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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Soca Star Farmer Nappy Creates ‘Mischief’ With New EP, in Stores Today

    FARMER NAPPY CREATES
    ‘MISCHIEF’ WITH NEW EP

    New EP From Soca Star Debuts Worldwide Today,
    February 26, 2013

    Trinidadian singer/songwriter Darryl “Farmer NappyHenry returns with his unique brand of soca for the masses with his new EP, Mischief, available in stores and online today, February 26, 2013.  This is the follow up to his critically-acclaimed album, You Make Me…Surrender,’ which was released one year ago. The Mischief EP presents the true essence of Trinidad’s carnival season, which culminated a week ago today.

     

    “After the wonderful reception of my last album, I was encouraged to go into the studio and work and create, and I’m very proud to bring my new music to the fans,” states Farmer Nappy. “This EP is a sample of what soca lovers enjoyed during Trinidad’s recent Carnival season, so now it’s only fitting to bring it to the rest of the world.” 

     

    Fusing calypso, kaiso, ragga, soca, reggae and dancehall tones, the sounds of Farmer Nappy always journey beyond carnival circles and Mischief plays the same tune. The EP leads off with “Stranger,” which was Farmer’s most-played track this season, propelling him into finals of the 2013 International Groovy Soca Monarch competition, held in Trinidad earlier this month. His singles “Minglin’” and “Drunk” also racked up massive fanfare during the season and continue to enjoy regular airplay on soca-format programming, across the Caribbean.  Certified party anthems “Ah Find Mehself Dey” and “Stranger (The Road Mix)” round out the five-track offering, keeping fans satisfied year-round. Producers on the EP include soca’s top hitmakers Precision Productions from Trinidad and De Red Boyz from Barbados, granting Farmer Nappy Caribbean fusion at its best.

     

    Farmer Nappy cultivated a global fan base by touring extensively for over two decades and bringing the sounds of mas to the masses worldwide. He just performed over 30 shows during Carnival season in Trinidad and is currently lining up gigs in the U.S., Canada and Europe. With his last album embraced by fans and critics alike, and the Mischief EP now extending his global music reach, Farmer Nappy continues his mission of carrying Caribbean music around the world.

     

    TRACK LIST

     

    1. Stranger

    2. Drunk

    3. Minglin’

    4. Ah Find Mehself Dey 

    5. Stranger (The Road Mix) 

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  • New Video – Busy Signal – Royal Night (VICE Noisey Premiere)

    BUSY SIGNAL RETURNS WITH HIS LATEST VIDEO “ROYAL NIGHT”

    Premiere On Noisey VICE’s Music Channel

    Jamaican superstar Busy Signal returns to the scene with his steamy new video “Royal Night.” The sensual single produced by Penthouse Records’ Donovan Germain is off his critically acclaimed album Reggae Music Again on VP Records. Reggae Music Again shows off Busy’s versatility as a charismatic roots reggae artist and is a stark departure from his popular dancehall style.

    Check out the premiere on
    VICE’s music channel Noisey:
    http://noisey.vice.com/music-video-premieres/busy-signal-royal-night

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  • “Cassi Advises Upcoming Artistes On Reality Of The Music Business- Gives Thanks for 2013”

    On stage at Machel Monday, rising Soca star, Cassiano Sylvester- known best as simply Cassi, was referred to as the artiste who had delivered Montano’s favourite song for the 2013 Carnival season. Cassi says those words uttered by Machel himself, uplifted him in a way no one would ever understand.

    He admits to having some difficulty penetrating at the start of the carnival season but is extremely thankful that his luck changed midway through the period. Now, looking back, the artiste who is preparing for a number of shows up the islands and internationally, says he is humbled by the reaction he received this year- the embrace by fans and the advice received from fellow entertainers.

    On Thursday night, Cassi hosted his third annual friends and family after-carnival get together in collaboration with friend and motivator, international MC, Giselle The Wassi One. The engagement- while small and intimate, offered him the opportunity to relax and unwind with his fellow soca artistes, among them Blaxx, Shal Marshal and Lyrikal, among others. He highlighted that Blaxx was the first person to identify Whistle and Horn as the hit it would later become in 2013. Grateful to the veteran artiste, Cassi says Blaxx made him believe. Armed now with a better sense of musical worth and even more zeal to make bigger things happen in 2014 and beyond, Cassi says his next course of action is to continue with his vocal training while building on his character, image and understanding of the worldwide music industry. “My career has been a work in progress. I came from nothing and I am proud- really proud of where I’ve reached so far. I have to give thanks to every promoter who gave me a chance this past season- Cliff Harris, Roy Maharaj, Iwer George, Machel Montano, Tony Chow Lin On, Island People and everyone else. I also want to thank Angostura and Powergen for their continued support. There were people who stood with me personally as well- Anson George, Leonardo Worrel and Iwer George. To them, I am really grateful,” he said.

    Cassi says in reflecting on his journey over the 14 years he’s been a part of the Soca music industry, he feels triumphant in 2013. He says he understands a lot more than he did years ago and expresses this sentiment to young entertainers. “Sometimes in our haste to be the next big thing, we don’t take enough time to absorb the right things. I have learnt by trial and error and it is no lie when people say you have to pay your dues. Nothing good comes easy. You have to work hard to get the best so no matter what you encounter on your road to discovery, keep going. Be humble and listen and learn. I’m still learning,” he said. Cassi performs in NYC on March 16th, following which he heads off to Barbados before hitting Toronto for Fire Fete on March 31st.

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  • ‘ONE MIC’ Featured International Reggae Artiste Anthony B

    On Thursday, February 7, Brooklyn, New York was graced with another memorable performance from International Reggae artiste Anthony B.

    Accompanied by only a keyboard and a guitar Anthony B mesmerized the One Mic audience with a performance like no other in his career. He had the audience attention as he walked on stage in a deep burgundy suit with his locks regally wrapped.

