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Tommie Tei’s Updated Bio (@TommyTeeMusic)

Wade Thompson, also known as Tommie Tei, is a reggae / dancehall recording artist and songwriter who hails from the Banbury District in Linstead, Jamaica.

His musical journey began unconsciously at age eight when he had the opportunity to sing and perform before a live audience at church. The experience had a positive impact on him; so much so that he subsequently fostered the skills he acquired as a young singer at the sanctuary and went on to perform in the community’s annual Grand Market Christmas Eve celebration. It was at this and other similar events, that Tommie Tei became known and respected as a legitimate entertainer.

Over the years, in between his regular 9 to 5 jobs, some of which required him to travel overseas, Tommie Tei remained steadfast in his desire to become a professional recording artist with a wide audience. To that end, he has consistently worked on his craft, continuously improving his competence as both a vocalist and a lyricist. He has, and continues to seek the guidance of more accomplished artists and musicians; and his dedication and commitment has led to him carving out a niche for himself. He now fuses elements of pop music with his Jamaican reggae: a sound that his fans and supporters seem to love and appreciate.

To date, Tommie Tei has recorded and released several singles. A couple worth noting are Police & Soldier, which is his first official release done in 1994 and one that led to him performing on stages outside of his Linstead community. Good Girl is another record that received steady rotation and was even featured on a prominent reggae compilation by 3000 Records. In May, 2012, Tommie Tei shared his first ever triple track EP, titled Music for the Soul. It was produced by TEE and JAA Records. He has since followed up with additional singles.

Fast-forward to 2021 and Tommie Tei and his team are now focused on his brand-new EP, Win This Time. The project, which was released on May 11th, 2021, has six tracks and features two collaborations. Since it was published, it has been getting favorable reviews by both music critics and industry insiders. Team Tommie Tei is now in full promo mode as the intent is to push this EP as aggressively as they can.

 Stay connected with Tommie Tei and follow his musical journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


Indie Producers Are Being Encouraged To Submit To Timbaland’s Producer Competition (@Timbaland)

Timbaland‘s Beatclub company has joined forces with Native Instruments to create a limited edition of 150, uniquely branded Komplete Kontrol M32 keyboards.

It is now being announced that Beatclub and Native Instruments have launched a producer competition on metapop dot com. Timbaland will be judging entries and announcing the winner live on Twitch, with the top 10 receiving the limited-edition keyboard. The competition kicked off on April 27th and all entries are due by May 27th.

HeavyBeat Records Shares The Lyric Video For Kashief Lindo’s “I Can’t See Your Face”

At the end of April, HeavyBeat Records, the musical imprint owned and operated by veteran reggae producer Willie Lindo, released the single “I Can’t See Your Face.” The song, which is performed by KashieF Lindo (Willie‘s son) talks about the despicable ongoing systematic racism currently on full display in various countries all over the world.

Today the men are sharing the lyric video with the hopes of driving home the message of just how blatant and consistent racial discrimination is; not just in the United States but in other developed nations as well. In addition to the lyrics, the video also shows shocking images of race related killings and abuse dating back to the sixties.

Though informative and educational: musically, “I Can’t See Your Face” is a mellow reggae track that is complimented by KashieF‘s dulcet, silky vocals. The song credits are as follows: KashieF is credited for drum programming, piano, keyboards and backing vocals; while Willie is credited for the guitars, writing and producing. The bass was played by Val Douglas, and it was recorded at HeavyBeat Recording Studio and mixed and mastered by their in-house crew.


Have You Seen Jah Bouks’ New Video “You Love Me”?

Reggae artist Jah Bouks, who rose to prominence in 2013 with the release of his mega-hit song Angola, has converted the name of the record into brand. In 2020 he officially opened the Angola Restaurant in St. Thomas, Jamaica; and this year he has been sharing new music from his own Angola Records & Entertainment imprint.

His newest single is a pulsating lover’s-rock reggae track titled “You Love Me.” It’s featured on the Deep Secret Riddim by Live MB Music. At the beginning of May Bouks released the official video for the song. If you have not yet seen it, click here or on the image above to check it out and remember to like, comment and share.

Etana Confirmed For The 2021 Spread Love Reggae Fest (@EtanaStrongOne)

As things slowly begin to reopen, live in-person events are now being announced at a more rapid rate.

We just learned that the Spread Love Reggae Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 29th in Wilmington, North Carolina. Their lineup includes Etana, Edge Michael and Sundub.

This is an outdoor event that will be held at the Burnt Mill Creek, which is located at 2101 Market Street. Gates will open at 3PM (local time). Click here to purchase tickets.

Nominations For Jamaica’s Sterling Gospel Music Awards Ends This Saturday (@sterlingawards1)

If you wish to nominate someone for The 2021 Sterling Gospel Music Awards, you should do so now, as nominations in the People’s Choice Category will expire this Saturday, May 15th.

This year’s Sterling Gospel Music Awards will be held in June. For additional information and to nominate someone visit sterlinggospelawards dot com

J. Cole Shares New Documentary Ahead Of The Release Of His Album “The Off-Season” (@JColeNC)

Fans and supporters of J. Cole were given a sneak peek into his state of mind as he gets ready to share his new album, The Off-Season. In a just released documentary, the American rapper explains what drives his creativity, while outlining the inspiration behind the upcoming project.

The film, which is only twelve-minutes and thirty-one seconds, was uploaded to his YouTube channel on Monday. Click here or on the image above to check it out and remember to like, comment and share.