Tuesday, March 12, 2019



(MONTEREY, CA – February 2019) For the past 10 years, the California Roots Music and Arts Festival has delivered top tier reggae and roots music to thousands of fans to showcase music, community, and culture in Monterey, California. The event has garnered critical acclaim and coverage from national media outlets including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Pollstar, and Pitchfork.
 
One of the key features that sets California Roots apart is the dedication to creating an environmentally conscious event that benefits the surrounding community, educates and engages the attending fans, and provides a music festival model that is truly sustainable. By aligning with other like-minded companies, California Roots continues to make earth-wise choices and hold firm on their commitment to be a sustainable event. Partnering with Blue Strike achieves such a commitment.
 
Since 2011 the festival has enlisted the help of Blue Strike to create a successful waste diversion program by creating top tier policies and a sustainable framework for the festival. What started out as a simple recycling program has blossomed into a complete over hall of the supply chain. By implementing simple changes like compostable dining ware, to elimination of single use cups and food waste diversion programs, California Roots has successfully eliminated almost all landfill waste generated.
 
The 3-day festival has seen impressive numbers to showcase how their environmental partnership with Blue Strike has already made an impact.  For example, in 2018 CaliforniaRoots had just over 24 tons of material recycled, this equates to 3 tons of methane emissions abated or removing 15 cars off the road for an entire year! And since working with Blue Strike California Roots has successfully recycled 70 tons of material generated by the festival, this can be equivalent to 1.31-acre feet of landfill space saved. Similarly, food waste diversion in 2018 alone was 4 tons, which is the weight of 26 gorillas, and to date, they have diverted 18 tons – equivalent to the energy use of 8 homes for 1 year.

Every year Blue Strike works with California Roots to raise the bar for waste diversion. This year the festival is committed to sending zero items to the landfill. They urge fans to be prepared to pack out all non-recyclable or non-compostable items they bring into the festival out with them to help send as little materials to the landfill as possible. “Our motto this year will be ‘pack it in, pack it out’ in hopes to eliminate all non-compostable items,” comments Dan Sheehan festival producer, “we’ve been working towards this goal for the last 9 years with Blue Strike, and we have been very impressed with what we’ve accomplished.” Blue Strike adds, “We are excited to continue another year in pioneering a sustainable music festival with California Roots, built on the foundation of responsible procurement and fan outreach and education. Blue Strike works with Roots to make sure everything they purchase for the event can be recycled, composted or reused. We are asking fans to do the same to help us achieve zero waste."
 
Cali Roots X will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 24-26, 2019. In addition to presenting an excellent line-up, the 2019 festival features a diverse selection of the best food Monterey has to offer. Between sets, attendees can take in and enjoy pop up performances, DJ sets, and unique art installations. All of these fine details come together to create the Cali Roots experience. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase here . Full artist lineup and day by day breakdown is listed below or can be found here.
 
Friday, May 24
Stick Figure  
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Atmosphere
Citizen Cope  
Steel Pulse  
The Green  
Common Kings
Fiji
The Skints
Don Carlos    
Ballyhoo
For Peace Band
 
Saturday, May 25
Slightly Stoopid and Friends   
Dirty Heads  
Tash Sultana  
Pepper
Protoje
The Expendables
G Love and Special Sauce
The Movement  
Iya Terra  
Jo Mersa Marley  
Ocean Alley
Roots Of Rebellion
 
Sunday, May 26
Rebelution   
SOJA  
UB40 feat Ali, Astro  
Nahko    
Cypress Hill (performing Black Sunday)
Collie Buddz
Matisyahu (Performing songs from Live at Stubbs)
Alborosie   
Dread Mar I  
Jesse Royal  
Kabaka Pyramid  
Xiuhtezcatl
The Elovators
 
FESTIVAL DETAILS
The 10th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 24, 2019 – Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies
Age restrictions: All Ages
 
CONNECT:
Cali Roots Website
Cali Roots Facebook
Cali Roots Twitter
Cali Roots Instagram

Monday, December 24, 2018

J Boog


Rose Petals Winter Tour 2019
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
7:00 PM


J Boog (Jerry Afemata), a reggae singer of samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, CA. He is the youngest of seven brothers and one sister who come from hard working parents that relentlessly instilled a strong cultured household.

