Saturday, January 9, 2016

Call Me Marion

Formerly Lady Saw, Marion Hall's first interview as a woman in Christ watch...




Friday, January 8, 2016

Barrington Levy Happy With First Grammy Nomination

Barrington Levy is happy with his first Grammy nomination for his album Acoustica Levy. The veteran reggae singer told Irie FM 'Music News' the accomplishment is a great look as the album was produced independently on his Black Roses Enterprise.

Acoustica Levy released earlier this year is Barrington Levy's first album in 23 years. The 15-track album is made up of acoustic, re-recorded versions of past hits and two new songs.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los-Angeles at Staples Center, February 15, 2016.

Source: Music News interview
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Nesbeth's "My Dream" Voted Number 1 Song of 2015; Top 10 Reggae and Dancehall Songs

Nesbeth
As published on website Jamaicans.com and reported by Stan Evan Smith, the listing is a snapshot reflection of the top dancehall and reggae tunes for 2015 as compiled by New York Tri-State top radio DJ'S and sound systems. I reached out to a cross section of the music media personalities including Clinton Lindsay, Foundation Radio, Chris, the Dubbmaster and DJ Roy of Irie Jam Radio, 98.5 FM, DJ Carlton, Dahved Levy, "Caribbean Fever" WBLS 109.5FM, Pat McKay, Program Director, Reggae and Gospel Sirius, XM Radio, Bobby Konders, host of "Fire Sundayz" w/Jabba on 98.7 Kiss FM and Massive B sound system and Record label, DJ Bandit, of E2 On Air Radio and sound system DJ and Patricia Meschino-Writer, Reggae/Caribbean Music Billboard Magazine.  Below are the responses received:-

No. 1 Reggae Song of 2015: My Dream by Nesbeth produced on the Entertainment Soul label.  Nesbeth ascends to Jamaican music's major league with the release of "My Dream", the singer's heartfelt delivery detailing his journey from Trench-town to stardom, the strength he derives from Rastafari guiding his journey. Released in late October, an official video is just one of the promotional tools planned for 2016 to take the song to a 9 audience that it most certainly deserves.

Nesbeth "MY DREAM" Music Video  


The 9 remaining songs are as follows:-

No. 2 "Criminal" - Protoje

No. 3 "Well Done" - Kabaka Pyramid

No 4. "Dance With You" - Raging Fyah ft. Kabaka Pyramid

No. 5 "so High Up On The Moon" - Vybz Kartel

No. 6 "Life We Live" - Jah Cure

No. 7 "Babylon Kingdom" - The Meditations

No. 8 "Hide Away" - Christopher Martin

No. 9 "Unruly Prayer" - Popcaan

No. 10 "Finally" - Jesse Royal

Source: Jamaicans.com
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Throw Back - "I'm looking forward to the Grammy" Jah Cure

His album "The Cure" is certified a classic by ABC news while Forbes Magazine believes he's, "the best voice in reggae." Jah Cure, whose personal drive is following the footsteps of Beres Hammond channeling his music and bolstering his career has been optimistic about Grammy recognition for his album and told Winford Williams in an interview, "I'm looking forward to the Grammy" he said, "whether mi nominate or mi get it.." Now, The Cure is nominated for the Grammy's Best Reggae Album along with Barrington Levy (Acoustic Levy), Morgan Heritage (Strictly Roots), Rocky Dawuni (Branches Of The Same Tree), and Luciano (Zion Awake), may the best album winWatch the interview with Winford Williams "Onstage."





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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Guardian - The best reggae still hails from Jamrock; Lot of Dancehall influenced moments in 2015 plus more

...the throwback sounds on Protoje’s Ancient Future demonstrate that reggae is
always rooted in its foundations Photograph: Screengrab
The Guardian - This year the world caught wind of something that Jamaicans have known for decades. Reggae is still great and the best reggae still hails from Jamrock."
 - Even if the standout dancehall track of 2015 came from a man in prison, the Caribbean was pumping out music that infiltrated the top of the global charts...

Protoje, Vybz Kartel and Kabaka Pyramid have been listed as producing some of the best Reggae and Dancehall music that infiltrated the top the global charts in 2015 by The Guardian. Written by Eric MacLeod and published December 30, The Playlist roundup also highlighted some 'dancehall-influenced' moments of 2015 See excerpts below:-

Protoje - Answer to Your Name
This year (2014) the world caught wind of something that Jamaicans have known for decades. Reggae is still great and the best reggae still hails from Jamrock. Even Vogue caught on. It's been labelled the reggae revival, but the throwback sounds on Protoje's excellent album Ancient Future, the ska vibes of Answer To Your Name being a case in point, demonstrate that Reggae is always rooted in its foundations. Need more evidence? Check fellow "revivalist" Chronixx's pair-up with Inner Circle to make Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread), a revisiting of Jacob Miller's classic.

