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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Congratulations Exco Levi ft. Kabaka Pyramid a 2014 Juno Reggae Recording of the Year for Strive produced by Silly Walks Discotheque!

    Winnipeg, Canada 2014 continues to be an outstanding year for *Exco Levi* who this evening, March 29th, 2014 made Canadian history where Reggae is concerned by winning the *2014 Reggae Recording of the Year* category, marking 3 consecutive wins.

    The only artist to win 3 back to back Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Reggae Recording, this accomplishment is shared by his co-performer, *Kabaka Pyramid*, and producer, *Silly Walks Discotheque*.
    The Awards held in Winnipeg, Canada, is the 44th annual production which recognizes the best Canadian talent in a wide range of genres. Exco acceptance speech thanked all who were involved in the songs production, and thanked the great country of Canada who helped him realize his dream of being a recording artist.

    Reaction from the international community has been swift as Manager and producer Donovan Germaine, label mate Busy Signal, and backing sound system Rootsman Sound have all expressed congratulatory praise on the win. Donovan Germaine says âœI am very proud of Exco. He is making good music which the people love ⦠the sky is the limit.

    Exco just completed a West Coast tour of the United States, and will be on tour in Europe in April, 2014. The artist recently released âœCali Farmer❠and âœWadada❠which are Dubwise and available for download at the links below.

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  • Soca Star Farmer Nappy Launches New Album ‘Big People Party’ in New York City

    New York, NY – Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry is set to ignite New York City as he officially launches his latest album Big People Party to media and fans on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at famed Manhattan music venue, S.O.B.’s (204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014). His third, full-length studio effort was released worldwide (both physically and digitally) on February 25, 2014 by FOX FUSE.

    “I am happy to be officially launching my album Big People Party with the support of my full team, live for the first time in New York City,” states Farmer Nappy.
    “We are bringing the very best sounds of groovy soca, as we aim to introduce our music to a larger audience. I’m also extremely grateful to my longtime supporters.
    I would like to invite everyone to come join us for this event and I look forward to thanking everyone in person.”

    Farmer Nappy is the only soca artist that has an internationally-released album thus far this year, as he continues to play an instrumental role in bringing soca and calypso music to the global masses, for 30 years and counting. A venerated and versatile entertainer, Farmer recently thrilled thousands attending Trinidad’s Carnival season, where his lead single “Big People Party” was a mainstay across airwaves and on party playlists at the scores of festivals and fetes. It debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Top Songs in Trinidad and Tobago, peaking at #2.

    The sizzling single was produced by top soca hit-makers De Red Boyz and secured Farmer a spot in the International Groovy Soca Monarch competition, in which he placed third. Farmer also blazed his way down the streets of Port of Spain on Carnival Tuesday (March 4), where his groovy hit was the surprising anthem on the road, scoring second place in the Road March competition. Thus, he forever changed the formula for Road March anthems, which are typically high-energy, power soca tracks that keep the immense crowd marching down the road, all day long.

    This showcase of his music in New York City is a rare chance for mainstream and Caribbean media, along with longtime and new fans, to see the star in such an intimate setting and to also witness the official launch of his new album. The four-piece band members are Scott Galt of De Red Boyz from Barbados on guitar, Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell of WIZ Records from Grenada on bass guitar, Darien Bailey of Studio B from Barbados on keyboard, and Mel Alick from Barbados on drums – making for a diverse and ultra-talented grouping of some of soca’s top producers, all pooling their talents to launch this electrifying artist and exciting album.

    The event is presented by Farmer Nappy’s Country Life Entertainment, FOX FUSE and S.O.B.’s, and will be hosted by soca music’s top radio personality Dr.
    Jay, journeying all the way from Toronto, Canada. Music will be provided by Team Soca – an international collective of radio and club soca deejays, including DJ Spice from New York City’s Power105.1FM, and video coverage will be provided by Julian Hackett for Julians Promos. Doors open at 7:30pm and the event is completely free for everyone. There will also be an artist meet-and-greet and album signing for fans.

    With his new album in hand, caping off another successful Trinidad Carnival and enjoying the most sizzling season in his flourishing career, Farmer Nappy is bound to indeed have a big people party with all attending.

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  • Gyptian’s Wet Fete ft. Kes – WSHH Premiere Over 7.3 Million Views

    Gyptian headed to Tobago before the Carnival madness to team up with Kes The Band for his sizzling new video “Wet Fete.” The video was directed by the island’s own Dave Elliot and Andre Thorne from Baby Thorne Production in collaboration with Tobago House of Assembly and Synergy TV. The reggae-soca jam is off Gyptian’s most recent album Sex, Love and Reggae (VP Records) and produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis along with Stanley “Rellee” Hayden and Dennis “DC” Coronel for A-Team Productions.

    WATCH GYPTIAN’S “WET FETE” FT. KES THE BAND VIDEO:

    Also, be sure to check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot:

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  • Brooklyn Gets Ready To Welcome International Jazz Virtuoso Monty Alexander This Saturday

    NEW YORK, NY, – Just 11 days before award-winning, New York-based artist Monty Alexander releases his new album, the jazz virtuoso is set for a scintillating performance at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

    The Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated performer and his band Harlem-Kingston Express are set to raise the roof in the Caribbean-populated borough of Brooklyn on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8 p.m.

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    “We are bringing a party that will fuse the smooth sounds of jazz classics with the infectious rhythms of reggae to create a singular sound unlike any other for our fans at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts this weekend,” said Alexander, whose ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On’ album will be released on April 8th on the Motéma Music label.

    Hailed as “an effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports” by the New York Times, Alexander will take the Harlem Kingston Express on the road beginning this June for a 12-city tour that will include New York to Washington, D.C., Seattle, Colorado, California, Maryland and New Jersey.

    His new album encapsulates the many moments in Alexandera’s remarkable career and finds him returning to its earlier stages: both his teenage years, when he played on sessions helmed by pioneering reggae producers Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Duke Reid and Chris Blackwell, and his first decades in the U.S., when he had the occasion to record and perform with icons such as Frank Sinatra, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, among countless others.

    The album features “Love Notes,” with Alexander and his friends George Benson, Ramsey Lewis and Joe Sample; a live version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” recorded live in 2005 with vocalist Wendel Ferraro; previously unreleased live recordings of the Jamaican folk song “Linstead Market;” Alexander’s “Regulator (Reggae-Later),” as well as a mix of interpretations including “People Make the World Go Round,” “What’s Going On” (“Wa’a Gwan”) and Jimmy Cliff’s reggae landmark “The Harder They Come.”

    2014 TOUR SCHEDULE
    June 12 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    June 13 – Washington, D.C., Howard Theater w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    July 24-27 – Seattle, WA, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    August 1 – Telluride, CO, Telluride Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    August 2-3 – Denver, CO, Dazzles w/ Monty Alexander Trio
    August 7 – Vail, CO, Vail Jazz Festival w/ Monty Alexander Trio
    August 8-9 – Aspen, CO, Aspen JazzSnowman w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    August 10 – San Jose, CA, San Jose Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    August 30 – Easton, MD, 6th Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival
    September 13 – Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre w/ Harlem Kingston Express
    November 8 – Cape May, NJ, Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

    ABOUT MONTY ALEXANDER

    In a career spanning five decades and with 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander has built a reputation that bridged the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica to create his own musical brand.

    His collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations and he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, legendary bassist Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

    In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

    In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

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