Blaxx, Farmer Nappy, Bunji Garlin & Others Confirmed For Trinidad’s ‘Le Rouge et Noir’ (@OldHilarians)

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On Saturday, February 2nd, the Old Hilarian’s Association presents Le Rouge et Noir, a premium all-inclusive event. It will be held at Queen’s Hall (1-3 St Ann’s Road, St Ann’s) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Entertainment will be provided by several top-tier soca artists, namely: Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Super Blue, Nadia Batson, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx, Patrice Roberts, Swappi and that is just to name a few.

General admission is 750.00 TTD. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Yasiin Bey Heads To London For A One-Off Performance

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On Friday, February 1st, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) will perform at O2 Forum Kentish Town (located at 9-17 Highgate Road) in London, UK. This is an 18 and older event – ID required – that will run from 7 to 11 PM (UK time).

Tickets are available online for £29.50 + tax. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tha Vor – Biography (@ThaVor)

1239282_611644885570851_1606171990_oPatrick Edwards, who is publicly known as Tha Vor, was born in Jamaica but was raised in Toronto. From his Rastafarian roots, he uses this source along with his experiences in Toronto to create a fusion of reggae and hip-hop music.

Inspired by some of history’s most powerful musical voices: Nas, 2Pac, Bob Marley and other like-minded individuals; Patrick is committed to making music that both educates and enlightens. That being said, he was very careful to brand himself with a name that generally represents his lyrical content. He first adopted the name Demitsedek, which means voice of righteousness in the Amharic language. That was later broken down to Tha Vor, which basically means the same thing but is a lot easier for his fans and supporters to pronounce.

Some of Tha Vor‘s earliest musical experiences took place in his teenage years when he was a member of the group Blyxpoc. As a unit they were fortunate to have done a lot of shows in and around their community. It was Tha Vor‘s involvement in this group that cemented his aspirations to be a recording artist.

Over the years Tha Vor has worked with several artists and producers on various projects: Abendigo Productions (King Of Glory and Declaration), Juno Award Winner Exco Levi (Everyday Ghetto and In Adis), Smoke Shop Production (What They Want and Miss Jamaica), Marcus Kane (Now You’re Gone), Gutty Bling Claims Records (Times so dread) and his own Ancient Tung Records (Knowledge Of Self Compilation and Star Wars). He was also featured on a remix with legendary reggae superstar Mavado’s Sneak Peak Riddim alongside Beenie Man, Sean Paul and Elephant Man.

As it relates to performances, Tha Vor has performed at culture shows, summer festivals, Club 400, Rivoli, Trilogy Nightclub, Lambadina, Poor Alex Theatre, Comfort Zone, Static Night Club and The Miss Jamaica 2012 Fundraiser. In September, 2014 he travelled to New York City and performed at the popular “Roc the Mic” showcase. He has even opened for legendary rap group Onyx.

In addition to his thriving music career Tha Vor is also a Reiki Master who helps people with eye problems, sciatica, back, shoulder and knee pain, as well as other ailments. He is the owner of Ancient Herbal Health, a company that specializes in: Colon Cleansers, Pain Done, Alkaline Liquid Iron and others.

Chezidek Confirmed For Ruach Ru’s ‘Pon Di Endz’ (@PUPPACHEZIDEK)

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We are excited to announce that international recording artist Chezidek will be joining Ruach Ru PON DI ENDZ on Wednesday, January 30th. A lot of anticipation is building for this event, which is being dubbed “The Roots & Culture Edition.” Other confirmed artists include: Mikey General, Michael Fabulous, Isha Bel, Asante Amen, Imar Shephard, Amaziyah and that is just to name a few. The backing band for the evening will be The Spirit Band.

This staging of PON DI ENDZ will be held at Kgn10 Sports Bar & Grill (1 Hillview Avenue – off Eastwood Park Road) in Kingston, Jamaica. Presold tickets are available now for only $800 JMD.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Rebel Salute 2019 – Full Review By Maria Jackson (@rebelsalute)

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Wayne Marshall at Rebel Salute 2019

The 2019 staging of the annual Rebel Salute Festival took place over the weekend and it was, in my opinion, “the preservation of Jamaican culture, music and lifestyle.”
The two-night event, which started out many years ago as a roots, reggae, Rasta stage show, has grown into an international celebration of all the sites, sounds and tastes
of Jamaica.

As is done every year, Rebel Salute features a wide variety of both emerging and established reggae and dancehall talents and this year was no exception. Some of the standout performances from night one were Jah Bouks, who took the audience back to Africa with a captivating set; Koffee, the young protege of veteran reggae artist Cocoa Tea and Wayne Marshall, who gave us a burst of energy with his performance.

On night two, Chalice Band, Half Pint and Louie Culture took patrons on a musical journey as they all dropped back to back hits and had the crowd singing along with every song. Jesse Royal gave an epic performance! Agent Sasco and Dre Island delivered! All and all, I would say that most, if not all the artists that took to the Rebel Salute stage did their thing.

There were a some key moments that must be highlighted however. First is Andrew Tosh being cut off after singing only one song, as well as Bushman not being allowed to finish his set. It seems both incidents occurred due to time constraints, which resulted in Tosh and Bushman being noticeably upset and openly speaking about it on the
mic. Another key moment that I’m sure everyone will be talking about for a while is Queen Ifrica‘s set. Once she stepped on the stage Queen made it known that she was
feeling emotional and proceeded to voice her concerns about a number of things: the negative influence some are having on our youths, the push to normalize homosexuality
and lesbianism in Jamaica, the upcoming political changes slated to take place on the island this year etc.

For us in the audience the show came off as entertaining, educational and just an overall good experience. That being said, it was clear that there were a lot of issues
regarding stage and time management taking place backstage. Regardless what was going on, credit must be given to Tony Rebel and his team for the obvious growth of the
event, which is now a real tourist pull here in Jamaica.

New Reggae Release: Richie Spice ft. Kathryn Aria – Beautiful Life (@1RichieSpice @VPRecords)

richie spiceVeteran reggae artist Richie Spice has just released his new single “Beautiful Life,” done in collaboration with Toronto based singer / songwriter Kathryn Aria. The song is on the VP Music Group Inc. Record label and it was officially shared on January 18th.

The new single combines two of Richie’s strongest themes: love and consciousness. “Beautiful Life” simultaneously presents itself as a lover’s tune while bridging together the universal concept of ‘One Love’ for life and consciousness. Produced by Steven Stanley, the song is sure to become a staple in Richie Spice’s already impressive music catalog.

Listen and download “Beautiful Life” from your favorite music platform.

Freddie McGregor To Perform In Santa Cruz, California On April 19th (@BigshipFreddie @MoesAlleysc)

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Reggae legend Freddie McGregor will be returning to California on Friday, April 19th for a performance at Moe’s Alley (located at 1535 Commercial Way in Santa Cruz). This is a 9 PM show, though doors will open at 8 PM. The entrance fee is $25 USD in advance and $30 USD at the door.

For additional information such as tickets, menu etc. visit the venue’s official website here.