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New Dancehall Release: Bounty Killer – Any Means Necessary (@GrungGaadZillA)

Bounty Killer - Any Means NecessaryTrue Blue Family Records presents Grammy award-winning dancehall star Bounty Killer with Any Means Necessary! The Warlord aka Five Star General aka Ghetto Gladiator aka Poor People’s Governor has remained a constant omnipresent figure in the dancehall industry by delivering an impressive discography.

This latest single is a must have to add to your music collection, and is available on all major online digital platforms via 21st Hapilos Digital.

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New Dancehall Video: Voicemail – Oh Damn (@VOICEMAILMUSIC)

Voicemail - Oh DamnApproximately a week and a half ago, dancehall duo Voicemail shared the official video for their catchy track Oh Damn. The visuals, much like the song, is very captivating. It highlights some of the current trending dance moves while simultaneously showcasing some of the culture’s most respected dancers.

Click here or on the image above to watch, and remember to like, comment and share.

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New Dancehall Release: Sizzla – Advance

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Grammy nominated international reggae star Sizzla who boasts 21 albums that have made it onto the Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums music chart, has released his latest single Advance to much excitement from his fans.

Yet another must have production from famed True Blue Family Records, the breakthrough single is out now on iTunes, Amazon and more major digital outlets. It is being distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

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Lt. Stitchie Now Accepting Bookings For 2018 (@kingstitchie)

LT STITCHIE - MJE BOOKING POSTERLt. Stitchie has had a successful year. In 2017 alone, he’s performed in several countries on different continents, doing both secular and gospel events, while maintaining his integrity and beliefs. Some of the territories that he worked in the last twelve months, include: Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Nigeria, Guyana, Canada, Grand Cayman, and that is just to name a few.

In addition to traveling and doing live shows, Lt. Stitchie has committed a lot of time to working on his album, a project which will be released in early 2018. The album has collaborations with some of reggae and dancehall’s most respected artists: Agent Sasco aka Assassin, Fantan Mojah, Million Stylez, Lukie D and Ricky Stereo.

Not known to be one to slow down, The Governor (as he is affectionately called) has also enjoyed some special features this year. One of which was a BBC Radio 1 Xtra centered on reggae legends. He was joined by King Jammy, Josey Wales and Beenie Man for this presentation. Another high point in 2017 was having a well-known Nigerian gospel singer, Mbomboyo, remake “Jehovah,” which was originally written, performed and released by Lt. Stitchie.

As 2017 comes to an end, Lt. Stitchie is now shooting videos for a few of his songs while simultaneously preparing for his album release. For more information on working with this artist, please send an email to info@mjent.net or call / text / whatsapp: 876.313.6319

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Lt. Stitchie Leaves Guyana Wanting More! (@kingstitchie @SamuelMedas)

Lt. Stitchie @ Royalty album launchOn December 2nd, Guyana’s reggae gospel artist Samuel Medas had an album launch for his latest musical collection, Royalty. He invited several artists – all of the same genres – to share the stage with him. Among them was Jamaica’s legendary recording artist, Lt. Stitchie.

The Governor, as he is affectionately called, left Guyana wanting more. He captivated the audience with his unique delivery, lyrical depth and passionate performance. Patrons hung on his every word as he performed songs like “man a pastor,” “thank you” and so much more. The tone was set from as early as band rehearsal, where Lt. Stitchie ran through his set as if it was the actual show.

The Guyanese massive could not get enough! As such, Lt. Stitchie will be returning to Guyana next year for a follow up performance. The date and location will be shared shortly.

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Karamanti Drops Freestyle Addressing The Current State Of Dancehall

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A few weeks ago Karamanti dropped her single “Wake Up,” a hardcore and somewhat confrontational track that had some industry heads talking.

The artist is back at it again. On this new single she is addressing the current state of dancehall music and the industry on a whole.

Listen and download “Dancehall Freestyle” here.

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I-Octane Conquers The Globe With The Vegas Mode Riddim (@Realioctane)

vegasmoderiddimDancehall artist I-Octane knocked it out the park with the newly released Vegas Mode Riddim on his own Conquer The Globe label. The project is a bouncy dancehall party rhythm with an all star lineup. It features: Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, Esco, Shane O, Bingi Banks, Fully Bad and of course I-Octane. Every artist delivered!

