Friday, January 18, 2019

Former Stone Love Selectors Start Their Own Sound System

Kevin Murphy and Nicarl Brown, popularly known as Jazzy J and Genius, respectively, have been selecting partners since 2007.

The pair worked together as resident selectors for Stone Love and Swatch International until they decided to branch off and do things on their own.

Their dreams of being an independent act were realised last year when they started their own sound system called Sky Level Movements.

Jazzy J told THE WEEKEND STAR that although he and Genius were not venturing into new territories, they were naturally a little bit scared of the unknown.

"When we left Stone Love, we didn't think it would have made sense to go and work for another sound system because if we're being real, Stone Love has the biggest legacy as far as sound systems in Jamaica," he said. "So we just decided to take a chance on our own thing and start from scratch. Sometimes yuh haffi venture out on your own. That's what we did and we don't regret a thing."

The sound has experienced tremendous growth over the past 12 months.

"You don't start off running so we just did a take we time and build the thing, set the link. People weh know we from long time, have faith inna we, so when we put it out deh seh we a go pan we own, we never really have no problems getting booked for shows and so on," said Jazzy J. "Fi just the year weh we come out as a team, yuh have people inna di business long time weh nuh get the amount of dates weh we get and me grateful for the growth and support. We've been building on our brand locally and we looking to take things outside a Jamaica this year."

Jazzy J said the team has an upcoming African promo tour in August, where the team is expected to play in countries like Zimbabwe, Ghana and Kenya. Odane Murphy, aka SJ Murphy, and Ricardo 'DJ Popeye' Davis, formally of Swatch International, along with road supervisor, Richard Palmer are the other members of Sky Level Movements.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Live MB Music Leads The 'Reggae Revolution'

The utterance of the name Live MB Music may not instantaneously strike a chord with many but delve a little deeper into the annals of our music and you will find that they have been a noteworthy contributor to the Jamaican industry and the driving force behind the career of reggae star Jae Prynse known for hits like 'Try Harder', 'Faker To A Friend' and 'Hard Work' among others.

Come 2019, the Montego Bay-based recording imprint is embarking on a new musical revolutionary with their latest project aptly titled 'Reggae Revolutionary' Rhythm. Distributed by 21st Hapilos, the 14-track compilation is chucked full of heavy hitters with stalwarts Capleton, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Freddie McGregor, Fanton Mojah, Jah Mason and Lukie D leading the charge. Other noted names on the project include Chino, Jah Bouks, Dotta Coppa, Wickerman, Nitty Kutchie, Falkonection, Jah Izrehl and Unstoppable Fyah.

With its smooth baseline, melodic strings overlayed by the accompaniment of distinctive vocals,  the carefully crafted Reggae Revolution rhythm has the proclivity to become another masterpiece for the genre. 

According to Live MB Music, "We wanted to start the New Year right and what better way to do so than assembling some of the biggest stars in our industry on one project. We wanted that authentic reggae vibe with clean and conscious offerings to set the tone for the year going forward, hence the reason we took such great care to handpicked the featured acts.  We hope music lovers globally will appreciate what we are presenting with this project."

Released on January 4th, the Reggae Revolution rhythm is now available on all digital platforms.  Previously miscellanies for Live MB Music includes the Brick Mansion and Vision rhythms respectively.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Nesbeth Looks To Africa, Ready For Rebel Salute

Wrapping up 2018 on a high note with several notable performances across the diaspora capped by the release of his debut album A.M.E.N, reggae firebrand Nesbeth appears to be on a fervent path to conquer new terrains in a quest to broaden his musical horizon.

The singer earlier this week departed the island for the United Kingdom to commence work on a collaborative project with a team of British musicians. According to Nesbeth's management, he is working on several projects the first of which will be a single with an Ugandian artiste, the record will also be accompanied by an official video. 

Though no set date was given for the release of the project, his team explain that the intent is to amplify his presence in Africa, a growing market for reggae and dancehall that has the potential to eclipse reggae-havens Europe and Japan in the foreseeable future. 

"In recent times I have been making a greater impact internationally especially in Europe and the United Kingdom. So now we are looking into other markets where we can expand brand Nesbeth and Africa is nicely poised. They have been calling for some time now so we are finally answering that call. This collaboration is just the first of several major projects in the works for the rest of the year." - Nesbeth explained.

