Saturday, January 19, 2019

Buju Banton Road To Freedom A Stark Reminder of the Intensity of the 1978 One Love Peace Concert

Will Buju Banton's concert in Kingston on March 26th unite in the spirit of  patriotism, Jamaicans at home and bring about a "purged"  and inspiration for the people? 

After being incarcerated for so many years one get the impression from just observing the gargamel in front the camera, that he is a changed man. His whole persona seems electrifying and judging from his music and no nonsense approach performing live, Jamaicans indeed might just witness the most intense live concert held in Kingston since 1978.

Music, live reggae music in it's purest form is therapeutic. It's been years, more than 10 years since, Jamaicans and their Caribbean neighbors who have been entertained to the full extent, by every genre and sub-genres of dancehall, soca and reggae music, placed on high-alert in anticipation of a concert of the magnitude promised by Buju Banton. Not only is production expected to be exceptional in an era where technology is seemingly limitless, but the performance/s should be like no other roots-reggae concert held in Jamaica and emanate an energy that inspires and motivates. At the very least the Road To Freedom concert promised, should be as significant as the historic "One Love Concert" held 1978 where the legendary reggae king Bob Marley brought political rivals the Honorable Michael Manley and Honorable Edward Seaga together as a peace initiative.

One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain. The One Love Peace concert attracted more than 32,000 spectators, brought together 16 of reggae's biggest acts and was dubbed by the media  as the "Third World Woodstock." The concert was said to have been conceptualized by two gangsters, (Claudius "Claude' Massop (JLP) and Aston 'Bucky' Marshall (PNP) both men shared same jail cell and wanted to alleviate violence in the country so they figured that the best means of initiating peace was to use music as a uniting factor. This writer believes Buju Banton's team is capable of pulling off such a feat but the outcome of what could be Kingston's biggest roots-reggae concert ever is left to be seen March 16th, 2019. 

Wherever you are in the world, if you love reggae music and is a fan of Buju Banton but have never experienced the authenticity of this great music on Jamaican soil, this is your opportunity. Make it a date, visit Jamaica and enjoy Buju Banton and Friends Live for the first time in 10 years on The Road to Freedom!

Sophia McKay
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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy New Year 2019 From New Image Promotions

New Image Promotions prides itself with presenting our viewers and followers over the years with Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists who became internationally known and acclaimed. We stay true to our motto, "From Start To Stardom" working with artists we represent from the ground up. We lay the foundation, guide our artists and stick with them through thick and thin. When our clients win, we also win, this is what we do and so our job would have been done even if they move on because it's never about us but always about the service we offer.  

The year 2018 has been challenging but we are still here and we would like to thank our many viewers across the world for their support. The fight continues, we keep pushing, introducing you to old and new artists, who are dedicated, focus and driven to make themselves known. 

We close this year 2018 with a recent performance of one of our most promising artist, Sativa D Black 1, who is managed by Charmaine Bailey of Charmb Productions. This hardworking entertainer has proven he is poised and ready to take his music and craft internationally.  Check out his performance at the GT Christmas Exttravaganza on Boxing Day, December 26th in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica!

Once again thank you all for your support, please continue to check in and follow us on Instagram @newimagepromo Facebook @newimagepromotions
Wishing you and yours a prosperous and peaceful year 2019. Happy New Year! 

-Sophia McKay-

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Popcaan Brought Drake And Tory Lanez To Unruly Fest 2018

Popcaan, Jamaica's most trending dancehall entertainer in 2018, brought his very good friend and management label head, Drake, and Canadian counterpart Tory Lanez to his Unruly Fest, held December 22, in St. Thomas

Emanating a strong presence, pleased and seemingly humbled vibe, Drake entertained the 'unruly' fans to loud horns mixed with screams throughout his short stint; which he brought to a close after Tony Lanez performed his 2016 hit song, "Luv" that samples Tanto Metro and Devonte's monster, "Everyone Falls In Love" dancehall hit of all time, to perform "Keke" and "God's Plan." 

Watch video below courtesy of local entertainment TV show, Onstage -->

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Buju Banton First Live Concert 2019

Buju Banton
Buju Banton first live performance in freedom -
In an Instagram post Billboard writer Pat Meschino revealed that Buju Banton will be performing for the first time since his release. The concert dubbed "Long Walk to Freedom" will be held March 16, 2019 in Kingston Jamaica at the National Stadium.

