Friday, February 5, 2016

Tanto goes to Canada

Tanto Blacks and Bounty Killa - "killa glad fi see mi a fly out"
"Canada mi a come..riich!" I have never mentioned him here, but i'm a big fan of Tanto Blacks, he cracks me up on instagram like so many of his over 50k followers. So consumed by his antics, visiting his IG page is a favorite pass-time of mine. This comedic, high energy dancehall entertainer whose 'slang' game is so strong, has landed a place among some of the hottest Dancehall artistes in my book and it was just a matter of time before Tanto start taking his whole entertainment package abroad.

Well Tanto's announcement this week of his Canada appearance on IG @Tantolifestyle was everything, "Canada mi a come...riiiich...., mi a pack mi suitcase yah, a doe kno which one fi carry but a gwine carry mi brown shoes..hat enuh! lol.

Jamaicans came to know Tanto Blacks in 2010 when he entered and won popular local talent show Magnum Kings and Queens unleashing a slew of slangs as well as showing off his entertainment delivery skills. But even though his name resonated well among fans from then, it has taken him some time to position himself among the best in the game. Check out this old interview on Nightly Fix, with Tanto Blacks and Poor and Boasy another artistes I hope to see in the big leagues. 

Tanto's slangs - budgettt, tweederrr, spectaculerrr, riiichhhh, real rich


Ketchup - Richie Stevens Sail Away Rhythm Sample Works for Rihanna; Foota Hype and Vegas brand name clothing

Rihanna's official lead single "Work" featuring Drake off her eighth studio album, ANTI, features a sample of singer/producer Richie Stevens, Pot of Gold label, 1988 "Sail Away" rhythm. In a Jamaica Observer article, Stevens recalled how it all unfolded, "they contacted me last week Tuesday and asked if I was the producer and owner of the master and I told them yes" then continued, "they said they would appreciate if I could move fast in assisting with the clearing of the sample because they wanted to release the song...."

The single, "Work" was produced by Boi-1da, PartyNextdoor and Sevn Thomas, all of whom trace their ethnicity back to Jamaica click to read more

Foota Hype/Mr. Vegas New Branded Clothing Lines
Popular Dancehall DJ/Selector Foota Hype launched a new business venture promoting his FHM collection of t'shirts and caps.  Foota launched his apparels recently in Florida as well as online across his fan base.  FHM line features unisex style clothing and is available for purchase online 

Meanwhile, Mr. Vegas is launching his new merchandise, MV Collections, a recollection of
his, 'Mr. Vegas' moniker, hit songs and important elements of his lifestyle and culture according to a release. The designs and slogans are internationally recognized across the world and includes brightly coloured printed t-shirts for both men and women. MV Collections will also be available for order online.


Reggae Month - JaRIA nominate Nesbeth's "My Dream" Song Of The Year

Now added to BBC 1Xtra the massive hit single "My Dream" written and recorded by Trench Town native Greg Nesbeth has been nominated, "Song Of Year" by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA). 

The single, off Nesbeth's management company Entertainment Soul label continues to reap rave reviews with noticeably some of the most encouraging and inspiring comments/post by fans on social media. With general elections in Jamaica slated for February 25, "My Dream" has crossed the political divide getting the nod by supporters of the two political parties.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association in its ninth year celebrating Reggae Month under the theme, "Reggae Mekyah", will be presenting a slew of events throughout the month to include, Reggae Open University, Reggae Wednesdays (it's signature event series) and the JaRIA Honours Awards.  

Other nominees for the "Song Of The Year" category includes Vershon "Inna Real Life", Kabaka Pyramid "Well Done", OMI "Cheerleader" and Inner Circle's "Tennement Yard" featuring Chronixx. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rebel Salute - Like a Fresh Vegetable; Nesbeth's One Song Slew One Segment "My Dream"

Moments! Rebel Salute 2016, "one of world's leading reggae events" and held in Jamaica, showcased some of the most heartfelt and electrifying performances, despite time constraints that forced acts to cut their performance short. There were many good moments, too much to list but some of my favourites are as follows and can be viewed as often as you wish on "Onstage" TV.

Beres Hammond and Tony Rebel performance "Like a fresh vegetable"....

Nesbeth has done something I've never seen before, he used one song in a whole set and slew a more "My Dream" is to live my dream watch...

Great! moment Beres Hammond Marcia Griffiths

Heart-felt, Magical is how I view this performance, one which we will never see again. It just goes to show that with music the more things change the more they remain the same..."Half Pint"..."Reggae"...."Best of Reggae".....

