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HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps “Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U”

HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps "Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U"

Daps Gets All in His Feelings on this new Tune for the Ladies

You might know Dexta Daps from his street anthem “Shabba Madda Pot” or his new collab with M.I.A. “Foreign Friend,” but the latest release from the dancehall heartthrob is entitled “Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U.” According to the artist “It’s about a real-life situation where you miss that person so much you go home from work one day and you just see the bed and you’re like, “Oh my God! Where’s my significant other?” In a recent interview with Pigeons & Planes, the Seaview Gardens star speculated as to why she’s not by his side in the tune. “Maybe she’s out there with another man?” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know. Maybe she’s cheating? That’s why I give her a Chinese Jordan.” This led correspondent Reshma B to probe further on Daps’ views on male-female relationships, as his hit tune “7Eleven” outlines a very open-minded approach to commitment. “Let me tell you what I really believe. Whether or not she is doing it I will never know, so I’m not gonna put it in my mind that she’s not, I’m not gonna put it in my mind that she is. I just don’t care. If she does, I’m right at “I don’t care.” And if she’s not, I’m still at “don’t care.” Me are her are good. We are still good.” Elsewhere in the Pigeons & Planes feature, Daps speaks about working with M.I.A. and the real-life inspiration for “Shabba Madda Pot.” Check the new sounds, plus highlights from this rare interview. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Gentleman ft. Ky-Mani Marley “Tomorrow” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Gentleman ft. Ky-Mani Marley "Tomorrow" Official Music Video

Cross-Cultural Collab Imagines A Brighter Future

Strolling through the streets of old Havana, Gentleman & Ky-Mani invite the listener to “Step out of your comfort zone” on “Tomorrow,” the latest video from their collaborative album, Conversations. Breaking down the walls of musical and cultural apartheid, these eclectic artists—who share a love and respect for reggae while remaining open to all inspiration— joined forces to create a new project free of all self-imposed boundaries, written and recorded in JA with worldwide talents like Shane Brown and Clay in the mix. “Wonder what the world will bring tomorrow?” sings Gentleman on the track, visually interpreted by director Noël Dernesch for It’s Us Media.. “Will it be joy, will it be sorrow?” Ky-Mani offers no easy answers but puts the conversation in broader context. “The world is on the verge of change when nothing stays the same. But if by chance you find it strange. It’s just a part of what’s ordained.” Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Jah 9 Talks Yoga, Herbs and Holistic Healing: “This is no Devil Thing, This is Life!”

Jah 9 Talks Yoga, Herbs and Holistic Healing: "This is no Devil Thing, This is Life!"

Jamaican Warrior Goddess Vibes in the British countryside

On a rainy day in Hainault Forest Country Park in Chigwell, Essex, Jah9 and her band performed at One Love, the UK’s No. 1 reggae and dub camping festival. Running through new songs like “Humble Me” and the warrior anthem “Unafraid” from her new album, which would be released on the mystical date of September 9, 2016 (2+0+1+6=9) a perfect convergence of 9s. “Every time we come to England we get more love,” Jah 9 told Reshma B in an exclusive interview. They spoke about the making of Jah9’s 9mm Vol 2 (“It’s not a mixtape,” she insists. “It’s groundings”) and the whole “Year of the 9” concept. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Fluid Foundation ft. Pato Banton “Cruizin” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Fluid Foundation ft. Pato Banton "Cruizin" PREMIERE

A Little Somethin’ To Ride To

Five youths from Oceanside, California started a reggae band called Fluid Foundation. Their sound is warm and easy, a sunny mix of reggae, dub, and pop with a loose-hanging surf sensibility.  Their self-titled debut album was tracked at the famed 17th Street Studios with esteemed producer Lewis Richard—whose band “Jesus Wore Dickies” was a favorite of the early 2000s reggae-rock circuit. Members of  bands like Long Beach Dub All Stars began working with him at the studio and Richard would go on to create tracks with the likes of Dirty Heads, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Iration, and Seedless. Dropping October 8th, the Fluid Foundation album features UK dancehall veteran Pato Banton, Trini herbalist Marlon “Ganja Farmer” Asher, and Micah Brown. Today Boomshots premieres the first track off the project, an easy skanking groove called “Cruizin” with a feature from Pato and Kevin Offitzer of Stick Figure on drums. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad “Really True” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad "Really True" PREMIERE

Dry & Heavy Rochester Rub a Dub

The Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) experience is not unlike Reservoir Dogs meets Gorillas in the Mist only with slightly disheveled pandas. At any given moment these five intrepid reggae musicians are traveling  state to stateon a daily mission to Make It Betterwhich just happens to be the title of the Rochester, New York–based band’s new album, dropping Sep 16th via the Rootfire cooperative. “There is a lot of intention in this release,” says singer-bassist James Searl. “We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” The drum roll rings out clear and true, the bass floods the place, and that organ melody sounds like it’s playing in the skate rink of your dreams. Boomshots proudly presents  a sweet slice of lovers rock from the forthcoming GPGDS album, asking a musical lovers question.  Audio After The Jump…

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure “Rasta” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure "Rasta" Official Music Video

New Video Goes Around the Globe With Cure

What has Jah Cure been up to? We haven’t heard much from Iyacure since last year’s Grammy Awards, when his album The Cure was highly touted to win Best Reggae Album honors. Although the Morgan family ended up taking the title that year, the excellence of Cure’s self-produced album stands undiminished. Meanwhile, the singer has been keeping it cool and touring the world spreading Jah love, as seen in this new video for one “Rasta” of the standout tracks from the project. Shot on location in Greece, Rome, Paris, Venice, somewhere in the Alps, and God knows where else these big money visuals take you pretty much anywhere you want to be right now. Cure again! Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: M.I.A. ft. Dexta Daps “Foreign Friend”