Currently residing back and forth between Hawaii and California, J Boog has been working incessantly since the release of his debut album "Hear Me Roar" (2007). He followed that up with his sophomore album "Backyard Boogie" (2011) which topped the US Billboard Charts and iTunes charts in numerous countries. J Boog has shared his craft & has toured around the world: Europe, Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, The US & Japan all have felt the authenticity of J Boog. 

Jerry helped pave the way for many Polynesian artists with the help of island music pioneer George "Fiji" Veikoso. The two met in 2005. They immediately clicked and created a sound that opened many doors for the Polynesian community. In 2008, J Boog joined Hawaii/San Francisco based recording & record label, Wash House Music Group Inc. Together they've been on a journey thats most promising with endless limits.

Shortly after that, J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo & Gramps Morgan of reggaeʻs royal family, Morgan Heritage. They embarked on a journey to have J Boog witness the culture of Jamaican music & history. This being Jerryʻs first visit to Jamaica, he was completely overwhelmed & found himself working in historic studios: Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong Studio", Don Corleon's "Hit Maker Studio", Bobby Digitals "Digital B Studio", Shaggy's "Big Yard Studio" & Sugar Minott's "Youth Man Promotions". All very prestigious recording artists & compounds. He was constantly surrounded by several artists he had been influenced by and many of these artists where featured on his 2011 release Backyard Boogie. Backyard Boogie entertained a wide spectrum of reggae fans, old & new. It gave a variety of roots, r&b, lovers rock and good vibes. Hits included: Lets Do It Again produced by Don Corleon and Sunshine Girl produced by Gramps Morgan featuring Morgan Heritage front man Peetah Morgan. 

The success of Backyard Boogie earned J Boog Best Entertainer Award at the 2012 Irawma Awards held in Chicago, IL. A year later, he dropped a 5 song EP called "Live Up" & a mix-tape collaboration with fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co. His most recent EP "Rose Petals" (2016) peaked the US Billboards & iTunes Charts at #1 & was nominated for Best Reggae Album of the Year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. It featured hip hop mogul Snoop Dog & six time Grammy Award winner Stephen "Ragga" Marley. The Rose Petals EP was just a little foreplay to what would become his next full length album called "Wash House Ting".

A true student of music; you can catch J Boog on world wide tours across the globe, on radio interviews or in the studio working on new material. His humility has gained him true fans everywhere he goes while exercising, MUSIC IS THE ONLY UNIVERSAL TONGUE. Stay tuned....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Inna Vision - "Link Up"



Maui's hard-hitting, Roots Reggae artist, Inna Vision is going hard, being on the road for most of 2018 in the promotion of his latest album "Link Up." The album features a blend of RootsReggae, East Coast Hip-Hop, and the sweet sounds of Polynesian Music. "Link Up" features three tracks, "Highest Grade" "Real Type of Cop" and "Madness" previously released on the "Highest Grade EP" which dropped in March of 2017.




The album "Link Up" was released via Roots Musician Records on June 1st, 2018 and features artists like Producer Rick Haze, Reggae artists Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah, plus fellow Roots Musician Records artist Gonzo. 

Following the release of the album, the band dropped their music video for the track "O.G IV" which features a heavy bass line, blues-driven keys, and heavy lyrics. With this video, Inna Vision shares the inspiring journey they have gone through from being a kid in Maui with a dream, to make it to the mainland and performing alongside some of Reggae's biggest artists. 


In support of the album "Link Up" Inna Vision hit the mainland to tour throughout the United States spanning Spring, Summer, and Fall, hitting major cities like Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York City. On these tours, Inna Vision shared the stage alongside Julian Marley, Jo Mersa Marley, and Common Kings. Inna Vision even found time in his busy schedule to do a Hawaiin Island Tour in between mainland dates this summer. Following the "Link Up Tour," Inna Vision jumped on tour with SoCal Reggae band Tribal Seeds for nine dates, taking the mic alongside Gonzo to perform their track "Show You Love" off their recent album "Curricular Style.” Still on the way for 2018 is also a "Link Up" Holiday Tour with dates through Florida in December.
 
Releasing "Link Up", the "O.G IV" music video, and touring the mainland was not enough for Inna Vision in 2018 however. After making the move from Maui to the mainland, Inna Vision teamed up with fellow Roots Musician brother Gonzo, on a collaboration album titled, "Curricular Style" released on September 14th, 2018. Coming with a modern mix of Soulful Hip-Hop and RootsReggae, "Curricular Style" features seven never-before-heard songs, and five tracks from previous releases including "So High," "Show You Love" and "Bad Girl."




