Saturday, January 25, 2014

Shaggy's Make a Difference Foundation presented $70 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston

International recording artiste Shaggy presented a cheque of $70 million to the head of the Anesthesia and Intensive Care department of the Bustamante Children Hospital for Children, Dr. Lambert Innis in Kingston recently.  Proceeds from his recent Shaggy and Friends concert held January 4.
Shaggy presenting SMDF check to Dr. Innis
The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation is in it's 10th year and have been instrumental in helping to make the Bustamante for Children hospital in Kingston fully equipped to serve the need of Jamaican children.  For the better part of eight years, Shaggy made personal donations that includes the installation of well needed equipments such as two (2) ventilators, Electroencephalogram (EEG) machine, Table Top Sterilizing machine as well as funded the upgrade of the Medical Oxygen System, funded the beautification of the Administrative block and collaborated with Scotia Bank Jamaica to create a park and recreation area on the hospital's compounds.

The $70 million donation are proceeds from his recent Shaggy and Friends concert that was held in Kingston and this year will help to furnish the new ICU/cardiac ward working in partnership with Chain Of Hope Jamaica, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries each year on our children with heart problems.  Currently in Jamaica over 500 children are born each year with heart defects click here for more info


Others news on Shaggy
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Shaggy Release New Album Out of Many One Music
Shaggy/Neyo world premier 'You Girl' music video

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mr. Vegas and Cecile goes Soca; David Rodigan record BBC 1Xtra session in Ja; Wayne Marshall Triple Focus magazine cover

Reggae/Dancehall News Weekend

Ce'Cile and Mr. Vegas 'Mash Up The Place' soca style
It's soca season and Ce'Cile and Mr. Vegas, two of Jamaica's most successful dancehall artistes have teamed up to release what is expected to be one of the hottest tracks this soca season entitled, 'Mash Up the Place.'  The track was produced by Studio 758 out of St. Lucia and Mr. Vegas's own MV Music and hit the streets this week. 

Mash Up The Place is a catchy, hybrid dancehall/soca song featuring Ce'Cile's sexy sounds and the gritty vibe of Mr. Vegas.  This is the first time both artistes have worked together on a project despite their many years of friendship and according to Mr. Vegas, "the song is something different as I have never collaborated with a female dancehall artiste before."

Ce'Cile on the other hand is also excited about working with Mr. Vegas saying, "I love this song.  It is very different from what my fans are use to but it will definitely have them dancing this soca season."  She went on to explain how Mr. Vegas encouraged her saying he told her to, "do it this way and I was happy to just follow his lead as he has a knack for up tempo hit tracks, they always work."

This is the second soca track from Mr. Vegas this year; his first, Shock Dem, has been doing well in the Caribbean and United States.  Mr. Vegas is still on the dancehall scene however with Give It To Har and Come Here Bubble along with his latest reggae effort Love Yourself are all doing well.

Ce'Cile has also been hot on the radio with several dancehall tunes making the rounds such as No Gyal and Regular.  One the reggae side she has been promoting Got Me Hooked and Third Finger

Other News..David Rodigan records BBC 1Xtra Session in Ja.
l -Junior Gong Marley, David Rodigan (c), Cham
Veteran Broadcaster and radio host of BBC 1Xtra is currently in Jamaica about to record 'Fighter' band session with Junior Gong Marley and Cham formerly known as Baby Cham at Tuff Gong studios for BBC 1Xtra his tweet said.  Rodigan also posted a photo of himself with both Junior Gong Marley and Baby Cham along with the day and time of the session.
ready to record 'Fighter' band session at Tuff Gong, Jamaica for BBC sunday at 7pm.

"Reggae's future is safe," David Rodigan Ja. Observer story click here to read

Wayne Marshall is the face of Triple the Focus magazine January 2014 issue

Triple the Focus is a Caribbean E-Magazine that launched it's publication October 2011 with features that run the gamut from Music, Entertainment, Fitness, Beauty, Travel, Lifestyle and Finance.

By: Sophia McKay

Reggae Band 'One Third' will meet their ideal audience when they perform at Jamaica Jazz & Blues

One Third - (l-r) Adrian, Al, Miguel
Reggae Band One Third is fired up about their first ever performance on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues main stage.  The three young men who forms the band, Miguel Walters, Alpheus Johnson and Adrian Campbell stole the hearts of all Jamaicans in front of their television screens back in 2006 when they emerged winners of the local popular talent contest, The Digicel Rising Stars.  One Third brought an upbeat performance the Jamaican household was not ready for, a mix of sophisticated, jazzy and bluesy covers fused with reggae and dancehall beats. They delivered their set each week reminiscent of how Americans presented sheet music once upon a time, blending harmonies, alto and sopranos and propelled the standard of performance for that competition to new heights. 

One Third
One Third will now meet their ideal audience at a major event when they perform at Jamaica Jazz and Blues, "we will be performing on Saturday night, February 1 with our IN2Nation band" said Miguel Walters, "and have put together what we believe will be an entertaining package for our audience."  The set he continued, "will be a wonderful mix of genres in true One Third style that our fans have come to know and love this band for."  

