Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in history.

Among the top tier musicians from Italy who contributed to the project were Maestro Antonio Calsolaro, one of the leading interpreters of the music of Salento, whose family has played the Mandolin for three generations; keyboards – Alessandro Garofalo; Luca Manno on Sax; Papa Leu – bass; Roberta Mazzotta, violin; Gianluca Ria on Tuba; Giancarlo Dell Anna, Tromba & trombone and Antonio ‘Fossa’ Migliwtta on drums. A video clip for the song, which was directed by movie-maker Federico Giannace Lucan was shot at the world famous “Giovanni Paisiello” Theatre of Lecce and at the ancient village of Specchia, Italy. The music video will have its world premier on OnStage TV this Saturday, September 24. The following day, the single will be available online on all digital platforms and stores. A dancehall remix of the song will also be available.

Artists react to the recent killing of 2 unarmed Black men in America

Article by Maria Jackson

Terrence Crutcher (left) Keith Scott (right)

On Friday, September 16th, 2016, 40 year old Terrence Crutcher was killed by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was not armed nor was he breaking the law, he was simply standing next to his car which had stalled on the road. Terrence was a father, a husband, a churchgoing man and a college student; however, all the police officers saw was a “bad dude” – this is how they described him before they tasered and shot him.

A couple days later, in Charlotte, North Carolina, another unarmed Black man, Keith Lamont Scott was apparently sitting in his car with a book when police officers approached him, asked him to get out and shot him.

Both killings have gotten a lot of angry reaction from the public, this ofcourse includes members of the music industry. Via their social media, several artists gave their opinion.

Jamaican soul singer Etana tweeted: “I believe the shooting of innocent sun people is to drive fear into the hearts of the wiser younger ones.”

Hip-hop artist T.I. tweeted: “America continues to remind US this ain’t OUR country. It’s Theirs & they ain’t sharing it! Therefore. It’s #USorELSE #RIPTerenceCrutcher

2Chainz shared a picture of Terrence Clutcher and the officer that fired the shot that killed him and captioned it: “Looks like a bad dude and now he is dead based off his looks rest in peace brother

Rasta Organization Holds Benefit Reggae Festival In Stockton, California On September 24

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JaHarvestFest is on Saturday, September 24 at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds in Stockton, CA. Featured bands include the legendary, Sly & Robbie with the Original Taxi Gang, Prezident Brown, Rankin Joe, Tosh 1, Earl Zero and more.

The event will take place at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA from 12:30pm until midnight. $35 advance tickets are available through Eventbrite. Tickets are $45 at the gates. VIP tickets also available. This is a family event. A special area for the children will have lots of fun things for youngsters to do.

This event is a benefit for the Order Of Olufunmi, to fund the many community services they provide. Check the website ( and Facebook ( for additional details.

Morgan Heritage Releases Visuals For ‘Selah’ (@morganheritage)

selahWorldwide (MPR Consulting) – Deemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn’t slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip “Winta” James (Overstand Ent), “Selah” speaks of Morgan Heritage’s appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, “Selah”.

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, “Selah” will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.

Soca Star Alison Hinds Collaborates with Nikita on “Royalty” (@AlisonHinds)

alison-hinds-and-nikita-royalty-queens-and-princesses-2016-cropover-soca-mp3-imageBarbadian production house Studio B scores with its infectious new hit “Royalty (Queens And Princesses)” by Alison Hinds & Nikita, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 29, 2016), from Fox Fuse.

Producer Kevin “DJ Daddy Bubbles” Marshall is at the helm of Studio B and is thrilled to bring this new hit from the 2016 Crop Overseason to the international audience. The up-tempo, groovy soca tune features soca royalty with the Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds, alongside fellow Barbadian and soca princess Nikita, making for the ultimate ladies anthem.

