Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wayne Marshall for BET 106 and Park

Wayne Marshall
Wayne Marshall will make his US TV debut when he perform on BET 106 and Park August 27 in New York for a special Caribbean Carnival takeover. While in New York Marshall will be releasing a new video for his hip-hop inspired joint 'Go Harder' featuring rappers Waka Flocka and Ace Hood, fellow artistes Cham and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley.  The video was shot in Miami and directed by Maybach Music's Jon J.

Wayne's BET 106 and Park performance comes hot on the heels of the release of his debut album 'Tru Colors'
hailed by the Associated Press as a refreshing curve to the dancehall game.  The 13-track album is a production of Ghetto Youths International and features an all-star list of collaborations that includes Junior Gong Marley, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Ace Hood, Cham, Assassin, Tarrus Riley and I-Octane and tracks written by Tessanne Chin.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aidonia to Spearhead Educational Initiative for Children

In addition to launching his '1Voice' clothing line, Reggae Dancehall artiste Aidonia will spearhead a new educational initiative that involves himself and members of his camp performing philanthropic duties that are aimed at rendering assistance to children from various communities and socio-economic background.

This newly founded project by the deejay is yet to be made official with a date but according to a release Aidonia had this to say, "As an individual and an artiste there are many changes that are coming from me and this is just another step in the direction of positivity and upliftment.  The youths are the future of this nation so we have to nurture and care for them in any way we can, be it economical, financial, social or otherwise."

According to a release, despite a more passive persona and renewed spirit the deejay continues to wreak havoc from his high energy performances. Recently, he whipped up a frenzy to the large outpouring of fans in Nassau, Bahamas with a sweat drenched performance then went on to headline another show in Suriname recently at Flamboyant Park in the capital city of Paramaribo.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Just Reggae for Dolli Difference

Dolli wid a Difference DWAD
It's just reggae right now for Dolli Difference who is about to shoot a new video for track 'Lingerie' produced by Icon.  "I'm looking forward to the month of September, I have new and interesting materials to promote" Dolli said.  Among the new materials she will be promoting is a track she did with popular British artiste Gappy Ranks called 'Real Bad Girl' on the Tmar Production label. Dolli also anticipates the release of a single called, 'Self Esteem' by producer Duane Edwards of D-Dot Music.  
So pump for this new dolli diference I have to drop soon !!! Its fire for the girls them !!!

Overall the summer has been good for Dolli who is basking in the feedback she has been getting "it's encouraging" she said, "people tweeting, email or calling me with good news or just being supportive, praises to God."  Dolli recently did an interview on NTV Africa stemming from consistent airplay across Kenya and Johannesburg. While her music continue to enjoy airplay across various media both locally and internationally Dolli has kept focus and often share some interesting tweets showing how she manages to do so:-  

With God in the vessel I can smile at the storm


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Not An Easy Road

One artiste thought threatening to take his own life was an effective way to get the attention of a radio jock to play his music. His suicidal attempt got him his wishes as the crew at radio station ZIP103 FM and ZIPJock ZJ Liquid, one of Jamaica's most loved radio jock played the track but vowed to never play it again in its present state because in his opinion "wasn't the best song". 
what does it profit a man to gain the world in exchange for his soul?..

Confidence is good, but being overly confident can lead to the very action Ikon took which on the other hand displays worrying signs.  Did he actually knew what he was doing or was he acting on 'troubled' emotions he does not realize is haunting him? We might want to believe, 'a nuh nutten' since he even took a selfie and posted it on his instagram page during the moment but are there other artistes out there who get frustrated whenever you don't get the attention you think you deserve? You're not alone, it's a part of life, think on these things, 'nothing that is good in life will ever come easy. Life is not an easy road...You gotta keep holding on..." 

A Dislocated Shoulder Could Not Hinder I-Octane's Performance in Europe

I-Octane wearing an arm brace after hurting his shoulder
Not even an excruciatingly painful, dislocated shoulder could dampen the potency of I-Octane's performance while on his 'My Journey' tour across Europe. I-Octane during his performance at Reggae Geel in Belgium dislocated his shoulder during a performance where he was said to exuberantly jumped from the stage, missing his target and fell.

Without missing a beat, I-Octane was said to have literally clambered back on stage and bravely performed for another 45 minutes without fans becoming aware of his agony and was called back to the stage on two encores by the Mcees.

I-Octane in a release recalled screaming "No!" in his head when he was called back but went anyway and performed another song but after the second encore and following the same script he quickly put down the mic and told his team, "take me to the hospital now my shoulder is on fire" the report said.

On Doctor's order I-Octane was told to rest for two weeks but refused
I-Octane performing at Reggae Geel
disappointing his fans was not an option. Determine to perform his other shows at Reggae Jam in Germany and Reggae Sundance in the Netherlands where he shared stage with some of the biggest names in reggae such as Big Youth, Earl Sixteen, Luciano, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Shaggy, Tanya Stephens, Busy Signal and Romaine Virgo, I-Octane gave his best performance to a receptive and appreciative crowd.

I-Octane's challenge is a reminder of how success comes in the lives of many a successful artistes out there.  A dislocated shoulder could not stop him from fulfilling his commitment to fans and his work. His tour has ended but he continues along his path full-filling his other obligations in the coming days that include performances in St. Maarten, Canada, Belize and the United States.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Has Fatherhood Changed One of Reggae/Dancehall Most Potent Hardcore Artiste for Better?

