JLAWREMONE Biography (@jlawremone)

Photo of jlawremoneAndre Remone Whittle, more popularly known as jlawremone, is a pop, reggae and dancehall artist based in New Paltz, New York.

Andre grew up with his grandparents in Kingston, Jamaica, but he spent most of his summer vacations in the UK with relatives. Unfortunately, his biological dad was not in his life and his mother migrated when he was only 3 years old. However, at age 19 he reconnected with his mom, who was then happily married to man who would later become one of Andre’s biggest supporters. Upon arriving in New York, he attended SUNY Orange Community College and then went on to the State University of New York. While in school, he got involved in, and developed a passion for, football (soccer). Andre also earned an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Accounting, and was convinced that this would be the field in which he would make a living.

That being said, in 2013 something happened that would change Andre’s life forever. Sadly, that year he lost his older brother, someone he had a very a close relationship with. As a result, he made some significant changes. He decided then and there to get into music as a way of honoring his brother who was, according to Andre, the real singer in the family. He also began calling himself jlawremone, which is basically his brother’s initials (jlaw) and his middle name (remone) combined. With this, he insist on having the j at the beginning of his name always in lower case as it represents the humility his brother usually displayed.

To jump start his music career, jlawremone used his natural song writing ability along with his people skills to score a couple of noteworthy collaborations. The first was with Jamaican dancehall artist Tajji on a single called “Girls World” and the second was with popular emerging artist Javon J on “Temporary Love.” The reaction from members of the public to the release of both tracks is proof positive that though jlawremone got into the music business as a result of a tragedy, this is definitely where he belongs.

As he continues to push forward, he is now working on a possible record with popular dancehall artist Kranium. Additionally, he has just released the official video for “Temporary Love” and is working with his team on the song’s promotion.

Anyone wanting to work with jlawremone, in any capacity, may do so by sending an email to him at andrejlawmusic@gmail.com. Persons are also encouraged to follow him on all his social media sites: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jlaw.remone), Twitter (https://twitter.com/jlawremone) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/Jlawremone).

 

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Written by: www.mjent.net

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RASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE (Bio)

OMEGARISINGRASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY (WORLD) TO EMPOWER THE NATION OF RASTAFARI

In Service to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie for over 45 years proven by the fact that all her 4 birth youths were born to a Rasta Mother.
Born in Jamaica and growing in the UK since she was 10 years old, Mama Askale began her working career as a Music Publisher at VIRGIN RECORDS with Richard Branson. Here as the 1st Black employee, she was promoted to Publishing and Promotions Manager and instrumental in the establishment of The FRONTLINE Label, which produced a range of Jamaican Artistes and Producers. This brought Mama Askale in the frontline of Radio & Media Promotions in the UK (1972-1974).

As soon as Bob Marley met Mama Askale in a discussion on Publishing Rights, he invited her to Jamaica, to TUFF GONG to establish Bob Marley Music in Jamaica. Rastafari calling took a major role and accepting this invitation began a journey in Rastafari by moving to the Hills of Jamaica and working with Bob Marley at Tuff Gong until he transcended in 1981. Then travelling throughout the Caribbean Islands promoting TUFF GONG MUSIC.

As Bob Marley used to tell anyone who challenged my work, “she nuh work for Tuff Gong unuh, she work for JAH.” This is Mama Askale, working for JAH, journeying to share and spread HIM message of Love and Unity. From Jamaica and The Caribbean, to the USA establishing the Press and Publicity Dept. for RAS RECORDS (1982-1988).

The Call for Repatriation brought Mama Askale and Family back to the UK, where she re-trained as Social worker and later gaining an essential Degree in Education,” in order to monitor her children’s Education ina Babylon.” The next 2 decades were focussed on Education and travel inside Europe. In Educating the World Community, to Empower the Nation of Rastafari, Mama Askale established strong Media and PR Links worldwide. Travelling to establish the Mission of The EMPRESS MENEN FOUNDATION became a natural duty from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie Mama will testify. Jah honoured her to travel in HIM Footsteps and meet HIM Creations.”

The Elders of Rastafari ARE the fulfilment of The Creed, according to Mama. The ANCIENTS be Fed: The ANCIENTS be clothed: The ANCIENTS be nourished: The ANCIENTS be PROTECTED and CARED FOR. Duty before they leave I and I.”

