Today, Saturday, May 30th, Richie Spice, Dre Island, Vershon and JahIzhrel will perform on Irie Jam’s Virtual Concert Series. The show will stream live on the station’s social media platforms starting at 6:00 PM EST.
This series is being powered by the United States 2020 Census.
All across the United States of America people are protesting the brutal killing of George Floyd, a resident of Minnesota who died on May 25th. Floyd passed away shortly after three (3) white police officers held him down, with one kneeling on Floyd’s neck for approximately 8 minutes and 46 seconds. A fourth officer looked on and did nothing even as George repeatedly said he can’t breathe.
People were hurt and angry once the video hit social media, but their anger turned to rage as the authorities are slow in arresting the four police officers. Only one has been arrested at the time this article was written.
Recording artist Demarco just released one of the most compelling dancehall songs for 2020. The track, titled “Homage,” is a tribute to two of the biggest names in the dancehall music industry: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.
What makes “Homage” compelling is the passion heard in Demarco’s voice as he makes it clear, on the record, that he will never disrespect Beenie or Bounty. He also highlights something we all know to be true; the fact that a lot of Jamaica’s inner-city youths are able to make a living because of these two musical giants.
St. Catherine based roots-reggae singer, Furious, is sharing the first single from his upcoming EP. The track is a praise and worship reggae record titled “Jah Never Fail.”
The alluring single has a vintage sound reflecting the era in which Furious, who is now 71 years old, grew up in. He is both the musical producer and executive producer, although professional musicians were hired to ensure that the rhythm was created with live instruments. All productions (beat and vocals) were done at Studio Mix in Kingston with the help of engineer Mikey Riley. “Jah Never Fail” is on Furious‘ own record label Pawee Tradition.
Furious, who is a committed Rastafarian says that the song is a real reflection of his faith and belief in the Almighty. He further elaborated that every time he has encountered real hardship that seemed impossible to overcome, Jah always pulls him through!
Little over a year ago American singer Lucky Daye gave us his debut studio album Painted. One of the biggest songs from that project was the single Roll Some Mo, which also has a video.
Fast-forward to 2020 and Lucky Daye and his team at Keep Cool / RCA Records have decided to remix and release the aforementioned track. This time around they have invited Jamaican reggae star, Chronixx, to collaborate on the record. Click here to check it out.
AZ, from the hip-hop group The Firm, has released a thought provoking video for his song “Found My Niche.“
Based on how the visuals starts out, with several young black men holding and openly displaying guns, it would leave one to assume that AZ and those involved in the creation of the video, are in support of that lifestyle; but that is not the case. Prior to the start of the actual song, AZ takes time to recite a poem in which he voices concern about the disturbing mindset of America’s inner-city black youth.
To fully appreciate the depth of both the song and video we are encouraging everyone to simply watch the clip.
“You Are Beautiful“ is Pearl Cutten’s second release from her upcoming EP ‘Fragments Of My Soul.’ The song is inspired by Pearl’s diverse cultural and religious background, which has not only enriched her life but has also challenged her free spirit.
According to Pearl; “respect, humanity and love for one another is the greatest love of all so if you choose to call that higher love God or something else, it really does not matter because it is these values that make you beautiful as a human being.”
About Pearl Cutten
Born in Botswana to a native mother and an Indian father, Pearl moved to Denmark when she was 14 years old due to her Danish stepfather. She originally started making music as a teenager to combat loneliness but it quickly became her chosen path in life. As music started occupying most of her creative time, Pearl developed her skills in several different genres: R&B, soul, jazz, house and afrobeat.
After she moved to Aarhus she still maintained strong links with her people in Botswana despite being far apart. Now settled in Denmark, she has perfected her skills in soul, afro and jazz, and regularly performs on local shows, as well as at special events in and around Europe.