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Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Eddie Murphy Releases New Music on VPAL + RollingStone Interview

    EDDIE MURPHY RELEASES BRAND NEW REGGAE SINGLE

    “OH JAH JAH” ON JANUARY 27, 2015

    DISTRIBUTED BY VPAL MUSIC

    Rolling Stone Chats with the Multi-Talented Icon about His Latest Music

    VPAL Music, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm for reggae music, teams up with the revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release his new single “Oh Jah Jah,” available January 27, 2015.

    This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. “Oh Jah Jah” follows his 2013 collab “Red Light” feat. Snoop Lion.

    Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah,” which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

    Rolling Stone chats with Eddie Murphy and gets the exclusive scoop about the new single. Read more here:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/eddie-murphy-talks-new-reggae-track-returning-to-the-stage-20150108

    Listen to Eddie Murphy’s “Oh Jah Jah” single now:

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  • AFUWI LEGACY AWARDS GALA – JAN 28TH, 2015

    1199SEIU PRESIDENT GEORGE GRESHAM TO RECEIVE AFUWI SPECIAL AWARD
    18th Annual Awards Gala To Be Held on January 28, 2015 at The Pierre

    NEW YORK, NY – George Gresham, President of New York City’s largest labor union, 1199SEIU, is being honored with the 2015 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Special Award. The union stalwart, who rose through the ranks to the helm of one of the most powerful trade unions, will be presented with the prestigious award at the glitzy Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at The Pierre in New York City.

    Now in its 18th year, the annual event, organized under the auspices of Honorary Patron, Dr. The Hon. Harry Belafonte, O.J., seeks to raise funds for the University of the West Indies (UWI), the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean.

    A strong advocate for the rights of health care workers and their families, Mr. Gresham is the fifth president in the union’s 75-year history. After assuming the top post in April 2007, two years later he directed the successful collective bargaining with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes on behalf of 135,000 New York metropolitan area members at 87 institutions. In addition to expanding job security for its members, including part-time workers, it also secured a comprehensive health package with improved pension benefits along with a 10 percent compounded wage increase through April 2015.

    Mr. Gresham also serves as a Vice President of the Executive Board of Service Employees Internal Union (SEIU) with 2.1 million working members in locals throughout the nation, and co-chairs the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund, the largest self-insured union healthcare plan in the nation, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, which has employer contributions and grant funding of over $150 million per year, the 1199/Employer Child Care Fund, which covers over 50,000 children of members, and the 1199SEIU Pension Fund, which has nearly $7 billion in assets.

    Among the other honorees are Debra A. Sandler, Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer for Mars, Incorporated, Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and George Willie, Managing Partner of Bert Smith & Co. who will receive the Caribbean Luminary Award; while Paxton Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CENTRIC (formerly BETJ), will be presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award. The Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals or entities which represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise.

    Former New York City Mayor Hon. David Dinkins will be this year’s Honorary Dinner Chair, with past awardees Malcolm Gladwell and Jessye Norman serving as Honorary Chairs. Kaye Foster-Cheek, former SVP, Global Human Resources Onyx Pharmaceuticals will serve as 2015 Dinner Patron.

    Tickets for the fundraising gala start at $500 and should be reserved by Friday, January 23, 2015.

    To reserve or purchase tickets, contact AFUWI by calling 212-759-9345. Proceeds from the gala each year go toward providing scholarships and last year 40 scholarships were awarded to deserving students for the academic year. For information about making a contribution to the Foundation, please visit our website http://www.afuwi.org.

    About the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies

    The American Foundation for the University of The West Indies (AFUWI) is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, with a mission to raise funds in the United States to enhance higher education at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The UWI community comprises the 16 member countries of the English speaking Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

    The AFUWI is a registered US charity and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws. In supporting the UWI, the AFUWI continues to enhance the University’s ability to play a pivotal role in preparing individuals for continued Caribbean and global thought leadership and action.

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  • Dancehall artist CeeKaiH plans big bash in Linstead, St. Catherine

    Kingston, Jamaica

    Dancehall artist CeeKaiH plans big bash in Linstead, St. Catherine

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    On January 31st, Royal Executive Club located at 18 Royal Avenue in Linstead, St. Catherine will be transformed into party central as Dancehall artist CeeKaiH (aka di alienbwoy) brings his birthday bash to the venue.

    The event starts at 5pm and will be a continuous blast of energy with party music by Sun City Radio’s Sunjock Kevin Fras, Hotprime Entertainment’s DJ Dutty, DJs Extinguish & Killy (from Love Vibration), DJ Audley (of City Link Entertainment), and DJs Swizzle & 25 cent (of Mellotone ). In addition there will be live performances from Karamanti (the most lyrical female in Dancehall) who is fresh from her European tour, along with GT Taylor’s handpicked artiste for 2015, Villa Dutch, ANG’s J-Luga, Magnum King and Queen’s standout Day Injah, Tastee Talent Search runner up Katty, Clive Jr the son of the legendary Clive hunt, Khausion, Sentenal, Parka Jubilant, Riko Shade and the birthday boy CeeKaiH.

    To top it off CeeKaiH has also arranged to have appearances by the dancing dynamite’s Ed Haadie Dancers, Overload Skankaz and 4 years reigning Linstead DHQ Monique. The event is sponsored by Future FM (New York), London Boardhouse Media Group, Fivestar Graphics, Royal Executive Club and Jamrock Herbal Roots Drink.

