Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nesbeth Takes Innovative New Approach to Debut Album [WATCH VIDEO]

Always seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer. 

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals—primarily online via social media and other platforms—and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure. 

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth Added. 
Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change. 

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn’t live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Aidonia Nominated for Humanitarian Award [WATCH VIDEO]

Despite his hardcore persona, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia is one of the most benign individuals in the Dancehall fraternity. After embarking on a campaign four years ago with the launch of his One Voice Foundation, to aid the disenfranchised and socio-economically challenged youths of Jamaica through education, his philanthropic efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the 'Yeah Yeah' hitmaker has been nominated for the YVA Humanitarian Award which now brings his tally to six. His other nominations include Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah', Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Favourite Carribean Artiste of the Year', Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year. 

According to event organiser Karen Clarke, the Humanitarian Award is a collaborative effort with corporate giant Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active Foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed period to be eligible for nomination. Other nominees in the category include Busy Signal and singer Tony Rebel. The Your View Awards (YVA), now in its 11th year, is set to unfold on February 24th at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.

Worth over $300,000 Jamaican dollars Aidonia's One Voice scholarship programme focuses on students at the grade six level at Maxfield Park Primary School, 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 students are awarded grants to offset school fees and other academic expenses for high school. 

A non-profit organisation the Foundation has taken a multi-pronged approach to nation building of which the scholarship programme is one such node. Since late last year, Aidonia and his team have been scouting locations to build a public computer lab in Kingston, with the intent of providing free computer access to children who are without such amenities.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beenie Man Foundation To Help Fight Sickle Cell

Dancehall artiste Beenie Man says that he plans are underway to relaunch his foundation. According to the entertainer, the Beenie Man Foundation (BMF) was established decades ago but was placed on the back burner for a while.

"Mi did launch it already through Shocking Vibes but too much man did wa nuff up in it. But everything iron out now and the plans are in place as to how it will operate and generate funds for charity," he said.

Beenie Man said that the foundation will be aimed at the youths and persons affected by sickle cell, which is the most common genetic disorder in Jamaica. Beenie Man, as well as his son, Moses Jr, suffers from the effects of the sickle-cell trait.

"It is a dangerous ting that can kill, and that's why me aim to raise awareness about it through the foundation. It is a disease that should not be taken lightly. If rain all fall di whole a yuh body swell up. The pain that it give anno pain whey yuh can go get Cataflam fi it. More time yuh have to go hospital to get an injection fi it," he said.

"Nuff time, Moses just freeze up ina him bed when the pain reach him. Him a 19 now so me just a hope him grow it out and get stronger," he added.

Beenie Man said that although he does not allow the disease to affect his career there have been times when he is struck with pain while onstage.

"Sometimes when the fans dem start see me move pon one foot a it enuh, a nuh dance me a dance but me nah make it stop me nuh time," he added.

Aidonia & Govana Goes Mainstream with 'Breeze' [WATCH VIDEO]

2018 is definitely shaping up to be another exceptional year for the 4th Genna camp, as labelmates and Dancehall front-runners Aidonia and Govana have once again found themselves in the international spotlight with their latest effort 'Breeze'. The hypermasculinized track dubbed the follow-up to 'Run Road' has been annexed to mainstream radio via the 'C-List' on BBC Radio.

The addition signifies the track will now officially enjoy premium day-time rotation alongside the likes of Grammy winners and nominees Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Drake, Migos, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Chronixx and Kendrick Lamar. Named 2017 'Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' in several quarters, Govana says he is very pleased with the revelation. Last September Aidonia's monster hit 'Yeah Yeah' made its debut on the station's B-List.

"This is definitely a good look for my career and the camp right now. Breaking internationally is something every artiste aspire to, so the key is to remain focused, stay consistent and make good music for the people." - Govana added.

Amassing over a million views online, the two have enlisted the services of accomplished video director RD Studios for the official visual which is slated for release in the weeks ahead. The video was shot throughout the Kingston and St. Catherine metropolis an exhibits the duo living a life of opulence. 

