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Monday, October 16, 2017

Dee Dre Aims To Get Recognition for 'Unrecognized Greatness' [WATCH VIDEO]


Aiming to scribe his name in the annals of the local and international music industry, burgeoning star Dee Dre has released a new album introducing the gamut of his skill-set which he hopes will not go unrecognized.

Dubbed 'Unrecognized Greatness' the 13-track compilation is an exquisitely crafted assemblage, chock full of witty rhymes and melodies covering a plethora of subject matters with something for everyone despite their musical palette. 

Released September 7 on the RTG Music imprint, the album is available online, free of cost and can be accessed via  Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Dee Dre explains the reason is to allow for uninhibited consumption while broadening his fanbase.

"Many will ask why would you put so much effort into making an album only to give it away for free, but as an emerging artiste the key is not to focus on money but instead getting exposure and building a solid fanbase, and there is no better way than to allow people to have unlimited access to your music. Hence the decision was taken by my management team to give it to the fans as a gift" 

Emerging from humble beginnings, the artiste whose given name is Andre Thompson grew up in the Eastern Kingston community of Manley Meadows where he was exposed to music at an early age.  The therapeutic nature of the art-form was a decisive factor in his decision from infancy to pursue the art form professionally.

According to Dee Dre, the difference between a talented individual and a successful one is often defined by their level of determination and consistency. Two of the many guiding principles by which he lives his life. He credits American rapper Tupac Shakur and dancehall stars Bounty Killer and Aidonia as some of his major influences. 

Alluding to his debut album Dee Dre says it's a breath of fresh air stating what easily sets him apart from other artistes is his unique presentation of bringing a story to life. "It's not a two topic thing for me, life is my inspiration and so whatever life does or wherever it takes me I'll sing about it."

Gaining steady momentum across the space, Dee Dre is currently promoting the singles 'Real Winner' and 'That Day Gon' Come', both of which continues to find favour with the dancehall populace. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Aidonia Featured In Canadian Magazine & Delivers at Nassau's Beerfest


Considered one of North America's premium publications, focusing primarily on urban lifestyle, art, fashion, politics and religion of the Caribbean territories. The Canadian based L3 Magazine shines the spotlight on Jamaican dancehall star Aidonia in the October edition of its supplement. 

Featured on pages 24 and 25, the 4th Genna boss who has been riding a wave of success over the past year elaborated on his recent musical exploits in Europe and North America, his 2017 summer anthem 'Yeah Yeah', amid divulging some deets about the upcoming album slated to release in the first quarter of 2018. 

Alluding to the still-untitled album the entertainer said, “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." 

Meanwhile, on the international circuit, Aidonia's 'Yeah Yeah' currently occupies the No.84 spot on the iTunes Top 100 Reggae singles chart and remains steadfast on the B-List of BBC 1Xtra playlist since its inclusion over a month ago. The 'Banga' hitmaker also furnished another solid performance at the 2017 staging of the just concluded OKTOBERFEST - Beer Festival held at the Beerfest Grounds JFK in Nassau, Bahamas, where he was billed as headliner for the festivities.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bugle Back In the International Spotlight & Join Forces with Popcaan


After debuting at No.42 and No.3 on the iTunes Top 100 and Hot Tracks charts respectively with Ganja Remix featuring Shaggy, amalgamated with the No.11 spot on the Billboard Reggae chart for 'Rising For A Fall' (Season Change Rhythm) earlier this year. Reggae crooner Bugle has once again been thrust into the international spotlight with his latest release 'Boom Box'. 

The single a collaboration effort with EDM superstars Bad Royale, Henry Fong and Karra has been making waves on the international circuit garnering mainstream attention via some of the biggest platforms for the genre across the globe. Though released late September “Boombox” has already amassed in excess of half a million views (646K) online as this hypnotic ditty somehow manages to strike a balance between downtempo, pop and dancehall with ease.

According to 'YourEDM.com', a Seattle based publication dedicated to the genre, "The vibe is island tropical and the energy infectious, creating a wonderful blend that is both ready for dancing as well as just chilling with friends. Of course, we’re sure none of this was done by accident"

Bugle says since the release of the song the feedback has been tremendous annexed to receiving a lot of attention from industry players and fans in markets that are not synonymous with Reggae and Dancehall, which he sums up as a great thing for the genres.

