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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Aruba Summer Carnival 2016

    Aruba Summer Carnival was founded on February 1st 2015 by a dynamic group of individuals with a wide knowledge of Caribbean cultures. The Aruba Summer Carnival is a celebration where different cultures come together as one. Aruba Summer Carnival aims to give visitors and locals an unforgettable experience with a mixture of parades, concerts, beach-events and international cuisine.

    Aruba Summer Carnival will be held annually in the month of July on the Happy Island of Aruba. The celebration will take place over a period of 18 days, from July 1st till July 18th. The events are punctuated by the Street Parades, Masqueraders and feting public dancing to sounds of Caribbean music. Aruba Summer Carnival daily events will be held at the San Nicolas Carnival Village with live shows from local and international artists. The street parades will be held around the city of San Nicolas. There will be a wide variety of food vendors, drinks and merchandise available at the Carnival Village.

    Aruba Summer Carnival will be a great way to showcase your costumes to new public and in so giving more exposure to your mas band/troupe, carnival and island. Aruba Summer Carnival will be covered by local and international media bringing great visibility to your mas band/troupe. There will be a cash prize given to the winning mas band/troupe of Aruba Summer Carnival 2016 Adult parade.

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  • Grammy award winners Maxwell and Shaggy for Tobago Jazz Experience

    Grammy award winners Maxwell and Shaggy have been added to the 2016 cast for the annual Tobago Jazz Experience.

    The duo will join Ms. Lauryn Hill, J. Cole, Arthuro Tappin and Band, Etienne Charles, Third World, Roy Cape featuring Blaxx and a host of other local and regional singers at the festival.

    Known as “the sexy ambassador of soul music”, Maxwell is famous for classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin’,” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” and “Lifetime”, not to mention the unforgettably ethereal cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work”. Maxwell is a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter and actor who has won Grammys and has also been nominated for several more awards including best album of the year.

    In 2010, the artist won two Grammy Awards for R & B album of the year, “BLACK Summers’ Night” and best male R & B vocal performance with the single “Pretty Wings”.

    Shaggy is famous for songs like “Oh Carolina”, “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel”. In 1996 he won a Grammy for best Reggae Album and has since had five Gramm nominations.
    He has performed the world over thrilling audiences wherever he goes.

    The Tobago Jazz Experience takes place from April 16th to April 24th 2016.

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  • Raskality Refreshes Sound with Sizzla Sample

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • George Nooks – Ride Out Your Storm

    Cruising on a musical high with his exceptional melodious voice, George Nooks has once again captivated the airwaves with his new smashing single ‘Ride Out Your Storm’. This Gospel track is the first single from his similarly titled gospel album slated for release in May 2016.

    While known for his soulful renditions of famous Dennis Brown anthems, George Nooks has also released over the years several gospel singles which have cemented his fate as a heart to soul singer. His love for Gospel music is deeply embedded in his promise to his ailing grandmother before her passing to return to singing ‘church music’. With such a heart-whelming motivation it is no wonder that the single has done so well; topping music charts in Florida and the Caribbean.

    Although an adopted track Ride Out your Storm is a heart wrenching Reggae version which offers both conviction and motivation. This single has merely wet our pallet for the album and we are left excited until its release in a few months.

    Listen to Audio Here:

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  • VP RECORDS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH ADA

    New Pact for Worldwide Digital Distribution & U.S. and Canada for Physical Product Distribution

    ADA, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), has announced the launch of a global partnership with VP Records, the world’s largest reggae label, to include physical distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide digital distribution. ADA and VP Records joined forces in 2009, although the label’s relationship with Warner Music dates back to 2002. Previous successes include releases from Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Jah Cure and the Reggae Gold compilation series.

    “VP Records is a major player in reggae music, and they’ve been a great partner to work with,” says Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide. “Their roster of artists enjoys a loyal and growing fan base and I’m thrilled to be expanding and strengthening our relationship to deliver their music and grow their following.”

    “We are pleased to extend our distribution agreement with ADA,” says VP label President Randy Chin. “We think a global approach to digital will grow our business and ADA has shown to be a solid partner.”

    “We’ve been working with VP outside of North America since 2009,” says Howard Corner, General Manager, ADA UK, “and like other key partners they’ve seen the benefits our global infra-structure offers to an independent label in the current digital landscape.”

    VP Records based in Jamaica, Queens NY, is a major pioneering force in the reggae music industry. Home to global superstars such as Sean Paul, Gyptian, Elephant Man, Beres Hammond, Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, I-Wayne, Morgan Heritage and others, VP is the only record label that represents the full spectrum of Caribbean music from roots & culture and dancehall to soca.
    The leading label officially became the genre’s powerhouse with the acquisition of its long-time contender Greensleeves Records & Publishing in 2008. With VP and Greensleeves combined catalog, Greensleeves Publishing became the leading source for reggae music publishing worldwide. Since its acquisition, VP Records has also expanded the label’s operations with a Live Events and Touring division, new imprints including 17 North Parade, Dub Rockers and VPAL, the global distribution network for the genre’s independent artists and their label counterparts.

