Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's Da Story?

Agent Sasco
You really want to know? Well check out this new joint by Agent Sasco aka Assassin on the Tennement Yard riddim.  Inner Circle released a new visual of "Agent's Sasco's" live recording session at their home base, Circle Village studio in Miami, Florida.  Agent Sasco earlier this year, was featured on hip hop acts Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar's new projects.  

Agent Sasco shared a photo of himself and popular Ghanian artiste StoneBwoy at Circle Village on Instagram. StoneBwoy is a Afro/Dancehall/Reggae artiste who won Artist of the Year in the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and is currently nominated in the BET Awards Best International Act Africa category. Sasco who has been in the US over the past week, performed in Hollywood on Labour Day, May 23. He also shared photos with hashtag #GoldenGlobe and others indicating he was also in New York.  

We definitely routing for this artiste. The Dancehall genre could really do well with an uplift. "Agent Sasco, we over here hoping and praying you break new grounds, and represent Jamaican Dancehall music internationally as the first socially 'conscious' Dancehall artiste." So keep it up, keep pushing #tillthewheelsfallawf


DJ Foota Hype took his 'A' game to the Best of the Best concert in Miami and rocked the crowd hard

DJ/Selector Foota Hype
Foota Hype had the huge crowd in attendance of the longest running Caribbean music festival in the US, the annual Best of Best Concert, singing and shouting in unison to what has been arguably, his best ever interactive performance.

Obviously keen to what his audience wanted to hear and a veteran at what he does, the selector proved why he is hot, hype and travels weekly. Watch how he rocked the 25,000 strong crowd at the 9th Memorial Day Weekend edition of the annual Best of the Best Concert held at Bayfront Park last Saturday, in downtown Miami in a classic Foota Hype style showcase.

The inaugural Best of the Best Concert featured headliners like Shaggy, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Lady Saw and Bounty Killer. 

Feel the rhythm

It is exciting and remarkable to see how Jamaica's dance culture has evolved over the years. Even more fascinating is the fact that the deaf community has now become integrally involved in the genre. In recent times, their electrifying performances have been captivating audiences as they move to pulsating rhythms, pleasantly surprising many individuals when they learn that the dancers, in fact, deaf.
As the curtain came down recently on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) National Festival of the Performing Arts Deaf Dance Competition, the audience was left in awe.
In fulfilling its mandate of unearthing, developing, and showcasing the talent and expression of the Jamaican people, the communication of feelings, and helps to build self-confidence read more


Monday, May 25, 2015

An historic UK Pop Chart reign for Omi

Omi performing during the Bayern Munich and Mainz game
Singer/songwriter Omi whose popular single, "Cheerleader" currently tops the UK Pop Chart has recorded history as the first Jamaican entertainer to reign in the #1 spot on the prestigious UK Pop Music Chart for four consecutive weeks.

Now certified platinum from sales of over 600,000 units in Britain, the single 'Cheerleader' has sold to date, more than 1.9 million copies worldwide.

This 'Cheerleader' single staying power, has maximized it's marketability and we are now watching it climb the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, moving up from #79 to #31 over a 3 weeks period. Other significant charting reported by Kevin Jackson for the Jamaica Observer are the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart at #29, Mainstream Top 40 chart at #31 and the Rhythmic chart at #28.

Omi received a plaque commemorating the 600,000 units sold in Germany shortly after his performance at the Bayern Munich and Mainz football championship which was held at Allianz Arena in Munich.

Source: Jamaica Observer

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is Rihanna teaming up with Dancehall artiste for R8?

By: Krissy Lewis: Fans have been patiently wait for Rihanna's next studio album, reportedly titled R8, although we wish we could give you a release date, "The B*tch Better Have My Money" songstress hasn't made any announcements on when to expect it.

Producer and label founder of Mixpak Records (Vybz Kartel's current label), Dre Skull, told the Fader, "I know firsthand and secondhand that she's been reaching out to a lot of people in the dancehall world. I'm not suggesting it's gonna be [a dancehall album] but [her people] are excited about dancehall and to work in that sort of context. They've reached out to Popcaan, but I've talked to a number of people in Jamaica that they've reached out to."

Although DJ Dre Skull couldn't confirm whether these collaborations have been finalized, it would be a great touch to the album to mix a little dancehall reggae with some of Rih's raunchier tracks.

Until then, wait on it!

Source: Vibe

Alaine announce new album

Alaine has announced the release date for her 3rd studio album, "Ten of Hearts." Out May 26, the 14 track album is a joint production of Jukeboxx Productions label and Zojak Worldwide distributors and include collaborations with Tarrus Riley, Dexta Daps, Dre Island, J. Boog, MWalim Churchill.

