Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chart Wise - Queen Ifrica Nabs Billboard Reggae Top Spot with New Album

One of our favorite female reggae artiste Queen Ifrica has hit Billboard Reggae #1 spot with her latest studio album "Climb" on it's debut of that chart. According to a release "Climb" has been receiving rave reviews from fans and music critics alike for its timely messages and inspirational lyrics. "Queens is a fearless explorer and a serious voice for the voiceless who works very hard to perfect her craft" Tony Rebel.


The video and first single "Trueversation" featuring Damian Jr. Gong Marley and released ahead of the album gets the thumbs up from fans likewise, "Black Woman" which exemplifies her commitment to raising consciousness and esteem, admonishes young women to protect and value their sexuality and self. "Ask My Granny" our favourite also makes the 17 track listing of pure reggae music goodies. "I just want to thank everyone that supported me from day one, you are always in my heart, please continue to support good music, you are my inspiration. Blessings." ~Queen Ifrica~.

Definately one for the collection, be sure to pick up a copy and "Climb" with Reggae Queen Ifrica.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

It Takes Two To Make A Quarrel

Sativa and the Legend Bob Marley museum 
After making a favourable impact with his comical "Petty Thief" track off the YGF Records label, the assertive Jamaican reggae/dancehall artiste Sativa D Black 1 teased fans with a new single entitle, "Walk Har Out" on the CharmB Production label. 

Unlike Petty Thief, "Walk Har Out" takes on a more serious tone as Sativa gets tough on men. Appropriately introduced to his social media fans on International Women's Day as a tribute and musical contribution to the growing support of women by male reggae and dancehall artistes. The lyrics from this Walk Har Out track gives a riveting account of domestic violence.

If the music is reflective of what goes on in the society, then it will not always be positive and uplifting. Some underlying issues that stems from it are almost, always hard to accept. The messages are all too clear, "Walk Har Out" for example is descriptive. Issues such as domestic violence, suicide, child molestation and murder to name a few develop as much as a child does. Some songs highlight those hard issues while others offer hope. The music however, was not designed to create a balance between the issues that inspire its good and bad. Rather, it creates awareness and the need to have dialogue on solving those problems. 


Sativa D Black 1 introduced himself on the Jamaican music scene as a survivor of a distressed family (click to listen Irie FM Elise Kelly sit down interview with Sativa on "Heart Mind and Soul to Soul"). His childhood years were marred with irregularities borne out of social issues he would not have understood then or able to control. Now as an adult the father of two is driven to share his stories not only for the purpose of entertainment but to show other families going through what he experience that he overcome, understanding the enormity of the problem and its impact on families in general. Keep up with Sativa D Black 1 on social media +SATIVA D BLACK1 watch how he delivers and how people embrace his music.


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Writer: Sophia McKay

Friday, February 24, 2017

Yeshwa - Please Brother You're Causing Havoc In Our Society

Yeshwa
While most are familiar with the popular Reggae and Dancehall vibe out of Jamaica there are times when the island produce artistes whose music borderline the popular genres and are just as interesting. One such, is an artiste called "Yeshwa"singer, musician and producer, whose music is refreshing, toned and easy on the ears.

As Jamaica wrestle with scant suicide cases and serious crime issues such as, domestic violence that leads to death and a series of unsolved murders against women, many Jamaicans have come out on their social media pages denouncing the violent acts. The artiste "Yeshwa" supposedly overwhelmed by it all, dropped a mind boggling song called, "Cut Her Loose" just around the same time reports of women gone missing and found dead surfaced along with a follow up video that spiraled across social media as many seemed to share his sentiments.

The track is a definite cut to the chase, it captured the typical relationship woes victims go through, deception, rejection, mis-trust and pressure all medicine that  contributes to suicidal thoughts, "cause the thing you a pree fi do har it nuh mek no sense" to that Yeshwa advise, "nuh badda kill yourself...my youth Cut Her Loose" he sings.

But as he promotes his music, "Cut Her Loose" and the party themed single, "My Drink" it has become obvious that he has a special interest in the issue of violence again women in Jamaica.  He along with management team Amrit Records has been working assiduously to help spread encouraging words across the society. "Cut Her Loose" is no joke, from inception it was intended to bring about a change in the person experiencing the problem. It's strong message to men challenged with relationship woes they are unable to fathom is also a plea offering preventative measures to save lives. Not often enough do we hear songs pleading to the male population to resist, stand up and be strong in domestic matters. Cut Her Loose, walk away or simply let her go is Yeshwa's message because, "no real man abuse a woman..." and to men raping women and children, "....please brother you're causing havoc in our society.." Yeshwa.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sativa D Black1 Straight Out of Linstead St. Catherine Strong Message To Child Molesters



Influenced by the likes of Capleton, Sizzla and Bounty Killer, Sativa D Black1 brings strong vocals, playful lyrics and charisma to fans of Jamaican music. He was a contender in the 2012 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition where he came up with the name 'Sativa' a word used to describe 'high energy marijuana' and 'D Black1' an extension that distinguish himself from another female artist also of the same name.

