Sophia Squire releases new music and targets the global Reggae market (@sophiasquire @bredroc_music)

00-sophia-squireThe song bird that gave us “love” on Don Corleon’s Message Riddim a few years ago, Sophia Squire, is back with another solid, catchy track. Her latest is entitled “Mi Nuh Kno,” produced by Gully Bank Muzik.

On the record, Sophia touches on a very real issue, namely; the challenges faced by single mothers. She laments on how she doesn’t know what else to do, being a single mother with three kids and having a hard time making ends meet. The song is also inspirational as she goes on to say that despite what she is going through she will not give up.

Based on the positive feedback she has been getting from the record, Sophia Squire and her management team is now putting plans in place to promote the song on the global Reggae market.  With a scheduled upcoming appearance in Houston, Texas, Sophia plans on personally delivering her message and strengthening as many parents as she can… 

Sizzla , Cherine Anderson, Kevin Downswell for ROC Kids Fest 2015 (@Sizzla876 @CherineTV @kevinDownswell)

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The ROC Foundation in partnership with Cherine TV proudly announces the 2nd Annual ROC Kids Festival 2015. The all-day children’s music and action festival will take place on Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at its new home, the Jessie Ripoll Primary Field in Kingston, Jamaica.

This year’s musical headliners include dancehall icon Sizzla, reggae/dancehall soulstress Cherine Anderson and gospel sensation Kevin Downswell. Other top acts confirmed to perform are Ikaya, Nickieshia Barnes, Mario Evon, Ch4se and more. The festival will also introduce the next generation of gifted child performers from the Groove Campus Spring School Tour and Radio Show.

Reggae critics impressed with new comer Stushie! (@StushieX @D_hallSyndicate)

Reggae critics impressed with new comer Stushie!Up and coming Reggae artist Stushie has gotten an impressive review from some of Reggae’s harshest critics when her cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ was submitted to them. The song was sent to a selected set of disc-jockeys who are located in different parts of the world and who are known for their commitment to both Reggae and Dancehall. The general consensus from all the DJs was that she is definitely an artist to watch!

One day later they were sent Stushie’s recently released single; ‘prolong prohecy’ on the HEAD TO TOE RIDDIM and that basically removed any doubts that they had surrounding the young artist. Some are comparing her Lauryn Hill, some Marcia Griffiths while others just believe that she will dominate the industry if given the opportunity.

Listen to ‘prolong prophecy’ 

Listen to ‘Stay With Me Cover’ 

Stushie is managed by Stylah from Dancehall Syndicate and represented by MJE. DJs wanting a promo copy of her songs should send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com

SINGERS ALAINE, SHUGA SET TO BRING HEAT TO ORACABESSA FESTIVAL (@Alainesinga @shuga_turf)

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On Memorial Monday, May 25th, award winning reggae singer Alaine and 2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner Shuga will bring the heat to the second annual Oracabessa Festival slated to be held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Billed as the hottest Caribbean family event in the New York ti-state area for summer 2015, the event will also feature Sean Paul, Chris Martin, Freddy McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Dexta Daps, Josey Wales and the Grace Thrillers featuring Shirley Willis.

Sexy singer/songwriter Alaine is the perfect combination of beauty and talent. She studied classical piano for four years and as a child secured roles on numerous Jamaican television programs, commercials, radio jingles, and theatrical productions. By age nine she landed a role in the movie ‘Clara’s Heart’ starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Her music career took flight with ‘No Ordinary Love’ which charted in Jamaica, the USA, Canada and Europe, while the music video topped the MTV Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown for several weeks. Her follow up single ‘Deeper’ was also a hit and was featured on VP Records’ Strictly the Best Volume 36. Other popular singles from the singer include ‘Wine,’ ‘Heavenly,” ‘Jah Jah Cry’, ‘Dreaming of You’ (featuring, Beenie Man), ‘Rise In Love’ , ‘I Love You (featuring Busy Signal) and Sacrifice.

Shuga

Rising star Mitzie ‘Shuga’ Campbell is no stranger to the music business. She began performing in MoBay soon after graduating from Herbert Morrison Technical High School in 2003. She toured Europe, Gambia, Tanzania and the Caribbean in the summer of 2007 and 2008 with her mentor Tanya Stephens.

In a nail-biting finish, Shuga took home the Digicel Rising Stars crown in 2009. She has since worked with producers Donovan Germain from Penthouse Records and Paul “Computer Paul” Henton of Bootcamp Records. Among the popular songs she has released are “Young Hearts Run Free,” “Give My Heart to Jah, Ebony and more. Earlier this year she delivered a stirring performance at Rebel Salute 2015 held at Richmond Estate in St Ann.

StarBlu Entertainment Delivers Early Bird Riddim and Touch Base Riddim

00-mj1StarBlu Entertainment delivers two compilations with the Early Bird Riddim and Touch Base Riddim, both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on June 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, StarBlu Entertainment consists of producers Ajari Jules, Romell “Smiddy” Smith,Juston London and Daryl Samuel, who have been composing hits as a collective for over five years now.