Vybz Kartel - Dancehall

Vybz Kartel is in prison for a serious offense, and he's not getting out any time soon.  However, it seems that dancehall can't find a free and clear competitor for his World Boss crown. Though Gully Bop's Who She Want alongside the UK's Stylo G, wasn't bad, 2015
didn't confirm the potential demonstrated by 2014's hugh My God Dem Nah Bad Like Me. So, too, with Alkaline, whose Things Take Time and Fleek are OK, but far too Auto-Tuned and not too memorable. Kranium's Nobody Has To Know hit the big time in 2015, but the tune is from way back in 2013, and Dexta Dap's biggest tunes are those with roots in 2014. Hopefully the man who has called himself Di Teacha can continue to educate the up and comers from behind bars: there's certainly a need for new and interesting Jamaican dancehall.


Kabaka Pyramid - Well Done
Kabaka ended 2014 with a triumphant performance at Sting, Jamaica's Boxing Day bonanza that is dubbed the "greatest one night reggae show on Earth." His sharp with and social commentary won over the crowd and continued into 2015. He's often grouped with the other members of the so-called reggae revival, but deserves a little shine of his own. Well Done is an excellent, sarcastic screed against the government of his own country as well as politics in general....

On Dancehall's Influence - Justin Bieber (Sorry)
There were a lot of dancehall-influenced moments in 2015. The critically acclaimed I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) had Jamie XX bringing Popcaan and Young Thug together with a bouncy beat and a 1970s soul sample from the Persuasions. Drake's cha-cha-cha- shuffle and lazy, bass-y-dancehall swagger gave Hotline Bling a tropical feel. But it was the Bieb's (Justine Bieber) ressurection and acquisition of coolness that really required engagement with the riddim of dancehall. In his case, it was the dem bow, which many aficionados know as the rhythmic basis of reggaeton. Everything about Sorry is spectacular, especially the dancehall-styled choreography of Parris Goebel, and if you don't admit that it's fire, I'll use Justin's own words: "Is it too late now to say sorry?"

Read 'The Playlist' full story click The Guardian
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bob Marley Covers a 'Special Newsweek Edition'; The Official 70th Anniversary Tribute

Jamaica Gleaner - A Newsweek magazine special issue billed as the official 70th Anniversary Bob Marley Tribute - and entirely dedicated to the Marleys, reggae, rocksteady, ska and Jamaica - has just hit news stands across the United States.

The 100-page article chronicles the life and the legacy of Bob Marley, Jamaica's humble and gifted son of Trench Town whose music and cultural ideology inspired the lives of millions of multi-racial music fans across the globe.

The editorial spread is accompanied by over 100 rarely seen colour and black and while photographs of Bob Marley, his children, the wailers, and other reggae pioneers like Coxsone Dodds. One of the captivating black and while images dates back to 1966 at the wedding of Bob and Rita before Bob started growing dreadlocks. Another remarkable photograph revisit the Is This Love video shoot in 1978 in London that gave a seven-year old Naomi Campbell an early taste of the spotlight....read more

Gleaner Writer - Dave Rodney
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Strong Performances at Shaggy and Friends

Jamaica Gleaner - The 2016 Shaggy and Friends charity concert on the lawns of Jamaica House, Hope Road, St. Andrew, concluded on Saturday night with thrilling performances from several of the billed acts. Among the artistes who gave strong performances were Ding Dong, Sean Kingston, Shaggy and Rayvon, Ashanti, Popcaan and R.City.

Stalwarts of the 1990s singers, Nadine Sutherland and deejay Terror Fabulous were perhaps the most intimate with the audience and took patrons on a trip down memory lane with a slew of hits. Terror Fabulous, who has been troubled with illness over the years, is a rare act to catch in action, althouh he was part of the combination performances at Sting 2015 on Boxing Day. Patrons who turned out to the charity event got a chance to see the man behind hits like Gangster's Anthem and Number 2...more

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Billboard - 10 Best Reggae Albums of 2015

From a new live album from a late legend to new LPs from long-running reggae stalwarts, Rob Kenner's editorial picks for year's 10 best reggae albums.
-Billboard-

1) Bob Marley, Easy Skankin' in Boston '78
To mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth, the artist's estate has blessed his legions of fans with live recordings to two shows at Boston Music Hall during the Kaya tour, previously available only on bootlegs...the pungent sting of every word was unmistakable and unstopple. Easy skankin' serves as a timely reminder of the reason why Marley is called the King of Reggae...more

