Friday, October 28, 2011

LEGENDARY MIGHTY DIAMONDS CONTINUE U.S. TOUR




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 LEGENDARY MIGHTY DIAMONDS CONTINUE U.S. TOUR; TRIUMPH AS HEADLINERS AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA FOLK FEST
            Jamaica’s legendary harmony trio—the Mighty Diamonds, continue to make their way across the country on their 2011 Fall Tour with the Yellow Wall Dub Squad. For an exclusive clip of the Diamonds headlining performance at the Richmond, VA, Folk Festival on Oct. 14, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo984_gUWWU. The tour wraps up on Halloween night at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton, FL.
            On July 30 and 31 of this year the Mighty Diamonds were chosen by Ziggy Marley to perform on Tuff Gong’s Salute to the Legends of Reggae at the Hollywood Bowl and Del Mar Fairgrounds. The extraordinary concert featured performances by the Wailing Souls, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, the I-Trees and Ziggy Marley,
“The Mighty Diamonds, I think, are the one of the premiere male vocal trios in our genre of music,” said Marley. “You have their songs, “Pass the Kutchie” and I Need a Roof.” They are a group that I’ve loved since I was a kid. I respect them. Hopefully, we can do this more--expose a wider variety of musicians to people. Whatever I can do to show my love and give them some way to grow their recognition; that’s one of my missions I will continue in my career. It’s not just about me; it’s about the whole movement. We all help each other along the way, you know.”
The Mighty Diamonds with The Yellow Wall Dub Squad Oct 2011
Mon Oct 24: Nectars 188 Main St. Burlington, VT
Tue Oct 25:Sullivan Hall NY, NY
Wed Oct 26: The Blockley. Philadelphia, PA
Thurs Oct 27: The Saint 601 Main Street Asbury Park, NJ
Fri Oct 28: One Pelham East 270 Thames St. Newport, RI
Sat Oct 29:Bambou Baltimore 229 N. Franklintown Rd. Baltimore, MD
Sun Oct 30:Club Footprints 4185 Snapfinger Woods Dr Decatur, GA
Mon Oct 31:The Funky Buddha 2621 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL
THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS BIO
As the Hope Diamonds is an American national treasure, the Mighty Diamonds are Jamaican national treasures.
Every reggae fan has at least one favorite song by the Mighty Diamonds:
"Pass the Kutchie," "Right Time," "Master Plan" “Tamarind Farm” “I Need a Roof,” and the list goes on. Formed in Trench Town, 1969, Jamaica's premier harmony trio continue to tour and perform, celebrating more than 40 years of making music, from the most militant roots reggae to the sweetest lover's rock.
The Mighty Diamonds--Fitzroy, "Bunny" Simpson, Donald "Tabby" Shaw and Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson--know what soul is all about.
The three reggae warriors have risen from the poverty and despair of inner city Kingston to become learned reggae ambassadors who have traveled throughout Europe, the U.S., Africa and Japan spreading the gospel of harmony and emancipation from mental slavery.
“Right Time,” The Mighty Diamonds’ breakthrough album on the Channel One label, elevated the group to rock star status in 1975. Produced by Joseph Hoo Kim, "Right Time" brought together the Jamaican musical elite such as Sly and Robbie (drum and bass) and Ancel Collins (keyboards) and generated hits such as "Africa," "Have Mercy" "Natural Natty," "Them Never Love Poor Marcus" and the reggae party album, "Pass the Kutchie," which has been sampled by everyone from Lauryn Hill to Michael Franti to Wyclef Jean.
                In a 2009 interview, Wavy Gravy of the Grateful Dead praised the Mighty Diamonds: “I first heard them in Jamaica and I was blown away. Every time I get a chance to see the Mighty Diamonds, I’m thrilled to do it. “I think they’re fantastic—and fun.”
Led by Tabby's soul stirring tenor, their live show is a journey through the African Diaspora from gospel to R&B to roots reggae and dancehall, including covers of songs by the Stylistics ("Country Living") Bob Marley, ("Get Up, Stand Up") Curtis Mayfield ("It's All Right to Have a Good Time") Jester Hairston ("Amen") and Alton Ellis ("Still in Love").
Along with having more than solo recordings that they can count under their belts, the Mighty Diamonds have appeared on a number of compilations including "Is it Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan" (Sanctuary, 2004), "Old to the New" A Steely & Clevie Tribute to Joe Gibbs Classics" (VP, 2002) and "Fire on the Mountain: Reggae Celebrates the Grateful Dead ("Pow Wow, 1996). During the Christmas season, the Diamonds' lively version of "Frosty the Snowman" (Ras Records) is a hit with young and old. In 2009, the Diamonds released "Special Lady," a remake of Ray, Goodman and Brown’s 1980’s ballad, on their independent label, Street Corner Music.
The Mighty Diamonds have received a number of lifetime achievement awards. In 2006, following their performance at Reggae Sunsplash in Ocho Rios, the Diamonds received a prestigious national award from former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller for their artistic contribution to Jamaican culture.
In November, 2009, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke recognized the Mighty Diamonds with a Congressional Proclamation for their 40 years of hits and contributions to the music industry, when TSO Productions and the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music held their 5th annual Reggae Culture Salute at Nazareth High School Performance Center, Brooklyn, NY. Check out the YouTube link of the presentation:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzCo0oxDoo0.
In honor more than 40 years together as a vocal trio, the Mighty Diamonds received the Ragga Muffins Festival Award of Recognition on Feb. 21, 2010.
                Following their performance at the sold out 29th annual Ragga Muffins reggae festival at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA, Bunny, Tabby and Judge were presented with trophies on behalf of the festival and Moss Jacobs Presents.
                “The blessings are there; and we are here to share them; that is the most important thing,” said Shaw, who has been the Mighty Diamonds’ lead vocalist since he was a teenager.
                This year, the Mighty Diamonds released their latest single “Back ‘A Wall,” which Bunny says, is sure to be a hit.
This summer, the Mighty Diamonds returned to New Orleans, backed by the internationally renowned Yellow Wall Dub Squad. The Mighty Diamonds have a rich history and connection with Crescent City. Bunny Diamond recalled being influenced by New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey and the Meters during their early years. In 1977, the Kingston-based singers traveled to New Orleans to record the historic album “Ice on Fire,” with award winning songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint. “Ice on Fire” blends traditional reggae and New Orleans riddims, featuring Toussaint classics such as “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, “Get out of My Life Woman,” and Mighty Diamonds early hits such as “Country Living.”
                Toussaint recalled the Mighty Diamonds professionalism and creativity in the recording studio.
                “When I’m working with artists, I try and tailor things to fit them, as if you’re a fashion designer and making a dress to fit just you,” said Toussaint. “Whenever I can, that’s the way it’s done. Of course, sometimes you’ll get a group like the Mighty Diamonds, where you don’t have to do that, because they come in with all their materials and all you have to do is put on a safety pin here and there, but they’ve got it together already. I must say that they were so prepared when they got there, there was very little to do but let them in.”
 
