Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
DAMIAN "JR. GONG" MARLEY
ANNOUNCES FINAL ARTIST LINEUP FOR
WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE
SET FOR NOVEMBER 2016
Newly Announced Acts Include
Beenie Man, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption,
Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez & Bunji Garlin
3rd Annual Cruise Will Feature Performances by Reggae's
Most Renowned Artists, Sound Systems and DJ’s
" an incredibly special experience...a rare opportunity for fans outside of Jamaica to catch their favorite artists." - MTV News
"stellar performances, lively after-parties, Jamaican film screenings and a stunningly diverse, uber-irie crowd proved too potent a lure." -FORBES
WATCH Video Announcing 2016 WTJRC Full Artist Lineup
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has announced the full lineup for the 3rd AnnualWelcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, set for November 2016. Newly announced include Beenie Man, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez, and Bunji Garlin. They join Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley,Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul,Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Vegas, Mavado, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Junior Reid, Half Pint, Collie Buddz, Assassin, J Boog, Romain Virgo, and Kabaka Pyramid. For reggae music fans, it is also notably the only place to see some of the genre's top artists who are not able to travel and perform in the United States (More from MTV HERE).
Jamrock has taken the reggae industry by storm as being one of the most exciting and talked about reggae festivals in the world. Jamrock 2015 had over 40 nations from all over the globe converging for their love of reggae music and culture. Cruisers will depart aboard the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas on November 14th, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, making stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before returning on November 19th, 2016. Cabins are on sale now and can be purchased by going to WelcomeToJamrockReggaeCruise. com.
The 2016 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise marks the first announced show byToots & The Maytals in over three years!
Watch highlights from Jamrock 2015!
About Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyThe youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the “reggae” category, taking home an award for “Best Urban/Alternative” performance for his title single, “Welcome To Jamrock”. The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc Welcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae” Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in conjunction with his Distant Relatives project, and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track “Make It Bun Dem”, which Rolling Stone called “a monster mash up of dubstep and dancehall. “Damian is also working with his brothers Stephen and Julian under their Ghetto Youths International Label, to discover, develop and sign gifted artistes by applying their musical talent and vast experience to create new and different styles of music. Damian is currently in the studio working on his upcoming solo album.
Los Angeles, CA (Monday, February 22nd) – Seven time GRAMMY award winning recording artist Ziggy Marley will release his sixth solo studio album, Ziggy Marley, on May 20th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Ziggy, the new self-titled album marks his first release in 2 years, following 2014’s critically acclaimed Fly Rasta, which took home the 2015 GRAMMY award for Best Reggae Album. A digital pre-order will be available beginning February 26th exclusively on iTunes that will include an instant gratis track of the album’s first single “Weekend’s Long.” On the same date, a physical album pre-order will be available at ziggymarley.com.
Ziggy is set to guest star in the hit action television series Hawaii Five-0 which will air on Friday, February 26th on CBS. In the episode, Ziggy will star as Bones, friend of reoccurring character Odell Martin played by Michael Imperioli. Three Ziggy songs will run during the episode including two new album tracks “Weekend's Long” and “Ceceil.” “Forward To Love,” from Ziggy’s fourth studio album Wild and Free will also be included in the episode.
This summer Ziggy will embark on a major North American tour (official dates TBA). Confirmed dates so far include shows at the Spotlight 29 Casino on May 27th in Coachella, CA, BottleRock Festival on May 28th in Napa, CA and the Magic City Blues Festival on August 6th in Billings, MT. For additional concert and ticket purchase information, please visit ziggymarley.com.
