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 Super Cat returns - Jamaica Gleaner

Super Cat returns – Jamaica Gleaner

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.

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Monty Alexander celebrates the crossroads where Jazz and Reggae intersect

Monty Alexander

A Weeklong Lineup of Collaborative Shows at Blue Note Jazz Club

January 2014

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 ZapponiBucky 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.

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Out Today - Strictly The Best Series - BET's 106 & Park Has Samantha J Perform Featured Track "Tight Up Skirt"

Out Today – Strictly The Best Series – BET’s 106 & Park Has Samantha J Perform Featured Track “Tight Up Skirt”

VP RECORDS CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

LONGEST-RUNNING ANNUAL REGGAE COMPILATION STRICTLY THE BEST

VOL. 48 & 49 OUT THIS WEEK (DECEMBER 17)


The Latest Installments Includes Hits from Tessanne Chin, Sean Paul, Snoop Lion, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Sizzla, Mr. Vegas, Bunji Garlin and more

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:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBb9w0_BLY6mgNvapcSg85FSTX79cadpr

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.

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WAYNE WONDER VIDEO GETS MTV NOD

 

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
http://www.mtviggy.com/videos/wayne-wonder-reset-it/

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Damian Marley’s Reggae Cruise ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ Sells Out Nearly a Year in Advance

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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.”

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MP3: Alkaline – How She Bad Suh | Explicit

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Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013

VCE_204Interview: 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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Lady Saw vs Snoop Lion

Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion

Lady Saw vs Snoop LionOne of Dancehall’s greats has become wary of the musical path taken by Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Doggas Lady Saw recently took the popular American musician to task for his venturing into Reggae music.

In a recent interview, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ voiced her disapproval of Snoop’s dabbling into the Reggae market. When speaking following her performance at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in late July, Lady Saw spoke about the implications for Jamaican Reggae artists who strive to achieve chart and commercial success internationally with overseas acts such as Snoop Lion infiltrating the market.

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OMI

OMI completing soon to be released debut album

OMI Fast rising Jamaican musician, OMI is set to capitalize on his strong run of form in the immediate future as he is putting the finishing touches on his debut album which will be unveiled soon.

The album comes on the heels of several hit singles for the young singer since emerging on the local scene in 2012, including Cheerleader, Fireworks and My Old Lady.

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Largeup.com: Eddie Murphy goes reggae with Snoop Lion

words by Jesse Sewer

The last time we heard Eddie Murphy sing reggae, he was instructing the members of a VFW Hall to “kill all the white people,” in one of the most memorable skits from his run at SNL. More than three decades later, we’re still laughing at that one.

Well we’re laughing again, but this time not for the same reasons. Reviving a spotty music career that includes“Party All the Time” with Rick James, a not-exactly reggae link-up with Shabba Ranks, and the super-colossal clash of the titans that no one seems to remember, “What’s Up With You” with Michael Jackson, the one-time funniest man in the world has just turned up in a mysterious new music video that’s got us going, “Woy!”

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Boss Minion poised to dominate the airwaves

Boss MinionBoss Minion is poised to take the mantle of the “good ole days of Reggae” and is now ready than ever before to create waves on the music scene. Under the guidance of Tymin Entertainment, the recording artiste is intent on making an indelible mark as a renowned reggae artiste while engaging fans in Jamaica and around the world.

With his latest tracks, Dope Is No Game and Fed Treatment enjoying rotations on the FM radio, the humble Trelawny native is ready to prove that, he can be a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

“I have my own signature style, my music speaks reality, the truth. It also reflects my youth, where I used to listen to Bob Marley, Papa San, Brigadier Jerry and Yellowman, I am about to take the world back  to the good days of Reggae.” said Boss Minion.

Fresh from his performance at the Police Youth Club which was held May 4th in Spanish Town, Boss Minion left patrons on a musical high, yearning for an encore.

According to Tymin Entertainment manager John Tyson, “Boss Minion has a unique sound, which is a signature of his, so once fans hear his voice, they will definitely know his songs after that one time.”

As the artiste continues to gain a steady momentum on the playlists of many radio stations with tracks such as Gwen, Babylon vs. Rudeboy, Fed Treatment, he is now without a doubt, ready to release hits to add to his musical belt as he works up a sweat in studio.

“Fans can download my songs on iTunes, also the single Gwen speaks to my versatility as an artiste, it’s  a fusion of Jazz and R&B”  shared the artiste.

Meanwhile patrons will also get a chance to experience Boss Minion’s performance up close, at The Sperlina Man show at Bob Marley beach, St. Thomas which features Chronixx, amongst other major acts.

Boss Minion wants to assure fans that, he will continue to make good music, which at times can be considered as thought provoking or entertaining, or both, but this passionate and frank artiste is keen more than ever on building a strong and consistent presence in the music industry

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Update: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert In Miami!

South Florida’s biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, returns to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 26th. The long-running Caribbean music, arts and culinary festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Dancehall & Soca to the Miami stage.


Produced by Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B, 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.


The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2013 includes Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Elephant Man, Mad Cobra, Singer J,Mega Banton, Chronixx, Konshens, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabolous, J.W. & Blaze, and The Bahamas Rat Pack. More superstar additions to the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.


This year, in honor of Military Appreciation Month (May 1 – 31), the promoters of Best Of The Best are offering general admission tickets at a 30% discount to US Military with a valid ID. Special 50% off bonus to the first 300 tickets sold online. Visit: www.BestOfTheBestConcert.com/Military.


On Friday, May 24th, the Official Best Of The Best 2013 Welcome Party will be held at Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines and feature music by Massive B, King Waggy T, D Life, House Arrest and Fergie & Springer. Following the big show on Sunday, all roads lead back to Cafe Iguana Pines for the Official Best Of The Best 2013 After Party featuring champion sounds by Stone Love, Massive B, Poison Dart, Platinum Kids, Encore, Steelie Bashment and more. FREE before 1:00 AM with event flyer!

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“OMI” – New Artist Spotlight

One writer says, “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, while others had greatness thrust upon them.” In the case of OMI (Omar Samuel Pasley) he was born a great singer! Hailing from Clarendon, Jamaica, OMI is last of the four children of Kenroy and Rachel Pasley. As a child growing up, he sang at every occasion that provided an audience – the church, school concerts or any other community gathering. Much to the delight of his onlookers, OMI would rise to the occasion once he got the opportunity.

OMI idolized his father and nurtured the desire to follow in his footsteps as a visual artist and musician. For him, this was no easy feat to accomplish, as his dad was not only outstanding at painting portraits, but also a great musician known in the industry as Jah Ken. However, before Jah Ken could pass-on all he knew about both vocations, he died of emphysema when OMI was nine years old. His dad’s passing left a vacuum in his world and as young as he was, OMI pledged to use his talents to keep his family anchored together.

He attended the May Pen Primary School, before moving to the Garvey Maceo High School where he started to shine as a true performer among his friends. OMI was captivated by the beats and ‘raw street poetry’ that coloured the hip-hop music genre, so much so, that during class breaks, his peers would take turns providing hip-hop beats while he rapped. His friends were fascinated with the cutting edge lyrics he spit and voiced their approval by drumming on the desks and chairs, while maintaining the rhythm to the lyrics he spun. It was at that moment OMI realized he could effortlessly create catchy melodies. As he grew older and his voice became more distinct, he found singing more to his liking. He enjoyed the latitude it gave him in putting more “soul” and creativity into his compositions.

OMI is the newest young discovery of international talent wizard, Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, who successfully produced and marketed such luminaries as Shabba Ranks, Patra and Italian reggae singer Alborosie. Discovered by Specialist three years ago, OMI is a prolific singer and songwriter inspired by music stars such as Nat King Cole, John Legend and Tanya Stephens. He enjoys reasoning on social, cultural and spiritual issues, from which he elicits material to incorporate into the body of his songs. The timbre of his voice is smooth, bright and compelling. OMI’s fluid vocal delivery and his contemporary songwriting skills will no doubt secure successive hits on both local and international charts. OMI is being groomed in all aspects of the music business under the direction of Kingston, Jamaica based Oufah Media & Production, spearheaded by Specialist, who is also producing his CD. He is currently in the studio laying tracks for his not-yet-titled debut album, of his self-penned songs, for which the intro singles “Standing On All Threes” and “Cheerleader” will be released shortly. Already on the scene is his “Firecracker” song, teasing music fans on YouTube. You are now officially forewarned: Prepare thyself to meet OMI!
http://www.facebook.com/omishangrecords

MUSIC VIDEO LINKS

 

OMI – CHEERLEADER - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_NVUZNsh2E

 

OMI – ALL THREES - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy18UqKRKcY

 

OMI – FIREWORKS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Obw9Jo0ag

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Alicia Keys – Girl on fire – Remix (Reggae Livication Records)

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Video: Maxi Priest Live! Wild World (Presented by ROCKSTEADY)

In this Superstar Film Maxi Priest rocks the crowd at The Shrine Chicago with classic reggae jams like “Wild World” and “Your Body Can’t Lie to Me”. He also talks about his musical influences from different artist/genres (Dennis Brown, Marvin Gaye, Biggie & Nas to name a few) and being blessed to do what he does. This video is presented by ROCKSTEADY.

Video by Jamaar J
Audio by Romeo G
Interview by CJ Jervis & others

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