 
Also featured on the album is the cover of the song "Change the World" made famous by Eric Clapton. The duo recently premiered their brand new music video for their track "Show You, Love." Said by Top Shelf Reggae "Between the two, this duo drives an easy bargain when it comes to conviction! Directed and edited by Brill Adium and his Imagine Whatever Whenever team, the video for "Show You Love" is uplifting, enticing and heartfelt all at the same time."



With the release of "Curricular Style", Inna Vision hit the road with Gonzo in November performing in cities like San Francisco, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Following the West Coast tour, Inna Vision is traveling across the country in December to perform all over the state of Florida after returning from the Welcome To Jamrock Cruise. 
 
Having released two albums, a handful of music videos, and touring throughout the states and the Hawaiian Islands, all in one year, Inna Vision is sure to be an act you won't want to miss! 







Monday, July 30, 2018

Reggae Legends, Israel Vibration, Join the 34th annual Reggae on the River Festival in Humboldt County, CA August 3-5, 2018







Additional Artists of the Iconic Music and Culture Celebration Announced 

REDWAY, CA - High Times Productions, the event-management team for High Times Media in partnership with the Mateel Community Center, announced new lineup additions for this year’s iconic Reggae on the River festival which will be held on August 3-5, 2018 in Piercy, CA (near Garberville in Southern Humboldt County) and includes music and camping.

Reggae legends Israel Vibration will join Iration, Mavado, Morgan Heritage, Busy Signal, The Original Wailers, Arrested Development, Don Carlos, Bambaata Marley, Cham, Wailing Souls, and Hempress Sativa, who will perform across the three-day gathering. More artists are yet to be announced. 

General Admission, VIP, and camping passes are on sale via the Reggae on the River website . 

Through a strategic partnership announced earlier this year, High Times has joined forces with the Mateel Community Center to elevate this cultural landmark to new heights. Providing both resources and direction, the cannabis icon will implement the best practices it has amassed through its years of successful event production to create a world-class experience for Reggae fans and the surrounding community. 

“High Times is pleased to announce the inclusion of Iration, Mavado and Busy Signal as headliners of this legendary event,” said Adam Levin, CEO of High Times Media. He mentioned earlier, “This event is a cornerstone of the Northern California community, and High Times could not be more excited to help present this year’s festivities. This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever!” 

The festival was birthed in 1984 as a fundraiser for the Mateel Community Center in Redway and held on land owned by the Arthur family. Originally, it was a one-day musical event to raise money to replace Mateel’s hall, which had been destroyed in a fire. This developing partnership with High Times has provided the center with resources to continue growing and expanding the festival’s reach. 

High Times has assumed all responsibility for the upcoming festival’s talent lineup, marketing, and monetization efforts. The brand is also providing the Mateel Community Center with expertise from its long and successful production history, ensuring that the festival is on par with what the industry has come to expect from its premier brand. 

High Times produces a series of Cannabis Cup events annually as well as several other lifestyle and music events tied to High Times magazine, the oldest and best-known brand in the business of legalized marijuana. Given their production chops, knowledge of the landscape, and successful history in both events and media, High Times was the perfect partner for the Mateel Community Center. “Reggae on the River marks an important step for High Times Production to manage a broader music event not explicitly tied to the legal cannabis industry,” Levin said. 

About Reggae on the River: 
Reggae on the River is an annual music festival in Northern California, nestled along the south fork of the Eel river amongst the redwood trees. 34 years running, this cultural gathering has long been North America's premier live-reggae concert destination. Originally conceived as a fundraiser for the Mateel Community Center, the event has become known from Jamaica to Humboldt as the place to be on the first weekend in August. Visit www.reggaeontheriver.com/ for more information.

About Mateel Community Center: 
The Mateel Community Center has fostered the arts in rural Northern California for approximately forty years. Serving as the cultural hub of the Southern Humboldt community, they provide arts, educational, and social service programs, and present a myriad of multicultural musical, theatrical, dance, comedy, film, craft, and rental events, earning our non-profit organization international acclaim. 


Located in the town of Redway, CA, the Mateel Community Center hall is a showcase of fine woodworking, craftsmanship, and solar design that first opened in 1988. Owned and operated by MCC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Center is well utilized by the entire community and serves as a venue for both commercial and non-profit rentals, as well as in-house Mateel productions. 

