There are a lot of uncertainty about what the world will be like after COVID19. Every industry, without exception, has been severely impacted by the spread of the corona virus. The music industry in particular has suffered financially, with all shows, tours, bars, nightclubs, festivals etc. cancelled and closed.
Some may assume that it is just the more popular artists that are affected by these cancellations, but that is not the case. We must remember that there are literally thousands of persons working behind the scenes who have now all lost their employment, hence their income.
With that being said, we must now face our new reality, as we ponder the question; what’s next? What will the music industry be like when all this is over with? Will festivals resume as they were before? Will the masses flock to live shows as aggressively as they did in the past? I think the answer depends on two things: 1) how long this pandemic last and 2) the financial and moral status of the people when it’s all over.
On Thursday, March 26th, R&B star Alicia Keys published the official remix to her now popular hit song “Underdog.” The singer invited two of Jamaica’s top reggae artists – Chronixx and Protoje – to be featured on the new version.
Click here to check it out and remember to support the artists by sharing the link: https://smarturl.it/UnderdogRR
On Friday, March 27th, Troyton Music released a new R&B track titled “Over Again.” The song is performed by pop artist Ne-Yo and Jamaican dancehall star Charly Black. Music critics are already making predictions about the record; the consensus seems to be that it will be just as, or bigger than Party Animal.
Click here to listen and download “Over Again” from your preferred music platform.
Now that a lot of artists are unable to travel for work (perform), they’re focusing on other income streams. Koffee, the young Jamaican MC who had a massive 2019, is inviting her fans and supporters to check out her digital store.
The platform currently has a limited amount of branded merchandise (hats, sweaters and t-shirts). Click here to check it out.
With so many events being postponed and / or cancelled we are praying that this one goes on. The Old School Hip-Hop Fest is still scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre – 5239 Floyd Rd SW – in Mableton, Georgia.
The following artists are confirmed for the show: Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee and Kwame. Get tickets here and stay tuned to Maria Jackson Magazine for updates about this event.
Today we learnt that Moe’s Alley, located in Santa Cruz, California, will be closing their doors for now. Below is an official statement from the management regarding purchased tickets, refunds and reschedules.
“Hello friends and family, Moe’s Alley checking in with you. We wanted to let you know we will be closed for now, but we will be re-opening as soon as possible. In the meantime we are keeping our website MOESALLEY.COM up to date, and if you see CANCELLED that means you are getting a full refund back to your method of payment. (we have already fully refunded all March cancelled shows, and we will be refunding April cancelled shows next week)
If you see the word POSTPONED that means the show has been moved to a later date and all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. (For example Los Lobos, Monophonics, Michael Rose, Hot Buttered Rum, Jesse Daniel & Coffis Brothers have all been moved & the new dates are up on our website. We will also be emailing all ticket holders individually on a show by show basis when a show reschedules with ticketing options. Stay safe, stay positive & thank you for supporting live music.”
Alicia Keys has decided to postpone her ‘More Myself Tour‘ as well as the release of her self titled album until the corona virus pandemic is over. See her official statement below.
My Beautiful Fam,
I wanted to officially tell you the #MoreMyself Tour & my new album #ALICIA will be postponed. (Good Note: More Myself book will still be available on 3/31)
Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority! Thank you for your deep love and support, I’ll let you know about new dates as soon as possible. Stay positive! Stay powerful! Keep your frequency high and be kind to one another. I adore u