    About ADA

    ADA is a worldwide service organization committed to independent artist and label development. As part of Warner Music Group, ADA gives the indie community access to an unparalleled global distribution system and a dedicated team that provides a complete spectrum of marketing, merchandising, promotion, and music licensing services. ADA was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the most successful artists and record labels have built their initial followings. ADA marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. ADA’s partners include Alligator, Bar None, Beggars Group, Comedy Central, Defected, Domino, Dualtone, Epitaph, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mascot, Matador, Merge, Mute, Nettwerk, New West, Real World, Rise, Secretly Canadian, Smithsonian Folkways, Sumerian, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy, UDR, Vice, and many others.

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  • Reggae Hip-Hop Artist SADIKI I Releases New Single ‘My Story’

    Reggae Hip-Hop Artist Sadiki I Releases New Single ‘My Story’ Featuring Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid

    On February 5th, 2016, Sadiki I released his first single off his upcoming album titled ‘My Story.’ The hip- hop reggae tune features the vocal genius of veteran reggae artist Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid.

    Sadiki I was born, Jevon White, on the small island of Montserrat in the West Indies where his father, George Buffonge, was a respected concert promoter. As a child, the young Jevon often found himself surrounded by influential reggae and calypso artists, including his own godfather, Arrow, of “Hot Hot Hot” fame.

    “Sadiki I” which means “faithful” in Swahili, made a successful debut on the Dancehall scene with his album, I Man See Judgment. He used the next couple of years as his time to grow as an artist, finding his own unique style, combining reggae and hip-hop and elevating his skills as a composer and emcee. His mixtape, Sadiki I a.k.a Crazy Horse Vol.1, which was hosted by the world renowned DJ Saki, hit hard and he soon captured the attention of the international reggae circuit, recording and performing with reggae stars Terry Ganzie and Mr. Easy, among others.

    In 2013 he released his EP, The Book of Sadiki I: The Prologue; his singles, “The World is Mine” and “Economic Bubble” hit number one and two respectively on the underground hip hop charts. In 2014 he performed a knockout show at the Montserrat Reggae Festival sharing the stage with his friends, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

    In 2016 Sadiki I embarks on the musical journey of his life. ‘My Story’ is a true blueprint of his life. The powerful lyrics and deep content are sure to make waves in the industry. Sadiki I’s story is the stuff legends are made of.

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  • Aarhus Rapidly Becoming The Number One City For Reggae In Denmark

    Over the past few years, Aarhus, a small village in Denmark, has been putting on some of the biggest reggae events in the country. They have hosted the likes of Capleton and Beenie Man in the past and now they’re getting ready for another Jamaican icon; Lt. Stitchie.

    This Saturday, February 27th the Jam Link International team, the company responsible for most of the major reggae events in the city, will be hosting a huge concert called Reggae Link Up.

    The headlining acts for the show are Jamaica’s legendary reggae/dancehall artist, Lt. Stitchie and one of the biggest names in Denmark’s dancehall, Kaka. Both men will be supported by some of Denmark’s most talented artists, namely: Lappa Luma, Mwakenya and Pearl.

    The event will take place at one of the city’s major concert venues, Voxhall (located at Vester Allé 15, 8000 Aarhus).

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  • STREETCRED RELEASE : MR. VEGAS DEFENDS JAMAICAN NATIONAL TREASURES WITH NEW SINGLE.

    MR. VEGAS DEFENDS JAMAICAN NATIONAL TREASURES WITH NEW SINGLE.

    At the height of the Jamaican General Election where the two major political parties are going back and forth about assets owned by members of parliament, international dancehall star Mr. Vegas has raised concerns about the assets owned by Jamaica.

    The single ‘Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica’ produced by Mr. Vegas’ MV Music label is a mixture of Jamaican original Mento with current dancehall beats. It details aspects of actual Jamaican natural assets being sold to overseas interests. Dunns River, Goat Island and Dolphin cove are just a few examples.

    “I came across an article a few weeks ago. It was about the sale of some of the historical places that are being sold or what is already sold by the government.” Mr Vegas explained.

    Mr Vegas says releasing this single now isn’t premeditated; the motivation developed as the issue came to his attention. The single ‘Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica’ would have been done last year or even five years ago if he was made aware of the sale of Jamaican treasures at that time.

    “It is a shame! Why are our national treasures, that our fore parents’ blood sweat and tears drenched to maintain, being sold? I don’t see the sense of selling all these treasures and Jamaicans are still suffering and the country still has such a huge debt. It is like me selling my house and then renting it back from the Chinese.” Mr Vegas added

    He also wanted to make it clear this single isn’t politically motivated.

    “I hear people saying I am talking like a JLP. I am neither! I am a Jamaican who is worried about my kids and your kids’ future. None of the political parties are better than the other, they are all the same. We are the ones who will have to ask back for our country, don’t put yourself back into slavery” Mr Vegas admonished
    The song ‘‘Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica’ is not just for Mr. Vegas’ fans, it is for all Jamaicans so they realize what is really going on, that the government is selling our children’s future.

    The Single and corresponding music video will be officially released in a matter of days, the single is being distributed digitally by distribution giant Zojak Worldwide.