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AFRICAN REGGAE LEGENDALPHA BLONDY & THE SOLAR SYSTEM RELEASES NEWSTUDIO ALBUM POSITIVE ENERGY ON VP RECORDS ONU.S. Dates in NYC & Louisiana To Support AlbumDuring Release WeekWest-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns with a brand new studio album Positive Energy onvia VP Records. With over 15 albums under his belt and more than 30 years in business, Alpha Blondy stays true to his rebellious spirit and signature contemporary world sound on his latest release. His unmistakable vocals (which are a mix of English, French and his native language Dioula) are filled with messages of life, liberty and disdain of politics that ride over afro-reggae beats and jazzy funk-fused rhythms. Positive Energy contains a number of guest features with like minded artists including Ijahman Levi, Tarrus Riley, Ismeal Isaac and Jacob Desvarieux.Watch video for the album's latest single "No Brain No Headache":During release week, Alpha Blondy will hit the road to support the new album. On, he heads to NYC to headline BB Kings. Then, he makes his way to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival on and the Festival international de Louisiane in Lafayette, LA the following day.Alpha BlondyAlpha Blondy's upbringing is as rich and diverse as his music. Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Alpha Blondy was born to a Muslim mother and a Christian father and brought up by a grandmother who taught him to love everyone. He always raised awareness about social injustice and aimed to promote unity in his lyrics and in real life, which eventually led him to become the Ambassador for Peace for the UNESCO, NATO and CEDEAO. The singer grew up listening to African folkloric music, but was influenced by American bands like Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Otis Redding. He was introduced to Bob Marley's music when he moved to New York to study English at Hunter College and in Columbia University's American Language Program. After a brief stint in Paris to record his 1984 album Cocody Rock, he headed to Jamaica to record the title track with Marley's backing group, The Wailers. Later, he returned to in Kingston's Tuff Gong Studios to record his third album Jerusalem (1986). By the release of his 1987 album Revolution, Blondy had already established himself as an international artist with a massive following in his native country, North America and Europe. His popularity continues to grow, and he continues to steadily release albums. Following Mystic Power (2013), Positive Energy is the second album released on reggae label VP Records.
Tour Dates:4/21 in New York, NY - BB King's4/23 in New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival4/24 in Lafayette, LA - Festival international de LouisianeTrack Listing:1. Rainbow In The Sky feat. IJahman Levi2. Freedom feat. Tarrus Riley3. Allah Tano feat. Ismael Isaac, Issam & Naoufel4. No Brain, No Headache5. Maclacla Macloclo6. Madiba M'A Dit7. Lumiere8. Sechez Vos Larmes feat. Pierrette Adams9. N'Teritche feat. Jacob Desvarieux10. Ingratitude11. Une Perire Larme M'A Trahi12. Querelles Inter-Minables###// ALPHA BLONDY PRESS ASSETS //STREAM Album (Login info - UN: presspass, PW: abc123)PR Contact:Tiffany MeaCell: 619-606-1059
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sitting here on a cold Tuesday morning in San Jose, California listening to Reggae artist Da’Ville’s music and to my amazement really enjoying it. I know Reggae fans are probably wondering why listen if you don’t like Reggae. I was ask by DJ Michael Ealey of Streetwise Radio to write a blog on this singer from Kingston Jamaican. What I like about Da’Ville is, you can understand what he is singing about not like some other Reggae artists. I had not heard of Da’Ville until this day. I can’t believe I was sleeping on this Jamaican Reggae singer. Who is a wonderful R&B Reggae singer, producer that has a soulful sound with songs and lyrics to match? Checkout some of my favorite songs by Da’Ville, “Always on my Mind”, “Can't get over you”, “In Heaven”, “Yesterday”, “Give Thanks”, “Steal My Girl”, “This Time I Promise” and “Mirrors”, to name a few. If you’re not into Reggae listen to Da’Ville and you just might become a fan like I did. Don’t sleep on Da’Ville! Check him out on Streetwise Radio. You also can listen to Streetwise Radio on, Pandora, MyGen365, Live365 and iTunes.
Way before the world was talking about ‘organic’ food and ‘organic’ products, we (everyone connected with Reggae and sometimes Dancehall) talked about our lifestyle as being natural!
Remember that?! Terms like ‘natural beauty,’ ‘natural vibes,’ and ‘natural movements’ were used to describe how we were, and still are living.
Errol Moore, as in the famed Errol Moore, renowned for his natural relationship with the guitar, has backed fellow artists such as Israel Vibration, Maxi Priest, Inner Circle, Beres Hammond, Third World and Marcia Griffiths to name a few. Literally, when his fingers touch the strings, his guitar sings!
