In an effort to assist recording artists that may not be able to afford quality mixing and mastering, Prosonic Production is offering his services free of charge to selected reggae and dancehall acts for a limited time.
Early Bird tickets are now available to the 4th Annual Caribbean Village Festival which takes place on Sunday, June 24th at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Florida.
Confirmed acts for this year includes: Maxi Priest, Kymani Marley, Alison Hinds, Half Pint, Shurwayne Winchester, MikaBen and Julian Believe. Additional artists will be announced soon.
Tickets can be purchased from several outlets in and around South Florida (all locations listed on their website), as well as online at www.caribbeanvllage.net.
Craigy T (born Craig Thompson) is a Jamaican Reggae music singer, songwriter and record producer. He gained worldwide acclaim as a member of the Dancehall / Reggae quartet T.O.K., landing five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 during their close to two decade-long run as one of Jamaica’s premier acts. Their breakthrough hit “Eagles Cry” produced by the legendary Dave Kelly, soared to #1 in Jamaica in 1999 and made them a force to be reckoned with in the Jamaican music scene. This was the turning point in Craigy T’s career. The group had a string of hit singles including “Guardian Angel,” “Footprints” and “Gal You A Lead.” The momentum of these recordings opened the doors for the group to start touring Europe and the Caribbean before moving on to Africa, the U.S. and Japan, where they scored platinum and certified gold selling albums.
After a long and prosperous run, in 2016 the members of the group decided to take on solo careers and have stopped recording as a group. Craigy T has taken this opportunity to focus on his own solo projects and launched his own GafJam imprint.
Thus far, he has seen a successful solo journey with his current singles ‘No Space,’ ‘Alive,’ ‘Gonna Be Alright’ & ‘Pull It Up’ gaining rotation in the United Kingdom and the United States on major stations like Hot 97, Power 105, Hot 93.7, B87, 99 JAMZ, BBC 1xtra and many more.
With his new image, style and material, Craigy T promises to continue to satisfy T.O.K. and Reggae music fans around the globe as he continues to produce, perform, and release music on GafJam and other labels.
VP Records is proud to announce “LoveSick,” the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again. In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell.
Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single ‘Now’, released last Summer, was the introduction to an energetic dance groove on the Skank and Rave rhythm. Highly contagious, the song alludes to a transitional musical direction. On the other spectrum, “Trouble” is reminiscent of his popular songs “Soul Provider”, “Fade Away” and “Cry Tears For You”. The bluesy, smooth rhythm released in November, showcases the sick side of LoveSick, as he tells a tale of a woman who persists on breaking up his happy home after a one- night stand.
The latest single “Still” is a passionate ballad over the upbeat Skyspraper Riddim by Richie Stephens, a forthcoming video is expected in March. The album also includes Romain’s stirring version of the Sam Smith smash “Stay With Me.” The song has become a fan favorite across the globe, rivaling popularity with the original version in Japan.
Agent Sasco‘s discography is Winning Right Now. It includes three studio albums, and well over 350 singles. He has performed on concerts and festivals across Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
His catalogue includes collaborations with icons in reggae music such as: Shaggy, Marcia Griﬃths, Beres Hammond, Spragga Benz, Sean Paul, Josie Wales, Bounty Killer, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Michael Rose, and Freddy McGregor. Agent Sasco is currently in the studio wrapping up his 4th album.
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Singer Dann-I will make his debut performance outside of Jamaica, when he performs at Reggae on the Hill in Barbados on April 29. The event takes place at the Farley Hill National Park.
An obviously upbeat Dann-I said he plans to use the opportunity to spread his brand of positive messages. ‘It is an exceptional feeling and I’m truly honored to be representing Jamaica and reggae music amongst the great reggae icons slated to be in the lineup for Reggae on the Hill in Barbados,’ he said. He added, ‘For now, the plan is to execute a remarkable and unforgettable performance and to also capitalize on networking with persons and to develop a larger fan base in Barbados.’
Dann-I explained what fans can expect. ‘Being that this will be my first appearance in Barbados, the plan is to deliver a high energetic and vibrant set, interacting with the audience and getting them involved. I want to use the opportunity to make a memorable impact,’ he confided.
Other acts billed for Reggae on the Hill include roots singer Everton Blender, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest and Anthony B.
Dann-I recently signed a deal with Donsome Booking Agency in New York. He is currently promoting the song When She High which was produced by Sons of Spoon Music.
We were just informed that Chronixx will be performing in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday, April 7th. This show is being added to the Chronology Tour (Chronixx’s Caribbean Tour), which is currently in full swing.
The Antigua event is being hosted by Jump268. Persons are being asked to visit their website for additional info: https://www.jump268.com
Occupying the No.1 spot on various charts across the diaspora with the singles ‘Hot Tool’, ‘Yeah Yeah’ and ‘Breeze’, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to dominate the local dancehall space amidst work on his upcoming album.
Internationally, the deejay has been experiencing a steady stream of success with the singles ‘Yeah Yeah’ and ‘Breeze’ (featuring Govana), both going mainstream in recent months. At the recently held Your View Awards (YVAs) showcase, he also took home the award for ‘Hottest Summer Song’ coupled with a noteworthy nomination for his humanitarian efforts through the One Voice Foundation.
