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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Swiss Duo Lends Hypnotic, Ethereal Twist to Bob Marley Cover Song

    Los Angeles, CA – Very few can say that they’ve had the privilege of working with an international superstar like Celine Dion, or had their music featured in an Academy Award winning film like “Little Miss Sunshine”; however, this is listed among the numerous accomplishments from the band Aurah. Marc Dold and Judith Martin who form the powerful electronica duo, showcase their effortless skills once again on the band’s latest single “3 Little Birds,” an ethereal modern interpretation of the Bob Marley classic. The single is off their upcoming EP Summon the Sky, due out this summer. The pair recently released a colorful music video for the track on YouTube; which transports viewers into the imaginative and tranquil world of Aurah. The video has already caught the attention of many, gaining over 8,000 views; attesting to the group’s large and ever-growing fan base.

    Aurah’s signature sound builds with a steady, vibrating pulse that expands with layer upon layer of harmonic exploration. Influenced by the fusion of modern electronica and world music, Martin’s echoing voice compliments Dold’s ambient, textural guitar stylings resulting in a genre they have labeled Organica. Standing independently as almost a completely different song, Aurah’s “3 Little Birds” is carried by a mid-tempo guitar beat, amplified by bright belli-like synths, crashing symbols and drums. Produced by Dold and Martin, with Blair Shotts on drums, the single embraces the easy-going vibe with just enough excitement in the chorus. Martin’s vocals match perfectly with the lyrics of the song as she sings the reassuring words “don’t worry about a thing.”

    The duo is all hands on deck with their involvement in the creative process and take the lead with their artistic visions. Martin directed, edited and assisted in shooting the music video, which was shot in beautiful Costa Rica. Taking on a more adventurous approach, the music video features multiple screen boxes to portray Aurah’s iridescent and partly trippy view of the world. In one box, Martin is shown singing on a bus and taking in the view, one is a kaleidoscope view of the country’s fruitful nature, while others show the locals and children playing and laughing freely. The video is sure to leave viewers as hypnotized as their music does.

    Switzerland’s hidden gems, Dold and Martin, were destined to share their talents with the world. The musically inclined pair met as teenagers while they were both making their rounds in the local music scene. The two eventually left Europe for Boston where they furthered their studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Soon after, Dold and Martin joined forces to record their first album, “Judith Martin,” and from that Aurah was created. Shortly after, Dold aligned with DJ, Christian B., to form the producing team, Swiss American Federation (S.A.F.). The pair scored two #1 Billboard hits with a remix of Enya’s “Only Time,” which became a 9/11 anthem, and Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come,” the title of her Las Vegas show and album. Although Judith Martin and Marc Dold are not quite household names yet, you have probably heard their work. Dold’s numerous production credits include major artists such as, Paul Van Dyk, Peter Gabriel and Nelly Furtado. In addition, both Dold and Martin composed the original film score for “Loving Annabelle” and “Sunset Junction.” Their repertoire expands showcasing tracks included in the films, “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Blood Diamond,” among countless other films and hit television shows.

    “3 Little Birds” is available for a free download, when you like Aurah’s Facebook page and the video can be viewed on their YouTube channel. Learn more about Aurah and check out the single at www.Aurah.com.

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  • Caribbean Comedy Play In Brooklyn

    The comedic hit Caribbean play “Letter from Leonora” will be staged at the Brooklyn Music School Theater on Saturday, 13th April from 8pm.

    The play was written by the late accomplished Trinidadian Eric Roach and is being directed by Hemish Marlon Gervis of St. Lucia. It will feature an all-star cast of Caribbean actresses who will ignite its funny plot.

    Letter from Leonora is set in a village in the 1960’s. It is said to be one of the most humorous pieces ever written by Roach. The play has been staged to wide acclaim to Caribbean audiences, including before the Heads of Government of the O.E.C.S nations.

    Director Gervis laments that the staging of “Letter from Leonora” serves to expose the international audience to the fine work of our talented Caribbean artists. He wants everyone to come and laugh out loud while enjoying an evening of entertainment.

    Infused in this staging of cultural expression dubbed “Caribbean Night” will be an explosive session of African Drumming with accompanying dancers.

    Tickets cost $30 in advance and are available at JW Records on Church Avenue or online at www.eventbrite.com. The event’s HOTLINE is 1-347-692-9428.

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  • Tanya Carter Calls On Birch For Ex-Boyfriend

    The sultry voice from Belize meets authentic Reggae

    After more than two dozen performances across the world, Belizean songstress, Tanya Carter, has decided to spread her wings to Jamaica. Excited about crossing over to Reggae, she has been working closely with Christopher Birch of Birchill Records, who produced and co-wrote her newest single: Ex-boyfriend.

    Singing since the age of 5, Tanya takes her inspiration from Jamaican greats: Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Burning Spear; and discovered at an early age her passion for Reggae and Jamaica culture. The Belizean is no stranger to Jamaicans, having opened for Etana, Luciano, Lexxus and Morgan Heritage and decided to come to the home of Reggae music to get a better understanding of the culture around the genre she loves, and to work with some of the best producers in the business.

    With several years of performing under her belt, she is currently working on her second album, which contains Reggae, Jazz, Electro, Pop, Dancehall and R&B infusions. Her versatility knows no bounds and her passion for music has resulted in a number of accolades. The greatest of which is being named “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Belize Music Awards three years in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012). Tanya’s debut album Daydreaming was named the best album in Belize upon its release in 2011 and tunes from the album graced the airwaves in Jamaica, Los Angeles, Africa, Mexico and even climbed to number 3 on the Lithuanian music charts.

