Saturday, January 10, 2015

TEMPO Turns 10!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Reggae Jam TV Go Live on Satellite Commercial and Cable TV

Reggae Jam Television (RJTV), a USA, Caribbean and African Cable Channel Network announces it's "Bringing The Channel To The People" live broadcast will be coming soon to Satellite TV, Cable TV and Commercial TV.  The station will be broadcasting across 13 channels to include Caribbean and American comedy, Movie and Sport channels, reggae music video channel. All of 13 channels dedicated to Caribbean/American and African interest and are listed as follows:-
Ch   1 - Reggae Music Video Channel
Ch   3 - Caribbean American Movie Channel
Ch   7 - Caribbean American Sports Channel
Ch   9 - Soca Music Channel
Ch 12 - Punta Music Channel
Ch 14 - Reggaeton Music Video and Live Video Streaming Channel
Ch 17 - Caribbean American Comedy Channel
Ch 18 - On Demand
Ch 38 - History Channel
Ch 53 - Caribbean American Cooking Channel
Ch 56 - Panamanian Reggae Music Video Channel
Ch 57 - African Reggae Channel


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Social Media Administrators Asked to Take Stringent Action Against Rogue Accounts by Artiste

Aidonia one on one with fans
In a bid to redeem his image and protect his career Dancehall artiste Aidonia appeal to the administrators of social media to remove fan-like accounts operating under his moniker.

A release state, the move is to help quarantine illicit activities by scammers who continue to swindle prospective clients of their hard earned money in exchange for services un-approved by the artiste or his management.  Aidonia's manager Lav Lawrence who is also his brother said, "it is very unfortunate and disheartening to know people in these tough economic times are cheated out of their money by cold hearted hoodlums and technological parasites giving entertainers a bad name and hurting the image of the Jamaican music industry....."

The release did not state whether or not the administrators of social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to which the requests were made have started to remove the accounts neither did it state whether or not instructions were given to remove specific accounts. However, it did mention Aidonia's apology to persons who encountered the problem pretty much saying, "those who have been scammed, I empathize with their situation, hence the reason for taking this concerted effort to rid the internet of these rogue accounts......"

What does this means for the Artiste and his dedicated  fans?
This is indeed a delicate situation as innocent fans who also make accounts in support of the artistes might be included in the take down and as such, Aidonia run the risk of losing some of his dedicated fan bases on social media. 


Founders of VP Records Will Receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at JaRIA Awards Ceremony to Close off Reggae Month 2015

Pat and Vincent Chin who founded VP Records will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) awards ceremony to close off the celebrated Reggae Month, February 28. VP Records has been at the forefront of Jamaica's musical evolution.  2014 marked the 35th anniversary when its founders Vincent and Patricia Chin moved their headquarters from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, New York transforming their operations to the largest reggae company worldwide.

Posthumous awards will be given to representatives of late reggae veterans John Holt and Hopeton Lewis who passed away in 2014. Also among the list of persons to be awarded is one of reggae music most loyal radio jocks, the London based David Rodigan, now broadcasting from the popular BBC 1Xtra radio, and songwriter BB Seaton as well as producers Lloyd 'King Jammys' James, Winston 'Niney' Holness, engineers Karl Pitterson and Overton 'Scientist' Brown, Mikey 'Boo' Richards, Errol 'Flabba' Holt, Ernie Smith, Millie Small, The Gaylads, Inner Circle, Gospel artistes Lt. Stitchie and Papa San.  Major Joe Williams will be presented with an award for mentorship.  The awardees represent groups and individuals who have made significant contribution to the reggae industry and have been in the business for more than 10 years. The event will be held in Kingston at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

JaRIA will be setting up a Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre off Hope Road in Kingston from February 1-28 and various events are already scheduled throughout the month.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ziggy and Steven Marley The New Faces of John Varvatos Spring 2015 Campaign

A major US fashion house is tapping into the Caribbean.  Designer John Varvatos' is looking to a different genre for his latest campaign

Varvatos has joined forces with Jamaica's Ziggy and Steven Marley for his new 2015 campaign. The ads were shot in Austin, Texas in black and white by photographer Danny Clinch.  "John Varvatos is proud to feature Ziggy and Stephen Marley in the Spring 2015 advertising campaign," the company said in a statement.

John Varvatos spoke about his decision to hire Bob Marley's sons. Varvatos believes that Stephen and Ziggy are just as iconic as Marley himself.

"The Marley family is legendary. Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley are carrying on this legacy in their own authentic way.  Working with them has been incredibly inspiring. They are truly a magical family."

It's not the first foray into music for Varvatos, whose label signed a strategic partnership with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artist last year.

