Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Say "Yes" If You Are Still Rocking These Dancehall Fyah From 2017

Breeezeee!!!! Amidst the crime upsurge that plagued sections of Jamaica, several artists got creative and released songs that kept my faith restored in dancehall music. 

These tracks stayed on my favourite music list all year long in 2017 and is still doing it in 2018 and of course, be it positive, uplifting or lighted hearted the following artists came through for us and we want them to know we appreciate the effort. 



1. Popcaan featuring Dre Island "We Pray" 


2. Wayne Marshall and Bugle - 


3. Agent Sasco "Winning Right Now"


4.Shane O - A Million



5.Breeze by Aidonia and Govanna 


6. Likes by Chronixx
7. Ding Dong - Fling You Shoulders


8. Aidonia - Yeah Yeah


9. JaDore - Cologne


10. Ding Dong - Genna Bounce/Flairy ft. Bravo


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Sophia McKay

Bounty Killer In The Spirit Of Giving Makes Donation To Kingston Public Hospital


In the spirit of giving Dancehall general, Rodney "Bounty Killer" Pryce donated 60 beds to the Kingston Public Hospital. According to his Instagram post the beds were handed over to hospital officials by the Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

The hardcore dancehall veteran openingly expressed how it felt handing over the beds in a post he said, " feeling grateful to do things like these sharing is caring and giving is receiving despite how small it might be.." This undertaking by Bounty Killer now stands at three (3), the number of local hospitals to have benefited from donations from an artiste since the start of the year. 

The Shaggy Make A Diffence Foundation donated a whopping $100 million to The Bustamante Hospital For Children and Iba Mahr donated J$200,000 to the Linstead Hospital.

Since 2001 The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation has donated possibly over US$200 million as well as equipments to include an Electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and Table Top Sterilizing machine, funded the Medical Oxygen System, Funded the beautification of the Administration Block at the hospital and collaborated with Scotia Bank Jamaica to create a park and recreation area on the hospitals' complex. This year Shaggy's donations goes toward the improvement of an ICU. 

This is as good as any time to also make mention of other artistes who have in the past two (2) years created charities giving back to the communities such as, Cherine Anderson for The Cherine Anderson Reach One Child (ROC) to aid 6th Grade students at Primary level, Aidonia's One Voice Foundation to assist students with educational challenges, Konshens Adopt A Cause Charity Foundation and Mr. Vegas Euphoria Charity Concert and Food Drive which aided The Mustard Seed Community in Kingston as reported on this blog...(click here to read more)
Bounty Killer

An encouraging Shaggy in his reaction to Bounty Killer's effort had this to say on his Instagram, "Big respect to the 5 Star General @grunggaadzilla....this is what I'm talking about" and of cource, we share the same sentiments, "it's a good look Bounty Killer, each one reach one!"

#NIPnews  Read also: Shaggy Make a Difference - Support the Charities
Sophia McKay

Monday, February 5, 2018

Remembering an Icon As If He Were Alive Today - The Great Bob Marley

photo credit: Steven Fishwick
Black (His-Story) - Freedom fighter, legend, Revolutionary, King of Reggae, Rastafarian, lion, motivator, inspirator, spiritual. 

Seventy-three (73) years after his passing the legendary Bob Marley still makes the news. On his day, February 6th we remember the King of Reggae with 2018 news highlights, music videos, interviews, and quotes.





Bob Marley statue for Zimbabwe
Story image for bob marley from Crixeo (press release) (blog)
Crixeo (press release) (Blog) - 14 hours ago

One year before Bob Marley's untimely death, and just over 100 years since the Berlin Conference (when Africa was divided by colonial European powers), Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) declared it's independence from...(click link above to read full article)
Bob Marley statue for Zimbabwe
Nehanda Radio 
Daily New - Harare: Bob Marley statue for Zimbabwe 



Buying a Piece of Bob Marley's Song Catalog, and His Enduring
New York Times - Jan 13, 2018
Story image for bob marley from New York TimesWhen Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, first met a journeyman musician named Bob Marley in 1972, he had a feeling that the young man might find success. "He had a kind of aura about him," Mr. Blackwell, 80, recalled in a recent interview. "I had an idea that he could have an impact." (click link above to read full article)
Primary Waves Acquires Share of Bob Marley's Music Catalog
Billboard Jan 13, 28

"My Richness is life forever" - ~Bob Marley~



"What is hidden from the wise and the prudent will be revealed to the babe and the sucklingPress Conference Bob Marley's UN Peace Medal Acceptance



What Bob would sing about now - Jr. Gong, Scratch Perry suggest
Jamaica Gleaner 
As the world prepares to mark the 73rd anniversary of Bob Marley's birth tomorrow, many persons can't help but wonder what the Gond would be singing about today, had his life not been cut short by cancer 37 years ago. Damian Jr. Gong' Marley, Bob's last born son and recipient of the 2018 Best Reggae..(click link above to read full article)




Bob Marley Billboard Reggae Album Chart
Nation News
"Vintage Years", 1 10-track compilation by Bob Marley released on January 12 by JA Records, has given the reggae icon his 59th entry on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts 







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Sophia McKay

Kabaka Pyramid Calls For The Break Down Of Borders On New Single "Borders" Feat. Stone Bwoy

Following the release of single, "Can't Breathe" Kabaka Pyramid is set to release another entitle, "Borders" from his upcoming debut album, Kontraband.

