Lauryn Hill Joins The Marley Brothers on Kaya Fest – Miami (@thekayafest)

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Live Nation presents Kaya Fest, an all day star-filled musical event focusing on creating public awareness on the many uses of the cannabis plant. Kaya Fest takes place at
BAYFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATER (301 North Biscayne Blvd, Downtown, Miami) from 1pm until on Saturday, April 22nd.

Headliners are The Marleys: Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Ky Mani with special guest, Miss Lauryn Hill. Also performing are Sean Paul, Wycleff Jean, Inner Circle, Jo Mersa
Marley, Skip Marley, Shacia Payne, with more to be announced.

In addition to the concert, Kaya Fest will also be hosting a free symposium on April 21st featuring a panel of experts in the field of medical and industrial cannabis
as well as the regulation aspects of the plant. Medical Cannabis has recently been legalized in the state of Florida. The many health benefits of the cannabis plant have
been reported to include treatment of glaucoma, control epileptic seizures, stop cancer from spreading, slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease, ease pain of multiple
sclerosis, discomfort of arthritis, treatment of Lupus and Crohn’s disease.

The message of Kaya Fest is: Education Before Recreation ~ Raising conscious and spreading unity

Today Black Uhuru and Likkle Lightning Performs in Negril, Jamaica (@RealBlackUhuru @likklelightning)

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Likkle Lightning will be opening up for the legendary roots reggae group, Black Uhuru, today in Negril, Jamaica. Yesterday both camps had a great rehearsal and are now looking forward to giving patrons a good performance.

The show will take place at the popular Drifter’s on the Beach (Negril) from 2pm to 10pm. All are invited.

Jam Link Intl. Announces Date & Location for the 3rd Annual “One Love Poetry Festival”

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Jam Link Intl and Line Hassall Thomsen are proud to present a unique evening of poetry and music. Join them on April 13th at Atlas Aarhus (Vester Alle 15, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark) for the staging of the 3rd Annual One Love Poetry Festival.

This year they are promising an amazing lineup of poets and musicians (full program will be shared shortly). Atlas will be transformed into a tropical relaxing atmosphere in keeping with the one love theme. Join the FB event page for additional info.

Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Anthony B & Chronixx Confirmed for The 2017 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (@capletonmusic @tarrusrileyja @ChronixxMusic)

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The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is Northern California’s premier roots reggae and world music festival. This year’s initial list of reggae artists slated to appear includes the Boonville debut of Germany’s biggest reggae star, Gentleman, who will be performing backed by his band The Evolution. Jamaica’s own Capleton will be making his Boonville debut and Tarrus Riley as well as Anthony B will be returning to nice-it-up for the good people of Mendocino County once again. 2017 will also feature the SNWMF debut of rising reggae star Chronixx alongside Zinc Fence Redemption. After their massively successful US debut last year, SNMWF is pleased to announce the return of Italy’s Mellow Mood as well as an appearance of Paolo Baldini DubFiles in the dancehall.

SNWMF is an annual family reunion for many and is known as being one of the most positive festivals in the region. It will take place June 16-18, 2017 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California.

Dancehall’s #1 Digital Distributor, 21st Hapilos, severe ties with Johnny Wonder (@21sthapilos)

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Hapilos Entertainment Group announced, two days ago, that Johnny Wonder, the Executive Vice of President of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution Inc. is terminated, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has determined that it was in the best interests of all parties for him to leave the Company.

Other members of the company’s executive management team, will continue Mr. Wonder’s duties. The Company will continue to execute on its initiatives to implement strategies to increase music sales and it is business as usual for clients.

All client queries and distribution requests will be handled directly by the company. They can be emailed at customerservice@hapilos.com or called at 855 HAPILOS, (212) 256 1691 (US) or (876) 970 4416 in Jamaica.

Soca Artist Fay-Ann Lyons to Release Debut Album with VP Records (@fayannlyons @VPRecords)

fay-ann-lyonsCarrying on her family’s famed musical legacy, Trinidadian-based singer and songwriter Fay Ann Lyons begins a new chapter with the launch of her VP Records debut “Break The World” available worldwide on March 3rd.

The album is a cumulative body of work that brings together 15 years of original songwriting, versatile vocal range, and genre-defying production. The album features production work by the likes of Richie Beretta, Stadic Sound Productions, Keron “Sheriff Mumbles” Thomas, Dwain Antrobus, Kevin Marshall, and Draien Bailey. Break The World bridges Fay Ann’s roots in traditional soca music with five brand new songs that fuse diverse global sounds, all seamlessly brought together by Lyon’s songwriting ability.