    Mr Vegas – Gi Wi Back Wi Sweet Jamaica Audio

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  • Precision Productions helps you relive your Carnival 2016 memories with We Muzik Volume 7!

    Without question the Carnival 2016 season was a musically adventurous year for the Precision Productions team. Boundaries were smashed, and seemingly impossible challenges were conquered with a sonorous flair that has left music lovers yearning for more.

    New sounds and new artists were blended with seasoned techniques, to create the radio hits and fete favourites now available in the 7th volume of We Muzik.

    This latest album in the very popular We Muzik compilation series is the only collection that contains both the 2016 Road March winner, “Waiting On The Stage” by Machel Montano and Badjohn Republic, along with the 2016 Soca Monarch winner “Cheers To Life” by Voice, which makes this album the must-have compilation for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2016 Carnival season.

    In addition to the monarch titleholders, the release also showcases a refreshing slate of musicians who are positively influencing, the way in which Soca music continues to flourish.

    Featured are crowd darlings Kerwin Du Bois, Preedy, 5Star Akil, GBM Nutron, and Antiguan champion Tian Winter; alongside vibrant femme fatales Kerlz, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson, and Lil’ Bitts.

    We Muzik Volume 7 is available at all online digital retailers, the M Store in the Piarco International Airport as you travel in or out of the country, and also at Cleve’s One Stop Music Shop in Trinidad.

    Get this one of a kind Soca music collection today, and relive every cherished memory of Carnival 2016 all year long!

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  • Recording Artist K’Coneil to Perform at Power 105 DJ Norie’s “Anything Goes” 6th Anniversary

    Delivering an essence of music genre fluid by his fusion of soul, dancehall, reggae and pop, International recording artist K’Coneil latest single “Hot Like You”, on acclaimed billboard producer Seanizzle 90s Don Dada Riddim has been garnering traction by blazing the airwaves.

    On Thursday March 24th, 2016, K’Coneil will delight the ladies by performing “Hot Like You” and other hit singles such as “Me One”, “Gyal A You” and “Sorry” at POWER 105FM DJ Norie’s “Anything Goes” 6th anniversary alongside Grammy Award winner Shaggy, Grammy Award nominee Barrington Levy, Christopher Martin, Chino McGregor among others at STAGE 48 in New York City.

    Over this past weekend, K’Coneil was in sunny Miami filming for the upcoming video “Hot Like You”, the lead single off his anticipated EP slated for release in March 2016. Behind the scenes footage will be released next week.

    Featured on the 90s Don Dada Riddim among Grammy-award winner Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Konshens among other notables of dancehall and reggae music, Hot Like You” is now available on all major online digital stores.

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  • Canada’s Reggae Songstress Ammoye wins BIG at The Akademia Music Awards!

    Canada’s Reggae Songstress Ammoye wins big at 2016 The Akademia Music Awards held last week at the music portals offices in Los Angeles, California.

    Ammoye’s song “Sorry,” won in the category of Best Reggae / R&B Song, and voted as the most popular song amongst the hundreds of artists who submitted their music from countries around the world. Winning an Akademia Music Award is more than just an honorary distinction says the award organizers. “It is the first step in a worldwide promotional campaign to gain exposure and recognition for artists” say the awards organizers.

    Released as a single and included on her Mixtape ‘Enter the Warrior-Ess,’ “Sorry” is a song that speaks to a woman’s disagreement with her significant other, and the apology that follows to quell the argument. About the song Ammoye says “sometimes we women get a little hot, and say things or even do things that we don’t mean. We have to apologize, and usually that starts with saying ‘Sorry’ which is where the song picks up … saying sorry and moving forward!”

    Atlanta based radio jock and host of the popular radio show New Music Tuesday’s, Rico Vibes says fans of all walks ‘look forward to hearing music from Ammoye! “Sorry” happens to be one of her most popular so congrats on her much deserved win.” Tony Carr, who is based in Washington DC says “my fans will be really happy to hear this news about Ammoye. We have been supporting her for years and will continue to do so. She is one of the best we we’ve heard. She’s great!”

    Ammoye is a two time JUNO Award nominee for Best Reggae Recording. She is Canada’s leading songstress who is well known for her music which is ‘love fueled,’ ‘conscious awakening’ and ‘motivational.’ Ammoyes musical mission is to be a Light Worker which forms the foundation from which she creates chart topping music.

    Ammoye opens for Sean Paul in London, Ontario (Canada) on March 18th, 2016 at the London Music Hall as part of the artists Full Speed Promo Club Tour.

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  • When you’re conducting a Police Operation Starring Ian Ali and Inspector Alex

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • ROCKY DAWUNI – Representing Reggae As A Global Musical Force With Historic GRAMMY Nomination!

    Rocky Dawuni‘s latest album, Branches of the Same Tree was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album. Dawuni is the first musician from Ghana to ever receive a GRAMMY® nomination. He is also only the second African to be nominated in this category.

