Friday, May 29, 2015

Stephen "Ragga" Marley Releases New Video For "Ghetto Boy" Ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra

Stephen "Ragga" Marley - the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/songwriter/ musician/producer - announces headlining tour and releases the brand new video for his latest single Ghetto Boy ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra. The track is available now on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life

The compelling visual, which was shot in Jamaica and directed by Shaun Escayg, captures the perpetuating cycle of violence and crime that can start from an early age. "Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle," Stephen told Esquire, who premiered the "scorching" song earlier this month.

In support of his upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California's annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast, then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States on August 29 for the Catch A Fire Tour with his brother and co-headliner Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Ghetto Youths crew members Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I will also be joining the Catch A Fire bill for the star-studded reggae tour that spans the whole country until the end of September. 

Sat. Aug 01 in Garberville, CA @ Reggae On the River 2015
Sun. Aug 02 in Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Amphitheater
Mon. Aug 03 in Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Tue.Aug 04 in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Fri. Aug 07 in Landerneau, France @ Esplanade De Le Petite Palud
Sat. Aug 08 in Bordeaux, France @ Reggae Sun Ska Festival
Sun. Aug 09 in Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Feesten
Tue. Aug 11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg (The Max)
Fri. Aug 14 in Winchester, UK @ Boomtown Festival
Sun. Aug 16 in Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
Sat. Aug 29 in Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center For the Performing *
Sun. Aug 30 in New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Sep 3 in Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
Sep 4 in Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier *
Sep 5 in Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center at Wolf Trap *
Sep 6 in Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage *
Sep 9 in Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre *
Sep 11 in Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads *
Sep 12 in Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza *
Sep 15 in Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium *
Sep16 in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
Sep 18 in Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre *
Sep 19 in Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *
Sep 20 in Boise, ID @ Revolution Center *
Sep 22 in San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
Sep 24 in Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
Sep 25 in Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
^ w/ Ziggy Marley
* w/ Damian "Jr. Gong” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Ghetto Youths Crew (Black-Am-I & Jo Mersa)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sizzling Staging of Portland Jerk Fest for Sunday, July 5

The 15th staging of the Portland Jerk Festival has been announced for Sunday, July 5slated for the scenic Heritage Site at Folly Grounds in Port-Antonio. The 2015 staging of event will be sponsored by Best Dressed Chicken and is sure to please local and international food lovers with a healthy dose of jerk cuisine complemented by music, arts and quality entertainment.

This year the festival will feature local chefs putting their own spin on classic jerk dishes as well as gourmet presentations. The festival will also feature internationally renowned Chef Judson Todd Allen also known as the 'Architect of Flavour', who is expected to give his own take and ideas about Jamaica's infamous jerk flavour. Allen is widely known and respected in the world of culinary arts for his mission to get people thinking innovatively about healthier foods with bold flavours. The Portland Jerk Festival is expected to give him another platform on which he can speak, as many Jamaicans would know, jerk is bold.

The festival continues to attract visitors to the North-Eastern coast of the island for a melting pot of Jamaican culture, with the main attraction being the jerk cuisine. Portland also provides a unique edge to the festival as it is considered the birthplace of jerk and complements the cultural offerings with a venue that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

"The Portland Jerk Festival is an event which has always sought to capture the Jamaican culture and package it in a way that patron scan appreciate and enjoy thoroughly. This year will be no different,the cultural experience will be in every facet of the festival from the venue overlooking the sea to the music and entertainment and most definitely the food, which is after all, the main ingredient of the festival," said Kasey Bourne of 20/20 Vision Foundation, organisers of the Portland Jerk Festival.

The Portland Jerk Festival has offerings for the entire family and as such, is tailored for all generations. In addition to clean family entertainment the festival will also provide attractions for youngsters with a kiddie's village. The village is expected to be stacked with over 20 rides and child oriented activities to keep the little ones occupied throughout the day.

"It is a family event and we want to encourage patrons to take their entire family including the children, as it is important for our youngsters to be engaged in our culture from an early age. We will be catering to all generations with the food, arts and entertainment,"concluded Bourne.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Trey Songz Joins Lineup For 2015 St. Kitts Music Festival

R&B artist Trey Songz will perform at the 19th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, June 25-27, 2015.
The multi-platinum artist joins Bounty Killer, Christopher Martin, Aswad, Roy Cape, T- Vice, Tono Rosario, Ricardo Drue, Kerwin DuBois, Patrice Roberts, Blaxx and Benjai who have already been announced as performers for the event.
Minister of Tourism, Honourable Lindsay F.P. Grant, made this announcement today, adding that he was thrilled to welcome Trey Songz to St. Kitts for the first time. "Trey Songz is a renowned R&B artist, with international appea. Having him perform at the St. Kitts Music Festival will certainly reinforce the event’s reputation as a dynamic Caribbean music festival with exhilarating performances and an experience like no other.
Trey Songz legal name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson and is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Trey Songz is best known for the following hits; Bottoms Up, Say Aah, I Invented Sex, I Need a Girl, Open the Closet, Gotta Make It, Gotta Go, Girl Tonite, Can't Help but Wait and Last Time.
Now in its 19th consecutive year, the Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.
Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Chris Brown, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson.

Sean Paul to officially launch Full Speed Vol. 2

Not satisfied with being one of the top performing dancehall artistes, international sensation Sean Paul is moving Full Speed ahead with his latest production.

Released in January of this year, Full Speed produced by Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock label took the clubs, streets and dancehalls by storm. With a fast paced rhythm the production features the likes of Konshens, Cham, Denyque, Mr. Vegas, J. Capri and Vanessa Bling. Now, the artiste is ready for take two of the Riddim which officially launches in Montego Bay on Saturday, May 16 at a VIP launch party held at the Bluebeat Ultra Lounge.

“We're really just excited to take the message down to western Jamaica and roll out the way we've been rolling out in Kingston,” said Sean Paul. “We want to let the people dem hear it and see wi face cuz we think they will love the Full Speed Riddim same way, like everybody else".

This VIP launch event will be the artiste’s first performance in the second city since Reggae Sumfest 2014. Full Speed Vol. 2 has been getting positive feedback since its recent release as the dancehall superstar has been steadily rolling out the promotion for the project in Kingston.

“We've been hitting the streets hard in Kingston rolling out the riddim. The reception has been great because every time an artiste hears it they get excited and want to be a part of it so I've been adding more persons to it. We have the generals Bounty (Killer) and Beenie (Man), not to mention Mink Jo, all with new songs that just came out on iTunes,” he added.

Vol. 2 of the riddim also brings the energy with artistes such as Ding Dong, Future Fambo and Elephant Man. Young artiste Mink Jo, first lady of the Brand New Machine (BNM) camp will be joining Sean Paul in Montego Bay for the VIP launch to add her sultry touch.

Mink Jo added, "I'm so ecstatic to 'roll up' in Mobay this weekend with Sean Paul. It's going to be amazing". 

Following the launch Sean Paul and his crew will be moving next door to Margaritaville for the ‘Full Speed Take Over’.

Full Speed Riddim is the third project from the Dutty Rock label which was formed in 2011. Vol. 2 of the Riddim is now available for pre-order on iTunes and is set for official release on Tuesday, May 19.

Sean Paul will be performing next at the Oracabessa Festival on Monday, May 25 before heading over to Florida for the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival on Sunday, June 7.