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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • REGGAE AMBASSADOR FREDDIE MCGREGOR RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TRUE TO MY ROOTS”

    Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. has done it again with the release of his second single “True to My Roots” on the classic Studio One “Heavenless” riddim’ (previously made popular by Reggae legend Dennis Brown’s “Your Love’s Got a Hold on Me” and Tristan Palmer’s “Entertainment”).

    The track sets the stage for his highly anticipated fifteen track album similarly entitled True to My Roots slated for release in June 2016 throughout Japan, UK, North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Fresh off a successful run of the albums debut single, “What You Gonne Do” (which topped the New York and South Florida billboard charts), “True to My Roots” is currently receiving heavy rotation in the UK and available on iTunes – get your copy today!

    Released on the Big Ship Music Inc. label with notable producers Dalton Browne, Cleveland Browne (of the legendary Reggae production duo, Steely & Cleve) and Lloyd Campbell, the album True to My Roots is a musical testimony that transcends the trials of life, expresses emotions inspired by love, celebrates cultural pride and preservation and shares a prophetic message with today’s youth. Re-living the moment, reminiscing of the past and peeking into the future, True to My Roots is living proof that Reggae music is still universal and its lyrical boundaries limitless. Planned tour dates include Caribbean, Japan, US and Europe.

    Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has not only made significant contributions to Reggae music, but, has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. 

    Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like Push Come to Shove, I Was Born A Winner, Big Ship, American soul classics like, Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely and his latest single True to My Roots. Always ready to perform, Freddie has completed over 30 albums and continues to headline international concerts and venues throughout the world.

    Watch the video here:

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  • Alborosie NYC Album Listening Event | New Album (May 20) Freedom & Fyah

     

     

     

     

     

    FROM SICILY TO JAMAICA, REGGAE SINGER, PRODUCER & MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ALBOROSIE PRESENTS HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM FREEDOM & FYAH Out May 20 on Greensleeves Records.

    Reggae music is no longer confined by race, skin color or nationality. It always did have a global message, but the culture that it represents has now extended way beyond Jamaica. Alborosie’s success is symbolic of this new spirit sweeping the reggae world. The Sicilian born artist, who has spent over a decade living in Jamaica, delivers revolutionary songs with deep, heavy roots rhythms that have become his trademark.

    He is the complete package – a festival headliner who’s written, played and produced a succession of bestselling albums since his 2008 debut Soul Pirate, and now culminates in this latest set Freedom & Fyah (May 20, Greensleeves).

    Alborosie explains that the new album has “a very strong dub influence, and with signs of dubstep and electronic music in some of the tracks.” Lyrically, he covers similar topics including love, revenge, politics and social commentary. Freedom & Fyah delivers un-compromising Rasta lyrics, on blazing roots tunes “Can’t Cool,” “Judgement” and “Cry,” which derides the gunmen who’ve turned Kingston’s inner city communities into killing fields.

    The song “Poser” (video) is one of the two recent hits included on the album and a clear example of staying true to yourself and standing up for what you believe in. The other hit “Rocky Road,” expresses fundamental truths like the cycle of life and death and is also accompanied by a video.

    Alborosie has major guest features on the album including Jamaica reggae star Protoje on “Strolling” – explaining the true Rasta cadence -and Ky-Mani Marley (son of Bob) on the love song “Life To Me.” He also introduces rising artists like Sandy Smith on “Carry On” and Sugus (former back up vocalist for Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs) on “Zion Youth” and the EDM-influenced weed anthem “Fly 420.”

    ALBOROSIE
    Alborosie, real name Alberto D’ Ascola, was born in the Sicilian town of Marsala, Italy. After relocating to Milan in his teens, he played in a variety of bands before joining Reggae National Tickets, who regularly toured Europe during the mid-to-late nineties. One day the Tickets were invited to perform in Jamaica – an event that inspired Alborosie to quit the band and change his life around. Soon, he was living in Jamaica and working as an engineer at Gee Jam studios in Portland, where he worked with many leading foreign and Jamaican artists. As a keen student of Jamaican music, he is fascinated by analogue recording techniques and plays many different instruments, (including guitar, bass and keyboards).