    Rocky Dawuni was nominated alongside modern Jamaican music greats Luciano, Barrington Levy, Jah Cure and Morgan Heritage who took home the GRAMMY award. Dawuni stated, Much like the blues, reggae is the root of so much popular music. I am proud to contribute to its grand tradition and legacy. As my album title states, we are all ‘branches of the same tree’ and I am honored to represent Africa and stand alongside my Jamaican brothers.”

    Dawuni released his 6th album “Branches of the Same Tree “(Cumbancha) on March 31, 2015 to rave reviews worldwide and the album landed on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Chart. He has since toured the world with memorable performances in Canada, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Iceland, Greenland, the UK, and across the USA, as well as taking part in prestigious performances at the Grammy Museum’s “Concert For Social Justice” with David Crosby, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Morello and Jackson Browne and the “Under One Sky” concert during the UN General Assembly 2015 to celebrate the announcement of the Global Goals in New York City.

    On the heels of this high profile year, Dawuni was invited to join the Leadership Council of The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. In this role, he joins other esteemed members including former US President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Quincy Jones, and Harry Belafonte to advance the cause of the organization’s human rights initiatives. Dawuni also serves as a UN Foundation Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves amongst other social responsibility endeavors.

    Influenced by the soulful beats of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the positive messages and deep grooves of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, and K’naan, Rocky Dawuni’s songs straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.

    Dawuni added, My Branches of the Same Tree brought Ghanaian music a historic nomination at the 2016 GRAMMYs Garnering such an accolade is a real symbol of the paradigm change in reggae music and a massive recognition of Afro Roots as a new global force. Branches brought a progressive fusion of reggae, Afrobeat and soul music to a global audience. Our journey has not been one of swift victories and overnight successes but a step-by-step climb toward enduring prominence. Although we did not win the physical award, my nomination is a landmark step announcing our arrival on the world stage.”

     

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  • New Song – Romain Virgo Covers Dennis Brown’s “Caress Me”

    ROMAIN VIRGO PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE REGGAE ICON DENNIS BROWN WITH “CARESS ME”

    This week, Romain Virgo reveals a soul wrenching rendition of the late reggae icon Dennis Brown’s “Caress Me Girl”.

    The song is part of We Remember Dennis Brown – a double-disc tribute album due in late spring on VP Records that celebrates one of the best reggae singers in the world.

    Listen to Romain Virgo’s “Caress Me” now:

    We Remember Dennis Brown is a collection of The Crown Prince of Reggae’s timeless hits covered by some reggae and r&b’s most renowned artists today. Each song was re-produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with his all-star team of musicians to give each song an authentic yet fresh feel.
    To celebrate the icon during his birthday month, VP Records will reveal one song from the album every Friday for the next five weeks – including Romain Virgo’s “Caress Me Girl”, Raging Fyah’s “Milk & Honey”, Jah9’s “Bloody City”, The Green’s “Promised Land” and Marsha Ambrosius’ “Have You Ever”.

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  • New Album – Assassin – The Theory of Reggaetivity

    ASSASSIN A.K.A. AGENT SASCO EVOLVES SOUND ON NEW ALBUM

    THE THEORY OF REGGAETIVITY

    His First Full-Length Studio Release In Almost 10 Years
    The Theory of Reggaetivity is a pivotal album in the discography of Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco. For the past 15 years, the Jamaican vocalist has earned credibility through his dense catalogue of dancehall hits (spanning over 300 singles) and more recently for his hip hop collaborations (including Kanye West’s “I’m In It” and Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry”). On his new third studio album, the vocalist goes back to dancehall’s foundation and expands his reach to reggae – delivering his most honest record that parallels his maturation over the past 10 years. In contrast to Assassin’s more dancehall-driven releases -Infiltration (2005) and Gully Sit’n (2007) – The Theory of Reggaetivity’s foundation is purely reggae.

    “The Theory of Reggaetivity is my musical study of the principles of reggae music. What makes reggae … reggae? What are the birth marks, the unique, distinguishing characteristics of the music? I like the idea of a theory because it’s a supposition, therefore it leaves room for improvements and amendments. Like with all learning it does not propose that one knows all there is to know on the subject and leaves room for expansion,” says Assassin.

    The album’s title, a play on words, makes a nod to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Setting the tone of the album, the title track and “Reggae Origin,” examine the birth of reggae beyond its pioneers. Assassin’s description is more scientific because he questions the possibilities of reggae playing a role in the Big Bang and the vibration of weather patterns as the building blocks of the genre, which inherently are building blocks of life.

    Given reggae’s reputation of being by the people and for the people, he carries the tradition of a messenger by reaching people on a human level, incorporating more live instrumentation and harmonizing than he has done on any of his previous material. Assassin portrays the genre as a complex subject that is not just a medium of expression, but also a soundtrack of motivation (“J-O-B”), struggle (“No Slave” feat. Chronixx), achievement (“Stronger”), love (“Crazy” feat. Elesia Iimura) and celebration (“Feel Highrie”).

