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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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Shaggy & Sting Win Grammy for Best Reggae Album, And Also Burn Badmind

Shaggy & Sting Win Grammy for Best Reggae Album, And Also Burn Badmind

“It’s nice to be nominated… But it’s better to win!”


Dancehall reggae hitmaker Shaggy was honored twice at the 61st Grammy Awards, held yesterday in Los Angeles. Honor #1: The seven-time Grammy nominee was tapped to host the Grammy Premiere Ceremony, the day’s first round of award presentations, which was live-streamed from the Microsoft Theater, directly across the street from the Staples Center where the televised portion of the Grammy Awards took place. Honor #2: Shaggy’s collaborative project with Sting, 44/876, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. It was Shaggy’s second career win (his Boombastic album won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1995) and Sting’s 16th. “They always say about the Grammys that it’s nice to be nominated,” Shaggy said while accepting the award. “I’m telling you right now, it’s better to win!” Interview After The Jump… Read more »

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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Blacka Di Danca Celebrates Earthstrong at Negril Village

Blacka Di Danca Celebrates Earthstrong at Negril Village

It’s Just Dancing Party Presents A Fun-Filled Earthstrong Celebration for New York Top Tier Choreographer

Most great events encompass various aspects that lead to the gestalt of the overall experience.  Events that merge disciplines are usually the most fun because they create a holistic cultural experience. The It’s Just Dancing Crew went all out on Friday, December 21, when they hosted a birthday bash for touring choreographer and now emerging artist, Blacka Di Danca, with music, choreography and fine dining at Negril Village – Rhum Shop.

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HEAR THIS: Jahazeil Myrie “Do Good” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Jahazeil Myrie "Do Good" PREMIERE

“Watch how you deal with people,” sings Jahazeil Myrie over dreamy production by his younger brother Jahleel. “Blame yourself before you blame others,” the young artist advises. “Cause ah your choice when the good matters / It’s right in front  your eye—time to realize / Have to do good fe good things reach you.” Today Boomshots proudly premieres a brand new tune on Leelo Records’ Virtue Riddim. Audio After The Jump… 


Sounding wise beyond his years, the 21-year-old artist drops gems on this track, sharing what sounds like hard-earned wisdom. While blessing us with the exclusive premiere, Jahzeil shared the inspiration for his latest release. “What inspire me to write this song is just choices what people makes in life,” Jahazeil reasons. “The good and the bad combine together.”

Without further ado, check the vibes right here, exclusively on Boomshots:

Shout out to Jahazeil and  Jahleel along with their brother Markus. Nice to see Buju Banton’s youths doing good & carrying on the Gargamel’s musical legacy in their own ways.

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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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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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Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kabaka Pyramid Kontraband Tour Hit New York City

On Friday, November 23, New York City fans endured the frigid weather for the highly anticipated, Kabaka Pyramid, Kontraband Tour at SOB’s. New York City renowned selector DJ Gringo of Stateside Revolution and Host of Sirius XM, “The Joint,” warmed up the crowd awaiting the revolutionary artist. Next up, the Bebble Rockers excited the crowd with an electrifying, symphonic rendition of “Make Way” (the song features Pressure Buss Pipe on the Kontraband album), as Kabaka Pyramid joined the stage. More Concert Highlights After The Jump

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Dubbin’ with Bulby: Exclusive ‘Master Blaster’ Mixdown

Dubbin' with Bulby: Exclusive 'Master Blaster' Mixdown

Legendary Producer and Engineer Dubs Beres, Busy & Kartel Live in the Studio

A graduate of King Tubby’s Dub University, Colin “Bulby” Yorke has done his teacher proud. Over the course of nearly 30 years in the music industry, Bulby has produced, mixed, and engineered a plethora of certified boomshots—recordings by most of the top artists in dancehall and reggae pantheon—both as part of the Fat Eyes camp and under his own banner. Having worked with the likes of No Doubt and Rihanna as well, it was only right for Bulby to begin releasing albums himself. His solo debut, Epic & Ting, was so well received that he recently dropped a follow-up entitled Master Blaster. During a recent promo run through NYC, Bulby invited Boomshots up to Grey Noise recording studio in Times Square for a very special musical treat. Sitting down next to Reshma B at the mixing board, Bulby ran through an exclusive dub mixdown of three crucial tracks from Master Blaster: “Freedom” featuring Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, J Boog & Lutah Fyah, “Cherry Oh Baby” featuring Busy Signal and Patrice Roberts, and “Cyan Dween Like We” featuring Vybz Kartel alongside Lola Monroe and Candy Gloster. In between tracks, Bulby dropped knowledge about the art of Dub while RGAT witnessed a master at work. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Kabaka Pyramid to Perform at SOBs for US Kontraband Tour

Kabaka Pyramid to Perform at SOBs for US Kontraband Tour

Kabaka Pyramid Prepares to Perform at Legendary Venue 

From the onset of his career, Kabaka Pyramid made it clear, that he would not only make his mark as a lyricist, but also set the stage for conversations of social change. He has perfectly planned every step of his career, to show his evolution as an artist. This Thanksgiving season, specifically “Black Friday,” he will perform live with the “Bebble Rockers” band at the legendary Sounds of Brazil (Sobs) for his US Kontraband Tour. Kontraband is Kabaka Pyramid’s debut album, executively produced by Damian Marley, winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Reggae Album. More After The Jump

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