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Musiq Soulchild & Fantasia Perfom in Pennsylvania – Feb.24th (@TasiasWord @MusiqSoulchild)

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Two R&B giants: Musiq Soulchild and Fantasia will be performing at the Santander Performing Arts Center (136 N 6th St, Reading) in Pennsylvania on February 24th. Tickets for this event can be purchased via Ticketmaster with price ranging from approximately $45 to $300.

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Rapsody Nominated For Two Grammy Awards (@rapsody @JamlaRecords)

rapsodyIt is always beautiful to see honest, authentic artists get acknowledged for their craft. Rapsody is undoubtedly one of the most underrated MC in the hip-hop genre. She’s been in the game for years and unfortunately she’s been over looked far too often. That being said, we were excited to learn that she is finally being recognized for her contribution to the rap game.

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 WisdomRapsody).

If you have not done so as yet, check out Rapsody’s album, Laila’s Wisdom here.

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New Reggae Release: Beres Hammond – My Kinda Girl (@BeresHammondOJ)

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Techniques Records was the brain child of the late Winston Riley. Though he was the face of the label, behind‐the‐scenes his sons: Kurt “DJ Kurt Riley” and Andre “DJ Dre Stylez” Riley were adding their own flavor. The pair reached international success with Charly Black’s Gyal You A Party Animal on the Jambe‐An Riddim in 2014.

Their latest work is Beres Hammond’s My Kinda Girl, a beautiful lover’s rock reggae single with a catchy hook. Click here to check it out.

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I-Wayne, Louie Culture, Ken Boothe & Others Confirmed for Daryl Vaz Birth-night party

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I-Wayne

Friday, December 15th will see a slew of top-tier reggae / dancehall artists converging in Buff Bay, Portland, Jamaica. This is all in honor of Mr. Portland aka Daryl Vaz’s birthday celebration. Confirmed acts includes: Bounty Killer, Romaine Virgo, Ken Boothe, Bugle, Louie Culture, I-Wayne and that is just to name a few. Musical juggling will be provided by Swatch International and Lil Richie.

It all goes down at the Lynch Park in Buff Bay. Admission is free and all are invited.

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Richie Spice Performs in Dry River Square, St. Elizabeth on Dec.16 (@1RichieSpice)

richie spiceOn Saturday, December 16th, international roots reggae artist Richie Spice will lend his talent to a worthy cause. He will be performing at Troy & Arlean’s annual Holiday Give Back. This event takes place at the Dry River Square in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Also joining him will be Iyara, Dre Tosh and Kalla Shea.

In addition to the live show, there will be free kids treat, lots of games, free giveaways, free food and much more. Proceeds from this event will go towards assisting schools in both St. Elizabeth and St. James.

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New Reggae Release: Wayne Marshall ft. Bugle – Social Media (@Wayne_Marshall @BugleMusic)

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Produced on the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International imprint ‘Social Media’ addresses a number of topical issues including the advantages and disadvantages associated with the popular platform. The song is written and performed by Wayne Marshall and Bugle.

Click here to stream via YouTube.

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Jamaica’s Dancehall Group, Nuh Limit Family & Toronto’s MC, UZMAN Prepares Visuals For Their Trending Single, “Rolling High” (@UZMAN1)

rolling high behind the scenes video shootEarlier this year, popular Canadian rap artist UZMAN joined forces with Jamaican dancehall group Nuh Limit Family to record and release a single titled “Rolling High.” Though it’s a typical weed song, “Rolling High” got a lot of attention early on because it was released during a time when the legalization and open use of marijuana was an ongoing topic in both Jamaica and North America.

Fast forward to approximately nine months later and the song is now getting steady rotation on some of the biggest dancehall radio shows on the island. As a result of its increasing popularity, UZMAN and the Nuh Limit Family recently got together to shoot the official video, which will be shared publicly on December 11th.

