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

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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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Tarrus Riley to unveil new album, ‘Love Situation’ in February

Tarrus Riley Love SituationJamaican Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley is set to release his fifth studio album in February, dubbed Love Situation, according to reports Wednesday.

The album, co-produced by Dean Fraser, Shane Brown, Jordan McClure and Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chin, features 17 tracks, speaking on varying topics, from love to political and social issues. The lead single on Love Situation is Dem a Watch, which will reportedly debut on local radio this week.

“The message and tone of this single shows the diversity of Tarrus Riley and his team,” Riley’s camp said in a statement. “With a unique-styled musical composition and the socially-charged lyrics which articulate perseverance despite what the masses may say or do to try discredit you. Dem A Watch is a single which will only tease your musical palette.”

The album is described as ‘100% rocksteady,’ dedicated to the genre popularized in the 1960s prior to Reggae music’s emergence.

“Special thanks to the engineers, singers and players of instruments for lending their expertise on this project,” Riley said. “Extra-special salute to the legends of the indigenous Jamaican genre of music called rocksteady, also called lovers rock, in other parts of the world.”

Riley is known for hits such as Stay With You, She’s Royal, Human Nature and Gimme Likkle One Drop.

Love Situation will be made available for pre-order on Jan. 28, with a pre-album tour set to kick

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Gimme Likkle One Drop

Tarrus Riley featured on BBC 1Xtra’s official playlist

Gimme Likkle One DropAccomplished Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley is celebrating another career achievement as his single, Gimme Likkle One Drop has been added to BBC 1Xtra’s official playlist.

Official added to the playlist late last week, Gimme Likkle One Drop will now be played daily on BBC 1Xtra during any time or segment, instead of only Dancehall or Reggae segments. Riley’s song along with Odd Ras by emerging Reggae sensation, Chronixx are the only songs by Jamaican musicians feature on the English music station’s playlist.

Riley has appeared on BBC 1Xtra’s playlist before as his chart-topping single, She’s Royal was also featured on it. Gimme Likkle One Drop was produced by Chimney Records on the Tropical Escape Riddim, which also featured Kabaka Pyramid’s No Capitalist, Queen Ifrica’s Let’s Get Silly and A’int No Giving In by the aforementioned Chronixx.

Tarrus Riley recently copped two awards at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) two weekends ago in Florida. Additionally, he is preparing to embark on a European tour later this spring which will take him across sections of Holland, France and Portugal.

Fans can also expect another studio album from Riley in the near future as he is working on a new project dubbed Life Situation.

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Damian Marley, Mr. Vegas and Tarrus Riley cop multiple awards at IRAWMA

Damian Marley Grammy AwardsAccomplished Reggae/Dancehall acts,Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Mr. Vegas andTarrus Riley are celebrating triumphs achieved at this year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) after each winning two honors during the show.

The event, which took place at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale Saturday night was highlighted by the three men, who were the only Jamaican acts to take home multiple awards on the night. Marley took home Entertainer of the Year and Best Crossover Song for his chart-topping collaboration with Skrillex (Bun Dem). Riley copped the awards for Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Mr. Vegas won Best Song for Sweet Jamaica and Best Music Video for Bruk It Down.

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Shane Brown says Busy Signal split caused weight loss, denies baby mama affair

Shane Brown and BusyNearly three weeks later, many in the Jamaican music industry are still trying to surmise the reasons why Dancehall/Reggae singer, Busy Signal ditched long-time manager and friend, Shane Brown following a six-year run together. A woman, namely Busy’s baby mother, is not one of them, according to Brown.

The Juke Boxx Productions founder and famed producer spoke candidly on his split during an interview on CVM’s OnStage, aired Saturday. Though Busy insisted the breakup was a move based solely on seeking more career control, speculation mounted that Brown has an affair with the Busy’s baby mother, Tunya Gordon while the singjay served a six-month prison term in the U.S.

However, Brown put those rumors to rest when ask about the alleged relationship.

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Shane Brown starts anew, teams with Tarrus Riley after split with Busy Signal

Shane BrownIt did not take long for prominent producer, Shane Brown to find another managing gig as he has now joined the team of highly-acclaimed Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley.

Just two weeks after being dropped by long-time friend and prominent singjay, Busy Signal as his manager, Brown will now co-manage Riley alongside fellow manager and renowned saxophonist, Dean Fraser. The arrangement was announced on Wednesday.

