Agent Sasco Confirmed for ‘Reggae on the River’ 2017 (@AgentSasco)

The wait is over and the moment has finally arrived! Reggae On The River has announced their artist lineup for the 2017 staging of the festival which will take place at French’s Camp, Garberville, California on August 3-6, 2017.

Long revered as one of the world’s most iconic Reggae music festivals; the 33rd edition of Reggae On The River will continue this incredible legacy, with a diverse collection of the best and brightest in Reggae and world music from around the globe. 

One such artist is Reggae / Dancehall lyricist Assassin, also known as Agent Sasco. Sasco has been having successful consecutive quarters since early 2016. He released a slew of hit singles, including one with hip-hop’s front man, Kanye West. Additionally, he delivered his chart topping album, Theory of Reggaetivity.

Morals Riddim featuring Bugle, Kabaka Pyramid & others now on iTunes (@k20records)


K20 Records presents Morals Riddim featuring the sweet reggae sounds of Bugle with the title track “Morals,” Frassdon’s “Wah Mi Fi Do,” Kabaka Pyramid’s “Nuh Hype” and Sattin’s “Want All Lose All.” 

Morals Riddim is out now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other digital music stores via 21st Hapilos Digital.

Kiprich & Elephant Man’s “Ski” Now Available on iTunes (@direalkiprich @ElephantManJa)

Dancehall star Elephant Man proves once again that there is no dancehall without dance! As they often inspire each other, the latter came about when the dance made popular by a dancer called “Ski” became the rave at parties and social media. 

In a statement to the Jamaica Observer, Elephant Man explained how the song came about: “Kiprich come check me inna the studio. We start talk bout dancehall music and the girls dem remind me about the Ski dance, dem say it different and it will work. Me and Kiprich ah bredrin long time, so we build it on spot and record it,” he said.

 An, Energy God Productions, “Ski” is out now on iTunes and all major online digital stores via 21st Hapilos Digital.

LUCIANO & FREDDIE MCGREGOR LIVE IN HOLLAND – APRIL, 2017 (@jahmessenjah @BigshipFreddie)

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Holland Reggae lovers will get a treat this April, as two of Reggae’s biggest stars – Luciano and Freddie McGregor – will be doing a double concert. On Monday, April 3rd the men will do a show at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. And on Tuesday, April 4th they will be at Paard Van Troje in Denhaag.

On both nights doors will open at 19:30 and it goes without saying that these are live band shows.

Karamanti Releases Thought Provoking EP “The Black God”

Black God coverBlakkwuman22 Music is pleased to present THE BLACK GOD EP. It features four new songs from Karamanti plus the already popular, BACK AGAINST THE WALL, which was done with Mikey General.

THE BLACK GOD is a diverse project covering four genres: poetry, reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. It features collaborations with Jamaican reggae veteran Mikey General and Ghanian rap artist Obibini. All vocals were written by Karamanti – with the exception of Obibini and Mikey General’s verses which were composed by the respective artists.

As fans and supporters of Karamanti have come to expect from her, this EP is jam packed with controversial issues ranging from sexual education for children to religious racism. Not wanting the entire project to sound too contentious, she has also included a motivational track entitled I BELIEVE IN YOU.

Several talented beat makers contributed to the EP, namely: Alpheus (Germany), Spugy B and D’Ave Productions (Jamaica) and Beat Monsta (Ghana). All songs were mixed by Audio Traxx Productions in Old Harbor, St. Catherine, Jamaica, with the exception of BACK AGAINST THE WALL which was mixed by ODB in Accra, Ghana and BLACK REVOLUTION done by Nad Xclusive, also in Ghana. All the backing vocals were done by Snysh at Mixing Lab Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons may listen and download all songs on THE BLACK GOD EP here: https://karamanti.bandcamp.com

Thriller U Among Entertainers Confirmed for Alan Magnus’ Farewell Tribute in Kingston, Jamaica (@RJR94fm @thriller_u @nyahblessmusic)

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As Jamaica’s RJR 94 FM gets ready to say goodbye to a long standing member – the well-known and well loved, Alan Magnus – they will be hosting a farewell tribute for him on Saturday, March 25th in the Half Way Tree Transport Center.

The station have called on Thriller U, one of Jamaica’s most soothing reggae singers, to perform. There will also be other entertainers on hand to say farewell to the radio giant. The event will be broadcast live on the Nutty Buddies Show which airs on RJR and everything gets on the way at approximately 10.00 AM.