    The Theory of Reggaetivity Track Listing:

    1. Theory of Reggaetivity
    2. What Is Reggae (feat. AC, LC & JC)
    3. Reggae Origin
    4. Health and Wealth (Kingston Mix)
    5. LC Intro (feat. LC)
    6. Feel Highrie
    7. Mix Up
    8. Crazy (feat. Elesia Limura)
    9. Africa
    10. J-O-B (Skit)
    11. No Slave (feat. Chronixx)
    12. Stronger
    13. Day in Day Out
    14. Country Bus

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  • It’s Coming – RastafariUnion’s Reggae for Africa Fundraiser!

    What is a Blitz Day?

    A blitz day is an online based fundraising event that only lasts 24 hours. Why are we blitzing? RastafariUnion is right around the corner and we want to make this one of the most memorable events in the history of Reggae Culture.

    RastafariUnion – Reggae for Africa

    What can Reggae do for Africa? For 5 decades Reggae Music has given us the keys for the socio-economic liberation of the oppressed and for the strength and vitality of the downtrodden. RastafariUnion puts those words into action while celebrating the birth and blossoming of this message at a seven-day symposium and concert to be held in Ocho Rios Jamaica.

    Fifty years ago, when Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica, his adherents received a measure of peace, allowing them to spread the messages of natural living, cooperative economics, social activism and Africa’s development to the world. Today, people of every nation celebrate this culture and the message has gone mainstream. RastafariUnion is calling forward members of every nation to learn more, perform and participate in these celebrations.

    RastafariUnion is working to support GREEN development in Africa that will provide much more than light to rural areas on the continent. The works are in place to develop a zero to low waste city that will attract sustainable businesses competing in the Global GREEN economy. “The Spirit of Africa is deserving of the greatness which Africa demands of it. Let us prove ourselves worthy of it.”

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  • REAL CHALLENGES OF A JAMAICAN IN NEW YORK

    RDX Music superstar, Shinehead briefly described the differences in style, ambition and preferences between Jamaicans and other residents of the Big Apple in his hit song “Jamaican in New York.”

    The Producers of Mama Please Take Me Back to Church have taken quite a different approach; they have put together a play that gives the audience a front row seat view into the lives of a Jamaican family with a matriarch determined to keep her Jamaican style discipline, culture and values at the center of the lives of her children in response to those children becoming more assimilated into the “liberal American” way of life.

    The play is a wonderful mix of church culture vs dancehall culture; old time Jamaican years of courtship vs. modern day speed dating; low carb organic food style diets with unsweetened ice tea versus Jamaican fried chicken with rice and peas washed down with carrot juice. It is like watching two world collide right before your eyes.

    Drama, tears, fears and some fun make this play quite like no other released out of Jamaica in the last few years. Produced by the Production Team that brought you the last three Oliver Samuels written hits, written by Andrew Roach, writer of the major mega international hit STRENGTH OF A WOMAN and starring the infamous Dorothy “Miss Zella” Cunningham from Lime Tree Lane; Mama Please Take Me to Church is a refreshing new addition to the theater scene in Jamaica which will single handedly bring families back to Jamaican theater after the genre suffered a lull with family patronage due to the prevalence of risqué often adult material in many recent plays.

    With its international appeal, the play is only playing in Jamaica for 5 nights only as it is high demand in North America and UK, especially in you guessed it, New York City.

    Watch Mama Please take me back to church video Here:



    Watch Take Me Back To Church vocals in the mix here:

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  • Canada’s Reggae Songstress Ammoye to Open for Sean Paul in London, Ontario!

    Canada’s Reggae Songstress Ammoye will perform an opening set just before Sean Paul performs on Friday March 18th at the London Music Hall.

    The two time JUNO Award nominee (2013 and 2014) is well known for her brand of Reggae which fans call ‘love fueled,’ ‘conscious awakening’ and ‘motivational.’ Ammoye’s musical mission is to be a Light Worker which forms the foundation from which she creates chart topping music. Songs such as the socially charged “Shooting” addresses the issue of gun violence, while “Sorry” hears her apologize to her beau for an argument that got out of control. Both songs have enjoyed extensive radio play in Canada and internationally, and have been included on the artists first official Mixtape entitled Enter the Warrior-ess. In addition to her Reggae lane, Ammoye’s voice for Dancehall is extra hot and spicy in songs such as “Mad Dem,” “Yuh Nuh Ready” and “Cool and Deadly” which electrify audiences when performed live.

    About her upcoming opening performance for Sean Paul, Ammoye said “I can’t wait to take the stage! This is another opportunity to impress the fans, and impress Sean Paul; this Light Worker is ready!”

    Sean Paul, the Billboard and platinum selling artist will be in Canada as a part of his Full Speed Promo Club Tour. Stops include Hamilton, Montreal, and Toronto.

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  • Celebrate Carnival with ‘Get Soca 2016’

    Whine, wave and celebrate Caribbean carnivals all year long with Get Soca 2016, the second edition of this annual flagship compilation. This definitive soca collection features the top hits from the 2016 carnival season, from soca’s biggest hit-makers, all on one album, and are now available from all major digital retailers worldwide.

    The album garnered international spotlight, scoring a coveted top banner on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section and a feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New Music chart, during its week of release. It also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Top Albums chart, at #4 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart and at #5 on the iTunes U.K. Reggae Top Albums chart.

