Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cherine Anderson for a grand debut performance in South Africa

Jamaican singer/songwriter Cherine Anderson takes her electrifying reggae dancehall-soul music to South Africa this month. The songstress will make her African debut in Johannesburg, Saturday, September 26, 2015 for the 23rd Edition of the Arts Alive International Festival Urban Vibes ConcertThe Urban Vibes Concert is part of the Arts Alive month long celebrations and is geared towards the inner city and greater Johannesburg urban youth.

Always one to Truly engage her fans, Cherine Anderson has created a vlog series called Cherine's Duffle Bag Diaries which is an intimate online video journal giving fans the opportunity to meet her team and observe her process in creating a special show for the South African fans. The series will premiere online on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

The Kingstonian started her career as a child actress in the Jamaican film Dancehall Queen. She went on to co-star alongside Idris Elba and Kymani Marley in the award winning film One Love. It was while filming the latter that her musical talents emerged; writing and performing three songs for the film's soundtrack.

Cherine became the first Jamaican female artiste to hit Billboard Rock Charts featured on the song "Say Hey" with Michael Franti. Her commanding voice coupled with her energy live performances helped to place her on arena tours and renown festivals worldwide as both an opening and supporting act for alternative bands like Michael Franti and Spearhead, International rock stars John Mayer and Counting Crows to name a few. She has also toured with, and is endorsed by legendary drummer Sly Dumbar (Sly and Robbie) who hails her as 'the real deal.'

Cherine is close to completing her album, which is being produced by 20 Six Music Group and reggae legends Sly and Robbie, and will be debuting unreleased material from the album at the Urban Vibes Concert which will also feature performance by Dancehall/Reggae artiste Jahvinci among others.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Throw Back - Sister Carol from then still doing it now

Sister Carol
Carol Theresa East also known as Sister Carol is one of Jamaica's foundation Reggae/Dancehall artist who was encouraged by Brigadier Jerry to try chatting in Jamaican dancehall style rather than singing.  Sister Carol originated from Denham Town in West Kingston and migrated to the United States at age 14 with her family.  Her father Howard East, was a Senior Engineer at Radio Jamaica (RJR) and his affiliation at the famous Studio One would influence Carol early interest in music.

Sister Carol is also an actress who made appearances in the Jonathan Demme movie, Something Wild in 1986, Married to the Mob 1988 and Rachel Getting Married 2008. Sister Carol released her first album entitled Liberation for Africa in 1983 and in 1984, Black Cinderella which launched her. She went on to formd her own record label of the same name, a name that stuck with her as she also uses it as a stage name along with Mother Culture which fans also refer to her as.  

But that was then fast forward to now, and Black Cinderella still reigns.  In the Tri-Stars Pictures, "Ricki and the Flash" with lead role played by three time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and opened in theatres across the United States two weeks ago, the voice of the cultural griot, Sister Carol sounded lyrics from her 1996 Grammy nominated single, "Milk and Honey" off the Lyrically Potent album close out the film before the credits roll.

Sister Carol explain to Caribbean Life how she was approached, "they first wanted me to be a TSA agent but I don't wear pants so that was it for me."  But then, she was asked to portray a couple with husband/manager Dean Wauchope. Her line did not make the director's cut but her music sure did.  Since 1986, Sister Carol has had film forays with Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married, Denzil Washington in Mighty Quinn, Michelle Phiffer and Alex Baldwin in Married To The Mob and Melanie Griffith in Something Wild.

Sister Carol's music has made soundtracks for the movies she played. As for Carol, "I am thankful to the Divine Creator..."

Source: Jamaicans dot com

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sean Paul Among Select Group of International Artistes to Inspire Action on Climate Change

Sean Paul
Internationally renowned artistes have come together to record a song to support the UN Secretary-General's leadership on climate change and the United Nations' call for a meaningful, universal, global climate change agreement to be signed by governments in December.

"Love Song To The Earth" features performances by Sean Paul, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Cailat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo (a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q'Orianka Kilcher.

Written by Sean Paul, Toby Gad, Natasha Bedingfield and John Shanks, and produced by Toby Gad and John Shanks, the artistes, producers and directors of the project along with APPLE INC are donating their respective proceeds to Friends Of The Earth U.S. and The United Nation Foundation.