NIPnews: read Ja.Observer Rebel salutes festival

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mavado "Mr. Brooks" Promises Entertaining Performance at Rebel Salute 2016

Mavado in a somber mood at his home in Jamaica
"my music is about my experiences and I would like to be able to deliver that musically, in true Rebel Salute style" ~Mavado~

With a slew of hits, the most current being "Nuh Inna My League" on his independent Mansion Label, Mavado return to Jamaica to perform at Rebel Salute 2016, now dubbed 'one of world's leading reggae events' according to promoter and artiste, Tony Rebel. His visit comes 2 years since his last to the island and insurmountable rumors that he was faced with deportation from the United States. Mavado spent Christmas at his home in Kingston and held a Christmas Treat for kids in his 'gullyside' Cassava Piece, community. 

Regarded one of, if not, the only Jamaican entertainer to collaborate/feature on as many world's top urban acts at any one time and arguably, has the biggest feature yet with Hip-Hop mogul Jay Z, David Constantine Brooks aka Mr. Brooks, looks forward to his first performance on a major show in Jamaica in 2 years when he entertains the Rebel Salute audience, "my music is about my experiences and I would like to be able to deliver that musically, in true Rebel Salute style" he told NIPnews. He intends to walk fans through the era's of his Real McKoy, Gangsta For Life, Symphony of Mr David Brooks and Mr. Brooks - (A Better Tomorow) albums.

The self titled "gullygaad" has also contemplated burying some hatchet while in Jamaica could this mean it's possible he might be reaching out to Bounty Killer the 'grunggaad?' Well we know he still respects 'the general' and he already made good, burying the hatchet with long time friend and popular dj/selector Foota Hype. The two shook hands for the first time while they were in New York at  Mavado's concert that was held at Amazuru in December. Foota Hype was a special guest selector at the sold out event.

Now in it's 23rd staging, the two-day Jamaican roots-reggae festival, dubbed this year 'one of world's leading reggae events' will among it's entertaining list of performers the likes of Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians, Mykal Rose, Sanchez and Richie Spice and will be held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St. Anns.  

#NIPnews See also Mavado interview "Onstage"  on TVJ with Winford Williams

Rebel Salute one of world's leading reggae events

The annual Rebel Salute, reggae festival kicks off in Jamaica Friday 15 -16 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St. Ann. Tony Rebel, promoter of the event, says the show he first held in 1993 is one of the leading reggae events in the world, and on par with major European festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel."Rebel Salute is of the highest standard, we give no show any level above us" he told the Jamaica Observer. "Loads of people from those shows come to see what we do, so we set the bar."

Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel are calendar reggae events, both held in the summer. The former lasts for a week in Bennicasim, Spain and is recognized as the biggest, most organised of its kind.

Reggae Geel is held in Belgium and in its 36th year is one of Europe's oldest and most established reggae festivals.

Rebel Salute is one of Jamaica's biggest music festivals, known for its focus on roots and conscious music. It began in 1994 in the parish of Mandeville and was long held annually in St. Elizabeth until 2012.  The event became a two-day festival as of 2014 and was moved to the Richmond Park Estate in St. Anns.

This year, marks the 23rd staging of Rebel Salute, Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians, Mykal Rose, Sanchez, LUST, Richie Spice, David "Mavado" Brooks and one of Reggae's hottest tickets, Nesbeth are expected to perform.

The inaugural Rebel Salute showcased a number of artistes who were leading figures in a roots-reggae revival that took place during the early 1990s. According to Tony Rebel, unlike other Jamaican shows, he and his team have considered inviting hip hop acts.

"We are a concert that promotes the indigenous Jamaican music product which is reggae. Even if someone is coming from abroad, they must do our music," he said.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Huge Donations From Sean Paul and iHeart Radio for Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation

In an "IG" post, Shaggy extend his appreciation to fellow Jamaican International Super Star Sean Paul on his birthday, January 9th, for his contribution of US$10,000 or J$1 million dollars to The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, "you've supported us by performing free of cost for the @shaggyandfriends show in the past and donated a much needed ventilator to the hospital all on your own. We salute you and thank you for your support and generosity! Bless!" the post read.

In another similar post Shaggy also said 'special thanks' to iHeart Radio's Evil Duran +Elvis Duran and the Morning Show  for donating US$25k in aid of the #bustamantehospitalforchildren. 

Interestingly also, #TeamShaggy4Kids garnered huge trends on Twitter during the Shaggy and Friends concert staging, making the social media's Top 10 Worldwide listing, reaching 13 million with 73 million impressions as seen in a post Shaggy shared on his IG.

Sponsorship for The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation has seemingly increased steadily over the years and includes major sponsorship across corporate businesses in Jamaica.

#NIPnews  see also,Strong Performance at Shaggy and FriendsSupport The Charities

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Call Me Marion

Formerly Lady Saw, Marion Hall's first interview as a woman in Christ watch...