    Today, his Shengen Studio in the foothills of Kingston, Jamaica contains equipment once owned by the likes of King Tubby and Coxsone Dodd. There, he immerses himself in reggae’s past and creates the true essence of his revolutionary sound. He represents an exciting new era for reggae. He has released a number of critically acclaimed albums following his debut Soul Pirate, including Escape To Babylon (2009), 2 Times Revolution (2011), Sound The System and Dub The System (2013) as well as Alborosie Meets King Jammy -Dub Of Thrones (2015). In 2011, Alborosie also won the UK’s MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

    Freedom & Fyah Track Listing:

    Alborosie ft. Rev. Rohan Treleven – The Prophecy
    Alborosie – Can’t Cool
    Alborosie ft. Sugus – Fly 420
    Alborosie – Cry
    Alborosie ft. Protoje – Strolling
    Alborosie – Rocky Road
    Alborosie – Poser
    Alborosie – Judgement
    Alborosie ft. Ky-mani Marley – Life To Me
    Alborosie – Rich
    Alborosie ft. Sandy Smith – Carry On
    Alborosie (Roots Radics DJ Appearance By Pupa Avril)- Everything
    Alborosie ft. Sugus – Zion Youth

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  • New Album (May 27, Dub Rockers) – Raging Fyah – Everlasting

    A NEW GENERATION OF ROOTS, ROCK & REGGAE, RAGING FYAH RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM EVERLASTING ON MAY 27 ON DUB ROCKERS Recently Wrapped First U.S. Tour with Stick Figure and performing at Cali Roots Festival on May 29.

    “…most promising acts…their revolutionary spirit evoking the late Peter Tosh or Steel Pulse circa the late 1970s” – Billboard

    On the heels of their first national U.S. tour with Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth, one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts Raging Fyah is gearing up for their debut album for Dub Rockers, entitled Everlasting. Following their previous self-released albums “Judgement Day” (2011) and “Destiny” (2014), Everlasting will be available for worldwide release on May 27, 2016. The five-piece Kingston collective – consisting of Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist) Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy “Pele” Hamilton (bassist) – carries the tradition of the island’s enduring roots rock reggae spirit with an expansive vision and fresh contemporary flare.

    Recorded live at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios, Everlasting is produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (whose credits include Stephen and Damian Marley, Richie Spice, T.O.K. and 2016 Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage) and features select guest artists. Rising roots singjay Jesse Royal joins the band in criticizing greedy, uncaring leaders on “Humble.” Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal is featured on two irresistible tracks including the pop-flavored “Would You Love Me” and the lilting “Live Your Life” also featuring the Compton, California raised reggae star J Boog.

    Inspired by the likes of The Wailers, Third World, Steel Pulse and Aswad, Raging Fyah tackles similar topics of socio-economics and politics with an underlying message of hope and inspiration fueled by passion and purpose. From the hypnotic dub title track to the melodious crusade for “Justice” and lush harmonies and gentle soulfulness of the album’s first single “Ready For Love,” Raging Fyah’s varied experiences and broadening perspectives in recent years contribute to the sonic sophistication that characterizes Everlasting.

    The band writes all their songs together, many conveying personal meaning while simultaneously addressing wider issues. “Musically, we kept our roots but went way beyond them because there is not just one shape to fyah, it takes on different forms,” says Demar. “Wondering,” penned in Haiti (the world’s the first independent Black nation) asks how did we get here, while “Get Up” motivates the progress of Africans throughout the Diaspora despite historical atrocities of slavery. The purity of Kumar’s emotionally wrenching vocals shine on throughout the collection. His supple expressive tone persuasively delivers on Everlasting’s array of personas, including the playful suitor on the “Dash Wata”, the Jamaican roots revolutionary on “Raggamuffin” and the enlightened soldier in Jah Army on “Getting Dread.” Each mood is ideally complemented by the band’s finely honed, faultlessly taut grooves.

    Most of Raging Fyah’s members met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston before officially forming in 2006. The group has already made a name for themselves in their native country, playing the biggest shows (Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and their own Wickie Wackie Festival). From tearing up stages in South America to headlining major European reggae festivals (Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Garance), they also have a devoted following internationally – even performing in such far-flung locales as Siberia, Russia and the South Pacific island of New Caledonia.

