Friday, April 26, 2013

Root Cause

As artists get more creative, discovering new ways in which they can reach audiences, one Dancehall artiste hit way below the knees, his target audience? The Kids.  In the simpliest most childish and almost harmless way Tommy Lee dropped an infectious video laced with cartoon goodies, driving home subliminally, his Uncle Demon messages to the kids.

Tommy Lee's strategy although not new, should have earned him kudos as audience building is key to major success in the music industry.  This trait is a replica of his former Gaza Boss's strategy against Bounty Killer's Alliance audience in 2010.  But the question is, has Kartel's strategy made Bounty Killer any less than the Icon the people said he is?  

Getting the children's attention is just one aspect of this game, but how one choose to manipulate their minds define the manipulator.  Always remember that man is not rewarded for having brains, but for using them.  When you get the children's attention, be careful of how you do.

By:Sophia McKay

Nesbeth Goes Dancehall "Laa Laa Laa La"

Nesbeth on Calgary Int'l Reggae Fest
Roots Reggae artiste Nesbeth goes Dancehall on a new track titled, "Laa Laa Laa La."  Nesbeth puts it down on the Jan Biggs produced track, a happy song by the newly wed, taking jabs at some of his colleagues singing, "dem sey too much demon, too much duppy.  Too much bad people ina de gully..."

Nesbeth has stuck with roots reggae over the years simply because it's who he is. Dedicated to the music, this artiste has no intention of switching his allegiance from giving the people, clean, inspiring and motivating music.  However, the usually soft spoken artiste could not resist the temptation of recording on this Dancehall track but kept it fun; and from the responses he's gotten so far, "I have no regrets.  I actually called a DJ to ask him if he had gotten the song which was sent in his email and he was like, Nesbeth you naa listen radio? You never hear how me deal wid it?" This statement Nesbeth said, left him tongue tied because he felt bad about not knowing that this had taken place.  Several other DJs, he confirmed, have also personally contacted him to tell him they are feeling the track and has already begun pounding it.

Marriage has certainly made Nesbeth happy at heart and that's the vibe he now brings.  It is welcoming, coming from him and Reggae fans can rest assured that he will keep his roots reggae persona in check at all times.

By: Sophia McKay

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Snoop Dogg Blast Bunny Wailer

In a Rollingstone interview, rapper Snoop Dogg now the reincarnated Rastafarian Reggae artist Snoop Lion, tells of his encounter with the legendary Reggae artiste Bunny Wailer and what transpired between them both.

a lot of these guys from back in the days have been done wrong, and they think younger artists owe them, because we've been paid and treated right. It's not my fault if you haven't been paid. I just met you."  Snoop Lion

By: Jonah Weiner
In early 2012, Snoop Dogg took a three-week trip to Jamaica in order to make new music and explore a country and culture that had long fascinated him. The fruits of that trip included a Rastafarian purification ceremony at a Nyabinghi temple, a name change to Snoop Lion, a reggae-inspired album called Reincarnated (out yesterday) and a promotional documentary of the same name. During the film, Snoop smokes a chalice with Bob Marley's old bandmate, Bunny Wailer, and invites him to sing on the new album – Wailer assents, but only after expressing his hope that Snoop's adoption of the Rastafarian movement will not be "commercialized." (As it happens, the Reincarnatedfilm features abundant product placement for Adidas, which sponsors Snoop and which kicked in money for the budget, according to a member of Snoop's management team.)
Recently, however, Wailer came out against Snoop in a TMZ interview, decrying the Long Beach, California MC's "outright fraudulent use of the Rastafari community's personalities and symbolism" and his failure to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments." Wailer's contribution to the album was ultimately cut. Last week, Rolling Stone met with Snoop Lion in Los Angeles for an upcoming profile. During the discussion, he elaborated on his side of the fallout with Wailer.
In the film, you and Bunny Wailer seem to get along well. Why has there been this dispute? 
I couldn't tell you. To me, it's a miscommunication, and I'm not gonna speak nothing negative because I love him too much. Any relationship, you gotta be able to disagree. The last time I seen him, it was all love, but when I heard the negative remarks, I paid no attention. If I'm gonna be Rasta incorporated, loving energy is the only way I can match his negative energy.
Would it be meaningful for you to have a conversation directly with him?
I mean, it would be meaningful for him to talk to me. He's the one supposedly putting out the negative energy. I coulda said, "Fuck that n***a. Bitch-ass n***a." I'm still a gangsta – don't get it fucked up. I'm growing to a man, so as a man, do I wanna revert back to my old ways and fuck this n***a up, or move forward, shine with the light? It's nothing. I've been hit before.
One of the things he accuses you of is not honoring contractual commitments. What's he referring to? 
It can't be nothing because he's not on my record. What could it be? To me, a lot of these guys from back in the days have been done wrong, and they think younger artists owe them, because we've been paid and treated right. It's not my fault if you haven't been paid. I just met you. I've done nothing but put you in a place where the world knows who you are. They heard who you are, now they know who you are. I've given you a platform to speak and make money. My conversation with Bunny was about how he was done, not how I'm gonna do him. I can't fix what people have done with you in the past, but I'm gonna put you in the movie – he signed off on it – put you on the album. It was too much negative energy so I said I don't even want him on the record.
By negative energy, do you mean his public statements or something else?
He's speaking and the album isn't out. That gave me fair warning to get this motherfucker off my shit. I have no insight what turned him. The people I visited at the Nyabinghi Temple aren't speaking negative on me. They're real Rastas. I went in there and filmed them, showed their whole get-down. Nobody did that before. If anyone, they should have complained – "He exploited us!" Why aren't they saying that? To me, they have the most gripe to make. How did I exploit Bunny? I gave you a chance to be in my movie. My movie gonna be the shit with or without you. I'm gonna be the shit with or without you. I'm Snoop Dogg. Relevant right now.
It's like, people take my kindness for weakness. In the Nineties, he could have never tried that because I'd have slapped the dog shit out of his old ass. How dare you? After all I've done for you? How dare you? You wasn't the shit in the Wailers. You was just one of them: Bob, Peter Tosh, then you. They dead mean more than you do alive. You get the energy? When it should have been, 'Hey, this brother is putting me back in the light; I could possibly get on the road with him, be on his album, eat again. Let me get in line. This is Snoop Dogg; he's already a star.' It should have been, play along with me as opposed to stick me up. I'm gonna give you what you worth, but you not gonna stick me up.
So he wanted more money to be on the album than you were willing to pay? 
The reason for him not being on the album is I started hearing negative energy and rather than have him be a part of it, I kept him in the movie to show his positivity against his negativity. Here this comes out of left field to make me go back, be the old ignorant-ass n***a. To me, it's a test, to see if I'm really made for this. Who else would it come from to make this amount of noise? But guess who stood up in my defense? Rohan, Rita, Stephen, Damian Marley. Rohan went public. He called him Phony Wailer, or whatever he called him. I can't call him that; I don't know him like that. But they do. They know what he after and they love me. If Bob's kids and his wife welcome they arms and say, "You one of the Marleys," then who is Bunny Wailer to say anything?
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First Video From Vavamuffin's Solresol album