This is one of those riddims that will undoubtedly dominate street dances, dancehall sessions and parties; and will be on steady radio rotation.

Click here to check out a medley mix of the Vegas Mode Riddim. It is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital music store.

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VP Records Launches New Show Dedicated To Reggae & Dancehall Culture (@VPRecords)

Studio 17VP Records is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive mix show about reggae and dancehall culture titled “Studio 17.” Featuring popular DJ’s Silent Addy & Yaadcore as hosts, the show will offer a platform for fans to discover and vibe to the latest & hottest music in the culture.

Listeners will also be able to enjoy interviews and guest performances from key tastemakers in the industry. The show’s title “Studio 17” pays homage to the recording studio above 17 North Parade, the record store located in Downtown Kingston, from which VP records originated.

Listen at https://Studio17.lnk.to/Ep001

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New Dancehall Video: “Rolling High” By Nuh Limit Family & UZMAN (@UZMAN1)

Nuh Limit Family Ft UZMAN - Rolling HighOn Friday, December 8th, the Nuh Limit Family – a Jamaican based dancehall trio – appeared on Hype TV’s popular program Up & Live to premiere their latest video, Rolling High. The single, which was released earlier this year was done in collaboration with Toronto rap artist, UZMAN.

Shot, edited and directed by SWAG TV’s CEO and owner, Tin Man, the visuals for Rolling High completely compliments the song’s content. As the record is about the endorsement and use of marijuana, the video shows the men at different locations across Jamaica, hanging out, smoking and generally having a good time.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “ROLLING HIGH”

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I-Wayne, Louie Culture, Ken Boothe & Others Confirmed for Daryl Vaz Birth-night party

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Friday, December 15th will see a slew of top-tier reggae / dancehall artists converging in Buff Bay, Portland, Jamaica. This is all in honor of Mr. Portland aka Daryl Vaz’s birthday celebration. Confirmed acts includes: Bounty Killer, Romaine Virgo, Ken Boothe, Bugle, Louie Culture, I-Wayne and that is just to name a few. Musical juggling will be provided by Swatch International and Lil Richie.

It all goes down at the Lynch Park in Buff Bay. Admission is free and all are invited.

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Jamaica’s Dancehall Group, Nuh Limit Family & Toronto’s MC, UZMAN Prepares Visuals For Their Trending Single, “Rolling High” (@UZMAN1)

rolling high behind the scenes video shootEarlier this year, popular Canadian rap artist UZMAN joined forces with Jamaican dancehall group Nuh Limit Family to record and release a single titled “Rolling High.” Though it’s a typical weed song, “Rolling High” got a lot of attention early on because it was released during a time when the legalization and open use of marijuana was an ongoing topic in both Jamaica and North America.

Fast forward to approximately nine months later and the song is now getting steady rotation on some of the biggest dancehall radio shows on the island. As a result of its increasing popularity, UZMAN and the Nuh Limit Family recently got together to shoot the official video, which will be shared publicly on December 11th.

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Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall Artists Demanding Too Much

moneyAs a booking agent, I have been noticing a trend that I think needs to be addressed. A lot of, if not all, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists seem to be pricing themselves out of the market.

I do bookings for a few events in Europe. Because I know that most reggae/dancehall acts look to that region for work, I always try to seek out Jamaican talent (both established and emerging) to try to get them on my shows. Sadly, their requirements have got so out of hand that I find myself hiring mostly UK and African entertainers.

Reggae and dancehall music is now being produced all over the world. Therefore, the industry is more competitive. Investors and promoters are no longer just looking to Jamaica for these genres. Granted, Jamaica is still considered the home/leader in the reggae/dancehall field, but artists must realize that if their fees and entourage are too burdensome, promoters will look elsewhere.

Expecting a promoter to hire and pay you €2,000 and up, plus fly you, your manager and someone else, when you have no hit and, therefore, cannot bring out the crowd, is ridiculous.

I hope I have not offended anyone with this article, but I am currently in the process of booking for two upcoming events in that territory, and the requests I am getting are so far gone that I had to write this.

Article by Maria Jackson