Meanwhile, the 4th Genna hitmakers have managed to nab a combined eight nominations for this year's Your View Awards (YVAs) and  International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) respectively. Govana has been nominated for the YVA's 'Breakthrough Artiste of the Year', while Aidonia remains in contention for Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah', Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Favourite Carribean Artiste of the Year', Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year.  At the IRAWMAs he's been nominated for 'Deejay of the Year' and Song of the Year with 'Banga'.

From Aidonia To Spice, CJ The Chemist Has The Formula

It's said the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that he has to bet on his own ideas and takes a calculated risk to act on them, and that is exactly what producer extraordinaire CJ The Chemist has done. 

Known for composing some of the most popular singles and working with A-listers such as Aidonia and Spice. CJ, whose given name is Steve Rowe journey to the apex was never an easy feat. After spending his formative years composing rhythms for various production houses such as Heart Of Love, Lion Brothers, Garrison Inc and Vybz Kartel's former road manager the late Patrick Roach. He eventually joined forces with his childhood friend Kevin 'SK' Smith to build their own recording studio in Manley Meadow only to be forced to abort the project soon thereafter because he had to migrate to the U.S.

The migration left him detached from everything he held dear including his music. However, despite the disconnect, he was resolute in achieving his dreams and started to reconnect with his industry peers back in Jamaica notwithstanding the geographic challenges. It was only a matter of time before he secured a placement on Daville's album 'Krazy Love', composing the single 'Deh Pon Mi Mind'. This because the catalyst to start his own record label 'Chemist Records' and his persistence soon led to him recording his first single with Aidonia entitled 'U Alone', an infectious number of the ladies. The song was also featured on the Aidonia's 2015 debut EP 'Project Sweat' which received an honourable mention from Billboard Magazine.

Since then CJ has gone on to work with several noted dancehall acts including Don Andre, Razor B, Chino McGregor, Spice with 'Robot Wine', Govana's 'Melodies' and Vanessa Bling with 'Bare Clown'. Some of his other noteworthy projects include 'Gold' by Shokryme, which was featured in the 2017 Bacardi Rum Major Lazer  Music Liberates campaign, Love Touch and Mad Sitar rhythms.

Set to unveil a number of exciting projects this year the producer says he is looking to attaining even greater success in the foreseeable future. 

"There are no boundaries to the type of music that I create, my style is a mixture of genres combined together that’s why I’m the chemist. 2018 is definitely going to be an interesting year" - he added.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bugle Cancels Birthday Celebrations To Feed The Poor & Homeless [WATCH VIDEO]

Earlier this week, while members of the An9ted Entertainment family were hashing together a surprise birthday party for Rastafarian crooner Bugle. It appears he had uncovered the plot and secretly formulated his own for the special day.  

On Tuesday, January 30, the entire team was summoned to an early morning meeting only for Bugle and some core team members to reveal that there would be no celebratory shindig but instead, all the resources purchased for said would be used along with others garnered through personal and corporate donations to feed the homeless and less fortunate in the second instalment of his humanitarian initiative. 

Bugle also used the opportunity to call on several of his celebrity friends to assist in the venture all of whom were willing to lend their support. Among them were Romain Virgo, Wayne Marshall, Trotyon (Producer), Alexx A Game, Samboni, Sky Juice, Collin Hines, CD Master, Ghetto Bomb among others. 

With several hundred freshly prepared meals a few hours later, the singer and his team scoured the Corporate Area Tuesday afternoon delivering joy and hope to the penurious of our society. Culminating in Downtown Kingston in the late afternoon, Bugle became overwhelmed with emotions for a brief moment after realising the meals were finish and some people were left without. The 'Be Yourself' hitmaker ordered members of his team to take whatever monies were available and purchase meals for them. 

Recapping the day's activities after returning to his headquarters Bugle said, "My team was planning to keep a surprise party for me but I found out and decided against it. I told them all that food and drink could be put to better use too much hungry people in Jamaica for us be doing that. Maximum respect to all the personal and corporate sponsors for their donations, despite it being last minute. We give thanks."

