Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Giants of Radio Will Be Locking Daytime

Ron Muschette
After 14 years on Jamaica's rocking Reggae radio station Irie FM, veteran broadcaster Ron Muschette joins fellow veterans Richie B and Barry G on Mello FM, broadcasting from the tourist resort town of Montego Bay. Richie B who joined the station March 2013 just under a year, endorse the move, "having Richie B, Ron Muschette and Barry G on the station is a formidable line-up" he told the  Jamaica Observer citing what he calls a prophetic statement, "I took a photograph with myself, Ron, Barry G and our station Manager Al Robinson and it went viral on the internet.  I interviewed Ron asking him to set his IRIE vibe aside and take on a Mello vibe, not knowing it be prophetic..."

Ron Muschette confirmed the move on social media where he made it known that the decision came after a lot of thinking, "Parting doesn't mean we don't love each other anymore, but you've got to go.  It's time to grow and so I have to move on.  Let's look to the future with optimism...."

Ron Muschette kick off his new show, 'Perfect Mix with Ron' January 5 from 9am to 1pm. The witty broadcaster promises "lot of fun.....a new beginning" then added "it will be Ron Muschette magnified!" The show will be aired between Richie B's morning show 6am - 9am and Barry G's 1pm - 5pm. 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shaggy Ink Major Deal with Sony

Platinum selling, Grammy winner Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell has inked a major deal with Sony Records according to reports.  The Sony/Brooklyn Knights/Ranch Entertainment deal, will allow Shaggy to engage in the creative process of the production of his music.

The move comes swiftly after a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae album. In 1996, Shaggy won his first Grammy for the platinum selling album Boombastic.  At 47 years old, Shaggy has throughout his illustrious career signed with majors such as EMI, Virgin Atlantic, MCA and Universal.  This current deal however will be his first such since 2006. Now the man behind independent Ranch Entertainment label, gave a bit of advise in relation to the new agreement, "I've said it before, signing to a major is great, but you must establish yourself first as an artist and grown on your own.  After you've created a buzz in the streets they (record companies) will come looking and that's what happened." 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Massive Crowd Turnout to see Chronixx in New Zealand

A picture tells a thousand words as this one does.  This isn't any ordinary accomplishment pulling this type of crowd in New Zealand, Australia.  Chronixx is an inspiration to Reggae artistes and any artistes who aspire to do great things. As usual Chronixx share the moment with fans on social media, "so first we landed in the beautiful New Zealand then, from the airport we went straight to the venue and I asked @daddibarnz to take a picture of the crowd before I go on because I get a little nervous when the crowd is way bigger than I expect.  He came back with this picture..." 

Several questions were asked and doubt cast regarding the future of the Jamaican Reggae brand earlier this year.   At the end of 2014, the answer seems clearer as this young 21 year old Jamaican reclaim the legacy of his forefathers, by spreading messages of love and hope across the world while taking back the music to its folds. Chronixx has not only become world re-known but aims closer to achieving stadium status in terms of crowd pull.  The latter might not be his mission but it certainly speak to how much people appreciate his music and their desire to see him perform live. As we try to not loose focus of his true mission and his work Chronixx reminds us, "the journey continues"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bounty Killer and King Jammys Hit the Studios

When we first saw pictures of iconic Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer and legendary Reggae/Dancehall producer King Jammys recently, we thought they had just run into each other. That might have been the case but now there are new photos of the two in studios and according to Bounty Killer, "Me and Dancehall Stalwart Producer Legendary King Jammys big tune just voiced Black Uhuru feat. Bounty Killer rub a dub reggae nutten average when mi touch fire house pure Fireworks."

Well, we out here waiting Bounty.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Grammy Nominated Reggae Albums for 2014 Announced

Nominations for the 57th annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy reflecting an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by The Academy's voting members the Grammy website reports. Nominees for Best Reggae Album are:-

Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta, Shaggy Out of Many, One Music, Sean Paul Full Frequency, Lee 'Scratch' Perry Back on the Controls, Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate The Reggae Power and SOJA's Amid the Noise and the Haste.

