Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Mother's Love

There are times when only a Mother's love
Can understand our tears
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears
There are times when only a Mother's love
Can Share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are time when only a Mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need  from day to day
For a Mother's heart and a Mother's faith
And a Mother's steadfast love
We fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above

Happy Mother's Day
To: All Mother's Across the World


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tessanne Chin goes old school RnB on new single 'Fire'

Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin has long had an affinity for retro sounds -- after all, her breakout performance on season five of The voice (which she eventually won) was a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Now, Chin returns to the 70's with her throwback track "Fire,"  classic-sounding RnB tune that showcases her undeniable voice. "It's a soulful power anthem and a reminder to never sell yourself short, " Chin tells Billboard "to keep your standards high as well as your self-worth."

"The whole experience of creating and writing this song was just so organic and real," Chin continues.  "It took me back to the music and an era that I absolutely love and respect."

Going back to basics was one of Chin's favourite parts of writing and recording "Fire." "We were all in a live room clapping and stomping our heels around a mic to the beat to add that extra bit of realness to it," she says. "It was so much fun." 

Source: Billboard

Monday, May 4, 2015

Omi's 'Cheerleader' single tops UK Top 40 Chart

After 289 weeks, the popular Felix Jaehn remake of Omi's single, 'Cheerleader' has landed the #1 spot on the UK Singles Top 40 chart unseating US rapper Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's collaboration, "See You Again." Now certified gold in the United Kingdom from sales of over 400,000 copies, Omi joins a growing list of Jamaican acts who have topped the UK Top 40 chart. The list are as follows:- 

1) 1969 - The Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces  
2) 1971 - Double Barrel by Dave and Ansel Collins 
3) 1971 - Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas 
4) 1974 - Uptown Top Ranking by Althea and Donna  
5) 1978-  Everything I Own by Ken Boothe  
6) 1978 - Rivers of Babylon and Mary's Boy Child by Boney and M (a band with two of its                   members Jamaicans Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett)
7) 1978 - I Want To Wake Up With You by Boris Gardner  
8) 1993 - Oh Carolina by Shaggy  
9) 1994 - Twist and Shout (remix) by Chaka Demus, Pliers and Jack Radics 
10)2013 - What About Us by The Saturdays ft. Sean Paul 

"Cheerleader" now the #1 single in the UK, has churned it's way on Billboard Top 100 chart with a d├ębut at #95 last week and appearing in a total number of 22 charts. The song's chart breaking trend has registered #1 positions on Sweden Top 40, Switzerland Top 20, Denmark Top 20, German Top 40, The Netherland Top 40 (twice) and France Top 20 charts

Excerpts: Jamaica Observer
See also: Major distribution deal for 'Cheerleader' singer Omi

Nesbeth tackles hard music questions

Nesbeth: let's go! #TasteVictory
Still basking in the reality of being listed among 11 Jamaican Acts Keeping Roots Reggae Music Alive by MTViggy this year Reggae artiste Nesbeth is now in preparation for his first every tour across Europe where fans will see him perform at major festivals such as Reggae Geel(Belgium), Reggae Jam (Germany), and Reggae Salute (Holland). The soft spoken, Taste Victory singer has oblige us in a challenge to tackle our 30 'Hard Music Questions' Check out what song makes Nesbeth smile and what song makes him wanna fall in love when he is the fan in his field, the Music Industry. 

A song you like with a number in the title - One in a million by Ne-yo 

A song that reminds you of summertime - We are the world by Michael Jackson

A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about - Guns Out This Morning Word by Nesbeth

A song that needs to be played LOUD -  Mama by Maria Carey ft. Boyz II Men

A song that makes you want to dance - Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths

A song to drive to - Taste Victory by Nesbeth   

A song about drugs or alcohol - legalise it by Peter Tosh

A song that makes you smile - Double Trouble by Beres Hammond

A song that makes you sad -  Life Goes On by Deep Jahi.