In Europe, Directors of The EMF were to be found in France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, UK, Croatia, Finland and Denmark (when Ras Chiozo was present). The Annual EMF Ethiopian Calendar became the vehicle for the Promotion of RASTAFARI WORLDWIDE. This continues as Mama, Empress Askale Selassie returned to the Roots, The Motherland AETHIOPIA, where the mission to Educate the Ethiopian Community has become crucial as most Ethiopians have no knowledge of their great King and Emperor as DIVINE. Mama Askale has a solution. Education. Never ceasing to educate, she has now produced the 2nd Editon of the All Amharic RASWORLD Calendar for Ethiopians at Home and Abroad.
Mama Askale, is eager to SHARE and is honoured by The Promoter and Organiser of The Aarhus Reggae Festival in Denmark to come and share her experiences and indeed Ethiopian Souvenirs and much more with Reggae Lovers from a solid and welcoming Source.

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Joseph Blue Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool” Bio

Joseph Blue GrantJoseph “Blue” Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool,” singer, songwriter, producer and musician, was born in Jamaica and is known as one of the most talented entertainers from the island. Joseph “Blue” Grant has been in the reggae music business since the early seventies and while working in Jamaica has shared the stage with veterans like Burning Spear, Denis Brown, Bob Marley, Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes (Bob Marley’s backing vocalists), Sophia George, Tiger, Brigadier Jerry, Freddy McGregor, Sugar Minott, Cornell Campbell, Tony Rebel, Eddie Fitzroy and many more top reggae artists. Joseph Blue gives credit also to working with some of Jamaica’s finest musicians like Pablo Black and Jah Privy (Studio One), Earl “Bagga” Walker, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Tyrone Downie, Robbie Shakespeare, Noel “Sowel” Bailey, Junior Dan, and many more. Joseph Blue founded the name and the popular reggae group “Still Cool” in the seventies. Group members alongside him were Louie Campbell, Steven Hylton, and Frank Dimond. This Jamaican reggae group graced the stage of many shows promoted by the Twelve Tribes of Israel Organization and Band, creating the anthem of Rastafarians and poor people all over the world with the number one hit “To Be Poor Is A Crime” (1981), written by Joseph Blue Grant. This song was later covered by Freddie McGregor and again it became a number one hit in (1992), even being awarded “The number two reggae song of the year 1992” in Great Britain.

When the group took a rest from the music scene, Joseph “Blue” Grant migrated to Europe, but while working in Europe kept the Still Cool vibes alive by referring to his backing band – consisting of musicians from Jamaica, Germany, Africa and other Carribean countries – as the “Still Cool Band.” During this time, Joseph Blue Grant released a number of singles, which were distributed by Tuff Gong International Jamaica, and Jet Star Phonographics in Great Britain, among them the original “To Be Poor Is A Crime,” “Poverty Is Wicked” and “Partytime.” Albums released in Europe initially are “Distance Makes No Barriers” (1996) and “Digital Jockey – 8 Studies in Dub” (2000) which includes the single remix of “To Be Poor Is A Crime” and from which the video clip earned “Pick of the week” on MTV Nordic Europe.

In 2001 Still Cool sent his plea to the decision makers of this world with his album “Save the Planet,” released in England and other European countries. For the launch in England he worked together with artists like Lerry Lions (bass), Barry Prince (drums), Simeon (keyboard) and Gilli Dread (guitarist), featured by David Rodigan at Club Subterranea in London. Many concerts followed, taking the tunes around England, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Germany to clubs and festivals like Reggae Sundance, Reggae Geel, Reggae Jam and SummerJam. Summer of 2008 saw Still Cool releasing his new album “Can’t stop this music.” Presented at Rototom Showcase stage in Italy, Joseph has since been taking these songs and their vibes mainly to city festivals and towns around Germany, among them Bremen, Kassel, Haltern am See, Oberhausen and Essen, as well as the Reggae Meeting in Tocnik, Czech Republic. In July 2017, the new acoustic album “Voice & Steel” was finally released. With its meditative qualities, it presents Mr. Grant at his best in his element as original singer, songwriter and steel drum player. Joseph “Blue” Grant is truly a defender and an advocate of reggae music as can be seen in the lyrical contents of his songs. “To Be Poor Is A Crime” – ‘Still Cool’ Joseph Blue Grant – is carrying on the longevity of the reggae music, determined and steadfast in his quest to spread his message of peace and love, equal rights and justice to a worldwide audience.