    Now, on a path to making authentic Reggae music, Tanya’s new single Ex-boyfriend, produced by Birchill Records, is a one of a kind composition. The infectious beat and catchy lyrics make it impossible for you to listen to the song just once and fully captures the common emotions involved with having an ex-lover you are not quite over, something many ladies, and even some men, can identify with.

    Christopher Birch of Birchill Records says he was happy to work with Tanya:”She is a real artiste, a great singer with the full package, she writes, she harmonizes, she is very talented and it was a pleasure working with her. I think she can make it in this industry, Reggae is a very aggressive industry, so she has to put out the right energy, which I think she has. We have plans for more tunes, and the next one is very catchy, so Jamaica needs to watch for Tanya.”

    Tanya’s sultry voice and precise melody on the track allows for easy listening and in no time you realize you are singing along. Although several songs have been written about this relationship dilemma, Ex-boyfriend brings a fresh spin on the situation. She belts “I never knew this feeling that you’re giving me would take me to another place with your love, see I never knew the loving was so good that it scared me and it made me want to fly away with your love” in the first verse, telling a tale of the love she has for her ex-boyfriend despite being with a new beau.

    Tanya shows her command of patois in the chorus where she sings: “Although mi new man a treat me right, mi wah back mi ex-boyfriend”. And the story continues to unravel, after she confesses: “I must admit I’m not over you although we parted ‘bout a year or two, my new man he’ll never know, you’re the star of my show”.

    Get the full story by listening to Tanya’s first Jamaican-produced single Ex-Boyfriend.

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  • Morgan Heritage’s Behind The Scenes of “Perfect Love Song”

    MORGAN HERITAGE REVEAL BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE FROM

    THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VIDEO “PERFECT LOVE SONG”

    SHOT IN MIAMI, FL AND DIRECTED BY SPENCER ANTLE

    The First Single off Their Upcoming Summer Album Here Come The Kings

    On the heels of their recent U.S. Northeast tour run spanning NYC, Albany, Boston and New Haven, Morgan Heritage give fans an exclusive look behind the scenes of their latest music video “Perfect Love Song.” The visual for the first single off their upcoming summer album Here Come The Kings (VP Records) is directed by Spencer Antle of Island Company and shot in the sunny Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

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  • Mavado Ft. Karian Sang “Take It” Video Gets MTV Debut

    Mavado featuring Karian Sang’s “Take It” music video gets an MTV debut today, as it is posted as the top story on their cutting-edge global music and pop-culture channel, MTVIggy.com. The single is produced by Troyton Music and distributed by Zojak World Wide, and its music video continues to rack up rave reviews and garner the spotlight on media channels all over the world.

    “Take It” is the first music video from a Caribbean artist to nab an exclusive premiere by Billboard, a fact that ignited interest in this particular Mavado release, and is even referenced in the MTV Iggy piece. The video was produced in Jamaica against a classic Caribbean backdrop, and brings authentic dancehall flavors to the global audience.

    MTV Iggy’s international music and pop culture writer Marlon Bishop interviewed Mavado via phone from Kingston, Jamaica in early March, to highlight the “Take It” video and also catch up with the dancehall star, who Bishop suggests may be “dancehall’s last superstar standing.”

    “We been getting a lot of love for this song,” said Mavado [in his interview with MTV Iggy]. “It was number one in England for like 8 weeks, and number one in Trinidad for a month. It’s on the charts in Europe, on the islands, so things are going real great right now.”

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  • First Annual Easter Fest 2013

    The wait is over as Humbless Entertainment has decided to fill the void missing from the entertainment scene for the past two years.

    On April 13, 2013, Easter Fest is set to take place at the world famous Amazura Night Club, in Queens, NY. The event concept is focused on bringing back the entertainment, production and performance in a club setting.

    “We see so many shows happening but we have yet to see a production put on where the fans receive four full hours of entertainment and performance, from some of music most talented” says Co-Founder of Humbless Entertainment, Imran “Fyah Peter” Passard.

    Over the past few months New York have been graced with some magnificent productions in the new Barclay Center. Yet, Easter Fest is set to prove to the lovers of Music, that they can have great production and entertainment in the club, just like “the good ole days”.

    As the New York temperature begins to rise Easter Fest will be the first BIG Reggae concert to heat up the City. With at least three headliners and two co-headliners and a host of billboard chart topping artiste set to perform on stage, this is definitely a date to mark in your calendar. The show will begin promptly at 12 am sharp so be ready and dressed in your Easter Best.

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  • Meta And The Cornerstones Album Listening Party A Success

    On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Tammany Hall hosted the listening party for Meta and the Cornerstones’ forthcoming album, Ancient Power. The by invitation only event, hosted by Pat McKay of Sirius XM Radio, was presented by Metarize Music Group, VicRae Inc., VPAL Music and VP Records.

    The event, which was attended in large part by media, industry executives and specially invited guests, got underway at 9 pm with a brief introduction by Pat McKay. The band took the stage and performed a 30 minute acoustic set that included singles Roaring Lions, Bound to Glory, Anywhere For Love, Silence of the Moon and Without Heart. Thereafter, Ms. McKay returned to the stage to moderate a Q&A session in which media houses were allowed to ask lead singer Meta Dia questions about the album, working with Damian Marley, U Roy, Capleton and recording in Jamaica at Tuff Gong studios. Poised and eloquent in his responses, Meta expressed his pride in the project and working with legendary reggae artists. “I was privileged to work with the musicians and artists that I did on the album. I truly mean that and cannot stress that enough. I am very proud of the end result and I hope that the masses will agree that it is an album worth having and listening to.”