The song already released exclusively on iTunes across the world will be released on all major music distribution and streaming services around the world September 11 along with a 'lyric video' world premier by award-winning cinematographer Louis Schwartzberg and co-producer, Jerry Cope. The cast of the lyric video includes scientists and explorer Sylvia Earle; environmentalist and author Bill McKibben. Performers includes Colbie Cailat, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, and Q'Orianka Kilcher, keyboardist Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band and Rolling Stones and founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN), Love Song director Jerry Cope and his family, comedian Lewis Black; writer/producer Toby Gad and his family, Lyn Lear, UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall and concludes with members of the Batwa Tribe in Uganda.

The video will feature breath-taking film from around the world and footage of some of the artistes, scientists, celebrities and people all over the world holding signs reading: Keep it Safe, It's Our World and Love Song to the Earth. 

In December 2015, the world's leaders will assemble in Paris for COP21 in an effort to sign a meaningful, universal global agreement on climate change.  Love Song to the Earth is expected to bring the issue to new audiences and inspire them to reach out to their leaders to demand climate action. 


Ketch Up - Rita Marley - Woman of Excellence; New Management for Popular Artist; Producer's Bid to Keep Caribbean Music Mainstream plus more

Back-2-school had me like...oh yes, the annual affair. So good to see so many artistes step up to the task helping out so many families getting the children off to school, well done!
But it's time to 'ketch-up' on some interesting stories we missed. 

Rita Marley - Woman of Excellence in Africa
When the United Nations' Women and the African Union Diaspora African Forum (AUDAF) toast their selection with the 2015 Living Legends and African Women of Excellence awards September 12, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Rita Marley, the wife of Jamaica's greatest artiste and reggae music legend Bob Marley, will be awarded "Woman of Excellence" in Africa.

Rita Marley is among a handful of prestigious women recognized as outstanding females of African descent representing a wide variety of disciplines ranging from entrepreneurs, artists, scientists to social activists.

Two categories of achievers will be awarded 'Living Legends' and 'Women of Excellence' and Mrs Marley in a statement said, "I am honoured to be counted amongst so many distinguished women ..."

Rita Marley a former member of the I-Threes, Founder of Marley Music recording and publishing companies, has supported a myriad of humanitarian causes and advancement projects across the African continent, Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Diaspora. She has displayed her philanthropic and entrepreneurial skill that includes the establishment of a home for teen-aged mothers in Kingston, a health care facility for the elders in Ghana Africa, a recording studio in Accra, distributed school supplies to deprived youth throughout Jamaica, establish monuments and memorials to preserve the legacy of her legendary husband Bob Marley, such as, the Africa Unite concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2005, celebrating Bob Marley's 60th birthday.  A free concert that attracted a massive crowd in the city's Meskel Square.  That concert also coincided with a day long symposia, special events held at the United Nations headquarters and a gala VIP ceremony held at the home/place of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Since that time, Rita Marley has been widely regarded as an advocte for the construction of a dam in Ethiopia that could/would redirect the flow of the Nile River from its Ethiopian source to Egypt.

With a promise to maintain the legacy of her husband Bob Marley in Africa, Rita Marley took the decision to regale his birth in South Africa and Ghana. In Kenya, her name is associated with advancing numerous projects that could benefit the population of the African nation. She has been honoured a living legend in Malawi.

In 1996, Rita Marley was conferred with a doctorate degree from the University of the West Indies. She also received the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government.

Rita Marley recently celebrated her 69th birthday. She was born in Cuba and raised in Trench Town, Kingston where she met Bob Marley. She has claimed twelve children of her late husband and is grand-mother and great-grand mother for more than 60 children.  

Konshens Signs with New Management

Music producer and artiste manager Jeremy Harding has signed dancehall artiste Konshens to his 2 Hard Music label. Harding told the Jamaica Observer he had been in dialogue with a number of artistes over the past couple of years about management as he sees potential and the need for 'a little nudge' to springboard their careers. So he settled a deal with Konshens whom he believes, "is the one with the most potential by far to make the leap internationally." Harding further stated that Konshens, "has the audience, the dancehall pedigree, image, musical intelligence and business acumen." 

Jeremy Harding successfully spearheaded Sean Paul's career to gain international recognition and in the capacity of a producer, successfully landed major hits such as Beenie Man's Who Am I (Zim Zimma) as well as Tanto Metro and Devonte's Give It To Her single. "He's a force...I'm a force, let's see what happens" he said of his decision to sign Konshens.  

