Friday, June 15, 2012

Rod Hallett President International Touring AEG Live Takes Jamaica 50 Celebrations to London's 02 Arena

Rod Hallett
He was instrumental in developing the Michael Jackson comeback tour in London's 02 and was finalizing details for those 50 sold out-shows at the time of the late pop icon's untimely death; Rod Hallett President of International Touring at AEG Live recently visited  Jamaica to launch a project close to the British music industry veteran's heart.  According to Harlett (the local news reported), he and his team have assembled, "the most powerful reggae bill seen in England."  He is the main man behind the July 25 to August 6 extravaganza showcasing Jamaican pop culture at the London 02 Arena.   For Harlett, who started his career as a manager/booking agent for top reggae acts such as Tappa Zukie and Burning Spear, the show goes beyond business. "It's a personal thing for me.  When I hear Jamaica was celebrating it's 50th anniversary I said let's do something here,"  he told the Jamaica Observer. The country's music film, folklore and lifestyle will be forefront as well as exhibition on the work of reggae legend, Bob Marley.  The event takes place during the London Olympics.

Marcia Griffiths & Freddie McGregor
The cast is built around several artistes who hit the British pop charts during the 1960s and 1970s. They include singers Jimmy Cliff, Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths and Freddy McGregor; producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Musicians Ernie Ranglin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and old school deejays U Roy and Big Youth.

Damian "Junior Gong' Marley, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Herritage and Shaggy are some of the contempory acts scheduled to perform. Dub poet Mutabaruka and the No-Maddz Band are also part of a diverse card.

While music is the event's dominant theme, as many as 12 Jamaican films will be shown at the venue's Vu Cinema. Several Jamaican plays will also be shown.

"Our whole plan was to make this celebration of Jamaican culture, not just music," Hallett said. 

Located in south east London, the 02 Area is a multi-faceted indoor arena that has featured the biggest names in pop music including Bon Jovi. The area hosting the reggae show has a seating capacity of 2500.

It was reggae music that first drew Rod Hallett to Jamaican culture in the early 1970s. Born in Sussex, south England, he said he was blown away by The Wailers' 1973 album, Catch a Fire, and began collecting reggae records as a teenager.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Macka Diamond Strikes Again "Hide & Cheat" with Juggla

A champion at what she does, Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond strikes Again with a hot topic, suggestive Dancehall track entitled, "Hide and Cheat" featuring, promising Reggae/Dancehall artiste and producer Juggla.  

Not only is this one a good collaboration between the two, but also a good production.  The riddim climaxes with every verse of the song and sets the tone and mood for the track; while the artistes, both very good at creating the right perception for whatever story they want to bring across, sits on it and rides it well.  Yah mon, da one ya shat! but that's my opinion, what do you think? you be the judge click

Now in its 16th year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike.  It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.  Past artistes have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40's Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Occean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson.

This year six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will headline the upcoming St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place on Thursday June 28th to Saturday June 30th, 2012.  This was confirmed at an impressive sponsorship and media launch at the Marriott Resort in St. Kitts today when local Music Festival executives announced that they were excited to have finalized arrangements to add Toni Braxton to the high quality artiste roster as the main headliner for this year's "sweet sixteen" annual event.

Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, said the multi-platinum superstar will perform at Warner Park Stadium on Saturday, which is the last night of the three night festival.  "we are proud to have Toni Braxton visit with us in St. Kitts to headline one of the most dynamic lineups for this year's St. Kitts Music Festival,' Skerritt said.

With more than 60 million albums sold worldwide Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation with her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, pop, jazz and gospel.

Presently, Brazton is enjoying huge success with Braxton Family Values reality sow on the WE network, however she is best known for songs like "Another Sad Love Song", "Breathe Again," "You're Makin Me High," and "He Wasn't Man Enough."

The addition of Toni Braxton now completes an impressive St. Kitts Music Festival lineup, which includeds Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, Omarion, Machel Montano, Morgan Heritage, Krosfyah, I-Octane and Popcaan.

Thursday 28th June, 2012
Machel Montano and Team HD
Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah
Spectrum Band
Nicha B
Grand Masters
Shakki Starfire
Ali Dee
Stitch In Time

Friday 29th June, 2012
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Morgan Heritage
Courney Pine
Eric Donaldson

Saturday 30th June, 2012
Toni Braxton
Roberta Flack
Liamigua Project