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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The Golden Mic: Hosted by Sunni Patterson (@SUNNIPATTERSON)

Golden MicThe Golden Mic is the biggest Spoken Word Event of the Year; it takes place on Thu, Sept. 28 and Fri. Sept. 29. Congo TV Network launches this Fall and one of the most anticipated shows on the network is The Golden Mic. It’s the ultimate Spoken Word experience hosted by iconic artist, Sunni Patterson, live in New Orleans. It features 32 of the most reknown poets from all over the world all meeting at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (1901 Bartholomew St., New Orleans) to do one thing… Bless The Golden Mic.

THURSDAY Sept. 28 LINE UP:
Kyla Lacey (Orlando) , Masterpiece (Dallas) , Prince Akeem (New Orleans) , Ebony Stewart (Houston) , Georgia Me (Atlanta) , Dichotomy (Atlanta) , Huggy Bear (Mobile) , Sade Cru (New Orleans) , M’Reld Green (Chicago) , Caren Green (New Orleans) , Ed Mabrey (Charlotte) , Moses West (Jacksonville) , LGB (Dallas) , Jonathan Samuel Eddie (Colombus) , Kataalyst (New Orleans)

FRIDAY, Sept 29 LINE UP:
Real Talk (Chicago) , A Scribe Called Quess (New Orleans) , Lady Tess (Mobile) , Red Storm (Atlanta) , K Love The Poet (Chicago) , iCon (New Orleans) , Louis ConPhilction (St. Louis) , Freequency (New Orleans) , Steven Willis (Brooklyn) , Abyss (Atlanta) , Xero (Baton Rouge) , John Lacarbiere (New Orleans) , Lamar Hill (Baltimore) , Brittany Marshall (Baton Rouge)

Rapsody Set To Release New Album On Sept.22 (@rapsody)

Rapsody“Laila’s Wisdom” is the title of the soon to be released album from hip-hop artist Rapsody. The record, which will be the first full length project since she joined forces with Roc Nation, will be officially released on September 22nd. Features includes: Kendrick Lamar, Black Thought, Anderson. Paak and others.

Persons may pre-order now via the following link: http://smarturl.it/YSK

The 2017 Aarhus Reggae Festival – Full Lineup

AARHUS REGGAE FEST 2017 OFFICIAL POSTERThe 3rd annual Aarhus Reggae Festival takes place on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th at Voxhall, located at Vester Allé 15, 8000 Aarhus C in Denmark. It is being presented and hosted by Jam Link International Association, Aarhus’ leading Caribbean event organizer.

On Friday, September 29th, the Aarhus Reggae Festival will give patrons a lesson in the history of Dancehall, as the night will be centered on the foundation of the genre. The intent is to recreate the energy, vibe and feeling of the authentic Jamaican dancehall experience from the early seventies. To help facilitate this vision, Jam Link International has confirmed: Mwakenya, Hiya Flames, Lappa Luma, Papa Dee and Norris Man. Supporting all the aforementioned artists will be selectors: Tiger Moth, DJ Mads and Riddim Fex. Each DJ was invited because of his specific knowledge about, and connection to, dancehall music, history and culture.

On the following night, Saturday, September 30th, the organizers will change gears and focus entirely on original roots reggae music. Unlike on Friday, where all the artists will be supported by a selector, on Saturday it will be 100% live music. The backing band for the evening will be the highly energetic ‘Splif Click Crew’ from out of Denmark. Confirmed artists for reggae night includes: Omar Perry, Teacha Dee, Donna Marie, Lirical D Mirical and Jessica.

Prior to doors opening at 20:00 on both nights, there will be “reggae, dub and acoustics under the tent” on the lawns, by the river outside Voxhall. There will be finger foods (Caribbean patties and Reggae Grill), info on Caribbean vacations and advance tickets available to the public. On Friday the reggae wagon will be rotating some of the best reggae mixes, while on Saturday Papa Bongo will be spinning dubs and Jamee will do an acoustic performance. The tent will be up at 16:00 on both days.

Admission for dancehall night, Friday, September 29th is only 85 DKR. On reggae night, Saturday, September 30th, the cost to get in will be 150 DKR; while entrance for both nights is 175 DKR. That being said, persons who wish to secure their place may do so now by purchasing tickets online via the following link: http://fondenvoxhall.dk/koncerter/aarhus-reggae-festival-2017

THE AFTER PARTY

On Friday and Saturday nights, immediately following the performances at Voxhall, Jam Link Intl. will ask all patrons to head over to Casa V58, located at Vestergade 58P, 8000 Aarhus C, for the official After Party. Entertainment at the After Party will include special performances by: Mwakenya, Hadji, JJ Paula and Vibz Star. Additionally, there will be DJ sets by the dancehall King, Riddim Fex and the only female dancehall selector in Aarhus, Ida-I.

Entrance for the After Party is absolutely free for everyone with an armband from Voxhall. Persons without an armband will be asked to pay only 30Kr.

LT. STITCHIE GETS READY TO DROP NEW ALBUM (@kingstitchie)

LT STITCHIELt. Stitchie is currently putting the finishing touches on his soon to be released album. The project, which has been in the works for over a year, will feature collaborations with: Agent Sasco aka Assassin, Million Stylez, Lukie D, Fantan Mojah and Ricky Stereo. Most of the production was done in France by Manudigital, and though a title has already been decided, Stitchie and his team are not yet ready to share it with the public. The album will be released on the Flash Hit Records label before the end of this year.

