Sunday, September 13, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Rugged and Deadly album is finally completed and will be officially released September 11, 2020.
Bramma posted his album cover and tracklist to the delight of fans many of whom congratulated him. Executive Producer of the album Riddim Force Records and distributor VPAL Music also posted the album cover and tracklist on their respective pages.
The nineteen track compilation boasts major features by Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Steven and Freddie McGregor, Anthony B, Luciano the Messenjah and, the promising artist Zagga. Bramma also thanked producers Steven McGregor, Emudio Records, Tvch Point Music, DJ Smurf, German base producer Sensi Movement, and DJ Nico citing, "we made one for the books one that exudes our culture to the fullest, something timeless a masterpiece so thanks." Arranged by Bramma, Rugged and Deadly comes in a three-part storybook audio series with skits at the beginning of each new segment. Each track is reflective of one of Bramma's many moods and ways of making music to appease his diverse fan base.
Written by: Sophia McKay
Monday, August 3, 2020
|"visions of Rasta's Paradise"|
Vernal Sage hails from the parish of Westmoreland, in Jamaica, an old-schooler in music, his early musical influences were Ernest Wilson and Cocoa T, his neighbor, and friend from the district of Rocky Point in Clarendon where they both resided and where he harnessed his dream of becoming a Jamaican entertainer in his formative years.
Vernal Sage emerged once again onto the music scenes in June 2020, with his new single, Rasta's Paradise, a new music career, and, with new and exciting ventures to further indulge reggae music lovers.
Written by: Sophia McKay
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Some of the most successful Reggae artists of all time, are those who are able to project their own ideas of their culture through the music and are seemingly prophetic in their execution. Bounty Killer and Beenie Man's recent historic live stream performance has rehashed discussions with regards to the Jamaican Music Industry, of which this writer would like to share personal opinions.
Before the internet, the Jamaican music industry was somehow regulated, which made it more of a united business industry to some extent, even though there were disparities with varying management styles. If an international body wanted to conduct business with an artiste the agent for the artist would inevitably be contacted. Certain regulatory tactics enforced during that era proved to be more effective when compared to the freelance, free-for-all tactic provided by the world wide web now. A united industry leads Tessane Chin to victory on "The Voice" and Bounty Killer and Beenie Man to a historic live stream show that attracted almost half-a-million viewers. It is hereby fitting to remind ourselves that the two artistes in question are products of that era.
While all credit must be given to telecommunications giant Digicel, Ms. Sharon Burke, one of the cornerstones of the industry, Grammy-winning producers Swizz Beats, Timbaland, and the entire production team of the Bounty Killer Verzuz Beenie Man live stream recently, the show of support by members of the industry, and Jamaicans across the world, not only proved how marketable the Dancehall genre is; how much of a tourist attraction the music is, or, how impactful the culture is on the rest of the world but, also, how great we are as a nation when we pull together. Contrary to the narrative that is spewed when something goes awry, we have witnessed time and time again the success of our artistes on the international front. More Jamaican artists are going mainstream, more of our female artistes get recognition for their work and diversity. However, our failure to control key elements that make an industry not just great by name but by revenue accrued has created the inability of capturing the true value of the culture.
accounted for more than half (56.1%) of global recorded music revenue. Growth in streaming more than offset a 5.3% decline in physical revenue, a slower rate than 2018. This growth was driven by a 24,1% increase in paid subscription streaming with nearly all markets reporting growth in this area. There were 341 million users of paid streaming services accounting for 42% (33.5%), with paid streaming accounting for 42% of total recorded music revenue.
Lastly, lest we forget we are stronger together as a people and we all win when we support each other, the Bounty Killer and Beenie Man historic performance has afforded us insights that can help us navigate our way forward through any discourse. What is profound about their performance, is the fact that these two entertainers who were arch-rivals that aggressively competed for their standings seem quite comfortable working with each other. In the heat of things the dancehall 'general' did say, "on stage we war, inna real life we par." So, we can agree to disagree but let love and light lead us to victory. Who would have thought that Bounty Killer and Beenie Man would have come together in the manner in which they did and made us all proud in the way they have done? Who! Who! Who!...
Written by Sophia McKay
Excerpts: IFPI Global Music Report 2019
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Professor Donna Hope reposted Dancehall Archive sharing smiling pic and a little history.
Music Journalist and author of the book Rebel Frequency, John Masouri also shared a post on FaceBook, "when certain people leave us, it's as if an era has passed away with them.."
Clyde McKenzie remembered Bobby Digital his friend, "holding on to each other crying like two babies in a cemetery on a hill overlooking the plain of Manchester. We had lost our dear friend Michael Jones (Mighty Mike) and we're supporting each other .....
One of Bobby Digitals' most outstanding projects from then until now and will forever be for this writer is the album ''The Real Thing" by Sizzla Kolanji. Sleep In Peace Bobby, gone but not forgotten