Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bugle Inks Another International Deal, Gets YVA Nod [WATCH VIDEO]

Fresh from a scintillating performance at the 25th anniversary of Rebel Salute held at the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann.  An9ted Entertainment recording artiste Bugle is definitely experiencing a major career upsurge in recent times. 

The singer who recently secured an international movie deal which sees him exclusively providing music for the soundtrack of the upcoming film 'The Mango Girl' and a single on another 2018 film ‘The Blue Mauritius’ both produced by U.S Media tycoons D Street Pictures, has once again landed another major deal. This time for his latest album 'Be Yourself'.

The deal, brokered with an international distribution company will see Bugle repackaging his current album for redistribution across several major markets, some not easily accessible by the Reggae and Dancehall genre.

"I am not at liberty to disclose much at present due to negotiations being at a delicate stage. However, what I can say is that the deal is with a major international label and we are currently in talks with them about repackaging the album and adding some new material for redistribution." 

The deal comes on the heels of the 2018 Your View Awards (formerly Youth View Awards) launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Thursday, where the nominations revealed Bugle was also given a nod for "Favourite Local Album of the Year". 

Speaking with members of the Media at the launch Bugle said, "getting nominated is an achievement within itself because it shows that people appreciate your hard work." He also used the opportunity to thank his fans and the organising committee.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Aidonia Says 'Yeah' To Five YVA Nominations [WATCH VIDEO]

Capping off a tremendous epoch and entering the new year as one of the most sort after acts in the dancehall space, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the substantial volume of work outputted in 2017.

After breaking into the international mainstream via BBC  Radio and snatching a corporate endorsement courtesy of J. Wray & Nephew. The deejay's career appears to be on an upward trajectory following the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2018 instalment of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.  

At the launch, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, January 11. Aidonia walked away with five nominations in the following categories: Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah'; Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year; Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year; Favourite Caribbean Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year.  This comes in the wake of a double nod from the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), where the 4th Genna boss has also been nominated for 'Deejay of the Year' and Song of the Year with 'Banga'.

In a recent statement of the media Aidonia said, "It's a great look to see all the work we have put in over the past year being recognized by the industry, and to them, we extend our gratitude. Of course, I cannot forget my team and the fans without whom none of this would be possible."

The YVAs, now in its 11th year, is set to unfold on February 24th at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston while the 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) showcase, will get on the way Sunday, March 18 at the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Govana Releases New Video, Nominated for 'Breakout Celebrity of the Year' [WATCH VIDEO]

Only a few days into the new year and 4th Genna recording artiste Govana has already hit the ground running, with the release of a brand new video for 'Gyal Thief', the sequel to his 2017 breakout hit 'Gyal Clown'

After being hauled before the court in his previous music video by several men accusing their female counterparts of having lecherous desires towards the deejay. Govana appears to be obdurate in his ways once again getting himself embroiled in even more controversy in this latest instalment of the ongoing saga.

Meanwhile, despite being given the stamp of approval as the 'Breakthrough Artiste Of the Year' in various quarters of the entertainment industry. The Spanish Town deejay was officially given the nod of approval last Thursday at the 2018 launch of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.

Nominated for 'Breakout Celebrity Of The Year', Govana says though he's thankful for the recognition, he will not allow the achievement to obscure his current focus. 

"Thank you to the organisers and my fans for the continued support. Getting this recognition is already a win for me." Govana said, "However, the journey has just begun and there's still a lot of ground to cover, so right now I'm just focused on the work and taking my career to that next level." - He added.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the YVAs will adopt a four-day format commencing February 22-25.  

Govana is currently riding high with the singles 'Gyal Clown' and 'Breeze', a collaborative effort with label-mate Aidonia.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nesbeth Reveals Name for Upcoming Album, Graces Cover Of U.S Magazine [WATCH VIDEO]

Capping off another successful year with his award-winning inspirational anthem 'Success Story'; touring the United Kingdom; lending support to Caribbeans & U.S hurricane victims; embarking on a two-month island-wide campaign, bringing social awareness to school children in Jamaica regarding the use and impact of social media. 2017 was a good year for Reggae firebrand Nesbeth and with such achievements, he is looking to do even more phenomenal things in the new year.  

