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Teflon, Jamaica’s Young King, Is ‘So Determine’ To Share His New EP With You (@TEFLON_JA)

TeflonSo Determine is the latest EP from Reggae/DanceHall Artist Teflon, aka Young King. It features tracks like “Nuh Time Fi Gaze,” from hit producer DJ Wayne, which is already making its way into steady rotation on several radio and video countdown shows. DJ Wayne is also responsible for “Jerusalem,” on which the Young King reminds us of his lyrical ability while delivering a message to remain strong and focused even in the face of adversity.

This EP is nothing short of hit after hit with the captivating riddims of Mafizzieon tracks like “Solid as A Rock,” which focuses on the Blessing of Life itself. Unruly producer Not Nice delivered on the track for “En Memoria,” the heartfelt dedication to those we miss.

So Determine is a reminder that giving up is never the answer. Our mindset determines the outcome of everything we wish to accomplish long before we put forth action. The official release date for the EP is April 27th but persons can pre-order HERE.

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Ziggy Marley Confirmed for Club Annabel in Rotterdam on July 8th (@ziggymarley)

ziggy-marleyZiggy Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and a multiple Grammy winner in his own right, will grace the stage at Club Annabel (Schiestraat 20, 3013BR) in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 8th. The minimum age for this event is 16 years. Persons under the age of 16 may enter with an adult.

Tickets are 32.50 Euro and can be purchased HERE.

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Reggae Legends Don Carlos & Johnny Osbourne To Perform In Antwerp, Belgium – June 15th

Don Carlos

On Friday, June 15th, veteran reggae artists Don Carlos and Johynny Osbourne will be performing live at the popular Club Zappa in Antwerp, Belgium. Both men will be supported by the Dubvision Band, with additional music by Soul Stereo, Down Beat and Eastend Rock Sounds.

Tickets for this event is only 15 Euro and they can be purchased HERE.

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Djala Will Close The ‘One Love Poetry Festival’ (@HassallThomsen @jamlinkintl)

DjalaThe 2018 One Love Poetry Festival will end with a bang, as Aarhus’ is very own Djala Band will close the event.

Djala is a very important tree in the Mandingue culture from West Africa. The tree is used as a traditional medicine and is known for its extreme hardness. The band Djala tries to demonstrate these characteristics and – like the tree – brings medicine to the people in the form of a splendid series of afrophysical music.

The One Love Poetry Festival takes place on Thursday, April 19th at Atlas, located at Vester Allé 15 in Aarhus, Denmark. The event will feature some of the best poets in Europe as well as live acoustic musical performances.

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BUSY SIGNAL RETURNS TO GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK FOR 2018 (@busysignal_turf)

busy signal

At last year’ epic Groovin’ In The Park extravaganza in New York, a perfect concert day in Roy Wilkins Park was blemished when a number of disgruntled reggae fans left the park before the show ended when the Busy Signal set came to a premature end. Last year’s concert was Busy Signal’s first major New York City performance, and music lovers from across the tri-state region poured into the park in record numbers to get a rare glimpse of Busy’s blistering showmanship.

The reggae icon had come to Groovin with a fully loaded performance arsenal that wasn’t fully discharged. So this year, Groovin’ CEO Christopher Roberts has decided to bring Busy back to unleash the full force of his electrifying magic for all to see in 2018, on an extended and uncut set that is being called “Unfinished Business”.

Joining Busy Signal on Groovin’ In The Park will be multi Grammy winner Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, cultural spit-fire DJ Capleton and reggae chart-topper Romain Virgo. Additional artists will be announced at a later date.

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Ne-Yo, Fantasia & Anthony Hamilton All Confirmed For Tobago’s Jazz Experience (@NeYoCompound @TasiasWord @HamiltonAnthony)

Anthony Hamilton & Fantasia
Anthony Hamilton & Fantasia

The 2018 Tobago Jazz Experience will be a blast! They’ve confirmed Jamaica’s Tanya Stephens and Tarrus Riley for day 1 (Saturday, April 28th) which will take place at Speyside Recreational Ground from 6PM.

On International Night, the 29th, they have a stellar lineup which includes: Ne-Yo, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton. International Night will be held at Pigeon Point Heritage Park from 3:30 PM.

For additional information about this event and to see their complete lineup, visit their official FB page: www.facebook.com/tobagofestivals

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Ruach Ru Working On EP To Be Released This Summer (@RuachRu)

RUACH 3With a trending single, a new band and a slew of public appearances, Ruach Ru is now gearing up to release an EP this summer. The project, which is not yet titled, will feature seven songs on the TideJam Records label. It’s being recorded at Green Links Studio with creative contributions from Claudia Harrison, Matthew Harrison, David Smith and Jupita Redman.

The EP will feature a blend of roots Reggae and Dancehall riddims, all with positive, inspirational messages. Some song titles include: Hold Strong, Time Is Changing, Ride Up, Peace or War, and No More Crying. Mr. Player Man will serve as the lead single, while the seventh song is yet to be decided.