With Ziggy Marley among the list of nominees, winning would make him a 7 time recipient of the prestigious award and the only Reggae artiste to win a Grammy '2 years in a row.' His first time winning the Grammy back to back was in 1988 and 89 with the Melody Makers for albums Conscious Party and One Bright Day.  Ziggy Marley went on to win again in 1997 with album Fallen is Babylon, 2006 Love is My Religion and 2013 Ziggy Marley In Concert.  The Marleys have won 10 Grammys collectively to date. Steven Marley has won the award twice for the same album. In 2007, Steven won the Grammy for his album Mind Control (Acoustic) and won again in 2009 for Mind Control.

Shaggy won his first Grammy in 1996 for his platinum selling album Boombastic and has been nominated 5 times for a Grammy Award. Sean Paul also won a Grammy in 2004 for the album Dutty Rock with an overall 4 times nomination for a Grammy.  Sly and Robbie have also won themselves a Grammy in 1999 for the album Friends.  Both Lee 'Scratch' Perry and SOJA are first time nominees. SOJA is an American reggae and dub band based in Arlington, Virginia.  Their album, Amid the Noise and the Haste features Damian Marley, J. Boog and Collie Buddz and has topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, February 8, 2015.


Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News August - November 2014 Highlights

Our Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News Highlights continues, picking up from the last feature ending July.  This entertainment news feature brings you highlights on some milestones reached within the Reggae/Dancehall industry or by Reggae/Dancehall artistes individually each month. 

Note:- missing months means no such activity was recorded

First Female Reggae Artiste to Impact Billboard in 20 Years
November - Etana 'The Strong One' became the first Jamaican female artiste in 20 years to hit #1 on 
Billboard Charts since Diana King and Patra.  Her 'I RISE' album produced by the accomplished music Producer Clive Hunt, instrumentalist, composer and arranger is number one on Billboard Reggae Chart and follows Etana's critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008).  The Jamaican singer-songwriter's melodic power blended with Hunt's rich arrangements, set this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career...more

Bounty Killer/Beenie Man Historic Musical Unification
(l-r) Beenie Esco Bounty

Two of Dancehall's most controversial artistes of all times Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have come together to create an historic collaboration called, 'LEGENDARY' on the Starstruck Record label.  This collaboration has paved the way for unity in Dancehall by the king and grung-gad themselves even though there have visibly been signs of other Dancehall artistes burying the hatchet and putting their differences aside since the start of the year...more

Jamaican/British Artiste Nabbed MOBO Award
Stylo G
October - Jamaican born, British Reggae Artiste Stylo G is the MOBO Awards 2014 Best Reggae Act. He walked away with the award over strong contenders such as Taurus Riley, Sean Paul and Chronixx. Stylo G made an impact on UK fans around 2010 when he busted on the scene with a song called 'My Youth.' It took him all over the UK but the artiste wanted to get back to his 'Dancehall' roots because 'My Youth' was Grime music....more
John Holt 1967 - 2014

Reggae Lost Another of its Music Pioneers 
Reggae's pioneer John Holt died at aged 67. The Reggae music legend died in London October 19, 2014 at 2:40am English time...more

Major US Television Debut For Two Jamaican Artistes
August - BET 106 and Park welcomed Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artistes QQ and Wayne Marshall to their live show August 27.
QQ performed his 2008 hit single 'Stookie' and 'One Drop ft Venomous.'  In a publication by the Jamaica STAR newspaper QQ said "I'm elated, it's most certainly a pleasure to reach such a milestone in my career like this....more "  Wayne Marshall also made his debut appearance on a major US television network when he appeared on BET that day, both represented for a Special Caribbean Carnival takeover...more

Ebola Scare! 
Fear racked the world after reports hit the media that persons coming into contact with the deadly Ebola disease from affected areas in West Africa to the US and Spain have died.  

