As the global shut down continues to hurt performing artists, especially those accustomed to touring several times a year, more and more reggae and dancehall acts are taking to social media to encourage their fans to stay home.
International reggae artist Cocoa Tea is the latest to join that list. Over the weekend he posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“Greetings to all my facebook fams please remember to do the necessary things to keep yourself and everyone around you safe , remember to do social distancing wash your hands very regularly disinfect your surroundings, sanitize everything insite and most of all stay away from congregation and never forget to give praises to the almighty,.remember we’re all in this thing together and with help of jah we shall over come, so in order for us all to see this through please stay @ home. jah bless you all !!!”
On Thursday, March 26th, R&B star Alicia Keys published the official remix to her now popular hit song “Underdog.” The singer invited two of Jamaica’s top reggae artists – Chronixx and Protoje – to be featured on the new version.
Click here to check it out and remember to support the artists by sharing the link: https://smarturl.it/UnderdogRR
On Friday, March 27th, Troyton Music released a new R&B track titled “Over Again.” The song is performed by pop artist Ne-Yo and Jamaican dancehall star Charly Black. Music critics are already making predictions about the record; the consensus seems to be that it will be just as, or bigger than Party Animal.
Click here to listen and download “Over Again” from your preferred music platform.
Iconic reggae recording artist, Keith ‘Bob Andy’ Anderson, has passed away. He is known and respected for producing powerful uplifting music that inspired many generations. One of his biggest hits was ‘Young, Gifted And Black,’ a collaboration done with Marcia Griffiths; another was ‘Fire Burning.’
Several established and emerging reggae artists, producers and promoters have taken to social media to express their condolences.
On Saturday, March 28th, dancehall artist Shane-O will perform live on Suncity Radio. This performance is a part of the station’s Radio Stage Show Series. In addition to being able to listen on the 104.9 FM dial, Shane-O‘s fans and supporters can also watch the show live via all Suncity’s social media sites.
Shane-O will be backed by SJ Lava; and the show will run from 10 PM to 22 AM.
On Friday, March 27th, twelve gospel artists from several different countries (South Africa, Jamaica, United States, Guyana, Nigeria, Dominica Republic and Canada) will partake in an online concert dubbed The Worship Watch For The Nations. Confirmed artists include: Xolani Sithole, Kevin Downswell, Micah Stampley, Samuel Medas, Coco Crosson, Danny Cosby, Maranda Curtis, Uche Agu, Josue Rolon, Chandler Moore, Daniel Ojo and Geoffrey Golden.
Each artist will perform for exactly thirty (30) minutes, starting at 6PM ET. Persons can stream the show from the following facebook page: facebook.com/WatchAndPray2020.
Once the dust settles and things get back to normal, veteran reggae artist Don Carlos will head out on the road for a tour across the United States. He will be joined by Slightly Stoopid, Pepper and Common Kings. Below are the confirmed dates and locations.
JUNE 11 CUTHBERT AMPHITHEATER – EUGENE, OR
JUNE 12 OUTLAW FIELD AT IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN – BOISE, ID
JUNE 13 HARVEY’S LAKE TAHOE – LAKE TAHOE, CA
JUNE 14 AVILA BEACH GOLF RESORT – AVILA BEACH, CA
JUNE 18 VILLA HISPANA – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
JUNE 20 PETCO PARK – SAN DIEGO, CA
JUNE 25 WOODWARD PARK ROTARY AMPHITHEATER – FRESNO, CA
JUNE 26 FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE – IRVINE, CA
JUNE 27 THE GREEK THEATRE – BERKELEY, CA
JUNE 28 SANTA BARBARA BOWL – SANTA BARBARA, CA
JULY 10 BOMB FACTORY – DALLAS, TX
JULY 11 WHITEWATER AMPHITHEATER – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
JULY 12 WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL – HOUSTON, TX
JULY 17 RED HAT AMPHITHEATER – RALEIGH, NC
JULY 18 SKYLINE STAGE @ MANN CENTER – PHILADELPHIA, PA
JULY 23 THE ROOFTOP AT PIER 17 – NEW YORK, NY
JULY 25 ROCKLAND TRUST BANK PAVILION – BOSTON, MA
JULY 26 MECU PAVILION – BALTIMORE, MD
JULY 31 THE SAINT AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE – ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
AUGUST 01 KEY WEST AMPHITHEATER – KEY WEST, FL
AUGUST 02 COCOA RIVERFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATER – COCOA, FL
AUGUST 06 SPOKANE PAVILION – SPOKANE, WA
AUGUST 08 LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER – BEND, OR
AUGUST 09 KING COUNTY’S MARYMOOR PARK – REDMOND, WA
AUGUST 14 SANDY PROMENADE AT THE CAIRNS – SANDY, UT
AUGUST 15 RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER – MORRISON, CO
AUGUST 16 RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER – MORRISON, CO