    In addition to the Q&A session, Meta’s father, Papa Yaya Dia, remarked, “I am very proud of my son. I have witnessed his hard work and dedication and I am happy that he is making great strides. He not only makes his family proud but also our Senegalese culture. I love him.” Serigne Cheikh Modou Kara Cisse, First Secretary of the Consulate General of Senegal New York Office, also shared the sentiments of Meta’ father by adding, “Meta’ music is heartfelt, positive and sincere. He makes us all very proud. And the fact that he collaborated with one of Bob Marley’s children speaks volumes. This is truly amazing.” Humbled by all the comments, Meta thanked everyone for their love and support and performed Concrete Jungle, one of his favorite Bob Marley singles and Somewhere in Africa to close.

    On April 30, 2013, Meta and The Cornerstones will release their sophomore album, Ancient Power, with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, New York. The 14 track album, Executive produced by Meta Dia and Co-produced by Sidney Mills, was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios. The album features collaborations with reggae artists, U-Roy, Capleton and Damian Marley. Additionally, Meta worked musicians such as Dean Fraser, Julian Marley, Mikey Chung, Wayne “C-Sharp” Clarke and Wilburm “Squidly” Cole, among others, on the album.

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  • Natural Black Gears Up for New Album, Headlines International Music Festival

    NATURAL BLACK GEARS UP FOR NEW ALBUM, HEADLINES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
    Reggae Singer Set for a Smash Year with New Music,
    New Videos and Upcoming Performances
    Including ‘Reggae On The River’

    Conscious reggae artist Natural Black returns to the root of his sound with a slew of new singles in the works for his new album, all rendering reggae music at its best. Following a brief stint in the dancehall world, the singer reclaims his rightful place and is embraced by industry and fans alike, as is evident with his upcoming bookings that include a stop at the prestigious Reggae On The River in California on August 1-4, 2013.

    Born Mortimer Softley in Georgetown, Guyana, Natural Black migrated to Jamaica in 1995, in hopes of realizing his dream of becoming a reggae singer. Now gearing up for his 11th studio album, this dream is realized as the acclaimed singer and songwriter continues his prolific journey in reggae music.
    “I’m honored to be part of the esteemed Reggae On The River music festival,” reveals Natural Black. “I’ve been working hard in the studio to bring new music to my longtime fans, and look forward to gaining more with my new singles that I have lined up for the new album.”

    Natural Black has been working with New York-based Triple T Production, a management and booking agency that is responsible for the Reggae On The River performance. “We recognize his caliber of reggae music and once we contacted the festival organizers, they were interested so we made it happen,” discloses Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Production. He will be performing alongside other reggae greats such as Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Anthony B and Prezident Brown, for the 29th anniversary of Reggae On The River.

    Hitting off 2013 with a volume of new singles including “I’m On My Way,” “Natural Chronix,” “Who Cares For Me,” “Don’t Play With My Heart” and “Party Truck,” Natural Black continues to satisfy reggae lovers worldwide. He is currently in New York City shooting the music videos for both “Don’t Play With My Heart,” a romantic ode for the ladies and “Party Truck,” a fun, up-tempo joint that makes for the perfect summer anthem. Both videos will debut in April, continuing the unstoppable momentum for this illustrious artist.

    ABOUT NATURAL BLACK

    Conscious reggae artist Natural Black carved his niche in the genre over a decade ago, with profound music and prolific lyrics that uplift fans far and wide. His resilience has been tested and demonstrated over the years, and he maintains his extraordinary ability to capture the attention of a massive and diverse array of music lovers, worldwide.

    Born Mortimer Softley in Georgetown, Guyana, Natural Black migrated to Jamaica in 1995, in hopes of realizing his dream of becoming a reggae singer. “Coming to Jamaica was natural,” he reveals, for he epitomizes the inherent culture of reggae. “Like life, reggae music inspires and gives the artist an opportunity to express oneself fully, regardless of the issues highlighted.”

    Possessing a distinctively smooth, mellow voice, Natural Black reafirms his solid stance on the forefront of the roots and culture movement. His socially-consious messages and passionate pleas, for wrongs to be made right and justice for the poor and oppressed, are trademarked in his songs, and indeed, remain relevant today.
    Propelling to international fame with his breakout hit “Far From Reality” in 2006, he has amassed 10 full-length albums to date and is back in the studio working on a slew of new hits for his 11th album. He cultivates his soulful sounds working alongside the top hitmakers in reggae music, including Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett (who produced his smash “Far From Reality” on the Seasons Riddim), King Jammys, Organic, 5th Element, Rootsdown, In The Streetz, Lustre Kings, Harmony House, Digital B, Lion Paw, Big Yard and No Doubt, among others.

    Natural Black’s artistic flair and melodious style have garnered him a global fanbase and keep him very much in demand for shows, at home and internationally. He has performed on stages across Europe, the United States and the Caribbean, and has toured extensively, spreading the sweet sounds reggae to sold-out audiences, from his homeland in Guyana to Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy. He has headlined the prestigous Brooklyn Music Festival and Irie Jamboree concerts in New York, and has also performed on all the major reggae festivals in Jamaica, such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and East Fest, to name a few.

    Natural Black charges into 2013 with four new singles – “I’m On My Way,” “Natural Chronix,” “Who Cares For Me” and “Party Truck” – all conscious reggae anthems that bring the gifted artist full circle back to his original roots, following a brief stint as a dancehall deejay from 2011 to 2012; he was dissatisfied with his lifestyle and did not feel he was adequately living as a Rastarafrian should. So, like he preaches through his music, he has cleaned up his act and now returns to what is true to him, much to the delight of his fans, and indeed, reggae lovers everywhere.

