Friday, August 1, 2014

Chronixx Reclaim Billboard Reggae Top Spot; Watch di Vibration

Chronixx has once again hit #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart following his debut appearance on NBC 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Central Park New York performance.  As reported by Pat Meschino on Chronixx two recent high-profile performances in New York City have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay.  Chronixx (Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence Redemption made their U.S. television debut on NBC 'Tonight Show' performing their single "Here Comes Trouble"  more

Watch di Vibration
Chronixx posted a photo of Peter Tosh and his band and Mick Jagger with caption "In this picture I see @flubz_zincfence I see myself and I also see @drummazeb....I see sly, I see Robbie, I see @mickjagger and I see the legend #PeterTosh. #GenerationsOfReggaeMusic #PeterToshConnection. I believe I have met everyone in this picture."  Okay that give me the chills #goosebumps 

He also posted a picture of the great Mick Jagger who show up to see him perform at Central Park @Summerstage days before, with caption "Bless up @mickjagger who brought his family to the show to celebrate his birthday! Nuff life health and strength! Guess which song we singing in this picture alongside @kelissamusic and #bibi (smiley face) #DontLookBack by #RollingStone #Jagger


Jamaicans Recognize 'Emancipation Day'

Emanicipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.  Have no fear for atomic energy cause none of them can stop the time ~Bob Marley

When full Emancipation came in 1838 a system that had been tried and tested in the Caribbean since the sixteenth century came to an end.  Slavery had within itself the seeds of its own destruction, whether because slaves resisted it (alternating with accommodation), or whether the emergence of a new style capitalism rendered slavery obsolete or incompatible with British industrial society, or whether the merging of philanthropy with evangelical religion helped to frame an idealogy that was antagonistic to slavery...more

Jamaican leaders have called for unity and respect for human rights in their Emancipation Day messages..Jamaica Observer

Every one is crying out for peace none is crying out for justice ~Peter Tosh~


Reggae/Dancehall and Other Music News July 2014 Highlights

Chronixx U.S. Television Debut NBC The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon

Congratulations are in order for Chronixx making his US TV debut on NBC 'The Tonight Show' performing for millions across the United States of America and beyond. A career shift some say for the 21 year old but what else makes this appearance/performance more than just a career shift for Chronixx? Well in our opinion, Chronixx obvious mission of serving purpose. Apart from "recruiting soldiers fi Selassie I army...and...executing Selassie I works and build Rastafari troops,we take special note of the fact that another of his trait is highlighting his peers, elders and/or other Jamaican artistes and their music whenever the spotlight turns on him because "I can't do it alone" he sings on track 'Here Comes Trouble.' Chronixx selflessness is commendable and great for the music in general.
Chronixx and Jimmy Fallon

As we approach the 8th month in the year 2014 we see the need to remind persons of the status of Jamaican music (Reggae and Dancehall).  Our own perception is captured in a statement posted on Chronixx Instagram page "Reggae was never dead or dying." The post came after his performance on Jimmy Fallon's show July 22  on NBC and read in full:-
               One last post for tonight.  Reggae was never dead or dying.  And you don't have to take RASTA out of the music to please no MEN! Give thanks to everybody who every believed in our music! Give thanks to my brothers and sisters #zincfenceRedemption and # ZincfenceRecordz @ChronixxMusicGroup.  This is JUST THE BEGINING. Let us all remain humble in the presence of the almight...knowing that The Lord God Jah Rastafari is always with us! 

We share this view, Reggae was never dead or dying. This is a genre that gives and bares all. It teaches, bring nations together, inspires, motives and uplift. Music of such potency can never die but will live forever and ever. 

Mavado and label boss DJ Khaled
Mavado Get the Collabs
Mavado got heads turned when he announced via social media that he will be working with hip-hop's great, LL Cool J and Pop Star Rihanna. His collaboration with LL Cool J 'The Hustler' has hit the streets and sounding good. This is yet another good move for the genre as well as for Mavado and we just can't wait to hear his and Rihanna's joint.  

Reggae Sumfest In a Nutshell
Reggae Sumfest 2014 curtains were drawn July 19 to close yet another successful year in terms of performances and crowd support. Dancehall night in our opinion has in some ways taken a new face this year with acts such as I-Octane now nicknamed 'The Closer,' Mr Vegas and Assassin performances named among the 'Best' for that night. Now written in history, Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 was owned by veteran Reggae/Dancehall acts, known for having catalogs of internationally acclaimed hit songs and the skill of delivering great performances stole the spotlight. As Mr. Vegas rightfully summarize, "from we do good music the people gonna enjoy it." Bounty Killer, Spice and Aidonia as hardcore Dancehall artistes were also listed among the night's best performers click to see highlights

Freddie McGregor Awarded at Sumfest 2014 Veteran Jamaican singer Freddie McGregor was awarded by Summerfest Production,
promoters of Reggae Sumfest, for his "sterling contribution" to reggae music.  He received the award before his "polished and professional set representing Jamaica's music throughout the decades [Reggae Festival Guide]" performance which brought the five-day music festival to a close on International Night 2, Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

Freddie McGregor started professionally in music with the trio The Clarendonian in 1963 at seven years old. He came to prominence as soloist in the early 1980s with songs such as Bobby Babylon and Push Come to Shove.  One of his biggest hits 'Big Ship' later became the name of his highly successful music production and promotion company...more