About High Times :

For more than 40 years, High Times has been the authoritative voice of authentic cannabis culture, leading the fight for legalization and empowering the burgeoning industry’s legal entrepreneurs. High Times content spans digital, social, video and print platforms as well as location-based events highlighted by the Cannabis Cup global franchise and the High Times Business Summit conference series. 

Visit HighTimes.com , and follow @HIGH_TIMES_Mag on Twitter, @hightimesmagazine on Instagram or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHTIMESMag/ for more info.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cham - I Don't Care [Official Video 2017]





Brand New Worldwide Premier of “I Don’t Care” Video by Reggae Superstar Baby

Cham - debuted on Reggaeville Thursday, September 28, 2017

Song & Backstory Sends the Message to Youth to Always Persevere, Be Strong and Stay

Focused in the Face of Criticism



The Brand New Cham “I Don’t Care” music video project was made possible when producer

Tullah Carter ran into a longtime acquaintance, Keith “K Dub” William, a legendary artist,

former Oakland school educator, and local community activist who invited her family to his

skateboard event at De Fremery Park in Oakland, CA earlier this year.

The opportunity to produce a video with Cham, (who is known in the Reggae world for his

major hit song Ghetto Story with Alicia Keys), was a blessing as he was the perfect artist to

be featured in this music video. His own life's struggles, as told through his music, speak to

helping build-up underserved communities of young people around the planet.  As a devoted

husband and father, Cham is active with his son life, even on the soccer field, participating as

a Soccer Dad.



The timing was perfect for his participation in the video as he was just releasing his long-awaited

CD, Lawless. The track I Don't Care sends the timely message of “Be strong and focused in

the face of criticism” that needs to be heard by anyone that is able to listen...especially our

inner-city youth that face multiple challenges.

Ms. Carter was overwhelmed by the all of the effort that went into providing this group of

diverse, underserved youth, (mostly boys and a couple of girls), a skateboarding event of such

magnitude! It was like a “skateboard festival”.  She knew K Dub was a master mixed-media

fine artist, a mover-and-shaker from the Long Beach, CA community, and that he had been

transplanted into the Oakland scene years ago, but it was her first time witnessing how he “got

down” in the community with the kids, providing them a solid sporting activity in one of the

most challenging neighborhoods of West Oakland.

The youth-oriented skateboarding event touched her own passion and she felt a strong desire to

bring some attention to this project, the kids and a special place in Oakland called Town Park

Skateboard Park.  While sitting at the park, inspiration struck that she should produce a Reggae

music video about K Dub kids while focusing on his larger-than- life mission of giving back

to the kids and providing a safe place to be afterschool-- thus keeping them off the street

during a crucial time when bad things happen to innocent kids.

As with any successful endeavor, the location is everything and is a big part of this story. K Dub

consciously chose to build the skate park at the historical De Fremery Park, the former



gathering site for the Black Panther Party over 50 years ago; symbolically, bits of Black Panther

theme are used in the video, paying homage to the legacy of a struggle that is still going on.

Another major part of this Oakland-Jamaica- Reggae collaboration is Ms. Carter’s own back

story. Being a hardcore Reggae lover/businesswoman/supporter for many, many years, she was

inspired by the idea of trying this unique story together with the fabulous murals of Town Park

serving as the backdrop, accompanied by the Reggae music of an authentic Jamaican Reggae

Dancehall Artist - Cham a.k.a. Baby Cham.

You cannot create a world-class video without a world-class filmmaker...and that is Benjamin

Lidsky, whom Tullah met in Israel at the Reggae in the Desert Festival while shooting

the “Make A Sacrifice” video with the Reggae artist Queen Omega.  Ben’s energy, vision and

generous spirit made it a magical experience (that is another story), so she knew then that she

wanted to work with him again in the future, for he is a blessed individual. Again, with perfect

timing and a major blessing, Ben was available to fly over and shoot the video.



Finally, all the people who collaborated to make this music video happen were all about Reggae

music…from Oakland to Jamaica to Israel… at the end of the day, we really do Rally round

the Red, Gold, Black, and Green.

Video producer Ms. Tullah Carter has been active in the Reggae scene for decades with roles

ranging from Visa Consultant to Artist Management.

Cham’s new album Lawless is available online at record stores worldwide. Video Debuted

on www.ReggaeVille.Com & Reggaeville’s Youtube Channel. I Don't Care now playing on Streetwise Radio.

