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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Reggae Sensation Hezron Delivers the Hits with Massive Debut Album, ‘The Life I Live(d)’ – Tad’s Record

    New York, NY – Reggae sensation Hezron delivers the hits with his massive double-disc debut album, The Live I Live(d), available worldwide on May 27, 2014, with pre-order available now, from Tad’s Record. Born Hezron Clarke in St. James, Jamaica, this talented and accomplished vocalist and lyricist has been steadily building a name for himself over the years. He first earned his musical stripes by performing in his church choir as a child and later transitioned into R&B as a young adult, after migrating to the United States. As he matured and realized his musical roots were deeply embedded in the rich reggae vibrations of his homeland, Hezron was compelled to return to Jamaica to fulfill his destiny as a prolific reggae artist. Respected by his industry peers and adored by fans, this captivating entertainer now sees the international release of his debut studio effort – a tremendous feat and benchmark in his already distinguished journey.

    Anchored in reggae’s scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Life I Live(d) delivers an organic and richly textured sound through its double-disc format, which boasts 26 reggae gems, with an equal split of 13 singles on each respective disc. The first single “Can’t Tek Di Pressure” is an acoustic jewel, and both the single and video have already been released and have been enjoying steady airplay across media channels on reggae platforms globally. The second single “Check” is a classic, rootsy tune for the ladies, and its video is currently in production and will be released in the coming weeks. In addition to fan favorites such as “So In Love,” “Forever And Always,” “We Can Feel Alive,” “Jammin’ Till A Morning,“ “Hussle Affi Gwaan,” “Those Days,” “Needy And The Greedy” featuring renowned dub poet and radio personality Mutabaruka, dancehall superstar Shaggy shines his light on “Two Places,” cementing The Life I Live(d) as a collector’s item for reggae lovers and music fans everywhere.

    “The Life I Live(d) has been a labour of love, sweat and tears,” reveals Hezron. “‘Love’ for the people who assisted and encouraged me – from my family and friends, the musicians, producers and record labels, the radio and media personnel. ‘Sweat’ for the late night hours at the studio and ‘bruk’ pocket stories. And ‘tears’ for when I see how people really embrace and can identify with my music and lyrics. It makes me feel good inside and know, deep down, that this is all worth it, albeit a long time coming.”

    “The title The Life I Live(d) aptly describes what I feel about this album,” he continues. “Every song is a testament to the way I live – what I envision, what I feel and what I hear – all around me, and the many experiences in my own life. I have now come full circle and this is the most opportune time in my career for this album.”

    “Hezron is one of the most soulful reggae singers in Jamaican history and to me, he is the Teddy Pendergrass of our beloved genre,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “He is very dedicated to his craft and this album was well overdue to showcase to his fans and the world, the diversity and swag of this Hezron.” The label initially started with a normal one-disc album plan but changed that formula after delving into Hezron’s vast and versatile catalog of hits. “We decided to do a double-disc album because after completing the initial track listing, we went through his catalog of songs and realized that it would be an injustice to not add more songs, which truly represent the soulfulness of reggae at its best.”

    TRACK LIST (DISC 1):

    1. Inna Di Ghetto
    2. Fly
    3. Can’t Come Between
    4. Two Places Featuring Shaggy
    5. Forever And Always
    6. Addicted
    7. Can’t Tek Di Pressure
    8. Land Of The Warriors
    9. Until We Meet Again
    10. Check
    11. Welcome Home
    12. Mama
    13. Lord With You

    TRACK LIST (DISC 2):

    1. Superwoman
    2. She’s All Woman
    3. So In Love
    4. Her Single Right
    5. Message From The Grave
    6. Road Block
    7. Hussle Affi Gwaan
    8. We Can Feel Alive
    9. Jammin’ Till A Morning
    10.Take Your Clothes Off
    11. Those Days
    12. Needy And The Greedy Featuring Mutabaruka
    13. Chant

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  • Marcia Griffiths for 2014 ‘Groovin in The Park’ festival in New York City

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Marcia Griffiths kicked off her year-long golden anniversary celebration earlier this year on the opening night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and is now booked for Groovin In The Park festival in New York City.

    “After weeks of negotiations, a deal was reached for the reggae queen to join Chronixx and other soon-to-be-announced acts at the festival …” a press release from The PR Agency said on Thursday.

    “We are truly honoured to have a reggae legend of the stature of Marcia Griffiths perform at Groovin in the Park 2014,” Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, said. “This is her 50th anniversary in the music industry and she will be going all out to entertain fans and sweep them away with musical treasures.”

    The release said her upcoming performance is billed ‘Marcia Griffiths and Friends’ in NYC and will feature original I-Threes member Judy Mowatt, veteran singer John Holt and a reunion with her long-time singing partner Bob Andy.

    Griffiths gained international recognition with Bob Andy in 1970 with their cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Young, Gifted and Black’, which sold half million copies in the UK and Europe. She later toured the world with Bob Marley and the Wailers as a member of the I-Threes before hitting the Billboard chart as a solo act with her monster hit ‘Electric Boogie’. Other hits from the Griffiths include ‘Feel like Jumping’, ‘Melody Life’, and ‘Truly’.

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  • K’Coneil Returns to Jamaica to Serenade All Mothers

    Rising soulful crooner K’Coneil is set to take the stage at Lime Golf Academy in Kingston, Jamaica this Sunday. The event titled ‘To Mom with Love’, sponsored by Tropicana Tropics & Star Grill, is one that should not be missed. No stranger to the island of Jamaica, K’Coneil has received numerous accolades and many requests for his return to the island. Well their requests have been answered.

    On Sunday May 11th, K’Coneil will headline this special event ‘To Mom with Love’. Serenading the wonderful mothers we all love so dearly and whose love for their children never change, K’Coneil has something special in store.

