MACINI – Bio (@macinimusic)

MaciniOne of the most vocally talented artists you are likely to encounter today is Macini, born Kevin Edwards, the youngest of seven brothers who acquired the name ‘Macini’ due to his impeccable collection of Italian wear. Macini has upped his game with the release of, ‘Man A General,’ projecting his personal image as a confident master of musical styles in the streets of his home town Mandeville (Manchester, Jamaica), across Africa and worldwide.

Musical Background and influences: Music featured heavily throughout Macini’s life and was an important part of his childhood, growing up singing. Around the age of thirteen Macini became aware that he was talented and, following traditional musical roots, began singing at his Revivalist church where he was able to express himself through Gospel music. Later Macini contributed to worship services, playing his guitar (aged sixteen.)  Macini’s realised his ability to write songs from quite a young age, fifteen; recently putting together a catalogue of over 35 excellent numbers.

Naturally Macini was influenced by Jamaica’s best and speaks of artists such as the late, great Sanchez, veteran Reggae artist Beres Hammond and contemporary Dancehall artist Bounty Killer. It was Macini’s love of Reggae music which led him to explore Dancehall, Reggae and Lover’s Rock, making these his own personal genres.

Early Career Moves: London became home to Macini in 2001, his musical life taking a serious turn in 2010 when he emerged as a genuine contender in the dancehall arena; an artist with multiple talents. During his career in music Macini has worked with well known producers- Category 5 Jamaica, Jerrymuzik, Frenz 4real production, Standfirm Records, Pure and Natural Records, Dandadda Production and Andrew Robinson which have contributed to his success. As a solo artist Macini has the extraordinary ability to sound like two different artists– when he sings and raps on the same track. This talent has fooled many people in the industry!

Discography to date;

1. ‘Grey Goose Buss ina mi head’ 2013 – with Junior P- a great party song produced by Category 5 Jamaica

2. ‘Bad mind people’ 2013 – Category 5 Jamaica

3. ‘She tell mi dat she love mi’ 2013 – a popular Reggae song produced by Jerrymuzi

4. ‘Lap Dance’ 2014 – Video with a group of six artists known as Project XXX (Triple X)

5. ‘Hold mi Squeeze mi’ 2014 – Reggae song produced by Category 5 Jamaica, video release March 2014.

6. ‘Man A General’ 2014 – Produced by Jnile, Pure and Natural Records. A huge song that quickly became Macini’s signature tune

7. ‘Ringtone’ 2016 – Produced by Naz B. R’n’B collaboration with Nigerian artist Naz B. 40K+ Youtube hits.

8. ‘Bad Gal’ 2016 – Produced by Macini. Dancehall club track that reached worldwide generating great attention from the music fraternity

9. ‘Bloodless Revolution’ 2016 – A major project by Andrew Robinson, Switzerland, involving 18 artists which has excelled in Africa and on Youtube

10. ‘(AH) so we do it’ 2017 – Produced by Macini to a beat by SOS Dynamikz. A great party number.

11. ‘Good Time’ 2017 – Dandadda Productions

Recent Career Moves 2014- Macini was interviewed on internet radio stations including Music Radiofm, VRL radio and appeared on Ben TV. He performed live at many venues including: Fire Friday’s (North London,) Dandadda promotional show with Fire Rankin (New port, Wales) and Hootananny, South London. Macini’s hit Man A General opened the door to Gambia- December 2014 and he toured for two weeks taking in shows and interviews; Macini’s most noteable venue was the National Stadium, performing to a crowd exceeding 20,000. Promoter Nexus was impressed with Man A General and organised performances in Germany- G Town, club, and other venues, on the strength of this song. 2014 was a successful year evident in the increased number of Macini followers.

2015- Macini appeared at Irie Jam’s 22nd Anniversary in New York, along with popular artists Agent Sasco, Bugle and Mr Vegas

2016- Macini embarked on a promotional tour of Jamaica in April and was interviewed on many of the island’s TV and Radio shows including Hitsfm 92, Sunity Radio, UV Radio, Hot102 and Dwrap CVMTV, RETV, tempo Preedis TV, Hype TV and a live performance on Sunrise CVMTV. Macini’s music had been included on mix tapes produced by DJ’s Don Kingston, DJ.com and B13, alongside artists Alkaline, Popcaan, Movado, Vibes Cartel and more. In addition to musical achievement Macini appeared live at Country Fest in Christiana, Manchester, and made time to sing at Rock River Primary School, St Mary, to inspire the youth. Shortly after his return to the UK  Macini travelled to New York to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Jamaica Jam, giving rise to more radio opportunities in the U.S.A. including: E2 Radio in Brooklyn and Linkage Radio Mount Vernan. Back in Notting Hill, London, Macini appeared at a club with Shaggy, Rayvon and Stylo G at Shaggy’s single launch, ‘Need Your Love.’

2017- will see Macini return to Jamaica where he is scheduled to appear at various shows including Artist Link Up, in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine’s, with some shows resulting from the success of ‘Bad Gal.’ He will also be recording new material for future release.

