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What is wrong with the Reggae music producers? How come they are not aggressively marketing the music? Well we think that’s the case anyway as the latest figures show that Reggae albums released in 2010 undersold 2009 albums and experts want better marketing to resurrect the industry.
The sales were so bad that only three albums released in 2010 made the top 10 selling reggae albums list, according to Billboard data on the US market. The rest of the top 10 was led by albums released in 2009. Albums rarely chart beyond a year which meant that 2010 albums couldn't even outsell the residual sales from 2009 albums, which were hurt by the global recession.
The three 2010 albums that made the list included: Distant Relatives by Damian Marley and Nas, which ranked No 1 — selling some 57,000 copies in the US for its first week; Hold You by Gyptian at No 8 and The Green by The Green Band at No 9.
Outside of the US, singles Hold You by Gyptian and To The Top by German deejay Gentleman and singjay Christopher Martin were the few 'local' dancehall singles for 2010 that charted heavily in the top-10 on iTunes Reggae charts amongst 22 countries.
The self-proclaimed ‘Energy God’ Elephant Man says his upcoming album, Elephant Man:The Saviour of Dancehall, is one of the best albums he has ever done.
The artiste says the album will be laced with a variety of songs; ranging from dance, reality and gangster.
Ele, who has been working on the album for the past six months, says he flows on every beat and fans all over will enjoy it.
On the album, there are songs like “This Is How We Do It” and “Life of the Party” which are collaborations with Bounty Killer, The Reason and Stephen McGregor. Elephant Man is also pleased with the album cover.
Instead of doing a photo shoot, he said he hired an artist to draw the cover.
Ele says the artwork is one thing he definitely knows will make people pick up the album.
Ele has also lent his image to corporate Jamaica and will be featured in a KFC commercial along with Ovamarz and other dancers. The ad should be airing soon.
Bob Marley, who is easily one of reggae’s most successful and influential musicians, has left behind a legacy that still inspires artists today. With countless critically acclaimed albums and several prestigious awards, he continues to have an impact on our lives. Now we’ll be able to listen to the Jamaican's last recorded performance on an upcoming live album due out early next year.
This will be the sixth official live album by Bob Marley and The Wailers, and is entitled Live Forever. The album has two CD’s worth of material, and features some of Bob Marley’s greatest hits like “Jamming”, “Redemption Song”, and “No Woman, No Cry”.
The material was recorded 30 years ago at a show on September 23rd, 1980 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just after writing the hit album Uprising, which would turn out to be the last studio album Bob Marley released during his life. The record is planned to be available for purchase on the first of February.
“Bob’s music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love,” says Rita Marley. “It has brought countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh. To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago.”
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
02. Natural Mystic
03. Positive Vibration
04. Burnin’ and Lootin’
05. Them Belly Full
06. The Heathen
07. Running Away
08. Crazy Baldhead
09. War/No More Trouble
11. Zion Train
12. No Woman, No Cry
03. Redemption Song
04. Coming in from the Cold
05. Could You Be Loved
06. Is This Love
08. Get Up Stand Up
Gospel artiste Prodigal Son is on track to host the official release of his latest album, Half Way There, on Saturday, November 20 at the Emanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road in Kingston.
Half Way There, as the name suggests, is an acknowledgement and a celebration of the Christian walk.
“This album is a testament to the fact that as Christians we are on a road that leads us to perfection. It doesn’t happen overnight and there will be stumbling blocks along the way. But as long as we recognize that we are half way there, that is enough assurance and encouragement for us to continue the rest of our journey,” Prodigal says of the album title.
Half Way There was released online on November 2 and individual songs are available on pre-order on Amazon.com, Itunes, Myspace Music, Emusic, Rhapsody and Napster.
A 20-track offering, the album features other gospel acts including Sherwin Gardner, Dwight Gordon, Shepherd, Jason Mighty, Teena Tamara, Murphy, Rayon and Professor. Half Way There is on Prodigal’s very own Radikal Yawd Music.
VP Records says they will be releasing a three-disc compilation of his hit singles from legendary reggae singer Dennis Brown.
The compilation of 47 of Dennis Brown's greatest work also includes a bonus DVD which features the reggae singer live in some concert and includes seven additional hits that are not included on the audio discs.
Dennis Brown prematurely passed away in 1997 at the age of 42.
His death left a huge void in reggae music similar to the void that Bob Marley’s passing left in 1980.
Brown earned himself the title of Crown Prince of Reggae.
International Reggae singer Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has managed to garner much publicity from his high profile cocaine trial ahead of the released of his latest album Before the Dawn.
The album hit stores last Tuesday and debuted at the number two spot on the United States iTunes Reggae Chart.
The album is second to Bob Marley's Legend album.
An expert in album sales says Buju's ninth album could reach the number one spot next week, as sales are projected to pick up when the album drops in the United Kingdom and Japan.
After his trial last week, Buju said that his album was written before he found himself in his current situation.
He said all his songs speak profoundly to what he is going through right now.
He ended his statement by saying "you might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of rasta".
