Reggae

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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Hold Tight Party Rocks NYC

Hold Tight Party Rocks NYC

“Alpha Lion” Jason Panton Hosts a new Reggae, Dancehall, R&B Event

Co-Founder of Dubwise Jamaica (along w/ International selector Yaadcore and Reggae/Hip Hop Artist, Protoje) and innovator in music, fashion and art, Jason Panton held a toe-to-toe, bursting-at-the-seams, “Hold Tight New York City” event at Lover’s Rock this past Saturday, September 29. The Nova Southeastern University alumnus has mastered the skill of showcasing talent and hosting cultural events. With Dubwise sessions in California, Miami, Trinidad and Tobago and New York,  Panton is also a selector himself with an ear for emerging talent. Panton held an event in New York for his birthday, with a mix of musical genres including reggae, dancehall and rhythm and blues. We caught up with him to not only to congratulate him but also to find out more about the cultivation of this successful event. Interview 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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Estelle Talks ‘Lovers Rock’ and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called “Tropical Music”

Estelle Talks 'Lovers Rock' and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called "Tropical Music"

100% Real Talk When Two Girls From West London Link

Estelle’s brand-spankin-new Lovers Rock (released her own label Established 1980 Inc and VP Records) has been described as the Grammy-winning UK singer’s most personal album to date. We’ve been looking forward to this one since last year, when she first told us about it. The album is not only a retelling of her parents’ love story, but also her first time tapping fully into her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album, with touches of Afro-beats, dancehall and soca and features from the likes of Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Hood Celebrityy, Kranium, and Konshens. Just don’t call the sounds “tropical” or “island pop”! Having grown up steeped in England’s reggae culture—her father produced on Louisa Mark’s debut album—Estelle is not jumping on anybody’s bandwagon, and being a West London girl she is not one to hold her tongue or to suffer fools gladly. Every time Reshma B and Estelle link up it’s 100% real talk. Don’t believe us? Check out the reasoning right now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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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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: Duane Pressure “Can I” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Duane Pressure "Can I" Official Music Video

Duane Pressures The Ladies With Latest Visual

Duane Pressure serenades the women with beautiful Rhythm and Blues vocals, in the inviting dancehall tune, “Can I.”  Performing for the last 13 years, Duane Pressure catapulted his career to stardom with hard work and perseverance. The dancer turned singer, influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Usher, Christopher Martin, Mavodo, Buju Banton, and Vybz Kartel, shows that he made the right move by starting a music career. In his new video for “Can I,” he shows the ladies that chivalry is not dead, by opening the door to love.  Interview and Video After The Jump

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Damian Marley Bringing Jamrock To Jamaica Queens

Damian Marley Bringing Jamrock To Jamaica Queens

Gongzilla Will Headline Groovin In The Park This Weekend

Reggae’s most sought after superstar Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley will bring the curtain down on the highly anticipated Groovin In The Park festival that takes place on Sunday, June 24 inside Roy Wilkins Park in New York. The tremendously popular decision to add Marley to the lineup was confirmed earlier. The son of reggae icon Bob Marley and former Miss World 1976 Cindy Brakespeare cemented his own place in the annals of music history when he became the first reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the “reggae” category, taking home an award for ‘Best Urban/Alternative’ performance for his single, “Welcome To Jamrock.”The acclaimed international reggae/dancehall superstar is a fixture on Billboard’s Reggae Digital Singles chart. ‘Welcome to Jamrock,’ from his Grammy winning album of the same name was certified gold in the United States. The single was listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Songs Of The Decade’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. Popular track from the disc include ‘Pimpa’s Paradise,’ ‘Confrontation’ and ‘Hey Girl.’ Story Continues After The Jump…
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Boomshots and Mix Master J Presents – The Baba Mix-A Father’s Day Playlist

Boomshots and Mix Master J Presents - The Baba Mix-A Father's Day Playlist

The Official 2018 Father’s Day Playlist for Boomshots Magazine 

In 2015, Boomshots Magazine premiered a multi-genre playlist of songs, entitled “Dada Playlist,” which included songs from reggae, hip hop, gospel, dub, rhythm & blues and jazz, dedicated to fathers.  This year, the magazine’s staff took on the challenge of creating a “strictly reggae” playlist dedicated to Fathers. We also took into consideration, the readers request to make the playlist accessible through a music application. We recruited one of the Top Tier dee-jays out of London, Mix Master J, the brother of reggae legend, Shinehead (Kingston 12), to add his expertise in sound mastery. The result is the “Baba Mix,” a unique reggae and Father- themed playlist.  Baba means father in Ki-Swahili and this mix considers various aspects of “The Father.” The mix begins and ends with reverence to the Almighty Father with songs like Buju Banton -“Our Father,” AJ Brown- “Father Friend, ” Luciano- “Father I Love Thee” and two Dennis Emmanuel Brown selections. The playlist then addresses the importance of the Father’s role in society, with songs like Konshens-“Original Daddy,” Jahmiel-“Real Father,” and Christopher Martin- “Just Like You.”  The juxtaposition of songs discussing a Father’s sex appeal such as Buju Banton-“Stamina Daddy” and the father-in-charge, with songs like Supercat – “Don Dadda” and Johnny Osbourne- “Dancehall Daddy,” adds playfulness to the mix. We sincerely hope that this will be a memorable Father’s Day Playlist for all who listen to it. Playlist After The Jump…

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Are You Ready For Phocas?

Are You Ready For Phocas?

Roots And Culture Singer Says Its’s “Time For Change”

Phocas aka LT honed his musical talents within the studios of Jamaica, and has been doing shows throughout the island while being featured on Irie FM as well as many  stations in England and France. He was first recorded on Manatee Records’ famous “Sattamasagana” Riddim, along with hits like Anthony B’s “Dreader Than Dread” along with a track from original Abysinnian Bernard Collins, making Manatee’s the only Satta riddim personally endorsed by the Abysinnians. The new Phocas album, R U Ready For Me, consists of tracks like “Guide Me oh Jah,” “Clean Out your Heart,” “Living Dead,” and “Dark And Miserable”—all on the ManateeRecords imprint. More strong sounds from the globally charted reggae artist include cuts like “Real Rasta” and “Time For Change.” Additional production talent can be heard on “R U Ready For Me” and “Who Jah Bless.” Touted as the comeback of a talented artist, Phocas continues working dilingently, laying down fresh tracks for release throughout 2018. Video After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: Richie Spice ft. Chronixx “Unity We Need”

PREMIERE: Richie Spice ft. Chronixx "Unity We Need"

It’s a Universal Unification

Kickin’ Productions is back at it with ace producer Bulpus on the boards. In comes a brand new rub-a-dub riddim called ‘In My Brain’ featuring a big bad combination from Richie Spice alongside the Chron Dada. “Some ah go up, some ah go down—Natty Dread inna the middle still safe & sound.” In other words, unity is strength—ah just that we need right now! Check the sounds and listen keenly.  Audio After The Jump…
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