    Raging Fyah’s infectious vibes and soul-filled sound continue to make waves in the latest reggae renaissance. The buzzworthy band was recently covered in VOGUE, raving how the “whole crowd was drawn to its feet in a visible wave, like fallen dominoes getting up again” after their Rebel Salute 2015 performance in Jamaica. They also made both OkayPlayer LargeUp’s and Marley Natural’s 2016 Artists To Watch list, and their upcoming release has been selected by The Pier as one of 2016’s Most Anticipated Albums. After their recent cross-country U.S. tour supporting Stick Figure, they are steadily capturing the hearts of North American listeners and will head back to the U.S. on May 29 to perform at the annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. See full tour schedule below.

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  • Cadance All Starts for Jazz ‘N Creole in Dominica

    Discover Dominica Authority announced the inclusion of the Cadence All Starts for the 7th Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival.

    The performance on May 15, 2016 at the Cabrits National Park will showcase the musical talent of Dominica’s top musicians. The Cadence All Stars will feature Fitzroy Williams, founding member of Exile One band and cadencelypso icon; Cornell Phillip, bouyon music pioneer and keyboardist extraordinaire; versatile guitarist Jerry Moulon; drummer Jason Joseph, aka Froggie who performs with the Triple Kay Band; and bass guitarist Freddie Nicholas, of Bill O Men and mighty Arrow fame.

    Lead singers are Carlyn Xavier- Phillip and Joy Stoute, who have held their own in the musical field. Caryln is a member of C Squared and Fanatik Band and won the 2016 Carnival Bouyon Monarch; Joy Stoute was a past winner of Q 95 Talent Search competition and has represented Dominica at various regional musical contests. Marketing Executive at Discover Dominica Authority Monique Jacob, stated that the Cadence all stars will make the event “well rounded with Jazz and Creole music.”

    Digicel brand ambassador Michele Henderson noted that Digicel’s sponsorship of Jazz ‘n Creole for the past six years have been “solidifying its desire to help sustain culture and to promote Dominican artistes and to promote the island …. as a whole.” As the Gold Partner for the 7th Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole, Digicel will not only promote the event locally, but will also promote the festival to jazz enthusiasts in the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

    Other artistes carded to perform at the festival this year are Andy Narell Quartet, Cameron Pierre and Breve, Soft and Elan Parlé.

    Confirmed partners for Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole are Gold Sponsor Digicel, Business Partners Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd, Fine Foods Inc, HHV Whitchurch & Co. Ltd, Rejens Hotel, West Indies oil, Courts Dominica, Rainbow Rentals, DA Vibes, Vibes Radio, DBS Radio, Kairi FM, The Sun Newspaper, The Chronicle, Dominica News Online and Le Pelican newspaper in St. Martin.

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  • Junkanoo Carnival electrifies Grand Bahama

    FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Bahama’s Junkanoo Carnival descended onto Grand Bahama delivering powerful performances described by Festival Chairman Paul Major as a “celebration of Bahamian talent”. Thousands of Bahamians and international visitors flooded Taino Beach on Friday and Saturday to amp up the music, soak up the culture and turn up the vibes with Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC.

    Despite a late start due to rain on Friday night, the Music Masters Song Competition thoroughly impressed the crowd. Jive, a new girl’s group on the scene, opened the night with an incredible performance that secured their place in the Top 10. Inagua native Avvy, shredded the stage with his yellow suit and electric moves, supported by a contingent of fans from Inagua, w ho flew to Grand Bahama just to show their support. Avvy also advanced to the finals. In addition to the song competition, Bahamians like Geno D electrified the crowd.

    “I could not help but marvel at how our Junkanoo Carnival events are taking on their own Bahamian character. The quality and fusion of the locally produced music and the variety of local and international artists are greatly helping to define our festival,” said Paul Major, Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman.

    “The Grand Bahama Carnival Kickoff has soared to a new level and the bar has been raised yet again for Nassau. It was truly an event to remember. The crowd was unbelievable. The tourists came to the island and turned out in much greater numbers this year. Geno D was an absolute sensation. I look forward to an equally exciting event in Nassau,” said Major.

    The two-day festival delivered pure music, culture and vibes thanks to the organizational efforts of Ginger Moxey, Event Consultant for the BNFC, and Production Manager George “Jimmy” Smith. Despite the extreme pressure, their team pulled together to deliver a spectacular event.