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Known for serving up Jamaica’s freshest beats and top-notch cuisine in downtown Manhattan, Miss Lily’s has become a social and cultural hub for all things Caribbean. The island aesthetic is reflected throughout the swanky decor of their restaurant, bakery, juice bar and variety shop – which serves as a record store, gallery space and home to Internet broadcast station, Radio Lily. Miss Lily’s Variety Shop, located directly next door to the restaurant, celebrates their first year in business and launches a brand new CD series Miss Lily’s Family Style (VP Records) on January 22.

The first installment is executive produced by Radio Lily resident DJ Max Glazer along with one of Miss Lily’s founding partners, Paul Salmon, who also owns Jamaica’s award-winning Rockhouse Hotel and co-founded Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Enclosed in the CD’s vintage vinyl-inspired packaging are in-depth liner notes written by reggae journalist and Radio Lily DJ Rob Kenner along with a free download card of a 43-minute mix by DJ Max Glazer.

Miss Lily’s family of DJs and tastemakers have carefully selected fifteen of their must-have favorites – including certified classics like Sizzla’s “Just One of Those Days,” Tanya Stephens’ “It’s A Pity” and Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder’s “Bonafide Love” as well as modern day anthems like Busy Signal’s “One More Time,” Vybz Kartel’s “Whine,” Konshens’ “So Mi Tan” and Gappy Ranks’ “Pumpkin Belly.”

MISS LILY’S FAMILY STYLE TRACK LISTING:
1. Sizzla – Just One of Those Days
2. Mr. Vegas – Mus Come a Road
3. Gappy Ranks- Pumpkin Belly
4. Tarrus Riley – Original Dancehall
5. Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder – Bonafide Love
6. Gyptian – Hold You
7. Konshens- So Mi Tan
8. Busy Signal – Real Spenders
9.Vybz Kartel – Whine
10. Lil Rick- Guh Down
11. Kes The Band – Wotless
12. Romain Virgo – I Am Rich in Love
13. Tanya Stephens – It’s a Pity
14. Queen Ifrica – Below the Waist
15. Busy Signal- One More Night

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Tarrus Riley to drop ‘Mecoustic’ next month

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Tarrus Riley continues his strong run in 2012 as he’s set to release the physical version of his latest album next month.

Mecoustic, a semi-acoustic compilation of Riley’s greatest hits to date, will be available in stores this September The 15-track set was initially unveiled via iTunes this past April as it was slowly unveiled within select markets.

Mecoustic features several of Tarrus Riley’s classics such as She’s Royal and Pick up the Pieces; singles that featured on the singer’s debut album, Parables in 2006. Prominent saxophonist, Dean Fraser, who produced Parables, collaborated with Riley on Mecoustic.

Along with Fraser, several instrumentalists also feature on Mecoustic, including guitarists, Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chin and Lamont Savory as well as Glen Browne and Michael Fletcher who play bass, Carol McLaughlin and Andrew Marsh who have keyboard responsibilities and Oral Broen as well as Sydney Watson, who played percussion and drums.

Black Mother Pray hails as another notable effort on Mecoustic as Tarrus Riley does an acoustic version of the song which was originally crafted by father and Reggae legend, Jimmy Riley.

Mecoustic will be distributed locally by Tad’s Record Inc. and internationally by French based Reggae label, Soulbeat Records.

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Trey Songz and Shabba’s return cap electrifying International Night at Sumfest

Following a Dancehall Night that’s been hailed as the best ever by industry observers, Reggae Sumfest upped the ante with a wholly captivating International Night for the ages.

On Friday night, a great sense of anticipation filled the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex as fans craved the return of American R&B sensation, Trey Songz to Jamaican soil as well as the homecoming of Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks after an 11 year absence from the local scene. That anticipation turned to delight as fans in Montego Bay got to witness stellar performances from both artistes as well as a slew of other acts that graced the Sumfest stage in the early hours of Saturday morning.

International Night featured prominent young and veteran acts that made strong impressions on Reggae Sumfest. One such artiste was Downsound Records artiste, Nature, who validated his rising status within Reggae music with a powerful and energetic set that included delivering his breakthrough hit, World Peace.