    DISCOGRAPHY

    Far From Reality (Greensleeves)
    Jah Guide (King Jammys)
    Love Gonna Conquer Evil (In Da Streets)
    Guardian Angel (Brutal Tracks)
    Cool Nuh Black (Vizion Sound)
    Spiritual Food (Organic Records)
    World War (Organic Records)
    Mortima (Cripple Blaxx)
    Naturally Black (Pat Hot Records)
    Natural Desasta (Frenz For Real)

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  • Jamaica’s First Dancehall SuperStar Unleashes Young Gifted And Yellow

    Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar Yellowman ushered in a new era in reggae music. His early ’80s success brought the popularity of toasting (reggae’s equivalent of rapping) to a new level and helped establish dancehall as the wave of the future.

    On April 23, 2013, 17 North Parade will unlock its vaults once again to unveil the latest Reggae Anthology, Yellowman’s Young, Gifted & Yellow, from the undisputed king of dancehall. This powerful 2CD/DVD collection features 40 fully remastered essential tracks of both classic and obscure material throughout Yellowman’s prolific career. As an added bonus, the deluxe package will include thorough liner notes written by reggae historian Noel Hawkes and a 25-minute DVD of Yellowman’s 1988 electrifying live performance at Jamaica’s longstanding annual music festival Sumfest.

    The first set of the anthology opens with his early ‘80s breakthrough hits like “Mad Over Me” recorded for Channel One, “Death of Barnabas,” “Operation Eradication” and the infamously “slack” “Shorties.” The second disc moves toward his later hits like “Who Can Make the Dance Ram” (a rewrite of “The Candy Man”), “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” (one of Jamaica’s most sampled songs to this day), “Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt” and a cover of Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”

    Through adversity and triumph, Yellowman (born Winston Foster on January 15, 1956) still remains one of most pivotal music figures out of Jamaica today. He was able overcome Jamaica’s negative social stigma on albinism and embrace his uniqueness (hence his moniker Yellowman). He grew up in a Catholic orphanage known for its musical alumni called Alpha Boys School in Kingston, where he mastered his craft. The inimitable dancehall deejay rose to prominence in the 1980s during a time when roots reggae was flourishing with megastars like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. In 1981, Yellowman signed to Columbia Records and made history as the first dancehall artist to ink a deal with a major U.S. label.

    During this newfound success, he faced the hardship of battling cancer and had to undergo an invasive jaw surgery to remove the malignant tumor. His bouts with the disease pushed him into more thoughtful, socially conscious territory in the ’90s. However, his initial “slack” style of more sexually provocative lyrics and cheeky rhymes still remains the most influential and paved the way for countless dancehall toasters to follow. He is also embraced by the hip hop community in the States. Yellowman has collaborated with Run DMC and his iconic 1983 hit “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” has been sampled by rap heavyweights like KRS-One, Notorious B.I.G., 2pac, Dead Prez and Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli).

    Disc One
    01 • Mad Over Me
    02 • Shorties
    03 • Soldier Take Over with FATHEAD
    04 • Lost Mi Love
    05 • Mister Chin
    06 • Mr. Wrong with FATHEAD
    07 • Herbman Smuggling with FATHEAD
    08 • Eventide Fire
    09 • Operation Eradication with FATHEAD
    10 • Out Of Hand
    11 • Them A Fight I
    12 • Death of Barnabas
    13 • King and Queen with SISTER NANCY
    14 • Yellowman Getting Married
    15 • I’m Getting Divorced with FATHEAD
    16 • Morning Ride
    17 • Night Flight
    18 • Top Form
    19 • Water Rock with FATHEAD
    20 • Duppy Or A Gunman

    Disc Two
    01 • Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
    02 • Who Can Make The Dance Ram
    03 • Quiet
    04 • Bunn The Kutchie
    05 • The Girl Is Mine with PETER METRO
    06 • Ram Jam Master
    (a.k.a. Wreck A Pum-Pum)
    07 • Body Move
    08 • Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
    09 • Galong Galong Galong
    10 • Walking Jewelry Store
    11 • Gregory Free
    12 • Jah Mek Us Fi A Purpose with SISTER NANCY
    13 • Love Struck
    14 • Rub A Dub A Play with FATHEAD
    15 • Rub And Go Down
    16 • Bam Bam with FATHEAD
    17 • One Yellowman Ina The Yard with FATHEAD
    18 • Strong Mi Strong
    19 • Blueberry Hill
    20 • Where Is Santa Claus? with MRS. YELLOWMAN

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  • Linkage Awards Singer of the Year, Christopher Martin, Heads to Europe

    International Young, Hip and Soulful reggae crooner Christopher Martin nabs one of the biggest awards of the night at this years Linkage Awards, Singer of the Year.

    Christopher Martin had a breakthrough year in 2012, topping charts and making a musical impact worldwide. As one of the only “singers” to headline many of the urban and dance-hall main stage in 2012, it was icing on the cake when he received the Linkage Award Singer of the Year.

    “As an artist, I just love music, love the work I do and enjoy any opportunity I get to sing for the people. So when an organization can take the time out to acknowledge me for what I love to do, in a category with my peers, its a great honor and joy” says Christopher Martin.

    The time and energy Christopher Martin and his team has put into letting the world know, who is Christopher Martin and how talented he is, now reaps some of the accolades.

    “Its a wonderful and proud feeling to see the work that we put in has been recognized in such a way that they see fit to award him for it” say manager Lydon “Kingy” Lettman.

    The work continues as Christopher Martin, gears up for a three week Europe tour, scheduled to kick off on March 28th in Amsterdam. From the beginning of the year Christopher Martin has been in enormous demand and this European tour is one, which his fans has been requesting his return.

    Upon his return from Europe he then heads to Canada. By the look of things 2012 was a great year, but 2013 will be greater.

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  • A Musical Journey Into The Spiritual Realm

    Man a warrior is the latest release from Khali Taylor and is arguably his best release to date. The song previously released as part of the “rizzin riddim”, has been remixed and re-mastered, taking it to a new level and boasts a video with a quite unique concept. Khali took a risk doing a video which shows a journey into the spiritual realm to convey his message, a risk that paid off.

