Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dancehall Artiste Delus is Dead!

R.I.P. Delus 1981-2016
The Jamaican music industry is in shock upon hearing news of the death of one of its members, Dancehall artiste Delus.  At this time details are sketchy but it is alleged the artiste might have committed suicide in his home in Kingston. 

Delus is the eldest brother of popular Dancehall artiste Konshens who posted a heart-felt message recently on IG celebrating his brother's birthday, "Moments like dem yah when mi see seh mi mek yuh proud mean di most to mi dawg, caaz a u mi falla an pick up this. If you eva know how it hurt mi heart when you nuh deh weh mi deh. Shit easier wid u presence. Love you to di highest level mi bredda @delusdj Happy Earth Strong, blessings pan blessings."

Konshens later ask his IG fans to wish his brother a happy earth-strong "Wish my brother @delusja a happy birthday and follow him too.  We celebrate and give God thanks for blessing you with another year a life bro." Delus was 35 years old, music fans will best remember him for popular tracks, What Tomorrow May Bring, Another Gal and Bad It Up.

N.I.P. extend condolences to Konshens and his family at this time.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vybz Kartel's Reign Remains Vibrant Complimented by New Merchandising and Outreach Projects

The Official VK (Vybz Kartel) Line has reached out to all the high schools in Portmore committing to donate at least one computer to each school. Atleast five computers will be distributed across five schools namely; Ascot, Cumberland, Bridgeport, Waterford and Greater Portmore High respectively. This move according to a release form part of the company, GEL (Gaza Education and Literacy) Programme which is designed to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Portmore with computer literacy the platform from which the project is launched.

Brand Manager Shona-Lee S. Thompson for Official VK Line said, "increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of accessing information." The unisex line of clothing and shoes will be launched soon and is described as a 'lifestyle' brand that represents Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement. The brand represents the ambitious ghetto youth, and as a standard bearer, is expected to fill the void in the fashion industry as that local clothing line the youths feel is representative of their own lifestyle. 

It is also important to note that although Vybz Kartel is behind bars he continues to reign
in the music entertainment business in Jamaica, now having at least four popular tracks off his recently released  "King Of Dancehall" album, while the critically acclaimed "Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto" book co-authored by business partner Michael Dawson, is prominently displayed as a #1 Best Seller" in several book stores. This comes on the heels of it being ranked number one in its category on Amazon Kindle globally and sits in the Library of US Congress, New York, the British Library Systems and Princeton and Yale Universities. Sadly however is the fact that with all it's successes, was left out of the recent Jamaican literary festivals or Reggae Month lectures when foreign authors and publishers were flown in to present their own books, the release stated. 

The team behind the Official VK Line has also indicated an interest in working to assist other students across the wider Portmore community and not just the schools currently identified.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mavado's Cameo Appearance On Beyonce's Formation and Hot 97's Summerjam Stages in New York Recently

Mavado far left with Busta Rhymes Rick Ross Jay Z and others
With many concluding that Jamaican Dancehall artistes stagnant positioning internationally in other markets is deliberate considering the unprecedented trend of the music worldwide and its influence on new trending genres, Dancehall artiste Mavado joins the list of Jamaican artistes who have been given cameo showcases among Hip-Hop giants when he recently made his appearance on BeyoncĂ©'s 'Formation' tour.

Introduced on stage by DJ Khaled at Citi Field in Corona, New York, the Dancehall 'gully gad' performed his 2009 hit single So Special to loud cheers by the thousands in attendance.  He was also one of Khaled's 'surprises for the night' at the 2016 Hot 97's Summerjam concert.

An appreciative Mavado later took to Instagram to thank Roc Nation in a post that reads, "Putting in the real work thanks to #rocnation and New York City to have me here tonight and to show me so much love and the love for dancehall music is real @beyonce we the best @djkhaled"

Mavado also shared an epic photo of himself among Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Fabulous, Swiss Beats, Rick Ross and other Hip-Hop stars along with a post that reads, Nothing but the real it's a big league iconic.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Gentleman and Kymani Marley 'Conversations' New Album and Tour

Gentleman and Ky-Mani Marley are releasing an album together and going on a European Tour this summer! The collaboration is called "Conversations" and will be released 24th June on Universal (Vertigo).

The two artists worked together for the first time on Gentleman's MTV unplugged project and afterwards decided to start work on a joint album together. One of the singles touted off the album is Reggae's Queen, Ms Marcia Griffiths collaboration and new interpretation of the 1965 classic, Bob Marley's first hit, "Simmer Down" with both Gentleman and Ky-Mani. 

The other lead track from this release will be a song called "Mama", which is, as the title suggests, an homage to all mothers everywhere, and is produced by Supa Dups. Check ot the first video premiere of the song, "Signs Of The Times" by Gentleman and Ky-Mani Marley.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Happier with less' - Marion Hall finds solace in Christianity

Minister Marion Hall formerly Lady Saw
Six months after a highly publicized conversion to Christianity, Lady Saw, now Minister Marion Hall, is content with her new lease on life.  In an article published in the Jamaica Observer, former "Queen of Dancehall" Lady Saw speaks on her debut gospel album to come, her new life as a Christian and what the future holds.

