Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Guess Who's Back?

Spragga Benz
Spraggy Benz returns to the stage
This summer, dancehall icon Spragga Benz returns to the stage when he embark on his Shotta Culture Tour across Asia and Europe. The promotional tour will include a series of performances spanning from clubs to festivals including the Reggae Jam Festival in Germany and Reggae Geel in Belgium.

Spragga Benz will also present one of his protege Amlak Redsquare best known for spreading conscious lyrics and a revolutionary feel to reggae lovers near and far. Supporters can look forward to wel-crafted tour with a real reggae and dancehall vibe on one stage. 


Remember Shinehead? 
Shinehead
Shinehead is back! Best known for his timeless 1990s release, 'Try' Shinehead will also embark on a tour with the 2008 "Babylon in Helicopter" singer Mr. Williams across Europe this summer. The fact that Shinehead split his time growing up between Jamaica and America was reflected in all his recordings; the Kent, England-born vocalist released several albums between the late 80s and early 90s that blended dancehall and ragga with hip-hop. Whether Shinehead was toasting or crooning or flat-out rapping, he always balanced his material between the positive and socially conscious with more light hearted sentiments. He got involved with music by performing at New York sound systems in the early 80s and began releasing singles as early as 1984, including a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" which truly got his career rolling. His recording schedule slowed down during the latter half of the 90's, but he returned in 1999 with Praises, an album that consisted mostly of covers. 



The Browne's Brothers reunite after 40 years
Also back on the music scene are the brothers of the 'Browne's music family.  As reported
in the Jamaica Observer brothers Dalton, Glen, Noel, Clevie and Danny Browne recently returned to the studio with keyboardist Robbie Lyn and recorded the song, "I Was There" released on Glen's Island Treasure label. "It's been such a long time I never thought this would happen, but we all wanted things to be right if we were to work again," said 62 year old Glen, eldest of the siblings. 

The brothers recorded a few songs over 40 years ago before separating in the mid-1970's. they took different musical paths by 1976, with bass player Glen settling on the north coast hotel circuit. He later recorded and toured with Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Glen is currently a member of Tarrus Riley's band.  Dalton, a guitarist, became a top session musician and musical director for Freddie McGregor's band. Noel, a keyboard player lives in England and Cleveland (drums) and Danny (guitar) were the most successful commercially. The former joined the in Crowd Band and later became a member of Steely and Clevie, arguably the top producers in the annals of dancehall.
Danny, a founding member of the 1980s Bloodfire Posse, also excelled as a dancehall producer in the 1990s as head of Main Street Records. "We put our hearts into the song an' we can only hope people love it."

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