Jamaican Students: Shekinah Scott & Devaun Brown Awarded Scholarships From The Pryde Foundation (@ilangroove)

Shekinah Scott & Devaun BrownCongratulations to this year’s Scholarship awardees Shekinah Scott, who will be attending Belmont High School and Devaun Brown, who will be attending Manchester High School in Jamaica for the up-coming 2017-2018 school year.

The scholarship follows them through their five years of High School. Each student will receive $30,000JA each school year to assist with educational costs. The PRYDE Foundation is on a mission to work within various communities by assisting the next generation of young people to achieve their life goals. They will provide mentorship, financial assistance and training to those who are willing to be the best they can be.

The PRYDE Foundation
The PRYDE Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas USA. It was formed by a group of business professionals from the United States and the Caribbean with the goal of re-instilling pride and self-worth into our young men and women, and also to provide educational and career support to those we serve. We thank you and welcome your support.

New Hip-Hop Release: Rapsody – The Pain (@rapsody)

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Undeniably the most underrated female artist in the hip-hop culture; Rapsody strikes again! The artist, who recently penned a deal with Jay-Z’s RocNation, just released a new powerful single called “The Pain.”

On the record, Rapsody talks about several issues within the Black community and questions how we as Black folks deal with them. She goes further by calling out other races / communities that seem to enjoy seeing the Black race in shambles.

Click here to listen and download.

Luciano Releases New Roots Album (@jahmessenjah)

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Treasure Chest Productions presents “Embrace Your Failures” by Luciano. This album is 9 tracks of conscious roots and culture to uplift the youths with singles like “Room In Your Heart” and “Level Up The Livity.” Click here or on the image above to stream & download the album via iTunes.

 

ABOUT LUCIANO
A superstar in his native Jamaica, Luciano combines his love of God and beauty into a soulful, spiritual blend of rock- and R&B-tinged reggae. Born Jepther McClymont in Davyton, he began his musical career singing in church and moved to Kingston to pursue music professionally. After McClymont had worked with prominent reggae producers like Herman Chin-Loy and labels like Aquarius and Sky High, Homer Harris of Blue Mountain changed McClymont’s name. Luciano released singles for labels like Big Ship, New Name Muzik, and Sky High, and began working with longtime producer Philip “Fatis” Burrell. The pressures of constant recording and performing caused him to leave the music scene in 1993 to regroup and reconsider his life, but he returned on Chris Blackwell’s Island Jamaica label with Where There Is Life (1995), which reflected his sabbatical with its spiritual, contemplative style and found critical acclaim for its artistic integrity and stylistic diversity.

Luciano’s Rastafarian approach to life and music continued to fill his recordings as he built a discography of well over 20 studio and live releases into the late 2010s, supported by production from Dean Fraser, Sly & Robbie, and Frenchie, among many other associates. The singer’s late-’90s and early-2000s highlights include Messenger (1997), Sweep Over My Soul (1999), the Grammy-nominated A New Day (2001), and Serve Jah (2003), all of which reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. All the while, respect and admiration for the singer grew; he was awarded an Order of Distinction the same year he released his 13th proper album, God Is Greater Than Man (2007). Later high points included Rub-a-Dub Market (2011), The Qabalah Man (2013), and Zion Awake (2014), the last of which earned Luciano another Grammy nomination.

New Reggae Video: Richie Spice – Where There’s A Will (@1RichieSpice)

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Richie Spice just released a captivating video for his powerful track, “where there’s a will,” which is featured on his new album. The video shows two women dealing with challenges: the first facing financial struggles as she tries to focus on her studies but also has to work to assist her mother with the household expenses; and the other finds herself stranded on the road as her vehicle gives out.

Production credit goes to Aliwen Studio Inc. It is directed by Carl P. Hamilton with cinematography by Kemar James.

Click here or on the image above to watch.

Shaggy & Romain Virgo Collaborate On New Single (@RealRomainVirgo @DiRealShaggy)

Romain Virgo and ShaggyOn July 14th, Shaggy will release a new single done in collaboration with Romain Virgo entitled “Promises.” Both men have been enjoying massive success this year.

Romain Virgo‘s recently released single and video, “Now,” is still trending worldwide and continues to enjoy heavy rotation on both reggae and dancehall programs; while Shaggy just wrapped up his Euro tour and is back in the USA where he made an appearance at the Essence Festival and other major events.

