Friday, February 27, 2015

When the deejay sings; Konshens covers John Legend 'Nobody In The World'

It's always a pleasure listening to a dancehall deejay's rendition of love song.  Some can be amusing and some astonishing recognizing hidden talent but whenever it happens antennae goes up.  Dancehall artiste Konshens is the latest deejay to lend his talent to one such song.  He has brought the clarity he's known for, a little melody fused with his deejay style to create his own rendition of John Legend's 'You and I, (Nobody In the World)' and first ever cover released under his moniker.

Sounding like the personal message it should be, Konshens twist to the song has given it a pass in this writers book. Produced on his independent SubKonshus Music/RoadLife label, "Nobody In the World" by Konshens #sellawwf and is worth a listening ear click to listen


Third World Band announce their 'Jah Live' summer tour 2015

Celebrating 42 years, 'Reggae Ambassadors', THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing elements of R and B, funk, pop and rock and later on, dancehall and rap, Third World's style has been described as "reggae-fusion".

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love", "96 Degrees in the Shade" and "Try Jah Love" spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, "Where did it all begin? What gives Third World the staying power so rare in the music industry?" Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide.  It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant' an asset to any size festival / event.

Third World has performed to thousands of music fans on 6 of the 7 continents; The world known band has toured and recorded with the late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978.  Third World recorded and toured with the great, Stevie Wonder who produced 2 of their albums in the 80s released with CBS, they toured America with the legendary guitarist Santana, opened for the Jackson 5's first concert in Jamaica, shared stages throughout the world with the Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony and more.

Third World's hit songs have reached top 40 on the Billboard charts both in the United
States of America and the United Kingdom, as well as Europe and Japan and received a platinum award in Japan.  In 1986, Third World received the United Nations Peace Medal for the contribution of music and lyrical prose.  They performed on the MTV Amnesty International Concert at a sold out Giant Stadium in 1986, performed at the Rose Bowl with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Welcome Home Nelson Mandela concert in 1990 and have been featured at major sporting events including the Lord's Cricket Grounds in the UK in 2000, and Opening Ceremony for Cricket World Cup in 2007.  Third World band has entertained millions across US television shows to include, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in his time, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, Top of the Pops, Shirley Bassie show and so much more!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Princess and Queens Part 4: Nina Simone 'The High Priestess of Soul'

Nina Simone

February is Black History month, the appropriate time to reflect on some great, black 'Princess and Queens' who made an indelible mark in history centuries ago. History proves that women have always played a significant roll in leadership, have stood up for what they believed in and fought for freedom, many have forgotten and/or undermine.  While great women are few in numbers compared to men historically, great Princess and Queens have lead by example, strong, smart and respected.  A trait, seemingly oblivious to some young women today. This, the 4th part of the series bring to a close N.I.P. February 2015 Black History Month feature. We sincerely hope, even one black sister out there was empowered and drew strength from one of, if not all the black Princess and Queens Featured here .  Our Queen of the moment and final feature is the late Ms. Nina Simone.

In May ways, Nina Simone's music defied standard definitions.  Her classical training showed through, no matter what genre of song she played, and she drew from many sources including gospel, pop and folk.  Often called the "High Priestess of Soul," Nina did not like the label of "Jazz singer." She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.

Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and 60s. By the mid-60s, she became known as the voice of the civil rights movement as she wrote songs promoting the Movement including the "Mississippi Goddam" in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.  After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Simone penned "Why (The King of Love is Dead)." She also wrote "Young, Gifted and Black," which became a popular anthem at the time.

The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist but was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia despite a well received audition because she was black.  Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums.

Two days before Nina Simone died, April 21, 2003, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia awarded her an honorary degree. she left a timeless treasure trove of musical magic spanning over four decades.


A New Image Promotions publication in recognition of Black History Month February 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nesbeth Among 11 Jamaican Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive; Demands Evoke a 'Victory' European Tour

Eleven Jamaican artistes have been identified and listed as "Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive" on MTViggy.  Among the powerful 11 is Nesbeth who has been since 2014, experiencing positive outcome and turn of events in his career that is not only long in coming but well deserved. 

