Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reggae Category at the Global Spin Awards; The Grammys for DJ

DJs ZJ Liquid, Jabba and Bobby Konders, Waggy T, Max Glacier and DJ Norie makes the
nominations list of the Global Spin Awards hosted by P. Diddy's Revolt TV.

The Global Spin Awards (GSA) has become the Premier DJ Award and Ceremony recognizing DJs for their contribution to both music and entertainment industries.  Since it's commencement, November 2012, the GSAs have been classified as the Quality Standard of DJ recognition by music industry executives and tastemakers.  

The GSAs were created to award and honour the world's most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment: past, present and future.

ZJ Liquid
(l) Bobby Konders (r) Jabba
The award show will take place on Tuesday November 18th, 2014 in New York City at the New World Stages in Mahattan and one of Jamaica's most loved 'at home' jock, ZJ Liquid among fellow Jamaican and New Yorker Jabba from Jabba and Bobby Konders are among the 2014 nominees. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

In Recognition of National Heritage and National Heroes Day Jamaica

Remembering Marcus Garvey on Heroes Day

Marcus Mosiah Garvey stands out in History as one who was greatly committed to the concept of the Emancipation of minds. Garvey who was born in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, became famous worldwide as a leader who was courageous and eloquent in his call for improvement for Blacks.

Martin Luther King on his visit to Jamaica June 20, 1965 visited the grave of Marcus Garvey to lay a wreath out of respect for a man he said, gave N***** in the US "a sense of dignity, a "sense of person-hood, a sense of manhood, a sense of somebodiness."
Martin Luther King visits Garvey's Grave

Marcus Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), represent the largest mass movement in African-American history. Jamaica's first National Hero, Garvey became a loyal leader of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements.

To facillitate the return to Africa that he advocated, in 1919 Garvey founded the Black Star Line, to provide transportation to Africa, and the Negro Factories Corporation to encourage black economic independence.  Garvey also unsuccessfully tried to persuade the government of Liberia in West Africa to grant land on which black people from America could settle.

In 1922, Garvey was arrested for mail fraud in connection with the sale of stock in the Black Star Line, which had now failed.  Although there were irregularities connected to the business, the prosecution was probably politically motivated, as Garvey's activities had attracted considerable government attention.  Garvey was sent to prison and later deported to Jamaica.  In 1935, he moved permanently to London where he died on June 10, 1940.  In 1964, his body was returned to Jamaica. 

"With confidence, you have won before you start" ~ Marcus Garvey~

1) CaribbeanHeroesDotCom
2) GleanerJamaica
3) BBC History

Rest In Peace Mr. John Holt 1967-2014

John Holt 1967-2014
Reggae's pioneer John Holt died at aged 67. The Reggae music legend is believed to have passed away in London yesterday evening (October 19, 2014) at 2:40am English time according reports.

John Holt had been battling ill health for some time now and seems to have worsened since August when he collapsed on stage at the One Love Concert in Springfield on August 16.  The singer, whose full name John Kenneth Holt, came to prominence as lead singer of the group The Paragons before leaving to focus on his solo career in the 1970s.  His music will remembered at all times. For us, a few that immediately came to mind are I Want a Love I Can Feel, If I Were A Carpenter and the song Stick By Me, which was perhaps Holt's biggest success in 1972, it went on to become the biggest selling Jamaican record for that year.  

Condolence to the late John Holt's family, friends, fans and well-wishers from New Image Promotions. ~R.I.P. John Holt 1967-2014~


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aidonia Delivers on His Promise by Launching a Charitable Scholarship Programme

As promised, Reggae/Dancehall artiste Sheldon Lawrence better known as Aidonia has launched the One Voice Educational Foundation an 
Aidonia at Maxfield Park Primary in Kingston
initiative geared towards providing help and motivation for youths in the inner city as well as shaping a better further for Jamaica. The foundation which was launched on the grounds of
 the Maxfield Park Primary School in Kingston, values approximately J$300,000 and will be disbursed among five students to cover the cost of books and school fees.

Students have been identified at the Maxfield Park Primary School  that exemplify good behaviour and attitude as well as maintain the highest grades and overall progress through their primary school tenure. The most outstanding student of the five, at GSAT Examinations, will receive grants in the amount of J$200,000 and the remaining students will receive J$20,000 each.

