Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption Open Renovated Levels at Skyline

Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption will bring the newly refurbished venue at Levels, Skyline to life on Friday, October 9 with an acoustic performance dubbed, Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption Live. The artiste who will be the first to perform at the venue since its expansion is preparing a show that allows fans to see him up close and personal.

“I want to take the audience into the realm of the production of the songs which means they are going to hear sounds that they do not normally hear in a regular show. They are going to get the opportunity to focus on certain aspects of the music that as listeners they probably bypass by just listening frivolously,” the artiste explained. 

The artiste believes that the atmosphere of the small venue, owned by renowned lead singer of the Chakula Band, Errol McDonald, adequately lends itself to the plans of the Behind Curtains singer whose aim is to allow people to experience music in its purest form. “It is not going to be talking and explanation it is going to be a performance of the song from the ‘in the making’ perspective. Skyline is intimate and people are going to get to see Zincfence records, Chronixx, Zincfence Redemption and Teflon on stage for the first time,” the artiste said.

The show will also feature Jahkime and Silkki Wonda with a special performance of their new single, Black Marcus.

Levels at Skyline is a limited capacity venue and the Chronixx Music Group is encouraging  patrons to purchase presold tickets for the event at a cost of $1,200.00 at Mi Hungry, Market Place, Veva, Bob Marley Museum or Natural Touch, Orchid Village Plaza. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on event day for $1,500.00. The organizers want to ensure more enjoyment for patrons and as such will start at 8:00pmsharp.

The series ‘Live at Levels’ that has been staged since 2014 has featured artistes, Keznahmdi, Kelissa, Christopher Martin and more. Chronixx who staged the first leg of his Capture Land Jamaica Tour in March performing in Negril, St. Elizabeth, Portland and Kingston is continuing his journey to educate fans and the world of the true form of music. Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption continue the lessons on Friday, October 9 at Levels, Skyline Drive, Jacks Hill, St. Andrew.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sean Paul Set to Perform at the Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change

Multi-platinum Dancehall artiste Sean Paul will join British singer Natasha Bedingfield in performance at the Rally for Moral Action on Climate Justice at the National Mall in Washington DC on Thursday, September 24.

The event which will feature several government officials, religious leaders such as Reverend Pedro Jimeno Barreto and Archbishop of Huancayo, Dolores Huerta, climate justice activists Moby, Rev. William Barber, and an all-star line-up of musicians aims to encourage leaders to take a stance for climate justice. 

Pope Francis, will also be lending his support to this historic event and is expected to speak at the rally. The Rally for Moral Action on Climate Justice is part of the activities to mark the Pope’s first visit to the US.

On the heels of the release of the Full Speed Riddim, Sean Paul continues to broaden his horizon and eyes this production as another opportunity to spread a positive message.  
“I thought it was a great cause in helping people to be aware of the environment and for charity so I did it right away. I am all for the environment. Every day I take pictures of the sun because I like nature a lot. I didn’t know who else was featured on the song. Toby played a couple parts of the chorus for me and I just did my thing. I really liked it, it was cool and every time I hear the song it gives me goose bumps. I think it is a good song."

Dancehall artiste Sean Paul and British singer Natasha Bedingfield joined forces to collaborate with a vast selection of artistes to include; UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, female powerhouse Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Leona Lewis, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice, Germany-born American singer, and activist Q'Orianka Kilcher, country music singer Kelsea Ballerini, pop singer Colbie Caillat, EDM duo Krewella alongside Johnny Rzeznik, Jon Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.

Love Song to the Earth features the Grammy Award winning dancehall superstar as a co-writer along with Toby Gad, John Shanks and Bedingfield. The single is in support of the UN’s aim to reach over 100 nations, to adopt cleaner and healthier habits to prevent global warming from reaching more dangerous levels.
The single debuted on Billboard's Pop Digital Songs chart with 11,000 downloads in its first-week and is available exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music via Connect.