    Over the past few months K’Coneil have been scheduled on several major shows in the US and in Jamaica and performing is one thing that the fans are saying he does very well.

    “I attended Jamaica Jazz and Blues and I must say K’Coneil owned that stage! He soaked up all the love he was receiving from the crowd” says Michelle Barrett of New York.

    “Performing is something I love, and on Sunday I look forward to entertaining and serenading the special ladies we all hold so dear to our hearts not just on Mothers Day but everyday” say K’Coneil.

    Upon K’Coneil’s return to the US on May 12th he continues his band rehearsals and prepares for his performance at the Montauk Music Festival, Best of the Best in Miami and Irie Jam Radio &Bobby Clarke Entertainment Oracabessa Festival on May 26th. He has also just wrapped up several college shows and is in the studio placing the final touches on his upcoming EP set to release in summer of 2014.

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  • Kabaka Pyramid Releases “Never Gonna Be A Slave” Video

    Bebble Rock Music has released the official music video for Kabaka Pyramid’s track ” Never Gonna Be A Slave” produced by DJ Frass on his Cane River Riddim. The video was directed and edited by Eric Christian King of Royalty Productions out of Norway.

    We are proud to present the visuals to a truly inspirational song with the powerful message of self sufficiency and financial independence.

    Kabaka is currently finishing up his spring “Lead the Way Tour” performing in US, UK and Europe.

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  • Dancehall Artist Konshens Set for Oracabessa Festival Memorial Weekend

    The dancehall star who is currently wrapping up his 2014 first quarter US college tour is set to perform at this prestigious festival with his recently signed band, ‘Di Blueprint’. Konshens seemed poised to live up to his expectations as he stated that “fans can expect to enjoy not only a stellar performance, but will be given a show to watch when i am onstage”. This will be the first time New York will see Konshens perform with his own live backing band, ‘Di Blueprint’, setting the stage for a performance to remember; he stated, ‘this a go be the first time mi perform inna New York with my own band..New York, get ready”. And New York seems to be ready as the Buzz about Konshens being on the show has spread like wild fire across the tri-state and beyond.

    Konshens seemed to be quite the sort after image as he has been recently aligned with Pepsi Jamaica and LIME Jamaica as the brand ambassador for both companies, an achievement very few dancehall artists has obtained. “The recent endorsement deals with Pepsi and LIME have been good so far, both companies have treated me like family and I can see prosperous relationships in the making, this is a milestone for me and i will embrace it to the fullest” said Konshens.

    Among his most recent milestones, Konshens appeared and performed on the Arsenio Hall show with Grammy award winner Sean Paul; he also recently launched his sneakers line, Konz876, which is doing well. About future plans, the artist mentioned that he is currently working on his sophomore solo album ‘Hotel Room’, a project the artist mentioned he is very excited about.

    Among the performers on Oracabessa Festival are Agent Sasco, Beenie man, and Tessanne Chin, winner of season 5 NBC’s ‘the Voice’.

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  • CARIBANA™ Welcomes Anslem Douglas, Pan Man Pat, Subliminal and Dance Caribe to its Stage for CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours 2014

    CARIBANA™, North America’s largest outdoor Caribbean Festival, welcomes Soca legend Anslem Douglas, Panist Pan Man Pat, Hip Hop Star Subliminal and more to its stage on July 14th, 2014 for CARIBANA Flags and Colours – Junior Carnival.

    Toronto’s colourful and annual affair takes place at Yorkgate Mall in the Jane and Finch community which sees hundreds of revelers dressed in costumes that are a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean. These colours are put on display as masqueraders parade along a designated route. Organizers are pleased to announce Soca legend Anslem Douglas’s performance at this year’s festivities.

    Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Anslem is a Grammy Award winning Soca and Calypso artist with a loyal fan base. This fan base has helped to push songs “Who Let the Dogs Out,” first recorded in Toronto, featured in commercials and played at sporting arena’s and famously covered by the Baha Men, as well as “When ah Dead Bury Mih Clothes” and “Big in the Dance” to acclaimed positions on charts and radio playlists.

    In addition to Mr. Douglas, celebrated panist, Calypso Monarch, author and recording artist, Pan Man Pat will perform steel pan music, which, according to Mr. Gomez, GM and Artistic Director of Caribana Management Team, “is essential to the celebration of our culture.” Pan Man Pat’s history includes introducing steel pan in schools in the Toronto area and taught students to play in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago. Pat also played at the very first CARIBANA™ in 1967.

    Embracing diversity, the festival welcomes Hip Hop star Subliminal (Sean Mauricette) who is no stranger to Caribbean culture. Both parents are from Trinidad & Tobago. Subliminal is a famous beat-boxer, DJ, Lyricist, actor and producer with a unique style of music. Taking the world by storm, his brand of hip hop meeting soul is dubbed Hip Soul. Subliminal’s hit records include “In the Fields Again,” and his “Rob Ford” Dancehall Remix. Subliminal has received several awards for his work with youth and community.

    In addition, Dance Caribe, led by award winning, multi-talented Martin Scott Pascall, choreographer and artistic director who started the group 25 years ago, will perform a specially choreographed routine for the festival. Having performed internationally, and at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010), the groups’ variety will be a very strong visual element to this year’s festivities.

    This year is expected to be ground breaking for CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours since a part of its outreach includes visits to schools in the community show costumes and make presentations. The organization will also work closely with York Gate Mall management, community Groups, the Boys and Girls Club, JFCCO, 31 Division and others to continue to have a significant impact on the culture, economy and social development of Canadian Society.

    Now in its 46th year, CARIBANA™ focuses on the Caribbean carnival arts and their potential to create positive change in the lives of children. This year, the organization aims to have 500 children in the parade.

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