Home, Reggae

Reggae Veteran Mikey General Releasing New Album In March (@MikeyGeneral7)

mikey_general_2008Irie Sounds International is proud to present the release of Tewahedo, the latest release by veteran reggae artist Mikey General on March 2nd, 2018.

Known to fans around the world for his unique voice and uplifting lyrics, Mikey General returns once again with Tewahedo, a collection of 15 tracks spanning musical and lyrical styles of reggae from spiritually uplifting songs like “Glory to Jah,” “Praise Jah (Not Man),” and “Zion Gate” to reality songs “No Easy Pushover,” “Real Friend,” and “Nah Compromise.”

The bulk of the album was recorded at WASP Studio in Kingston, Jamaica and features guest artists like Binghi Ghost, Spectcacular, and a combination with the late great Sugar Minott. Producer James “Dr. Suess” Lord assembled a cast of musicians from around the world for this project including Computer Paul, Kirk Bennett, Wadi Gad, Everton Pryce RasCricket and Aaron Thompson.

The lead single “No Easy Pushover” features cultural deejay Spectacular and has been making waves internationally since its release on SoundCloud in early February.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with fans eager to hear the entire album.

Tewahedo can be pre-ordered on iTunes now, and will receive a full scale release on March 2nd on all other major stores courtesy of Zojak World Wide.

The first single can be downloaded via SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/iriesou nds/mikey-general-no-easy- push-over-feat-spectacular-1

iTunes Pre-order link: https://itunes.apple. com/us/album/tewahedo/ 1348429913

Home, Reggae

Hempress Sativa Live in Kingston, Jamaica – Feb. 24th (@HempressSativa)

HEMPRESS-SATIVA_EM_008Hempress Sativa will be performing live at the Skyline Levels (6B Skyline Drive, Jacks Hill) in Kingston, Jamaica on the 24th of February. She will be supported by Keida, Kelissa, Aza Lineage, Samory_I, Vijahn and Ras Haile Malekot. The show will be hosted By Steppa, with musical selections by ILawi.

Ticket outlets are: Mi Hungry, UWI Student Union, Natural Touch Vegan Restaurant, Bookafilia and Reggae Hostel. Persons are encouraged to visit www.Hempresssativa.com for all additional information.

Home, Reggae

Freddie McGregor & UB40 To Perform In California On August 3rd (@BigshipFreddie)

img-Artist-Freddie-McGregor-OD-1200x628On Friday August 3rd, Californians will be treated to some good music as both Freddie McGregor and UB40 will be performing at the Pacific Amphitheatre (88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa) in California. There are very strict rules – which will all be enforced – for this show:

– Everyone needs a ticket
– No audio or video equipment allowed
– There is a 2 ticket per household limit on the VIP Parking Combination Package
– Pacific Amphitheatre and the OC Fair are entirely non-smoking venues

For additional information visit the event on Facebook.

Home, Reggae

IRIE FM Presents Bunny Wailer With Lifetime Achievement Award

Bunny WailerThis past Sunday IRIE FM presented Bunny Wailer (also known as Jah B) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bournemouth Beach Complex. The event was hosted by international dub poet, Yasus Afari.

It featured spoken word and musical tributes from Copeland Forbes, Garth Dennis, Kingsley Goodison, Chelsea Stewart, King Sounds, Bob Andy, Daddy U-Roy, Black Hero, Duane Stephenson, Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell, Howard McIntosh of the Ministry of Culture, Kingston Drummers, and guest speaker Donald Quarry.

Additional highlights also included musical and spoken word tributes from his son Asedenaki who did an outstanding Wailer’s Medley, his daughter Cen C Love, and his grand-nephew Dre Tosh.

Home, Reggae

I-Purple’s “Colder Than Ice Cream” Is Now Available For Digital Download (@Purple_kev)

I PurpleUndeniably one of the most melodious, catchy reggae songs to be released so far for 2018, “Colder Than Ice Cream” by artist / producer, I-Purple, is now available for digital download. The song, which is on his own Purple Keyz Muzik label, is being distributed by Zojak Worldwide and was officially shared on February 9th.

When asked what inspired the song, I-Purple had this to say: “Well it’s simply how I have seen both male and female treat each other in relationships, cheating; and in ways I thought was really cruel. It’s not something I have experienced myself but I often put myself in others shoes and try to view and feel it through their eyes. That’s where I got the concept for the song.”

Click here to stream and download from iTunes.

Home, Reggae

Glen Washington Performs in Edmonton, AB on March 17th

Glen-Washington-1xxOn Saturday, March 17th, international recording artist Glen Washington will be performing at the Portuguese Cultural Centre 12964 – 52 Street – in Edmonton, Alberta. There is a lot of buzz around this event because it’s the first time the reggae giant will be performing in the city. Supporters are looking forward to hearing his #1 hits: consider me, call me baby, if loving you is wrong, kindness for weakness and many more.