Stay tuned to MJ Magazine for more info on “Promises.”

Jamaica’s ‘Main Street Crew’ Now Accepting Bookings (@RedRatMusic @GeneralDegree)

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Reuniting after a 15-year-long split, Main Street Crew members, comprising of Red Rat, Mr G (aka Goofy), Hawkeye, General Degree, Buccaneer and Lady G are embarking on a new venture. They are now giving their thousands of fans all over the world an opportunity to re-live the 90’s.

Goofy‘s Brush Yuh Teeth, Buccaneer‘s Bruk Out, Red Rat‘s Shelly-Anne and Nuh Live Nuh Weh with Chrissy D, General Degree‘s Hold You Tonight, Traffic Blocking and Granny as well as Arrest Mi Officer by Hawkeye are just a few of the hits from the Main Street Crew that dominated the 90’s.

Promoters, Festivals, Venues, Booking Agents etc. are encouraged to send an email to generaldegreebookings@gmail.com for information about hiring this crew.

DJ Nicholas’ Album Launch Takes Place On July 21 – Jamaica (@djnicholas2)

DJ NicholasOn the Shout Records presents DJ Nicholas’ “The Audiologist” Album Launch and Concert, on Friday July 21st at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event features Grammy nominated artists: Todd Dulaney (Victory Belongs to Jesus), Jermaine Edwards, Ryan Mark, Kimola Brown, Kevin Smith, Kevin Heath, Dunamis Reignz, Yankee B, D.A.Jay, Samuel Medas from Guyana, Chris Black, Gray Patch and the top 10 JCDC Gospel Finalists.

All are invited! Entrance cost is only $1,000, $1,500 with an album and children under 12 can enter for free. All artists will be backed by On the Shout Band. The show will run from  7 pm to 11 pm.

New EDM Gospel Video: Jermaine Gordon – Thine is the Kingdom (@iWriteiInspire)

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The award-winning lyricist, composer, producer and Jamaican-born gospel artist, Jermaine Gordon has released an electronic dance music version (EDM) of one of his hit songs.

The song has become a huge favorite Jamaican worship song being performed in many Caribbean, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries in both North & South America. The mix was done by Dan Giffin, a drummer and audio engineer from Indianapolis, trained as a Mastering Engineer by the Multi-Platinum, Grammy, and Emmy-nominated audio engineer – Daniel Wyatt.

Minister Gordon, hopes this will become a favorite in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, US and Australia and says it is certainly the first of more EDMs to be done. He also believes other artists will follow suit, as this presents an alternate style to music typically being produced in Jamaica. Fans of Jermaine Gordon can expect more new releases in 2017, as since doing his debut album in 2012, fans have been eagerly awaiting new music.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video.

Erykah Badu & Mary J. Blige Performs In Italy On July 12th (@fatbellybella @maryjblige)

Erykah and MaryTwo extraordinary voices: Erykah Badu and Mary J. Blige set to rock the Lucca Festival on July 12th in Italy. The two R&B Queens will headline a night celebrating black music.

With six albums, Erykah Badu is one of the most expressive Black artist in music history to date. She has done everything from RnB to psychedelic, continuously growing her fan base as she travels through the various genres. She is an icon with an eccentric look that we have come to admire as much as her music. Most noteably, she displays a genuine femininity and Black roots that is effectively a part of her musical style.

Mary J. Blige, iconic singer, Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist, is a figure of great inspiration, transformation and empowerment and is, in fact, one of the most important voices in contemporary music today. Mary J. Blige has an impressive list of records in her career, eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus the incredible number of thirty-two nominations), a nomination for the 2012 Golden Globe and five American Music Awards. on April 28th she released her thirteenth studio album, STRENGTH OF A WOMAN.

The 2017 Summer Lucca Festival takes place at Piazza Napoleone, 55100 Lucca LU, Italia. Click here to purchase tickets.

Don Carlos Plays at Club Annabel Rotterdam on Aug.9th (@DonCarlosReggae)

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Jamaican roots/reggae artist, Don Carlos, who is the co-founder of Black Uhuru, will play at the popular Club Annabel in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Weds. Aug. 9th.

Ever since the release of his breakthrough album, ‘Suffering,’ released in 1981, Don Carlos has gained a massive fan base across Europe; as such, he is always well received in that region.

For tickets and additional information, visit: http://www.annabel.nu/don-carlos/