Sean Paul is expected to perform Foxwood Casino in Connecticut on Saturday, September 26 before jetting off to Portland, Maine on Sunday, September 27.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bunji Garlin and Damian Marley Team Up to Deliver The Message

Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin and Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley team up on The Message, a passionate forward-thinking song fighting for the souls of our youth and the future generation.
The two Caribbean artists merge soca, dancehall and reggae into a universal sound on this world cry anthem, produced by Philip "Jr. Blender" Meckseper. They go verse for verse addressing society's illls and Marley delivers a powerful hook aspiring for change. "There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don't let the good things spoil, oh no."

Bunji Garlin gives more insight behind the collaboration."We recorded this song at Gong's studio in Florida. It was a 4am studio session after we spent about an hour and a half just talking and getting a vibe off of each other's knowledge, views and energies. I appreciate the project and artist because we were able to let both our musical backgrounds work for us to execute this. It is almost a fable to see the son of reggae legend and also a legend in his own right and artist of the soca genre meld so effortlessly." 

Marley is slated to perform in Garlin's homeland on Friday, October 30 in Tobago at Pigeon Point and Saturday, October 31 at Hasley Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sean Paul’s Full Speed Riddim set to blaze the video scene with a masterful Heist

Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock Productions in collaboration with Image Development Studios brings the Full Speed Riddim to life on the big screen in a ‘heist’ featuring Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Elephant Man, Future Fambo, and Mink Jo on Friday September 18. The Full Speed Riddim Medley Video will be released at 12:00noon EST on YouTube.

The highly anticipated Full Speed Riddim medley video stacks over 80 years of Dancehall Industry experience under its belt spanning from the launch of Veteran Dj Beenie Man’s career to upcoming artiste Mink Jo’s arrival this year.  But what truly makes the Full Speed Riddim medley video stand out, is its story and style. 

Director of Photography and Director Gareth Cobran, of Image Development Studios, shared that the most surprising fact for audience members will be that the entire video was shot in one location, Sterling Sound Stage, with five amazing sets. According to Cobran,” the challenge with medley videos is finding cohesive visuals to complement each track, however, with this one; Dutty Rock Productions put together four tracks that really work well together visually. The Elephant Man and Fambo track Money was kicked off with a ‘heist ‘concept and everything else kind of fell into place.” In this heist themed movie, each track is a scene in the heist and each artiste plays a different role in the heist.  Mink Jo plays the lookout; Ding Dong is the getaway driver and wild card; Elephant Man and Future Fambo are the crew on the job and the mastermind is played by none other than Beenie Man.

Future Fambo, raves that the props used as well as the futuristic treatment are definitely the video’s most standout elements. Always about keeping it positive Fambo highlighted that “we don’t judge artistes by how they look, but by their sound, vibes and the lyrics they put out.” In fact, he described the time spent with his co-stars on set as pure vibes. Fambo believes that it is indeed a good video and that Sean Paul did a good job in producing it. Fambo further shared that the track he created with Elephant Man was actually a combination of talent and chance. “Me and Elephant jus buck up at the studio and Sean Paul said it would be nice if I sang the verse and Elephant Man sang the hook because both our voices have similar frequency,” disclosed Fambo. The artiste will be releasing his next single Wavy from his album Wavy It’s Crazy shortly.

For Mink Jo, the experience has been “an opportunity of a lifetime for an upcoming artiste,” she said. A milestone in fact; as it is her first video. She revealed that she felt “blessed to be working in the industry and to be amongst the veterans,” and “hopes that people will like the song and video.” She continues to work on her recently released album Boy. Girl. Love.

Full Speed Riddim was produced by international, Grammy Award winning superstar Sean Paul and was released in two parts this year; in January and May respectively. Full Speed Riddim is Sean Paul's third project on his Dutty Rock Label, which was formed in 2011. Other videos released on this Riddim include: Denyque’s Ring the Alarm and Sean Paul's Take it Low.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Daniel Bambaata Marley Drops New Single, Waiting For The War

Daniel Bambaata Marley announces his forthcoming music video & new single release entitled, Waiting For The War.

On Waiting For The War, Bambaata touches on profound universal truths and the impact of many global freedom struggles including racial profiling, poverty, freedom of speech, racism, abuse and unemployment.