    “Its been about seven years since I’ve seen Anthony B perform in NY and the One Mic atmosphere and ambiance was just perfect. It was so intimate and personal he gave a stellar performance” says Sarah Washington.

    Opening his set with “Storm Winds” it was evident that Anthony B had a message for the One Mic audience. When asked, what was the message he wanted his fans to leave with after his performance, Anthony B said ” I want the people to know, no matter how rough the road of life is, no matter how hard the fight is, keep the faith, believe in Jah and love yourself, you will get through it” .

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement (New York) focused on providing a platform for artiste to showcase their talent and connect with their fans continues to achieve that goal.

    “After this One Mic performance I respect Anthony B so much more” says Michael D’Antonio.

    Anthony B received a standing ovation as he completed his encore performance of “Raid the Barn”. After his performance Anthony B said “I give Jah thanks for the opportunity and to Destine Media ,the One Mic family and all my fans; thanks”. Anthony B gears up to continue the Freedom Fighter Tour as he gets ready to head to Europe.

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  • Songstress Charisse MillsTo Walk In The jlehsiek Fashion Runway Show “Reveal”

    jlehsiek Presents “Reveal”
    – Strength and Liberation Through Independence –
    Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week Presentation
    “jlehsiek is about creating an experience for the modern woman who admires the luxurious, classic style that proper women wore before our time. As a Caribbean designer, I’m happy to be able to mesh the cool, sexy ease that we have into my line for a unique flavor.” ~KW

    Super sultry songstress and native of Trinidad and Tobago, Charisse Mills will join jlehsiek during New York Fashion Week, 2013 in support of fellow West Indian native and jlehsiek designer Keishel Williams. Charisse Mills is a multi-talented entertainer with a diverse range and capabilities rarely seen in one talent. In short, if you are a fan of great music, film and fashion, then get ready for the “AWE’mazing” Charisse Mills!

    Jlehsiek, will charge the fashion world with their inspiring, pristine collection “Reveal” during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) on *Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Leroy Neiman Arts Center, 2785 Fredrick Douglass Blvd (8th Avenue) in Harlem, NY at 7:00PM with press check-in beginning promptly at 6:00PM.

    On the heels of an artful, exciting pre-launch Masquerade Ball in November of 2012, jlehsiek’s highly-anticipated 2013 collection, “Reveal,” is sure to place its exquisite brand into the fashion consciousness of style elites. Led by the young brilliance of Caribbean-American fashion designer, Keishel Williams, jlehsiek’s first collection was received with great enthusiasm at the 2011 fashion week when she presented “Sunday in the Park,” inspired by Georges-Pierre Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte- 1884. The “Reveal” collection promises to be as powerful as the last; an expression of freedom through art.

    Jlehsiek Fall 2013 Presentation is sponsored by: Super Wings NY, Pointblank NY, Black Ice Jewelry, Highbrid Magazine, Vocab Magazine, Uzuri, The Cupcake Bartender, Leroy Neiman Art Center, Ms. P’s Hair Studio and My Girlfriend’s Closet Boutique.

    To gain media access, request interviews, contact Tene Nicole Marketing and Public Relations at (646) 416-7987 or email Nikkia@tenenicole.com.

    For a peek at selected looks from past collections, please visit www.jlehsiek.com.

    ABOUT KEISHEL WILLIAMS

    Keishel “Inanna” Williams is the brains and beauty behind the enigmatic clothing line jlehsiek. The designer began her fashion career during high school in her homeland of Trinidad while designing for beauty pageants. At an early age she was exposed to art and was inspired to start her own clothing line. In 2010, the self-taught designer launched jlehsiek, a brand that creates timeless, ready-to-wear, resort wear and couture pieces that make women feel great about their style today, tomorrow and years to come.

    * Postponed Date Due To Hurricane Friday, February 8, 2013

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  • Out Next Week – Etana’s Most “Seamless Album To Date” (BBC) – Better Tomorrow Out Feb 26

    Jamaican-born singer-songwriter Etana will reveal arguably her fiercest, most thought-provoking material next week on February 26, 2013. Recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios, Etana’s third studio album Better Tomorrow (VP Records) is a true testament to her evolved sound.
    Early accolades have begun to roll in. VIBE proclaims “the reggae ruler is back,” and BBC raves Better Tomorrow is “her most vocally subtle and seamless album to date.” BBC adds that her first single “Reggae” is “perhaps her finest piece of songwriting yet,” and new track “Queen is scorching soulful roots, which fuses Bob Marley with India.Arie.”

    With a fresh perspective and baby daughter born in November 2012, Etana offers newfound clarity on Better Tomorrow. Her powerful songwriting and evocative vocals ride effortlessly over soulful reggae melodies on this 14-track collection produced primarily by Jamaica’s own Shane C. Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings. Etana is “moving ahead from struggles of yesterday on a musical journey that uplifts the mind, body and the raw soul,” as she eloquently explains on Better Tomorrow’s intro “Spoken Soul.”

    Etana’s indomitable spirit uplifts and inspires generations both old and new. Songs like “Queen,” ignite strength and empowerment, while “Till You Get Old (Life’s Gift)” is an awe-inspiring tale of motherhood and unconditional love (produced by Stanley “Rellee” Hayden). Her unabashed romanticism shines on the r&b tinged “4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)” and on the rhythmic sway of the album’s contagious first single “Reggae.” She combats hopelessness on “Whole New World,” “All I Need” and “Better Tomorrow.” The latter spine-chilling title track addresses the atrocities of children in poverty-stricken communities while instilling optimism for brighter days.

