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Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: KY-MANI MARLEY “RULE MY HEART”

    DASK ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Written by Shelley Lopez) – Ky-Mani Marley has been quite busy lately – Completing a European Tour, starting a U.S. Tour, releasing videos and compilation albums with various artists such as Sammy Wilk, Farruko and Gentleman.

    Now Ky-Mani is releasing a video to his smash hit single “Rule My Heart” from the Cure Pain Riddim.

    The video, directed by Young Chang for Konfrontation Muzik and Good Good Production, shows Ky-Mani’s most vulnerable side by pouring his heart out. The touching song yanks at your heart strings as Ky-Mani sings to his lady love in a secluded and romantic setting. Ky-Mani sets the tone of how a man is supposed to intimately express himself to his significant other!

    Ky-Mani has also been featured with newcomer, Sammy Wilk, on the track Light Up from the debut album “Ready for War,” and also collaborates with Gentleman on an entire album entitled, “Conversations” which features the song/video Sign of the Time.

     

    Make sure to share this beautiful song with your friends!  Don’t forget to add Ky-Mani’s social media.

    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: KY-MANI MARLEY "RULE MY HEART"

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  • JESSE & JOY, SIN BANDERA, AND GLORIA TREVI TO HEADLINE 2016 LATIN GRAMMY ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

    The Exclusive and Intimate Concert Series Will Visit
    Los Angeles, Dallas, and Miami

    With Official Sponsors BMW of North America, Colgate® Optic White®, McDonald’s®,
    and Post® Consumer Brands

    MIAMI (Aug. 23, 2016)  —The lineup for The Latin Recording Academy®‘s 2016 Latin GRAMMY® Acoustic Sessions will feature headline performances by five-time Latin GRAMMY winners Jesse & Joy, two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning duo Sin Bandera, and Latin pop trailblazer Gloria Trevi. An exclusive by invitation-only concert series, Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions give guests an up-close-and-personal experience with some of today’s most talented Latin musicians.

    “These exclusive events pave the way towards The Biggest Night in Latin Music® while allowing Latin music fans to celebrate together, in a true intimate setting, with some of today’s most esteemed artists,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr. President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “As the Session series enters its sixth year, we couldn’t be more proud and excited to continue to bridge the relationship between artists and Latin music fans. Commencing this year’s Latin GRAMMY season, we look forward to celebrating Latin music along with these gracious and talented musicians. With a new Acoustic Sessions partner, Stryd, I’m sure we can expect to experience some remarkable concerts.”

    “We’re extremely excited about our new partnership with The Latin Recording Academy, and we look forward to bringing the best in Latin entertainment to top U.S. Hispanic markets across the country with this year’s Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions tour,” said Marco Sagrera, principal of Stryd. “This year’s star-studded lineup of performers—and the continued support of sponsors— is a testament to this signature platform that offers unique and immersive musical experiences.”

    Nominations for the 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® will be announced the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 21. Later that evening, Sin Bandera and opening artist, Mexican singer and actor Carlos Rivera, will formally launch the 2016 Acoustic Sessions series in Los Angeles. Keeping the excitement going, Trevi will take the Acoustic Sessions stage in Dallas on Oct. 12 and Jesse & Joy along with opening act, Colombian singer/songwriter Manuel Medrano, will close out the series on Oct. 25.

    For the fourth year in a row, McDonald’s is committed to celebrating Hispanic culture and heritage through its support of the Latin music industry and up-and- coming talent.  As part of its All Day Breakfast campaign, McDonald’s sponsorship of the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions is one way McDonald’s is celebrating and supporting Latin music fans. Colgate® Optic White® also has renewed its sponsorship of the Los Angeles edition of the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions and will make Latin music fans smile by bringing them closer to music stars through in-store promotions offering the opportunity to win tickets and artist meet-and-greets. Additionally, BMW partners with The Latin Recording Academy for the first time as an Acoustic Sessions series-wide partner to bring the luxurious driving experience to artists and guests alike. Finally, Post® Consumer Brands has joined as a sponsor in Miami and will bring the gift of music to fans through a VIP experience giveaway.

    The Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions are part of the Road To The Latin GRAMMYsTM, which culminates with The Biggest Night in Latin Music. The 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live from  T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 17 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) on Univision.