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Monday, October 10, 2011

J Boog



J Boog is Reggae artist; he was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton California. J Boog is of Samoan descent his family and his tradition and culture keep him off the rough streets of Compton. When J Boog was four he heard his older sister playing the piano, that’s when he became interested in music. When she brought home a Bob Marley song book J Boog was never the same. In 2005 J Boog was introduced to one of his favorite artist George “Fiji” Veikoso” they started working together and J Boog moved to Hawaii in 2006. J Boog released his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007 and joined the Wash House Music Inc. a record label based in Hawaii and San Francisco. I like the song “Lets Do It Again” you can understand what he’s singing about. The song “Here I Am” is a spiritual song it’s my favorite, he is thanking the all Mighty for giving him the gift of song. I like J Boog he is positive young man singing positive lyrics. I have no doubt about it we will be hearing from him for along time to come. You can listen to his songs on Big Splif’s 420 Reggae.

LM


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Anuhea


Born on December 10, 1985 as Rylee Anuheake’alaaokaokelani Jenkins but known as “Anuhea” is the oldest of three sibling’s two brothers and one sister. Anuhea was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Maui; Anuhea is of Caucasian, Hawaiian and Chinese descent. I’m writing about this young artist because Michael Ealey told me about her, he said I would like her and he was right. Anuhea is folk rock, Reggae love song singer songwriter; she is a rare gem with all the qualities to become a star. Anuhea can sing she released her debut album “Anuhea” in 2009. In 2010 Anuhea released an Estelle cover “Come Over Love” this song hit number one all over Hawaii and Pacific Island radio stations. I see myself listening to this song with your honey sitting on the couch or riding in the car on a Sunday afternoon. I like all of her music, like when she is simply playing the acoustic guitar on the songs “Right Love, Wrong Time”, “Charismatic S.O.B.” and when she is singing “Simple Love Song”. Anuhea’s song “Crown Royal” is one of my favorites, girl can write some lyrics. Anuhea is a refreshing change and she can sing all of her music is Hot! Listen to Anuhea on Streetwise Radio Big Splifs Reggae 420.

LM


Friday, July 29, 2011

16TH ANNUAL MONTEREY BAY REGGAEFEST

The 16th Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest 2011 is a 3-day celebration that will take place on
July 29th - 31st, 2011 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, in Monterey, CA.
The Monterey Bay Reggaefest is more than an event, it is a cultural celebration
and is received by many groups of people from all walks of life.



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                                                16TH ANNUAL MONTEREY BAY REGGAEFEST

the 16th Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest 2011 is a 3-day celebration that will take place on the last weekend of July 29th - 31st, 2011, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, in Monterey, CA. The Monterey Bay Reggaefest is more than an event, it is a cultural celebration and is received by many groups of people from all walks of life.

Known as one of the best reggae festivals in Northern California, the event offers activities and enjoyment for the entire family. Look forward to over twenty performances, a D.J. party on the patio at the Turf Club, full bars (21 ) and new this year our VIP room will be in the Turf Club and check our ticket page for Main Arena VIP upgrades, a play area for children of all ages. Have the kids enjoy the play area for free with: jump houses, giant slide, face painting and many more fun activities for all ages.

