Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Love and Conflict Can't Share The Same House - Sophia Squire

Reggae songbird Sophia Squire has released yet another powerhouse of a track called "Love and Conflict" produced by Global Flex Records.

Known for her thought provoking reggae love songs, the Love Don't Hurt songstress who's music is a continual empowerment for women has found another relatable topic on the subject of relationship goals to sing about. Overcoming obstacles and maintaining a healthy relationship has been the focus of this queen's message from day one and she is so blessed to be able to effectively convey her thoughts in the manner in which she does.  Sophia Squire's music is sheer reality and it's that rawness that makes her the powerhouse she is.

Fresh off a recent performance in Germany at Reggae Jam the most anticipated reggae festival of the year, Sophia delivers on her first recording the new joint, Love and Conflict. According to her, this song, "just came to me upon hearing the riddim" and, "was recorded during one of my best moments in the studio."  As for her energy at the time of recording the track she said reminiscing on how the crowd accepted her full performance at Reggae Jam, "was still fresh in my mind" and brought her to a place where she felt comfortable doing what she feels is her god-given purpose.

"Nothing feels better than performing. It's a joy to see people happy and that's what I live for and what I appreciate about my job. I put a smile on someone's face or help another person come face to face with their fears and that's rewarding" she said.

As radio pumps the Love and Conflict track the hook, "love and conflict cant share the
same house like an angel with the devil as a spouse, no peace one must get thrown out.." sticks, and some have started to question the former back-ground vocalist of the late Gregory Isaac own personal relationship which she manage to keep a secret for a long time. This question made her laugh hard saying in between coughs, "I'm a lover, and that's all I will say about that." Still in the dark? Well don't be no more, click to listen Love and Conflict by Sophia Squire.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Chart Wise - Shaggy Pop Radio Chart Entry; Morgan Heritage Billboard Reggae Highlight

When you do something over and over its not by chance but by choice and, as in the case of Shaggy, not by choice but ability to accomplish good/great things.  Coming off the top 20 success of his last singles, "Only Love" and "I Need Your Love", Diamond selling Grammy nominated and International recording artist Shaggy enters CHR/Top 40 Radio Pop chart at #50 with single "That Love" produced by Scott Stroch. The hard working Shaggy thanked his fans, "so blessed" he posted on IG "to be still doing my thing." 

Meanwhile, after 29 weeks Sean Paul continues to ride the wave off his feature collab with Sia's "Cheap Thrills" singles that now stands at #4 on Billboard Hot 100.

On Billboard Reggae chart Grammy Winning Royal Family of
Reggae Morgan Heritage "Strictly Roots" album is the highlight of the week.  It has moved one place up from #6 last week to #5 and is the 'greatest gainer' this week after a whopping 40 weeks marathon on the chart.

Steven Marley's "Fruit Of Life" album sits at #4 while "The Journey" album by Gospel DJ Papa San hold down the #7 spot just 1 week after entering and Multiple Grammy winner Ziggy Marley sits at #8 for his album of the same name, "Ziggy Marley" 15 weeks after entering the chart.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Prince Buster Jamaican Music Pioneer - Ska Rocksteady Music Trends!

The only dance I ever saw my late dad did was ska he was stuck in that era.  I clearly remembered the expression on his face while dancing to Prince Buster's music. Dramatic! but happy, proud but very careful as he seemingly glided across the room, back bent, legs apart, arms swinging and like the veteran he taught he was, added a few new steps along the way. He would make an outburst from time to time like "aah!" and "yes!" so loudly he was shameless.
Always smiling or laughing whatever that painful pleasant look in those moments was, nothing else mattered. My Dad's footsteps, were so carefully placed round about the space he was in that it seemed as if he had put careful taught in, ahead of making them, in a mere split of a second. He could make no mistake or, mis-stepped as he, "washed his troubles away" then "pick him up, n lick him dung den bunce right back what a haad man fi ded." That's how I came to know of the great Prince Buster the artist whom I met in my living room under hysteric laughter watching my dad put on his best performance to his songs.

But although I became familiar with some of his songs it was years later that I would learn of the man Cecil Bustamente Campbell, who was regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. Prince Buster made his singing debut at the Glass Bucket club in the mid-50s. A club that established a reputation as the premier music venue and social club for Jamaican teenagers. He fronted a number of groups but it was in 1959 after launching Busters Record Shack and The Voice Of The People sound system that many would come to know him as Prince BusterAs a matter of fact my friend's Dad told me of his memory of Prince Buster, "I use to go to his record shop on Orange Street. In those days vinyls sold hard and people had to join long lines to get new records from that store".