    About The Latin Recording Academy
    The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @LatinGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “Latin GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join the Latin GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

    About Stryd
    A brand experience company, Stryd harnesses the power of experiences by leveraging passions around lifestyle, culture, sports and entertainment for brands to engage with their audiences in a meaningful and impactful way. With decades of experience in the U.S. and Latin America, Stryd is fueled by the need to establish trustworthy partnerships that are built and maintained by a consistent offering of unparalleled services and solutions in the areas of marketing, entertainment and live event properties. For more information on Stryd, please visit www.stryd.co.

    About BMW
    BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.  Journalist note: Information about BMW Group and its products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

    About Colgate-Palmolive
    Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on oral care, personal care, home care, and pet nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s website at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate’s global oral health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™, visit www.colgatebsbf.com.

    About McDonald’s USA
    McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and @MeEncanta and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds and www.facebook.com/mcdonaldslatino.

    About Post Consumer Brands
    Post Consumer Brands is a business unit of Post Holdings, Inc., formed from the combination of Post Foods and MOM Brands in May 2015. Headquartered in Lakeville, Minn., Post Consumer Brands today is the third largest cereal company in the United States, with a broad portfolio spanning all segments of the category — from iconic household name brands and value ready-to-eat cereals to natural/organic and hot cereal varieties. As a company committed to high standards of quality and to our values, we are driven by one idea: To make better happen every day. For more information about our brands, visit www.postfoods.com and www.mombrands.com.

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  • WIZ Records: Black Mass Riddim

    WIZ Records drops new hits on its latest compilation Black Mass Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 22, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, who is at the helm of WIZ Records, has been enjoying much success from his releases, which are mainstays on soca charts and playlists worldwide.

    The three-track, Black Mass Riddim is short but sweet, with offerings from Grenadian stars Pupa Leendi and Otis. The jab jab tracks bring the essence of Grenadian music and were released for the 2016 Spicemas season, Grenada’s annual carnival celebration. They now make their debut to the global audience.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Otis – Nuff Ah Dat
    2. Pupa Leendi – Come Clean, Leave Dirty
    3. WIZ Records – Black Mass Riddim (Instrumental)

    WIZ Records Black Mass Riddim

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  • WMG Lab Records: Fi D Bruki Riddim

    WMG Lab Records releases its new compilation Fi D Bruki Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 8, 2016), from FOX FUSE. WMG Lab Records is based in Arima, Trinidad and is helmed by hit producer Emmerson George, who has been building sizzlers for over five years now. He recently inked a digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE and as a result, his catalog is now available to music fans worldwide.

    Featuring five thrilling tracks, Fi D Bruki Riddim showcases rising Trinidadian sensations S.Carter featuring Bubbles, Tokel and Infamous K on a spicy dancehall rhythm, thereby placing Trinidad and Tobago-grown dancehall music in the international limelight.

    TRACK LIST

    1. S.Carter – Brucky Featuring Bubbles
    2. S.Carter – Brucky (Raw) Featuring Bubbles
    3. Tokel – CuCumCum
    4. Infamous K – Bruk Back
    5. Infamous K – Bruk Back (Raw)

    Fi D Bruki Riddim

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  • Dnyce Muzic: Relationship Riddim, Choices Riddim, Sadiki “From The Start”

    Dnyce Muzic delivers two new compilations and a new hit song with Relationship Riddim, Choices Riddim and Sadiki “From The Start,” all now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 15, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Based in Laventille, Trinidad, Dnyce Muzic is helmed by producer David “Dnyce” Pereira, who has been building beats and writing songs since he was 17 years old.

    The Relationship Riddim yields four reggae gems from Trinidadian reggae stars ISasha, Kaya, Jah Mundy and SYR. The Choices Riddim births two acoustic reggae songs and showcases Trinidadian sensations Choosen and Jah Mundy. Trinidadian stunner Sadiki brings a sleek dancehall jam for the ladies with “From The Start.” The slew of new tunes adds to Dnyce Muzic’s growing catalog and fuels the studio into the international music spotlight.

     

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    TRACK LISTRelationship Riddim

    1. Kaya & ISasha – Dear Love
    2. SYR – Ganja Party
    3. Jah Mundy – Rasta Empress
    4. Dnyce Muzic – Relationship Riddim (Instrumental)

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    TRACK LISTChoices Riddim

    1. Choosen – One More Chance
    2. Jah Mundy – Place Ah Run Red
    3. Dnyce Muzic – Choices Riddim (Instrumental)

     

    from the heart

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  • Joshua Ali: “Glow”

    Trinidadian Gospel sensation Joshua Ali shines bright with his latest release “Glow,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 8, 2016), from FOX FUSE. The Gospel soca song brings up-tempo, energetic beats framed by uplifting lyrics that illuminate Ali’s inspirational messages. The track is causing a stir in the Gospel circuit at home and across the Caribbean, and now with the international masses.

