Maxi Priest: It All Comes Back to Love

Maxi Priest guests on Reggae Lover.

 

The superstar talks about his recently released album entitled “It All Comes Back to Love.” The project was executive produced by Shaggy.
We preview the album’s title track “It All Comes Back To Love” and “My Pillow’ which sound classic.
Listen for “It’s a Summertime Vibe” feat. Bounty Killer, and Maxi’s favorite cut, “The Bridge You Burn.”
 
Also, “Cool Nuh” with Shaggy, and “Anything You Want” with Estelle and Anthony Hamilton. Maxi takes us back to his early days in East London lifting speaker boxes. The singer walks us through an evolution forged in London’s sound system scene.
 
He was the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts. There’s so much to learn from this fun conversation with the living legend, Maxi Priest.

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Ras Fraser Junior’s ‘Journey to Greatness’ (Interview) | Reggae Lover # 98

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Ras Fraser Jr discusses his new album “Journey to Greatness.”

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Find out how this multi-talented musician got his start in the business and why he feels its important to remember your roots. He offers solutions for upcoming reggae artists both in and outside of Jamaica to bump up to the next level and more.

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JAH9 KICKS OFF ‘YEAR OF 9’ (2 + 0 + 1 + 6) WORLD TOUR AND RELEASES 9MM VOL 2: PRE-ALBUM GROUNDINGS ON JAH9.COM

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Reggaeville Premieres 18-Track Mix, A Precursor to her Eagerly-Awaited Sophomore Album 9 (VP Records/Steam Chalice Records)

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Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 starts her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour, spanning North America, Europe and Africa. Her North American portion kicked off this Sat. July 23 at the Northwest World Reggae Fest in Portland and in Seattle on Sunday. Jul 24. The cross-continent run continues in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, Rochester, Ithaca, Toronto and Denver and closes at Cali’s renowned Reggae On The River festival in Humboldt County. Europe and Africa dates follow. See full tour schedule below.

Today on the road, Jah9 drops 9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings, a thought-provoking and intentional mix of originality and inspiration to gear up for her highly-anticipated sophomore album 9,  out 9/9 on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records and available for pre-order now.

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Download 9mm Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings for free on Jah9.com: 
http://www.jah9.com/jah9-9mm-vol-2

Listen/post:
https://soundcloud.com/jah9online/sets/9mm-vol-two

 

With Jah9’s lioness lyrical dexterity and soulful rich production, her authentic spirit shines on Vol. 2. Her latest offering features original, never-before-heard music including “Unafraid” (a standout track from her upcoming album addressing child molestation) and pays homage to some of Jah9’s greatest influences, both spiritually and musically.

She incorporates empowering speeches from Haile Selassie I, Ra Un Nefer Amen & Drunvalo Melcheziek, encouraging her listeners not only to journey into higher levels of consciousness, but seek out information and knowledge. She also celebrates some of her most beloved musical inspirations with one-of-a-kind covers of Nina Simone’s “Misunderstood” Tracy Chapman’s “She’s Got A Ticket,” Ras Micheal’s “New Name,” Dennis Brown’s “Blood City” and an invigorating medley of Sizzla Kalonji.

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The 18-track selection features original production from Jah9 and live instrumentation from her band The Dub Treatment including Sheldon Bernard, Janoy Ellis, Omar “Jalanzo” Johnson, Aeion Hoillet, Andrew “Chako” Edwards & Fanso Craig.  The collection is mixed & dubbed by Hasani ‘Snysh’ Williams. This part two installment follows Jah9’s 2012 9mm Vol 1: Message Music, a precursor to her debut New Name.

9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings is an introduction of what’s to come on 9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. Her self-produced sophomore album 9 is a combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality. The album’s first single “Humble Mi,” also featured on 9mm Vol 2., is available now.

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JAH9

For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation. She first caught the attention of many with a string of singles including “Avocado,” “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude,” The singer-songwriter and producer boasts a soul and jazz inflected melodicism and possesses a fiery vigor in her dynamic live shows. Jah9 is also university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated poet.

www.Jah9.com

9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings – Track Listing

  1. Fire Slaughter
  2. Avocado *9 Grams Per Serving
  3. Marijuana (prod. by Biggy Music)
  4. This is NOT a mixtape “K’nife”
  5. Listen (prod by Steam Chalice Records)
  6. Drunvalo Melchezidek
  7. Humble Mi (prod. by Lost Ark Music / Steam Chalice Records)
  8. She’s got a ticket (Tracy Chapman cover)
  9. Feeling Irie (prod by VP Records)
  10. Feme9 “K’nife”
  11. Unafraid (prod by Shamala Prod)
  12. Misunderstood (Nina Simone Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  13. Sizzla Kalonji Medley (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  14. Bloody City (prod by VP Records)
  15. H.I.M Haile Selassie I
  16. New Name (Ras Micheal Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  17. Ra Un Nefer Amen
  18. Outro – 9 “K’nife”