Teacha Dee’s Bio (@TeachaDeeMusic)

Teacha Dee - Side Profile ( Black Back Ground ) (Feb 2016)Damion Darrel Warren (born 21 September 1980), best known as Teacha Dee, is a Jamaican reggae singer and former educator. He is best known for his hit singles “Smoke and Fly,” “Reggae Souljahs” and “Smuggling Weed.” He was a full-time employee for the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture in Jamaica when he recorded all three songs. His stage name was derived from the Jamaican creole for “teacher” and a shortening of his childhood nickname “Demus.”

Warren was born on September 21, 1980 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He grew up in a little district called Bath where he attended the Unity Primary School. Being successful in his Common Entrance Exams, he was rewarded a place at the prestigious Manning’s School from which he graduated in 1997 before relocating to Montego Bay to live with his mother. Warren then attended the Sam Sharpe Teachers College secondary programme to pursue his teaching career.

In September 2000, Warren was employed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture to teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology. He worked at the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School located in Montego Bay, up until his resignation in May 2012, to pursue his dream of being an entertainer.

In May 2005, Teacha Dee began his professional recordings with The Mighty Powpow Productions a major German production label. He recorded “Life Goes on” which is a reggae song sung in the melody of The Beatles hit “[Ob La Di]”. This song was released in 2006 as part of a compilation CD titled “First Sight Riddim”. However, “life goes on” was not published as “Teacha Dee” but as “Damian Warren”. This resulted in the song been listed on many reggae database sites as belonging to a separate artiste.

In late 2006, he recorded a song titled “Them A Play” for Dasvibes Productions. This was released on a riddim compilation called “Gloria Riddim”. The single was the first song on which he was officially recognized as “Teacha Dee”. All songs recorded after this date were released as Teacha Dee and not his given name.

In 2007, he recorded “Smuggling Weed” for Powpow Movements which became his first popular song within the European scene. However, his most successful song at that time was “Smoke and Fly.” This was recorded as a sound system dub on the “Kingston Town” instrumental made popular by an Italian reggae superstar Alberto Dascola aka Alborosie. This song quickly became a sound system’s favorite and a huge hit within the reggae clubs.

Teacha Dee - Calabash Smile ( Black Background ) (Feb 2016)Early 2008, Teacha Dee recorded “Blaming Game” for Master J Productions. This was a record label based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “Blaming Game” was the first single that was in circulation on the radio stations in Jamaica. Prior to this, his music was gaining a lot of attention outside of Jamaica without the knowledge of many Jamaicans and the Ministry of Education. Teacha Dee also recorded “Reggae Souljahs” later that same year that quickly became a popular reggae anthem in Germany. This song was produced by Rootdown Records and released on a various artiste compilation called “Ilove Riddim”. In August 2008, Teacha Dee started his own label called “Tenfloor Records”.
After some years of study, Teacha Dee accepted the Ras Tafari way of life in June 2010. This brought about a remarkable change in the messages in his music as well as his overall image. In August 2010, he began to focus on his own production company and produced his first collaboration titled “what i pray.” This song features ‘Determine’, an artiste famous for a massive hit with Beenie Man. Teacha Dee released two various artiste compilations quickly after on his label. These were “Hot Box Riddim” and “Thirteen Riddim” both released in late 2010 and early 2011 respectively.

In the summer of 2011, Teacha Dee embarked on his first European tour during his vacation leave from teaching. This tour gave a strong boost to his career on the international scene. The people who loved his songs, could now put a face to his music. His first tour included appearances at Yaam and Insel Clubs in Berlin, Faust in Hannover, Magnapop in Krefeld, Petit Prince and Lüxor in Köln, Rude 7 in Mannheim, Kulturfabrik in Hildeshiem, Wagen Bau in Hamburg and U-club in Wupertal. The highlight of his tour was his performance at the prestigious Reggaejam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany.

