Saturday, November 22, 2014

Etana's 'I Rise' Album Celebration New York

Etana in action at SOBs in New York
Beneath the brisk air and pulse of New York City, Caribbean entertainment gurus Irish and Chin welcomed a packed house of Reggae music fans to celebrate Etana's iconic new album "I rise" (VP Records).  Adding to the impressive album launch was top Reggae crooner Duane Stephenson, who impeccably delivered classic tunes and prime selections from his acclaimed 'Dangerously Roots' album also on the VP Records imprint.  As Real Reggae music took center stage a Roots infused musical experience overcame the historic venue.

The soulful Reggae songstress Etana commenced her memorable performance with 'Haile Selassie is the Chapel.'  Her flawless vocals filled the famed SOBs and set the standard for the rest of her impressive set. Fans were enthralled with Etana's rich vocals on songs including 'How Long', 'On My Way', 'Passing Thru' and 'Ward 21' among other album gems. The energy and excitement of the crowd peaked as the chanteuse belted out popular singles from the album, including 'Richest Girl', 'I Rise' and 'Jamaican Women.'

"It was so nice to see old and brand new fans...I was truly overwhelmed with hoy!" says Etana about the successful New York City album launch.  "I especially filled with pride as I walked in the venue and later on in the night, experience fans singing many of my songs from 'I Rise' and old favourites from previous albums verbatim."

"I have to say that the vibes were were listening, rocking, singing, dancing and even pulling up selections (reewinding dancehall  I can't help but thank all of my fans for the support," the soulful singer adds.  "I appreciate the event's promoters Irish and Chin for believing in me from then til' now and their incessant efforts. Of course, I salute VP Records, as the album wouldn't have been possible without their vision."

One couldn't help but groove to the radically smooth sounds of Duane Stephenson, who
Duane Stephenson
serviced as the ideal co-star for this concert.  There were lots of "Cool Runnings" as Duane crooned songs from his magical "Dangerously Roots" album.  The singer also amazed the crowd with favourites like "August Town" and the outstanding cover of "Little Cottage in Negril."

Notably, the album launch was chock full of industry and media professionals. Even fellow artists Lady Saw, U.K. sensation Randy Valentine and Shuga dropped in for the celebration.  

Irish and Chin who in a release was said to be pleased by the successful event said, "Etana's hard work and success will not only benefit her, but also aid other females acts, as they rise to greatness!"

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throw Back - 20 Years Since Bounty Killer's Powerful 'Down In The Ghetto' Single

Words of beatmaker Echo Slim who was recently highlighted for his reworks of the classic Bob Marley and Super Cat remix on LargeUp dot com, takes us back to 1994 when he first encountered Bounty Killer and his impression of the powerful single, "Down In The Ghetto."

Its the fall of 1994.....relocating from the outskirts of usually chilly Toronto to the tropical climate of Miami.  I immediately immerse myself in the local sound system culture. Already being familiar with iconic deejays such as Super Cat, Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Tiger, Papa San and other greats, I almost flipped when I first heard one of the most unique voices in the history of music

"Well, dis one called Down Inna Di Ghetto, none otha den the mighty Bounty Killa...."

Ms Ivy's son, aka the Warlord, aka Rodney Price instantly earned my respect when I heard the classic 'Down In The Ghetto' or as Killer actually says it, 'Down Inna Di Ghetto.'

Bounty was straight dropping knowledge behind the mesmerizing horns and sick bass line of the Shank I Sheck riddim.  It's sad that many of my friends and I could relate to this song living in America, the suppposed land of equality - whether that be racial equality, socio economic equality or just overall, equal opportunity for all citizens.  I can only imagine what Bounty saw happening in Jamaica at the time with his own eyes.  This song along with many other classic gens, solidified his legacy as the defender of the poor, and earned him the title, "poor people's govenor."

