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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bugle Finds Billboard Success With 'Season Change' Rhythm


Set to depart the island in the days ahead for a concert in Guyana to mark that country’s 51st anniversary celebrations, music virtuoso Bugle continues to break new career ground as the year unfolds.

The singer last week made his Billboard debut after the ‘Season Change’ Rhythm featuring his single ‘Rising For A Fall’ premiered at the No.11 spot on the Reggae Chart. This comes on the heels of his Ganja Remix featuring Shaggy done by international EDM producer and disc jock Henry Fong clinching the No.42 spot on the U.S Top 100 iTunes Chart, and the Germaicans remix nabbing the No.3 spot on the iTunes Hot Tracks Reggae chart earlier this month.

“They say everything takes time and I guess when the time is right everything will manifest itself. So all that is happening is a manifestation of time and being dedicated to the craft. Last week I got the news and I must say I am very pleased to see the project (Season Change rhythm) doing so well, this is also my first time officially making it to the billboard so I have to give thanks to everyone who was instrumental in the process.” – a seemingly jocund Bugle exclaimed.

Distributed by Zojak Worldwide the Berta Records compilation co-produced by Bugle's own An9ted Entertainment currently occupies the No.12 spot on the chart and also features Reggae heavyweights Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Chino, Kabaka Pyramind and burgeoning stars Rockaz Element. The project is also available on iTunes and all other major digital platforms.

Following his stint in Guyana, Bugle will shift focus to Europe to commence a three month campaign across the expanse of that continent along with the United Kingdom and Japan.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nesbeth Working On Debut Album


Since returning from a double stint in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio Reggae Firebrand Nesbeth has wasted no time getting back in studio to continue work on his debut album.

Though it is still early days yet, the project appears to be off to a good start as during one of his many recording sessions billboard hit-maker Omi was spotted vibing in the studio. When quizzed about the name and what fans can expect from the upcoming album the ‘My Dream’ crooner said,

“I can’t divulge much at this time except that we are working on an album. A decision hasn’t been made as yet regarding the name but we are putting together something that the fans will really appreciate. As for a release date that will be known in the foreseeable future but right now we focusing more on the musical aspect of the project.”

Last week the singer teamed up with controversial selector turn producer Foota Hype for the release of another mentally stimulating composition titled 'Success Story'. Produced on the Foota Hype Music (FHM) imprint and featured on the Motherland Riddim, the song tells a tale reminiscent of Nesbeth’s formative years underscoring his trials, triumphs and the treacherous music industry.

A story that not only many Jamaican but people across the diaspora can relate to. Though not yet officially available via iTunes and other digital platforms the single has been getting a lot of attention especially on the Reggae circuit with the potential of becoming another hit for the Rastafarian crooner.

Meanwhile, Nesbeth who has been on a path of mentoring and imparting positive values across various sects of society recently gave a formidable performance at the Police Federation Conference in Montego Bay. 

The singer is booked to appear at the upcoming Caribbean Village Cultural Festival on June 25th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Aidonia Breaks 13 Million Mark On Youtube [WATCH VIDEO]


Collaborating with award winning music producer Stephen McGregor throughout the years was indeed a ‘genius’ move by Aidonia, has the Dancehall Superstar is now reaping the rewards of said partnership. 

Fi Di Jockey, one of his many hit singles produced by the Big Ship maestro four years ago has seen a resurgence throughout the diaspora amassing over 13 millions views online (via Youtube) after an initial slump at 2 million. The increased numbers can be credited to the entertainers upsurge in popularity along with his ability to physically access markets which were previously inaccessible due to several challenges.  

“There was always a demand for Aidonia and his music but due to numerous obstacles throughout the years we weren’t able to properly access certain markets. However, now that the situation has improved what we are seeing is the product of a continued aggressive campaign.”  stated a rep from the 4th Genna Music camp.

Back in the island the ‘Banga’ deejay is now prepping for the Best Of The Best showcase which gets on the way Sunday, May 28 at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida. He is also billed as one the headliners for Reggae Sumfest – Dancehall Night. The Montego Bay based festival is slated for July 16 -22 at Catherine Hall and will mark their 25th anniversary.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sports Star Marlon Samuels Working On New Reality Series [WATCH VIDEO]


West Indies Cricketer and international Sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give people an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so just stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell's a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him.

He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees  at the ceremony were former Prime Minister Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.

Etana Leave UK Fans Breathless & Announces North America Tour Dates


As the Strong One recently concluded a successful UK tour as a special guest of the royal reggae family, Morgan Heritage Avrakedabra World Tour 2017. Etana announces her summer 2017 'Reggae Forever' North American Tour.

"Etana was magical" - tasilaculture, "BEYOND WORDS..." - mauwe69, "pure, undiluted talent " - catdirectsprodTrue Those are some of the accolades and depictions by fans shared on social media speaking of Etana's latest UK tour. Leaving fans both breathless and wanting more, the soulful reggae songstress delivered memorable performances as she engaged her audience with her remarkable and impressive voice. From her newest hit "My Man", to her "I am Not Afraid" classic, Etana gave her all, and had her congregation hang on to her every word while singing in unison.

"Thank you to each and everyone of you that came to see me, I felt the love and I hope you received mine as well.." - Etana

In support of her forthcoming July 2017 EP, Etana's Reggae Forever North American Tour will kick off on June 22nd in Dallas Texas, and will see the songstress perform from her impressive discography such as "I Rise", "People Talk", "Wrong Address" and, new music like her hit single "My Man". The newly independent Etana will touch the stage in Austin, New Orleans, Carson, San Diego, Sebastopol, Santa Cruz, Belmont, California World Music Festival, Boston, Salisbury and in Calgary and Montreal in Canada.