One tough performer who hails out of the Parish of St. Catherine where he became known for his football skills as a Forward, stepped away from his playful, storytelling style to address child molesters....


Sativa D Black1 has release and record numerous songs over the year namely, 'No AK', 'Elders' produced by Hungry Mouth Production, 'Know Jah' produced by Wade Wade Productions. and more recently his more popular tracks, "Petty Thief" on the YGF Recording label, and "Ungrateful" the first official single off his soon to be released 2017 EP produced by his management company CharmB Productions.

Sativa D Black1 performs next at the Rockabesa Herb and Music Festival February 18 in St. Mary. 


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Crime Well Dread Lets Face It; Can Our Music Make It Better?

One of the most loved Caribbean island is hemorrhaging from the effects of violent crime and many, especially women have expressed fear, not only for their lives but the lives of their children. Many artistes over the years have expressed through music their own views and concerns about this problem as it continue to linger, one such is Sophia Squire. 



During her formative years, the Spanish Town based, mother of two, gained notoriety as a solo act after the release of the hard hitting track, Ra-Ta-Ta-Tat that echoes the cry of the people affected by the crime monster, "everyday its the same will it change." A long standing, existing problem of gun fighting in Jamaica confronted by a concerned citizen, mother and artiste who opted to Offer some words of wisdom to perpetrators saying, "wise up and realize that di system nah go work wid you bad vibes." But her plea seem to have fallen on deaf ears as less than a decade later that very problem not only still exist but have escalated.

Sophia Squire is just one of many advocates to speak on these issues offering her own interpretation of what could be the root cause of an escalating problem along with some words of advise here and there. But for some unknown reason many of these songs seems to have failed at seem catching the attention of the authorities looking to quell the problems they face. As the years go by, the artistes continue to sing and illustrate their concerns visually, relentless in their efforts to get messages out, "we can't take it nuh more" Sophia Squire sings on another track called, "Love Like Rain" in which she seek to spread a message of love and unity as a solution to the problem. Her voice, her song and her messages are reflective of a common cry among affected families. Was any attempts made to curb the problem? Yes, of course, several as a matter of fact, but never a systematic process proven to reduce crime in the long term.


Imagine having to watch your children leave home each morning for school while you spend the rest of the day worrying if they will return. Imagine being told that your daughter has gone missing or your son was stabbed to death while travelling home from school for his cell phone.  Imagine living in a society where every single home is grilled from top to bottom and as if not enough wired with security cameras and guarded by fierce dogs, even when one cannot afford such luxury. 

"Yow mi nuh know whey fi do nuh more" resonates with many frustrated women who are unable to provide for the family and having to worry about their children's safety. It is this type of frustration that leads to desperate measures.  This is the problem a nation face, how can the issues resolve? What can the people do to end the violence? Are we listening to each other?  Do we love and care about each other? Why are we hurting our women and children? What about our moral values, are they indicative of what we expect of our leaders?  As we recognize black history month we are privilege to have had among us great people of whom have bestowed on us guidelines from which we can use to navigate ourselves toward a better future and artistes like Sophia Squire who continue to lend their voices to current issues. The way forward is coming together and work toward reducing crime in Jamaica Land We Love! 


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" ~Nelson Mandela~

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black History - Reggae an optimistic answer to years of oppression

Marcus Garvey - "Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent."  

Ariana Westbrook - In the late 1970s, Jamaica was going through difficult times both politically and economically. These conditions inspired reggae as the new genre of music, reggae.  Reggae is said to be an optimistic answer to the numerous years of oppression Jamaica has experienced. Its upbeat melody was intended to lift the spirits of the povert stricken and oppressed. At the beginning of its time, reggae caused much controversy because of its reference to politics and religion; its philosophical and opinated lyrics caused a worldwide dissemination ....more


Reggae music is a legacy bestowed on us and it is an excellent tool against crime and media to educate youths especially now when a whole new generation is driven by social media and vulnerable to losing it's identity.  Many reggae artistes are in the business to make money and loose their way through desperate attempts to obtain it. But the authentic reggae soldier enjoys his/her work, reaps the benefit of longevity and live as king or queen in his or her own right. 

Also read Reggae Now More Than Ever

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bounty Killer/Ninja Man Called Upon By The Jamaican Government To Give Motivational Speech

"To abandon fact is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true then no one can criticize power because there is no basis upon which to do so." ~Timothy Snyder~


Bounty Killer - "The mother and the parent of crime is poverty."


Ninja Man - "First stage of cleaning up crime is to make your police force independent"


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