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Proceeds from Gramps Morgan’s new single Go to family of Trayvon Martin

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Soulful Reggae star, Gramps Morgan has taken a stance in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old boy recently killed in South Florida.  To date, the man who shot and killed Trayvon has not been charged. So in an effort to support the Martin family’s demand for justice, Dada Son is donating a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of Gramps’ new single, ‘Life Too Short’.

 

“Yes Rasta!” American-Jamaican crooner, Gramps Morgan is unleashing another anthem with his unique brand of ‘Rockaz’. His first single ‘Life Too Short’emerges from his upcoming second, solo album, Reggae Music Lives which will be released on April 24 2012, in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Penned with his brother Peetah Morgan, ‘Life Too Short’ was co-produced by Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan and keyboardist, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown (Stephen Marley). Gramps Morgan has the gift of delivering spiritually uplifting lyrics aimed precisely at the listener’s soul. Through song, Morgan reminds us to live this life while we still have it. Gramps says ‘Life Too Short’ is simply “a song of comfort”, and as a firm believer in delivering music to heal humanity, ‘Life Too Short’ raises consciousness of the fragility and sanctity of life.

Gramps Morgan’s songs and lyrics tend toward the positive in all situations, so when he belts out “…Life too short fi a stress di small things when we know Jah bless me with everything /Life too short fi a worry bout bad mind when the world a suffer from war and crime…” he means that he draws his strength from Jah/God. Believing in a greater power than self, Gramps urges the listener to stop wasting time sweating the small stuff and to let go of grudges and “bad mind” (a Jamaican idiom that refers to being envious of, or grudging someone).

 

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Gramps’ perspective on the murder of Trayvon Martin is that of a father and an American citizen. In a recent statement the Centric Soul Train nominee said: “I couldn’t imagine that ever happening to my son.” He’s speaking of his eldest, Jemere. “As a father of a 16 year old…I don’t know what I would do if I was in that situation, but I know that justice must be served.”

 

“We have been following the tragedy that has happened with Trayvon,” explains Wendy Morgan, Gramps’ manager, “and after reading a report that he was a lover of Reggae music, it humbled us to have someone of that age love our music. We wanted to do our part to pay respect to his young life and contribute to help keep Trayvon’s memory and legacy alive.”
Finding strength in the hardest of times isn’t always easy, but Gramps is reassuring people that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

‘Life Too Short’ was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Grafton Studio and Dada Son Recording Studio in Atlanta Georgia.

 

The single is now available on iTunes with a portion of the proceeds going to the family of Trayvon Martin.

 

“I’m free like a bird, Jah is my word, that means my word is love.” Gramps Morgan


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Gentleman’s Reggae Looks Beyond Germany

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Good dad, loving husband, German reggae star: Gentleman is all these things. His latest album, Diversity, with its combination of smooth roots reggae and positive dancehall is a fluorescent game of deception with the many possibilities which reggae has to offer, and in its variation of the present state it has little to do with the reigning cliches of sunshine reggae.  This, the vocalists fifth solo album features an amazing 19 songs which explore all the forms and hues that reggae music has to offer.  The 28-track deluxe edition offers an extra helping of tracks and then Gentleman even has added a few more delicacies to download.  Every collector will be in seventh heaven with quadruple vinyl and an opulent box set.  Read on…

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New Event Riddim Fridays Is The Talk of the ATL

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This Friday the 30th of March @ 10pm inside Sheba Lounge (1549 Woodcliffe Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30329) Highlanda Sound and Presise.biz would like to invite you to a special weekly event, Riddim Fridays.  RSVP for FREE ADMISSION until midnight by sending names to RSVP@EXTREMEATLANTA.COM.  Our DJs will be Mixing the Best of Reggae, Hip-Hop, Soca, R&B, and Pop.  Early Arrival Is Strongly Suggested

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‘The Finest Years’ Available For Download

By popular demand we have re-uploaded a super-clean, tracked version of ‘The Finest Years‘ CD.  Share the link.  Click Image to Download the FULL Mix.  Click here for song list and further details about the timeless classic.

Cover of 'The Finest Years' CD

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CALADO (Alliance Next Generation) SHOOTS ‘RUN’ MUSIC VIDEO FT. BOUNTY KILLER

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Alliance Next Generation artist Calado continues to surge forward as one of dancehall‘s and Bounty Killer‘s brightest young protege. Since the start of 2012 he has been doing alot of recordings aiming to penetrate the hardcore dancehall fans, yet this maybe the right formula he has been looking for, as this video will surely amass a pouring in of love from the ‘streets’. The video is an underground video but will be available for the mainstream audience as he has already penned an edited version to be released soon.

 The song titled ‘Run’, stresses on the street credibility of himself (Calado), Bounty Killer and ANG and suggests that disrespecting them in any way or form may only leave you one option, and that is to ‘RUN’!!!! The song is produced by Cannon/DreDay Records and the video is directed by Cash Flow Records.
It is expected that this underground video will create a definite buzz in the streets, youtube and on internet websites. The video should be released in another week . In extension Calado along with Bounty Killer and the entire ANG Camp would like to thank all supporters and fans who came out to support this music video shoot on March 24, 2012 at the Tarrant Playfield (Off Molynes Road) in St. Andrew.  To see exclusive photos please go to the following links
Alliance Next Generation [ANG] Official Facebook Fan Page ALLIANCE NEXT GENERATION [ANG] OFFICIAL FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
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Karamanti Gets Heavy Rotation In Africa

Jamaica based, Reggae/Dancehall recording artist, Karamanti is enjoying success in a few African countries with songs that are being well received in their respective territories.