According to Ruach Ru:“All the songs were inspired by life, social conditions and common experiences so audiences can easily relate to them.”

Visit Ruach Ru‘s official website for additional info.

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New Reggae Video: Lavish – Irresponsible (@JUGGLERZRADIO)

LavishLavish enters the music world on a high level with her first single “Irresponsible” on Jugglerz Records – a label that truly believes in her talent.

Musically inclined, she abstracts the sloping melody from the hurting content of her song: People do stuff other than they should, because they don’t take up any responsibility. “Waan buy weed but you can’t buy food” is a stinging punchline that simply says it like it is. Her unique voice elevates the listener from the first note, the sound of Lavish is irresistible.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video.

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Taste of the Caribbean (TOTC) festival – 12-15 July, 2018 (@ilovetotc)

Copy-of-Chef-Lemaire-4-1024x683Back for its 19th edition, Taste of the Caribbean (TOTC) invites festivalgoers to share their best island dance steps at the Old-Port of Montreal (Clock Tower Quay). Occurring for the first time in mid-July, from July 12-15th, 2018, TOTC is the best event to enjoy the summer and the Caribbean vibes!

Bruny Surin is back as the spokesperson this year and the festival will explore the different dance styles we find in the Caribbean when we think of the French, English and Spanish influences. From salsa to kompa and dancehall, everyone will dance to his/her beat!

This free festival offers great dishes from food vendors, free activities such as dance workshops and mixology demonstrations, free and paid concerts, and activities for the whole family!

The Rum Zone is also back this year where it allows you to sample various categories of rum and a variety of Caribbean tapas.

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Artekal Music Reggae Streaming Service Launches to Smartphone Users in Jamaica (@artekalmusic)

ArtekalReggae music in Jamaica has a new dedicated streaming home as the Artekal Music streaming service launches to Jamaican smartphone users. Artekal music joins the music streaming fray with a focus on the reggae music genre and Jamaican smartphone users.

The streaming service offers mobile apps on IOS and Android phones with all users getting 30 day trials to kick the tires. Music is delivered and segmented into the various sub-genres of reggae music. Those being roots rock, lovers rock, dancehall, ska, dub, and Mento.

The service is also launching with the Relevant Reggae Music podcast hosted by UK based radio DJ Mix Master Jay, with veteran artist Shinehead gearing up to launch his exclusive music podcast on the service, with more to follow. Artekal Music president Jamahl Hannah said “reggae has gone from a feature to a solo”, further clarifying that while reggae music is available on other platforms, it gets top billing on Artekal Music. The service aims to serve the Jamaican audience of reggae lovers who appreciate consistent unfiltered, un-curated access to their favorite artists and songs.

Artekal is available to all Jamaican iPhone and Android smartphone users as a primary mobile app focused on the local music scene. The growing Jamaican smartphone user base increasingly relies on smartphones to be informed, connected, and entertained with Artekal Music now being a primary music option. The Artekal Music streaming service is free for 30 days to all users with no payment initially required to create an account and stream music. Artekal Music is also providing an easy solution for music lovers who want continued access to be able to do so easily via a monthly subscription via local payment options.

Artekal will provide access to releases, old and new, from music industry creatives. With additional partner announcements coming, cable service subscribers will also get access to the Artekal Music streaming service as part of their cable subscription via a “Music and Entertainment” bundle. Providing an organic way for music makers and music lovers to connect on a reggae music purpose-built platform that allows music lovers to have an impact supporting local musicians by rewarding artist and producer creativity without a filter or third party curation.

Artekal Music is a reggae music streaming subscription service with locations in Morant Bay, St. Thomas and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company also delivers an online reggae magazine published through its blog called the Artekal Big Chune blog. The service works with reggae music creatives and distributors to deliver the best editorial and curatorial reggae music experience on the plant. Artekal’s goal is being the premier destination for reggae music discovery and consumption.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ARTEKAL

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Dead Prez, Black Star Perform in Washington, DC on Friday, April 20

Dead-PrezIf you are a true hip-hop lover you are going to appreciate this! Rap royalties, Black Star and Dead Prez will be performing on the same stage this Friday, April 20th. The event takes place at The Anthem (located at 901 Wharf Street SW) in Washington, DC.

Also on the bill are Mad Squablz, Jay Berd and DJ Bee. Tickets for this show can be purchased HERE.

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New Hip-Hop Release: Donte & K’Valentine – Bag U Up (@JavottiMedia @Itskvalentine)

Donte

“Bag U Up” is the new hip-hop single from Donte (who is a part of the group Mood and Space Invadaz). The track features Javotti Media’s emcee, K’Valentine, as well as Aiyo Sophia. It was produced by J Dilla.

Click here or on the image above to check out the single.