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  • Fay-Ann Lyons: Raze

    Fay-Ann Lyons – Raze

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    The grandest of entries with the first official solo single leading up to the impending Trinidad and Tobago carnival season 2015, is the amazing and unexplainably talented songstress Fay-Ann Lyons. Viqueen Fay-Ann has time and time again shown herself to be a true musician and superstar with her factory-like, hit-making countenance and abilities.

    The culmination of various music styles and musical minds creating a masterpiece from what was once a blank canvas brings illumination to the otherwise dark galleria that is carnival.

    Morphing Soca with Electronic Dance Music has never been as fulfilling as it now is in the house of Ground Empire. “RAZE” a written project by Fay-Ann Lyons in which she highlights vocal abilities reminds us why she is Viqueen and why she remains amongst the best entertainers to do it in this new era.

    Exercising a rare type of skill, STADIC, formerly as KC, breathes life to the music which complements and transforms the celestially hypnotic vocals of Viqueen Fay-ann. The additional flavor of LAZAbeam (Jus Now) and Wetty Beatz seals this exceptional record which transcends carnival stages and almost guarantees widespread success for this internationally aimed rendition.

    Written by Fayann Lyons-Alvarez
    Produced by Stadic Studio Productions
    Live acoustic guitar by Enrico “Di Gittarman’ Camejo
    Additional production by LAZAbeam and Wetty Beatz
    Mixed and Mastered by LAZAbeam of Jus Now
    Artwork design by Khafra Rudder

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Farmer Nappy, KES the Band, Benjai, Iwer George and More

    NEW RELEASES FROM FOX FUSE

    Farmer Nappy Ignites Trinidad Carnival with “Go Do Dat”

    Available on January 19

    Internationally-acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry drops his new hit for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season with “Go Do Dat,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on January 19, 2015 from FOX FUSE. Produced by famed Barbadian production collective De Red Boyz and CL Productions, “Go Do Dat” showcases Farmer’s signature groovy vocals fused with a pop, dance-infused rhythm to creative another anthem for the electrifying entertainer.

    Farmer Nappy kicked off this year on a very high note after he was crowned with the “Calypso of the Year” award for his blockbuster, groovy soca hit “Big People Party,” from the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) in Macoya, Trinidad in December. He is set to enjoy another fantastic season with several new hits in hand, including “Go Do Dat.” The official lyric video for the song debuted today on VEVO.

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    1st Klase Records and KES the Band “Make Ah Move”

    Available on January 26

    Trinidadian hit-house 1st Klase Records blazes with its latest release “Make Ah Move” from KES the Band, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on January 26, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    KES the Band is in true form on this high-energy, groovy tune, which is perfect for party and personal playlists, and a treat for soca lovers everywhere. It was produced by Klase Gonzales (who captains the 1st Klase Records ship), penned by Asten Isaac, mixed by Neel Dwala and mastered by Martin ‘Mice’ Raymond.

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    Sekon Sta Is “In Charge”

    Available on January 26

    Two major production powerhouses – Stadic Studio Productions and Wetty Beatz Productions – team up for new smash “In Charge” from Sekon Sta, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on January 26, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. “In Charge” is a featured track on the Bitter Riddim, from the production team.

    Trinidadian entertainer Nesta “Sekon Sta” Boxill first made a name for himself as a songwriter, penning hits for some of the biggest names in soca music. His evolution into a performer over the past two years was inevitable, as he continues to create hits, except now for himself, much to the delight of soca fans.

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    Iwer George Delivers Power Soca Hit “Jump Up Island”

    Available on February 2

    Trinidad and Tobago-based production house Simply Natural Family (SNF) makes a splash with their new hit “Jump Up Island” from Iwer George, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    SNF was established six years ago and is a talented group of six, comprising of producers, musicians and songwriters, and is fronted by founder and CEO Robert “SN” Baptiste. They collaborate with Trinidadian soca star Iwer George for this power soca tune, which is one of the few power soca releases for this current Trinidad Carnival season.

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    Stadic Studio Productions Goes to the Roots with Ancestry Riddim

    Available on February 3

    Stadic Studio Productions brings the sizzling Ancestry Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 3, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Produced by Stadic Studio Productions, the Ancestry Riddim thrills with soca beats from the St. Vincent & the Grenadines-based production house, helmed by producer Kevin “KC” Charles.

    Soca sensations Benjai, Orlando Octave, Mr. Renzo and Danielle team up for the four-track compilation. The up-tempo, groovy melody provides the perfect soundtrack for your island fete or laidback lime, and has been enjoying rotation on radio across the Caribbean.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Benjai – Bad No Ras
    2. Mr Renzo – Before Morning
    3. Danielle – Like Ah African
    4. Orlando Octave – Wine It

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  • Kerwin Du Bois Prepared To Create Circles At Normandie Hotel

    Trinidad, WI: Kerwin Du Bois Prepared To Create Circles At Normandie Hotel

    On Thursday 05th February 2015 the Normandie Hotel will facilitate an intimate concert titled “Circles.” Reigning Groovy Soca Monarch Kerwin Du Bois has finally answered the calls of many supporters by deciding to share his musical talents in the form of a concert.

    Du Bois promises to accompany all those present on a musical journey showcasing his works throughout his career. As a performer and entertainer Kerwin began his career at the young age of 13 eventually working his way through Young Kings and a number of Calypso competitions. His love for music allowed him to further dabble in songwriting and producing eventually becoming a household name.

    With his focus being solely on “Contributing great music for the masses to enjoy”, Kerwin Du Bois is on a mission to continue to fly the Soca flag worldwide. On the night of February 05th, patrons can expect a number of guest performers who have been musical friends and collaborators with Du Bois over the years.

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  • Duane Stephenson to Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday in Little Rock, Arkansas!