    Feel free to post brand new lyrics video for song “4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)”:

    Better Tomorrow expands upon her recent digital-only EP Reggae and 2011 sophomore album Free Expressions, which won praise for the being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” according to NPR.org. These releases also follow her 2008 critically acclaimed debut The Strong One, which featured massive hits “Warrior Love,” “Roots” “I Am Not Afraid,” “Blessing” ft. Alborosie and “Wrong Address” that topped reggae charts in The Caribbean, England and United States. Essence.com raved that her “poetic consciousness amid soul-stirring grooves rivals that of gifted neo-soulsters.” Pitchfork chose her debut album as their dancehall pick of the month and gushed about her “fulsome and soulful voicings” and “syrupy love songs.” Vibe magazine claimed she had already “established herself as a formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her.” During this period, Etana was nominated for Best New Reggae Artist at MOBO Awards and awarded Best Female Vocalist at both the Excellence in Music & Entertainment (EME) Awards and IRIE FM Radio Awards as well as the Best Solo Female Reggae Vocalist at the 1st annual Reggae Academy Awards.

    http://www.facebook.com/OneEtana
    http://twitter.com/etanastrongone
    http://www.etanathestrongone.com
    http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/etana

    Better Tomorrow Track Listing:
    1 Spoken Soul
    2 Queen
    3 Reggae
    4 Beautiful Day
    5 All I Need
    6 Whole New World
    7 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)
    8 Silly
    9 Till You Get Old (Life’s Gift)
    10 The Prayer
    11 Strongest
    12 Be Alright (Interlude)
    13 Smile
    14 Better Tomorrow

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  • Aaron Silk And Flava McGregor Collaborate On New 2013

    Veteran Reggae Crooner, Aaron Silk has collaborated with popular Jamaican producer, Kemar “Flava” McGregor to produce a new release “Oh Me Oh My” on Flava’s 80’s Rock Riddim compilation cd released for January 2013.

    The release, is a take on the original song done by his brother, Garnett, showcases Aaron’s beautiful voice and dynamic vocal ability while evoking memories of his sibling.

    “Oh Me Oh My has always been a favorite for me to perform on stage. Initially I was asked by Flava to voice on the rhythm he had. His idea was to cover Oh Me Oh My, seeing that I had already covered Place in your Heart, and he was fascinated with the way I sang it,” said Aaron.

    “I wanted to sing this one for the ladies…I hope they love and appreciate it as they did the Garnet Silk Original. “

    Excerpts from the compilation cd have been going viral on social media – getting a lot of plays via YouTube and Facebook. It is also being increasingly picked up by Jamaican and international radio stations.

    “I see Aaron Silk as the new voice of romantic reggae and I have great expectations for this compilation,” said McGregor.
    The compilation features other artistes such as Gappy Ranks, JC lodge, Jahmali, GyptiAn, Junior Kelly, Adelle and others.

    “I am happy that this is one of the things I am starting 2013 with,” said Aaron. “It looks like an exciting year for me – I am working on finalising my second album and I am exploring some tours in the Caribbean and Europe.’

    Silk has been busy doing tours and shows for his favorite charity, “the Voices for Climate Change Education Project” and is set to perform on the Reggae Jam Festival in Germany in August, Aaron Silk has performed on shows such as the Montreal Reggae Festival, Conscious Reggae Festival in Italy, Rebel Salute , Irie Jamboree to name a few. The artiste is most known for his song, Right Path, which held the number one position in Trinidad, Canada and Bermuda a few years ago.

    It also received strong airplay in Europe and America and led to him being on tour in those countries. Aaron’s music has a strong cultural and spiritual message which is seen in his recorded songs such as Right Path on the Lalabella Riddim, Show I the Way, Bless I oh Jah just to mention a few.

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  • With A New Resilience & Outlook; Reggae Artist “Natural Black” Hits Both The East And West Coast!

    Popular Reggae and Dancehall artist “Natural Black” will hit both the East and West Coast with 2 schedule shows.

    The “Far From Reality” singer will perform for the first time in Los Angeles on April 13th, 2013 at the Hollywood Park Casino for the “Best Of The Best International Link Up”. The “Joyce production” event will also feature crooner Terry Linen and singer Sophia Brown.

    After L.A, Natural Black will make his way to the East Coast for an April 28th, 2013 performance. The event is part of the weekly “Wet Wet Sundays” and in association with Dr. Love. The event will be hosted by Gren Gren with music provided by Arrivalz Sound and VibesLink Squad.

    It is approximately a year ago that Natural Black shocked fans and entertainment industry by cutting off his locks thus breaking his covenant in the Rastafarian lifestyle. The singer was at the time quoted saying “I got up and cut off my locks Sunday morning because I looked around at my surroundings and realized that I have not been living a Rastafarian lifestyle. I want to see the changes around me, and as it relates to the upliftment of the people, the direction of the Rasta order and the walk toward perfection. That is not happening. I just see discord and chaos in the rasta community, all of it is very misleading”.

    It’s not how many times you fall that matters, it’s how many time you get back up.

    Truer words have never been spoken. Under his new management team, Natural Black has a new and positive outlook on music and his career. His resilience paired with a crystal clear message, and his impassioned pleas for wrongs to be made right and justice applied in the case of the poor and oppressed, Natural Black soulful music is indeed relevant in these critical times.

    Natural Black who has garnered fans around the world with his smooth and mellow voice, will be performing such mega hits as “Far From reality”,”People Crying”, “Life Be The Same”, “Never Hurt You”, “Nice It Nice”, “Memories Of Life”, “Thing Big”, “Conquer Dem”, “Beautiful Place”, ” Jah Will Never Leave Us”, “Play With You” and “Revolution”. ‘Like life, Reggae music inspires, and gives the artiste an opportunity to express one’s self fully, regardless of the issues highlighted’ says Natural Black.

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  • Vote TODAY for Ziggie Bless – Polls Close EB 25TH @ 6PM (1st Annual AIRM President’s Choice Awards 2012 Nominee)

    Ziggie Bless aka Juncsion has paved the way as an independent artist. From he stepped into the limelight with his smash it Or Wah to his debut album OVERSTANDING, Ziggie Bless aka Juncsion has proven that his hard work should not go unrewarded.