Monterey Bay Reggaefest
P.O. Box 1607
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 394-6534  
Fax: (831) 394-8431
Website:  
www.mbayreggaefest.net
Email:  mbrf98@aol.com

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sharp! Now Playing On Streetwise Radio



This song and video is all over the internet. It's hot and we are now playing it on Big Splif. Looking for more great sounds from Sharp in the future.
M.Ealey




Sharp
Bio:


Sharp hails from the picturesque island of Jamaica a talented soccer player with a promising future, could not deny his undying love for the music. Sharp’s musical endeavors transcend way beyond being just an MC his musical background includes a B.A. in the Music Industry which he acquired from The College at Oneonta in New York. Sharp first realized his musical talents with close friendRudy in Jamaica (R.I.P). He discovered his versatility and way with words and encouraged Sharp 
to battle rival DJ’s in school and local parties. However, it wasn’t until he met up with Empogen high 
school classmate and started writing songs performing at various class parties and Teen Star 
competitions. Being around music watching and listening to his mom singing and playing the guitar 
and was also a die hard fan of reggae great Terror Fabulous was instrumental in his pursuing a 
career in music. Sharp recorded his first song professionally in late 2006 that was followed by a 
string of performances in New York, Toronto, Canada and Atlanta Georgia Sharp now resides in 
Miami Florida joined forces with his cousin Sean Mccorkell and started their own company BBK 
Entertainment notable performances opening act for a few well known reggae stars, Sanchez, 
Capleton and Mr. Vegas to name a few. Sharp is currently working on his debut album entitled “All 
or Nothing” which features the hit single “Money Right”.



Personal Interests:


Sharp is a music and a sports addict, like reading traveling has a fascination with languages 

currently studying to become fluent in Spanish and of-course has an undying love for the ladies I 
love Y'all.!!!!


Email:



bbkentertainment@gmail.com

Website
http://bbkentertainment.com













Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sharon Tucker




Sharon is blessed not only with melody and well trained vocal chords, but sings with a sweet, distinctive voice that is synonymous with a family of very talented singing legends, including the classical singer Jimmy Tucker, her uncle; popular reggae/gospel singer Junior Tucker, her brother and Nikki Tucker, her sister.

Sharon definitely stands out as a performer.  Years of constant training and tuning her voice has rewarded her audiences with memorable performances.  On her tour of South Africa with gigs in Durban and Johannesburg, she was described with headlines like “incredible” and her styling compared to a song bird.  Janet Smith, writing for Culture Watch, wrote, "….for the uninhibited, the power of Jamaican songstress Sharon Tuckers voice welled tears in the eye. She sings about God and loving your brothers and sisters -- good values that are seldom practiced in this corner of the world."

For Sharon, performing live for celebrities is her forte - -whether it is for the Prime Minister's Gala for Ghanaian President, Agyckum Kufuor or Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Cuban President, Fidel Castro, and other Heads of State for the Caribbean, or if it be at the massive gatherings of her brothers and sisters, she takes it all in stride and usually makes a lasting impression.  Her tours have included the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa.  Doing back up and stunts with the Soul Syndicate Band was one of her earlier exposes of the music in transition; there she gained a lot of experience.  She also did backing vocals with many veteran reggae acts like Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Junior Delgado, Judy Mowatt and Junior Tucker, to name a few.

Her solo career was only a natural progression to such an illustrious background. Her debut album “Your Love,” included musicians like Freddie McGregor, Dalton Brownie and Sly Dunbar and was released in Japan by Overheat Records.  Her second album, "Pass It On," is perennial as the evergreen and as the voice that covers it. While living in London, she also did several singles for Jet Star Music.  She was also featured as part of a compilation album for London-based producer Adrian Sherwood with the likes of Sinead O'Connor, Junior Delgado, Little Roy and several European and African contributions. 


Sharon has just completed her third album, “In Your Time,” which will be distributed digitally thru Itunes, Amazon, Napster and Rhapsody, via Zojak World Wide and will be released on December 2nd, 2010.  The album consists of 15 tracks, all attesting to her wonderful talent and the exceptional quality of the music.  She is the executive producer on this album and it will be released on her own label, Appy Music.  Some of the producers who worked on the album were the very talented Sly & Robbie, Rorey “One Pop” Baker, Christopher Birch,  Gibby, Steve Golding  and Kirk Bennett (Kirkledove).  She released and did videos of two singles from the album, “Give A Little Love ” (Ojambu Music/321 Strong) and “Caution” (Kirkledove), earlier this year, with both receiving strong radio and television airplay.

Sharon Tucker continues to mesmerize her audiences with her sweet melodic voice, her humbling personality and her experience as a true artist. Love her and be loved, listen to her and be absorbed -- if even for as long as it takes for her performance to end -- one thing is for sure, you will remember that you heard her.

email:  firstresolution@aol.com