Saturday, September 20, 2014

10 Reggae/Dancehall Artist Photos that Rocks!

Picture Dis!

1.  Tarrus and his younger brother Wrath Riley. Wrath Riley in our opinion is one lyrically sic artiste and we luv him for real.  Check out the caption Tarrus posted on his FaceBook page.  

"Star A Star....LOVE N RASPECT to mi Don @Wrathriley Strong pon di Earth fully it up Bro...Worst Behavior!!!! hahahahahahahaah...." Lol

2. Tessanne and Tami cho dem just cute suh! These two sister love is admirable and we love it.  Yea mon dem is like two peas in pod.  Living it up in China where Tess had gone to perform at China's Ms Universe Competition.  Yup chiney galz dem iz Jamaican to the core..luv uno....*can't stop smiling at this pic.

3.JanefrFinch and her one bwoy.....Yup! Jane from Finch has a son and he's a big boy.  Jane won the award for Best Directed Film 'Creature' recently in Toronto at the CommFFest click to watch trailer. Jane directed the documentary film about her life as a gangster in Jane and Finch Canada. The CommFilmFestival Screening took place September 20.

4. Red Carpet life!!! Yup that's how she's living these days.  Tess walks the red carpet at China Ms. Universe click! click! picha tek!

5. Look pon dem rasta yah cho! awrite Papi ano rasta but who this caption
"There is only one judgement! We give thanks and praises for all a these talented youths. Now take a look at this constellation. @dre_island @chronixxmusic @popcaanmusic @therealjahcure @sizzla876. Nuff love to the whole #JudgementYard family__" Yup that was Chronixx, never a dull moment/picture from him....#Fewcha yuh heard?

6. And there's more....yup this generation of Rasta, yes the artistes everyone is talking about put on a show when they appeared live recently at Usain Bolt's Track and Record live show in Kingston. Kabaka Pyramid and friends Chronixx, Protoje, Jesse Royal, Iba Mahr, Dre Island, Kellissa, Exco Levi and Keznamdi. #DatNuhNormal

7. Hot head! Yerp it's Bee-sy out of the Money Flow/Greeting video Busy wid di broom nuh! Always entertaining, which speaks to his over 1.4 million likes on FaceBook hot head! hot head!  

8. Got a chance to get into studio with Mavado while in Miami...heavy vibes coming soon. So says Matisyahu confirming a project with himself and the Gully Gad.

9.  When we saw this photo there was one comment by a fan that stood out...he looks so much like his father...yep he does but then, they all do, tbh...This shot captures Ziggy during a performance while on tour, hey Ziggy!

10. Black don't crack! No not at all that's why we love this photo sooooo much.  What these artistes have in common? Dem love dem self, no filter.

The caption: REBELS wid a cause!!!! Chronixx and Cherine. Suh buss a smile for me Jamaica. One Love, One Heart....


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Konshens Covers Island Stage Magazine; Foota Hype Encouraging Words for Upcoming Artistes and Selectors

Reggae/Dancehall Konshens covers the September/October 2014 issue of Island Stage Magazine
The spread opens up to an interesting interview where Konshens speak about his life, how got started in the industry, touring, fatherhood, soccer and the state of reggae.

Publication of Island Stage Magazine is digital and the magazine articles looks at World Music with special emphasis on Reggae, art, travel and culture.  

Dancehall Selector/Producer Foota Hype Encourages Upcoming Artistes and Selectors
Dancehall's most colourful selector in Jamaica at the moment is Foota Hype and he claim that staying focus on 'business' in the midst of major personal challenges is his concern. Oniel 'Foota Hype' Thomas would like reggae/dancehall fans to know that he did not choose music, but music choose him "Mi use to walk from Cassava Piece go all bout, seeking dis buss ya." he said. "Nothing in life come easy but di ting whey stay wid you is the ting you believe ina from you heart and right now me can tell you say music a whey me passionate bout, a it mek me" he concluded.

