Friday, November 21, 2014

Raging Fyah Addresses Bullying in New Video

Following the fulfilment of their Destiny album, reggae group Raging Fyah is set to keep the musical flames ablaze with the upcoming release of their latest video, Brave. The video will seek to add a visual storyline to one of the group’s most powerful tracks yet, Brave which was featured on the Destiny album. The video was directed by local talent, Kyle Chin of Afro-Asain Productions and was released on Saturday, November 15.

The message contained in the visual presentation, is a cry to be brave in acting to stop cases of bullying, which is prevalent throughout Jamaican society. The plot follows the lives of two boys, Red and Leon and how they eventually find bravery to face their antagonists. Red bullies Leon, but he is being bullied at home by his father, who is being bullied at work by his boss. In an act of bravery, Leon saves Red from drowning and in turn Red finds the courage to support his antagonizing father and resolves his conflict with Leon.

Director, Kyle Chin explained how a closer look at the word ‘Brave’ brought about the concept.

“After thinking more about the meaning of the word Brave, along with Raging Fyah, we decided to speak about bullying and the cowardice behind that. We wanted to show how one can show courage by breaking the trend, by doing the right thing even when you have been wronged; ‘don't be stuck in your ways, just remember, you got to be brave,” said Chin.

The video was shot in Jamaica at select locations, such as Room 13 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts which was the location where the band practiced in their formative years as students and features band members Kumar and Demar.

“To have shot the video at Room 13 is really a blessing as that location has a lot of sentimental value to this band. As for the video and the track, it is just showcasing another side of Raging Fyah. Lyrically it is a slower tempo than our other tracks and visually the message of anti-bullying is one which requires a lot of bravery, both to stand up to and to not victimize others,” said Kumar of Raging Fyah.

Brave comes straight from the recent album Destiny, which has exceeded the band’s expectations, locally and in overseas markets. Destiny is available for digital purchase through iTunes and Amazon. The video for Brave premiered on Saturday, November 15.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sean Paul Brought Down The House In Sydney

By the time multi-platinum reggae superstar Sean Paul started to deejay the lyrics to his Billboard chart topper, Temperature, the venue, Big Top at Luna Park in Milsons Point, Australia, was a blaze.

The Grammy award winning toaster kicked off his headlining tour with R&B songstress Mya, in the island continent of Australia on Thursday, November 13.  The tour continues through to the Australian cities of Perth, Melbourne, Adelae and Brisbane before hopping to Papa New Guinea to complete the two week pop tour.

Sean's scintillating set, complete with full band, DJ, supporting vocals and dancers electrified the hall for well over an hour and well past curfew.  Yet the audience rocked, danced and screamed as each hit was followed by another hit.

Up tempo tracks like Break It Off and Riot, were complimented by mid tempo tracks such as I'm Still In Love and Touch The Sky.  Pulling from his hardcore dance collection, Sean Paul unleashed recent hits, Want Them All and She Doesn't Mind and his dancers were only too happy to demonstrate their skills on stage.

Sean's catalogue of hits was well received.  After all, this is his third tour of the nation.  He toured previously in 2004 and 2009; roughly every five years.  

Half way across the world Sean Paul hooked up with Jamaican born Brick and Lace’s Nyanda, Nailah and Tasha who attended the opening concert. The ladies took a break from their own tour of Australia to pop in and catch Sean Paul's performance.  

Leading into the performances, pop princess Mya and Sean Paul made the media rounds and stopped in at the popular KIIS FM for a chat with Rosso.  Several other media appearances are expected to follow.

"I'm loving it here," Sean Paul declared within 24 hours of his arrival for the tour.

As the saying goes, 'all work and no play…'.  So between shows and media appearances, Sean and crew have hit the sights of Sydney including the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, in addition to the Sydney Zoo and several restaurants.  The group has been sharing their experiences on social media with each stop.

The audience response on the opening night suggests that the five remaining stops of Sean Paul's Full Frequency Australia tour are likely to Touch the Sky.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jah Cure starts European Tour on High note

Reggae Sensation Jah Cure kicked of his Life We Live Tour on Thursday October 30 in Hamburg, Germany. The tour is also in support of the newest single Life we Live, which hit iTunes at the #4 spot in July, from his upcoming album scheduled for release in early 2015.

The That Girl singer is blazing the Jamaican flag in several European cities­­­­ as the tour will see a total of 19 shows with stops in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France & Austria.

The Reggae singer is pleased with the reception he has gotten in Europe thus far. “My team and I have had a great reception from reggae fans in Europe. It’s been a while since I have been here for an extended period and I am looking forward to sharing my music and passion with the people here,” he explained.

Jah Cure’s Life We Live Tour began in Germany on November 1 where he performed at Yaam in the capital city of Berlin before travelling to neighbouring, Netherlands for the Reggae Hours 2014 show in Amsterdam on November 2. The tour remained in the Netherlands as Jah Cure is also performed at the Huize Maas in Groningen on November 4.

The International reggae artiste then commenced a Scandinavian leg of the tour on November 5 at the Moriska Paviljongen in Malmo, Sweden before heading to Oslo, Norway on November 6 to perform at John Dee’s. The tour then returned to Sweden, this time at the Nalen in Stockholm on November 7 after which Jah Cure traveled to the renowned Helsinki, Finland on November 8 for a performance at the Teatteri Forum.

The Life We Live Tour will continue into Belgium on November 10 at Petrol in Antwerpen, then Arnheim, Netherlands at Luxor Live on November 12 before two stops in Switzerland at Gaskessel in Bern and Maison Des Associations in Geneva on November 13 and 14 respectively.

The final leg of the tour begins in France at the Next Club in Toulouse on November 15,  then returns for a final appearance in Switzerland’s capital, Zurich at the Escherwyss on November 16 before travelling to Vienna, Austria on November 17 to perform at the Reigen. The tour will then close with 3 performances in France, first at Le Crooner in Rouen on November 20, then Glazart in the capital city, Paris on November 21 before a finale at the Barbey in Bordeaux on November 23.

Jah Cure recently performed on the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest and delivered a superb set at the Arthur Guinness Day celebration concert in Kingston which was streamed to throughout the Caribbean. The sensational vocalist has been creating a stir with his latest releases which include a cover of John Legends hit All of Me which has received rave reviews. His original tracks That Girl and Wake Up have also been getting sparkling reviews and heavy rotation across the airwaves. His stirring melodies and sobering messages has catapulted the singer to a status of musical messenger.