Among the list of Corporate sponsors were CB Chicken, Lasco, Pepsi Jamaica and Seprod while personal donations came courtesy of Romain Virgo, Alley Dailey, Nashera James, Lorna Wayne Right, Aretha, Troyton, J-Cohn, Soulgie, Collin hines, Wayne Marshall and Franchise.

As stated earlier this month during the inaugural feeding exercise on New Years Day. Bugle says he wants to make this an ongoing initiative.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Strong Support For Beenie Man in Costa Rica, Deejay Apologise To Fans [WATCH VIDEO]

Considered one of Central America's biggest and most popular music festivals. The annual 'La Barra Imperial' (The Imperial Bar) is an assemblage of various ethnic groups and musical genres converging on Palmares, Costa Rica for a prodigious cultural showcase.

With over forty bands and a cadre of world-renowned entertainers including Yandel, Sebastián Yatra, Los Cafres, Afrojack, Technasia, Wisin and Víctor Manuelle; the Reggae genre was well represented over the weekend as dancehall luminary Beenie Man, one of the main headliners, kept the Jamaican banner in full flight.

Donning a black and gold Versace ensemble, the dancehall doctor delivered a phenomenal set spanning over an hour to the capacity-filled venue.  Unravelling his expansive catalogue tracks such as 'Romie, Girls Dem Sugar, Rum & Red Bull' garnered some of the night's biggest forwards. 

Closing off his set, Beenie Man thanked the almost ten thousand patrons for their unwavering support and a memorable night. 

Speaking with members of the Latin American media following his performance Beenie Man said, “Central America is one of my biggest fanbases they always show a lot of love and support for my music. So whenever the opportunity presents itself for me to perform here they can expect nothing but the absolute best from me.”

He also used the opportunity to apologise to the thousands of patrons who came out to see him but were left stranded due to overcrowding concerns despite an even bigger venue than the previous year.

"I want to thank everyone that came out and also apologise to those that weren't able to get inside the venue, hopefully, next time they'll get an even bigger venue." - Beenie added.

Event manager, Juan José Altmann and his team said, "The Artist and his band The Zagga Zow offered the Costa Rica fans a powerful show at La Barra Imperial in Palmares. Beenie Man commanded the stage show and connected with a sold-out crowd that danced, sung and enjoyed to a solid repertoire of hits from the undisputed king of dancehall. It was our first time working with him and his mgmt team and we are looking forward to developing more shows in the near future.”

Locally, the award-winning deejay is currently promoting his latest video '10 Metric Ton' featuring Stylo-G, amid working on several high profile projects slated for release in the weeks ahead.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Starface Breaks Million Mark, Set To Release New Drama-Filled Video [WATCH VIDEO]

Currently enjoying favourable rotation with her single 'No Free Love', Konsequence Music recording artiste Starface, has enlisted the services of noted production house Damaniac Visualz, who has worked with some of the biggest names locally to shoot the official video for the aforementioned. 

Set against the backdrop of the busy Kingston metropolis, the video tells a tale of two female friends and socialites living in the city. However, having contrasting lifestyles due to their mindset towards the treatment of their male counterparts.   

The visual also see's Starface exhibiting her acting skills as she portrays her alter ego in the drama-filled short film. Due for release in the coming weeks, the singer says this will mark the first of three videos slated for release in the first quarter of the new year. 

"As I said last year, I am done with all the drama. I don't want any negative energy around me for the new year. Hence, the reason I am staying clearing of certain things in entertainment. Right now we have one focus and that's putting in the work and elevating my career. We also have two additional videos coming very soon. So that is where we the focus is presently."

Meanwhile, the Denham Town native continues to see an upsurge in her career after breaking the million mark on VEVO with her previous release 'Whine Up',  produced by Cornelius Records. 

Filled with glee and optimism, Starface remains steadfast in attaining her goals and wants not only to break new boundaries but to also be a trendsetter for other women in the industry.