    Wanting to differentiate himself not only from the other warrior songs out there but also from their accompanying videos, Mr Taylor went the route of using man a warrior as a message to his son and all others out there willing to be a part of Jah’s army. The video shows him relaying to his son the teachings of the King through meditation and song, his son’s acceptance of these teachings and realization of his own warrior spirit through this acceptance. A creative visualization to accompany a well written and well produced track, this artiste is well on his way to the bigger and better things.

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  • Get Ready For A Musical Voyage On The Kingship Riddim

    Take a musical journey on Upsetta Records latest “Kingship” riddim production. The riddim is a funky, ‘rootical’ skank’ offering, which features International Stars like Laza Morgan, Erup, Zamunda , as well as upcoming stars Mr. Melody, Melloquence, Sanjay and more.

    With the buzz already created from the airwaves and viral videos, Upsetta Films’ released two music video medleys for the riddim. Kingship Riddim Medley Pt 1 featuring Boom Dekka and Cario, and Kingship Riddim Medley Pt 2: The Dance featuring Sanjay, Melloquence & Senita Mogul.

    The riddim will soon be available on all major online stores such as itunes and amazon.

    About Upsetta Records:
    Upsetta Records, in Association with Upsetta Movement, is owned and operated by Selector Dubee, Dante Davinci and most recently, Original King and Jon Demus. Located in Burlington, VT (USA), Upsetta Records resides and operates out of our state of the art, professional recording studio, Upsetta Studio. Additionally, Upsetta Records has deep roots in Jamaica, as the founders are also longtime members of Upsetta International Sound System, which was founded in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1980.

    Upsetta Records introduced themselves to the reggae industry with their debut release, the Cuss Fix Riddim (2009), which featured established Reggae Veterans such as Admiral Tibet & Determine and introduced to the world to a considerable amount of “yet to be heard” artists – including Ras Q, Zico, Greta Frost and more. The Cuss Fix Riddim was released and promoted digitally, by Upsetta Records and still achieved many #1 chart listings and top download rankings.

    Upsetta Records’ returned in 2011, with the critically acclaimed Bomboflow Riddim (Flow Productions). Upsetta Records’ Sophomore release, featured two number one hits, “Too Watchy” by International Superstar, Collie Buddz and “Farmer Man” by Jamaican Reggae Star, Kali Blaxx. The Bomboflow Riddim also featured popular tunes from Zamunda, Khago, Admiral Tibet, Fyakin, Cario Muzyk and many more. Upsetta Records’ was praised in various reviews and noted as a ‘classic’ as well as ‘top reggae riddim’ 2011 and has inspired Upsetta Films’ Music Videos, that feature Fyakin, Kali Blaxx, Jah Thunder and Shalli.

    Upsetta Records’ is also prepared for a big Spring/Summer of 2013, as they are preparing to release their debut Dancehall Riddim – Kill Di Rhythm, their debut single release – featuring Bredren B (Ghana), Cario
    Muzyk, Boom Dekka and Senita Mogul and their next Reggae Riddim – Pot A Cook!

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  • Capsicum Records CEO and Director of A&R Roger Meltzer Leads Tropicalfete Workshop on Copyrights & Royalties

    Tropicalfete Inc on Saturday held an introductory workshop on Copyrights and Royalties for aspiring Caribbean songwriters, producers and artists interested in learning “the business of the business” from 36-year industry veteran Roger Meltzer, founder, CEO and Director of A&R of Hartford, CT-based indie Capsicum Records LLC. The Saturday afternoon seminar was held at Complete Music Studios, 227 St. Marks Street in Brooklyn, NY, and attracted some two dozen relative newcomers to the industry.

    The workshop was engaging and very informative covering topic such as the difference between a PA and an SR copyright, starting your own publishing company, Who derives residual income for various work done in the recording industry, performance rights licensing, mechanical (Copyright Royalty Board/Library of Congress) and much more. The interest in the subjects discussed caused the workshop to go an hour over the schedule time of ninety minutes. Mr. Meltzer went in-depth in every subject and answered numerous questions from the attendees. One of the attendees Owen Joseph left the workshop saying “This workshop in a big eye opener.” He will be also be giving this lecture in Manahattan next week as part of the JCT-Magazine/TV award ceremonies.

    “When I was coming up in the business, I was fortunate to be mentored by some of the music giants at that time — Kenny Gamble, Thom Bell, McFadden and Whitehead, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Bruce Hawes, Sherman Marshall, Bill Bloom, Phil Asbury and others,” said Meltzer, “guys who not only taught me how to hone my craft, but also how the business operates. They had the patience to stand there in the hallways with me day after day and answer a thousand new questions.” “This is just my way of giving something back in their honor and memory.

    “My experience has helped me clean up some of the more notorious abuses in the industry and avoid them when I founded my own indie,” Meltzer explained. One of the objectives of the workshop was that artist become knowledgeable about the music industry and they do not become victims to some of the pitfalls in the industry. By the end of the workshop that objective was met, all the participants were very please with the workshop.

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  • Gospel Singer Sandra Brooks Celebrates 25

    Gospel singer Sandra Brooks celebrates 25 years in the business and to mark this accomplishment the singer will be embarking on a tour which will see her performing across North America.
    Brooks who came to national attention after placing third in Teen Star Search and with it earning the attention of The Grace Thrillers has not looked back.

    In fact she has gone from strength to strength, both a powerful minister of God and as an artiste.
    In 1994 she released her first album Don t Worry, four years later in 1998 her second album The Answer superseded the sales of her debut album propelled by soul stirrers such as the title track, Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, Road is Rough, Dont Worry and Forward Forward With Jesus.

