Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kim Nain To Release Debut Album November 23

Making steady in-rows locally and on the international front with her melodic sound and eclectic flow, multihyphenated songstress Kim Nain, fresh from a European and North American sojourn is set to release her debut album later this month.

The compilation titled, 'Deal Wid It', is an 11-track anthology slated for release on November 23 via the John John Music Group and DZL Records imprint. The project showcases not only the dichotomy of Kim Nain but her artistic versatility as she takes fans on an excursion through a myriad of genres including; Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hip fusions, R&B and Trap with the assistance of a few talented friends such as Agent Sasco, Bugle, Devin Di Dakta, Naomi Cowan, Destiny Sparta and Versi. Distributed by Zojak Worldwide the album will be available on all major digital platforms upon release.

After overawing audiences in Antigua, Dominica Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the United States of America earlier this year, Kim says the feedback from the aforementioned was the stimulus for the album as patrons kept asking for a body of work at the various events. 

"Travelling and performing on the international circuit has exposed me to a lot of diverse cultures and social interactions, many of which have helped in crafting the feel and sound of this album. I never wanted to create just another reggae/dancehall album but something that would be truly representative of me as an artiste and all my experiences."

Celebrated for her fresh, organic and pulsating style, capped with a coy yet playful persona, Kim Nain says she hopes to leave an indelible mark with this inaugural effort and that fans and music lovers globally will be able to connect with the messages being presented in all eleven tracks.

"I feel a sense of release from my album. I’ve had all this music and energy bottled up for a long time and this body of work gives me a sense of release and opens a chapter of my story for the whole world to see and I’m ok with that. It’s my time to let go."

Jamaican born and bred, Kim has been dabbling into music since her infancy and is now poised to explode as she aims to scribe her name in the annals of music greats. Among her most noteworthy accomplishments are 'Sweat' featuring Natel and Mr Vegas which found its way onto the Top 20 list of various charts across Europe; two collaborations with California-based EDM group Bad Royale from Mad Decent; capped by a commendable performance at the 2018 instalment of Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Govana Aligns with Universal Music Group, Featured In RollingStone Magazine

After wrapping up a successful five-city tour of the United Kingdom in mid-October and days later releasing his now trending street anthem 'Shrimp Patty', Govana has shifted his attention to the international marketplace. The 4th Genna recording artiste recently teamed up with Universal Music Group chanteuse Bad Gyal, a Spanish-Catalan singer for the single 'Open The Door'.

The collaborative effort is the work of Barcelona-based DJ Papis’ Take One production.  Stitching together a glinting vamp on steel drums, a crunching beat and a piano-heavy bridge that hints at a left-turn into salsa. Govana croons sublimely, adapting his cadence to stick tightly to the driving instrumental, while Bad Gyal sings come-ons in her usual autotune-smeared style.

Boasting the accompaniment of an official video, the single has amassed in excess of 1.5 Million views via Vevo in just over two weeks. A feat which also sees the Jamaican deejay landing a feature in the coveted RollingStone Magazine, who chronicles the track as "a propulsive marvel".

Alluding to the achievement, Govana says, "I am very happy with everything the project has accomplished to date and it's a great look not just for my career but also the genre. Give thanks to Bad Gyal, Universal Music Group and  RollingStone Magazine for the feature."

In the meantime, as the year draws to a close Govana, currently one of the hottest tickets in dancehall is scheduled to return to Canada for an assignment on Friday, December 7 at The Haus in Toronto. The 'One And Move' hitmaker is currently promoting the singles 'Inna Di Sky', 'Shrimp Patty' and  'All Of It' courtesy of Armzhouse Records and Emudio Records respectively.

Sir Justice Says 'Ghetto Life Tuff'

Dancehall upstart Wycliffe Brown better known by his moniker Sir Justice is steadfast in his quest to succeed as he makes his foray onto the Jamaican music scene with 'Ghetto Life Tuff'. Produced by Sir Just Movement, the insightful single alludes to the socio-economic challenges faced by the less fortunate in their daily plight to navigate the hostile economic climate currently affecting Jamaica.

"Anybody can write and sing songs, but not everyone can write a positive song that will impact and appeal to the youths especially. I want to see a better Jamaica and that is why I am using my talent to try and affect positive change." - says Sir Justice

Choosing a path of positivity Sir Justice says he wants to see an improved Jamaica and therefore to aid in its upliftment it's important to put the right messages out there especially to the youths, who are so easily misled by all the negativity out there.