In 1961, 22 year old Prince Buster released his debut single, and in some sense, the move suggest what the energy of the Jamaican people might have felt like, ahead of gaining independence in 1962. The instrumental "Little Honey"/"Luke Lane Shuffle" featuring Jah Jerry, Drumbago and Rico Rodriquez under the Buster's Group name was an introduction of the rhythm of ska in the Jamaican music industry. The wave of excitement that followed among music fans across the island after the release of this song was symbolic of the spirit of independence. The sounds of "Little Honey" was said to have been far removed from the American RnB sounds that swamped sound systems and a new sound was born, a Jamaican made sound called, Ska. That same year Prince Buster produced "Oh Carolina" by the Folkes Brothers which became a hit.

By year 1962, Prince Buster released a string of hits.  Interestingly however, is that it is alleged those songs gained popularity from a feud he had with producer Leslie Kong. Tracks such as "They Got to Go" and the smash hit "Madness" peaked during an endless feud between the two men who spewed hateful lyrics at each other, song after songs, sounds familiar? The feud spilled over into streets and parties gaining supporters who slugged it out on the dance floors and in the streets. The musical melee ended when a truce organised by the government was made between the two and of course, Prince Buster now a recording artiste and producer had released so many singles that he had to set up two new imprints to help with the overflow from his Voice of the People label, he became a superstar in Jamaica and almost as big in the U.K.

The hits kept on coming including, "Wash Wash", "One Step Beyond" and "Alcapone". Whether by production or recording Prince Buster kept winning but not without competition. The feud had ended between Leslie Kong and Prince Buster but stiff competition ensued. Other great artists were in the mix and also making hits some of which inspired the hits Prince Buster made. Derrick Morgan who had left Buster's studio back in 1959 to join Leslie Kong's was churning out hits himself creating competition between both artistes as well as good business for the industry, sounds familiar? 

1964 Prince Buster met world champion boxer Mohammed Ali and subsequently joined the Nation of Islam. By 1965 he appeared in the short film, Millie in Jamaica, a story about Millie Smalls return to the island after her world-wide success of single "My Boy Lollipop." His three year old "Alcapone" single had hit the UK Top 20 and subsequently lead to a UK tour in 1967 and a US tour later to promote his RCA Victor LP release, The Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments single of the same album name peaked at #81 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became Buster's only hit single in the United States.

1966 when ska started to subside giving way to rocksteady Prince Buster's hit making ability trended on, "Hard Man Fi Dead, Rude Bwoy Rudie and Shanty-Town blazed the Jamaican airwaves. By 1967, tracks like "Shaking Up Orange Street" were arranged with the slower, more soulful rocksteady template. Thereafter came the albums, "Judge Dread Rock Steady" released in 1976 with hit single of the same name and "Fabulous" a compilation album in 1978.  Prince Buster's career subsided by choice in the 1970s as the predominant style from ska to rocksteady transformed into reggae. As a muslim, the Jamaican music pioneer found it difficult to tailor his style towards a Rastafari audience.
May 1938 - September 2016

September 8, 2016, 78 year old Prince Buster is gone but memories of him in his 'hay-days' lives in my heart where some of my happiest memories of Dad remains. As I listened some of his most popular tracks, the one that stuck with me most goes something like, "enjoy yourself have lots of fun while still in the pink because the years go by as quickly as you wink..." Walk good Prince Buster R.I.P. 


R.I.P. Joseph Hill and Jamari Reid

Friday, September 9, 2016

Ketch Up - There Are Levels To Spice Stage Game; Beenie Man Promises Unstoppable album and more...

Spice, her team and fans KBS
Spicing It Up!
Dancehalls' most popular female artiste Grace 'Spice' Hamilton continues her onslaught on stage delivering performances that have gone viral time and time again on social media. Since 2014 the self-titled, "Queen of Stage" has garnered over 100 million YouTube views with tracks like, So Mi Like It gaining over 53 million and Conjugal Visit heading into 30 million.  Her Panda remix rapidly gain over 2 million views two months after it's official release. Spice following on Instagram is also steadily increasing and now stands at 380k.

Recently Mz. Bend Ova made one student happy for back-to-school with an all expense paid gift, fully paid school fee, books, uniform and school supplies.

