Monday, July 10, 2017

Aidonia Rules Xtreme Wet & Wild In Atlantic City

Dancehall artiste Aidonia is perhaps having one of the best runs of his career and this was evident due to his engaging performance at Xtreme Wet N Wild under the BRT Weekend banner.

The deejay, who performed at minutes after 4 p.m. as the sun blared in the Boardwalk, New Jersey venue, had patrons glued to the front of the stage as he delivered several hits from his growing catalogue.

The females showed bias in favour of his records which were geared at stimulating their egos. Songs like Ukku Tight and IG Girls had them singing the choruses in choir like fashion.

He also went for hardcore gun lyrics, and even then, patrons could not get enough as he belted song after song.

"Any how I sound on record that is how is sound on stage and any song I sing in studio I can sing that on stage," he shouted over the speakers before delivering his lyrically potent and fast spitting record Wi Nuh Fraid.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Singer Dann-I Demands More Reggae Music on Radio [WATCH VIDEO]

Reggae artiste Dann-I, is asking industry players to put more effort into the preservation of reggae music locally.

According to the Put In The Work, singer, Jamaica will not recognise the value of what it has, until its totally gone.

Radio stations like Hitz 92 FM, have recently been shedding more light on reggae music, however, Dann-I thinks Jamaican DJs ought to view reggae music as a mandatory genre in their juggling.

“Play the music pan di radio, because right now dem nah do it. No reggae song nah play…one day mi hear Tarrus Riley wid one of the baddest reggae tune and mi sey yes, this a certified hit and because it nuh get played it never happen. I am a big Chronixx fan and I salute what they have done, because his success is not normal,” he said.

According to Dann-I, “some stations in Jamaica don’t play reggae music at all and yet some stations in Europe play nothing but reggae music. So obviously it will grow in those places and decline here…see Rihanna dem a ride our rhythms and a go Billboard,” he said.

Dann-I is also batting for the return of reggae bands. He believes collective creativity creates better music, this he said pointing to The Wailers and more recent Chronixx and the Zinc Fence band. 

“One guy a beat a rhythm these days and a one man inspiration that. How can one man mek an entire rhythm a nuh rap this. We love when the thing compiled with different vibes and I have musicians that say they are ready for when I want to form my band,” he said.

The artiste, who was introduced to the music industry as the lead singer of popular boy band, 'Q', is now working with veteran artiste manager, Sunny Spoon, who is known for his work with I-Wayne.

Dann-I is also working with Alborosie, and his song, Put In The Work, joins the line-up at number seven on Alborosie's 12-track compilation rhythm titled, His Majesty. The rhythm also features Sizzla Kalonji, Mr Vegas, Gentleman, Alborosie, Christopher Martin and Yung Jr.

"This song is roots, and I always loved roots reggae because I am a fan of the bass…Dem give mi a real strength. Memba seh a Alborosie that, enuh. He could have picked anybody to be on his rhythm and him choose to put me on it, so mi grateful for that. When I post a video on Instagram, I typically see 200 views. But as mi put up this song it gone over 5,000 views in a few days, so that shows that I have something special," he said.

The 'His Majesty' rhythm compilation is currently being distributed by Greensleeves Records.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Nesbeth Triumphs in Atlanta & Fort Lauderdale

Since releasing his latest efforts 'New Gangster' and ‘Success Story’ a few weeks apart, entertainer Nesbeth has seen a noticeable upsurge in demand across the North American landscape.

Delivering  a pair of performances at the Caribbean Village Cultural Festival in Fort Launderdale and the Atrium in Atlanta, Georgia over the past two weekends, the singles though relatively new continue to be favourites of patrons and fans alike. True to form the ‘My Dream’ hit-maker did not disappoint in the southern states unravelling performances encompassing his latest hits and classics but it was ‘Success Story’ and 'New Gangster', that arguably earned him two of the biggest forwards at both events to close off a commendable set.