Set to release his first official single for 2018 dubbed 'My Year', the insightful crooner is now back in the studio laying down a number of recordings for his debut album. Titled 'A.M.E.N', Nesbeth says the name was inspired by his late wife Ann-Marie Elliot Nesbeth whose initials forms the acronym.

Produced on the Entertainment Soul recording imprint, the album will feature a number of unheard exclusives with a few surprise collaborations. Known for his musical erudition, Nesbeth says fans will be thoroughly pleased with the offering. The compilation is expected to be released later this year. 

"Music is not only for enjoyment but also a tool to educate and inspire and that is definitely what I am aiming to do with this album. To bring all those elements together with this project."

On the international circuit, after gracing the cover of the November issue of L3 Magazine. A Canadian based publication which focuses on the Arts, Fashion, Politics and Music of the Caribbean region. The Rastafarian singer is once again the face of another publication. This time around it's the January issue of the U.S. based Birdie Promotions Magazine, where he elaborates in a multi-page in-depth interview about the inspiration behind his latest anthem 'Success Story' and the creative process of making music to inspire the world. 

Locally, Nesbeth gave a good account of himself at the recently concluded 'Sound Di Alarm' music festival in Linstead, St. Catherine and is currently gearing up for a number of international assignments in the weeks ahead.

Corporate Jamaica Says 'Yeah' To Aidonia [WATCH VIDEO]

Last summer, Aidonia's track, 'Yeah Yeah', was on the lips of partygoers and its success continued throughout the year and bounced into 2018 with a bang.

The song has played its part in the singjay getting a nomination at the MOBO Award and another two nods at the upcoming IRAWMA Awards.

The song's success even caught the attention of Corporate Jamaica, as J Wray and Nephew re-edited the track for the spirits company's Rumpari promotional campaign.

Speaking with THE STAR yesterday, Brand PR Manager for J Wray and Nephew, Alison Moss-Solomon, said the re-edited version of Yeah Yeah has been a success for both brands Campari and Wray and Nephew Rum.

"Persons are now thinking Rumpari is a brand. The campaign has been really successful for both brands and for Aidonia as well because he has also benefited as the partnership has extended the life of the song," she said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Aidonia, who said the song and campaign have created a lot of new opportunities for him and the 4th Genna Music brand.

"It is definitely a career booster because the campaign through radio rotations bring increased presence to the song. It's important to remember that whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion, one day will become a reality," he said.

He further stated that it is extremely important for entertainers to join forces with Corporate Jamaica as it can lead to, not only a career growth but growth for the country as well.

"Corporate companies are the backbone of any country's economy. Artistes, through their work, help to shape the fabric of society, so if we can collectively pool our efforts for something positive, then it can only lead to growth for both brands and the country," he said.

Reflecting on the past year, Aidonia said he is extremely grateful for all the commercial success. The year saw the entertainer taking the lead as one of the front-runners in the dancehall industry and topped the charts with other singles like Breeze and Hot Tool.

"Last year was a tremendous year for me and one of the best since the start of my career. It represented an increased fan base and my music reaching several platforms that were considered far-fetched in previous years. Right now, I am looking to do more work in 2018, focus on the album, and expand brand Aidonia," he said.

The 4th Genna Boss also made an impressive debut at the highly publicised Shaggy and Friends concert on Saturday and is looking forward to several shows in sections of the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Double Nominations For Aidonia, Artiste Pledges Support For Shaggy & Friends [WATCH VIDEO]

Still riding the wave of success coming into the New Year, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the colossal work he did in 2017. 

After being named 'Deejay of the Year'; also copping the title for 'Song of the Year' with his party anthem 'Yeah Yeah', via various media outlets. The 'Hot Tool' and 'Banga' hit-maker is once again in contention for top honours following the recent announcement of the nominations for the 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) showcase, set to unfold on Sunday, March 18 at the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois.

Aidonia is nominated in two categories for 'Male Deejay of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' for 'Banga'. Though not surprised Aidonia, currently on assignment overseas said he is thankful for the recognition.

"It's a great look to see all the work we have put in over the past year being recognized by the industry, and to them, we extend our gratitude. Of course, I cannot forget my team and the fans without whom none of this would be possible."

Scheduled to return to the island later this week after delivering stellar performances in St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos and Guyana over the festive season, the 4th Genna boss is looking forward to making his debut on the highly publicized Shaggy and Friends annual benefit concert which gets on the way this Saturday, January 6th on the prestigious Lawns of Jamaica House. 