During this trip Teacha Dee recorded for several producers. “Symbiz Productions” based in Germany, “Catchy Grezzly” based in Italy and “Soul Force Music” also based in Germany. In October 2011 immediately after his first tour, Teacha Dee released his debut album entitled “Reggae Souljahs: Beating Babylon With Music”. This album was released on his own independent record label.

In April 2012, Teacha Dee returned to Europe for a mini tour. On this trip, he performed in Cantu Italy, Bern Switzerland and Oldenburg Germany. He also did repeated performances in Osnabruck and Mannheim. It was during this time he recorded a collaboration with ‘Skarra Mucci’ entitled “Summer Time” for “Weedy G SoundForce” a Swiss-based label. This was how his affiliation with Weedy G Soundforce for whom he recorded many singles began. In May 2012, Teacha Dee recorded “Sound System” for Reggaeville/Oneness Productions both based in Germany. He also worked with producers such as “Catchy Greezly” based in Italy, Jugglers Music and Deebuzz Music both based in Germany. A total of 12 singles were released that same year for various producers including his own record label.

In August 2013, Teacha Dee and Utan Green collaborated on a single entitled “Reggae Show” on the “Reggae Jam Riddim” which was released at the 19th staging of the Reggae Jam festival held in Bersenbruck, Germany. Teacha Dee was a headliner for this festival.

On July 4th 2014, “Party Day” recorded for Germany-based upcoming producers “Dancehallrulerz” made it to the number one spot on the official German reggae charts. This chart presented by Jugglerz radio and Riddim Magazine, was the official Reggae chart of Germany. “Party Day” held the number one spot on two separate occasions. It went down the charts for a short time before returning to number one spot a few days later. These charts numbered 30/2014 and 33/2014 were posted on 26 August and 22 September respectively.

In July 2015, Teacha Dee released his first artiste mix-tape titled “Rasta Ting”. It consisted of 26 tracks which were released within the European market and was presented by Europe’s female sound sensation, Big Mama Sound. In that same month at the 21st staging of the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbruck, Teacha Dee’s performance was reviewed as “one of the most reviting” by irieites.de. Their list of highlights also included David Rodigan, Anthony B, Alpheus, Ken Boothe, Winston Francis and Bitty McLean.

In 2016, Teacha Dee released a total of ten singles. The most successful of these were; “Jah Jah is calling” on the Pac Man Riddim, “Concrete Grave” on the After Berlin Wall Riddim and “Rastafari Way” on the Horn Of Africa Riddim. Teacha Dee’s major hit of 2016 was “Rastafari Way” which spent 14 days on Beatport’s top 100 reggae/dub chart peaking at 44. Another solid performer was “Concrete Grave” which was selected in the top 100 reggae hits of 2016 by Zonareggae.ro based in Romania.

Cali P – Bio (@CaliPmusic)

cali-pWith locks stretching from the crown of his head almost to the sole of his feet, the artis CALI P bears an aura of spirituality often identified with those whose sacred mission it is to take the message of Reggae and Rastafari to the diverse parts of the earth. His easy manner comports with ones expectation of a life dedicated to a mission of peace and love. His delivery and passion certainly remind his audience that while the lyrical fire of Rastafari burns brightly within his soul he is keenly aware that the message must be delivered in a contemporary manner. CALI P expresses the eternal truth of Rastafari with a youthful freshness that is so appealing.

One is able to discern strains of his multicultural heritage in his music. Born Pierre Nanon to a mother from Switzerland and a Rastafarian father from the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe, CALI P seemed destined for the assignment of transcending racial and ethnic challenges in the promotion of his music. He describes himself as a singer, songwriter, rapper and one could add a lyrical firebrand who has been devoted to the playing of the drums since the age of three. While still a teenager Pierre would join AKIYO, his father’s band, and take the unmistakable step in fulfilling his destiny.

Nanon would have his first real embrace of Jamaican Dancehall through the GIDEON SOLDIERS sound system at the close of the Twentieth Century. He would release his first single “Forward” in 2005 which was followed by a number of other singles. He was soon in demand across Europe bearing the banners of Reggae and Rastafari on his youthful and slender shoulders.