The Ministry of Education has just announced that all schools will be closed today due to the inclement weather.
Recorded at Banton's own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Before The Dawn literally pierces the soul with traditional roots on the track Do Good, classic rock on the tune No Smoking At All, and heartfelt Reggae on the especially potent Battered & Bruised. The album's unofficial anthem, Innocent strikes a highly personal chord that will resonate deeply with longtime fans.
Despite his incarceration, Buju was heavily involved in putting together this latest offering - from choosing the final track listing and laboring over the phone with the producers and engineers to get the mixes just right, to conceptualizing the project's distinguished packaging.
Physical copies of the album contain a special note written from inside the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida, where he has been housed since January.
Gargamel Music Inc. has announces that Reggae superstar Buju Banton's prophetic new album, Before The Dawn is in stores and online in North America. While the release date for the UK and France is set for next Monday, October 4, the album will be available in the rest of Europe this Friday, October 1.
The ninth studio album by the international music icon, Before The Dawn boasts 10 powerful tracks that comprise some of the most powerful songs written by Banton since his professional entry into the music business over 20 years ago.
In an exclusive interview featured in the new issue of Hip-Hop Weekly magazine, Buju says, "All the songs on this album were written before I and I found I self in this current situation, yet they all speak profoundly to what I and I am going through right now... You might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of Rasta."
The album has already catapulted to the #2 position on iTunes' Top Reggae Albums Chart.
Buju Banton new album Before The Dawn will be released today.
Despite his incarceration the artiste was heavily involved in putting together this latest album. From choosing the final track listing and labouring over the phone with the producers and engineers to get the mixes just right, as well as to conceptualising the project's distinguished packaging, was the level of his involvement.
Hard copies of the album contain a special note written from inside the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida, where he has been housed for the past nine months
Before The Dawn will drop in North America and Japan today. The release date for the UK and France has been set for October 4, however, it will be available in the rest of Europe a few days earlier from October 1. Fans around the world may pre-order the album now on both iTunes and Amazon.com.
The ninth studio album by the international musician, Before The Dawn boasts 10 tracks that comprise some of the most powerful songs written by Banton since his professional entry into the music business over twenty years ago.
Recorded at Banton's own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Before The Dawn is said to contain the traditional roots Reggae sound on the track Do Good, a little classic rock on the tune No Smoking At All, and deep reggae on Battered & Bruised.
Buju's handlers have named the track Innocent as the album's unofficial anthem, which they claim strikes a highly personal chord that is hoped will resonate deeply with the artiste's long-time fans.
The release date for Buju Banton’s ninth studio album Before The Dawn, set to hit stores September 13 has been pushed back.
According to Gargamel Music Inc., Buju's new album will drop in North America (and Japan) on Tuesday, September 28.
While the release date for the UK and France has been set for Monday, October 4, and will be available in the rest of Europe a few days earlier on Friday, October 1.
Gargamel Music Inc., further states that despite his current incarceration, Buju was heavily involved in choosing the final track listing and laboring over the phone with the producers and engineers to get the mixes just right, to conceptualizing the project's distinguished packaging.
Music News understands that physical copies of the album contain a special note written from inside a County Jail in Clearwater, Florida, where Buju has been patiently awaiting trial for the past nine months.
Buju Banton will finally have his day in court when the trial, which has been riddled with delays, kicks off on Monday, September 20, in Tampa, Florida.
Shottta Culture is the title of the newly released 17-track album from deejay, Spragga Benz.
The CD was made available on itunes on Tuesday with 11 high quality music videos and a full length documentary.
Shotta Culture features collaborations with artistes like Stephen Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Swizz Beats, Jazmine Sullivan, Nas, Wayne Wonder, Sizzla Kalonji and Queen Ifrica.
According to Spragga Benz, Shotta Culture is geared at taking dancehall reggae back to the foundation of reggae music.
Great party vibes, walk-out and never get tired, girls' anthem and independent woman are all saucily packaged in Party Til December, the lead-off single from Lady Saw's soon-to-be-released album, My Way, on her new label, Divas Records/Toasting Music/Universal.
Armed with a rollicking, uptempo riddim, Lady Saw, steps to it as only she can and with one press of a button fires off lyrics which are she says are sure to have all the single ladies — and some of those 'in a relationship' — making that quantum leap from the boredom of a bedroom to the dazzle of a dance floor.
And, as infectious as the riddim is, Party Til December is one of those songs that make the listener also want to hear the lyrics.
According to Saw, who wears her producer hat on this track from the album, due in stores September 7, Party Till December was one of the first songs she did for the album and while working on the project it was her favourite, until it was replaced by others.
Saw surmised that the single's crossover potential could have played a role in the decision-making process. Party Till December is quite a club banger and is also a true girls' anthem, the type which has been gaining popularity with fans internationally.
The album, My Way, also has productions from Tony 'CD' Kelly, Lloyd 'John John' James, Danny Browne and Stephen McGregor. Among the other tracks are Every Way Mi Go, Your Chick, He Is At My House (Featuring Eve), My Way, Me Hold Yuh, Muscle Control (with Camar) and I Can't Wait (Featuring Ding Dong).