    After 25 years Brooks remain vibrant, relevant and still committed to her faith.

    I can t live any other life, I don t know how to live in the world, said Brooks who first embraced Christ as her Saviour at age 12.

    Brooks tour will officially kick off in middle April and will see her making stops in Canada, The Cayman Island, and in the States.

    She is presently completing an album produced by Sidney Thorpe which will see singing some favourite hymns.

    Commenting on her doing the treasured classics she said the state of the world now, people need that kind of sanity right now. People in the music industry need to get back to God as their real source. I am a bible believing Christian I hate no man but I hate the sins that we commit and anything contrary to the bible I detest, she said.
    Brooks is also writing her autobiography which she says should be completed before the end of the year.

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  • Ravi B and Karma Retain ‘Clash Of The Titans’ Title

    Fresh off of a successful 2013 T&T Carnival season, Caribbean music band Ravi B and Karma won over thousands of patrons at the annual mega-concert ‘Clash of the Titans 3’ which was recently held at the Guyana National Stadium.

    According to Guyanese media house ‘The Guyana Times’ the band tore the roof off the venue with a show-stealing 45 minute set and was undoubtedly the highlight of a fantastic evening which also included performances by Guyana’s Terry Gajraj and Adrian Dutchin as well as Trinidad and Tobago’s JW and Blaze, Rick Ramoutar and K.I. with JMC 3Veni.

    Karma frontman Ravi B shared his delight at his band remaining ‘Clash of the Titans’ champions for yet another year, “We feel so excited and blessed to cop this title once again, but more importantly we are very thankful for all the love and support we have received from the people of Guyana throughout our careers. We have been on tour there for the past 4 weeks and we truly appreciate the unique energy and embracing nature of the Guyanese people”.

    Carnival 2013 was indeed a landmark season for Karma as vocalists Ravi B, Nisha B and Gregory Ayuen received public endorsements from several local and regional entertainers both on and off social media. One such endorsement was an invitation to Ravi by Soca King Machel Montano to do a feature performance in the prestigious ‘Machel Monday’ concert spectacular. Ravi rode this success all the way to the finals of the International Groovy Soca Monarch in which he placed 4th and also earned the 3rd place spot for his presentation in the overall competition with the monster hit “Prescription”.

    Always one to be a trendsetter, risk-taker and to try new things for the entertainment of his fans, Ravi, who this year unleashed the now famed ‘Lizard’ haircut (a hairstyle which was copied by fellow artistes and fete patrons throughout the season) collaborated with his band mates to be the first group of Caribbean musicians to execute a hilarious video meme of the popular ‘Harlem Shake’.

    After wrapping up a few local engagements in the next couple of weeks, the band members will be back on the road representing T&T at such events as the GBM showcase in New York and headlining major Easter weekend shows which include ‘Unforgettable’ the concert at Mirage Banquet Hall in Toronto and the ‘Bodow Fete’ at Club Naked, Miami.

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  • New Music Video “Show You” by Sadiki

    US based Jamaican Reggae artist Sadiki, has released his new music video for “Show You”, the second radio single from his critically acclaimed third solo album, “Jah Is The Only King”. The music video and song was produced in collaboration with Area026 Music and Sadiki’s label Skinny Bwoy Jamaica and was shot in Arnhem, Holland while Sadiki toured earlier this year. It features Dutch Rap artist “Rukshun” in a cameo. Sadiki is also an award nominee in the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards scheduled for Florida on May 4, 2013.

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  • Multi-talented Da’Ville Is Now More Close To His Fans

    Orville Thomas also known as Da’Ville, is pleased to announce that is now more close to his fans, specially worldwide.

    Although his schedule is filled with live shows, rehearsals, interviews, composing, etc, Da’Ville still spend some time with his fans by checking his oficial Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    “Nowadays it is more easy get in touch with my fans and feel everyday the love and support from them thanks to technolgy.” – Da’Ville says.

    Da’Ville just finished a successful 7 state tour in Japan to support the release of the album in last month.

    2013 will be a year full of success. With the latest album called Krazy Love in his bag, the jamaican artist will be travelling around the globe promoting the album released last year wich included hit songs like This Love, You Got Di Ting.

    About Da’Ville:
    With the world listening to his every note, singer/producer, Da’Ville defines his style of reggae with a fusion of Pop and R&B swirled with soul. Putting his life experiences in each of his hit songs, this artist extraordinaire is a force to reckon with.

    In 2005, after a successful debut album released with Avex Entertainment Group (Japan), Da’Ville was signed to Avex Entertainment Group for 3 years releasing 3 consecutive successful albums.
    As a songwriter, composer and producer, Da’Villes’ music has topped charts locally and internationally allowing him the opportunity to work with recording companies such as Avex Japan, Ki/oon, Sony Music Japan, VP Records (Indie) and Fashozy Records (Indie).

    Da’Ville is one of the most celebrated Pop/R&B/Reggae artists in Japan, Places in USA and certainly in the Caribbean. His expanding fan base continues to increase because of his dedication and commitment to music. The world has yet to see the best of Da’Ville.

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  • Ang Prince Pin Empowers Savlamar To “Represent” And Launches Video And Stage Show Next Sunday, March 31, 2013 !!

    Alliance Next Generation artist Prince Pin showed in no uncertain term that he is definitely the “Prince” of Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica.

    The staging was the artist video shoot for his song titled “Sav Anthem – Represent Weh Yuh Come From”, on Sunday, February 2nd in the parish of his birth, Westmoreland, Jamaica. The video shoot was an immense one as people from different communities in Savlamar came out to represent in droves. What started out with an entourage of approximately 5 cars soon grew into well over 30 motor cars, bikes, bicycles and pedestrians.