The music video, directed by Wayan Palmieri, was produced by Frame 12 Productions and filmed in the California desert in June of 2015. The Waiting For The War radio single was produced by Nicholas “Aqua” McCarrell, mixed by Adam Farag, and mixed/mastered by James “Bonzai” Caruso. The single will be made available for purchase on iTunes on Thursday, September 17 - the same day that the premier of Waiting For The War music video will be made available via Daniel Bambaata Marley’s social network pages. The Waiting For The War single artwork is a re-creation of Bob Marley’s Soul Rebels album cover which was released by Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1970.

Daniel Bambaata Marley comments, “Everybody has their own battle that they face daily, with one common goal – freedom. I don't believe in war...I believe in freedom. If we want to be free, we have to stand up for our rights.”

Never ceasing to push the musical boundaries that those before him have set, Daniel Bambaata Marley is showcasing his own genre-bending style with the release of, Waiting For The War.
Additionally, Bambataa hits the road this week in support of Ms. Lauryn Hill on a few of Ms. Hill’s upcoming performance dates in California and Las Vegas:

Sept 14 / The Greek / Los Angeles, CA 
Sept 16 / Mountain Winery / Saratoga, CA 
Sept 18 / Brooklyn Bowl / Las Vegas, NV

Friday, September 11, 2015

Magma, Ruffi-Ann stars at Redbones Café

Reggae music is like fine wine, it gets better with age. Such was the feeling for the very attentive crowd, at the recently held Live Reggae show featuring Prince Alla and Kiddus I in Concert on Saturday, September 5 at Red Bones Café, in New Kingston.

 The event, co-organized by Green Fa Life and Redbones, made its debut with a mixture of old and new Reggae energy with Bermudan reggae star Magma and female sensation Ruffi-Ann leading the charge.

Magma, whose real name is Adam Mayo, delivered a stirring set with favourites such as Emanuel, Love Life and particularly Mother and Child Reunion. A new single, Hay Now, released last month on his own label Molten Rock also received a warm reception. His four-song segment was melodic and harmonious.

The Reggae firestorm said he was especially impressed with the audiences’ attentiveness. “I feed off the crowd’s energy when I am on stage and the crowd gave so much love. They absorbed the music and connected with my message and I give thanks for that. I can stand my own but it gives you more energy when the crowd is energetic and that was the case tonight,” he said. 

Ruffi-Ann’s Save the Juvenile ignited the crowd and opened a very fiery set for the Reggae singer who paved the way for the more seasoned Donovan Josephs. K Vibes and Hugh English.  Patrons were enthralled by Prince Alla and Kiddus I who delivered a natural uplifting Reggae set.

The artistes were supported by the backing band Inna De Yard Band.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Konshens Changes Management and Eyes Bigger International Presence

Dancehall star and SubKonshus Music boss Konshens, has been busy behind the scenes as he targets an expanded presence in the entertainment industry. The Realest Song artiste has teamed with experienced manager Jeremy Harding, who worked with Grammy-Award winning Sean Paul for over a decade. Konshens has also teamed with Headline Entertainment in an exclusive booking partnership. 

The move comes as the artiste seeks to stabilize the business side of the music. Konshens is excited about what lies ahead as he believes this more experienced team can achieve great things. While being happy with the achievements of his career so far the business minded Konshens is not shy to say he is not content as he aspires to take his career to the next level. 

“It isn’t a new team per say, it’s a team with a much more experienced manager and I am just trying to build on the professionalism and the overall experience of engaging Konshens in any form of business. Jeremy Harding has a proven track record. He knows what it takes to get an artiste that next level which is an international level. When I just started out I just wanted to hear my song on the radio, but being a businessman and a driven person I always strive for more,” said Konshens.

The Gal a Bubble deejay recently returned from touring in Uganda followed by a performance at the Labour Day weekend in New York. Konshens is also looking ahead to a busy two months with a European Tour slated to begin on September 26 with stops also scheduled for Africa. 

“Uganda a me place! It was crazy, sold out shows and the best way I can describe the energy or the vibes is that it is like the Caribbean on steroids,” joked Konshens.

With a newly assembled team to boost the professionalism and business side of his affairs Konshens can concentrate on his music and the upcoming tour should be a great start to a new era in his career. The tour will kick off in Hereford on September 26 before going to Vienna on September 30 then Lyss on October 2 and Dortmund on October 03 and Beek on October 4 before heading to Africa for a series of shows from October 6 – 11.

