Saturday, July 18, 2015

Reggae Sumfest 2015 - What the female artistes on Dancehall Night wore

At a Dancehall concert/show one of the highlights of a female artist presentation is her outfit.  Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night is one such event, it started out with host, the fluffy diva Ms. Kitty. Get a glimpse of what the female Dancehall artistes wore at the 2015 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Ms Kitty designed and styled by Iceprincess she said. O how we wish the artistes would provide similar info  giving credit to their stylists.

Lady Saw

Ishawna - had a blast (her caption)


 As for Vanessa Bling - Everyone definition of sexy is different......nothing is sexier than a bad woman dressing classy and in full command


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lending a helping hand

Roots-Reggae's "Taste Victory" artiste Nesbeth extended a helping hand when called upon by the Spanish Town Adult Correctional facility recently to support their rehabilitation program.

According to a release, the move was not just about the obvious entertainment value but, the programme also aim to assist in the re-integration of convicted persons into society through mentoring with its main objective, to counter habitual offending or, criminal recidivism.

Following his performance interspersed with motivational speeches, Nesbeth said the experience was very moving and served as an eye-opener for those in society who share the view that the penal institution is a place of solace. Admittedly he affirmed he was fairly pleased to see that many of the inmates were still in high spirits despite their insurmountable challenges.

Nesbeth's visit to the facility was so impactful, he was inspired to record a track that draws comparison between being locked away in a physical space and, being free but entrapped in a mental space. Although he is not prepared to say much about the song just yet, it's message follows a personal trend, of taking you along a motivational and empowering path he's opted to carry his fans. 

Currently promoting the singles 'Taste Victory', Ole Gangalee.' and 'Hundu Lay Lay' off his latest 'Taste Victory' EP, Nesbeth makes final preparation for his upcoming European tour later this month.


Monday, July 13, 2015

BREAKING! Omi is #1 on Billboard Hot 100

The Reggae/Pop track dethrones Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks on top.

OMI's "Cheerleader" crowns the Billboard Hot 100, rising 2-1. The buoyant reggae/pop song replaces Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks, leaving the latter song tied for the longest run at No. 1 ever for a rap single read more.

New Image Promotions congratulates OMI on this tremendous accomplishment!


Chart Wise - Omi Surges into the top 3 of US Top 40 charts

Top 40: Swift Sets Single Week Spin Record; Guetta Runner Up; OMI Top 3; Platten Top 15; Lovato Top 20; Derulo, MKTO Debut

*TAYLOR SWIFT breaks the single week spin record at Top 40 with "Bad Blood" with 19,518 passing the previous record set by "Uptown Funk" by MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS
*DAVID GUETTA is now in the runner up spot with "Hey Mama," featuring NICKI MINAJ and BEBE REXHA - up 1286 spins and moving 3* - 2*
*Newcomer OMI surges into the top 3, rising 6* -3* with "Cheerleader" and is up 2363 spins
*THE WEEKND is nearing the top 5 in his fifth week on the chart with "Can't Feel My Face," rising 9*-6* and growing 2104 spins
*RACHEL PLATTEN enters the top 15, moving 18*-15* with "Fight Song" - up over 1000 spins again this week
*DEMI LOVATO is top 20 in her second week on the chart with "Cool For The Summer" - up 258-20* and rising 2556 spins - this week's #1 Greatest Gainer
*JASON DERULO follows his chart topper "Want You To Want Me" with "Cheyenne" as the top debut at 38*
*The other debut comes from MKTO at 39* with "Bad Girls"

Rhythmic: *MAJOR LAZER went top 20 last week and this week they move all the way to the top 15 with "Lean ON" - rising 20* -15*

Hot AC: Swift Move to #1; Wiz Top 3; Sheeran Top 10; OMI, Rob Thomas Top 15; 
*Newcomer OMI is top 15 as "Cheerleader" rises 17*-14*
*MAJOR LAZER enters the chart at *39* with their already top 15 Pop and Rhythmic hit "Lean On"

Billboard Reggae Top 10
*Kymani Marley enters at #1 with "Maestro" 
*Soca Gold by Various artiste enters at #2
*Bob Marley and the Wailers "Easy Skankin in Boston 78" moves down *1-3*
*Rebulution moves down *2-4* with "Count Me In"
*Byron Lee and the Dragonaires enters the Top 10 up from *11-*5 with "Uptown Top Ranking"
*SOJA* moves one place down from *5-6* with "Amid The Noise and Haste"
*Gov't Mule both albums moves down *3-7* and 6*-*8 with "Dub Side of the Mule" + the Deluxe respectively
*The Expanders down 4*-9* with "Hustling Culture"
*Morgan Heritage down *9-*10 with "Strictly Roots"


