Friday, January 11, 2013

Waspp "Above Average" CD Street Mix Out Now!

#NIPnews: Dancehall artiste Waspp drops his much publicised 'Above Average' CD mix a compilation which showcases the artist depth, versatility and lyrical prowess.  The disc will be available free of cost and can also be sourced via various online music outlets.

Armed with a management team the 'Cry Fi Dem' singer is now putting together plans for an island-wide campaign. Speaking with Prism Marketing, Waspp explains that unlike the norm of releasing a CD mix with the hope that it gets to the right persons.  He intends on embarking on a campaign across Jamaica bringing his brand of music to all fourteen (14) parishes.  The aim is to bolster his existing fan base and win new fans while familiarizing the masses with the face behind the music.

The 17 track mix presented by Pstreet records and mixed by DJ dot com will be released in two (2) cuts, clean and explicit. A combination of some of Dancehall's best producers including Daseca, Birchill and Jaydae Production completes the package of what promises to be one of the best mixes released by Waspp in recent times.  Fans will enjoy the skits and bonus tracks  such as current releases and potential hit "Touch Off A Mi," Jamaica radio playlist favorite, Hott Like Fiya and Thank You. The "Unfair Officer" and "Tek a Ride" artiste whose given name is Marvin Clarke recently released the official video for "Hot Like Fiyah" produced by JA Productions on the Overtime rhythm

To download click:- Above Average  Attack Attack!! Follow Waspp and the Pstreet team on Twitter @realwasp @team_pstreet @sophisnewimage and @1portiaclarke.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bramma on New Track; Gives 'Gorilla' Views

Dancehall artiste Bramma, anticipates the release of a new track he recorded hoping the fans will get excited about it the way he is, when they hear it.  The song, "Rasta Gorilla" he said, was recorded in a "remixed, old school style of deejaying" a first for him as he explore his own possibilities and give more of 'Gorilla Rasta' image.  

The fans Bramma said have been feeling his music for sometime now and the love and energy that is emanating from them has lead him to start sharing wholesomely his own perception of what Dancehall music is.  "This particular track though hardcore, is fun, it's crazy, it's playful; Hopefully will appeal to younger Dancehall fans everywhere"said Bramma.  "Even though we appear serious sometimes we enjoy a good laugh.  When me an me bredrin dem a hang out, any little talk, slang can trigger crazy laughter an a dem ting deh build vibes" disclosing how he and friends hang out.

When asked about NIPnews #savejamusic campaign Bramma's response was, " da sum n deh me haffi endorse.  Whey you sey, dis year we ago spend more time talking bout the fun things and the good tings whey a gwaan fi Dancehall?  Yeah man, dat shat! As Bramma 'Da Gorilla' hang with NIPnews Editor and pal Sophia McKay, he shared his own concern about the future of Dancehall.  Bramma believes that too much is read into the music and what the artistes are saying.  While he acknowledges that music is indeed a powerful tool to educate, a lot is blown out of context and blame thrown at artistes.  "As me sey before sometimes when me an me bredrin dem a hang out, we mek some talk and dem slap whey, every man a laugh crazy and dem ting deh build a vibe" he said which is carried forward into the music. "Yow, me nah sey yuh nuh have some real serious issue and dem ting deh whey artistes sing bout inna music but one a de problem wid Dancehall now is like everything the artiste sey now affects the kids.  Explicit BB messages, pics an dem ting deh nuh affect the kids when dem inna dem house wid dem parents, twitter, instagram, youtube, porn pon de net?  "Me just a ask" he continued.

As Bramma stroll through Half Way Tree in Kingston, people shouted, "Gorilla" or "DJ" and he would stop to shake someone's hand, hug a female or knock shoulder to shoulder in a friendly embrace going about his business. One woman  came up to the 'Bad' DJ and said, "Gorilla beg you a money fi buy something to eat?" and has he handed her some cash she said, "me see you pon TV wha day yah" that made him smile and as if speaking his thoughts aloud, he said "all dem ting deh mek we keep doing dis."