    The shoot was well represented both locally and internationally as on hand were, the “Tun Up Twins” (Models/TV Hosts), Dj Avalon, Video Vixens “Denise and Erica” all from New York and members of the artist’s ANG and Grunglevel camp. As with the song, the video attempts to bring the communities of Savlamar together in unity and to pay homeage to their respective communities. Therefore, it would be only fitting that the locations of the shoot were communities directly in Savlamar, Westmoreland.

    Communities such as 110 park, Russia, Shalin, Gully Bank, TBumps, Bush and many more were showcased and gave their support to the artist tremendously, with the culmination of the day seeing hundreds of people gathering at the 110 Park HQ for a fitting end. The video which was directed by JDash, will be released next sunday, March 31, 2013 at the 110 Park HQ and will feature a full and compact day and night afffair which will see a funday and treat for the children throughout the day. On show will be arguably one of Jamaica’s top magician”Wizard The Magician” and a host of other treat for the kids. At night Dj Avalon from New York, Dj Chigga and a host of disc jocs will be providing the musical entertainment before the performance of Bounty Killer’s Alliance Next Generation (ANG) camp members.

    The artist is also planning a series of school initiative where he is expected to distribute school bags and books to a few schools in the parish in an effort to emphasize on the importance of staying in school and getting a good education.

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  • New Remix French Montana & Nicki Minaj Ft TeFF – Freaks (Reggae Remix)

    TeFF and his producer TuchPoint Productions, teamed up with French Montana and Nicki Minaj for this version of “Freaks”. The original track was produced by Rico Love and was just released early February. It has already been receiving heavy rotations on major radio stations worldwide and features samples from classic Dancehall singles “Freak” by Lil Vicious and Doug E. Fresh as well as “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers. It’s a Dancehall/Hip-Hop track with Bad Boy recording artist French Montana handling his rap lyrics like no other and Nicki Minaj of Young Money adding her Dancehall element as a native of the Caribbean island, Trinidad.

    It seemed only reasonable for TeFF to be featured on the remix as a Reggae/Hip-Hop artist with a flare for this genre. TeFF starts off the track with his crazy flow before launching French Montana with his original first verse and then Nicki Minaj for the second. French Montana was reported as saying that it was only right to call on Nicki Minaj for this project. They just shot the video recently in Los Angeles which was directed by Eif Rivera.

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  • New Release “Star Dance Riddim” 2013

    Combining his Trinibagonian roots with a very English upbringing the newest member of the Precision Productions team has spun a wondrous musical web to seductively enfold listeners from the Caribbean to beyond the great pond.

    Ashwin “Smash” Seegobin’s StarDance Riddim, is an energetic culmination of 18 months of careful training as a producer and engineer at Precision. With Soca and mainstream Dance music being the strongest influences on him, he created this riddim as a way to meld the feel of music from TnT to the throbbing energies he experienced in London. The result being an exhibition of exotic melodies only such an eclectic background could generate.

    Emboldened by his previous release with Jrod Records, the Cosmic Riddim, Smash enlisted a range of talented voices to give flight to his tuneful ambitions.

    These include the very Caribbean cast of Tian Winter, Dale Saunders, Cherise Ransome, Fireball, Ricardo Drue ft Crissanji, and Nikisha.

    This thrilling blend of enchanting production work with this uniquely gifted collection of singers gives this riddim a sure place on international charts as well as in all discerning music-loving hearts. ©Mystie Thongs

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  • ‘ONE MIC’ the Artistic Movement (NY) Features Reggae Songstress Etana

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement continues to raise the bar. On Wednesday, April 10th One Mic (NY) will feature Reggae songstress Etana.

    Known to many as the reggae soul artist infused with beauty, positivity and strength, Etana has currently released her 3rd album “Better Tomorrow” This album primarily produced by Shane C. Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings, is an example of Etana “moving ahead from struggles of yesterday on a musical journey that uplifts the mind, body and the raw soul” as she explains on her intro of the single “Spoken Soul”.

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement is estactic to feature the return Etana to New York after with a new found clarity. “Its been four years since Etana has graced the New York area and we guarantee this LIVE Acoustic, Unplug performance will be a performance to remember” says Ronnie Tomlinson, one of the producers of One Mic.

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    As One Mic, the Artistic Movement continues to grow and with the recent onboarding of Groovin in the Park and Head Cornerstone Media, this movement is gaining momentum. With an event and platform like no other in the tri-state area, One Mic, the Artistic Movement (NY) is set to infuse the city with great live concerts.

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  • Dancehall Duo Andrew & Wada Blood Split

    Recording artistes and brothers Andrew and Wada Blood have decided to split. Both artistes are instead deciding to pursue solo careers.

    Wada Blood confirmed to THE STAR that there was no bad blood or animosity between the two, but that they were trying something new and different.

    “It’s not like we came together and decided on it. We just are pursuing solo careers. Life is a journey and we each have our own path to trod, so he’s working on some solo projects and I’m doing the same,” Wada Blood said.

    The duo, who are the sons of Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid, have been working together for more than five years. They rose to fame with songs such as Hustle Til the Day, Irie and It’s My Time.

    “A me brother same way and a straight love same way, but dis is just growth for us. He has his way he wants to do things and I have mine,” Wada went on to say.

    He also added that when he told their father that they would be pursuing solo careers, he gave them his blessings.

    “Whatever we decide to do, he always gives us his blessings and give us the go-ahead. It’s not like me and Andrew have any beef or that we aren’t speaking, we’re just focusing on our own career right now and that’s all there is to it.”

    In the meantime, Wada stated that he will be releasing a new single with his younger brother Juju Blood titled Where We From in the upcoming weeks. Other new singles to follow include Mama and Money Haffi Mek.