Chronicling snippets of his journey, Nesbeth says ‘Success Story’ and 'New Gangster' continues to hit a chord with fans in the diaspora and across various demographics, many of whom have personally confessed that the singles makes them ruminate on their own personal struggles and achievements.

Following his most recent performance over the weekend Nesbeth said,

“I have performed at many venues across the globe with massive audiences but Atlanta is definitely one of those special place on my list of favourites.”

He continued, “While I went there with no expectation I was given a hero’s welcome as though I was the prodigal son who had returned. It was very heartwarming to say the least and I am definitely looking forward to returning soon.”

Produced on the Foota Hype Music (F.H.M) imprint, 'Success Story' is featured on the Motherland Rhythm. The ‘Rastafarian crooner also intimated that plans are afoot for 'New Gangster' and 'Success Story' official videos.

Aidonia Reaffirms His Commitment to Education Through 'One Voice' Scholarships

Despite a full roster for summer, Dancehall star Aidonia on Wednesday morning reaffirmed his commitment to education with a visit to the Maxfield Park Primary School to personally hand out awards and five scholarships to students of that institution through his One Voice Foundation.

Worth over $300,000 Jamaican dollars the annual scholarship programme focuses on five students at the grade six level, who exemplifies good behaviour, attitude, maintain the highest grades throughout their school tenure and pass their GSAT examinations. At the end of the school year the top-performing student is awarded a grant of $200,000 for high school. The remaining four are allotted book vouchers annually to offset their academic expenses.

Speaking at the award ceremony Aidonia said, “Good intentions and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate mind, then you have something very special. Not because many of you are from certain socio-economic backgrounds you should never let that define who you are. I would love to see some more Doctors, lawyers and even Entertainers coming from this school”.

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Principal Ms. Beverley Gallimore-Vernon and Vice principal Ms. Annette McDonald. This years awardees are Rushell Collins, Shenelle Matthews, Renard Wedderburn, Brianna Walker with top honours going to Shamara Baker

Now in its third year the One Voice Foundation, a non-profit organisation has taken a multi-pronged approach to nation building of which the scholarship programme is one such node. The ‘Banga’ hit-maker is also currently scouting locations to build a public computer lab in Kingston, with the intent of providing free computer access to children whom are without such amenities.

Musically, Aidonia is slated to headline BRT Weekend this Friday (July 7th) in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bugle Arrives In Japan & Graces The Cover of L3 Magazine

Reggae crooner Bugle now in the fifth week of his three-month international sojourn arrived in Japan over the weekend after wrapping up the first leg of his European tour with stops in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Arriving on the Asian continent the singer kicked off the second leg on his ‘Be Yourself’ tour on Sunday night with a concert in Okayama to much fanfare.

“Even though I was a bit exhausted from the European flight I must say the Japanese people have given me even more reason to press on. The concert was great and the fans came out and showed a lot of support especially for the new album and for that I am extremely grateful. Truth is, once I arrived at the venue I didn’t even remember I was tired” – a seemingly jocund Bugle intimated.

Bugle’s next stop will be at the 'Alife' concert venue in Sapporo this Wednesday.

In other news, the ‘Rasta Party’ singer is also featured in the June edition of Canada’s L3 Magazine.  In a very in-depth interview with writer and journalist Natasha Von Castle, Bugle shares personal thoughts and boardroom decision making to bring his album ‘Be Yourself’ to fruition.

Many industry players consider L3 Magazine as North America's No.1 Caribbean-Urban publication, which focuses on the Arts, Fashion, Politics and Music of the region.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dancehall Artiste Shokryme Releases EP & Featured In New Bacardi Campaign [WATCH VIDEO]

4th Genna Recording artiste Shokryme is separating himself from the glut of dancehall artistes on the scene. He has fused dancehall with grime music.

The artiste is quite upbeat about one of his latest achievements. He is featured in the recent Bacardi/Major Lazer Launches Music Liberates Music Campaign with his song Gold. Gold is produced by CJ the Chemist.

He commented about being involved in the campaign:

“It's a great feeling for Bacardi and Major Lazer to see my potential and to think I'm an artiste worthy of associating their brand with,” he said.