One Third have performed across the island, the Caribbean and United States since 2006. They called their unique style 'Reggae-soul' and has recorded and released several covers and originals to include their popular, Take My Breath Away, The Streets and The World is Mine, I Wanna Know What Love is, One A Way, I Want Your Love and Memories.

Click here to check out the music of Jamaica's Reggae-soul band, One Third

By: Sophia McKay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Muscian of 25 years Robert Burchell puts his vocals to test

Robert Burchell
Robert Burchell has been a musician for more than two decades.  He has played across Jamaica and the United States of America with Rude Beat band, Tony Bell and Cutchie, Indika band, Gregory Isaacs, Freddy McGreggor, Sanchez, Tony Rebel, Tonto Metro, Shelly Thunder, Sister Charmaine, Singing Melody, Elephant Man, Jimmy Riley, Half Pint, Junior Tucker, Carlene Davis, Chuck Fender, Spragga Benz, Mega Banton, Terro Fabulous and many others. 

A Jamaican, Robert Burchell migrated to the United States of America in the 90s where he juggled musical skills he nurtured from as early as age 10 between Upholstery, a trade he grew interested in at age 16 from working with his mother Icolyn Brown, a Seamstress in Kingston.  In 1994, Robert Burchell founded Burchell Upholstery in Chicago and subsequently, Mountain Top Villa, a vacation get away in Mandeville, south coast of Jamaica was built in 2008.

In 2013, Robert Burchell yielded to his spirit and made the decision to step away from his busy life to help spread the love of Jesus Christ and save souls for his kingdom.
Robert Burchell with his new Martin guitar!!

Robert Burchell writes, compose and produce his own music and have released two singles 'The Lord is my Shepherd' (gospel) and 'Never Judge a Book' (reggae) that are currently receiving favourable airtime on radio stations across Jamaica.  Both singles, will be coming soon to digital retail stores worldwide. Robert Burchell is hard at work in studios as well, looking to release his debut album entitle 'Agape' which means 'unconditional love' soon.  

Check out and follow this Christian minded Reggae artist on twitter @rburchellmusic and facebook @Robertburchell, Instagram @realrobertburchell and social cam @RobertBurchell.

New album 'My Journey' by I-Octane release date announced; Macka Diamond reveal behind the scenes photo of her on a cross for new video

'My Journey' is the title of I-Octane's new album announced for a March 2014 release.  The
album will feature hits Pressure, My Story, It's Alright featuring Gentleman, Love You Like I Do, Million Miles Away as well as collaboration with artistes Alaine and Kymani Marley.

Click for recent news: Gentleman, Kymani Marley

Macka Diamond 
Macka Diamond reveal behind the scenes photo of her on a cross for new video 
Macka Diamond is apparently feeling crucified by 'Wicked Heart' and revealed a telling behind the scenes photo from a new video for her sub-conscious track titled 'Wicked Heart' that depict her as Jesus on the cross.  With cryptic lyrics Macka Diamond vent her frustration and struggle spitting, 'suh tell wicked heart, stop fighting me, caz people like the likkle light in melisten  

No date was announced for the release of the new video but the track is definitely a step away from her raunchy, sexually explicit type of music and in true Dancehall style, bad!
Click for recent Macka Diamond news

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Jazzy for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

Another highly anticipated and prestigious event, The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival gets under way for it 2014 staging January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.  This year, organisers promises another stellar line up of entertainers to include local and international artistes and musicians including Mr Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, Joe, Toni Braxton, Beres Hammond,Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Chrystal Gayle, Christopher Martin, Marcia Griffiths, Protege, Brian Art, Beenie Man, One Third and Chalice among many others.
Christopher Martin
Tessanne Chin

Jamaica Jazz and Blues was conceptualized to increase the numbers of passengers travelling to Jamaica by Allen Chastenet, former Vice President of Air Jamaica.  The event was envisioned to encourage visitors to come to Jamaica.  In the first years, the Festival was held in November and October, dates chosen to fulfil the objective of increasing visitor arrivals to the island during the soft tourist season. In 1999 there was no Festival as this proved to be a decision year as to the future of the Festival.  Rain had haunted the event year after year, resulting in either cancellation or shortening of performances, and this combined with the worry about decreasing sponsorship for the event, created grave concerns for the organisers.  Hence, after serious consideration the decision was made to postpone the Festival  January 20-23, 2000 became the new dates, a period which now marks what is now considered to the kick off of the Jamaican entertainment calendar.

More recent news on the Jamaica and Blues Festival....
013/01/14 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Developing Ja's Music Talent
Walter Elmore, producer of the world renown music festival, Jamaica Jazz and blues said regarding this year's stage of the event "we have decided to reintroduce the live music audition process to give Jamaicans an opportunity to be exposed..." read more

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bounty Killer in his elements gave Iconic Rebel Salute Performance


Fans react..
classic performance this morning @ some young artiste still cant deejay out dem songs

good proformance me general at rabel salute!!! Me salute u

smashed Rebel Salute this morning. Big, big performances. Big up to Queen Ifrica and Louie ranking too

": mash down rebel salute !"which is right
  1. A wonder if dem hear??? 1 General!RT : Take The Show Bounty a d general ina music land !!