Beenie Unstoppable
For the first time in over a decade, Beenie Man "King Of Dancehall" will be releasing an
Beenie Man
album.  The 21 track project titled, "Unstoppable" is scheduled for a September 21, 2016 release with features from Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco aka Assassin, Christopher Martin and Verse Simmonds. Production credit goes to the likes of Tony 'CD' Kelly, Don Corleone, Major Lazer, Chimney Records, Seanizzle and Jeremy Harding.  

Beenie get up close and personal with his fans on social media as he count down the days for his album release, sharing some of his early experiences and reminders of why he is "Unstoppable".

Whose Neck Crick?
Sean Paul and Chi Ching drops a new video for their trendy, Chimney produced track, Crick Neck. The dance that incorporates some foot work that compliments turning the head then keep it stuck is kinda crazy but that beat and gimmicks makes it fun watch video below. 

Fan Art/Daddy's Lil Girl
Guess who?
Agent Sasco and LC

Photo Bomb!
What happens when Junior Gong shamelessly photo bomb you? #allsmiles he snatched this one giving us a meme for future use thanks #lol


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bay-C Formely of T.O.K. Tops MTV Germany Urban Charts

Former member of T.O.K., has hit the proverbial jackpot on the International scene less than a year after embarking on a seemingly arduous task of re-branding his artiste persona as a solo act. Bay-C's collaboration "Rude Gyal Swing" with African Pop artiste Treesha hit Number One on the MTV Germany Urban Charts!

The 'Rude Gyal Swing'' single recorded earlier this year, has spent a total of 6 weeks on the highly recognized MTV Deutsche Urban Chart since its release earlier this summer. The dance party themed track, produced by Deebuzz and Hard2Def out of Germany, is a mix of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with a Dancehall flavour.

'Rude Gyal Swing' edged big names such as DJ Khaled's 'I Got My Keys', Usher 'No Limit' and Fergie with 'M.i.L.F. Money,' to capture the number one spot. 


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Dem Yah Ole Time Days Rasta Man Will Never Fade Away

Some people choose music but it's different when music choose you, as in the case of I-Taweh, an artist whose talent bloomed from the solid roots foundation of live performance. This Jamaican, native of Prickly Pole district in the parish of St. Ann comes in with his own set of originals, not sung on popular rhythms, not created with the current trends, but with the essence of the original roots and culture of reggae. Think Burning Spear and Joseph Hill and Culture or Israel Vibration, complimented with a sensibility of pop music on ballads and sung in a rich baritone with deep, soulful harmonies and moody delay effects.

Since the explosion of his single 'Overload' in 2011, the musician turned solo artist I-Taweh has proven he IS Reggae and a soldier of the genre who's mission is to continue the work of his elders strengthening, uplifting and educating generations of people. There are many Reggae artistes out there but not many chosen to help bring about a better people, a better society and a better future. I-Taweh is one of the chosen and declared, "cause I know dem yah ole time days rasta man yah, woulda never fade away" on his new single, Never Fade Away a must listen track off his upcoming album and master piece of solid, authentic reggae music. "A fire that's been burning so hot and so deep" he told United Reggae in an interview is his reason for going solo and, a passion that bring out the crisp, clear, timeless sound of the former chanter of Count Ossie's original Nyahbingi group, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari drives him to realize his dream.

Unlike the Dancehall genre, Reggae has almost never failed at producing a bunch of talented musicians and artistes specifically among Jamaicans year after year. However, the abundance of talent might also be one of the genres' greatest disadvantage as many of these artistes and musicians are often overlooked. Although he toured Europe extensively in 2007 with count Ossie's group, this multi-talented guitarist/musician, singer and songwriter has been in demand on and off the stage. His incredible versatility and precision on guitar and bass has been in great demand. I-Taweh recorded with the likes of Nigerian born, English singer-songwriter Sade, Dancehall/Reggae fire brand Capleton, the royal family of reggae Morgan HeritageLuciano the messenger and Sugar Minott who is accredited for the rise of contemporary Dancehall style. He also toured with Everton Blender as member of Blend Dem Band on guitar before calling it quits in 2009 to record and release his debut album, Overload.

I-Taweh 'Never Fade Away' video
It is now 2016 and once more I-Taweh is at it again, putting the final finishes on his soon to be released studio album. Never Fade Away the first single off this album is evident of what to expect from this project. Sounds of the best of live music, live performance and relaying messages with conviction. I-Taweh is one of the reggae artistes fans are yet to hear enough of. His work demands attention and is a clear cut path to the future of authentic reggae. This is Reggae, this is what it sounds like, this is what authentic reggae fans want to hear and this is how it's done! Click song title Never Fade Away to listen the first single off the 2016 upcoming, soon to be announced album by I-Taweh that is slated for release at the end of September distributed on VPAL Record label.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

General Degree Drops New 90s Style Album

One of Dancehall's hit-maker General Degree released a brand-new collection of Dancehall tracks off his latest album entitled, 'From The 90s'. Known for his hit making trend throughout the 90s where he reigned, the veteran Dancehall artist remained a main-stay on airwaves leaving favourable impressions on Dancehall fans worldwide and keeping his brand relevant as well as kept him busy performing across Europe throughout the years. This trait as described in a release is a, 'rare accomplishment' by a Dancehall artist.