Bounty never shot a music video for "Down Inna The Ghetto" and quite frankly, a music video could never really portray the realness of such a powerful song.  However, if you wish to see what inspired the song, you can't do better than this documentary segment from Jamaican TV show Entertainment Report which follows Bounty Back to Callaloo Bed in Riverton City, one of the impoverished areas where he grew up.  The segment gave me even more of an appreciation for this classic song, and Bounty's entire catalog.  


Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Kabaka Pyramid Mix CD to Drop Soon

Titled, 'The Lyricist' the mix CD showcases the talent and lyrical ability of Kabaka Pyramid
who has been recently dubbed the conscious revolutionary lyricist, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica.  His unique style is a mixture of power, energy and melody blended with hip-hop and resonates throughout the entire mix.

"When coming up with the title it was so simple said producer Dev Kutta of Livity Movements. "So I didnt want to impose my views by calling the mix 'The Truth' I will let the listeners be the judge, but you cant deny that he is "The Lyricist."

Throughout the mix one will hear excerpts of Kabaka Pyramid discussing different issues on Reggae music and Rastafari.  He is an ever evolving artist whose musical gifts embodies his ability to creatively express himself in many ways, a trait that is evident throughout the mix.

'The Lyricist' mix CD will be released on Tuesday November 18, 2014


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Insta Hot Reggae/Dancehall Celebrity Picks


Posting pics on Instagram is a hobby and fans of artistes worldwide get hooked on just waiting for that next pic.  Check out some of our favorite IG picks.

When your friend is Drake and post a photo of you on IG.....

Or when you are Tessanne Chin and get to meet all the cool people 
#SoulTrainAwards #WolfBlitzer #theboriskodjoe #livwarfield

When the GrungGaad is feeling good about his dress code
So you go overseas and randomly run into Sean Kingston

#wayup #stayup
Or when you are Macka Diamond and record a gospel track produced by Danny Brownie

When you are JanefrFinch and share a photo with the world looking girly 

#Ifthiswasbackinthedays ....
When you are Foota Hype (Doreen Boi) and deck out in all black 
When Bounty Killer and King Jammys are in one photo 

When you taste victory 

Throw Back

When your 'Throw Back Thursday' photo is of yourself receiving an award from Will Smith
Will Smith and I #BadBoys #ShyGuy #Cannes

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rebel Salute to Honour The Late Jacob Miller

Promoters of the annual Rebel Salute event which is held at Richmond Estate in the parish
Jacob Miller
of St. Ann, will pay homage to the late roots singer Jacob Miller at it 2015 staging.

Chief organiser of the event and reggae artiste Tony Rebel, told the Jamaica Observer that the international reggae group Inner Circle whom Jacob Miller was lead singer during the late 1970s will also be a part of the tribute along with Third World band.

Inner Circle members
Jacob Miller became a prominent reggae artiste in the late 1960s when he recorded the Studio One hit single Message but his hit songs Tenement Yard and Chapter A Day that he recorded whilst with Inner City band might be his most popular tracks that people are reminded  of him.

Jacob Miller died in a car accident at age 27 in 1980.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Etana 'I Rise' Album Makes Her The First Jamaican Female Artist to Hit Billboard in 20 Years; Album to be Launched in New York

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 (South Florida Caribbean News) 

The latest effort from the soulful Reggae songbird is without question her best and most mature album to date. To celebrate the long awaited release, Irish and Chin and VP Records have teamed up to host the official 'I Rise Album Release Party' at the legendary SOB's (New York, New York), Monday, November 17, 2014.

Etana will take center stage in the famed venue to deliver a stellar performance.  Reggae music fans and/or all in attendance will experience the ultimate live show and soak in the vibes of an up-close and personal set by Etana as she covers the outstanding music featured on her album. The performance will also include a special 'horn section' according to a release.

