A lot has changed in the music industry as a result of the corona virus pandemic. Most performers are unable to accept bookings because of the very real possibility of cancellation and the uncertainty surrounding turnout.
While some artists have decided to sit out the pandemic, others have simply adopted to the new norm by amending their overall strategy. One such artist is dancehall deejay Capleton. Though he is not doing nearly as much shows as he was before covid-19, King Shango remains very active in the business by consistently sharing new content.
His latest is an inspirational record titled Rise & Shine (done for Sponge Music). It was published on January 21st along with its official video. Click here or on the image above to check it out and remember to like, comment and share.
Dancehall artist Karamanti and the team at Blakkwuman22 Music have just uploaded the official video for Start With A Prayer. The song is the lead single on Karamanti‘s just released Spiritual Warfare album, published in December.
All the scenes for the video were captured at Anchor Recording Studios in Kingston, Jamaica by fellow dancehall artist Mackamilli aka Macka Head (from the Innocent Crew); while the complete editing were done in house by Maria Jackson Entertainment.
As it relates to the actual song; the rhythm for Start With A Prayer was created by Old Harbour based producer Lamar Thompson, who is the CEO and owner of AudioTraxx Productions. Karamanti‘s own Blakkwuman22 Music is the executive producer, publisher and independent distributor of the entire project.
In addition to being the first song on the Spiritual Warfare album, Start With A Prayer is also one of four songs featured on the Restart Riddim; a dancehall compilation that also has music from Peppery, I-Talawah and Sherida Sharpe.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “START WITH A PRAYER”
People are quick to throw out the word legend when talking about artists in hip-hop; some are deserving while most fall short. However, when you look at the career of Billy Danze all accolades are well deserved.
As both a member of the legendary rap duo M.O.P. (with Lil Fame) and a solo artist, William Berkowitz – publicly known as Billy Danze – has countless classic records.
His new single and accompanying music video, “The Chief,” is another certified banger. It’s off of his new album “The Re-Listening Session.”
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “THE CHIEF”
In the Spring of 2022 reggae-dancehall artist Ragga Lox will be releasing a new studio album – not yet titled. As such, he has kicked off the year by sharing the lead single from the project: an upbeat dancehall tune titled Spliff & Beer.
The track, which is all about enjoying and valuing life, was officially released on January 18 and is now available for download on all digital streaming platforms.
Recorded at the Field of Dreams Studio in Mount Vernon, Spliff & Beer was produced by Nemessz at SoSeriuz Production; mixed by Steadley Meddz Reid and mastered by Chris Scott at Castek Systems Solution in Queens, New York. Executive producer is Rohan “Ragga Lox” Robinson.
According to Lox: “This song was inspired by the times we are living in. After loosing some close family members and friends, I wanted to give a sense of appreciation for life. Knowing we don’t have much control over what’s going on, however life continues and we should make the best of it the best way we know how.”
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “SPLIFF & BEER”
When it was announced last Fall, Fugees Reunion Tour tickets quickly became the most desired item for music lovers regardless of genre. Initially it was scheduled to run through the months of November and December in 2021, but that was later pushed back to 2022.
Now we are all learning that the tour has been officially canceled. The news came on Friday, January 21st via Lauryn Hill’s social media platforms. She shared the following statement.
“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen. The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe. An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of ‘The Score’ but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work. We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the years.”
The official video for Nobody Don’t Know When – a collaboration done by Munga Honorable and Fantan Mojah – is now available on YouTube. It was uploaded by Pandemic Records Entertainment, the imprint that is behind the production.
Nobody Don’t Know When is on the Logic Riddim, which was released at the end of October. The compilation also has music by Sizzla Kalonji, Little Hero, Mr. Easy and several others. Click here or on the image above to watch the video and remember to like, comment and share.
The 2022 NAACP Image Awards will air on BET on Saturday, February 26, starting at 8pm. Below are the Gospel nominees for Outstanding Album and Song.
Outstanding Gospel / Christian Album
Todd Dulaney – “Anthems & Glory”
CeCe Winans – “Believe For It”
Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music – “Jonny x Mali: Live In L.A.”
Tamela Mann – “Overcomer”
Jason McGee & The Choir – “Power”
Outstanding Gospel / Christian Song
CeCe Winans – “Believe For It”
Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas – “Help Me”
H.E.R. and Tauren Wells – “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)”
Kirk Franklin – “Overcome 2021”
Sounds of Blackness – “Time For Reparations”