Mandeville based recording artist Lee’Tal has just been added to the Blakkout Tour which takes place in that city on April 25th at Qwest Night Club. The event will see other Manchester talents such as Chizem and DJ Neico on the line up and will also include acts from other Parishes. Lee’Tal was added to the event because of his strong stage presence and his ever growing fan base especially in that region. He is a well known and respected artist that the promoter is confident will enhance the overall presentation of the Blakkout Tour.
MORE ABOUT LEE’TAL: Lee’tal’s love for music grew as his interest escalated into the audio engineering side of the business where he taught himself and took tips from other producers. Later he partnered and built the Voice Room Recording Studio, which developed his musical ear and production skills. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities of running the Recording Studio, he still found time to write and record his own material and tour the local and international Reggae scene. He later decided to venture on his own where he continued recording and performing while perfecting his craft.
With an artistic, creative mind Lee’tal is now a part of the ever-growing production brand Inflowmatiq Entertainment Group. Music is his tool used to express himself, it entertains his ever increasing fans, thus earning him endless love and support in his home town Mandeville. He looks at his talent more as a light given to him by God and his duty is to let it shine for the world to see thus uplifting people. Lee’tal was among the selected few artistes for the international campaign, Unite and End Violence Against Women, which was spearheaded by Jamaica’s Bureau of Woman’s Affairs in their television campaign.
Famed selector Ricky Trooper has officially joined the Sound Chat Radio Network, adding radio personality to his growing list of accomplishments. Trooper’s Monday, March 2 debut on the Irish and Chin owned radio network made history, as listenership peaked, reaching an all-time high. The iconic sound man did exactly what he is famous for, setting his own trend by playing the music his way. Free from hype and every day selections, the massive listening audience loved every minute of Trooper’s new show.
“Ricky Trooper is a major contributor to sound system culture and is undeniably responsible for a lot of today’s talent, says Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. “In order for the sound culture to regain it’s foothold and well deserved respect, Ricky Trooper is needed….we are glad to have the honor of presenting him on Sound Chat Radio. He is a great fit.”
Monday’s increased listenership does not come as a surprise, as Dancehall fans have been abuzz ever since the Trooper announcement. The syndicated show streams from irishandchin.com every Monday from 10 pm – 12 am EST, giving listeners a regular opportunity to hear the legendary selector in action. A genuine testament of their support, Dancehall enthusiasts were glued to the irishandchin.com chat room and social media through out the show, channeling the new radio personality’s every move.
Dubbed the “killing machine” by clash fans, Ricky Trooper boasts a legendary sound clash career, which matriculated on the world renowned Kilamanjaro sound system and later his own effort, Sound Trooper. He has competed against and defeated the best of them. And true to form, Trooper “killed” his first night on air, thrilling listeners with unforgettable music. Never shy on the mic, the vocal selector was charged to “talk di tings,” while unleashing fiery, rare selections.
The Sound Chat Radio Network offers listeners 24-hour sound system driven radio programming. The network, which is owned and operated by Caribbean entertainment visionaries Irish and Chin, streams from irishandchin.com round the clock and boasts some of the sound industry’s biggest names. The network’s eponymous talk program with hosts Garfield “Chin” Bourne and Rohan “Ninja” Henry, along with other select programs, is syndicated on more than 20 traditional and Internet radio stations worldwide. Complete show schedules can be found on irishandchin.com.
Gospel reggae artist Rizon is set to release his sophomore studio effort Higher Level, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on March 10, 2015, with pre-order available now, from Fox Fuse. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad,Shane “Rizon” Gibson has been making waves in the Gospel reggae world for some eight years now, and the recent increase in his popularity and demand for his music internationally spurred the production of this new album.
Blessed with 14 tracks, all of which were penned byRizon, Higher Level lives up to its title with every track. Rizon teams up with Caribbean music heavyweights for this collection of Gospel gems, including producersRichard “Charsu” Ahong, Kasey Phillips of Precision Productions, Daniel Bishop, Joel Prince, Reuel Lynch and Sherwin Gardner.
Taking just over a year and a half to produce, Higher Level solidifies Rizon as one of the ambassadors of the Gospel reggae genre, globally. “This is a very personal album to me, it gives insight into my own journey to this beautiful place I am currently at – a Higher Level,” states Rizon.
2. Higher Level
3. In the Son
4. Rain Down
5. Whole Day (24 Hours)
7. Making Decisions
8. I am a Fire
10. Taking It Back
11. I’m Free
12. I Believe
13. Love Yah
14. Making Decisions (Acoustic)
As an adolescent growing up in the Waterhouse Community in Kingston, Jamaica, Ryan Bennett was afforded a lot of freedom. His mother migrated to the UK and so he was left in the care of his godmother who did not stop him from attending all the talked about events in his neighborhood. It is because he was constantly going to street parties and socializing that persons began calling him ‘Fyesta Wild Axe’, a name he later shortened to ‘Wild Axe’.