    Duane Stephenson to Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday
    in Little Rock, Arkansas!

    Friday January 23rd, 2015 – Kingston, Jamaica

    Billboard recording artist Duane Stephenson will celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday in Little Rock, Arkansas on February 7th, 2015 at the 8th annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash.

    Continuing the legacy created by Bob of performing uplifting music, Duane will perform songs from his first and second albums August Town and Ghetto Pain, as well as his newly released Billboard charted album Dangerously Roots. Songs such as “August Town” and “Ghetto Pain,” tell stories of hardship, and offer hope to overcome those hardships while songs like “Rasta For I” (from the album Dangerously Roots) speaks of faith, and the mountains that can be moved if we believe. These lyrical techniques are similar to the delivery style of Bob Marley.

    Marley reached international fame and acclaim because of his distinctive songwriting and vocal style that resonated with audiences. His albums have sold a cumulative 75 million and continue to sell though he has passed on. He is one of the world’s best selling artists of all time with albums Exodus, Survival and Uprising amongst favorites by fans. Committed to Rastafari, Bob infused his music with spirituality.

    Speaking from his recording studio in August Town to fans in Little Rock, Duane says “Bob Marley stood for the advancement and fair treatment of all people which is the Rastafarian way, and the way I believe everyone should be towards one another. I am greatly looking forward to upholding that message through my music to the people of Little Rock.” Some of Duane’s favorite Bob Marley songs are “Exodus,” “Redemption Song” and “Africa Unite” which fans may hear the artist sing Acapella.

    The annual celebration, which honors the Reggae legend and Icon, will be held on February 7th, 2015 at the Rev Room in the heart of the River Market district. Doors open at 8pm. The year to year event is produced by One Love and Canman Entertainment and will also feature performances by Tim Anthony, Butterfly, Tricia Reed, and more. Duane will be backed by Yard Squad Band from St. Louis, Missouri.

    Stay up to date with all things Duane Stephenson via http://www.duanestephensonreggae.com

    For additional event information about the Bob Marley celebration visit the One Love Cruises, Concerts and Festivals page on Facebook.

    Upcoming Performance Dates for Duane:

    January 31st, 2015 – Antigua & Barbuda – Tempo Turns 10
    February 7th, 2045 – Little Rock, Arkansas – Bob Marley Celebration
    February 8th, 2015 – Fayetteville, Arkansas – Bob Marley Celebration
    February 21st – 22nd, 2015 – Holywell, Jamaica – Blue Mountain Music Festival

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  • “Clay J’ouvert Merges The Old With The New- Keeps Tradition Alive”

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    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. January 23, 2015———-Ole time mas in Trinidad and Tobago is getting a facelift. The transformation began in 2014 and the evolution continues this year. A J’ouvert experience dubbed CLAY J’ouvert is responsible for the effort to synergize the old with the new, bringing what once was, to the fore again, in a beautiful way.

    CLAY J’ouvert is really a traditional mud mas band based in the Woodbrook area. This year, the team who brought the concept to life last year, is looking toward creating a more memorable experience this year. The CLAY experience boasts what has been coined ‘the finest mud from a secret location along the East coast of Trinidad.’ Together with mud, patrons of this traditional J’ouvert band bask in the colourful delight of abir- most often used during the Hindu Phagwa celebrations. “Our aim is to deliver to patrons, a totally immersive J’ouvert experience by finding the perfect balance between an ole time vibe and a progressive edge,” said representative of the band, Justin Gosine. He said the band enjoyed a pretty successful debut in 2014 and in 2015, in a bid to up the anti, CLAY is offering a limited traditional section costume- a J’ouvert favourite, ‘Nighties and Wigs.’

    “We encourage creativity from our masqueraders and welcome all do-it-yourself ole mas costumes,” said Gosine, in the same breath emphasizing the team’s goal of maintaining the traditional elements of a Trinidad and Tobago J’ouvert experience.

    The band launches on Saturday January 24th at La Habana along Ariapita Avenue. A spectacle of colour and muddy madness is expected to be shown off, delivering to the Avenue’s supporters, a little taste of the CLAY experience in the lead up to T&T’s J’ouvert.

    Organisers lament that many of the true traditions of T&T’s carnival have been sidelined for pretty, modern replacements. Gosine said this is their way of bringing the youths to a time of purity, when Carnival and J’ouvert in particular delivered a message through creativity.

    CLAY J’ouvert can be found online on Facebook at Clay.jouvert, Youtube at ClayJouvert, Instagram @clayjouvert and on Twitter at the same ClayJouvert.

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  • Stephen Marley x John Varvatos x Spring ’15 Campaign

    STEPHEN MARLEY FEATURED IN

    JOHN VARVATOS SPRING 2015 CAMPAIGN

    Stephen and Ziggy Marley Kick Off New Year In #LegendaryStyle

    Stephen Marley along with his brother Ziggy Marley are featured in John Varvatos’ Spring 2015 advertising campaign. The legendary black and white imagery was shot in Austin, Texas by distinguished rock photographer Danny Clinch. Dressed in John Varvatos tailored clothing, the Marley brothers were photographed for a timeless family portrait.

    Additionally, on February 5th a documentary-style short film conceived by YARD and directed by Clinch will debut on JohnVarvatos.com in celebration of their father’s 70th birthday, which is the following day.

    This latest John Varvatos campaign follows 21 seasons conceived by Yard and photographed by Danny Clinch, all of which underscore the brand’s affinity for rock ‘n’ roll style-makers. Past collaborators include Ringo Starr, KISS, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page and Gary Clark Jr., Paul Weller and Miles Kane, Green Day, The Roots, Dave Matthews, ZZ Top, Franz Ferdinand, Perry Farrell, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Velvet Revolver, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Ryan Adams and Slash.