    Nominated for an Association of Independent Reggae Music (AIRM) President’s Choice Award, Ziggie Bless aka Juncsion is looking forward to your vote and support! The polls are open through February 25th so vote today for Ziggie Bless aka Juncsion.

    Hope to see you there! Don’t forget to tell a friend to tell a friend.

    Congratulations to Ziggie Bless for being nominated for the 1st Annual AIRM President’s Choice Awards 2012. To vote for Ziggie Bless click here or picture below.

    POLLS CLOSE FEBRUARY 25TH AT 6PM. PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!!

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  • Natasha Von Castle From L3 Inspires CARIBANA™

    The CARIBANA™ Arts Group, founders of the 1967 Caribbean festival, known as CARIBANA™, and North America’s largest festival, is once again instrumental in bringing another special event to Toronto thanks to a special contribution by Natasha Von Castle of L3 Magazine!

    On Saturday February 23rd, 2013, CARIBANA™ Arts Group will warm up the City of Toronto with CARIBANA™ on Ice!

    CARIBANA™ ON ICE is the brainchild of Natasha Von Castle from L3 Magazine, and was created as an expression of warmth for fans and revellers of the largest North American festival who reminisce about warmer days on Toronto’s Lakeshore. The skating event, filled with Calypso music and dance, is one that organizers hope to make into an annual event.

    Although skating has traditionally been a sport that does not attract a lot of people from the Caribbean, organizers are hoping they can break that culture with music. “I can’t think of a better way to highlight the contributions of our Caribbean heritage to the City of Toronto while celebrating Black History Month” said Natasha from the CARIBANA™ offices. “Possibly, the disposition of us staying away from the cold can be changed when our music starts reverberating on the ice,” added one of the organizers. This could be true, as more people from various communities are now playing ice hockey and entering skating competitions through early exposure to these sports.

    Breaking down barriers and amalgamating cultures is synonymous with CARIBANA™’s history. In a few days The CARIBANA™ Arts Group aims at dispelling the misconception that the warm and tantalizing rhythms of Calypso music could only be enjoyed during the summer months. On February 23, 2013 the group will kick off a festive event celebrating Black History Month by frolicking Caribbean rhythms during one of the coldest months of the year.

    While this event is dubbed a family event, an emphasis will be placed on getting the youth out to participate, especially on the ice rink. The young people’s participation is vital, as the success of the event may hinge on them.

    Supporters are already asking if there will be revellers during CARIBANA™ ON ICE, as is customary at the summer festival. CARIBANA™ Board Director, Kathleen Daniel, has given reassurance that the public can expect to see some revellers there. She wants patrons to come out and support the CAG and dress in bright colours. Ms. Daniel has emphasized that there is no dress code, however, she explained bright colours would symbolize a Caribbean theme, hence her request.

    The event runs from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 23 at Nathan Philip Square. There will be no excuse for not coming to the event as admission is free.

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  • Nurse Nisha Delivers The Cure For The Common Fete

    Chutney-Soca princess Nisha B of the band Karma had a truly hectic Carnival 2013 with as much as 5 event appearances per night. This year the young singer has certainly shown the masses that much like her brother Ravi she can command massive audiences, deliver original crossover hit songs and offer her own unique ‘party prescription’.

    In addition to garnering her fair share of radio rotation with her C2K13 hit tune ‘Wine Up Your Body’, her sizzling performance of the track in fetes sent several male audience members into a frenzy. Decked in a sexy nurse’s uniform among other sultry onstage numbers, Nisha touched down on several fete stages and at the recent events such as RAMA, A.S. Bryden’s fete and St. Anthony’s All Inclusive her mesmerizing moves motivated male patrons into performance mode as several of them climbed onto the stage to display their dancing abilities for the Chutney-Soca diva.

    Most notably, much like her music repertoire, the very humble and hard-working Nisha has also seen an expansion in her brand. Recently, the East Indian beauty was signed as a local endorsee to international beauty product line Virgin Glam Hair. As one who always had an interest in fashion and beauty, she shared that she sees this product alignment as a natural fit for the Nisha B brand as she herself has many goals to accomplish on a global scale in the not too distant future.

    As the T&T Carnival season has ended Nisha aspires to produce more original music in various genres and to continue to carry indigenous Caribbean music to various international borders throughout 2013.

    Along with her brothers Ravi, Anil and the other members of the Karma family, Nisha anticipates taking the band’s fresh show on the road. With a renewed energy, a pumping song and a collection of eye-catching outfits Nisha B is set to fire up fetes and keep audiences moving for the entire 2013 and beyond.

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  • Sanjay Stirs Controversy With Bad Up Di Luvy

    Dancehall artiste Sanjay has created a buzz, accompanied by some controversy, with the new video for his track Bad Up Di Luvy .

    The video, which was shot on location at Waves Beach in St Catherine, has had tongues wagging with questions as to whether it is fit for airplay in this era of Broadcast Commission strictures.
    According to Sanjay the video is a fun video featuring some of his friends on the beach but he does see the controversy: “Being one of the directors, producer and artiste in the video, I got a little caught up in the moment and only in hindsight did I realize that a couple of the scenes may have been a little over the top for national TV.”

    Since its release the Bad Up Di Luvy video has garnered over 6000 thousand views on Youtube and has created a buzz on social media. Many are wondering why the video was not premiered on national television but Sanjay says this will happen in the coming week as a new sanitized edit is being done.

    “We shopped the video to several national stations and they, while liking the video, were afraid to premier it so we have decided to do an edit that addresses their concerns so everyone gets a chance to see it.”

    Sanjay’s Bad Up Di Luvy song which was produced by Washroom Entertainment is also getting credible airplay and has had resonance as far as Russia and Poland.

