Monthly archive December, 2013

WATCH THIS: Reasoning With Bunji Garlin

WATCH THIS: Reasoning With Bunji Garlin

The Viking Of Soca  Talks About The Success Of “Differentology” And Taking Soca to the Next Level

For someone who calls himself the “Viking Of Soca” his personality couldn’t be further than his moniker, people who associate themselves with such nicknames often look the part. Bunji is not hulking or brooding, but he definitely has a presence. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Super Cat speaks on Sting “I Never Got To Finish That Show”

Super Cat speaks on Sting "I Never Got To Finish That Show"

“Our Music No Die,” says the Don Dada. “We A Rock of Ages and the Music Live In We Same Way”

The Wild Apache has been missing in action for a while but Boomshots was blessed to catch up with him in NYC during a rehearsal session for his big comeback shows. Tomorrow night at Amazura NYC Cat and Junior Demus will slip into some Clarks and white linen and take NYC back to the glory days of the Biltmore Ballroom. After that Cat will forward straight to Jamaica for the 30th Anniversary staging of Sting on December 26. “I never get to finish that show,” Cat says. “Because it was a clash between me and Ninja Man.” Cat says this time around there’s no clash planned, but he’s definitely looking to deal with some unfinished business. Sounds like a can’t-miss show. But if you can’t make it Jamrock, do not despair. Just hit up to learn how you can view the show via PayPerView or webstream.  In part one off this exclusive interview Cat touches on the Maccabee Bible, the roots of sound system culture, and also speaks on his respect for Shaggy and how his old friend came to check him when he was having a rough time. “Man like you don’t stay down fe long,” Shaggy told him, they came up with a plan to bring Cat out as a surprise guest this past Labor Day—and the rest is history. The last time Super Cat worked Sting it was the biggest show in Jamaican history. This year promises to be a major event, and a fitting way to commeorate 30 years of Sting. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Ding Dong “Syvah” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Ding Dong "Syvah" Official Music Video

Ricky Blaze x Ravers Clavers Buss The New Dance Worldwide—Oh My Daaaays

Ding Dong is known for always bringing the big new dance anthems that get the whole world bouncing. But his brand new illectro boomshot—produced by the man called Ricky Blaze—he also separates the thugs from the bait. What else do you expect from the team that brought you “Badman Forward Badman Pull Up?” The song is maaad and this new video is oh so bad. Pull up! Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas ft. Wyclef Jean & Verna Nova “Girl Don’t Break It”

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas ft. Wyclef Jean & Verna Nova "Girl Don't Break It"

Shake What Your Momma Gave You, But Try Not To Damage Anything

“Am I ready?” Clef tells Vegas at the top of this tune. “The Carnival returns man.” That’s a big statement coming from a world-renowned music maker like Wyclef Jean. Last time he threw a carnival it was a multiplatinum Grammy-winning fete. The former Fugee, who’s performing on Sting this Dec. 26, teams up with Mr. Vegas on this Carib-EDM banger that’s perfectly suited for turning parties out all over the globe. Audio After The Jump…

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Fuse ODG Talks “This Is New Africa” Movement

Fuse ODG Talks "This Is New Africa" Movement

UK Afrobeat Artist On A Mission To Make Worldwide Music

Ghanian-born and South-London based, Fuse ODG is a pioneer of UK Afrobeat who’s now signed to 3Beat Records and his song “Antenna” is up for MTV Iggy’s “Song of the Year.” A few weeks after winning his first MOBO Award, Fuse spoke with Reshma B about his mission to instill African pride in his people and why he says he was ready to die for Africa. “Every time I step on that soil I’m happy… The message is my album is gonna be life-changing.” Fuse proudly proclaims his love for his mom—and by extension, all women. “Every woman is a potential mother,” he says, “and just in that respect women are more powerful than men.” He even blessed the Boomshots massive with an exclusive acappela preview of one of his new tunes.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

“Tessanne A Roots” Says Colin Channer

"Tessanne A Roots" Says Colin Channer

“Tessanne Represents Something Deeply Emotional,” Writes The Celebrated Novelist 

“To us, Tessanne is more than her talent, more than an exemplar of range, timing, and vocal control,” the noted Jamaican novelist Colin Channer wrote in a piece for the Wall Street Journal‘s website just before Tessanne Chin was announced as the winner of Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice and celebrated by singing a duet with Celine Dion. “It’s the sense that we’ve always been good, great even, but have often had to accept second or third position, because that’s just the way of the world.”  More After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Fay Ann Lyons “Catch Me”

HEAR THIS: Fay Ann Lyons "Catch Me"