    Read full press release here.

    To download high-res images of the ad campaign, please visit:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gzgtdocr9m8w8w8/AACOWj2F4LSCQ6gAKK6YrBh-a?dl=0

    In addition to this campaign, the 8-time Grammy-winning musician Stephen “Ragga” Marley continues to kick off the new year in style. His record label Ghetto Youths International, which is co-owned with his brothers Damian and Julian, recently released their new compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2, which debuted at #1 on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart last week. Stephen is also slated to release his eagerly-awaited album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life in 2015.

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  • EDDIE MURPHY RELEASES BRAND NEW REGGAE SINGLE

    EDDIE MURPHY RELEASES BRAND NEW REGGAE SINGLE

    “OH JAH JAH” ON JANUARY 27, 2015

    DISTRIBUTED BY VPAL MUSIC

    Rolling Stone Chats with the Multi-Talented Icon about His Latest Music

    VPAL Music, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm for reggae music teams up with the revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release his new single “Oh Jah Jah,” available January 27, 2015.

    This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. “Oh Jah Jah” follows his 2013 collab “Red Light” feat. Snoop Lion.

    Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah,” which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

    Rolling Stone chats with Eddie Murphy and gets the exclusive scoop about the new single. Read more here:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/eddie-murphy-talks-new-reggae-track-returning-to-the-stage-20150108

    Listen to Eddie Murphy’s “Oh Jah Jah” single now:

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  • New Marley Comp #1 on U.S. Billboard Chart for Reggae Album Category – Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2

    GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS SET UP SHOP VOLUME 2

    DEBUTS AT #1 ON U.S. BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART

    Latest Compilation Featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I & Cham

    Nabil Elderkin Directed Video For Album’s Lead Single
    Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Is It Worth It (Gunman World)”

    Purchase Album now on iTunes

    Ghetto Youths International – the independent record label owned and operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen – lands the #1 position on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart in its debut release week for their brand new compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 (out Dec 23, 2014). The 15-track set follows Volume 1 that was released in February 2013 and also peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. The latest installment is produced primarily by the Grammy-winning brothers Stephen and Damian Marley. The album features new material from the entire Ghetto Youths roster, including Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Wayne Marshall and the label’s founders, along with dancehall artist Cham and many featured artists. BILLBOARD exclusively streams the album. Listen to it in its entirety here.

    For compilation’s lead single “Is It Worth It (Gunman World),” Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley teams up with with Francesco Carrozzini and Nabil Elderkin – the world-renowned director for the likes of Skrillex, FKA Twigs, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Seal and more – to create a short film music video featuring actor Saai Taghmaoui (American Hustle, La Haine and Three Kings), who takes on the role of a hitman-for-hire in the streets of Morocco. WATCH VIDEO NOW (feel free to post):

    In addition to “Is It Worth It? (Gunman World),” Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 features a variety of thought-provoking material. Damian’s motivational opener “Hard Work” is lauded as “a pulsing blueprint for flipping funds” according to The FADER, while Yahoo Music raves that “powerful tribal energy shines through the melodic harmonies, handclaps, ukulele strumming and message” on his collaborative effort “The Living Breed” featuring Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 & Biggz General. The latter track rallies for social change, boasting a powerful hook stating “we are the last of dying breed and the first of a new generation, who refuses to die in need and want of compensation.”

    Dancehall’s multi-faceted singjay Wayne Marshall talks about life choices on “On The Corner” (inspired by REM’s “Losing My Religion”) and proclaims to “Nah Give Up” on his single featuring Tarrus Riley. Carrying a similar sentiment, Julian Marley alongside Junior Reid encourages to push forward when times are tough on the uplifting anthem “Never Too Ruff,” while the culturally-driven singer Black-Am-I contemplates the beauty and struggle of life back home on “In The Ghetto.”

    Christopher Ellis, the son of Jamaican music icon Alton Ellis, “takes classic rocksteady/first wave reggae and gives it a new look” (Vice Noisey) on “Roller Coaster” and gives a fresh take on “Better Than Love” with the remix featuring Irie Love. Jo Mersa (the eldest son Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob Marley) represents a new generation too with his contemporary sound that blends dancehall, pop, and EDM – evident on “Sunshine” and the hypnotic “Rock and Swing.”

    The set also features dancehall artist Cham showing how he rolls on “Sh@t” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s hard-hitting anthem “Bongo Nyah” with Damian and Spragga Benz. Then, Stephen and Damian team up again on the mesmerizing track “Strike Hard.”

    Fans can purchase Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 now:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghetto-youths-international/id946634344.

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  • Karamanti release video for “Big Woman Ting”

    Karamanti release video for “Big Woman Ting”

    While on tour in Europe Karamanti shot the video for her single “Big Woman Ting”, one of her more popular tracks in that region. The video features two of Scandanavia’s top female dance groups, the Vuvuzela Dance Crew and the Kazoo Dancers. As the beat was built by a producer from Zimbabwe, Karamanti was also fortunate to get an African model, Lea Monde, to play a key role in the video.

    Persons may check out the official video for “Big Woman Ting” on Karamanti’s youtube channel

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  • Machel Montano | Erupt

    Machel Montano | Erupt

    Ask any masquerader and they will swiftly reveal that the approximately 12 months between Carnivals are the absolute hardest to endure. Beneath perfectly coiffed public faces, they live with an unrelenting build up of sharp tension, which stretches across tendons and joints, until that hallowed moment when for two liberating days they can finally “ERUPT”!

