Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reggae's Royal Family Morgan Heritage announce the release date of their 10th studio album 'Strictly Roots'

Having fully recharged their momentous journey in the past year and a half, and having unquestionably established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission.  The Royal Family of Reggae, has taken the impressively significant step to announce the release of their upcoming album "STRICTLY ROOTS" 

"STRICTLY ROOTS' will be delivered exclusively on their independent CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group.  Undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae's most powerful forces on the global stage, the sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy "Gramps" Morgan (keyboard/vocals, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan (percussion/vocals) has embraced the challenges that come with empowerment of this nature Amazing.  

According to Gramps, "STRICTLY ROOTS" our 10th studio album is particularly significant. It represents our first album released indepedent of VP Records, on our very own label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and we're grateful for our years with them.  We just felt it was time to approach the release of our music differently."

Possessing that unmistakably authentic Morgan Heritage organic roots sound with an expansively eclectic mix that takes it seamlessly into hybrid valleys and mountains, Strictly Roots interesting pays homage to the elders, while ironically, also blazes the trail towards the exciting future of roots.  "We know what our fans want; we know exactly where we want to take them and we know precisely how to get them there," shrewd lead singer, Peetah Morgan, say confidently of the ground-breaking album which is set for April 20, release.

Among the heavyweights co-producers with Morgan Heritage on STRICTLY ROOTS are Don Chandler and BBC One/1Xtra's Seani B who co-produced the compelling lead single, 'Perform and Done' already released on iTunes; Shance C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions); multiple Grammy nominee, Jason "J-Vibe" Farmer; French reggae/dancehall production duo matthieuBost and Jeremie "Bim" Dessus; guitarist Andrew "simmo" Simpson and DJ Fras. Contributing to the brilliant instrumentation for which a Morgan Heritage album is renowned, is multi-fauceted studio and touring drummer, American Gil Sharone, whose DVD, Wicked Beats, incorporating ska, rocksteady and reggae, won the Drummie Award in Drum Magazine for "DVD of the Year" in 2011.  

A release state that the video premier of lead single 'Perform and Drive' will showcase on
Billboard Magazine website and according to Morgan Heritage in this regard, "this song is just an introduction to the creative approach we took with this album. Krystia Rhodes and the entire Image Development Studios team wrote a hell of a treatment to highlight this creativity and the Director William Richards executed their vision perfectly. We're really looking forward to the premier of this video."

Like its predecessor, Here Come The KingsSTRICTLY ROOTS successfully incorporates R and B and a hint of dancehall, but it goes a step further with his synergy and almost effortlessly fuses a type of roots, pop and dancehall majesty that could only be truly achieved by the Royal Family of Reggae. STRICTLY ROOTS becomes available on all major digital platforms April 20th with CD purchases available April 21, on www.morganheritagemusic.com

Source: The Howard Theatre

Monday, March 2, 2015

Well Hello UK! Chart shows "Taste Victory" by Nesbeth sending tremors in the region

Perch at the top of Jamaica Music Countdown (JMC) Top 25 Reggae Singles chart now 2 weeks in a row, "TASTE VICTORYby Nesbeth has not only been sending tremors across the Jamaican music landscape but is currently showing signs similarly across the United Kingdom as it reign on top of SFDC Radio Weekly Reggae chart ahead of trending tracks, Rock Stone by Steven Marley, Clean Like a Whistle by Chronixx, Steppin Razor by Christopher Martin, No Stylin by Protoge, Stay With Me by Romain Virgo, Richest Girl by Etana and African Princess by Tenza.

This is certainly not a first for Nesbeth who has had singles like Boardhouse and Guns Out soared across those regions, seeping into Europe around 2008. But having 'Taste Victory' off the 'Victory EP' seemingly walking a similar path and more effectively, signs like this are all too important to miss. Of course, one can appreciate how the artiste must have felt back then, a missed opportunity to greatness. 

But what is to be must be! The prospects for 'Taste Victory' and Nesbeth's career in general is global. As concluded by some reviews, 'Taste Victory' is somewhat autobiographical, and employs a slight edge of rock music again, or moreso the fact that, Nesbeth turns hardship into optimistic Reggae Vibes are insights that suggest songs such as 'Taste Victory' is timeless and has become a motivational message of hope. Nesbeth will embark on his first tour across Europe called 'Victory' July/August 2015. 

Excerpts: Reggaeville, MTViggy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday best! Insta Hot Picks

We dishing out our Sunday best and hope you like it. Got some interesting #InstaHot picks for you so lets go what you think?....