In addition to the sophisticated photos, a documentary-style video directed by Danny Clinch about the Marley sons will debut on on February 5. The film is set to be released on Bob Marley's 70th birthday.

The Marley sons aren't the only rock stars that have been featured in the John Varvatos' ads. Previous famous names include Franz Ferdinand,Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page and Gary Clark Jr., Paul Weller and Miles Kane.

The venture has made both Ziggy and Steven Marley the newest faces in fashion.


Marlon Asher Release Third Album

Trinidadian Reggae artiste Marlon Asher the 'Ganja Farmer' or 'Cowboy' is set to release his third album January 13, entitled, "Illusions."  The 17 track album features thought provoking lyrics, messages and teachings of His Majesty as with "Settle Down" the 3rd track off the album that plea to youths to realize there is nothing  more powerful than the almighty and warn, "bombs and guns and brutality could take your love away from H.I.M."

Producers on the album includes Don Corleon, Chris Elliot (Digital Chris), John Cardinali and Yeti Beats. Marlon Asher grew up in Enterprise Street, Chaguanas, Trinidad.  He was a pioneer of the Trinidadian reggae movement where his first single and hit song Ganja Farmer sparked controversy in his country.

First single off 'Illusions' by Marlon Asher entitled, 'Babylon Brutality' is out now.


Chronixx/Inner Circle Hit The Ground Running 2015 with New Single "Tenement Yard"

Chronixx and Inner Circle Band on set Tennament Yard
40 years after Inner Circle and Jacob Miller's first hit record the Bad Boys of Reggae and Chronixx came together to put a new sound to the classic tune,'Tenement Yard.'

The tune describes why life in a communal government housing scheme is not good for Rastas. "Dreadlocks can't live in a tenement yard," the young Rasta rebel sang, lamenting all the "watchy watchy" people chatting his business.  For decades later, a new Rasta rebel steps up on the said Inner Circle riddim and delivers his message, with what amounts to a whole new song subtitled "News Carrying Dread."  Not only are the rhythm track and the message of the new tune in tune with the original, a sample of "Jakes" voice also rings throughout.... MassApealDotCom

"Yuh mouth a go put you inna problem...aaaaa"

As Chronixx and Inner Circle pay homage to the late great reggae singer on this joint, promoters of Jamaica's only roots/reggae festival 'Rebel Salute' will honour Jacob Miller at their upcoming event January 15, at Richond Estate in the parish of St. Ann

A video for the single will be released soon.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reggae Singer Chezidek Release His First Single For The Year Entitled 'No More War'

Roots Reggae singer Chezidek, has unleashed a powerful healing message to the world through his brand new anti-war single "No More War."  The new single comes on the heels of his hugely successful mid-November European tour, which saw the artist performing in Germany, Spain, France, Slovakia and Belgium amongst other countries.  "No More War" is the first single from the Henry "Sadiki" Buckley, Jr produced various artist compilation, "Sea Of Love Riddim Vol. 2" schedule for February 10th, 2015 release.

Chezidek delivers this potent and timely message in his upper vocal register and offers a clearly different sound than his fans are accustomed to hearing.  Promotional copies of the single are already creating waves on Reggae/Caribbean music programs worldwide. The single, "No More War" drops January 13th, 2015. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

'Set Up Shop' by Ghetto Youths International Tops Billboard Reggae Albums Chart

One week after it's release The Marley Brothers, 'Set Up Shop' Volume 2 album on their Ghetto Youths International label has claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard Reggae Albums chart unseating the popular "Admid The Noise and Haste ' album by SOJA. The American reggae band, base in California, is enjoying 20 weeks on the Billboard chart for this their sixth studio album that has been listed among Billboard's best selling albums of 2014, sold over 22,000 copies to date and nominated for a Grammy Award. 

The first volume released in early 2013 included the theme song Set Up Shop that emphasizes the cultivation of various, scaled income streams.  

Set Up Shop is a compilation album featuring various artistes.  As mentioned in it's album review on Reggaeville dot com, the moral standards "set up shop" with no offensive language or questionable arguments made, it's like a love letter to Marcus Garvey, and a tribute to the "Black Lives Matter" movement rolled up in one big grabba-wrapped spliff. And, what strikes the listener about both Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis on these particular songs is the use of auto-tune.  What is missing is the rawness, the heights that the live show and analog style recording can reach musically without the use of modulation or using auto tune to expand on reggae vocals rather than turn them into something like pop.

Artistes featured includes Black Am I, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa Marley, Spragga Benz, Julian Marley, Junior Reid and Tarrus Riley.  Set Up Shop Volume 2 on the Ghetto Youths International label was released December 23, 2014.

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