    From the compelling opening call of the horn and tins of the Jab Molassies to the raging guitar riff and the heated brass line, this release is a powerful summons to burst onto the black carpet by Monk Monté.

    Clear in its intention and written cunningly by Kernal Roberts and Machel Montano, the track has only one goal; to vigorously propel everyone into a festive state of mind.

    Produced by Kernal, Jean-Marc Gittens, alongside Machel, this musical explosion was also co produced by Thygeson “Penn” Joseph and Irvin “Ace” Loctar of St. Lucia’s 758 Studio and St. Vincent’s Alex “Kubiyashi” Barnwell making it a volatile combination of Caribbean talent.
    Be prepared to feel every internal emotion spew up and away with full force when this dome of melodious energy roars onto the airwaves.

    Instantly, it will make you Erupt!

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  • Omar Perry (son of Lee Scratch Perry) will perform for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration

    Omar Perry (son of Lee Scratch Perry) will perform for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration

    Omar Perry, son of the legendary producer and songwriter Lee “Scratch” Perry will be celebrating the 70th birthday of Reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley in Aarhus Denmark on Saturday February 7th. Perry is booked to be the headline act at the annual Bob Marley concert held in Aarhus each year by Jam Yard Promotion. This year the event will be staged at Voxhall and Omar Perry will be supported by African artists Pops Jabu and Djala Band.

    Though there are several shows scheduled throughout the country in honor of Bob Marley’s 70th, Reggae enthusiasts are forecasting this to be the concert worth attending. Persons may join the facebook event page to get regular updates from the promoter.

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  • Tiana The Fabulous One Of The Fabulous Five Shines At Sting Despite Being Interrupted

    Tiana The Fabulous One Of The Fabulous Five Shines At Sting Despite Being Interrupted – @TianaMusic
    Swedish Promoter Vanessa Marko booked a show for Sweden minutes after Tiana exits the stage.

    The Dancehall Duchess Tiana who was scheduled for 5am performance time at Sting 2014, had to perform a little later given that the show’s performance schedule was way behind time.

    Even though the Dancehall Duchess was robbed of her performance time, according to many online reviews and patrons at the show, for them Tiana turned out to be the Fabulous one of The Fabulous Five even though her performance time was rudely interrupted by MC Nuffy which most persons labeled as being bias towards Tiana as everyone else got more time but failed to execute.

    “I was so shocked, because I thought Sting was about talking up di things dem, but from my point of view it seems as if a certain people weren’t too happy with me addressing certain issues. But them need fi know that is not enough to stop Tiana because I knew what I’m capable of doing and I didn’t even had to dress naked fi get a fawud, or pay people to buss fire crackers and blow horns during my performance. I dont know why some of these artistes believe that a whack performance can be hidden behind fake encores (Fawud).”

    Tiana added, “mi still cant understand why the Category was called the Fabulous Five when I am the only Fabulous one, it should have been called The Fabulous One And The Others. I am so hurt about what took place, but from every bad comes good cause right after that short performance, my manager has been getting a lot of mails from promoters who are now curious of what would be the results of my energetic performance if I had given the chance to complete my set. Special big up to the Swedish Promoter Vanessa Marko who booked a show for Sweden minutes after I exited the stage.”

    According to Tiana, The Fabulous One, she will not let such negativity discourage her as she’s now focusing on her upcoming 2015 European Tour from January 16th to February 28th alongside Kalado.

    Tiana and Kalado will be going to several countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy with more countries soon to be confirmed.

    Also remember to be on the look out for Tiana’s dancehall anthem Balance Pon Mi Head official video coming soon.

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  • Tiana One Of Stings Fabulous Five – Upcoming European Winter Tour

    Tiana One Of Stings Fabulous Five – Upcoming European Winter Tour

    The Dancehall Duchess Tiana will be one of the Fabulous Five divas to be showcased at this year’s 31st staging of Sting: Dubbed as “Two Mega Shows One Night”.

    Tiana who is now gearing up for her third European tour alongside “Mr. Personally” Kalado is definitely poised to be one of the favorites in the Sting’s Fabulous Five Category.

    The Duchess who has been touring back to back with popular songs such as Dem A Bawl (Tiana ti ti Tiana), B-Rider, Balance Pon Mi Head, Yuh Nuh Groupie, Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi and Only Girl Him Want should definitely have the female fans in the palm of her hands the fact that most of her songs can be described as female Anthems. Fans can expect a great show from Tiana alongside the energetic “Most Wanted” female dancers who will be demonstrating how to dance to Tiana’s fast rising DHQ anthem Balance Pon Mi Head.

    According to Tiana, “we have to big up Laing, Heavy D and the entire Reggae Sting crew for the intense promotion they have placed on the young & upcoming female artistes of Dancehall. I think its the first time in the history of Dancehall that such an event like Sting as put the ladies in the spotlight especially with a 3am performance time. This is kind of respect we as female artistes deserved and I hope others will continue such trend. Now the world will get a chance to see their favorite female acts performing live from Jamaica via paper-view and several other internet streaming websites. its definitely a good look, its just for us to go out there and execute.”

    2015 European Tour

    Starting January 16th 2015, the first show of the European tour kicks off in Switzerland with Kalado and Tiana live in concert. This tour will take them to several countries such as France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy with more countries to be confirmed soon.

    After her 2015 European the Dancehall Duchess will be heading to Suriname in March, then to Belize in April and then to Canada July for a short tour alongside stablemates Kiprich and Berri.