Etana's album is a classical collection of love ballads and roots anthems.  With her poised assurance and new found strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically.  Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on 'Trigger,' 'Ward 21 (Stenna's Song)' and 'How Long,' conveying romantic longings on 'Richest Girl,' 'Love Song,' and 'By Your Side' or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of 'Selassie is The Chapel,' the Marcia Griffith's cover of 'Stepping Out Of Babylon,' 'Emancipation' and 'On My Way' - each of the album's tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction.  Producer Clive Hunt who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones and Jimmy Cliff, arranged an all-star team of island's musicians to contribute to the set that includes Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker and Dean Fraser.

Etana continues her U.S. tour with Cocoa Tea, spreading her positive vibrations to major cities.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bounty Killer/Beenie Man Historic 'Legendary' Collaboration

(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.

The move is a good step in the right direction, Producer Esco is doing great things with his newly formed label StarStruck Records. But as with their infamous clash at STING in 1993 that mark the epitome of clashes in Dancehall, so is this particular collaboration 21 years later, monumental to the Dancehall genre. Lyrically, the song takes you on a musical journey with these artistes from back in the days when they ruled the Dancehall terrain until present (click to listen). It is typical of them both to speak to their own contribution to the genre so why not put it down on track.  

Congrats Beenie and Bounty, many know that you have both displayed maturity when necessary in the past from your actions and as it relates to you both personally but this collaboration is for the music and it is commendable.  This writer personally would like you both to take it a step further and create that commercial track that will ignite the industry in ways you have done in the 90s, having all your fans (older and younger) thinking about nothing else but the fun and happy vibe this music is known for, but for now I'm good with 'Legendary' yea man it Lit!  

Picture Dis!

Popcaan n Assasin aka Agent Sasco

Bounty Killer JuJu n Friend

Jamaican artistes have been putting their differences aside and creating music. Doing what is required to bring about peace and unity in Dancehall. While much is left to be done, the little that has been cannot go un-noticed.  Unity is Strength!

Popcaan n Didi Donia Idonia

Mavado Sizzla and Rapper Drake

Friday, October 31, 2014

Mariah Carey For Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015!

"I'm thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever. I can't wait to connect
with my Jamaican fans and I am really looking forward to spending some time 'pon de island" as well" Maria Carey posted on her FaceBook page receiving over 33,000 likes in no time.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues FaceBook page instantly lit after announcing Mariah Carey for their 2015 show, the post read, "Spread your wings and prepare for the experience of a lifetime.." January 29 - 31 Jamaica Jazz and Blues is pleased to announce....

January 2014, Jamaicans got a treat from one of their favorite R and B favourite of all time, Toni Braxton and have had the likes of they dynamic, Ms Celine Dion. Get ready this one is gonna be another bomber!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reggae Recording Artiste Nesbeth Announce His Soon To Be Released 'VICTORY' EP

Reggae recording artiste Nesbeth, through his label Entertainment Soul announces his highly anticipated 'VICTORY' EP, out November 17, 2014. 

Nesbeth has steadily continued his musical journey by penning an arsenal of new music that are all inspired by life itself. Feeling revitalized working under the auspicious direction of Entertainment Soul, the roots, reggae artiste is now ready to officially share his work with the world.  "I see the songs as parts of my body, each song plays a significant role."  

Delighted by still having creative control over his music, the "VICTORY" EP represents a more mature side of Nesbeth. The 5 track EP is inspiring and feature songs such as his latest and popular single 'Taste Victory' and, 'Hundu Lay Lay' a song that speaks to current issues in Africa and the unrelenting strength of the people.

Producers on the EP are Merrick Shaw and DJ Frass, all tracks are written and recorded by Nesbeth "I want to make music that will stand the test of time.  "With VICTORY, I want to anoint the oppressor and the oppressed. I hope all these songs reach out to the masses and inspire nations..."said Nesbeth.

VICTORY EP by Nesbeth becomes available November 17, 2014 in all digital stores worldwide and will be available for pre-order in short order.


Watch Nesbeth entertain students at Tacky High School Jamaica