    Bahamian legend Ronnie Butler opened the Saturday night concert, garnering laughs, applause and absolute attention as he held the audience in the palm of his hands. Stileet’s high octane performance was a crowd pleaser as expected. The five-star general of rake n scrape danced, jumped and wowed the crowd. Not to be outdone, D Mac smashed onto stage claiming it as his and his alone. While the international performers, including Ricardo Drue, Olatunji and Scherwin Winchester also crowd pleasers, the Bahamian acts stole the show.

    “The celebration of Bahamian music is a part of the linkages required for our tourism growth and development,” said Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, who also said he is excited for carnival’s move to Nassau in the coming weeks. He expects the Nassau festival to be a “great event,” noting that every time a Bahamian goes on stage they rise to the occasion.

    “If we are going to form the linkages we have to do it through food, which is culinary, our entertainment and through our culture. By bringing people out, international visitors as well as domestic tourists, it will cause a more expanded celebration of who and what we are.”

    He said carnival will only get better as time goes on. “The truth is people love it,” he said. “And we have to have events that draw people out.”

    The weekend was very much a family friendly affair as intended. Scores of children were on the field, some holding bubble guns and littering the air with the circular water shapes. At times confetti was shot into the air, pumping up the crowd closest to the stage.

    “I love it. This is my second year,” said Tony Storr, who was visiting from Florida.
    “Last year I was in Nassau and this year I’m in Freeport. So it’s back to back.
    “I will definitely be back for next year. It’s better in The Bahamas.”

    Ten artists in the Music Masters Song Competition competed on each night of the event. They were vying for a shot at the $20,000 grand prize. The Top 10 was announced on the final night.

    Gladys Sawyer, a Freeport native, said she was impressed by the level of talent by the Bahamian performers.

    “I’m very proud and surprised of the level of talent and the effort and energy they put into it,” she said. “It really brought Bahamian music to the level it should be. So I just see it blossoming and going into Nassau. It’s really at that level.”

    Junkanoo Carnival electrifies Grand Bahama

    Grand Bahama Junkanoo Photo

    Bianca Lewis, another Freeport native said, “This was my first time attending carnival but it was very nice. I like the culture that the Bahamian artists put into their songs and performances.”

    San Francisco native Bertina and her family of four stood mesmerized by the grand stage at Taino Beach. “We love the island,” she said. “We love the people. We love the food. We love everything. I think that the drinks were great. This was wonderful.”

    Her relative, Tristan, said the event was “amazing”. “I haven’t joined the big crowd yet but I’m excited to get in there and start dancing,” he said, as relatives snapped pictures of him.

    Carnival heads to Nassau for three days of music, culture and vibes, May 5-7. Tickets are now on sale at any Cash & Go location, countrywide, or online at BahamasJunkanooCarnival.com.

    Tickets to Da Cultural Village are $15 on Thursday and Saturday. On Friday for the Music Masters Song Competition Finals and Mega Concert, tickets are $25 for General Admission and $75 VIP. Da Cultural village will be free every day from 12pm-6pm.

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  • Vieux Fort Theatre, Arts and Cultural Exposé

    As part of the 2016 St. Lucia National Arts Festival, several Vieux Fort entities, along with the Cultural Development Corporation (CDF), will be hosting a Street Theatre, Arts and Cultural Exposé at 3:30PM Saturday 23 April on Clarke Street.

    The event, which will include street drama, fashion show, dance, masquerade, steel-pan, artists at work, a community art collage and poetry, is in keeping with an ongoing Vieux Fort initiative of always making sure the town hosts an activity to match each national calendar event, with the hope of enriching the arts, and cultural and social capital of Vieux-Fort, strengthening Vieux Fort as a community, instilling confidence in the future of the town, and enabling residents to take pride and ownership of their community.

    The Street Theatre event is coming on the heels of the well-attended and highly praised Vieux Fort Nobel Laureate Literary Night held in January, which was a similarly motivated and collaborative effort among Vieux Fort groups and organizations.

    Please find attached the event’s accompanying press release, and following is a youtube link:

    to the event’s visual-audio jingle. For more information on the Vieux Fort Street Theatre, Arts and Cultural Exposé, please visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VFortStreetTheatre/

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  • Kiyode Erasto Delivers Divine Album, Woosh Sanctify

    Antiguan singer and songwriter Kiyode Erasto delivers a divine album in Woosh Sacntify, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers from FOX FUSE. A key member of Antigua & Barbuda-based imprint Federation Family, Erasto has been bringing conscious, spiritual music to the masses for sixteen years now and Woosh Sanctify delivers exactly that, to the delight of Erasto fans everywhere.