Monday, June 5, 2017







What: 33rd annual Reggae On The River
Where: French’s Camp- 657 US Hwy 101, Garberville, CA
When: Thursday, August 3 thru Sunday, August 6, 2017
Why: A benefit for the non-profit Mateel Community Center and one of the best parties on the planet
How: Tickets available online at http://www.reggaeontheriver.com

Reggae On The River #33- August 3-6!  Line-up Announced/ Tickets Available
On the weekend of August 3-6, the non-profit Mateel Community Center will present the 33rd year of Reggae On The River- one of the world’s iconic festival experiences.  Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River and delivering the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County, CA since 1984, the 2017 event will offer the next chapter in the ROTR legacy with global luminaries…
Slightly Stoopid, Assassin, Walshy Fire w/ Kabaka Pyramid, J Boog, Stick Figure, Lutan Fyah & The Riddem Rebels, Junior Kelly, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Ibibio Sound Machine, Dezarie, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, Ken Boothe, Perfect Giddimani, Warrior King & The Rootz Warriors, Nkulee Dube, Nattali Rize, Winston “Flames” Jarrett, Marla Brown, Prestige, Keida, Ojo de Buey, Sensimilla Dub, Mighty Mystic & The Hard Roots Movement, Yogoman Burning Band, Tatanka, Mystic Roots Band, Irie Rockers, Altar Tones, and a very special showcase with Woven Roots featuring JahDan Blakkamoore, Messenjah Selah, Army, Winstrong, Luv Fyah & Travis B- plus lots more… including DJs, sound systems, red hot guest artists, and one more highly-anticipated headlining act TBA!!!
The event will also showcase more than 60 vending/ non-profit booths, a lively KidLandia, and the camping, community, and irie vibes that made Reggae On The River famous.  Discounted 3 and 4-day tickets are available now at reggaeontheriver.com- plus the Ambassador Pass for the ultimate in perks and access.  You can also plan do things in style with an RV. RV space is limited, so act fast. Or, if you just crave some extra comfort while tent camping, consider making a reservation in our new Premier Campground, which offers grassy and mixed shade camping with direct access to the concert bowl.
Visit the festival website for the full story and start planning your Reggae On The River pilgrimage today.  It’s happening August 3-6 at French’s Camp, in Garberville, CA- heart of the Emerald Triangle- and your higher vibration destination!  http://www.reggaeontheriver.com



Friday, May 12, 2017

Jah9 Releases Video Prosper and Announces West Coast Tour







In celebration of National Reggae Day in Brazil, reggae revivalist Jah9 has released the video for her single ‘Prosper’. The self- produced song illuminates her raw intense vocals, while the gritty black and white visual displays her performing intensely into a microphone with solo shots of her band. 
The release of the video leads the songstress into her Unafraid U.S. West Coast tour beginning May 28th at The Cali Roots Festival. The tour ends mid-June and stops include UCLA, San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and more. 
For more information about Jah9 and her full tour schedule, please visit: http://www.jah9.com/.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CHRONIXX’S DEBUT ALBUM CHRONOLOGY TO BE RELEASED JUNE 30, 2017 (MAY 19 PRE-ORDER) Billboard Reveals Track Listing & Premieres Song “Skankin Sw



On June 30, 2017, Chronixx will release his official
debut album Chronology. “Evolution,” “uprising,” “continuation” and “Rastafari” - are words used by the 24-year-old singer-songwriter. The identifying aspects embody every nuance of his long-awaited opus. They tell the story of a young Jamaican music prodigy whose conscious views of the world carry the tradition of the island’s forebearers, yet also blazes a new path for traditional and non-traditional listeners. Since 2012, Chronixx has organically built that devoted fanbase, turning industry heads as one of Jamaica’s fastest, most-promising talents to represent the iconic Caribbean island to a global audience.
Billboard announced details about his forthcoming LP Chronology accompanied by a streaming preview of the album's next single "Skankin Sweet" produced by the French duo Bost & Bim. The “richly textured one drop groove” will be available through all online retail platforms May 19, 2017, the same day to pre-order the album.
Chronixx is currently touring in support of release. See full list of dates on www.chronixxmusic.com.
Chronology Track Listing:
1. Spanish Town Rocking
2. Big Bad Sound featuring Chronicle
3. Skankin Sweet
4. Ghetto Paradise
5. Country Boy
6. Smile Jamaica
7. I Can
8. Selassie Children
9. Black is Beautiful
10. Majesty
11. Loneliness
12. Likes
13. Tell Me Now
14. Legend
15. Christina
16. I Know Love [Bonus Track]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marjorie Kay









On April 14, 2017 Island Treasure Music will release it's second single of the year "Vision" which features the beautiful vocals of Marjorie Kay. The song is a Stevie Wonder original which was released on his 1973 album "Innervisions".