His 2008 debut album ”Lyrical Faya” would follow and the world would begin to take notice of the young Rastafarian who was delivering a traditional message in a fresh and exciting manner 2010 would be a pivotal year for CALI P as not only did it mark his move from Switzerland to Jamaica but the release of his critically acclaimed ”Like a Lion – Hotsteppa” which was part of the soundtrack of a documentary of the same name attracting, positive international reviews. CALI P confidently asserts that Jamaica is his base – the world is his stage. He speaks fondly of performing in Europe and looks forward to performing there each year. He points out that when he tours he loves being accompanied by his Jamaican band which he notes brings a certain energy to his performance.

2011 would see the release of “Unstoppable” (HEMP HIGHER) seems a reflection of his musical destiny. The album includes the spiritually assertive single ”Jah Rule the World”. The video for this single has attracted much attention for the outstanding images which it has captured.”Unstoppable” climbed to top ten positions on the ITunes charts in a number of territories including the USA and Canada.

In 2014 he released the “Healing of The Nation” EP (HEMP HIGHER), which also topped itunes reggae charts all over Europe and saw the artist embark on a massive “Healing Of The Nation” world tour in 2015, including performances at REBEL SALUTE (Jamaica), SUMMERJAM (Germany), REGGAEJAM (Germany), FESTIVAL DE L’ETE (Canada), REEDS FESTIVAL (Switzerland) , performances in Costa Rica and Malta and many more…

2 years after, in 2016, he followed up with “Ithoughts” – a full album featuring productions from MANUDIGITAL, FLASH HIT RECORDS, SEANI B, TEKA & EQUINOXX MUSIC which went straight to the top of the reggae charts and also entered the notorious US BILLBOARD CHARTS (Reggae). The first single featuring CAPLETON rapidly racked up over 1 MILLION VUES on youtube – Following that Cali P went back to what he does best: Touring the 4 corners of the world – and his “Ithoughts” tour saw him travel far and wide to new destinations including the Ivory Coast (Africa), India, Dubai and well as a full fledged 12 date UK tour with UK reggae artist NATTY. The summer of 2017 will see him perform all over europe, gracing it’s biggest stages.. make sure you catch him live on the Main Stage at SUMMERJAM, at ROTOTOM FESTIVAL’s Lion stage or at one of the many other stops of his tour.

CALI P definitely has a lot in store for his fans so make sure you look out for his new releases soon. Yes the expectations are high but he clearly has what is required, spiritually and musically speaking.

CeeKaiH – Bio (@Ceekaih)

IMG_5015 (1)Navaada Daley, known by his stage name CeeKaiH, is a diversely talented recording artiste/actor who has been performing professionally since 2010. The writer/ performer states that music comforts and excites him and is a perfect balance, considering life’s uncertainties. CeeKaiH considered music a hobby until he was pushed by friends to make it a career. His decision has not been disappointing, as he disclosed that he feels elated and on top of the world when his work is appreciated and enjoyed by others.

A native of Linstead St. Catherine, the home of dancehall hit makers Jigsy King and Tony Curtis and top DJ/producer Zj Dymond. CeeKaiH’s style is a fusion of the 90s to present dancehall and early millennium hip hop and is inspired by Reggae icons Shaggy, Beenie Man, Cham, Tanya Stephens and Rap moguls Jay-Z and Ludacris. He believes that with determination, optimism and strong work ethic, success is inevitable.

CeeKaiH has derived the moniker “Alienbwoy” for his eccentric, captivating, energetic on stage performances and has had the pleasure of performing on shows with many of Reggae’s superstars including Chris Martin, Lust, and Tanya Stephens, but his proudest moment came at the “Tribute to Stanley” concert when he opened for a host of legends, including the original King of Dancehall, Yellow Man.

CeeKaiH had his first release in 2010, his self-produced single “Always on My Mind,” in collaboration with Malasha. He signed a management contract with Hotprime Entertainment in November 2011 and released “Come Over To Me” on New Sound Music’s Street cleaner riddim, “Hussle Hard” on Paranormal Music’s Hipstar riddim, “Addicted” on African producer Kish Waihu’s Way to your heart riddim, and “Money Dance” produced by Jettstart Records. He’s had starring roles in the movies Jealous Ova 2,” “Bad Company 2,” “Shotta Granny 3,” among others as well as in “Cowfoot 2.” He is currently in the studio working on new music with several producers.

