Karamanti has just released the official video for her single “Don’t Give Up,” recorded on the Missing Piece Riddim by Rhome Records. The Riddim also features Khago, Teflon and several other Jamaican artists.
“Don’t Give Up” is a motivational track that would be classified as Caribbean pop (though it has a very strong dancehall sound). A few scenes for the video were shot in Ontario, Canada, while others were done in Kingston, Jamaica. Unlike most music videos, “Don’t Give Up” does not have any actors, instead, real, everyday people were asked about their dreams, obstacles and determination, or lack thereof. After sharing their story, they were followed with a camera so that the public could get a glimpse into their struggles and their commitment to not giving up.
Legends in Reggae Music production, Sly Dunbar and Bunny Brown, of the Taxi family, have taken Ruach Ru under their wings and will be working with the artiste on the production of three singles. The first song is a one drop Ballad that’s slated for release within the next few months. Information on the other two tracks will be shared once the first song is completed.
Ruach Ru will also be collaborating with other noted reggae artistes… Details to come.
on Tuesday, July 19th, it was announced that hip-hop’s living legend, Nasir Jones, more popularly known as Nas, will be bestowed the “Started From The Bottom Now We Here” honor at the 2016 REVOLT Music Conference Gala. The 2016 REVOLT Music Conference takes place October 13th through 16th in South Beach, Miami, at the Eden Roc hotel.
A week ago, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, released the official video for “stronger” which is on his recently released album, ‘Theory of Reggaetivity.’ Many reggae critiques agree that “stronger” is one of, if not the best song on the album. With powerful lines like: “if it don’t kill me, I know it’s gonna bill me, it’s gonna make me stronger”; this is more than music, it is a raw motivation.
On July 22nd and 23rd, 2016 the 24th staging of Reggae Sumfest dubbed “The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth” will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and multi-media personality Diva Nikki Z will be on hand to bring us LIVE backstage entertainment, artists interviews, highlights and more.
The Diva will be hosting the first of it’s kind CELEB 360 Cam and bring Sumfest backstage action to the world as this year’s event will be streamed LIVE free for all via the 360° Surround Video. Having hosted some of the biggest stage shows worldwide, Nikki Z admits to be excited and humbled at this new opportunity.
If you can’t make it to Jamaica’s premier Festival, Downsound Entertainment Production is bringing the action to you with two types of Video Streams from the show. An interactive 360° Surround Video Live Stream, and a traditional broadcast stream.
Evidence Music, in collaboration with Australian producer, Mista Savona, present; Heal Them Riddim. This new release is a roots stepper instrumental, with rockers drum rythm influences and a deep electronic bass. On it we find Jamaica’s reggae veteran, King Kong, talking about terrorism and extreme ideological beliefs that tends to cause horror and destruction around the world.
Reggae organist and vocalist Glen Adams first came to prominence in the late 60’s as a solo singer and member of the Reggae Boys/Hippy Boys, although he had spent time earlier in the decade as part of the Pioneers. His noisy, but varied, organ style made him a favorite in the studio bands of Lee Perry and Bunny Lee, and Adams was first choice for Perry’s band on the UK tour that followed his 1969 hit, ‘Return Of Django’.
Perry was unlucky when ‘A Live Injection’, the most likely follow-up to ‘Django’, failed to chart, as Adams’ playing on the record was astonishingly exciting. As part of Perry’s Upsetters, Adams backed the Wailers, and when Bob Marley took Perry’s rhythm section, the Barrett Brothers, with him to Island Records, Adams remained loyally with Perry. However, by 1973-74 a new life was beckoning in the USA, and Adams began to spend more and more time in Brooklyn, issuing records on his own Capo label.
He finally moved to New York permanently in 1975, working on the Clocktower and Bullwackie labels, his material betraying the new influences of soul and funk. In the early 80’s he worked with rapper T Ski Valley, meeting with limited success, and appears to have retired from the business.
A few weeks ago, Jamaica’s lioness, Ruach Ru, released the official video for her track, ‘Watering I’ and immediately captured the attention of several media houses both here at home and abroad.
Ruach Ru is no stranger to industry insiders in Jamaica so it’s not surprising that she got the kind of support she did from reggae lovers in Jamaica and those in the Diaspora. What was surprising however was the way in which some African and even European media houses got behind the song and the video. Several major African platforms (blogs, entertainment website, radio etc.) are now aggressively promoting both the record and its visuals; and the momentum has now been picked up in Poland and is slowly spreading across Europe.
To say that ‘Watering I’ is a powerful song would be a gross understatement. More than just being powerful, the song is simply addictive, causing the listener to become engulfed in what seems like an inexplicable force. If you have not yet seen the video, watch it below and enjoy.
Soca star Olatunji Yearwood makes a global splash on Billboard with his electrifying debut album Awakening. Awakening debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, for week of July 23, 2016.
Awakening also peaked at #8 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, at #4 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Top Albums chart, and garnered coveted features on the iTunes U.S. homepage, iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Section, as well as the the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, where it also scored a top banner, placing Olatunji and soca music in the mainstream spotlight.
Since breaking onto the Canadian music scene a decade ago, the hard working multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Dubmatix, has amassed over 300 releases to his credit, his latest being Rebel Massive ft Horace Andy, Luciano, Tenor Fly, Eek-A-Mouse, Earl Zero and more. The recently released single, “she’s in love,” which features Jamaica’s reggae veterans U Roy and Cornell Campbell, is taken from this compilation.