Dancehall Now featuring Charly Black – PODCAST Now Available



This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for February 2011 featuring the very latest dancehall and soca music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

This episode includes live footage from Highlanda’s Dancehall Now Radio Show (Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on and in which dancehall recording artist Charly Black talks with SuperPEC about idolizing Bass Odyssey selector Squingy as a youth, representing his hometown in Jamaica, Trelawny, and always defending the ladies. During this energetic interview Charly Black introduces and talks about the motivation behind his new singles, Fall In Love Again, and No Live No Where.

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Gramps Rocks Tortola With Soothing Performance

Jamaican, Roy `Gramps´ Morgan delivered a stunning performance during the HLSCC’s Reggae Showcase on Saturday evening. The talented reggae singer displayed his flexibility as a solo act, using his rich deep-based voice that has made him stand out when performing with his siblings in the popular Morgan Heritage band.

Gracing the stage in a tightly worn suit vest, tie and jeans, Gramps wasted no time in letting the crowd know that his lyrics and music were smooth and mellow – the type that has been overpowered by dancehall music in recent years.

The show was part of the 16th season of the college’s Performing Arts Series.

His opening number, `When I Come Home´, set the tone for what was to come, and what followed was smoother, sensual reggae music as the reggae singer interacted with the audience, sharing relationship advice and the importance of love amid his songs.

He immediately recognized his surroundings. “We are going to have a nice mellow show. We don´t have any big speakers to blow you away,” Gramps told the audience.

Asserting himself with the microphone, Gramps dipped into his debut solo album, `Two Sides of My Heart Volume I´. He noted that Africa is going through a hard time and asked that people to continue to pray for its people. The call came as he sang `Time´, which called for black people to unite. He then continued his call for unity as his voice melted over `All Together´, another track from his debut album.

He told the audience that the reason he came to Tortola was to show that there are still good men in the world. He urged that people make peace and not war, while acknowledging various conflicts taking place globally, including Egypt.

“Look around…bird ah drop from sky and fish ah run from sea. These are serious times,” Gramps stated.

Mixing the rhythms of sensual soul music, including `Let Me Love You Down´, Gramps proved that he was able to mix and match music from different genres and timelines. He told the crowd that his father has 30 children and that they were all alive and not in prison.

In the second half of his show, Gramps could not resist the keyboard, which he plays when Morgan Heritage performs. Sitting at the piano at centre stage, Gramps turned to more conscious selections, including `Down by the River´. `She´s Still Loving Me´ was his next song and surprisingly, Gramps wanted more of Tortola as he took off his dark sunglasses, much to the approval of the female fans in the sold-out audience.

“I got to come back to a terrible (powerful) sound system where you can feel the base. Tell Lime it’s not enough, you have to bring Gramps back,” the reggae singer asserted.

Gramps paid homage to Tortola as he performed for the first time in the Caribbean, `The Almighty´, a song with a dancehall flare to it that features Buju Banton. Gramps then moved to a spiritual rendition of `Psalms 23´ which he had collaborated with Banton a few years ago. During the song, Gramps urged the audience to pray for Banton, who is facing drug related charges and is expected back in court this week.

To end his performance, Gramps sang `Wash the Tears´.

Gramps left the stage, but not before promising to return to Tortola and to let fans know that Morgan Heritage will resume touring together next year. Following the show, Gramps met, greeted and signed autographs with fans, who waited patiently for their up close and personal rendezvous with the international singer.

He is one of the legendary Denroy Morgan´s 17 sons, who, at the tender age of nine, became a member of the family band. However, his father has always believed that the children will one day embark on their own journey to achieve solo stardom. Now it appears that one family member´s solo journey has begun.

A burgeoning solo artist, Morgan is on a mission to reinvent himself. At a time when reggae music is in a state of dejection and dancehall lyrics are redundant with nothing but a cache of clichés, slangs and slogans, he feels it is the right time to go solo.

His first official single, “Wash the Tears,” came shortly after this decision and it was a mega hit, debuting at Number Eight on Italy´s Top 20 Singles Chart. The song was composed, written and produced by “Gramps” on his Dada Son Entertainment label, a subsidiary of the Morgan family´s Gedion Music Group.

With the interest of both his fans and critics now to his advantage, Mr. Morgan announced the launch of his debut album, “Two Sides of my Heart (Volume I),” in 2009 and began making preparations to introduce himself to the world.

Once released, the album topped reggae album charts in several regions including Jamaica, Europe, and sections of the United States, including New York and Florida.

The album also received rave reviews from a number of prominent websites and print publications worldwide and earned “Gramps” the Album of the Year award at the 6th Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment Award Ceremony.

As an artist, Morgan is dedicated to conscious roots reggae and lovers rock. As Chief Executive Officer of Dada Son Entertainment, he plans to brand the label through multimedia ventures, including independent films and the internet. In addition, to his solo musical pursuits and production, he also manages the company´s roster of artists.

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US King Of Comedy To Host 7th Annual EME Awards in Jamaica


US based Jamerican king of comedy Raymond 'Rayzor' Davis

US based comedian Raymond ‘Rayzor’ Davis, whose rise from struggling local comic in the 1990s to national touring act with an HBO appearance will co-host the 7th annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, event founder Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess said in a recent statement. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 12 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road, Kingston. Razor joins rapper Trina – who was previously announced as an “International Friend of Reggae” honoree – as the second international superstars slated to perform at the EME’s this year.

An enthusiastic-sounding Burgess said, “Rayzor’s popularity is very well known and documented. The EME’s got lucky, in that an appearance that he had alongside Cedric The Entertainer was rescheduled. We are extremely happy that this top class comedian, who has such strong Jamaican connection and international appeal will join us this year…People are gonna be in stitches!”

Davis, who was born in Brooklyn N.Y., said “I am very happy and honored to be asked to host Jamaica’s most prestigious music award show.”

Razor’s first attempt at a career as a comedian was at an audition for “In Living Color,” an American television series which originally ran on the Fox Network in the USA from April 15, 1990 to May 19, 1994.

“My friends and family got on me,” he recalls. “They said, ‘You don’t try out, we don’t want to hear no more jokes from you. That’s it.”

He didn’t get the callback he was hoping for but the audition changed the course of his life forever. After years of honing his craft at Studio 183 in Carol City, he took his act on the road in June 2005 with a knockout five-minute set on the HBO stand up series “P Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy.” He has since toured nationally and have appeared in music videos for international superstars like Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, Trina, Ludacris and Fat Joe. Last month, he headlined the Palm Beach Improv and can be found at poetry nights at South Florida venues such as Jade in Miami Beach and the Kola Nut Cafe in North Miami Beach. His new CD, “Sh.. on Digital” was recently released to rave reviews. He is also set to star in the upcoming independent film “Life of the Party,” a mockumentary set in South Beach. The EME Awards in Jamaica will be another big feather in his cap and he is all too excited to make a positive impact.

“I know that if my mother were still here, she would be overjoyed that her son was offered an opportunity to host a major event in Jamaica. I relishes the opportinity to do this show as I have never done anything of this magnitude in Jamaica before. I have done a few private performances within the hotel circuit but nothing as grand as the EME’s!” he said.

The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will again recognize the top performers within the Jamaican Recording Industry. Awards will be handed out in approximately 30 categories including DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year among others. Winners will be determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown (Charts), votes via texts and votes at the website

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