I-Octane Miami Album Release & Birthday Bash Promo CD | Reggae Lover 97

Listen to the official promo mix for I-Octane’s May 4th Miami Album Release/Birthday event.

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This is a special edition of Blackfyre Ent’s Madhouse Fridays at Club Fate, 601 Silks Run # 2499, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

I-Octane is celebrating his third full-length album “Love & Life!” Preview songs from the album “Love & Life,” including “Up to We”, “Pretty Loud (feat. J Boog)”, “Let Me Love You” and many more. Shaggy, Demarco, Yanique the Curvy Diva, Ginjah, and Romain Virgo have features on the album.

Check out “Love & Life” by I-Octane on Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and more. Stream ad-free from your desktop or mobile device, or buy CD’s and MP3s now.

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Jamaica’s Most Lyrical Female Artist Releases Video Saluting Real Rastafarians

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Karamanti, the woman many refer to as the most lyrical female in Dancehall, has just released the official video for her single FAKE RASTA. The song was released last year by Range Hill Records on the popular Rock Island Riddim (distributed by Zojak Worldwide) which also features the likes of Demarco and Jah Vinci.   Karamanti’s song questions the lifestyle of many who say they are Rastafarians while simultaneously engaging in practices and belief patterns that are contrary to traditional African lifestyle. While doing so, it also pays respect to the few authentic Rastafarians who are still locked on to ancient African cultures and traditions.    The video for FAKE RASTA was shot entirely in Kingston, Jamaica with only one or two scenes taken from Karamanti’s most recent tour in Denmark. Though it was directed by Karamanti, all scenes were shot by MJE and editing was done by Ramon Lindsay. The video can be viewed on Karamanti’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuH39bSAEs   Anyone wanting to work with Karamanti may contact her management team via her website at www.karamantimusic.com

Karamanti – ‘Fake Rasta’ Official Music Video Released

Karamanti, the woman many refer to as the most lyrical female in Dancehall, has just released the official video for her single FAKE RASTA. The song was released last year by Range Hill Records on the popular Rock Island Riddim (distributed by Zojak Worldwide) which also features the likes of Demarco and Jah Vinci.

Karamanti’s song questions the lifestyle of many who say they are Rastafarians while simultaneously engaging in practices and belief patterns that are contrary to traditional African lifestyle. While doing so, it also pays respect to the few authentic Rastafarians who are still locked on to ancient African cultures and traditions.

The video for FAKE RASTA was shot entirely in Kingston, Jamaica with only one or two scenes taken from Karamanti’s most recent tour in Denmark. Though it was directed by Karamanti, all scenes were shot by MJE and editing was done by Ramon Lindsay. The video can be viewed on Karamanti’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuH39bSAEs

Anyone wanting to work with Karamanti may contact her management team via her website at www.karamantimusic.com

13th Annual Easter Weekend Bash “ILLUSION” with Demarco + Mighty Crown

The 13th Annual Easter Weekend Bash ✨#ILLUSION✨ Starring @DemarcoDaDon Live in Concert + The Return of "The Far East Rulers" @MightyCrown on Sat. April 19th 2014 at @ClubPisces ▶️Music by #MightyCrown l @JohnWayneMovements @Jugglaatl l @DJChigga l #DJAMstar ▶️Get $30 Presold Tickets online: www.unitecentertainment.com ▶️For more info: 678-559-8993 or log on to www.unitecentertainment.com  #unitecevents #clubpisces #dancehall #reggae #demarco #illusion #mightycrown #atlantadancehall #atlantanightlife

The 13th Annual Easter Weekend Bash ✨#ILLUSION✨ Starring @DemarcoDaDon

The 13th Annual Easter Weekend Bash “ILLUSION” Starring @DemarcoDaDon Live in Concert + The Return of “The Far East Rulers” @MightyCrown on Sat. April 19th 2014 at @ClubPisces

Music by #MightyCrown l @JohnWayneMovements @Jugglaatl l @DJChigga l #DJAMstar

Get $30 Presold Tickets online: http://www.unitecentertainment.com

For more info: 678-559-8993 or log on to http://www.unitecentertainment.com

 

Soca Vs Reggae 2013 Highlights in Bermuda‏

Check out this video for highlights from an Interview with Bunji Garlin and Demarco at Vibe 103 FM and just a small sample of the Soca Vibes at this years Soca vs Reggae in Bermuda!

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Tad’s Record Brings the Year’s Biggest Hits with The Ultimate 2013

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Tad’s Record brings the heat with this year’s hottest dancehall songs, all on one album, with their latest release The Ultimate 2013 – Various Artists, available worldwide on June 25, 2013, with pre-order available now.

