Saturday, May 10, 2014

Linkage Radio Awardees and UCLA Students JazzReggae Festival line-up and schedule

Chronixx, I-Octane Big Winners at Linkage Awards
Ziggy Marley's show of support for missing Nigerian girls
Roots singer Chronixx and Sing-jay I-Octane each won three awards at the 5th annual Linkage Awards recently at Evander Child's High school in the Bronx, New York.  Chronixx won awards for Culture Artiste of the Year, Best New Artiste and Entertainer of the Year. I-Octane walked away with Male DJ of the Year, Male Recording Artiste of the Year and Performer of the Year.

NBC Voice 2013 winner Tessanne Chin was awarded Female Recording Artiste of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year while Etana, Tony Rebel, Lady Junie and Sister Nancy each received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Other awards went to Lady Saw for Female DJ of the Year, Tony Rebel - Promoter of the
Year, QQ - song of the Year, Steve Locke (Truck Back Records) Producer of the Year, Adrian Cunningham - Gospel Artist of the Year, Ginjah - Male Vocalist of the Year, Audrey Thomas (WVIP Radio) Best Legal Programme, VP Records - Outstanding Contribution to Music, Beenie Man and Queen Ifrica - Outstanding Achievement in Music, Irie FM radio host Ron Muschette, Tambourine Radio host, Anthropologist Dr. Kingsley 'Ragashanti' Stewart and Red Hot Radio host and hostess Wayne Hall and Black Barbie for Radio Personality of the Year while Jamaica Red Hot Radio received the award for Radio Station of the Year 

The 28th Annual Jazz Reggae Festival in Los Angeles USA is on schedule for Memorial Day Weekend
The Jazz/Reggae Festival is longest running music festival in Los Angeles, and the largest student-produced festival in the nation.  Every Memorial Day Weekend a tight-knit group of UCLA Students volunteer their time to put on a non-profit festival to bring the greater LA region to one, harmonious celebration of music, cuisine, culture and art.  This year Jazz Reggae enters into its 28th Annual instalment with a two day line-up boasting performances by Ky-Mani Marley, Black Uhuru, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Lyttle, Sister Carol, Fortunate Youth, Aloe Blacc, The Internet, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project featuring Lee How and Nico Rubio and more.

In the past decade UCLA Students have hosted musical artists such as Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Naz, Erykah Badu, Ziggy and Damion Marley, Steel Pulse and many more.  The group have pride themselves into taking their festival one step farther by instituting sustainable policies to reduce waste and promote sustainably conscious practices.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Yea Oh! World Cup Football Season is in the air

Beky Glacier
Recording artiste Beky Glacier urge fans to celebrate World Cup Football season on his new single entitled, 'Yea Oh!'

Beky Glacier is a Reggae/Dancehall artiste who recently released a single entitled, 'Yea Oh' in time for the World Cup Football season. A Jamaican by birth Beky Glacier said he was inspired to write the song while reminiscing what World Cup Football meant to Jamaicans in Jamaica. Recently Beky who resides in the United States of America visited Jamaica to shoot scenes for 'Yea Oh' video and said, "We shoot a scene pon di beach Sunday and maan! the response was so good. Me notice dancers already have a dance move fi it and some kids could not contain dem excitement.  Dat mek me feel good enuh.
The track is up-tempo and Beky hope it will move football fans the way he was moved thinking about the vibe and effect World Cup Football season had among him and friends in Rockfort, a community he grew up in nestled in the Parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica.

An ardent football fan and player of the sport himself, Beky Glacier recalls how he got his name, "well me government name is Karim Beckett and you know when yah play ball and man a shout Beckett! Beckett! till dat tek too long fi call so man just start say Beky and you know Glacier now, dat mean me icy, hot" he concluded laughing aloud.

Beky Glacier formerly attended Calabar High school in Kingston and migrated to the United States of America in the early 1990s. In New York, he attended the Erasmus Hall High school on Flatbush and Church with international recording artiste Shaggy.  Beky was popularly known as 'Beky Don' on Flatbush, Queens, New York where he resided "you waan see me always a hol a vibes, always singing or deejaying and before I knew it, I became the infamous Jamaican 'singer' on the block.  Driven by the encouragement of his neighbours, "me get into music full time so here I am, that's how I got started" he said. Beky won multiple talent contests and even performed at the infamous Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Beky Glacier has recorded and released several singles as well as a 17 track album entitled, 'Relentless.'  He stay true to his Jamaican roots and draw comparisons between his life in the harsh Rockfort community and Flatbush in his music.  Although soft spoken, Beky sings with hard hitting vocals that are melodious, clear and blends well on any rhythm he chooses, whether it's Reggae, Dancehall or a fusion between both genres.

Beky is working on a new album but paused to promote 'Yea Oh!' "due to di vibes it have enuh and everybody who hear it a say dem love it" he said. 'Yea Oh' is infectious, the beat is trendy and easy on the ears.  

As the momentum builds for the World Cup Football competition, Beky Believe 'Yea Oh,' "is that type of song that unifies, makes you feel good in the moment. Something that forever stays with me all these years living abroad. No matter where I go or where I am nothing feels better to me than the love and encouragement me get from yaad."  


Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Vybz Kartel album 'Reggae Love Songs and Other Things' release date announced

For many reasons and musical contributions, Vybz Kartel name is forever embedded in the history of dancehall music, "music cannot be imprisoned."  Short Boss Muzik label announced the released of a compilation of Vybz Kartel soft side on a 14 track album entitled, "Reggae Love Songs and Other Things."

The album produced by acclaimed Billboard chart topping producers TJ Records, renowned So Unique Records, Bigga DonDon and Short Boss Muzik will be distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital and scheduled for release June 3rd.  "Reggae Love Songs and Other Things" by Vybz Kartel goes on pre-order May 13th.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Etana returns to Europe after 1 year break; receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Reggae songbird Etana will embark on her 2014 Europe tour come May 27 one year after giving birth to a bouncing baby girl.  She is expected to perform across Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany appearing at approximately seventeen (17) venues and says, "I look forward to performing and connecting with my fans once more."  Fans have already embraced her latest singles 'Trigger' and 'Thy Will Be Done' both of which have been heating up radio. Etana is grateful for the support by fans and says, "I'd also like to say thanks to all my fans near and far. I love you so much. Look out for more new music coming your way." 

In New York, Etana has been presented with a 'Lifetime Achievement' Award recently at the Linkage Radio 5th Annual Awards.  The award according to a release, was presented in recognition of 'the milestone' Etana 'has reached in the music industry.' She is expected to perform May 24 at Club Amazura in New York and Bayfront Park in Miami on May 25 before heading off to France where she kick off the first leg of the tour.