Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback - female reggae singers whose love songs became all time hits

Dawn Penn - over 50 years in reggae music
Throwback to two female reggae artistes who have impacted the international industry impressively with their timeless reggae love songs and whose music still augurs well for audiences today. 

Dawn Penn
One such is Dawn Penn, a Jamaican reggae singer who had a short career during the rocksteady era, between 1967 and 1969. She is most known for her single "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No,) which became a worldwide hit in 1994. Dawn Penn's earliest recordings were composed and written by her around 1966. She recorded the rocksteady single "You don't Love Me" in 1967 on the Studio Label produced by Coxsone Dodd which hit US Billboard Top 100 chart, peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Subsequently, "You Don't Love Me" has been sampled and covered by the artistes such Ghostface Killah, Mims, Eve featuring Steven Marley and Damian Marley. Two years ago Ms. Dawn Penn made history along with an illustrious group of Jamaican artistes who showcased 'Dancehall" in true dancehall style at the B.E.T. Awards to much excitement and appreciation by the audience in attendance.

JC Lodge
Another female artistes whose music is as relevant today as it ever was is British Reggae
1985 JC Lodge
artiste of Jamaican parent JC Lodge. Her breakthrough hit "Someone Loves You, Honey" became the best-selling single of 1982 in the Netherlands, earning the singer gold and platinum discs. She went on to record the album, 'Revealed' with Gussie Clarke in 1985 as well as "I Believe In You" and "Selfish Lover." But her most memorable recording for me is the 1988 'Telephone Love' dancehall/reggae track, the first to crossover in the R n B and hip-hop markets in the US, topping urban charts and earning her a record deal with Warner Brothers label. 

JC Lodge who is also an accomplished painter, having exhibited in Kingston art galleries and has acted in several theatre productions, recorded mostly reggae albums, as well as album that featured R n B and pop elements too. Some of her other popular tracks includes "More Than I Can Say" and "Make It Up" as well as collaborations with Dancehall artiste "Tiger" on "Love Me Baby" and Shabba Ranks on a remixed "Telephone Love"

In 2001, JC Lodge returned to her native England, and recorded the album Reggae Country on Jet Star label then went on to record with Greensleeves Records.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hollywood Bowl's Reggae Night shows the Jamaican Genre Remains Alive in L.A.

The night of Sunday August 16, 2015 was an impeccable Reggae Night according to a review written by Rafael Orellana a Senior Staff Reporter at Living Out Loud LA which covers entertainment in Los Angeles, California, If you think or believe otherwise, just ask the Angeleno fans who attended this year's Reggae Night how much they love and enjoy reggae" he wrote. The event was a celebration of the late, great Robert Nesta Marley's 70th birthday and featured performances by the Marley Brothers, Inner Circle and the Skatalites. Orellana as if he was blown away by the performances wrote the following review.

Bob Marley's Roots Rock Reggae - A 70th Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl proved Jamaican reggae is more than alive in Los Angeles. This year's Reggae Night was pegged as a celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday, and the likes of Ziggy Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Inner Circle and the Skatalites all joined the sold out-party.

Eight-member ska, reggae, jazz band, the Skatalites got the festivities started and, boy, were they awesome during their 45-minute set. The immensely peppy crowd enjoyed them a lot, especially Doreen Shaffer's vocals.

Inner Circle, a sextet also from the Caribbean island, went off for another 45 minutes. Lead singer Errol "Skatta" Bonnick was spot on during the nine performed tunes. "Bad Boys," their finale, proved magical musically. We all get a kick out of that track every time we hear it, it's so popular; experiencing it live was nothing less than spectacular.

Inner Circle turned up the Hollywood Bowl, hands down. It's safe to say everyone was excited to see this illustrious music act as much as they were there to witness history by the Marley brothers.

Despite the turned up energy, Ziggy and Stephen (and at one point even Bob's grandson Skip Marley) quickly soothed the crowd with "Redemption Song." The brothers sang the mellow, uplifting tune - as well as the rest of the memorable 15-melody set - as a duo.

Throughout his career, Bob had been an unexpected ambassador of attempting to cure racism and hate with music and love. He truly believed in such a thing; his music, of course, is his most prominent example. With "Redemption song," we saw the Marley brothers go about promoting just that about their father.

The third song of the night, "Is This Love," quickly created chills among the audience. The live rendition of the late-1970s piece was romantic and upbeat.

Vocals from both Ziggy and Stephen were the closest thing that there could be to Bob's distinctive voice. This was such an impactful tune of Reggae Night this year.

Another intriguing moment came when Skip delivered an epic "Roots Rock Reggae.' The palpable public engaged with Skip on the "roots rock reggae" stanzas, and the tenor saxophone play was incredibly sensual.

"Buffalo Soldier," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love" were all stunners. "Get Up, Stand Up," which talks about the act of battling oppression, proved motivating with regard to fighting for our many rights in life. While at times being undertone in sound, "Get Up, Stand Up" bestows an aggressive energy (in a positive way) intermittently.  The on-stage demeanor of the Marley brothers depicted such.

