Saturday, October 25, 2014

And The MOBO Award Goes To....? Ward 21 'Still Disturbed' 5th Studio Album Out Now!

Jamaican/British Reggae Artiste Stylo G is the MOBO Awards 2014 Best Reggae Act. He
walked away with the award over strong contenders such as Taurus Riley, Sean Paul and Chronixx. Stylo G made an impact on UK fans around 2010 when he busted on the scene with a song called 'My Youth.' It took him all over the UK but the artiste wanted to get back to his 'Dancehall' roots because 'My Youth' was Grime music.  

Stylo G's biggest challenge since had been putting in the groundwork of getting reggae and dancehall fans in the UK to get to know him and not just knowing him as a grime artiste. He had prepared an acceptance speech for the year before (2013, he shared with the MOBO audience) obviously expecting he would have won then, and went on to big up the voters who made it possible for him to win. Stylo G is from Spanish Town, him accept his MOBO Award!

Ward 21 'Still Disturbed' 5th Studio Album Re-Launched!
It's real Dancehall for real people, a real album with real music....WARD 21 has officially launched their latest album, 'Still Disturbed!' A group, in which the members were schooled and cultured in creating Dancehall beats when the genre was transitioning into digital music back in the 90s and working from the studios of King Jammys, accredited for the introduction of computerized and digital reggae music from as way back as the 80s, has now dropped an album they say, was created to return the focus on Dancehall, what it is or should be. 

Unlike the usual compilation of already released 45s which are common for Dancehall albums, WARD 21's 'STILL DISTURBED' project is a course in the history of the last 15 years of Dancehall and further described on their website as, the essence of Dancehall and nothing short of saving the integrity of the genre.  WARD 21 might modernize and update their music, but have "always kept the roots of the music alive so that Dancehall can survive

Productions on the 15 track album are mainly that of group members Suku and Kunley Ward with single entries by the sons of King Jammys, JAM 2 and Baby G.  The album also include exclusive features by Sean Paul, Konshens and 'Bada Bada' gang members March Chin and Dewunn. Ward 21 extends their 'STILL DISTURBED' Tour to December where they will be in Europe along with Marcy Chin.  Support the music and one of Dancehall's longest serving groups, WARD 21 by picking up a copy 'STILL DISTURBED' 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reggae Category at the Global Spin Awards; The Grammys for DJ

DJs ZJ Liquid, Jabba and Bobby Konders, Waggy T, Max Glacier and DJ Norie makes the
nominations list of the Global Spin Awards hosted by P. Diddy's Revolt TV.

The Global Spin Awards (GSA) has become the Premier DJ Award and Ceremony recognizing DJs for their contribution to both music and entertainment industries.  Since it's commencement, November 2012, the GSAs have been classified as the Quality Standard of DJ recognition by music industry executives and tastemakers.  

The GSAs were created to award and honour the world's most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment: past, present and future.

ZJ Liquid
(l) Bobby Konders (r) Jabba
The award show will take place on Tuesday November 18th, 2014 in New York City at the New World Stages in Mahattan and one of Jamaica's most loved 'at home' jock, ZJ Liquid among fellow Jamaican and New Yorker Jabba from Jabba and Bobby Konders are among the 2014 nominees. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

In Recognition of National Heritage and National Heroes Day Jamaica

Remembering Marcus Garvey on Heroes Day

Marcus Mosiah Garvey stands out in History as one who was greatly committed to the concept of the Emancipation of minds. Garvey who was born in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, became famous worldwide as a leader who was courageous and eloquent in his call for improvement for Blacks.

Martin Luther King on his visit to Jamaica June 20, 1965 visited the grave of Marcus Garvey to lay a wreath out of respect for a man he said, gave N***** in the US "a sense of dignity, a "sense of person-hood, a sense of manhood, a sense of somebodiness."
Martin Luther King visits Garvey's Grave

Marcus Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), represent the largest mass movement in African-American history. Jamaica's first National Hero, Garvey became a loyal leader of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements.

To facillitate the return to Africa that he advocated, in 1919 Garvey founded the Black Star Line, to provide transportation to Africa, and the Negro Factories Corporation to encourage black economic independence.  Garvey also unsuccessfully tried to persuade the government of Liberia in West Africa to grant land on which black people from America could settle.

In 1922, Garvey was arrested for mail fraud in connection with the sale of stock in the Black Star Line, which had now failed.  Although there were irregularities connected to the business, the prosecution was probably politically motivated, as Garvey's activities had attracted considerable government attention.  Garvey was sent to prison and later deported to Jamaica.  In 1935, he moved permanently to London where he died on June 10, 1940.  In 1964, his body was returned to Jamaica. 

"With confidence, you have won before you start" ~ Marcus Garvey~

1) CaribbeanHeroesDotCom
2) GleanerJamaica
3) BBC History

Rest In Peace Mr. John Holt 1967-2014

John Holt 1967-2014
Reggae's pioneer John Holt died at aged 67. The Reggae music legend is believed to have passed away in London yesterday evening (October 19, 2014) at 2:40am English time according reports.

John Holt had been battling ill health for some time now and seems to have worsened since August when he collapsed on stage at the One Love Concert in Springfield on August 16.  The singer, whose full name John Kenneth Holt, came to prominence as lead singer of the group The Paragons before leaving to focus on his solo career in the 1970s.  His music will remembered at all times. For us, a few that immediately came to mind are I Want a Love I Can Feel, If I Were A Carpenter and the song Stick By Me, which was perhaps Holt's biggest success in 1972, it went on to become the biggest selling Jamaican record for that year.  

Condolence to the late John Holt's family, friends, fans and well-wishers from New Image Promotions. ~R.I.P. John Holt 1967-2014~