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Caribbean host vying for BET’s 106 & Park

Keishel ‘Inanna’ Williams is once again set to take her talent and the Caribbean diaspora to the next level.

The young writer and TV personality has been a positive role model and contributor in the Caribbean media for over six years. Now, with the help and support of her fans as well as the Caribbean media community, she is currently in pursuit of the coveted spot of female host for the popular BET music countdown show, 106 & Park.

106 & Park is currently holding auditions for their new male and female hosts, where talented hosts will submit audition tapes and fans can vote for them via the social media network, Twitter.

“It will be extremely beneficial to have a host of my Caribbean-American background on 106 & Park. The plethora of talent that comes from our community alone has driven Hip-Hop culture to where it is today,” says Inanna.

The exuberant Inanna boasts an extensive knowledge of hip-hop; from old school acts such as the Wu-Tang Clan to new school artistes like Wale in addition to her innate love and experience in the Soca and Reggae music industries. After years of honing her skills as a TV personality with New York Linkz’, Z.Y.N.C TV and a writer for Caribbean Life Newspaper in Brooklyn New York, Inanna is ready to take her career and her community to the next level. She has also built reputable relationships with respected Caribbean music powerhouses such as VP Records, where she is currently the media sponsor for their upcoming Jerk Festival, featuring Tarrus Riley.

Everyone is encouraged to go onto twitter to VOTE for Inanna. Please follow @Inanna106 and vote .

To vote please tweet: I VOTE FOR @Inanna106 AS NEW HOST OF @106andpark #106thesearch

For votes to be counted, the tweet should include her name @Iannna106 , @106andpark and the hashtag, #106thesearch. Vote everyday as many times per day and form a positive movement as BET could use a strong, positive Caribbean voice that can also promote our music.

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Video: TARRUS RILEY LIVE @ Nova – DEVIL’S APPETITE

Video: TARRUS RILEY LIVE @ Nova – DEVIL’S APPETITE

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KONSHENS INKS EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH VP RECORDS FOR HIS CHART-TOPPING SINGLE “GAL A BUBBLE”

VP Records and Subkonshus Music join forces in an exclusive deal to promote Konshens’ chart-topping summer anthem “Gal A Bubble.” The single, from one of hottest emerging dancehall artists, will be featured on VP’s top-selling series Reggae Gold 2012. The label began servicing the song to commercial radio this week.

 

Konshens’ “Gal A Bubble” is currently sweeping the streets and charts in Jamaica. The track has been consistently selling on iTunes and has landed the #1 spot for the second week in a row on Jamaica’s Weekly Music Countdown Chart by Richie B. The “Gal A Bubble” video  has also received almost 1.5 million YouTube views to date.
About Konshens

Born Garfield Delano Spence in the St. Andrew parish of Jamaica, the multi-talented singer and lyricist got his start while living in Kingston. In 2005, Konshens and his brother Delus formed the musical duo Sojah. Their first single ”Pon Di Corner,” produced by Cash Flow Records, led to the release of two Sojah albums in Japan.  As a solo artist, Konshens is known for hits like “Jamaican Dance” (from the video game Just Dance 3), “Do Sum’n,” “The Realest Song,” “Good Girl Gone Bad” with Tarrus Riley and “Winner” (which received a Song Of The Year nomination from Jamaica’s 2008 Hype TV Awards). Konshens also took home the title of Best New Artist at Jamaica’s Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards as well as Stone Love Awards that same year.  In February 2012, he released the solo album Mental Maintenance on his own label Subkonshus Music through VPAL distribution. The album has been well received by fans, and critics like BBC raved that the release was “nothing short of essential.”

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Tarrus Riley preps new album

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley will slowly but surely be introducing his sophomore compilation to the mainstream as he plans to unveil his second album later this month.

Mecoustic, the newest effort from Riley, will be released in select markets on April 17 before its international release on June 26. The 15 track album features many strong efforts from Riley such as She’s Royal, Africa Awaits, Marcus Garvey and If It’s Jah Will, for which a video was unleashed earlier this month. Riley’s new collaboration will be unveiled via French record label, Soulbeats Records.

