Friday, January 4, 2013

The NIPnews Weekender Update

Rihanna Tupac Shakur and Vybz Kartel Tops Most Requested Playlist Among Prisoners 

#NIPnews: As Pop star Rihanna continues to share her world on instagram, one of her latest posts, a  section of an article, revealed that Jamaica's famed incarcerated Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel is the second Most Requested artiste on National Prison Radio (NPR) playlist in Britain by prisoners.  The article titled, 'Late Rapper 2Pac Tops Cell Counts' revealed that Ms 'badgalriri' as labeled on instagram is the only woman on the chart at No. 4. while 2Pac is the Nation's favourite music star....holding off Reggae fusion artiste Vybz Kartel.  NPR is available to all 84,000 inmates in Britain.

Waspp Drops 'Above Average' CD Mix
As promised, Jamaican Dancehall artiste Waspp released his "Above Average" street mix with free download for the fans.  The 17 tracks cd mix is a compilation of current release and previous releases included tracks such as Touch Off A Mi, Hott Like Fiya and Thank. Follow on Twitter @realwasp @team_pstreet @sophisnewimage and @1portiaclarke for further update #AttackAttack.

Kashu Rung In New Year 2013 with Promises Kept
Kashu, the 'Me Nuh Waan Buss Again' Jamaican artiste Kashu rung in the New Year encouragingly with his first performance off the island.  The singer jetted off on New Years eve to St. Maatens, performed his gig then return immediately to the Jamaica in time for Moby's Talent Search in his home parish held Fridays at Moby's entertainment complex while preparing for his grande debut album launch.  Manager Ryan Singh disclosed that Kashu's 'Campaign to Campaign' album launch will be held at Moby's on January 31, 2013.  Artistes Noddy Virtue and Hezron are already confirmed to endorse the event.  FOLLOW @kashuja on Twitter

Bramma Drops New Track & Holds Down Top Spot on Video Chart
Fast rising Dancehall artiste Bramma drops a new track entitled, 'Love Off Mi' on the Animal Instinct riddim.  Bramma who was suppose to be touring Europe this month along with his Big Ship Family will not make the tour as promised as it was once again postponed until further notice.  This week,  Bramma's raving video for the track, 'Bad' once again holds down the No. 1 spot on HYPE TV video chart.  The 24 year old's music career seems as promising as it ever was at this time with every popular radio station and sound system dj in Kingston playing his music.  Follow Bramma on Twitter @bramma1 for updates. 

By: Sophia McKay
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reggae's Khalilah Rose Interesting Chat with AllHipHop Dot Com's Niki Gatewood

In an interview with Niki Gatewood December 23, 2012, of popular website AllHipHop dot com, Khalilah Rose, the African born Reggae songstress who resides between Jamaica and New York speak about her life, homosexuality and music.  "Music can help feed the young - and get minds to open up...."

Khalilah Rose is Reggae's songbird.  This Roots and Culture Reggae artist surpasses any confines placed upon her genre; she soars along and continues to become a global presence.  "Hail H.I.M.", her international hit single stays atop the charts in several different countries.  Africa, the cradle of civilization has enriched her Jamaican roots.  In stateside New York, or diligently working on uplifting music in Bull Bay, the hailed singer/songwriter's creativity is reinforced with credible lyrics.  And, though Khalilah has been blessed with life, health, and strength, the rising icon still experiences the human condition.  Family, the nucleus of her world, at time brings stress, but is always there to demonstrate its support.

Unabashed candor envelopes her sincerity. Before continuing, Khalilah inhales a refreshing breath.  A smile tugs the corners of her generous mouth, releasing it she continues, "With all honesty, one of my greatest motivations is my family.  They want this just as much as I do.  They can't comprehend seeing Khalilah Rose without music; or, music without Khalilah Rose.  So, as they see everything progress they keep pushing inspiring me.  They're helping me so that my life can be balanced and I can keep pushing with the music..."  - and with that we begin this exclusive feature interview:  Where are you originally from, and where do you currently reside?

Khalilah Rose: Originally, I'm from Africa, of course.  My family is from Jamaica.  And I currently reside in New York and in Jamaica; I go back and forth. Since you were brought up in the Motherland, I have a question.  Is it true you're doing African shows for free?

