Monday, December 19, 2016

Bodyguard Sound System ready to make 2017 'Bad Like Yaws'



The Bodyguard sound system is poised to take on 2017 in a grand way. Still on a high from the great performance of their play on the Independence of the Seas for the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the sound is ready to secure the enjoyment of crowds across the world.  With an ever-expanding collection, the sound is gearing up to dominate the world of sound systems for the coming year and beyond.
The Bodyguard Sound System, founded by Courtney Singh and Howard Campbell, in 1988 has evolved into a staple in and of the music industry, spreading Jamaican culture locally and internationally.
Dubbing themselves as a global brand, the DJs, founder and allies of the Bodyguard sound stand firm that the sound can entertain at any event as they are equipped for any space and situation. With a refocused team, the sound’s mission is to spread Jamaica’s Dancehall culture across the world and grow the awareness and appreciation of the sound clash culture in Africa and China. We took a short sabbatical to assess our role in this industry; we’re now re-energized and more ready than ever to take on the world as our musical oyster,” Courtney Singh exclaimed.
The sound boasts DJs Johnny, Junior Vibes, and Fiyah Wicked.  After almost half a century in the music business, the sound continues to be engraved above the rest and promises to remain that way. “We stay true to our roots but continue to improve as the years come and go. For 2017, it’s all about reintegration for us,” Singh expounded in expressing his pride in the growth of his brainchild.
With anthem dub plates Bad like Yaws and Clarendon by the late Nicodemus, Bodyguard has put many a sounds “to rest” and continues to bring their unique spins to an extensive repertoire of music and dub plates. The sound’s catalog continues to grow as they travel the world to play for various events, promoters and co-operations.
Singh expressed with delight “the sound has been to a vast number of places around the world,  apart from North America, Canada, and England, some stand out stops have been Brazil, New Zealand, France, Italy, Germany Holland and Belgium. Playing in Jamaica has always been dear to us and it was even more phenomenal playing on the Independence of the Seas for the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2016. That is one for the books”.
Armed with versatile DJs, a cultivating catalog of music, dub plates and spinning styles, and a founder with a vision, the Bodyguard Sound System, is ready to entertain spaces across the world. Regardless of the venue and event, Bodyguard has the entertainment secure. 
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Sean Paul has the heart of UK and tells the world No Lie

Internationally acclaimed, recording artiste Sean Paul


Further to releasing two singles, No Lie and Tek Weh Yuh Heart, in one day, Grammy winning, Jamaica based artiste Sean Paul is at #1 in the UK with Rockabye single and dominating playlists across the region.

Since debuting at #1 five weeks ago, the Clean Bandit collaboration Rockabye, which also features Anne-Marie, has remained atop the Official UK Music Chart.

Sean Paul has been making appearances with Clean Bandit across the UK, including the BBC 1Xtra, X-Factor talent show, and more, all of which, the reception has been tremendous. The Jingle Bell Ball also saw a brilliant appearance by Sean Paul last weekend when he emerged from the stage grounds while Dua Lipa started their No Lie single.

Sean Paul has been reintroducing himself to the world since Cheap Thrills chart topper with Australian singer Sia, dubbed song of the summer, and he continues to satisfy fans and earn new ones across genres, and boundaries of all sorts.

Tek Weh Yuh Heart, which features Hip Hop rapper Tory Lanez, with whom Sean Paul collaborated on LUV in summer 2016, debuted on the Billboard Reggae Digital Song Sales Chart at #1, leading No Lie featuring English singer, song writer and model Dua Lipa which debuted on the chart at the #3 position for the start of December. Sean Paul has released teasers on his Instagram page @duttypaul of the No Lie music video in progress, which has fans excited and will certainly push the sales further.

Staying true to his “yaadie” style, Sean Paul also voiced on a rhythm by local producer DreDay on the Power Move project which also features Konshens and Vybz Kartel.

The surge of greatness around Sean Paul promises continuity with at least one video to be released before the year’s end and a new album set for release in early 2017.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Stone Love Anniversary returns to Red Stripe Oval

On December 24, 2016, the immortal Stone Love sound will host the annual anniversary celebration to be headlined by Rodney “Bounty Killer” Pryce. This year’s highly anticipated session will be hosted at the Red Stripe Oval, 214 Spanish Town Road.

Marking 44 years of Stone Love on the dancehall scene, the Stone Love Movement celebrates many achievements and accolades as a cultural icon.

Guinness Brand Manager Imru James, is proud of his brand’s association with the renowned sound system. “When you think about Guinness, you think about dancehall, when you think about Stone love, you think about dancehall. Both brands are a fundamental part of the fabric that makes up dancehall and it is only a natural fit that we continue to support our family members as they grow from strength to strength. 44 years in the industry is no joke and Stone Love has paved the way for a multitude of other sound systems,” he explained.

Visionary, Winston “Wee Pow” Powell also called Fada Pow, started Stone Love as a 'house set' in 1972. With a passion for music and his work, the brand has evolved into dancehall's top sound system and continues to matriculate as it improves with the technological and cultural shifts the music industry faces.

“We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top,” explained Powell.

Stone Love has played a major role in bringing dancehall to the international stage in 1990s. Today, it remains the hallmark sound, maintaining its relevance since its inception. The sustenance of the sound is credited to the talented DJs which range from the seasoned DJ Geefus to newest selectors Gugu Mental and Randy Rich. Such talents are further enhanced by the indisputable high quality of the sound system.

In addition to hosting its annual anniversary celebration, which was also launched in Miami for the 42nd celebration, Stone Love hosts the most renowned weekly party series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, which is seen as an authentic dancehall event celebrated worldwide.

The event is highly anticipated and Guinness promises an enhanced experience. “Patrons can come out and expect the usual Guinness standards, beastly cold Guinness, awesome deals at the bar, prizes for the best dressed ladies, top class selecting and world class performances”, expounded James.

Patrons can look forward to a true dancehall experience this Christmas Eve at the Red Stripe Oval for Stone Love’s annual Anniversary celebration event.

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