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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mavado and Nicki Minaj Soundtracks for Upcoming Film Beyond The Lights

Mavado joins rap queen Nicki Minaj having two soundtracks in the upcoming movie
Beyond The Lights produced by American Film Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who
wrote and directed the widely acclaimed reality TV film feature 
Love and Hip-Hop. The tracks that made the film are C'Mon Boy and Give It All To Me.  Beyond The Lights is a story about a world famous music superstar (Noni Jean) who almost fell apart from the pressures until she meets a promising young cop and aspiring politician (Kaz Nicol) who's been assigned to her detail.  The two fall fast and hard despite the protest of those around them, but it is ultimately the love of the cop that gives this world famous superstar the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Mavado shared in a tweet:

The Gully Gad, has released a series of tracks and videos recently including the highly anticipated double 'hitta' video for singles 'My Own and Paypah'  Mavado will be dropping a new mix tape, Hands of Gully soon while Beyond The Lights hit movie theatres November 14.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Shaggy's Surprise on Board the Norwegian Pearl's 'Welcome To JamRock' Cruise

On Monday October 20th the Marleys Welcome To JamRock Cruise set sail towards the
birthplace of the legendary Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley. On board, the Marleys had a stellar line up of performances for the over 2000 passengers that included Black-Am-I, The Marleys, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal, Taurus Riley and so many more all set for 5 days excursion.

On Tuesday October 21, a crowd, ready to party and have an irie time, assembled on the deck of the Norwegian Pearl to witness performances of Wailing Souls, Tarrus Riley and Shaggy.  As the crowd showed their obvious approval for Tarrus Riley's stellar performance, preparations were under-way for the grand entry of Shaggy, with lights going dim and a brief band change.  People scurry to the bars for refills in anticipation of "Mr Boombastic" who was about to hit the stage.

At 12:05am the lights began to flicker, green, yellow, blue and the crowd went wild.

Welcome Shaggy!
From side stage the Grammy award winner, philanthropist and icon Shaggy, in his signature deep gritty voice made his presence known when he said, "Dem a go tiad fi see we face!" Clad in light blue jeans, white button up shirt and navy blue blazer Shaggy blast on stage reeling off hits like, Bonafide, Boombastic and Oh Carolina backed by his flawless band.  The crowd approved, waving in unison as Shaggy gave them hits after hits after hit! He was joined on stage by long time friend and collaborator Rayvon for their popular single, 'Angel.'

Selfie with Junior Gong and Shaggy
Under clear skies and moderate temperature at around 1:19am Shaggy got a surprise! As the Norwegian Pearl get closer to its destination Diva Nikki Z of WZMX Hot 937 entered his stage with a birthday cake and was joined by the very huge crowd in singing, by now a very surprised Shaggy, happy birthday [awe].  

The proceedings thereafter was simply turn up! Shaggy invited the man himself, Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley on his set to perform their single together called 'Crazy' off his Out of Many One album.  He was in high spirits leaving the stage, so pleased the crowd were, Shaggy was called back for an encore performance.

Shaggy's official birthday celebrations took place at Usain Bolt's Track and Records in Kingston. 

Source: @DestineMedia

Saturday, October 25, 2014

And The MOBO Award Goes To....? Ward 21 'Still Disturbed' 5th Studio Album Out Now!

Jamaican/British Reggae Artiste Stylo G is the MOBO Awards 2014 Best Reggae Act. He
walked away with the award over strong contenders such as Taurus Riley, Sean Paul and Chronixx. Stylo G made an impact on UK fans around 2010 when he busted on the scene with a song called 'My Youth.' It took him all over the UK but the artiste wanted to get back to his 'Dancehall' roots because 'My Youth' was Grime music.  

Stylo G's biggest challenge since had been putting in the groundwork of getting reggae and dancehall fans in the UK to get to know him and not just knowing him as a grime artiste. He had prepared an acceptance speech for the year before (2013, he shared with the MOBO audience) obviously expecting he would have won then, and went on to big up the voters who made it possible for him to win. Stylo G is from Spanish Town, him accept his MOBO Award!