 

Tour Dates:

North America
July 23, 2016  ||  Portland, Oregon ||  NorthWest World Reggae Festival
July 24, 2016 || Seattle, Washington || Hale’s Ales Palladium ||
July 26, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || YOGA ON DUB
July 27, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club
July 28, 2016 || Philadelphia, PA ||  One Arts Community Center w/ Akae Beka
July 29, 2016 ||  Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge
July 30, 2016  ||  Toronto, Canada||  Island Soul Festival
July 31, 2016 || Ithaca, NY ||  Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons
August 2, 2016 || Manhattan, NYC || SOB’s
August 3, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || Mi Yard || YOGA ON DUB
August 4, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || The Roxy Theatre
August 5, 2016 || Humboldt, California || Reggae on the River

Europe
August 11, 2016 || San Vera, Italy || Dromos Festival
August 12, 2016 || Wien, Austria || Afrika Tage Festival
August 13, 2016 || Ostroda, Poland || Ostroda Reggae Festival
August 16, 2016 || Benicassim, Spain ||  Rototom Sunspash
August 17, 2016 || Brescia, Italy || Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto
August 19, 2016 || Geneva, Switzerland || Festival Plein Les Watts
August 26, 2016 || Hannovre, Germany || Pavillon Kulturzentrum w/ Sara Lugo
August 27, 2016 || Anvers, Belgium || Antwerp Reggae Festival
August 28, 2016 || Northhampshire, UK || Shambala Festival
September 3, 2016 || Chigwell, UK || One Love Sound Festival

Africa
September 9, 2016 || Nairobi, Kenya || The Alchemist
September 16, 2016 || Diani Beach, Kenya

New RAGING FYAH studio album “Everlasting” on Dub Rockers now available

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Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, the band Raging Fyah makes music that is tethered to their island’s enduring, much emulated roots rock reggae tradition yet is distinguished by an expansive vision that propels their musical journey forward.

Raging Fyah "Everlasting" artwork

Raging Fyah “Everlasting” artwork

Certain to be one of 2016’s most celebrated releases, the new album Everlasting signifies a milestone in Raging Fyah‘s career by raising the bar on their already lofty musical standards.

The challenging lyrics on Everlasting challenged what we were able to do as musicians,” says Demar. “Musically, we kept our roots but went way beyond them because there is not just one shape to fyah, it takes on different forms.”

Preview the feature single ‘Ready For Love‘ now.

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The Raging Fyah Band

The Raging Fyah Band

Raging Fyah Tour Dates
May 27th Arcata,CA w/Tarrus Riley
May 28th Moneterey, CA Meet & Greet Album Launch @ Cali Roots
May 29th Monterey, CA @ Cali Roots Festival
July 1st Germany @ Summerjam
July 3rd Belgium @ Couleur Café
July 8th Switzerland @ Rote Fabrick
July 9th Poland @ Reggaeland

Billboard named Joss Stone Reggae Artist of the Year 2015, But Here’s the Thing

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I noticed the recent uproar caused by, and massive publicity being given to Billboard Magazine, who announced their best of 2015 recently.  The initial blip that came on my radar was a Jamaica Observer article, but since then I have seen many of my peers in the reggae industry, especially those representing Jamaica, sounding off and voicing their disapproval of Billboard as if this was an objective award selection.

This controversy inspired my inquisitive mind so I did some research into Billboard Magazine’s previous year’s Reggae superlatives and found that it’s solely based on Reggae Album sales and these statistics have never been friendly to Jamaican performers.  Check the history over the past 5 years:

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

By simply visiting Billboard’s website and reviewing the rankings I saw that what happened in 2015 – a non-Jamaican crowned Artist of the Year – also happened in 2014, 2013, and so on and so forth. No one slammed the magazine when California-based reggae group Rebelution, Israel’s Matisyahu, or American rappers NAS and Snoop Lion were crowned.

