Thursday, November 6, 2014

Etana 'I Rise' Album Makes Her The First Jamaican Female Artist to Hit Billboard in 20 Years; Album to be Launched in New York

Etana 'The Strong One' became the first Jamaican female artiste in 20 years to hit #1 on
Billboard Charts since Diana King and Patra.  Her 'I RISE' album produced by the accomplished music Producer Clive Hunt, instrumentalist, composer and arranger is number one on Billboard Reggae Chart and follows Etana's critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008).  The Jamaican singer-songwriter's melodic power blended with Hunt's rich arrangements, set this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career (South Florida Caribbean News) 

The latest effort from the soulful Reggae songbird is without question her best and most mature album to date. To celebrate the long awaited release, Irish and Chin and VP Records have teamed up to host the official 'I Rise Album Release Party' at the legendary SOB's (New York, New York), Monday, November 17, 2014.

Etana will take center stage in the famed venue to deliver a stellar performance.  Reggae music fans and/or all in attendance will experience the ultimate live show and soak in the vibes of an up-close and personal set by Etana as she covers the outstanding music featured on her album. The performance will also include a special 'horn section' according to a release.

Etana's album is a classical collection of love ballads and roots anthems.  With her poised assurance and new found strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically.  Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on 'Trigger,' 'Ward 21 (Stenna's Song)' and 'How Long,' conveying romantic longings on 'Richest Girl,' 'Love Song,' and 'By Your Side' or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of 'Selassie is The Chapel,' the Marcia Griffith's cover of 'Stepping Out Of Babylon,' 'Emancipation' and 'On My Way' - each of the album's tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction.  Producer Clive Hunt who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones and Jimmy Cliff, arranged an all-star team of island's musicians to contribute to the set that includes Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker and Dean Fraser.

Etana continues her U.S. tour with Cocoa Tea, spreading her positive vibrations to major cities.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bounty Killer/Beenie Man Historic 'Legendary' Collaboration

(l-r) Beenie Esco Bounty
Two of Dancehall's most controversial artistes of all times Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have come together to create an historic collaboration called, 'LEGENDARY' on the Starstruck Record label.  This collaboration has paved the way for unity in Dancehall by the king and grung-gad themselves even though there have visibly been signs of other Dancehall artistes burying the hatchet and putting their differences aside since the start of the year.

The move is a good step in the right direction, Producer Esco is doing great things with his newly formed label StarStruck Records. But as with their infamous clash at STING in 1993 that mark the epitome of clashes in Dancehall, so is this particular collaboration 21 years later, monumental to the Dancehall genre. Lyrically, the song takes you on a musical journey with these artistes from back in the days when they ruled the Dancehall terrain until present (click to listen). It is typical of them both to speak to their own contribution to the genre so why not put it down on track.  

Congrats Beenie and Bounty, many know that you have both displayed maturity when necessary in the past from your actions and as it relates to you both personally but this collaboration is for the music and it is commendable.  This writer personally would like you both to take it a step further and create that commercial track that will ignite the industry in ways you have done in the 90s, having all your fans (older and younger) thinking about nothing else but the fun and happy vibe this music is known for, but for now I'm good with 'Legendary' yea man it Lit!  

Picture Dis!

Popcaan n Assasin aka Agent Sasco

Bounty Killer JuJu n Friend

Jamaican artistes have been putting their differences aside and creating music. Doing what is required to bring about peace and unity in Dancehall. While much is left to be done, the little that has been cannot go un-noticed.  Unity is Strength!

Popcaan n Didi Donia Idonia

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