    Boasting 13 dancehall and reggae jams, this marks the first international album release from Erasto, who has seen EPs and numerous tracks released worldwide in the past, also from FOX FUSE. “Woosh signifies a purging fire blowing in the wind – the new breath through word, sound and power,” discloses Erasto. “The goal of this album is to energize people with a positive force, and hopefully the uplifting vibes in the songs will fill you with humbleness, truth and peace.”

    Producers Karl “Fucha Kid” Edwards of Federation Family (Federation Studio in Antigua), Mikterhorn Music Team, CobWeb of Dragunz Den, Slick of Jax Production, Karim of Reemo Productions and Dominique Theodore also contributed their talents to the making of this album.


    TRACK LIST:

    1. Do Ya Thing
    2. Ascend
    3. Don’t Bastardize Rasta
    4. Giant
    5. Withdraw
    6. Natural Queen
    7. She Lub Um (She Loves It)
    8. Love Is In The Air
    9. My Blessings
    10. Precepts And Statutes
    11. Don’t Allow Them
    12. Give Them What They Want
    13. Far From Grace

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  • Marc Isaacs Spreads his Faith “Round the World”

    Rising Gospel marvel Marc Isaacs spreads his faith to the global masses with his new song “Round the World,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on March 18, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Isaacs has been earning his stripes as a songwriter and performer for years now, and was a nominee at the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards.

    Written by Isaacs and produced by Joshua Ali and Reuel Lynch, “Round the World” delivers upbeat, groovy soca vibrations laced with inspirational vocals, as Isaacs asks listeners to join his spiritual mission to take the Gospel around the world. “What inspired the song was the need for the church to be reminded that we are on a mission,” Isaacs states. “There are so many people around the world who have never heard about Jesus! And there are so many more who have heard about Jesus but somehow, got lost along the way.”

    When he is not performing for Gospel music fans, Isaacs is a worship leader, keyboardist and drummer in his local church, San Fernando Church of the Nazarene. He also facilitates workshops in music, teaching and empowering young people.

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  • Nigel Lopez Gives Praise at Carnival with “Camp Connection”

    Trinidad and Tobago-based Gospel singer Nigel Lopez delivers praise and worship to carnival season with his new Gospel soca song “Camp Connection,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from FOX FUSE. Creating music as a performer and producer under his imprint Sincerity Studios, Lopez has been waving the Gospel soca flag for years and the world is taking notice.

    Lopez wrote and produced the up-tempo, groovy soca track, which highlights the celebration of Christians during Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival season. According to Lopez, a caravan sponsored by the top Gospel radio station visits church camps throughout the country and sing praises with the campers, as one of the Christian ways of having fun during carnival season.

    The festive Trinidad Carnival celebrations take place annually in the twin island nation and coincide with the Christian calendar, culminating on Ash Wednesday. It is usually a time for partying but Lopez also sees it as the perfect time to give praise. “We are letting people know that living in Christ is an opportunity to celebrate our Lord and Savior, and enjoy the fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters,” states Lopez.

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  • Dancehall Slayer Stein Unleashes Two New Hits

    Dancehall slayer Stein unleashes two new hits with “Jah Is Always There” and “Turn Me On,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released April 1, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Both tracks were produced by Stein’s very own label, the Kingston-based New Planet Records, and have been gaining momentum on dancehall platforms, from Jamaica to Europe.

    “Jah Is Always There” and “Turn Me On” deliver Stein’s signature dancehall sounds. The former is a slower, inspirational tune to encourage us to keep the faith as we encounter struggles in life, while the latter is an up-tempo party anthem, meant to keep you on the dance floor.

    Stein made a name in the dancehall game as a prolific lyricist, penning tunes that both entertained and provoked. Early on in his career, he inked several hits for numerous dancehall giants including Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. His talents have since nurtured and matured over the years, as are evident on such versatile songs as these two.