The tour will then return to Europe on October 16 in Blanes before two Spanish stops in Malaga and Madrid on October 17 and 18 before heading to Brussels on October 23 then Cologne on October 24 and Oslo on October 30 and Stockholm on October 31.  The final leg of the tour kicks off in Berlin on November 5 before two shows on November 6 in Antwerp and Rotterdam before closing in Amsterdam on November 7.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Omi Announces Me 4 U Album for Release on Oct. 16

International pop sensation OMI has announced that his debut album ME 4 U will be released on Friday, October 16. The album, which will include the #1 hit single Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) and brand new single Hula Hoop, is available for pre-order. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)and Hula Hoop with additional tracks from the album becoming available as instant downloads in the weeks leading up to release. Additionally, OMI shot a video for Hula Hoop in Miami this week which will premiere in September.
The album announcement comes as Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) locks the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the sixth week, tying for the longest run at #1 on the Hot 100 for a reggae song in more than 22 years. The track, produced by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon for Oufah Music and remixed by Felix Jaehn, has proven to be a breakout success in the U.S., receiving double platinum certification and racking up nearly half a Billion combined video views. 

The song has been streamed nearly 400 Million times on Spotify and is one of the biggest hits of the year at multi-format radio, achieving #1 airplay at both Pop & Rhythm radio formats, as well as Top 5 airplay at Adult Pop & Dance radio.  The single has reached a staggering 1.6 Billion in cumulative radio audience since launch. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) has received an MTV VMA nomination in the "Song of Summer" category and a Teen Choice 2015 Nomination as "Choice Summer Song," and OMI has performed the track on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and America's Got Talent.
Globally, the song has received Gold certification in Germany (3X), Platinum certifications in Belgium, South Africa, the U.S. (2X), Canada (2X), the U.K. (2X), Spain (2X), Ireland (2X), Norway (2X), Switzerland (2X), New Zealand (2X), Denmark (3X), Italy (4X), Australia (4X) and Sweden (7X) and Diamond certification in France.  
Additionally, Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) has hit #1 on iTunes in nearly 70 markets. The song has hit #1 on both the worldwide Spotify chart and the worldwide Shazam chart and has taken the #1 spot on the Official Singles Charts in The U.K., Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden, where it remained at the top of the chart for nine consecutive week.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Magma to flow in Red Bones Cafe

Bermudian Reggae sensation Magma, will be giving fans a taste of his musical catalogue when he performs at the Red Bones Blues Café on Saturday, September 5. The dynamic Reggae vocalist will perform alongside Kiddus I, Prince Alla and Ruffi-Ann in what is expected to be a classic Roots Reggae showcase.

Magma’s upcoming performance comes on the cusp of the much anticipated release of his latest album The Mission, produced by himself, Early ‘Chinnah’ Smith of the Inna De Yaad Band and Donovan Joseph. Magma’s musical flow has strengthened tremendously with recent releases in Japan including Love Life, Fruitful Relations and Nothing Can Come Between featuring Ruffi-Ann which has been released by Japanese label Dubstore Records.

"This marks the 13th year since I have been in Jamaica on a musical journey. I was inspired by Rastafari and great Reggae artistes including Dennis Brown, Half Pint, Bob Marley whose music really inspires my own craft. With this upcoming album I really want to connect with fans and the performance on Saturday is an effort to do that as the Red Bones Café provides more of an intimate setting where the music can be enjoyed,” said Magma.

Born Adam Mayo in the Eastern Caribbean island of Bermuda, Magma journeyed to Jamaica, the home of Reggae to pursue his craft. The Reggae crooner has performed on the major festivals in Jamaica including Reggae Sumfest and Sting. RecentlyMagma was given raved reviews for his performance at Sizzla’s birthday bash when he wowed the crowd with his versatile lyrics and authentic Roots sound.

The Red Bones Blues Café will be ignited as Magma flows through with roots reggae sounds on Saturday, September 5performing alongside veterans Prince Alla and Kiddus I and female reggae sensation Ruffi-Ann. The Inna De Yaad band will also be on showcase as the backing band during the live performances.