Shokryme recently released the three-song EP titled Bandana. It was produced by Equiknoxx Music. One of the tracks from the EP, B.B.S. was featured on rapper Drake's OVO Sound Radio Episode 43. The track also made its debut on BBC 1Xtra.

Shokryme spoke about the concept behind the EP:

“The general concept is a fusion of what is considered dancehall-grime,” he said. The artiste said striving for greatness is what keeps him motivated.

The 25-year-old, whose given name is Jason Pinnock, is from Kidd Lane in Kingston 13. The former St George's College student said his love for music developed while in eighth grade.

“It was from infamous school clashes that built my confidence and further fuelled my drive to become an artiste. I was given the nickname Showtime and later changed it to Shokryme,” he said.

Shokryme drew on influences from the likes of artistes such as Aidonia, Capleton, Cobra, Bounty Killer, and Shaggy while composing his lyrics. It was these influences that helped him to shape and create his eclectic hard core sound. In 2007 Shokryme's fate as an artiste was sealed, when two of his schoolmates — Kemar “Tull” Malcolm and Govana, formerly known as Deablo — introduced him to deejay Aidonia.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Govana Climbs The Dancehall Chart & Premiers 'Shallow Grung' Video [WATCH VIDEO]

Fast rising deejay Govana, a member of the 4th Genna recording imprint continues to make steady in-rows on the local and international music scene. 

Following the recent addition of his singles 'Happy' and 'No Complaining' to radio outlets in Florida, Los Angeles and the New York Tri-State area, the bourgeoning star has also been reaping success on the local charts. Produced by Dinero Production 'Happy' currently occupies the No.7 spot on the Magnum Pree Dis Dancehall Top Ten chart and continues to show steady momentum each week.

"I am very happy with the progress I am seeing and fans can expect a lot from me in the weeks ahead. We currently have several new singles to release for a number of top producers along with a few videos, the first of which will be 'Shallow Grung'".   

Speaking of 'Shallow Grung', Govana on Sunday afternoon unveiled the official video for the aforementioned via his Vevo channel at which has amassed over 11,000+ views already in a matter of hours. The visuals was shot by 300K throughout the thoroughfares of Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.

Alluding to the new shot in the arm his career has gotten Govana said,

“The journey has been like a roller coaster in a lot of way, but there is nothing that I regret. The tougher the battle, the sweeter the victory. I've had to fight to reach where I am and the fighting has helped me to cement myself in the streets of Jamaica. I've paid my toll and I'm happy to finally see the highway,” he added.

Aidonia Confirmed For BRT Weekend Atlantic City

Dubbed the ultimate destination day-party series, the promoters of the popular BRT Weekend appears to be upping the ante for the summer. Inspired by Caribbean culture, the uniquely themed all-inclusive event has now expanded to over four locations.

With several staging earlier in the year at exotic locales in Punta Cana (Dominica Republic) and Los Angeles (California), the three day festivities is now set to invade the resort town of Atlantic City, New Jersey early next month.

Scheduled for July 7th – 9th the much-publicized event has enlisted the services of top-flight entertainer Aidonia, adding even more star-power to their line-up. Aidonia is schedule to perform on Friday, July 7th. His inclusion comes on the heels of fellow entertainer Popcaan who was the headlining act in Dominica Republic.

Riding a wave of success in recent months with tracks like ‘Banga’, ‘Trigger Work It’ and ‘IG Girls’ the 4th Genna boss is definitely looking forward to his performance next month.

“Aidonia is definitely looking forward to this engagement. BRT Weekend has become a staple on the social calendar especially for 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 Atlantic City.” – Aidonia’s management team intimated in a statement.

With a full roster of activities for summer, the deejay is also expected to make stops in Atlanta and Connecticut prior to his appearance on Reggae Sumfest (Dancehall Night) set for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. From there he will then turn his attention to Antigua before jetting off to Europe in August.

Currently, promoting the singles ‘Krayzay’ and ‘Lyfe O.G’ plans are already afoot for a number of music videos.