Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bugle Completes First Leg Of 'Be Yourself' Tour

Almost three weeks after departing the island Rastafarian crooner Bugle has wrapped up the first leg of his ‘Be Yourself’ tour. The tour, which commenced on June 2 in Germany, saw the Reggae singer performing in major cities such as Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin, Paris, Prague and Bern among several others as part of the on-going campaign to promote his latest album of the same name.

“So far, the tour is going well, the weather is improving and the fans are definitely coming out in their numbers to show support for the album and for that I am thankful. We just wrapped the first leg but haven’t covered all the spaces as yet. We have Japan and the United Kingdom next and then we’ll return to complete the second leg of Europe thereafter.” – Bugle explained in a statement to the media.

Currently reaping success with the EDM infused ‘Ganja Remix’ featuring Shaggy, which continues to bully its way up the iTunes Reggae and Hot 100 Tracks charts. Bugle is set to depart Europe for Asia in the coming days sojourning in Japan for a few weeks.

Following his Japanese assignment the ‘Rasta Party’ singer will then turn his attention to the United Kingdom for a four-concert stint in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol before returning to Europe for the final leg.

On the local front, Bugle is currently promoting his latest single ‘Karma on the UIM Records produced Obsession Rhythm. Plans are also afoot for an official video.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dancehall Artiste KAPRI Makes His Debut on BET SOUL & Set To Release New EP [WATCH VIDEO]

Home Boyz Musik recording artiste Dwayne Wallace better known as Kapri has been steadily making in-rows with his latest offering titled ‘Thug Love’. The composition produced by Jetson Records/Snowcone featuring emerging female act ‘Addikshan’ has found its way onto the playlist of a number of top jocks across the space despite being released only weeks ago. 

An accompanying video shot in New York City by Nick Asenio has also been making the rounds via various media outlets and was recently added to BET SOUL. 

Alluding to the current success of ‘Thug Love’ Kapri said, “My expectations for this project are limitless. I know it was going to be impacting for my career from the night it was recorded. Producers Snowcone and Tony Kelly, who were present, were also in agreement when they heard the song.”

Amidst the success of ‘Thug Love’ the entertainer is currently putting the final touches on his upcoming EP titled Nostalgia slated for release in August. The project features eight tracks including the aforementioned. Produced on Kapri’s own Home Boyz Musik imprint the EP will also feature works from award winning producers Seanizzle and Jah Snowcone.

According to Kapri, “The plan is to continue the promotion of ‘Thug Love’ and following the release of the EP I will be embarking on a US and Canadian tour to promote the project, plans are already in place for the tour.”

Kapri is best known for the 2008 song ‘Dear Mama’ featured on the Gully Creeper rhythm. The single also marked his official entry into the Jamaican music industry.

"99 Percent Of Dancehall Artistes Hate Me" - Popcaan Tells BBC 1Xtra [WATCH INTERVIEW]

International dancehall star Andre Sutherland better known as Popcaan says 99 percent of Dancehall artistes hate him because of the talent God gave him, but he doesn't care.

The comments were made during a recent in-studio interview with BBC Broadcaster Seani B, who was speaking with the artiste regarding the current state of his career and his thoughts on the Jamaican industry.

The 'Stray Dog' singer further intimated that even if his former mentor Vybz Kartel starts to hate him, that will not affect him in any way as he will remain atop the dancehall game.

The comments come in the wake of an alleged diss track by his former label-mate Shawn Storm titled 'No fraud' where storm pointed a finger at the Unruly boss labelling him a 'snitch' and a 'sell out'.

Aidonia Gets International Attentions & Fully Booked For Summer [WATCH VIDEO]

With over a decade of experience and greater freedom to ply his trade across the globe. Dancehall Star Aidonia has seen a significant upsurge in popularity and demand over the last nine months.

This has led to concert promoters and industry players from across regions such as Africa, Dubai, Japan, Australia and New Zealand expressing an interest to work with the IG Girls hit-maker.

Aidonia's publicist Raymond "Shadow" Small attributes the spike to a new campaign approach.

"In recent months we have embarked on a more comprehensive campaign to boost his presence globally with a lot of focus on social media seeing that is one of the most active outlets for the consumption of information.  Honing his skill for over a decade Aidonia has grown into a consummate performer with the ability to ensnare audiences wherever he goes. This, is a skill lacking especially with the new generation of local talents, so being a great performer is an asset. Another of his advantages is the able to replicate his studio recordings live on stage complimented by a genuine and loyal fan base."

Known as a potent lyricist with an avid male following Aidonia in recent years has been doing a lot of music geared towards the females subsequently shifting the balance in favour of the ladies who have significantly outnumbered their male counterparts at his various concerts, especially on the international circuit. 

Solidly booked for the summer, Aidonia is gearing up for a surfeit of assignments across the Diaspora before jetting off to Europe in August for a tour of that continent. He is also confirmed for Reggae Sumfest (Dancehall Night) set for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Locally, the 4th Genna boss is gearing up to shoot the videos for ‘Banga’, ‘IG Girls’ and ‘Better’ amid promoting the singles ‘Krazay’ and ‘Lyfe O.G'.

'Happy' Times for Dancehall Artiste Govana [WATCH VIDEO]

These are indeed good times for deejay Govana. The 4th Genna recording artiste has struck a chord with his latest single Happy , produced by Dinero Productions.

Happy is making an impact on the dancehall landscape. It is also making its way up several local charts.

Formerly known as Deablo, Govana (real name Romeo Nelson) has seen his stocks rise in recent months. He credits his resurgence to his new team and strategic approach.