At the time, everyone in Pittsburgh's Stanley Theatre knew they were witnesses to history.
Bob Marley stood tall and proud onstage and beckoned them to Get Up, Stand Up, and they responded loudly with wo yo yo yo.
Later they discovered the history they witnessed was, in fact, Marley's last performance.
Live Forever encapsulates the pure energy of that fateful performance by Jamaica's most legendary son.
The original live recording, captured on tape by Marley's engineer Dennis Thompson, has been lovingly preserved and remastered for the 30th anniversary album release exclusively in the Caribbean.
Adding to the distinctiveness of the collection-worthy album is the special eco-friendly packaging.
Bob had ascended to the pinnacle of his career when he took to the stage in Pittsburgh; he had just completed a successful European Uprising tour and had played on sold-out bills in New York's Madison Square Garden. Simply put, he had arrived.
Everything about the concert was a reflection of Marley - the superior production, the masterful collection of musicians and the eclectic range of songs, emphasising the complexity of the man turned superstar.
The album also includes live renditions of: Uprising, Coming In From The Cold, Work, Zion Train, Redemption Song and Could You Be Loved. The entire concert, from his opening song to the final applause, spans the special double CD album.
Live Forever becomes available through Tuff Gong Distribution on September 23.
Buju Banton’s new album will hit the stores the same day he hit the courts for his ongoing drug battle with the United States on September 13.
The album dubbed “Before The Dawn” is the incarcerated reggae artiste's 8th album and features 10 influential tracks written by the Gargamel.
Fans in North America will have access to “Before The Dawn” on September 28.
Buju Banton has been behind bars since his December arrest, and has been charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm.
Nas and Damian Marley meet in the middle to create an empowering collaborative album, titled “Distant Relatives.”
The New York street poet and the Jamaican reggae man take turns playing lead role over a mix of hip-hop and reggae beats melded with trumpets, congas and electric organs, among other instruments.
“Man, what happened to us? Geographically, they moved us, from Africa. We was once happiness pursuers. Now we backstabbing, combative and abusive,” raps Nas on the violin-infused “Tribes at War.”
From its title to its lyrics, the album drives home the idea of shared ancestry.
Nas and Marley find common ground in their connection to Africa. On each track, they detail the mindsets that divide related people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.
“Imagine Ghana like California, with Sunset Boulevard. And Johannesburg would be Miami. Somalia like New York,” sings Marley on “Land of Promise,” which samples reggae artist Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land.”
“Distant Relatives” entices listeners to imagine what could be. Nas, always the storyteller, details his kind of icon, a “misfit who handles business,” on “Leaders,” featuring another of Bob Marley’s sons, Stephen Marley.
“Africa Must Wake Up,” featuring K’naan, is a call to awareness, and like the rest of the album, the music is as much an inspirational force as the words.
By: Joan Wilson
Gargamel Music productions Jamrock Classics Vol 1 is truly one to be added to the musical collection. The CD comes with some real 'classics' in its collection. The first release in Gargamel's music new compilation series the compilation CD is a fresh mix of tunes from a diverse assortment of Jamaican talents.
The 10-track album kicks off with Buju Banton's 'Cowboys' which really hit out at the violence in the society. Buju appeals to the gangstas to put down the guns and act like conscious thinking human beings.
George Nooks is up next with Police and Thieves a Junior Murvin original and he puts his own spin on it making it one for enjoyable listening.
Keisha Patterson, who is signed to Busy Bee Records, has come out with her debut album entitled, "Sunday Kind of Love". This album was produced by Dalton Browne of Big Ship fame and will be released soon. The album has a central jazz flavour. Keisha's inspiration for this album stemmed from listening to Jazz while growing up and listening to romantic (souls) music. Several musicians worked on this album. Musicians such as Sly Dunbar, Ewan Simpson, Robbie Lyn and Dalton Browne among others.
Songs on the album include "What a Difference", "Cry Me a River" and "At Last". The songs on this album are intended to free the mind. Removing all the problems one may be facing and taking you away from reality in a romantic way. This is a good album for lovers and persons who enjoys conscious love songs.
The album that everyone has been anticipating is finally here! Etana's latest album, "The Strong One" is released June 24, 2008. The album was already release digitally and will now be available in stores today. Everyone knows Etana for her conscious lyrics backed by her powerful voice.
The album features familiar as well as unfamiliar songs. These include: "Roots", "Warrior Love", "I am not Afraid" and "Wrong Address". The album has a little of everything; love songs, uplifting songs, inspiring songs - songs that everyone of all ages can listen to. The album is very relatable.
While listening to this album Etana's natural beauty, both internally and externally shines through. You can hear the passion that she has for music in her voice and that she really loves what she is doing. This is an album that the public should really go out and purchase.
By: Jodi-Kaye Watson
It seldom occurs when an album is created with all the songs being a hit. So if you're in the mood for conscious, uplifting, cultural messages and positive vibes then "Get It In Your Mind" by Bushman is the album for you.