Today, Errol Moore is gearing up to celebrate the upcoming release of his album Good Morning Jah. Good Morning Jah the single is now playing on Streetwise Radio.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
While sitting here trying to figure out what Reggae artist to write on, I typed in unknown Reggae artists in Google and clicked on Your Daily Song Fix. I was scrolling down the list and putting their names in YouTube and listening to different artists. One artist that stood out was Matisyahu. The song that I listened to was “One Day” and I really like it. It was very inspiring! This 36 year old Jewish Reggae, alternative hip hop, alternative rock, reggae fusion, reggae rock from West Chester, Pennsylvania has released 5 studio albums. Out of the 5 my favorite is his 2009 “Light” album, he is singing to the people of the world. Matisyahu shows his vulnerability and pain about what’s going on in the confused world. We all need wonderful music. His singing style can appeal to people who are not really into Reggae. Some of my favorite songs by Matisyahu are, “One Day”, “Sunshine”, “King Without A Crown”, “Jerusalem”, “On Nature lyrics” and “I will be light”. You can listen to songs by Matisyahu on Streetwise Radio. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on MyGen365, iTunes, Athena365 and Live365.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
About Supa Squad
Squad Supa Squad is Mr. Marley and Zacky Man! The Cape Verdean dancehall duo SUPA SQUAD are about to take over the world. Zacky Man and Mr. Marley, both vocalists, songwriters and producers, have created a solid fusion of modern dancehall and new roots reggae, and their energetic performances and dynamic stage presence has won over audiences throughout Portugal. With dubplate sessions for Sentinel Sound and PowPow Movement under their belts, the duo is ready to take Portuguese Dancehall to a new level.
Supa Squad releases homonym EP Reggae/Dancehall band, Supa Squad, has finally released their debut album, Supa Squad EP. The album consists of 6 tracks including a featuring with fellow new roots artist Duane Stephenson on Little Youths track. “This EP is the end of a cycle of two years creating modern music and writing lyrics people could relate to.” says Mr. Marley. For Zacky Man, “One Love talks mainly about complicity between two persons in the begining of a relationship while Jah Jah Bless Me has a spiritual component where JAH (God) is mentioned”. Zacky Man also says “We are now working on new material for the near future”. The album was entirely produced by Supa Squad (Mr Marley and Zacky Man) showing their versatility. Tracklist: 1. Jah Jah Bless Me 2. One Love 3. Little Youths feat. Duane Stephenson 4. Man A Hustler 5. Come Together 6. No Follow Dem
Monday, August 31, 2015
August 28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
August 30 Reykjavik, Iceland @ Gamla Bio
September 4 Nuuk, Greenland @ Katauq
September 8 Amsterdam, DL @ Cafe the Zen
September 9 Cologne, DE @ Underground
September 10 Recklinghausen, DE @ Haltestelle
September 11 London, UK @ 229 Club
September 12 Aarhus, Dk @ V58
After a stellar United States and Canada tour throughout July and August including headlining performances at California Worldfest in Northern California, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Afrikadey Festival in Calgary, California Plaza in Los Angeles and Lincoln Center in NYC, international music star and Cumbancha recording artist Rocky Dawuni is now off to Europe this week to continue his "Branches of the Same Tree" Summer tour with stops in Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Holland, Germany and the UK with suport from Artefix Music and Neil O'Brien Entertainment.
The influential Wax Poetics Magazine just published an amazing in depth inteview with Rocky and the rise of his new sound "Afro Roots!" Rocky Dawuni straddles the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his signature "Afro-Roots" sound that unites generations and cultures. Filled with uplifting and irresistible songs, Rocky's sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, blends inspirations from his diverse experiences while expanding on his identity as an artist, a proud son of Africa and as a true world citizen.
The songs on Branches of the Same Tree reflect influences as wide ranging as New Orleans funk, Brazilian samba, even the lilting sounds of Hawaiian ukulele, seamlessly integrated into a unique and approachable style. The album features appearances by an all-star lineup of guest musicians, including veterans from Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals and Ziggy Marley. Already a superstar in West Africa with a devoted international fan base, Branches of the Same Tree brings Rocky's music to even wider audiences around the world. The first single from the album"African Thriller" (remixed by Jeremy Sole of KCRW FM) is a hit worldwide with the fantastic accompanying video that has set the dance world a blaze!
