Friday, March 27, 2015

5 Questions with new reggae recording artiste 'Malkia'

Malkia is a self-made woman who has made a comfortable place for herself in this world and uses her strength to uplift women and enlighten men through her music.  She said, 
"I define myself by how I make others feel.  I live my life to empower people through
music and inform everyone that they can do anything they put their mind to." 

New Image Promotions (N.I.P.) is Introducing to you, one of reggae's newest recording artiste/entertainer, Malkia. We had 5 questions for her, read on to see how she respond.

N.I.P.: You lived in Jamaica for 10 years during childhood, what are some of the best and worst experiences you've had growing up in those years?

Malkia: "I remember happiness, laughter and warm weather. Looking back now it feels like some of the best years of my life. I remember waking up and going to school on school days and not worrying about my safety. I grew up with my grandparents and cousins at the time in St. Mary and they never worried about our safety either. On weekends, we got up, did our chores and went and played with our friends all day. Back then it was ok to leave the house for hours at a time. I remember the happy freedom we had growing up. The worst experience would have to be getting yelled at or slapped for doing something I wasn't supposed to Honestly, I don't remember any bad experiences growing up in Jamaica. I remember being in a wonderful place. Which is probably the reason I came back home."

N.I.P.: By the time you got to New York, what was it like? Share an experience you've had that would have changed you and motivated you to excel at University levels?

Malkia: "The weather was not pleasant and my mom feared for my safety. I felt like a lost some freedom when I went to live in New York. It was different environment. I remember my first experience with racism as a teenager, living in New York. Coming from Jamaica where race didn't matter to a country where race did matter was a huge culture shock. Children living in New York are very aware of racism at a very early age."

N.I.P.: You hold a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Computer Science. For someone as educated as you are, why so passionate about a music career?

Malkia: "I love music and I love that it can compel you to feel. A good song will always make you feel something, whether joy, anger, inspiration, sadness, motivation. I want to make music that brings joy and confidence to other peoples lives. I have an opportunity to impact people the way that music has impacted me."

N.I.P.: What would you say to a girl who resides in one of the toughest communities in Kingston, a garrison community, and has a desire to further her studies at University but does not have a good support system to back her (financial or otherwise). What would your advice be to her about breaking free, following her dream? 

Malkia: "My advice to any girl whether she is from the garrison or not is to "trust your gut
and follow your heart" it will take you to wonderful places. Don't look to external factors to determine your goals in life. Your journey in life will not be easy. But the other advice is to take it one step at a time. As long as you don't stop, you must reach your destination.

N.I.P.: When you hear the music of Christopher Martin you come alive. Who are your ideal fans, who are the people you are doing this music for and why?

Malkia: "My ideal fans are adult women, I don't think there's enough music that caters to women. Most of the music out there deals with relationship and sex. I think women are so much more than that. I think we experience so much more than that, sexism, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, motherhood, etc. There is so much more that can be said. I would love to make that connection with female fans. Our point of view is under represented in music."

Malkia released her debut album "Malkia", formerly Angela Latti, independently from start to finish on her own Malkia Entertainment label. An all Reggae album, she tackles female empowerment, spirituality, love, sex and economic hardship.  Lead single, "Princess and Queens" tells a story, it embodies the spirit of women: "Women are students, mothers, entrepreneur and everything in between, and we work hard to accomplish our goals. We are beautiful, strong and capable. We deserve respect and have earned the right to be treated like princess and queens." click here to listen

By: Sophia McKay

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mavado celebrate 10 years in the music industry

One of Dancehall's leading artistes is celebrating 10 years in the music industry this year. David Constantine Brooks aka Mavado, plans to celebrate his decade long music journey with a series of performance and music releases including a special remix featuring the incarcerated, Vybz Kartel 'di teecha,' a release stated.