00-mj2Boasting seven sizzlers, numerous soca stars shine on the Early Bird Riddim including Alison Hinds with “No Way,” Destra Garcia with“Aye You” and Super Jigga TC (Jaiga) with “All I Want,” to name a few.

The Touch Base Riddim is short and sweet withthree ragga soca tunes, including Mr. Renzo with“Bounce,” Darrio with “Touch Yuh Toe” and J Angel with “As A Woman.”

Both riddims were released to radio back in 2013 and now make their debut internationally, much to the delight of fans everywhere.

TRACK LISTEarly Bird Riddim

1. Destra Garcia – Aye You
2. Super Jigga TC (Jaiga) – All I Want
3. Alison Hinds – No Way
4. Barry Chandler – Crop Over
5. Mikey – New Day
6. Rameses Brown – Patience
7. StarBlu Entertainment – Early Bird Riddim (Instrumental)

TRACK LISTTouch Base Riddim

1. Mr. Renzo – Bounce
2. J Angel – As A Woman
3. Darrio – Touch Yuh Toe

Likkle Lightning to open up for Warrior King in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (@likklelightning)

Likkle Lightning to open up for Warrior King in Baton Rouge LouisianaLikkle Lightning has just been confirmed as the opening act for Warrior King’s concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The show takes place this Thursday, May 21st at Varsity Theatre (3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA), starting time is 9pm sharp.

Likkle Lightning will be doing a series of performances across the U.S.A over the coming weeks. Some shows will be done independently as a solo act while others will be opening up for established Jamaican Reggae artists.

As he gets ready to release his first full length studio album, Lightning is in 100% promo mode, with his intention being to widen his fan base while simultaneously getting Reggae lovers familiar with his music. Check out some songs and videos from Likkle Lightning here: https://www.youtube.com/user/mariajackson2007/search?query=Likkle+Lightning

A Reggae Exhibition will be on display at the Best of the Best Music Festival (@BESTOFTHEBEST @VPRecords)

00-best1Boasting as Miami’s longest running Caribbean Festival, Best of the Best Music Festival has invited VP Records to present ‘A Reggae Music Journey,’ a traveling exhibit bridging Jamaica’s musical history and reggae culture through the experience and archives of VP Records, the world’s largest reggae company. Festival goers can enlighten themselves at this one of its kind presentation on Sunday May 24, 2015 at the Best of the Best Music Festival.
Both organizations understand the importance of highlighting and preserving the reggae culture, and showcasing this exhibition will expose the music and it’s artists in a memorable and exceptional way. Curated by illustrator Michael Thompson, who has created many of the graphic images that line the walls of the exhibit, this multi-media experience presents Iconic imagery of many contributors to the development of the music.

Visitors will enjoy a variety of iconic photographs of reggae artists taken by some of the masters of the art including; Peter Simon, Marlon Ajamu Myrie, Roy Sweetland and others. The exhibit also includes a documentary video chronicling high points in the history of the music. For more information about A Reggae Music Journey visit: www.vprecords.com

POPS JABU promises to deliver on the Aarhus Reggae Festival (@PopsJabu @jam_yard)

pops jabuPops Jabu, a member of the Stick n Fire and Junk Yard Family, is a musical maestro in his own right! As he gears up for his performance on Aarhus’ first two days Reggae Festival (on June 19th and 20th), fans of this amazing talent can expect an energetic and unforgettable performance.

For those not familiar with Pops Jabu, he has already achieved double platinum and gold record status by way of the following projects; Alis Riddim by Fresh I and Pharfar, Tip-Toe Big-Bands Big-Step album and the current EP with Blackout JA. Pops Jabu is an international entertainer who has performed in countries like London, Brixton, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Germany, Monaco, Poland and Paris with cut “n” move (a pop group which he was a member of). His last major performance was at the Bob Marley 70th Celebration hosted by Jam Yard, see link for review: http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/92120. He has also worked on two other major festivals in Denmark; Roskilde and Skanderborg.

On the Reggae scene, Pops Jabu has performed with the late Danish Dancehall Sensation Natajsa and have opened up for notable Jamaican acts such as; Jimmy Cliff, The Congos, Lee Scratch Perry, Omar Perry, Anthony B and Horace Andy.

In addition to his career as an artist, he is also a Math and English teacher, youth motivator, lead vocalist and director of his own band. The organizers of the Aarhus Reggae Festival are excited to have him on the line up. For more information about the Aarhus Reggae Festival visit their website at www.aarhusreggaefest.com

Written by Henzel Clarke

New Reggae Release: Beres Hammond – International Jamaica Dance

00-beres hammondLegendary recording artist Beres Hammond is getting ready to drop another album! Having built up a reputation as one of the most soulful artist in Jamaica especially when it comes to lover’s rock, it goes without saying that his album is highly anticipated. Here is a single from the upcoming album; listen, enjoy and share.