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Etana Restores Visibility to Women In Reggae Music

Etana Restores Visibility to Women In Reggae Music

Etana is the 4th Woman to be Nominated for A Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album

In the spring of 2018, Etana, Shauna McKenzie Morris, used her signature vocals to raise money for the education of children in the Caribbean at the “Music for Life” Benefit Concert, presented by the Lawman Lynch Foundation. The same week, Spoon Fed Entertainment and Large Up Magazine hosted the “Reggae Forever: Album Launch” at E & C Studios, in New York City. At the time. “Reggae Forever” already topped Billboard’s Best Reggae Album Chart, and Etana was recognized for her musical prowess. More After The Jump

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K Queens: Dancehall Royalty

K Queens: Dancehall Royalty

 

Dancehall’s Regal Twins Discuss Their Career and Their Collaborative New Single

Twin sisters, Kaydine and Kerrine Francis, K Queens, have sung in close harmony from a young age. Sharing the stage for over a decade, K Queens have earned dancehall’s highest ratings. Their latest single “Jamdown Ranking” produced by Sugar Bear, on Rayvon’s GTC (Get That Cheddar Entertainment) Label; distributed by Tuff Gong International, is a remake of Althea and Donna (Althea Forrest and Donna Max de Reid)’s “Uptown Ranking.” The song’s “I’m Still in Love” riddim, was originally produced by Joe Gibbs in 1977. Alton Ellis hit song “I’m Still In Love” on this riddim, was later covered by Marcia Aitkens in 1987. In 2002, Sean Paul and Sasha revitalized the song, “I’m Still in Love” on the album, “Dutty Rock.” In the summer of 2018, Jay-Z and Beyonce used Aitken’s version of “I’m Still in Love” in the promotional ad for their second tour. In November 2018, K Queens laid down Up-to-Date lyrics over the Sugar Bear remodeled beat, for the modern, “Jamdown Ranking.” We caught up with the Duo, K Queens to discuss their music over time and their latest musical projects. Interview After The Jump

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Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kabaka Pyramid Kontraband Tour Hit New York City

On Friday, November 23, New York City fans endured the frigid weather for the highly anticipated, Kabaka Pyramid, Kontraband Tour at SOB’s. New York City renowned selector DJ Gringo of Stateside Revolution and Host of Sirius XM, “The Joint,” warmed up the crowd awaiting the revolutionary artist. Next up, the Bebble Rockers excited the crowd with an electrifying, symphonic rendition of “Make Way” (the song features Pressure Buss Pipe on the Kontraband album), as Kabaka Pyramid joined the stage. More Concert Highlights After The Jump

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Dubbin’ with Bulby: Exclusive ‘Master Blaster’ Mixdown

Dubbin' with Bulby: Exclusive 'Master Blaster' Mixdown

Legendary Producer and Engineer Dubs Beres, Busy & Kartel Live in the Studio

A graduate of King Tubby’s Dub University, Colin “Bulby” Yorke has done his teacher proud. Over the course of nearly 30 years in the music industry, Bulby has produced, mixed, and engineered a plethora of certified boomshots—recordings by most of the top artists in dancehall and reggae pantheon—both as part of the Fat Eyes camp and under his own banner. Having worked with the likes of No Doubt and Rihanna as well, it was only right for Bulby to begin releasing albums himself. His solo debut, Epic & Ting, was so well received that he recently dropped a follow-up entitled Master Blaster. During a recent promo run through NYC, Bulby invited Boomshots up to Grey Noise recording studio in Times Square for a very special musical treat. Sitting down next to Reshma B at the mixing board, Bulby ran through an exclusive dub mixdown of three crucial tracks from Master Blaster: “Freedom” featuring Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, J Boog & Lutah Fyah, “Cherry Oh Baby” featuring Busy Signal and Patrice Roberts, and “Cyan Dween Like We” featuring Vybz Kartel alongside Lola Monroe and Candy Gloster. In between tracks, Bulby dropped knowledge about the art of Dub while RGAT witnessed a master at work. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Kabaka Pyramid to Perform at SOBs for US Kontraband Tour

