After what started out as a peaceful gathering of JLP supporters at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay last night, the evening ended in tragedy as several shots were fired. The shooting began while the leader of the opposition was addressing the crowd. The rally ended prematurely and we are learning today that three persons were killed and seven injured. Andrew Holness responded with the following comment:
“After what can only be described as an attack on our very democracy and our democratic process resulting in the death and injury of Jamaicans and the endangerment of thousands of others hungry for change, I woke up with a determination to rid Jamaica of crime and violence. I want to encourage Jamaicans not to be afraid, not to be intimidated, but to stand with us as we take back our country from criminals. Let us continue to forge ahead with our plans to create a prosperous, crime free Jamaica. #JoinusinaPartnershipforProsperity #JamaicaLabourParty“
International recording artist Exco Levi has become synonymous with Reggae in Canada, and thus has enjoyed giving fans quality music that has been appreciated as much on the day of release as its’ appreciated years beyond. 2016 is no different as the artists’ song “Hello Mama” becomes his 5th song recognized by the JUNO’s with a Best Reggae Recording Nomination.
The announcement, made by the JUNO’s organizing body CARAS at a press conference at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 was a welcome honor to Exco who was in attendance as the nominees were being recognized.
2016 marks Exco’s drive for ‘5’ as he not only appreciates his nomination for Best Reggae Recording, but possible 5th consecutive win in this category. A win this year will maintain his status with singing legend Anne Murray as most winning artist in a single category. “Hello Mama” was produced by Silly Walks Discotheque, and featured on the Ram Jam riddim compilation.
American based, Jamaican artists, Andi-ites and Hiawondah, have recorded what many are calling the best weed song released so far for 2016. The track, entitled “herb & tea,” is on the Life 101 Riddim just released by Blakkwuman22 Music. With an infectious melody sung on top of a throbbing dancehall rhythm, “herb & tea” is an instant addiction for every dancehall lover.
Life 101 Riddim was released on January 26th, in addition to Andi-ites and Hiawondah it also features Lt. Stitchie, Alozade and Karamanti who is the executive producer and owner of Blakkwuman22 Music. Persons may listen and purchase “herb & tea” here: http://karamanti.bandcamp.com/
VP Records has just released the remix of “all on me” by Jamaican artist Gyptian featuring UK artist Lady Leshurr. The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica by RD Studios. “All on me” was first released by VP Records in June, 2015. The song is enjoying success on several charts in both the U.S.A and the U.K. hence the remix with British hip-hop artist Lady Leshurr.
The 2nd annual Black Tech Week connects entrepreneurs with the people and tools they need to increase the number of startups that are founded by people of color and connect them with the resources to scale, deliver solutions for stronger partnerships, training and expand the technology blueprint and access to VC funding in the black community.
The weeklong series of events will be held during Black History Month, February 15-20, 2016 on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University providing impactful programming centered on innovation, technology and creativity. Black Tech Week includes interactive workshops for idea exchange, the Power Moves Early Stage and Series A Startup Bootcamps, a 3 Day Technology and Startup Conference, Women’s Innovation Brunch, Walker Legacy’s Women in Tech events, Pitch Competitions and VC Mentor Sessions. Attendees can register at http://blacktechweek.com/.
Marion Hall, more popularly known as Lady Saw, will be doing back to back shows in America’s Tri-state area this March. Saw, who is still being referred to as the queen of dancehall, despite her public announcement that she will no longer be doing dancehall music, will be performing under her birth name, Marion Hall.
The first show will be held in Bronx, New York, at Evander Child High School on March 25th, the second in New Jersey on March 26th (exact location TBA) and the last in Hartford, Connecticut at the West Indian Social Club Ballroom on March 27th.
Mark your calendar for SNWMF 2016 at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA! Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Anderson Valley, The Mendocino County Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for our gathering that unites music and nature lovers from throughout the world.
SNWMF is an annual family reunion for many and is known as being one of the most positive festivals with an incredibly irie vibe. This year, Epiphany Artists presents another intriguing lineup of the best in roots reggae and world music on two stages and in our late night Dance Hall. Lineup includes: Alpha Blondy, Don Carlos, Israel Vibration, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Inner Circle, Etana, Pablo Moses, New Kingston, No-Maddz, Alaine, Mellow Mood, Jah Shaka and many more.
Come sing, dance! Welcome the summer sun and embrace the sweet sounds of reggae and world music!
Soak in the beautiful streaming colors and irresistible aromas of our festival village of global arts, crafts and food. Join in the festivities at both the Solstice Stage and the Kidz Zone which features a special lineup of performances and workshops for children of all ages!
SNWMF is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. For more information visit: http://www.snwmf.com/
TD presentsTribute to The LEGENDS – A JAMBANA™ Black History Month Reggae Jam at the Opera House (735 Queen St E, Toronto) on Saturday, February 6 and at Ritual Night Club, 137 Besserer Street, Ottawa, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Doors will open at 8PM and show time is 10PM. The show features live renditions of the legends’ catalogues performed by four time Juno Award winner Exco Levi, Chester Miller, Nana Maclean, Universal Music’s Lucas DiPasquale, Mr. Cooper and The Human Rights Band. DJ Joshua Lucas will keep the crowd rocking in between performances with legends’ selections. Tribute to The LEGENDS is produced by Jones & Jones and TEN81 Lifestyle.
An extension of the globally renowned JAMBANA™ One World Festival experience, Tribute to The LEGENDS is a musical ‘Rocumentary’ that pays tribute to the life and music of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Joseph Hill. A dynamic presentation of music and digital projection celebrates Reggae’s best and gets you up close and personal to the catalogues of the icons themselves. This ‘Reggae Rocumentary’ unfolds with Canada’s finest reggae music acts each performing their rendition of the legends’ hits.
Tickets for Toronto’s Tribute to The LEGENDS – A JAMBANA™ Black History Month Reggae Jam are $22.50 in advance on sale now at TICKETFLY.COM and in various outlets.
Tickets for Ottawa Tribute to The LEGENDS – A JAMBANA™ Black History Month Reggae Jam are $20.00 in advance on sale now at TICKETFLY.COM and in various outlets.
Poet and artist Lady Donna is back in Jamaica. She arrived on the island a few days ago and has already began a massive street campaign, which involves the promotion of recent releases from her Osujah Records label. The company released the Bummin Ball Riddim last September and the Marley Riddim at the end of 2015. Both rhythms have been getting favorable radio rotation particularly in Jamaica.
Last Thursday she stopped by Chezidek’s Rub A Dub Camp (an open mic jam session for artists) which was held at Marcus Garvey Lawn in St. Ann. Lady Donna is hoping to get the songs played at night clubs, street dances and community events, hence the major road campaign. In addition to generating more rotations in the street, she also plans on shooting the medley video for the Bummin Ball Riddim and have it ready for T.V. before she leaves for Virginia in approximately three weeks.
Separate and apart from the promotion of the Bummin Ball and Marley Riddim, Lady Donna is also expected to complete and release EPs for several artists signed to her Osujah label: Buss Weh, Anaicon, Ras Pree Dem, Ikonji and I Nanny.