Currently in the small Caribbean island of Jamaica the biggest problem is not covid-19 or corruption; It is crime and violence. Specifically, murder. The numbers are so high that everyone from all sectors of society have been weighing in, albeit in despair.
In the music industry it is split two ways: there are the artists that are actively singing about, and hence promoting the murder culture; while on the other side there are those who abhor these types of songs and what they endorse.
The team at Reggae Vibes Music fall in the latter category. After seeing what is happening in the nation, and taking into consideration that the record is doing very well, they have partnered with roots artist Fiyaneer to release his official video for We Bawl.
The song is featured on the label’s latest release: Rock All Riddim; and it has a very timely message that all gang members and misdirected youths need to hear. Importantly, it also addresses artists “that love talk bout crocodile teeth.”
Scenes for this video were shot by Phoenix Studioz Ja in both downtown Kingston and Rock Hall, St Andrew (Jamaica); while the editing was done by Lone Wolf Filmz.
“I want the people to use this song as a weapon because the crime rate, not just in Jamaica but all over the world and especially among our people, the gun, violence, crime is affecting us. Every age and every stage of our lives this crime a affect we. So yu see this song name We Bawl, is a anti-crime song. This is a voice for you. If they can’t hear you, you can use this Fiyaneer song as a voice to get your message across also.” The preceding is a statement made by Fiyaneer regarding We Bawl.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “WE BAWL”
American-based singing sensation Dave Revels has just released a honest tune titled A Good Jamaican Woman. The melodious reggae-fused song – published on December 31, 2021 – is a collaboration done with talented reggae / hip-hop artist Junior Rex.
As the producer, Revels brought his decades of musical experience and creative skills to the production. They were then complimented by co-producer Ed Robinson, who helped to reimagine the song, adding some magical flair to its overall sound and feel. Persons who have heard the record summarizes it as a forthright tune from a man showing loyalty and respect to his lineage by desiring to have a woman from that same line.
Dave Revels explains the inspiration behind A Good Jamaican Woman in the following statement: “I have always identified with my roots, and an influential part of that connect to my mother being a Jamaican. This song resonates with much of what I hold dear—my mom, my Jamaican relatives, the love of the Island, and the fact that I grew up there. To me, this is one of the best songs I have done, and it’s a legacy I will forever cherish.”
For those not familiar with Dave Revels; he is a half British, half Jamaican singer, who was born in England and raised in Jamaica. His strong musical history includes over ten years with the famed American doo-wop, R&B and soul vocal group The Drifters. Additionally, in 2006 he became the lead singer, arranger and producer for the legendary a cappella group The Persuasions. Over his many years with different groups Dave has had the pleasure of working with major names such as The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Canadian rock and roll hall of famers, Barenaked Ladies.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “A GOOD JAMAICAN WOMAN”
Two of Jamaica’s most revered musical groups, Israel Vibration (Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig and Cecil “Skelly” Spence) and The Abyssinians (Bernard Collins, Donald Manning, Linford Manning), have given life to the lead single from Groundation‘s upcoming album.
The song – released in early January – is titled Original Riddim and it’s a roots tune that connects Jamaica’s music to its African lineage. Click here or on the image above to watch the official video, which features all the performers.
At the end of February Luciano, in partnership with Island Records, will release an eleven-track album titled Return Of The Chronicles. All the songs are remixes of previously published tracks from the Where There Is Life and Messenger albums.
The official video for It’s Me Again Jah (2022 version) – one of the tunes on the upcoming album – was just uploaded to YouTube. Click here or on the image above to check it out and remember to like, comment and share. Return Of The Chronicles is also available for pre-order.
On Friday, February 11, all roads will lead to Radio City Music Hall (1260 6th Avenue) in New York, which is where the Reggae Love Fest is scheduled to take place. The festival will feature some of Jamaica’s biggest artists from various genres: reggae, dancehall and dub.
Some of the names that have been announced so far are: Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Barrington Levy, Cutty Ranks, Dawn Penn, Junior Reid and Chaka Demus & Pliers. For tickets and additional information click here.
On Friday, January 28th, NYEM (New York Entertainment Movement) will present the Mental Freedom Showcase live on Hype TV Jamaica between the hours of 6 and 9pm.
This is a virtual stage show that will be taped at the Triple 7 Chill Spot Bar & Grill in Manchester. Confirmed performers include: Utan Green, Sophia Squire, Guidance, Balance, Singer Heights and emerging artists Mexi Kaano and Dinho.
Far From Jamaica is the name of the newest single by Boston based roots artist Mighty Mystic. The reggae track, which also features Sizzla Kalonji and Tyler Loyal, tells the story of a Jamaican living in the diaspora, and how being Far From Jamaica is affecting him.
Click here to stream and / or download the song from your preferred music platform.