    Honing his musical skills as a child in church, Ali first became a producer before evolving into a performer in 2015, and has rapidly become a sensation in the Caribbean Gospel music scene.

    Joshua Ali Glow

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  • J. Benjamin Music: Rebel Riddim and Flashback Riddim

    Grenadian production house J. Benjamin Music drops two soca compilations with Rebel Riddim and Flashback Riddim, both now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on July 8, 2016), from FOX FUSE. J. Benjamin Music is based in St. George, Grenada and was founded by hit producer Joshua Benjamin, who delivers native Grenadian and jab jab soca sounds to the world.

     

    The Rebel Riddim features two up-tempo tunes from Dash and Bonified, while the Flashback Riddim brings three groovy tracks from Bonified, Cinnamon and Alt-itude. The riddims were released for the 2016 Spicemas season – Grenada’s annual carnival, where they have been enjoying heavy rotation and fanfare.

     

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    TRACK LISTRebel Riddim

    1. Dash – No Company
    2. Bonified – Never Know

    flashback riddim
    TRACK LISTFlashback Riddim

    1. Bonified – Nothing Better Than
    2. Cinnamon – Show Off
    3. Alt-itude – Like It So

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  • Farenite: “Boldface Wit It”

    Gospel artist Farenite drops his new release “Boldface Wit It,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 8, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Samuel “Farenite” Selkridge continues to earn acclaim for his lyrical prowess and representation of his faith.

    Produced and penned by Farenite, “Boldface Wit It” is a daring dancehall Gospel tune that addresses those who are bold with their wickedness, and encourages people to practice goodness and stand in the light. The positive tune is just another example of this Christian artist’s motivational teachings through his music.

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  • Sekon Sta: “My World”

    Soca hit producer Mega Mick crafts a new hit for Trinidadian singer/songwriter Nesta “Sekon Sta” Boxill with “My World,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Mikhail “Mega Mick” Corneal earned his musical stripes as a deejay for years, and has since evolved his talents into becoming a bonafide hit-maker.

    Previously teaming with Sekon Sta for his 2015 monster jam “Magic,” Mega Mick delivers the soca-dance fusion track “My World,” a patriotic, feel-good song that calls for unity and celebration. The track celebrates Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, now taking place in Rio.

    My World

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  • Imran Nerdy: Alien Riddim

    Saint Lucian producer Imran “Nerdy” Magloire delivers his brand-new soca compilation Alien Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 22, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, he has been making a name with soca fans as an electrifying entertainer known as Imran Nerdy. He now evolves into a producer to bring local music to the global audience in a larger way, under his production studio Rapid Entertainment. He recently signed a digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE to accomplish this ambitious mission.

    Alien Riddim is his first compilation as a producer and it features three groovy soca offerings from rising sensations WiLDFiRE, Superman HD and Valene Nedd. The songs were co-produced by Francis “Leebo” Delima for Heights Music.

     

    TRACK LIST

    1. Superman HD – Alien
    2. Valene Nedd – Soca Hit Me
    3. WiLDFiRE – Come For Bacchanal

     

    Alien Riddim

     

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  • Wiluvbeats Recording Studio: Mark Hardy, Yung Rudd & Anohka – “We Are Young Again” and Inzey & Nailah Blackman “Faded”

    Wiluvbeats Recording Studio releases two fusion hip-hop hits with “We Are Young Again” and “Faded,” both now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 17, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Producer Gerard “Jerry Perry” Perreira of Interstellar Productions has been building beats since he was 17, and having recently inked a digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE, his catalog is now available to the worldwide audience.

    Jerry Perry also captains the Wiluvbeats Recording Studio, which is based in Barataria, Trinidad, and where both tracks were recorded. The songs are featured on the Interstellar Riddim, a spectacular dub and R&B flavored melody produced by Jerry Perry, with additional guitar and bass composition by Joshua Salcedo, of the hip-hop band The Dopeskis.