    Fans can expect slew of new songs to be released in early January to February, the first of will be a the certified “gyal” anthem titled Muscle Contract on the Gyal Train Riddim produced by popular Zip Fm’s Zip Jock, Zj Dymond.

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  • Mejah Books Inc Hosts In-Store Event

    Mejah Books Inc Hosts In-Store Event

    Wilmington DE. Mejah Book Store at Tri-State Mall [located at 333 Naamans Road Claymont, Delaware 19703] is hosting an In-Store event featuring various authors and a special musical guest artist on December 20th 2014. Time – 2-5PM.

    Authors scheduled to appear are:
    LaSean Rinique, Author of “Congratulations! You Just Lost Your Job.”
    Leonard Anderson, Author of Spy King, Spy Queen and “I’ll Never Let You Go,” Series.
    Virginia Seeny, Author of “A Summer Surprise.”
    Derrick Billups, Sr Author of “Changing Your Condition NOT Your Position.” Emlyn DeGannes, Author of “Letter’s To Ms Em.”

    Special Musical Guest: Nadira Norjahan, who recently released her project, Double “A” Side.

    MeJah Books has enjoyed the support, growth and success in the community since 1998 when it was founded in Claymont by Emlyn DeGannes and is co-operated by her family: Diane Barnes, Jewel Sanchez, and Jordan DeGannes.

    “We are indeed “a different kind of bookstore” because our customers are our biggest fans and we have dedicated ourselves to servicing each customer.”

    The bookstore has become a gathering place, providing information, resources and the lively exchange of creative ideas. Although the company specializes in showcasing the contribution of authors from the African Diaspora and to promote racial pride; we offer a diverse inventory and have access to1 million titles.

    Mejah Books is one of the few prestigious remaining Black Book Stores between the city limits of Delaware and Pennsylvania respectively. As Black literature struggles to survive in today’s industry, it’s necessary for avid readers to support Mejah Books and other similar entities.

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  • Champeon unleashes groovy Soca track “2nite”

    Champeon unleashes groovy Soca track “2nite”

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    Columbia, South Carolina (Sonique Solutions) – Trinidadian Soca artiste Champeon has released his groovy Soca contender entitled ‘2nite’ which by several accounts is geared to be a true ladies anthem with its catchy hooks and attention-grabbing instrumentation.

    Champeon whose real name is Ronnel Ramirez is based South Carolina and collaborated with US Virgin Islands crooner Adam O for this latest Carnival 2015 offering.
    With production by St. Thomas based producer A Plus, Champeon wrote 2nite with the hopes of creating a track that would embody the Carnival spirit yet transcend the festival season.

    2nite features melodic guitar strums and pulsating percussion beats and the song’s lyrics manifest images of Carnival euphoria and groups of females dancing and enjoying themselves in a fete. According to Champeon, “So far music fans, fellow artistes, DJs and producers have been very encouraging with this 2015 track, and have even described 2nite as very ‘danceable’ and captivating from the song’s first instrumental note.”

    2014 has been a year of breaking boundaries for Champeon as he has collaborated with several entertainers from the Caribbean region as well as Africa, released his first Reggae track ‘Woman’s Anthem’ and had his previous Soca songs ‘Mad Man Dey’ and ‘Red Devil’ appearing on traditional R&B and Reggae charts in the US and UK.

    He has been a staple in the North-American Caribbean festival circuit with performances at major nightclubs and events such as Charlotte Caribbean festival and Charleston Carifest, sharing stages with high profile entertainers the likes of Beenie Man, Benjai, 5 Star Akil, Chucky, Tallpree, and Pumpa.

    As far as 2015 is concerned, Champeon is armed and ready with this new groovy Soca release and plans to do a video for 2nite as he truly believes in the song’s appeal. He remains humble and thankful to his fans, family, friends and artiste support team of Sunshyne P, Khwantza, Penny, Kirton and Coolie G.

    The hard-working entertainer who has aspirations of performing in Madison Square Garden and working with Soca stars Machel Montano, Destra Garcia and Bunji Garlin has several live radio interviews set up in the Caribbean, US and Canada, an upcoming musical collaboration with Ghanaian artiste Blouk-Gee and will perform at the Bob Marley Winter Splash in February.

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  • Saga Boyz – Massy (2015 TNT Soca) – AVAILABLE NOW

    Saga Boyz – Massy
    Produced By – Ansen Soverall
    Mixed/Mastered By – Johann Seaton

    Sometimes when a woman is Classy, she tends to lack that edge that a man so loves. While on the flip side the Wassy women at times can take it too far.

    So we Salute you, the “MASSY” women. That rare breed that knows how to keep it perfectly balanced between both Wassy n Classy.

    Mas•sy
    adjective
    ˈpərfikt/
    1. when a woman has the perfect mix of “Wajang/Wassy” behavior while still keeping it “Classy”. all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be, all in one person”
    “she knows how to keep it MASSY”

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  • New Music from Amilcar Sanatan

    Amilcar Sanatan – Find it Now (Bunji Garlin Tribute)

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    Too often we celebrate our heroes when they are gone. And too often they are only made visible and valid to us when crowds across seas and overseas put the spotlight on them before us.

    This song honours the work Bunji Garlin has done in his lifetime, as well as speaks to his long career and contribution to the soca art form throughout the years. I remember when my father bought me the Black Spaniard CD Album while I was a secondary school student in Barbados (and the lyrics I stole in school battles…#Desperado). And hey! Who can forget the Uncle Bunji sessions in Arima?

