam sessions.

On this particular evening, after meeting up with Addis Pablo and Ras Jammy of Suns of Dub, we found Ras Michael, luminary prophet of psychedelic Nyabinghi group the Sons of Negus, leading an extended acoustic session with elders such as Kiddus I, Addis, the reggae revival’s leading female voice Jah-9, and many more. Press play, and hold a vibes…

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Creating a Musical Buzz, Vision “Leads by Faith and not by Sight” – “We Jammin” out Now on Itunes!

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Creating a musical buzz with the release of his hit single “We Jammin”, music lovers have been curious and want to know more about the man behind the voice and talent that has delivered a feel good real reggae song.

Vision indeed achieved his aim by transporting us back in time with his chart climbing hit. In an earlier statement to the media he  declared “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.”

Since hitting the airwaves the musical fraternity and blogmosphere feedback has been impressive with similar sentiments across the board. “Loving this “We Jammin” joint by Vision. It reminds me of the reggae of my yuth” stated DJ Eva Hype, while a fan noted via twitter that “We Jammin is good vibes. That track is refreshing yet it has the feel of a classic”.

Produced by Jon “fx” Crawford and Dubloise for Keynote Records, “We Jammin” is now available onitunes!

Artist Spotlight! Vision – Led by Faith and not by Sight

They say when life gets tough, what keeps us going is our faith in things to come. And in order to see the unseen, one must have true vision. 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.

In January 2011, Vision was given the opportunity to open for singer Collie Buddz at the Play back Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That was his first introduction to the states that would soon deem him a crossover artist on the rise and international sensation. Since then, Vision has been feverishly writing and performing music.

Vision’s music is characterized by its versatile sound and most recognized by its raw, yet rhythmic, lyrical content. It’s this range in musical artistry and character that has allowed for Vision to become vastly popular amongst listeners.

“Love yuh life, I’m going to take you on a journey…” -Vision.

For more information, and/or to request “We Jammin”, please e-mail [email protected]

Buy now on itunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-jammin-single/id824501420

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Event: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert in Miami! – @BESTOFTHEBEST

3rd BOTB MUSIC FEST '14 v2 FRONT

 

Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with, Rockers Island Entertainment andMassive B, will once again bring the heat to the streets of South Florida during Memorial Weekend (May 23 – 26), with several blockbuster parties and exclusive shindigs — all anchored by the city’s long running music, culinary and arts festival, Best Of The Best 2014.


This year’s big concert will be held Sunday, May 25th at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami and feature performances from a bevy of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca giants, including Beres HammondBarrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, alongside Tarrus RileyChronixx,Elephant ManSinging MelodyBunji GarlinEdwin Yearwood and Nature. Additions to the “100% Caribbean” lineup will be announced over the coming months.


Best Of The Best will be hosted by JabbaJamusaDJ RoyHollywood ButtaMikey Mike,800 BunjieEmpress YvetteRagashantiNikki Z and Ricky Platinum. Music by Massive B,Waggy TMetro MediaHypa SnypaDJ KMFergie N SpringerBashment KidJah Stream,Fire Redz and Juxy Fire.


Prior to the main event, Best Of The Best Entertainment will produce a star-studded Welcome To Miami pre-party on Friday, May 23rd at Madhouse/Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines. Following the Sunday show, all roads will lead to the Official BOTB 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).


The Best Of The Best franchise remains the country’s largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival, consistently welcoming thousands of visitors from urban centers around the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. General Admission tickets for Best Of The Best 2014 are currently on sale for $37 while VIP/OPEN BAR tickets are on sale for $109. Both early bird deals available untilMarch 16th.

 


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Inner Circle Talks the Late Great Bunny Rugs & Daniel Bambaata Marley Gives You an Update

ReggaeWaveTV host Lance O sits down with Roger from Inner Circle as he talks about his good friend the late great Bunny Rugs from the band “Third World” & Daniel Bambaata Marley gives you an update whats new with him in 2014.

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Blue Mountain Music Festival – Feb 23rd & 24th

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On February 22 and 23 the hills of Holywell will come alive as Bombrush Records and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) host the inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival. The festival boasts a hybrid of music, culture and outdoor adventure, set against the panoramic landscape of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

The Blue Mountain Music Festival, an official Reggae Month event, will feature two days of performances, yoga, hiking, camping and an array of entertainment for the entire family. Festival promoters promise an experience synonymous with the acclaimed Woodstock Festival, and encourage patrons to take advantage of the overnight camping facilities and outdoor activities.

Festival Schedule

 On Saturday, February 22nd, gates open at 2 p.m. and the Reggae Party begins at 7 p.m., featuring the legendary Third World band, Tanya Stephens, Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid, among others. On Sunday, February 23rd, gates re-open at 11a.m. and the  Misty Bliss concert starts at 2 p.m., featuring T.O.K., Nomaddz, Ity and Fancy Cat, Kelissa and Jesse Royal.

Sharing his vision for the Blue Mountain Music Festival, Executive Director of Bombrush Records, Roshaun Clarke, sees the event evolving to become “one of the premiere music festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Diversity in the genres of music presented and offering innovative attractions will be key to achieving this.”

Daytime activities include guided hikes, yoga, Maroon drumming, stilt-walkers, fire-breathers and storytelling.

 

 

 

 

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park 21st Anniversary Celebrations

 

“The Blue Mountain Music Festival is the first in a week-long series of events celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the designation of the Blue and John Crow Mountains as a National Park,” shared Dr. Susan Otuokon, Executive Director of the JCDT. “The festival will raise awareness and funds for the park, while encouraging Jamaicans to visit and enjoy the cool, crisp ambiance at Holywell.”