2. Jah Cure, The Cure
"I'm trying something new with a new feel, "said Siccature Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, when his fourth studio album, The Cure, first hit the market...After spending three consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Reggae chart and earning a nomination for the Best Reggae Album Grammy award.....his many fans have been more forgiving and those who have witnessed his live performances know that reggae music could ask for no greater standard-bearer..more

3. Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots
.....Although their debut album, Miracles, suffered from heavy-handed creative interference, the groups's chemistry turnt up when they relocated to their father's homeland of Jamaica after growing up between Brooklyn and Springfield, Massachusetts....At a time when Jamaican taste is starting to return to traditional roots reggae after years of dancehall dominance, the family's steadfast devotion to classic reggae is winning new admirers..more



4. Protoje, Ancient Future
From his debut album, Seven-Year Itch --- whose title refers to a season of making music without financial rewards -- to the follow-up, Eight-Year Affair, Protoje's music has always communicated a sense of relentlessness yearning and striving for something greater.....Ancient Future, represents a quantum leap forward in his quest for creative freedom....more

5. Barrington Levy, Acoustica Levy
Accounting the power of his own raps, the late great MC Guru once observed that "it's mostly the voice." As with guru so it goes with the legendary reggae singer Barrington Levy, who vocal instrument can only be described as a phenomenon of nature....As great as any given reggae rhythm may be, it's easier to do without it when you've got Barrington's voice to keep you company....more

6. Alaine Laughton - 10 of Hearts
Like many female artists in a male dominated industry, Alaine laughton's creative contributions are too often overlooked....."The number of hearts represents the many types of situations that I talk about; whether its relational or love for my creator or love for life or love for my friends. I thought that that name captured everything that I wanted to talk about." "Ten is a perfect number," Alaine explains. "It's a number of completion."...more

7. Dub Syndicate, Hard Food
British production genius Adrian Sherwood formed Dub Syndicate as one of many personal passion projects to expand the sonic possibilities of the Jamaican music he grew up loving...Dub Syndicate was born of the creative chemistry struck up between Sherwood and Lincoln Valentine "Style" Scott, the renowned Jamaican session drummer, famous for his seminal work with the mighty Roots Radics band...

The release of Dub Syndicate's fifteenth album -- their first in over a decade -- in January of this (2015) year, was supposed to be a celebratory event. But since the murder of "Style" October 2014, the new disc has become more of a somber affair...more


8) Junior Reid, The Living Legend
Like many future Jamaican stars before him, Delroy "Junior Reid got his start with the late great Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion sound system...But on his latest album, The Living Legend, JR sticks to his Jamaican roots with hard-hitting tracks....it feels right to bring the album forward to where it all began...more


9. No-Maddz, Sly and Robbie Present No-Maddz
The members of No-Maddz first met as classmates at Kingston College where they formed a dub poetry collective whose free-from blend of consciousness and sharp-edged comedy won them a loyal following...Their first musical recording, the lovingly scathing "Sort Out Yuh Life Jamaica," injected a much-needed dose of real talk to the celebrations surrounding the island's 50th anniversary of independence in 2012.

Ever since their slightly skewed sensibility connected with the legendary drum and bass duo Sly and Robbie, the band has evolved from an underground sensation to an international vibration....No-Maddz's debut album serves as a proper introduction to their unique alchemy...more

10.) Mr. Vegas, Lovers Rock and Soul
Although he made his name with dancehall smashes like "Heads High" and "Bruk It Down," Mr. Vegas would be the first to admit that these sonngs do not necessarily push his vocal talents to the limit....On a previous album, Sweet Jamaica, Vegas paid homage to the vintage reggae songs that first inspired him to sing. This year's Lovers Rock and Soul is a different kind of throwback project, shing a spotlight on Jamaica's long tradition of reinterpreting popular love songs of all eras and genres....Having racked up more international hits than most dancehall artists could ever hope for, Vegas is perhaps even more interested in earning his respect as a well-rounded artist....more

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Aidonia, Project Sweat
This digital-only EP presents one of dancehall's most under-rated talents at the top of his X-rated game.

Ky-Mani Marley, Maestro, Collie Buddz, Blue Dreamz EP, Various Artists, The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems, Seanizzle, Music My Way

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Shaggy's Continued Awe-Inspiring Commitment to Improve The Children's Hospital in Kingston

Shaggy In an interview recently "On Stage" with Winford Williams aired on Television Jamaica, Grammy winning superstar Shagg...