This album features singers Richie B and Prince Jabba, as well as, producers such as: Fabon Francis, Kabs, Negus-esh, Dwayne Bacchas, Christopher Pearce, Tramaine Allen, Michael Williams, Togetherness Records, Rawl Productions, Dwight Duncan, Stephen Gibbs, Denovan Germaine, Glen Brown and Royal Braithwaite.
Born Dwight Duncan, in the village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Bushman attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him during his developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, participating in numerous school concerts. During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system and then known as Junior Melody he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business.
By Joan Wilson
Yardflex got its hands on a copy of Vegas' new album "Hot It Up" and all we can say is that it's worth the effort of listening.
Hot It Comes with a lot Vegas chart topper and makes the experience an enjoyable cruise into listening land.
The album kicks off with the emotion puller "Do You Know" yes, that same track that shows Vegas sensitive side as he takes a trek into the emotional roller coaster that's called postpartum depression. This song rode every local chart and created havoc on the international scene.
Track two "Tamborine" is meant to take you out of that mood and bring on a more festive vibes. The soca-laced song is just the thing to do it too.
You should be sweating now and ready to really go into a full workout and track number 3 is just the thing to do it "Hot Wuk" needs no introduction. It is still maintaining a dominant presence on the scene and even made its way to the Billboard Hot R&B chart.
The dancing vibes continues with you track number 4, "Tek Weh Yuhself" another song that is creating mad vibes in the dancehall.
This song is showing no sign of fading in the background any time soon.
Brooklyn-born reggae artiste Ras Shiloh's new album 'Coming Home' is out and already garnering rave reviews. 'Coming Home' is the artist's third album and was produced by the legendary Bobby 'Digital' Dixon. Recent additions to Digital's impressive portfolio include production work on Sizzla's 'Black Woman and Child' and 'Da Real Thing' albums.
'Coming Home' was released on May 22 by VP Records and features the instrumental talents of saxophonist Dean Fraser, drummer Squidley Cole, guitarist Dalton Browne and Bassist Danny Bassie. The 16 track album is a strictly roots and culture inspired compilation with the title track, 'Come Down Jah Jah,' 'All What Ah Go On' 'Voice of the People' and 'Rebel with a Cause' solidifying Ras Shiloh's position as true talent in the reggae fraternity. His last VP Records release was back in 2002, 'From Rasta to You,' and featured the hit single 'Are you satisfied.' On this new album Ras Shiloh attends to the lovers rock crowd with 'Need Your Love,' 'Are you Lonely and 'All of Me.'
VP Records will release international dancehall reggae sensation Wayne Wonder's newest album 'Foreva' this summer. A follow-up to his 2003 smash release 'No Holding Back', 'Foreva' features the single "Again" and includes an infectious reggae remake of the Thompson Twins 1984 classic "Hold Me Now" produced by No Doubt's Tony Kanal.
Wayne Wonder is world renowned for his buttery vocals, driving beats and impossibly catchy hooks and 'Foreva' is poised to be the soundtrack for the summer of 2007 -- it's guaranteed to be heard blasting out of car windows, dominating the airwaves and pulsating through nightclubs all over the globe.
Mavado, the turbulent genius taking dancehall by storm, brilliantly shines as the next star of his genre. Developing his artistry under the supervision of the dancehall icon Bounty Killer, Mavado crafted his sound into a class of its own. His bone chilling lyrics and raspy toned vocals resonate throughout the ghettos of Jamaica. In his tumultuous surroundings of Cassava Piece, Jamaica, Mavado tells a story of survival throughout his anticipated debut album, "Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks," released on July 10th, 2007 by VP Records.
This carefully orchestrated street narrative, features the hustling anthem "Dreamin," one of his first famed singles of Jamaica produced by Daseca on the Riddim. The album continues with "Weh Dem A Do," the ever popular hit that was at heavy rotation on mainstream radio, like New York's Hot 97 and earned him major magazine covers, such as The Fader. His father's death is spoken of on the one-drop tune "Sadness," while "Pon The Gully Side" and "Born and Raised" document the singer's rough upbringing even as they showcase the more angelic side of his gangster gospel.
By: Olimatta Taal
Nadine Sutherland's newest album was launched at the Grogge Shop in Devon House on May 22nd, by Eight76 Records. The album, Call My Name, was inspired by real-life events with at least ten of fifteen tracks on the album co-written by Nadine.
Music industry veteran and judge of Rising Stars competition, Clyde McKenzie, hosted the launch. In the quaint, historical setting of Devon House, McKenzie introduced a number of distinguished guests who spoke about Nadine's extensive contribution to the reggae fraternity.
Considered by fans and critics alike to be the premier Jamaican female vocalist of her generation, she made her stage debut at the age of nine as a winner of Jamaica's popular Tastees Talent Contest. As an adolescent, Sutherland was signed to International reggae superstar Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label and thirty years later she still remains a rarity.
