Yesterday Reggae/Dancehall artist Sizzla Kalonji was charged for using expletives during a performance at the Falmouth Police Station. The artist who was invited by the police to perform at an event they were doing in aid of community safety and security apparently began his performance by completely berating the police. The police officers did not take kindly to his opening remarks and immediately charged him.
There was mix reaction from the patrons that were in attendance. Some felt that Sizzla was out of line for saying the things he did knowing that he was invited by the police department. Others however, believed that the police were wrong to invite him in the first place because they were fully aware of what a Sizzla Kalonji show is all about. There are still others who take the view that Sizzla Kalonji was set up by the police because they knew that he would use expletives.
Trinidad-based hit production house Martian Music drops its sizzling new compilation Carnival: Volume 2 (The Elements), available worldwide from all major digital retailers on March 31, 2015. Producer Erikkson Kendel George AKA Don Iko of Martian Music delivers a slew of new hits from the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season, and now they are yours to keep with this ultimate collection.
Carnival: Volume 2 (The Elements) boasts 12 soca anthems, featuring the likes of Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Farmer Nappy, Destra Garcia, Nadia Batson, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal, Jo Jo and Lavaman, making this compilation a sure keeper.
1. Machel Montano – Pop Ah Bottle
2. Destra Garcia – Lucky
3. Nadia Batson – Cyah Change
4. Farmer Nappy – In Trouble Featuring Alison Hinds
5. Lyrikal – Dey In It
6. Jo Jo – Drum Roll
7. Nadia Batson – Wildness Featuring Boyzie
8. Nadia Batson – Cooler Fete
9. Farmer Nappy – Doh Remember
10. Lavaman – Strong Rum & Beers
11. Patrice Roberts – Looking For It
12. Nadia Batson – Sun Come Up
Wherever you may travel, everyone knows the name Bob Marley. Because of his larger-than-life presence, there are now local Reggae bands all over the world. Reggae has become a recognized and respected genre in places like Thailand, Hawaii and even Mexico; Reggae music seems to turn up wherever people are struggling as it is the music for the people.
The global nature of Reggae music is really captured in this summer’s lineup of ‘Reggae on the River’ happening July 30th through August 2nd in Humboldt County, CA. This year there will be artists coming from Jamaica, Bermuda, Brazil, Hawaii, Sudan, Colombia, New Zealand and several other countries. Sunday’s lineup will best represent the global phenomenon that is Reggae music! On that day they will kick off with a group of women who sing in five different languages (Empress Unification), they then proceed to trod to Mali, Israel, Jamaica, the U.S., and Italy, it will be great!
Usain Bolt will compete in New York City for the first time since 2008 when he returns to the adidas Grand Prix on June 13.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Bolt, who set his first World Record in winning the 100 meters in 9.72 seconds at Icahn Stadium on May 31, 2008. His 100-meter World Record now stands at 9.58 seconds, while his 200-meter mark is 19.19. Bolt has competed in the United States only once since that night, when he anchored a Jamaican 4×100-meter team at the 2010 Penn Relays.
Since that electric night at Icahn Stadium seven years ago, the 28-year-old Jamaican has won six Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships titles, broken seven more world records, and become one of the most famous people on the planet. Bolt unfortunately recently announced his plans to retire after the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 17 National Records in its first 10 years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing more than a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil. Bolt’s 2008 performance qualifies in all three categories.
The seventh stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prix is in its 11th year at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, in conjunction with the Randall’s Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found at http://www.adidasgrandprix.com.
Reggae artist Likkle Lightning is back on the island getting ready for the Blakkout Tour happening in Buff Bay, Portland on April 11th. The artist who recently buried his son (who unfortunately drowned a few months ago) took a break from music for a while but feels he is ready to return now.
A few days ago he released a record that he had worked on years earlier and will be featured on his upcoming album. The track is called ‘matey laugh’ and it is an old school style of Dancehall that deals with the ever popular topic of wifey vs. matey. Persons can check out the song below and DJs may email MJE at firstname.lastname@example.org for a promo copy.
One of Dancehall’s most talked about artist; Assassin will be touching down in America in a few days as he is scheduled to perform on the Winter Music Massive on Sunday, March 29th in Miami. In recent weeks he has had a lot of Americans enquiring about him as he is featured on one of the biggest hip-hop records out now.
“The Blacker the Berry” is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on February 9, 2015 as the second single from his third studio album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. The song features vocals from Jamaican artist Assassin (sometimes referred to as Agent Sasco). “The Blacker the Berry” is a racially-charged song and as such it has got a lot of people talking about it and its creators.
The 2015 edition of Gram Time Highlife Concert will take place on Friday March 27, at Zoy Gardens; located at the forecourt of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra. The concert is expected to bring back fond memories of Ghanaian highlife. A number of highlife celebrities including the showmaster of Africa, Bob Pinodo and Efua Dorkenoo are expected to grace the occasion with a showdown of skills known to have utterly delighted and captivated their audiences in Ghana and beyond, during the early 1970s.
The “Gram Library” of GBC is the largest collection of recorded music in Ghana and one of the principal archival collections in Africa. It contains thousands of gramophone records from local, and international recording companies, dating back to the 1940s.The Project to Digitise, Archive, and Safeguard the Gramophone Library of the GBC was started in October 2008. It is a joint project between GBC and the Center for World Music at the University of Hildesheim/Germany under the direction of Dr.Markus Coestner.
The concert is being sponsored by Geothe-Institut in Accra. Artistes billed to perform include The Dukes Dance Band, GBC Pacesetters Band and the legendary guitarist, Ebo Taylor.
Lt. Stitchie is billed as the headline entertainment for the NHT event tonight. The show will be held at the NHT Sports and Social Club house located at NHT multi storage car park, 4 Park Blvd, 3rd floor, in Kingston. The fun starts at 5pm and the Lieutenant will be hitting the stage at approximately 8pm.
Range Hill Records, the label that gave us the Rock Island Riddim a couple months ago is coming with another one. This is a single release but it packs just as much punch as if it were an album. The track is called ‘nice again’ and it’s by the label CEO Mr. Wright.
On this record Mr. Wright is talking about some things that a lot of us in the industry are thinking but maybe reluctant to say. As the title and the album artwork suggest, he is addressing how Jamaican Dancehall music has gotten stagnant, repetitive and boring. Listen the song here
They say that if we can’t take the heat, we should get out of the kitchen, but what happens if the kitchen is a boxing ring, filled with sixteen poets, with one championship at stake?
It’s Back!! By far, the most creative and exciting poetry show and competition to happen anywhere! If you have never been, you owe it to yourself to check out the Last Poet Standing. The entire show happens in a boxing ring, where the poets will go head to head, poem for poem, eliminating one another, until only one remains, who will take home $500 CDN. This year, we will hear from poets from Toronto, Burlington, Whitby, Buffalo, Ohio, Kingston, Guelph, and more.