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Morgan Heritage’s Golden CBD Water to Host Pre-GRAMMY Party in New York City! (@morganheritage)

Morgan HeritageMorgan Heritage’s company, Golden CBD Water, will host a pre-GRAMMY event in honor of their 2018 nomination. Notables from all facets of the Caribbean diaspora will intertwine, mix and mingle with mainstream media, sports figures, politicians and business figures to not only celebrate Morgan Heritage’s achievements, but to honor all nominees and reggae as a whole.

The Golden GRAMMY Party will be hosted by media personality Dahved Levy from WBLS and famed comedian Majah Hype, the pre-GRAMMY party will feature special performances by Jemere Morgan and K’Coneil, with music provided by DJ Norie of Power 105, Massive B, DJ Roy and UK’s DJ Splackavelli. With an anticipated red carpet which will boasts a gamut of stars, the pre-GRAMMY party will take place on January 26th at Suite 36 located at 16 W36th st, New York. Admission $150 Pre-Sale, $250 at door with a number of limited tables are available at www.fanlink.to/goldengrammyparty

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New Reggae Release: Eek A Mouse – Modern Day Slavery

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Junglist Music presents internationally renowned reggae artist Eek A Mouse with “Modern Day Slavery.” The single, which tackles a very serious issue, is laid out to an intricate reggae sound and is a must have for reggae music collectors.

“Modern Day Slavery” is distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, and is available on all major digital platforms http://smarturl.it/ekkamouseslavery.

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Aidonia Nominated For 4 Your View Awards (@AIDONIAJOP @YourViewAwards)

aidonia_2018Capping off a tremendous epoch and entering the new year as one of the most sought after acts in the dancehall space, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the substantial volume of work outputted in 2017.

After breaking into the international mainstream via BBC  Radio and snatching a corporate endorsement courtesy of J. Wray & Nephew; The deejay’s career appears to be on an upward trajectory following the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2018 staging of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.

At the launch, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, January 11. Aidonia walked away with four nominations in the following categories: Hottest Summer Song for ‘Yeah Yeah’Favorite Dancehall Artiste of the YearFavorite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favorite Chart Topping Song of the Year.  This comes in the wake of a double nod from the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), where the 4th Genna boss has also been nominated for ‘Deejay of the Year‘ and Song of the Year with ‘Banga‘.

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New Dancehall Release: Karamanti – Imagine That

Karamanti 2018After encountering a slew of setbacks in the music industry, most of which were caused by people she trusted and called friends, and in some cases family, Karamanti has penned a track entitled “Imagine That” in which she touches on a lot of what she’s been through.

The beat was created by Riley Mixit (Zimbabwe), while the song was mixed and mastered by Prosonic Production (Jamaica). “Imagine That” is on Karamanti’s own Blakkwuman22 Music label.

“Imagine That” can be streamed and downloaded from Soundcloud and Hulkshare.

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Bugle Secures Major Distribution Deal (@BugleAn9ted)

bugle-1024x681Fresh from a scintillating performance at the 25th anniversary of Rebel Salute held at the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann.  An9ted Entertainment recording artiste Bugle is definitely experiencing a major career upsurge in recent times.

The singer who recently secured an international movie deal which sees him exclusively providing music for the soundtrack of the upcoming film ‘The Mango Girl’ and a single on another 2018 film ‘The Blue Mauritius’ both produced by U.S Media tycoons D Street Pictures, has once again landed another major deal. This time for his latest album ‘Be Yourself‘.

The deal, brokered with an international distribution company will see Bugle repackaging his current album for redistribution across several major markets, some not easily accessible by the Reggae and Dancehall genre.

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Wormbass – Biography (@Wormbass20)

WormbassWormBass, is a renowned, yet humble musician whose repertoire includes playing, producing, and writing with and for a list of who’s who in this business. He has played countless bass lines in recording studios and on stages across the globe with some of the biggest names in Reggae.