In light of what many feared could become a global outbreak, Jamaican artistes have been cautioned by the Government to refrain from travelling to affected Ebola regions. Reggae artiste Luciano cancelled upcoming gigs he had in Malawi, Ghana and South Africa while others such as Mr Vegas and Freddie McGregor weigh in on their own fear as well as cautioned that areas affected does not spread across the entire African continent...more

Bits 'n' Pieces '(Music and Technology) 

28/9/14 Jamaica's Promotion Agency (JAMPRO) Host Open Day for Entertainment, Film Industries
The main aim of the open day according to an article published in the Gleaner Jamaica, is to capture
information on existing industry players, as the agency plays matchmaker, putting them in touch with opportunities available in Jamaica and ultimately internationally

19/6/14 90 Days of Summer '90 Days 90 Ways
The Jamaican Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has re-branded and about to launch "JamRock Summer - "90 Days 90 Ways" as part of it's initiative of pushing entertainment to attract visitors to the island. The announcements made by State Minister Damion Crawford follows a launch July 16 in Montego Bay, deliberately planned to coincide with the annual Reggae Sumfest event which commence July 17 more

16/6/14 Entertainment Zones Identified in Jamaica
The Jamaican Government in response to concerns regarding 'noise abatement' have identified entertainment zones for future development, "the vision for Palisadoes is to have seven particular venues I hope that over time to come it might reflect what Miami Beach is" Minister Damion Crawford more

2/6/14 National Radio and ESPN Content is coming to iTUNES Radio
Apple is introducing a new ESPN station for iTunes Radio. The station will include original ESPN programs like Sports Center All Night, . The ESPN station will also stream the World Cup, making it the first live sporting event to be streamed live through iTunes Radio and more. iTunes Radio is also planning to offer locally-targeted advertising more

Chronixx Dread and Terrible Tour UK 2014
27/5/14 State of Reggae - Chronixx on Hot 97 Morning Show New York
"Reggae music is an enept thing, a natural African like is no coincidence why our (black people) music is familiar because a lot of people are feeling the same thing at the same more like an energy ting.." watch

26/5/14 'Slyde' The new mobile app for music marketing and monetization
"A slyde is a mobile magazine built around a new music single where music fans can experience new releases and related exclusive content (articles, liner notes, lyrics, photo galleries and videos) available over a limited time promotional window." more

20/5/14 If AT 'n' T Acquire DIRECTV
The move by AT'n'T to purchase DIRECTV for US$48.5 billion (US$64.1 million including assumption of debt) would add DIRECT TV's 20.3 million subscribers to AT'n'T's 5.7 million cable customers through U-Verse service making the combined operation the second-largest pay TV provider in America. Customers will be able to watch TV on any device more
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11/5/14 Forbes Magazine - Meet Rohan Marley an Eco-Entrepreneur that Rocks!
Last month, while researching sustainable coffee for Green Bride Guide, I had the pleasure of connecting with Rohan Marley, founder of Marley Coffee. It turns out that, like his late father, Rohan is.. read more

6/5/14 VEVO is for Sale?
Vevo, whose co-owners comprise Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media, is seen as a massively significant service for Google's YouTube, and it is certainly a part of the reason Google contemplates consumers would be fascinated in a YouTube-branded music service read more

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chronixx Record With Mystic Revealers; Band Resurfaces After a Long Pause

(l-r) Billy Mystic, Chronixx
We haven't seen Billy Wilmot in a while until this photo of himself and Chronixx surfaced on social media with caption 
Billy Wilmot alongside in the studio recording some new music for 2015!

This must be good, we are looking forward to hearing what they put together on this one.
October 2014, Mystic Revealers posted a photo on social media with hashtag, #MysticRevealersReturn.

