Rub-A-Dub ATL and WildPitch host Dubwise Atlanta presented by Kings with Style featuring Yaadcore with Protoje live from Kingston, Jamaica, alongside Aba Shaka and Farinheits Creation.
Look out for RUB-A-DUB ATL (reggae music) at Wildpitch Music Hall (255 Trinity Ave, ATL) every month (Second Sundays).
Kings With Style presents: live from Kingston, Jamaica, DUBWISE Atlanta featuring Yaadcore (#dubwisejamaica) with Protoje performing inna sound system style.
Karamanti has just released the official video for her single “Don’t Give Up,” recorded on the Missing Piece Riddim by Rhome Records.
The Riddim also features Khago, Teflon and several other Jamaican artists and it was released in September of 2015 and distributed globally by 21st Hapilos Distribution.
“Don’t Give Up” is a motivational track that would be classified as Caribbean pop (though it has a very strong dancehall sound). A few scenes for the video were shot in Ontario, Canada, while others were done in Kingston, Jamaica. Unlike most music videos, “Don’t Give Up” does not have any actors, instead, real, everyday people were asked about their dreams, obstacles and determination, or lack thereof. After sharing their story, they were followed with a camera so that the public could get a glimpse into their struggles and their commitment to not giving up.
Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOmCjmoHc-0
Download “Don’t Give UP” mp3 here: http://tinyurl.com/zpdwgpz
Karamanti’s twitter is @Karamanti
Rhome Records twitter is @DJ_Rhome
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.
“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.
Order the Everlasting album NOW.
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
The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series returns May 15, 2016. Be uplifted, and healed with conscious musical performances by Julie Dexter, the BRAP Band, and Highlanda Sound System.
This takes place Sunday May 15th @wrensnestatl. Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm. $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE). Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance. Click here for tickets/information.
Michael ‘Que’ Nugent, an engineer/producer who has done work with artists such as Sizzla Kalonji, Lt. Stitchie and many other great Jamaican acts, has re-entered the music business after a very long hiatus.
Que, as he is affectionately called by his colleagues in the industry, this week, released the “Cyber World Riddim.” This is a four track compilation featuring Omar Perry, son of the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Karamanti, Tasha T and Blessed. The songs are currently only available to disc-jockeys as the official digital retail date has not yet been announced.
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:
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.