Meanwhile, coming on the heels of 'Boom Box', Bugle has also joined forces with fellow Jamaican superstar Popcaan for 'Live Love Laugh' a joint effort produced on his An9ted Entertainment imprint.  

Alluding to the project Bugle said, 
"I actually record the song some time ago and really loved it. Went back in the studio recently and listen to it again and instantly decide that I wanted Popcaan in it. Poppi is like family to me so I reached out, he came to the studio listened the track and the rest is history."

The 'Live Love Laugh' is slated for release in the coming days and will be available via iTunes and all other major digital platforms.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Govana To Unveil New T-Shirt Line


Scorching the airwaves with 'Loco' and 'Gyal Clown', two of the hottest tracks coming out of the summer. Dancehall artiste Govana is set to unveil his new T-Shirt line next week.

Aside from being a savvy lyricist and songwriter, the 4th Genna deejay can now annex entrepreneur to his list of accruing accolades. Though the initial rollout will feature predominately garb for men in an array of colours and sizes, Govana explains the collection is unisex, thus the shirts can also be worn by women until the full complement is ready. 

"I’ve always wanted to dabble into other aspects of business since my emergence on the scene. Music and fashion go well together and I believe starting a clothing line will be a good marriage for my music and brand. It’s something the fans have been requesting for years so I think now is the right time.” - Govana intimated.

He continued, “Everywhere we travel people always asking for T-Shirts and other promotional material, so I believe the clothing line is a step in the right direction in building Govana and the 4th Genna brand.”

The collection dubbed 'Genna Genna', coined from a popular slang used during his performances will be available at selected stores across the island in the months ahead. However, for the residual of the year, the shirts will only be available in Kingston at Block B Shop 178-179
Constant Spring Arcade (beside the passport office). Full details on other locations will be made available at soonest, in the interim orders can also be placed by contacting (876 401-993).  

Meanwhile, Govana says things are progressing steadily with his upcoming EP which he promises will be a 'respectable body of work' with something for everyone'.  Fans can look out for the official visuals for 'Gyal Clown' and 'Loco' in the weeks ahead.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nesbeth To Serenade Miss Jamaica World Beauties [WATCH VIDEO]


Though faced with a myriad of challenges last year, nonetheless it was the year of the 'Dream' for recording artiste Nesbeth and indeed he tried to live it to the fullest despite some perpetual woes. 

Fast forward to 2017 and as the year draws to a close the Rastafarian singer has been experiencing much brighter days while spreading his 'Success Story' (the follow-up to 'My Dream') across the globe resulting in one of the hottest tracks currently on the European circuit.

Enjoying premium rotation at almost every major festival on the continent, Nesbeth is very pleased with the response and is set to depart the island this week for the United Kingdom on professional business. 

"The current momentum being enjoyed by 'Success Story' internationally seems to be seeping into the Jamaican entertainment space; naturally finding its way onto the playlist of numerous radio and street jocks and I am really happy with that," Nesbeth exclaimed.

He continued, "Last week we also released the official video on Vevo  (youtube.com/NesbethVEVO) and the response has been great. So with everything that's happening we are now looking to other regions like the United Kingdom to broaden the support base. I sang it last month during a concert at the O2 Arena and the patrons were very receptive so that's a good indication."

Nesbeth further explained that his departure will not distract from work on his upcoming album as he plans to do some recording amid the promotional campaign. The singer is scheduled to return on September 18.

Confirmed for the 2017 staging of the Miss Jamaica World competition set for September 23 at the National Indoor Sports Centre,  Nesbeth has been tasked with the responsibility of serenading the beauties as a new queen is crowned.  His next international assignment will be in Houston, Texas in October.

New Album Coming For Aidonia [WATCH VIDEO]


Amidst a full roster of activities for the season, dancehall troubadour Aidonia is currently immersed in the studio working on material for his upcoming album.

Despite releasing 'Project Sweat' two years earlier, for which he received an honourable mention from Billboard Magazine and a top ten debut on the iTunes 100 Albums Chart. The ten-track compilation was presented as an EP and not an album. However, this latest body of work will mark the deejay's official album debut since his emergence on the scene over a decade ago.

