Friday, February 13, 2015


Along your journey how do you motivate yourself? Here prominent reggae artistes Jah Cure and Chronixx share some thoughts with us check them out.

"My roots I will never forget and I will always remember the roads I travelled." - Winston Rodney

Post by Jah Cure:

"We live in an era where even the dog need a snap for IG.."

"So as I prepare my mind and heart to hit the road again, I feel the need to reason about pictures and how I interact with my FAMILY...(I prefer to call the people who support my music FAMILY). I personally fee like interaction and socialization don't  always have to be selfies, tweets and social media posts.  What happened to Human interaction?  The good old fashion hugs, hand shakes, smiles...what happened to us introducing ourselves and sharing a little more
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I in Geneva, Switzerland
than just our physical image with each other?  Remember I'm not speaking on the behalf of the whole fraternity of Jamaican artistes...just me! I nuh really dig the paparazzi mentality and the sellebrity madness.  I love people not cellphones! I'm not always comfortable with all the lights and plastic smile ting. And this is who I am NATURALLY..its like a side effect that comes with my creativity. And just like you, and my Emperor Haile Selassie I, sometimes I don't want to be photographed, Good?  Good! As I said...I see all supporters of Jah music as family..Family! My mother would understand if I tell her I'm not in a camera mood today. One love! An nuh feel nuh way....Nuff snappin will happin from mi drop in a the #westcoast."

"Photo of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I in Geneva, Switzerland...before instagram and camera phones.  Imagine likkle me in a world where even the dog need a snap for his IG LOL" - Posted by Chronixx

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kendrick Llamar Releases Single 'The Blacker the Berry" ft. Assassin aka Agent Sasco

Kendrick Lamar released a new song Monday entitled "The Blacker the Berry" featuring vocal hook samples by Dancehall artist Assassin aka Agent Sasco who shared a snippet of the Rolling Stone magazine feature on IG.

'The Blacker the Berry' which will likely appear on the rapper's forthcoming, yet-to-be announced third album expected sometime this year, was produced by Boi-1da.

A Very Good Selection
This must be one of the best selection in years between an American rapper and a Jamaican Dancehall artiste. These two like-minded artists have stayed true to their musical root no matter what is happening around them. It would be great to have Kendrick on a recording by Assassin in the future.

Kendrick Llamar although absent from the recent Grammy Awards, won both "Best Rap
Song" and "Best Rap Performance" for 'i' also expected to be on the new album.  His most recent album, "good Kid, m.A.A.d city" came out in October 2012 and was nominated for both, Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammys.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
Assassin aka Agent Sasco made a memorable appearance on Kanye West's "I'm in It" single featured on his 6th studio album Yeezus.  Assassin began using the stage name "Agent Sasco" in the mid 2000-s as it has more "Google-ability" than "Assassin".

'The Blacker the Berry' references the 1929 Wallace Thurman novel of the same name.  Click the song title to listen "The Blacker the Berry"


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Grammy Kid Ziggy Marley Historic Win of Yet Another Grammy Award

Sean Paul "congrats mi Gena!!"" Rrrrrr
That number 7, yerp! An historic moment for Ziggy Marley now holding 7 Grammy Awards under his belt and breaking records for copping the award twice, back to back in two consecutive years. Dubbed the most important event of the music industry, the 57th annual Grammy Award grand ceremony took place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles hosted by The Recording Academy where winners have been announced.  

Ziggy Marley'Fly Rasta album emerged winner over Shaggy's Out of Many, One MusicSean Paul Full Frequency, Lee 'Scratch' Perry Back on the ControlsSly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate The Reggae Power and SOJA's Amid the Noise and the Haste.

Ziggy Marley first time doubling up on Grammy Awards was in 1988 and 89 with the Melody Makers for albums Conscious Party and One Bright Day respectively.  He went on and won again in 1997 for album Fallen is Babylon, 2006 for Love is My Religion and 2013 Ziggy Marley In Concert.  

Sean Paul was there and shook hands with Ziggy congratulating him on his win. He posted a photo on IG with caption "Congrats on winning the Grammy mi gena!! Good 2 C U an cetch up likkle!!!" Congratulations Ziggy Marley 2014 Grammy Awards Winner for Best Reggae Album  


Princess and Queens Part 2 - Black Women in Entertainment Who Shaped History - A N.I.P. Black History Feature

"History is written by the victors" - Winston Churchill

The Mother of Africa - Miriam Makeba
One of the  prominently outspoken and visible opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime was Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Africa, and the Empress of African music. In the 1960s, she became the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world and is best known for the song 'Pata Pata', which was first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. In 1966 Makeba received a Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for Evening with Belafonte/MakebaThe South African singer and civil rights activist, was also involved in radical activity against apartheid. Her album with Belafonte, dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid, and it was one of the first American albums to present traditional Zulu, Sotho and Swahili songs in an authentic setting. 

Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid and in response, the government revoked her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return to South Africa in 1963.  As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990. She said: 
"Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa.  I just told the world the truth.  And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that.

Makeba died of a heart attack on November 9, 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy organised to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the region of Campania.

The Fashionable Feminist - Margaret Ekpo
Margaret Ekpo was famous for being a fashionable woman who combined western and Nigerian fashion influences. Perhaps her background as a seamstress enabled her to even better express her 'Afropolitan' lifestyle via her clothing.  She loved ballroom dancing and was a devout Christian, but when it came to her political activism, which really is what she was about, she made sure uphold an image of Africaness, wearing traditional clothes and plaiting hair during political campaigns.

A few women can lay claim to as many legacies for their countrymen as Margaret Ekpo.  At the time of her death she left behind a legacy of 'One Nigeria', 'Women in Politics', 'Women in Business and Leadership' and 'Emancipation for Women'

Excerpts: MSAfropolitan

A New Image Promotions publication in recognition of Black History Month February 2015