The 14 track 'From The 90s' album covers the spectrum of dancehall music, spewing throwback 90s sounds that have become more and more familiar to the fans of 2016 Super-Star Pop artistes and rappers like Rihanna and Drake. "I'm very excited to bring my new album From The 90s to the masses" Degree said in a release. "The album delivers classic dancehall vibes I'm known for, while keeping things fresh with new music from some of the top producers in the Caribbean today." These producers include, Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson (T.O.K.), Andre "Suku' Gray (Ward 21) and Hitmaker Muzik.

Popular tracks include an EDM-spiced remix of 'Bambalam' featuring Internationally
Click to watch video
acclaimed Dancehall Super Star Sean Paul and, the infectious Tarrus 'Singy Singy' Riley on the reggae-infused track 'Feeling Irie' while a throwback dancehall vibes take center stage on tracks, 'Yuh Betta Kool', 'Have Fun', 'We Doe Worry' and 'Gweh' the Jamaican patois language for 'go away'. 
General Degree is the Executive-Producer for his own imprint, Size 8 Records. 

Recently, Degree turned heads and had waistlines gyrating to his dancehall-EDM fused blockbuster jam 'Bambalam'.  In 2014, the electrifying tune was licensed by Zumba a trademark owned by Zumba Fitness, LLC and has since worked its way around dance studios worldwide and amassed a new fan base across social media in both fitness and dance choreography.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Encore For Sophia Squire at Reggae Jam Festival in Germany

Sophia Squire interview with Reggaevile
It's been a while but the long anticipated performance by Sophia Squire in Europe materialized somewhat when she appeared recently, on the three (3) day Reggae Jam festival stage in Germany. A highly motivated and driven Sophia Squire finally met fans who have been consistent with their inquiry on social media of any upcoming appearance in Europe over the past two years. From the reception she got, those who turn out to see her were not disappointed.

A veteran at performing live having learnt from the late Gregory Isaacs whom she worked along-side in her formative years as back-ground vocalist, the Jamaican reggae songbird comfortably delivered her 45 minutes set to a very appreciative audience.  She received an encore and chants of "more squire, more squire" from her audience after completing her full set and was invited back on stage. Again, the "Love Don't Hurt" singer mesmerized her audience performing "Gimmi Your Love" as the crowd cheerily sang "ah ah ah ah ah come gimmi your love" with her. "It was a wonderful experience" she told NIPnews, "I felt comfortable, the energy was right so I guess the audience felt it too" she concluded.
relaxed ahead of her performance
Sophia's set included some of her best known tracks off her "Chapter 1 (Rhythm and Soul) Chapter 2 (Roots Rock Reggae)" album distributed by VPAL Music. Song like "Love Like Rain", "Nature's Calling", "Love Don't Hurt" and "Come Gimmi Your Love," as well as new track "Find A Way" off an upcoming EP produced by Bredroc/Gully Bank Music labels.

Other Jamaican performers who shared stage with the Bredroc label artiste included Kabaka Pyramid, Turbulence, Big Youth, Admiral Tibet, General Degree and Lutan Fyah among others. Check out Sophia Squire's fresh off the stage interview on Reggaeville click here

NIPnews      Also Read Chapters 1 and 2 Sophia Squire Double EP; Sophia Squire Keeps Dem Coming

Monday, August 1, 2016

Emancipation Day Jamaica

"Yes it's a conscious time now and people must come together with inity (unity). You know what? everyone have the answer don't fool yourself everyone knows what can bring this inity (unity)..people don't mek dem fool you" Bob Marley.

As Jamaica observe Emancipation Day, a day of reflection, we are reminded by those before us how important it is to "emancipate ourselves from mental slavery" and so, today let us look within ourselves, women, mothers, daughters and sisters we have a roll to play in the society, we have a responsibility to mold and shape our children and their children. Let us play our part ensuring we protect the minds of our kids, teach them that which they are not taught that is important to their history. 

Reggae music helps us stay in touch with our history....