    Jammed with 21 blockbuster songs, Get Soca 2016 presents the soundtrack of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, Barbados’ Crop Over, Grenada’s Spicemas, St. Lucia’s Lucian Carnival and Antigua Carnival, for festival goers and international soca aficionados. This sizzling collective of soca gems will have everyone jamming as it perfectly captures the essence of carnival and brings the sounds of these rich, Caribbean cultural celebrations to the international masses, year round.

    Get Soca 2016 features the kings and queens of carnival, including the 2015 International Soca Monarch and Road March king Machel Montano and the 2015 International Groovy Soca Monarch Olatunji Yearwood from Trinidad and Tobago, the reigning Party Monarch, Road March champion and STAG Jam Tune winner Peter Ram from Barbados, the current Jumpy Soca Monarch Ricardo Drue of Antigua, world-renowned soca stars Farmer Nappy, Destra Garcia, KES, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson and Denise Belfon, alongside soca sensations Shal Marshall, GBMNutron, Erphaan Alves and Lavaman, in addition to rising stars Sekon Sta, Cloud 5,Jahmoun, Terri Lyons, Sedale and Fireyahs. Legendary soca icon Crazyrounds out this full spectrum of sounds from across the Caribbean, which is bound to electrify soca fans globally.

    Get Soca 2016 spotlights a diverse array of top production houses spanning the Caribbean islands.

    TRACK LIST

    1. GBMNutron – Scene
    2. Erphaan Alves – Intentions (Wine & Touch)
    3. Sekon Sta & Nadia Batson – Magic
    4. Peter Ram – All Ah We
    5. Jahmoun – Let Go
    6. Cloud 5 – No Behavior (Whole Place Shell Down)
    7. Olatunji – Oh Yay
    8. Shal Marshall – Party
    9. KES – People
    10. Ricardo Drue – BET
    11. Farmer Nappy – Bambilambambilambilambam
    12. Denise Belfon – Dismantle
    13. Lavaman – D-Date
    14. Terri Lyons Featuring Lil Rick – High
    15. Destra Garcia – Dip N Ride
    16. Fireyahs – We Head Nice
    17. Patrice Roberts – Money Done (Fete Out Money)
    18. Olatunji – Seasonally
    19. Sedale – Neighbour
    20. Crazy – Is Not The Same
    21. Machel Montano – Road Trip

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  • Carnival 2016 EDRM Mixtape by Ted Ganung

    This is the newest mixtape from VP’s own Ted Ganung. Inspired by the carnival season, this mix is a fusion of soca, tropical, afro beats, house and dancehall we’ve coined electronic dance reggae music (EDRM). This particular mix is heavily soca but has influences from across the genres.

    Track List:
    1. I Won’t Stop – Timeka Marshall
    2. Hey Yah Hey Yah Hey – Khago
    3. Goodbye To My Haters – Movado
    4. Daniella Wine – Patoranking
    5. Raze – Fay Ann Lyons
    6. Don’t Tempt Me – Fay Ann Lyons
    7. Cheers – Bunji Garlin
    8. Home For Carnival (Nutation Records Remix) – K. Kay
    9. Allez – Teddyson John
    10. Permission – Shurwayne Winchester & Mr.Vegas
    11. Whining Machine – Alison Hinds
    12. Party Done – Angela Hunte
    13. Cloud 9 – Lyrikal
    14. Partyak “Party People Anthem” – King Bubba FM & Kerwin Du Bois Ft. Jah Cure & Lil Rick
    15. Music Takes You Far – Khari Kill

    Carnival 2016 | EDRM Mixtape | by Ted Ganung:

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  • Dancehall, Afro-Pop Recording Artist Ayo Jay Coming to New York and New Jersey

    Following up on the success of “Your Number” featuring popular American rapper Fetty Wap, multi-talented Ayo Jay is back from several overseas performances and appearances to touch the New York and New Jersey stage.

    The hot single which spurred a viral online dance #yournumberayojay, has been blazing the airwaves thanks to faithful fans and the blogmosphere. Known for fusing Dancehall, R&B, Hip Hop and Afrobeats, Ayo Jay’s prolific lyrics are only rivaled by his exciting onstage presence. Fans and music lovers will get a chance to experience and meet the young budding star when he takes the stage on February 13th, 2016 at the Buzz Nightclub in Brooklyn NY, and on March 12th, 2016 at De Island Breeze in Somerset, NJ.

    Explaining how the collaboration came about,Ayo explained “The CEO of One Nation was already in contact with Fetty and some of his representatives. He played the song to them and they seemed to like it a lot. A collaboration was spoken about right there and not long after it happened. I was already feeling Fetty’s sound and I thought it would complement well with mine on the song. I’m glad we made it happen.”

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  • Soulful Reggae Artist Omari Banks Teams Up with Multi-platinum, Multi-Grammy Nominee, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer on “ME & U”

    Kicking off the new year and in time for lover’s week, soulful reggae recording artist Omari Banks is delivering “Me & You” produced by multi- platinum, multi-Grammy nominee, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer.

