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HEAR THIS: Jah Cure “Telephone Love”

HEAR THIS: Jah Cure "Telephone Love"

Cure Again

Ever since returning from a successful Summer tour of Europe and dropping that “Rasta is passing through” video, Jah Cure has been hitting the studio hard. His Instagram feed shows off his work ethic, sipping lemon water and ginger juice in the morning, shuttling to and from the soundlab to build with “The Grammy team,” reasoning in the studio with ace producer Clive “Uglyman” Hunt. Today we enjoy the first fruit of his labors: a crucial lovers’ rock selection about the ins an outs of a long-distance relationship. “Good morning,” Cure sings as sweet as you please. “I see you missed my last calling.” (And don’t miss the extended dub mix soundbwoy!)  Sounds like Cure’s new album, which he’s been referring to as “Royal Soldiers,” is off to a strong start. Audio After The Jump…
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Fari Di Future Live At Reggae Bowl in New York City

Fari Di Future Live At Reggae Bowl in New York City

This Evening’s Reggae Bowl Expected to Serve Up  Savory Selections  

 One of the most highly anticipated events for this weekend, will take place at Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef, Michael Gordon’s restaurant, Ital Kitchen in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Gordon is preparing an all inclusive brunch with options such as “Red Steppa Veggie Steak,” “Tumeric Stew,” “Carrot Ginger Soup”, “Kale Quinoa Salad” and more. Co-organizer and visionary for this event, International Selector, Yaadcore will stir up a musical mix  to create a Reggae Aroma that represents 12 Yaad and his global production Dubwise  in all aspects. Newest reggae sensation, vocalist, Fari di Future will deliver a live acoustic performance with lead guitarist Josh David Barrett of Judah Tribe, to satisfy the soul. More After The Jump

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Ten Classic Rita Marley Tunes You Need To Stop Sleeping On

Ten Classic Rita Marley Tunes You Need To Stop Sleeping On

Half The Story Has Never Been Told

The whole world knows the Bob Marley legend, but how many overstand the fact that his wife Rita is an accomplished singer in her own right? Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson was born 70 years ago in Santiago, Cuba and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She first met Robert Nesta Marley in the mid 1960s, when both were teenage recording artists at Sir Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One, the “Motown Records” of Jamaica. Rita was lead vocalist for The Soulettes while Bob’s group was called The Wailing Wailers. The two would eventually get married and later tour the world, with Rita backing Bob as a member of his harmony section the I Three. Earlier this week Rita Marley was hospitalized after reportedly suffering a stroke. Our prayers go out to her family and fans around the world. In the meantime, let the music play. Audio After The Jump…
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Rico Tayla “Gunman Inna Uniform” PREMIERE

Rico Tayla "Gunman Inna Uniform" PREMIERE

From Charlotte to Kingston, Too Much Blood Ah Run

“Another mother bawl when she see her son,” sings Rico Tayla in his new song, “spread out in him own blood on the ground.” As each new day seems to bring another horrific news report about police officers abusing their authority and killing the very people they are sworn to serve and protect, Tayla’s tune reminds us that there are good cops and bad cops all over the world—but some police are just plain bad news. With a system in place that protect its own, the problem is deep-rooted. “In every society worldwide those who don’t have power are always abused,” says the singer. “In some countries it is who have money and who don’t. In some it’s about color or race while in others it’s by religion. But the police or any other military force always abuse those in the society that aren’t considered important.” The tune hits iTunes tomorrow, but Boomshots is proud to premiere it today—because the way things are going, 24 hours might be too long to wait. Audio & Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jah9 “Humble Me” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jah9 "Humble Me" Official Music Video

Sometimes Life Is More Than Meets The I

“Humble Me,” the first single off  Jah9’s new album (titled simply  9), is not to be confused with Norah Jones’ tune of the same title. Where Norah’s song is about falling on your knees and begging the Lord for forgiveness, Jah9’s is about appreci-loving the majestic complexity of creation and exploring heretofore unseen spiritual dimensions of the universe. (A “Natural Mystic” if you will.) The Ras Kassa–directed video for the song, which premiered yesterday on Jah9’s official site, demands close attention. We see the artist/lioness strolling through an ancient rain forest in a blue dress adorned with elaborate jewelry. Gazing awestruck at the green canopy above, pausing to admire a tiny fern, or observing a parade of ants marching across a massive tree root, she begins “tuning into the frequency”—and, perhaps, seeing more than just a forest. As the divine order begins to reveal itself, the viewer begin to notice fleeting glimpses of geometric shapes—as rendered by animator Dayne Chike Morrison—which become more and more apparent until Jah9’s insights become our own. Remember when Bob advised us to “emanicpate yourselves from mental slavery”? This is what it looks like. Video After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Morgan Heritage “Selah” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Morgan Heritage "Selah" Official Music Video

Around The World In Four Minutes and Fifty Seconds

Having grown up between Massachusetts, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, the children of reggae singer Denroy Morgan were blessed with the opportunity to experience different ways of life in different places on earth. As they evolved into the Grammy-winning reggae supergroup Morgan Heritage, their career took them all over the planet. “The world is more beautiful than you know,” sings Peetah Morgan on “Selah” a hard-hitting reality track off Overstand Ent’s Mile High riddim (distributed by 21st Hapilos). “So much beauty my eyes behold, so much in school they never told.” Although their new video features stunning aerial shots of cities and natural wonders all over the globe, don’t mistake this for some kinda international flossing spree. The Morgan family drops knowledge over Winta James’ tough rub-a-dub riddim, exposing centuries of mental slavery and putting the truth-telling power of reggae music on full display. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Shenseea “Jiggle Jiggle” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Shenseea "Jiggle Jiggle" Official Music Video

