Ghanaian Reggae Dancehall artiste Judanite releases “missing you” (@judanite)

Story by Adokwei Addo

image_4818The strains on a long-distance relationship are many and intense; couples who find themselves in this situation often quote “absence makes the heart grow fonder”; as a reassurance that their love will grow stronger over the difficulties of distance and time. But unless both partners show exceptional will and commitment to come together, such a relationship will soon fall to an equally common saying: “Out of sight, out of mind”. This sharp rhetoric in long distance relationships has been expressed in a song by Judanite titled “missing you”. The song is one that fuses a catchy dancehall rhythm with a heavy hook of African chants.

“From Westmoreland straight to London, Canada she just a fly back a China”. In another breath, the song depicts the life of a traveller and lover who has been everywhere but home. The mention of Westmoreland in the song suggests a call on Africans in the Diaspora, especially those in Jamaica to honor the long held promise of repatriation. Having been influenced by the island music, the Ghanaian youth doing Reggae Dancehall music have continuosly made the conscious effort to call on the island family back home, to the motherland.

Known in private life as Segbefia Etse Daniel, Judanite was born on May 22nd, 1986. He hails from Anyako in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. A drummer since the tender age of 10, Judanite has over years mastered his art and has been the ring Music and Dance leader In every institution, he found himself. Professionally Judanite started recording in 2001.

The vocal strength of Judanite cannot be over emphasized. His energy is complementing, never ceasing and ever greater, Judanite is seeking collaborations with the Island brethren.

Jam Link Intl. will give Danes a free reggae concert this weekend in Aarhus – Aug.26/27

pre show squareThe Aarhus Reggae Festival Pre-show which is set for August 26th and 27th at the Godsbanen in Aarhus, Denmark, is being organized by Jam Link International, the outfit behind the annual reggae festival, in collaboration with Inversus Festival, another local promoter. The event will see live performances from: Karamanti , Unstoppable Fyah , Mwakenya, One Love Marley Band, Lappa Luma, Sinista Eskapone, Pops Jabu, Jah Turban, DJ Tiger Moth, Riddim Fex, Weapons of Mads Production, Kali-mah Sound, Jah Hero, Likkle Danny and Selector Qulah.

As the name implies, this staging will highlight some of the entertainment planned for the actual festival which will takes place on September 23rd and 24th at Voxhall (in Aarhus). For more information on the pre-show persons may visit the Facebook event page via the following link:

Alison Hinds will get up close and personal with fans in New York this Labor Day (@AlisonHinds)

Alison-Hinds-1It will be a Labor Day weekend with a difference on Friday, September 2nd, as Riddim Don Magazine in association with Mingles Night Club present Alison Hinds in concert.

The fiery diva of soca will get the blood pumping when she takes center-stage at Mingles (4012 Boston Road, Bronx New York); and the word coming out of her camp is that fans had better start doing some workout as it’s going to be an intense session! Alison Hinds is known for hits such as Roll It Gal, Fuluma, Maddest Thing, Soca Nation, Brace and Wine and The More You Get.


YTM Recordz Releases New Soca Compilation – Sweet Guitar Riddim

sweet guitar riddimYTM Recordz drops its new soca compilation Sweet Guitar Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers. Based in Brooklyn, New York, YTM Recordz is captained by Hector “Mr. Legz” Thomas, who has been churning out hits both as a producer and performer, for years now.

The Sweet Guitar Riddim was released for the 2016 Spicemas season, Grenada’s annual carnival celebration and features local Grenadian stars on the eight-track album, including Tallpree, Randy Isaac and Mr. Legz, who pulls double-duty as artist and producer. The album also scored a coveted feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New Music section, during its first week of release.


1. Tallpree – Every Day
2. Randy Isaac – Application
3. Mr Legz – Rent Ah Space
4. Sheldon Douglas – What You Did Last Night
5. Lady Cinty – Action Featuring Luni Spark & Electrify
6. Peter Humphrey – Drinkers Prayer
7. 4 Brass – Lying
8. YTM Recordz – Sweet Guitar Riddim (Instrumental)

Introducing: The PathHeights (@ThePathHeights)

PathHeightsListen to that sound and allow yourself to be lifted.” says Aumuna about the music of the group The PathHeights. Akosua Aset is not only the other half of the band, but also Aumuna’s wife. It is thus a unique constellation that The PathHeights present to the world – God and Goddess, King Alpha and Queen Omega, Yin and Yang, Mars and Venus, an impressive infinite combination of love and talent that awaits to be discovered.