    “We Are Young Again” features Trinidadian thrillers Mark Hardy, Yung Rudd and Anokha. It was written by Marcus Braveboy, Isaac Foderingham-Rudder, Anokha Baptiste, Jerry Perry and Salcedo. “Faded” showcases Trinidadian singing sensations Inzey Gabriel and Nailah Blackman, who share writing duties alongside Jerry Perry and Salcedo. The beautifully crafted songs place Trinidadian hip-hop, R&B and dub on the map and are sure to find a home with music fans globally.

     

    We Are Young Again faded

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  • YTM Recordz: Sweet Guitar Riddim

    YTM Recordz drops its new soca compilation Sweet Guitar Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 22, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Based in Brooklyn, New York, YTM Recordz is captained by Hector “Mr. Legz” Thomas, who has been churning out hits both as a producer and performer, for years now.

    The Sweet Guitar Riddim was released for the 2016 Spicemas season, Grenada’s annual carnival celebration and features local Grenadian stars on the eight-track album, including Tallpree, Randy Isaac and Mr. Legz, who pulls double-duty as artist and producer. The album also scored a coveted feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New Music section, during its week of release.

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    TRACK LIST

    1. Tallpree – Every Day
    2. Randy Isaac – Application
    3. Mr Legz – Rent Ah Space
    4. Sheldon Douglas – What You Did Last Night
    5. Lady Cinty – Action Featuring Luni Spark & Electrify
    6. Peter Humphrey – Drinkers Prayer
    7. 4 Brass – Lying
    8. YTM Recordz – Sweet Guitar Riddim (Instrumental)

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  • Slatta: “Jab Jab Skank” and “Jab Trouble”

    Grenadian soca sensation Slatta releases two new jab jab anthems with “Jab Jab Skank” and “Jab Trouble” featuring DJ Jack, both now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Born Gerard John in Carriacou, Grenada, Slatta has been performing for five years now.

     

    Jab Jab Skank

     

    Hit new hits “Jab Jab Skank” and “Jab Trouble” were released for the 2016 Carriacou Carnival season in Grenada. The percussion-heavy, jab jab anthems were produced by Jason “Xpert” James for Xpert Productions. The tracks were also hits during the 2016 Spicemas season – Grenada’s annual carnival celebration that just culminated in Grenada.

     

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  • Stockroom Productionz: Boss Wuk Riddim

    Stockroom Productionz drops its new compilation Boss Wuk Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and based in New York, head producer Shemuel “Stamina Smurf” Thomas delivers this new collection from Stockroom Productionz, for Vincy Mas 2016 and now shares those island vibes with fans everywhere.

    The electrifying album was featured on the iTunes U.S. homepage during its week of release, placing the production house in the international spotlight. It features five tracks, including hits from Stamina Smurf, Lavaman and Blama.

    Stockroom Productionz Boss Wuk Riddim

    TRACK LIST

    1. Blama – Rum Head
    2. Stamina Smurf – So Cocky
    3. Stamina Smurf – So Cocky (Radio)
    4. Lavaman – !? (Unknown)
    5. Stockroom Productionz – Boss Wuk Riddim (Instrumental)

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  • Reggae Gospel Artiste Claudius England Takes Outreach Project to Scotland

    Conscious Reggae Gospel artiste Claudius England will be taking his international social outreach project, Reclaimed Territory, to Scotland this summer.

     

    The artiste, who has been executing this multi-faceted initiative since 2014, believes that projects to the prison populations, schools and churches—which seek to rehabilitate inmates and encourage and empower individuals to unearth their potential—provide hope for those persons to find their value of self and purpose.

     

    “I have always been interested in helping persons walk in their purpose and also to give them hope to become better people no matter the circumstances. This is a personal heart tug of mine”. England explained.

     

    ‘Reclaimed Territory’ has been making strides and gaining traction with many individuals and companies both here in Jamaica and overseas. Since 2014, the project has visited the United States and the United Kingdom and has been active in Jamaica.

     

    In Jamaica the initiative is focused on the juvenile detention and remand centers. It also involves community outreach in some of Jamaica’s most volatile inner-city communities, a project the Artiste will be expanding when he returns to the island.

     

    While in Scotland this August, Claudius will make over 25 stops at prisons, churches and schools as well as performing at a few select locations. A key ingredient to the Outreach project is using music to inspire and educate.

    “We also use music as a tool to have students express themselves through writing exercises. It has a very important role to the project because we use it as a medium to break the ice and bring about a comfortable vibe before we go into more soul searching activities”. England added.

     

    Claudius has been enjoying success with his single “Gonna Be More” featuring African artiste John Q, the conscious and inspirational track is available for purchase on all digital platforms worldwide. He recently released the official music video for the single which can also be viewed on his YouTube channel.