"As a recording artiste, I want to entertain people and inspire them too. So I am very conscious of what I put out there, 'Ghetto Life Tuff' is one of those songs that make you wonder about some of the choices we as poor people make." - Sir Justice added.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica before relocating to the parish of Portland and eventually migrating to Florida, Sir Justice now based in West Palm Beach has been steadily honing his craft from his teenage years and believes the time is right for him to make his emergence on the local scene. The deejay credits his father's community-based sound system  'Jah Brown' as the platform where he first got introduced to music as he would play the records and toast his own lyrics over the beats to much appreciation from his peers. 

As the years passed his love for the artwork grew more robust and musical mentors such as Professor Nuts and Sizzla Kalonji provided the stimulus he needed to take his craft seriously with aspirations of cultivating a professional career. Despite recording 'Ghetto Life Tuff' two years earlier the upcoming artiste believes it all about timing and hence its release in 2018.

Nesbeth To Embark On Twelve-City Album Tour

As the official release date for 'A.M.E.N', his debut album draws closer, recording artiste Nesbeth is finalising plans for a twelve-city album tour of the U.S and Jamaica later this month.

Commencing October 12th - 31st, the almost three-weeks-long tour aptly named after the anthology will see the Reggae singer making appearances in a number of major cities across the U.S mainland including Dallas, Houston, San Deigo, Los Angeles,  Seattle, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem, Bridgeport, Woodstock before culminating with a pair of performances in Kingston and Montego Bay respectively.  

"The tour is to promote the album because what is a good album without promotion and that is the key factor. As for what fans can expect, I would sum that up as quality music and a nice vibration, just the best because that is what Nesbeth is about, nothing less." - He disclosed.

Executively produced by Entertainment Soul and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, A.M.E.N is now available for pre-order on Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon Music with the official release date set for October 26 via all major digital platforms. The 'My Dream' hitmaker is currently promoting 'Remove My Enemies' the first single from the fourteen-track collection. An official video is also slated for release later this month.

Following the release of his 'Victory' EP almost four years ago, Nesbeth has transcended musically as an artiste and this growth is most evident in this latest body of work. Alluding to his maturation, Nesbeth said the diversity in his music comes from interactions with people throughout the years.

"They have helped to shape my perspective on life hence the reason why I always try to tackle real-life issues, social commentary and topical matters. However, I try to present these experiences in a clean and conscious manner that people from all ethnicities and spheres of life can appreciate without losing the true essence of that natural Reggae vibe.”  - Nesbeth added.

Government Gives Nod To Live Music Tour (Skeleton Fresh)

When you take a Billboard recording artiste and producer,  a marketing connoisseur and record label executive, and combine both with an eclectic mix of musical stars, an amazing live band and visual effects, supported by local Government and several Corporate interests, you get a brilliant aggregation of talent introduced under the banner of the 'Skeleton Fresh Tour'.

Conceptualized by international dancehall star IAMSTYLEZMUSIC (aka Stylez)  and coordinated by Shelly-Ann Curran of John John Music Group. The 'Skeleton Fresh Tour' is an all-island expedition aimed at rejuvenating the authentic live music scene across the expanse of Jamaica while methodically grooming talent for the international marketplace. The main focus of the tour is to provide an ideal solution for the depleting musical offerings locally and to promote Jamaica as a preferred destination. This little 'Rock' is the birthplace of many musical luminaries and measures must be taken to keep their legacies alive. Investing in this tour means supporting future cultural ambassadors who will assist in the restoration and perpetuation of the Jamaican brand. Music contributes tremendously to the local economy and continues to garner appeal worldwide. The tour will also be simultaneously used as a platform to celebrate the island's diverse cuisine.

According to Shelly-Ann Curran, "Being a part of the Skeleton Fresh All-Island Tour means a great deal to me. I fell in love with the idea of having a local tour the moment it was introduced. I strongly believe this is a step in the right direction to revive the culture of live music in Jamaica. The tour seeks to provide a platform to produce and promote wholesome, authentic Jamaica music and I am all for that."

Endorsed by the Jamaican Government through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the 'Skeleton Fresh Tour'  commenced on Sunday, September 30 at 100 Montego Bay with a live showcase featuring female songbirds Tosh Alexander, Kim Nain and Kalia alongside their male counterparts Delando Colley, Tamo J, Jahshii and Stylez among others. Musical backing comes courtesy of Stylez's own 6ix Disciplez Band with the U.S-based HD Boys handling visual presentations.  The tour will also feature several noteworthy guest performers at each stop along the 10-week, 10-parish outing.

