Sunday, March 18, 2018

Reggae Singer Ammoye Nominated for Fourth JUNO Award

Ammoye's Album The Light has been nominated for the fourth time for a Canadian JUNO Music Award.  Category: "Reggae Recording of the Year" for 2018. The Light, features collaborations with top Jamaican reggae talent including legends Sly Dunbar & Lenky Marsden; acclaimed song-writer Mikey Bennett and preeminent producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records and Natural High Music.

Ammoye sings of love, life and justice, a lightworker and a soul rebel. Rooted in the Reggae music of her native Jamaica, Ammoye effortlessly glides from Reggae and Dancehall to Gospel, Soul and R&B with breathtaking ease and presence.

This now multi-award winning artist started out her career while living with her grandparents in Clarendon, Jamaica, finding solace from life’s trials and tribulations by singing in her local church choir. After choir practice, she would regale the neighbourhood with her latest songs and poems from the top of the mango tree in her backyard.

In her late teens, reuniting with her mother brought her to Toronto, Canada. She quickly established herself in the community by forming the Sisters in Christ church group and the Voices of the Underground Artist movement, leading to further involvement and collaborations in Toronto’s vibrant music scene.

2017’s The Light, featuring collaborations with top Jamaican reggae talent including legends Sly Dunbar & Lenky Marsden, acclaimed songwriter Mikey Bennett and preeminent producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records and Natural High Music.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Badda Bling The New Man in Charge at 'Di Unit' Sound System

After being guided for several years by noted entertainment practitioner Davey Scott, popular Portmore based sound system 'Di Unit' now has a new skipper at the helm. The change comes in the wake of a recent development with Scott which has led to the mantle being passed on to Matthew Mothersill better known by his stage moniker 'Badda Bling'. 

'Bling', a senior jock on the sound system will not relinquish his current position but instead will annex the duties of management to his current portfolio which also includes 'Naturally D Bes', a weekly radio programme aired Monday to Fridays (10 am - 2 pm) on BESS 100FM. In a statement to the media, he explains that he's not worried about the additional responsibilities as he is accustomed to being multifaceted within the group. 

"Taking on the roles of manager and DJ for the sound added to having a radio show is no easy feat, but I am up for the challenge. Coupled with the fact that everyone in the team understands what we are aiming to achieve hence, we always strive to work as a cohesive unit to achieve said goals. However, we want promoters and other business interest to know how they can reach us seeing our information has changed. For bookings, they can contact  1(876)438-2121 or email: Social Media: @diunitmuzik @baddablingja @likkle_rich"

Though still in its formative years the five-man sound system boasts an impressive array of accolades including several awards, being featured on all the top tier social events locally (Dream Weekend, BritJam, Reggae Sumfest etc.) and numerous international appearances including an African debut last year with Demarco.

With a full roster of activities for the Easter/Summer holidays, 'Badda Bling' says fans can catch them in action over the festive season at Pull Up (March 24), Bikini Sunday (March 25), Badda Tuesday (starts March 27- weekly event) Portland Cottage (March 30), Hectors River Portland (March 31), Noisy River Oxford Manchester (April 1), Easter Cook-Out (April 2), Mohco Clarendon (April 6) and Bikini Rave Soca vs Dancehall Ochi Rios (April 7); before jetting off to Costa Rica on May 1. They've also been confirmed for this summer's Reggae Sumfest and Dream Weekend. 

The current members of the sound system are Akeel 'Likkle Rich' Harris, Jerome 'Dj Jerome' Shaw, Ayele 'Niney' Martin, Matthew 'Badda Bling' Mothersill, Davey Scott. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beenie Man Goes Mainstream in UK, Confirmed for BRT Weekend [WATCH VIDEO]

Dubbed the ultimate destination day-party series, the promoters of the popular BRT Weekend appears to be upping the ante for the new year. Inspired by Caribbean culture, the uniquely themed all-inclusive event has now expanded to incorporate multiple locations namely the Dominica Republic, New York Tri-State Area, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Florida Keys and the Turks & Caicos islands. 

The first instalment scheduled for May 3 - 6 in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic will feature dancehall kingpin Beenie Man as the main headliner. This comes in the wake of previous appearances last year by fellow A-listers Aidonia and Popcaan. Beenie Man is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 6. 

Despite some tumultuous times in recent weeks with the passing of his grandmother and hospitalisation of his mom. Beenie Man remains upbeat and is definitely looking forward to delivering an explosive set come May.

“Beenie Man is definitely looking forward to this engagement. BRT Weekend has become a staple on the social calendar especially for the Caribbean and North American nationals and continues to grow with each staging. So this is a very important platform to connect with the fans. Therefore they can expect nothing but the best when he hits the stage in Punta Cana.” – Beenie Man's management intimated.

