Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tosh Alexander Assembles Musical Heavyweights For Christmas EP [WATCH VIDEO]

Less than two weeks away from the start of the Yuletide season, fashionista and burgeoning chanteuse Tosh Alexander has assembled a star-studded cast of musical heavyweights for the presentation of her latest body of work titled, 'An Island Christmas With Tosh & Friends'

Presented on the 'CoworkJA' musical imprint with distribution rights courtesy of Zojak Worldwide. The project takes the format of a five-track EP covering several of the most renowned Christmas classics as the songstress serves up some prodigious renditions with the help of accomplished compatriots Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. The standard is even further amplified with the enlisting of production virtuosos Joshua 'Flubz' Jones, Andre 'Suku' Grey, Karim 'Stainless' Thompson, Dale 'Dizzle' Virgo, Keniel Delisser and Kemoy Allen. Aiming for the best quality the recordings were done at Bugle's An9ted Studios and Agent Sasco's Diamond Studios respectively. 

Alluding to the project Tosh said, "Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year. From the lights to the carols and the overall spirit of the season; it's a time where everyone comes together and it truly makes me happy, so I wanted to reflect that in these Christmas carols chosen for the EP. When you hear them I want you to have that same feeling of happiness and warmth."  

Similar sentiments were echoed by renowned industry heavyweight Robert Livingston, "Love the idea behind this Christmas album. Christmas is for family, it's about hearing your favourite carols and this is a great approach. Tosh has an amazing voice and I think she's a good ambassador for the music and can represent the songs well" - he added.

Slated for release on December 8, the EP will be available worldwide on all major digital platforms but can be pre-ordered commencing November 24, (consumers will get a bonus track). Upon official release, physical copies will be made available via the various local music outlets.

No stranger to the music scene Tosh who relocated to Jamaica last year is currently riding high with the single '911' featuring Reggae royalty Kymani Marley. During her sojourn in the U.S, she also worked with a plethora of international stars such as  Pharell Williams, Busta Rhymes, Nicki Minaj, FloRida, Fabulous and The Game.

Monday, November 20, 2017

From Homeless To Happiness, Kary Diamond Wants To 'Inspire You' [WATCH VIDEO]

"When I look all over the world, I see people dying, some hungry, have no food to eat, so I ask myself one thing, what can I do to inspire you..." are just some of the lyrics from inspirational songstress Kary Diamond latest composition titled 'Inspire You'

The incentivizing ballad not only speaks to the common folk but also the disenfranchised and socio-economically challenged of this world as the singer born Karyann Lawson offers words of empathy and encouragement that will surely make us ruminate on our own lives and hopefully make a positive change.  

For Kary, this song holds deep meaning as it encapsulates her own life experiences filled with trials and triumphs growing up as a child in rural Jamaica (Clarendon) to migrating to North America and the untimely passing of her beloved mother subsequently led to her living in the streets of Florida as a homeless person. However, it was her faith and resolve that kept her going and one day while on the bus she stumbled across an advert in a tabloid for models which despite her circumstance she landed and that became the catalyst in her life transformation.

Soon thereafter she found herself working at a magazine company and local radio station where her childhood love for music was further amplified and hence the birth of 'Kary Diamond'. (The 'Diamond' was inspired by her platinum blonde hair colour). Inspired by acts such as Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Shaggy, Kary began seriously delving into music and soon recorded her first album which unfortunately was never released.

Reflecting on all that she has endured Kary Diamond says, "In spite of my circumstances and all that I've been through. I knew in my heart that I was destined to be successful. If you can dream it then believe it then you will have it."

Intent on not only scribing her name in the annals of music greats, Kary also wants her journey to leave a perennial impact. She has since written, produced and launched her very first inspirational album titled ‘No Pressure’ in 2010. Achieving some level of success she soon followed up with ‘Pretty Face’ in 2017 and is currently launching a campaign to promote the body of work. 

