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Usher, Patti LaBelle, Bruno Mars & Others Will Perform At The Essence Music Festival Tonight!


As the corona virus continues to spread across the United States, many Americans are choosing to celebrate July 4th by staying in and watching the various entertainment shows on TV.

One of the most anticipated programs on everyone’s watch-list is the Essence Music Festival. It is schedule to air tonight at 7:00 PM ET on essencestudios dot com. Viewers will be treated to performances by Usher, Patti LaBelle, Bruno Mars, BBD, Doug E. Fresh and many more popular entertainers.

NYC Artist E.G. Releases The Official Video For His Soca Track “Tek Time” (@EgDaGovenaw)

As we are all trying to get back to our new normal, many artists are sharing projects they’ve been working on during the lockdown. One such artist is New York based performer E.G. who is active in both the dancehall and soca genres.

In November 2019, E.G. released “Tek Time,” a hardcore soca record that was produced by Twist (from Brooklyn). He is now sharing and promoting the official video for that track. The visuals, which were uploaded to E.G.‘s YouTube channel a couple days ago, were shot in Brooklyn, New York by the QualityWrkz Film crew.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video and remember to like, comment and share.

Chezidek Releases 2nd Single From His Upcoming Album “Hello Africa” (@PUPPACHEZIDEK)

chezidekIn the current social climate, Chezidek has stepped up and continues his trend of producing conscious music with a positive message. His new single “March” is a call for mobility and equality; reflecting the global movement of justice for all.

July 23, 2020 will go down as a special day for Chezidek. The roots singer’s latest album, “Hello Africa,” will be released on that date by Tad’s International Record; significantly, it is also the birthday of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The date is important to Chezidek who, like all Rastafarians, revere Selassie as an omnipotent figure. Produced by his Cheziberry Records, he believes “Hello Africa” is his most hard-hitting work to date, boosted by songs like “Because I’m Black,” and “March.”

“Because I’m Black,” a jab at institutionalized racism, sets the tone for “Hello Africa” and the second single “March” calls to global unification and action to tackle the injustices of the world.

Jennifer Hudson & Mary J. Blige To Star In Aretha Franklin’s Biopic “Respect” In Theaters This December

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Cast members include: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.

RESPECT, which is directed by Liesl Tommy, will be in theaters in December, 2020.

The 2020 Austin City Limits Music Festival Now Officially Cancelled! (@aclfestival)

Austin City Limits Music FestivalThe organizers of the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival have just announced that they are cancelling the 2020 staging of the event. See below a statement that was shared on July 1st.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will no longer take place in 2020. We would have loved to put on another memorable show this year, however, with the uncertainty surrounding the current situation in Texas, this decision is the only responsible solution. The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff and the entire Austin community remains our highest priority.

We will return to Zilker Park on October 1-3 and October 8-10, 2021 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We encourage fans who have already purchased tickets to hold on to them to lock in access to next year’s festival at 2019 prices. Refunds will be made available for fans who purchased directly through the festival and cannot attend next year’s dates. All current ticket holders will receive an email from Front Gate Tickets shortly with information on both options.

ACL Fest has always been rooted in tradition, our common love of live music, and our community. This includes supporting Austin Parks Foundation for the past 15 years to improve parks and green spaces across the city. Take this time to maintain your personal health and wellness by visiting www dot austinparks dot org to learn how you can safely enjoy and support parks in our area, and please continue to follow the advice of local officials, look out for each other, and stay safe.

King Tappa – Biography (@kingtappa)

King Tappa

King Tappa is a reggae singer based in New Jersey. He has been in the music industry for over ten years. Starting his music career first as a DJ in his early teens through college and his twenties. Music has always been a big part of his family. King Tappa remembers singing and free styling at the age of 14 and four years later, it comes as no surprise that he decided to take music seriously. Beginning as a DJ he established Power Sound and went by the name DJ Tappa. He got the opportunity to perform at many venues within the tri-state area and even outside the United States. His performances outside of the United States include: St. Croix, Linstead, Jamaica, Bermuda and Dominica to mention a few. The highlight of his DJ career so far has been performing with Stone Love at Da Culture Lounge Fredrickstead, St.Croix U.S.V.I in 2005.

Inspired by international Reggae artists such as Steel Pulse, Beres Hammond, Culture, Gregory Isaac, Capleton and Morgan Heritage he began writing and moved on to singing. Going now by the name King Tappa he released his premiere album “When I Work” in 2007. King Tappa was able to give an unforgettable performance back in his homeland performing with the likes of Tanya Stevens and Gyptian. His premiere album “When I Work” has given King Tappa performances alongside artists like Da’Ville, Elephant Man, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, hip hop artists Rick Ross and Fabolous to name a few.

King Tappa has written over 100 songs and has done excessive amounts of dub plates and jingles for many different sound systems worldwide. He released his second album titled “Feeling the Vibes” last summer. This album comes a decade after his first release and it proves he has grown significantly over the years through his music and performances. He has been performing both locally and internationally in places like Canada, the Caribbean and Nairobi Kenya Africa, which by far is the highlight of his career. His work is one to look out for since not only does he sing and DJ but he writes all of his music.

In addition to his musical contributions, King Tappa is also the president of Project Book Bag, an initiative designed to assist students in Dominica by making meaningful contributions of school supplies on a yearly basis.

New Dancehall Video: Buju Banton – Blessed (@bujubanton)


Yesterday Buju released the official video for his song “Blessed,” which is featured on the new album “Upside Down.” In keeping with the lyrical content, the video tells the story of a young boy who is clearly blessed and highly favored. It also included some images from the Black Lives Matter protests.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video and remember to like, comment and share.