Written by Jesse Serwer the piece made clear the writers own proclamation as to why these artistes are seen as 'saviours'' of Roots Reggae.  Here, we are happy to share excerpts of that article with you..

The music vibrations coming out of Jamaica as firmly tilted back in the direction of roots reggae and other conscious expressions"  

Among the many legacies the late Bob Marley left his native Jamaica is the world's most recognizable brand of conscious music....Reggae has moved onward since Marley's passing in 1981, but Bob has remained the template for all soul rebels, from firebrands like Buju Banton and Sizzla to his sons Stephen and Damian Marley to reggae's newest superstar, Chronixx.  With the musical vibrations coming out of Jamaica firmly tilted back in the direction of roots reggae and other conscious expressions, here's a look at 11 active message-oriented newcomers from the island worth keeping tabs on.

11 Jamaican Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive:-
Iba Mahr
Kabaka Pyramid
Jah 9
Jesse Royal
No Maddz
Daniel Bambaata Marley
Raging Fyah 

Nesbeth Turns Hardship into Optimistic Reggae Vibes
Roots reggae has seen an infusion of young talent in the last few years, but not all of its new hitmakers are overnight successes. Nesbeth has been working the circuit in Jamaica for years, but it wasn't until 2014 that he had his breakthrough with the grassroots hit "Ole Gangalee." The uplifting "Taste Victory" is his latest local hit in Jamaica Read more

Nesbeth European 'Victory' Tour 2015
As a result of a highly successful year 2014 that has seen his career springboard into 2015, Team Nesbeth will embark upon his first tour of Europe to promote his current EP 'Taste Victory.'  With open dates on the calendar, interested promoters are encouraged to make bookings.


Picture Dis!

When you meet a superstar who's album you been featured on (l-r) Asssassin and Kanye West
when two artistes makes a puurfect couple but they not (l-r) Queen Ifrika and Nesbeth

When The fastest man meets the loudest selector (l-r) Foota Hype and Usain Bolt

When Beauty meets the Fireman (l-r) Capleton and Tessanne Chin
When Ms Jamaica Universe meets Mr Dancehall Universe (l-r) Sean Paul and Kaci Fennel
When you think you're funny but you not lol (l-r) brothers Isat and Tafari


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chronixx Announce 'Capture Land' Tour for Jamaica and more

Some reggae fans might not know or would not have guessed that where tours are concern, it is very uncommon for a major reggae artiste to execute such in Jamaica. Last year 2014, Tarrus Riley brought his 'Love Situation' tour home, now as officially announced, Jamar Rolando McNaughton better known as Chronixx will also be taking his 'Capture Land' Jamaica Tour Part 1 throughout his homeland from March 11 through to 15.  The five venue leg follows his 'Dread and Terrible' U.S. west coast tour leg and will see him perform in Negril at The Rock (2 nights) St. Elizabeth Technical High School (S.T.E.T.H.S.) in the Parish of St. Elizabeth, the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland and the Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston. 

Chronixx dropped the video for "Capture Land" after a 22 date European tour, sold out shows in New York City and an appearance on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon on NBC last year.  
Chronixx took his audience to Jamaica, his homeland, as he walks through a normal day in his life, all while singing the smooth and relaxed cut that is further uplifted by the amazing scenery of the Jamaican coast and culture.

With the west coast leg of the 'Dread and Terrible' Tour under-way since February 14th, Chronixx continue to share more of who he is and what he likes with fans.  Disclosing his likeness for 'beads' recently he posted a photo display of nice a necklace with caption "Two things I love...good music and nice beads...." and, "we will be out here on the west coast with these beautiful handcrafted pieces by @enboisofficial..."

As for Enbois (Each. New. Bead. Offers. Its. Support), 10% from the sale of each bead goes to the AAH (Action Against Hunger). So more meaningful merchandises and branding are surfacing and its a good look for the artistes and the industry, yep!...Jamaicans when quoting a particular parable would say, ole people use to sey, "well, ole people use to sey one one cocoa full basket" Outdeh!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Princess and Queens part 3: Queen of Jazz and First Lady of Song - A N.I.P. Black History Feature

Ella Jane Fitzgerald, the vocalist behind "summertime" was the first Black Woman to have won a Grammy Award. The Jazz singer copped the award in 1958 twice, one for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook.  