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Mixtape: Buss A Blank! Vol3 Reggae Mix – Mixtape Yardy

Mixtape: Buss A Blank! Vol3 Reggae Mix – Mixtape Yardy

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The latest reggae mix from @MixtapeYardy filled with 53 of the best reggae tracks out from Jamaica. The mix starts off with the latest production from Head Concussion Records, called High Times Riddim, featuring Chan Dizzy, Rasco, Erup and Hollow Point..then roll straight to riddims like Real Reggae, Kingston 13, Cool Out, Heart and Soul. #BUSSABLANKVOL3 also features artistes Sizzla Kalonji, Chris Martin, Bucanneer, I-Shenko, Tilibop, Roman Virgo, Da Professor, Protoje, Kymani Marley, Tarrus Riley + more!

Reggae music brings people together, Reggae music the world prefer.

01.INTRO – BUSS A BLANK V3
02.CHAN DIZZY – HERBALIST
03.RASCO – RUDE BWOY RANKIN
04.HOLLOW POINT – NAH LAUGH
05.ERUP – FOREVER
06.HIGH TIMES RIDDIM
07.PROTOJE – WHO DEM A PROGRAM
08.DA PROFESSOR – PEACE AND UNITY
09.GYPTIAN – REGGAE MORNING
10.RAYVON – SELECTA
11.J-BOOG – LOW THE GUNS
12.SHAGGY & TARRUS RILEY – JUST ANOTHER GIRL
13.ALAINE – AVALANCHE

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Video: Tarrus Riley – SELASSIE I ‘ LIVE

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Video: Tarrus Riley – Come Ova

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Tash crowned 2011 Rising Stars winner, thrilled with victory

Season 8 of the popular Jamaican talent show, Digicel Rising Stars came to a dramatic conclusion last night as 17 year old, Chantel “Tash” Lamont was announced as the winner of the competition.

It was a nerve-racking end to a two-hour long season finale that witnessed performances from former Rising Stars competitors during this past season including Jah Flamez, Dominic Young & third place winner, Delando “16” Colley. Furthermore, former Rising Stars winners, Brown Sugah & Dalton Harris performed for the anxious crowd at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. There were also a plethora of special guests who made appearances at the event as emerging Reggae superstar, Proteje performed alongside the aforementioned Dominic Young while another prominent Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley also graced the stage.

At almost 11pm local time, Lamont, along with fellow fan favorite, Latoya “Latty J” Jackson stood beside Rising Stars host, Terri-Karelle Reid awaiting the highly anticipated results.

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The Chance welcomes Reggae Artist Tarrus Riley

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The Chance welcomes Reggae artist Tarrus Riley featuring Duane Stephenson, Dean Frasier, Lazah Current and The Big TakeOver Band!

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Video: Tarrus Riley – Superman (Behind The Scenes) – Vp Records

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Mp3: Tarrus Riley – My Mother

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Video: Tarrus Riley – “Wild Fire”

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Tarrus Riley petitions for peace with new single – ‘Wildfire’

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Talented Jamaican Singer and Songwriter Tarrus Riley delivers a powerful socio-conscious message renouncing the scourge of violence on his latest release ‘Wildfire’. Teaming up with hard hitting producer Don Corleone, Riley’s petition for peace hits a sincere note as he pleads to a higher power to protect his nation against the rising levels of violence. His chorus to “protect the people” comes on the heels of recent calls by several Jamaicans at home and across the Diaspora to take a stand against crime, “Wildfire speaks directly to existing social issues in Jamaica, the kind of issues we need to address head on. I want my listeners to understand the realities we are dealing with in our nation as well as call on each one to support their brother as we reclaim our land”.
Now in heavy rotation across local and Caribbean airwaves, Riley recently concluded shooting the corresponding video and is expected to debut it in coming weeks. A versatile and accomplished musician, Tarrus’ melodious harmonies have endeared him to a large number of reggae fans across the Caribbean, US, UK, Canadian and Japanese markets. Having scored a slew of chart hits from his latest compilation ‘Contagious’ such as the title track Love’s Contagious, Living The Life Of A Gun, Good Girl Gone Bad, Start Anew among others, Riley is easily one of the most popular and well respected artistes in reggae music today. With a solid booked schedule headlining several dates across the US and Caribbean, Riley is currently gearing up to perform at the international reggae and dancehall music showcase Reggae Sumfest on July 24th.