HEAR THIS: M.I.A. ft. Dexta Daps "Foreign Friend"

 Maya & Daps Link Pon The Borderline

Ever since M.I.A. first burst on the world, she has been all about crossing lines in the sand, using her playground chants, beatbox ballistics, and agitprop visuals to mash up all cultural and geopolitical borderlines. Now that M.I.A.’s released what she warns may be her last album, her focus on speaking truth to power from a refugee point of view takes on new urgency as the world finds itself in the midst of a “refugee crisis” and Brexit meltdown and a Trump presidential run. As soon as M.I.A. released “Borders” (both the song and its breathtaking video) anticipation for this album began to build, and yesterday AIM finally arrived. On this track Maya dabbles with dancehall star Dexta Daps of “7Eleven” and “Shabba Mudda Pot” fame who sounds like the UK bad gyal inspired him to hit some strong new notes. Audio After The Jump…
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How Gentleman Buss As A Reggae Artist

How Gentleman Buss As A Reggae Artist

The Tunes That Turned This Teenager From Köln, Germany Into A Certified Jamaican Star

In late 2014 MTV invited Gentleman to record an “Unplugged” album, marking the first time any reggae artist had joined that respected series which has included the likes of Jay Z, Nirvana, and Lauryn Hill. With guest appearances by Shaggy, Ky-Mani Marley, Tanya Stephens, and Christopher Martin as well as the German duo Milky Chance, Gentleman and his acoustic band repped reggae music to the fullest. If it seems strange that a white man born in Germany should be chosen to represent a musical art form created in the Caribbean amongst the surviving descendants of African slaves, then you don’t know Tilmann Otto.  Boomshots recently caught up with the conscious German reggae singer—known to his fans as Gentleman—and spoke with him about his unlikely rise to the top of the reggae business, why it’s such an honor to record the MTV Ungplugged project, and what stories are dominating his attention these days and for the foreseeable future (Think: Songs About The Syrian Refugee Crisis.) Videos After The Jump… Read more »

Irie Jam Sizzles with Sizzla, Anthony B & Friends

Irie Jam Sizzles with Sizzla, Anthony B & Friends

Tropical Storm Stays Far, Roots Vibrations Catch A Fire At Queens Stage Show

On Sunday, September 4, boom chunes reverberated from early afternoon across the pristine greens of Queens’ Roy Wilkins Park. It was Irie Jam Radio’s 23rd Anniversary and heavyweights were out in full force to celebrate. Though fallout from a tropical storm was supposed to drown out the festivities, Bobby Clarke and the Irie Jam family kept on “Holding Firm” and in the end the only thunder and lightning came from the line-up of roots rock reggae entertainers. The jewel in the crown of these royal revelries was the return of Sizzla Kalonji to the New York City stage. After enduring over eight years of the artist’s absence, being reunited never felt so good. Photos After The Jump…
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“LAVAAA!!!” The Irie Flame of I-Wayne

"LAVAAA!!!" The Irie Flame of I-Wayne

Lava Splash! Fire Dash! Everything Burn To Ash

Sunday September 4th marked Irie Jam’s 23rd Anniversary concert spotlighting Sizzla Kalonji’s return-to-New-York performance after eight long years of absence. The supporting superstar line-up to the sizzling stage show included an artist who personifies lines from Kalonji’s “King in the Jungle.”  Seated up so high, yet so humble, I-Wayne brought his celestial presence and the hard/soft balance of his cool and deadly style to the Irie Jam Radio massive in the leafy green confines of Roy Wilkins Park. Mainstream airwaves aren’t the lane for I-Wayne. As the Prophet Capleton once put it, he is on a mission, not in a competition. To see him truly manifest is to catch him live in the flesh. After a seething set that made knowledge born that his musical ministry is service to the people—not about bulleting Billboard or gaining Grammys—we linked up with the Loyal Soliders Promotion crew backstage. I-Wayne broke it down with Boomshots as to what the Irie Jam performance meant to him, burning a righteous fire, and shedding light on the livity of a lava lyricist. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah “Raggamuffin” Official Lyric Video

WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah "Raggamuffin" Official Lyric Video

How To Prepare Your Steam Chalice

High tech vaporizers may be all the rage in Babylon, but in Raging Fyah’s new video, they focus on the proper preparation of the ital steam chalice. Celebrated in big tunes like Jah 9’s “Steamers a Bubble,” the Rastafarians’ natural vaporizer utilizes bamboo shoots and coconut shells to achieve a cool smoke-free ganja vapor without the use of microcircuitry. Now just make sure that whatever you put in it is a strong and natural as Raging Fyah’s new album Everlasting and you will be good to go. Video After The Jump…
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Busy Signal Helicopters In For Malawi Show With Custom Chopper

Busy Signal Helicopters In For Malawi Show With Custom Chopper

Turf Prez Flying High In Africa

Busy Signal always gets made love in Africa, but yesterday’s concert in Malawi took the Turf Prez to another level—in his own personalized helicopter. The Jamaican reggae/dancehall star arrived in style for his Saturday night show at Civo stadium in Lilongwe thanks to Impact Events boss Lucius Banda, who called in a few favors with the Malawi Defense Force. The southeast African nation’s military forces kindly provided a personalized chopper for Busy—now that’s how you make an entrance!—and an extremely secure ride home after the show. “Safely escorted to hotel by the Army, no one can Harm Mi,” Busy posted on his IG, adding: “Oh, and and tell @reggaesumfest seh mi performed for 3 hours and 37 minutes with my personal Band. Thank you so much! GOD BLESS.” So the thing set. Check out the crowd reaction whenever Busy steps out the chopper or steps to the stage. Hot-head!  Videos After The Jump… Read more »