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  • Nathanael Builds Hope with New Song “For Better Or Worse”

    Trinidadian Gospel sensation Ryan “Nathanael” Hamilton builds hope for relationships with his new Gospel gem “For Better Or Worse,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers.

    The uplifting track was penned by Nathanael and produced by his own studio Fisherman Productions, in collaboration with Trinidadian hit house Precision Productions. The two production teams previously joined forces on other Nathanael hits such as “Dance Like My Daddy,” and have certainly created another crowd favorite with this soothing song.

    Brimming with R&B flavors, “For Better or Worse” is a melodic proposal and groovy expression of love, marriage and commitment. “I believe we live in a time where marriages and relationships are falling apart – it’s becoming almost a social norm and I wanted to speak on that issue,” reveals Nathanael. “I feel like now, more than ever, we need to celebrate love, celebrate commitment and celebrate marriage. I hope it’s an encouragement to husbands and their wives to stick it through.”

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  • GBM Productions Drops Road Anthem “Party: Official GBM Roadmix” by Shal Marshall

    Soca hit house GBM Productions drops a new smash for the road from Trinidadian soca sensation Shal Marshall with “Party: Official GBM Roadmix,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from FOX FUSE.

    Marshall, famed radio personality (of 96.1 WEFM in Trinidad and Tobago) and soca stunner, scored another blockbuster hit with the GBM-produced “Party,” which mashed up playlists and fetes throughout the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season.

    The quintessential groovy, soca track is now remixed for the road and injected with energetic dance beats, which are crafted for the crowds marching down the road on carnival day, at carnivals taking place globally.

    “I wish to thank my fans, well-wishers, supporters and friends for another wonderful year, as GBM Productions and I take you out on the road to PARTY!” Marshall enthuses, who is enjoying another massively-successful carnival season. He also adds this is the perfect song for you to reminisce on Trinidad Carnival and the ultimate soundtrack as you travel to carnivals around the world.

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  • Tifa Delivers In New York and Set To Release New Medley Video

    After being named one of FADER Magazine’s top 25 artistes in the world to watch and listed among the top 10 greatest female deejays by LargeUp.com, dancehall diva Tifa was in top form on her recent sojourn to the U.S East Coast.

    Fresh from a pair of performances at the Garage in Bronx and Compound Entertainment Complex in Queens, New York the Queens leg of the stint headlined by her alongside Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage saw the ‘Big Bumper’ singer pulling out all the stops as she delivered another noteworthy set to the amalgamated audience comprising predominantly of North Americans and Caribbean nationals.

    Unraveling the classic interspersed with samplings of her newer material, Tifa donning an all-black leather ensemble got the nod of approval very early into her set from the appreciative audience. The culmination of her 30-minutes presentation encompassing renditions of ‘If I Could Fly’ ‘Walk Away From Love’ and ‘Love Me Please’ by Yvonne Elliman paved the way for Morgan Heritage who amped the night’s proceedings another notch.

    Back on local soil the Digicel and Bigga brand ambassador wasted no time in enlisting the services of noted production house RD Studios to shoot a medley video for the buzz-worthy singles ‘Big Bumper’ and ‘The Champ’. The official visuals are expected to premier later this month via a major international medium.

    Commenting on her new singles and recent upsurge in popularity Tifa in statement to the media said,

    “Since the start of the year I have released six new singles, the response so far has been tremendously positive especially for ‘Big Bumper’ and ‘The Champ’ which prompted me to shoot a video because radio and the streets are already showing a lot of love therefore the next step naturally is to take it to television.”

    “I am very comfortable with the team from RD Studios they know how best to capture my vision and so the fans can expect another amazing video upon completion.” – a seemingly jocund Tifa added.

    Meanwhile, on Tuesday, April 5th while in attendance at the launch of the Food For The Poor 5K Run/Walk, Tifa was named one of its ambassadors. The second staging of the Food For the Poor 5K Run/Walk race will take place on Saturday, May 7, to raise funds for the construction of approximately 100 houses, it was announced at Tuesday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

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  • VP Records Celebrates Record Store Day (Apr 16) w Live Sets from King Jammy, Downbeat The Ruler & more + 2 Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives

    In honor of Record Store Day, VP Records will host two epic showcases held simultaneously on Sat. April 16, 2016 at VP Records’ retail stores in NYC and South Florida. The events will feature some of the biggest sound systems in Jamaican music and give fans and collectors a real taste of the island’s culture. The group of DJs, engineers and MCs will go round for round, battling it out for the ultimate showdown. These indoor and outdoor bashments will go from 12-7pm ET and will be live streamed on Randy’s Radio. There will be limited edition RSD exclusives available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis, plus great deals on vinyl and vintage products.

