Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mavado "Mr. Brooks" Promises Entertaining Performance at Rebel Salute 2016

Mavado in a somber mood at his home in Jamaica
"my music is about my experiences and I would like to be able to deliver that musically, in true Rebel Salute style" ~Mavado~

With a slew of hits, the most current being "Nuh Inna My League" on his independent Mansion Label, Mavado return to Jamaica to perform at Rebel Salute 2016, now dubbed 'one of world's leading reggae events' according to promoter and artiste, Tony Rebel. His visit comes 2 years since his last to the island and insurmountable rumors that he was faced with deportation from the United States. Mavado spent Christmas at his home in Kingston and held a Christmas Treat for kids in his 'gullyside' Cassava Piece, community. 

Regarded one of, if not, the only Jamaican entertainer to collaborate/feature on as many world's top urban acts at any one time and arguably, has the biggest feature yet with Hip-Hop mogul Jay Z, David Constantine Brooks aka Mr. Brooks, looks forward to his first performance on a major show in Jamaica in 2 years when he entertains the Rebel Salute audience, "my music is about my experiences and I would like to be able to deliver that musically, in true Rebel Salute style" he told NIPnews. He intends to walk fans through the era's of his Real McKoy, Gangsta For Life, Symphony of Mr David Brooks and Mr. Brooks - (A Better Tomorow) albums.

The self titled "gullygaad" has also contemplated burying some hatchet while in Jamaica could this mean it's possible he might be reaching out to Bounty Killer the 'grunggaad?' Well we know he still respects 'the general' and he already made good, burying the hatchet with long time friend and popular dj/selector Foota Hype. The two shook hands for the first time while they were in New York at  Mavado's concert that was held at Amazuru in December. Foota Hype was a special guest selector at the sold out event.

Now in it's 23rd staging, the two-day Jamaican roots-reggae festival, dubbed this year 'one of world's leading reggae events' will among it's entertaining list of performers the likes of Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians, Mykal Rose, Sanchez and Richie Spice and will be held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St. Anns.  

#NIPnews See also Mavado interview "Onstage"  on TVJ with Winford Williams

Rebel Salute one of world's leading reggae events

The annual Rebel Salute, reggae festival kicks off in Jamaica Friday 15 -16 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St. Ann. Tony Rebel, promoter of the event, says the show he first held in 1993 is one of the leading reggae events in the world, and on par with major European festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel."Rebel Salute is of the highest standard, we give no show any level above us" he told the Jamaica Observer. "Loads of people from those shows come to see what we do, so we set the bar."

Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel are calendar reggae events, both held in the summer. The former lasts for a week in Bennicasim, Spain and is recognized as the biggest, most organised of its kind.

Reggae Geel is held in Belgium and in its 36th year is one of Europe's oldest and most established reggae festivals.

Rebel Salute is one of Jamaica's biggest music festivals, known for its focus on roots and conscious music. It began in 1994 in the parish of Mandeville and was long held annually in St. Elizabeth until 2012.  The event became a two-day festival as of 2014 and was moved to the Richmond Park Estate in St. Anns.

This year, marks the 23rd staging of Rebel Salute, Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians, Mykal Rose, Sanchez, LUST, Richie Spice, David "Mavado" Brooks and one of Reggae's hottest tickets, Nesbeth are expected to perform.

The inaugural Rebel Salute showcased a number of artistes who were leading figures in a roots-reggae revival that took place during the early 1990s. According to Tony Rebel, unlike other Jamaican shows, he and his team have considered inviting hip hop acts.

"We are a concert that promotes the indigenous Jamaican music product which is reggae. Even if someone is coming from abroad, they must do our music," he said.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Huge Donations From Sean Paul and iHeart Radio for Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation

In an "IG" post, Shaggy extend his appreciation to fellow Jamaican International Super Star Sean Paul on his birthday, January 9th, for his contribution of US$10,000 or J$1 million dollars to The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, "you've supported us by performing free of cost for the @shaggyandfriends show in the past and donated a much needed ventilator to the hospital all on your own. We salute you and thank you for your support and generosity! Bless!" the post read.

In another similar post Shaggy also said 'special thanks' to iHeart Radio's Evil Duran +Elvis Duran and the Morning Show  for donating US$25k in aid of the #bustamantehospitalforchildren. 

Interestingly also, #TeamShaggy4Kids garnered huge trends on Twitter during the Shaggy and Friends concert staging, making the social media's Top 10 Worldwide listing, reaching 13 million with 73 million impressions as seen in a post Shaggy shared on his IG.

Sponsorship for The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation has seemingly increased steadily over the years and includes major sponsorship across corporate businesses in Jamaica.

#NIPnews  see also,Strong Performance at Shaggy and FriendsSupport The Charities