Buju and his 10-piece Shiloh Band will deliver a 90-minute set. The concert will be presented by Miami-based Best of the Best Productions and Kingston's Solid Agency headed by Sharon Burke. Joseph "Joey" Budafuco Louis o Rockers Islands Entertainment, the promoters of Miami's annual reggae concert extravaganza Best of the Best, and XO Management, shared the details exclusively with Billboard in a recent phone conversation from Jamaica, the post further revealed.

Enjoy watching this video by Buju Banton. New Image promotion is wishing you all a happy holiday season.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Buju Banton Freed!

The 'Gargamel' is home! Buju Banton fans all over the world celebrated his freedom and return to his home in Jamaica, Friday December 7, 2018.

The internationally acclaimed Reggae super star served seven years in the McRae Correctional institution in Georgia, USA.

Fans of Buju captured and shared across social media the very special moment Gargamel boarded a flight from Georgia headed to Jamaica. Buju opted for voluntary deportation after he was freed.

A peaceful and humble looking Banton was greeted with fan fare upon his arrival at the Norman Manley airport in Kingston,
where he stop to take some photos and waved to fans. A smiling Buju was then whisked away most certainly to his home and family.

The sentiments shared across social upon Buju's release is overwhelming. Fans all over the world welcomed his return, while radio djs/host in Jamaica and around the world showed support playing the "Destiny" singer's music all day on Saturday. New Image Promotions join fans and well wishers in saying, "welcome home Buju Banton!"

Sophia McKay

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Reggae Music Added To The UN List Of International Cultural Treasures

King of Reggae Bob Marley
Reggae has been added to a list of international cultural treasures which the United Nations has deemed worthy of protecting and promoting.

The music was added to the collection due to its "intangible cultural heritage" or, according to UNESCO, is "cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual."  Reggae music grew out of Jamaica in the 1960's and penetrated all corners of the world due to the works of Reggae "King" the great Bob Marley.

There is absolutely no denial that stalwarts such as the legendary Peter Tosh (The Wailers), I-Threes, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Milly Smalls, other great Jamaican Reggae icons past and present too numerous to list, the un-sung Jamaican sound systems operators and musicians who took the music and culture with them and introduced it in their communities across the United Kingdom, Europe and as well as reggae music enthusiasts (artists, radio hosts and djs, promoters etc.) across the world, contributed to this historical achievement.
Minister Babsy Grange at UNESCO

"Reggae is uniquely Jamaican and its influence across the world is undeniable" @thejmceffect (Jamaican Music Conference). Jamaica applied for recognition of it's musical tradition at a meeting of the UN agency in Maritius early 2018, "It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world" said Cultural Minister Olivia Babsy Grange. The legendary Bob Marley, in speaking on the music and asked if can be copied by a New Zealand interviewer in 1979 had this to say:-
Interviewer: "Can it be copied successfully outside of Jamaica?"
Bob: "Well you see whey I feel bout di music it can be copied unuh but, is not copy do it, is the feel, unuh. It carry a feel whey if you ask plenty musician dem know it but dem caan do it. Suh people still searching for this truth here which dis reggae music yah now bring cross to dem and the only purpose it serve is to tell people bout rastafari..." (watch full interview below)

To mark Reggae's inscription into the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) said, Reggae's contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, sociopolitical, sensual and spiritual." It's (Reggae) function, "as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic pratice and a means for praising God" has not changed since its emergence fro the Caribbean in the late 1960's."

New Image Promotions joins the world over in congratulating the Honorable Minister Babsy Grange, UNESCO and all involved in securing one of Jamaica's most significant national treasures, Reggae Music. It is also fitting to thank Reggae music fans world-wide for their appreciation of the music and the Jamaican culture.

Sophia McKay
Excerpts: The Guardian, BBC News

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Natural Black and Friends for "Music Is Our Mission" Europe 2019 Tour

Reggae artists Natural Black, Sugar Roy and The Fireball Crew, Prophecy and Sativa D Black 1 will be in Europe between June - August 2019 for the "Music Is Our Mission" tour sponsored by Chicago based, New Vision One Records label.  New Image Promotions C.E.O. Sophia McKay assisted by Jason Grant are the official Agents and are now accepting bookings.  

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Nesbeth Tours USA Ahead Of Official AMEN album release

In anticipation of the release of his debut album A.M.E.N., reggae recording artist Nesbeth is embarking on a promotional tour that will see him perform in the continental U.S.A. and Jamaica.

Among the singles ofF A.M.E.N. album on rotation worldwide "Remove My enemies", and "Trial" featuring dancehall star Popcaan, the feedback from fans and reggae music industry has been exciting and positive.