    “Fans can just look out for new singles and new videos. Is the same vibes, energy and flow but wid a likkle difference,” Wada Blood said.

    SOURCE || JAMAICA STAR

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  • Buika At Town Hall Pre-Sale & Afro Cuban All-Stars At Blue Note This Week!

    APPEARING THIS WEEK!!!
    Tuesday March 12 – Sunday March 17

    AFRO CUBAN ALL-STARS
    Experience an incredible night of music as the dream team of Cuba’s finest musicians take center stage at the Blue Note!!
    featuring Juan de Marcos González
    (of the Buena Vista Social Club)

    The 16 piece orchestra will transport you straight to Havana with their authentic sounds.

    The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra that has always been devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles.

    Juan de Marcos González (Buena Vista Social Club) is one of the most important figures in Cuban music today. He has a mission to show the world the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music. His work with the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club, Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sierra Maestra and others has made an extraordinary contribution to raising the profile of Cuban music throughout the world. However, neither his name nor his crucial contribution is well known to the general public and he remains something of an unsung hero of Cuban music.

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    BUIKA
    June 13, 8:00pm
    at THE TOWN HALL, 123 West 43rd Street NYC

    PURCHASE TICKETS NOW
    WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD
    Presale Ends and Tickets
    go on sale to the general public on March 20th

    Voted one of world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR, Buika—born on the island of MaJorca to African immigrant parents—has emerged as a true innovator, a must-see artist among jazz aficionados. Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanized during a surreal stint in Las Vegas, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. But nothing can quite explain her ability to connect, in spite of the fact that she sings nearly exclusively in Spanish—Buika is simply one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists. It’s a quality that struck the renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who cast her in The Skin I Live In, and jazz legend Chick Corea, who featured Buika as a special guest during his epic run at the Blue Note in late 2011.

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  • Konshens Live in Uganda: A Dancehall & Reggae Documentary

    Konshens Live in Uganda a Dancehall & Reggae Documentary through the eyes of Dancehall Superstar, Konshens.

    Konshens shows us the power and impact of Dancehall & Reggae Music on an entire nation. In Uganda, Africa 25,000 plus fans in one venue, embracing one artiste and one culture. This documentary is a must see, learn about the journey, the people and the love for Dancehall & Reggae like you have never experienced before.

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  • Morgan Heritage At BB Kings With Beenie Man And Mr. Vegas

    Thursday, March 14
    Morgan Heritage w/ Mr. Vegas & Beenie Man
    Presented by Power 105s’ DJ Norie
    @ B.B. Kings Blues Club (237 West 42 St)
    Showtime: 11:30PM / Doors: 10:30PM
    Tickets $25 ADV, $32 DOS
    Venue Ph: (212) 997-4144

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    10 THINGS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE “ROYAL FAMILY OF REGGAE”

    • After respective solo careers and music ventures of their own over the last five years, Morgan Heritage returns this summer with their groundbreaking roots reggae album Here Come The Kings (JUNE 4, 2013, VP). Filled with brilliant instrumentation and empowering lyrics, Here Come The Kings brings roots and culture music back to the forefront, while staying true to their authentic Rockaz style (coined by the Morgans as reggae with an edge).

    • This week, the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song” lands the #1 position on the iTunes Japan Reggae chart. Buy now on iTunes.

    • The band is compromised of five out thirty children from legendary Jamaican vocalist Denroy Morgan, who is best known for his 1982 Billboard Hot 100 r&b flavored hit “I’ll Do Anything For You” (which is still in rotation on classic soul stations).

    • In the 80s, their father Denroy moved the children from their Brooklyn birthplace to Springfield, Massachusetts, so they could pursue their education without the distractions of urban life. As devout Rastafarians, the family prayed together several times daily, observed certain dietary restrictions and commuted to Brooklyn each weekend to work on their musical craft.

    • Their electrifying stage presence at Jamaica’s Sunsplash festival in 1992 immediately caught the attention of a MCA Records representative, who signed them on the spot and released their debut album Miracle in 1994. This signing triggered one of the most impressive streaks in modern-day reggae and is a true testament why the group is still considered one of best live reggae bands of all time.

    • The group made their national TV debut performance with their dad on the CBS Sunday Morning news program for a a special Father’s Day segment.

    • In 1995, Denroy relocated his family to Jamaica, where Morgan Heritage met and teamed up with Lloyd “King Jammy’s” James (the producer of reggae’s first entirely computerized rhythm track “Sleng Teng”) and Jammy’s former assistant and celebrated producer Bobby “Digital” Dixon. They went on to record multiple albums with VP Records and created a hit filled repertoire to last a lifetime.

    • The band was heavily exposed to punk rock as one of the featured acts on the Vans Warped Tour in 2002 and 2003, which led to a collaboration with Good Charlotte’s guitarist Benji Madden on “Jump Around” in 2003.

    • In the past year the band has performed at major stages show – including Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center stadium, London’s famed O2 arena during the 2012 Olympic Games and the Garance Reggae Festival in the south of France to over 50,000 fans.

    • Collaborations with ingenious young blood producers like Lamar Brown (Notice Productions), Shane C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions) and multiple Grammy nominee, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, lead the band to explore new sounds on upcoming 2013 album Here Come The Kings that successfully fuse roots, r&b, and a hint of dancehall, evident on cuts like “Perfect Love Song” and “The Girl Is Mine,” originally recorded by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. The latter songs also featured on their most recent EP The Return.

    Remaining U.S. Tour Dates:

    Wed. March 13 @ Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut

    Thurs. March 14 @ BB Kings in New York, New York

    Fri. March 15, @ Kays Oasis Nightclub in Dorchester Center, MA

    Sat. March 16 @ The Polish Community Center in Albany, NY

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