Fluffy Miss Kitty, radio personality and show host is sitting pretty onset the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall live show. Never a dull moment when she grace the radio airwave, tv/cable or stage. Ms Kitty is always vibrant and extremely funny, don't be fooled by the innocent look, she is crazzzy an dem sup n deh! #rollstongue lalalalalalalala!

Wassup Tess?  Tessanne show off her makeup before 'a shoot' of course she not giving that bit of info away but anyway she look purrdieee eeh? Check the hashtags #AllAboutTheEyes #SimpleandCleanButFierce Haven't done a mohawk inna minute but #DearGodMayDiHairStayUp lol

Helioooo!!! Good to see you Samantha J, showing awf her beauty with a #sundayselfie
Well hello thurrr! smiling from ear to ear and laughing like crazy for God's know what. Pressure was captured recently in this shot with the handsome 44 years old Tyson Beckford at 40/40 club.

Best believe this boi has taken over the 'Dancehall' scene. Arguably the hottest selector on the block right now, Foota Hype is busy like a bee.  Seems like he's got a clone because he's everywhere, yup!
Guess What? he's about to drop a track do you think he should venture into the 'deejay' world?


Friday, February 27, 2015

When the deejay sings; Konshens covers John Legend 'Nobody In The World'

It's always a pleasure listening to a dancehall deejay's rendition of love song.  Some can be amusing and some astonishing recognizing hidden talent but whenever it happens antennae goes up.  Dancehall artiste Konshens is the latest deejay to lend his talent to one such song.  He has brought the clarity he's known for, a little melody fused with his deejay style to create his own rendition of John Legend's 'You and I, (Nobody In the World)' and first ever cover released under his moniker.

Sounding like the personal message it should be, Konshens twist to the song has given it a pass in this writers book. Produced on his independent SubKonshus Music/RoadLife label, "Nobody In the World" by Konshens #sellawwf and is worth a listening ear click to listen


Third World Band announce their 'Jah Live' summer tour 2015

Celebrating 42 years, 'Reggae Ambassadors', THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing elements of R and B, funk, pop and rock and later on, dancehall and rap, Third World's style has been described as "reggae-fusion".

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love", "96 Degrees in the Shade" and "Try Jah Love" spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, "Where did it all begin? What gives Third World the staying power so rare in the music industry?" Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide.  It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant' an asset to any size festival / event.

Third World has performed to thousands of music fans on 6 of the 7 continents; The world known band has toured and recorded with the late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978.  Third World recorded and toured with the great, Stevie Wonder who produced 2 of their albums in the 80s released with CBS, they toured America with the legendary guitarist Santana, opened for the Jackson 5's first concert in Jamaica, shared stages throughout the world with the Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony and more.

Third World's hit songs have reached top 40 on the Billboard charts both in the United
States of America and the United Kingdom, as well as Europe and Japan and received a platinum award in Japan.  In 1986, Third World received the United Nations Peace Medal for the contribution of music and lyrical prose.  They performed on the MTV Amnesty International Concert at a sold out Giant Stadium in 1986, performed at the Rose Bowl with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Welcome Home Nelson Mandela concert in 1990 and have been featured at major sporting events including the Lord's Cricket Grounds in the UK in 2000, and Opening Ceremony for Cricket World Cup in 2007.  Third World band has entertained millions across US television shows to include, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in his time, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, Top of the Pops, Shirley Bassie show and so much more!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Princess and Queens Part 4: Nina Simone 'The High Priestess of Soul'

Nina Simone

February is Black History month, the appropriate time to reflect on some great, black 'Princess and Queens' who made an indelible mark in history centuries ago. History proves that women have always played a significant roll in leadership, have stood up for what they believed in and fought for freedom, many have forgotten and/or undermine.  While great women are few in numbers compared to men historically, great Princess and Queens have lead by example, strong, smart and respected.  A trait, seemingly oblivious to some young women today. This, the 4th part of the series bring to a close N.I.P. February 2015 Black History Month feature. We sincerely hope, even one black sister out there was empowered and drew strength from one of, if not all the black Princess and Queens Featured here .  Our Queen of the moment and final feature is the late Ms. Nina Simone.

In May ways, Nina Simone's music defied standard definitions.  Her classical training showed through, no matter what genre of song she played, and she drew from many sources including gospel, pop and folk.  Often called the "High Priestess of Soul," Nina did not like the label of "Jazz singer." She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.

Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and 60s. By the mid-60s, she became known as the voice of the civil rights movement as she wrote songs promoting the Movement including the "Mississippi Goddam" in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.  After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Simone penned "Why (The King of Love is Dead)." She also wrote "Young, Gifted and Black," which became a popular anthem at the time.