The Viking Queen Drops Her Own Electro-Soca Banger

With her husband Bunji Garlin revolutionizing how and where Soca music is being played it was only a matter of time Fay Ann Lyons would remind us why they are Soca’s power couple. The track is entitled “Catch Me” and much like “Differentology” it’s not your generic soca song in fact it has a more pop feel which is helped due to Richie Beretta’s infectious production. Now don’t go thinking Fay Ann has gone mainstream hoping on the EDM craze, this is at its core a Soca song, Beretta made sure to keep all the elements intact while adding his own spin on things. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: QQ “Mosquito Net”

HEAR THIS: QQ "Mosquito Net"

New Dance Alert

The dancehall is still sizzling from QQ’s hit tune “One Drop,” but that doesn’t stop him from unleashing another scorcher guaranteed to have the girls dem going mad in de dance. “Mosquito Net” is the name, and be sure to remember it because pretty soon it will be taking over the airwaves. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Busy Signal Feat. Yola Moi “Nuh Wine Discreet”

HEAR THIS: Busy Signal Feat. Yola Moi "Nuh Wine Discreet"

You Don’t Need To Hide The Wine

Busy Signal links with the beautiful Yola Moi on “Nuh Wine Discreet.” As the song’s title implies this is not for those who want to hide in a corner and wine, this is for the girls who know they can wine and have no problem showing everyone. Do you wine discreetly? Tune After The Jump… Read more »

Will Lady Saw & Macka Battle At Sting?

Will Lady Saw & Macka Battle At Sting?

Twitter War Sets The Stage For Epic Clash At The World’s One-Day Reggae Show

Around this time every year tensions between artists get hotter and hotter—it’s the run up to Sting and the heat is in the air. Looks like it’s about to get fierce. Over the past week or so Lady Saw & Macka Diamond have been sparring on Twitter (click through the gallery above for a raw and uncut recap) and there has been talk of a lyrical clash on the big stage of Sting. This is the second year in a row that Macka has been in this situation. Last year she was caught in a war of words against Spice in the run-up to Sting 2012 and the promoters had billed them both for the headline clash. But then on the big night the clash did not happen. Spice was there—along with a donkey dressed as Macka’s “twin” but Macka herself did not take the stage. She later explained that she had a schedule conflict—but that didn’t stop Macka coming back with an answer song addressing Spice’s donkey stunt. Lady Saw did not attend Sting last year. Her energies where focused on her smash hit single “Heels On,” which was taking over the island. But after hearing Macka’s recent diss track and getting into it on Twitter (see above)  it seems like the Queen of the Dancehall is raring to go. And now that Macka has officially been added to the Sting lineup, the stage is set for a Battle Royale. If Saw’s recent tune “Lef Dancehall” or her performance at the Barclays center in NYC this past labor day weekend is any indication, Mumma Saw ain’t playing around. Saw has said in the past that she would never clash, but it seems Macka has gotten on her nerves. Will the Queen get down and dirty to defend her crown? Will Miss Dye Dye shock the world and stand up to Muma Saw? So many questions—and the only answers are to be found on the big stage at Jamworld. If you can’t make it down to Jamaica this December 26th, don’t worry yourself. You can catch all the action on Pay-Per-View TV or via webstreeam. Just hit up the official BringTheSting site for details.

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HEAR THIS: Popcaan “Nuh Ramp”

HEAR THIS: Popcaan "Nuh Ramp"

To Whom It May Concern: The Unruly Boss Nuh Roll Regular

“Some bwoy just no understand themself—done talk.” Popcaan seems to have some things on his mind with his latest release on UIM’s Redlight Riddim. As a loyal Gaza yute, Popcaan never stops bigging up the Worldboss Str8. You already know the drama that kicked off at Sting 2012. Last year  it was Blak Ryno a former Portmore Empire representer. This year Papi appears to having some issues with. “Some bwoy bad when a Sting time. We still bad when Sting pass.” Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Last Call For #TeamTessanne

Last Call For #TeamTessanne

Voting Closes At 11am Today Before Tomorrow’s Season Finale of The Voice

If there was ever an OMG moment that moment is right now! It’s about to go down. After weeks of competition it all comes down to what happens over the next few hours. Tessane Chin did her part in the finals of NBC’s The Voice last night. If you just saw her performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Noting” then you know what to do. Here’s your chance to support before the final three contestants appear on tomorrow night’s show to announce the winner of Season 5. If you know what you’re doing you can still cast 30 votes before 11am. We’ve got all the details on how to make sure Tessanne goes all the way. Video And Voting Rules After The Jump… Read more »