Music will be provided by: Saint & The Full 100 Band as well as Legacy Sound (with DJ XL). General admission is $40, while buffet dinner + concert is $60. Tickets are available online via www.eventbrite.ca

Home, Reggae

The Brightside Festival Heads to Runaway Bay, Jamaica in January 2019

Raging Fyah
Raging Fyah

The Bright Side Festival is a new destination festival in Jamaica, happening in January 2019! Rebelution, The Green, Raging Fyah and DJ Mackle will each perform 3 full concerts on the beach at a private and all-inclusive resort.

The purchase of each room, of the only 200 rooms available, includes unlimited food and open bar, donation to The Rockhouse Foundation, as well as a ton of activities they have planned like snorkeling, water sports and signing sessions.

For additional information, visit: http://www.thebrightsidefestival.com/

Dancehall, Home

New Dancehall Release: Karamanti – Slave Mentality

Slave Mentality.png

Karamanti continues to tackle thought provoking topics in her music. Her latest single, Slave Mentality, addresses ego driven artists who seem to be overly obsessed with fame and hype.

The record is on her own Blakkwuman22 Music label and it is available for free download via Soundcloud. It was mixed and mastered by Prosonic Production.

Dancehall, Home

I-Octane Collaborates with JBoog on new Single & Selected Tour Dates (@Realioctane @JBoogMusic)

I Octane JboogI-Octane recently released his new single “Pretty Loud,” which features two time Grammy nominated Reggae artist J Boog, and simultaneously announced that he will join him for selected California tour dates.

The latter will be in support of I-Octane’s anticipated third full length album titled “Love and Life,” which is set to release on March 30th, 2018. The California leg of JBoog’s L.O.E tour will introduce reggae star I-Octane to new fans and deliver a dose of Jamaica’s steeped vibes to San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Fresno, Redway and Monterey.

Click here to listen to “Pretty Loud.”

Dancehall, Home

Aidonia & Govana Goes Mainstream with ‘Breeze’ (@AIDONIA4THGENNA @GOVANAGENNA)

breeze video shoot2018 is definitely shaping up to be another exceptional year for the 4th Genna camp, as label-mates and Dancehall front-runners Aidonia and Govana have once again found themselves in the international spotlight with their latest effort ‘Breeze. The hypermasculinized track dubbed the follow-up to ‘Run Road‘ has been annexed to mainstream radio via the ‘C-List’ on BBC Radio.

The addition signifies the track will now officially enjoy premium day-time rotation alongside the likes of Grammy winners and nominees Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Drake, Migos, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Chronixx and Kendrick Lamar. Named 2017 ‘Breakthrough Artiste of the Year‘ in several quarters, Govana says he is very pleased with the revelation. Last September Aidonia’s monster hit ‘Yeah Yeah made its debut on the station’s B-List.

Amassing over a million views online, the two have enlisted the services of accomplished video director RD Studios for the official visual which is slated for release in the weeks ahead. The video was shot throughout the Kingston and St. Catherine metropolis and exhibits the duo living a life of opulence.

Meanwhile, the 4th Genna hitmakers have managed to nab a combined eight nominations for this year’s Your View Awards (YVAs) and  International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) respectively. Govana has been nominated for the YVA’s ‘Breakthrough Artiste of the Year’, while Aidonia remains in contention for Hottest Summer Song for ‘Yeah Yeah’, Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Favourite Carribean Artiste of the Year’, Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year.  At the IRAWMAs he’s nominated for ‘Deejay of the Year’ and Song of the Year with ‘Banga’.

Home, Not Music Related

Lt. Stitchie Gives Back To His High School (Tivoli Gardens)

Tivoli Gardens High School Alumni Track CorporationLt. Stitchie has joined forces with Dr. Michael Weir, Clive Foster and Neil Harrison – all past students of Tivoli Gardens High – to form the Tivoli Gardens High School Alumni Track Corporation. The organization was established to support inner-city youths by getting them sports gear, lunch, breakfast, school supplies, uniforms, bus fare, to and from school, tuition fee, shoes, vitamin supplements, cosmetology training & equipment, academic & financial scholarships etc.

In addition to the aforementioned, the organization will also help by providing athletic track & field written training programs to assist in developing their skills in this area; while simultaneously cultivating their thinking process into one of positivity and self-awareness. Their hope is to demonstrate to these poor inner-city youths that poverty is not an excuse to failure, but can be a prerequisite for success, as they are all living witnesses to this truth.

The organization is a 501c3 registered none profit organization in the state of Florida, with structured, professional and functional executives, directors and members.

Visit their official website here: www.tghsatc.org.


Home, Reggae

New Reggae Release: Ruach Ru – Mr. Player Man (@RuachRu)

IMG_1652 - Mr Player Man-Ruach Ru, Jamaica’s very own soulful sistren is back! After taking a little hiatus, the artist has emerged with a catchy, melodious track entitled, “Mr. Player Man.” The song tells the story of a woman in love with a man who is a player; which is unfortunately a very common occurrence in Jamaica.

The song was written by Ruach Ru and recorded at Green Links studio in Ocho Rios. The music was composed by Jupita Redman with additional writing credits going to Claudia Harris. It’s on the TideJam Records label.

Click here to listen “Mr. Player Man” and DJs are encouraged to email info@mjent.net for a promo copy.