Foota Hype said his hard work and popularity spring boarded him from a "bwoy weh a wear piece a slippaz in and outta Cassava Piece" to the big mouth selector everybody knows and "whey girls who woulda neva look pon me ina dutty slippaz start see as a potential money maker, yeah man a music mek me" he said, in case anyone had doubts. With gigs booked weekly across Jamaica as well as upcoming events abroad and new riddims to drop, Foota Hype in the face of adversary said his personal challenge is to remain relevant, "and we neva loose sight of that or else we wouldn't deh yah so now." And so to any young artiste or selector who is looking for a bit of inspiration the Dancehall selector had a word of advise, "nuh mek nutten tek you off you path, fight harda when the fight is hardest!"


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Journey Into a Musical Past "SOJOURN" by Michael Dawkins

Six years after it was conceptualized, the album 'SOJOURN' by Michael Dawkins is finally
released on iTunes.  With the hit song, 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' (the remake of the 1970s world hit by the Hollies and Neil Diamond) a favourite, the 17 track compilation also include other covers such as Rain From The Sky which was recorded in 1963 by American singer Adam Wade with the first reggae remake by Delroy Wilson Don't Cry For Me inspired by the reggae artiste Sanjay Davis and Sexy Love a studio one remix inspired by Lloyd Matadore (Born to Loose). There is also a special 'fan-feature' called Spotlite which was recorded in two (2) different genres (reggae and dubstep), remix featuring New York base artiste Geego plus the Dubstep version which is offered as a bonus track.

About 13 of the 17 tracks off the SOJOURN album was recorded in 2008 but remixed and released in 2014 because producer John 'Sir Raf' Allen the beat maker for Shaggy's 1995 hit song Boombastic, the Kuff riddim with the hit song of the same name by Shelly Thunder and Don Dada, the riddim for Super Cat's hit song to name a few, thought that too many "fast tracks made up the compilation so he slowed them down" said Michael Dawkins.  Tracks such as My True Love, Sexy Love, Don't Cry For Me, Hypnotize and Broken Wings are new additions to the compilation. Spotlite was originally recorded in Dubstep but re-mix in Reggae because it was felt that both versions sounded good. 

Michael Dawkins said the album SOJOURN,"is a journey into my musical past."  He is known and respected for taking an audience 'back in time' to the days of  Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis with his deliveries. Dawkins said reggae fans will enjoy listening his album, the styles and format of each track demonstrates, "a bit of me," he said. "There are Lovers Rock, message song and life experience. Every song is different, it might be hard to pick a favourite" Dawkins said in a telephone conversation with NIPnews. Executive producer of the album SOJOURN is Michael Dawkins independent label Big Scope Records.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kabaka Pyramid Spurred Excellent Reviews From His Shows While on Tour

Bebble Rock Music recording artiste Kabaka Pyramid has recently returned to Jamaica
after a successful eight weeks US and Europe tour with his band the Bebble Rockers.  The 'liberal opposer' embarked on his journey in June with appearances in California, New Orleans, Texas and Washington State.  

He then continued the mission rocking festival crowds across the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Spain delivering high energy sets and spreading his messages of conscious awakening.  

The lyricist is spurred by the excellent reviews of his shows, What a energy from the people at Rototom" he posted August 18 on facebook earning encores at marquee reggae events such as Rototom Sunsplash, Reggaejam, Summerjam, Musa and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festivals.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Making of 'Winna' - A Lesson in Disguise shared by Chronixx Kelissa and Kamila McDonald

"How successful can you be at convincing people and even help people discover the winner inside them.." ~Chronixx~

Chronixx and sisters, Kellissa and Kamila McDonald shared an inspiring experience they had recording the single, 'Winna' by Kelissa ft. Chronixx. The two had to record, and have the track mixed and mastered before going on tour, "the whole session was intense" Kelissa said but the unthinkable happened..."the session got lost" after recording "computer know negligence we neva back up...." Kelissa shared.

By this time a worry-some Kamila tried to make sense of their delima, "everything about the song and the way it was recorded was perfect" she said, "and then how the hell you gone get it back to the perfect-ness.." ummh.
On the subject of winning, motivational speaker and educator Shiv Khera said, winners don't do different things they do things differently; they put in the extra efforts even when it hurts." Kamila's conviction resonate with a true winner, "Is how you approach those fall backs that really controls how your success rate is..." she summarized. 