By: Olimatta Taal
Self proclaimed "poor people's defender," Chuck Fenda, launched his new album, Living Fire at Weekendz, May 9, 2007. Most popularly known as a gangster deejay in the 90s, Fenda changed his lyrical content to reflect more positive music and swore to never switch again.
"I'm a messenger for the Almighty. My songs are inspirational songs. Hype and controversy will fade away in a moment. Inspirational music will be everlasting. Look at Bob Marley and Burning Spear, them man deh live on forever," Fenda said as he spoke of his inspiration to sing positive music.
Voice Mail's latest album Let's Go has sold over 40,000 copies since its release in Japan on April 18. A release from Pony Canon, the label responsible for distribution, marketing and promotion of the album, stated that Let's Go is among its top sellers for this year so far.
Lady Saw, Walk Out (VP): American pop music audiences may mainly know Lady Saw from her cameo on No Doubt's Grammy-winning 2003 single, Underneath It All. But the reggae vocalist has more than a decade of music under her belt, or shall we say under her skirt? Respected as dancehall's first lady in Jamaica, Lady Saw's post-feminist, sex-obsessed lyrics often extol the power of women's sex organs.
On her eighth solo disc, Walk Out, she makes pains to balance the raunchiness with street anthems and some self-help sentimentalism. Me and My Crew (The Rae) is a flag-waving party song, punctuated by sharp turntable scratches. Meanwhile, the electro-riddim of Power of the Pum is all dark seduction, with Lady Saw bragging about her nookie: "Gotta lotta men losing their senses/ just to get close and be friends/ me have big men jumping wire fences."
Richie Spice's 'In the Streets to Africa ' VP Records/Fifth Element Records album is climbing the Billboard Reggae chart, peaking at number six after three weeks. The single 'Brown Skin', taken from the album, is sitting inside the top ten of the BBC1Xtra Dancehall charts in the UK and number one on the Hype TV and RE TV charts in Jamaica.
The Fifth Element recording artiste just completed a tour to promote the album which was released in February and getting rave reviews. The March 2007 issue of playboy Magazine gave it four stars, saying,...... 'Spice offers an exception to the slackness and hyperactivity of dancehall. One of the best roots release in years.'
Chuck Fenda, aka "The Poor People's Defender" is releasing his first album on Greensleeeves on March 27th entitled "The Living Fire".
The album includes the Jamaican chart topping social commentary track "Gash Dem", which was banned from Jamaican airwaves because of its incendiary lyrical content. It also includes "Coming Over", a track that features Cherine Anderson (actress from the film "Dancehall Queen" and "One Love"), which has been undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the year so far.
Jamaican artist Nadine Sutherland has just wrapped shooting on the music video for her newest hit single "Big Tingz" from her upcoming album Call My Name on Eight76 Records (in stores April 3, 2007).
The upbeat single was released to radio earlier this month, and has quickly become a staple at reggae radio in South Florida and is picking up steam all over the Caribbean. Shot on location at the beautiful Negril Escape resort in Negril, Jamaica the video is directed by Michelle Barnes (Red Rat's "Crying For My People" and Macka Diamond's "Bun Him") of Mad Multimedia Productions and choreographed by local dancers Erica Allen, Anika Thomas, and Nakoy Asher.
Every member of the cast and crew was local, from the stylists to the set auditors. Eight76 Records exec Myshjua Archibald flew down to oversee the shoot and was thrilled with the results. "The talent in Jamaica always blows me away.
In the latter part of 2007, Tad's Records International released the debut album for Mr. Perfect titled 'Gidimani'. Loaded with conscious tunes, the album has been holding its own among the many albums released last year, and continues to be a hot item for music lovers.
The album features tracks like 'Hand Kart Bwoy', 'Johnny', 'How Come', 'Amerimaka', 'No Badda Me', 'For Sure', 'All I've Got', Ganja Spliff', Eight Gangster', 'Market Place', 'Cry Me A River', 'Love Has Found It's Way', 'For Ma Family', 'Little Old Lady', 'Rasta Rebel', 'Wingless Earth Angel', Black Marcus, 'Hit Dem' and 'Tyme'.
Ever since he made his presence felt on the Irie FM's Big Break Competition, the dancehall world recognized that Mr. Perfect had something special. No wonder he walked away with the top prize in that competition.
Poignant "visions" of social ills, undoubtedly one of Dennis Brown's best studio albums recorded at Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, Jamaica. One of the classic reggae albums of the 1970s, 'Visions of Dennis Brown' is one of the pinnacles of his amazingly fecund and prolific era with the legendary Joe Gibbs.
These songs, simply recorded but full of near-apocalyptic dread and spirited exhortations, are Brown at his most powerful. Through his lyrics, he seeks to eradicate the corrupt self and the tribulations in existence when he searches for the sense in hidden brutality through the assassination of "Malcolm X", the frustration and depression in "Oh Mother" and the suffering of his people as "Concrete Castles King". Songs as direct as "Deliverance Will Come" or as elliptical and knotty as "Milk and Honey" all benefit from Brown's remarkable voice, truly one of the finest instruments the style has ever known.