This  Reggae rendition of "Vision" is produced by stellar bassist Glen Browne which features members of his Constructive Noise Band, distributed by Zojak Worldwide and is now available on Pre Order from the iTunes store.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST
The modest and humble Marjorie-Kay is one of Jamaica’s most enchanting songstresses. Born in September, 1961, Marjorie-Kay is now in the prime of her life and is returning to the music scene with an intention to captivate the hearts of music lovers far and wide.  

In her earlier years, Marjorie-Kay shared the stage with stalwart musicians such as Jackie Jackson, Desmond Young, Glen Browne, Mallory Williams and Carl Ayton, working at The Jonkunno Lounge. In the late 1970’s, Marjorie-Kay recorded her debut single “Someday We’ll Be Together” (A Diana Ross cover), produced by Lloyd Lovindeer. 

In the early 80’s, Marjorie-Kay took a break from the music scene to nurture her family, while still making appearances in studio and on stage. Since her time at The Jonkunno Lounge, Marjorie-Kay has recorded several songs on the Island Treasure Label, with producer Glen Browne. Most notable among her recordings are cover song, “Baltimore”, and her soulful feature on Mutabaruka’s version of “Moody’s Mood”. With her passion for singing constantly burning bright, Marjorie-Kay has made appearances at choice venues and events such as Weekendz, Christopher’s, Redbones, Blue Monk, “Wellfest”, Desi Jones & Friends’ “Jazzin” and a host of other private functions. 

Marjorie-Kay’s latest recording is a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Vision”, produced by Glen Browne for the Island Treasure Label. Now working on an album to be released in 2018, Marjorie-Kay is sure to be a soothing addition to the music industry, with her love for roots reggae and flair for crooning a beautiful ballad.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reggae Songbird Etana Headed to Kenya









Reggae Songbird Etana Headed to Kenya

After a moving and inspiring performance for International Women's Day in Jamaica, soulful songbird Etana is headed to Kenya to lend her voice for a concert and a cause.

The multi-award winner and newly independent artist is slated to perform at "Dobba Fest" on March 18th, 2017 alongside reggae stars Luciano and Richie Spice. A humble and excited Etana stated " My fans in Kenya have steadily been asking for me, so I’m looking forward to hearing my Kenyan people singing to me in perfect harmony."

With her memorable honey coated voice, Etana will perform from her vast repertoire of hits and classics, as well as new material such as her recently released stirring single "Know Who I Am", "..If you see me walking much lighter Oh that’s because I know who I am and if you see my smile getting brighter It simply means I do understand.." With it's heartening lyrics, the latter has already garnered attention and momentum on the airwaves, "The songs speaks of where we were as a people and where we are now and where I wish for us all to be as people. United and strong." - Etana. "Know Who I Am" has also delivered beautiful visuals in the form of a lyrical video.

As philanthropy plays an integral part of Etana's life, during her Kenya journey, the songstress will take part in a youth initiative organized by Brand Afrika for the government Ministry in charge of the Studio Mashinani project. " I will be involved in a couple of youth empowerment music workshops prior to the showI am always willing to give my time to share and encourage the youths. "

Upon her return Etana will head back to the studio to put the finishing touches on her upcoming album, slated to be released later this year.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dubmatix




2017 JUNO AWARD NOMINATED FOR BEST REGGAE RECORDING (Canada’s Grammy’s)  (7th Nomination / 2010 Winner)

The ​Canadian​ composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and seven-time JUNO Award winner and nominee hails from Toronto but has carved out a massive following on the international stage. He is a recording machine, from his debut release​ Champion Sound Clash​ in 2004, the Toronto-born ​Dubmatix ​has gone on to produce and record over​ 500 releases​ (Albums, EPs, Dubs, Remixes)

His vast collection of recordings have garnered multiple music awards from all over the world including France, Portugal, Germany and the U.K., along with critical praise from the international music industry insiders and tastemakers such as ​BBC Radio's Don Letts​, ​XM Radio USA​,​ iTunes Canada​ & USA respectively who have recognized & celebrated ​Dubmatix​' relentless inventiveness and creative style.

The accolades continue with yet another honour awarded by​ Billboard Magazine ​(September 2016 issue), who crowned   ​Dubmatix  "Is This Love" ​rendition as the​ #1 Bob Marley Remix of all time​! To date, the track has garnered over​ 8 million​ streams & growing!