“A lot of things are happening for me right now; for that I am very thankful. I have learnt a lot over the years — the dos and don'ts. Those are the lessons I am now applying. Since my last hit, I've been using the time to hone my skill set and learn the business of entertainment so I can take a more professional approach to the industry,” Govana told Splash.

Three years ago, he tasted success when he was featured on Aidonia's chart-topping single Run Road. But Govana is intent on charting his own course.

“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.

The Spanish Town-based Govana has already followed up with two buzzworthy songs: No Complaining (produced by e5 Records) and Sky a Drop (4th Genna Music), which features Mad Cobra.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nesbeth Excites The Cayman Islands [WATCH VIDEO]

The normally quiet district of Bodden Town came alive over the weekend as Reggae star Nesbeth invaded the former Cayman Islands capital for a concert on Saturday night.

The event, dubbed the official homecoming for newly appointed government minister, the Honourable Dwayne Seymour who now occupies the culture ministry portfolio was held on Saturday, June 10th on the grounds of Bodden Town Primary School, the former alma mater of the minister.

The festive occasion saw hundreds from across the length and breath of the country pouring into the town to celebrate with the minister and his colleagues. Singer Nesbeth, a favourite of the political class was the headlining act and following a flurry of local talents took the stage at approximately minutes to 10 delivering another of his signature high-energy sets interspersed with inspirational messages.

Aside from Board House, Guns Out and his global hit My Dream other well received offerings included Normal Day, a tribute to his late wife and the newly released Success Story. The latter is produced on the Foota Hype Music imprint.

Speaking with local press the Rastafarian crooner explained,
“Cayman Islands is such a beautiful place, the people are so hospitable. The concert was great and everyone knows wherever in the world I go I’m always happy to spread positive influences regardless of the occasion. However I think one of the things that stood out for me was how responsive the people were to ‘Success Story’ a song they have never heard before but I guess that’s the power of good music. Lastly, I want to say a special thank you to the honourable Dwayne Seymour and the people of the Cayman Islands for inviting me to be a part of this momentous occasion. ”

Locally, Nesbeth is working on the official video for New Gangster and is set to headline the 2017 instalment of Caribbean Village Cultural Festival on June 25 in Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale before jetting off to Atlanta on June 30th.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Aidonia Take Top Honours At 'Best Of The Best' [WATCH VIDEO]

After stamping his class at Trinidad’s ‘Fullyloaded’ alongside veteran entertainers Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Wayne Wonder earlier this month. 4th Genna Recording artiste Aidonia, over the Memorial Day weekend once again showed why he remains a force to be reckoned with within the space.

Billed as one of the headliners for the annual staging of the much-anticipated ‘Best Of The Best’ concert held at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida over the weekend. The ‘IG Girls’ deejay making his debut not only delivered the penultimate set but according to a consensus by patrons, arguably the best performance of the night despite a stellar line-up consisting some of the biggest names across the Caribbean diaspora.

Decked in a black, white and gold Versace ensemble the 4th Genna head honcho emerged on stage at approximately 10:30pm and took the over 25,000 patrons on a 30-minutes journey from the infancy of his career to present, showing growth and maturity in the process. Other commendable performances came courtesy of Spice, Josey Wales, Christopher Martin, Jahmiel and Dexta Daps.

Speaking with Miami’s 99 Jamz prior to his performance Aidonia said,
“I always try to do something that is not commonplace in dancehall because I never try to fit in I always prefer to stand out. I always take a different route so my work shows differently.”

He continued, “Everybody knows my thing__ is me say work for the people. Remember the people work hard for their money they spend to come see me perform. So I have to make sure not to just give them 100 but 130 percent  instead. When they leave they are satisfied knowing they got more than their money’s worth.”

Meanwhile, Aidonia is schedule to invade Connecticut this Friday for a June 2 assignment. From there the entertainer will turn his attention to the 2017 installment of Reggae Sumfest – Dancehall Night. The Montego Bay based festival is slated for July 16 -22 at Catherine Hall and will mark their 25th anniversary.

Govana 'HAPPY' With International Attention [WATCH INTERVIEW]

After scoring his first No.1 and official hit single with ‘Run Road’ featuring Aidonia. Recording artiste Govana, formerly known as Deablo has always had his eyes on the international landscape.

Releasing several noteworthy tracks over the years the burgeoning star aligned to the 4th Genna Music imprint is finally getting the international attention he always wanted. This after his latest effort titled ‘Happy’ got added to a numbers of radio outlets across Miami and the New York Tri-State Area. The single, a follow-up to the buzz-worthy ‘No Complaining’ has been enjoying premium rotation across the space including the local FM airwaves and party circuit in Jamaica.  The move has also led to the securing of a number of upcoming appearances across the diaspora for the young talent.

Govana credits the resurgence to the employment of a new team and strategic approach to the industry. Speaking with award winning broadcaster and journalist Winford Williams in a recent interview the deejay said,

“A lot of things are happening for me right now; for that I am very thankful. I have learnt a lot over the years, the do’s and don’ts.   Those are the lessons I am now applying. Since my last hit I’ve been using the time to hone my skill-set and learn the business of entertainment so I can take a more professional approach to the industry."

Govana who recently completed a double stint in Trinidad and Tobago departed the island over the weekend for an assignment in Miami, Florida. On the music front, aside from promoting ‘Happy’ he recently teamed up with veteran entertainer Mad Cobra or the collaborative effort ‘Sky A Drop’ which has amassed over 120,000 views online in three week.