Four of the original Mystic Revealers members are Billy Wilmot (guitar, vocals), Nicholas Henry (drums, Steve Davis (vocals, lead guitar) and Leroy Edwards (bass).  After a 1988 appearance at Reggae Sunsplash, the band was featured on a Japanese television show. Their debut album Young Revolutionaries was released in 1991 followed two years later by another titled, Jah Works and third; Space and Time in 1994.  Space and Dub followed in 1996.


Monday, December 1, 2014

The Caribbean Was Well Represented at Soultrain Awards 2014

Tessane/Liz Warfield tribute to Legends Kool and the Gang
The Caribbean was well represented recently at the 2014 Soultrain Awards held at the The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  The ceremony was recorded before a live audience November 7, but viewers got their first look at the Wendy Williams-hosted event when the show was aired Sunday November 30 on Centric and BET.  

To bring a moment of Levity to the evening's proceedings, Wolf Blitzer and Tessanne Chin presented Aloe Blacc's Soul Inspiration performance that promoted love, peace and souul in a time where police brutality, disease and general discord dominated so much of the U.S. media's attention, Urban Daily reported.

Highlight of the night was a Legendary Award presentation to Kool And The Gang, who has remained relevant and
Machel Montano Soultrain 2014 Best Int'l Performance
respected in the industry for more than 40 years.  To illustrate how far their influence has spread, 
Tessanne Chin alongside Liz Warfield was among the Dougie Fresh hosted musical tribute to the legends that also included performances from Joe, Tank, Tamar Braxton, Mase and ladies of the night Missy Elliot, MC Lyte, Lil Kim and Da Brat who closed the show.

Caribbean soca star, 40 year old energy laden Machel Montano won Best International Performance and presented the Best New Artiste award alongside Kim Coles. Machel Montano became the second Trinidadian in two consecutive years to walk away with the award.  Last year, Bunji Garlin won the same award for his Differentology. Machel in his acceptance speech thanked the creator, his family and kids as well as "all those who voted and played a role this is a triumphant moment for us, for soca for TandT and the Caribbean...."

Both Tessanne and Machel watched with the rest of us from their television screens and shared shots on IG during the show, Tessanne as she usually does throw in her thank (you)s saying, "Thank you @CenticTV and @BET  #soultrainawards2014 for this amazing opportunity to share stage with these incredible artists to honour these #Giants of music #KoolandTheGang ......."

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Mr. Vegas Makes Beyonce's Self-titled Platinum Edition Album

Mr. Vegas
Mr Vegas struck a major milestone in his career and is basking in the outcome. Last year Mr. Vegas got word that world reknown Superstar Beyonce wanted to have him on a remix. He along with Danny and Cleveland Brown worked on the mix which was forwarded to Beyonce's camp. Queen Bey got in laying what sounds like some Jamaican/Latino inspired DJ styled verses and.....

The outcome? 'Standing On The Sun' remix featuring Mr. Vegas. Although the track was leaked, it subsequently made the third new cut on the Platinum edition of Beyonce's pioneering visual album BEYONCE. "This can only be a good look for reggae music. I am on the album of the most powerful woman in music, her fans now know Mr. Vegas and will start checking out my music" Vegas said in a release.

Mr. Vegas becomes the second Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artiste to work with the Superstar, in 2003 worldwide acclaimed Reggae/Dancehall superstar Sean Paul recorded the
collaboration 'Baby Boy' with Beyonce for her 2003 debut studio album Dangerously in Love on Columbia Records label. Baby Boy topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, and was Beyonce's longest-running solo number-one single until 2007. It also reached the top ten in many countries and was certified platinum in Australia and the U.S.

Mr Vegas recently released an all reggae inspired album entitled Reggae Euphoria now distributed by Latin superstar Pitbull, Mr 305 Records. He has worked with other international superstars such as Wyclef Jean, DMX, fast rising R and B superstar Jason Derulo as well as landed a featured collab on Snoop Dogg's reggae album 'Reincarnated' which topped Billboard Reggae chart and held the number one spot for several weeks.