Khalilah Rose: Yes, just as long as they can provide for my transportation and my accommodations. I'm willing to do shows in Africa for free, just as long as the proceeds are going to charity, to help someone. That is beautiful.  I heard something like that, but I was hating and didn't believe that you were that altruistic.

Khalilah Rose: [laughs] I did it because I was looking into the amount of money that promoters have to pay to get artists to come to Africa, it was very high. So, you know, I decided that I should do that. Out of the plethora of things that you could be doing, why do you share your soul through music?

Khalilah Rose: Well, I feel so strongly about the things that go on around me, and the things that happen in the world.  They just vibrate through my soul; it's so intense.  I felt like music is such a great tool to talk to a mass amount of people.  Music can help to feed the young, and to get minds to open up in a different way. The Reggae community is known for its dilligence stance against homosexuality.  Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man, Capleton and Bounty Killa were refused U.S. working visas because they oppose homosexuality.  As a woman, and as an artist, what are your views on the subject?

Khalilah Rose: Well, my view is that I know how God intended us on how to live.  I believe that the laws of God are very important for us to follow.  We all should live for the Most High, and that's it. No man is an island.  Usually a collective may realize a dream more quickly than a solitary individual.  As a Roots and Culture Reggae artist, how would you describe the factors that lead you to trust your career in the hands of a Hip-Hop manager?

Khalilah Rose: Being someone who has responsibilities, a family, I have to be there for them. I have to balance myself.  In order to balance myself, management is there to take care a lot of the business aspect of the music for me.  So, that way, I can be there for my family.  that's the most important factor. "Jah Is Living" and "Hail H.I.M." are a couple of your many songs celebrating God.  What makes you reference God so much when we live in a society that likes to shun His existence?

Khalilah Rose: I pray a lot.  And I've realized when I'm going through so many hard times, if I need anything, I can just ask God for whatever I need.  I just want the world to realize that we have the power to achieve anything and to heal any wounds.  And it is through God.  I just wish He was more vocalized.  In mainstream music, and the music that we hear on the radio, they always speak so much about being in a relationship, who looks cute, and who's going to the club, but what happened to the most important element in our lives?  That is the Creator. Some people may you view as having a meteoric rise to stardom.  What do you say to those who view you as an overnight sensation?

Khalilah Rose: It was a lot of hard work, you know. I've been through so much.  You know, I had a child at a young age.  To me, that was very hard.  It was a struggle.  To also have to put myself through school while being a single mother, I had to work very hard to get to where I am now.  So, that is so not true. To a point, you represent the "American Dream." Yes, you started your family early, you had to be self-reliant while you put yourself through school, and you're out here conquering your goals and reinforcing your dream.  You serve as a symbol to what one may accomplish if he's motivated....

Khalilah Rose: In this life, I see things that I want to achieve.  What is the purpose of me being here if I don't have goals and try to fullfill them?  I've realized that it is a reality that we may accomplish anything that we put our minds to.  You also have to carry God with you, and anything is possible. It seems as though your art is highly message-driven.  How are you learning to arouse a genuine concern for different causes without sounding preachy?

Khalilah Rose: I try to balance myself.  If you hear my song "Your Eyes", it's not really a preachy song.  Because I'm a woman, it's about an element of myself; in reality, I love to love.  I love to be in a healthy relationship.  I have to also embrace that part of me as well.  And sometimes, I may sing a song about that part of me. Face to Face magazine and the Jamaica Star are a couple of the international media publications that have focused upon you.  In your opinion, is there a difference between earning domestic and international acclaim?

Khalilah Rose: That's something that I speak to my manager about.  For me, I personally feel that I genuinely appreciate being globally recognized, rather than just being recognized in one area.  I see the impact; I get a lot of messages from all over the world.  From Egypt to Israel, from Israel to Nigeria, from Ghana to Guyana - all places- all over the world.  That makes me feel that I can impact more people than those that are just immediately around me.  But, globally, I'm very appreciative of that. Zion's Lullaby, your first album, dropped earlier this year.  What are your thoughts about what you learned while undergoing the process of recording and releasing it?

