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Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • New Album (Oct 28) – Etana – I Rise



    Helmed by Legendary Reggae Producer Clive Hunt


    Etana is happy to announce the release of her brand new album I Rise, available Oct 28, 2014 on VP Records. The beautifully-orchestrated set is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff and many more. Clive arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser. The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Clive’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career.

    Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction.

    Watch video for the album cut “Trigger”:

    I Rise follows Etana’s criticially-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). Better Tomorrow was hailed by BBC as her “most seamless album to date and finest piece of songwriting yet” and Associated Press called it “mature and confident sound with top-notch lyrical content and unique vocals.” Free Expressions won praise from NPR for being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” while Essence raved that her debut The Strong One exuded “poetic consciousness amid soul-stirring grooves rivals that of gifted neo-soulsters.” Etana’s I Rise is poised for equal success and will inspire, liberate and uplift a new generation.

    Etana’s I Rise – Track Listing:
    1. Selassie is the Chapel
    2. How Long
    3. On My Way
    4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
    5. Jamaica Woman
    6. I Rise
    7. Richest Girl
    8. Love Song
    9. By Your Side
    10. Passing Thru
    11. Trigger
    12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
    13. Emancipation
    14. Jah Jah
    15. Jam Credits

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  • New Video – Wayne Marshall ft Ace Hood, Cham & Waka Flocka – Go Harder (BET 106 & Park & WSHH Premiere)



    World Star Hip Hop Exclusively Premieres Visual Online with Nearly 2.5 Million Views

    BET 106 & Park TV Debut on Caribbean Takeover Episode

    Tru Colors Album Available Now

    Jamaican dancehall reggae star Wayne Marshall unleashes his new video for “Go Harder” featuring rapper Ace Hood, fellow dancehall artist Cham and hip hop vocalist Waka Flocka. Directed by Maybach Music’s Jon J and shot in Miami, FL, the visual includes the star-studded cast plus a cameo from Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, who produced most of Marshall’s new album Tru Colors.

    The video first premiered on Aug 26 for BET 106 & Park’s special Caribbean takeover episode, where Marshall also made his national TV debut performance. This Wednesday, World Star Hip Hop exclusively revealed the video online, which has already received nearly 2.5 million views:

    Watch video now:

    “Go Harder” is the follow up to Marshall’s explosive single “Go Hard” which featured dancehall’s top lyricists –Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel. Both tracks are produced by Damian Marley and Trevor “Baby G” James and available on Marshall’s Tru Colors.

    Purchase Tru Colors album now on iTunes:

    In October 2014, Marshall will set sail with Norwegian Cruise Lines to perform on the sold-out, first annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise

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