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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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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 »

“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 »

WATCH THIS: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Autumn Leaves” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "Autumn Leaves" Official Music Video

Gongzilla In Sinatra Mode

As the days get shorter, the weather becomes cooler, the leaves on trees begin to turn orange and red, it is clear that fall is announcing it’s imminent arrival. Coinciding with the changing season Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley dropped an appropriately titled video for the Stony Hill cut “Autumn Leaves.” Directed by Mark Pellington, the video is full of powerful images of people young and old, interpretive dancers, a string orchestra, and Marley dressed in all white that work together to convey a feeling of both melancholy and hopefulness that fits well with the songs message of navigating the ups and down of love with Zilla singing “don’t give up on me.” With its prominent string arrangement, no bass and no one drop, the song is an example of a growing trend of music that challenges the very definition of what a reggae tune sounds like. Video After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie “From Morning” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie "From Morning" Official Music Video

Boomshots Premieres A Hot Dub Collaboration

We last met up with Addis Pablo in 2017, at the Greensleeves Records 40th Anniversary on his dad, Augustus Pablo’s birthday, June 21.  He spoke of how his dad taught him all the basic chords and melodies and how he was working very hard to become his “own creative force.” Since then Addis Pablo paid tribute to his father in 2018, alongside his sister, Isis Swaby at the Apple Store New York in Williamsburg, drawing a diverse crowd of VP Records executives and “The Nomads.” Now he releases the visual for “From Morning,” a collaboration with Shanique Marie, and a single off his Majestic Melodies EP.   Interview and Video After The Jump

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DANIIBOO ft. ESCO “Shake Body” Official Music Video PREMIERE

DANIIBOO ft. ESCO “Shake Body” Official Music Video PREMIERE

“The song is simply about what the title says,” explains Esco of “Shake Body,” his seismological new collaboration with dancehall diva Daniiboo. “It’s a feel good song, a fun song. We encourage ladies to show off their skills, twerks, dance.” In case you don’t know, Dannii Boo is one of the premiere dancers in the dancehall arena and a social media influencer, so she called on some of her friends for the video shoot, which features cameos by Rene Six Thirty, DHQ Cuban and Unruly Panda. “There’s been a big gap when it comes to girls songs and segments in the parties,” adds Esco, a veteran artist and producer. “I had this song and realized that Daniiboo has multi-talents besides dancing—she’s also a great deejay.” Directed by Pon Di Spot and Esco and edited by Icey Jace, this Starstruck / PonDiSpot production is sure to have the whole place vibrating. “Daniiboo is known for her natural body,” says Esco. “When she twerks and shake it’s something special!”  That must be what Esco means when he says “Earthquake, Earthquake, Earthquake, Earth Quake Quake Quake Quake Quake!” Video After The Jump…
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Tetrack: Never Too Late to Get Started

Tetrack: Never Too Late to Get Started

Classic reggae album sees reissue, featuring early work of Carlton Hines

Forty years have provided more than enough perspective to confirm the name Augustus Pablo as a standard bearer in the world of dub reggae. With a catalog of over 40 albums and 200 singles, Pablo rates among the great artist-producers (musicians who ran their own recording sessions versus being strictly financiers or executives). Despite his stature, Pablo was not a prolific producer of full-length vocal LPs, so his handful of efforts in that format are significant. His Hugh Mundell album Africa Must Be Free By 1983 has rightly achieved iconic status among reggae LPs. Tetrack’s lesser-known Let’s Get Started, recorded at the same time with many of the same musicians, matches Africa Must Be Free By 1983 artistically and arguably surpasses Mundell’s album in terms of the songwriting. This is due largely to the contributions of Carlton Hines, whose later writing credits would include Gregory Isaacs’ “Rumours.” Story Continues After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Mojo Morgan ft. Gramps Morgan & Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Be Free” Lyric Video

WATCH THIS: Mojo Morgan ft. Gramps Morgan & Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Be Free” Lyric Video
And Now For Something Completely Different
“Hit me from the top,” sings Stephen “Ragga” Marley at the start of “Be Free,” a three-the-hard-way posse cut featuring hard bars from Mojo and smooth vocals from his brother Gramps of Grammy-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage. Bob Marley’s second son has become a reggae legend in his own write, producing top talent in the worlds of reggae, rap and R&B and rocking stages all over the world as he breaks down the walls of musical apartheid. “Let me lead the rebellion,” Mojo states over a madd track built around a vintage Wailers sample. When Mojo speaks of “One billion sons that’s full of conviction / Determination to rock the nation,” this  song sounds hard enough to do just that—and the visual featuring Trump dancing in a jail cell (which premiered today via Mass Appeal) will make your day. Free up yourself and plug in to some different vibes. Video After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: 5Star “Lightning Storm” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: 5Star "Lightning Storm" Official Music Video

Musical Shock Attack Outta The Bebble Rock

“Police lock me lyrics with a federal charge,” proclaims Five Star on his hard-striking rub-a-dub anthem “Lightning Storm,” produced by Kabaka Pyramid and Genius T. The last time we heard from the Five Star general he was dropping hits like “Warn Dem” and “3rd Eye Open” now the artist’s stepping forward with another musical shock attack. “Tell Babylon keep cool and keep calm,” the dreadlocks singer cautions, “Before them end up run up inna lightning storm.” Boomshots proudly premieres the visuals for this high voltage selection that’s guaranteed to send shock waves around the world. Video After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Chi Ching Ching ft. Hanging “Rope” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Chi Ching Ching ft. Hanging "Rope" Official Music Video

Watch The Tall Man Ropin’ In the Open

From Josey Wales to Clint Eastwood the Lone Ranger and the Wild Apache, Jamaican dancehall stars have enjoyed playing cowboys and Indians for years. The latest artist to draw inspiration from the Wild Wild West is Chi Ching Ching, whose latest dance craze anthem is called “Rope,” taken from the album Turning Tables coming this September from Dutty Rock Productions. Today Boomshots proudly premieres the visuals for the song, shot in a dusty saloon straight out of Dodge City or maybe Westworld. Featuring a cameo from the Dutty boss himself, the “Rope” video will teach you and your whole street—from Canada to Slovakia—exactly how to rope. Maybe that’s why Sean Paul says “Rope is Hope.”  Video After The Jump… Read more »