Khalilah Rose: Well, my thoughts are, I'm very happy.  I've learned that an album is like a book.  You know when you feel that story's finished.  Me as an artist, I have to stand firm to not let certain individuals around me tell me differently.  As an artist, or a writer, you know, when your story or when your book is complete.  So, I learned to be strong with myself; I know when my story is complete.  And that's what I did, I went with what I believed was the end.  I'm happy that I did that. This year you won the Linkage 2012 Best New Female Artist award.  Given that and your willingness to only collaborate with those who you think will complement your message - plus you've  sidestepped convention with not doing dub-plates - how do you remain steadfast and not allow convention to forcefully guide your steps?

Khalilah Rose: That is something that has been a journey for myself.  I had to break free from working with certain individuals, because they felt that I wasn't sexy.  That i wasn't using sex to sell my music; people told me that had to use sex to sell my music.  [They told me that] I should look a certain way.  They told me I should let my hair down.  Most of these people were males who told me to this.  

As a female that's doing this, I've been through a lot.  I just want to show everyone that you don't have to look a certain way.  As women, we don't have to sell our bodies just so that we can sell a record.  Knowing that, I'm keeping it in the forefront for everything.  That keeps me going.  Knowing that I'm not selling out my soul for any record, any popularity, or for any money. That is beautiful.  From the female perspective, you're showing us that we can win without a big dum *ss booty, a saline enhanced bust, or a weaved-up dome.  We can be talented and get noticed for that.

Khalilah Rose: [laughs] Exactly. Until the next time, what would you like to share with your supporters?

Khalilah Rose: You may contact me by emailing me at  That's the best way to contact me, or via Facebook.  And keep following Niki Gatewood. [laughs] I love you

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

'Busy' Signals Readiness for International Stage Once Again in Reggae/Dancehall Style

Busy Signal
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A musically matured Busy Signal upheld the expectation of the promoters of the Jamaican event brand STING, when he delivered what critics are calling 'an historic performance' at the troubled event.  Newest team member Joe Bagdonovich, who revealed 'Onstage,' an entertainment program aired on CVM television Jamaica that he pumped over J$20,000,000 into the coffers of the 2012 staging of the show, had promised during the show's promotional campaign that Busy Signal, among Sizzla Kolanji and a few others, would have been one of the 'game changer' artistes booked, that would bring about a well needed change to the overall outlook of the annual Reggae/Dancehall event.  

forefront: Josep Bogdonovich 
Josef Bagdonovich was indeed right,  STING, dubbed, 'The Greatest One Night Reggae/Dancehall show on Earth' and usually marred with on stage confrontation resulting from clashes between artistes, made Twitter's third most discussed topic between 1am and 7pm Wednesday December 27, 2013 (click to read more) and Busy Signal delivered one of, if not his best performance ever.

When Busy, who is freed of all charges by U.S. Federal authorities after spending 6 months in prison on Escounding bail related to drug charges hit the stage, his total presentation, from introduction that also included a display of what could have been his darkest moment (being held by the United States Feds) across large screens, a 'Busy' prayer of thanks and gratitude to the 'most high Jah' and an energetic burst onto the stage taking fans down memory lane, totally rocked.  Busy, signalled that he came prepared to deliver a show and by the time he got half way through his performance, demonstrated his readiness to once again take on the world stage, this time without fear or reservation and in true Reggae/Dancehall style.  

Backed by Jamaica's leading Saxaphonist Dean Frazer and his band, Busy spent much of his performance explaining his ordeal locked up in Federal prisons, "It was just six months but it felt like six million years" he said to an audience that went silent at some point listening his stories.  As he expressed gratitude for not only being able to perform before the massive Jamaican audience in attendance at the 2012 staging of STING and given a second chance at life, Busy told the crowd he understood what Buju Banton's plight might be like, "I know exactly what Buju Banton is going through and I wouldn't wish prison for my worst enemy.  I would rather accept an instant death penalty than to do time again."

Busy Signal started and ended his set on an all time high, he lead the entire venue into church after inviting his choir on stage and took them through his plethora of gospel songs.  After a year's load of demonic 'reign' by Dancehall's Tommy Lee,  Busy appropriately ended his set and subsequently the year, layered with showers of blessings in a fantastic performance, for all Reggae/Dancehall fans in attendance at STING 2013.

Written by: Sophia McKay
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