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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • New 2CD/DVD Anthology from Mighty Diamonds + European Tour Dates Announced, U.S. To Follow

    On August 27, 2013, 17 North Parade unlocked its vaults once again to unveil The Mighty Diamonds’ 2CD/DVD Reggae Anthology Pass The Knowledge.
    In support of the album, the band will tour Europe in October and then head to the United States.

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    The remarkable 39-track selection from the legendary Jamaican harmony trio features their most essential hits (some of which are available on CD for the very first time) plus four previously unreleased dubplate exclusives. As an added bonus, the collection includes a 25-minute DVD of The Mighty Diamonds lighting up the crowd at the annual Reggae Sun splash concert in 1989.

    Disc One begins with their early recordings like the Bunny Lee produced “Jah Jah Bless the Dreadlocks” and classic songs (“Shame and Pride,“ “Have Mercy,” “Africa,” “Right Time” and “I Need A Roof”) from their well-known 1976 debut album Right Time, produced by Joseph Hoo Kim and released on Virgin Records. Disc Two delves into more timeless selections during the height of their career, including “Bodyguard” from the 1979 iconic release Deeper Roots as well as the international smash “Pass the Kutchie” off their 1982 Gussie Clarke produced album Changes.

    As one of the major cornerstones of the roots reggae movement, The Mighty Diamonds have maintained a consistent message of love and unity. Comprised of lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw and harmony vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, the trio is widely-known for their smooth harmonies and choreographed stage shows inspired by 1960s Motown vocal groups like The Temptations, The Stylistics, The Impressions and The Delfonics and as well as Jamaican rocksteady artists like John Holt and Ken Boothe. With over 40 albums under their belt, the long-time friends formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston and continue to record and tour together today.

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  • Shaggy Set to Release 12th Album ‘Out of Many One Music’ September 24th

    New York, New York (September 6, 2013) Ranch Ent. is proud to announce the release of Shaggy’s 12th album titled “Out of Many, One Music”, produced by legendary Jamaican duo Sly & Robbie and Sting International Co Produced by Lenky Marsden, available digitally on September 24th 2013. As one of music’s highly acclaimed artist with two multi-platinum albums, eight number 1 hits, twelve top ten singles worldwide, a diamond selling album and a Grammy for best reggae album, Shaggy is at it again.

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    “Out of Many, One Music”, puts Shaggy in a class of his own and shows the authenticity and creativity Shaggy is so well known for. The vibe of the album was inspired by deep grooves of pioneering roots reggae band Black Uhuru, to which Shaggy added his own flavor.

    “Those hard Black Uhuru drum and bass tracks with my pop style of writing and melodies added a nice twist. I feel this album is really something solid and authentic” says Shaggy.

    The lead single “Fight this Feeling” is a duet with lovers rock icon, Beres Hammond, set to a timeless Sly & Robbie rhythm, which has changed the dancehall scene this summer, forcing DJs to play lovers rock during their set. “Fight this Feeling” is a modern day love song with excellent production from Sly & Robbie, Sting International and Lenky.

    The second single released off “Out of Many, One Music” titled ‘You Girl’ features R&B pop star Ne-Yo and is currently number 1 on the Reggae iTunes charts. ‘You Girl’ is a body roll inducing love song that finds the fellas serenading a lucky young lady about how wonderful she is.

    The remaining tracks on this 13 track album are all new and have not been released. Shaggy collaborated with many of the industries legends and upcoming reggae and dancehall sensations. This album gives you the opportunity to enjoy good reggae, great musical production and take a journey with Shaggy and some of his friends as they pay tribute to the culture and one of the many gifts given to the world from the island of Jamaica, Reggae.

    “Out of Many, One Music” is not a new Shaggy album but a collaboration as he explains, between him and legendary Jamaican rhythm duo Sly & Robbie. “I’ve been criticized for years for not being authentic because of my pop success…People say I’m not this…I’m not that…Now I’m doing a Reggae album with the masters and people are saying its a game changer. The first 2 singles have already proven that to some exstent! You be the judge on September 24th! says Shaggy.

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  • Notnice Records Presents Alkaline “Things Me Love” Music Video

    NEW YORK, USA – Already building quite a repertoire, Alkaline can be edgy but is conscious of the merits of doing songs that can comfortably be affixed with that ‘fit for airplay’ sticker.

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    Brushing aside the hype of his eye tattoo, Alkaline isnt focused on gimmickry as his latest single titled “Things Mi Love” produced by Notnice Records has been doing favorably well locally and internationally.

    Alkaline is now playing quite a balancing act as he indulges his passion for music, while pursuing a journalism degree at the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication.

    Watch Official Video Here:

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  • TANYA CARTER DROPS DJ. BOY VIDEO

    Following fast on her breakthrough hit Ex Boyfriend, Belizean Reggae rising star Tanya Carter has debuted her video for the latest track Mr. Dj Boy.

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    The song, which is on the Tunova Riddim produced by Christopher Birch, is another credit worthy effort by the Belizean who has carved out a reggae niche for herself while still maintaining her Belizean roots.