Listen “Royalty” here:

Billboard Producer Ricky Blaze Inks Deal with Island Records UK (@RICKYBLAZE @islandrecordsuk)

fb9af649-65be-41c9-9717-72c7679ff9f7Having worked with some of the biggest names in every genre of music such as Dancehall, Reggae, R&B and Hip-Hop, renowned multi-talented singer, songwriter and billboard charting producer Ricky Blaze has achieved many pinnacle of success in his career.

His latest achievement is a worldwide deal with Island Records / Universal Republic as a producer, DJ and artist. Founded by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall, and Leslie Kong in Jamaica, though based in the United Kingdom since 1962, Island Records is a major record label that operates as a division of Universal Music Group.

Ricky’s first project with Island Records/Universal Republic features the remix of sultry soulful singer Alexus Rose “Apart” featuring Grammy award-winner reggae and dancehall star, Beenie Man. Alexus Rose who was discovered by Ricky Blaze, is achieving success with her latest single which has been blazing and charting the international airwaves. To support the sizzling single, a video is slated to be released in the fall.

Ricky Blaze “Apart” remix featuring Alexus Rose and Beenie Man is available iTunes and all other digital music stores.


poster-logo-2-600x636The California Conscious Music Festival set for Sunday, September 18 at SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park has been postponed until summer of 2017.

Partners of California Conscious Music Festival have a vision of rebirthing a conscious vibrant community driven event in Sonoma County; being reminiscent of the late Harmony Festival and embody live music, arts, health and sustainability,

“We have a realistic goal of developing a unique conscious music and arts festival that will grow into a reputable mainstay community driven event. Yet, this year was disadvantageous with circumstances out of our control, making it difficult to properly promote. We’d like to thank our community for their support, while we rally to orchestrate some meaningful 2017 events, leading into the California Conscious Music Festival,” says Joshua Siegel, a festival partner.

Ticketfly will be issuing a full refund to ticket buyers.

Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival For Kingston

marcia-griffiths-fansKingston, Jamaica the birthplace of Ska and Rocksteady music, two of the most popular musical genres played around the world today, will host the 1st Annual One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 2016 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston. Some of the leading entertainers of these two genres will be in performance from 3 PM to 3AM on the first day. A symposium on the originators of Jamaican music, two tours to Culcha Yard in Trench Town, and Downtown Kingston Music Heritage sites, and two documentaries on the genres will be on from 10 AM to 7 PM, on day 2.

Artistes performing include The Skatalites (USA), Soweto Ska Band (Spain), Marcia Griffiths (Jamaica), B.B. Seaton and the Gaylads (UK), Sparrow Martin and Skasonic (Jamaica), Brooklyn Attractors (USA), Leroy Sibbles former lead singer of the Heptones (Jamaica), Hugh Roy, the King of the Jamaican toasters, Derrick Morgan, the King of Ska music (Jamaica), and Stranjah Cole (Jamaica). Also in performance are some emerging ska and rocksteady bands; Yard Beat, Earth Cry, and the Alpha School Band, made up of students of the school that produced many of Jamaica’s great musicians, such as Dizzy Reece, Harold “Little G” McNair, Joe Harriot, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, and Rico Rodriguez. Sound system selectors are Dexter Campbell “the Ska Professor”, and Roy Black of KLAS the Saturday Night Alternative, two leading musicologists. Other acts are expected to perform.

The festival is a production of Sounds & Pressure Foundation, in association with Fiwi Productions Inc. The Jamaica Tourist Board, and National Integrity Action are the major sponsors. Other sponsors are KSAC/UNESCO Creative Cities, Knutsford Court, the Courtleigh, and Pegasus Hotels, Happy Ice, POWER 106, KOOL FM, The Gleaner Company, Happy Ice, and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Shoggy Tosh, Fiona Yorke, GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker and others receive nominations at the 2016 JUMP MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, UK.

jump-youtube-bannerThe JUMP Music Video Awards is back with a splash onto the music industry calendar for Saturday 1st October at the luxury Hilton Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom with nominations for Rapper – Shoggy Tosh, Singer – Fiona Yorke, Rapper – GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker amongest many others. Shoggy Tosh gets his first ever JUMP music video nomination for his blockbuster music video – Pamoto (featuring Henrisoul) and directed by Femi Best Touch in the BEST UK AFRO BEAT MUSIC VIDEO category alongside Phemmoh’s Are You Ready, Derrick Maphosa’s Sovereign God, Sam Adebanjo’s I’m Available and Andrew Bello’s #SayYes.