Rocky just launched his new music video for the song "Nairobi " in partnership with OkayAfrica.com (Follow this link to view the video ). The track appears on Dawuni's acclaimed 2015 album. Filmed in Kenya's capitol city, the video is an ode to this "beautiful city in the sun" and a plea for peace and celebration of shared destiny. The video captures a picturesque portrait of iconic and historic monuments of Nairobi as it explores the everyday life of the city. Dawuni serves as a traveling minstrel, journeying across neighborhoods, bearing a message of goodwill.
What's up next for Africa's shining star? Stay tuned...
Filmed in Nairobi, Kenya, the video offers a tribute
to a city, country and people.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH "NAIROBI" on OKAYAFRICA.COM
ROCKY DAWUNI can be heard on Streetwise Radio, Live365,iTunes,Pandora,BigSplif420 Reggae.
Friday, August 21, 2015
The Evolution of CK
“There’s just something about music that hypnotizes me…when it hits, it’s like I’m no longer Clara..that’s when I become’CK ”. Born Clara Mkaamerica Kahwa on March 5, 1984, CK had a love for music before she could talk. “My mom said she had to stop going to church because the moment I heard music there I was heading to the altar to perform, so I guess my love for it started then”. Birthed by Tanzanian parents, CK was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana, USA and migrated to Jamaica in Oct 1987. She attended Zenith Preparatory then went on to St. Andrew High School for girls. “I sang a little in high school, I was in the choir for a while then opted out. I fantasized about being the next Brandy, Monica or Janet Jackson, as I locked myself in my room and sang the entire Brandy album, ‘Never say never" like it was my own (laughing) imagining sold out tours across the world but back then it was just a fantasy". Thereafter, she went to UWI to acquire her Bachelors in Mathematics (major) & Economics (minor). “It was in my last year at UWI that I really said ok let me try a ting. My younger brother, Timothy, who has been obsessed with music since he was 14 was behind the computer building riddims and one day while he was blasting his riddim, I began writing to it and that same day recorded in the closet in his room and I think that’s where my musical journey really started, with Timmy".
After which Timothy met popular DJ, Supa Hype and made him listen to the track they did. SupaHype liked the track and decided to send some instrumentals for CK to write to, one of which was called the “Supanatural” riddim. "I wrote a song called ‘Trouble’ on it and it got a lil air play (blushing & laughing) but it was like kinda surreal hearing myself on the radio knowing that this is what I’ve been waiting for yet part of me was still dissatisfied, I wasn’t the artiste I envisioned myself to be, I didn’t know where I wanted to go with music, I didn’t discover my sound or my image but I knew I loved to write and sing".
WHO IS CK – With the entertainment capital of Jamaican radio, FAME FM, listing her as one of the top 10 artistes to watch out for in 2014, C K describes herself as soft but rough, smooth yet edgy; sassy, soulful, fun yet vulnerable, all reflecting the many moods and styles of her music. Rooted in reggae and dancehall , CK brings a R&B/Pop twist to the table as her influences range from Alaine, Lady Saw, Tifa to Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Monica. So far on her musical journey she has teamed up with the musical geniuses Kunley “Ward 21” McCarthy ,Andre ‘Suku’ Gray, artiste and producer Karl Morrison ,Timothy “Quik Keyz” Kahwa , Comar “Frankie Music” Campbell, Kenyan discjock and producer “ZJ Heno”, UK discjock and producer Steve “Asha D” Ash and most recently, Jamaican A-list producer and international artiste Craig “Leftside” Parks . Her music is gaining airplay locally and internationally as she gradually carves her place in the music industry. She performed at Sumfest 2013 &2014 on the Digicel Stage and most recently gave an exuberant performance at “JaRIA live” the 2014 series held during February by the Reggae Industry Association of Jamaica. She recently joined forces with International Dancehall Artiste, Konshens and represents proudly for the females on “Body of the year” as she displays her growth and diversity as a sultry singer.