The No Ordinary Love singer said in a release she is, "grateful for the contributions made by all the talented people who worked with me on the album. I am passionate about my music and they helped me get to a final product that I am in love with."

Alaine's distinct vocals and indomitable spirit connects with music fans, young or old. The title of the album, "Ten of Hearts," represent a new beginning for Alaine who said, "with this album I'm starting over and I'm really excited about it" then continued, "Ten of Hearts is reggae flavoured with sprinkles of soul, dancehall and RnB. People can expect a fun musical experience..." Alaine concluded.

Producers on the album include Shane Brown, Jordan McClure and David Hale for Chimney Records, Andrew Myrie for U.I.M. Records, Craig and David Harrisingh for Daseca Productions, Andre 'DJ Frass' Gordon, Tony Kelly and Dean Fraser. "Ten of Hearts" by Alaine is now available for preorder on iTunes.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Popcaan featured on English producer Jamie xx highly anticipated album

Jamaican Dancehall artiste Popcaan has made the remix cut of popular English music producer and remix artist Jamie xx from The xx band.  Jamie Smith (known by the stage name Jamie xx) has gained fame both as a solo act and member of the London-based band, The xx. 

The fresh cut single "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" from Jamie xx's forthcoming solo debut, In Colour, has been premiered in full version online featuring Atlanta rapper Young Thug.

Jamie xx first use his stage name in July 2009 in a promotional mix for the band's debut album xx which went on to become platinum in the UK. Afterward, Jamie xx went on to do more remix work for artistes like Adele, Florence + The Machine and more. His album is due in less than two weeks. Check out Papi, on the remix click to listen


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VP Records to present a traveling exhibition titled "A Reggae Music Journey" at Best of the Best Music Fest in Miami

VP Records will be presenting "A Reggae Music Journey" exhibition during the 9th annual Best of the Best, the longest running Caribbean music festival. The exhibition will display images and artifacts of some of the world's most loved and admired reggae artistes.

To showcase an exhibition such as this is important to both the organizers of the Best of the Best show and reggae's only music label VP Records because it's designed to help preserve reggae's culture music and artists in an exceptional way. Curated by illustrator Michael Thompson, who has created many of the graphic images to be displayed, this multi-media experience will showcase iconic images of many artistes who contributed to the success of reggae music and photographed by some of the masters of the art including Peter Simon, Marlon Ajamu Myrie, Roy Sweetland and others. 

The exhibit will also includes a documentary video chronicling historic events in the reggae music industry. Best of the Best will be held, Labour Day weekend, Sunday May 24th, at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida.


New equipment for Jamaican medical institutions courtesy of The Robert Marley Foundation

Doctors and BMG rep examine one equipment l-r Dr, Andrei Cooke, Marie Bruce,Dr Rudolf Stephens, Mr. Anthony Wood 
In response to the growing need for more medical resources in Jamaica's hospitals, the Robert Marley Foundation recently donated equipments valued over $15 million to the Bustamante and Jubilee Hospitals in Kingston, St. Ann's Bay Hospital and Women's Health Network at a presentation ceremony held recently at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

Jamaica's Bustamante Hospital in Kingston, is the largest children's hospital in the English speaking Caribbean. The institution received 2 Touchscreen Patient Monitors, 2 Mobile Stands with baskets, 4 Aneroid Mobile and Desktop Blood Pressure units, 1 Nebulizer, 5 Handheld Pulse Oximeters and a set of PP1 chairs. The Victoria Jubilee Hospital received, 5 Handheld Pulse Oximeters, 4 Phototherapy Lamps, 5 Mobile Aneroid Sphygmomanometers, 1 Fetal and Maternal Monitor with metallic stand, 2 Resuscitation Infant Warmers, 2 Examination Lamps, 1 fully loaded Ventilator and a set of PP1 chairs.  The St. Ann's Bay Hospital received, 8 Suction Machines, 7 Handheld Pulse Oximeters, 6 desktop and mobile AneroidBlood Pressure units, 3 mobile Aneroid Sphygmomanometers, 9 sets of PP1 chairs and 2 cases of Examination gloves. The Women's Health Network Jamaica received, 1 portable Ultra Sound Machine.

Representative of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, Mrs Marie Bruce conveyed greetings to those in attendance from Cedella and Ziggy Marley both of whom founded the Marley for Health project, and in her address, noted that the Marley family is pleased to honour their father's legacy, of living again by living for others. Mrs Bruce also stated that the initiative stands as a true reflection of Bob Marley's philosophies.

The equipments provided by the foundation will better assist patients of the Special Care Nursery, Accident and Emergency, Surgical and Medical wards as well as the out patients,Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments in the various hospitals.