For the encore, the Marleys granted us "Could You Be Loved" - one of Bob's highly recognized tracks worldwide. The song, which was rendered beautifully, served as a reminder that Bob was and continues to be one of the best songwriters of all time. If you think or believe otherwise, just ask the Angeleno fans who attended this year's Reggae Night how much they love and enjoy reggae.


Da'Ville returns with new cover single and opens up about fatherhood

Da 'Ville is ready to turn it up louder in the local music spotlight with a brand new single titled Steal My Girl. "This song was originally done by English Pop group, One Direction. It's a song I fell in love with after hearing it for the first time, so I decided to produce a cover version of it. It was released on my new label Global Merchant Music Group LLC this month, it's doing really well. It's getting a lot of rotation and great feedback locally and abroad" he said in a release.

Not much has been heard from the singer since 2013 after separating from his management.  However, the easy going singer who described his style of music as reggae and pop and former lead singer of reggae band ARP, has been busy on the international music scene. "I kept my focus and continued touring and continued touring and performing all over the world. Over the last two years I have performed in a number of places including St. Barths, Anguilla, Canada, Hawaii, Grenada, St. Lucia, the US, Japan and many more" he said.

Da'Ville also enjoyed tremendous success in 2014 with his hit single titled Love Mi Di Same. The chart topping song was warmly received across Europe, especially in Germany where it's accompanying music video enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV Germany.  He also won the award for The Best Crossover Reggae Song at the prestigious Kenya Music Awards in Kenya for his reggae version of Justin Timberlake's, Mirror in 2014.

A special moment occurred in the life of the "All My Life" singer who collaborated on that joint with Reggae's queen Marcia Griffiths last November that lead to his taking a brief hiatus from work. It was the birth of a son named Thorian who the singer opens up about saying, "I feel privileged that I have the ability to schedule the time to be with my son. I am very grateful that the Lord has blessed me with a career that allows me to spend a great amount of time with him and his mom." A confident Da'Ville said he is not worried about his prolonged absence from local music scene because he knows that his fans in Jamaica love him, "I'm especially grateful to all my loyal fans, their love and support for my music is greatly appreciated. I can and will continue to make the music that they have grown to love from Da'Ville." Clink the song title to check out the video for Steal My Girl by Da'Ville"


Monday, August 17, 2015

Chart Wise - MAJOR LAZER edge closer to Billboard's Hot 100 top spot

Moving into Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 this week with "Lean On," Major Lazer is trending along an impressive path stemming from a stellar 1400 spins on mediabase chart. OMI still sits pretty even though "Cheerleader" has moved to #2 on Billboard Hot 100.

Top 40: Weeknd Holds Top Spot; Major Lazer Top 3; Selena Top 5; Sheeran Top 10; R. City/Levine, 5 seconds Top 15

*THE WEEKND holds the top spot with "Can't Feel My Face" for a second week
*MAJOR LAZER climbs tops 3, moving 5*-3* with "Lean On" - up a stellar 1400 spins
*SELENA GOMEZ enters top 5 as "Good For You," featuring A$AP ROCKY, rises 6*-5* and is up and 1397 spins
*ED SHEERAN adds another top 10 to his resume with "Photograph" moving 11* -10* and +722 spins  
*R. CITY climbs inside the top 15, rising 17* - 12* with "Locked Away," featuring ADAM LEVINE and up 2124 spins
*5 SECONDS OF SUMMER also enter the top 15 with an 18*-15* move for "She's Kinda Hot"
*ONE DIRECTION is now top 20 in their third week with "Drag Me Down" surging 26*-19* up 1744 spins
*Also new to the top 20 is "I Don't Like It, I Love It" up *22-20* by FLO RIDA
*Newcomer HAILEE STEINFELD soars on to chart at 28* with "Love Myself"
*THE WEEKND enters th chart at 32* with "The Hills"
*DISCLOSURE and SAM SMITH team up again and debut at 34* with "Omen"

Rhythmic: Weeknd "Face" holds of OMI; Weeknd "Hills" Top 10; Big Sean, Meek Mill Top 15; Songz, Selena Top 20; R. City/Levine Top Debut 

*THE WEEKND continues to hold the top spot at Rhythmic, in addition to his #1 spot at Top 40 with "Can't Feel My Face"
*OMI is a little over 200 spins back as "Cheerleader" holds in the runner up spot
*MAJOR LAZER (+422) and FETTY WAP (+734 spins) remain at 4* and 5* respectively 
*THE WEEKND now has two inside the top 10 as "The Hills" goes 13*-8* and is +703 spins......

Billboard Reggae Albums Top 10 update

On the Billboard Reggae Chart new entry Joss Stone's "Water For Soul" remains at Number 1 
*Jah Cure still holds #4 with "The Cure
* Rebelution #5 with "Count Me In"
*Gospel artiste Carlene Davis enters the chart with "Dripping Blood" at #6
*Bob Marley and The Wailers holds #7 with "Easy Skanking Boston 78" 
*Kymani Marley still holds #9 with "Maestro
*"Reggae Gold 2015," "Soca Gold 2015," "Reggae On The Collection," and "Reggae Anthology - King Jammy Roots Reality and Sleng Teng," holds the numbers 2, #3, #8 and #10 respectively