On Friday, January 20th, To’alepai Productions will host veteran Jamaican artists Etana and Gyptian, as well as emerging acts Marina Davis and Bonafide, at The Warehouse – 2020 Auiki Street – in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is an all ages event that’s scheduled to begin at 8pm (local time).
There is a $40 entrance fee and tickets are available on eventbrite.
Don’t Ruin My World – Julian Marley‘s Caribbean pop single released in September on the My-ish Music label – now has some visuals. The official video, which both highlights and celebrates nature, was sponsored by Everland; an organization set up to protect forests and wildlife, resulting in climate change mitigation for the benefit of all.
Nigerian Afro-fusion artist Omah Lay has released the official video for Soso – track #11 on his Boy Alone debut album, published earlier this year. The very creative clip, which was directed by Topshotta, perfectly reflects the song’s lyrical depth.
Mello, relaxing and refreshing are some of the words used to summarize what’s felt when listening to Dean Fraser’s 16-track album, Nyabingi Christmas. The pulsating sound of the African drums, coupled with the melodies played by the wind instruments – led by Jamaican saxophone guru Dean Fraser – is all anyone need this time of year.
The LP, which was produced by Fraser and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr., features some of our most treasured Christmas carols. Felice Navidad, Deck The Halls, Long Time Ago, Do You Hear What I Hear, The Little Drummer Boy, and I Wish You A Merry Christmas are some of the songs performed on this record.
Musicians that contributed to the project are: Kirk Bennett on drums; Congo Billy, Hector Lewis, Denver Smith and Kirk Bennett (nyabingi drums); Andrew ‘Stringy’ Marsh on piano; Mikey Fletcher (upright bass); Dario Morgan and Monty Lamont Savory on guitar; Zoe Brown (flute); Dwight Richards and Okeil McIntyre on trumpet; Everton Pessoa (trombone); and Dean Fraser on lead saxophone.
Nyabinghi Christmas is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming platforms courtesy of Tad’s Record Inc.
Nigerian pop-star Burna Boy is on a world tour in support of his sixth studio album: Love, Damini. The afrobeat record was released in July of this year, and it features several international performers including Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan.
That said, Burna Boy will be doing a full set at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, December 18. We are still not clear on who else will be on the show.
Released only a few days ago – Loaded, performed by Tiwa Savage and Asake – is already being called a hit by afrobeat lovers. Both song and video went live on music platforms on November 7th; however, the visuals is already sitting at over five million views.
On Sunday, December 11th, Rasta Lion Wear will host the Jamhuri Day Celebration – an East-African festival – at Heko Farm (55 Canterbury Road West) in Lara, Victoria, Australia.
The lineup includes multi-award winning Kenyan band Sauti Sol; one of Kenya’s most popular Kikuyu secular musician, Musaimo; and Jamaican roots-reggae singer Turbulence. DJ Double Trouble and DJ Kalonje are also on the program. Get tickets here.