If anything, Jamaican reggae artists, supporters, and the media alike should be reporting that 2015 was the best year in recent history for Jamaican reggae acts as evidenced by releases from Morgan Heritage, Protoje, Jah Cure, and Kymani Marley all selling well enough to be on the 2015 Reggae Album charts.  Yes, Joss Stone (UK) sold more, but in prior years only the Marley name could be found consistently among the top selling reggae albums reported by Billboard.

Congratulations to the aforementioned artists carrying the reggae banner in 2015.  How can we continue this resurgence of Jamaican reggae and secure a place for artists from the genre’s homeland on international music charts, and concert stages?  Start by putting your money where your mouth is.  Vote for the artist you love by buying their album.

“Urban Poet,” new album from Junior Kelly now available

Junior Kelly is back with his new album “Urban Poet” in stores October 9th.

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The 16 track album presents some of the many influences in Junior Kelly’s music; reggae, dancehall, RnB and jazz. Kelly displays a matured artistry in his voice and lyrics that has developed over his extensive recording career. The first single and video is “No Dig It Up” has over 30,000 views and growing on line.

Other features include the RnB infused “In Love,” the soul searching “Mile In My Shoe” and the Jazzy “Hooked on Mary.” Urban poet will take you on a musical high. Download the album now.

VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 to Hit Stores in July 2015

Various Artists: Reggae Gold 2015 Genre: Reggae   Label: VP Records   Release Date: 17 July 2015

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Featuring Beres Hammond, Ikaya, Queen Ifrica, Yasha, Jah Cure and more, look out for various artists compilation album Reggae Gold 2015 which VP Records has slated for a release date of July 17.

Etana’s 2014 Album “I Rise” is Absolutely Unbelievable!!

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Etana – I Rise – Artwork

Congratulations to Etana on the release of her 4th studio album ‘I Rise‘ which is quite simply a masterpiece – the best work thus far from this talented singer.  Etana’s captivating vocals shine as listeners are taken on a journey to musical heaven.

Songs like “Emancipation,” “I Rise,” and “Stepping Out of Babylon” rally the righteous troops.  There is encouragement offered in “On My Way,” while the social commentary laden “How Long” poses serious questions to the powers that be about their disregard for the underprivileged.

The sweet melodies of Etana’s powerful voice mesmerize with sultry delivery on “Love Song,” and reassuring confidence on “By Your Side.”  On the black women’s anthem “Jamaican Woman,” we are reminded that the meaning of Etana’s name itself is the strong one, while “Selassie Is The Chapel.” and “Jah Jah,” are food for the soul.

All 15 tracks were produced to perfection by the living legend Clive Hunt together with internationally acclaimed instrumentalists including the great Sly and Robbie.  I Rise would not disappoint as a gift for this holiday season and is an essential pick for and reggae collection.

Download Album on iTunes: I Rise – Etana.

Purchase Album CD on Amazon: Etana – I Rise.

Gonzo of Reggae Band TRIBAL SEEDS Releases 2nd Album “Red”

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Gonzo, aka Ryan Gonzo, the newest member of Tribal Seeds (guitar/background vocals) released his sophomore albumRed, on iTunes June 3, 2014. Fresh off his performance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, the follow up to his debut album, Rocksteady, is highly anticipated and features guest performances from E.N Young of Tribal Seeds, Pedro of True Press, Koa of Inna Vision and Beyond I Sight.Gonzo - Red - Artwork

His new album consists of nine original songs written by Gonzo and produced by himself, E.N Young and Alex Gammill. Gonzo’s vocal and songwriting skills are also featured on “Rock The Night”, “Fill It Up” and “Undercover Lover” from Tribal Seeds’ new album, Representing.

Tribal Seeds’ video for “Fill It Up” features Gonzo and has received over 66,500 views on YouTube. It has helped their new album to debut at #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Reggae Charts. Gonzo is ready to hit the road again this summer for a national tour with Tribal Seeds and head out this fall as Gonzo and Beyond I Sight to perform music from his new album, Red.

Check out the video for “Couldn’t Take My Love”:

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Reggae Artist Ed Robinson Releases His 6th Album ‘On Covers’

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In this, his sixth album entitled ‘On Covers” Ed Robinson shows his talent and creative abilities in covering some of the most legendary hits from the past two decades.

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Artwork for Reggae Artist Ed Robinson’s 6th Album ‘On Covers’

Ed Robinson has taken hits from the genres of Rock and Roll, R&B, Country as well as many others, and put his own Reggae vibe into all of the rhythms and lyrics.

As an added feature, this album included a remixed and remastered version of his 1992 award winning cover tune, ˜Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”

“On Covers” can be purchased on iTunes.

 

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