Aspirations!! Macini’s musical inspiration extends beyond the boundaries of traditional and modern Jamaican music. Aspiring to popular artists Shaggy and Sean Paul, Macini’s love of popular music is calling him towards the R’n’B market. Macini voices political ideals and creates songs based around feelings we all relate to, specifically love, which he expresses through song. With such a wealth of talent and determination there is every reason to believe that Macini will attain the heights he is striving to achieve. Macini has a determined and straightforward attitude to life and music embraced in his own personal mantra, ‘DO IT ONE TIME.’  Macini believes in getting everything right first time and without doubt is set to make his mark in the commercial world.

Videos:
‘Bad Gal’ http://bit.ly/2niKm2x
‘Man A General’ http://bit.ly/2nClGp6
‘Ringtone’ http://bit.ly/2mRA7Ha

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Instagram: http://bit.ly/2oaGgxQ
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1LVtFDX

Enquiries/Bookings:
Via: CheX chexent@gmail.com +017184063129
Via: Macini macini7@hotmail.co.uk 07957 671627

Original Bio~ Jaz McKenzie~The Word Magician itsbraap@live.co.uk 074111 99869

Reggae Release: Jah9 & Chronixx – Hardcore (@Jah9 @ChronixxMusic)

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Edutainer, Jah9 has done it again! The Rasta Empress has dropped another single that will no doubt climb to the top of most, if not all roots reggae charts. The song is called “Hardcore” and it is a remix of the original; this one done in collaboration with Chronixx.

Click here to listen and enjoy good authentic reggae music from Jamaica (the home of reggae).

5th Annual Island Reggae Festival Announces Final Lineup (@IRF2014GA)

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Rudebwoy Entertainment presents the 5th annual Island Reggae Festival held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San Jose, California.  The event offerings in 2016  include activities on three stages with live music on the Main stage, the Oasis stage will host a DJ sound clash and the third stage will feature the Polynesian Dance Showcase.  The event also features carnival rides for children, the USO Car Club Showcase, a youth Rugby tournament  and a Tattoo Showcase.   The gates open at 10 am and the event concludes at 11pm.

Artists on the lineup for Island Reggae Festival consistently include some of the PacificIslands’ greatest talents and those that have been embraced by the culture. In 2016 the lineup includes the Common Kings who will perform the closing set at Island Reggae Festival2016.  A band with cultural roots in the South Pacific and based currently in Costa Mesa, California, they tour the world and rule the airwaves with their high energy island stylereggae flavored by R&B style vocals and polished production.

Coming from Jamaica is Tarrus Riley, an artist who rose to the top of the reggae charts with his conscious lyrics and strong hooks that uplift the culture. He’s released six albums and appeared on many of the world’s most prestigious festival stages with his band Blak Soil.  Most recently, he reached the Billboard top 100 and “charts worldwide with his song Powerful” a duet with UK artist Ellie Goulding that was produced by Major Lazer.

Representing the island nation of Bermuda on the Atlantic side of the globe is the artistCollie Buddz  who gained popularity after exploding on the scene in 2007 with his chart topping-“Come Around”, he continues to tour extensively with his unique brand of reggaeinfluenced by hip-hop.    Returning to the Island Reggae Fest 2016 stage is the legendary Fijiwhose stage name reflects his cultural background and whose golden voice has made him a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound and its most well-known artist and pave the way for the careers of many others whom he has personally mentored throughout the years.

Female singer-songwriter Anuhea returns to the festival in 2016, born and raised on Maui in Hawaii, although she is of Caucasian descent she has ruled the live music scene and radio waves for the past several years with her own brand of pop influenced hits sung over reggaerhythms. Sammy J from New Zealand returns to Island Reggae Festival 2016 with his sweet vocals influenced by R&B and reggae.

Pacific Island reggae music receives a great deal of attention both at traditional broadcast radio and online as those that have moved from their birthplace or those that represent the next generation maintain a strong cultural connection through music.  Some of the most well-loved artists in the genre today will be at Island Reggae Festival including  Tenelle, Pati, Jordan T, Mango Kingz, Makisi & Fina Love.


After presenting the festival for the first 3 years at Great America, in 2015 the organizers began hosting the event at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds a venue that allows for expanded space for an all-ages event that the entire family can enjoy and one that provides an appropriate concert setting to attract music lovers from varied backgrounds.  As event organizer Danny Perez notes, “In 2015 what stood out were the various ethnicities that were in attendance.  We are predominantly a Pacific Island crowd and to see to our demographic expand to include many different groups is great.  I’ve envisioned the Island Reggae Festivalas an event that we as Polynesians can call our own but also as an avenue to expose ourisland culture and music to others.”

A family-friendly event, this year there will be free carnival rides and games for ages 13 and under.  The event will feature over thirty merchandise and food vendors with Polynesian food as well as some of the best in festival food favorites.

