Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) honours late Reggae artiste Sugar Minott

Iconic reggae/dancehall artiste, the late Lincoln "Sugar Minott" and his sound system, Youthman Promotions, were recognised, for having an Extraordinary Impact on The Reggae Industry by Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), at its annual honour awards held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston recently.

Sugar Minott's daughter, Pashon, collected the award on his behalf and told The Gleaner, she was happy her father was getting the recognition he deserved, she said, "this sound was founded by my father, and back in the "80s, Youthman Promotion was one of the first sounds to start this whole dancehall vibration. We endorsed people like Yami Bolo, Tenor Saw, Junior Reid and the list goes on.  Daddy started it in 1983 for some of his friends in music, who were less fortunate than he was, and did not have the finances to launch their music career. Since he got out of the ghetto (Maxfield Park), he realised that if he had a sound system he could help others, and the movement eventually became bigger than a sound system and went worldwide." she said.

Pashon Minott praised JaRIA for the award but was quick to point out that Jamaica
Pashon - daughter of Sugar Minott
needed to highlight the work of icons while they are still alive. "I almost broke down in tears, because I was around during that time. It is certainly an honour to collect this award on behalf of my father, because I grew up in that yard with the sound system blasting, and we are still in that yard today. Two of the found selectors, Major Stitch and Tuluci, were able to collect the ward with me, and that was also a pleasure. This is only our second major award. We won trophies for clashes but we are getting our due now." she said.

Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott  also received the Bob Marley One Love trophy recently, courtesy of the Bob Marley Group of Companies and Clive 'Busy' Campbell. The Sugar Minott Month will be celebrated in May and his annual tribute concert will be held May 24, 2015. Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott died July 2010 at age 54 years old. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reggae's Royal Family Morgan Heritage announce the release date of their 10th studio album 'Strictly Roots'

Having fully recharged their momentous journey in the past year and a half, and having unquestionably established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission.  The Royal Family of Reggae, has taken the impressively significant step to announce the release of their upcoming album "STRICTLY ROOTS" 

"STRICTLY ROOTS' will be delivered exclusively on their independent CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group.  Undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae's most powerful forces on the global stage, the sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy "Gramps" Morgan (keyboard/vocals, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan (percussion/vocals) has embraced the challenges that come with empowerment of this nature Amazing.  

According to Gramps, "STRICTLY ROOTS" our 10th studio album is particularly significant. It represents our first album released indepedent of VP Records, on our very own label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and we're grateful for our years with them.  We just felt it was time to approach the release of our music differently."

Possessing that unmistakably authentic Morgan Heritage organic roots sound with an expansively eclectic mix that takes it seamlessly into hybrid valleys and mountains, Strictly Roots interesting pays homage to the elders, while ironically, also blazes the trail towards the exciting future of roots.  "We know what our fans want; we know exactly where we want to take them and we know precisely how to get them there," shrewd lead singer, Peetah Morgan, say confidently of the ground-breaking album which is set for April 20, release.

Among the heavyweights co-producers with Morgan Heritage on STRICTLY ROOTS are Don Chandler and BBC One/1Xtra's Seani B who co-produced the compelling lead single, 'Perform and Done' already released on iTunes; Shance C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions); multiple Grammy nominee, Jason "J-Vibe" Farmer; French reggae/dancehall production duo matthieuBost and Jeremie "Bim" Dessus; guitarist Andrew "simmo" Simpson and DJ Fras. Contributing to the brilliant instrumentation for which a Morgan Heritage album is renowned, is multi-fauceted studio and touring drummer, American Gil Sharone, whose DVD, Wicked Beats, incorporating ska, rocksteady and reggae, won the Drummie Award in Drum Magazine for "DVD of the Year" in 2011.  

A release state that the video premier of lead single 'Perform and Drive' will showcase on
Billboard Magazine website and according to Morgan Heritage in this regard, "this song is just an introduction to the creative approach we took with this album. Krystia Rhodes and the entire Image Development Studios team wrote a hell of a treatment to highlight this creativity and the Director William Richards executed their vision perfectly. We're really looking forward to the premier of this video."

Like its predecessor, Here Come The KingsSTRICTLY ROOTS successfully incorporates R and B and a hint of dancehall, but it goes a step further with his synergy and almost effortlessly fuses a type of roots, pop and dancehall majesty that could only be truly achieved by the Royal Family of Reggae. STRICTLY ROOTS becomes available on all major digital platforms April 20th with CD purchases available April 21, on

Source: The Howard Theatre

Monday, March 2, 2015

Well Hello UK! Chart shows "Taste Victory" by Nesbeth sending tremors in the region

Perch at the top of Jamaica Music Countdown (JMC) Top 25 Reggae Singles chart now 2 weeks in a row, "TASTE VICTORYby Nesbeth has not only been sending tremors across the Jamaican music landscape but is currently showing signs similarly across the United Kingdom as it reign on top of SFDC Radio Weekly Reggae chart ahead of trending tracks, Rock Stone by Steven Marley, Clean Like a Whistle by Chronixx, Steppin Razor by Christopher Martin, No Stylin by Protoge, Stay With Me by Romain Virgo, Richest Girl by Etana and African Princess by Tenza.

This is certainly not a first for Nesbeth who has had singles like Boardhouse and Guns Out soared across those regions, seeping into Europe around 2008. But having 'Taste Victory' off the 'Victory EP' seemingly walking a similar path and more effectively, signs like this are all too important to miss. Of course, one can appreciate how the artiste must have felt back then, a missed opportunity to greatness. 

But what is to be must be! The prospects for 'Taste Victory' and Nesbeth's career in general is global. As concluded by some reviews, 'Taste Victory' is somewhat autobiographical, and employs a slight edge of rock music again, or moreso the fact that, Nesbeth turns hardship into optimistic Reggae Vibes are insights that suggest songs such as 'Taste Victory' is timeless and has become a motivational message of hope. Nesbeth will embark on his first tour across Europe called 'Victory' July/August 2015. 

Excerpts: Reggaeville, MTViggy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday best! Insta Hot Picks

We dishing out our Sunday best and hope you like it. Got some interesting #InstaHot picks for you so lets go what you think?....

Fluffy Miss Kitty, radio personality and show host is sitting pretty onset the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall live show. Never a dull moment when she grace the radio airwave, tv/cable or stage. Ms Kitty is always vibrant and extremely funny, don't be fooled by the innocent look, she is crazzzy an dem sup n deh! #rollstongue lalalalalalalala!

Wassup Tess?  Tessanne show off her makeup before 'a shoot' of course she not giving that bit of info away but anyway she look purrdieee eeh? Check the hashtags #AllAboutTheEyes #SimpleandCleanButFierce Haven't done a mohawk inna minute but #DearGodMayDiHairStayUp lol

Helioooo!!! Good to see you Samantha J, showing awf her beauty with a #sundayselfie
Well hello thurrr! smiling from ear to ear and laughing like crazy for God's know what. Pressure was captured recently in this shot with the handsome 44 years old Tyson Beckford at 40/40 club.

Best believe this boi has taken over the 'Dancehall' scene. Arguably the hottest selector on the block right now, Foota Hype is busy like a bee.  Seems like he's got a clone because he's everywhere, yup!
Guess What? he's about to drop a track do you think he should venture into the 'deejay' world?