Mavado, (named after the Swiss watch company) became an overnight sensation in Jamaican Dancehall upon the release of the 2004, Daseca Production single, 'Real McKoy' on the Anger Management riddim. He (according to his gullyside website) carved an inimitable style somewhere between the angel and the warlord.  His hit tune, "Weh Dem a Do" with it's "fly-ay ay up to the sky" hook over the club-tempo Red Bull and Guinness riddim, is accredted to have, brought that voice to the overseas market, and earned him magazine covers like The Fader as well as mainstream stations like New York's Hot 97 and the #27 position on the Billboard's Hot RnB/Hip Hop Chart.* Arguably, a slew of hits, which spiralled from an ongoing 'Gully vs Gaza' feud between himself and incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel in 2008, cushioned his mainstream success

Over 10 years, some of Mavado's most notable recordings include Billboard hits, "Weh Dem a Do" and On The Rock featuring Hip Hop mogul Jay Z. The remix caught the attention of more mainstream media such as Rolling Stone Magazine which rated Mavado as the "Best Reggae Artist" in the Best of Rock April 2008 issue; and, Billboard Magazine which noted the significance of the collaboration with hip hop mogul Jay-Z citing "when Jay Z, who has never recorded on a reggae track, rhymed on a remix of singer Mavado's current hit, On The Rock, it became arguably the greatest endorsement ever given to any dancehall record"* 

In 2007 and 2009 respectively, Mavado released the VP Records produced albums Gangsta for Life - The Symphony of David Brooks, which since it's d├ębut, remained in the Top 25 Billboard Reggae Charts, and Mr Brooks - A Better Tomorrow featuring the hit song with the contagious hook 'So Special" which smash into a U.S. commercial radio hit and remained on Billboard's Top 100 Hot RnB/Hip Hop Airplay and Song chart for over a month (peaking at #52). The hit song, 'Real McKoy' became the theme song for the fourth Grand Theft Auto Trailer entitled "Everyone's a Rat,"  and was also used in the Grand Theft Auto IV in-game radio station, Massive B Sound System. Mavado was selected for a special Nike 2008 Olympic campaign where he made an exclusive track, "On The Go" (Faster Than Bullet) for Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell's Train for Speed, a 35 minute interval workout sold on iTunes. 

Mavado's collaborations adds to his legacy.  He has recorded with a number of top U.S.
urban acts and legends including Jay Z, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Birdman, Faboulous, Akon and UK Grime artiste Chipmunk; as well as featured on G-Unit's 2008 'Let It Go' single along with Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks for the album: Terminate on Sight T.O.S. In that same year, the Cassava Piece native, won the UK's Music Of Black Origin, MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

Personal accomplishments for the Dancehall Star involves the launch of his Mansion Records label, in 2011 and subsequent release of popular single, "Delilah." In that same year, he signed a major recording deal with American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive DJ Khaled for We The Best Music Group, an imprint of the Cash Money Entertainment label/YMCMB family. Mavado's most current single under the label is called, "I Ain't Going Back Broke" featuring label mate Ace Hood and Future. A special remix of "I Ain't Going Back Broke" will feature ace Dancehall artiste, the incarcerated Vybz Kartel to commemorate the self titled gully gad decade long career. "Celebrating 10 years and my success it is only right to release this track now with who was my one time rival Vybz Kartel "The Teacher" and continue to create history together" Mavado said in a release. 

Other activities promised to mark Mavado's career milestone, involves an historical performance at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York April 10th, along with Reggae/Dancehall artistes Capleton, Lady Saw and Matisyahu. We The Best Promotions Dancehall Super Star promises a performance like never before, "with 10 years of experience comes maturity, people can expect to see and hear10 years of hits and many surprises from me" Mavado said.  

Congratulations Mavado on reaching 10 years in your career from us her at New Image Promotions!

*Source: Gullyside.Com

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's a family Affair - Insta Hot Picks

Once again we manage to accumulate some aweee-some Insta Hot photos to share with you.  Check out some of our favourite artistes 'kicking it' with their offsprings.