    She says for the video,”We wanted a nice fresh look – not so clubby, and we just basically did a video with willing people that came out for the ride. I had more help with this song, it was co-written by Version, who is an artiste signed to Birch Hill Records. Based on the response this one is a definite smash as its getting hundreds of views every day”.

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    The video for Mr. Dj Boy was shot in Belize and directed by Carlo Habet and is now being shown on free to air and cable stations in Jamaica and has also, since it release, notched up almost 23000 views on popular video sharing site YouTube.
    Carter says she is happy with the response to the video, “The fans love it. I was a bit surprised that the video has taken off so soon since its release but I am happy that my kind of reggae keeps resonating with the fans. This is just the latest of what Birch and I have been cooking up in studio”.

    The Belizean has been kept busy lately with several dates on the US. She is currently booked for shows in cities including New York and LA and still dominates the Belizean Reggae charts. Tanya plans to continue releasing what she calls the “sexy and sophisticated reggae” she is known for.

    Watch Official Video Here:

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  • RegulaZ “Get Loud” with New Single from 1st Klase Records

    New York, NY – Trinidadian trio RegulaZ serves up their second single with new hit “Get Loud,” available today, September 3, 2013, from all major digital retailers worldwide, distributed by FOX FUSE. Produced by 1st Klase Records, “Get Loud” is a fusion of flavors derived from their rich island heritage in the Caribbean, along with pop, hip-hop and electronic influences from around the world, as the RegulaZ keeps their fingers on the international pulse, for music fans everywhere.

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    The eclectic collective known as RegulaZ consists of singers/songwriters Jason “Duc J” Dick, Kerdell “Nessy” Phillips and Ishmael “Sween” Haynes, who all hail from the northern town of Morvant in the Saint George region of Trinidad and Tobago. Their sound can be described as a unique blend of hip-hop, pop and dance music. The group is coming off the success of their first single “Mary Jane,” which remains in rotation on radio in Trinidad and across the Caribbean, and its official video recently scored a prized premiere on VEVO. “We’re really proud to be one of the few Caribbean-based artists with our own VEVO channel,” the group says.

    FOX FUSE exclusively distributes 1st Klase Records’ releases and maintains a strong partnership with VEVO, so videos are monetized and artists get paid each time their videos are viewed. “We have been securing VEVO channels for the artists we distribute so their videos, and thus music, are more accessible worldwide,” states Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE. “We give our clients the edge that’s needed so they have the tools to compete in the global marketplace. Their videos are right up there with every other mainstream artist and that spotlight is required for any major music release, regardless if you’re from the Caribbean, Africa, or even North America.”

    RegulaZ is currently working on their first album, under the direction and mentorship of hit producer Klase Gonzales, CEO of 1st Klase Records, who has quickly evolved into one of the Caribbean’s most prominent and successful music producers today. He rocketed to the forefront of the music industry in record time and the American music industry came knocking, as Gonzales is now signed as a producer to Wonda Music, fronted by Grammy Award-winning hip-hop producer Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis. With 1st Klase Records captaining their ship, these brothers in music indeed hold the elixir for success and have accepted the challenge to transcend all barriers and be the catalyst to develop and fuel urban-pop music throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

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  • “OKTOBERFEST EN Kweyol” is Here Again!

    The sixth annual Oktoberfest En Kweyol, staged by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited was launched here Wednesday evening, August 28 at the Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay. A number of invited guests and the media converged in the conference room to hear what the organizers have in store this year.

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    Gregg Graves Managing Director of WLBL first gave some introductory remarks on the history and origins of the festival, which he said first started as a wedding celebration in Europe around the 1800’s. “It really is a celebration that has grown over the years and is now celebrated in countries across the world in Germany, in Canada and now in Saint Lucia where we are now six years strong,” Graves said. “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” this year will be held on Sunday October 6 and will including a local creole cuisine, a variety of world class beers and entertainment. Before the entertainment line-up was unveiled the MD noted; “I think we have a great sample of entertainment as well as a sampling of different product of beer that we dot normally have on island beyond the normal beers from our portfolio.”

    Gaius Harry of WLBL then introduced the performers for this year’s “Oktoberfest en Kweyol,” saying that the event had cemented its place in the cultural calendar of events in Saint Lucia. “This signals the start of Creole Heritage month in Saint Lucia and with our heavy emphasis on creole music we believe that this year’s line up will definitely be welcomed and appreciated,” Harry said.

    The entertainment for “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” this year will be headlined by Midnight Groovers of Dominica. Also scheduled to perform are DYP, Mamai Lacaye, Secret Band, Avot Servis, Harmonite Steel Band, Lighting dancers, and the 2013 Piton Soca Starz winner Soca Bandit.

    To compliment all of this of course are the beers and this year Oktoberfest en Kweyol will feature six international beers. These will include the Oktoberfest beer Paulaner Beer, Amstel Extra, Parbo Beer, Bulmers Pear Cider, Desperado Red, Affligem Blond.

    “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” is once again endorsed by the Folk Research Center and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. The event is sponsored by LIME, Landmark Event and the official media partners are the Wave, DBS and RCI.

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