The inaugural event, staged in 2014, was the first time that the collaborative efforts of artists and music video makers operating in the Christian and Gospel scene was recognised and rewarded. Since then the 16 winning videos have notched up 30 million viewing figures between them on YouTube alone.

Director Juliet Fletcher explains, “When we staged the first event we only had an idea that indicated a trend. Many of the artists were unknown – even to Gospel-loving audiences. The feedback we received from both the judges responsible for selecting finalists and the audience who attended the evening can be suitably described as a ‘pleasant shock and surprise’. We’ve got every good reason to support the continual growth of this segment of the independent music sector. We believe there are more good shocks and surprises to come.”

Full list of nominations (with exception of the International categories to be released between 12 – 18 September, 2016. The winners of each category will be decided by the JUMP judges and announced on the awards night ).

Sarah Teibo – Steal My Joy
Ni-Cola Witter – Breakthrough
Lurine Cato – Power
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

Shoggy Tosh – Pamoto
Phemmoh – Are You Ready
Derick – Sovereign God
Sam Adebanjo – I’m Available
Andrew Bello – #SayYes

Hannah – Overwhelming Praise
Purist – None Like You
Evans Ogobi – Shout Hallelujah
Margaret Nana Tandoh – I Turn To You
Aaron T Aaron ft Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Of Your Praise

Philip Noel – Walking In My Blessing
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Minister Taf ft Chris Da Ambassada – Bunn Badmind
Lytie – Better
Dan – Testify

The Cokers – I Am Persuaded
Ekklesia – Where you Are
Muyiwa & Riversongz – Eko iLe
ZAA – Saved By Grace
Twelve24 – #Vivalawldkdz

Cerose – Millennium Reign
ICIE – The Becoming
S.O. – So It Ends
Faith Child ft. Da’T.R.U.T.H. – Tunnel Vision
Guvna B ft. Deitrick Haddon – Nothing But The Blood

Sarah Téibo – Steal My Joy
T Briggs – My Identity
Olaedo Ibe – Dust With Life (Foolish)
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Theon – Your Love Reigns Perfect

Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Cerose (Rob Fills Network) – Tribulation – In The Name of Jesus
Theon – I Am
Evans Ogboi – Shout Hallelujah
Aaron T Aaron ft. Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Your Praise

Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Lecrae – All I Need Is You
GuvnaB ft Beleaf – Buss It
Wildwood Kin – Warrior Daughter
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again


festival-posterDer har altid været noget ”Could this be love”- Bob Marley stemning over Aarhus og ja, it IS love for byens kærlighed til reggaen har holdt siden ’70erne og vel nærmest aldrig manifesteret sig stærkere i byens boblende reggae-vækstlag end den gør lige nu, der har endda været skrevet at Aarhus måske er Danmarks Reggae By Nr. 1. – Måske? Der er ikke noget ”måske” når AARHUS REGGAE FESTIVAL 2016 ”vækker, vugger og vælter” spillestedet VoxHall fredag og lørdag den 23.-24.september.

Det er 2. år at Festivalen bliver afholdt og efter sidste års succes er det rygtedes både blandt danske og udenlandske musikere og bands og ikke mindst reggaefans – nye som gamle – og indenfor alle genre bla. Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Dub – at AARHUS REGGAE FESTIVAL 2016 er stedet hvor man skal spille, være, danse OG elske i den kommende weekend.

Måske? Never say maybe – Say YES!
Written by: Synnøve Søe