2020 marks the 40th year since veteran recording artist Mikey General entered the music industry. Over the past 40 years he has consistently released new music, resulting in a catalog of approximately 800 songs.
This year he will be putting out a new album, which is not yet titled, on his own Qabalah First Music label. Later this month he will officially share the first single from that project; a powerful reggae track entitled “Pay the Man,” which is a message in support of the working class.
The rhythm for “Pay the Man” was created by: Miguel ‘Sizzla’ Collins (drum programming), Moziko (bass, keyboard and additional drums), Paul ‘Wrong Move’ Crossdale (guitar) and Alphanso Craig (percussion). The vocals were recorded at Killamanjaro Studio by engineer Andrun Haase and mixed by Marvin Williams and Prince Villa.
As usual Mikey General stays on point with conscious messages i.e. social commentaries, spirituality, justice and equal rights, as well as the need for morality. “Pay the Man” is about bringing attention to the issue of employees not being compensated by their employer.
When asked what inspired the new song, Mikey General simply said “As Eyesus Kristos tell us the workman is worthy of his hire.”
On Friday, February 7th, one of Jamaica’s baddest singers, Christopher Martin, will share the stage with one of the baddest deejays, Baby Cham, inside Rebel Night Club (11 Polson Street) in Toronto, Ontario.
The event, Redemption, is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and this year is a special Bob and Lover’s Rock Edition. Advance tickets, which are going for $30 CDN (general) and $45 CDN (VIP), are available HERE.
WorldBeat Productions presents the 39th Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends on President’s Day Weekend; Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th, 2020 at the Worldbeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego – Balboa Park. This is an all-ages event that will run from 4 to 11:30 PM each night.
Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival also known as Bob Day was founded by WorldBeat Productions 39 years ago. Each year the festival pays respect to all the past and living legends of reggae music.
The 2020 line-up includes: Mykal Rose, King Yellowman, K’Reema and others on Saturday, and a tribute to Vaughan Benjamin with The Akae Beka Band, Army, Reemah, and Ninjah P Sound System on Sunday.
Queen Cannabis Organics and Conquering Lion Records present ‘Hempress Sativa Live’ at Skyline Levels (located at 6b Skyline Drive) in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020.
Hempress Sativa will be supported by Warrior King, Yeza, T’Jean and many more. Additional music will be provided by Iset Sankofa and DJ Natty.
On Friday, February 7th, Black Uhuru, Etana and Onesty will perform at the Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica, California in honor of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday celebration. Additional music support will be provided by DJ Silverback (Burial Ground Sound).
Doors will open at 8 PM and the actual performances will start at 9 PM. This a 21 and older event!
The ‘Black History Meets Reggae Icon Awards’ will be held on Saturday, February 8th at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center (2400 Civic Center Place) in Miramar, Florida. This year’s honoree is international reggae singer, musician and producer Freddie McGregor.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, The honorable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, will also be a special guest. The red carpet arrival and cocktail reception will commence at 6:30 PM. Though this is a free event, persons are encouraged to RSVP HERE.
Morgan Heritage (Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Peter “Peetah” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mojo” Morgan) today announced the iJAM Music Festival – Where Impact Meets Music. The one-day festival features international music superstars performing a spectrum of genres including Reggae, Rock, R&B, Soca, Latin, and much more all while bringing awareness through music and maintaining a sound mind, body and soul. The iJAM Music Festival makes its debut at Orlando’s Tinker Field on Saturday, April 4.
Headlined by Morgan Heritage, the iJAM Music Festival includes a star-studded lineup including Busy Signal (Dancehall & Reggae), Less Than Jake (Ska Punk), Baha Men (Junkanoo & Pop), Marcia Griffiths (Reggae), Boris Bilbraut (formerly of Cultura Profética), Pumpa (Soca), Gondwana (Latin), Laza Morgan (Reggae & Pop), Jemere Morgan (Reggae, Pop & Hip-Hop), Esh x Schief (Alternative/Acoustic), Sailor Jane (Reggae & Soul) and many more. The family-friendly festival will also include international fare, holistic experiences, Health & Wellness purveyors and Clean the World soap education along with a Kidz Zone. iJAM Music Festival patrons will experience the true meaning of “One Love.”