Debut Video From Dancehall’s New Girl On The Block

Brandishing a criss baseball bat customized with her Twitter handle, Shenseea and a crew of twerktastic dancing girls take over an automobile scrapyard and basically wreck shit. That’s the plot summary for “Jiggle Jiggle,” the latest addition to the burgeoning subgenre of bruk-out dancehall videos. And so what if it’s not all that different from other booty videos? As a wise man once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—or, in this case, smash it with a baseball bat. An RD Studios production, “Jiggle Jiggle” is Shenseea’s first music video, a visual interpretation of the likkle-but-tallawah young artist’s breakout hit, produced by Romeich Entertainment and distributed by 21st Hapilos. Shenseea stands out from most of the other tough-talking dancehall damsels through sheer intensity. “Me lyrically bad!” she asserted in a recent IG post. “Yeah me lyrics dem EXPLICIT, Punch lines so refine like the sand when u sieve it.” So when she says “Keep up!” you’d better believe she’s not just talking to her lover. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel “Best Place Pon Earth” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel "Best Place Pon Earth" Official Music Video

If You Could Go Anywhere Right Now, Where Would It Be?

Close your eyes and imagine paradise. What does it feel like? How do you get there? The latest visuals from the Dancehall WorlBoss explore the mysteries of that inner sanctum from whence all men are born—and where many wish to return. An Xtremely X-rated tune, released last August on the artist’s own Adidjaheim imprint and distributed by the mighty 21st Hapilos, “Best Place Pon Earth” is surely one of Kartel’s best tunes of the year. Speaking about one of his favorite topics, the artist sounds like he’s in the zone on this one. Enjoy the video but be prepared for a rude awakening near the end.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

MOBO Awards Announce 2016 Best Reggae Artist Nominees

MOBO Awards Announce 2016 Best Reggae Artist Nominees

Will Popcaan Continue His Winning Streak?

This morning in London the nominees for this year’s MoBo (Music of Black Origin) Awards were announced. Now celebrating its 21st year, the MoBos have often done a better job reflecting the sound of the streets than the Grammy’s, particularly in the Reggae award category, honoring not only the Best Reggae Album (like the Grammy’s) but the overall Best Reggae Artist. Last year’s nominees included UK-based Stylo G, Chronixx, Protoje, Omi [who might have been amused to be included in this category since the Jamaican-born pop artist always made clear that he’s not a reggae artist], with the award going to Mr. “World Cup” himself, Popcaan—who got the nod this year as well. His last trip to England resulted in a MixPak victory at the Red Bull Culture Clash. Check out his competition. Nominee List After The Jump… Read more »

Damian Marley Live at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom

Damian Marley Live at NYC's Bowery Ballroom

A Souled-Out Show on the Road to Stony Hill

Eleven years after welcoming us to Jamrock, Damian Marley is on the road to Stony Hill. It’s not just the name of the marijuana dispensary that the youngest Marley brother is opening near the Denver Bronco’s home field in Colorado. It’s not just the strand of weed that Jr. Gong personally helped to develop and test for said dispensary. Stony Hill, the name of the St. Andrew community north of Kingston where the young Lion grew up, is the title of Damian Marley’s upcoming fourth solo studio album. Full Review, Video & Photos After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps “Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U”

HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps "Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U"

Daps Gets All in His Feelings on this new Tune for the Ladies

You might know Dexta Daps from his street anthem “Shabba Madda Pot” or his new collab with M.I.A. “Foreign Friend,” but the latest release from the dancehall heartthrob is entitled “Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U.” According to the artist “It’s about a real-life situation where you miss that person so much you go home from work one day and you just see the bed and you’re like, “Oh my God! Where’s my significant other?” In a recent interview with Pigeons & Planes, the Seaview Gardens star speculated as to why she’s not by his side in the tune. “Maybe she’s out there with another man?” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know. Maybe she’s cheating? That’s why I give her a Chinese Jordan.” This led correspondent Reshma B to probe further on Daps’ views on male-female relationships, as his hit tune “7Eleven” outlines a very open-minded approach to commitment. “Let me tell you what I really believe. Whether or not she is doing it I will never know, so I’m not gonna put it in my mind that she’s not, I’m not gonna put it in my mind that she is. I just don’t care. If she does, I’m right at “I don’t care.” And if she’s not, I’m still at “don’t care.” Me are her are good. We are still good.” Elsewhere in the Pigeons & Planes feature, Daps speaks about working with M.I.A. and the real-life inspiration for “Shabba Madda Pot.” Check the new sounds, plus highlights from this rare interview. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Gentleman ft. Ky-Mani Marley “Tomorrow” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Gentleman ft. Ky-Mani Marley "Tomorrow" Official Music Video

Cross-Cultural Collab Imagines A Brighter Future

Strolling through the streets of old Havana, Gentleman & Ky-Mani invite the listener to “Step out of your comfort zone” on “Tomorrow,” the latest video from their collaborative album, Conversations. Breaking down the walls of musical and cultural apartheid, these eclectic artists—who share a love and respect for reggae while remaining open to all inspiration— joined forces to create a new project free of all self-imposed boundaries, written and recorded in JA with worldwide talents like Shane Brown and Clay in the mix. “Wonder what the world will bring tomorrow?” sings Gentleman on the track, visually interpreted by director Noël Dernesch for It’s Us Media.. “Will it be joy, will it be sorrow?” Ky-Mani offers no easy answers but puts the conversation in broader context. “The world is on the verge of change when nothing stays the same. But if by chance you find it strange. It’s just a part of what’s ordained.” Audio After The Jump… Read more »