"I look forward to seeing all my fans. The best way for me to thank all of you for your unwavering support through the years is with music. I want you all to know that when I am on that stage singing, I sing to each of you." - Etana

REGGAE FOREVER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

MAY 29: BROWARD REGIONAL PARK- FORT LAUDERDALE
JUNE 10: BELLS ISLE MARINA, HAMPTON VA
JUNE 11: HAMILTON, WASHINGTON DC
JUNE 18: ST. LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL*
JUNE 22: GAS MONKEY BAR - DALLAS, TX
JUNE 23: FLAMINGO CANTINA - AUSTIN, TX
JUNE 24: NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS
JUNE 25: CLUB RIDDIMS, HOUSTON TX
JULY 1: FESTIVAL OF VOICES - GUADELOUPE*
JULY 7: SOLVENUE, CARSON, CA
JULY 8: 710 OCEAN BEACH CLUB, SAN DIEGO, CA
JULY 12: HOPMONK TAVERN, SEBASTOPOL, CA
JULY 13 - TBA
JULY 14: MOE'S ALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA
JULY 15: CHRIS NEW HARBOR, BELMONT, CA
JULY 16: CALIFORNIA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, GRASS VALLEY, CA
AUGUST 1: GUYANA*
AUG 19: CALGARY REGGAE FESTIVAL, CALGARY, CANADA
AUG 20: MONTREAL INT'L REGGAE FESTIVAL, MONTREAL, CANADA
AUG 26 : BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
AUG 27: SURFSIDE BEACH, SALISBURY, MA

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nesbeth And Foota Hype Join Forces for 'Success Story' [LISTEN AUDIO]


Since returning from a double stint in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio Reggae Firebrand Nesbeth has wasted no time getting back in studio to continue churning out inspirational recordings.

Last week the singer teamed up with controversial selector turn producer Foota Hype for another mentally stimulating composition titled 'Success Story', produced on the Foota Hype Music imprint and featured on the Motherland Riddim, the song tells a tale reminiscent of Nesbeth formative years underscoring his trials and triumps in life and the treacherous music industry.

A story that not only many Jamaican but people across the diaspora can relate to, though not yet officially available via iTunes and other digital platforms the single has been getting a lot of attention especially on the Reggae circuit with the potential of becoming another monster hit for the Rastafarian crooner.

Here are some of the lyrics :

"Born and mi grow inna place weh me never get no respect,no.....
Never get no good education can't get no big cheque,no.......
From me born an me grow, everybody weh me know inna distress,yea...
And it so easy for a youth get a big teck. Or addicted turn a victim...
And a nuff man fold it out... cause them couldn’t hold it out
And nuff man sold it out... cause them couldn't go without"


Meanwhile, Nesbeth who has been on a path of mentoring the imparting positive values across various sectors of society recently gave a stellar performance at the Police Federation Conference in Montego Bay. 

The singer is booked to appear at the Caribbean Village Cultural Festival on June 25th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Aidonia Prevail Despite Beenie Man & Bounty Killer Trinidad Saga [WATCH VIDEO]


Dancehall superstar Aidonia did himself and Jamaica proud on Saturday night delivering another noteworthy performance inside the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad. 

Backed by Ruff Kutt Band, the 4th Genna boss decked in an all white Gucci ensemble reeled off  a bevy of well received hits to the over 6,000 patron who came out to see some of the biggest stars in Dancehall and Soca at the 2017 instalment of the Guinness sponsored Fullyloaded Music Festival. 

However, the night was not without its share of controversy as dancehall icons Bounty Killer and Beenie Man also billed for the showcase eventually ended up on stage together for a short stint before the Warlord abruptly departed leaving the Doctor to do a solo set. He eventually exited the venue leaving the packed venue somewhat disappointed. 

The Alliance leader later took to social media to explain his mysterious exit from the stage during his set with Beenie Man at the Music Festival. The dancehall icon commented on his Instagram account explaining why he did not stay to perform a sound clash with Beenie Man in front of a packed audience in Port of Spain.

“Tell di promoter next time when he wants to repeat sting 93 he should make the bank aware bcuz that was just for the love of Trinidad ppl i wasn't gonna even perform the promoter did not pay me to do a duo set with beenie tell dem i say so they just called me on with beenie did u noticed that it took a few minutes for me to entered the stage???”

A seemingly upset Bounty continued, "The promoters styled me by booking me and beenie separately then wanted us do a duo set together is just for the love of our trini fans why i even did a short set,".

George Nooks Releases New Song Amidst Cocaine Controversy


Reggae singer George Nooks has a new song in rotation. The track, I Must Tell Jesus , was released last Friday on the singer's Total Records imprint.“This song is my prayer for the tribulations that I have been going through in my life and it could be seen as a source of inspiration for anyone going through testing times. It has no references to my ongoing court case, respect to the disc jocks who are supporting the project,” he said.

Nooks issued a statement apologising to disappointed fans upset over his exclusion from a concert dubbed 'A Gift for Mom' which was held at the National Arena yesterday.

“I would like to apologise to my fans who were looking forward to seeing me perform at the Mother's Day concert on Sunday. I am aware that many people have already booked travel and accommodation and also were simply looking forward to it, as was I. All I can say is that I'm truly sorry . Sorry for the inconvenience, I'm gonna have to keep my head up and get on with it as usual, but I hope you can all stick by me as you have always done,” the statement read.

“I wish the organisers well, and hope that the fans have a wonderful time but I know that my songs will be missed from this event, I want to thank the concert organisers and promoters who have been standing by me in this my darkest hour, and who have re-confirmed my upcoming shows and events.”

The singer was scheduled to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.

Nooks was arrested on May 6 by the Corporate Area police after a bag containing just under two ounces of cocaine was found in his possession. He was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is scheduled to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday