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Stephen Marley to release follow-up of Grammy winning album

Following what was a historic eighth Grammy triumph for Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley, the internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter now seeks to build off that momentum with a follow-up to his most recent award-winning album.

After winning Best Reggae Album at this year’s Grammy Awards for his third studio album, Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, Marley recently announced that there will be a second edition to the compilation via a press release issued by his Ghetto Youths International label.

The new album, entitled Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life will be unveiled via Universal Records / Ghetto Youths International and, according to Marley will create ‘an eclectic feel.’

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Akon plans to unveil all-Reggae album

Internationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar and singer, Akon looks to truly connect with fans of another popular genre as he plans to release an all-Reggae album in the near future.

Currently completing work on his fourth studio album, Stadium, the Senegalese-born artiste insists that he was inspired to work on an all-Reggae project after visiting Jamaica in January. During his time in the island, Akon visited Tuff Gong studios where he worked on projects with prominent Reggae megastars, Damian Marley andStephen Marley as well as Julian Marley. Additionally, he toured the Bob Marley Museum and even tweeted pictures while on the legendary premises.

In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Akon spoke of his admiration for the Marley’s, insisting that they motivated him to achieve greater heights while in the creative process of music.

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Mp3 – New Artist Spotlight : Miami Vice – Jahfe – Must Listen !!!

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“Jahfe, which means “creation” is a band based out of Miami, FL. Their musical style fuses roots reggae with many other genres including rock, dub, soul and R&B, creating a unique blend of organic sounds. The members of Jahfe´ hail from nations all around the world including Haiti, Spain, Israel, Cuba, Czech Republic, Morocco and the United States. The first ever conscious reggae band to be fronted by a female, “Jahfé hits Mach 2 within the opening measure of their music, with a powerful presence from Esther Fortune, lead vocalist for the 10-piece band.”

Jahfe is for the People” is the chant that can be heard at every show. The band represents the youth with a voice. It embodies the power of a young generation and the wisdom of roots culture. The music of Jahfe´ reflects the true ability of conscious music to connect people everywhere. Jahfe´ uses its music to speak out against the injustices plaguing the world. They have been featured in documentaries about domestic violence and have worked to increase awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Jahfe´’s music is filled with references to many of the serious issues that take place around us every day: hunger, poverty, disease, rape and the hatred between nations. Jahfe´ is a movement that seeks to touch people all over the world with its message.

 

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.

The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami. Collectively, Jahfe´ has worked with Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Thievery’s Corporations, Ky-Mani Marley, the BlackOut Movement, Paul Fakhourie (producer: Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Gwen Stephanie), Karl Pitterson, Inner Circle and The Grammy Foundation, among others. Jahfe´ has shared the stage with such notable artists such as Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest and Johnny Dread. Currently Jahfe´ is playing all over the Southeast US. Their highly anticipated new album, “The Solution” has just been released and is currently available online and at live shows.


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Camille Kaye performing the Marvin’s Room Remix “You Could Do Better”

At first glance you may well see a harmless, innocent young Artiste. Very soon you are forced to stop, look qand listen as this choreographer, dancer, songwriter, and singer disarms you with her immense and varied talent. Camille Kaye, the enviable quadruple threat, possesses a velvet vocal instrument enhanced by training she received at the Wolmer’s Dance Troupe and Xaymaca Dance Company in Kingston, Jamaica, as well as Florida International University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with Honors.

Camille Kaye’s career in dance boasts a diversity and range beyond others her age performing all over the globe to audiences as diverse as her experience. Across the Atlantic to the East for an international dance conference (DaCi) in Holland and all over the West at countless events in Jamaica, as well as in her current base Miami, FL. She has worked with renowned choreographers Tanisha Scott and Kameica Reid, been featured in numerous music videos and danced for Brick and Lace, To-Isis, Onaje, Carlene Davis, Bling Dawg and Alaine.Camille’s enviable writing talent, with a sense of maturity and depth beyond her years becomes evident through her lyrical content complemented by her musical choices including working with several of Jamaica’s and Florida’s young and fast rising producers. As a singer/songwriter she has already performed at major concerts such as Atlanta Jerk fest and Miami-Broward Carnival.

Born Camille Tiffany-Kaye Fletcher in Kingston, JA. on October 15th 1989, she not only has the Jamaican colors: black, green, and gold running through her veins, but an undeniable host of talents also passed through her bloodline from her parents who were both amazing singers. Robert and Marcia Fletcher, who were no strangers to the difficulties of the music business, only wished their beloved daughter to have a love for music. However, they were oblivious to the level of talent she had been blessed with and paid no attention to her growing catalog of cassettes and CDs.

As a young girl Camille was always set center stage entertaining family and friends with her energy-infused movement. Little did they know there was a great singer being hidden deep beneath the confident dancer too shy to reveal her vocal talent. Nevertheless, behind closed doors Camille would sing along with her favorite artists such as Lauryn Hill and Mariah Carey, hoping, though having no idea how, to one day fill their shoes. She became well known in Kingston for her choreography and dancing, winning numerous competitions, dancing at different events, back-up dancing for various reggae artists on stage and in music videos, but still kept her singing to herself. One night Ms. Kaye found the courage to sing for a friend who immediately introduced her to Dancehall producer Supahype of 007 Music. With absolutely no experience in songwriting or the recording process she wrote and nervously recorded her first song, leaving the crowded studio in awe. From that point on she continued working with Supahype along with other local producers until leaving for Florida to attend Florida International University in 2007.

While attending FIU, Camille made contact with Dancehall producer Nynex of Calibur Entertainment. She recorded with Nynex what would later become one of her first releases, “Ring Di Alarm”. Even though college was her main priority Camille was determined to balance her love of music with her intense workload as she changed her major from Aviation to Journalism to Music and finally, to Dance. In addition to recording and being a full-time college student, she also began teaching dance, and arranging choreography for various groups when she met Duane “Midilord” Summers, a producer/engineer and former production manager and engineer for Dancehall/Reggae superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy. Midilord produced her other release “Not Like This” and is now closely working with Camille to further build her career.

Camille has her sights set on international stardom, inspired by the successes of acts like Sean Paul, Rihanna and Beyonce. She is eager for an opportunity to do collaborations with or to create choreography for the likes of Usher, Keri Hilson, Missy Elliot and Bruno Mars, Reggae superstars Damian and Stephen Marley and Reggae/Dancehall phenomena Tanya Stephens and Assassin, among others. Here is a multi-talented Artiste, who is bent on touring the world and being a role model for young women. Here is a young Artiste who is ready for the international scene and comes “fully loaded” and ready for the World.

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Buju Banton cops IRAWMA nominations

Despite the fact that embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton languishes in a Miami federal prison, his music continues to garner positive attention, locally and overseas.

The currently incarcerated singjay copped a pair of nominations for the 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois. This marks the second award show that Buju Banton has nabbed nominations since he received a ten-year sentence on federal drug charges last June.

The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie earned a Best Song nomination for his internationally acclaimed collaboration, Jah Army alongside fellow Reggae superstar, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley. 

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Stephen Marley lauds young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn’t see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he’d like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry’s been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that’s surfaced in recent times.

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Stephen Marley plays down Grammy win, hopes state of music industry improves

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley has a lot or reasons why he should feel happy with his continued success. However, forgive the prominent singer if he’s not totally enthused about his most recent achievement.

Last Sunday, Marley won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, California for his album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. This marked the artiste’s third career Grammy as a solo artiste and 10th overall, dating back to his days as a member and producer of his older brother’s band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

Despite this unprecedented accomplishment for a Jamaican artiste, Marley claims that he hasn’t make a big deal about his latest Grammy achievement; implying during an in-depth interview with TVJ’s Entertainment Report that it’s just another footnote in his growing legacy.

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Stephen Marley wins 2012 Reggae Grammy

Score yet another victory for the Marley family on music’s biggest stage as Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley copped his eighth career Grammy on Sunday.

Marley won his the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his third studio album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. The announcement was made during the Grammy pre-show event at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in California and later conveyed to fans through Marley’s official website and Facebook page.

Stephen Marley beat out his brother, Ziggy Marley who was nominated for his sixth studio album, Wild & Free. Marley also beat out Dancehall/Reggae superstar,Shaggy for his tenth studio album, Summer in Kingston.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were veteran artistes, Israel Vibration for Reggae Knights and Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express: Live.

This Grammy victory marks a record third for Stephen Marley as a solo artiste; adding to five awards he previously won as a member and producer of his brother, Ziggy’s band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. The Marley family, in total, has won an impressive 14 awards since the Best Reggae Album category was introduced in 1985, four years after their legendary father, Bob Marley died. Ziggy Marley has won four awards while Damian Marley won for his albums, Half Way Tree (2003) and Welcome to Jamrock (2006).

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Akon recording with Marleys in Jamaica

Senegalese rap superstar, Akon has become the latest international artiste to grace Jamaica’s shores as he joins forces with Reggae’s most prominent family.

The Ghetto singer recently arrived in the island, as he will be recording new material alongside Damian “Junior Gong Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley at the highly regarded Tuff Gong studios in Kingston. In addition to his musical exploits, Akon also visited the Bob Marley Museum in Liguanea, St. Andrew; posting pictures of said visit on his official Twitter profile.

Akon is no stranger to the Dancehall/Reggae industry as he’s previously joined forced with Jamaican artistes such as Shaggy for What’s Love and, most recently, Mavado with Survivor.

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Shaggy, Marley brothers earn Grammy nominations

Rather unfamiliar names head the nominees list for Best Reggae Album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in February 2012.

Previous Grammy-Winning Dancehall/Reggae superstars, Shaggy as well as Stephen Marley and Ziggy Marley are three of the five contenders for the Reggae award at next year’s show. Stephen and Ziggy Marley are each vying for their third Grammy while Shaggy will look for his second award.

Stephen Marley copped the nomination for his album, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life while his brother, Ziggy, earned his nomination for Wild & Free as well as Shaggy for Summer Of Kingston.

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Ziggy Marley creates his own identity with new album – “Wild and Free”

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World renowned Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has been instrumental in carrying on the Marley family legacy since he & the Melody Makers released their debut album in 1985. Though he’s done well to continue from where his legendary father, Bob left off, Ziggy’s latest project, “Wild & Free” is a part of his campaign to show Reggae fans how different he & his father are both personally despite their musical similarities.

“Wild & Free,” released in mid-June passes on lessons that Ziggy learnt from his late father & worldwide Reggae icon, Bob Marley but simultaneously reveals some of Bob’s many personal issues during the peak of his career, from his womanizing to his inability to shed yes men as he eluded to in one of his singles of the new album, “The Road Less Traveled.”

In an interview from his home in Los Angeles, California; Ziggy opened up about the issues he noticed Bob encountering during his career; particularly his tendency to keep an entourage around him. I’d rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me,” Ziggy claimed. “Some of them you don’t even know what’s in their hearts. You don’t know who you can trust.”

Furthermore, Ziggy detailed some of the run-ins he & his father would have regarding personal beliefs & expression. Ziggy explained, “I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn’t like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy, you know.” Ziggy also spoke of his affinity for city life given he was born in the city; one day telling his father, “I don’t want to be a country boy.” The single “Get Out Of Town,” off the “Wild & Free” album that talks about Ziggy leaving Jamaica for greener pastures.  Despite owning a home in LA, Ziggy mainly resides in Miami, Florida.

Ziggy & Bob even shared separate beliefs regarding their Rastafarian faith. “I said to him, ‘You cannot have dreadlocks. You can be dread in your heart. He was very upset. Each father want their sons to be just like them really,” Ziggy intimated.

Though Ziggy shares such differing personality traits from Bob, he’s more than willing to keep his father’s brand alive; recently releasing the “Marijuana Man” comic book as well as a “relaxation drink” called Marley’s Mellow Mood.

Musically speaking, “Wild & Free” is reminiscent of Bob’s smooth vocals & is filled with messages that attack political ignorance & promote love & unity like his father regularly preached. Singles on the album that speak to said messages include, “Forward To Love,” “Welcome To The World,” & “Personal Revolution.” Currently, the album is placed third on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart; one place below his brother, Stephen Marley’s album, Revelation Part 1, The Root Of Life.

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Video:Damian Marley Featuring Stephen Marley – Jah Army

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Mr. Cheeks Signs With Stephen Marley’s Label

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Lost Boyz member, Mr. Cheeks has inked a deal with Stephen Marley’s Ghetto Youths International imprint and is planning a new album for 2011.  The first single and from Mr. Cheeks’ upcoming album And The Winner Is…will be titled “Havin’ Fun,” which features singer Mya Azucena. “I know you all are tired of that fast food rap,” Mr. Cheeks said. “Get ready ‘cuz I’m gonna fill in the holes of the current hip-hop music scene, I’m about to feed you a four-course hip-hop meal.” Mr. Cheeks began associating with the Marley family in 2007, when he began work on the single “Iron Bars” from the Marley’s Grammy Award winning album, Mind Control.

Additionally, Mr. Cheeks has worked with Stephen’s brother Damien on a number of projects over the years, including his Grammy Award winning album Halfway Tree.

“Stephen Marley and the Marley brothers are my extended family, the connection I have with them is a blessing,” Mr. Cheeks said. “Since our first meeting at Lollapolooza in the late 1990’s and through the constant musical collaborations we have been able to establish throughout the years, one thing always remains the same, and that is a common goal of creating purely good music with conscious viewpoints and positive vibes.

 

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Mp3: Jah Army – Stephen Marley Ft Damian Marley and Buju Banton

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Damian Marley feat. Stephen Marley & Wayne Marshall – The Mission (Live)

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Nas and Damian Marley Host Press Conference for “Distant Relatives”

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Rapper Nas and Bob Marley’s youngest son, reggae singer Damian Marley, held a press conference announcing their several upcoming collaboration projects, including an album and a tour, at Digiwaxx Media Thursday (Apr 1) in New York City.

Nas and Damian are putting out a joint-album together next month (May 18th) called Distant Relatives. The project will also feature collaboration from Damian’s older brother Stephen Marley, and rappers Lil Wayne and K’Naan.

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Stephen Marley ‘Mind Control Acoustic’ Grab Grammy Awards

After all the controversy surrounding this year’s nominees for Best Reggae Album, it was Stephen Marley (and not Buju Banton) who went home with the crown.

The Recording Academy had come under serious fire leading up to this year’s awards, primarily from gay rights activists who protested the inclusion of Buju, who has adopted a less-than-friendly attitude towards homosexuals in his lyrics and public statements.

In the end, though, it was yet another member of the Marley musical clan who bagged the award, for his album ‘Mind Control – Acoustic.’ The non-acoustic rendition of this album won the Grammy in 2008, and became an instant classic. Now, Stephen has a second Grammy to his name. And the Marley legend, of course, continues to grow.

Burning Spear breaking the Marley’s winning streak last year, Stephen Marley has started the winning streak once more by walking away with the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday(January 31) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In 2007 Stephen Marley released Mind Control for which, he also won a Grammy. He immediately went back to the drawing board to “sketch-up” another Grammy winning album “Mind Control Acoustic” which is the follow-up for Mind Control.

Stephen Marley’s Mind Control Acoustic which was released under various labels (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic) went up against

Rasta Got Soul – Buju Banton (Gargamel Music, Inc.)

Awake – Julian Marley (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic)

Imperial Blaze – Sean Paul (VP/Atlantic)

Brand New Me – Gregory Isaacs (Tad’s Record)

Stephen’s older brother Ziggy Marley was also victorious at the Grammys winning The Children’s Musical Album category for a project titled “Family Time” which makes it his fifth hold on the Grammy Award.


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