"Anything that is going to positively impact our society and help to bring about change, I am always in support of that. So being a part of this endeavour by Shaggy was a no-brainer" - Aidonia explained.

Among the confirmed acts are Sting, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts and Wayne Wonder.

Bugle Feeds The Poor & Homeless In Jamaica, Secures U.S Movie Deal [WATCH VIDEO]

They say the measure of a man's true character is defined by how he treats those who can do absolutely nothing for him. In that same vein, while many were home spending time with family, friends or recovering from the New Year's festivities; An9ted Entertainment Recording artistes Bugle, his team (Franchise, Sam Gotti and Samboni) and compatriots Voicemail, joined forces on New Years day in a humanitarian effort, to cook and feed hundreds of poor and homeless Jamaican across the Kingston and St. Catherine metropolis. 

Traversing the Corporate Area the team made stops in Half-Way-Tree, Three Miles before culminating their journey at the Spanish Town infirmary.  Despite performing at three concerts prior and getting no sleep, Bugle said he felt compelled to do his part to help the less fortunate. 

"You don't have to be rich to help others, sometimes we as individuals, not just entertainers forget our purpose in life and are so focused on selfish desires that we tend to overlook the poor and neglected. So instead of talking about it, I decided to take action."

After a successful 2017, Bugle is definitely kicking off the New Year in high gear with a newly secured international movie deal. The deal, brokered by Shelly-Ann Curran encompasses a five-year soundtrack partnership commencing with Bugle exclusively providing music for the upcoming Jamaican film 'The Mango Girl' produced by D Street Pictures. He will also be featured on the soundtrack for the 2018 production of ‘The Blue Mauritius’, the international heist film starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Captain America), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Oscar-nominated French legend Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi) and German actor, Thomas Kretschmann (Central Intelligence, Hitman: Agent 47) among a plethora of other global superstars. 

Alluding to the deal Bugle said, "this is an unprecedented move and a first for our industry where a single Reggae artiste will be featured on an entire soundtrack of an international film. It's a great look and will open a lot of doors for other acts in the genre and more opportunity for Jamaica."

Based in the U.S., D Street Pictures, the production arm of D Street Media Group, with headquarters in New York City, and offices in Berlin, Germany, Cape Town, South Africa and Buenos Aires, Argentina is an independent film and distribution company and the holding company for D Street Releasing, D Street Pictures, D Street Medienvertrieb GmbH in Berlin, DSNC Limited, London and D Street South Africa. Led by acclaimed film producer Dexter Davis. 

Locally, Bugle is billed as one of the headliners for the 2018 instalment of Rebel Salute festival slated to unfold on January 12 and 13 at the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Aidonia Rocks St. Lucia and Ready for Turks and Caicos [WATCH VIDEO]

After packing the Pigeon Island Park in St Lucia last week, dancehall artiste Aidonia is set to make another major appearance with the 4th Genna team in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

The Yeah Yeah artiste has teamed up with Jamaica-based promotions group Portmore Society to host Image.

This is part of the collaboration with Turks and Caicos event planners, Abuka Entertainment and Platinum Promotions, to have Aidonia perform for the first time in the TCI.

Portmore Society's Romaine 'Luigi' Brown said, "The team is ready and all the preparations have been made. We want to make this one of the biggest nights in Turks and Caicos' history."

Image was staged last August where Aidonia also performed to a jam-packed Fort Clarence Beach.

While Aidonia headlines the line-up, the entertainment package promises a night filled with performances as the well-anticipated event plans to make its mark in the region with a high-energy, performance-packed show for the TCI locals.

"The people of Turks and Caicos are looking forward to a great event and so are we. With Portmore Society teaming up with promoters from the TCI and a leading dancehall group like 4th Generation, there is no doubt it will take the islands to a new heights of euphoria," Brown said.

The promoters and members of 4th Genna will leave Jamaica today for TCI. The event will be held in Providenciales, one of the small islands in the TCI archipelago, on Friday.

The entertainment will be provided by Turks and Caicos' disc jockeys DJ Vernom and Judgement Sound, featuring DJ Colors, DJ Shakes of 88 Jamz Fm and DJ Winny Pooh.