Reggae's Queen Ifrika and her young Prince, awe look at her cheeks!  

Dad-dee of the year? well maybe, Agent Sasco been sharing some lovely shot of the Cs' keep em coming wi luv dem #Goalz
The big bad Bounty Killer got a lil soft when he shared this photo of himself and his lil last son Javar and he be like, "him drinking red bull peeps" looking proud too. Note: #smilingBounty #lottery #lol 

Konshens him boasy sah! He has got us saying awezzz like crazy with posts of his prince and princess, we endorse it gwaan daddy love up di kids, they will remember it foreva 


The Jamaican motion picture "Destiny" staring Reggae/Dancehall artistes Christopher Martin, Spice, and more makes US debut

A breath of fresh air! That's the phrase that best describes Jeremy Whittaker's breakout film,"Destiny" that has now become the record holding, "Longest running film at the Box Office in Jamaican history." "Destiny" features a host of local talent, boasts a captivating story line and features some dynamic soundtracks.

The film, chronicles the story of Lisa Pullen, played by lead actress Karian Sang, journey in finding herself following the death of her parents and a tumultuous break-up with her boyfriend. Her trip to Jamaica to sell her inheritance led to the discovery of her family's past and finds her falling in love. 

"Destiny" features prominent Jamaican actors and recording artistes such as the soulful reggae artiste Christopher Martin, comedian Ian 'Ity' Ellis and female Dancehall entertainer Grace 'Spice' Hamilton. The film, unlike many other Jamaican themed films of the past, is void of violence and bloodshed and premiers Monday March 30th at Miramar Cultural Centre in Florida.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chart Wise - Protoje's first #1 on Billboard; Shaggy's 'I Need Your Love' is globe trotting

Both Protoge and Shaggy have much to give thanks for this day.  Protoge's latest album, 'Ancient Future' hit #1 on Billboard within days after it's release and, have become his first ever #1 album on Billboard Reggae Albums chart.  A pleased Protoge post, "Give thanks to all artist and musician involved in the projet and to all of you for the support.  My first #1 album on Reggae Billboard"
Congratulations Protoge, #hardworkpays

Shaggy on the other hand, is no stranger to chart domination but one can never get use to winning when hard-work is the foundation of the grind. Witnessing his single,  "I Need Your Love" featuring the Australian-Lebanese singer/songwriter Faydee, Romanian singer/producer Costi and Swedish-Congolese R 'n' B singer Mohombi entering the Top 10 across 8 countries and, just after a week of entering the US Top 40 chart, must be surreal. The multi-grammy winning, platinum status artiste acknowledges the takeover and shared his delight with fans on social media, "#neverlocalalwaysglobal #whybelocalwhenyoucandoiglobalanyway #winning #diamondstatuswiseh #riseandgrind #erryday #thatwhatthedo #hardestworkingmaninthebiz #cantstopwondstop #myinspiration #getit #BOOOOM !
"Yea boss we get it!" Congrats, keep making us proud.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Reggae Artiste Exco Levi cops the JUNO Award four times in a row

Congratulations are in order for Jamaican/Canadian reggae artiste Exco Levi who walked away with the JUNO Awards "Best Reggae Recording" 2015.  Canada's music elite gathered to toast 35 JUNO Award winners at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards presented by SiriusXM Canada at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The evening's festivities featured performances by a spectacular lineup of 2015 JUNO Award nominees and winners, as well as unforgettable tributes of some of the most influential names in Canadian Music.

Multiple Award winners at the Gala included alternative singer-songwriter Bahamas, who won honours for both Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year; and electro-dance sensation Kiesza, who earned Dance Recording of the Year and Video of the Year. Kiesza's Magic as reported on Billboard, had a massive year with the ubiquitous reggae-pop single "Rude" from the band's debut album, Don't Kill The Magic.