Konshens in other news will embark on a month long tour across Europe from ending September through to October. He will be performing along side his brothers and Subkonshus artistes Delus and Darrio.

Producer Undertakes Major Task of Keeping Caribbean Music Mainstream
Supa Dups

Grammy winning Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall producer Supa Dups has made a move towards keeping Caribbean music mainstream. Supa Dups outlined plans of finding a permanent home for Caribbean music in mainstream America, "where reggae is concerned, it is not as big as it could be because the unity is off. As soon as we can work together, then we'll have a vibrant industry again" he told the Observer. "The industry is there, but our successes come in spurts, like a novelty, and like every couple of years you have a one song like Cheerleader (by OMI) or a Gimmie Di Light (Sean Paul) come around."

To fulfill that dream, the Florida-based producer organised a strong contingent of some of the best producers, artistes, songwriters and engineers to create about 30 songs then use their connections to shop them for mainstream. The group which came together in a four-day camp at the Circle House studios of Reggae band Inner Circle in Miami included Ward 21's Andre 'Suku' Hendricks and Kunley, Stephen McGregor, deejay Kranium, singer/songwriter Krishane Levy, songwriter Daniel Daley, producer/songwriter Rock City, singer/songwriter Angela Hunte, producer Dre Skull, DJ Buddha, Rapper/producer Verse Simmonds, producer/engineer Kacey Phillips and DJ/Producer Willy Chin.

The Black Chiney sound, co-founder and owner Supa Dups explains that the first-time ever project by the group is "a blend of new flavour and experience."

Source:  Jamaica Observer

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Chart Wise - Finally! Major Lazer Historic Top Place on Mediabase Chart; OMI's Cheerleader Still Top 3 on Billboard

Top 40: major Lands Historic #1: Selena Runner Up: R. City/Adam Levine Top 5; Fall Out Boy Top 10

*MAJOR LAZER takes the #1 position this week with "Lean On," featuring MO & DJ SNAKE it becomes the first song worked by an artist-led label to be worked independently to become #1 at Top 40 at MEDIABASE
*SELENA GOMEZ moves into the runner up spot with "Good For You." featuring A$AP ROCKY, rising 3*-2*
*R. CITY is top five in their eight week on the chart as "Locked Away," featuring ADAM LEVINE of MAROON 5, leaps 8*-5* and is + 1634 spins
*FALL OUT BOY motors inside the top 10 with "Uma Thurman," 11*-8* and up a huge 3341 spins - as the #1 Greatest Gainer
*TAYLOR SWIFT posts a 12 point jump, moving 31*-19* with "Wildest Dreams," growing 3328 spins - slightly behind the Bieber jump
*MACKLEMORE and RYAN LEWIS are up over 1928 spins, moving 30*-24* with "Downtown"
INTERSCOPE lands the top two debuts with X AMBASSADORS debuting at 34* with "Renegades"
*Meanwhile, ROBIN THICKE returns with "Black Together" at 35* - featuring Nicki Minaj
*The other debut comes from DAYA at 40* with "Hide Away"

Billboard Hot 100 
*OMI's "Cheerleader" voted song of the summer at the VMA's has slipped out of the #1 spot to give way to The Weeknd's " Can't Feel My Face" the prestigious spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week; while Major Lazer moves down *4-5* this week

Billboard Reggae Albums Top 10 update

 Joss Stone still holds Number 1; Jah Cure maintains his position; Carlene Davis re-
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enter Top 10; newcomer Rocky Duwani makes Top 10

*Joss Stone's "Water For Soul" hold Number 1 for a third week
*Jah Cure maintains *3 position for a second week with "The Cure
* Rebelution moves to 5* with "Count Me In" also maintaining the spot for a second week
*Reggae and Soca Gold 2015 and Rastafari "The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955 85" by "Various Artistes" holds *2, *4, *8 spots respectively
*Bob Marley and The Wailers  "Easy Skanking Boston 78" maintains *5
*Carlene Davis returns to Top 10 with Gospel alum "Dripping Blood" at *7
*The Expanders newcomers holds *9 for a second week                                                  
*Newcomer Rocky Duwani enters Top 10 with "Branches Of The Shame Tree" at 10*

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