“ My aim as an artiste is to give you a show every time you watch me whether through the choreography in my performance or through the passion I display while singing my songs. I truly want to entertain my audience, not only vocally or lyrically but with all of my talents…I want you to get lost with me in the music ....”
Dance…C K has been dancing for over 11 years. She was classically trained by Elizabeth Samuda at Vickers Dance Studio up to Grade 8 after which she joined Movements Dance Company of Jamaica at age 14 in 1998. “Movements taught me the art of performance. I had mentors like Michelle Tappin-Lee, Monica Campbell- McFarlane and other principal dancers in the company to watch and learn how to transform into different characters through dance and how to just learn to lose myself in the music and let it take me to where it & the choreographer wanted me to be. That’s where my passion for music reignited. Through working with world renowned choreographers like Christopher Huggins and some of Jamaica’s known & breakthrough choreographers , Michael Holgate, Neila Ebanks, Joni McCalla, Liane Williams to name a few, I became a better performer and dancer cause they pushed me to explore my other sides and really become one with music. So then I used that drive in singing. All these people helped me start my journey in recognizing the artiste that once upon a time I never believe existed”.
CK's Latest Single Now Playing On Streetwise Radio "FACE BOY"
Body of the Year with Konshens
I wanna be down
Party up in here Official Video
True Colours Official Video
"Who Is Ck": http://youtu.be/
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
GRAMMY WINNING ARTISTS WYCLEF JEAN, STEPHEN MARLEY TO HEADLINE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S Third ANNUAL OROVILLE ROCK REGGAE JAMFEST, JULY
Who: Stephen Marley, Wyclef Jean, Jo Mersa Marley, Luciano, Capleton, Don Carlos and More..
What: Third Annual Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest
When: July 17-19
Where: Riffles RV Campground 4514 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, CA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oroville, CA--The vision. The journey. The destination. Ifa Journey Promotions in partnership with Stephen Marley, proudly present the Third Annual Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest, July 17, 18 and 19 at Riffles RV Campground in rustic and mystical Oroville, CA.
Coinciding with the birthday of the Honorable Haile Selassie I, known to Rastafarians as His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M) and the year of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest marks the first time Stephen Marley and Wyclef Jean—two of the music industry’s most influential artists—have performed together on the same stage since Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers toured with the Fugees on the Smokin’ Grooves Tour in 1996.
Stephen “Ragga” Marley, a ten time Grammy winner and producer, is gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album, “Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life” on the Ghetto Youths International label.
Headlining performer Jo Mersa, one of reggae’s hottest young performers, will the Marley legacy of delivering conscious messages over irresistible dancehall inspired beats. Grandson of Bob Marley and son of Stephen, Jo Mersa has been touring alongside his father and the Ghetto Youth’s International Crew, performing acclaimed tracks such as “Comfortable,” “Sunshine and “Rock and Swing.” http://youtu.be/MfvFP6zVFT0.
Headlining performer/musician/rapper producer Wyclef Jean, co-founder of the Fugees, is a three time Grammy winner who is known for his humanitarian efforts, such as Yele Haiti. In 2012, Wyclef released his first book, “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.” In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Wyclef and his wife rushed to Haiti, helping to dig graves for some of the victims.
On the heels of his critically acclaimed performance at the22nd annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, soulfully conscious reggae singer Luciano will perform at the festival; and fiery DJ Capleton, the king of militant dancehall will returns to Northern California for the first time in three years. Jamaican singer/DJ Prezident Brown, a favorite at the 2015 California Roots Festival, who just released his critically acclaimed EP. “The Journey,” will also perform, along with California favorites Don Carlos and the iKronik Band.
Multi-cultural reggae and rock inspired bands such as Reggae Angels, Twisted Strategies, and Bad Neighbor will represent the California roots music vibe, and Alika and Aflora Reggae will drop Latin beats.
Festival producer Ifa Journey, who is also an established performer who grew up with Stephen Marley, will deliver his unique blend of reggae which he describes as African inspired and healing.
The family friendly Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest will also feature international and vegetarian cuisine as well as clothing, crafts, a children’s area and more.
Artists bios furnished on request.
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Copyright Shelah Moody, 2015
Stephen Marley Photo Credit: Wonder Knack