Aidonia made the announcements Friday, October 10, 2014 and has been working in tandem with his mother Monica Lawrence, a teacher at the school and Principal, Ms. Annette McDonald prior to these announcements.  Principal, Annette McDonald lauded the entertainer for his efforts and encourages his peers to emulate his path.  The Dancehall artiste in speaking with the media that were present to witness the launch had this to say:-

"A lot of times when you come from a certain socio-economic background people like to tell you that you won't amount to nothing, so I am just here to help and encourage the youths so they know they can become whatever they aspire to become as long as your remain positively focused on your goals.  sometime to achieve these goals they need help and that is where someone like me step in, not just to give them verbal mentoring but also help financially whenever possible.  You have to bend the tree from it's young if you want it to grown a certain way.  They are the ones who grow up and support our music and make us into successful entertainers so it shouldn't be so difficult for us to render assistance when we see the need."

Aidonia disclosed his intent to launch an educational initiative back in August and made well on that promise with these recent announcements.


Friday, October 17, 2014

BadGal Cecile Release Her Album 'Still Running' While PopCaan Launches His Latest Album "Where We Come From"

She's done it! Yup, finally, once and for all.  Reggae/Dancehall artiste Cecile dropped her
16 track album entitled, 'Still Running' out now on iTunes featuring hit singles, 'Turn It Up' and 'On The Run.'  Support the music by picking up a copy and 'rate' the album on iTunes.  BadGal Cecile is one of 'baddest' Dancehall Divas.  She has scored several hits throughout her music career and has already armed with raft of popular Jamaican singles, albums released in Japan and Europe.
Popcaan Lady Saw Beenie Man Aidonia

Popcaan album launch took place at Triple Century, October 16 in Kingston.  The highlight of the week,  several members of the Jamaican music fraternity came out to support this, his debut 'Where We Come From' (WWCF) album launch.  Popcaan shared what must have been a special moment for him with his fans on IG.  Some photos that stood out for us are of himself and former Gaza artist Blak Ryno and the caption "Ryno did inna di building
Popcaan and Blak Ryno
enuh....hmmm yea man"
 and, in an embrace with the general Agent Sasco aka Assassin, he captioned, "uniting Dancehall is what I do best these..". Other enlightening photos where that of Popcaan and Beenie Man, Lady Saw, SizzlaAidonia and the women behind his booming career, Carlene Samuels and Sharon Burke, "mi woman dem" he captioned (lol). 
Popcaan and AgentSasco 

Lead single, 'Everything Nice' off 'Where We Come From' seem to be doing quite nicely for the deejay with the official video churning millions of views on YouTube and lyric video for single of the same name of the album surpassing the million views mark. Chosen among a group of hard working and very strong contenders including Chronixx and Tarrus Riley, will Popcaan walk away with MOBO Best Reggae Act award October 22? #UnRuly 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shaggy and Ziggy Marley Nominated for Soul Train Awards

Shaggy has been nominated for a Soul Train Award by Centric in the category of Best
International Performance for his single 'You Girl' featuring American RnB's sensation NeYo. Also nominated in the same category are Ziggy Marley for single, "I Don't Want To Live on Mars," Sam smith for "Stay With Me," Machel Montano for "Ministry of Road," Nico and Vinz for "Am I Wrong" and Davido for "Aye."

"It's always a great accomplishment to be acknowledgement for the work I love and enjoy doing everyday.  To Soul Train Awards and CENTRIC thanks for acknowledging the hard work," Shaggy said in a release.

The Soul Train Awards ceremony takes place November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The show will be hosted by Wendy Williams as fans anticipate award presentations to RnB Super Star Chris Brown who has received 7 nominations ahead of his peers with Beyonce following with 6. Artistes are nominated in 12 categories, the show will be aired on BET, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT. 

Back by popular demand, Shaggy announced the fall 2014 leg of his "Out of Many, One Music" tour across North America commencing in Boston, Massachusetts at the Wilbur. The Grammy winning artiste has released a 3rd single off his album entitled, "If U Slip U Slide" which features Melissa Musique.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mighty Crown Set Sail with the Marleys: Slated to Perform Alongside Sean Paul, Shaggy on Reggae Themed Cruise

Mighty Crown will embark on an epic excursion October 20-25, 2014 as a major performing
Members of Mighty Crown
act on the first annual "Welcome to Jamrock" Reggae-themed Cruise, which is spearheaded by Damian"Jr. Gong" Marley.  "The Far East Rulers," are thrilled by the unique opportunity to provide travellers from all over the world with their infectious brand of Dancehall entertainment. Moreover, Mighty Crown is honoured to be one of the few sound systems headlining the cruise, appearing alongside Reggae music heavyweights like The Marleys, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and a host of other top tier acts.

"This is a great career opportunity and history in the making," says Mighty Crown's manager, Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "Simply put, it means our hard work is paying off....we are honoured that Mighty Crown is one of the few sounds chosen to headline the Annual 'Welcome to Jamrock Cruise."

