New York, New York - November 2017 (Irish and Chin) -- In the early morning of Friday, November 17, thousands of revelers experienced the exciting and entertaining art form of sound clash! First hand, the masses witnessed Mighty Crown nab their 3rd victory at "Sound Clash at Sea" -- Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise's official sound clash.
With "Sound Clash at Sea" quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events aboard the action packed Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise -- it's incredible buzz and overwhelming support are no surprise! By all means, the clash exceeded expectations, boldly showcasing the musically eclectic sound clash culture! Key players including Mighty Crown, David Rodigan, Tony Matterhorn and King Turbo magically upheld clash standards as they drew for awfully witty speeches, jokes, costume changes and dub specials cut just for the cruise!
Released in 2008 the SOUL PIRATE album is certainly one of the reggae monuments from this last years gathering Alborosie’s biggest hits. Doing so the Sicilian singer in love with Jamaica became one of the Nu Roots movement’s lead in Europe. On this album we can find a unique mix of legendary tracks like « Herbalist » or « Kingston Town » which were first in the European charts in 2007. And first class featurings too with Sizzla, Mykal Rose, Morgan Heritage and Gentleman who participated to this modern jewel recorded in the Tuff Gong studios! On December 1st you’ll can listen to 9 tracks from this historic album including « Herbalist » and « Kingston Town », in a very special acoustic version. The CD is accompanied by a DVD which focuses on the records in Jamaica and some very intimist interviews with Alborosie.
New York, NY (November 27, 2017). Jahmiel remains on a steady climb in his career. Since the success of his 2015 breakthrough single "Gain the World', Jahmiel released several follow up hit singles. As a result Jahmiel is now viewed as one of the younger acts with a solid catalogue and being sought after for major events and festivals worldwide.
Last week Summer Jam announced their first artist line up for 2018 and with great gratitude Jahmiel was one of the top billed artist along with Tarrus Riley, SOJA, Ziggy Marley, Charley Blacks, Jesse Royal, Gentleman, Inner Circle, RIN, Christopher Martin, Stonebwoy just to name a few. Since 1985, Summerjam festival has been one of Germany, and Europe's, largest and most respected reggae festivals. For the 33rd time Summerjam will celebrate the hottest acts of Reggae, Dancehall, HipHop and Afrobeats.
Mateel Community Center recently launched the BE A MATEEL RAINMAKER crowdfunding page through Generosity by Indiegogo. Thanks so much to everyone that has helped the Mateel through fundraising as well as artists like Damian Marley here, sponsors, vendors, members, event attendees and volunteers that have been involved over the Center's 40+ year history. Will you please consider a donation to the non-profit Mateel Community Center on #GivingTuesday, November 28th?
The Saturators a Funk/Dancehall crew out of Brooklyn just dropped a reggae fusion joint entitled "Culaso De Lunar" featuring Redddaz and the Black Tie Brass.
The track - https://soundcloud.com/thesaturators/04-culaso-de-luna
The Saturators delve into a body-shaking thesis over their trademark blend of "WetMusic." Misha "Silky" Savage and Redddaz discuss basement party love-affairs, booze-driven dischord, and "the hustle". Drenched in percussion, analog keys, beastly drums, and fusion guitar sounds - The Nate Dogg of Reggae orchestrates a band that effortlessly stretches genres, humor, and the art of the party.
Q&A with Director Cori Wapnowska and Producer Jay Will following shows Friday & Saturday!
BRUK OUT! looks deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican Dancehall culture through the eyes of the powerful women at its heart – Dancehall Queens. Often criticized as lewd and aggressively sexual, these daring performers turned Jamaican street dance into a massive global phenomenon.
Written By: Brian Winters
The Ries Brothers debut album The View from the Outside is a melting pot of music that showcases the duo's wide ranging musical influences. If you're a reggae purist or “strictly roots” type, this is probably not your album. But if your music palette is rather broad you'll certainly find a handful of tracks up your alley.
I wasn't sure if I mistakenly put on a Black Keys album when the album's first track “It's Never Me” began. The fuzzy blues rock riff that plays throughout gives the leadoff track a nice bit of grit. The rest of the album mostly takes on a smoother, more laid-back tone. Charlie Ries, the older of the two brothers, handles lead vocals and drums, while Kevin plays guitar and an assortment of other instruments. It's clear from right off the bat that the two brothers have a load of musical talent.
Vegan reggae sensation Macka B was in New York from Tuesday-Thursday this past week for a short promo trip and made several stops all around New York. In addition to doing interviews with Vogue, Afro Pop and Tempo, he did three meet and greets in Queens at Veggie Castle, Manhattan at Urban Vegan Kitchen and Long Island at The Record Stop in Patchogue. He also stopped by the VP Corporate office for photos with the owners of VP Records, Patricia Chin and her sons Randy and Chris Chin.
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many inuences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” - The New Yorker
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against the next Iraq War four years before it started. A decade later, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, called the CD “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals' fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” warned against border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president.
Washington, D.C (MPR Consulting) - On Friday, November 17th, 2017, the Soulful "Strong One", Etana, who is of Jamaican heritage, will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award for the impact of her music to the reggae scene in the United States, as well as on her impressive international platform. The CARAH Awards set for the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC will bestow honors on Hon. Karl Racine, of Haitian heritage, who is the Attorney General of Washington DC; and Dr.the Hon. Henry Lowe, Scientist and Inventor, also of Jamaican heritage; among others.