Reggae

HEAR THIS: Kreema “Don’t You Worry” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Kreema "Don't You Worry" PREMIERE

“If It Ain’t OK… It Ain’t The End”

Two years ago we introduced you to K’Reema, the talenter singer and songwriter whose father happens to be dancehall legend Yellowman. Proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, K’Reema continues to show musical talent and ambition to make her voice heard to the world. Fast forward to 2019 and K’Reema is now the CEO of Yellowbaby Records, her new record label, which signed her dad to a recording cocntract. Both Yellowman and K’Reema are expected to release an album this summer. Check out her first single, a powerful message delivered via delicate vocals over a gorgeous one drop rhythm. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Marley Brothers Ready to Blaze at Third Annual Kaya Fest

Marley Brothers Ready to Blaze at Third Annual Kaya Fest

Born on 420, Stephen “Ragga” Marley Invites You To A Blazing Birthday Celebration

Now in its third year, Kaya Fest was launched with a mission that goes beyond music. Don’t mistake this event for just a “smoke out.” Yes the festival kicks off on April 20, which is also Stephen Marley’s birthday—and just happens to coincide with 4/20, the official herbalists’ holiday. But Kaya Fest’s stated purpose is “Education before Recreation.” More specifically, the festival’s goal is “to educate the people of the many uses of this plant as well as to inspire and encourage positive public awareness.” But of course music and herb is a perfect combination, and nobody pairs them better than the Marley family. Story Continues After The Jump… Read more »

The Long-Term Impact of Buju’s Long Walk To Freedom

The Long-Term Impact of Buju's Long Walk To Freedom

Buju Banton’s epic homecoming at Jamaica’s National Stadium ushers in a new era for reggae & dancehall music.

“My destination is homeward bound,” sang Buju Banton on stage at Jamaica’s National Stadium in the heart of Kingston. “Though forces try hold I down. Breaking chains has become the norm. I know I must get through no matter what a gwaan.” As the Grammy-winning reggae icon performed his song “Destiny,” a hit single from the 1997 album Inna Heights, the words took on added resonance due to the enormity of the occasion—a homecoming celebration for a living legend who’d been gone too long. Continued After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Bulby x Christopher Martin x Beenie Man “Lots of Signs” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Bulby x Christopher Martin x Beenie Man "Lots of Signs" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Brand New Visuals Off The Master Blaster Album

Originally recorded for Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion label, “Lots of Sign” was one of those extra-special tracks that made Tenor Saw a legend of Jamaican Music. The song’s timeless message, encouraging listeners to “face reality all the time,” inspired producer and engineer extraordinaire Colin “Bulby York” to update the tune on his recent Master Blaster project. “It was an honor get Chris and Beenie Man to rework this Tenor Saw classic,” says Bulby who blesses the Boomshots massive with today’s exclusive premiere. “Now the video will document the vibes for eternity.” Having worked with many of the legends of Jamaican music—as well as international acts like Chaka Khan, No Doubt, and Rihanna—Bulby chose Christopher Martin for the lead vocal. “When I was first contacted, it was awesome to receive that call,” says Martin, “and then it was incredible to find out that Beenie Man was included on it.” The Doctor offered a similar diagnosis of the process: “Working with Bulby is always magic—mi longtime friend,” says Beenie. “Is like Chris ah mi bredda. We just show up and boom! It done. One take. Laughs and vibes.” As for the video itself? Martin describes the shoot as “effortless,” adding that “the final product really tied everything together. Now I’m just looking forward to people watching it and loving it as much as I do.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jemere Morgan “Troddin” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Jemere Morgan "Troddin" Official Music Video PREMIERE

“Don’t know where I’m going, but I’m going far…”

How time flies when you’re troddin’ along! Hard to believe it’s been five years since Jemere Morgan was a brand new voice on the scene, dropping his Jemere’s Jukebox project and letting his voice ring out on singles like “International Love.” Now here it is 2019, and Gramps Morgan’s son has grown a little taller, his dreadlocks are a little longer, and his sound has matured. Jemere describes his new single, “Troddin,” as “a journey through my developmental stages in music.” Produced by Matthieu Bost, who previously worked with Chronixx on “Skankin Sweet,” “Troddin” marks a continuation of a lifelong journey for the young singer. “I’ve toured around the world with my family Morgan Heritage and had the gift of learning,” he says. “From the business side of music and ultimately to what it takes to be a hard-working, inspiring artist. Most importantly as a young man, I’ve learned to carry the principles of manners, respect, and humility everywhere that I go. From a kid, I was always known for being a rebel soul—and to me, being a rebel soul A.K.A. ‘being a nomad’ gives you a sense of consciousness, freedom & understanding in Life.” Boomshots is proud to premiere the video today, a journey down a beautiful road. Check out the visuals and some more words from Jemere after the jump. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Riddim Salut Jamaica’s Bob Marley Tribute featuring Yaadcore and Fiyah Yout