Exco Levi who won his fourth consecutive Juno for reggae recording of the year, told Billboard, "Jamaicans love reggae music. They don't see Magic!'s sound as a reggae-pop sound; they see Magic! sound as reggae sound. I'm happy for Magic! because it reach audiences that a lot of artistes in this time doesn't reach....One thing I'm happy for is they are not in the same category as me this year," he laughs. 

Exco Levi first won the Juno Award for Reggae in 2012 with track, "Bleaching Shop." He won the award again in 2013 with "Storms of Life" and for a third time in 2014 for "Strive." Once again, the Ontario base reggae artiste walks away winner four times in a row with the 2015 JUNO Award Best Reggae Recording for "Welcome the King." 


Chronixx rock home crowd on Capture Land tour

Chronixx at JC in Kingston CLT
Fans shower Chronixx with praise after a 2 hour long performance at Jamaica College on his first ever, and possibly, the best attended and most successful tour performance showcase  by an International artiste in Jamaica. This is yet another great step in the right direction for Chronixx and for the Jamaican music industry on a whole.  From the outset, Chronixx Kingston leg of his Capture Land tour seemed promising.  A publication announcing Capture Land tour in Jamaica on this website resulted in persons calling us for information on ticket outlets and of course, was guided to Chronixx respective representatives to provide the details. One woman in expressing her love and appreciation for Chronixx music told us, she was taking her kids to the show as she believes Chronixx whole package/branding is elevating and an experience she believes her kids must have, as Jamaicans.

Chronixx performance was very entertaining and engaging.  His audience was very attentive, responsive and even patient at times as they watched the performance, allowing the 20 year old to be himself and show off the energy he brings.  Chronixx Capture Land Kingston leg brought out the type of crowd whose support speaks volume. It was not the crowd that's searching for hype or was it the type that usually attend all reggae events if any. Some call it 'uptown' , and some may say 'middle class' and still some corporate. But whatever the label, whenever this wholesome, family and culturally oriented type of crowd throw their support in this manner behind a local artiste, it is a very, very good look indeed.

Now what better reporter of the overall showcase could there be than the fans themselves, who during and after the show flocked social media with their comments on Chronixx performance. We captured just a few but notable comments to share with you

Very mature 'uptown' audience at Jamaica College to see the people are starved for some good Reggae music

RT : Never use the word historic lightly, that was it

. is spectacular! He deserves all the success in the world! Such a stellar performer!

This was a great show. Powerful, Positive & Uplifting messages right tru

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sound Trooper Makes Radio Debut

Sound Trooper
Famed Dancehall selector Sound Trooper formerly Ricky Trooper has officially joined the Sound Chat Radio Network, adding radio personality to his growing list of accomplishments.  Trooper's Monday, March 2 debut on the Irish and Chin owned radio network in New York made history, as listenership peaked, reaching an all-time high.  The iconic sound man did exactly what he is famous for, setting his own trend by playing the music his way. Free from hype and every day selections, the massive listening audience loved every minute of Trooper's new show.

"Ricky Trooper is a major contributor to sound system culture and is undeniably responsible for a lot of today's talent, says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin" a release stated.  "In order for the sound culture to regain it's foothold and well deserved respect, Ricky Trooper is needed...we are glad to have the honour of presenting him on Sound Chat Radio. He is a great fit."

Trooper radio debut does not come as a surprise as Dancehall fans have been abuzz ever since it was announced he would join the station. The syndicated show streams from every Monday from 10pm - 12am EST.

Ricky Trooper boasts a legendary sound clash career in the Dancehall entertainment industry, which matriculated on the world renowned Kilamanjaro sound system and later his own effort, Sound Trooper. He has competed against and defeated the best of his opponents in Dancehall clashes.  

