Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jamaica Day

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
'Jamaica Day'  is recognized across the island on February 22 of each year. A symbol of this celebration is to attire in the colours of the Jamaica Flag, Black, Green and Gold

The other side of Robert Burchell

Getting to know Robert Burchell, a man with a big heart and Jamaican entrepreneur who has built an industry of his own in the United States from skills he acquired as boy living in Kingston, and subsequently creating opportunities for many over 20 years.
Robert Burchell and family
Robert Burchell is a mentor, best friend, father figure, big brother and to most, a "disciple of Christ." This Christian minded husband, father, musician, singer and entrepreneur has spent his life helping people he randomly meets, "my blessing comes from God and so whenever I am called upon, I serve" he said. Robert Burchell's call to serve however has not been prophetic, instead he has been helping people faced with day to day challenges for more than 20 years.  From paying tuition fees, rent, car notes to launching personal careers, create employment and/or provided clothing, food and shelter, opening his home to anyone in need,Robert Burchell says, "I am the product of humble beginnings so I understand the need of people.  I have not done the things I do for a pat on the back but because I can relate, I know about the challenges life throws at us sometimes so I'm inclined to help, I have the desire to, however I can.

Robert Burchell The Entrepreneur
Robert Burchell own and operates Burchell Upholstery in Chicago Illinois for 20 years and has taught persons the upholstery trade as well as provided jobs for many.  He is also the proud owner of Mountain Top Villa, a 5 bedroom luxurious vacation spot, nestled on 11,000 sq ft of
aerial view - mountain top villas pool area
land in the cool south coast parish of Mandeville, Jamaica.  His most recent project is the launch of independent label, Burchell Productions Ltd that has so far released singles, 'The Lord is my Shepherd' and 'Never Judge a Book,'
  "If asked about my style of music I would call it inspirational, educational and transformational music for the soul" said the musician of 25 years.  

Burchell Productions Ltd is about to release it's first studio album entitled 'Agape' which means unconditional love by Robert Burchell  and prepares for future projects that involves recording and producing other artistes, "you see, God has blessed me and so I must serve him and do his works" Robert Burchell said. He is a member of the Agape Outreach Centre, a non denominational church in Chicago and plays bass for the church Band.  His fellow church brothers and sisters affectionately calls him 'Bro Robbie.' 

By: Sophia McKay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kabaka Pyramid Awarded by Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and nominated for JUNO Awards Canada

Kabaka Pyramid
Kabaka Pyramid, the fast rising Jamaican DJ/Rapper whose collaboration with Chronixx entitled, 'Mi Alright' remains a radio banger as it continues it ascension on several local and international charts, has been making good inroads since his remarkable and ground breaking emergence into the Jamaican music industry in 2013.  Recently Kabaka Pyramid proudly received the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Award for 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' and is nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of Best Reggae Recording of the Year in Canada.  Upon receiving the JaRIA award Kabaka Pyramid said, "I proudly and humbly accept this award for breakthrough artist of the year and I give thanks to JaRIA and all those who voted and support our music."

Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented DJ/Rapper, songwriter, producer, engineer, video editor and aspiring guitarist. He is also a member of Manifesto Jamaica, an N.G.O. aiming to empower Jamaican youth through the arts and culture and works out of the Bebble Rock studios in Kingston.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sean Paul's & Konshens Historic Arsenio Hall Show performance

Sean Paul and Konshen live on the Arsenio Hall Show 
The Jamaican Dancehall brand once again took centre stage on mainstream television in the U.S. when Sean Paul and Konshen gave an unforgettable performance on the Arsenio Hall Show last Thursday.  Sean Paul and Konshens performed their 'Want Dem All' collaboration which is the lead single featured on the Grammy winning artiste's sixth studio album "Full Frequency," released today, February 18, 2014.

Sean Paul and Konshens performance on the Arsenio Hall Show had social media abuzz and
Sean Paul and Konshens
was definitely another historic moment for Jamaica's music industry and Dancehall in particular.  "I'm just thankful and happy, big up to Sean Paul for giving me the opportunity to be seen and heard by millions" Konshens said in a release.

More than 10 years ago Dancehall icon Shabba Ranks performed on the Arsenio Hall Show prior to this new syndication with RnB star Johnny Gill.  Patra another Dancehall icon also performed on the show in 1994.  During his interview, Sean Paul thanked Arsenio hall for giving Dancehall the platform to showcase the culture and commended him for placing himself and Konshen in the history books with Shabba Ranks and Patra.
Sean Paul shake hands with Konshen after performance
More news: Sean Paul Konshens


Monday, February 17, 2014

Cutty Ranks resurface on remixes with rappers 2Chainz and T.Rone

Veteran dancehall/reggae artiste Cutty Ranks resurfaced on recent remixes with Cash Money Records and YMCMB singer and Hip-Hop artiste T.Rone better known for his breakout single, Hello Love (F.U.) and the 'I'm different' Def Jam Recordings artiste 2Chainz.

Cutty Ranks has been featured on T.Rone's Hello Love remix as well as 2Chainz 'Slums of the Ghetto' which features the artist Total Kaos.  Despite his absence from the entertainment spotlight, the artist has been diligently working on his independent Phillip Music label that has produced the Tax Money riddim featuring Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, Peter Metro and Devine among other artistes.

Cutty Ranks has enjoyed a successful music career and stated in a recent release that having been in the music industry for over three decades, have analyzed and come to the realization that, "many Jamaican artistes and producers are now stuck in the hip-hop sound and I believe we need to go back to the real authentic, hardcore reggae and dancehall music respectively."

The artiste is said to be focused now on marketing his music and has joined forces with Dmoney of Dbeatz Music Group out of Miami to capitalize in this area.

Be proud in your own skin

A good story is worth telling no matter what so we pause to highlight Lupita Nyong'o, the beautiful, young black woman, whose poster picture we believe should be placed in the homes of every black woman especially those who are uncomfortable in their own skin, as a constant reminder that "black is beautiful"  

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress, film director and music video director who was born in Mexico City, Mexico but moved back to Kenya before she was one year old.  She made her American film debut in the Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' (2013) as Patsey, for which she received critical acclaim.  For her role Nyong'o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

First female National Hero of Jamaica Nanny Of The Maroons

a depiction of Nanny
Black History 

Nanny of the Maroons; Jamaica's First Female National Hero

Nanny of the Maroons is said to be a mythical as well as a legendary figure.  First and only female National Hero of Jamaica, Nanny lived between 1686 - 1733.  She was the leader of the Maroons in the eighteen century and was referred to as, the rebels old 'obeah' woman.  According to historians, It is not known if she was born enslaved or free. What is certain is that rebellion against slavery existed in Jamaica from the time that the first enslaved Africans were imported by the Spanish. 

Well organised and defended, the maroon villages were typically located high up in the mountains with only narrow paths leading to them. Consequently, British soldiers could be clearly seen as they approached. The Maroons were said to be defiant and skilled fighters that are considered hard to defeat.

African links
Nanny is often associated with other maroon leaders of the 18th century who retained African names, including Cudjoe, Accompong, Cuffee and Quaco.  Whether Nanny was, in fact, related to any of them remains open to question.

What is clear is that African culture and language also contribute greatly in the leadership of Jamaican maroon communities.  Known as a religious as well as a political leader, Nanny was said to have magical powers that allowed her to repel the bullets of the British and protect other maroons.