Championing the genre, 'progressive reggae', the band Gullibanque stepped into the breach this week in a bid to push reggae to new frontiers worldwide. The launch of their new CD, held in the bowels of the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston was attended by small group of media, friends, fellow musicians and other well-wishers. The group, formed by Paul Campbell, in 1988 has displayed its artistry and bugled its message-driven brand of reggae all across Jamaica for several years winning an IRAWMA award for Best Band, Best Female Vocalist and Best Bass Player.
Recent additions Nigel Shaw and Orlando Johnson, along with Courtland White, have earned their chops playing with the biggest names in reggae such as Black Uhuru, the Abyssinians, Ini Kamoze and Junior Kelly, just to name a few.
Sizzla Kalonji's most highly anticipated album, The Overstanding is scheduled to be released on November 21st. The album will be marketed and distributed by DDMG/Kalonji Records. The following day after the release of the album, Sizzla will embark on a U.S. tour to promote the album.
Emerging in the latter half of the 90's, Sizzla quickly became one of the leaders in the modern dancehall movement. The success of Praise Ye Jah in 1997, secured a strong following which placed him at the top as one of Reggae's great artist. He released Black Woman, & Child that same year, and the self-titled single become a reggae anthem, lasting almost one decade. It was within this era that he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influences of roots reggae, favoring organic productions with heavy Rastafarian teachings, philosophies, and the Back To Africa Movement (Repatriation).
Sizzla has released over 40 albums which include a string of other very successful singles, crossing different genres in Reggae Music. In 1999, Be I Strong was released and Bobo Shanti in 2001, which was spiritually driven and had strong hip hop influence, and in 2002 Da Real Thing was definitely the Reggae album of the year, showing a more softer, mellow, and romantic material.
The Grammy nominated Sis Carol(Black Cinderalla) is backagain. Remember she was the stylist in the movie "Married 2 the Mob",also Something Wild".
The titled 1-DERFUL WORD" celebrating the silver jubilee", will be released on Oct 31, with 17 tracks.
The album release party is set for Oct 29th at the Canal Room in Manhattan 285W Broadway, from 7-12pm. All press & media are invited.
The night's performances will showcase artists such as Ras Droppa, Empress Keba(Sis Carol"s daughter), Asher Vision & more guest appearances.
Album: Another Rockaz Moment
Artiste: Morgan Heritage
Release Date: September 26, 2006
Record Label: VP / Universal Records
Morgan Heritage Album 'Another Rockaz Moment' is deemed one of the most energetic and electrifying album to be released by Morgan Heritage. The contemporary R&B flavour produces a brand of Reggae that has listeners yearning for more. It features stage versions from albums Three In One and Full Circle, the combination embraces their message of spiritual and conscious livity which is conveyed throughout the entire live recording.
From Inna Dem Ting Deh to Tell Me How Come the self titled track on the Seasons Rhythm, Morgan Heritage delivered and this album captures one of their best performances from 2005.
By: Jigga Mattic
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
After a scintillating performance at Miami Sting, Mr. Lex returned to the island last week to continue working on his album which will be released by VP Records next year.
"VP has finally signed off on it, and they have given me a release date for next year, so that's great news," the deejay told YardFlex.com while hanging out at the Mixing Lab studios.
"The album is progressing well, I have completed seven tracks, and there will be guest appearances by Jadakiss, Mr. Vegas, Buju and Sean Paul, so right now, I am trying to keep the creative juices flowing, and make good music that is marketable all over the world. I want to carry the thing to the level of a pop star, and be one of the top stars," he added, laughing.
Arguably one of the better dancehall albums to be released this year, Busy Signal's debut album, 'Step Out', is being watched closely by the industry because it may be paving the way for other artistes who want to go the tough route of attempting an independent release.
The album, released on the artiste's own Network Records, is unapologetically 'gully', accessibly dancehall and true to its roots. This is Busy coming to you straight from the garrisons and that explains why there is no track 2, instead, there is a track 1A. If we have to explain why, you should stop reading this article and get your a*s to another website.
My favourite track is 'Full Clip' feat. Mavado which is preceded by an interlude where a man makes an overture to the deejay of exchanging guns for dubs, a decidedly ancient system of barter, but effective nonetheless because it works in this instance because (surprise surprise) the going rate on a Busy dub is 'a one K, two mattic, and the one spin-barrel'.
After this interlude, Mavado's haunting lyrics, 'A boy inform...', and Busy blows p all over the simple dancehall beat with some hardcore gangster lyrics that promise dismemberment and death coming to a location near you.
Entering the music industry in January 2003 and going through a very hectic two years of learning the business, writing and recording, performing at a number of major stage shows and charity events locally, going on an eleven-city tour in the United States as well as performances in Canada and filming some music videos, a decision was made in early 2005 that the time has come to focus on her debut album.
Kris spent the last 18 months writing, recording and working with a number of top producers to come up with her debut album titled "My World". The album boasts 15 tracks including two collaborations with Beenie Man and Vybz Kartel.
