Friday, March 27, 2015

5 Questions with new reggae recording artiste 'Malkia'

Malkia is a self-made woman who has made a comfortable place for herself in this world and uses her strength to uplift women and enlighten men through her music.  She said, 
"I define myself by how I make others feel.  I live my life to empower people through
music and inform everyone that they can do anything they put their mind to." 

New Image Promotions (N.I.P.) is Introducing to you, one of reggae's newest recording artiste/entertainer, Malkia. We had 5 questions for her, read on to see how she respond.

N.I.P.: You lived in Jamaica for 10 years during childhood, what are some of the best and worst experiences you've had growing up in those years?

Malkia: "I remember happiness, laughter and warm weather. Looking back now it feels like some of the best years of my life. I remember waking up and going to school on school days and not worrying about my safety. I grew up with my grandparents and cousins at the time in St. Mary and they never worried about our safety either. On weekends, we got up, did our chores and went and played with our friends all day. Back then it was ok to leave the house for hours at a time. I remember the happy freedom we had growing up. The worst experience would have to be getting yelled at or slapped for doing something I wasn't supposed to Honestly, I don't remember any bad experiences growing up in Jamaica. I remember being in a wonderful place. Which is probably the reason I came back home."

N.I.P.: By the time you got to New York, what was it like? Share an experience you've had that would have changed you and motivated you to excel at University levels?

Malkia: "The weather was not pleasant and my mom feared for my safety. I felt like a lost some freedom when I went to live in New York. It was different environment. I remember my first experience with racism as a teenager, living in New York. Coming from Jamaica where race didn't matter to a country where race did matter was a huge culture shock. Children living in New York are very aware of racism at a very early age."

N.I.P.: You hold a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Computer Science. For someone as educated as you are, why so passionate about a music career?

Malkia: "I love music and I love that it can compel you to feel. A good song will always make you feel something, whether joy, anger, inspiration, sadness, motivation. I want to make music that brings joy and confidence to other peoples lives. I have an opportunity to impact people the way that music has impacted me."

N.I.P.: What would you say to a girl who resides in one of the toughest communities in Kingston, a garrison community, and has a desire to further her studies at University but does not have a good support system to back her (financial or otherwise). What would your advice be to her about breaking free, following her dream? 

Malkia: "My advice to any girl whether she is from the garrison or not is to "trust your gut
and follow your heart" it will take you to wonderful places. Don't look to external factors to determine your goals in life. Your journey in life will not be easy. But the other advice is to take it one step at a time. As long as you don't stop, you must reach your destination.

N.I.P.: When you hear the music of Christopher Martin you come alive. Who are your ideal fans, who are the people you are doing this music for and why?

Malkia: "My ideal fans are adult women, I don't think there's enough music that caters to women. Most of the music out there deals with relationship and sex. I think women are so much more than that. I think we experience so much more than that, sexism, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, motherhood, etc. There is so much more that can be said. I would love to make that connection with female fans. Our point of view is under represented in music."

Malkia released her debut album "Malkia", formerly Angela Latti, independently from start to finish on her own Malkia Entertainment label. An all Reggae album, she tackles female empowerment, spirituality, love, sex and economic hardship.  Lead single, "Princess and Queens" tells a story, it embodies the spirit of women: "Women are students, mothers, entrepreneur and everything in between, and we work hard to accomplish our goals. We are beautiful, strong and capable. We deserve respect and have earned the right to be treated like princess and queens." click here to listen

By: Sophia McKay

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mavado celebrate 10 years in the music industry

One of Dancehall's leading artistes is celebrating 10 years in the music industry this year. David Constantine Brooks aka Mavado, plans to celebrate his decade long music journey with a series of performance and music releases including a special remix featuring the incarcerated, Vybz Kartel 'di teecha,' a release stated.

Mavado, (named after the Swiss watch company) became an overnight sensation in Jamaican Dancehall upon the release of the 2004, Daseca Production single, 'Real McKoy' on the Anger Management riddim. He (according to his gullyside website) carved an inimitable style somewhere between the angel and the warlord.  His hit tune, "Weh Dem a Do" with it's "fly-ay ay up to the sky" hook over the club-tempo Red Bull and Guinness riddim, is accredted to have, brought that voice to the overseas market, and earned him magazine covers like The Fader as well as mainstream stations like New York's Hot 97 and the #27 position on the Billboard's Hot RnB/Hip Hop Chart.* Arguably, a slew of hits, which spiralled from an ongoing 'Gully vs Gaza' feud between himself and incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel in 2008, cushioned his mainstream success