The Sound Chat Radio Network offers listeners 24-hour sound system driven radio programming. The network boasts some of the sound industry's biggest names and its eponymous talk program with hosts Garfield "Chin" Bourne and Rohan "Ninja" Henry, along with other select programs, is syndicated on more that 20 traditional and Internet radio stations worldwide.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dancehall Artiste Assassin labeled 'Dancehall's crossover king' after being featured on Kanye West and Kendrick Llamar songs

Assassin aka Agent Sasco
"Neither Vybz Kartel nor Mavado, the definitive dancehall deejays of the last 10 years, can boasts appearances on projects as high-profile as Yeezus or Kendricks as-yet un-titled sophomore LP....."

Writer Jessie Serwer published a very enlightening piece about one of Jamaican Dancehall most talented, focused, persistent and conscious artiste on headed, Why Kanye West and Kendrick Llamar keep putting Assassin on their songs."
Character Breakdown
The piece which describes 'Assassin' also known as 'Agent Sasco' as 'Dancehall's newest crossover king' begins with what seems like a clarification of the name Assassin, known for signing his songs with catchphrase "Ah Murda!" and drew comparisons between the character and other Dancehall characters, his career is notably slim on the controversies and clashes that litter the resumes of colleagues from Beenie Man to Busy Signal. It also outlay a distinction between the alias name Assassin and Jeffrey Etham Campbell, one of few college graduates working in dancehall; and a dad who from his instagram posts, ....his three kids are adorable and he seems like a really great dad.

Admirable Skill and Work Ethics
"He's committed to his work and organized" the piece quoted manager Sharon Burke as saying about Assassin and in regards to his records the piece reports, though, Assassin's voice cut through riddims with a force befitting his name. His rugged flow ---a big, booming, Buju Banton sort of beast ----and appointed, observational lyrics have made him a staple, if not an outright star, of Jamaica's dancehall scene since the early 2000s...

On Assassin's sound, "Assassin has one of the most amazing voices in music" Serwer wrote. Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall, a friend and collaborator, told me by email, "Me and Bunji Garlin always say how his voice is just unfair, because when he opens his mouth, it's like the whole earth shake."

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
On the collaborations that have now brought about international scrutiny of Assassin, Serwer wrote; For Assassin, an artist who'd laboured for years in dancehall's trenches with little recognition from the wider music market, the features have been game changing...Neither Vybz Kartel nor Mavado, the definitive dancehall deejays of the last 10 years, can boasts appearances on projects as high-profile as Yeezus or Kendricks as-yet un-titled sophomore LP.  "They (John Baker/Producer Geejam studios) were reaching out to some of the local artistes to lay some stuff down and they would take it back to Kanye" Assassin told Serwer.  "I did some verses here and a chorus here, and I was helping other local artistes who were there put verses together.  I was looking at it as an opportunity for Dancehall, and all music and not there to represent me" he concluded. The rest is history, Assassin would meet Kanye December 2014 when he was introduced to him by event producer Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins and they took a picture.

Though yet to meet Kendrick, Serwer wrote; Kendricks fans may soon be able to put a face to the voice on " The Blacker The Berry " which has become, "an explosive statement on race relations and personal hypocrisy sure to be relevant for years to come..." Kendrick's team has indicated plans to include Assassin in the song's video.

No man is an army
While the Kanye and Kendrick cameos have doubtlessly raised Assassin's profile, it's worth noting that he is not acknowledged as a featured artiste on official releases of either record, leaving it to dancehall fans and astute observers to note and celebrate his role in each.

Assassin the Optimist
Curious for his take on his new found recognition (and occasional lack there of) Serwer quote a telephone conversation where Assassin said, "I can only think about all the good things."  "There is so much great intent in these developments that I can't even see a negative...." Further to that conversation Assassin made it clear that, "controversy sells, but I'm not trying to sell controversy. I'm just trying to do the music that I love, and I hope that my contribution to this artform can help it to continue to move forward."

Rebranding Important to SEO-friendly browsing
Assassin is in a unique position among veteran Dancehall artistes to rebrand himself, and, perhaps his genre. And his occasional use of SEO-friendly Agent Sasco could afford him some freedom to find his place.

To read the full publication click Why Kanye West and Kendrick Llamar keep putting Assassin on their songs