Gen’ral began selecting music for his mom’s house parties at the age of 10, and ever since he has always wanted to be the one playing the tunes rather than being in the listening audience.
Reggae became the music that would dominate his life after the release of the Bob Marley‘s Exodus album when he was 12 years old. Too young to get into dances, he realized if he became a box boy he could get entry to a dance before the gateman was set up. From being a box boy, after studying and imitating the mic men around the sound, he soon forged a career as a MC with a reputation for chatting reality lyrics with a wicked sense of humor, a humor that still permeates his radio presenting.
He went on to build his own sound system with some friends, Music Incorporated, and that relationship would continue for 28 years. When pirate radio in the UK became prevalent, Gen’ral had his first taste of radio presenting on Jive FM, and fast became one of the most popular presenters on the station. He has now joined Maria Jackson Radio and will be presenting on on Sundays and Mondays from 5 to 7PM EST. The Sunday show is a mix of old and new music: lovers rock, revival and easy listening Reggae (smooth groove); whereas on Mondays it’s all about new music.
Equally adept performing live or on the radio, Gen’ral is truly humble about the secret of his success – “I just play music that I like to hear myself and I don’t follow a hype, if the tune sounds good, it doesn’t matter who sings it, I will play it. My job is purely as a vessel for the truly talented singers, songwriters, producers and players of instruments to get their music across to the world.”
Nigerian artist Olamidé has shared audio and visuals for Rock, the first single from his forthcoming album, UY Scuti. The 10-track LP, Olamidé’s third new music project in just over a year, is set for release on June 14th through a partnership between his own YBNL Nation imprint and U.S. indie powerhouse, Empire.
The album finds Olamidé pulling inspiration from dancehall and reggae, as well as amapiano and alté, to create an intimate, highly personal soundtrack. Rising Nigerian beatmaker Eskeez handles the lion’s share of production on UY Scuti.
In November of last year, afro-pop artist Tekno released the single Enjoy via the Universal Music label. Much like most of his other records, it became an instant hit, so much so that it triggered a remix. The new version is done with South African musical duo Mafikizolo.
Both the song and video were shared at the beginning of May, and the video has already racked up well over half a million views on YouTube. Click here or on the image above to watch the clip and remember to like, comment and share.
At the end of April afro-pop artist Davido released the official video for his trending hit single “La La,” a collaboration done with Ckay. The song is featured on his latest album, “A Better Time,” published in November 2020.
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At the end of 2020, Jr. Gong and his team at Ghetto Youths International released the “Set Up shop Vol. 4” compilation. The project features music from several top-tier reggae artists; this of course includes two solo tracks and three collaborations from Gong himself.
While all the other artists on the album were busy promoting their respective tunes, Damian Marley stayed quiet about his. That is until a few days ago when he uploaded the visuals for one his singles, “Life is a Circle.” Click here or on the image above to check out the video and remember to like, comment and share.
Afropop artist Mr Eazi Has just shared the official video for “The Don,” a song featured on his recently released EP, “Something Else.” On The record he laments on his lavish lifestyle, which he attributes to the sacrifices he had to make to become the star that he is today.
In the video however, he is presented as a literal don, someone who is regarded as the leader in the community. Click here or on the image above to check out the visuals and remember to like, comment and share.
Jamaican reggae singer Warrior King is generating a major buzz in the music industry with his most recent single, ‘African Love’ – a collaboration with West African superstar MzVee. The afrobeat track, created by popular producer Jermaine ‘Crawba Genius’ Henry, infused with a Latin undertone, has been deemed a contemporary take on Warrior King’s authentic reggae sound.
The 2021 project, released on digital platforms on April 9, is a sample of the 1990s reggae hit single ‘Hello Mama Africa’ by Garnett Silk.
The ongoing pandemic was not a deterrent for the two music sensations. Vocals for MzVee and Warrior King were recorded separately – in Ghana and Jamaica.
‘African Love’ also features the musical skills of Keneil DeLisser on drums and Almondo Douglas, on guitar. The project is the second collaborative effort between Warrior King’s Rootz Warrior Productions and Crawba Productions; the first being the song ‘Moonlight Bright’ from the singer’s ‘Rootz Warrior’ album released in April 2016.