    In New York (170-21 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432), Downbeat The Ruler, one of the United States’ first sound systems founded in Bronx, NY in the late 1970s, will deliver a stellar set. In addition, sounds and selectors Massive B, King Addis, Platinum Kids, Fatman and Pretty Possee will go wheel-to-wheel for the winning title based on the crowd’s response.

    In South Florida (6022 S.W. 21st Street, Miramar, FL 33073), the seminal Jamaican producer and dancehall innovator King Jammy will get behind the turntables for a one-of-a-kind vinyl only set. Then, popular sound systems like Waggy T Movements, Galaxy Sound Station, PeppaBox Sound and Metrix International will round out this historic event.

    VP Records will release two crucial limited edition vinyl pressings exclusive for Record Store Day, entitled First Class Rock Steady via 17 North Parade and Junjo Presents World Cup (Extra Time) via Greensleeves. Both titles will be available at these retail stores on RSD.

    2016 marks the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s celebrated musical genre rocksteady. To commemorate the era, VP Records’ vintage imprint 17 North Parade presents First Class Rock Steady, a special vinyl singles box set collection with 14 classic rocksteady gems as a Record Store Day 2016 exclusive. Rocksteady, which used elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska as well as African and Latin American drumming, was a successor of ska and precursor to reggae. The vinyl singles package will be followed by a 2CD (30 track) collection on July 1st, which is International Reggae Day. Each sought-after track is re-mastered and paired with a complimentary hit title from the era on the B side. The detailed packaging evokes the excitement of the era when snail mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption.

    Also available for the first time on vinyl, Greensleeves Records releases Junjo Presents World Cup (Extra Time), produced by arguably the most dominant Jamaican producer of the 80s era Henry “Junjo” Lawes, scored by famous session band Roots Radics and mixed by the go-to engineer Hopeton “Scientist” Brown. The iconic UK-based powerhouse revives six rare dub tracks from the 2002 CD re-issue of Wins The World Cup. The release is authentic to how the record would have been packaged in the ‘80s. World Cup features updated illustrated cover by Greensleeves long-time illustrator Tony McDermott, plus artwork printed on the reverse sleeve. This limited edition piece is a precursor to a special edition reissue of Wins the World Cup LP.

    From rocksteady to dub, those lucky and loyal Jamaican music enthusiasts will have two timeless gems of each genre this Record Store Day.

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  • New Vinyl Box Set (Apr 16) for Record Store Day Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Rocksteady Music

    2016 marks the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s celebrated musical genre Rocksteady.

    To commemorate the era, VP Records vintage imprint 17 North Parade are releasing a special vinyl singles box set collection with 14 classic Rocksteady gems as a Record Store Day 2016 exclusive.

    Rocksteady, which used elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska as well as African and Latin American drumming, was a successor of ska and precursor to reggae. One of the most easily recognizable elements of Rocksteady (as in ska) are offbeat rhythms, staccato chords played by a guitar and piano on the offbeats of the measure. Rocksteady was popularized by the likes of Alton Ellis, Hopeton Lewis, Errol Dunklrey and vocal harmony bands like The Gaylads, The Maytals, The Heptones, The Paragons The Sensations and The Melodians.

    The vinyl singles package will be followed by a 2CD (30 track) collection on July 1st, which is International Reggae Day. For each release, music was handpicked from collectors’ lists of the most sought after titles. Each track is re-mastered and paired with a complimentary hit title from the era on the B side. The detailed packaging evokes the excitement of the era when snail mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption.

    As part of Record Store Day celebration, both VP Records’ retail stores in NYC and Miami will host a vinyl-only showcase on Sat. April 16 featuring some of the biggest sound systems in Jamaican music. The group of DJs, engineers and MCs will go round for round, battling it out for the ultimate showdown. In New York, Downbeat The Ruler will deliver a stellar set. In addition, sounds and selectors Massive B, King Addis, Platinum Kids, Fatman and Pretty Possee will go wheel-to-wheel for the winning title. In South Florida, producer and dancehall innovator King Jammy will get behind the turntables for a one-of-a-kind vinyl only set. Then, popular sound systems like Waggy T Movements, Galaxy Sound Station, PeppaBox Sound and Metrix International will round out this historic event.