     

    Additionally Fans can get ready for Claudius England’s full length album which is scheduled for a December 2016 release.

     

    Claudius England ft John Q ‘Gonna Be More’ Official Video

     

     

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  • VP News Roundup | King Jammy Album + Gyptian Video (BET JAMS Premiere) & Katchafire Video + Tour Announcement

    KING JAMMY PRESENTS NEW SOUNDS OF FREEDOM

    OUT NOW ON VP RECORDS

    A Modern Day Recreation of Black Uhuru’s 1977 Love Crisis

    Featuring Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid, Bounty Killer, Shaggy, Beenie Man, U Roy Plus More

    Large Up Premieres Album Today

    LISTEN: http://www.largeup.com/2016/08/11/largeup-premiere-king-jammys/

    King Jammy is one of reggae’s most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

    New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

    New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

    “I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel,” says King Jammyof the set. “I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans.”

    New Sounds of Freedom is available now (August 12, 2016) on VP Records via on iTunesCD, and vinyl. The album follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy’s Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).
    KING JAMMY

    Born Lloyd James in Montego Bay, Jamaica – King Jammy aka Prince Jammy began has always had a deep understanding of electronics, allowing him to furbish his own sound system with tailor-made equipment. The reggae pioneer, producer and dub mixer has played a seminal role in many of Jamaica’s musical eras – including dub, roots reggae and dancehall. He began his career under the late great King Tubby in the 1970’s at Tubby’s Waterhouse studio, mixing for the likes of Vivian “Yabby You” Jackson and Bunny “Striker” Lee. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to “In the Light,” Everton DaSilva’s classic production for Horace Andy. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. Love Crisis’ tracks were voiced and mixed at King Tubby’s studio with the original rhythms laid at Harry J’s Recording studio with reggae legends Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Winston Wright and Gladstone Anderson. Further productions followed, including hit albums (and singles) for Uhuru as well as emerging dancehall artists like Half Pint (Money Man Skank and One in a Million) and Junior Reid (Boom Shack a Lack). In 1985, Jammy changed the music game forever. He provided one of the first digitized rhythms for the single “Under Me Sleng Teng” sung by Wayne Smith. This track undeniably sparked a digital revolution in the reggae world and helped shaped the sound of dancehall. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of the top Jamaican artists today. In Major Lazer Take Kingston – a documentary released by Rolling Stone (March 2015) – the electronic DJ group heads to Jamaica to meet with King Jammy to discuss his major influence and role in dancehall.

    New Sounds of Freedom Track Listing:
    1. Peace Treaty Style – Alborosie (Black Uhuru’s Time To Unite)
    2. Walls Of Babylon – Dre Island (Black Uhuru’s Eden Out Deh)
    3. King Selassie Throne – Chronixx (Black Uhuru’s I Love King Selassie)
    4. Dog Nyam Yuh Suppa – Tony Rebel (Black Uhuru’s Sorry For The Man)
    5. Another Day In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer (Black Uhuru’s Hard Ground)
    6. Leave Satan Business – Gentleman (Black Uhuru’s Satan Army Band)
    7. Peace And Love – Kabaka Pyramid (Black Uhuru’s Willow Tree)
    8. Mystic Chant – U Roy (Black Uhuru’s Natural Mystic)
    9. Leggo Babylon Wickedness – Shaggy & Beenie Man (African Love)
    10. People Bawling – Louie Culture (Black Uhuru’s Love Crisis)

     

    NEW VIDEOS FROM VP RECORDS

     

    WATCH GYPTIAN “JIGGLE JIGGLE”:

     

    GYPTIAN UNLEASHES NEW VIDEO “JIGGLE JIGGLE”

    BET Jams Premieres the Sizzling Visual

    Single Available Now on Reggae Gold 2016
    Jamaica’s bashment vibes meet Miami’s club scene on gold-selling reggae artist Gyptian’s new video for “Jiggle Jiggle,” which premiered on BET Jams yesterday at 11am ET.