Looking somber, Bramma entered his vehicle and drove off, turning up the volume on his track, "gorilla dread locks rasta, gorilla dread locks rasta, gorilla dreadlock rasta, sey what d hell d police can do, a step me a step dem fi mek me go through, dis a nuh flintstone, a nuh ya ba da ba dooo...

Written by Sophia McKay

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teen Choice Best of 2012



Best New Artiste - Chronixx

Best Artiste[s] - Konshens and Romain Virgo (Honourable Mention: Aidonia)


Best Female Artiste - Tifa

Jermaine Edwards

Best Gospel Artiste - Jermaine Edwards

Junior Gong 

Best Song - Affairs of the Heart by Junior Gong

Comeback Artiste of the Year - RDX

Washroom Entertainment

Best Producer & Riddim - Washroom Entertainment - Dog Bite Riddim

Int'l Artiste of the Year - Taylor Swift

Int'l song of the Year - 'Gangnam Style'

Source: Teenage Observer 8/01/13 

Inner Circle, Soja & Rootz Underground Sold Out Revolution Live

If you are an avid reggae music fan in South Florida and you were in the Fort Lauderdale area on December 29th, 2012, you were in for a real treat at Revolution Live.  People gathered by the hundreds waiting in line for the stellar line up of musicians that night; Rootz Underground, Inner Circle and SOJA. Even though it wasn't exactly New Years Eve, for some reason, a patron felt as if they were invited to a super exclusive party and it was just obvious that it was going to be a blast.  The concert started at 9pm and everyone was eagerly awaiting the night's performances.

Rootz Underground opened the show and instantaneously the party had begun.  From the very beginning of the show, it is quite evident why lead singer Stephen Newland's moniker is "Lightning" there is no denying the energy he emulates during performances, which was proven to be quite contagious during their set.  In songs like "Hammer" and "Corners Of My Mind" he glided across the stage, popping and locking his arms like a breakdancer with every drum beat.  It was clear that a surge of energy had hit the band while playing "Time is An Illusion" and "Farming" all of a sudden it was like there was an invisible trampoline right underneath the feet of Steven as he sang, and he began to jump.  For a second it seemed as if he had jumped quite a few feet in the air and he jumped higher and higher with the grooves of the tunes which had the entire mass of 1300 strong transfixed and everyone broke out in a frenzy screaming with encouragement.  At this point, we were all privy to some new tracks "Word Smith" which was performed by Paul Smith (keyboards) is a dub inspired song that had everyone in the crowd ad-libbing and jamming along.  "Fret Not Thyself" brings a positive message about being yourself and not letting anything stand in the way of your dreams with a wonderful melodic chord on the guitar played by Charles Lazarus that is guaranteed to stick in your head.  The mystical vocals of "Return Of The Righteous" had everyone listening keenly to every lyric.  Victims of the System closed the set well leaving everyone with an energetic vibration ready for the "Bad Boys Of Reggae", up next.

The Bad Boys of Reggae stormed the stage with vigor and enthusiasm.  Lead singer Celo Dixon accompanied by Da Professor began the set with the tunes that made them famous.  Roger Lewis on guitar, Bernard 'Touter' Harvey, on keyboards, Lancelot Hall on drums and Ian Lewis on bass created the signature sound of the group.

Inner circle had everyone swaying to tunes like "Smoke Gets In My Eyes" "Young, Wild And Free" and "Mary Collie Weed".  A quick cover of Chaka Demus and Pliers "Murder She Wrote" and Bob Marley's "Crazy Baldheads" put everyone in a jovial mood shouting out every word back to the band.  Rapper Bizerk contributed a new twist to the bands performance, showing off his skills with his lyrical chanting, adding a little hip hop flava.  As the band started to play "Sweat (A la la la la long)" lead singer, Celo Dixon brought a young lady from the front row up on stage and as the lyrics "Girl, I wanna make you sweat, sweat til you can't sweat no more" were sung, Celo and the young lady gyrated on each other which certainly had the masses hooting and hollering for more.  The infamous song "Bad boys bad boys, what you gonna do?!" Inner Circle really showed the fans what they were capable of and still, after many years together, and many performances, they remain true to their name "The Bad Boys of Reggae!"