"This is the start of me, God's servant, winning souls for Him. I'm ready to minister. God a go do some awesome things through me" she told Splash.  According to the article, Marion Hall is preparing to release, I Had Jesus Sunday off her self titled label, Minister Marion Hall. "I realize my calling is to minister to broken women so this song is for women who have been raped, women forced into prostitution and drugs and are still standing today.  I am a victim of rape and I had Jesus who took me through it. I was battered and bruised...I could have been dead, but I'm still standing here today," she said.

I Had Jesus was created to, "empower women who have been down that road and are still standing," she said and is the first single off a 14-track album entitled, "When God Speaks," earmarked for a July 8 release date. Tracks from the album includes, On Fire, Enemy, Room In My House, You're Worthy and The Lord Is With Me. "This is not about me; it is His masterpiece. All the songs are original and written after my baptism..No 'collabs". Four were recorded in the U.S. and 10 in Jamaica. She also assembled some of reggae and dancehall's biggest names including drum-and-bass duo Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, saxophonist Dean Fraser, pianist Monty Alexander and keyboardist Steven 'Lenky' Marsden. Producers Collin 'Bulby' York and Bobby 'Bobby Digital' Dixon also worked on the set.

According to the article, Marion Hall disclosed she was no longer making money as she used to but, "....can I tell you how happy I am? I'm happier with less...less is more than enough. I'm rich in spirit and strong in faith. The comfort that I'm feeling inside, I've never felt this love ever." she said.

Hall hopes to build a church with a section to house abused women, "there is a spot in Jamaica I'm thinking of. It doesn't have a 'For-Sale' sign on it, but it's ideal. I could have the place to feed the homeless, and skills training for the women." she added.

Written by: Brian Bonitto
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Put Some Respect On The Names Of Jamaican Artistes

In an article published on FADER, Jamaican artiste Mr. Vegas called in to Hot 97 (New York) to talk about the ways Drake borrows from dancehall ---- and the ways he could give back. "It's not me taking shots at Drake," Vegas asserted. "It's like standing up for a culture that I'm a part of and I've been a part of."

Vegas says that Drake "[turned[ Beenie Man into an intro artist, like a hype man" and objects to the VIEWS album credits: "on the records that Jamaican artists are sampled, no one even sees their names." He then borrows some terminology from Birdman----"If you were really into the culture and into the artists, at least you would have put some respect on [their] names on the album."

"When a Drake or a Rihanna or anyone who has a big machine behind them----a Justin Bieber----make a dancehall record it goes to the top," Vegas continued.  "When a dancehall record is from Jamaica and we take it to other markets outside of New York, Hartford, and maybe Miami, we have a problem to get it on [radio]. If you are going to come to this culture....put [dancehall artists] on properly and give them an opportunity to create a name for themselves outside of their base market. What is so wrong with giving someone proper crediting?"

Speaking to the FADER last year, Drake addressed incorporating different source materials into his music, specifically relating to the creative process of "Hotline Bling".

"You know, like in Jamaica, you'll have a riddim and it's like, everyone has to do a song that," Drake said. "Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in RnB. Imagine if we got one beat and every single person----me, this guy, this guy, all these guys----had to do a song on that one beat. So sometimes I'll pick a beat that's a bit, like, sunnier, I guess is the word you used, than usual, and I just try my hand at it. And that's kind of what 'Hotline Bling' was. And I loved it. It's cool. I've been excited by that sort of creative process."

Here are few comments arriving from the Hot 97 interview....

Basically he is taking food out they mouth and money out they pocket. Wtf can't Ebro see? smh

+RecklessRoccTV I agree it's cultural misappropriation, ppl had gotten upset with Slim Jesus repping drill music and what happened? Slim got checked and Ebro got served in his corporate ignorance.
+RecklessRoccTV I agree it's cultural misappropriation, ppl had gotten upset with Slim Jesus repping drill music and what happened? Slim got checked and Ebro got served in his corporate ignorance.
8 mins of tears

Tharsan J 
Nah mate drake does not support his culture
Tony Willz 
salute to mr vegas he it kept 100 from start to finish, ebro wasn't tryna hear it. Yanks been using music styles from Jamaica dance hall scene and uk's grime scene for years and now that its being brought up (because social media proving ya'll takin our styles) yanks get sensitive. We know u created rap and we honor it but dont deny that american rap hasn't been influenced by other cultures drastically in recent years.

Matthew Walker 
Mr. Vegas is 100% correct and I'm disappointed in Ebro. He gets it right often, but not on this one. Especially when they are trying to rename reggae and call it "Tropical Dance" for records like Justin Beiber "Sorry" and Rihanna "Work" It's pretty disgusting, but nobody cares until it affects you directly.