The single is a collaboration between the ever-evolving reggae artist and Ghanaian Afro-Beat and the United Nations High Commision For Refugees (U.N.H.C.R.) ambassador, Stone Bwoy, a production of 2018 Reggae Best Album Grammy recipient Damian "Junior Gong" Marley. 

The voice of Kabaka Pyramid is heard almost in a plea for change in breaking down borders and unite as one nation, "...Each human being deserves a place to call their own, yet so many have to journey far from home, little children in the darkness all alone seeking freedom, it's about time we break those borders down, there's too much segregation we're all a part of one nation." 


According to a release, Kabaka Pyramid draws inspiration for this song from the ongoing refugee crisis around the world. However, sounding his voice on those issues is to enlighten and bring awareness to the masses, "I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It's a shame to see the level of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I'm grateful that Stone Bwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We're looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off!"

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Source: Press Release

Friday, February 2, 2018

Insta Hot Picks - The Real Big Deal

"Whatever you think and focus on in your mind you attract into your life." Our Insta Hot Picks, the first for this new year 2018 capture dreams turn reality, the result of smart work. The artists in these pics are indeed the real deal through their work and deeds. Check them out!

1. Congratulations Orville "Shaggy" Burrell on once again giving hope to many children and families in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Raising $100 Million Dollars for the Bustamante Hospital For Children. According to Shaggy's Instagram post, 'all funds raised on our latest initiative will be used towards building our new ICU!' Now isn't that a Real Big Deal




2. And the Grammy goes to......Damian "Junior Gong" Marley! Winning a Grammy is huge and even more so, representing reggae on such a platform is simply epic! For the most part, recipients of the Grammys' Best Reggae album over the years have been Jamaicans. This music is enjoyed by millions worldwide, it is a legacy that must be guarded and protected. Its root must remain in its foundation void of competition. Whenever a Jamaican reggae artist wins on a world stage the future of all groundation artist is secured. That, is the big picture, the real big deal!
And on that note, we proudly say congratulations Damian Junior 'Gong' Marley on winning 2018 Grammys Best Reggae Album, "Stony Hill."

We also say congratulations to Chronixx, Morgan Heritage and all the other nominees. Your drive, focus, and work have left some of us inspired and motivated, thank you all. 


3.  Yup! Iba Mahr also came through donating J$200k to the Linstead Hospital part proceed from the staging of his annual "Sound Di Alarm" Reggae Festival last December. Congrats Mr. Diamond Sox, we agree with you when you say, "we shall overcome..tears of sorrow it ago bring tears of joy!" 











4. Keely B when we first knew him was working the studios of UIM. Years later when we caught up with him on Instagram, Keely became songwriter/singer working with the likes of Sean Paul, Tory Lanez, Shaggy, Migos, Damian Marley, Kent Jones, Usher and Mia Martina. Today, Keely Keyz reaps benefit from the Grammy Award-winning "Stony Hill" album by Junior Gong. Congrats Keely Keyz that's a "real big deal!"











5.  That moment when Una Morgan posts a pic of herself and her brothers "The Royal Family of Reggae" representing at the Grammys "a special moment for us" she stated. This woman is a tower of strength, a survivor and that's The Real Big Deal!










 "It seems that dreams are not the work of the mind but of desire, not of the head but of the heart." ~Fyodor Dosloyevsky~



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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Remembering Dennis Brown On His Birthday

"Love and hate can never be friends oh noooooo..."
Dennis Emanuel Brown was born February 1, 1957. His prolific career began in the late 1960s when he was just eleven (11) years old. Dennis Brown recorded more than 75 albums in his lifetime and was one of reggae music most loved, lovers rock artist.  The legendary Bob Marley who would have celebrated his birthday a few days later was a fan of Dennis Brown his favorite singer and dubbed him "The Crown Prince of Reggae." 






On this day February 1, 2018, Dennis Emanuel Brown "The Crown Prince of Reggae" would have been 61 years old. He died July 1,1999 from cardiac arrest.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nesbeth Hint At Dropping New Album In 2018

Capping off another successful year with his award-winning inspirational anthem "Success Story"; touring the United Kingdom, lending support to Caribbean and U.S. hurricane victims; embarking on a two-month island-wide campaign, bringing social awareness to school children in Jamaica regarding the use and impact of social media. 2017 was a good year for Reggae firebrand Nesbeth and with such achievements, he is looking to do even more phenomenal things in the new year.