The "Welcome to Jamrock Cruise" (sails from Miami, with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios) Jamaica and offers Reggae music loving revellers five straight days of top level Reggae - themed events and entertainment, including exclusive concerts, day parties, soccer games, movie screenings and much more.  Japan's juggling and clash kings Mighty Crown will afford cruisers an unforgettable, authentic sound system experience, as they rock the Main Stage of the Norwegian "Pearl" for two nights.  During their first performance on Monday, October 20, 2014, Mighty Crown will share the stage with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Julian "Juju Royal" Marley and legendary selector David Rodigan.  Meanwhile, on Thursday, October 23, The Far East Rulers will perform alongside phenomenal acts including Sean Paul, Baby Cham and Wayne Marshall.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Reggae Artiste Mojo Morgan Announces His New Line of Jewellry called "Infinite Love"

Mojo Morgan, member of the famous Morgan Heritage reggae family group has launch his
Mojo Morgan
handmade Italian jewellry line called "Infinite Love" created by Seven Zale whose accolades include Forbes 2008 Designer of the Year and 2009 Best Jewellry Designer's Award and the man behind California's Zalemark Holding Company Inc., a renowned jewellry design, product development, manufacturing and brand company.

The move, marks Mojo Morgan's transitioning into other business ventures besides music and best described by both parties involved with Steven Zale having this to say, "this is a natural pairing to bring the two most intimate senses together; the visual beauty of jewelry and the sensual rhythm of music.  This combination creates a rare connection between a commercial incentive and an emotional bond between the consumer and the product."  

As for Mojo Morgan, "music bridges people around the world.  No matter your place of birth, economic class or skin colour; it all evokes a human feeling.  So it is natural to pair up my music with something as beautiful as jewellry." 

Mojo Morgan was exposed to everything from the godfathers of Roots Reggae to Top 40 American radio; everything from Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix to The Cranberries and Hootie and the Blowfish.  Those musical influences shaped his musical education and are responsible for his solo project and new sound called, "Rasta Rock." 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Newcomer Singer/songwriter 'Devare' Launch His Singing Career With Single 'This Ya Love is Here To Stay'

'This Ya Love is Here to Stay' is a song about the confidence I have in my own personal relationship regardless of what people say...." ~Davare~
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The music emphatically celebrates the love of a woman from a man's perspective. Therefore, I almost exclusively write songs appreciative of that bond between a man and a woman even when that bond leads to hate.

He simply loves women but understands that with such powerful emotions running so deep love sometimes goes haywire.

Davare (Deh-vaa-rih), born and raised in St. Thomas, Jamaica but currently residing in the United States almost exclusively write song appreciative of that bond between a man and a woman, the fallout that occurs when that bond goes awry and love turns to hate. "The music emphatically celebrates the love of a woman from a man's perspective even though sometimes love can turn to hate" he said.

Davare migrated from Jamaica to USA many years ago but spends his time between his home in the USA and his St. Thomas Jamaica home where he confesses spending extended time in Jamaica keeps him connected to his roots. His musical influence comes from reggae greats like Beres Hammond, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson and Dennis Brown as well as R and B giants such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Bobby Womack, Brook Benton and James Brown all of whom he grew up listening to.  "My children are my motivation" he said. "They see me as unbreakable, immovable and unstoppable." Davare went on to say, "even though I'm not about to compete with my children's generation, my music is appealing, so just like my own children are excited about my music their age group will also appreciate and enjoy listening to it."

Always the dedicated family man, Dennis 'Davare' Alvarenga in deciding to launch his singing career at this time states without apology that his hopes are to reach a mature audience. "That over 35 crowd" he said, "is generally who listens to my form and style of music so they will easily and readily identify with me."

Davare describes his own musical style as rooted in the classic R and B genre as it in many creative ways tell the story of the deep emotions that connects a man and his woman, the ties that bind so to speak.  "each song is inspired by a different observation, I might get the inspiration.  I think every person has their own calling and I don't think that 'avid social commentator' is mine."

Davare strongly believes there are many talented, young and trendy Jamaican reggae singers whose music embodies love and relationships, but too few dedicated, mature, over 35 singers shy away from the business because of the fear of being told, "they're too old." Davare is not worried about age constraints, as a matter of fact his outlook is quite the opposite, "I won't use the ever too popular cliche, 'age is just a number.' What I will say though, is that my music as a mature artiste brings about a balance to that which younger artistes sings. Naturally though, from a more experienced perspective."

Davare owns a studio in St. Thomas.  He built his studio in the parish because he said there are many talented artistes in the eastern parish of the island that are yet to be heard but doesn't have an outlet to bring such talents to the world.

'This Ya Love is Here to Stay' is the debut single of newcomer Davare. He sings about the confidence he has in the love for his lady regardless of what people say.  The track is an independent production of his musical team Bleunote Music label, ahead of his upcoming album entitled, 'Diamond in the Ruff.'