Thursday, October 31, 2013

JRich "If you don't know where you're from; you won't know where you're going"

Within a few months of campaigning in Jamaican, Canadian rapper JRich topped major video countdown charts, received continuous radio airplay and made the playlist of several street cd mixes with his 'Love and Joy' collaboration featuring international reggae artiste Warrior King. So encouraging were the results from the promotion the young rap artiste took the decision to release other tracks he recorded in Jamaica, his latest? a new single entitled, "One Time."

Of Jamaican parents and true to his craft, JRich's body of work presented to local jocks were impressive, some local djs are totally into his powerful messages and smooth flow. On releasing 'One Time,' local radios 'turn out' the track, pumping it hard and quickly increased daily spins to an all time high.  An optimistic and hard working individual, who is cognisant of the fact that his journey will never be easy, said in a recent post on instagram, "Had a studio session till 4am.  Had to look at this every once in a while (referring to a photo of Maestro Fresh Wes) as a reminder that it ain't easy to be a #Toronto Artist and be accepted internationally but it can be done. He went on to thank "all those who paved the way before.." and hashtag among others the following statement 'all this time in the studio means only one thing.'

A new video has been released in Jamaica for a collaboration entitled, "Yes I Can" which he recorded with yet another Jamaican artiste called Solution.  This video has already gained momentum on local channels and from the feedback will be likely another chart topper for the Canadian.  Check out JRich's Music and interviews as well as follow the 22 year old rapper on twitter @jrichto

By: Sophia McKay

St. Lucian Reggae Artiste Taj Weekes shortlisted for Grammy nomination

Taj Weekes
New York, NY - October 31, 2013 - St. Lucian Reggae artiste Taj Weekes is one step closer to a Grammy nomination.  His album, Pariah in Transit, has made the preliminary list of albums on the Grammy nomination ballot.  Weekes joins celebrated artists such as Ziggy Marley and Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) on this prestigious list celebrating the best reggae albums of 2013.

Released in April through his independent label, Jatta Records, Weekes promoted the album with a successful promotional tour in France, Germany and Holland as well as parts of North America.  The National Academy of Recordings, Arts and Sciences will name the five nominees for Best Reggae Album on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

In August of this year, Occupy This Album, featuring Taj Weekes' lyrically rebellious song, "Against the Machine" won Best Compilation Album from the Independent Music Awards.  The album also includes songs from music icons such as Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson and Joan Baez.

The band will be headed to the studio at the beginning of next year to record their 5th album.  For

Source: Jatta Records

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Michael Dawkins drops new cover single 'Rain From the Sky'

In his continuance of moving against the odds, making his presence felt "He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother" singer Michael Dawkins, has released another cover version 0f the original single by the late Delroy Wilson O.D. entitled, "Rain From the Sky." The Big Scope Records roots/reggae lovers rock singer has earned the respect of reggae music lover for his classic renditions.  On this track Michael Dawkins smooth, clear and controlled vocals blends well on an up-tempo of the original version of the song giving it a more current vibe.  "Rain From the Sky" by Michael Dawkins is available in all digital stores worldwide.

Meanwhile, "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" continues to get regular spins across radio stations both locally and internationally.  The video has entered several charts locally from multiply rotation.  As for Michael Dawkins, "man I'm feeling blessed, I have life, good health, budding career and supportive family what more can a guy ask for" he said.  Check out the new single and leave your feed back on twitter at @bigscoperecords and to all the fans who has been supporting over the years, Michael Dawkins sends a big, "Thank You."

By: Sophia McKay

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chronixx announce his Europe Tour 2014

Chronixx and Zinc Fence band
One of the fastest rising Reggae artists out of Jamaica, Chronixx, is ready to hit the old continent, April + Summer Festivals 2014.  Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption band will be in Europe presenting the "Dread and Terrible" Tour.

At just 20-years old the Jamaican artist Chronixx already has a handful of successful singles, music videos and a mixtape with Diplo's Major Lazer.  This is all before he's even released a full-length album.  But what makes Chronixx's early success so intriguing is the way he's done it.  Spearheading a new reggae revival, Chronixx's music is heavy on unwavering positivity and a live-band sound.  The result is a refreshing change of pace that just might alter the Jamaican music genre in a major way.

With a message of acceptance and love and Rastafari being the foundation of his message it explains why the world is gravitating to his music.  After two successful European tours, Chronixx hits USA, throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for their forthcoming EP to be released on chronixx's label Zinc Fence Records which concluded on September 21 in Brooklyn.  Chronixx and his band have played in mostly sold-out venues averaging a capacity of 600.

Island Records' founder (turned hotel and rum magnate) Chris Blackwell is also impressed by Chronixx describing his music, in an email to Billboard biz as "completely fresh, uplifting and very pure," adding that "It's fantastic for someone so young to be able to communicate his message in the way he does and entertain at the same time."

Ladies and Gentlemen, let's meet the artist of the moment:-

Tour Dates
March 27 and 29 Holland, Belgium

April    1- 5 Austria, Switzerland
April 11 - 12 Portugal
April 15 - 20 Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany

Source: Jah Live Agency

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reggae/Dancehall News Weekend

Beres Hammond Delroy Wilson and Charlie Chaplin Received National Honours 
The Honourable Beresford Hammond O.J.
The Jamaican government at it's recent National Honours and Awards ceremony, recognized the work and national contribution by three Jamaican Reggae music veterans, Mr Beresford Hammond, Delroy Wilson and Charlie Chaplin.  The late Delroy Wilson received the Order of Distinction O.D. (Commander Class) while Deejay Charlie Chaplin is the proud recipient of the Order of Distinction O.D. (Officer Rank). Receiving the 4th highest honour of Jamaica the Order of Jamaica (OJ) is the 60 year old music veteran Mr. Beres Hammond for his exceptional and dedicated contribution to the Jamaican music industry.  The Nationals Honours and Awards ceremony took place Monday October 21, 2013 at the King's House lawn in Kingston.

Reggae Music Will Survive
It seems the only people not bothered by the social exclusions of Reggae music are reggae stars, as written by Hazelann Williams, Voice Reporter.  Having previously spoken to veteran musicians Maxi Priest and Freddie McGregor, who both affirmed the notion that reggae music will continue to make strides, it was refreshing to catch up witha contemporary of the genre Richie more

Ziggy Marley/Snoop Dogg Among 50 Shortlisted for Grammy's 2014 'Best Reggae Album' Nominations
Although reported recently that he has once again changed his name, US Rap Icon 'Snoop Dogg' formerly 'Snoop Lion' and presently 'Snoopzilla' reggae album, 'Reincarnated' is shortlisted for consideration in the November 11 Grammy nominations for 'Best Reggae Album.'   

Four time Grammy recipient David Nesta 'Ziggy' Marley is also shortlisted for said nominations.  Ziggy's "Reggae in my Head" album, released December 2012 along with Snoop Dogg's "Reincarnated" April 2013 release which reflected a change in sound and faith for the former gangster rapper are said to be likely frontrunners to win the prestigious award.

By: Sophia McKay