Ward 21 'Still Disturbed' 5th Studio Album Re-Launched!
It's real Dancehall for real people, a real album with real music....WARD 21 has officially launched their latest album, 'Still Disturbed!' A group, in which the members were schooled and cultured in creating Dancehall beats when the genre was transitioning into digital music back in the 90s and working from the studios of King Jammys, accredited for the introduction of computerized and digital reggae music from as way back as the 80s, has now dropped an album they say, was created to return the focus on Dancehall, what it is or should be. 

Unlike the usual compilation of already released 45s which are common for Dancehall albums, WARD 21's 'STILL DISTURBED' project is a course in the history of the last 15 years of Dancehall and further described on their website as, the essence of Dancehall and nothing short of saving the integrity of the genre.  WARD 21 might modernize and update their music, but have "always kept the roots of the music alive so that Dancehall can survive

Productions on the 15 track album are mainly that of group members Suku and Kunley Ward with single entries by the sons of King Jammys, JAM 2 and Baby G.  The album also include exclusive features by Sean Paul, Konshens and 'Bada Bada' gang members March Chin and Dewunn. Ward 21 extends their 'STILL DISTURBED' Tour to December where they will be in Europe along with Marcy Chin.  Support the music and one of Dancehall's longest serving groups, WARD 21 by picking up a copy 'STILL DISTURBED' 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reggae Category at the Global Spin Awards; The Grammys for DJ

DJs ZJ Liquid, Jabba and Bobby Konders, Waggy T, Max Glacier and DJ Norie makes the
nominations list of the Global Spin Awards hosted by P. Diddy's Revolt TV.

The Global Spin Awards (GSA) has become the Premier DJ Award and Ceremony recognizing DJs for their contribution to both music and entertainment industries.  Since it's commencement, November 2012, the GSAs have been classified as the Quality Standard of DJ recognition by music industry executives and tastemakers.  

The GSAs were created to award and honour the world's most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment: past, present and future.

ZJ Liquid
(l) Bobby Konders (r) Jabba
The award show will take place on Tuesday November 18th, 2014 in New York City at the New World Stages in Mahattan and one of Jamaica's most loved 'at home' jock, ZJ Liquid among fellow Jamaican and New Yorker Jabba from Jabba and Bobby Konders are among the 2014 nominees. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

In Recognition of National Heritage and National Heroes Day Jamaica

Remembering Marcus Garvey on Heroes Day

Marcus Mosiah Garvey stands out in History as one who was greatly committed to the concept of the Emancipation of minds. Garvey who was born in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, became famous worldwide as a leader who was courageous and eloquent in his call for improvement for Blacks.

Martin Luther King on his visit to Jamaica June 20, 1965 visited the grave of Marcus Garvey to lay a wreath out of respect for a man he said, gave N***** in the US "a sense of dignity, a "sense of person-hood, a sense of manhood, a sense of somebodiness."
Martin Luther King visits Garvey's Grave

Marcus Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), represent the largest mass movement in African-American history. Jamaica's first National Hero, Garvey became a loyal leader of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements.

To facillitate the return to Africa that he advocated, in 1919 Garvey founded the Black Star Line, to provide transportation to Africa, and the Negro Factories Corporation to encourage black economic independence.  Garvey also unsuccessfully tried to persuade the government of Liberia in West Africa to grant land on which black people from America could settle.

In 1922, Garvey was arrested for mail fraud in connection with the sale of stock in the Black Star Line, which had now failed.  Although there were irregularities connected to the business, the prosecution was probably politically motivated, as Garvey's activities had attracted considerable government attention.  Garvey was sent to prison and later deported to Jamaica.  In 1935, he moved permanently to London where he died on June 10, 1940.  In 1964, his body was returned to Jamaica. 

"With confidence, you have won before you start" ~ Marcus Garvey~

1) CaribbeanHeroesDotCom
2) GleanerJamaica
3) BBC History

Rest In Peace Mr. John Holt 1967-2014

John Holt 1967-2014
Reggae's pioneer John Holt died at aged 67. The Reggae music legend is believed to have passed away in London yesterday evening (October 19, 2014) at 2:40am English time according reports.

