With an already spicy menu of various Caribbean Jerk delicacies such as Jerk Lobster, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Shrimp, Jerk Pork and the popular Jerk Ice Cream, the 16th staging of the Palm Beach Jerk Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, has announced their star studded lineup.
GRAMMY nominated international reggae-fusion artist Maxi Priest, billboard charting artist I-Octane and lover’s-rock, reggae crooner and fan favorite Romain Virgo will add flavor to the highly anticipated cultural experience by hitting the main stage.
Palm Beach Jerk Festival will take place at the South Florida Fair Grounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida on May 27th. Click here for additional info.
The Grand Bahama Homecoming Committee will be having their 4th annual GB Homecoming Weekend celebration on Saturday, June 8th. It will be held at Goombay Park (Wild Goose Town) in Freeport, Bahamas.
This will be one of the biggest event happening in the region over the Labor Day weekend, as it will see both Munga Honorable and Sizzla Kalonji hitting the stage. Get more information here: www.grandbahamahomecoming.com.
Matthew Barton, more popularly known as Souljii, is a Jamaican recording artist specializing in the reggae and dancehall genres. As a past attendee at both Clan Carthy High School and B&B University College, Souljii‘s initial career interests were that of a lawyer (first) and politician (second). That being said, his passion for music has always been with him, as he was introduced to the art form by his father, Sunshine, a reggae artist in his own right.
Alas, due to financial challenges, Souljii had to abandon his desire to be a lawyer and have decided to focus on his political and musical ambitions instead. He is currently the president of the CYD, a youth arm of the NDM (Jamaica’s National and Democratic Political Movement). As it stands now, the party is inactive, so Souljii is giving all his time and attention to his career as a recording artist.
Having had consistent support from his family since he made his first song at age nine, Souljii is now signed with Sekimhaj Records, a label he connected with many years ago. He met Michael Reynolds, the CEO and owner of Sekimhaj Records, while he was at HEART TRUST NTA L.E.A.P doing a music program. Michael was the instructor of the program and Souljii was one of the vocalist in the band. After Souljii left HEART, he stayed in contact with Michael Reynolds and the two men continued to work together.
Today Souljii is officially signed to Sekimhaj Records label and has released several songs under that umbrella. He is now in the process of working on his first EP, which he hopes to have out soon. When Souljii is not in the studio working on music, he dedicates his time to a nonprofit organization where he is the Associate Director. He is also working on a new radio program called ‘Mekwichat,’ on which he will be a co-presenter.
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The DMV Summer Fest is an outdoor event promoting all genres of music and cultures, with a strong emphasis on Caribbean songs, food and lifestyle. The festival is put together by a few of the top promoters from the DMV area.
For the 2019 staging, the promoters have confirmed that Jamaica’s fireman, Capleton, alongside the king of lover’s-rock, Beres Hammond, will be performing. The festival will be held on Sun, July 28th, at the Lake Clifton Park (2701 St. Lo Drive) in Baltimore, Maryland.
The DMV Summer Fest is a family fun day in which parents are encouraged to bring their entire families. Click here for tickets.
Dancehall and Afro-beat artist, Aurelia Dey, has been nominated in two major categories by the Scandinavian Afrobeats Music Awards. The Ghanaian singer is up for both ‘Best Female Artist‘ and ‘Best Stage Performance.‘
The Scandinavian Afrobeats Music Awards will be held at Subtopia (located at Rotemannavägen 10, 14557 Norsborg) in Stockholms Län, Sweden on May 4th.
If you have not done so as yet, click here to check out Aurelia Dey’s latest video and here to see her performing ‘Sweet Love Pt.2’ live.
The visuals for Iba MaHr‘s Million Thoughts is just as captivating as the song itself. Directed by Aly Asili, with assistance from Yard Reel, the video shows various persons singing parts of the song, while actors carry out an enactment of the story being told.
Million Thoughts video was officially released on April 15th via MaHr‘s YouTube channel. Click here or on the image above to watch and remember to like, comment and share.
Michael Reynolds is a songwriter and producer who has done work with, and for, some of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall. A few of his past productions feature artists such as Mad Cobra, Round Head, General B, Devonte, Baby Wayne and many more established figures in the industry. As a songwriter, Michael has penned songs for reggae legend Gregory Isaacs as well as the Mighty Diamonds.
After taking a hiatus, Michael Reynolds is now back on the scene with his very own label, Sekimhaj Records, and a slew of young talented artists all poised to take center stage. His camp is currently getting a lot of attention for the single “Stronger” done by one of the artist signed to his label, Quality. The record is quickly picking up steam in several communities in and around Kingston. The artist was recently featured in the Jamaica Star, where he was labeled as Jamaica’s rising sing-jay.
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