2017 is already shaping up to be another big year for Dubmatix' fans (2.8 million followers on Soundcloud and 270,000 on Facebook) as the prolific composer recently completed a remix for 2016 Grammy winners Morgan Heritage​. The  recently releases two-disc deluxe edition of "Strictly Roots​" - contains the ​Dubmatix Blaze Up Remix of "Light It U​p”, which is already receiving rave reviews from outlets like:

Big Shot DJ Magazine ​- "​On his interpretation, the JUNO award-winning mixmaster maintains the original's infectious quality while managing to turn up the heat a few more degrees for maximum dance floor enjoyment
​ .".

Most anticipated this year, will see the composer extraordinaire Dubmatix, release a new album with legendary duo & ​2017 Grammy nominated​ artists​ Sly & Robbie​. The collaboration will be entitled ​"Overdubbed - Dubmatix meets Sly & Robbie" ​and is scheduled for release on Echo Beach​ in the summer of 2017.

Never one to stand still when he's not in the studio working on new material, his legions of fans can catch Dubmatix when he kicks off the 2017 touring season in April with a packed schedule of shows in France, Greece and the U.K.

http://www.dubmatix.com http://www.reggae-loops.com http://www.facebook.com/dubmatix http://www.soundcloud.com/dubmatix http://www.twitter.com/dubmatix


Over the years Dubmatix has worked with the Who’s Who of reggae legends Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, Pinchers, Sugar Minott, Willi Williams, Ranking Joe, Anthony B, Turbulence, Eek-A-Mouse, Horace Andy, Linval Thompson, Mykal Rose, Wayne Smith, Luciano, U Roy, Cornell Campbell, The Mighty Diamonds, Dennis Alcapone, Prince Alla, Lone Ranger and dozens more.