We are proud to present the long awaited and highly anticipated first video from Vavamuffin's Solresol album.  "Nie pekaji!" is a tale of everyday struggle with adversities, a topic which yielded the opportunity to show band members in their natural environment.

Regganerator does his thing in the kitchen, Pablopavo and Kuba dabble in repairs and dubbist teaches preschooler's the importance of scratch?  Well why don't you just see for yourself.

Director: Xawery Zulawski
Production: Follow Me Production

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Source: Karrot Kommando

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dis Poem Word Festival - Honouring Mutabaruka

As published in the Tuesday, April 23, 2013 edition of the Jamaica Gleaner, Organisers of Dis Poem Word Festival have said it is an event honouring 60 year old Radio Broadcaster and Poet, Mutabaruka.  Host and performer Ras Takuran in explaining why the event was held in his honour, said Mutabaruka is, "an ancient with the Rastafari tradition."  In addition to that, Ras Takuran made reference to persons like late South African Steve Biko and Malcolm X of the United States, who died much younger than Mutabaruka and according to him, "You nuh have nuh whole heap a revolutionary whe deh roun...". The event will be held Sunday April 28, 2012 at Hope Bay Beach, Hope Bay, Portland.

Organisers say, Dis Poem Word Festival is a "poetry festival," looking for growth for poetry in general and one which they would like to have people from "all over the world" come see what the poets are doing in Jamaica.  

The day long event is expected to run from 10am to 6p.m. and will present Mutabaruka, I-Wayne, Professor Carolyn Cooper, Cen C Love, Uprising Roots Band, Prof I, Abbebe, DYCR, Steppa, Jah9 and many more.

Source: Gleaner Jamaica
Writer: Mel Cooke

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kurt Legacy Drops New Video for Single 'Perfect Luv'

Reggae/RnB recording artist Kurt Legacy has released a new video for his latest single 'Perfect Luv' directed by New Hites Production.  Please see video below:-

Kurt Legacy's first single to hit the airwaves in 2013 is entitled 'If I Said.' The song has
been in steady rotation across several Jamaican radio network while its follow up video directed by Kurt's label, New Hites Production has also been in steady rotation on various local cable/tv channels.  The video also crept on the charts of Hype TV, R.E.T.V., MDTV and CVM Hitlist over a number of weeks.  A Jamaican by birth and resident of Florida, USA, Kurt Legacy is known for his signature blend of RnB/Reggae sounds; his smooth sultry vocals are reminiscent of Michael Jackson's. Kurt Legacy knows all too well how to blend his RnB flavour on any Jamaican Reggae or Dancehall beat and this is who he is.  Check him out and/or follow Kurt Legacy on FB, MTV Artiste Dot Com and twitter @kurtlegacy.