Featuring the biggest names in dancehall music currently, The Ultimate 2013 sets the soundtrack for the year and is the only album where you will find all of your favorite new dancehall tunes.

The physical album boasts 26 sizzling singles, and the digital album contains 36 tracks, 10 of them being raw or explicit versions of singles from the physical album.

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“The Ultimate 2013 is the latest release of our flagship ‘Various Artists’ compilation albums,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “It is the sixth production and we truly believe that it is the best yet.”

This installment of the critically acclaimed compilation features dancehall juggernauts Mavado, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Buju Banton, Konshens, Demarco, Aidonia, Fambo, Ninja Man and new sensation Chronixx, among others.

It spotlights recent dancehall hits such as “Live My Life” by Mavado, “Gal A Gimmi Bun” by I-Octane, “Judgment” by Chronixx and “Lighter” by Vybz Kartel, along with an extend playlist of other dancehall staples to keep the party going all year long.

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“The Ultimate 2012 received rave reviews, especially since it featured major acts such as Baby Cham, but The Ultimate 2013 has topped that by featuring new singing sensation Chronixx,” discloses Dawkins. “Each year we endeavor to live up to our tag line of providing ‘the ultimate reggae experience’ and we are confidently satisfied in the job that we have been doing thus far.”

The Ultimate 2013 will be available worldwide on June 25, 2013 from all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, from Tad’s Record. Pre-order of the album is available now. For more information, please visit tadsrecord.com.

 

Standing Soldier Demarco

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COLLIN ‘DEMARCO’ EDWARDS

As an artiste in the music industry, having a name that means ‘greatest lover’ leaves one to think that this person is a calm, soulful singer. But, with hit songs like Falling Soldiers and Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, one would have to think twice when it comes to 25-year-old singjay and producer Collin ‘Demarco’ Edwards.

When TEENage asked him why that name, with a boyish smile on his face he replied: “Well it means greatest lover still, also mi middle name is Demar and the ‘Co’ stems from my first name.”

Only seven years in the music industry and Demarco has already made his mark locally and internationally. Doing collaborations with artistes like Foxy Brown (Dreams); Free, ex-presenter of BET’s 106 & Park; Elephant Man (Over World), Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Spice and Assassin, one could say he’s very versatile.

Demarco was not a model student, though he passed the Common Entrance Examinations for the school of his choice, Ardenne High. While at school he developed friendships with some ‘bad company’, he said, and that got him expelled. The same thing happened at Bridgeport High School.

His mother, who was abroad at the time, heard of her son’s reprehensible behaviour and promptly sent for him. At 16, Demarco migrated to the United States to live with his mother, unsure of what the future would hold for him there. Then along came music. His mother was, surprisingly, fully supportive of his efforts as a sinjay and producer.

Being a producer, he experiences the ups and downs of the music industry. Therefore, when he returned to Jamaica in December 2005, to finish what he started abroad, Demarco had no problem fitting into the Jamaican style of music management. Having signed to Starcut Records only good things are expected from this artiste.

TEENage later asked him what inspired him to write the song that got the most forward over the festive season, Falling Soldiers.

“A lot of my friends died so that was my main inspiration. Big up di people dem weh guaad mi,” said the singjay, who admires Lady Saw to the max.

TEENage then got ‘a little’ personal with the male singer and asked him about his personal life. With a smile that could calm any hurricane, he proudly speaks of his only child, “My daughter is the only one inna mi life”, he said, as the TEENage team looked on in anticipation. If only every man was like this about their child, one thought.

With the country’s high crime rate, Demarco feels that more conscious music will make a change. He hopes his song Betta Jamaica will have a positive effect on the crime rate.

When TEENage asked him if he was comfortable with present happenings in the music industry, he had this to say: “People start accepting the young artiste in the music business now, so it’s going positive.”

TEENage wants to thank Demarco for leaving a positive impact on dancehall music and wishes him all the best with his future plans.

SOURCE: Jamaicaobserver.com

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Dancehall Now Episode 15 is here!

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Dancehall Now Episode 15 features new Busy Signal, Daville, Vybez Cartel, Serani, Beenie Man ,and Baby Cham to name a few.  Listen or Download now.

Right Click the media file link and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now.  We sincerely hope you enjoy!  Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment right here.  If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.