Gappy Ranks







Born Jacob Williams In Harlesden To A Jamaican Father And Dominican Mother, He Dealt With Numerous Obstacles After Leaving School. Once He Overcame These Issues He Joined Up With Childhood Friend And Fellow Artist Reddmann (Uk), And Was Enlisted Into The Uk Dancehall Collective Suncycle. Their First Album Titled Suncyle Included Ranks' Homage To His Home Town, "Harlesden". Their Second Album I Am Somebody Was Released On The Uk Label Jamdown Records. Ranks Left The Group In 2004 And Began His Solo Career. Nicknamed 'Gappy' Due To The Gap Between His Front Teeth, He Initially Worked Under The Name 'Daddy Gappy', Before Opting For The Cutty Ranks
Influenced 'Gappy Ranks'. In 2005 Gappy Ranks Was Featured On The Vice Law Entertainment Mix Tapes. That Same Year, He Won The 'Best Song' Award At London's Silk Awards For "Little Understanding", Released By Uk Reggae Record Label Stingray Records, Also In 2005, Ranks Contributed To The Single "What We Do" By Kray Twinz Featuring Twista And Lethal B, Which Charted Nationally In The Uk At Number 23. Ranks Performed Live At Earl's Court In Front Of A Crowd Of 17, 000 For The First Kiss 100 Awards. He Also Played A Full Uk Tour Which Brought Him To Cities Such As Manchester, Birmingham, And Newcastle. He Recorded For Former Uk Reggae Giants Jet Star Records In North West London Where He Became Assistant Engineer, Giving Him Time To Grow And Develop His Love For Music And Network Which Led Him To Work With Record Label Peckings. On 26 December 2009 Gappy Ranks Childhood Wish Was Granted, As He Performed At The Celebrated Annual Sting Event In Jamaica. He Began To Tour Throughout The World Starting With European Countries Such As France, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, And Switzerland. In 2010 He Released His First Album Put The Stereo On On Greensleeves' Peckings Subsidiary. Ranks Was Nominated For The 2010 Mobo Award In The 'Best Reggae Act' Category. In 2011 Ranks Followed Up With His Second Album Thanks & Praise, This Time On His Own Hot Coffee Music Label, Which Was Distributed By Vp Records. Thanks & Praise Included "Stinkin' Rich" (Produced By Italian Producer Macro Marco), "Longtime", (Produced By Special Delivery) And The Title Track (Produced By Grammy Award-Winning Uk Producer Jazzwad) Gappy Ranks Has Since Toured And Performed Throughout Europe, The Us, The West Indies, And Australasia. His Tour Also Included Japan And On March 2011 He Found Himself In The Middle Of The World's Biggest Earthquake And Tsunami. The Disaster Claimed Over 20,000 Lives And Gappy Ranks Recorded A Tribute, "I Was There". Ranks Returned To The Uk And Was Featured On BBC’s Later...With Jools Holland, Performing "Longtime" And "Heaven In Her Eyes". That Same Year He Opened An 18 Date Tour Our In California, Nevada, Oregon, And Washington For Collie Buddz. He Has Performed At Legendary Venues Such As Bb King's In New York, The Roxy Theatre In Los Angeles, The Fillmore In San Francisco, The Jazz Cafe In London. He Has Also Been Billed For Worldwide Festivals Such As Summer Jam In Germany, The Glastonbury Festival In The Uk, And Best Of The Best In Miami. In November 2012 He Headlined His Own 16 Date Cookies Tour In West Coast USA, Canada, And Costa Rica, In 2013 Ranks Performed At The Raggamuffin Reggae Festival In New Zealand,
As Well As His Cookies Reloaded Tour 2013 Of The East Coast USA. June 2013 Saw Gappy Ranks Performing At The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival For The First Time. On 17 September 2013, His Third Album Shining Hope Was Released. In June 2014 Gappy Ranks Collaborated With New Zealand Hip Hop Producer PMoney On An 8 Track Ep Titled The Baddest; The Ep Was Recorded At Red Bull Music Academy In Auckland, New Zealand. The End Of 2014 Saw Gappy Ranks Collaborate With "Tom Chasten" Of The Legendary "Dub Club" In Los Angeles For A Ep Titled "Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club" Released & Distributed By Top Us Record Label Stones Throw Records". Ranks Showed His True Passion As He Founded, Presented & Hosted His Music Festival Titled “Pelpafest” Which Showcased Over 30 Artists Such As Don Andre, Exco Levi, Omi & Braintear Spookie Just To Name A Very Small Few. The Festival Which Is Solely Focused On Rising & Unestablished Artists Has Since Grown Much Interest & Anticipation Worldwide. At The Start Of 2015 Gappy Ranks Has Released 19 Tracks On His Mixtape Titled "Mad Move" Which Has Quickly Gained Support Over Social Network, Radio & Dancehall Events. Unpredictably, Gappy Ranks Showcased His Own Sound System To The World Which Took The Name “Sound Gappy” With Over 1000 Doublets Collected In Record Time From Global Artists, Ranks Gave His Tuesday Afternoons To His Locals Radio Station Real Beat Fm In Which He Single Handedly Presented A Live Broadcast Show For 10 Months, Breaking New Music, Entertainment News & Artists Whiles Never Playing A Single Gappy Ranks Track. In 2016 With Numerous Single Recordings & Weekly Live Appearances Gappy Ranks Delivered His 4th Album Titled “Guide Me”. The Eclectic British Born Artist Has Hand Picked His 13 Tracks And Delivered, Compiled & Executed A Sure Classic Feeling Which Hits The Listener From The Title Track Guide Me Produced By Jamaican Column Zj Chrome Of Cr203 Who Has Worked With Some Of The Very Best In The Industry. With A Very Large Catalogue Ranks Embarked On His World Tour Tilted “Guide Me World Tour” Visiting The Territories Such As South America, North America, Europe, Australasia, Asia, West Indies, Central America, Canada & Africa In Which He Visited Of 8 African Countries & Documenting The Experience Compiled Into A 20 Minute Documentary. 2017 Has Gappy Ranks Aka Plea Lee Entering Another Time Capsule Within Music. A Sure Favourite For All Dancehall Patrons Alike - Ep Tiled “Pon Di Lawn” Gives The Listener A Journey Into The Fabric Of Sound System Culture Complimented With The Excellence Which Is The 1987 "Tonight Riddim" By King Jammy's Records To Name 1 Of 10 Featured Tracks From The 80S 90S Dancehall Era Ranks Plans To Surprise The Fans Of His Music With More Classic & Live
Appearances In The Near Future, Along With A Pon Di Lawn Tour & The Return Of PELPAFEST.
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Videos (mov/mp4) : Gappy Ranks - Baddest [Official Video] Gappy Ranks - Best Is [Official Video] Gappy Ranks - Carpenter [Official Video] Gappy Ranks - Had Enough [Official Video] Gappy Ranks - Longtime [Official Video] Gappy Ranks - Shining Hope [Official Video]