Monday, May 16, 2016

At Home With The Morgan Sisters

Four sisters, four personalities, all love...

Throughout the music world the monika, 'Royal Family of Reggae' resonates with music lovers and represents the musical family group of reggae artistes and musicians, Morgan Heritage. The Morgans essence and root stems from their dad reggae veteran Denroy Morgan followed through by siblings Roy aka Gramps, Peter aka Peetah, Nakhamyah aka Lukes, Memmalatel aka Mojo and Una Morgan whose music have impacted the lives of thousands of reggae fans across the world.

The public has always had a fascination with this multi-talented family so sisters, Una, Taliba, Sandra and Takilat is set to launch a web based talk show called, "At Home With The Morgans" to give insight into their dynamics.  According to a release, the ladies have much to share and will present their insights over 12 episodes covering topics having to do with Current Events, Entertainment, Cooking, Beauty and Lifestyle. Six of the 12 episodes will feature a segment called "Pajama Talk" discussing important life changing topics.

Taliba Morgan in explaining how the idea came about said, "it was like a download from the Universe. It came to me as I was sitting on the sofa with my children. I knew that two of my sisters, Una and Sandra were interested in working with me on some sort of level and it took time for it to be revealed to me what project it should be hence, the saying 'divine timing' I called them up told them the idea and the rest is history." 

As for Sandra Morgan, her reason for participating in the show is simple, "Family plus Love" adding that working with her sisters will draw them closer as well as help build a strong sisterhood.  "We have always had a wonderful relationship with each other, but being able to laugh, cry and celebrate life's milestones with each other is priceless. This isn't something we thought about lightly...we knew this was something we just had to do not just for us but for our children."

In her explanation Una said, "Taliba knowing my health journey, called me one morning and asked if I would consider being a part of this with my other sisters. I hesitated at first, due to my recovery," but considering she had time off eventually agreed, "lets put it  to good use! she told her sister, "I love to talk and this was excellent way to let my inner journalist out."

The women believes their "AHWTM" talk show will be a success because of strong family bonds, "..we're four sisters and amazing personalities....even when we have our disagreements the love we have for each other always work it out and all of that." Viewers will get a chance to see the ladies varying personality traits and general family interaction throughout the series and especially when 'hot topics' are discussed

"I believe what will set up apart is the fact that we are sisters from a big family having something to say. We are international women ambassadors and we will not keep any topic off limits especially if it has anything to do with women empowerment. We want when people watch this show, they walk away learning something about life they never knew." Una. The "AHWTM' series premieres this summer.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mama I Love You

"There's no love like a mother's love.." Karl Morrison (A Big Dreams Production) Happy Mother's Day to every mother out there!

Mothers Day Special 


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ketch Up - 'Work' Goes Platinum; Serani Got A Piece Of 'Views' Plus More

Rihanna's Dancehall hit single "Work" has now been certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA. The Barbadian Pop Star shared the news with fans on social media and thanked her 'navys' for their support. The single continues to dominate charts across the world.

Popcaan did not make Drake's "Views" album but Dancehall did, and along with a sampling of Serani "No Games' Marsh's voice on a track called 9.  According to reports, Serani said Drake's team followed proper recording rights procedure by contacting his manager prior to the album's release on April 29. It is reported that the album sold over 600,000 copies the day after it was released, has now crossed the 1 million mark in U.S. sales and nearly 1.2 million globally including digital tracks and streaming album equivalents and has been streamed over 250 millions times worldwide in its first week of release. "Views" the fourth studio album released by the 27 year old Canadian rapper is expected to bow at #1 on Billboard Top 200 in North America according to reports.

In the face of 'bitta blood and backlash' involving Jamaicans in other Caribbean islands, Greg 'My Dream' Nesbeth made front page news on Barbados Daily Nations newspaper May 2nd after performing on the island. The artiste alongside Chronixx, Richie Spice and Natural Blacks performed at Reggae On The Hill. The overall reception for the Jamaicans by the Barbadians were reported to be very good.

Summer Tours
Protoje announce US Tour and drops new video for OVA. According to The Fader, Protoje plans to perform all around the United States this summer starting his 'Ancient Future Tour' July 6th and wrap up a month later on the west coast. Mr Vegas also announced his 'This Is Dancehall' US Tour commencing May 27th through to June 18th.

Assassin aka Agent Sasco has graced the cover of Panache, a Jamaican award-winning
Caribbean Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle magazine that tells Caribbean lifestyle stories and inspires, empowers and celebrates rich island culture. 

The RIAA Facts and Research reveal that in 2015, vinyl LPs (a music format many believed would have gone extinct with the introduction of digital music), sold 416 million copies.

Music Quote:.."music is driving economic activity and digital commerce. Yet, in terms of value being returned to its creators and investors, music is massively undervalued." ~Frances Moore, CEO ifpi~