Friday, September 21, 2012

Jamaican Singer/Songwriter Asante Amen Hit #1 on BBC Reggae Chart

Jamaican singer/songwriter and music presenter Asante Amen has hit #1 on the BBC 3 Counties Radio Top 10 Reggae Chart.  The BBC 3 Counties Radio is the BBC Local Radio service for the English counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The song doing the magic is entitled I'm Sorry and has held the #1 position now for two consecutive weeks.  According to Asante Amen,  it "has been getting consistent airplay on the station for about a year!" before making a d├ębut entry at #9 in mid August, 2012.  "I had promised DJ Warm and Easy who contacted me sometime ago that I would have done a dub for him and had not done it when he called on me again.  Because I made a promise, I had to full fill it so I did the dub around June and sent it to him" said Asante.
Two weeks ago it was DJ Warm and Easy calling on the artiste again but this time it was not for dubs but to inform him that the song had soared to number one on the station's Top 10 Reggae Chart.

This is huge exposure for Asante Amen who has worked tirelessly for years at his craft. As his catalogue builds steadily, Asante relishes the taught of his music's positive impact on people, seemingly across the globe.  His quest to deliver music of substance at all times has kept him focused through the tough times, "whenever I sit down to write a song, I give of my best" he said, "good music last forever."  In the past, Asante Amen has recorded other singles that have entered various music charts.  Tracks like "Wipe Your Tears" and more recently in Kenya another called Praises which also held a number one position.   

Written by:
Sophia McKay

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Okay so if you are still not convinced that fued is an essential part of the Dancehall culture then I'm convinced you live under a rock!  It has been from inception and will continue to be, problems only derive when it gets physical or as we have seen it with the Gully/Gaza issues, political.

Now we are seeing a new type of feud brewing in the Dancehall, past feuds among artistes involved territory, dominance and gang-like warfare among other. What is this new feud in the Dancehall about?  Well, it's about Bounty Killer's disapproval of young trending artiste Tommy Lee's so called, 'demonic songs' yup!  Bounty's expletive laced tweet read, "tired a dem now yow every man know a me say youths fi run de place, but nuh come chat nuh f****ry bout freak and devil and demon....." His expression clearly denounces this type of music, could this be a religious feud brewing? 

The songs that have left many persons questioning the contents and sparked much criticism are entitled 'Uncle Demon' and 'Daddy Devil' and recorded by Tommy Lee and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel.  In recent times, Tommy Lee's Gaza boss Vybz Kartel, has released more than one songs that have lead many to speculate his religious allegiance.  Could it be that Tommy Lee is carrying on the baton and if this is so, aren't they entitled to their freedom of expression?  

The subject of the discussion have angered other persons in the music industry, one known music producer Skatta Burrell tweeted, "cyan believe Jamaicans are inviting the devil into our blessed country...." but interestingly no local Gospel artiste has come forward to defend Bounty Killer's argument, at least not musically.  While all this is taking place Tommy Lee's infectious music are being played in every crevice and corner of the streets since his seemingly quick rise to stardom (click here to refresh your memory on how that occur and despite admitting that he respected the 'people's Icon' Bounty Killer; he quickly released a 'diss' song entitled "Goat Head" to the amusement of many.  

But in retrospect is it for us as individuals to decide against each other what is right or what is wrong or do we lay the foundation for the right and against the wrong by being exemplary? Understanding the politics and laws as it relates to freedom of speech, can anyone really stop this guy or any other person from singing what he believes is music?  Questions, questions, questions to contemplate; Did someone asked why this music is NOT selling? Oh I taught someone did, my bad..

Written by
Sophia McKay