"SOJA! SOJA! SOJA! SOJA!" The crowd was chanting as it was close to midnight and finally the headliners took the stage.  It is not unbelievable to see why this band has 20 + million views on Youtube.  As they took the stage, and sang "I Don't Wanna Wait" the adoration was instant as everyone seemed to be reciting every single word.  Camera phones came out as "Decide Your Gone" a ska - esque tune had everyone skanking to the contagious rhythm

At this point Jacob Hemphill, Soja's Lead singer announced that it was the percussionist Kenneth Brownell's birthday and immediately there was a chorus of "Happy Birthday" and lots of encouragement from the masses.  "Mentality" and "Rasta Courage" showed how versatile Soja is and that their belief in consciousness is prevalent.  They played favourites like "You and Me" and "Sorry" to name a few, alongside new tracks like "Strength to Survive" "Everything Changes" "When We Were Younger" and "Not Done Yet" from their new album "Strength To Survive" which came out on December 31, 2012 and left everybody thoroughly satisfied.  To show how much Soja appreciates the fans of South Florida they even came out for a two song encore.

All in all this was an amazing concert that made the concert goers aware of the consciouness and righteousness and the power of the positive message and we are definitely looking forward to seeing these powerful bands in 2013!

Press Release
Article by Sarah Soutar & Gail Zucker
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Top 5 Most Controversial Dancehall Topics 2012

Our Top 5 Most Controversial Dancehall Topics that filtered into the music throughout 2012 are as listed below.  In an effort to help those who do not understand the Dancehall culture and as part of our #savejamusic campaign, #NIPnews will from time to time and in our own views explain what this music is about, what drives the Dancehall artistes and why locals gravitate to the music so much.  How the artistes express themselves are a totally different subject but the Dancehall space in many instances, is used to vent frustration, voice personal opinion, introduce new slangs or for fun and frolicking.

1)Gothic Image and demonic lyrics
Throughout 2012 'darkness' swelled the Jamaican Dancehall genre.  With the incarceration of not 1, not 2 but 3 Stars a new star was born.  But then, Tommy Lee's gothic image and 'demonic' music did little to enlighten the darkness hence Dancehall 2012 lost it's colourfulness.  Grrrrr....

2) Artistes Murder/Suicide/Drug Related Charges & Arrests  
Late Capt. Barkey & lover Tracey
News of Captain Barkey's murder sent shockwave across the music industry.  A married Captain Barkey was killed in the parking lot of a motel in New York by his girlfriend's ex-lover who later killed himself.  There was the Murder/Drug Related Arrests and subsequent sentencing of several key artistes in the Dancehall which cast a cloud of doubt on the future of the genre.  Ace Dancehall and Reggae/Dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal and Buju Banton found themselves on the wrong side of the law.  While hope for Buju's release is now a wish or miracle by Jah, Vybz Kartel is yet to know of his faith.

3) Busy Signal Freed
After serving 6 months in US Federal prisons, Busy Signal return to Jamaica receiving celebrity treatment.  Busy gave his best performance ever at an historic staging of STING and his first anywhere after his release.  Busy's freedom signals hope for the genre and the future of his colleagues as many fans, have been holding their breath with fingers crossed that Vybz Kartel will return to the Dancehall sometime in 2013.

4) Homophobia and Homosexual issues 
Will this issue ever go away?  Most Jamaicans are totally against homosexual lifestyle and believes it is within their right to express their views.  Such views are expressed in the music   in which homosexual groups totally disregard. Well artistes like Sizzla Kolanji voiced his frustration and ended up performing a gig that was cancelled by gay activists.  2013 would be a good year if any for all to find a resolve to this continuous issue. 

5) Sexual Conduct/Preferences 
Another issue that stands out in Dancehall is one particular sexual conduct between Heterosexual couples. Most artistes have zero tolerance for any man who goes 'down' on his female companion and preaches their disgust on the practice not only in the Dancehall but publicly on stage.

by Sophia McKay
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