After years of honing their skills and performing on small stages both in their provenience Jamaica and around their home away from home Hamburg and Kiel, The PathHeights now boldly take the step into the limelight: “Without Love” is the title of their first single, released alongside a stunning video recorded in Jamaica. The song has an inspirational theme, one that ripples a flow of thought through all consciousness, reflecting the relation of today’s urban lifestyle to natural livity. It is an 0uttake of the duo’s upcoming debut EP, bound for release in early 2017.

Combining Roots Reggae and Poetry, the inherent acoustic vibe of their music soothes heart, mind and soul, so often plagued by the stress, hectic and anxiousness of our times. The PathHeights understand themselves as musical yogi, offering a path to escape negative thinking and question false realities. The lyrical content of their songs is inspirational and spiritual with unmixed messages, while being hard hitting and real. Together they organically represent a world sound, captivating audiences with melodies and harmonious vocals combined with the rootical vibration of 100% live instruments.

Enriched with experiences working with artists, studio engineers and promoters from various genres and cultural influences, The PathHeights now confidently stand in a place where their next step forward will be to share their music with a wider audience. Don’t hesitate to be one of the first to experience this novel concept of natural sound healing energy!

For further information, interviews or booking request, please link:

New Dancehall Release: Elephant Man – Marijuana (@elephantmanja @djkarim)

ELE-720x312Dancehall energetic and prolific star Elephant Man sings the praises of “Marijuana” on his latest release. The blazing single, was produced by the multi-award winner’s label Energy God Records and Stainless Records. Get it now on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and all major online digital stores via 21st Hapilos Digital.

Beenie Man Releases New Single “Yardie” (@KingBeenieMan)

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Reggae and dancehall music legend Beenie Man, releases the new music single ‘Yardie’ off his forthcoming studio album entitled Unstoppable. Executive Produced by 357 Records. The new single ‘Yardie’ breaks through as an update to the familiar rhythmic vibe of most dancehall tunes, tapping into the musical DNA of the dancehall genre while adding in a new wave reggae bass-line appearing in today’s hip-hop music. The new song will appear on the forthcoming studio album entitled ‘Unstoppable” set to debut on August 26 and will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Music.

The new single ‘Yardie’ debuts after a hot summer of guest features for Beenie Man including his vocal stylings on the hit single ‘Controlla’ by Drake off the RIAA certified platinum album ‘Views’. With dancehall taking center stage over the summer, Beenie Man preps for the release of his 22nd international studio album featuring an all-star roster of guest features including; Sizzla, Lady Saw, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Akon and Verse Simmonds. Channeling the golden era of dancehall music in the 90s, Beenie Man is set to bring back a retro sound fused with new era production.

The new album ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ will be available for purchase on iTunes August 26th, 2016 “WORLDWIDE.” Listen to ‘Yardie’ here.

The 2016 Merritone Family Funday will be dedicated to the memory of Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake

merritoneThe annual Merritone Family Funday, the largest Caribbean Family Funday in the USA will be held this year on Sunday, August 14, 10 AM – 7 PM at Heckscher State Park, Pavilion #2, East Islip, Long Island, NY. This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory and legacy of music maestro Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake who passed away in February and event organizers say they are planning a massive celebration to honor his legacy.

Winston was one of the famous Blake brothers (Trevor, Monte and Tyrone) who founded Merritone Music. Merritone was the first Jamaican Sound System to venture overseas taking “merri music” to cities such as London, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Hartford, Toronto, L. A, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C. At home, Blake and his brothers made a huge impact on the music industry as sound system operator, club owner and organizer of the popular Merritone Amateur Talent contest. Blake was given The Order of Distinction, Officer Class for his contribution to Jamaica’s entertainment industry over a decade ago. In 2012 he was the recipient of a proclamation from the office of Yvette Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York and an ‘Appreciation Award,’ from Irie Jam Radio for his contribution to the music industry.

Prime Minister Visits Athletes in Rio

Jamaican Athletes in RioPrime Minister Andrew Holness today left the island for Brazil in support of Jamaica’s athletes participating in the Rio Olympics.

The Prime Minister who will be in Rio until August 16, said it is important that he brings the good wishes of the nation directly to the athletes.

While Prime Minster Holness is off the island, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Derrick Smith will be in charge of the government.


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Recording artist Sizzla (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

Eight years after his USA visa and work permit were revoked, sing-jay Sizzla ‘Kalonji’ will make his long awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labor Day Sunday, September 4th 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Since the news broke that US immigration authorities “fly the gate” for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York tri-state area who are overjoyed.

Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio is no stranger to working with Sizzla. In fact in 1995, Clarke an his team introduced the then young, fiery artist to the New York area for his first performance as part of the late Phillip ‘Fattis’ Burrell’s Exterminator camp with Luciano as headliner.