    Music and love transcend all, they are felt with the heart and soul, a universal language that we can all relate, and incorporating the two, Omari tells a stirring story of lost, love and perseverance.

    Speaking of the moving song, Omari explains “My inspiration was actually observing relationships and how they can get complicated when outside influences come into the equation. Sometimes all that is needed to bring things back a healthy and good position is the two parties working things out themselves. The song is about a couple who’ve been together for a while that are still in love but get caught up with the day to day proceedings They aren’t spending the valuable time with each other but they realize this and work toward getting things how it’s supposed to be “Me & U”. If you’ve been in a relationship then you will relate.”

    Hitting the airwaves, the single has already gathered support and positive feedback from both listeners and broadcasters.

    “It’s a nice groovy sexy song, brother got talent” – DJ Preston, Hot 104 FM in Cayman

    “This is the next Maxi Priest his blend is full of rhythm and his vocals brings a new life to reggae.” – The Gadiethz from The International Morning Ride Show, ZROD 103.7FM Tortola BVI

    “Omari’s music continues to grow and evolve. Me and U is the perfect blend of soul and reggae music.” – DJ Stormin Norman, Tropixx 105.5FM in St Maarten

    “He has a melodious voice, something that is really special. The message within his song is certainly going to be captivating the heart of many and the minds of those who haven’t heard real vocals in a long time delivered the way he did. As a connoisseur of music, i honestly support this project, and i think that every media house and broadcaster should support and give it the full weight of supporting good music and bring it to the forefront, definitely a thumbs up from me!” – The Connoisseur, RTC 107FM Turks & Caicos

    2015 has been a whirlwind year of touring, honor and recognition for Omari, taking it all in stride the humbled artist is looking forward to a new year with new music, video, performances and spreading musical vibes.

    Omari Banks

    Born and raised on the beautiful island of Anguilla, Omari Banks found his musical calling at a young age when he first took the stage in Milan, Italy to sing alongside his father Bankie Banx . The emotions conveyed through music touched his heart and a star was born.

    Founding his inspiration through an eclectic genre of music, Omari went on to perfect his craft by writing and becoming a proficient guitar player. The budding star went on to win multiple talent shows but as a teenager turned his attention to the sport of Cricket, where he excelled first locally, then regionally and ultimately on the world stage.

    In 2003, Omari Banks became the first Anguillan to play test cricket for the West Indies. He went to travel the world for twelve years as a professional athlete, but despite his success in sports, Omari never lost his passion for music. He became renowned for traveling with his guitar and giving impromptu performances; even as he focused on cricket. In 2010, Omari made the decision to move on and pursue his passion for music.

    With a lifetime of experiences and life lessons, he immersed himself in songwriting and perfecting his musicianship. He dedicated himself to his music and created his debut album, “Move On” recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and Houston, Texas. The album was very well received as a mélange of his musical influences, and can be effectively described as a“contribution to a legacy his dad, Bankie Banks started in the early 70’s.”

    Armed with his guitar, Omari aims and strives to bring his words to life.

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  • New Video – Gyptian + Lady Leshurr

    Jamaican reggae star Gyptian links with UK’s most sought after rapper Lady Leshurr for a wild romp through Kingston’s streets on the new video for his “All On Me (Diztortion Remix).”

    Gyptian’s originial song “All On Me” continues to climb UK and U.S. radio charts on Top 40, Urban and Rhythmic radio, and the new remix (out now on iTunes) collides UK grime, hip hop, EDM and reggae into a worldly sound.

    England’s leading lady is the perfect match to team up with the reggae star on this wicked new remix produced by the Dutch born record producer Diztortion (known for his hits with UK artists like Stylo G, Lethal Bizzle and Tinie Tempah).

    Born to St. Kitts parents and influenced by reggae’s sound, the grime artist Lady Leshurr brings her own unique Caribbean-tinged flavor to the track to match Gyptian’s pitch-perfect island vibes.

    Watch Video Here:

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  • New Album (Out Now) – Ghetto Youths International Set Up Shop Vol. 3

    GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS SET UP SHOP VOLUME 3

    New Compilation from Marley Owned Label Spreads New Hope and Inspiration Featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian
    Marley, Morgan Heritage, Black-Am-I, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley,
    Christopher Ellis, J Boog, Skip Marley, Third World and more

    Ghetto Youths International – the independent record label owned and
    operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen – releases the
    third installment of Set Up Shop. The compliation series stands true to GYI
    ethos of making messgae music. Hence, the opening track “The Message,” which
    sets the precedent for the album. The song by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and
    Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is passionate forward-thinking song
    fights for the souls of our youth and future generation.

    The compilation continues with thought-provoking material. Damian Marley
    revamps Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s anthem “Hey Baby” (feat. Mos Def) into a
    stellar one drop remix. Stephen also addresses the ongoing cycle of youth
    violence on his most recent single Ghetto Boy (feat. Bounty Killer & Cobra),
    while Julian Marley proclaims “Lemme Go” in light of the recent ganja
    decriminilazation laws in Jamaica, off the popular On The Corner riddim
    (produced by Damian Marley). Reggae’s rising star Kabaka Pyramid also voices
    over the the riddim, addressing all the crooked polticians on this powerful
    open letter to the gatekeepers.