Wild Axe initially had no interest in being a recording artist; the desire to pursue music as a career came by chance when he was asked to assist his friend in the studio by going in the booth and simply checking the mic. From that point on he began writing lyrics and paying attention to other artists whom he looked up to. Some of his biggest musical inspirations are Bounty Killer, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Buju Banton and Beenie Man.
Four years after his mother left Jamaica, he also got the opportunity to do the same and so he joined her in England and began to settle into what would be considered a normal life; this included studying computer IT at Lewisham College. Fortunately, he could not shake his desire for writing and performing music and so in 2010 he began to refocus his energy and once again started to compose songs. He then returned to Jamaica and immediately invested both his time and financial resources into what he now considered his full time occupation. By then he had a manager, Charmain Scott, who encouraged him to record with Smoothface Production, which is based in the UK and both Digitalize Records and Control Tower Squad, which are based in Jamaica. The collaboration with these record companies produced several tracks that helped to create massive awareness for Wild Axe as an artist. He did songs like “Hot Steppa” on the 100 Degree Rhythm compilation which also featured well known acts like Popcaan and Demarco. Once that record was released Wild Axe and his team began to promote the track aggressively as they were getting a lot of positive feedback from his fan base. Other songs that helped to propel him in the limelight are “Money Mi Want” and “Happy Life” which he did a video for. Watch the official video for “Happy Life” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGPLAdGcXkY
Wild Axe is currently getting ready to release his first EP. It will feature the three previously mentioned songs as well as others, and it will be distributed by 21st Hapilos (one of the most acknowledged distributors in Dancehall). Listen to the new single “Hot Steppa” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=futiCq8RFSY
Two of Jamaica’s hottest Reggae artists, Lutan Fyah and Turbulence collaborated on the Empire Riddim which was released in November 2014. The song is called “criminal” and it is produced by Montreal based record label Riddim Wise. They have now provided the official video which definitely complements the track; watch here
The last few weeks have been extremely hectic for legendary dancehall artist Lt. Stitchie. In addition to releasing the third single from his upcoming album on February 15th, Stitchie was also honored for his contribution to Reggae on February 28th.
As the ‘Governor’, as he is affectionately referred to by his peers continue to work on his upcoming album, his marketing and production team thought it necessary to release another single as the album is not scheduled to be out until the summer. Approximately two weeks ago they dropped the track “Letter to Dad” and the song has literally got everyone talking. Long time fans and supporters of Lt. Stitchie are realizing that he is still one of the best lyricists in Dancehall while persons within the industry have been commending him on his consistency as far as clean content and relevant goes. “Letter to Dad” was recorded while Stitchie was in France; production was done by Flash Hit Records and Manudigital. Persons may check out a live studio session of the recording here:
As Lt.Stitchie and his team were in high gear promoting “Letter to Dad” they were notified that the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) will be honoring him for his contribution to the music industry over the years. The ceremony was held on Saturday, February 28th at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston and it saw not only Stitchie but 21 music professionals being honored at an elegant red carpet affair. Regarding being honored, Stitchie said “this award means more to him than anything else because it is coming from his peers. “
MJE is now taking bookings for Lt. Stitchie, anyone wanting to work with him in any capacity may do so by contacting MJE at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week Konshens released a John Legend cover of “Nobody in the World”. This is the first cover the dancehall super star has ever released in his musical career and it was definitely worth the wait. Not known for doing covers, fans were surprised, yet once they click play fans applauded the unique style Konshens brought to the John Legend single (You & I, Nobody in the World).
Recorded on a reggae rhythm Konshens definitely brings his own style to the single. Produced by SubKonshus Music/RoadLife you still hear some of the dj-ing style Konshens is known for as well as his sultry vocals the females melt for. Konshens definitely shows his love for music and respect for John Legend in his delivery of this single. Check it out here:
The outcome of a song that came about as a result of an expressive moment of fun by recording artiste Chaos Whyte and freelance media personality Disc Jock Redeem aka SIR is becoming a favorite among many. The song has been receiving rotations on some local and overseas radio stations, though it is yet to be titled and therefore has been presented as “Untitled”.
SIR and Chaos have began a radio tour so as to increase the awareness of the song, as well as to get the assistance of the public in coming up with the song’s title. The radio tour kicked off with an appearance at ROOTS 96.1 FM, the radio station which Disc Jock Redeem is affiliated with. There are several radio stations both locally and overseas that are a part of the tour and there is an open invitation to any radio station that has the desire to join in on the tour.
Interested radio presenters / disc jocks or station managers can make their interest known by sending word to: email@example.com or via whatsapp: 1-876-450-6633
See the link below for an audio version of the song:
VybzYaad Radio station which started in Jamaica in April 2013 has partnered with Blakkwuman22 Music to ensure the success of the BLAKKOUT TOUR. Blakkwuman22 Music’s CEO and the owner of the radio station made an agreement approximately a week and half ago that will have VybzYaad Radio providing around the clock promotion for all shows on the tour. Because the station was developed as a means to expose the Jamaican culture to the world they thought it was a good fit to be affiliated with the event.