    The artiste who is gearing up for his summer push says he has several other hot tracks ready to go: “I have a few one drop songs as well as some other songs similar to Bad Up Di Luvy that I plan to release in the coming weeks. The fans really love Bad Up Di Luvy and they have also been asking me for some one drops so I know it will be a bad summer.”

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  • Celebrate Valentine’s With 4-Disc Album From Gregory Isaacs, ‘The Love Box’

    The legend of Gregory Isaacs lives on with a four-disc album aptly titled The Love Box, releasing from Tad’s Record on the international day of love, February 14, 2013. This is Isaacs’ first four-disc box set and comprises of 80 love songs, some of which are pulled from the vault. This unprecedented compilation is the result of a unique collaboration between Tad’s Record and Isaacs’ own label, African Museum, as the Cool Ruler continues his reign with his signature love songs and sound, come this Valentine’s Day.

    The Love Box maintains Isaacs’ incomparable grasp of the hearts of fans with his melodic, soulful sound, which has earned him an unparalleled place in reggae history. “Gregory’s niche for reggae love songs was second nature to him,” reveals his wife, June Isaacs. “He had the knack for formulating lyrics that resonated with the emotions of the heart. African Museum takes great pleasure in collaborating with Tad’s Record to release this four-disc album, The Love Box. Relax, listen and enjoy or dance to smooth music from the original lover’s rock man, the crooner Gregory Isaacs – the Smokey Robinson of Jamaica.”

    “African Museum will continue under the umbrella of The Gregory Isaacs Foundation,” Isaacs discloses. “The release of The Love Box further cements the relationship between Tad’s Record and the Foundation, as we work towards the preservation of the music from this reggae icon.”

    Tad’s Record has a long and rich history of working with Gregory Isaacs, first as a producer in the early years and now as a distributor. “When we decided to release The Love Box, we knew it would be well-received by Gregory’s fans worldwide,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Gregory Isaacs was an artist known for his ‘lovey dovey’ and smooth lyrics, which always had his fans craving for more. This four-disc box set sums up the exquisite talent of one of Jamaica’s greatest lover’s rock artist, and Tad’s Record considers it an honor to be affiliated with this project.”

    Gregory Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica, and passed away on October 25, 2010 at the age of 59 in London, England, following a long battle with lung cancer. He is cherished worldwide as the heartbeat of lover’s rock music and has released more than 500 albums to date, many of them compilations. However, The Love Box is by far the largest and indeed, the ultimate collection, from the Cool Ruler.

    The Love Box will available worldwide in stores and all major digital retailers on February 14, 2013 from Tad’s Record. For more information, log on to tadsrecord.com.

    TRACK LIST – DISC 1
    1. My Number One
    2. New Lover
    3. I Will Return
    4. Sun Shines For Me
    5. Smile
    6. Lovers Magic
    7. One More Chance
    8. Me You Looking For
    9. Unforgettable
    10. Addicted To You
    11. Mistake
    12. Don’t Say No
    13. Coming Home
    14. Here By Appointment
    15. If Tomorrow Never Comes
    16. Mellow Mood
    17. Hold Tight
    18. Lonely Days
    19. If You See My Mary
    20. Don’t Believe In Him

    TRACK LIST – DISC 2
    1. My Native Woman
    2. Hey Girl
    3. Miss Touch And Go
    4. Mr. Brown
    5. I’m Leaving
    6. Can’t Stay Away
    7. Spend The Night
    8. Rose In Your Garden
    9. Can’t Give You My Love Alone
    10. Goosie Gander
    11. Gimme Gimme
    12. Sister Love
    13. Looking Back
    14. Bouncing Ball
    15. Lonely Teardrops
    16. Just Because I’m Shy
    17. Be True To Me
    18. Story Book Children
    19. Late At Night
    20. Ba-Da

    TRACK LIST – DISC 3
    1. Www.Love.Com
    2. I’m Gonna Love You
    3. Champion Bubbler
    4. Next 45 Minutes
    5. Saturday Night
    6. Freaky Patricia
    7. Promise Land
    8. Save Some Love
    9. Sunshine
    10. While I Was Away
    11. Daughter Bow
    12. Counterfeit Lover
    13. My Heart Is Bleeding
    14. Never Knew Love
    15. First Aid
    16. Tear Drops
    17. Nobody Knows
    18. Cheer Up
    19. Storm
    20. Poor Not Broke

    TRACK LIST – DISC 4
    1. Soon Forward
    2. Front Door
    3. Top Ten
    4. Tune In
    5. Night Nurse
    6. Substitute
    7. Love Is Overdue
    8. Permanent Lover
    9. Oh What A Feeling
    10. Once Ago
    11. Sunday Morning
    12. Love Me With Feeling
    13. Hush Darling
    14. Continental Woman
    15. Objection Overruled
    16. If I Don’t Have You
    17. My Only Lover
    18. Let’s Dance
    19. Yes I Do
    20. Lonely Soldier

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  • Caribbean Tourism Organization Announces 2013 Scholarships

    CTO Scholarship Programme Invites Applications for Scholarships and Study Grants

    Caribbean nationals wishing to study tourism or hospitality and language training are being offered the opportunity to secure scholarships from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

    The region’s tourism development agency, through its scholarship programme, the CTO Foundation, is awarding scholarships of up to US$12,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the Master’s (post graduate) level, and language training for persons already working in the tourism sector.

    In addition, the CTO Foundation is offering study grants of up to US$2,500 to individuals pursing tourism/hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma, associate degree or first degree level. Studies can be pursued both within and outside the Caribbean region.

    “The Foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism,” said Bonita Morgan, CTO’s director of regional human resource development.