Thus having earned his place in Reggae music history, WormBass feels that at this point in his career, it’s time to change the plan. “I have things I want to say, things I want people to know that the bass just couldn’t say, so singing is a must. I’m not new in this; I’m just continuing the journey and expanding my horizons.”

His recent feature on Canada’s largest online news site, The Star.com, in an article entitled Jamaicans love their music and it’s music to love is only the beginning for WormBass.

“My debut album, Control, is a gift from me to the world. It’s about truths, rights, justice, and love. It’s dealing with the truth, the album is the truth.”

The collection of songs on Control is filled with poetic lyrics, social commentaries and themes of revolution, all penned by WormBass. Accompanying him on the project are some of Jamaica’s best known musicians alongside others who are getting their first break. Such is the case for Davin Thomas who makes his debut on keys and earns production credits on the album.

“Jamaica my born land, me love it…” begins the album’s first single, Bring Back the Paradise, a fast paced, reggae infused dance track, laced with a throbbing bass line. The song calls for a return of the positive Jamaican ways of old. “The paradise I’m speaking of is the joy in the simple things like childhood games, respect for elders; passing an elder and not greeting them was unacceptable when I was a youth. Today it’s the norm. I’m talking about the days before guns and video games were plaguing our youth. These are things we must change,” laments Wormbass, born Delroy Nevin.

“We’re living in fear and in denial, we’re denying ourselves of the true paradise we have in Jamaica. Let’s bring back the paradise. It’s on a dance beat, but it is a very serious song, we don’t want it to be a pressure, we want it to be a joy, we want you to dance too while you’re listening to it, bring that fun; we want people to understand without stressing them. Let’s go out and start dancing with one another. Let’s start having some fun again. We didn’t want it to sound sad.” The song, a co-production with Michael McDonald, began appearing on playlists in North America in the first quarter of 2011.

The single’s release led to performances at the prestigious, Thursday Night Live at Christopher’s Jazz Café inside the Quad Night Club in New Kingston; Jamcka Music Fest, a collaboration of artists from Jamaica and Canada performing to raise funds for schools; and an Emancipation Day Concert at the hotel Swept Away, in Negril.

The final quarter of this year will see the release of WormBass’ next cut from Control, entitled The Plan which was co-arranged with keyboardist Davin Thomas, and features the Global Battle of the Bands’ winning drummer, Jubba White (Dubtonic Kru), guitarist Ian “Beezy” Coleman (Ziggy Marley), and on brass: Samuel Grant, Romeo Gray and Everton Gayle. Like the rest of the album, the music on this one is as rich as its universal messages. Expect to hear more!

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Introducing I-PURPLE (@Purple_kev)

I-PurpleKevin Walters, known to many as I-Purple, was born in Alexandria in the parish of St. Ann (the garden parish of reggae legends: Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Marcus Garvey), on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Though St. Ann was his birth place, Kevin and his parents did relocate to Kingston, which is where he grew up. Music was a natural choice for him as both his father and grandfather were known and respected musicians. He was taught how to play the guitar from his father but his passion became the piano, which he learned on his own.

As he got older and his desire to become a professional musician increased, Kevin made the decision to improve on his craft by attending the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. While at school his friends began calling him purple because he was always wearing the color. He later added the letter I to it and thus became I-Purple.

Fast forward to 2018 and I-Purple is now a full-fledged recording artist, producer and engineer that not only produces his own music but also that of others. As an artist he has graced several stages across the island; stages such as: Christopher’s, Jazz and Red Bones Blues Café, Essence Lounge, Triple Century and several others. Audiences are usually captivated by his performance as he has a great command of both the stage and the moment.

I-Purple is kicking off 2018 by re-releasing his track entitled “colder than ice cream.” A record that was previously shared in 2013 on the Jah Mix Production label. As I-Purple has now dissolve all ties with that label, he is re-releasing the record on his own Purple Keyz Muzik label.

