Monthly archive August, 2013

Caribbean Fever Music Fest Brings Reggae and Soca Beat To Barclays

Caribbean Fever Music Fest Brings Reggae and Soca Beat To Barclays

Shabba Ranks, Damian and Stephen Marley, I-Octane, Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, and Alison Hinds Headline As Caribbean Fever Music Festival Celebrates Caribbean Music at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center This Labor Day

“This concert is a collaborative effort between Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Media and Caribbean Fever” Dahveed Levy, CEO of Caribbean Fever, draped with Caribbean beauties wearing elaborate headpieces and vibrant body paint, confirmed at the press conference held at Milk River.  He went on to describe the concert theme for each night. Friday, August 30  “International Night” will feature music predominately from the French Caribbean with artists such as Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1.  Saturday, August 31 “Carnival Mania Night” will have acts like Allison Hinds, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Iwer George and Tallpree “preparing the massive for Eastern Parkway and the true culture of Carnival.” Details After The Jump… Read more »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Lord Kitchender “Sugar Bum Bum”

He Wasn’t The Lord For Nothing kitchener


As the work day winds to close most of us (myself included) are already thinking about what trouble to get in to this fine Labor Day weekend. The numerous fetes, boat rides and tonight especially Hot 97’s On The Reggae Tip concert going down at the Hammerstein Ballroom are just a few things leading up to the West Indian Day parade which graces Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Monday. The Labor Day parade has involved into more than just a celebration of what island you were born from or what island your parents were born from, its a become a symbol of unity even if you’re not from the caribbean, one day out of the year you can be from any one you choose. So let’s start your weekend of right and take it back to one of the foundation artist in this business, calypsonian Lord Kitchender and his 1978 classic “Sugar Bum Bum.” Tune After The Jump… 

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Dancehall Takes Over at BET’s 106 & Park

Dancehall Takes Over at BET's 106 & Park

Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, and Mr. Vegas Star on Pre-Labor Day Special

With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, New York is buzzing with anticipation for a weekend of Caribbean culture. Even hip-hop and R&B stations are pumping up their reggae, dancehall, and soca playlists. Not to be outdone, BET’s top-rated music show 106 & Park will be devoting today’s show to dancehall stars Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Mr. Vegas. Even the music videos on the show representing Caribbean culture, and the audience and hosts are repping their favorite islands. Boomshots got the early heads-up so we made our way to BET’s studios for the taping and snagged some backstage interviews. We chopped it up with Beenie Man, who debuted a new video on the show (“Thug Love” featuring Ce’Cile) and Mr. Vegas, who told us about his big Beyonce remix “Standing on the Sun” and his forthcoming dancehall album, Bruk It Down 2.0. Make sure to tune in to 106 & Park today at 6pm to set the mood for your Labor Day festivities. Interviews After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Snoop Lion Feat. Iza “The Good Good”

People Search Their Whole Life To Find Itsnooplion


Snoop is in a good place right now and it clearly shows in the visual for his latest of his critically acclaimed “Reincarnated” album appropriately titled “Good Good.” Snoop brings the whole family in on the action, proving that the message he was trying to convey as Snoop Lion and his new music of peace, love and happiness is clearly shown on the faces of the Broadus clan. “Good Good” has different meanings, but to Snoop it is happiness, healthiness and the love of his family. What’s your “Good Good?” Video After The Jump…  Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas “Give It To Har”

Vegas Only Wants The Baddest Gyalvegas


Vegas is definitely up to his old tricks remind the ladies who really runs this bedroom business, but don’t feel it will be an easy task, Vegas doesn’t want just any girl he wants the baddest. You gyals think you can ramp with V? Hit The Jump To Find Out… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Busy Signal Feat. Trinidad James “Step Out” (All Gold Everything Remix)

Step Out Inna Yuh All Gold busy


Every now and again we come across a mix that normally wouldn’t make it to mainstream ears, today that mix comes to us courtesy of DJ Dain in the form of his blend of Busy Signal’s break out tune “Step Out” over possibly last year’s biggest song Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything.” Dain superbly blends the two tracks and simultaneously breathes new life into Busy’s classic tune. Take A Listen After A Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Busta Rhymes Feat. Vybz Kartel & T-Pain “You Already Know”