Freddie McGregor – Biography (@BigshipFreddie)

FreddieInternationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has made significant contributions to Reggae music since inception, and has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like Push Come to Shove, Africa Here I Come, I Was Born A Winner, Guantanamera, his signature Big Ship, Lock Dem’ Down and Bangarang (both chart topping hits from album “Comin’ in Tough”) and American soul classics like, Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely (Ronnie Dyson) and Can I Change My Mind (by Tyrone Davis). With his profound natural talent and influenced by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers. Early tracks like Why Did You Do It and Do Good and Good Will Follow You propelled his career in the mid-sixties. He followed the group the Claredonians to Kingston and later teamed up with Ernest “Fitzroy” Wilson to form the duo Fitzie and Freddie recording for Coxone Dodd’s Studio One label. In 1975, Freddie’s musical and lyrical content changed with a strong slant towards social consciousness with tunes like Mark of the Beast, I Am A Rasta and reggae classic Bobby Babylon. He released his long awaited album “Mr. McGregor” in 1977, which contained reggae mainstays such as Zion Chant, Rastaman Chant and Walls of Jericho marking a major milestone in his stellar career and paving the way for his 1981 single Big Ship, which has become one of reggae’s classics and biggest hits.

In 1989, Freddie launched his own label entitled, Big Ship, featuring “Jamaica Classics: Volume One” as the first major release, which included popular tunes like “Let Him Try and Derrick Harriots Loser (by Derrick Harriot). Today, Big Ship is the most recognized Reggae label in Japan handling its own production, manufacturing, distribution and promotions while having produced several reggae artists including General Degree, Cutty Ranks, Mikey Spice, Benjy Myaz and Freddie’sdaughter,Yeshemabeth.

HisalbumentitledAnythingforYoufeaturingthesongsUncleSam,ISeeItInYouand Anything for You, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. Video productions include the historic Super Stars Extravaganza DVD, highlighting rare concert footage from the 1989 Denbigh Show Ground with live performances by such greats like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy, Frankie Paul, Carlene Davis and the legendary Tamlins.

Over the years, Freddie has consistently “given back” to the community supporting underprivileged youths in communities in Jamaica through scholarships or guiding their musical careers. With events such as Rock Steady Meets Reggae, promoting unity within the Reggae fraternity and Reggae by the Lake, Freddie encourages positive family values through music. In 2010, he designed and donated a decorative mask for the Education Africa Gala silent auction (others designers included Sting, Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell and Sir Bob Geldof) to support access to education. A strong advocate for the protection and promotion of the music industry, his credited accolades/titles include serving as Chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, receiving both the prestigious Jamaican Order of Distinction (2003) and a Sumfest Award (2012) for his contribution to Jamaican music and culture. Always ready to perform, Freddie continues to please his fans throughout the world. He has completed over 30 albums to date and headlined international concerts and venues including Poland’s Blue Note, Japan’s Jumping Splash, Reggae Sunsplash (Clapham Common), the Cartegena Festival (Colombia), Midem (France), the Jamaican Expo (performing for Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles), the London Hammersmith Apollo performing with John Holt and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Annual Caribbean Tourism Week (NYC), Reichold Center for the Performing Arts (USVI) and many others. His song, Lovers Rock, was featured in the critically acclaimed HBO film “Disappearing Acts” and inducted an Apollo Living Legend at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater Salute. His latest project “True to My Roots”, attests to the experience, intensity and wisdom that are uniquely Freddie. It’s a disc that genuinely has something enjoyable for every demographic but can be listened to and enjoyed without the burden of trends, market values or any other preconceptions. This is not the “phoned-in” exercise of a weary veteran content to coast on the past, but the sound of a leader scanning the landscape with a positive view, with an eye to opportunity, not content to pick at consumed carcasses, but mindful always of the need to stay grounded “true to his roots” as the title track proclaims.

Alison Hinds’ Bio (@AlisonHinds)

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Alison Hinds (born 1 June 1970) is a female soca artist from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is one of the most popular soca singers in the world and has unofficially been given the nickname the “Queen of Soca.” She has produced many popular songs that top charts even in countries which do not widely listen to soca.