    In addition, the CTO Foundation offers a scholarship of up to US$2,500 in the name of Arley Sobers, CTO’s former director of research and information management. Mr. Sobers, who passed away in an untimely manner in 2008, dedicated over two decades of his working life in the service of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. This scholarship is for persons working in local tourism organizations such as the ministry of tourism or the board of tourism, who wish to strengthen their skills in the areas of research and statistics.

    A scholarship of up to US$7,500 is also being offered in the name of the late Audrey Palmer Hawks, the past director general of the Caribbean Tourism Association, which eventually merged in 1989 with the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Centre to form the CTO.

    Mrs. Hawks was responsible for marketing the Caribbean region as a tourist attraction to travellers in the United States and Canada.

    More than 190 Caribbean nationals have benefitted from the CTO scholarship and grants programme to the tune of over US$760,000 since the CTO Foundation was founded in 1997. CTO has also secured over US$250,000 in scholarship funds from Monroe College to assist Caribbean students pursuing further education in tourism –related subjects. The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding last June through which Monroe College will commit eighty three thousand six hundred dollars (US$83,600) annually to the CTO, to provide scholarships and grants to at least 30 highly qualified Caribbean citizens, who are interested in pursuing full time studies or advancing their careers in the tourism sector.

    The CTO Foundation is already accepting applications for the 2013 scholarships and study grants programme and interested persons have until April 15, 2013 to send in their application forms.

    The CTO Foundation, set up in 1997, is registered in New York State as a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Its main aim is to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from

    CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training. CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Universal Media, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

    Information on how to apply for the CTO Foundation scholarship, as well as a list of scholarship and grant recipients, can be found at www.onecaribbean.org .

    About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination by 2017, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

    Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, research and information technology.

    In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

    The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com.

    The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;

    The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com;

    For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

    Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism .

    Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization .

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  • Precision Productions Presents The Best of TnT Carnival 2013 In We Muzik Vol.3!

    In the third installment of our seasonal Soca compilation, Precision Productions tenders a musical amalgamation that consists of the Power and Groovy masterpieces, which have kept TnT’s fetes blazing for Carnival 2013.

    This unique combination of songs is only available from team Precision and features such talented individuals as, Bunji Garlin, Kerwin Du Bois, Machel Montano, Iwer George, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx, Kes The Band, in addition to the leading ladies of local music like, Destra Garcia and Nadia Batson.

    Breakout hits from none other than Swappi, Zan, K.Rich, Mr. Renzo, and The Alternative Quartet, round off this CD making it a true reflection of the musicianship in this 2013 season, which may have been short on time but was definitely long on melodic quality.

    Pick up your copy today and enjoy the most diverse sound out of the Caribbean…Precision Productions.

    Available now in stores and at all online distributors!

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  • New Single Out This Week / Morgan Heritage / “Perfect Love Song” off 2013 Album Entitled Here Comes The Kings

    It is not by self imposed accolades that Morgan Heritage are referred to as “Reggae Royalty,” but rather from music lovers around the world who recognize their rich musical heritage and gift to the genre. From playing major festivals to sold out crowds across the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean to consistently creating chart-topping international hits, Morgan Heritage have cemented their name and stake in this industry.

    2012 saw Morgan Heritage reconnect with their fans as the band embarked on their long awaited “The Return” tour and released their latest EP carrying the same name. Morgan Heritage are now putting the finishing touches on their brand new studio album Here Come The Kings, slated for release later this year on VP Records.

    Fans can get a taste of what is to come with their latest single “Perfect Love Song,” released this week on iTunes. The fun loving song is written by Morgan Heritage and produced by Linton “TJ” White, Andrew Myrie and Morgan Heritage. As an added bonus, fans will be delighted to hear Gramps deejaying on his verse for the first time on a Morgan Heritage song in over 10 years.

    “The story behind ‘Perfect Love Song’ is about a person realizing that the one he or she loves makes them feel beyond good, beyond great. Instead, the person makes them feel heavenly,” states lead vocalist Peetah Morgan.

    “A perfect love song to me is something that goes beyond the bedroom. It’s a song that can apply to love universally,” adds percussionist Mojo Morgan.

    Preparations for the official video are underway and will be shot on location in Miami Beach, Florida.

    In meantime, check out “Perfect Love Song’s” lyrics video:

    (Feel free to post mp3 stream of “Perfect Love Song.”)
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  • Richie Stephens/Gentleman ‘I Found Heaven’ Burning Up Airwaves In JAMAICA

    Richie Stephens/Gentleman ‘I Found Heaven’ Burning Up Airwaves In JAMAICA

    Singer Riche Stephens is a happy man these day. His hit single with Gentleman titled “Live Your Life” topped reggae charts in New York, Florida, Atlanta and Toronto in 2012 and was voted ‘Best International Song’ at the 2011 Stone Love Awards in Kingston. The video clip for the song also won the award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Chicago.

    Last November, the Jamaican musical ambassador garnered international attention with his spirited cover of “Mary Jane,” which found favor with music fans in Japan. Stephens and Gentleman are also making musical inroads with their inspirational single “I Found Heaven” from their album of duets. The song is now a staple on Irie FM, Hitz 92 FM, Hot 102, Kool FM, Linkz FM, Vibez FM among others. Errol Smith aka Uncle Errol and radio listeners on Mello FM in Montego Bay have also fell in love with the song which is now in rotation on the station.

    “Richie has always been an artiste whose music shows the professionalism and creativity of one who is devoted to his craft. A tragic event took place in his (Richie’s) life a few years ago and it is my belief that this gave him a new insight into what his life was all about and what his music could achieve. This was when I started paying serious attention to his music. Radio audiences have taken to it. People keep asking for it over and over….listeners of all ages I might add” the radio host disclosed.