    Hopefully, the successes of our everyday cultural heroes can inspire the youth of Trinidad and Tobago to work hard, find their star and make possible what the naysayers/haters called our impossible dreams. #FindItNow #Soca2015

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  • Bramma Di Gorilla & Tenza Boss Lady Winter/Spring 2015 European Tour (Promoters Inquire Within)

    Bramma Shanti In association with Big Ship, TMD Records and Slock Entertainment Present Gorilla& BossLady Winter European Tour 2015 Feb To April 2015

    Popular dancehall artist Bramma Di Gorilla and multi-talented songstress Tenza Di Boss Lady are headed to Europe for a winter/spring 2015 musical tour, capping live performances in a number of European countries such as Belgium, France, Switzerland, Uk and Germany to name a few.

    Selected dates are still available for promoters who are interested to book both artists in your city.

    Since 2014 Dancehall artiste Bramma ‘Di Gorilla’ has been enjoying an upsurge in popularity with a number of hit singles such as “Call Di Police”, “Cha Cha Bwoy” and “Wah Gwaan Mi Darlin” as well as delivered various performances throughout the Caribbeans. Gold recording star Tenza has been hard at work promoting her latest projects, blazing the airwaves and topping the video charts with “African Empress” and “Hood Fyah”. Both artists are ending the year will a number of live shows leading up to their unprecedented tour.

    “Gorilla and Bosslady” European Tour is slated for February 2015 to April 2015. Promoters interested in bookings for that scheduled time frame please contact the following.

    TENZA

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    Hailing from Kempshot of Montego Bay Jamaica, Tenza A.K.A The Bosslady is a musical angel in disguise. Born and raised in a family of fifteen, which consisted of nine brothers and Five sisters, she grew up in a life of struggle and disappointment so she certainly knows how to appreciate all of her blessings that she has been given and her musical talent was definitely one of those blessings not taken for granted.

    Tenza left Jamaica when she was only fourteen to reside in the UK, in the town of Slough. For Tenza it was a difficult time leaving all her friends and family to begin a whole new life in England. At first, she found it hard adjusting to the new culture especially in school. As time went by Tenza made new friends when she started to attend the slough youth center music classes. Tenza then felt at home as she now found her joy, which is music.

    BRAMMA

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    When he first emerged on the local Dancehall music scene back in 2004 he was still in school and called him self ‘Sinister.’ He was introduced by a close friend to an industry personnel to “make things happen”, but he was still in school about to sit his final year exams. He was advised to “finish up, complete the exams and return” he did just that and more determined than he ever was.

    Lloyd Brammer grew up in Maxfield Gardens, one of Kingston’s toughest communities. He attended one of Kingston’s prominent traditional schools, Calabar High. There Brammer spent much of his spare time entertaining his school mates free styling to rhythmic sounds they created from hitting the top of a desk with the hand. One of his very good friend at school who believed in him and lived within close proximity of the home/office of one leading entertainment companies in Kingston where artistes such as Bounty Killer his then role model, spent most of his days, took him to meet Bounty Killer. Brammer wanted a piece of the Dancehall entitlement, he wanted a break and this would have been his very first meaningful effort. Visiting the offices of Solid Agency where he hoped to meet the head of that company, Bramma instead met Ms. Sharon Burke’s Assistant, Sophia McKay.

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  • Thanks for A Super 2014

    Dear Cultural Partners;

    On behalf of Tropicalfete Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for the roll you played in making 2014 an incredible year for us and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.. Your donations, funding, advice time and effort helped us execute our mission. We are proud to be an organization that contributes to New York City’s artistic and educational community. We just couldn’t do it without you.

    We took on a new challenge this year providing cultural activities for terminally ill patients in the form of steel pan instrument performances with Ricardo Greenaway. Tropicalfete continued its free music workshop on Copyrights & Royalties with Roger Meltzer. We ventured into webinars to educate young artist about the business aspect of the music industry.

    Music studio softwares were given to artists at various open mic events throughout New York City so they can develop their skills. Tropicalfete had the pleasure to be part of VH1 Save The Music Family Day hosted by Nick Lachey with panist Ricardo G. and vocalist Fimber that showcased the power of the Pan. We also got to introduce the steel pan instrument to hundreds of children and their parents.

    One of our designers M. Luke was selected to be part of Materials for the Arts Reuse Remixed: Art Works Show. We had pieces were display in the MFTA Gallery. With a strong team of creative designers, we executed a presentation called Masquerade Ball Caribbean Edition for the 47th West Indian American Day Carnival Parade for adults and kids. Daria, Renne, Gillia, Nathalia, Jason, Ms. Mary, Mr. Gibbs, Nicky were instrumental for Tropicalfete coming 3rd place small band category kids. We also brought the carnival atmosphere to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

    In 2014 we started a new event Tropicalfete’s Creative Day in the Park at Lincoln Terrace Park Children Play Ground. The event had a puppet show with Ventriloquist. Park goers got to interact with the Steel Pan Instrument, there were Masquerade Costumes, instruments for the kids to play, dance, Games and Stilt Walking.

    Tropicalfete Award of Excellence 2014 Presented to Reggae Retro for Promoting cultural Reggae Music since 2002. We again made our contribution to Caribbean Heritage Month in June with a cultural reading program with Barnes & Noble. Jason Edwards had the stilt walkers Kaisokah Moko Jumbies take part in the historic Peoples Climate March. We took part in Keep the Children Safe Halloween Parade for our second year. Tropicalfete continued to move ahead with its’ programing and engage in over two dozen cultural events. Three college reference letters were done for our volunteers.