For several months now, her song entitled “West Africa” has been somewhat of an anthem for certain communities in parts of West Africa. The song, which has received well over 15,000 you tube hits and counting, speaks of her love for, and connection with the people of West Africa.

Recently, Karamanti was asked by Ghanaian based producer, and radio personality, Strike Dee, to record a song for his production company, S-Dee Music. The outcome was a single called “African Song” that was officially released in Ghana at the beginning of March and already is getting heavy radio rotation on several commercial stations in the region. Karamanti and her team are also in talks with promoters in Ghana about the possibility of a tour before the year is out. 

Other African countries that are rapidly connecting with Karamanti’s music are Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.  Check out the “African Song” here. 

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Cherine – How We Living (Official Music Video)

‘How We Living’ is another powerful and thought provoking video from Cherine Anderson. The track was produced by Gussie Clark and Cherine and is one of the featured tracks on her latest mixtape JA9.25.

How We Living? is the question asked by Cherine, opening our eyes to some of the realities faced by many while at the same time urging listeners to “take responsibility” to overcome the struggles amidst harsh realities. This heartfelt song was cleverly penned by Cherine with assistance from Chevaughn; with each lyric commanding, inspiring and uplifting. Her mellow and soulful voice does even further justice as ‘How We Living’ takes you where street meets sweet.

With a creative and captivating outline, Cherine conceptualized and directed the video which runs more like a mini-movie. The video is compelling, a must see and will capture both hearts and minds as much as the song does.  Although the video features the struggles of a young lady, her male audience is not left out as the video creatively captures the message of the song with issues that are real and affects both men and women.

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Bass Odyssey vs. Black Kat For The World Title

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Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside — Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Hailing from the remote Jamaican territories of Saint Ann and Christiana, far from the city life of Dancehall hotbed Kingston, respectively Bass Odyssey and Black Kat have been battling over the title of Jamaica’s top country sound for years.

Now, before thousands of clash revelers at both World Clash New York R.E.S.E.T. on Saturday, April 7 (w/Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Poison Dart, Earth Ruler and David Rodigan) and World Clash Jamaica R.E.S.E.T. on Easter Monday, April 9 (w/Kilamanjaro, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, Rootsman and Code Red), these powerhouse sounds will settle the score. While the stages in New York and Jamaica will serve as battlefields, the ultimate proving ground for Bass Odyssey and Black Kat will clearly be in their homeland in front of loyal supporters at Pier One.

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Black Kat with Panther (left) Winners of Death Before Dishonor clash.

Stellar war sounds Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are synonymous with high power sound clash. Rising to prominence in the early 90′s, the sounds have cemented them selves as fixtures in the sound clash arena, generating scores of victories, a worldwide fan base and the utmost respect from fellow members of the fraternity. Known for craftily defeating legions of sounds over time, Bass Odyssey and Black Kat remain the most feared players in game. Most of today’s modern day sound systems don’t feel that they can properly reach the big leagues without facing off against these clash leaders.

It’s no secret that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are not just dynamic sounds, but also powerhouse brands. Their names carry weight, allowing them to periodically interchange and showcase team players without losing their position or credibility. Regardless of who plays the sounds, one can almost always anticipate high caliber, strategic sound clash entertainment. Bass Odyssey also excels in juggling. Boasting the role of teacher, some of today’s most prominent sound men admit to learning or studying the tactics and careers of Bass Odyssey and Black Kat front men. Historically, one of the most heralded and praised duos in the sound clash industry consisted of DJ Mark and the late, great Squingy of Bass Odyssey.

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Squingy (RIP) and DJ Mark with the UK Cup Clash trophy

Tied with 7 World Clash victories (along with “The Far East Rulers” Mighty Crown), Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are set to come head to head on two World Clash stages in April 2012. There is intense energy among fans centered on these highly anticipated face offs. Whenever, these two giants are billed for the same event, only “helter skelter” can erupt. While Bass Odyssey boldly attacks contenders with a fusion of well structured speeches and sharp music selections, Black Kat’s team often dons smiles and sneakily strikes opponents with witty warnings and well-known dub plate anthems.

No matter one’s position on who will take home the coveted World Clash R.E.S.E.T. trophies, fans are certain that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat’s showdown will be forever written in the pages of Dancehall history. For R.E.S.E.T. New York, limited tickets are available online and in select retail outlets. R.E.S.E.T. Jamaica tickets will be available at the gate only.

Which sound system will bring home the World Clash title?

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Groundation Releases “Humility” (Official Music Video) HD

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Groundation is a roots reggae band that blends elements of jazz, funk, salsa and dub.  Their genre-bending sounds provide the perfect platform for the fiery, conscious lyrics of lead singer and primary writer Harrison Stafford.

Groundation formed in 1998 when Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Marcus Urani (organ/keys/piano) and Ryan Newman (bass) met in the jazz program of California’s Sonoma State University.  Over the years, the band grew to 9-pieces including a jazz horn section, percussionists and background singers.

Groundation has released nine albums independently – collaborating with reggae legends including Don Carlos and The Congos – and developed an international following.  They tour extensively and will support “Building An Ark” with live shows in the US this fall and a music video for the focus track “Humility.”

‘Building An Ark’ is the best this group has ever sounded on record. Ours fans will feel that rare explosive energy that is Groundation with a focus on sonic quality, clarity and words of strength,” says Stafford.

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