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Queen Omega’s Euro Tour & The Release Of Her New Album Postponed!

Several weeks ago Maria Jackson had the opportunity to sit and chat with Trinidadian reggae artist Queen Omega. At the time she had an upcoming Euro tour and was working on her new album. 

As we’re all seeing, the global spread of the corona virus is resulting in either the complete cancellation and/or postponement of most projects. That being said, Queen Omega‘s tour is now on hold until further notice, and no official release date has been given for her album.

On a brighter note, we had an informative, entertaining exchange about her journey as a female reggae artist. Please click here to watch, and remember to like, comment and share.

This Weekend Warrior King Will Be A Guest On ‘Sunday Live’ (warriorking9)

In the midst of all the craziness going on right now Warrior King continues to work. A few days ago he did a live acoustic performance, which was streamed on his social media sites, and now he is gearing up for a major public appearance this weekend.

On Sunday, April 5th, Warrior King will be a guest on the popular entertainment show, Sunday Live. The program can be viewed in real time via YouTube.com/nightlyfix, starting at 1:00 PM (Jamaica time).

Etana Shares The Official Lyric Video For Her New Single “Truly” (@EtanaStrongOne)

On March 20th Etana released her new single dubbed Truly. The powerful lovers-rock tune comes courtesy of her own Freemind Music, with distribution via Zojak Worldwide.

A few days after the song was published, Etana followed up with the release of the official lyric video. Click here to check it out and remember to like, comment and share.

Have You Seen Usher’s New Video “Don’t Waste My Time”? (@Usher)

Usher‘s brand new video for the single “Don’t Waste My Time,” done as a  collaboration with Ella Mai, is out now! Two versions of the visuals were released via his YouTube channel: a long clip on March 25th and a shorter cut on April 1st.

If you have not yet seen it, click here or on the image above to watch, and remember to like, comment and share.

Will The Music Industry Be As Stong & Robust After The Pandemic As It Was Before?

There are a lot of uncertainty about what the world will be like after COVID19. Every industry, without exception, has been severely impacted by the spread of the corona virus. The music industry in particular has suffered financially, with all shows, tours, bars, nightclubs, festivals etc. cancelled and closed.

Some may assume that it is just the more popular artists that are affected by these cancellations, but that is not the case. We must remember that there are literally thousands of persons working behind the scenes who have now all lost their employment, hence their income.

With that being said, we must now face our new reality, as we ponder the question; what’s next? What will the music industry be like when all this is over with? Will festivals resume as they were before? Will the masses flock to live shows as aggressively as they did in the past? I think the answer depends on two things: 1) how long this pandemic last and 2) the financial and moral status of the people when it’s all over.

Jamaica Kicks Off 8-Day Curfew To Combat COVID19 (@AndrewHolnessJM)

Starting tomorrow, April 1st, the Jamaican government will implement an eight-day nationwide curfew, which is aimed at slowing the spread of the corona virus pandemic.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, at a press conference last evening. The curfew states that no one is allowed in public between the hours of 8PM and 6AM, from April 1st to April 8th.

Chevelle Franklyn Set To Drop Dual Release To Inspire Hope During COVID19 (@chevellfranklyn)

As the world continues to grapple with lives lost and lessons of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), international Psalmist Chevelle Franklyn is set to uplift spirits with the release of her latest track “Go In Your Strength,” alongside a bonus track, “iPrevail,” on Friday, April 3rd.

This is what Chevelle Franklyn had to say about the project: “iPrevail was recorded in South Africa over one year ago and written four years ago, God was ahead of us. We were all set to release our Anthem of the Ages, “Go in Your Strength,” yet God is pushing with this as well. Coronavirus will not take us because the blood of Jesus prevails.”

To date, there have been over half a million cases and over twenty-three thousand deaths worldwide because of the corona virus; but most importantly, there have been a continuous rise in those recovering, with the last count at over 123,000. Franklyn believes when ministry supersedes industry, anointing can override strategy. “iPrevail” is an enduring declaration of hope and healing over our lives. The Holy Spirit is at work.

The dual release will be accompanied by the music video of the lead single “Go In Your Strength,” shot at the legendary BOP Studio in Mahikeng, South Africa. The album, which features both tracks, is set for release in mid-2020.