    Ghetto Youths labelmates, like Jo Mersa featured on Morgan Heritage’s “Light
    It Up,” Black-Am-I on new solo singles “Vessel” and “Living Dread” and
    Christopher Ellis on “Glory,” all shine on the collection. Newcomer Skip
    Marley also delivers on his latest hit “Cry To Me,” while reggae legends
    Third World pave new ground on “YinMasGan.” “Rude Bwoy” is a powerhouse
    collaboration featuring the GYI massive ( Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa, Julian
    Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall) plus more
    (Determine) that will have reggae purists rewinding and pulling up until
    early morning.

    Track Listing:

    1. The Message – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
    2. Hey Baby (feat. Mos Def) [One Drop Remix] – Stephen Marley
    3. Light It Up (feat. Jo Mersa) Morgan Heritage
    4. Vessel – Black-Am-I
    5. Well Done – Kabaka Pyramid
    6. Dem Gone Too Far – Tarrus Riley
    7. Ghetto Boy (feat. Bounty Killer & Cobra) – Stephen Marley
    8. Living Dread – Black-Am-I
    9. Glory – Christopher Ellis
    10. Lemme Go – Julian Marley
    11. Good Good Feeling (feat. Stephen Marley) – J Boog
    12. Rude Bwoy – Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa, Julian Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley,
    Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall & Determine
    13. Cry to Me – Skip Marley
    14. YinMasGan -Third World
    15. Ghetto Boy (feat. Cham, Spragga Benz & Bounty Killer) [Remix] [Bonus Track] – Stephen Marley
    16. YinMasGan (Instrumental) [Bonus Track]  – Third World

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  • VP RECORDS REMEMBERS DENNIS BROWN “THE CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE”

    February 1st, marked the late reggae and lover’s rock icon Dennis Brown’s 59th birthday. Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time and by Bob Marley as one of the best reggae singers in the world – the revered Jamaican icon began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and has more than 75 albums to date. Even though he passed away at the early age of 42, his music and legacy lives on.

    VP Records, reggae’s leading distributor and label, will pay homage this spring with an extensive tribute album We Remember Dennis Brown of his timeless hits covered by some reggae and r&b’s most renowned artists today. Each song was re-produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with his all-star team of musicians to give each song an authentic yet fresh feel.

    To celebrate the icon during his birthday month, VP Records will reveal one song from the album every Friday for the next five weeks – including “Caress Me Girl” on Feb 5 from one of Jamaica’s brightest voices Romain Virgo, “Milk & Honey” on Feb 12 by roots reggae rockers Raging Fyah, “Bloody City” on Feb 19 from the Caribbean’s soulful songstress Jah9, “Promised Land” on Feb 26 from Hawaiian reggae band The Green and “Have You Ever” on Mar 4 by R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius.

    In addition to these power hitters, We Remember Dennis Brown will feature an array of singers from Brown’s native country and across the globe who he influenced. Jamaica’s latest crop of stars (including Jah Cure, Gyptian, Chronixx and Jesse Royal) as well as the island’s icons who worked with Brown (like reggae vocalists Bushman and Freddie McGregor) all offer their contributions. Freddie’s son Chino McGregor and Christopher Ellis, the talented UK-based singer and offspring of Alton Ellis (another one of Brown’s musical mentors and confidants), both deliver powerful renditions of Brown’s classics. New Zealand rockers also create a breezy rendition of “If I Had The World.” The worldly collection proves that his universal sound transcends all boundaries of time, race and creed. Each artist adds their own original flair to Brown’s profound soul-stirring sound – touching the hearts of new and old fans alike on this unique multi-disc collection. We Remember Dennis Brown will include deluxe packaging as well as extensive liner notes on the belated legend.

                                              DENNIS BROWN

    Dennis Brown was greatly influenced by American balladeers such as Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Jamaican singers like Delroy Wilson and John Holt. At only 12-years-old, he cut his first hit “No Man Is An Island” at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famous Studio One. Within the years, he was a force to be reckoned with musically – dubbed the “Boy Wonder of Jamaica” and “Crown Prince of Reggae.”

    Before he was 16, he had worked with Jamaica’s top recording artists (Alton Ellis, Horace Andy) and producers of the time (Prince Buster, Dennis Alcapone, Winston “Niney” Holness and Vincent “Randy” Chin).

    In the 1970s, he worked closely with producer Joe Gibbs and released multiple albums. One of the album’s songs “Money in my Pocket,” peaked at #14 on UK Top 40 chart becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica’s history. This success landed him the cover of the NME’s February 1979 issue. Enthusiastically adapting to the new dancehall era, Brown released a huge amount of work throughout the 1980s recording with genre’s major producers like King Jammy on Brown’s 1986 album The Exit and Gussie Clarke in 1989 with the Gregory Isaacs duet “Big All Round” and the album Unchallenged.

    He continued to record prolifically in the 1990s before his passing. His 1994 album Light My Fire and 2001 release Let Me Be the One were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

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