Click here to listen and download new music from Thriller U via his website: http://artistecard.com/thrilleru#!/musics/116136 and persons can listen RJR broadcast live here: http://rjr94fm.com/

Ghana’s Music Legend Bob Pinodo Announces New Band – “Gold Crest Band” (@BPinodoOfficial)

Story by: Adokwei Addo

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His Excellency the president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his inaugural address said, “We must create wealth and restore happiness to our nation. We can only do this when we have an educated and skilled population that is capable of competing in the global economy”. Bob Pinodo a music stalwart and educationist has held fast to this view and the fact that music once done professionally, will not only bring jobs but also serve as a catalyst to transform Ghana’s economy.

Having taught music at the University of Education (U.E.W), for ten (10) years the once senior research tutor at the university has brought together some of his students, all alumina of  the university to form a band  called “Gold Crest”. The aim of the band is to serve as an Ambassador of Ghanaian music, representing and presenting the rich variety of African Rhythms to the world. In his own words “this is a band we have put together to demonstrate what i taught at the University, in last ten (10) years. All members of the band are professionals, some into education and others in the security service. An assembly of masters, each is gainfully employed playing a leading role in his or her organization, be it band, church or school. What i revere most about members of “the Gold Crest band” is our high sense of discipline and respect” Bob said.

“I have identified the seizures in live band music production and performances across the country, as the main reason Ghanaian music no longer sells internationally, like it did in my days and those of ET Mensah and OSIBISA. By this development i am challenging all musicians especially the youthful ones and venue owners to help revive and relive the live band culture that once made our industry vibrant and profitable”.

On Friday, March 24, 2017, “Gold Crest” will be “outdoored” at the newly refurbished Golden Key Club, near the Ghana Telecom University in Abeka; where the band rehearses, and which proprietor also doubles as a band patron. The band promises to entreat its maiden audience to some francophone music, highlife and a repetoire of the show master of Africa, Bob Pinodo.

New Reggae Album from Lutan Fyah & I Grade Records (@lutanfyah1 @IGradeRecords)

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I Grade Records is a premier conscious music label from the US Virgin Islands. The label’s mission is to produce the highest quality roots reggae music emanating from St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands.

The latest release with Jamaican modern roots veteran, Lutan Fyah; “Music Never Dies” is Lutan Fyah’s 16th album to date and his first with I Grade Records. Four years in the making, Music Never Dies reflects the evolution of both artist and producers. Working with Tippy of Zion I Kings and I Grade Records, Lutan Fyan brings a mature and unique melodic and lyrical approach to this new album that is as heavy as it is musical.

The album was recorded in both Jamaica and St Croix, using live musicians. The album features guest appearances by Vaughn Benjamin the Akae Beka (of Midnite band).

“Music Never Dies” can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking here.

Reggae/Dancehall Gospel Artist JiJi Seven will be featured on Austin’s KAZI 88.7 FM (@jijisevenmusic @DJRJ @KAZIPlaylist)

JiJi Seven 2017Since the release of his single, “I want to please you,” – a powerful reggae song, featured on his He knows Me album – JiJi Seven has been getting a lot of attention from secular radio personalities who all seems eager to play his gospel songs on their respective programs.

One such radio host is DJ RJ, a popular music figure in the Austin community. In addition to being a radio host, DJ RJ is also a musician and producer, who not only expressed interest in interviewing JiJi Seven but also added his song, “I want to please you,” to his chart.

That being said, on March 28th at approximately 8pm CST, JiJi Seven will be in conversation with DJ RJ on the popular Reggae Evolution show, which airs on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas. Fans and supporters of JiJi Seven should also look out for new music as he is currently working with well-known Swedish Reggae producer; Partillo Productions.

To learn more about this unique artist, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

New Reggae Release: Duane Stephenson – Sarah (@FromAugustTown @KenRing)

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One of Jamaica’s most authentic roots reggae artist, Duane Stephenson, is at it again! On his latest release, done in collaboration with Ken Ring, the singer delivers a beautiful, soulful ballad.

The song is entitled “Sarah” and it is available for stream and download on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1266hWG88qL4PCzhim1uPB

Production Credits:
Single off Ken Ring album “En Kärlek”
Produced by Lancealot and Partillo
Piano by Linnea Samia Khalil
Recorded by Roland Mcdermont in Tuff Gong Studios
Mastered by Hoffe for Cosmos Mastering
Artwork by Pontus “Art By Esse” Carmback