Despite his sight being firmly affixed on the Motherland, Nesbeth continues to laboriously promote his debut A.M.E.N amid preparation for his upcoming performance on this year's Rebel Salute. The 'Remove My Enemies' hitmaker is slated to perform on Saturday, January 19 (Night 2) at the Grizzly's Plantation, St. Ann.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Anthology Coming for Govana

Closing out 2018 as the most successful year of his burgeoning career with a cadre of hits and professional accomplishments, a feat that has made him a household name across the diaspora and in top contention for 'Artiste Of The Year'. Recording artiste Govana says though he's thankful for all that was achieved last year, his foreseeable goal for 2019 is to become a quintessential artiste for the genre. 

Adapting that mindset, the 4th Genna deejay has been working assiduously over the festive season, not only on honing his studio and stagecraft but on completing his debut anthology titled 'Humans And Monsters Are Not The Same'. Slated for release in the weeks ahead Govana says he thinks the timing is right to release this body of work, however, he never wanted to brand the collective as an album, EP or a mixtape.

"Presently, I am working on my debut anthology, I opted to call it that because I find the term 'album' is being used too nonchalantly within the industry and the project contains too many songs to be classified as an EP and definitely of a higher standard than a mixtape." - Govana intimated.

Despite the absence of a definitive release date for the compilation, Govana disclosed that 'Human And Monsters Are Not The Same' will contain contributions from several noted producers namely: Chimney Records, LMR Pro, Dream Team, Emudio Records, CJ The Chemist, Jamie Roberts (YVP) and Quantanium Records among others with select cameos from his peers.  

"For me! his project has been magical, I've been working on it for some time now. Something different for the fans, some different type of things. This will definitely allow them to see the different sides of Govana and most importantly no two songs will have the same sound." - He further disclosed.

Prior to the full release of the project, a few tracks will be premiered over the course of the coming weeks, each accompanied with an official visual, so far he has debuted the lead single 'Champ' followed by 'The Light' featuring Reggae crooner Dre Island. The official visuals for both can be viewed via his Vevo account 'GovanaVEVO'.

Bugle Happy With Grammy Nominated Feature

Bugle, one of reggae and dancehall's most prolific singer/songwriter is musically a much happier man today. This, because the unveiling of 2019 not only denotes a new beginning but also bring good tidings for the multihyphenated crooner, who is featured on the Grammy-nominated album 'As The World Turns', courtesy of eight times Grammy-nominated and award-winning group Black Uhuru.  

The twelve-track miscellany sees Bugle lending both his vocals and writing skills on 'Jah Guide (Track No.7), a composition alluding to being fearless in the face of adversity and nefarious people.

"Between work on my foundation, family and professional career I have been very busy and out of sync on the music scene. It's only since the start of the new year a member of my team told me that the album had been nominated for a Grammy.  I am very pleased to hear and want to say thank you to the iconic group Black Uhuru for the opportunity to work with them on this project." 

A seemingly upbeat Bugle says he is very optimistic the reggae group can take home the win which would make it their second since nabbing the coveted silverware in 1984 for 'Best Reggae Recording' at the 27th staging (Shrine Auditorium) in Los Angeles, California. 

The 61st Annual Grammy Award will be held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

Locally, Bugle has been enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene with his latest release titled 'World Party' featuring famed disc jock Razz Attack.

Delando Colley 'Just Keep On Fighting'

Despite the rigours associated with the treacherous music industry, in his quest for stardom Digicel Rising Star alumni, Delando Colley is steadfast on etching his name among Jamaica's musical greats.

Currently signed to Shelly-Ann Curran's - John John Music Group, the singer late last year released the very inspirational 'Just Keep On Fighting', an ode to those who remain optimistic and resolved despite faced with insurmountable challenges at times. Produced in partnership with DZL Records the track percolates a very smooth reggae substructure interspersed with light sprinklings of R&B.

According to Delando, "'Just Keep on Fighting' speaks to the hardships and pain people of all backgrounds face daily in their lives. The song encourages persons to press forward positively knowing that someday things will be better."

Currently available on all major digital platforms including Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music and Deezer,  'Just Keep On Fighting' is distributed worldwide via VPAL. 

Poised for greatness, Delando Colley has been steadily evolving as a performer and recording artiste and under the watchful eye of his management continues to broaden his horizon. Since his foray into the industry the burgeoning star has worked with several noteworthy stalwarts and featured on high profile projects alongside Tarrus Riley, I-Octane and Bugle. His first official single 'When Your Love Went Away,' has found its way on the airwaves in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana and continues to enjoy premium rotation, gaining him tremendous support from African audiences, who fell in love with his mesmeric vocals and charm. 

Delando is optimistic 'Just Keep On Fighting' will eclipse the aforementioned once the right promotional strategies are applied.

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.