New York, NY- VP Records’ iconic “Strictly the Best” compilation series is back with two new albums (Volume 56 & 57) that set the standard in today’s hottest Reggae and Dancehall music. Both volumes are now available for pre-order and will be released for physical worldwide distribution on November 17th.
Volume 57 features new and exclusive dancehall such as “Roll Clean” from Masicka, “Hot Gal” from DJ Spooky, and “Time Up” from current dancehall sensation Shenseea. Also from Shenseea is ‘Movie’, the remix to ‘Loodi’ – the smash single with Vybz Kartel which amassed over 11 million views on Youtube. Alkaline’s “Pretty Girl Team” which has amassed over 12 million views on its audio only song and Ding Dong’s “Fling (Yuh Shoulda)” which recently went viral with reggae sensation Chronixx doing the dance. The energetic ‘Skank & Rave’ by Beenie Man, Voicemail, Ding Dong add tremendous energy while ’21’ by Dexta Daps add the smooth rhythmic vibes. Stonebwoy’s ‘My Name’ rounds out the album with the hot afro-beats jam.
We caught an amazing show this week at 19 Broadway where Soul Ska kicked off the pre-Haloween weekend with some amazing music until the wee hours. Featuring members of Vinyl, Monophonics, Stymie and The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, The Right Time, Jethro Jeremiah Band, and El Radio Fantastique. They play 1st and 2nd wave Jamaican and UK Ska classics, from the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Prince Buster, The Specials, Madness, The Selector, The Wailers...and hell of a lot more. It's a 10-piece all star Ska-Tribute Juggernaut! 3 singers and a 3 piece horn section and full rhythm section...Look Out!"
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NOMINATE REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC BEST FOR 2016/17 IN THE 36TH IRAWMA. DEADLINE NOV 15. VISIT WWW.IRAWMA.COM TO DOWNLOAD BALLOT OR EMAIL IRAWMA@GMAIL.COM FACEBOOK@IRAWMA.
AS A REMINDER! The IRAWMA re-branding committee has established major plans to make the annual IRAWMA a National network TV broadcast event that will make the reggae and world music community proud; starting with the 37th IRAWMA in 2019. In the meantime, the 36th IRAWMA winners and presentation will be announced in conjunction with the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA), also hosted by Martin’s International in Chicago.
The reggae and world music experts are in the process of selecting the nominees, “Best of 2016/2017” for the 36th IRAWMA, now through November 2017, after which the nominees in all the categories will be released for the fans to vote for the best in all the categories. Like us on Facebook @irawma or visitwww.irawma.com for more.
Destine Media (New York, NY) October 19, 2017. Despite not winning the title of World Clash winners, Platinum Kids walk away as the game changers of Sound Clash history.
Entering US Rumble over a year ago, Platinum Kids never clashed against any major sounds from the sound clash arena. The U.S. Rumble stage was their first invitation to clash against seasoned clash sounds. Therefore, to many Platinum Kids was considered the underdog and would never make it to the World Clash stage.
Kingston, Jamaica (MPR Consulting) - As fans of Nikki Z clamor for her return to the radio, the renaissance woman hasn't slowed down since assuming her position at 21st Hapilos VP of Client Projects and Contents. On the contrary, the latter seems to have fueled her desire to conquer it all, radio, TV, the music industry and even film.
Her extensive resume includes Reggae Sumfest, Best of The Best, her upcoming third time in a row for the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise, and now thespian with her modest role in Nick Cannon's "King of the Dancehall" movie. Nikki Z's return to radio waves is the latest excitement for her devoted fans worldwide!
Legendary Long Beach reggae outfit Long Beach Dub Allstars sat down with Havok TV to film an episode “Soundproof” talking about the history of the group and how they initially came together following the passing of Sublime’s Bradley Nowell. The episode, which can be seen online at https://youtu.be/sNysEp3HpuA, goes in-depth about the recent reunion of the group and the writing of new music.
Long Beach Dub Allstars recently released their first taste of new music with two new tracks "Holding Out" and “Steady Customer” online at https://open.spotify.com/album/5oukAfb2RSS4M0F9FtdLJq. This is the first new music from Long Beach Dub Allstars since the release of 2001's "Wonders of the World". The songs are currently available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify, as well as all other digital music retailers. The band is also giving away both tracks to fans that purchase any items from the group's recently relaunched webstore online atwww.lbdamusic.com.
Autarchii recently sat down with I Never Knew TV for a truly informative interview. Please check it out here, leave your feedback and spread the word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWcB3r9lIaU&t=10s
Remember that the 'Land of the Free' Album is out now!
Recently taking social media by storm with her acoustic tribute to Usain Bolt, 17 years old Mikayla "Koffee" Simpson haunting and mesmerizing rich soulful voice as captured the attention of reggae music lovers worldwide.
Under the guidance of her manager Caniggia Palmer, Koffee recently released her official debut single and video "Burning". The reggae production on famed Upsetta Records "Ouji Riddim" also features such reggae stars as Grammy award singer Mykal Rose, billboard charting Busy Signal among others. Koffee the lone female on the riddim, stands out with her infectious delivery and prolific lyrics.
On a riddim filled with male established artists, Upsetta Records Thomas Dubee explained why they took a chance on the young budding star who had yet recorded professionally.
"Between the soulful depth of Koffee’s voice and her natural & humble vibes, you would never know Koffee was 17. Age was never a question or hesitation for us. We also never perceived working with Koffee as chance. The first time I heard Koffee’s voice, I did not make it through the entire song one time before emailing her camp for a chance to collaborate. We’re always keeping our ears out for new talent and I immediately knew producing any song by Koffee would result in greatness. Burning is a strong indication that intuition was accurate."
A KINGSTON STORY: COME FROM FARDUE OUT NOW ON EASY STAR RECORDS
Assimilated into music at an early age thanks to father and bassist Courtney Panton Sr, New York-based trio of brothers New Kingston have emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the reggae scene. Their prolific nature, both on the road and in studio, is once more on display in the form of their new release A Kingston Story: Come From Far, out August 25th, 2017 on tastemaker label Easy Star Records, accompanied by more extensive touring.
REGGAE AND JAM WORLDS UNITE FOR CROSS-COUNTRY ABOVE THE STORM TOUR
Fan-favorite reggae act Stick Figure, led by the multi-talented frontman, songwriter, and producer Scott Woodruff as well as the beloved Cocoa the Tour Dog, will be teaming up with jamband powerhouse Twiddle for a 17-show run across the country, with additional support from LA-based reggae group Iya Terra. The organic link between jambands and reggae has been clearly drawn with the announcement of the Above the Storm Tour, a traveling representation of top up and comers in each respective scene.