Friday, February 17, 2012

Introducing Mr. Charge 'A Product of Successful Talent Competitions'

(Kingston, Jamaica) Local music talent competitions are more and more, serving as the ideal launch pad for upcoming artistes.  Many of those who participate in these competitions walk away (win or lose) confident, that they have garnered adequate attention from the public to push further with their careers.  This is plausible because it had been harder in the past for artistes to ascertain this type of exposure independently, an important undertaking to their development  and potential of becoming popular. 

One artiste among many, who have capitalized on the exposure gained from having participated in the 2011 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition is young Dwayne Edwards a.k.a. Mr. Charge.  He became one of the lucky competitors to be named, Judge Scatta Burrell’s Wild Card where he advanced to the top 12.

Though he had hoped to go further or possibly winning the competition, the exposure gained from the widely televised talent show was enough for Mr. Charge to leave a favourable impression upon a London based company, Chaydia Records which particularly became interested in working with him after seeing his performance on show. 

Chaydia Records signed the West Kingston born artiste by the end of 2011 and has officially launched a promotional campaign for further development of his career and advancement of becoming internationally acclaimed.  Chaydia Records dropped three (3) singles entitle, Lyrics Hot So and Soon My Time then moved quickly at shooting a follow up medley video for Hot So and Soon My Time.  The beach scene video was directed by Nordia Rose and is expected to hit local cable/tv channels soon click for behind the scenes view here

Mr. Charge became an ardent music fan while he was in school and by the time he was out of school, would often attend dancehall events in his hometown. He admitted that not long after attending the Dances, his interest in music surpassed an admiration for stalwarts like Bounty Killer (who was at the pinnacle of his career back in the day) to become a life -long dream to which he is passionate and relentless in his pursuit of becoming a popular Artiste/Entertainer.

Mr. Charge recorded a couple of tracks earlier in his career with producer Junior Andy, son of veteran Horace Andy that received airplay. These included tracks such as his patriotic, Jamaica song as well as, Anything You Waan Me Wi Give You and Nah Kill Mi Friend. He has performed on the Irie FM and  Roots FM Cross County Road Show respectively before entering the Magnum Kings and Queen competition.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"A Yah So Nice!"

North Cost Beach Scenery
Jerk Pork from Jojos
When you think of the Jamaican beaches, food, music, people or collectively the Jamaican culture, one can appreciate the newly touted slang, "A Yah So Nice!!"  Yeah man, this new slang has springboard to popularity among  Reggae/Dancehall fans these days. 

The Jeep Bob Marley drove on  display at the Museum in Kingston 
 Vendor moves around the town of falmouth  with all this goods displayed on a cart

'A Yah So Nice!!' orginates from an upcoming Dancehall artiste called, Potential Kid who has been inspired by the harsh realities of his surroundings, the real ghetto lifestyle but proudly admits that despite all that, "A Yah So Nice!!."  

Yeah man, indeed if one could look beyond the violence and crime that cripples the potential of development in the ghetto, inner city communities, hood, slum or whatever some choose to refer to these dwelling places of many Jamaican families;  As unimaginative as it may seems to some,  it is an interesting experience to witness how people living under these conditions expresses love or share the little they have with each other, enjoy life, appreciate things so easily overlooked, look out for each other and defend who they are;  It is something to admire.  Europeans love Europe, Americans love America and we have to admit that "a deh so nice" (which is ironically, the song title for Macka Diamond's new track) but one cannot blame people for loving who they are and where they are from?

Ghetto style
As Jamaicans prepare to celebrate 50 years of independence and despite some unfavourable publicity over the years, the people can be proud of the legacies of 'positive elements' that emanated from the shores of the island and impact the rest of the world. Jamaicans love the people of the world because it is they who are very appreciative of their lifestyle and culture so a proud Potential Kid's analysis of his 'ghetto lifestyle' is indeed reflective of how Jamaicans feel about Jamaica..yeah mon, "A Yah So Nice!!" fi real.."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales (R) presenting radio host David Rodigan with the prestigious Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award (MBE).