Kabaka Pyramid to Perform at SOBs for US Kontraband Tour

Kabaka Pyramid Prepares to Perform at Legendary Venue 

From the onset of his career, Kabaka Pyramid made it clear, that he would not only make his mark as a lyricist, but also set the stage for conversations of social change. He has perfectly planned every step of his career, to show his evolution as an artist. This Thanksgiving season, specifically “Black Friday,” he will perform live with the “Bebble Rockers” band at the legendary Sounds of Brazil (Sobs) for his US Kontraband Tour. Kontraband is Kabaka Pyramid’s debut album, executively produced by Damian Marley, winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Reggae Album. More After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Jo Mersa Marley ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Point of View” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Jo Mersa Marley ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "Point of View" PREMIERE

Zilla Links With His Nephew To Defend The Innocent Youths

“Gotta do what I gots to,” sings Jo Mersa on his hard-hitting reggae-matic track “Point of View,” which Boomshots proudly premieres today. Tragic headlines of atrocities committed against a 14-year-old girl earlier this year inspired the new song, which happens to be Mersa’s first collab with his uncle Damian. Young Mersa sings the hook and drops some rhymes reminscent of 2Pac’s “Keep Your Head Up.” Aside from spitting fire bars, Gongzilla worked with Jo on the production—followed by a final mix by Stephen “Ragga” Marley. (Producer Rellee Hayden of A-Team also worked on the track along with D.C. Soul.) “You done know Pops is very specific like that,” says Jo Mersa with a smile. “Him and Uncle Damian are both very specific.” As a father himself, Jo Mersa was distressed to hear of the rape and murder of Yetanya Francis, also known as ‘Princess’, in Kingston’s Arnett Gardens community. “Just reading about it upset me so much,” he recalls. “I was like, ‘Bwoy if that was me I’d probably go crazy…’ Them things can drive somebody insane. You bring a life into this world, and somebody just violate them so many ways. It’s not like we’re telling people to turn to violence, but me feel like me woulda kill somebody. Being behind a mic is like being behind a gun for us.” Check the sounds. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Popcaan: Wine for Me, Official Video

WATCH THIS:  Popcaan: Wine for Me, Official Video

The Unruly Boss, Drops New Video For “Wine for Me”

 

Popcaan, Andrae Sutherland, shared new video for the single, “Wine for Me” off his latest project entitled “Forever,” executively produced by Dre Skull of Mixpak Records. The album is currently, one of the top contenders for nominations in the category of Best Reggae Album, for the 2019 Grammy Awards. This artist continues to grow exponentially in terms of his mainstream appeal and global popularity. On December 6, the artist will embark on a “Forever Tour” in the United Kingdom. He will then return to his hometown of St. Thomas, Jamaica to host the first “Unruly Fest” at Lyssons Park on December 22. More After The Jump

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An Evening with Stephen Marley… On a Mission

An Evening with Stephen Marley... On a Mission

Tonight’s NYC Meet & Greet Will Benefit Ghetto Youths Foundation

Stephen Marley’s acoustic tour stops in New York City tonight, and the evening at Sony Hall is shaping up be a real “Revelation Party.” Not only will Ragga be performing selections from his newly released album One Take: Acoustic Jams, but following the Nov. 15th stop of the multi-city U.S. tour, “An Evening with Stephen Marley,” the mutiple-Grammy-winning artist, second son of Bob and Rita Marley, will take part in an exclusive Meet and Greet to benefit the Ghetto Youths Foundation’s global mission to provide aid and opportunity. This is your chance to meet Ragga up close and personal. Details After The Jump… Read more »

The Rockhouse Foundation and Third World Raise One Third of A Million Dollars for the Children of Jamaica, in One Night!

The Rockhouse Foundation and Third World Raise One Third of A Million Dollars for the Children of Jamaica, in One Night!

The Rockhouse Foundation Works To Build An Inclusive Educational Community in Negril
On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Rockhouse Foundation hosted the foundation’s 14th annual dinner to raise money for its beneficiary, the children of Jamaica. The Foundation to date raised $4.5 million U.S.D to fund projects to improve education in Negril. Most notable is the renovations of six schools (including Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age School, Moreland Hill Primary and the Bunch of Stars E.C.I.) and the Negril Community Library. The Foundation’s most recent endeavor encompassed the building of a new school, Savanna-La-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy (SIIA). The later, contains an inclusive curriculum, offering educational opportunities for children with disabilities. Building a community that is inclusive for all children, lies at the heart of the Rockhouse Foundation’s mission. More After The Jump

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“Miss Pat” To Be Honored at Hummingbird Gala 2018