    “I played that song (Live your Life ) first on my programme on radio. The rest is history. ‘Warrior’ and the Gospel medley, which were released in quick succession pointed to a deep inspirational thread developing and this made and impact not only on Jamaican, but international audiences as well. I dare say the quality of reggae is riding high……the serious problem there is, is that the best of reggae is not reaching the people. A lot of presenters on radio haven’t the slightest idea what is music. They have no responsibility to what their function is, and so they leave listeners with the mistaken impression that reggae music is on the decline. That is so far from the truth” he said.

    Smith, a veteran Jamaican broadcaster has spent the last 40 years in media in Jamaica – the last four years hosting his morning show at Mello FM in Monego Bay. With fellow broadcaster Barry G, the two have significantly improved Mello’s position in the latest media survey, making it one of the top four radio stations in the island.

    “I must thank Uncle Errol, other Mello FM jocks and all radio listeners for the love they are giving ‘I Found Heaven.’ The song is an inspiration to many and it is gaining traction on other stations in Jamaica, the USA and other parts of the Caribbean as well” Stephens noted.

    He will perform on February 14 at a Valentine’s concert in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. Later this year, he and Gentleman will embark on a European tour that will take him to several countries to push the album to an even wider international audience.

    “Live Your Life” the album was release in November 2012 by VPAL (Sub Label of VP Records) and is available on iTunes and at all major music retail outlets.

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  • Reggaeville Yearbook 2012 With Album Of The Year Poll Results

    2012 was a busy year for Reggae. Not only riddims and releases kept the fans struggling to keep up with the sheer quantity of news and happenings. It was also a year full of sensations, celebrations, discussions, new trends, old trends, joy and despair. To provide Reggae patrons with a thorough review of the year in Reggae Reggaeville.com publishes its Yearbook for the second time. Completely free to enjoy as a digital magazine and in pdf format to save and keep for having “Reggae inna 2012” at a single glance.

    The year was busy with Jamaica celebrating its 50th year of independence. Busy with cheering for the Jamaican track and field heroes who won almost everything that could be won in the short distance disciplines at the London Olympics. And it was literally “busy” with Busy Signal releasing a milestone album bringing back roots vibes not so often heard in the dancehall in recent years. And at the same time he kept fans busy with moaning his sentencing to an American prison. A new generation of artists, symbolized by the Yearbook’s feature artist Protoje, put Reggae on a next level, combining old school vibes with new age styles while the hardcore dancehall fraternity with the likes of Tommy Lee headed towards a completely different direction. Reggae got a tremendous social recognition by Peter Tosh finally being awarded the Order of Merit, Jamaica’s third highest honour, Bunny Wailer got the Order of Jamaica and David Rodigan received the Order of the British Empire out of the hands of Prince Charles. Europe has seen sold out festivals in the summer, India is on the rise not only economically but also in terms of love for Reggae, the US provide the album of the year, “Strength To Survive” by SOJA, in Ivory Coast African Reggae superstar Tiken Jah Fakoly almost gained political power. Reggae is alive globally, it writes the most diversified stories every day. Everywhere.

    The Reggaeville Yearbook assembles as much of these stories as possible. Protoje recalls the year in his personal remembrance, several artists talk about their highlight of the year and, of course, there is plenty of fantastic live music, of unique interviews, of interesting reports to give a (as much as possible) full view of what happened in 2012. For free. For the enjoyment of every Reggae fan out there.

    Even more, REGGAEVILLE called its users to vote democratically for their album of the year after the Grammy committee once again failed in nominating any relevant albums and instead picked some releases that most of the fans have not heard (and have not even heard of). The race was tough but the result still unequivocally with SOJA finishing first with their “Strength To survive” masterpiece.

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  • Shamari Stays On Message With Gangsters Paradise

    Out A Road recording artiste, Shamari, has burst into the consciousness of reggae fans with the latest video for his song Gangster’s Paradise.

    The Gangster’s Paradise video, which had its premier last week, has opened new doors for the artiste and he is savouring his moment in the spot light: “Gangsters Paradise has been doing well. The radio is giving us a lot of support and now television and online is there too. This is definitely a good look, I am very grateful.”

    Gangsters Paradise has premiered on several stations since its release. The video is now on rotation on CVM TV, Hype TV, TVJ and several other regional cable stations. The artiste has also been dong his promotional rounds appearing in several local newspapers and on radio.

    Shamari is also getting ready to drop his second video this time for his dancehall song Friends with Benefits. The video was recently shot in Portmore, Jamaica and is in the final stages of editing before its premier this month.

    The artiste says he is happy with the direction his career has taken and is very confident for the future: “We have been toiling in the studio many nights to ensure that whatever we put out is of a high standard. Now I am getting ready to drop Friends With Benefits, and I hope that the response is as good as that of Gangsters Paradise”.
    The artiste is also preparing to make appearance at upcoming stage shows.

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  • Steele Set To Headline Bob Marley Birthday Bash.

    The month of February holds significance for several reasons, for one it’s the month dedicated to black history, and secondly it’s the birth month of Reggae’s greatest star Bob Marley, born Robert Nesta Marley.
    Many events are usually planned around these times, and one such event will be held in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday February 9th 2013.

    Prominent radio host George Barrett will once again present his annual Bob Marley Birthday Day Bash. This year will be the 26th installment, and Canada’s most prolific reggae artist Steele will headline.
    Steele’s version of Slave Driver, a Bob Marley original has received rave reviews by many in the industry, including reggae historian Rogers Steffens, who gave it his vote of confidence. Steffens commented that Steele delivers this song with such great confidence and conviction.

    Come Saturday February 9th, the two times JUNO nominee and multiple reggae award winner will return to Van City to deliver Slave Driver plus many more of Bob’s music to what is expected to be a full house. The artist will also use this platform as his official Vancouver Cd Release party for his 4th studio Cd “REALITY”.

    Other artist scheduled to perform includes Vancouver’s own Ras Nikhinesh and the Natural Flavas band.
    George Barrett himself along with Louie Sutherland will keep the party rocking on the turn tables.

