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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Trinidad’s Matthew Greenidge promises to help revive Roots Reggae

    It has been reported that Trinidadian Matthew Greenidge is currently putting the finishing touch on his 12 track debut album which is rumored to feature international Reggae star Queen Omega. Matthew began working on the record in July 2012. Producers that have contributed to the project so far are JahLight Records, Studio 53, One Harmony Records, Flow Production and Elementree Productions. The entire album is being recorded and mixed at JahLight Records, also based in Trinidad, while the mastering will be done by Dainjamental out of the USA.

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    Matthew Greenidge and his team will not include his two previously released singles on the album, namely, “Bob Marley” and “Your Loving”. And they will be releasing one more track before the actual album launch. The song is called “Hail My King” on JahLight Records’ Lamb of God riddim slated to be released in August. Both Label and Artist are well pleased by what has been accomplished so far on the album, promising that it will be a very solid Reggae collection that is sure to make a fine addition to the genre. Already social media have been ablaze with talks of the project.

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  • Sizzla European Tour / Jay Z Samples “Solid As A Rock” on His New Album – Sizzla’s ‘The Messiah’ In Stores Now

    Sizzla, one of reggae’s most prolific artists, has announced four European tour dates in support of his 70th album The Messiah, released in May on Kalonji Music/VP Records. He kicks off this Saturday, July 27th at the Garance Reggae Festival in France and will make stops at the Salento Summer Festival in Lecce, Italy and the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris, France before wrapping on Tuesday, July 30 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland.

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    Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. Even musical icons like Jay Z have taken notice. On his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rap mogul samples Sizzla’s timeless classic “Solid As A Rock” on his new song “Crown.” Before Jay Z, hip hop artists used the same Sizzla tune to proclaim their throne status, including 50 Cent on “You Will Never Take My Crown” and Ja Rule on “The Crown.” It is evident that Sizzla remains the reigning king of roots on his latest effort The Messiah, which peaked at #1 on the South Florida Reggae Chart and New York Reggae Chart. He 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 inspires positive change worldwide on this 15-track collection. His social commentary on songs like “Chant Dem Down,” “No Wicked Man” and “Psalms 121” reveal his daring bravado and righteous lyrics, while his melodic anthem “Good Love” unveils his softer side. He is scheduled to shoot a music video for “Good Love” in Jamaica with director Jay Will on August 10th.

    In addition to music, Sizzla, who was recently named the President of the Ancient Nyabinghi Council, has been organizing, mobilizing, and working to promote Rastafari, unity, upliftment and positivity in Jamaican communities and worldwide. Through his Sizzla Youth Foundation, he has a number of programs and projects that aim to develop youth training and leadership skills. He is building a library, community center and a Sizzla Youth Foundation Museum in his native August Town, a community within Kingston, Jamaica.

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  • REGGAE GOLD 2013 In Stores This Week + Exclusive Mp3 Stream from Angela Hunte

    For over two decades, VP Records has compiled the best-selling annual reggae series Reggae Gold. The compilation is in stores this week, joining Jamaica’s leading artists with American acts influenced by the Caribbean.

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    With the increasing popularity of reggae and dancehall in the U.S. mainstream, 2013 thus far is a pivotal year for Jamaican music. Many of America’s top artists including Jay Z, Kanye West, Major Lazer and Snoop Lion recently incorporated the island’s artists, music and culture into their own sound. This year’s installment of Reggae Gold features Jamaica’s hottest hits as well as the year’s most essential songs that have helped bridge the gap between the island and the rest of the world.

    The set kicks off with rap-star-turned-Rastafarian Snoop Lion’s reggae-influenced sound on “Lighter’s Up” featuring vocals from Kingston’s dancehall don Mavado and rising star Popcaan and then Major Lazer’s “Jah No Partial” with legendary Jamaican vocalist Johnny Osbourne. The latter hit song from the DJ/producer supergroup – consisting of Diplo, The Jillionaire and Walshy Fire of Black Chiney – was the first single off their sophomore album Free The Universe that peaked at #34 on U.S. Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Fans will also get a chance to listen to the never-before-heard track “One Shot” from singer-songwriter Angela Hunte, who not only contributed lyrics and vocals for both Snoop Lion and Major Lazer’s recent albums, but was the mastermind songwriter behind Jay Z’s Grammy-winning song “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys.

    Native Jamaicans anchor Reggae Gold 2013 with the year’s most popular dancehall, roots & culture and lover’s rock hits. Multi-platinum artist Sean Paul returns to the dancefloor with his latest club anthem “Body.” The country’s latest crop of artists get everyone moving, such as Konshens on the sizzling single “Bad Girl” and I-Octane on the steamy song “Gal Gimme Bun.” The latter half of the album offers more romantic tunes. Grammy-winning Jamaican native Shaggy and the legendary soulful crooner Beres Hammond team up on #1 reggae single “Fight This Feeling,” while Queen Ifrica lets loose on “Let’s Get Silly” and Etana and Busy Signal chat about “Love, Love, Love.”

    As a bonus, Reggae Gold 2013 unveils a second installment of the genre’s essential hits including Yellowman’s most sampled song “Zungguzungguzungguzeng,” Tanto Metro and Devonte’s Top 100 Billboard hit “Everyone Falls In Love” and Shabba Ranks’ “Twice My Age.”

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