Unlike his recent albums, this one will be extremely hardcore, as the Governor seems to be intentionally addressing the obvious negative tone that is dominating the overall music industry.

When asked why this album is so hard, this is what Lt. Stitchie had to say:

“This message of righteousness must be heard by everyone, and particularly in a language understood by everyone, from the deepest corner of the ghetto to the highest pinnacle of the hill top. Across every socio economic strata of societies on the face of this earth. I have the skills set to be seriously effective in this hardcore way, so I am chosen for this time. Evil and falsehood are rapidly becoming the new norm and it would falsely appear that those of us who stand for righteousness are dormant and becoming obsolete. My hardcore delivery and message lucidly obliterate this lie. I am holding back no punches and taking no prisoners … Hardcore all the way.”

Damian Marley Produces New Single & Album For Third World Band (@ThirdWorldBand @damianmarley)

Damian Marley & Stephen Cat CooreCelebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time, Third World, has dropped a new single, Eyes Are Up On You off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label.

The song, which will be accompanied with a lyric music video to follow, is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. “Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you” states the melodic chorus.

New Dancehall Release: Shawn Storm & Konshens – Affi Prosper (@shawnstormmuzic @Kwashawnarecord @konshens)

Shawn Storm KonshensTwo of dancehall’s favorites, Shawn Storm and Konshens, have teamed up on what is gearing up to be a Fall anthem, entitled “Affi Prosper.” The Kwashawna Records production has been gathering steam by becoming a much requested song on various reggae/dancehall radio programs.

It is being distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital and is currently available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and all other digital music store where dancehall is sold.

Freddie McGregor Confirmed for Jamaica’s Sharkies Seafood Festival (@BigshipFreddie)

Freddie posterFreddie McGregor will join Agent Sasco, Tommy Lee, Tanto Blacks and others on the 2017 Sharkies Seafood Festival. It takes place on Heroes Monday, October 16th, at Sharkies Beach in Salem, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica.

The organizers are promising activities for the whole family: Kiddies Village (ft. Rides, Clowns, Magicians, Face Painting etc.), Fire Dancers, Treasure Hunt and lots more.

Admission cost are as follows: Adults $1500, VIP $2000 (pre-sold) , Gate $1800, VIP $2500. Children under 12 only pay $1000 and they enjoy free rides and activities all day.

Mudbound, a film starring Mary J. Blige & Others hit theaters on November 17th (@maryjblige @mudboundmovie)

MudBoundMary J. Blige will be hitting the big screens this Fall. She is one of the stars of the new film, Mudbound, which will air on Netflix as well as in theaters on November 17th.

Mudbound is about a family that relocated to rural Mississippi only to find themselves trying to deal with numerous issues, including racism and a relative returning from World War II. The movie also stars Jason Mitchell and a host of other amazing actors.

Make sure you check it out!

Talib Kweli Drops New Single In Support Of Bresha Meadows (@TalibKweli @freebresha)

Talib Kweli Bresha MeadowsAbout a week and a half ago Talib Kweli released a powerful single in support of Bresha Meadows. For those not familiar with her story, she is the teenager who shot her abusive father in 2016. Click here or on the image above to check out the song, and below is a statement sent out by Kweli when he shared it.

Good morning. Spending time engaging with fans on social media has allowed me to spread information about causes and events ignored by the mainstream media. It has also made me aware of important cultural events and connected me with brilliant people who make me a better human being. It was on social media that I first learned about the story of Bresha Meadows. On July 28th, 2016, Bresha Meadows shot and killed her reportedly abusive father. She was 14 years old at the time.
The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter. I had a similar experience when George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who reminded me of my son. I instantly felt drawn to these children and I felt compelled to dive deeper into their lives. Leading up to shooting her father, Bresha’s grades were slipping in school, she had run away from home and had repeatedly told relatives and authorities that her father was beating up her mom and threatening to kill the whole family.

Back in 2011, Bresha’s mother, Brandi Meadows, stated in court papers that she had been cut, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and black eyes, and that she is 100 percent sure she will be killed. She later reconciled with Bresha’s father, which is a common occurrence in abusive relationships. To this day, the father’s relatives insist he was not nearly as abusive as he was made out to be.

Bresha obviously had a different perspective, telling authorities that the gun she killed her father with was the very gun he used to threaten the family with. After sitting in juvenile detention for 9 months and facing at the very least a very lengthy prison sentence, Bresha accepted a plea deal that will allow her to be released to a residential treatment center for 6 months and then to her family. What struck me about this case was Bresha’s age. I express myself lyrically, so a lyric popped in my head while thinking about it –

“Do you kill yourself or kill the monster thats making you suicidal, decisions to heavy for the mind of a child.”

Regardless of how you feel about this particular case, whether you feel it’s a self defense issue, a domestic abuse issue, a mental health issue or all of the above, the take away for me is that we must do a better job of taking care of and protecting our children. Our children should never feel they have to make these kinds of decisions. I see my own children in Bresha’s young face, and I want to uplift their voices as much as I possibly can. Brandi Meadows has said of her daughter –

“She is my hero. I wasn’t strong enough to get out and help us all.”

That statement got me thinking about what a hero truly is, and made me want to write a song about Bresha. My hope is that this song inspires us as a community to more closely examine the dysfunction within our own families, so that we can create solutions before young people like Bresha feel like they must take matters into their own hands. I present She’s my Hero.

Using the hashtag #FreeBresha supporters of Bresha Meadows have rallied around her, setting up a GoFundMe page for the family.
https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

You can find the latest updates on Bresha’s situation at https://freebresha.wordpress.com/actions/