#BeInspired watch 'The Making of Winna'


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nesbeth Donned Boxing Gears to Fight His Negative Past in New Video

Treat fans with free download of the popular single 'Ole Gangalee' single.

It's here folks! Nesbeth's new video for his champion single 'Taste Victory' a song with melody a brimming idealism for the future, whilst considering the truth of a harsh past.  The video stylishly portrays the reggae entertainer as a boxer, battling with his negative past...Click here to watch

In a show of appreciation to his fans Nesbeth is offering his blazing hot single Ole Gangalee off the Rebel Rock riddim for 'free download'   The single made a favourable impression across Jamaica upon it's release after radio jocks from the No. 1 Reggae radio station Irie FM found favour with it's powerful flow blended with the entertainer's signature style and good vibrations. The joint shot to No. 1 on the Reggae Vibes Jamaican Reggae chart before finding its way onto several others and has become a staple among some of the best reggae tracks released since the start of the year.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mavado Popcaan Junior Reid and Jah X for Bobby Shmurda 'Modmon" or Hot Nigga Revamp

New York's out-of-nowhere sensation Bobby Shmurda just might have the song of the summer with 'Hot Nigga," but he's about to add more fire.

As reported on Vibe Magazine website, 20 year old Jamaica-Trinidadian spitter is putting on for his West Indian people with an official dancehall remix to his viral hit, which hit No. 52 on Billboard Hot 100 this week.  Shmurda says Mavado, Popcaan, Junior Reid and Jah X are hopping  on the 'Modmon" revamp.

The GS9 boss says the remix should hit just in time for the annual West Indian Day Parade, which takes place September 1 and treks Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway, not far from the block where Bobby's signature dance first went worldwide.  The shockwaves of the Jahlil Beats-produced "Hot Nigga" have already far exceeded New York City.

Jamaica's already going crazy, they got me in the newspaper and all that," says Bobby who made a surprise appearance during Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour in New Jersey. "Mavado called me yesterday saying they be talking about me all on the radio in Jamaica.

There are plans for another "Hot Nigga" update - Chris Brown, French Montana, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes are names that have been thrown around - but Shmurda lives up to his alias (shh!) when it comes to speaking about guests on the second remix.  As for this weekend's big parade in Brookly, Bobby is

John Kennedy Vibe Magazine

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IRAWMA Announces its 2014 Nominees

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) announce its 2014
nominees. Among a list of over 19o reggae/dancehall, calypso/soca and world music artistes, top nominees this year are Sean Paul, Chronixx, Major Lazer in 4 categories, Bunji Garlin, Mavado, Shaggy, Busy Signal and Calypso Rose in 3 categories. Winners will take their awards at the  Saturday October 4 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Florida. 

Sean Paul
Jimmy Cliff
Nominated for the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year Award are Jimmy Cliff, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Sean Paul and Soja. Fans and well wishers get a chance to vote for their favorite artiste entertainer here

Shaggy and Tessanne
The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) was established in 1982 and acknowledges and honors the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, promoters and musicians.  The Award show over the years has been staged in across major cites in the US including Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, New Orleans, New York as well as Jamaica

QQ for BET 106 and Park

BET 106 and Park welcomes Jamaican Dancehall artiste QQ to their live show August 27.
He is expected to perform his 2008 hit single 'Stookie' and 'One Drop ft Venomous'  QQ in a publication by the local STAR newspaper said "I'm elated, it's most certainly a pleasure to reach such a milestone in my career like this because, this is a dream for a lot of youths including me, and its now becoming a reality. So What it tells us as youths is to continue to work hard towards your dream and never give up or give in to weak-minded people that come with negatives. Just trust in God and it will happen." 

QQ's upcoming New York trip will see him courting a busy schedule that involved an escort by new music cable network Revolt TV for a week and making stops Hot 97, Sirius, Irie Jam and Link Up Radio stations and making a guest appearance at Hot 97 DJ Magic's, Press Car Show.