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Platinum Comedy Tour: Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake & Bruce Bruce (@TheRealMikeEpps @sommoresofunny)

Mike Epps & Sommore
Mike Epps & Sommore

MJ Magazine has learned that four of America’s biggest comedians: Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake and Bruce Bruce will be headlining the Platinum Comedy Tour. The tour will kick off on Saturday, December 30th at the Mobile Civic Center in Alabama and will continue through the Spring of 2018. Below are the dates and locations that have already been confirmed.

FEB 10 – DAR Constitution Hall – Washington
FEB 14 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville
FEB 16 – CFE Arena – Orlando, FL
FEB 17 – USF Sun Dome – Tampa, FL
FEB 18 – Metro Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
FEB 23 – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium – Shreveport, LA
FEB 24 – UNO Lakefront Arena – New Orleans, LA
MAR 02 – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
MAR 10 – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
MAR 23 – Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, AR
MAR 24 – Fox Theatre – Detroit
APR 07 – NRG Park – Houston, TX

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Ms. Lauryn Hill Heads To Hawaii (@MsLaurynHill)

Lauryn-HillOn February 9th, international recording artist Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena (777 Ward Ave) in Honolulu, Hawaii. She will be joined by Filipino American singer, Eli-Mac, who came in ninth place on the third season of American Idol in 2004.

Tickets for this event range from $59 to $249, and are available by clicking here.

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Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall Artists Demanding Too Much

moneyAs a booking agent, I have been noticing a trend that I think needs to be addressed. A lot of, if not all, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists seem to be pricing themselves out of the market.

I do bookings for a few events in Europe. Because I know that most reggae/dancehall acts look to that region for work, I always try to seek out Jamaican talent (both established and emerging) to try to get them on my shows. Sadly, their requirements have got so out of hand that I find myself hiring mostly UK and African entertainers.

Reggae and dancehall music is now being produced all over the world. Therefore, the industry is more competitive. Investors and promoters are no longer just looking to Jamaica for these genres. Granted, Jamaica is still considered the home/leader in the reggae/dancehall field, but artists must realize that if their fees and entourage are too burdensome, promoters will look elsewhere.

Expecting a promoter to hire and pay you €2,000 and up, plus fly you, your manager and someone else, when you have no hit and, therefore, cannot bring out the crowd, is ridiculous.

I hope I have not offended anyone with this article, but I am currently in the process of booking for two upcoming events in that territory, and the requests I am getting are so far gone that I had to write this.

Article by Maria Jackson

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Etana’s New Video Shows The Dangers Of Cheating (@EtanaStrongOne)

ETANAEtana’s new video “Burned” is an absolute must see! Directed by Jay Will aka Game Over, “Burned” looks at cheating through the eyes of an angry black woman. The visuals, which completely compliments the words of the song, shows that sometimes stepping out of your relationship can be dangerous.

“Burned” is now available on iTunes and all other digital music stores. It is distributed by Tad’s Record. Click here or on the image above to watch the video and remember to like and share.

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Aidonia and Govana’s Single “Breeze” Getting Heavy Rotation (@AIDONIAJOP @GOVANAGENNA)

Aidonia GovanaThough they have no professional expertise in meteorology, 4th Genna recording artistes Aidonia and Govana have issued an advisory to the entertainment fraternity to expect some strong ‘Breeze’ this Christmas.

The forewarning comes in the wake of a whirlwind performance at the finale of UWI Integration Thursdays bolstered by their newly released single ‘Breeze,’ a collaborative effort that has taken the FM airwaves and social scene by storm. Produced on the 4th Genna Music/J.O.P imprint the hyper-masculine track has been dubbed a solid follow-up to their 2012 effort ‘Run Road’ with its jocular groove and overkill of witty lyricism.

Currently saturating the space with tracks like Fire, Yeah Yeah, Hot Tool, Gyal Clown, Shallow Grung and Loco both deejays says this is something the fans have been requesting for some time now.