Friday, February 27, 2015

When the deejay sings; Konshens covers John Legend 'Nobody In The World'

It's always a pleasure listening to a dancehall deejay's rendition of love song.  Some can be amusing and some astonishing recognizing hidden talent but whenever it happens antennae goes up.  Dancehall artiste Konshens is the latest deejay to lend his talent to one such song.  He has brought the clarity he's known for, a little melody fused with his deejay style to create his own rendition of John Legend's 'You and I, (Nobody In the World)' and first ever cover released under his moniker.

Sounding like the personal message it should be, Konshens twist to the song has given it a pass in this writers book. Produced on his independent SubKonshus Music/RoadLife label, "Nobody In the World" by Konshens #sellawwf and is worth a listening ear click to listen


Third World Band announce their 'Jah Live' summer tour 2015

Celebrating 42 years, 'Reggae Ambassadors', THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing elements of R and B, funk, pop and rock and later on, dancehall and rap, Third World's style has been described as "reggae-fusion".

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love", "96 Degrees in the Shade" and "Try Jah Love" spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, "Where did it all begin? What gives Third World the staying power so rare in the music industry?" Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide.  It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant' an asset to any size festival / event.

Third World has performed to thousands of music fans on 6 of the 7 continents; The world known band has toured and recorded with the late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978.  Third World recorded and toured with the great, Stevie Wonder who produced 2 of their albums in the 80s released with CBS, they toured America with the legendary guitarist Santana, opened for the Jackson 5's first concert in Jamaica, shared stages throughout the world with the Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony and more.

Third World's hit songs have reached top 40 on the Billboard charts both in the United
States of America and the United Kingdom, as well as Europe and Japan and received a platinum award in Japan.  In 1986, Third World received the United Nations Peace Medal for the contribution of music and lyrical prose.  They performed on the MTV Amnesty International Concert at a sold out Giant Stadium in 1986, performed at the Rose Bowl with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Welcome Home Nelson Mandela concert in 1990 and have been featured at major sporting events including the Lord's Cricket Grounds in the UK in 2000, and Opening Ceremony for Cricket World Cup in 2007.  Third World band has entertained millions across US television shows to include, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in his time, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, Top of the Pops, Shirley Bassie show and so much more!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Princess and Queens Part 4: Nina Simone 'The High Priestess of Soul'

Nina Simone

February is Black History month, the appropriate time to reflect on some great, black 'Princess and Queens' who made an indelible mark in history centuries ago. History proves that women have always played a significant roll in leadership, have stood up for what they believed in and fought for freedom, many have forgotten and/or undermine.  While great women are few in numbers compared to men historically, great Princess and Queens have lead by example, strong, smart and respected.  A trait, seemingly oblivious to some young women today. This, the 4th part of the series bring to a close N.I.P. February 2015 Black History Month feature. We sincerely hope, even one black sister out there was empowered and drew strength from one of, if not all the black Princess and Queens Featured here .  Our Queen of the moment and final feature is the late Ms. Nina Simone.

In May ways, Nina Simone's music defied standard definitions.  Her classical training showed through, no matter what genre of song she played, and she drew from many sources including gospel, pop and folk.  Often called the "High Priestess of Soul," Nina did not like the label of "Jazz singer." She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.

Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and 60s. By the mid-60s, she became known as the voice of the civil rights movement as she wrote songs promoting the Movement including the "Mississippi Goddam" in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.  After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Simone penned "Why (The King of Love is Dead)." She also wrote "Young, Gifted and Black," which became a popular anthem at the time.

The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist but was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia despite a well received audition because she was black.  Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums.

Two days before Nina Simone died, April 21, 2003, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia awarded her an honorary degree. she left a timeless treasure trove of musical magic spanning over four decades.


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