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 ...you 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.... 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Billboard Hot 100 Number One For Sean Paul

Sean Paul and Sia
Billboard.com - Sia scores her first leader as an artist, while Sean Paul returns to the top after 10 years, as "Cheap Thrills" replaces Drake's "One Dance" after 10 weeks at No. 1.

Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, crowns the Billboard Hot  (dated Aug. 6)), rising 3-1 to become Sia's first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, while Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years. The song unseats Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading No. 1 of 2016 and of Drake's career.

When Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest Becomes An All Reggae/Dancehall Show

The annual Reggae Sumfest went down in Montego Bay July 21 - 24, 2016 under new management. With some adjustments that made it an all Jamaican music and artistes entertainment showcase and void of its' usual inclusion of international RnB/Pop or Hip-Hop act(s) on its final night the event received rave reviews and massive support. Here's what some fans thought of some the performances:-

Shelly-Ann Curran@ShellyCurran Jul 23                          
Me nah lie performance was exceptional and I'm particularly happy it was a woman to deliver such a set !

Agent Sasco aka Assassin
Dj Ville Roy@DjVilleRoy 22 hours ago                          
So much conviction and clarity in voice during his sumfest performance

Bounty Killer and Safaree
@IamChristine@thetrue_empress 37 minutes ago
BIG BIG BIG BIG UP 2 Bad Man Straight! Real Vibes! bring out Thing Straight

Beenie Man and TammyLee
Rocky Britjam Boss@djrockyboss Jul 23
Just as I'm talking about unity brings out πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ after they try…

Young Ravaz@ANDJBLAKE 12 hours ago
Ute yuh ratings hi like Jamaica crime rate, doh know why dem a show u watch bout time
That's what we call performance, was excellent

I died when he said "Shynes". 😭😭😭😭😭 RT : Hahaha, where dig up "Shynes"?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Catch up on reviews here Ja. Observer Ja-Gleaner

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Reggae Music Now More than Ever

Gramps Morgan recent IG post
As we observe the unfolding of violence and the out cry against racism in the media recently, we are reminded that Jamaica's Reggae music past and present has been a source of alternative ideas, opinions, guidance and solution to some of these issues that have mauled our society.

Through the music, from generation to generation the universal struggle among world leaders to stem injustice and eradicate racism within societies have been addressed as well as predictions of what the outcome will be of failed attempts to bring about peace and oneness among the people.

The king of Reggae, the great Bob Marley once explained in an interview with an Australian Journalist when asked if the music (reggae) can be copied said, "is not copy do it is the feel it carry a feel where if you ask nuff musician dem caan do it." It's an inborn concept, a gift, that is bestowed on the least expected among us and it has offered solace and brought many people together in love and unity.

One can think whatever he or she chooses but that feel Bob Marley speak of is as real as Chronixx, as ProtogΓ© likewise the great Peter Tosh or Queen Ifrika and Etana, as Luciana and Buju Banton, or Fantan Mojah and Damian Marley, I-Wayne, Morgan Heritage or as Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Everton Blender and so many others, too many to mention, locally bred artistes who by way of their music have spread peace and love among races as well as advocated for the people and brought hope.

In times like these listening more reggae music is essential as it help persons channel their thoughts toward goodness, love, peace and oneness. Violence has never solved any issue, love is the key to understanding. 

"you just can't overthrow the truth.....me, we our people have a root.." Bob Marley


Monday, June 27, 2016

Insta Hot- Dope Pic and Fan Art

Popcaan Drake in South Africa

Popcaan after "Controlla".... out in the streets of South Africa with Drake. #Papi #Drizzy

Need some t'shirts with these pon dem ......
"If dese dope one more time!!!" Bounty Killa and Sizzla Kolanji fan art #meanNclean #toodope  #Dada Insta-Hot!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dancehall Artiste Delus is Dead!

R.I.P. Delus 1981-2016
The Jamaican music industry is in shock upon hearing news of the death of one of its members, Dancehall artiste Delus.  At this time details are sketchy but it is alleged the artiste might have committed suicide in his home in Kingston. 

Delus is the eldest brother of popular Dancehall artiste Konshens who posted a heart-felt message recently on IG celebrating his brother's birthday, "Moments like dem yah when mi see seh mi mek yuh proud mean di most to mi dawg, caaz a u mi falla an pick up this. If you eva know how it hurt mi heart when you nuh deh weh mi deh. Shit easier wid u presence. Love you to di highest level mi bredda @delusdj Happy Earth Strong, blessings pan blessings."

Konshens later ask his IG fans to wish his brother a happy earth-strong "Wish my brother @delusja a happy birthday and follow him too.  We celebrate and give God thanks for blessing you with another year a life bro." Delus was 35 years old, music fans will best remember him for popular tracks, What Tomorrow May Bring, Another Gal and Bad It Up.

N.I.P. extend condolences to Konshens and his family at this time.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vybz Kartel's Reign Remains Vibrant Complimented by New Merchandising and Outreach Projects

The Official VK (Vybz Kartel) Line has reached out to all the high schools in Portmore committing to donate at least one computer to each school. Atleast five computers will be distributed across five schools namely; Ascot, Cumberland, Bridgeport, Waterford and Greater Portmore High respectively. This move according to a release form part of the company, GEL (Gaza Education and Literacy) Programme which is designed to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Portmore with computer literacy the platform from which the project is launched.

Brand Manager Shona-Lee S. Thompson for Official VK Line said, "increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of accessing information." The unisex line of clothing and shoes will be launched soon and is described as a 'lifestyle' brand that represents Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement. The brand represents the ambitious ghetto youth, and as a standard bearer, is expected to fill the void in the fashion industry as that local clothing line the youths feel is representative of their own lifestyle. 

It is also important to note that although Vybz Kartel is behind bars he continues to reign
in the music entertainment business in Jamaica, now having at least four popular tracks off his recently released  "King Of Dancehall" album, while the critically acclaimed "Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto" book co-authored by business partner Michael Dawson, is prominently displayed as a #1 Best Seller" in several book stores. This comes on the heels of it being ranked number one in its category on Amazon Kindle globally and sits in the Library of US Congress, New York, the British Library Systems and Princeton and Yale Universities. Sadly however is the fact that with all it's successes, was left out of the recent Jamaican literary festivals or Reggae Month lectures when foreign authors and publishers were flown in to present their own books, the release stated. 

The team behind the Official VK Line has also indicated an interest in working to assist other students across the wider Portmore community and not just the schools currently identified.