The Officer Riddim is a a dub style modern roots rhythm, which features several well known conscious singers and lyricists from Jamaica, namely: Papa Biggy, Mykal Rose, Lutan Fyah, Luciano and Louie Culture. It also presents several upcoming New England based Caribbean Reggae artists, such as: King Mas, Mighty Mystic, Atterny, King-I and Jahriffe.
Romain Virgo, who just released the official video for his track Trouble, will be heading to Spain to perform on Rototom Sunsplash on August 18th. The artist will be supported by The Unit Band and will join a host of other well established Jamaican acts on the event.
Recording artist and lyricist Souljii Wehttam, in collaboration with Sekimhaj Records, releases a powerful dancehall single entitled March For Peace. The song comes at a time when the island of Jamaica is dealing with a serious problem of crime and violence. On the record, Souljii Wehttam warns the politicians that if something is not done about the escalating crime rate, they will suffer serious consequences. He also encourages the youths to join him in marching for peace.
On Saturday, October 13th, Gregory Culture in collaboration with Original Fifty and Roots Radics will host an event called Positive Vibes Lovers Rock. It will feature a live performance by reggae artist Luciano, who will be performing in Scarborough for the first time.
This event will be held at 14 Highgate Drive and it will begin at 11PM sharpe! For additional information, persons are being asked to call 416-625-3644, 647-708-5025 or 416-614-1244.
“My Home,” the brand new music video from reggae recording artist Cali P is out now! The video, filmed in Ethiopia, shows Cali P walking through different parts of Addis Ababa as well as aerial views displaying the beauty of Ethiopia.
The song touches on the theme of home and finds Cali P expressing his love for Africa and how he misses the continent whenever he must leave.
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Earlier today Ruach Ru released the official video for her hit single Mr. Player Man. Though it was due out some time ago, the simple but sexy and somewhat seductive visuals were definitely worth the wait, as they mirror the words of the song perfectly.
Shot at various locations in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the video for Mr. Player Man was directed by Andrew Spence and Desmond Lowe. It features actor Bruce-Lee Morris, who plays the role of the player, and Ruach Ru showed us a bit of her acting skills as she played one of the ladies being played.
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Jamaican born Gospel Reggae Artiste Nicholas Eccleston, more popularly known as DJ Nicholas has grown to become one of the leading Caribbean Gospel Artist. He was born on October 29, 1980 in Kingston; however, in his teenage years searching for truth, he became a marijuana smoker, very rebellious and immersed in the Rastafarian Religion. His life was shortly after changed by a scripture from Acts 4:12. He is now a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.
Nicholas performs in the USA where he now resides; he performed with Deitrick Haddon on BET Celebration of Gospel 2016. He has been interviewed on TBN for TBN Salsa In the Mix. He has also performed in the UK, Canada and over 25 countries in the Caribbean region and continues to regularly visit them. He has shared stages with TD Jakes, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribette, Erica Campbell, and Tamela Mann among others.
Nicholas is featured on Grammy nominated singer Deitrick Haddon’s album titled Masterpiece, on Todd Dulaney’s latest album “Your Great Name” and on Papa San’s One Blood Album; the album features Lecrae, Da Truth, Fred Hammond and Israel Haughton among others. Some of Nicholas’ popular songs are Holy Ghost Gym, Holy Ghost Church, Things Already Better, Naa Bow and Cut It Off to name a few.
He’s a multi award winning Caribbean artiste, which includes the YVA Awards Gospel Artiste Of The Year 2011 – 2013 consecutively in Kingston Jamaica, ‘The Atlanta Caribbean Gospel Awards 2012’ for ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Caribbean Artiste Of The Year’ at the ‘Holy Hip Hop Awards’ 2012, along with several Marlin Awards just to list a few. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio U.K. and Atlanta Live TV in the USA. Performed on most premier Caribbean Gospel events including Fun in the Son Jamaica, Barbados Gospel Fest, St. Vincent Gospel Fest, St. Lucia Jazz Fest and more.
Nicholas has released four studio albums. He received number one music video on CVM TV Hit List (Jamaica) September 09 and RETV for the music video ‘Holy Ghost Gym.’ He recently launched his fourth album titled “The Audiologist” on July 21, 2017. He believes this album is his most dynamic.
Nicholas is a director and one of the founders of an indie recording studio and booking agency called “On The Shout Records.” He is co-founder with Kevin Smith (founder) of ‘A Betta Tomorrow’ (www.abettatomorrow.com), an outreach traveling across Jamaica, souls have been saved and lives changed through this event.
He’s the husband of one wife Sandra Eccleston and father of two lovely kids Malachi and Naomi. He is a deacon at New Life Assembly of God, he now fellowships at Victory Place International in Sunrise Florida. This is the beginning; DJ Nicholas would love you to be a part of his ministry.
Ministry Statement: To minister the undiluted word of God uncompromisingly with power, through the language of the Caribbean music professionally to the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.
Denmark’s very own reggae/dancehall artists, Mwakenya and Lappa Luma, will both be on the 2018 Aarhus Reggae Festival. Mwakenya will perform on Day 1, Friday, August 24th, while Lappa Luma will work on Day 2, Saturday, August 25th.