With only a few weeks to go, the 4th Genna head honcho is now in full throttle mode promoting his two-part birthday celebrations slated for Saturday, March 31 in Jamaica and Saturday, April 28 in New York City. The Jamaican leg will be hosted at Island Village Beach, Ocho Rios while Amazura Night Club will take centre-stage for the New York edition.
Adding to the current positive trend the deejay has also released the official video for the catchy party anthem ‘Breeze’ via his Vevo account (youtube.com/AIDONIAVEVO) and has been confirmed for this year’s Reggae Sumfest along with label-mate Govana and several other high profile acts. The festival is set to unfold on July 15 -21 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Dubbed the ultimate destination day-party series, the promoters of the popular BRT Weekend appears to be upping the ante for the new year. Inspired by Caribbean culture, the uniquely themed all-inclusive event has now expanded to incorporate multiple locations namely the Dominica Republic, New York Tri-State Area, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Florida Keys and the Turks & Caicos islands.
The first instalment scheduled for May 3 – 6 in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic will feature dancehall kingpin Beenie Man as the main headliner among other acts. This comes in the wake of previous appearances last year by fellow A-listers Aidonia and Popcaan. Beenie Man is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 6.
Despite some tumultuous times in recent weeks with the passing of his grandmother and hospitalisation of his mom. Beenie Man remains upbeat and is definitely looking forward to delivering an explosive set come May.
Best known for her hit songs “These Streets,” “It’s a Pity” and “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet,” Tanya Stephens is an influential reggae artist that emerged in the late 90’s. On March 24th she will be performing at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel in Northern Humboldt County, California.
Local, Humboldt County favorites, Woven Roots, will be opening the show along with DJ Rundat with their rich roots reggae and dub styles.
Tickets are available now via eventbrite.com.
A few weeks ago, Florida based reggae artist Zally released his EP titled “Call on Jah.” The reggae / dancehall project is filled with strong and inspiring messages all delivered in a melodious, and sometimes, comical way. Though we’ve done several articles about the EP, we wanted to have a one on one with the man behind the music to find out his thought process while he was working on the project. Here is how it went down.
- Usually the word roots is associated with historic lineage but you seem to be saying something else in your song. So the question is; what does “Am a Roots” mean to you?
“Am A Roots means simply am a roots, I don’t stray. I am not easily persuaded or influenced by ideology or philosophies. I am more traditional. I stick to my roots.”
- In the same song you made reference to recording artist Ishawna, suggesting that you may have some attraction to her. Is that the case?
“Hell no. The reference was to her song where she tried to trample on traditional Jamaican dignity. When I grow, we know we no do certain things, so I have to share that. Things in time change, but people do not have to change with it. For example, we are not just what we eat, we are what we listen to. So any music that influence negativity or try to trash traditional way of lifestyle, I say we should always embrace our roots. It’s never about her, its about what she said.”
- You’ve got a couple songs on the EP that’s dedicated to mothers so we wanted to know what’s your relationship like with your own mother? And what inspired the song “Mamma Nah Fi Cry”?
“My relationship with my mother….I don’t have one. My biological mother abandoned me at 9 months. When I found out, I was grown. She told me I am not a part of her family. I call my Grandma, Mom. As for the inspiration for the song, women are Mother’s, nurses, teachers, and most naturally life givers. Every human being is from a woman. I see mother’s as godly.”
- You are obviously a strong believer in the Rastafari faith and lifestyle; when and why did you join the Rasta movement?
“I was born this way. For example, I can’t explain it, I haven’t seen no other way that is better than Rasta way. As a root, you’ve got to be Rasta.”
- For those not familiar with Rastafari can you give us a little background about the religion?
“Rasta is not a religion, it is a way of life. For instance, I reside in Florida, USA and I do not trim or shave, I live Rasta. It is a way of life; what you eat, what you drink, what you listen to, the places you go, and the things you do. Most likely everything is supposed to be up-ful regardless of the situation, that’s Rasta.”
- What do you want your listeners to take away from your ep “Call on Jah”?
“I did this ep for one reason only, to let my fans know that there can be dancehall music without violence or derogatory lyrics. I was raised up when dancehall did not have to get bleeped out. We used to play the music from beginning to end, enjoy it, dance, and have fun. But now, it’s all about the DJ’s and the producers more than the fans. They forgot about the artists and musicians.”
Approximately six years ago recording artist Chan Dizzy was dominating the dancehll scene. The artist could do no wrong as he had back to back singles that were trending on both radio and in the streets. Two of his more popular records were: “Hello Badmind” and “Nuh Strange Face.”
At some point after the buzz of the aforementioned tracks faded, Chan Dizzy slowly disappeared from the limelight. That being said, he kept on recording new music but was not able to find another hit song; that is until now!
His new song “Believe” is a powerful, inspiring song in which he encourages his listeners not to give up. Produced by TroubleMekka Music, the song was officially released on February 19th and has been building up steam ever since.