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Vote Now – Which Remix is better ? Tarrus Riley feat Konshens – Good Girl Gone Bad

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Tarrus Riley shines in Europe and US. Nabs RMAA Nomination

Reggae Singer and Songwriter Tarrus Riley ended his 2009-2010 Europe and North America ‘Contagious’ tour on a high note closing with a sensational set at the 17th annual Bob Marley Movements Caribbean Festival in Miami, Florida.

After a successful leg in US and Canada late last year, the artiste resumed his album title tour this January through March making waves in some thirty cities across France, Belgium, London, Sweden, Spain, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany as well as completing stints in California and Florida. His first extended set in Europe, while the cold whistled and howled outside, Riley warmed patrons up with some sweet music on the inside, “With Tarrus Riley you can always expect to hear ‘feel good music’…music with a meaning as well as music that uplifts the spirit and soul and I delivered just that. The set list had a great mix of material – hits from the previous albums including ‘She’s Royal’, ‘Lion Paw’ as well as current material from the Contagious album including ‘Start Anew’, ‘Love’s Contagious’, ‘Human Nature’, ‘Living The Life of A Gun’ among others. The crowd was highly responsive at each venue and you could see that they were visibly tuned in, singing along with us word for word and really enjoying themselves.”

Performing to sold out stops each night across Europe including Ghent in Belgium, the Sapphire Club and the Brixton Academy in London, Stockholm in Sweden and the U- Club in Wuppertal, Germany, Riley who was joined by rising Reggae stars I-Octane, Duane Stephenson and the Blak Soil band led by saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser, then travelled to the US where they were well received  at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, The Catalysts in Santa Cruz, the Arcata Theater in California amongst multiple additional venues before Riley capped things off as a headline act at the Bob Marley Movements Caribbean Festival. “The North America stops were also really great this time around…Still a bit chilly but definitely not as cold as Europe” said Tarrus. “We were concentrated this leg towards the West in California then headed South to Florida whereas the last time we touched a bit of everywhere including Canada, Rhode Island, New York, Virginia etc. We again brought the best of our positive vibes spreading the message of positivity, unity and love through good, clean music.”

And while Riley was covering significant ground on his international ‘Contagious’ Tour, he was also making a clean sweep at local award presentations as well as receiving international nods and securing top spots on international music charts. At the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) he copped the Cultural Artiste of the Year as well as won the Best Cultural Artiste category at the local Youth View Awards. Following this, Riley’s laurels continued with recent nomination for top “International Reggae Artist” at RMAA (Reggae Music Achievement Awards) which will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 12, 2010 as well as he celebrates the number one spot for his album ‘Contagious’ in Canada on Galaxie TV Satellite Channel (Bell TV, Rogers TV, Videotron TV, MTS TV, Sasktel TV, Shaw TV, Telus TV).

A stellar first yearly quarter sealed by sold out tours and significant wins and nominations, Riley who is now back on the ‘Rock’ says he will resume writing and recording new material as well as continue to push his Contagious album which has been doing very well internationally, “I enjoy writing and making music. That process never stops…I love what I put out and the people love what we put out so we always have to keep it fresh and keep it going.”

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Aidonia & Tarrus Riley, “Di Trees”

aidonia_107A few weeks ago in his Ghetto Palms column, Stats rattled off five different versions of the new Go-Go Club Riddim but left out this fiery duet from two  favorites. Aidonia, the JOP leader, is fresh off his ’90s rap/bmore/dancehall smashing Bolt Action mixtape and comes with about ten different styles on this one while Riley favors the rougher side of his lover/fighter split. We would not be opposed to these two joining up for more jams—two great emoters demanding they be allowed to grow tons of weed. Who do we have to email to make this happen? The pot farms and the duets.


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Tarrus Riley performs “Good Girl Gone Bad” live in NYC

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The secret to the success of Tarrus Riley, believe it or not, is quite simple – “when preparation meets opportunity”, stated a self-assured Riley. “I’ve been surrounded by music all my life. My father is a singer and my mother is a bathroom singer”, he explains with a chuckle. “Because I can’t change the world, I sing for the people – this is the contribution I can make and after I make a song; it isn’t even mine anymore; it belongs to the people.”

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August 2009 Reggae Albums Releases

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Contagious. | Release date: Aug. 4, 2009. | Label: VP Records.