Originally from Kenya, reggae/dancehall singer and selector, Mwakenya, fuses
Jamaican music with his African roots music to create a unique sound that is truly his own. In addition to having an active career as a solo artist, Mwakenya is also the lead singer for Strictly I ‘N’ I, a live reggae band from Kolding, Denmark.
Lappa Luma grew up in Brikama, Gambia, where he started his music career at 15 years old. He has performed on some of the biggest reggae events in both Europe and Gambia.
The Aarhus Reggae Festival will take place at Voxhall – Vester Allé 15, 8000 – in Aarhus, Denmark on August 24th and 25th. Advanced tickets are available HERE.
The legacy continues as The Manhattans releases new music (Get It Ready) with Gerald Aston. Click here to check out a snippet of it.
THE MANHATTANS were originally: Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelly, George “Smitty” Smith and Edward “Sonny” Bivins. Blue and Smitty were out front as the group’s strong lead singers. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid 1960s.
When Smith became ill in 1970, Phil Terrell stepped in as temporary lead singer until a permanent replacement could be found. In the fall of that same year, Gerald Alston, whose style paid homage to the legendary Sam Cooke took over as lead singer. More a pop singer than either Lovett or Smith, Alston’s incorporation into the group enabled THE MANHATTANS to break out of their mold as “doo-woppers” and achieve major national success on Starday/King Records with a Teddy Randazzo love song entitled “A Million To One”. In 1972, Blue Lovett’s “One Life To Live” reached the top 20 R&B charts. With Alston handling all lead vocals and Lovett providing smooth spoken introductions, THE MANHATTANS moved to Columbia Records in 1973 where they collaborated with producer Bobby Martin on a string of hit ballads including, “There’s No Me Without You”, “We Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt”. The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovett’s “Kiss And Say Goodbye”, a platinum selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, THE MANHATTANS teamed up once again with producer Randazzo to record “Feels So Good”, “You’re My Life” and “There’s No Good In Goodbye”. In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos; most notably a 1980 Grammy for “Shining Star” written and produced by Paul Richmond & Leo Graham.
In 1985, THE MANHATTANS, wanting to enhance their show by adding a female vocalist to the act, chose Regina Belle after being introduced to her by legendary New York dj Vaughn Harper. Spending two years touring with THE MANHATTANS, she appeared on the Bobby Womack-produced single, “Where Did We Go Wrong” (a duet with Gerald Alston). She also contributed to The Manhattans 1986 Columbia Records album, “Back To Basics”. A year later she was signed to the label as a solo artist.
After 16 years with Columbia Records, lead singer Gerald Alston took his turn as a solo artist with Motown Records; while Blue Lovett, due to doctor’s concerns regarding his health, decided to turn his attention towards producing and grooming new artists. The late 1980’s found THE MANHATTANS pursuing individual interests within the industry.
In 1993, all that changed. With their 30th anniversary approaching in 1994, it was the perfect time to reunite. So, along with new members Troy May and David Tyson, a reunion tour was born.
On February 25, 1999 THE MANHATTANS were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
In 2003, THE MANHATTANS released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad “Turn Out The Stars” which became one of the year’s best songs. On December 9, 2014 Winfred “Blue” Lovett passed away.
On August 15, 2018, THE MANHATTANS will celebrate their 56th anniversary.
Singer Richie Stephens and his 17-member Ska Nation Band will headline this year’s Grand Gala, the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Independence at the National Stadium in Kingston on August 6, 2018.
The entertainment event will be attended by a number of Jamaican dignitaries, including Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Speaker of the House Pearnel Charles; Chief Justice Zaila McCalla; Jamaica Defence Force, Chief of Staff Major General Rocky Meade; Police Commissioner George Quallo; and Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.
In 2016, Stephens & The Ska Nation Band released their debut studio album titled “Internationally.” “Root of the Music” – the title track and lead single from their second full-length album will be released in August. The lyrics bear testament to the many genres Jamaica has gifted the world, while the musical arrangement seamlessly blends these styles together.
Veteran guitar player and former member of Lloyd Parkes & We The People Band, Jungle George, has just released his first single. The song is titled Cut & Clear and it was written and produced by Jungle George at his very own recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica. Cut & Clear is a laid back, yet powerful reggae song, which is done in the form of a prayer. On the track, Jungle George asks for divine intervention to counteract the onslaught of negative energy that seems to be dominating the place.
When asked what inspired the record, Jungle George had this to say:
“Some time ago I wrote a song called How Long which is about demons that come down on the earth and caused us to be negative and wicked towards each other… after having a conversation with my friends about that song, I decided to do Cut & Clear, which is all about getting rid of the demons and negativity.”
Cut & Clear is on the Jungle George Production label and it is being distributed by Zojak Worldwide. Expected iTunes date is August 10th.
Chronixx has just shared the official video for his popular record, Skankin Sweet, which is on the Chronology album, released in July 2017. Skankin Sweet is currently one of the most trending reggae songs worldwide; getting heavy rotation on radio, in the clubs and on mixtapes.
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