The album represents various genres of Reggae music and also captures the essence, journey and versatility of the artiste. "MY WORLD" will be released in Japan by Pony Canyon on September 20th, 2006 and by all indication, it is expected to do well.
Madhouse/Atlantic recording artist Cham has unveiled details of his eagerly awaited new album, "GHETTO STORY." The Kingston, Jamaica native's Atlantic debut hits stores nationwide August 15th.
Produced by Dave Kelly, "GHETTO STORY" is the follow-up to Cham's debut album, "WOW... THE STORY," released on Madhouse Records in 2000. Cham's 2003 released buzz track, "Vitamin S," was the reggae star's first Billboard-charting single. Cham, one of the world's greatest and most successful dancehall DJs, has been hailed a true superstar, a cutting-edge talent known around the world for his imaginative wordplay, creative sounds, and up-to-the-minute news reports of modern ghetto life.
The title track from "GHETTO STORY," featuring Alicia Keys, saw a 33 percent rebound this week as it jumped back into Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and bulleted to #22 in the Billboard Rap chart. "Ghetto Story" is also one of the top 5 researched records at both POWER 105 and HOT 97 radio stations in New York.
Kingston, Jamaica: - Farenheit, the self-styled Jamaican soul crooner who came onto the music scene in the nineties is set to launch his new album in July. The new album "Port Antonio Virgin", is a follow up to his critically acclaimed first "Fringe to Fore" and will be unveiled to press and public on the July 30th at the Caves in Negril West End.
The textured album features Farenheit flexing his musical muscles, and enjoys a heavier injection of dancehall flavour. The album features collaborations with Kurupt, Sizzla, Loogaman, and Sean Paul. The project will be released on the Mystic Urchin Label and distributed by All Access Distribution.
The launch will take place overlooking the ocean, on the sand at The Caves. The party is open to the public and will feature a listening session, an intimate acoustic set from Farenheit, giveaways, appearances by collaborators on the album.
The uber talented singer from the Mystic Urchin camp is already planning a 20 city US tour to promote the project.
One of music's most honest and inspirational singer/songwriters, 12-time Grammy nominated India.Arie will release her new album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, on June 27.
Her third studio album, and her first since 2002's acclaimed Voyage To India, which reached #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, the new disc was produced by longtime collaborators Shannon Sanders and Mark Batson (Seal, Beyonce), among others. The album's first single, "I Am Not My Hair," featuring searing remix collaborations with Akon, Swizz Beatz, and Jazze Pha, marks the first time India.Arie has agreed to let other artists remix her work.
Known for her soulful pursuit of unvarnished musical perfection, the new album is a more personal expression containing more intimate songscapes from the artist, duly recognized through the years for her keen insights about the world at large. She will be doing an extensive promotional tour this month, with a trek to Europe after Memorial Day to perform select songs from the much anticipated album.
Turbulence 'Notorious' is taking the reggae scene by storm! The harmonizing deejay has scored hits in the roots and dancehall genres as a solo artist and on duets (with sultry songstress Sasha).
His vocal delivery is both passionate and raw as he easily moves from conscious tune to love song. Turbulence has won fans and positive press through well crafted live performances.
Spending much of the last two years touring with Sizzla. Displaying a wide range of musical influences and exciting musical approach, Notorious - the Album promises to break Turbulence onto a new level of recognition.
Male vocal group Voise Mail has been on a high lately. The trio which comprises Oneil, Kevin and Craig, will head to Japan later this month for a two-week jaunt aimed at promoting their debut album Hayee.
The album was released in Japan earlier this year, and based on information gleaned from the Internet, the album ranks as one of the top sellers in that part of the world, over the past two months.
Hayee will be released in the Caribbean and the US later this year. It contains the hits Tribute To Bogle (Wacky Dip), Jamaican Jiggas, and Do What You Feel Like among others. The group's latest chart entry is Get Crazy, which is riding local charts as well as the New York reggae chart.
Sly and Robbie, the long-time production partners have begun releasing compilation albums showcasing hits from their Taxi label.
The first of these collections, Ini, singer Ini Kamoze's first album from the early 1980s, was released recently through All Access Records. Ini contains the smash hit, World a Reggae.
Drummer Sly Dunbar said last week that the second of the releases will be Taxi Trio, which features songs from Dennis Brown (Revolution, Hold On To What You've Got), Gregory Isaacs (Soon Forward, What A Feeling) and Sugar Minott (Herbman Hustling).
After collaborating with big-name acts like Grace Jones, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, Dunbar says it was time to get the Taxi releases out to old and new fans.
"Wi jus' taking time to put the stuff out on CD. It's important for the home base to hear from you," he told the press recently.
Spragga Benz is slated to release a new album, 'Thug Nature: Volume New' on April 18.
"I also have some singles coming out, yuh have one called 'Inna Mi Style 'featuring Ilano, the MissJamaica on the 'Red Bull & Guinness' and Run Things on the Snow Cone 'Applause' rhythm," he told YardFlex.
