Several weeks ago Maria Jackson had the opportunity to sit and chat with Trinidadian reggae artist Queen Omega. At the time she had an upcoming Euro tour and was working on her new album.
As we’re all seeing, the global spread of the corona virus is resulting in either the complete cancellation and/or postponement of most projects. That being said, Queen Omega‘s tour is now on hold until further notice, and no official release date has been given for her album.
On a brighter note, we had an informative, entertaining exchange about her journey as a female reggae artist. Please click here to watch, and remember to like, comment and share.
On March 20th Etana released her new single dubbed Truly. The powerful lovers-rock tune comes courtesy of her own Freemind Music, with distribution via Zojak Worldwide.
A few days after the song was published, Etana followed up with the release of the official lyric video. Click here to check it out and remember to like, comment and share.
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.
As the global shut down continues to hurt performing artists, especially those accustomed to touring several times a year, more and more reggae and dancehall acts are taking to social media to encourage their fans to stay home.
International reggae artist Cocoa Tea is the latest to join that list. Over the weekend he posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“Greetings to all my facebook fams please remember to do the necessary things to keep yourself and everyone around you safe , remember to do social distancing wash your hands very regularly disinfect your surroundings, sanitize everything insite and most of all stay away from congregation and never forget to give praises to the almighty,.remember we’re all in this thing together and with help of jah we shall over come, so in order for us all to see this through please stay @ home. jah bless you all !!!”
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.
Iconic reggae recording artist, Keith ‘Bob Andy’ Anderson, has passed away. He is known and respected for producing powerful uplifting music that inspired many generations. One of his biggest hits was ‘Young, Gifted And Black,’ a collaboration done with Marcia Griffiths; another was ‘Fire Burning.’
Several established and emerging reggae artists, producers and promoters have taken to social media to express their condolences.