Bits 'n' Pieces
29/7/14 Why Song Writers (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs
Sony/ATV recently announced that it is contemplating complete withdrawalfrom the Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) ASCAP and BMI, if the consent decrees that each operate under are not amended to allow publishers to withdraw rights for certain uses.. more

23/7/14 The Skill of Listening
Every human being needs to listen consciously in order to live fully. Listening is our access to understanding. Conscious listening create understanding. A world where people don't listen to each other at all can be a scary place... listen

2/7/14 What Indie Musicians Can Learn from Youtubes Music Proposal
With the leaking of proposed contracts for YouTubes new music service, the indie world is up in arms over the constrictive and unfair terms being imposed upon small labels. It has been reported that this will mean many well known artists having their videos pulled from the service, if their labels refuse to sign more

2/7/14 Why Spotify is bad for Indie Musician
If the future of music rests in the hands of streaming, why do independent artists have such a hard time embracing it? It breaks down to one simple factor. If someone goes to iTunes and buys an album, whoever that album belongs to receives a good chunk of the money - about $7 more

1/7/14 International Reggae Day (IRD)
What do you think of when you hear Reggae? Reggae music is a genre that was developed from RnB and Ska around the 1960s.. more

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chronixx Defend Dancehall Inspires Motivates Teaches as well as Embrace other Culture Dread and Terrible Tour East Coast

Chronixx Summer stage NYC
"The music is called Reggae and Dancehall is the culture. Dancehall a revolutionary place because when disc jockey bwoy never waan play we music pon radio a Dancehall we haffi carry we music go play....  an waan set up Reggae verses Dancehall an all sort a bs and dat caan work." ~Chronixx~  

As Chronixx moves across the United States on his Dread and Terrible tour he continues to teach, inspire, uplift and advocate for the music of Jamaica. He takes time to embrace other music and culture during his performance as well as give thanks to the people for supporting him.  Check out Chronixx on the street, East Coast, "it's a very tough ting being on the road we, we were born to do this, we haffi kinda embrace it" he said click to watch


Artistes and Radio Jocks Show off their Culinary Skills for Charity

D.I. gets busy in the kitchen
Dancehall artiste Danielle D.I. show off her culinary skills when she teame up with Sunjock DJ Calico to win the second SunCity 104.9 FM IGL Bubble Di Pot Celebrity Cook-off recently.  Their winning dish was Okra and saltfish in curry sauce served risen plantain and bammy and a penne pasta salad with sweet corn, almonds and fruits in italian sauce.

Other participants in the charity cook off event were Gospel Artiste Carlene Davis, Reggae and Dancehall artistes Cherine Anderson and D'Angel pairing off with Sun jocks Simple, Crystal Clear and Fire Wayne.

The participants were asked to prepared breakfast and judged on creativity, taste, presentation and teamwork.  The winners won J$100,000 for the Salvation Army (their charity of choice), runners up D'Angel and Sunjock Simple won J$75,000, Carlene Davis and Sunjock Crystal Clear won $50,000 and Cherine Anderson and Sunjock Fire Wayne won $25,000 all of which were donated to charity.

Excited about winning Danielle D.I. said, "It was so amazing and anything to give back to charity I definitely try to participate.  It was short notice but I am happy that I could do this."  Check out Danielle D.I.'s latest track here

Now that's a heavy breakfast but when it's about a good deed, the effort deserves an applause.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inside Gang Banging the Past and Future - JaneFrFinch Transition - Watch Her Grow

Canadian hip-hop artiste Jane from Finch (JanefrFinch) is trying to turn her life around.  A life un-imaginary to many but yet not unique.  Once known as 'Creature' a ferocious and angry former gang leader from one of Canada's most notoriously violent neighbourhoods known as Jane and Finch, Latoya Jane open up by sharing her life story as a gang banger in a documentary that is currently being pitched in film festivals around the world. 

Interestingly, JanefrFinch recently recorded the single 'Flossa' with Jamaican Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno citing the Jamaican music industry as a music society she hopes to make a positive impact because the music she says, "has helped her to recognise who she is and has changed her." Jane, is trying to step away from her past, transitioning into a 'girl' or young woman seeking a second chance.  She is clinging to Jamaica because of her Jamaican background and her love of the music.  

The documentary has given us intimate access to a world where Latoya Jane's friends and brother were murdered, she attended more than forty funerals.  It also captures her daily struggle to bring 'Creature' under control played out in her ongoing inner conflict between good and evil, the odds for the 'Latoya's' in that world that are stacked against them and how society creates even more gangsters in the 'perfect societal storm' that encompasses family and environmental issues as well as public apathy. 

Jane's story started as a news piece but as more people such as former Detroit gangster 'Spider Jones' wanted to have his activities recorded, it became a documentary that brought to the fore, the issue of gang violence that plagues cities.  The documentary is recorded using an DSLR camera combined with homemade videos and photographs, providing a very personalized perspective and brutally raw view of those living in communities that are marked by perpetual violence and despair.

Latoya's aim in allowing this documentary to be filmed is an effort to not only show how 'creatures' are made, but how they can be prevented and rescued. This is done by contrasting people from divergent socio-economic positions in life that share the same core essence to their being.  It is in this way we see how different outcomes of people with the same personal issues is realized in our society.  Latoya's desire to bring in the 'girl' is about subduing the 'creature' that is harboured within all of us.

Which will prevail in this real life drama between good versus evil? Will it be the gangster or the girl?

more on JanefrFinch
10 Questions with JanefrFinch
JanefrFinch Introduces Herself to Jamaica Music Industry