The deejay, whose real name is Carlton Grant, combined with soca star Kevin Lyttle to rise to the top of the Billboard Single Chart with the dancehall remix of Lyttle's 'Turn Me On'. The song climbed the charts for 12 weeks until August 12th, 2004 where it reached #1.
Downsound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah now has the number one album in Jamaica. The album, 'Hail the King' vaulted to the pole position on local charts this week.
"I am just grateful to my fans who are supporting my album in Jamaica, mi love the support," he said. "The album is also doing well overseas, in fact, a few weeks ago, the album was leading Jr. Gong, and even I-Wayne on the reggae album charts in Europe, and only Lucky Dube was ahead of me. The people are responding to me, Downsound is already into the third pressing of the album so we are registering a lot of real sales and subsequent re-orders which shows that we are quickly gaining momentum," Fantan told YardFlex.
Macka Diamond will be releasing her long-awaited album on March 27. The album titled 'Money-O' is Macka Diamond's first effort for Greensleeves since she created history by being the first Jamaican born female artiste to sign an album deal with the company.
The 20-track CD saw Macka working with top flight dancehall producers such as Steelie & Cleevie, Shane Brown, Don Corleon, Richard Browne, Christopher Birch, Robert Livingston, Dave Kelly and more.
The album already has a winning start as many of the tracks are dancehall favourites including the number one hits 'Done Already' and 'Bun Him' featuring Black-er. Among the other popular tracks on the album are 'Mi Nuh Done' remix, featuring Cobra, 'Lexus and Benz' and the title track 'Money-O'; the album also feature eight exclusive tracks
By: Jigga Matic
Deejay Vybz Kartel recently returned from a six-show run in two weekends in the Tristate area, as well as shows in the state of Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. The deejay's sophomore album, JMT, has been released by Greensleeves Records.
The lead single for the album is "Emergency" and it was released before the album, while "Hello Moto" is released with the album on 12 inch vinyl. The album is classic Vybz Kartel with songs like "Stammer", �High Altitude� with Bounty Killer, and the original 'Gun Session - Buddabye'. Wayne Marshall features twice on the album on "Late Night in the Scheme" and "Need You Girl". It's a really good mix of songs," he told YardFlex.Com.
Dancehall fans may be disappointed to hear that the remixed version of the song with T-Pain's 'So Sprung' is not on the album. However, a number of the songs have some crossover appeal and he is looking to repeat the success of 2004's effort with a UK R&B singer, Zena on "Been Around the World" which resulted in his first major mainstream hit outside the local Jamaican dancehall arena. The single debuted at number 44 on the UK singles chart.
Jamaica's top DJ Delroy Foster A.K.A Delly Ranx will be releasing his debut album "Break Free" on January 15 2006 that will be distributed by VP Records USA.
Break Free boast (15) solid tracks with over 80% of newness and unfamiliarity comprising of some of reggae music greatest which includes Beres Hammond, Shinehead, Sly & Robbie and more top DJs. He has also collaborated with newly signed Bad Boys Entertainment Recording artiste Elephant Man on a remix of the track called Headache produced by Louis "Flabba" Malcolm.
Kiprich is here to make you party! He's in the club, he's on the stage and in the studio - he's Outta Road with the dancehall party album of the year.
"Outta Road" the debut album from dancehall deejay Kiprich was developed and recorded under the supervision of Robert Livingston and the Big Yard Production Crew (Shaggy, Rik Rok).
Having worked his way up through the ranks as former Hype man for Elephant Man, Kiprich came into his own this year with the #1 Jamaican radio hit "Telephone Ting".
Reggae music has too often been criticised for its willingness to deal with a painful reality that many would rather pretend was not happening at all and there is an implicit contradiction in attempting to make what could be classed as 'entertainment' out of real pain and suffering. It can sometimes be the only means of dealing with a reality too harsh to contemplate in any other way. Music can give a voice to the voiceless and out of the current conflagration of internecine violence simmering in the ghettos of Kingston has stepped a whole new generation of singers and deejays whose voices cry out to be heard... and the sound of the One Drop.
Gospel singer, Minister Carlene Davis new album will be in stores worldwide this weekend. The album titled ROCK ME JESUS is being distributed in the United States and England by V.P. Records, in Canada by Universal Records and in the Caribbean by Glory Music.
According to Glory Music's Tommy Cowan the launch of the album will be through a special broadcast on Klas, F.M. 89, and R.J.R., A.M. 720, this he says will give a wider awareness of the product.
Containing fourteen tracks and a hidden track, Davis herself have co-written six of the tracks with her husband Tommy Cowan, whilst drawing on known Praise songs "Show Me Your Way, Draw Me Close, Hungry For You, Agnus Dei, I Have A Friend.
Says Carlene, "My personal testimony comes...
Who said he couldn't do it again? Without a doubt, 'The Trinity', Sean Paul's latest album, three years after his 'Dutty Rock' breakthrough, rocks. For his album number three, Grammy-Award winner mixes dancehall, hip-hop and reggae.