Thursday, May 1, 2014

Reggae/Dancehall and other music news 'Bits n Pieces' highlights throughout the month of April 2014

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Dance vibe Dancehall duo RDX will be dropping a Reggae album in Summer
30/4/14 Best known for bringing fun and happiness to the Jamaican music industry since their major break back in 2007 the duo RDX has announced their soon to be released Reggae album "Soul Poetry," a step away from dancing and fun, citing in an article in the local Observer that they, "have a spiritual side too and we can't explore and accomplish that on hardcore Dancehall beats." 

"Soul Poetry" Reggae album by the usually high energy RDX duo will be released during summer and will include tracks such as Family and Always both of which have already been out since 2013.  RDX said it is refreshing to try something different after years of doing hardcore dancehall.  
Nyanda and Ugandan Stars release video for their "Reach A Hand Uganda" Campaign
Former member of the popular Brick and Lace duo Nyanda, along with Ugandan stars GNL ZambaRay Signature, Irene NtaleMaurice Hasa and Big Trill promotes safe sex on their single Your Ways as part of the Reach A Hand Uganda Campaign and has released a video for further drive home their message.

Nyanda is a proud Ambassador for Reach A Hand Uganda and It Takes Two Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to engage young men and women, to become advocates for increased access to family planning information and services in Uganda. It is important to note:
  •    Almost 75% of Uganda's population is under the age of 30
  •    One in every 4 Ugandan girls is pregnant.
Chronixx Dread and Terrible project made it debut as well as hit #1 on Billboard
The 'Dread and Terrible' project by Chronixx not only made it's debut on the Billboard Top 100 Reggae albums chart but also hit #1.  The 10 track EP includes hit song Here Comes Trouble as well as, Rastaman Wheel OutSpurlina and Alpha and Omega.  

'Dread and Terrible' EP makes six, the number of albums by a Jamaican artiste to enter Billboard Reggae Chart since the start of this year with about three hitting the top spot.

    Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt Honoured in NYC
International Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths who celebrates 50 years in the business this month and legendary reggae/gospel singer Judy Mowatt that forms two thirds of the world famous I-Threes group, that provided backing vocals for the undisputed King of Reggae Bob Marley in the 70s, were both honoured with the "Reggae Ambassador's Award" for their supres artistry, outstanding achievement and contribution to the development and promotion of reggae worldwide by VP Records and Groovin Inc. in New York City.

Riri tun up the spotlight on Nadine Sutherland and Buju Banton when her bff released a cameo of her singing the 1993 hit single Mr. Dickie

What's Up with Michael Dawkins?
There are talks that the long awaited debut album, 'Sojourn' by Michael Dawkins will finally be released. But as plans are put in place, his singles and cover 'Rain From the Sky' by former Reggae crooner Dennis Brown and worldwide hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" originally written by Americans, Bobby Scott and Bob Russell and recorded by the 1969 group the Hollies continue to garner airplay; the video for He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother continue to soar across Youtube currently receiving over 240,000 views.  We can't wait to hear his soothing vocals, reminiscent of Dennis Brown on this album, it must be good. 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nice video by Kabaka Pyramid

Bebble Rock Music has released the official music video for Kabaka Pyramid's track "Never Gonna Be A Slave" and we are loving it.  The video directed and edited by Eric Christian King of Royalty Productions out of Norway begins capturing a nice aerial view of city Kingston in a sharp contrast, the visuals are truly inspirational just like the song's powerful message of self sufficiency and financial independence watch.

Kabaka is currently finishing up his spring "Lead the Way Tour" performing in US, UK and Europe.


Alborosie in Bilboa after five years of absence

The May 1 Alborosie & The Shenghen Clan, his band based in Kingston (Jamaica) Euskadi again to introduce his last two albums, "The Sound System" and its instrumental version"Dub The System". It will be in Bilbao at the Antzo Kafe, where stalwarts Italian-Jamaican artist can enjoy its powerful new live show, after almost 5 years of absence.
It was in Jamaica where reggae was born and from where it spread to the rest of the world. Roots, dancehall, dub and lovers are styles that are part of the authentic expression Reggae and nobody brings with such reverence, joy and vibration as Alborosie, who is currently one of the most sought names in Reggae Planet and has been awarded the prestigious MOBO Award for Best Reggae artist in 2011.
Real name Alberto D'Ascola, this Sicilian celebrating its 38th birthday this summer, with longdreadlocks that almost reach her ​​ankles, is much more than a singer. It is also a virtuoso musician, arranger and producer, playing every instrument you can hear on his albums, including his latest masterpiece, "Sound the System".
After the eclecticism of his latest album "2 Times Revolution" being the album that catapulted him and build his cult, capturing the world's attention from the media and fans of the genre, not because he rejected any mandatory parameter that usually determines the gender but for the additional scope and daring vision that offers it, the Sicilian Alborosie decided to return to the roots & culture. So, this summer will enjoy their next album called "The Sound System" distributed by another great reference for stamps, Greensleeves. The guest list extends to the likes of the Abyssinians, Ky-Mani Marley and the Italian singer Nina Zilli. The final draft was released last June 17 as a digital download. While e qu a CD of 16 tracks, and an LP of 10, went on sale July 1 in the UK and France, and 3 days later in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the rest of Europe.
Born in Messina, but moved to Milan in the teenage years, where he played in several bands, most notably in the Reggae National Tickets, recognized that enjoyed fame in Europe in the mid to late nineties. With the new millennium, the band performed in Jamaica and the island Alborosie immediately wrapped in his particular and unique atmosphere, deciding to jump the Atlantic and installed as a sound engineer at Gee Jam studios in Port Antonio, a tropical paradise hidden in the northeast coast of Jamaica where stars like No Doubt, Amy Winehouse and many others have moved to record.
"Soul Pirate", their debut album, attracted the attention of label Greensleeves-an institution in the history of Reggae from the mid 70's - who released their second album "Escape From Babylon"Like its predecessor, the album was full of references. Reggae to the old school. Justific to because he was born in the 70s, and thus is considered a "vintage type". He admits to being an artist most identified with veterans with contemporary artists, and describes his studio Shengen visa name adopted by Jamaicans need to tread Europe as a real museum. And because it is full of half-built technical teams, including 2 Track Tape Machine of the great King Tubby! 
His penultimate album "2 Times Revolution" is dedicated to "all the rebels in the world." As the great Reggae legends as Bob Marley, Alborosie is trying with his music, which will serve to help a social change. It is identified as a freedom fighter and defender of the poor, (in its War Tax issues for Instance or What if Jamaica), and how people in the Middle East and North African demand their freedom, "2 Times Revolution" could not come at the more appropriate time. One of the biggest banners theme Revolution, is described as a tribute to the South American revolutionary heritage. A theme sung in Spanish and English thinking about the many Latino communities across the world that will capture their message as their own.
"I like who I am and respect me," he says. "Also I love people and I respect them too." That is the root of my message and that's what my music is based. In the end, I consider myself as a preacher or a pastor. Music is a spiritual ministry, and do not consider strictly Reggae. "I make music" Jahspel "(pun Jah Rasta-God-and gospel). Tried to redesign the whole concept and I'm here to change everything, believe me ..."
Alborosie is immersed in a new album in 2014 in collaboration with the great Jamaican producer King Jammys, which tries to re-elevate in mix format, to the great artists of the time such as Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, in a persistent claim the origin of Reggae music and its worldwide success.
In addition, 2014 has begun the journey of South American tour with stops in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico where thousands of fans have enjoyed their live and their new songs.