On the last Thursday of every month, Blak Karpet Productions presents Conscious Thursdays, a mini stage-show and dance, held at Hidden Oasis – 70A Mannings Hill Road – in Kingston 19 (JA).
This week, on March 30th, they will have performances by several artists. Among them is Utan Green, Abijah, Junior Cat, Jah Bouks and Terry Ganzie. This is a live band show with MC Big Stone and additional music support from Fiya Biggs.
Phylani Music and Tasjay Productions – the two imprints responsible for the widely popular My Turn Riddim – are still celebrating its success months after it was first shared. Although the men behind both labels have collaborated on other projects in the past, it is the My Turn Riddim that has been most instrumental in cementing their working relationship.
The eight-track compilation came out in the last quarter of 22, and it features Rad Dixon (who is signed to Tasjay Productions), Luciano, Tony Anthony (the CEO of Phylani Music), Ed Robinson, Treson, Try Bronxz, Unique, and Fiona Chin. ‘ In an earlier interview Tasjay said the following: “It was great working with Tony Anthony on this project. He is a great vocalist, and he pays attention to details when it comes to music production. The songs on the ‘My Turn Riddim’ will inspire and edify people. We believe the masses will embrace this compilation.”
While Anthony expressed: “I have always respected Tasjay’s knowledge of the music business, and his work as a producer. His catalog of work speaks for itself. It was just a matter of time before this collaboration would materialize, and the world can now hear the result of our combined effort.”
The My Turn Riddim is available on all streaming platforms.
Survive Riddim is the latest compilation from Blakkwuman22 Music. It’s a six-track project that features new tunes performed by reggae legend Mikey General, veteran bass player and recording artist Wormbass, vocalist Earl Smith Jr. – who is the son of famed guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith – and lyricist, songwriter and producer Karamanti.
The EP is the brainchild of Karamanti, who wrote three of the songs – her two: Bassline and the title track Survive, as well as I See, which is sung by Earl Smith Jr. The Survive Riddim can aptly be described as mellow, relaxing and enjoyable; with songs centered around freedom (Wormbass‘ Liberation), love (Earl Smith Jr.‘s I See), motivation (Mikey General‘s Up & At Them), spirituality (Karamanti‘s Survive) and the classics (Karamanti‘s Bassline). The official video for Bassline was released with the compilation and can be viewed on Karamanti‘s YouTube channel.
The beat for Survive Riddim was built by Lamar Thompson exclusively for Blakkwuman22 Music, with a live bassline played by the aforementioned Wormbass. All songs were mixed and mastered by Old Harbor based AudioTraxx Production, and distributed independently by Blakkwuman22 Music.
It is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms.
The 2023 Dallas Reggae Festival will take place from Friday, April 7th to Sunday, April 9th, at Addison Circle Park – 4970 Addison Cir – in Addison, Texas. See the full lineup below.
On day one (Friday) Anthony B, Passafire, Cas Haley and Ras Indio will perform. While on the following day – Saturday, April 8th – the performers will be Luciano, Sister Nancy, Culture, Eli-Mac, Idoljob, Sing Kumba & Mystic Heights, Alika, Audic Empire and Artikal Sound System. The festival will wrap up on Sunday (the 9th) with Inner Circle, Fortunate Youth, Jesse Royal, Israel Vibration, The Irie, Dubbest and Burning Slow.
One of the biggest nightlife events in Kingston (Jamaica) is Wet Sundaze. It happens each and every Sunday at 8 Hillview Avenue, with various selectors on rotation. In a few days, on April 2nd, they will celebrate their 12th anniversary with DJ Kurt Riley, Colin Hines and guest artist General Degree. There is a $1,500 JMD entrance fee, and all are invited.
The recently released Reggae Virus Booster compilation, which was shared on February 10th, has worked its way on to the reggae charts in both New York and South Florida. As of March 17th, it is number-three on The South Florida Top 15 Albums Chart, and number-five on The Foundation Radio Network NY Top 20 Albums Chart. Both are compiled by veteran media personality Clinton Lindsay.
Reggae Virus Booster comes to us courtesy of executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr. via their well respected imprint Tad’s Record Inc. It has a total of twenty tracks performed by various artists, namely: Marcia Griffiths, Dean Fraser, Glen Washington, Anthony B, Sanchez, George Nooks, Richie Spice, Etana, Freddie McGregor, Lutan Fyah etc.
The Reggae Virus Booster can be streamed and/or downloaded from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and all other streaming platforms.
“Reggae Virus: Booster” Track List
1. Leave her Alone – George Nooks 2. Bald Head Jesus – Anthony B 3. Magical Love – Marcia Griffiths 4. Cool Jamaican Whiskey – Hezron 5. Nah Back Down – Sanchez 6. Dancehall Tun Up – Screw Driver 7. Don’t Let Me Go – Etana 8. Booster – Dean Fraser 9. Love Doesn’t Ask Why – Terry Linen 10. Can’t Fade Me Away – Glen Washington 11. Mi Want More – I-Octane 12. Baseball Girl – Richie Spice 13. Who Kill Mi Dollar – Perfect 14. You Are Beautiful – Singer J 15. Rasta Government – Anthony Cruz 16. That’s Alright – Freddie McGregor 17. Marijuana Prior – Chezidek 18. Roots Wine – Lutan Fyah 19. Spandex – Vahriie 20. Virus Dub – Dean Fraser
Israel Vibration (now only Lascelle ‘Wiss’ Bulgin) will be back at Moe’s Alley – 1535 Commercial Way – in Santa Cruz, California on Saturday, April 22nd. As in previous occasions, Wiss will be supported by the renowned Roots Radics Band.
Boom Draw, DJ Spleece and MC Rocky Bailey are also on the lineup. Early bird tickets, which are going for only $35, are available now via ticketweb-com.