With a full roster of activities leading into summer, come March 26, the dancehall doctor is also expected to headline the highly publicised 'Love & Harmony Cruise' alongside Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez and Chakka Demus & Pliers before jetting off to the twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago for an engagement on April 14. 

Returning to British mainstream radio with his latest single ‘10 Metric Ton’ featuring Stylo G. Plans are also afoot for a double video premiere by the dancehall hitmaker for 'Lifestyle' and the 'New Wave' Medley in the weeks ahead. The visuals were Shot by director Steven Bernard.

Aidonia Goes International With Birthday Celebrations, Ready for Reggae Sumfest [WATCH VIDEO]

Occupying the No.1 spot on various charts across the diaspora with the singles 'Hot Tool', 'Yeah Yeah' and 'Breeze', 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to dominate the local dancehall space amidst work on his upcoming album.

Internationally, the deejay has been experiencing a steady stream of success with the singles 'Yeah Yeah' and 'Breeze' (featuring Govana), both going mainstream in recent months. At the recently held Your View Awards (YVAs) showcase, he also took home the award for 'Hottest Summer Song' coupled with a noteworthy nomination for his humanitarian efforts through the One Voice Foundation.

Alluding to his recent success and upcoming album Aidonia says, “Big up all the fans for the continued support. As for the album I want to provide fans with something exceptional, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record in the best way I possibly can." 

With only a few weeks to go, the 4th Genna head honcho is now in full throttle mode promoting his two-part birthday celebrations slated for Saturday, March 31 in Jamaica and Saturday, April 28 in New York City. The Jamaican leg will be hosted at Island Village Beach, Ocho Rios while Amazura Night Club will take centre-stage for the New York edition.

Adding to the current positive trend the deejay has also released the official video for the catchy party anthem 'Breeze' via his Vevo account ( and has been confirmed for this year's Reggae Sumfest along with label-mate Govana and several other high profile acts. The festival is set to unfold on July 15 -21 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Govana In High Demand, Deejay Tops The Chart In St. Vincent, Ready For Canada [WATCH VIDEO]

After being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.  

Best known for the tracks 'Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.

Alluding to the increase in demand Govana says, "My management has been getting a lot of requests for shows especially in North America and the Caribbean but previously we weren't accepting dates because I was focused on honing my craft, expanding the catalogue and completing my upcoming EP."

Recently making his debut on British mainstream radio with the collaborative effort 'Breeze' alongside Aidonia. Govana has also released the official video for the aforementioned amid promoting his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Shot throughout the Kingston & St. Catherine metropolis, the visuals for 'Breeze' were captured by RD Studios.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tosh Alexander Invigorates The YVAs, Ready For Reggae Sumfest [WATCH VIDEO]

For Tosh Alexander, Reggae Month was nothing short of astounding as the burgeoning songstress equipped with her dancers delivered a pair of invigorating performances at the renewed season of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records and the 2018 instalment of the Your View Awards (YVAs). The latter held last Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Center. Still, on a musical high the alluring singer has even more reasons to celebrate following the revelation that she has been officially added to the line-up for this year's Reggae Sumfest. 

Slated for July 15-21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the high publicised festival will also feature confirmed acts Beres Hammond, Sizzla Kolanji, Damian Marley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Aidonia, Popcaan and Ding Dong. 

Alluding to the announcement a very enthused Tosh intimated that, "It has always been one of my goals to be able to perform on major festivals of this calibre, and I am both thrilled and thankful to be given this opportunity ." 

Recapping her career over the past months Alexander says, she is very pleased with the current trajectory and is looking forward to the release of several new projects for the month of March. Aside from the success of her Christmas EP 'An Island Christmas' and '911' featuring Reggae royalty Ky-mani Marley -Tosh's 'Light It Up' released in January has indeed been lighting up the airwaves. So much so it sparked the attention of famed EDM DJ, Rico Bernasconi who is putting the finishing touches on a remix of the captivating tune. 

Dubbed one of the emerging stars to watch the petite songbird not only brings her pristine vocals but a wealth of experience from her sojourn in the U.S, working alongside international stars namely  Pharell Williams, Busta Rhymes, Nicki Minaj, FloRida, Fabulous and The Game.

Bugle Rocks YVAs, Feed The Homeless and Heads To Guyana [WATCH VIDEO]

Donning a burgundy and white designer ensemble, a dapperly attired Bugle, delivered another of his signatory fiery performances over the weekend at the 11th staging of the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Center in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'. 

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated. 

Sunday morning, only hours following the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne. 

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired."  - Bugle added.

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nesbeth Takes Innovative New Approach to Debut Album [WATCH VIDEO]

Always seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer. 

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals—primarily online via social media and other platforms—and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure. 

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth Added. 
Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change. 

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn’t live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

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