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  • Traveling Miles: British Dependency Performs in West Africa

    British Dependency has been accumulating miles and gaining traction since they released their debut album Finding Wisdom in 2013. From the Caribbean to Canada and the United States, they have made the British Isle of Anguilla proud with their reggae tinged lyrics and spellbinding stage presence.

    But though they have traveled extensively, from early on the band set their sights on performing in Africa and on March 1, 2016, that dream became a reality when they traveled over 3000 miles to perform at the annual MASA Music Festival in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Festival of the Arts Market for African Performing, which was created in 1993 by the Intergovernmental Agency of the Francophonie, focuses on African performing arts (theater, music and dance) held every 2 years in Abidjan. Under the theme “Reinventing the Performing Arts” the festival featured more than 2,000 groups and artists and British Dependency was in the mix.

    Waving their Root, Heart and Soul musical banner, the Anguillan Band performed on the main stage on Monday March 7, 2016. Opening with single, “Selah” then following up with “Caskets Closed” from their debut album, the band was poised to dazzle the crowd and that they succeeded in doing. Concert goers stood to their feet as the band delivered Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain” and new singles “Soldiers” and “Close Your Eyes” from their soon to be released EP, The Conversation.

    For the remainder of the week, the band stormed the City of Abidjan with back-to-back performances at Menekre Café, Parker Place and Club Central Park. Said performances were well received by fellow musicians and patrons. The band, at times, took to the stage during other artist performances in solidarity, mutual respect and appreciation. However, tapping into the musical scene was not the only goal of the band. With their photographer, instruments and crew in tow, they took to the streets and market to record footage for their new single “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The Ivorian people joined in the fun, stopping along the way to watch and listen to the band perform, often clapping, dancing and snapping pictures on their smartphones.

    Of the trip, bass player Joyah remarks, “This was an experience of a lifetime. We have always wondered what it would be like to perform in Africa but nothing could have prepared us for how the Ivorian people welcomed us with such love, respect and adoration. It was truly an enriching experience and we hope to go back again soon.”

    Now back in Anguilla, the band is gearing up to release their EP in April 2016. After the release, they will perform in Guadeloupe on May 16th, New York on June 11th, Colombia on August 15th and Morocco in the fall. The band is also expected to perform in Canada later this summer.


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  • Jane Macgizmo’s feature performance LIVE on Smile Jamaica

    Jane Macgizmo graciously accepted the invite to perform live during Tuesday’s (March 29th) rendition of TVJ Network’s favorite morning show, “Smile Jamaica”. A pleasant surprise to the Jamaican artiste after finishing a number of live performances throughout March on her mini promo tour around Kingston.

    The songstress, actress, and visual artiste made appearances at Redbones Blues Cafe, Nanook, and opened the show along with her dancers for Vaughn Benjamin ‘Akae Beka’ of Midnite during the staging of Midnite in Kingston. The tour aligned perfectly just after Jane debuted her Music Video (Now playing on BET Soul & BET Jams) for her original Dub Tronica genre song titled, “Babylon”.

    The song captures the enticing and rebellious nature of Jane’s music. The popularity of “Babylon” recently sparked a controversial discussion on Twitter, between well known artistes, fans, and media persons alike, debating the category of music which Jane represents.

    About Jane Macgizmo: Born Denieze Anderson outside Mandeville, Jamaica, Jane Macgizmo discovered her passion for music at the age of seven, when she began piano lessons at Sybil’s Music Studio. Piano led to flute, trumpet and percussion in her school’s orchestra. Her natural interest honed her musical and vocal skills, in addition to writing and production generating the release of anthem “Babylon” and the seductive song “Black Skin.” She is now working with acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy producer Sawandi Simon and the master mind producer behind a number of Chronixx’s hits, Teflon of Zinc Fence Records. With her summer pop song “Guns & Roses” soon to be released and a reasonable amount of music being cataloged for her EP later in 2016, Jane Macgizmo is set to be Jamaica’s next mellifluous sensation.

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