"me haffi set an example fi my child so dat when him look up to me him see a great man~Aidonia~

After almost ten years as a hardcore deejay one of Jamaica's most potent Reggae/Dancehall artistes Aidonia, has taken the decision to walk along a new path both personally as well as along his musical journey.

With a surprised appearance at Reggae Sumfest 2014 Aidonia entered the stage donning a military-themed ensemble complimented with Rastafarian embellishments and gave one of his best performances to date. He told the crowd that he has become a different man and that the contentious character many have grown accustom to is but a fleeting memory.  In an interview aired on Jamaican television Aidonia explained what inspired this change "When my fiance got pregnant enuh that changed my life" he said affirming that becoming a dad is the crescendo for change "we jus look into we self from there, talk to me mother, father, talk to me family and we sat down and we just sey yow we haffi tek a different haffi set an example fi my child so dat when him look up to me him see a great man" he said in the interview.  

Still a working progress Aidonia said the overall transition will be gradual as he is still working on him but the move will affect his music "different type of music, different type of hit music" he promised. Known for tracks like 'Jook Suh and Bruki' Aidonia said "we just put out a new ting call 'One Heart" and will be putting out an album early next year, "clean album, cleeen" he emphasized.  "All new songs, a mixture of everything (dancehall/reggae) but clean" he concluded on that issue.

To the youths Aidonia said, "Education a di main ting, put Jah first and every thing else afterpositiveness we a deal wid, unity wi a deal wid, love wid a deal, nuh more gun gun dis and dat."  

Regarding personal beef and confrontation with other artistes, Aidonia speak to recent event where he along with thirteen other artistes (including arch rivals) all performed on one stage.  He said the performance was such, the audience was not only surprised but happy to see the unity and maturity of the artistes putting their differences aside. He also speak to another instance where he made a friendly gesture to Busy Signal who also responded positively in return saying "me hail him and him hail me back." 

Aidonia's plan for the near future involves shooting new videos releasing more tracks/singles as well as roll out his 1Voice or 1V collection and launch an official website for the brand.  Watch this interview with Aidonia speaking 'Onstage' a premier television entertainment show with Winford Williams, about this new shift that has enfulfed his career, fatherhood and the future here


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Independence Day Jamaica

Jamaica celebrates 52 years of Independence...

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Credits: @MaryMe_TheReef

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cherine Anderson's 'ROC Foundation' Announces 2014 Scholars

The ROC (Reach One Child) Foundation founded by Mr. Patrick Lindsay and artiste/entertainer Ms. Cherine Anderson, have announced their selection of fourteen outstanding grade six students who are proud recipients of the 2014 ROC Scholarship.

The students have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic and athletic excellence, leadership, as well as contribution to schools and communities.  "These students set really high standards for themselves.  Most have no only achieved academically, but on average they are involved in at least three extracurricular activities or hold leadership positions in their schools or community youth groups.  These students are truly models for their peers" Cherine Anderson said.

The ROC Foundation over the past two years has honoured 35 top-performing students in Jamaica.  More than 250 applicants qualified base on outstanding academic performance in the the islands GSAT examinations averaging over 80% scores.  The combined average of the selected 2014 ROC Scholars is 91%. This year's group displayed record achievements in athletics, with one student receiving more than 80 medals in competitive swimming.  More than half of the group holds club President positions or were founding members of clubs within their schools.  In addition, several scholars are medalists in the JCDC Speech, Dance and Music competitions.

"In our dynamic world of innovation, technology and global connectedness, we view a forward thinking education as a critical foundation for young people.  We are very proud of these hard working students and look forward to their continued success in the years to come," said Patrick Lindsay.

ROC Foundation 'Bits 'n' Pieces' featured here
Reach One Child (R.O.C.) The R.O.C. Foundation now accepting applicants
The R.O.C. Scholarship program was established to recognize and support 6th grade students from primary and all-age schools who demonstrate their commitment to excellence in academics, service and the arts but who also have a financial need. The program provides both renewable as well as one-year grants for their high school years. Scholarships are meant to be supplementary and generally cover full tuition, text-books, uniform and supplies for those who qualify. To apply online visit R.O.C. Foundation was established in 2004 by singer/actress Cherine Anderson and Patrick Lindsay.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Chronixx Reclaim Billboard Reggae Top Spot; Watch di Vibration

Chronixx has once again hit #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart following his debut appearance on NBC 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Central Park New York performance.  As reported by Pat Meschino on Chronixx two recent high-profile performances in New York City have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay.  Chronixx (Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence Redemption made their U.S. television debut on NBC 'Tonight Show' performing their single "Here Comes Trouble"  more

Watch di Vibration
Chronixx posted a photo of Peter Tosh and his band and Mick Jagger with caption "In this picture I see @flubz_zincfence I see myself and I also see @drummazeb....I see sly, I see Robbie, I see @mickjagger and I see the legend #PeterTosh. #GenerationsOfReggaeMusic #PeterToshConnection. I believe I have met everyone in this picture."  Okay that give me the chills #goosebumps 

He also posted a picture of the great Mick Jagger who show up to see him perform at Central Park @Summerstage days before, with caption "Bless up @mickjagger who brought his family to the show to celebrate his birthday! Nuff life health and strength! Guess which song we singing in this picture alongside @kelissamusic and #bibi (smiley face) #DontLookBack by #RollingStone #Jagger