Returning in 2016 is the Youth Rugby 7’s Tournament.  Rugby is a popular sport in the South Pacific Islands.  This year the tournament will invite youths from the ages 8 to 14 known as U8-U14 to participate.  The tournament will take place from 8am to 3pm and the winners of each age group will be announced on the main stage and receive a hand-crafted Island ReggaeFestival plaque inscribed with their team name.

The USO Car Club will host the USO Car Club Showcase.  For the past 10 years this group has been led by CEO Kita Leao.  Mr. Leao is of Samoan descent and has instilled elements of the Samoan culture with his car club members.  The meaning of the word USO is “brother” in the Samoan language and this is the shared sentiment between all of the car club members.  Cars will be showcased  as a reminder to the Polynesian youth that hard work and dedication can result in a car that is ready to be presented in a showcase.  The Car Club Showcase is  an opportunity to spotlight the lifestyle and interests of Polynesians in the United States.

The Polynesian dance showcase and competition will present dance groups and styles from various islands in the South Pacific including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand.  Groups will come from  Southern California, the Central Valley and Northern California as well as local groups from within the Bay Area.  Dance groups will be presented with a hand-crafted Island Reggae Festival 2016 plaque and with the opportunity to dance on the festival’s main stage for the group with the winning dance performance. 

The Tattoo Showcase will  be featuring some of the most popular Polynesian Tattoo artists who will be tattooing live at the festival and giving tutorials on traditional Polynesian tattoo patterns and what their symbols and origins derive from.

The 5th Annual Island Reggae Festival will also include a Diabetes Awareness initiative and the Red Cross will be on hand as part of a blood drive.  As to how these community-health oriented aspects of the festival come into play Danny Perez explains, “This festival is a platform we created to celebrate our Pacific Islander culture through music and dance.  We are also bringing awareness as to the diabetes epidemic our people face.”

Tickets are available on line through the Island Reggae Festival website islandreggaefest.com or at 24 regional ticket outlets in the Peninsula Area, San Francisco, North, East and South Bay, Sacramento, Stockton and Monterey areas.

MJE presents MUSIC TO THINK TO Reggae Mix – Vol. 1

music to think to artworkIn an effort to promote consciousness, Maria Jackson, the CEO and owner of MJE has put together a reggae mix titled MUSIC TO THINK TO. It features 17 thought provoking, but conscious, reggae tracks performed by various artists. Featured on the mix is Mikey General, Luciano, Omar Perry, Karamanti, Humanuwah, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Kappo, I-Wayne, Peppery and several others.

This mix is ideal for reggae lovers who are also seeking spiritual enlightenment, as it has snippets from one of Sadhguru’s (the Indian mystic) talks on spirituality. One song that must be highlighted is the very first record on the mix called “Greater” by Emmanuel I. This very powerful track is approximately eight minutes long and it is done in acoustic style. It sets the tone for what is to come on the rest of the mix.

Some recently released records that are currently getting good rotation worldwide have also been added. Songs like “natty nah grow” by Karamanti, “stronger” by Agent Sasco, “sipple out deh” by Peppery and ofcourse the big track from the veteran Mikey General, “humble calf.”

This powerful reggae mix is complimented by an amazing artwork which features on its cover Kappo, Omar Perry, Mikey General, Karamanti, Luciano, I-Wayne, Humanuwah and Peppery. Pictures of the artists are spread across a clean background with all the information written in white.

A lot of energy went into the making of this mix and the hope is that everyone who hears it feels that energy and grows spiritually as a result of having heard it. Listen on MJE YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEkbVPFQLfQ

Protoje Announces North America Summer Tour (@Protoje)

00-protoje tourProtoje plans to perform all around the U.S. this summer. The singer will start the Ancient Future Tour July 6 in Boston and wrap it up a month later on the west coast after stopping in New York, Toronto, Chicago, L.A., and a number of other cities. For additional information about this tour please visit his official website at http://www.protoje.com/

Kappo Shoots Video For Sensimillia In Westmorland, Jamaica (@kappomuzic)

00-Kappo video shootReggae recording artist, Kappo, spent the last two weeks in Westmorland, Jamaica, shooting the official video for his much talked about track, ‘sensimillia.’ The video was directed by Richard Brown and his production team and the entire shoot took a total of four days.

They started out on day one at a place called Goodhope, overlooking Negril and the Caribbean Sea. On day two, they began shooting in Whitehall and finished up in downtown, Savanna-la-Mar. To show consistency with the words of the song, they visited several farms in Darleston on day three and closed off the shoot doing a club scene just outside Little London on day four.

If you have not heard ‘sensimillia” as yet, listen to it here:

New Reggae Release: Pressure Busspipe – Fight (@Busspipe)

00-pressure busspipeGaining international recognition with a number of top charting tracks, reggae recording artist Pressure Busspipe has remained steadfast delivering quality, conscious music. His latest single “FIGHT” on the wet Waxx riddim by Digital Vibez/Prizzmatic Records is gaining great momentum on social media and worldwide airwaves. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/digitalvibez/5pressure-fight?in=digitalvibez/sets/wetwaxx-riddim-digitalvibezprizzmatic