"Miss Pat" To Be Honored at Hummingbird Gala 2018

Tarrus Riley, Estelle, and Johnny Osbourne Star At American Friends of Jamaica Benefit

Patricia Chin, the co-founder of V.P. Records, will be honored for achievements on behalf of Jamaican music and culture at this year’s Hummingbird Gala. Along with her late husband Vincent, Miss Pat established the music industry powerhouse that remains Miles Ahead in Reggae Music. The annual AFOJ event, held this year at NYC’s prestigious Plaza Hotel on October 26, raises funds for progressive social causes in Jamaica. Last year’s fundraiser featuring Busy Signal raised US$350,000. In addition to honoring Miss Pat, this year’s event will celebrate the evolution of Jamaica music, kicking off with Studio One legend Johnny Osbourne, continuing with Tarrus Riley, fresh off a triumphant trip to Kenya, and Grammy-nominated R&B star Estelle, whose latest album Lovers Rock explores her UK reggae roots. Ticket and Bidding Link After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Wayne Marshall ft. Tessane Chin & Ryan Mark “Glory To God” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Wayne Marshall ft. Tessane Chin & Ryan Mark "Glory To God" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Marsheezy and Jay Will Tap Into A Higher Power

After months of having the biggest song  out of Jamaica, Wayne Marshall has released the long-awaited music video for his smash hit “Glory To God.” Marshall’s gospel-infused song which includes vocals from a choir, his sister-in-law Tessanne Chin, and gospel artist Ryan Mark is a departure from his badmon dancehall chunes, and has proved to be his biggest song ever. “We were under pressure to get the visuals ready,” the artist told Boomshots. “My father passed and I had to make the funeral arrangements, so we had to reshuffle our the plans. I knew we needed to have some great visuals to accompany the song which was doing so well in Jamaica and all over.” The song can be heard in churches, from passing cars, and even at dances—which is a rarity for a gospel song. Marshall and director Jay Will collaborated on the concept, which finds Wayne Marshall singing in a full suit of white, with a gritty story that intertwines several different people going through the struggles of life. “The video is basically showcasing the fact that we all have stories deeper than what people perceive on the surface,” says the artist, who says the main theme of the video is forgiveness. “We can’t really judge people,” Marshall adds. “We have to leave all judgment to the creator of all things.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

Beres Hammond’s Mission: “To Shed Some Happiness In Some Dark Corners Of Your Mind”

Beres Hammond's Mission: "To Shed Some Happiness In Some Dark Corners Of Your Mind"

Jamaica’s Number One Soul Man Speaks On His New Album Never Ending

There’s an old saying that “Music alone shall live.” With that in mind, the title of Beres Hammond’s latest album rings true, even if the man who makes these amazing songs—as he has done for decades on top of decades—is in fact a mere mortal. The release of a new Beres Hammond album is always cause for celebration, which explains our joyous mood today. One of the greatest singers and songwriters ever to emerge from Jamaica, Mr. Hammond has kept us waiting for six years since his last studio album, One Life, One Love, The wait will be over at midnight tonight with the release of Never Ending, a remarkable 14-track set that ranks with the finest work, from sweet lovers’ rock (“Hold You Till It Hurts”) to truths and rights (“Cry Freedom”) to the delightful jazz-tinged vibes of the title track. The musicianship is first-rate as usual—the finest players of instruments always come together when a true legend is in session—and with Bulby York on the mix how can you lose? During an exclusive interview with the Reggae Girl About Town, Beres spoke about all the singles released so far, including the rousing “Land of Sunshine” and “My Kinda Girl.” For anyone who’s ever wondered exactly what Beres’ type of girl is, Reshma B got the answer in this wide-ranging heart-to-heart conversation. Beres and RGAT also spoke about the song “I’m Alive,” which prompted some interested reflections on the artist’s legacy. “That’s what I think I’m sent here for,” Beres revealed. “To shed some happiness in some dark corners of your mind.” And then, as he often does, Beres shifted from reflective to jovial. “One time somebody asked me, what you want to be remembered as Beres?” He recounted his reply with perfect comic timing. “Mi say, ‘Remembered as? I want you remember me now!'” After a big laugh, Beres added. “If you should ever think of Beres, let’s say Beres not around. Just remember one ball of happiness and joy. A bundle of joy, of course through the music.” Never Ending drops tomorrow. While you wait, check this very special reasoning. “We nah talk no foolishness!” Video After The Jump… Read more »