Riddim Salut Jamaica’s Bob Marley Tribute featuring Yaadcore and Fiyah Yout

First Riddim Salut Jamaica in New York

On Sunday, February 10, deejays, clothing designers, artists, media personalities and dancers headed over to Lover’s Rock New York, for the highly anticipated, Riddim Salut Jamaica. Despite the threats of a snowstorm, the crowd was eager to experience this new event in the New York City area, which simultaneously honored the King of Reggae Bob Marley. Unlike other tributes, the focus was sound system culture.  The featured deejays, Yaadcore and Fiyah Yout (of Fifty Kaliba Sound) selected tracks from Bob Marley and the best of the best in reggae and dancehall music. More After The Jump

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Koffee Previews “Rapture” EP at Tuff Gong Studios

Koffee Previews "Rapture" EP at Tuff Gong Studios

Koffee’s Music Makes “Everybody Lift Up Like Helicopter”

Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios was the location for an exclusive preview of Koffee’s highly anticipated debut EP, Rapture. The artist born Mikayla Simpson—who just turned 19 last February 16–first popped up on Rebel Salute 2018 as a guest of Cocoa Tea and has been hot like a thermos since the release of her single “Toast” late last year. Born in Spanish Town, Koffee was inspired by artists as diverse as Protoje and Supercat, and has been cosigned by Chronixx, who appeared alongside her on a freestyle video shot in this very same studio. Tuff Gong packed with Jamaican media and Boomshots’ own Reggae Girl About Town Reshma B was there soaking up the vibes. Check out her on-the-scene interview with Koffee and a surprise guest who attended the listening. Video & Interview After The Jump… Read more »

New Kingston and Friends Bob Marley Tribute

New Kingston and Friends Bob Marley Tribute

New Kingston and Friends Pay Tribute to Bob Marley at SOB’s

On February 6, New York City music fans received a special treat. Before embarking on a “Rock 2 Roots Tour,” New Kingston headlined a Bob Marley Tribute Concert at SOBs. The band that independently released their debut album “In The Streets,” in 2011, now headlines at this legendary venue recurrently, and was filled with excitement for this special tribute. New Kingston released their sophomore album “Kingston University” with Ineffable Records in 2013. Their consecutive albums, “Kingston City” and “A Kingston Story: Come From Far,” were released by the record label, the group is currently signed to, Easy Star Records. Michael Goldwasser, Director of A&R at Easy Star Records and staff were in the building to show their full support, for one of New York’s most beloved family band. More After The Jump

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Kush Wednesdays 7th Anniversary and Bob Marley Tribute

Kush Wednesdays 7th Anniversary and Bob Marley Tribute

An Organic Cultural Event Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn

Reggae fans flocked to the Caribbean American Entertainment Center in Brooklyn, New York to honor the “King of Reggae, ” Bob Marley. Simultaneously, Abajonai Kushites, Reggae Artist and Founder of “Kush Wednesdays,” celebrated 7 years of the weekly open mic for reggae, roots, and culture. More After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Alkaline “Never Lose Hope”

HEAR THIS: Alkaline "Never Lose Hope"

One of Dancehall’s Top Streaming Artists Releases Conscious Reggae Song

At the start of his career, many coined Alkaline as a shock-value artist that would not have longevity. However, Alkaline continues to make hits, second only to Vybz Kartel for top streams at 25.3 million in 2018. Now, the artist releases new song entitled, “Never Loose Hope,” produced by DJ Frass Records. More After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Dennis Brown “No Man Is An Island” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Dennis Brown "No Man Is An Island" PREMIERE

Unreleased Classic off Fatis Tapes In The Oven Vol. 2

When a young Dennis Emannuel Brown made his way to Jamaica’s legendary Studio One, he sang songs that laid the foundation for his legacy as the Crown Prince of Reggae. One of the earliest gems he cut for Coxsone Dodd was “No Man Is An Island,” a powerful single that became the title track for his 1972 album of the same name. A quarter century later D. Brown remade the tune for the late great producer Philip Fatis Burrell. Backed by the Firehouse Crew, Dennis Brown sounds older and wiser and he delivers lyrics of truth that have stood the test of time. This crucial mid-’90s update has never been released before, but thanks to producer Kareem Burrell it will now see the light of day on Fatis Tapes In The Oven Vol. 2. With this important reissue series, Remus carries on his father’s legacy while sharing beautiful music with the world. Give thanks.

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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

The announcement of Grammy nominees in the Best Reggae Album category, always sparks a lively discussion. This year is no exception as the field includes Black Uhuru’s As The World Turns, Protoje’s A Matter of Time, Sting & Shaggy’s 44 x 876, Ziggy Marley’s Rebellion Rises and Etana’s Reggae Forever. Etana’s nomination is particularly noteworthy as she is the first woman nominated in the the category since 1997, when Sister Carol’s Lyrically Potent earned a nomination. The two other female nominees were Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley. When the Grammy Award ceremony takes place on February 10, will Etana become the first woman to ever win a Grammy Award? More After The Jump

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