    Thanks again for your unwavering support

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  • Tropicalfete Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for 2014

    Tropicalfete CountDown Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. The Popularity is determined by air play, music sales, club play and online hits. Our Chart is not limited to genre. It shows the diversity and the creativity of Caribbean people around the World and most of all their impact on the global audience. Therefore, Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Kompa, Soca, Reggaeton, Salsa, Calypso, etc. make up Tropicalfete Count Down Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year. Weekly Charts were calculated throughout the year to come up with a summary for the year. Charts have become an increasingly important way to measure the commercial success of individual songs and Tropicalfete Top 100 is a chart that reflects the songs the people consume.

    1 Enrique Iglesias, ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona- Bailandoby

    2 Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte – We Are One (Ole Ola) -The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song
    3 Machel Montano – H.M.A. (Happiest Man Alive)
    4 Shaggy ft. Ne-Yo – You Girl
    5 Kerwin Du Bois – Too Real
    6 Ziggy Marley – I Don’t Wanna Live On Mars
    7 Sean Paul feat. Damian Marley – Riot
    8 Farmer Nappy – Big People Party
    9 Mavado & Jadakiss – Musical Masquerade: Just Like Magic
    10 Bunji Garlin – Carnival Tabanca
    11 Tessanne Chin – Count On My Love
    12 Spice – So Mi Like It
    13 Ziggy Marley- Fly Rast
    14 Skinny Fabulous – Behaving The Worst
    15 Prince Royce – Soy el Mismo
    16 Machel Montano – Ministry Of Road (M.O.R.)
    17 Timaya Ft. Sean Paul – Bum Bum Remix
    18 Bunji Garlin – Truck on D Road
    19 Kerwin Du Bois – Spoil Mehself
    20 Sean Paul feat. Konshens – Want Dem All
    21 Lyrikal – Conquer Meh
    22 Kerwin Du Bois – Press Ah Button
    23 Benjai – Come Out To Play
    24 Major Lazer – Lose Yourself feat. Moska & RDX
    25 Kes The Band – ‘Endless Summer
    26 Machel Montano – E.P.I.C.
    27 LL Cool J Ft Mavado – The Hustler
    28 Fay-Ann Lyons – Catch Me
    29 Major Lazer – Come On To Me ft. Sean Paul
    30 Daddy Yankee – Ora por mi
    31 Cham ft. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley – Fighter
    32 Bunji Garlin – Red Light District
    33 Kerwin Du Bois & Lyrikal – Lockdown
    34 Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate feat. Crystal Kay, Beenie Man – Love On My Mind
    35 Tarrus Riley – Burning Desire
    36 5Star Akil Feat. Nadia Batson – Never Done
    37 Destra – Just A Little Bit
    38 Romain Virgo – Stay With Me
    39 Maxi Priest – Loving You Is Easy
    40 Tommy Lee Sparta – Dream
    41 Shaggy (feat. Super Cat & Maxi Priest) – Night Flight
    42 Machel Montano – Haunted
    43 Daddy Yankee – La Nueva y La Ex
    44 Kerwin Du Bois – Galavanting
    45 Fya Empress – Ah Ketch It
    46 Carimi – MikaBen – BABY I MISSED YOU
    47 Rastafari On Wall Street – Lee “Scratch” Perry
    48 Sweet C- Something One to Believe In
    49 Machel Montano – Shameless
    50 Biggie Irie – Pankatang
    51 Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna
    52 Etana – Thy Will Be Done ft. Jo Mersa Marley
    53 Christopher Martin – Let Her Go
    54 Fay-Ann Lyons – Done D Party
    55 Shal Marshall – FEEL 2 WUK
    56 Mr. Vegas – Selfie
    57 Soja [feat. Collie Buddz] – She Still Loves Me
    58 Give It To – Me Destra
    59 I-Octane – Cya do it ft. Vanessa Bling
    60 Busy Signal – Money Flow/Greetings(Ribbidibi)
    61 Chuku Chuku – Denise Belfon
    62 5 Star Akil – To Meh Heart
    63 Tommy Lee Sparta – Hero
    64 Mavado – The Truth
    65 Dj Gil feat Alison Hinds – Gimme di Zouk
    66 Konshens – She Did It Again
    67 Destra – Road Call Calling Meh
    68 Ragga Fava Refix
    69 Daria – Me Aint Fraid
    70 Busy Signal “Bou-Yah [Vampire Teeth]
    71 Shurwayne Winchester – Girl Born to Wine
    72 Timaya – Sanko
    73 Tizzy & El-A-Kru – Super Feter
    74 Gyptian Ft Kes – Wet Fete
    75 Fimber – Mi Siwo A
    76 Blaxx – Fettin Away
    77 Shakira – La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown
    78 Shaggy (feat. Peetah Morgan & Tessanne Chin) – Deadly Love
    79 Sledge – No Better than I
    80 Beenie Man – My Life So Happy
    81 Patrice Roberts – Hold On Tight
    82 Meta and The Cornerstones ZION STEREO
    83 Richie Spice – I use the Herbs
    84 Nature – No Gun Around
    85 Tasha – KEEP THEM WAVING
    86 T Vice – “NSA” No Strings Attached
    87 Spragga Benz – Duppy Nuh Frighten Vampire
    88 Erphaan Alves & Blaxx – Contagious
    89 Tallpree – Jab Nation
    90 Teddyson John – First Time
    91 3 Canal – Carnival Comin
    92 Nu Vybes aka Sugar Band – Freaky Mas
    93 Scrappy – Closer
    94 Aidonia – Love Off U Gyal [
    95 Socaholic – Ricardo Drue
    96 Asa Bantan – Down
    97 Cassi – Man In yuh House
    98 Yankey Boy – Red Eye
    99 T-Vice – Skandal kanaval
    100 Kurt Allen Sweet sizzling Summers

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