Denver, Colorado (MPR Consulting) - To most of the world, Jamaica has always been synonymous with reggae music or marijuana. Although both have deep roots planted in the beautiful island, until recently the reality of consuming and cultivating cannabis in Jamaica was a criminal offence.
Although Jamaica's strict laws have slowly eased, according to a recent Forbes article, in North America the "Marijuana industry projected to create more jobs than manufacturing by 2020", while "The legal cannabis market was worth an estimated $7.2 billion in 2016." Those impressive numbers of North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021.
Coming off their Grammy nominated album ‘Everlasting,’ Raging Fyah releases the remix single ‘Would You Love Me’ featuring Brazilian reggae powerhouse, Cidade Negra available on all digital music platforms May 12th. The two acts bring together a distinctive blend of reggae flavor just in time for Brazil's National Reggae Day celebrations.
Based in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Cidade Negra came together in 1986 and reached a great level of success in the 90’s with albums “Sobre Todas as Forças” and “O Erê”. They perform Portuguese and English lyrics on ‘Would You Love Me’ adding an international flair. The band is currently working on a new album and doing select tour dates in Brazil through September, concluding at Rock in Rio, Brazil’s biggest running music festival in since 1985.
On Wednesday February 22nd, reggae music took over Manhattan's Irving Plaza for the night. Headliners Tribal Seeds were in good company with support from Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah and emerging star Nattali Rize. The global reach of reggae music was on full display, with Tribal Seeds representing their hometown of San Diego, Raging Fyah out of Kingston, Jamaica, and Nattali Rize and her band hailing from both Australia and Jamaica.
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Raging Fyah's new album Everlating is out now and the band has announced it's US Summer tour dates.
Raging Fyah, one of the fastest rising roots reggae artists from Jamaica, just released their third studio album entitled Everlasting on the Dub Rockers imprint. The five-piece Kingston collective recently toured the U.S. with Stick Figure winning over new fans with AXS stating, "Raging Fyah is now poised for a significant impact upon America's vast reggae landscape" and commenting about their live show "...the band never lost touch with the audience throughout the entire performance."
Listen to select music from the album, including title track "Everlasting," "Ready For Love," and "Live Your Life" feat. J Boog & Busy Signal.
The band is performing at the 7th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, May 29 before heading out for their European tour. Then Raging Fyah will return to the U.S. in July with twenty dates throughout the east coast, midwest, and west coast with key headlining shows and a supporting slot with Jamaican roots revivalist Protoje on select dates.
Most of Raging Fyah's members met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston before officially forming in 2006. The band consists of Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist) Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy "Pele" Hamilton (bassist) - carries the tradition of the island's enduring roots rock reggae spirit with an expansive vision and fresh contemporary flare.
The band's live show captures their recordings, but also brings a new energy to each performance. Kumar states, "Our sets on this tour will feature songs from Everlasting mixed with some of our classics. Every night feels special because we feed off the energy from the crowd to create unique elements for each show."
Thursday night we headed to a sold out show at Highline Ballroom to see Stick Figure. I had not scene Stick Figure play live before and was honestly not familiar with much of their work aside from their newest 2015 release Set In Stone. I was intrigued to learn more about this band built around the talents of one man who writes, records, produces and performs all the songs on the album.
Raging Fyah was the opening set, coming from Kingston, Jamaica the do not play New York very often and I was excited. I missed what friends called an amazing show last time they played here at Milk River in Brooklyn. It was also great to see the mix of Caribbean reggae with West Coast reggae/rock as I think it opened Raging Fyah to a larger audience who would appreciate their music.
Raging Fyah put on a well balanced set, hitting classic tracks from their Destiny album released in 2014. Their new album Everlasting is due out May 27th. Jah Glory and Irie Vibe brought the tone to kick off the night. They closed with a beautiful cover of Dennis Brown ‘s Milk and Honey, which will be featured on the coming VP Records compilation We Remember Dennis Brown.
Following Raging Fyah, Fortunate Youth took the stage in a literal blaze of fire. The lead singer walked on carrying a giant blow up plastic joint. Kicking right into Pass The Herb, off their 2015 Don’t Think Twice album, they fired up a joint, passed it around stage and into the audience. While the crowd already had a halo of smoke, this set the tone for the rest of the show as the sweet aroma filled the air.