NY: London's Kiss FM radio host David Rodigan had his "moment" at Buckingham Palace in England on Feb 14th when he was presented with UK's fifth highest award, the prestigious Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Queen Elizabeth couldn't make it to the award ceremony so it was His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales who presented Rodigan with the prestigious award.
Rodigan' illustrious career as a radio host and sound system selector spans 35-years. Rodigan can be heard on Sunday night 11 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. on London's Kiss FM and in the USA on WVIP 93.5 FM on Irie Jam Radio on the popular 'London Calling' which airs each Saturday.
A few years ago IAMGES Newsletter did a 'One on One' interview with the celebrated radio host who rose to fame in Jamaica during his popular radio clashes with Barry "Barry G" Gordon.
Here are exerts from an interview with Rodigan.
As a big storm blankets New York with 12” of snow, David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan, well-known British radio personality, DJ, reggae enthusiast and music collector is preparing to fly back to London after hosting a series of dances in the Big Apple. “Roddy is not only a big time dj in England, he regularily host the “London Calling” on Irie Jam, WVIP radio in NY.
Long before he began his exploits on Irie Jam radio in New York, Rodigan made his name in London and Jamaica. In fact for more three decades, he has been the voice of reggae on UK radio. From 1979-1990, he hosted the "Roots Rocker's" show on London's Capital Radio. At Kiss 100 FM in London, he also presents a Monday night Reggae show, as well as a broad-based weekday drive time show. For thirteen years, he also hosted the Saturday "Reggae Night" at Gossip's nightclub. Given the respect he commands in the business, many are surprised to learn that he is white. But don’t be fooled by his looks or British accent. Sound systems like Bodyguard and Stone Love have made the mistake, and paid dearly.
INL: So how did you get into Reggae?
DR: "I lived in a village in Oxfordshire, and in Oxford itself there was a small Jamaican community. We would meet them through football matches, and just hang out in town. And at fourteen or fifteen, when you were sneaking out to go to clubs, the music that was being played was Rock Steady, Ska, in '67. I was a young Mod and that's the music we bought; that's the music we loved. We rode around on scooters, and we'd go to all-night Ska dances."
INL: How did you get connected with Irie Jam?
DR: I first got connected with Irie Jam when Louis Grant invited me to come on board with a program called “London Calling.” The concept was to present a news desk of what was happening in London musically and otherwise, to reflect on the popular releases of the week and to do a little vintage section. I would also do an analysis of a particular artist work. The idea was to expand Irie Jam’s audience, to give a better service and more news and other coverage from other parts of the world where reggae is popular.
INL: How did radio listeners in New York receive the show?
DR: It was very well received. I remember one particular time I landed at JFK airport in NY and got into a yellow cab to go into Manhattan. I was having a casual conversation with the driver and I asked him as a matter of interest what was his favorite station. He said ‘I listen to Irie Jam, that is my favorite station.’ He said ‘my favorite DJ, who is coming on later today is David Rodigan.’ I just could not believe what I heard. And I said to him, ‘you are not gonna believe this but I am David Rodigan.’ The man nearly crashed his car on the bridge. He could not believe it. He shook my hand off when we got to the hotel. That was an example of people’s response from the street. I think people enjoyed the program. It was something different, it was from another country and it was up to speed with what was happening in England.
INL: Would you be interested in doing another program on Irie Jam?
DR: Absolutely! It is something that I would love to start doing again.
INL: What is it like being white in a black industry?
DR: "I have never been in a situation where I have been booed, where I have been given any kind of bad treatment. I have walked through Western Kingston. I have walked in the toughest parts of town, where other Jamaicans would say they wouldn't go, and I have never ever felt remotely threatened, intimidated, frightened or concerned, in fact quite the reverse."
INL: How did the famous radio 'clashes' with Barry G come about?
DR: "In 1983 I was doing a program in Jamaica for London's Capital Radio and Barry G had his own show there [in Jamaica]; so I invited him on to be my guest and he responded accordingly. So we started these clashes." Broadcast simultaneously in London and JA, "they became phenomenally popular in Jamaica because there had been sound system clashes from the beginning of time in Jamaican music, but not on air; so it was great fun."
INL: You have covered the reggae scene for many years, what are your thoughts on the industry today?
DR: I think reggae has come a long way. I admire what some people have done both artistically and from an industry point of view. I admire the work of VP Records. They have done a lot to break the music in the US. May his sole rest in peace… the great Vincent Chin and Mrs. Pat who set it up. From those two seeds in a pot, look what it has grown into today! An empire in America. That is impressive. Reggae has come a long way. In 40 years the music has grown by leaps and bounds. It has had such a major impact on world music, from the Rolling Stones, The Police to Paul Simon who have covered the music. Those early recordings of the Skatalies and the Wailers, those were the masterpieces, the benchmarks, the templates, the original sketches that became the glorious work, which we now look back at and admire with such joy. They artists have inspired generations to follow through.
Rodigan on the mike
David Rodigan hyping up music lovers at one of his famous sound clashes
David Rodigan
'Barry G' Gordon

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rasta Love at Valentines

It is indeed a coincidence that the song we are about to feature is by another authentic Jamaican Rasta man.  We unearth Sevad's "Every Day is Like Valentines" love song and featured it here a few days ago, because we thought it was 'puurr fect" for this Valentines season, but his, is one out of many.  We invite you and your love one to take a moment and listen to the songs feature here in "Rasta Love at Valentines" and do have a wonderful Valentines Day.

 Asante Amen wanna, 'Wipe Your Tears' away this Valentines Day, listen up

The only female featured among the group is the new Jamaican Goddess of Lovers Rock,  singer/songwriter Sophia Squire.  Sophia's "Nature's Call" as you will hear when you click:- has spent weeks possibly months in rotation on several Jamaican radio and is still a hot number.  There are several Jamaican artistes out there that you need to know. Their talents are unending and while we might not feature them all here, those who we present to you, demonstrates the multiplicity of talented artistes emerging out of Jamaica at this time.

Isat poured his heart out on this one 'Unbreakable' This is how he describes his love for the woman in his life.  

"Your not just my queen, you a me Empress.  Love how you look ina you tall dress"  says Belizean Rastafarian Reggae artiste Eljai on this track.  Based in California, Eljai has got the true authentic sound of a Jamaican Rastaman who is pouring out his love on Valentines  In case you neva know, 'a yah so nice!'