Persons wanting to work with I-Purple are being asked to contact his publicist, Maria Jackson Entertainment at info@mjent.net or (876) 313.6319.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Purple_kev
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/i.purple_keyz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/I-Purple-515396821909422

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Showtime Launches new TV Series About a Black Chicago Community ‘The Chi’ (@SHOTheChi @Showtime)

the chiThe Chi is an American drama series created by Lena Waithe about life in a particular neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. In this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.

The pilot was directed by Rick Famuyiwa. It premiered on Showtime on January 7, 2018. Executive producers are: Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuyiwa and hip-hop star Common. Click here or on the image above to watch the premiere episode.

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The Making of Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom” now showing on Tidal (@rapsody @TIDAL @9thwonder)

RapsodyFans and supporters of Rapsody are encouraged to check out the brand new documentary entitled ‘Where Flowers Bloom,’ which is now showing on Tidal. The project gives viewers full behind the scenes access to the making of her Grammy nominated album “Laila’s Wisdom.”

Rapsody is nominated, not once but twice for the 2018 Grammy’s. She is nominated in the following categories: Best Rap Song (“Sassy” — Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters: Rapsody) and Best Rap Album (Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody).

Click here or on the image above to watch the documentary.

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I-Wayne & Queen Ifrica Are Among The Established Artists Now Publicly Speaking Out Against The Negativity In Jamaica’s Music Industry

i wayne queen ifricaSeveral well-known artists are now coming to the forefront to publicly speak out against what is going on in the Jamaica music industry.

During her performance at the December, 2017 staging of the Portmore Fest (held in Portmore, Jamaica), Queen Ifrica lamented on the low moral values across the island. She addressed the selectors / DJs / MCs who are pushing the negativity in the dance. She voiced her concerns about the rapid growth of alcohol, lesbianism and homosexuality among the youths. And she touched on the importance of artists like her staying in the business to preach a message of positivity, righteousness and upliftment.

Additionally, Rasta reggae singer I-Wayne, in a recent feature in The Observer, while talking about the importance of giving equal airplay to conscious artists, said the following: “It’s obvious seh a mostly nastiness them a promote. You have whole heap of artistes like Queen Ifrica who is making good music, but some people are making it 30 times harder for us. We see the raping, killing and paedophilia a rise in the country and we, as Rasta, get up and burn it; but dem a gwaan like badness a something good. The majority of people a promote this big nasty contest and some artistes do anything fi get airplay. Dem fi clean up dem ting and remember that kids are listening. Play di goodness as much as unno play Ishawna and Alkaline. From you talk the truth and burn filthiness, you will get punished for it; but mi nuh give dem weh dem want, mi give dem weh dem supposed to get.”

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Inna De Yard & Uprising Roots Band set to Headline Concert in Kingston, Jamaica (@InnaDeYardMusic @uprisingroots)

Inna De YardOn Saturday, February 17th, Wormbass – former bass player for Beenie Man’s Blaze Band, now a singer in his own right – will be hosting his annual concert, dubbed Wormbass & Friends. The event will take place at D.Amor Hotspot (formerly known as Weekendz) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Headlining acts for this year are two of Jamaica’s trending roots reggae bands: Inna De Yard and Uprising Roots. Also confirmed are: Var, Derajah, Karamanti, Tasha T, Kush and Wormbass himself. That being said, additional artists are currently being added to the lineup and will be announced shortly.

D.Amor Hotspot is located at 80 Constant Spring Road. There is a $500 entrance fee, and this is a strictly roots reggae event.

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Freddie McGregor Performs in Antigua & Barbuda on Feb.10 (@BigshipFreddie)

Freddie McGregorRoots Athletics Club & Black Lexus Promotions present the Love, Run, Charity show, featuring a live performance by Freddie McGregor and his Big Ship Band. There will also be performances by Antigua’s very own Promise & Zambai backed by Wadadli Rebels. As well as special guest artist Huge Andrew.

As this is a pre Valentine’s Day show, the first 100 ladies will have a special surprise. Tickets are now available for only $85.00 (more at the gate). Persons are being asked to call 723-6488, 724-8754 or 779-5855 for more information.