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  • Reggae Royalty “Morgan Heritage” Gives Fans The “Perfect Love Song”

    It is not by self imposed accolades that Morgan Heritage are referred to as Reggae Royalty, but rather from music lovers around the world who recognize their rich Reggae heritage and gift to Reggae Music.

    From playing to hundreds of thousands of people in sold out concerts throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands, to numerous #1 hits internationally, Morgan Heritage long ago cemented their name and stake in this industry.

    2012 saw Morgan Heritage reconnect with their fans as they embarked on a long awaited “The Return” tour and gave new music to eager fans from their EP of the same name. The EP released in most of the world in August and in North America in September of 2012, brought a breath of fresh air to Reggae, and at the urging of their fans they have been back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their upcoming “Here Come the Kings” full album.

    Thankfully fans will not have to wait to regale their ears with new music as the “Perfect Love Song” hit iTunes on Tuesday February 5th, 2013. The single was chosen for it’s fun loving vibe. “It’s different” says Peetah Morgan. The single merges genres as it captures the Morgan Heritage crossover appeal while keeping the roots vibe present in the verses. As an added Bonus, fans will delight in Gramps deejaying for the first time on a Morgan Heritage song in over 10 years.

    “The story behind “Perfect Love Song” is just a person realizing that the one he or she loves makes them feel beyond good, beyond great. Instead the person makes them feel HEAVENLY!” – Peetah Morgan

    “A perfect love song to me is a love song that goes beyond the bedroom. It’s a song that can apply to love universally.” – Mojo Morgan

    Written by Morgan Heritage and produced by Linton “TJ” White, Andrew Myrie and Morgan Heritage “Perfect Love Song” was released by VP Records and is available worldwide on iTunes. The “Here Come the Kings” album is slated to be released later in 2013.

    Preparations for the video “Perfect Love Song” are under way and will be shot on location in MIami Beach, Florida.

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  • Brother B Makes Impact In Hollywood

    Grenadian Soca artist Brother B has returned from Hollywood after making a major impact in Hollywood. Being the first Soca artist in history to be nominated for the NAACP image awards, fellow nominees were keen to meet the Soca artist from Grenada.

    St Mark’s LeslyModeste, was nominated in 2012 in the same category making history as the first Soca artist to be ever nominated at the prestigious awards in Hollywood. Being nominated in 2013 a second time, Brother B created history again by being nominated twice. Brother B made the trip to Los Angeles with his manager Cherokee in a trip that was self funded by a contribution by Shy’s bar in Victoria, St Mark’s, Brother B and his manager.

    Brother B’s album Diversionary was nominated under ‘Outstanding world music’ category alongside international artist Estelle, Ka’nn and others. Brother B left Grenada on Thursday 24th January to attend six major red carpet events held by the prestigious NAACP image awards. The events took place in Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles.

    Brother B met top celebrities such as Ziggy Marley, Regina King, Tatyana Ali, Mario Van Peebles and Shernell Edmunds. At the first Red Carpet event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Brother B wore a Grenadian tie made by designer Queenie who is based in St George’s Market in Grenada.

    Attending each Red Carpet event with wall to wall press and paparazzi attending, Brother B was able to wave the Grenadian flag on the red carpet and promote Grenada as well asSoca Music. Brother B has been such a hit with the media that a few of them have posted videos of his interviews online with pictures stating how proud they are of him.

    The 44th NAACP image awards were shown live on NBC on Friday 1st February 2013. Celebrities such as Samuel L Jackson, Henry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington attended.

    Estelle won in his category, however Brother B has attracted a lot of interest in his music since his trip to Los Angeles, with an increase in his music online being sold via itunes and amazon. Also attracting over 20,000 people viewing his facebook page during his trip to Hollywood, USA.

    Brother B will be back in the USA for a series of events later on this year to continue taking his music one step ahead.

    All of Brother B’s music can be found online via itunes, amazon, spotify and all major online retailers.

    Brother B would like to thank the most high for bringing him and managersafely to Los Angeles and back home to Grenada. Also to send blessings to all of his fans, supporters, family, friends, producers and featured artists on the album, Shy’s bar and management.

    Ziggy Marley & Brother B

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  • Where I’m From – Piper featuring Christel La Guerre – Grenada Independence Tune

    Where I’m From
    By: Piper Ft. Christel La Guerre

    where Im from artwork final copy

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  • New Reggae Single & Video: New Kingston – “Life” – New Album In TODAY

    Kingston University captures the true essence of New Kingston’s self-proclaimed genre, reggae crossover. And for this, their second full-length album, they have found a sound reminiscent of Bob Marley & The Wailers, mixed with Boys ll Men. This unique blend of music makes KU, as the album is dubbed, one for all types of listeners.

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    New Kingston’s growth musically, and as men, are showcased in this release, which features the increasingly-popularJ Boog, Jamaican-born jazz great Monty Alexander, the legendary Dean Fraser and newcomer J Classiq.

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  • Dancehall/Reggae Duo RDX Embarks On European Tour/Dancehall/Reggae Duo RDX S’embarque Sur Un Tour Européen

    Still reeling from their “Favorite Local Music Video of 2012” win for the single “Jump” at The Youth View Awards in Jamaica, RDX are now getting ready to embark on a one month European tour.

    RDX who is no stranger to the European scene will be blazing across several countries and promise to give their fans their well known high energy performance, slew of hits and infamous renowned dance moves.

    The tour debuts this month and will take them to Rome and Milan (Italy), Paris, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Lille (France), Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Biel (Switzerland) and Moscow (Russia).

    Since 2013 RDX has been creating waves with the release of singles such as ‘Shining Star’ which has received over 150,000 downloads and counting, “Jump” which has garnered close to 3 million views on youtube and their recent release “Kotch” which sprung viral video with hits in the hundred of thousands.

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