Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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 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 show. I 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
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 Up”, 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.
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]