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Mikey General Celebrates 40 Years In Music & Announces New Single And Album! (@mikeygeneral7)

00-mikeygeneral2020 marks the 40th year since veteran recording artist Mikey General entered the music industry. Over the past 40 years he has consistently released new music, resulting in a catalog of approximately 800 songs.

This year he will be putting out a new album, which is not yet titled, on his own Qabalah First Music label. Later this month he will officially share the first single from that project; a powerful reggae track entitled “Pay the Man,”  which is a message in support of the working class.

The rhythm for “Pay the Man” was created by: Miguel ‘Sizzla’ Collins (drum programming), Moziko (bass, keyboard and additional drums), Paul ‘Wrong Move’ Crossdale (guitar) and Alphanso Craig (percussion). The vocals were recorded at Killamanjaro Studio by engineer Andrun Haase and mixed by Marvin Williams and Prince Villa.

As usual Mikey General stays on point with conscious messages i.e. social commentaries, spirituality, justice and equal rights, as well as the need for morality. “Pay the Man” is about bringing attention to the issue of employees not being compensated by their employer.

When asked what inspired the new song, Mikey General simply said “As Eyesus Kristos tell us the workman is worthy of his hire.”

Catch Baby Cham & Christopher Martin In Toronto On Feb. 7th (@TheCham @Iamchrismartin)

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On Friday, February 7th, one of Jamaica’s baddest singers, Christopher Martin, will share the stage with one of the baddest deejays, Baby Cham, inside Rebel Night Club (11 Polson Street) in Toronto, Ontario.

The event, Redemption, is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and this year is a special Bob and Lover’s Rock Edition. Advance tickets, which are going for $30 CDN (general) and $45 CDN (VIP), are available HERE.

Mykal Rose, King Yellowman & Others For “Tribute To The Reggae Legends Festival” In San Diego Next Month

Mykal RoseWorldBeat Productions presents the 39th Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends on President’s Day Weekend; Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th, 2020 at the Worldbeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego – Balboa Park. This is an all-ages event that will run from 4 to 11:30 PM each night.

Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival also known as Bob Day was founded by WorldBeat Productions 39 years ago. Each year the festival pays respect to all the past and living legends of reggae music.

The 2020 line-up includes: Mykal Rose, King Yellowman, K’Reema and others on Saturday, and a tribute to Vaughan Benjamin with The Akae Beka Band, Army, Reemah, and Ninjah P Sound System on Sunday.

Jermaine Edwards Says He Was Nervous Performing On Rebel Salute (@jermaineedwards)

jermaine edwardsJermaine Edwards, arguably one of the biggest gospel artist out of Jamaica, performed on day 1 (Friday, January 17th) at Rebel Salute – a roots, reggae, rasta festival. It is clear that he was not in his comfort zone when he hit the stage because he was noticeably holding back.

Although he eventually worked out the kinks and delivered his set, he did admit afterwards that “he was nervous because he is accustomed to performing on gospel and corporate events, and this was his first time on Rebel Salute.”

I personally wanted him to do a longer set. With such a big catalog, and this being his first time at this type of event, this was an opportunity to expand his fan base.

Warrior King & Others To Join Hempress Sativa At Skyline Levels On Feb. 22nd (@Warriorking9 @HempressSativa)

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Queen Cannabis Organics and Conquering Lion Records present ‘Hempress Sativa Live’ at Skyline Levels (located at 6b Skyline Drive) in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020.

Hempress Sativa will be supported by Warrior King, Yeza, T’Jean and many more. Additional music will be provided by Iset Sankofa and DJ Natty.

Dru Hill’s Valentine’s Weekend Concert In Atlanta! (@DruHill4Real)

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On Thursday, February 13th R&B group Dru Hill will perform at the Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom, located at 660 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be supported by The Hamiltones, with host MC Lightfoot.

This show is schedule to start at 7:30 PM Sharpe!

Black Uhuru, Etana & Others Will Celebrate Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday In California


On Friday, February 7th, Black Uhuru, Etana and Onesty will perform at the Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica, California in honor of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday celebration. Additional music support will be provided by DJ Silverback (Burial Ground Sound).

Doors will open at 8 PM and the actual performances will start at 9 PM. This a 21 and older event!