New R&B Release: Tessanne Chin – Fire (@Tessanne)

00-fireJamaican singer Tessanne Chin has long had an affinity for retro sounds — after all, her breakout performance on season five of The Voice (which she eventually won) was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Now, Chin returns to the 70’s with her throwback track “Fire,” a classic-sounding R&B tune that showcases her undeniable voice. Listen to “Fire” here: https://soundcloud.com/justice_league_empire/tessanne-chin-fire/s-Qgfqn

HEIGHTS RIDDIM MEDLEY VIDEO BEING SHOT IN KINGSTON JAMAICA THIS WEEK (@ASHAHEIGHTS)

HEIGHTS RIDDIMHeights Riddim is arguably one of the most powerful Reggae rhythm driven compilation released last year. The project features the likes of Queen Ifrica, Fantan Mojah, Karamanti, Asha Heights and a slew of other artists. It was released with both a Reggae mix as well as a dub mix on the Righteous Youths Records label.

This week the producer is on the island with camera and crew producing the medley video which will feature all artists. Below is an audio medley mix featuring all songs; enjoy until the official video is ready and be sure to purchase on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heights-riddim/id950041652 

BRING DIVERSITY BACK TO TORONTO’S AIRWAVES

00-chryIn an unexpected email, many volunteers who spent their time and resources to promote and endorse diversity in Toronto, were recently told that their services were no longer needed by CHRY 105.5 FM.

CHRY was one of the last community stations that had several shows that catered to the Caribbean and African community through music. It assisted many Blacks in the music industry to showcase their tracks and connected the African and Caribbean community in Toronto. As a community station their survival is based on donations from the community, which is astonished at the removal of the diverse multicultural programs.

A petition has been started that will be sent to various bodies of government and other entities to make it known that this sudden act has a grave impact on not only the radio hosts that made CHRY a success, but also on the listeners and members of the community that donated financially to keep the radio up and running. Please sign the following petition to show your support  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/478/635/762/bring-diversity-back-in-torontos-community/

UNISON JAM’s Artists for Artists Concert (@UnisonFund)

00-unisonThe Phoenix Concert Theatre will be host to an evening of live music on Wednesday, May 6th, featuring dozens of celebrated artists that are loaning their considerable talents to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

The UNISON JAM will feature performances by Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell, K-OS, Jason McCoy, The Trews, Tom Wilson, Matthew Good, Madison Violet and Tomi Swick, with additional surprise guests to be announced. This “ONE NIGHT ONLY” event will feature very special performances and collaborations throughout the evening. A few of the scheduled highlights include: Kim Mitchell and The Trews performing each others hits; I Mother Earth and Jason McCoy doing some “full metal country”, and Matthew Good performing acoustically. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson, with special DJ support from Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash and K-OS.

The Unison Jam will also feature unique, and musical items up for raffle and auction, including a trip to Dublin, Ireland, courtesy of event sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Advance tickets available for only $20.00 http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5809115.
or Pay-What-You-Can at the door.

UNISON JAM – Artists for Artists
Wednesday, May 6th 

The Phoenix Concert Theatre,
410 Sherbourne St, Toronto
Doors at 8 PM

All proceeds from the Unison Jam will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Luciano will perform at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival this summer (@jahmessenjah)

00-luciano2015250The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival has just announced that Luciano has been added to perform at the 22nd annual summer solstice and world peace gathering taking place June 19-21, 2015 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California.

With the release of his landmark CD “Where There Is Life” in 1995, Luciano emerged as one of the most important reggae singers in decades and the greatest hope for roots reggae’s survival in the digital dancehall era. Since that much acclaimed release, Luciano’s music has been consistently praised for imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, edification and humanitarian upliftment.

In these troubled times, Luciano’s engaging baritone voice resonates like a divinely ordained instrument possessing the power to comfort souls from all walks of life. While many of his so called “conscious” contemporaries have faltered by recording songs that glorify wanton sex and random violence as a means of topping the charts, Luciano has held steadfast to enriching principles; these positive lyrical themes have justifiably earned him the title of The Messenger. Luciano will be bringing his message to the good people of Boonville when he performs at SNWMF on Sunday, June 21st.

JILL SCOTT RELEASES NEW MUSIC AND UPCOMING TOUR DATES (@missjillscott)

00-Jill-Scott2Jill Scott, the sister that touches us to our core with her music has dropped another bombshell! Her latest single is entitled “fools gold” and it is exactly what we have come to expect, and need from Miss Scott. Check it out here and remember that it is also available on iTunes so show her some love and download it there. 

Today, Jill Scott also announced tour dates for summer 2015. The 25 -date tour kicks off July 13 in Pittsburgh, PA. Jill will be performing new music from her upcoming album, along with her classic hits. Check out the complete list of tour dates below. Tickets will go on sale to the public on May 15th.

7/13/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
7/15/15 – Newark, NJ @ NJ Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
7/16/15 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/18/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
7/19/15 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/22/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
7/25/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Music Festival)
7/26/15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center
7/29/15 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts/The Barns
7/30/15 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
8/1/15 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
8/2/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/4/15 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
8/5/15 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
8/8/15 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8/9/15 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
8/11/15 – Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall
8/12/15 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
8/14/15 – Grand Prairie, @ TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
8/15/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
8/19/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
8/22/15 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
8/23/15 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
8/25/15 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
8/28/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

MS. LAURYN HILL CANCELS SHOW IN ISRAEL (@MsLaurynHill)

00-lauryn-hillApproximately one hour ago, Ms. Lauryn Hill announced, via her facebook page, that she will be cancelling her upcoming show in Israel. The artist who has always stood for unity and brotherly love gave the following explanation:

“Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.

Respectfully,

Ms. Lauryn Hill”

Machel Montano will perform at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Mothers Day (@machelmontano)

00-machelMother’s Day Weekend will be full of vibes when multi-award winner Machel Montano and friends take the stage. Noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances, Machel will be performing his numerous hits. Bring out the family for a night of excitement, fun and surprises under one roof!

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Machel Montana, Angela Hunte, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and the entire Band with his full lines of backup dancers.

Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Strictly Roots by Morgan Heritage Debuts At #1 On Billboard Reggae Albums Chart (@morganheritage)

00-morgan heritageStrictly Roots, the recently released full-length from Morgan Heritage, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart in its opening week, following its initial debut as the #1 Reggae Album on iTunes. The album’s impressive charting also includes #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Strictly Roots is currently available digitally and in retail stores nationwide including Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. Purchase Strictly Roots on iTunes, here: http://apple.co/1zzk8II or on Amazon, here:http://amzn.to/1OyYCe8. For more information, please visit: www.MorganHeritageMusic.com.

Marcia Griffiths & Friends mini UK-tour (@QueenOfReggae)

000-marciaThe Marcia Griffiths & Friends mini UK-tour promises to be a great treat for reggae fans! On the bill  are Marcia’s music partner Bob Andy with whom she had the crossover hit ‘Young Gifted And Black,’ and her I-Threes sister Judy Mowatt, plus Richie Spice, Tanya Stephens, the 809 Band, with Daddie Ernie and DJ Daddy Fridge on deck duties! The dates are May 14 (Bristol), 15 (Leeds), 16 (Birmingham), and 17 (o2 Shepherds Bush).