Monthly Archives: "May 2013"

With over 15 albums under his belt, West-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns this summer with a North American tour and his latest studio effort Mystic Power (available July 30 on VP Records). On Mystic Power, Alpha Blondy stays true to his signature contemporary world sound. His unmistakable vocals (which are a mix of English, French and his native language Dioula) are filled with socially-charged messages that effortlessly ride over Afro-reggae beats and jazzy funk-fused rhythms. He inspires change on opening track “Hope,” which features Jamaican dancehall king Beenie Man,Read More
One of reggae’s most prolific artists Sizzla returns with his 70th album The Messiah on May 28th (Kalonji Music/VP Records). Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. His latest effort showcases his musical depth, passion and precision in partnership with Bread Back productions. Mostly written and executive produced by Sizzla himself, Kalonji’s full scope of talents are displayed on The Messiah. With a fresh perspective in 2013, the man on a musical mission inspiresRead More
While the 5-piece reggae outfit is revving up for their studio release Here Come The Kings (June 11, VP Records) and European summer tour, Morgan Heritage unveil the visual for the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song.” The video was shot in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood and directed by Miami’s own Spencer Antle, who is also the founder of Island Company. Here is the official YouTube video:Read More
NEW YORK, NY – Reggae/dancehall blockbuster hit makers Sly & Robbie present dancehall female sing jay Danielle “DI” in her debut studio effort, The Rebel, in stores June 11, 2013 from Tad’s Record, with pre-order available now. Born Danielle Isaacs and raised a stone’s throw away from the home of the legendary Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Danielle is determined to follow in his footsteps as an ambassador for her homeland. The Rebel accomplishes this ambitious goal and catapults this music sensation towards fulfilling her dream of being a globalRead More
New York – Reggae star Natural Black gears up for the UK, as he is set to headline Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary celebrations at Platinum Suite in London, England on May 26, 2013. Natural Black will be appearing alongside fellow reggae ambassadors First Born, and other local acts including Jumo Primo, Ras Ranger, Baby Boom, Fojo and Fiona Singh, among others. The event’s promoters Dan Fox Promotions and Vizion Sounds Records only had one choice when it came to nabbing an international reggae act for this prestigious event, with theRead More
Los Angeles, CA – Infusing their three fascinations of music, nature and everyday life, Switzerland natives Marc Dold and Judith Martin join forces as organica band Aurah. Known and loved for their expressive and tranquil sound, the duo continues to expand and create music with an underlying message in the release of their new free single “Khorwa.” In conjunction with the single, a mind-bending music video has also been released. Aurah’s audible journey within the song is taking a detour from the beaten path of traditional song structures. “Khorwa,” aRead More
New York, NY – Dancehall star Stein (formerly known as Einstein) breaks out with his debut album All Or Nothing, slated for a June 25, 2013 worldwide release from FOX FUSE. Born Jermaine Lee-King in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Stein’s music reflects his diverse Chinese-Afro heritage and echoes an eclectic edge that secures a place for his sound both at home and abroad, with international audiences. Bubbling with 15 sizzling tracks and three satirical skits, All Or Nothing is a bonafide showstopper that offers up Stein’s modern take on dancehall music,Read More
The Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival (ACUF) is one of the grand finale events for the Atlanta Carnival taking place over Memorial weekend. This event will be an ultimate concert experience bringing people from all islands together for performances by top artistes from throughout the Caribbean. To complement the performances, there will be moko jumbie (stilt) dancers, steel-pan and a kids zone. The event also features various community building activities like football (soccer) games, a talent showcase & and an appreciation ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the success ofRead More
FIRST-EVER NATURE ISLAND CHALLENGE CELEBRATES DOMINICA’S LEGENDARY WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL Adventure team racers test physical and mental strength while surrounded by Dominica’s breathtaking Caribbean beauty ROSEAU, Dominica – (May 2013) – Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), is set to host adventure racers from the Caribbean and the United States later this month during the island’s first-ever Nature Island Challenge. Scheduled for May 20-24, the competition will pit teams against each other in a series of challenges including grueling trail hikes, cultural immersion activitiesRead More
New York, NY (May 17, 2013). How We Play!, written and produced by Trinidad’s Marlon Chen of MRI and Precision Productions, features two of the region’s hottest artists; Konshens (Jamaica) and Kes (Trinidad & Tobago), like you’ve never heard them before. The innovative mix is sure to spawn a new genre Chen calls “Caribbean Dance”- a mix of Soca, Dancehall and Techno music. With How We Play!, Chen combines the best elements of each genre and the result will inevitably make you want to get up and dance. Cricket fansRead More