Sunday, July 12, 2015

International Reggae Day (IReggae Day) 2015 - The Outcome

International Reggae Day (iReggae Day) celebrated July 1 of each year marked it's 21st anniversary in 2015 celebrating with various activities that highlighted the contribution and influence of Reggae music and culture. Among the list of activities that took place was an all day conference that was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Key speakers included David Stopps (WIPO) speaking on Global Market and Digital Trends, Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice-President Affiliate Sales at HBO Latin America on New Technology, Trends and Opportunities for Caribbean Cable, Roshaun "Bay-C" Clarke of TOK and Bombruh Records on Content Challenges and Distribution Strategies, Gussie Clarke (Anchor Records) on the Impact of Technology on the Jamaican Sound, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Executive Director of the Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Cordell Green and Writing and Editing Professional Pat Meschino on other matters that looked at:- 
  • Identifying some of the challenges reggae music faces on the international front
  • Solutions to resolve some of these challenges in the near future
  • Securing Jamaica's competitive advantage in the global market
  • The fate of the Jamaican sound system culture
The Sound System Culture
Since the 1950s, sound systems have played an integral role in Jamaica's music culture. However, in recent years there have been concerns on whether or not sound systems have become irrelevant to the industry. Representing popular sound system Bass Odyssey, Yaniq Walford argued that although the culture is not what it once was, "sound systems have become synonymous with Jamaican culture....." Founded back in 1989 by Keith Walford, Bass Odyssey like every other sound system is competing with the digital age. Yaniq Walford is quite aware of this and note, "there are changes that need to be made is sound systems are to be sustainable."  She asserted Jamaica's Noise Abatement Act is doing "more harm than good for the sustainability of sound systems." Other issues affecting the sound system culture as pointed out by Yaniq Walford include:
  • An extension of the 2:00am curfew set according to the Noise Abatement Act
  • Selectors/DJs offering their services as alternatives for a complete sound system
  • Payola "money pull-up" threatens the purpose of patrons enjoying music selections in dancehall read more
Music Production Quality
Gussie Clarke
As it relates to music production, Music Producer and founder of Anchor Recordings, Gussie Clarke in endorsing Yaniq Walford's insight on the sound system culture said, "Jamaica has a value and a sound we should try and preserve. People are producing mediocrity and passing it off as music.." this act, according to Mr Clarke, if not brought under control, run the risk of the Jamaican people losing the, "very thing that defined us."

Securing Jamaica's Competitive Advantage in the Global Market
Pat Meschino
Drawing comparisons with statistics from Billboard reggae's chart debut in 1993, Billboard writer Ms. Pat Meschino, demonstrated how Jamaica's chart dominance has shifted from Jamaicans to non-Jamaican artistes/bands on both Billboard's Reggae album and single charts.  "The original singles charts had 25 slots, and of those spots, the top 16 were occupied by Jamaicans," she said. "Today the top 10 are split evenly between Jamaican and non-Jamaican acts, with the top-two spots being occupied by non-Jamaicans."

This trend according to Ms. Meschino is demonstrated even today as total sales of leading Jamaican Reggae artiste Chronixx Dread and Terrible album is 9000 units, compared to California base reggae band SOJA, who's totalling sales in the amount of 30,000 copies. If these numbers are to be turned around in favour of Jamaican artistes once more, Pat Meschino suggested:-
  • Re-stragized marketing plans to compete effectively on the international market
  • Financial Investments
  • The availability of resources    
Citing the recent success of OMI's 'Cheerleader' single in the global market, Pat Meschino said, "the song Cheerleader was so good that even without the remix, it was possible that in its original reggae format, it could have reaped similar success if the correct marketing muscle and finances were put behind it from the beginning." Reiterating what many local reggae/dancehall music enthusiasts have been saying, she said, "This is the home of reggae, and you should know that from the minute you step off the plane. The music should be playing in the airports, hotels, restaurants, and so on" she concluded see full article

International Reggae Day was founded by Ms Andrea Davis, who also manages Toots and the Maytals, IP and Brand Consultant. The event attracted several speakers and participants both locally and internationally.

Gleaner Writer: Sherita Grizzle's
Click to view publication: Gleaner Jamaica