A song that you never get tired of - I am Wiser Now - Whitney Houston

A song from your preteen years - Do What You Do by Jermaine Jackson
Endless Love by LionelRichie/Dianna Ross

A song that is a cover by another artiste - Judgement Day by Terri Linen

One of your favourite classic songs - These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding

Getting closer to the end #TasteVictory
A song that makes you think about life - Zion by Lauren Hill

A song that has many meaning to you - Prison Walls Stories by Jah Cure

A song that moves you forward - Joy In the Morning by Nesbeth

A song that you think everybody should listen to - One Love by Bob Marley

A song by an artist no longer living - Love and Hate by Dennis Brown

A song that makes you want to fall in love - Can We Talk by Tevin Campbell 

A song that breaks your heart - Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton

A song by an artist with a voice that you love - Turn Your Lights Down low by Lauryn Hill

A song that you remember from your childhood - I'm Getting Married by Yellowman

"That's it folks...those are his answers 'off the top of his head' reblog or post if you think he scored 50-100 points."

By: Sophia McKay

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jamaica Film Festival in Kingston this Summer

city of Kingston, Jamaica
The Jamaica Film Festival, scheduled to be held in Kingston, July 7 – 11, 2015, is shaping up to be an exciting one, which will showcase the talents of the best and brightest in the Jamaican film industry. The festival promises to be a dynamic cinematic and cultural event, featuring both local and international movies.
There will also be a music day, to include: workshops; and a live reggae concert, at the Tuff Gong International Recording Studios. An exclusive beach party is planned for Saturday, which is geared to be a celebration of “fun in the sun,” against the visual bliss of the majestic Blue Mountains, as a backdrop in the distance.
The city of Kingston will come alive as the patrons of the festival enjoy the unique opportunity to experience why the Jamaican culture is so infectious. The capital city offers unparalleled culinary experiences; a vibrant nightlife; museums and galleries rich in culture; as well as, the warm hospitality of the Jamaican people.
Kingston boasts restaurants owned by and named after three of our iconic sports superstars, including Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Courtney Walsh’s Cuddy’z and Chris Gayle’s Triple Century. In addition, the metropolis is home to the fourth best place to have ice cream in the world, available at Devon House.  This Great House was built in the late 19th century as the residence of the first Black Jamaican millionaire; and, it is a masterpiece of Caribbean Victorian architecture and elegance.
Jamaica is also home to the world-famous Blue Mountain coffee and Reggae Music, therefore, Kingston’s energy and vibe will revitalize anyone. And, as a city with the seventh largest harbour in the world and numerous historic sites, Kingston has a variety of unforgettable experiences to offer, visitors and production crews that will last a lifetime.
Movie: King of Dancehall currently being shot in Jamaica
The festival seeks to promote Jamaica as a location, which is more than a magnificent backdrop.  And, will reveal that the country is currently experiencing a creative revolution; given its recognition as the cultural powerhouse of the Caribbean, producing outstanding cinematic creative products of international standard; with its breath-taking locations; state-of-the-art technical services, and a wealth of local talent.
These attributes have led to a deeper focus in the development of local creative industries, in particular film, with the goal of becoming one of the regional thought leaders in the industry. Therefore, our objective is to position Jamaica as the regional hub for creative talent and services; and, hosting abona fide national film festival will assist us to solidify the directions and growth necessary.
The island is home to five production houses, each with more than four decades of experience in film and video production; and their technical skills are considered to be of world and industry standards. Our technical expertise ranges from world-renowned directors to the warmth and hospitality of our drivers, all of whom maintain the passion and desire to make crews comfortable during their work in Jamaica.
Jamaican television has also evolved; and continues to produce relevant, entertaining and engaging content. Home to one of the longest running soap operas in the English-speaking Caribbean, Royal Palm Estate/The Blackburns has set the island’s TV industry leagues ahead in the region. And, the industry continues to create shows that appeal to an international audience.
On the cusp of five feature films being released during the past three years–Better Mus
shot from the movie King of Dancehall in Kingston
Come, Rise Up, Ghett’a Life, One People 
and Ring Di Alarm— Jamaica’s emerging film industry has been given new life. As a result, more local content productions are being distributed internationally in the United Kingdom; throughout other countries in Europe; as well as, in South Africa and Japan.
Consequently, the growth of the international film industry has set the stage for Jamaicans to further develop as content creators; and the opportunity for our talent to be in high demand worldwide.