Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Bob Marley

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tanto goes to Canada

Tanto Blacks and Bounty Killa - "killa glad fi see mi a fly out"
"Canada mi a come..riich!" I have never mentioned him here, but i'm a big fan of Tanto Blacks, he cracks me up on instagram like so many of his over 50k followers. So consumed by his antics, visiting his IG page is a favorite pass-time of mine. This comedic, high energy dancehall entertainer whose 'slang' game is so strong, has landed a place among some of the hottest Dancehall artistes in my book and it was just a matter of time before Tanto start taking his whole entertainment package abroad.

Well Tanto's announcement this week of his Canada appearance on IG @Tantolifestyle was everything, "Canada mi a come...riiiich...., mi a pack mi suitcase yah, a doe kno which one fi carry but a gwine carry mi brown shoes..hat enuh! lol.

Jamaicans came to know Tanto Blacks in 2010 when he entered and won popular local talent show Magnum Kings and Queens unleashing a slew of slangs as well as showing off his entertainment delivery skills. But even though his name resonated well among fans from then, it has taken him some time to position himself among the best in the game. Check out this old interview on Nightly Fix, with Tanto Blacks and Poor and Boasy another artistes I hope to see in the big leagues. 

Tanto's slangs - budgettt, tweederrr, spectaculerrr, riiichhhh, real rich


Ketchup - Richie Stevens Sail Away Rhythm Sample Works for Rihanna; Foota Hype and Vegas brand name clothing

Rihanna's official lead single "Work" featuring Drake off her eighth studio album, ANTI, features a sample of singer/producer Richie Stevens, Pot of Gold label, 1988 "Sail Away" rhythm. In a Jamaica Observer article, Stevens recalled how it all unfolded, "they contacted me last week Tuesday and asked if I was the producer and owner of the master and I told them yes" then continued, "they said they would appreciate if I could move fast in assisting with the clearing of the sample because they wanted to release the song...."

The single, "Work" was produced by Boi-1da, PartyNextdoor and Sevn Thomas, all of whom trace their ethnicity back to Jamaica click to read more

Foota Hype/Mr. Vegas New Branded Clothing Lines
Popular Dancehall DJ/Selector Foota Hype launched a new business venture promoting his FHM collection of t'shirts and caps.  Foota launched his apparels recently in Florida as well as online across his fan base.  FHM line features unisex style clothing and is available for purchase online 

Meanwhile, Mr. Vegas is launching his new merchandise, MV Collections, a recollection of
his, 'Mr. Vegas' moniker, hit songs and important elements of his lifestyle and culture according to a release. The designs and slogans are internationally recognized across the world and includes brightly coloured printed t-shirts for both men and women. MV Collections will also be available for order online.


Reggae Month - JaRIA nominate Nesbeth's "My Dream" Song Of The Year

Now added to BBC 1Xtra the massive hit single "My Dream" written and recorded by Trench Town native Greg Nesbeth has been nominated, "Song Of The Year" by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA). 

The single, off Nesbeth's management company Entertainment Soul label continues to reap rave reviews with noticeably some of the most encouraging and inspiring comments/post by fans on social media. With general elections in Jamaica slated for February 25, "My Dream" has crossed the political divide getting the nod by supporters of the two political parties.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association in its ninth year celebrating Reggae Month under the theme, "Reggae Mekyah", will be presenting a slew of events throughout the month to include, Reggae Open University, Reggae Wednesdays (it's signature event series) and the JaRIA Honours Awards.  

Other nominees for the "Song Of The Year" category includes Vershon "Inna Real Life", Kabaka Pyramid "Well Done", OMI "Cheerleader" and Inner Circle's "Tennement Yard" featuring Chronixx. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016