Stylez, who continues to make significant in-rows on the international front topping Reggae charts and breaking new ground for the genre, envisions the tour not only to showcase emerging stars but also as a platform to cement his newly revamped brand. Underscoring that with the right opportunities our local talents can rival anyone on the international landscape but we have to start cultivating that mindset from home (Jamaica).   

"I won’t deny that I was also inspired by the lack of live shows across the island and constant complaints from both artistes and fans alike about not having enough shows to participate in. Instead of talking about it I decided to do it with the hopes that others will see the success and relevance of having live shows and an actual band touring with them worldwide. It’s a homegrown product I have created and the next step is to package and export to the world."  -He explained.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Govana To Make U.K Debut with Five-City Tour [WATCH VIDEO]

Dominating the dancehall space with a cadre of hits including his latest 'Champ', a reminiscent ode chronicling his arduous journey to stardom, recording artiste Govana is now making final preparations for a five-city tour of the United Kingdom at the end of this month. 

The tour, commencing on October 3rd through to the14th will see him sojourning on the British mainland for two weeks with concert stops in Manchester, Gloucester, London, Luton and Wolverhampton. The trip also denotes his inaugural visit to Great Britain and another career milestone for the 4th Genna deejay.

Speaking with members of the British Press via telephone, a seemingly jocund Govana underscored that he will be bringing nothing but his A-Game come next month.

"This being my first time in the U.K. I can't bring anything less than my A-Game, the fans can expect high energy performances and lots of crowd interaction. I understand from the promoters that the fans are looking forward to seeing me and I am certainly looking forward to seeing them as well. You know anywhere the Genna step is just niceness so we going to have a nice time and a great vibe."

Locally, Govana has released two new singles titled 'Inna Di Sky' and 'All Of It' courtesy of Armzhouse Records and Emudio Records respectively amidst work on his upcoming EP.

Jamaican Producer 'CJ The Chemist' Featured on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

Coming on the heels of a successful 2017 with an endorsement courtesy of Bacardi Rum and Major Lazer through the Music Liberates campaign, Jamaican producer 'CJ The Chemist' continues to experience good fortune in 2018 as one of his current singles, 'Robot Wine' performed by Dancehall artiste Spice got featured in the latest season of the American television series 'Love and Hip Hop Atlanta'.

"This is a good look for Dancehall and my career. Since the airing of the episode, I have been getting a lot of attention from various international players who have taken a keen interest in my work. I would also like to personally thank Spice for all the support she has given me throughout the years." - said CJ The Chemist

For CJ, this is another major accomplishment considering he has been trying to carve his own niche since migrating to the United States almost a decade ago, after forcefully leaving his studio operations back in Jamaica. 

CJ whose given name is Steve Rowe, said the recent news has provided the impetus for him to push even harder and has since released two new compilations, the first titled 'Up Top' rhythm, features only New York-based acts from which he has scored the hit 'Feel It' with Noah Powa.  The anthology also features upstarts Shootii, Rassi and Chino Rebel. Meanwhile, the second project sees Powa once again lending his vocals on 'Dem Nuh Like We' a collaboration with the multi-hyphenated ZJ Liquid, other acts on the compilation includes Kranium and Kappa.

CJ  has worked with a number of top-tier dancehall acts including Aidonia, Govana, Spice, Tommy Lee and Kranium among others.

Looking to close out the year with a strong presence, CJ admitted he wants fans of the genre to continue to support his music underscoring that all his current projects are available on all major digital platforms. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Nesbeth Announces Release Date For Debut Album [WATCH VIDEO]

Over the past few months, Reggae firebrand Nesbeth has been working expeditiously to complete work on his debut album titled A.M.E.N.  The acronym which derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Marie Elliott-Nesbeth is also the epithet of one of the offerings on this 12-track anthology.

Late last week, the inspirational crooner decided to whet the appetite of fans via his Instagram account (@Nesbethreggae) with the unveiling of the official album cover art along with a lyric video and 30-seconds visual trailer for 'Remove My Enemies', the first single from the upcoming album. 

Executively produced by Entertainment Soul and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, A.M.E.N will be available for pre-order on September 28, with the official release date set for October 26 via all major digital platforms.

When quizzed about what fans can expect from this album Nesbeth who has shown noticeable growth and maturity in his music since the release of his 'Victory' EP almost four years ago says, 

“My music is about real life issues, social commentary and topical matters presented in a clean and conscious manner that people from all ethnicities and spheres of life can appreciate without losing the authenticity of that natural Reggae vibe.”  

For the past few years Nesbeth has lived a life filled with physical and spiritual trials and triumphs, but through it all, what has become most evident is the strength of his mental fortitude which we expect will resonate in this latest body of work.