Busta And Kartel Link On Another Big One With The Help Of T-Painbustakartel


Flipmode general Busta Rhymes links with the Gaza boss Vybz Kartel again on a blazing new track. Having already destroyed the “Twerk It Remix,” Busta calls upon the lyrical talents of Kartel once again, and in true Kartel style puts the reworked “Touch It” instrumental into a headlock followed by T-Pain bringing up the rear. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “School Anthem 2”

Why Is Kartel Advising Jamaican Youths NOT to Bleach Their Skin?

Vybz Kartel’s latest release, “School Anthem 2,” advising Jamaican youngsters not to bleach their skin. So me say pull up yuh pants and put it pon yuh waist and tuck in your shirt and don’t bleach your face.” A man who stands charged with the crime of murder, Kartel was deemed a criminal long before his arrest due to his explicit lyrics and his controversial practice of lightening his own skin—and marketing his own “Cake Soap” to fans. Now he appears to have reversed course. Will his attempt at spreading positive messages to the youth work in his favor While Kartel’s messages in songs like “Child Abuse” and “School Anthem 2” are positive, authority figures from parents and The Ministries of Youth & Education now face a unique predicament: Do they cosign his advice to the youth, or recoil because of who the message is coming from? Audio & Analysis After the Jump…

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Police Bruk Out at Notting Hill Carnival

Who Says Cops Can’t Have Fun In The Carnival?

It’s the biggest street festival in Europe so for the 48 hours this fest goes on police from across the country are brought into Ken Chels to patrol the streets. Hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. But when the citizens show their appreciation—especially the drunk, scantily clad citizens—that’s what makes it all worthwhile. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Heatwave Returns To Outlook Festival

WATCH THIS: Heatwave Returns To Outlook Festival

UK Bashment Sound Set To Mash Up Croatia Again

Back on the beach innit! Your favorite UK reggae DJ’s are takin it back to Croatia’s OutLook festival. If you didn’t make it there last year & you aint got tix for this year, it’s time to get that poppin’. This year the crew are putting on a rave pon the beach—nothing to think about but sun, sand, skinout and dancehall – time to make some f@cking noise! Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Spice Sumfest Interview “The Name is Spice, I Have To Keep It Spicy”

The Mad Gyal Talks Kartel, Hip-Hop Collabos, and Twerking
Year in and year out, one of the most reliable standout performers at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night is Spice. Her entrance is always amazing, but this year she really out did herself. You may have heard how she took the stage in 13-inch heels AND inside a giant plastic bubble. Lady Gaga eat your heart out. It was all good until she took a tumble off those heels and hit the stage with a bump. But you’ve got to love Spice for keeping the show going without a hitch. Backstage at Reggae Sumfest 2013, Spice chatted with Reshma B about how her grand entrance went wrong, and RGAT reminded her that these sorts of things happen to everybody—ever supermodels like Naomi Campbell. And of course the show must go on! Spice and RGAT also spoke about her hit single “Twerk” and how the dance is a great way to stay fit. Spice went on to fill RGAT in about her sexy new single and video “Come Inside.” She also spoke about why she brought a Vybz Kartel lookalike onstage and how she would be happy to collaborate with the World Boss when he comes home. Finally Spice shares her international collab wish list: Who do you think made the cut? Video After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Mavado ft. Nicki Minaj “Give It All To Me”

The Gully Gad Links With Onika Tanya Maraj NIckiMavado2BOOM

Just in time for Notting Hill Carnival and one week ahead of the big Labor Day bash in Brooklyn, the Gully God blesses us a crucial new combination: Mavado alongside Nicki. Yep that’s Miss Superbass Starships herself spitting dancehall bars. We already knew NIcki was a bashment girl at heart, and now the Trini-born multiplatinum pop star is taking this whole “Island Pop” concept to new heights. And Nicki’s not just chatting some nice & decent DJ bars, she even sings one of those soaring hooks that make all the Barbz bruk out. Looks like We The Best has another hit on its hands. Audio After The Jump…

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