John Holt had been battling ill health for some time now and seems to have worsened since August when he collapsed on stage at the One Love Concert in Springfield on August 16.  The singer, whose full name John Kenneth Holt, came to prominence as lead singer of the group The Paragons before leaving to focus on his solo career in the 1970s.  His music will remembered at all times. For us, a few that immediately came to mind are I Want a Love I Can Feel, If I Were A Carpenter and the song Stick By Me, which was perhaps Holt's biggest success in 1972, it went on to become the biggest selling Jamaican record for that year.  

Condolence to the late John Holt's family, friends, fans and well-wishers from New Image Promotions. ~R.I.P. John Holt 1967-2014~


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aidonia Delivers on His Promise by Launching a Charitable Scholarship Programme

As promised, Reggae/Dancehall artiste Sheldon Lawrence better known as Aidonia has launched the One Voice Educational Foundation an 
Aidonia at Maxfield Park Primary in Kingston
initiative geared towards providing help and motivation for youths in the inner city as well as shaping a better further for Jamaica. The foundation which was launched on the grounds of
 the Maxfield Park Primary School in Kingston, values approximately J$300,000 and will be disbursed among five students to cover the cost of books and school fees.

Students have been identified at the Maxfield Park Primary School  that exemplify good behaviour and attitude as well as maintain the highest grades and overall progress through their primary school tenure. The most outstanding student of the five, at GSAT Examinations, will receive grants in the amount of J$200,000 and the remaining students will receive J$20,000 each.

Aidonia made the announcements Friday, October 10, 2014 and has been working in tandem with his mother Monica Lawrence, a teacher at the school and Principal, Ms. Annette McDonald prior to these announcements.  Principal, Annette McDonald lauded the entertainer for his efforts and encourages his peers to emulate his path.  The Dancehall artiste in speaking with the media that were present to witness the launch had this to say:-

"A lot of times when you come from a certain socio-economic background people like to tell you that you won't amount to nothing, so I am just here to help and encourage the youths so they know they can become whatever they aspire to become as long as your remain positively focused on your goals.  sometime to achieve these goals they need help and that is where someone like me step in, not just to give them verbal mentoring but also help financially whenever possible.  You have to bend the tree from it's young if you want it to grown a certain way.  They are the ones who grow up and support our music and make us into successful entertainers so it shouldn't be so difficult for us to render assistance when we see the need."

Aidonia disclosed his intent to launch an educational initiative back in August and made well on that promise with these recent announcements.


Friday, October 17, 2014

BadGal Cecile Release Her Album 'Still Running' While PopCaan Launches His Latest Album "Where We Come From"

She's done it! Yup, finally, once and for all.  Reggae/Dancehall artiste Cecile dropped her
16 track album entitled, 'Still Running' out now on iTunes featuring hit singles, 'Turn It Up' and 'On The Run.'  Support the music by picking up a copy and 'rate' the album on iTunes.  BadGal Cecile is one of 'baddest' Dancehall Divas.  She has scored several hits throughout her music career and has already armed with raft of popular Jamaican singles, albums released in Japan and Europe.
Popcaan Lady Saw Beenie Man Aidonia

Popcaan album launch took place at Triple Century, October 16 in Kingston.  The highlight of the week,  several members of the Jamaican music fraternity came out to support this, his debut 'Where We Come From' (WWCF) album launch.  Popcaan shared what must have been a special moment for him with his fans on IG.  Some photos that stood out for us are of himself and former Gaza artist Blak Ryno and the caption "Ryno did inna di building
Popcaan and Blak Ryno
enuh....hmmm yea man"
 and, in an embrace with the general Agent Sasco aka Assassin, he captioned, "uniting Dancehall is what I do best these..". Other enlightening photos where that of Popcaan and Beenie Man, Lady Saw, SizzlaAidonia and the women behind his booming career, Carlene Samuels and Sharon Burke, "mi woman dem" he captioned (lol). 
Popcaan and AgentSasco 

Lead single, 'Everything Nice' off 'Where We Come From' seem to be doing quite nicely for the deejay with the official video churning millions of views on YouTube and lyric video for single of the same name of the album surpassing the million views mark. Chosen among a group of hard working and very strong contenders including Chronixx and Tarrus Riley, will Popcaan walk away with MOBO Best Reggae Act award October 22? #UnRuly