Alluding to the lengthy timeline for the album Aidonia says it's all about timing and he wanted to deviate from the norm, but still, provide an offering that fans and the wider populous will appreciate musically. 

“I want to provide fans with something exceptional that will transcend time and geographic boundaries. I am not a big fan of expendable music, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record on the album in the best way I possibly can. If I expect people to buy this it’s only fair that they receive their monies worth.” - Aidonia said.

“I want when someone downloads or puts my album into their player they can listen to the entire compilation from start to end without having to skip a song because it’s perceived as a sub-par effort.” – He added.

With no specific release date set, the 'Yeah Yeah' minstrel intimated that an approximate timeline would be for the first quarter of 2018. The compilation will be executively produced by his own 4th Genna Music imprint. When quizzed about possible collaborations a seemingly tight-lipped Aidonia says the album is still in its infancy and he doesn't  want to divulge too much at this time but hinted at a few surprises.

Meanwhile, dominating the FM airwaves and social scene with tracks like 'Yeah Yeah', 'Fire' and 'IG Girls' the deejay is now gearing up for a series of performances in Freeport and Nassau (the Bahamas) later this month.

Internationally, Aidonia's summer anthem 'Yeah Yeah' was recently added to the 'B-List' of BBC 1Xtra's playlist where it now enjoys premium daytime rotation among a plethora of international A-listers.

Shawn Antoine Aims For Breakthrough With 'Mine' [WATCH VIDEO]


"Oh I don't care about no consequences, willing to pay the price, I know you don't understand this... but could you be mine oh girl will you be mine" are some of the words chronicling burgeoning singer Shawn Antoine passionate appeal has he pursues his love interest in the newly  released 'Mine'

Produced by Frankie Music the single, a collaborative effort with emerging songstress Lia Caribe exudes a very balmy vibe with its groovy beat and pristine vocals that are sure to help you through those rough days. Now available on iTunes and other digital platforms the song will also form part of his upcoming EP slated for release in October. The self-titled EP will comprise six tracks showcasing the full ambit of  Shawn Antoine's musical talents.

No stranger to the arts, Shawn who recently returned from a European stint with Christopher Martin and D'Major is not only a superlative singer but also a musical polymath equipped with the skills to plays the piano, acoustic and bass guitars, tenor saxophone, violin, drums and the flute.

With singles like 'Full Time Gyallis' featuring Konshens, 'Treat You Better' feating Qraig (from the duo Voicemail) and 'I Love You' enjoying favourable rotation across various spaces Shawn Antoine says he has high hopes for 'Mine',

"I have high hopes for Mine, everywhere I am been and introduce the record the response has been very encouraging. Hence my management will be placing a lot of effort into promoting and bringing increased awareness to the track. Presently, we are in the process of shooting a video for release very soon."

Meanwhile, with the escalating attention being enjoyed by 'Mine' Shawn Antoine says plans are afoot for two additional videos later this month as part of the ongoing campaign to bolster his presence across the diaspora.

Vershon Shuts Down Rumour, Working On New Album [WATCH VIDEO]


Making good on his promise dancehall artiste Vershon is staying clear of avoidable controversies as he focuses on elevating his career internationally. 

The singer's current campaign geared towards promoting three new singles, 'Wet', 'Can You' featuring Shatta Wale and 'My Success' has been reaping steady results. However, it's the latter that has raised a few eyebrows leaving many to believe the song is aimed at fellow entertainer Mavado as Vershon deejays the lines, "them a talk about levels and league but remember a stages to life you have to pass one to reach five, bwoy come a boast money fool money fright you nuh memba when you use to live pon di gully side".

Despite the claim, Vershon says 'My Success' is not aimed at the singer or any other artiste and is merely an anecdote chronicling his own life excursion.

"some dancehall fans have a tendency to dissect everything an artiste says and twist it how they see fit to start rumours and rivalries. But unfortunately for them, this song is not aimed at anyone. It's about my life and the personal challenges I faced getting to where I am today while losing some fake friends along the way." 

Meanwhile, the producer turn artiste has been in the studio working assiduously on completing his debut album titled 'Poetry'. The fourteen track project is slated for release later this year. The 'Mercy A God' hitmaker says fans can expect a different side of his musical talent on this latest body of work which may also feature some collaboration from top-flight acts.