Ella Fitzgerald was an American Jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves. Often referred to as the First Lady of Song, the Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook.  Over the course of the 60-year recording career, she sold 40 million copies of her 70-plus albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.

A New Image Promotions publication in recognition of Black History Month February 2015

By The Morgan's (BTM) Launched its Infinite Love Collection at 2015 MusiCares Grammy Foundation

Bob Dylan was honoured this past weekend as MusiCares Person of the Year 2015 in Los Angeles. The evening honouree paid tribute to his fellow musicians Jimi Hendrix, Jonny Cash. Dylan accepted his award from former President Jimmy Carter. In attendance were acts like Norah Jones, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Alanis Morissette among others who brought the house down.

The performers were treated to an exclusive backstage lounge where By the Morgans was
Multi Platinum Legendary recording star Aaron Neville
the accessory and jewelry sponsor launching its Infinite Love Collection at this years' Grammy Foundation MusiCares Person of the Year Awards.

By the Morgans' CEO, Mojo Morgan from the legendary Morgan Heritage brand could not be there in person to show his support to his fellow musicians, but sent his love in a personalized note that accompanied every piece of the Infinite Love By The Morgan's jewelry gifted. "as a musician and co-founder of By the Morgans, I know that love and music are synonymous.  From BTM with love, congratulations to MusiCares' Person of The Year and living legend Bob Dylan for his musical and humanitarian contributions to humanity.  Your work will live on forever in the hearts of your fans, with Infinite Love."

Brand manager Annette Bibbyoliver states: "The Grammy Foundation MusiCares, is the first of several partnership events this month.  We have seen a great response this past weekend to our Infitinite Love By The Morgan's launch, and look forward to great success with creating social media campaigns that bring together fans and brand content, like today's Bloomingdales Partnership - Celebrating Lunar New Year."

Multiple Grammy recipient, singer/songwriter Sheryll Crow
Steven Zale, Zalemark Holding Company (OTC: ZMRK) Chairman Emeritus states: Today's Bloomingdales Partnership - Celebrating Lunar New Year will be the beginning premier for exposure of the brand to retailers whom are excited to embrace this beautiful Italian crafted brand. Bloomingdale's Customers at the Fashion Island Newport Beach, CA store will walk away with a gift with purchase from our Infinite Love Bracelet Collection.


Friday, February 13, 2015


Along your journey how do you motivate yourself? Here prominent reggae artistes Jah Cure and Chronixx share some thoughts with us check them out.

"My roots I will never forget and I will always remember the roads I travelled." - Winston Rodney

Post by Jah Cure:

"We live in an era where even the dog need a snap for IG.."

"So as I prepare my mind and heart to hit the road again, I feel the need to reason about pictures and how I interact with my FAMILY...(I prefer to call the people who support my music FAMILY). I personally fee like interaction and socialization don't  always have to be selfies, tweets and social media posts.  What happened to Human interaction?  The good old fashion hugs, hand shakes, smiles...what happened to us introducing ourselves and sharing a little more
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I in Geneva, Switzerland
than just our physical image with each other?  Remember I'm not speaking on the behalf of the whole fraternity of Jamaican artistes...just me! I nuh really dig the paparazzi mentality and the sellebrity madness.  I love people not cellphones! I'm not always comfortable with all the lights and plastic smile ting. And this is who I am NATURALLY..its like a side effect that comes with my creativity. And just like you, and my Emperor Haile Selassie I, sometimes I don't want to be photographed, Good?  Good! As I said...I see all supporters of Jah music as family..Family! My mother would understand if I tell her I'm not in a camera mood today. One love! An nuh feel nuh way....Nuff snappin will happin from mi drop in a the #westcoast."

"Photo of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I in Geneva, Switzerland...before instagram and camera phones.  Imagine likkle me in a world where even the dog need a snap for his IG LOL" - Posted by Chronixx

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