On May 20th Norris Man released his new twelve-track album titled Deep Conversations. Published on the Train Line Records label, the project has musical contributions from Real Mckoy, Sam Gilly, Dean Fraser and Dave Richards.
As anticipation continues to build for Two Colors – the instrumental album by Dean Fraser and Ernie Ranglin – the lead single, De Ranglin, is rapidly becoming a constant on reggae networks worldwide.
The reggae tune, laced with dub undertones, was officially released on April 22nd by Tad’s International Record. It features Big Youth, whose presence on the track transports listeners back to an era when ‘dance did nice’; a time when toasting dominated dancehalls.
Confirmation of De Ranglin‘s early success came a few days ago when it entered Clinton Lindsay’s Foundation Radio New York Chart after having entered the South Florida Chart approximately three weeks prior. That said, for the week ending May 13, De Ranglin was #20 on the South Florida Chart and #26 on the New York Chart.
The relevance of this cannot be overstated, because in addition to being the longest running reggae chart in the United States, the placement of a song on Lindsay’s top 30 is usually an indication of that record’s ascendancy within the current music – specifically reggae – climate.
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has announced that the National Labour Day project on Monday, May 23rd will be the renovation of Mandela Park in Half Way Tree Square (Kingston).
After all the work is completed they would like the entire family to remain in the park for the Labour Day Praise & Worship Concert which will begin at 6pm.
Gospel ministers that will be performing are Kukudoo, Lubert Levy, John Mark, Oshane Mais, Levy’s Heritage, Sister Patt, Flavia Beswick, Rian Davis, Jody K and Minister Howdy. MCs for the evening are Markland Edwards and Nadine Blair. Admission is free for everyone.
Reggae-dancehall artist Shaggy – who is known for his megahit songs Oh Carolina, It Wasn’t Me, Boombastic and others, as well as his philanthropical duties in Jamaica and overseas – is slated to receive an honorary degree from Brown University in the U.S. during its Commencement and Reunion Weekend from May 27 through 29, 2022.
He will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in recognition of his achievements in music, military service, and philanthropy.
Since he released his album ‘Elev8‘ in February, dancehall artist Bling Dawg has been engaged in an aggressive promo campaign. The veteran deejay is every where: on radio, TV, in the streets etc. working to ensure that everyone is aware of the record and is given the opportunity to hear its content.
His next stop will be at the weekly event: Mellow Mood Mondays, held at The Anderson (709 Northeast 79th Street) in Miami, Florida. On Monday, May 23rd Bing Dawg will be there to sign autographs, take pictures with his fans and promote the aforementioned project.
The 29th annual Capital Jazz Fest, which is scheduled for June 3rd to 5th, will feature live performances by Faith Evans, Musiq Soulchild, Keyshia Cole, Common, Dwele, Deborah Cox, Chaka Khan and many more.
It will take place at Live! Casino & Hotel, located at 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, Maryland. Tickets are available at etix-dotcom.
Black Excellence will be on full display from Friday, June 17th, through Sunday, June 19th at the BEFEST (Black Excellence Festival). The event showcases and highlights the best in African American culture.
Showboat – 801 Boardwalk – in Atlantic City, New Jersey will be on fire with comedy, music and so much more. Among the performers is the legendary CL Smooth; the vocal half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Get tickets here.