Awarded Best Male Vocalist and Best Song at the 2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards, Tarrus Riley is the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers. With an August 4, 2009 release of his much-anticipated third set CONTAGIOUS on Cannon Productions, distributed by VP Records, Tarrus Riley reaffirms that he is one of finest singer/songwriters of his generation, irrespective of musical genre. The son of Jimmy Riley – who has had a long career as a solo artist as well as being a former member of the Uniques and the Techniques. Riley’s songs retain ties to the Jamaican roots tradition while still managing to sound distinctly contemporary. In addition, his strong stage presence gives him crossover appeal and marks him as a coming force on the international reggae scene

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Imperial Blaze.| Release date: Aug. 18, 2009. | Label: Atlantic Records.

Sean Paul is known primarily for his airtime devouring, party-engineered, reggae pop tracks, but for his next album the singer said that he wants to take a more responsible path, and focus on youth violence in Jamaica. Some of the tracks from the new socially conscious Sean Paul album include titles like, “She Want Me,” “Birthday Suit,” “Hold My Hand,” and “Don’t Tease Me.” Left off was Sean Paul’s climate change warning, “Gimme Dat Booty.”

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Light. | Release date: Aug. 25, 2009. | Label: Sony.

Matisyahu had been working on his third album for nearly two years, making it the longest time he has ever spent making a record. The follow-up to Youth had been delayed several times before its release. First scheduled for early 2008, Light was pushed back numerous times because Matisyahu continued to tour off and on since the release of Youth. The new album’s release date was set for April 21, 2009, but on March 3, the release date was pushed back to May 12, 2009. Then, once again, he pushed the release back, this time to Summer 2009, ostensibly because Matisyahu decided to record more new songs. That date had already passed, and in a message from Matisyahu on Twitter the album is due to release on August 25th.

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Our World. | Release date: Aug. 25, 2009. | Label: VP Records.

TOK’s third album, Our World, is scheduled to be released in August, according to the group’s website. It will be distributed by VP Records. Afternoon Porn Star is the set’s lead single. It is produced by Tony Kelly, one of the top dancehall producers of the last 15 years. The quartet (Craigy-T, Flexx, Alex and Bay-C) has made a name as a hit-single group. They are best known for the songs When Doves Cry.

Their debut album, My Crew My Dawgs, was released in 2001 while the second, Unknown Language, came four years later. The latter contained the hit songs Gal Yuh Lead and Footprints.

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Herbs Promotion – Tarrus Riley, Demarco and Vybz Kartel

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TARRUS RILEY TOURS NORTH AMERICA

tarrusrileyAwarded Best Male Vocalist and Best Song at the 2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards, Tarrus Riley is the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers. With an August 4, 2009 release of his much-anticipated third set CONTAGIOUS on Cannon Productions, distributed by VP Records, Tarrus Riley reaffirms that he is one of finest singer/songwriters of his generation, irrespective of musical genre. The son of Jimmy Riley – who has had a long career as a solo artist as well as being a former member of the Uniques and the Techniques. Riley’s songs retain ties to the Jamaican roots tradition while still managing to sound distinctly contemporary.

The album is grounded in a roots reggae tradition that is recast with a gleaming 21st century sheen courtesy of the album’s primary producer, venerable saxophonist Dean Fraser and created by Grafton and Tuff Gong studios sovereignty including Sly and Robbie on drum and bass, guitarists Mitchum “Khan” Chin and Cat Coore, keyboardist Robbie Lyn and Dean Fraser’s impassioned sax styling.Contagious remarkably shifts between smoothly crooned lover’s rock and artful Rastafarian declarations, provocative commentaries and dancehall’s combustible edge, its cohesion provided by Tarrus’s spectacularly emotive vocals and reliably inspiring words. As its title indicates, this highly infectious collection of 18 songs is characterized by symptoms of melodiousness, rapturous roots rhythms and hard hitting lyrical realities that are transmitted through repeated spins, resulting in a high grade musical fever from which you will not want to recover. “The reason why I called it ‘Contagious’ is because I would love for everyone to catch it,” says Tarrus. “I don’t want my music to have boundaries of race, age, nationality or religion; I represent reggae, live music, and I want everyone to catch on to its positive, good vibes.”

In support of Contagious, Tarrus will embark on a 25-city tour. From Toronto to Jacksonville, his aim is to meet fans and gain some new ones. His strong stage presence gives him crossover appeal and marks him as a coming force on the international reggae scene.
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