Dancehall Now Episode 15

1  Sweep Da Floor (Pop Champagne Remix) – Elephant Man
2  Sort Dem Out – Demarco
3  Nothing To Smile About – Morgan Heritage
4  Love of A Lifetime – Alaine
5  Bullet – DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross & Baby Cham
6  Ramping Shop – Vybez Kartel feat. Spice
7  Last Man Standing – Vybez Kartel
8  I’ll Be Your Best Friend – Daville
9  Nikki Burt – Make Ends Meet
10 All I Need – Shurwayne Winchester/Serani
11 Mek Noise – Erupt
12 Money Tree – Busy Signal
13 Time To Shine – Laden
14 People Want Change (Roots) – Capleton feat. Obama
15 Single Ladies Remix – Beyonce feat. Buju Banton
16 Gimme Gimme Gimme – Beenie Man
17 Make Her Stamma – Busy Signal
18 Jah Jah See Dem A Come – Sugar Roy, Conrad Crystal and Gyptian
19 Girl I Want You (Soca Road Remix) – Serani
20 Missing Your Love – Wesley Diamond
21 Tonight Is Yours – Daville
22 Crying Out – Duane Stephenson

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Greensleeves Reggae Label Finally Posts A Profit

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Greensleeves Records and Publishing, the Middlesex, UK-based reggae recording label, reported it’s first profit in years. Greensleeves’ new president Olivier Chastain, explained that the profits were due to increased sales and business improvements such as office consolidations, outsourced distribution, and reissuing sections of the label’s back catalog. The news is seen as a possible revival in a previously-shrinking reggae industry.

“The main focus has been to improve sales and marketing. This has brought the company back to profitability since June (even though we have a lot of liabilities dating back to [our previous ownership by UK-based Zest Group] to cover),” said Chastain in an exclusive interview with Splash.

The declaration was made a mere 5 months after rival VP Records acquired Greensleeves from the Zest Group in February 2008. Zest sold Greensleeves at a loss of £738,000 since it’s purchase of the label in 2006, even though the Greensleeves catalog had grown during the 2 years of ownership.

Administrative costs led to much of the label’s losses under Zest; as part of the VP acquisition, Greensleeve’s US and Japan offices were merged with VP. Chastain himself was previously the head of marketing at VP and was promoted to his new role during the labels’ merger.

Greensleeves is the world’s largest reggae publisher, selling reggae hits in the US, Japan, France, Germany, Benelux, Canada and Scandinavia. The label’s back catalogue includes 400 albums and 900 singles, and they intend to reissue as many as possible, according to Chastain: “We invested in a major catalogue reissue programme to ensure that all of the back-catalogue is available for sale; we started putting out new products such as Fantan Mojah‘s new album or Sizzla‘s Best Of.”

The Greensleeves hit list is long and growing: in addition to past successes such as Elephant Man‘s first 3 albums, Ward 21, and Vybz Kartel‘s 2004 debut, the label has signed new deals with current reggae and dancehall artistes such as Busy Signal and Etana.

Chastain is cautiously optimistic about the label’s turnaround, declaring that “it will take a year or so to start seeing concrete results but the early signs are extremely positive. On the music publishing front, we signed a lot of writers to Greensleeves Publishing (Llamar Brown, Busy Signal, Etana, Shane Brown, Fantan Mojah, Demarco, to name a few), changed some of our administration deals internationally, invested heavily in marketing the catalogue and changed our internal computer/royalty management software.”

The infusion of Queens, New York-based VP Records’ strong management style seems to be living up to their slogan of “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music.” VP Records also owns the 17 North Parade label that has made frequent appearances on this site.

Via the Jamaica Observer.

More people listen to dancehall now

On this week’s show we feature more new music of course and yes, more people are listening.  Check the playlist below and here’s the direct link to the new show. You can right-click and Save As to download the file, or just left-click to listen now: http://stuff.highlanda.net/rss/podcast/s2/Dancehall_Now_Episode_3.mp3

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Dancehall Now Episode 3
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:08 AM

1   Need You Bad – Jazmine Sullivan
2   Jail – Busy Signal
3   Real Jamaican – Mykal Rose featuring Busy Signal
4   Me Nuh Give a – Timberlee
5   Gal dem tired – Buju Banton
6   Gal A You – Demarco
7   Hand up – Determine
8   Style Dem – General B
9   Know Long Time – Zebra
10  Love LockDown – Kanye West
11  So Special – Mavado
12  Kill Dem All – Bounty Killer
13  I Can Feel Your Pain – Gyptian
14  In Your Eyes – Sanchez
15  She Loves Me – Serani
16  The Mission – Stephen Marley featuring Damian Marley
17  We Need Barack – Mavado featuting Barack Obama
18  Nuh Linga – Elephant Man
19  Long Distance Girlfriend – Heavy D
20  Money Fi Spend – Vybes Kartel
21  Keep It To Yourself – Queen Ifrica
22  The Way You Make Me Feel – Serani
23  Street Life – K, Salaam featuring Trey Songz & Buju Banton
24  100 Stab – Aidonia
25  Tic Toc – Busy Signal
26  I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
27  Barack Obama – Cocoa Tea