According to Kary, "The lyrics from both albums were inspired by my life’s journey and reflects on my struggles and victories."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aidonia & Stephen McGregor Join Forces Again

Collaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects. 

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot’. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead. 

According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe." 

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand. 

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bugle Spontaneously Releases 40-Track Compilation [DOWNLOAD AUDIO]

Reggae stalwart Bugle has concocted a new mixtape for the Yuletide season. Titled 'Spontaneous' the compilation features a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack. The 'Ganja' hitmaker says he is excited about the project and know the fans will be pleased because there is something on it for everyone regardless of their musical palette.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed. Hence the creation of a mixtape.

"The idea for 'Spontaneous' arose following a meeting with my team who noted that on a daily basis people are always asking for free copies of the albums or some sort of promotional material. However, based on the economic landscape, to give the album away is not a viable option. Therefore the decision was taken to invest in a mixtape that would feature some of my most recent recordings interspersed with the classics and some great selections from emerging talents within the industry."


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nesbeth Brings Hope To Texas, Graces The Cover Of L3 Magazine

Almost three months after the passage of Hurricane Harvey devastated the U.S southern state of Texas, Reggae luminary Nesbeth has brought hope to its residents during a recent concert hosted by Super Gold Promotions in Houston.

Armed with his catalogue of inspirational anthems, Nesbeth, a true virtuoso delivered an imperious performance interspersed with motivational axioms that left patrons in high spirit upon completion of his forty-minute sweat-drenched set.

Among the crowd favourites were Guns Out, So Let It Be', Board House, My Dream' and Success Story. However, it was the moving tribute to his late wife titled 'Normal Day' that resonated most with the audience as the Reggae crooner reminded them that once there is life there's hope and the rebuilding process though daunting will not last forever as long as they remember not to give up on their 'Dreams'.

Following the concert, Nesbeth said, "I am very happy that I was able to assist in the restoration of hope and pulling the community together, especially the Caribbean nationals to join forces for a unified cause."

In other news, currently saturating the diaspora with his latest hit 'Success Story' the singer is also featured on the cover of the November edition of L3 Magazine. A North American based publication which focuses on the Arts, Fashion, Politics and Music of the Caribbean region. In a very in-depth fourteen-page interview with writer and journalist Natasha Von Castle, Nesbeth delves into his methods and why music is not just music but more about a connection to the higher power who inspires the songs he sings.

Locally, Nesbeth has been on an island-wide campaign to bring social awareness to school children and the impact of their actions especially through the use of social media. The singer has also pledged his support for the upcoming 'JAMATHON' Caribbean Hurricane Benefit Concert slated for November 22 at the Red Stripe Oval in Kingston. The show will be a Telethon / Webathon aimed at raising money for Caribbean Hurricane relief, rebuilding, and restoring badly damaged Islands that are in need.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bugle Featured On Music Compilation for Jamaican Airport

MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, has released MBJ Mixtape 2017, which features some of the island's leading acts.

Produced by Sean “Razz” Cousley of RazzAttack Muzik, the set is to welcome travellers to the airport and Jamaica.

According to MBJ Airports, the tracks were selected to bring attention to the Jamaica's natural beauty, its unique culture and vibe.

“We wanted to create a more authentic, 'Irie' Jamaican experience at the airport to heighten the feeling travellers get as they step off the plane,” said Rafael Echevarne, CEO at MBJ Airports.

“We want to give a special 'big up' to all the artistes and labels that contributed tracks to this mixtape. Without their support, this would not have been possible,” he continued.

MBJ Mixtape 2017 includes: Chronixx's Skankin, Smile Jamaica, Ain't No Giving In, and Mi Alright featuring Kabaka Pyramid; Protoje ( Who Knows); Jah9 ( Feeling Irie); Damian Marley (Welcome to Jamrock); Tony Rebel ( Sweet Jamaica); Mr Vegas featuring Shaggy and Josey Wales (Sweet Jamaica); and Queen Ifrica (Welcome to Montego Bay).