 

Tickets and festival information

 

Tickets start at $2,500 for day passes and $5,000 for season passes, which are available at Woolworth, Xtras, Cove Cinema in Ocho Rios and online at TouchTix.net.

 

Proceeds from the Blue Mountain Music Festival will benefit the JCDT and TOK’s Guardian Angel Foundation.

 

Sponsors include the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Bombrush Records, RJR Communications Group, Anubis Communications, Telegens, Got Creative Design & Photography and Listen Mi Caribbean.

 

Visit bluemountainmusicfestival.com or email [email protected] for information.

 

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Video:Busy Signal The Gambler Reggae’s Gone Country

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Goes Gold w/ Skrillex + Unleashes New mp3 “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World)”

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?v=BGpzGu9Yp6Y

Purchase the single now, along with 6 other remixes, on ‘Make It Bun Dem After Hours (Remixes)': https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-it-bun-dem-after-hours/id555199107

Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/withlove-pr/damian-jr-gong-marley-is-it

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Event: 21ST ANNUAL 9 MILE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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:

In Miami-Dade:

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

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Producer Ricky Blaze and Reggae Star Gyptian Team Up for Another BLAZING Hit!

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!

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Event : 21ST ANNUAL 9 MILE MUSIC FESTIVAL SAT. FEB 15, 2014: MIAMI DADE FAIRGROUNDS‏

TICKET OUTLETS

MIAMI LOCATIONS

HOLY SMOKES 305.252.8225
13205 S.W. 137 AVENUE ,MIAMI, FL 33186

CONDOM USA 305.445.7729
3066 GRAND AVENUE COCONUT GROVE, FL 33133

CARIBBEAN DELITE RESTAURANT 305.254.6606
9491 S.W. 160 STREET, MIAMI, FL 33157

DECO DRIVE CIGARS 305.531.8388
414 LINCOLN ROAD, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139

UNCLE SAMS 305.532.0973
1141 WASHINGTON AVENUE, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139

MIDTOWN SMOKE SHOP 305.748.1661
3503 N.E. 2 AVENUE, MIAMI, FL 33137

JAMAICA KITCHEN 305.596.2585
8736 S.W. 72 STREET, MIAMI, FL 33173

CLIFFS RESTAURANT 305.754.2679
10740 N.W. 7 AVENUE, MIAMI, FL 33168

BIG MOMMAZ SMOKE SHOP 305.559.4600
10790 SW 24 STREET, Miami, Florida 33165

MAX AXE GUITARS 786.454.5808
4467 S.W. 71 AVENUE, MIAMI, FL 33155

BROWARD LOCATIONS

BARBICAN SQUARE 954.885.5422
11030 PEMBROKE ROAD, MIRAMAR, FL 33025

AUNT I’S 954.321.0190
1166 N. STATE ROAD 7, LAUDERHILL, FL 33313

VP RECORDS 954.378.4000
6022 S.W. 21 STREET, MIRAMAR, FL 33023

WE-B JOYS 954.561.4741
3565 POWERLINE ROAD, OAKLAND PARK. FL 33309

ONE LOVE MUSIC 954.515.7706
6460 N. STATE ROAD 7, FT. LAUDERDALE , FL 33319

AUNT I’S 954.433.0223
10111 PINES BLVD., PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33026

REGGAE N THINGS 954.255.3280
7851 W. SAMPLE ROAD, CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33065

PALM BEACH LOCATIONS

CHINNYS RESTAURANT 561.793.1511
1155 ROYAL PALM BEACH BLVD, ROYAL PALM
BEACH, FL 33411

SIVERSPOON RESTAURANT 561.882.2400
940 PARK AVENUE, SUITE 104, WEST PALM BEACH,
FL 33403

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Video: Reggae Singer Ras Slick Voice Concerns In New Video

Reggae recording artist Ras Slick is voice his concerns of some of Jamaica’s ongoing social and economic woes in a brand new single entitled “This Place”.

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.

“On this new song I wanted to shed some light on some serious issues taking place in Jamaica. I’m a proud Jamaican and when I see people fighting and killing each other for foolish reasons it really bothers me. In short I just wanted to inspire those who are willing to listen and so right now we gearing up to promote the song both locally and internationally”.

Directed by Richard Brown the video was shot on location in Negril Westmoreland and was produced by Shavy T Records

Slick who last year released “Dreaming”, his most successful single to date is promising big things for the new year. “Well for 2014 we will continue to work hard, I have a lot of new music on the way and we definitely looking to do a lot more shows. I just want to build a steady fan base and grow as an artiste”.

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RAS SLICK – THIS PLACE (Official Video)
http://youtu.be/Jr1RHi5Bexs

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DUANE STEPHENSON FOR REBEL SALUTE

International Reggae ambassador Duane Stephenson will be heating up the stage on Friday January 17th at the 21st Staging of Rebel Salute one of Jamaica’s premier music festival’s.

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.

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DUANE STEPHENSON – RASTA FOR I

http://youtu.be/N400Ctu3fnY

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Video: Dubtonic Kru “Everlasting Love” official video (2014 Sick Donkey Records)

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.”

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WAYNE MARSHALL SHOWS HIS TRU COLORS   ON HIS EAGERLY-AWAITED ALBUM

WAYNE MARSHALL SHOWS HIS TRU COLORS ON HIS EAGERLY-AWAITED ALBUM

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 ETru 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):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaku09HRKdc

Check out the video for “I Know” (directed by Jay Will):
http://youtu.be/o11RgMHSehU

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.

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