In 1986, Hinds joined the soca band Square One. At first this band performed mostly in bars and clubs, but later they became a top Soca band, bringing soca to a new level. Alison produced her first hit in the year 1996, “Ragamuffin.” That song made her win road march of that year for Kadooment (Barbados’ Carnival). The following year she repeated road march and also won The Party Monarch with another hit “Twister”. Alison was the first woman to ever win these titles in Barbados. This led to Hinds’ role as the lead singer in the band. Next, Square One created an album called “Full Bloom”. This album took over the Caribbean. It included the song Faluma,” which was the top song in the Caribbean for the period of 1999-2000. It toped the charts of Guatemala for 49 weeks. It was during this period that Hinds’ popularity grew. Square One continued to produce hits until 2004 when it broke up – partly due to Hinds’ departure.

Currently Alison Hinds lives with her family, husband Edward Walcott and daughter Saharan (born May 5th, 2004), on a horse farm in Barbados. She has her own band, “The Alison Hinds Show”. This band was formed in 2005 when Hinds returned to the soca scene with the hit song “Roll It Gal” which is an anthem for young women and encourages them to have pride in themselves. In 2006 the song was still popular. Hinds is the main singer and most of the members of the band are young dancers and musicians. She also produced a song called “Love Affair.” Since she returned to music she has recorded a collaboration with Machel Montano for the the remix of “Roll It Gal.”

DEADLY Bio (@dondeadda)

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Hip-hop, much like Reggae and Dancehall, is another genre that Jamaicans can claim as their own. This is because the founding fathers all admit that they were influenced by early Jamaican music. Jamaicans were chanting, or talking in melody, rhymes and creative slangs way before Kool Herc invented hip-hop in the early 70’s in the Bronx. Furthermore, Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell was born in Kingston, Jamaica, so that solidifies the statement made earlier; Hip-Hop is Jamaican Music.

New York battle rapper, Nedley Anderson, more popularly known as Deadly, believes this is why he had to return to his Jamaican roots.

Deadly’s career in music really started in the streets of Port Antonio, Jamaica. Even as a child, he rushed every stage with his gritty persona. He migrated to the United States in the mid 80’s and immediately fell in love with hip-hop. He brought his Jamaican attitude to the genre much the way Busta Rhymes did. His true artistic works, however, were done in underground basements in what is commonly known as battle rap. It is there that he would lyrically slay his competition with his DEADLY words. He quickly became popular in both New Jersey and New York and was soon signed by Brian Cooper of Diehard Records. He released several singles: “Cool’n,” SayaPraya,” “C’mon Witcha BadSelf” and “I Got More Flavaz Than U.”

While he was tearing up stages in New York City in clubs like SOBs, Tilt and Paladium in the early nineties, he had a strong feeling that he was being called back home to Jamaica.

Not long after, due to circumstances beyond his control, he did return to the island. He continued to make music, though he slightly altered his style and delivery. People began noticing his unique and soulful, yet melodious delivery in songs like “Abundance of Water,” “Jamaversary” and “Home Wrecker.” Popular radio personality, Ron Muchette, has played “Home Wrecker” almost as a morning staple and calls Deadly ‘The smoothest rapper he has ever heard.’

Deadly believes that this is just the beginning. His watery flow can be heard in his latest release, a song called “Beggy Beggy.” An instant earworm; the kids only have to hear it once and they’re able to sing every word in the chorus after that. Deadly is also excited about a couple other unreleased tracks that he is currently working on.

In this world where the creativity in music is at an all-time low, please keep your ears out for Deadly. Because his creative mind, American experience, and Jamaican roots is setting the stage for some truly unique musical sounds, subjects, and ideas. Deadly has just started his Alfamatic Label at The C.R.A.S.H. COURSE Media Center, in Port Antonio. He plans to flood the world with the memorable scenes in this tourist destinations in upcoming music videos. His music is not the typical hip-hop songs about girls, guns, glitter, and gold. No, he raps with melody from his heart about Jamaican lifestyle and the things that affects Jamaican people. This makes him truly original in the world of hip-hop.

Anyone wanting to work with Deadly should send an email to crashcoursemediacenter@gmail.com.