    Gyptian is back on the scene with a new single from the 2016 Reggae Gold compilation album. “Jiggle Jiggle” is on the same popular Jambe-An riddim (which spawned Charly Black’s summer hit “Party Animal”) and is already starting a dance craze in the reggae world. Gyptian’s new tune leads the way for VP Records’j critically acclaimed annual release “Reggae Gold 2016”. – VIBE Magazine
    Stream or Download “Jiggle Jiggle”: https://VA.lnk.to/RG2016ID
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    https://twitter.com/RealGyptian
    https://instagram.com/realgyptian/

     

    WATCH KATCHAFIRE “BURN IT DOWN”:

    NEW ZEALAND REGGAE ROCKERS

    KATCHAFIRE DROP NEW VIDEO “BURN IT DOWN”

    Single Out Sept 9 on Dub Rockers + Europe Summer Tour Kicks Off Today 
    Today, New Zealand reggae band Katchafire return with a blazing new visual for their upcoming single ‘Burn it Down.” The track, available Sept 9 on VP Records on all digital platforms, is co-written and produced with Stephen Rev Maxwell from Kingston, Jamaica.

    In support of the new single, the seven-piece collective will be rocking major festivals as well as headlining intimate venues across Europe until end of August. In the fall, the bands head to Australia for an epic stint throughout more than 20 cities. The band is no stranger to the road and has performed worldwide with international acts such as The Wailers, Maxi Priest, UB40 and Arrested Development.

    From their humble beginnings in the late ’90s as a Bob Marley tribute band to one of New Zealand’s and the South Pacific’s most popular groups today, Katchafire have created a timeless hit-filled repertoire during this short time span. The “Burn It Down” single follows their 2013 Best So Far album, also released on VP Records. The album features the band’s most cherished anthems off their groundbreaking 2003 debut Revival – including “Get Away,” “Who You With” and “Giddy Up” (2003’s highest selling single in New Zealand) – all of which landed in the Top 10 of New Zealand’s Top 40 Singles Chart. Best So Far also highlighted the group’s top songs from their remaining independently-released albums, like “Frisk Me Down” off of 2005’s Slow Burning,  “Working” and the title track from 2007’s Say What You’re Thinking as well as “Sweet As” and “Groove Again” off of 2010’s On the Road Again.
    www.katchafire.co.nz
    www.twitter.com/katchafire
    www.facebook.com/katchafireband
    https://soundcloud.com/katchafire

    Europe
    Aug 12 @ LES FORGES DE FRAISANS in Fraisans, France
    Aug 13 @ OSTRODA Reggae Festival in Ostroda, Poland
    Aug 14 @ LAKELAND Festival in Switzerlannd
    Aug 17 @  Arts Club Theatre in Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Aug 18 @ O2 Academy Islington in London, United Kingdom
    Aug 19 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom
    Aug 20 @ Le Quai Vert in Frossay, France
    Aug 24 @ Goldener, Anker in Interlaken, Switzerland
    Aug 25 @ Treibhaus in Innsbruck, Austria
    Aug 26 @ ONE DROP FESTIVAL in Wisen, Austria
    Aug 27 @ Gaskessel in Bern, Switzerland

    Australia
    6th Oct Thurs. @ The Gov in ADELAIDE
    7th Oct Fri. @ The Plaza in MELB WEST
    8th Oct Sat. @ Chelsea Heights in MELB EAST
    9th Oct Sun. @ Prince Bandroom in MELB CBD
    12th Oct Wed. @ Uni Bar in WOLLONGONG
    13th Oct Thurs. @ The Cambridge in NEWCASTLE
    14th Oct Fri. @ Max Watts in SYDNEY
    15th Oct Sat. @ Rooty Hill RSL in SYDNEY
    16th Oct Sun. @ The Rhythm Hut in GOSFORD
    20th Oct Thurs. @ The Jack in CAIRNS
    21st Oct Fri. @ Kirwan Tavern in TOWNSVILLE
    22nd Oct Sat. @ Magnums in AIRLIE BEACH
    23rd Oct Sun. @ McGuire’s in CBD Hotel in MACKAY
    26th Oct Wed. @ Shamrock Hotel in TOOWOOMBA
    27th Oct Thurs. @ Hotel Brunswick in BRUNSWICK HEADS
    28th Oct Fri. @ Wharf Tavern in MOOLOOLABA
    29th Oct Sat. @ Parkwood Tavern in GOLD COAST
    30th Oct Sun @ Island Vibe in STRADBROKE ISLAND
    3rd Nov Thurs. @ Leisure Inn in ROCKINGHAM
    4th Nov Fri. @ Gosnells Hotel in GOSNELLS
    5th Nov Sat. @ The Carine in DUNCRAIG
    6th Nov Sun. @ Dunsborough Tavern in DUNSBOROUGH

     

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