"The album is a mix of inspiration, upliftment, social comment and love song...I am very glad I accepted the opportunity to review A.M.E.N. as I now have a deep appreciation of the talent of Nesbeth" Jen Cheshire, Island Stage Magazine.

With fans eagerly awaiting both the album and slated shows, Nesbeth deep connection for A.M.E.N. is the usual excitement of a debut album. With "A.M.E.N." being the acronym for the artist beloved late wife Ann Marie Elliot Nesbeth who passed away. Nesbeth who passed away, Nesbeth hopes that the personal connection to it will translate to music lover. Speaking on what patrons can expect of his show the recording artist explained "they can expect something they have never seen heard or feel before. I am eager to perform my new music, but of course I will also be performing my classic. I aim to make this an experience." A.M.E.N. drops October 26th, 2018.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Irie 2018 Reggae/Dancehall Albums Out Now

Popcaan - credit Rollingstone 
We are now midyear 2018 and several albums by some of our favourite Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artists have made our "constant rotation" playlist.  Be it social commentary, gimmicks or hardcore, their message is clear. For us, the culture, realistic views, and opinions of these bold and artistic Jamaican entertainers have caught our attention so we share the list with you and hope you are also listening. If not, don't take our word for it, download or pick up a copy and check them out for yourself.

1.  FOREVER by Popcaan - the most recent is now doing its rounds. It's Rollingstone feature best capture our own views of reasons why this album grows on you... "We've all been there. It's a summer party, in any of its myriad varieties: a house party, a roof party, a basement party, a pool party, a barbecue, a cookout, a kickback, a wedding reception, an engagement party, a baby shower; it doesn't matter. You're having fun, it's nice outside, but there's a problem at hand. The music isn't right. Either someone just threw on a Spotify playlist of the streaming economy's answer to Top 40 radio or, worse, a man with a T-shirt tucked into cut-offs and Vans has commandeered the aux and is doing an objectively terrible job with unnerving confidence. Things need to change. You can be that change.

The problem, as it were, becomes your own: What do you play? it's a stressful question for even the savviest music connoisseurs, with a maze of questions to land on something that both makes you look cool and, more importantly, makes everyone happy. There are infinite choices and not enough time to choose. Never fear, because as of today I have a solution for you. Just play Popcaan's new album Read more....

2. A MATTER OF TIME by Protoje - It's been 3 years already since Ancient Future and that's astounding because we are still listening and loving that album. Now it's "A Matter Of Time" and, according to the respected Billboard Writer Ms. Pat Meschino, this album:-
"Known for his complex, blistering lyrics addressing various societal injustices, delivered in hypnotic chanted-sung vocals, reggae artist Protoje will release A Matter of Time, the long awaited followup to his acclaimed 2015 album Ancient Future, on June 29, Billboard can reveal.  

Recorded primarily at the Marley family owned Tuff Gong studios, in Kingston, Jamaica, A Matter of Time, Proteje's fourth album, is a joint release between his In.Digg.Nation Collective, producer Phillip "Winta" James' Overstand Entertainment and (in North America) reggae independent Easy Star Records Read more...

3. KONTRABAND by Kabaka Pyramid - Lyrically inclined, Kabaka Pyramid delivered on this album, one just can't get enough of. Kontraband stays right there in our top 5 most played because of its substantial and edifying content.

Writer Gardy Stein in his review had this to say,.."The Lyrics Deity presents a skill honed into perfection and creates a universe of words which, even after a fourth and fifth run-through, has not ceased to reveal its multi-layered complexity to the listener (me, in that case). Of course y'all know the ironic word-play of Well Done, and also Can't Breathe, the release of which as first single was no coincidence, as it is dealing with important and critical issues, is a textual master-piece: "Many can't spell but a dat dem have we under..." Special mention in this context deserve the self-worth-boosting Natural Woman and, most of all, the scorching title track Kontraband, where the lyrial genius of Kabaka is joined by the equally competent Damian Marley who is also responsible for the production of the powerful riddim..."  Read more

4. REGGAE FOREVER by Etana - Adds the 
sauce to our playlist for sure. Etana's creativity on this self-produced album is admirable. Each track grows on you and of course, she's got the voice. Etana, "You're The One" who did that and it's forever reggae.  Thank you!

The music certainly does not stop here but the body of work is certainly appreciated. If there is any lesson to learn from these artists it is to believe in yourself, work hard and keep it pushing!