Other acts include Bugle (Anointed, Real Yard Man and Caribbean People); Christopher Martin ( Fimi Island, My Love and Pirates of the Caribbean); Beres Hammond ( I Feel Good and Busy Signal Reggae Music Again and Real Jamaicans featuring Mykal Rose).

Dancehall music has not been left out. The genre is represented by tracks including Love Mi Jamaica by Red Fox and Shaggy, TOK ( Yardie) and Agent Sasco ( Always Summer, Welcome to Jamaica by Frassman Brilliant), I-Octane Love the Vibes, Stylo G featuring Yozi Call Mi A Yardie, and Charly Black Party Animal.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Govana Assembles Star-studded Cast for 'Gyal Clown' Video Shoot

As the Yuletide season approaches 4th Genna recording artiste Govana continues to the heat up the airwaves with a plethora of songs and has scored yet another hit with the now popular ‘Gyal Clown’ featured on the Emudio Records produced Genna Bounce rhythm.

Based on feedback and the current momentum, the 'Run Road' hitmaker has shifted focus to the next phase of his promotional campaign enlisting the services of accomplished multimedia entity RD Studios for the official video which was filmed over the weekend.

Shot throughout the Kingston and St.Andrew metropolis, the video boasting a star-studded cast, tells a tale of several men receiving public ridicule after falling prey to the vile practice where their female counterparts despite being well cared for becomes unfaithful and in some cases use the mans's hard earned income to support an outside lover. 

According to Govana, "The song has been doing extremely well and people have been asking for the video. So based on the feedback and the reception in the streets we believe the time is right for the visuals. It's going to be a very fun video with a star-studded cast that is guaranteed to make you laugh."

The official release of 'Gyal Clown' visual is slated for early November.

Meanwhile, the savvy lyricist who recently became an entrepreneur says his newly launched T-Shirt line dubbed 'Genna Genna' has been doing well and he's now looking to add new designs to the collection for the upcoming festive season.  Govana is also working on his upcoming EP which he promises will be a 'respectable body of work'.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Aidonia Nominated For MOBO Award

Fresh from a pair of concerts in The Bahamas over the Heroes Day weekend dancehall star Aidonia continues to surge on the international circuit. 

Enjoying a superb year with tracks like 'Yeah Yeah', IG Girls, Fire and 'Banga', the 4th Genna deejay has been given the nod as one of the nominees for this year's MOBO Awards in the category of 'Best Reggae Act'. Other nominees include Reggae crooners Chronixx and Damian Marley with Alkaline and Popcaan rounding off the list.

Alluding to his nomination Aidonia says, "2017 has been a great year so far, it's a joy to see all the work we have been putting in over the years, not just this year is slowly paying off. I am thankful for the recognition and want to say respect to the MOBO's, the fans and everyone that played a part in making this happen."

Previous winners of the 'Best Reggae Act' category includes Gyptian in 2010; Sean Paul twice in 2013 and 2014, and Popcaan in 2016. Set to unfold on Wednesday, November 29 at the First Direct Arena, the prestigious MOBO Awards returns to Leeds for its 22nd anniversary as it showcases the best in urban music. 

This will be the second time MOBO has hosted the awards in Leeds, following the show in 2015, which was the fastest selling arena, show in recent years. The evening was glittered with highlights fitting of the leading urban music awards show.

With preparations for the spectacular live show under way, Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO, commented: “We are truly excited to return to Leeds – we had an amazing experience here two years ago thanks to all our partners and a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience. I still have people coming up to me saying what an electrifying show it was. Looking at the list of musical talent this year, it promises to be another exciting celebration of the best in urban music”.

 The MOBO Organisation was founded in 1996 to champion and elevate urban music genres in the mainstream music industry. Since its inception, MOBO has consistently offered opportunities and mass media platforms to countless artistes in the broadest range of genres including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae, Grime and African music.