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IKAYA – BIO (@IkayaOfficial)

IkayaBorn on February 5, Kadian ‘Ikaya’ Blair was born in the heart of Waterhouse in Kingston Jamaica, one of the country’s most controversial communities. Although surrounded by many political, economic and social conflict, her parents were unwavering in their efforts to show her a life filled with opportunity, love and family. Marie Pusey (Mother) and Hugh “Bingy” Blair (Father) were instrumental role models for the Jamaican reggae and R&B songstress who discovered her talent at age 4 while auditioning for a choir assemble in pre-school. But even at that age, Ikaya was no stranger to music. As a child, she would sit in amazement as she watched her grandfather play his ‘kette’ drums at his workshop in her community. Her mother saw her passion and nurtured this talent by encouraging her to enter the music and dance festivals while attending the Pembroke Hall Primary School. As a teenager she would continue to follow her dreams of becoming a singer, performing at various concerts and entertaining small crowds at home and at school. While attending Wolmer’s Girl High School she formed a group called B2K girls. Her father’s popularity as a former football player for the Jamaican Reggae Boyz and the Waterhouse Premier League brought her into contact with reggae “Prophet” Clifton ‘Capleton’ Bailey in 2001. The singer started her career as a background vocalist for Capleton, who became a hit among the reggae and Rastafarian communities in the mid to late nineties and was known for his “fire blazing” lyrics. Eventually, she became his opening act for performances he made on tours around the world. The two later recorded a collaboration entitled ‘Fire’ which was featured in the top spot on numerous music charts.

Ikaya’s exposure to the world and various genres helped to define her own style and sound in the fierce, male dominated music industry in Jamaica. Her first love, reggae, was fused with dancehall, R&B and hip-hop, to create hardcore, soulful renditions of her life experiences. Since her entrance to the music scene, the vocalist has released several singles showcasing her versatility. ‘Hard Way’, ‘High With You’, ‘Good Up’, ‘These Tears’ and her collaboration with Merciless ‘Amber Alert’ have all received good reviews and heavy rotation on local and international media outlets. ‘Hard Way’ topped the Jamaican Music Countdown charts while the video for ‘High With You’ has seen steady rotation on cable and radio stations worldwide, reaching fans as far as Kenya in Africa. Her musical style has been described as “thought provoking” and “scintillating” by many music critics who recounts her presentation as the “most promising” when compared to other new female artistes in Jamaica. Though her journey to stardom has seen many struggles and challenges thus far, Ikaya is focused on producing exceptional music that touch and change the lives of people who experience her material. Not only does she sing like the sweet breath of winds beneath the soul, Ikaya also proves herself to be a prolific Deejay, sharing the spotlight with many big names in the industry. In her singles ‘Fly Away’ produced by Don Corleon and European reggae chart topper ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ the singer demonstrates her adeptness to switch between soulful melodies and spitting rhymes on hardcore dancehall rhythms.

The early stages of her career has seen her opening for more established musicians, recording tracks for her debut album, creating music videos and promoting her work at various local and international events. In 2011, Ikaya made her debut performance at the 18th staging of Jamaica’s

largest reggae festival – Reggae Sumfest, Sting, Follow the Arrow as well as Jamaica Day in Canada and the Reggae Rhythm and Blues concert in New York City. She has been recognized for her achievements so far, copping the most coveted award of ‘Female Artiste of the Year’ in 2010 by the 39 years old Jamaican sound system operator, Stone Love. In that same year, Ikaya received the award for the MIA’s (Music Industry Award) ‘Best Video of the Year’ for her single ‘Hard Way’ and the Hitz 92 FM’s People’s Choice Award for ‘Best New Artiste’. Ikaya has worked with many noteworthy producers in the past including Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Flava McGregor, DJ Wayne , Zj Sparks , DZL Records and has done productions on the Kings of Kings Label.

Currently signed to an independent music label, Ikaya continues to write songs and record tracks for her first studio album, which is not yet titled. She anticipates the debut of her creative work which she explains as “All of me, my life, my experiences, love, family, friends and my surroundings. It’s an expression of my versatility compiled on one CD. My greatest joy will be that my fans and friends appreciate and have fun with it!”