The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist but was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia despite a well received audition because she was black.  Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums.

Two days before Nina Simone died, April 21, 2003, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia awarded her an honorary degree. she left a timeless treasure trove of musical magic spanning over four decades.


A New Image Promotions publication in recognition of Black History Month February 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nesbeth Among 11 Jamaican Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive; Demands Evoke a 'Victory' European Tour

Eleven Jamaican artistes have been identified and listed as "Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive" on MTViggy.  Among the powerful 11 is Nesbeth who has been since 2014, experiencing positive outcome and turn of events in his career that is not only long in coming but well deserved. 

Written by Jesse Serwer the piece made clear the writers own proclamation as to why these artistes are seen as 'saviours'' of Roots Reggae.  Here, we are happy to share excerpts of that article with you..

The music vibrations coming out of Jamaica as firmly tilted back in the direction of roots reggae and other conscious expressions"  

Among the many legacies the late Bob Marley left his native Jamaica is the world's most recognizable brand of conscious music....Reggae has moved onward since Marley's passing in 1981, but Bob has remained the template for all soul rebels, from firebrands like Buju Banton and Sizzla to his sons Stephen and Damian Marley to reggae's newest superstar, Chronixx.  With the musical vibrations coming out of Jamaica firmly tilted back in the direction of roots reggae and other conscious expressions, here's a look at 11 active message-oriented newcomers from the island worth keeping tabs on.

11 Jamaican Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Alive:-
Iba Mahr
Kabaka Pyramid
Jah 9
Jesse Royal
No Maddz
Daniel Bambaata Marley
Raging Fyah 

Nesbeth Turns Hardship into Optimistic Reggae Vibes
Roots reggae has seen an infusion of young talent in the last few years, but not all of its new hitmakers are overnight successes. Nesbeth has been working the circuit in Jamaica for years, but it wasn't until 2014 that he had his breakthrough with the grassroots hit "Ole Gangalee." The uplifting "Taste Victory" is his latest local hit in Jamaica Read more

Nesbeth European 'Victory' Tour 2015
As a result of a highly successful year 2014 that has seen his career springboard into 2015, Team Nesbeth will embark upon his first tour of Europe to promote his current EP 'Taste Victory.'  With open dates on the calendar, interested promoters are encouraged to make bookings.


Picture Dis!

When you meet a superstar who's album you been featured on (l-r) Asssassin and Kanye West
when two artistes makes a puurfect couple but they not (l-r) Queen Ifrika and Nesbeth

When The fastest man meets the loudest selector (l-r) Foota Hype and Usain Bolt

When Beauty meets the Fireman (l-r) Capleton and Tessanne Chin
When Ms Jamaica Universe meets Mr Dancehall Universe (l-r) Sean Paul and Kaci Fennel
When you think you're funny but you not lol (l-r) brothers Isat and Tafari


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chronixx Announce 'Capture Land' Tour for Jamaica and more

Some reggae fans might not know or would not have guessed that where tours are concern, it is very uncommon for a major reggae artiste to execute such in Jamaica. Last year 2014, Tarrus Riley brought his 'Love Situation' tour home, now as officially announced, Jamar Rolando McNaughton better known as Chronixx will also be taking his 'Capture Land' Jamaica Tour Part 1 throughout his homeland from March 11 through to 15.  The five venue leg follows his 'Dread and Terrible' U.S. west coast tour leg and will see him perform in Negril at The Rock (2 nights) St. Elizabeth Technical High School (S.T.E.T.H.S.) in the Parish of St. Elizabeth, the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland and the Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston. 

Chronixx dropped the video for "Capture Land" after a 22 date European tour, sold out shows in New York City and an appearance on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon on NBC last year.  
Chronixx took his audience to Jamaica, his homeland, as he walks through a normal day in his life, all while singing the smooth and relaxed cut that is further uplifted by the amazing scenery of the Jamaican coast and culture.

With the west coast leg of the 'Dread and Terrible' Tour under-way since February 14th, Chronixx continue to share more of who he is and what he likes with fans.  Disclosing his likeness for 'beads' recently he posted a photo display of nice a necklace with caption "Two things I love...good music and nice beads...." and, "we will be out here on the west coast with these beautiful handcrafted pieces by @enboisofficial..."

As for Enbois (Each. New. Bead. Offers. Its. Support), 10% from the sale of each bead goes to the AAH (Action Against Hunger). So more meaningful merchandises and branding are surfacing and its a good look for the artistes and the industry, yep!...Jamaicans when quoting a particular parable would say, ole people use to sey, "well, ole people use to sey one one cocoa full basket" Outdeh!

Resource: www.chronixxmusic.com