Set to release his first official single dubbed "My Year", the insightful crooner is now back in the studio laying down a number of recordings for his debut album titled A.M.E.N. Nesbeth says the name was inspired by his late wife Ann-Marie Elliot Nesbeth whose initials forms the acronym.

The album will be produced by Entertainment Soul recording and will feature a number of exclusives and surprise collaborations. Known for his musical erudition Nesbeth says fans will be thoroughly pleased with the offerings. The compilation is expected to be released later this year.

Nesbeth makes the cover of U.S. based Birdie Promotions Magazine January 2018 issue and shared his inspiration behind the popular "Success Story" single, his creative process and making inspiring music.

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Source: Entertainment Soul

Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's 2018 - Happy New Year!

Dear Friends: "Through thick and thin you stayed here with us and we want you to know we appreciate you. Thank you for visiting and may this New Year find you and your loved ones in good health and surrounded by unconditional love." ~Sophia McKay~

Monday, December 4, 2017

Newcomer Denzel Martin Looks Forward To Debut Performance In Jamaica; Get To Know Him

Denzel Martin
Jamaican reggae artiste Denzel Martin will make his first-ever appearance on a major local stage this Christmas, in Black River when he appears on the GT Extravaganza show. The Jamaican who now resides in Chicago, USA tells us about himself and how he got started in the music biz...

Q. Who exactly is Denzel Martin and what is your musical niche?
A. Denzel Martin is a soulful, thoughtful, creative, and hardworking entrepreneur. I bring my own style and interpretation of love by writing music that expresses my views and hopefully exerts a comforting view to those who listens to it.

Q. Tell us a little about your formative years.
A. I was born in Kingston. At a young age, I went to live in Portland with my grandparents then moved back to Kingston to enroll in the Jamaica School of Arts now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Art. I recorded and released my first song "Memory" in those years but never completed my studies or further pursued my dream of becoming a recording artist then because I migrated to the United States in my late teens.

Q. When did you notice or become aware of your interest in music. Who is your influence(s) and what spurred your interest?
A. I remember how intrigued I was listening to music as a child. I was always singing and observed how music made others happy. Whenever I was feeling down, music comforted me. I especially love the kind of music that touches the soul. The good music leaves me thinking and takes me back in time. My influences are Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest.

Q. How often do you visit Jamaica and what are some of the activities you partake in on your visits?
A. I come to Jamaica as often as I can. Jamaica is truly my favorite place in the world. I have to have fried fish and festival on the beach whether it's in Helshire, Fort Clarence or at Port Royal. Jerk chicken and pork definitely! Sampling the Jamaican cuisine is a big thing for me I have to treat my taste buds. Then there are the beach adventures in themselves, the great Dunns River Falls, a mineral bath and sand, sea and fun at a resort. There is also the entertainment nightlife, as an artist, I have to check those out in Kingston all while linking family and friends. Going to the studio is always a must, I really make the most of my trips and its worth it all the time.

Q. You said you are most inspired by Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest, why?
A. Sir Beres Hammond is my idol, from I was a young man. His music suits me, who I am and what I believe. I am an easy going person but deep in thoughts. If you're a Beres Hammond fan you will understand this. Maxi Priest is also another artist I admire. His soulful sound and style, topic, stance are all me. I must add though that the Mighty Diamonds and Third World have also inspired me.

Q. How did the concept for "Love Song" came about?
A. "Love Song" came from personal life experiences, as well as being able to observe daily challenges that others encounter in relationships and this we try to capture in the video (see below). When I wrote "Love Song", my intention was to allow persons in a relationship or with similar experience to view themselves through the music, or simply relate.

Q. Who produced the track?
A. My friend and fellow musician/singer/songwriter Robert Burchell owns the track; after a listening session with him, I liked it so he gave me permission to use it. I have written quite a number of songs, as it turned out "Love Song" was most fitting. I got in the studio, made a few adjustments to the rhythm then recorded it. "Love Song" is a production of my label Lafayette Concept Records.

Q. Name some of the songs that you have released to date?
A. "Love Song" is my label's debut release it's been out since May of this year. It is also my first official song release. I have just completed a second single which is on schedule for a January 2018 release. I will announce the name of that single closer to its official release date.

Q. What plans do you have for your career over the next 3-6 months?
A. I am working on an EP which I hope to release in 2018 as well. I'm in the official introductory stage of my career. It is important for me spread my wings in every nook and cranny of the Jamaican music scene so this is the focus for the next few months.

Q. What would you like to achieve musically?
A. The thing every artiste strive for, international recognition at every level. My goal in achieving this feat is making timeless music. I will not settle for becoming a statistic, I really want to make a solid contribution to the industry and become recognized as an artist who inspires people.

Denzel Martin performs "Love Song" December 25 at the GT Extravaganza show in Black River. Follow on Facebook @denzelmartinmusic also check out the pulsating "Love Song" video below..
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Interview conducted by Sophia McKay