The songs and sounds of the album hop across continents and genres as it unfolds. Opening the album is the title track, “Break The World,” a pop-leaning, girl power anthem over infectious synths. Ghana meets Trinidad on “Block De Road,” the Afro-Soca jam which features guest vocals from Stonebwoy. “Raze” starts out with delicate vocals over buzzing synths, and gives way to pulsing Caribbean drum rhythms. On “Catch Me,” Fay Ann’s Groovy Soca Monarch and Carnival Road March Winning hit from 2014, we hear her most pop-leaning efforts. 2017 Pre-Carnival features include lead single “Air Supply” and her latest hit “Girls” which is bubbling on Trinidad radio already.

Trinidad Carnival, known as the biggest street party on Earth is where Fay-Ann will officially debut selected singles from the album in live performances. “Break The World” will be released March, 3rd from VP Records.

“BREAK THE WORLD” TRACK LISTING

1. Hold Onto Something
2. More Then Dem
3. Girls
4. Buff feat Buffy
5. High Heels
6. Everybody Joli feat Bunji Garlin & Joli Rouge Sound
7. Air Supply
8. Raze
9. Block The Road feat Stonebwoy
10. Catch Me
11. Break The World
12. Drift
13. H.I.T.A (Hands In The Air)
14. Done The Party
15. Doh Hold Meh
16. Keep Some

Jamaica’s Reggae University tackles Gatekeepers in the Music Industry (@ReggaeMonth)

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Reggae Open University continues to mainstream reggae with talks at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts with a focus on the proverbial “Gatekeepers” in today’s presentation.

Panelists include Dr. Dennis Howard of the RJR Communications Group, Mr. Clyde McKenzie of Shocking Vibes fame, young promoter Paul “DJ Stamma” Watson and radio broadcaster Captain Collin Hines. The performance section which was introduced to showcase new and upcoming talent will this week feature Eesah and Koro Fyah.

Chronixx & The Zincfence Redemption Band Kicks Off “The North America Chronology Tour” in March (@ChronixxMusic @ZincFenceBand)

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The Chronology tour, a celebration of roots and culture starts March 2nd, 2017, headlined by Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx with Zincfence Redemption band. As the journey spans 40 cities across the United States and Canada, it will feature milestone performances by Jah 9, Jesse Royal, Kelissa, Mr. Williamz and Exco Levi, the vibrant voices of today’s new generation of reggae.

For dates, cities, venues, ticket price etc. visit: http://www.chronixxmusic.com

Israel Vibration (Biography)

israel-vibrationA living lesson in fortitude, the vocal trio of Cecil “Skeleton” Spence, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin overcame adversity, illness, and poverty to become one of the finest roots groups in Jamaica’s history. All three had been afflicted by polio and first became acquainted, albeit briefly, at Kingston’s Mona Rehabilitation Clinic.

Of the trio, Bulgin appeared least likely to emerge a singing sensation. He spent much of his childhood at a variety of rehabilitation centers and in his teens began working for a tailor. Craig, in contrast, initially did seem destined for a musical career and for a while attended the famed Alpha Cottage School. This illustrious institution, founded in 1880 and run by Catholic nuns, is renowned for its musical training. Many of the island’s greatest stars passed through its doors, including members of the Skatalites and drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace. However, Craig found the tough discipline and rigid atmosphere oppressive and ran away at 14 into a life of homelessness and poverty. After an equally bright start, Spence’s life also took a severe downturn. As a preteen, he played xylophone in a youth band, with whom he appeared on national television. Although physically disabled, he was a gifted athlete and in his teens he was selected for the Jamaican Wheelchair Basketball team. But his conversion to Rastafarianism put an end to all that in 1969; he was dropped from the team and returned to Kingston. It was serendipity that he bumped into Craig soon after, and fate intervened again, to bring the pair back into touch with Bulgin.

The three teens had individually all previously converted to rastafarianism, now their shared faith and childhood experiences helped forge a strong friendship. Leaving behind their old lives, the trio now spent their time hanging out together and busking for money around Kingston. They spent the next six years singing for their suppers and by 1975, Israel Vibration was a vocal force to be reckoned with. However, their initial attempt at recording was abortive as the one track they did cut, the Ernest Hookim-produced “Bad Intention,” never saw release. The following year, an answer to their prayers arrived when members of the Rastafarian religious group the Twelve Tribes of Israel agreed to finance a single by the trio.

Israel Vibration went into Treasure Isle studio with producer U- Booth and recorded the single “Why Worry” and a new version of “Bad Intention” for its flip. The group’s exquisite dread sound and militant cultural themes made an instant impression and the trio now found themselves on-stage opening for the likes of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. In 1977, Israel Vibration began work on their follow-up, “The Same Song,” with producer Tommy Cowan. By the time they were done, the group had another hit song and a debut album of stunning proportions, which was titled after the single. A de rigueur dub version, Israel Tafari, accompanied the full-length and was equally powerful. On the strength of these, the trio was signed to the British EMI subsidiary Harvest, who released Same Song in Britain. 1979 brought the Unconquering People album, and another popular single, “Crisis.” And even if this set was not quite as dread as its predecessor, tracks like “Mr. Taxman” and “We a de Rasta” remain classics of cultural roots. Not surprisingly, Israel Vibration went down a storm at that year’s Reggae Sunsplash.

