Louie Culture & Beenie Man Among Top Performers At Rebel Salute 2020! (@rebelsalute)

Louie cultureThe 27th staging of Jamaica’s biggest culture festival, Rebel Salute, has come and gone, leaving lots of positive vibes still lingering in the air. Love him or hate him, Tony Rebel (along with his team) must be credited for building what has become one of the island’s most anticipated annual event.

Much like past stagings, this year was an undeniable success! We saw stellar performances by both established and emerging reggae and dancehall acts, and experienced an atmosphere of love and togetherness.

Some of the best performers this year were Chavaugn, who did a good early set on night one. Papa Michigan (from the duo Michigan and Smiley) came with an energy that completely lift the vibes and got everyone going. Flourgon, who just won millions of dollars in a settlement from American artist Miley Cyrus, was clearly in a good mood and it showed in his performance.

For the first time this year, the organizers included a comedy segment, and featured popular comedian Johnny (from Lime Tree Lane). He had the crowd in stitches! The man himself, Tony Rebel, did a good set and left the people dancing to “if Jah is by my side.” Leroy Sibbles was amazing. He didn’t talk much, he just delivered hits after hits and had the whole crowd dancing and singing along.

On night two, Jack Radics came out with a sweet energy and got the crowd going with his powerful voice. Rain started while Queen Ifrica was delivering what feels like one of her best performances at Rebel Salute ever. We are accustomed to her lecturing her audiences, but this year she did none of that. No, this year was all about the music.

Richie spice followed Ifrica and kept the same musical energy flowing. George Nooks did a solid set and even brought the people to church in the pouring rain. In my opinion, the man of the night was Louie Culture. He came on at approximately 4 AM, and although the rain was still falling it felt like he brought the sunshine in his all white outfit. Louie did what he’s known to do, he gave an excellent performance and got a much deserved encore! The people did not want him to leave the stage.

Mikey Spice, who clearly came out to sing for the ladies, gave out roses to a select few. Beenie Man showed us why he is still the king of the dancehall. He had the crowd in a frenzy. Anthony B, though his set was cut short due to time restrictions, gave a great performance. The people clearly wanted more but the event had to come to an end.

As mentioned before, Rebel Salute is now one of Jamaica’s treasures. We eagerly await the next staging.

Catch Baby Cham & Christopher Martin In Toronto On Feb. 7th (@TheCham @Iamchrismartin)

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On Friday, February 7th, one of Jamaica’s baddest singers, Christopher Martin, will share the stage with one of the baddest deejays, Baby Cham, inside Rebel Night Club (11 Polson Street) in Toronto, Ontario.

The event, Redemption, is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and this year is a special Bob and Lover’s Rock Edition. Advance tickets, which are going for $30 CDN (general) and $45 CDN (VIP), are available HERE.

Morgan Heritage Launches The New ‘iJAM Music Festival’ (@morganheritage)

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Morgan Heritage (Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Peter “Peetah” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mojo” Morgan) today announced the iJAM Music Festival – Where Impact Meets Music. The one-day festival features international music superstars performing a spectrum of genres including Reggae, Rock, R&B, Soca, Latin, and much more all while bringing awareness through music and maintaining a sound mind, body and soul. The iJAM Music Festival makes its debut at Orlando’s Tinker Field on Saturday, April 4.

Headlined by Morgan Heritage, the iJAM Music Festival includes a star-studded lineup including Busy Signal (Dancehall & Reggae), Less Than Jake (Ska Punk), Baha Men (Junkanoo & Pop), Marcia Griffiths (Reggae), Boris Bilbraut (formerly of Cultura Profética), Pumpa (Soca), Gondwana (Latin), Laza Morgan (Reggae & Pop), Jemere Morgan (Reggae, Pop & Hip-Hop), Esh x Schief (Alternative/Acoustic), Sailor Jane (Reggae & Soul) and many more. The family-friendly festival will also include international fare, holistic experiences, Health & Wellness purveyors and Clean the World soap education along with a Kidz Zone. iJAM Music Festival patrons will experience the true meaning of “One Love.”

Turf President Busy Signal Will Be Live In D.C. This Weekend! (@blissclubdc @busysignal_turf)

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DJ Trini from WKYS 93.9 and Prince Royal Entertainment, in association with Bliss Club DC, will be hosting the Turf President Busy Signal live at Bliss (2122 24th Place NE) in Washington on Sunday, January 19th from 10:00 PM until…

Signal will be supported by DJ Trini, Ricky Platinum, Rennastone, DJ Prince Royal and DJ Aakil. Advance tickets are available via www.blissdc.com.

Hodari Q Ends 2019 In The #1 Spot On Disc-Jock Redeem’s Global Chart – Year In Review (@IMREDEEM)

10610880_10154513702070173_7111823699810536121_nMr. Peppa held the #4 spot for four weeks with “Shake” for Global Castle Production. Turbulence also held the #4 spot for four weeks with “I Wah Know” for DJ Mekka Music & Unity Vibes Production. Craig Ed East held the #3 spot for two weeks with “Run around Girl” for Deano Dean Records. Hodari Q held the #3 spot for four weeks with “Ya Ya Ya” for Skytime Records. “Nah Ease Up” by Simple Cool Voice, produced by Global Castle Production was #3 for two weeks and #2 for two weeks.

Ras Isheal promo song “Can’t Get Me Down” held the #2 spot for two weeks. “Love the Vibes” by Fancy D for Music Tower Production, held the #2 spot for three weeks and maintained being at #1 for two weeks. Justice Teacher entered the chart at #7 and quickly moved up the chart after a couple weeks. He came close to #1 with the song “Make Money” for Di Kemys Records but had to settle with being at #2 for three weeks. “Rise” by Dillgin for Wall Street Records, locked down the chart for four weeks at the #1 spot.

It appears Hodari Q was not satisfied with being at #3 for four weeks on the chart, so he had another song submitted to the chart which was a collaboration with Artist / Producer Roe Summers. The song “Boogie Down (All Night)” produced by Roe Summers for Irish Hill Records, entered the chart at #2 where it remained for two weeks before moving on to claim the #1 spot for five weeks.

The Dancehall Pastor, Rhoda Isabella & Jermaine Edwards Will Represent The Gospel At Rebel Salute 2020 (@StephenBlakeJa)

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Every year, Rebel Salute, which is a Rasta Music Festival, invites at least one Gospel artist to perform on the event. This year they’ll be having three Gospel talents on the lineup: The Dancehall Pastor, Rhoda Isabella and Jermaine Edwards.

This is in part an indication of how big both the show and the Gospel genre have gotten. On a deeper level, it speaks to the spiritual maturity of the organizers, who are clearly not limited in their beliefs.

Rebel Salute will take place on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Buju Banton Is Featured On The Upcoming ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Soundtrack (@bujubanton)

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After a lot of production and promotion the ‘Bad Boys For Life’ movie will finally be released on January 17th, 2020. In addition to having top-tier actors (Will Smith & Martin Lawrence), the much anticipated blockbuster film will also be accompanied by a big soundtrack.

The Bad Boys For Life Soundtrack features: Buju Banton, Meek Mill, The Black Eyed Peas, Jaden, Lil Jon, Pitbull, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, DJ Durel, Rick Ross, J Balvin and City Girls. The project is on the Epic Records label, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.