Sunday, March 17, 2019

Historic Buju Banton Long Walk To Freedom First Concert Jamaica

An estimated 35,000 strong came out to witness the historic Buju Banton's first live concert in Jamaica, March 16th, 2019. After being incarcerated in the United States for 8 years, dressed in full white, a somber looking Gargamel, Buju Banton walked on stage at the National Stadium in Kingston to thunderous applause, opening his set in prayer like manner singing, "On Bending Knees" and belted out lyrics "have mercy on me oh lamb of God" before launching into his set. No other live concert held in Jamaica has topped this one, it was the greatest one night show ever held in Jamaica since the 1978 Bob Marley Peace Concert and Virtual TV shared some reviews watch!

Buju Banton's next performance will be in Barbados, April 12.

Sophia McKay 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sativa D Black 1 Makes Reggae & Dancehall Entertainment His to Own

Sativa D Black 1 has taken the Jamaican entertainment scene. Working at his game for the past two years, the CharmB Production artist is that reggae/dancehall entertainer who lifts a crowd to its highest heights! At the annual Red Rose For Gregory concert held in Kingston on February 16th, The 'Petty Thief singer and fellow artist Khausion gave a satisfying performance before a Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle's eagerly awaited crowd.

Dressed in a red and white ensemble with red matching shoes,  Sativa D Black 1 wasted no time (although a little hoarse) getting the attention of his audience. In collaboration, Sativa and Khasion (who he was advertised to perform with) delivered a rendition of the late Gregory Issacs' hit single, 'Tune In' and the crowd was delighted watch below!

The St. Catherine born roots and culture recording artist has developed a pattern to entertain that works for him. The hardworking self-made entertainer took on the streets plugging his "Petty Thief" track until it became an anthem for his setsAt every show, regardless of the kind, Sativa D Black 1 brought his A-game showing off some crazy stage antics, dramatic expressions, hilarious dance moves and story telling gimmicks. His performance style is unique plus he adopts the ability of crafting lyrics in the moment which usually result in huge encores.

At the 2018 Sound Di Alarm Festival, held in Linstead St. Catherine, Sativa D Black 1 closed the year with a bang! His hometown crowd saw a Star come alive and was so entertained, they had him called back three (3) times to the stage, as if they could not get enough.

Since his re-emergence to the entertainment scene in 2016 under the management of CharmB Productions, Sativa D Black 1 took a no-nonsense approach to his performance. No stage was ever too small, or a crowd diverse to dampen his mood. Awarded the 2018 Wolde Uprisings, Youth In Progress, "International Reggae Music Award Of Merit" in Canada, Sativa D Black 1's music implores the larger society to pay attention to what is happening to the poor and needy. On his 'Boardhouse and Zinc Fence' single he paints a positive outlook on youths living within the confines of board houses and zinc fences. His track entitled 'Elders,' demand answers from child molesters while 'Petty Thief' comically pivots the scale making light of a bad situation, "a stolen pair of shoes!" Other promising singles/tracks released by Sativa D Black 1 are 'Foreign Mind,' 'Ungrateful', 'Check On I', 'Wrong Move' and 'Dem Never Want We Reach'. 

As his music breaks ground in France, Germany, Kenya and Ghana, fans are calling for the former footballer. Manager Charmaine Bailey has sought to have all interested promoters and agents contact New Image Promotions for bookings, "We have a team regardless of what some may think. CharmB Productions is structured and Sativa D Black 1 is officially signed. We have brokered agreement with New Image Promotions to undertake booking and publicity for him. That agreement stands and so I want every one who has been making inquiry about Sativa D Black 1's management and availability to contact CharmB Productions or the Agency." 

Sativa D Black1 is a worker. He enjoys doing his job and works even harder because his interest is community development, "Suffering is terrible! Nuff times mi give away mi last dollar because mi know some suffer more than some. Some people are hopeless and its not by choice. Some people cannot even begin to think about a future much less envision one, what do you say to that person?" 

CharmB Productions company will officially announce an album release for Sativa D Black 1 in the near future. Until then, fans can enjoy the music and seek out the current, 'Never Want We Reach' single produced by Full Charge Records. To get updated or stay up-to-date, follow Sativa D Black 1 on social media @sativadblack1 Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Soundcloud. Management @charmbproductions Booking @newimagepromo or email:

By: Sophia McKay

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Shaggy and Sting Takes the Grammy 2019

Congratulations are in order for Shaggy and Sting, winners of the Grammys "Best Reggae Album 2019." Their collaborative album 44/876 was released April, 2018 by A and M Records, Interscope Records and Cherrytree Records. It's title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), both Shaggy and Sting's respective home countries. In the first 3 months of it's release 44/876 sold over 500,000 copies world-wide.

New Image Promotions also congratulates other nominees in the category for the 61st Grammy Awards, Ziggy Marley - Rebellion Rises, Black Uhuru - As the World Turns, Protoje - A Matter of Time and Etana - Reggae forever

Shaggy takes home his second Grammy, the first was his 1996 Boombastic album that sold over a million copies in the US, receiving platinum certification, and over 300,000 copies in the UK, receiving gold certification. It peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 and topped the "Top Reggae Albums" chart in the US, and reached number 37 on the UK Albums Chart.

Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album 2019 44/876 by Shaggy and Sting.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

It's The Day For The Great Bob Marley

"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain
So hit me with music yeah....."

On this day, the King Of Reggae was born.
"The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever." Bob Marley

Friday, February 1, 2019

Jamaican Recording Artist BrammaGGod has an Anecdote for Hating!

New Music! New Attitude!

Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae recording artist BrammaGGod has created and released a playful and hilarious social commentary on a track called, 'Stevie Wonda' off the Silent Ocean riddim produced by G3k Music. The song takes jab at stress related issues caused from hating and offers a solution to handle it all with a hilarious attitude. Check out this new single 'Stevie Wonda' it's the new wave for dealing with hating, "call me Ray Charles but i'm blind to the haters 'bleep' dem an everybody" BrammaGGod sang. 'Stevie Wonda' is available on all digital platforms and was created for fun and entertainment only.

Year 2019 marked the beginning of a new era for the 27 year old artist whose full contractual agreement with his former management has ended. The Heading To The Top, Cha Cha Bwoy launched his independent G.G.O.D. (God Guide Over Us) Record label, January 2019 under which his protégé KrvcialGGod, the label's first recording artist will roll out.

BrammaGGod also recorded and released another track titled 'Delilah' on the Limited
Edition Riddim produced by Emudio Music and featuring the likes of Mavado, Jahmiel and Chino. 'Delilah' is another track created by him since the start of the new year displaying an improved melodramatic tone which he has been working on over the past year. The crafty Kingston based artist has been craving for his independence, "there's so much I can do, I want to be myself" he said, and looks forward to introduce with every new song his artistic versatility under his label.

Look out for more music like 'Stevie Wonda' and 'Delilah' from BrammaGGod throughout the year as well as a Reggae album and soca tracks(s). Follow him on Instagram @brammaggod and @ggodrecords for updates and previews.

Sophia McKay

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Introducing Roots and Culture Reggae Artist Inezi and his Hard Hitting "Straight Away" Single

Horatio 'Inezi' Flowers is a Jamaican roots and culture reggae artist whose soulful voice and smooth flow caught the attention of Chicago based, New Vision One Record label owner Robert Burchell in 2018 while on vacation in Jamaica. Currently residing in the parish of St. Catherine, Inezi's first major step toward launching his music career was in 2004 when he entered the nationally televised talent contest, Digicel Rising Stars then in 2007, the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition which is also aired nationally.

In 2017, Inezi recorded a promising reggae single entitled Roots and Culture produced by Teflon Zinc-Fence. That single made good an impression on reggae fans and is still getting played on radio today.  But it was after meeting Robert Burchell and hitting the studio upon his request to record the powerful single entitled, 'Straight Away' which samples the riddim of the legendary duo Sly and Robbie's version of Let Me Tell You Boy, that Inezi began to feel hopeful for his future, "I feel like my drive and focus is finally coming together after so many years," he said, "I'm hopeful." (listen Straight Away below).

As New Vision One roll out it's 2019 promotion campaign for Inezi, the singer whose music has reportedly impacted Australian reggae fans, was invited to appeared in a music video shoot with Australian artist Monkey Marc. Shot on locations in Kingston the video was created for a remixed version of incarcerated dancehall veteran Ninja Man called Badness by Monkey Marc and also featured appearances by popularly known reggae artists Richie Spice and Turbulence.

Although he is a soft-spoken individual, the message in his music is impactful. 'Straight Away' by roots and culture reggae artist Inezi is now available on all digital platforms. To keep updated on this artist follow on Instagram @ineziflowofficial and @newvisiononerecords 

New Vision One Records
Rep. Sophia McKay 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Buju Banton Road To Freedom A Stark Reminder of the Intensity of the 1978 One Love Peace Concert

Will Buju Banton's concert in Kingston on March 16th unite Jamaicans in the spirit of  patriotism? Will Jamaicans at home feel "purged" and inspired? 

After being incarcerated for so many years one get the impression from just observing the gargamel in front the camera, that he is a changed man. His whole persona seems electrifying and judging from his music and no nonsense approach performing live, Jamaicans indeed might just witness the most intense live concert held in Kingston since 1978.

Music, live reggae music in it's purest form is therapeutic. It's been years, more than 10 years since, Jamaicans and their Caribbean neighbors who have been entertained to the full extent, by every genre and sub-genres of dancehall, soca and reggae music, placed on high-alert in anticipation of a concert of the magnitude promised by Buju Banton. Not only is production expected to be exceptional in an era where technology is seemingly limitless, but the performance/s should be like no other roots-reggae concert held in Jamaica and emanate an energy that inspires and motivates. At the very least the Road To Freedom concert promised, should be as significant as the historic "One Love Concert" held 1978 where the legendary reggae king Bob Marley brought political rivals the Honorable Michael Manley and Honorable Edward Seaga together as a peace initiative.

One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain. The One Love Peace concert attracted more than 32,000 spectators, brought together 16 of reggae's biggest acts and was dubbed by the media  as the "Third World Woodstock." The concert was said to have been conceptualized by two gangsters, (Claudius "Claude' Massop (JLP) and Aston 'Bucky' Marshall (PNP) both men shared same jail cell and wanted to alleviate violence in the country so they figured that the best means of initiating peace was to use music as a uniting factor. This writer believes the event's production team Solid Agency and Rockers Island is capable of pulling off such a feat but, the outcome of what could be Kingston's biggest roots-reggae concert ever is left to be seen March 16th, 2019. 

Wherever you are in the world, if you love reggae music and is a fan of Buju Banton but have never experienced the authenticity of this great music on Jamaican soil, this is your opportunity. Make it a date, visit Jamaica and enjoy Buju Banton and Friends Live for the first time in 10 years on The Road to Freedom!

Sophia McKay
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Historic Buju Banton Long Walk To Freedom First Concert Jamaica

An estimated 35,000 strong came out to witness the historic Buju Banton's first live concert in Jamaica, March 16th, 2019 . After be...