The trio’s deeply devotional songs, cultural themes, inspirational lyrics, and original take on the roots style had struck a chord with reggae fans around the world. Thus, it was a surprising decision that Israel Vibration recorded their next album, 1981’s Why You So Craven, with legendary dancehall producer Junjo Lawes. In many ways, it was a failed venture and the trio was so dissatisfied, they walked out before the sessions were complete. Bringing in the vocal trio the Tamlins, Lawes carried on without them and the resulting album, while not a total disaster, certainly lacked the spirit of its predecessors. Even an avid response at 1982’s Reggae Sunsplash could not convince the trio that their future lay in a Jamaica where dancehall now reigned supreme (Live at Reggae Sunsplash, a split album from Israel Vibrations and the Gladiators, bears witness to their performance). Thus they relocated to New York City, perhaps believing that the large immigrant community could sustain them, or that America was now ready to embrace roots. They were wrong on both counts. A few occasional live appearances aside, the group swiftly disappeared from view. All three attempted solo careers, but only Bulgin made it on to record; his Mr. Sunshine album paired him with the Freedom Fighters Band.

In 1987, the trio decided it was stronger together than apart, re-formed, and approached the RAS label. Although labelhead Doctor Dread had shown no interest in their solo efforts, he was enthusiastic about a reunion and quickly signed them to RAS. Strength of My Life appeared the following year, and aided by the Roots Radics, it found Israel Vibration as vibrant as ever.

The trio now settled down for the long haul, and although their sound was no longer on the scene’s cutting edge, they continued putting out strong sets. 1990 brought three albums, Praises, its dub companion Dub Vibration, and Israel Dub, drawn from the Strength of My Life set. The next year’s Forever found the trio in a surprisingly comic mood, taking aim at themselves, dancehall, as well as contemporary issues. In 1992, a taste of the Vibrations’ live power was delivered up on Vibes Alive, which was recorded at a show in Santa Cruz the previous October. Besides showcasing the trio’s unique vocal styling, the album captures the Roots Radics at their fiercest. 1993’s IV, and its dub companion IV Dub, gave heart to all those who believed that roots was fast becoming little more than a world lovefest. The album’s militancy, notably on “Naw Give Up the Fight,” proved the trio’s own passionate cultural concerns and dread roots were not fading. The equally powerful On the Rock followed two years later and was also accompanied by a dub set.

Then, in 1996, the group released their first single in years, the infectious “Feeling Irie,” taken from their new album, Free to Move. This attempt to push the band’s profile higher into the mainstream came to naught, the trio had already built up a loyal fan base and remained a successful live act, as 1997’s Live Again proved. Unlike its live predecessor, this time around Israel Vibrations packed the album with crowd-pleasing favorites.
It was nine years since the trio had re-formed and signed to RAS; they’d been recording and performing steadily since, but Craig was no longer happy with their current path left the group in 1997 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Another Moses, featured his own backing band, the Zionists.

Continuing on as a duo, Spence and Bulgin reappeared in 1999 with a new studio album, Pay the Piper, and proved that Israel Vibrations would not be defeated by this defection. Jericho following hot on Piper’s heels in the new year, while 2000 also saw the release of the limited-edition Power of the Trinity three-CD box set; Dub Combo appeared in summer 2001. Acknowledging Craig’s longtime contribution to the group, the set is evenly divided between the trio, with each disc devoted to one individual member’s greatest compositions. Israel Vibrations’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity seems assured, and they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.

For more info email Seth Fridae

Una Morgan Withdraws from the Morgan Heritage Show in Uganda and Issues Statement (@realunamorgan @morganheritage)

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After an exciting and highly anticipated Billboard worldwide premiere of their hit single ‘Reggae Night,’ the Grammy winning Reggae group is embarking on a world tour to the delight of fans near and far!

Renowned for their riveting live performances, the siblings are looking forward to not only engage fans and music lovers with their classic hits but also to share new music from their upcoming Spring 2017 album; music such as “Selah” and “Reggae Night.” Unfortunately, the family’s beloved sister, Una Morgan, will not attend the April 13th, Uganda show per medical orders. As previously announced last year, the accomplished daughter of veteran Reggae crooner Denroy Morgan was hospitalized due to health issues but has since then been on the healthy road to recovery. Click here to listen to her full statement regarding the matter.