Over 10 years, some of Mavado's most notable recordings include Billboard hits, "Weh Dem a Do" and On The Rock featuring Hip Hop mogul Jay Z. The remix caught the attention of more mainstream media such as Rolling Stone Magazine which rated Mavado as the "Best Reggae Artist" in the Best of Rock April 2008 issue; and, Billboard Magazine which noted the significance of the collaboration with hip hop mogul Jay-Z citing "when Jay Z, who has never recorded on a reggae track, rhymed on a remix of singer Mavado's current hit, On The Rock, it became arguably the greatest endorsement ever given to any dancehall record"* 

In 2007 and 2009 respectively, Mavado released the VP Records produced albums Gangsta for Life - The Symphony of David Brooks, which since it's d├ębut, remained in the Top 25 Billboard Reggae Charts, and Mr Brooks - A Better Tomorrow featuring the hit song with the contagious hook 'So Special" which smash into a U.S. commercial radio hit and remained on Billboard's Top 100 Hot RnB/Hip Hop Airplay and Song chart for over a month (peaking at #52). The hit song, 'Real McKoy' became the theme song for the fourth Grand Theft Auto Trailer entitled "Everyone's a Rat,"  and was also used in the Grand Theft Auto IV in-game radio station, Massive B Sound System. Mavado was selected for a special Nike 2008 Olympic campaign where he made an exclusive track, "On The Go" (Faster Than Bullet) for Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell's Train for Speed, a 35 minute interval workout sold on iTunes. 

Mavado's collaborations adds to his legacy.  He has recorded with a number of top U.S.
urban acts and legends including Jay Z, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Birdman, Faboulous, Akon and UK Grime artiste Chipmunk; as well as featured on G-Unit's 2008 'Let It Go' single along with Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks for the album: Terminate on Sight T.O.S. In that same year, the Cassava Piece native, won the UK's Music Of Black Origin, MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

Personal accomplishments for the Dancehall Star involves the launch of his Mansion Records label, in 2011 and subsequent release of popular single, "Delilah." In that same year, he signed a major recording deal with American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive DJ Khaled for We The Best Music Group, an imprint of the Cash Money Entertainment label/YMCMB family. Mavado's most current single under the label is called, "I Ain't Going Back Broke" featuring label mate Ace Hood and Future. A special remix of "I Ain't Going Back Broke" will feature ace Dancehall artiste, the incarcerated Vybz Kartel to commemorate the self titled gully gad decade long career. "Celebrating 10 years and my success it is only right to release this track now with who was my one time rival Vybz Kartel "The Teacher" and continue to create history together" Mavado said in a release. 

Other activities promised to mark Mavado's career milestone, involves an historical performance at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York April 10th, along with Reggae/Dancehall artistes Capleton, Lady Saw and Matisyahu. We The Best Promotions Dancehall Super Star promises a performance like never before, "with 10 years of experience comes maturity, people can expect to see and hear10 years of hits and many surprises from me" Mavado said.  

Congratulations Mavado on reaching 10 years in your career from us her at New Image Promotions!

*Source: Gullyside.Com

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's a family Affair - Insta Hot Picks

Once again we manage to accumulate some aweee-some Insta Hot photos to share with you.  Check out some of our favourite artistes 'kicking it' with their offsprings.

Reggae's Queen Ifrika and her young Prince, awe look at her cheeks!  

Dad-dee of the year? well maybe, Agent Sasco been sharing some lovely shot of the Cs' keep em coming wi luv dem #Goalz
The big bad Bounty Killer got a lil soft when he shared this photo of himself and his lil last son Javar and he be like, "him drinking red bull peeps" looking proud too. Note: #smilingBounty #lottery #lol 

Konshens him boasy sah! He has got us saying awezzz like crazy with posts of his prince and princess, we endorse it gwaan daddy love up di kids, they will remember it foreva 


The Jamaican motion picture "Destiny" staring Reggae/Dancehall artistes Christopher Martin, Spice, and more makes US debut

A breath of fresh air! That's the phrase that best describes Jeremy Whittaker's breakout film,"Destiny" that has now become the record holding, "Longest running film at the Box Office in Jamaican history." "Destiny" features a host of local talent, boasts a captivating story line and features some dynamic soundtracks.

The film, chronicles the story of Lisa Pullen, played by lead actress Karian Sang, journey in finding herself following the death of her parents and a tumultuous break-up with her boyfriend. Her trip to Jamaica to sell her inheritance led to the discovery of her family's past and finds her falling in love. 

"Destiny" features prominent Jamaican actors and recording artistes such as the soulful reggae artiste Christopher Martin, comedian Ian 'Ity' Ellis and female Dancehall entertainer Grace 'Spice' Hamilton. The film, unlike many other Jamaican themed films of the past, is void of violence and bloodshed and premiers Monday March 30th at Miramar Cultural Centre in Florida.