No Music No Vote – Reactions to the Noise Abatement Act

The “No Music No Vote” campaign is one of the Jamaican entertainment industry’s responses to the Noise Abatement Act. The law, originally passed in 1997, recently became stricter. Now all events have to lock off by midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on the weekend.

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Topics Covered:
  • The far-reaching implications of the Noise Abatement Act.
  • Responses from key entertainment industry players.
  • Responses from various government officials.
  • Potential solutions and “silver linings”.
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Women In Reggae (Selectors Edition)

London Based DJ AYITO schools the Reggae Lover team on the Roots, Dub, and Steppas scene in the U.K. plus her journey as a rising female selector in a male-dominated industry.

“No matter what I go through, no matter how bad my day… as soon as I play [Reggae] music it just takes away all of the pain. It doesn’t only take the pain away, it just replaces it with pure joy and bliss. It’s a spiritual thing for me. I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I think this is the closest I can get to meeting God. It’s that feeling that [Reggae] injects in me.” ~ AYITO

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Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Ayito’s roots with Unit 137 Sound System.
  • Reggae lover journey and early influences.
  • The lack of female artists (especially selectors) in the scene.
  • How she’s pushing for a change and inspiring other women.
  • The message that reggae music conveys
  • Lion Vibes Record Shop monthly Chart Show

You can see more of what DJ AYITO is up to here.

Lt. Stitchie’s 2016 Euro Tour – January 28th To March 16th

Lt. Stitchie’s 2016 Euro Tour – January 28th To March 16th

Dancehall reggae gospel performer, Lieutenant Stitchie on stage.

Jam Link International will be hosting the governor of the dancehall, Lt. Stitchie, in Europe from January 28th through to March 16th. Though The Lieutenant already has confirmed dates in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Aarhus and several other cities, there are still some open dates that need to be filled. As such, venue operators and booking agents are being asked to contact Jam Link Intl. at jamlinkintl@gmail.com for information about Stitchie’s availability.

Hot off his UK tour, where he completely captivated audiences at big events such as Hootananny Brixton, Faith Chapel in London, Crystal Palace, Glory House and even Feltham Youth Prison, where he ministered to young offenders, Lt. Stitchie is promising a tour like no other. When asked what his fans in Europe can expect, he said:

“my last appearance in Europe was in 2013 so I am going there with vengeance to unleash a barrage of my old catalogue plus my new music.”

Read Lt. Stitchie’s biography here.

The Mighty Diamonds: Reggae Anthology: Pass The Knowledge

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As one of the major cornerstones of the roots reggae movement, The Mighty Diamonds have maintained a consistent message of love and unity.  Download the new Reggae Anthology: Pass the Knowledge – The Mighty Diamonds which features hits and non-album classic material.

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Comprised of lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw and harmony vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, the trio is widely-known for their smooth harmonies and choreographed stage shows inspired by 1960s Motown vocal groups like The Temptations, The Stylistics, The Impressions and The Delfonics and as well as Jamaican rocksteady artists like John Holt and Ken Boothe.  With over 40 albums under their belt, the long-time friends formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston and continue to record and tour together today.

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SNOOP LION – “LIGHTERS UP FT. MAVADO & POPCAAN (BENNY PAGE REMIX)”

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Benny Page releases a free download of his new official remix of Snoop Lion’s “Lighters Up,” ahead of preparing his 1st studio album.

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This remix adds to his catalogue of major artist remixes for the likes of Gyptian, B.o.B, Nas, Jessie J and Tinnie Tempah.

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UK producer and DJ, Benny Page is currently preparing studio sessions in both the UK and Jamaica for his 1st studio album.

The eclectic sounds of the album draw from influences ranging from dancehall to trap, reggae to drum & bass and dubstep, and is being voiced by some of the finest upcoming and established dancehall and reggae talent from around the world.

Presently Benny’s management is scouting for any vocal artists interested in being part of the project. To get involved please contact his management at hal@geejam.com.

 

Gala Offers Insight To Black British Music Culture, September 5, 2012, Canada

 

The 7th CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase opens on Wednesday September 5, 2012, with a Gala Launch and the Canadian Premiere of the internationally celebrated Black British music documentary, The Story of Lover’s Rock.

The event kicks off with a reception at Harbourfront’s Lakeshore Terrace, sponsored by the Toronto Consulate of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, and featuring a live performance by Kobo Town a young “ole time kaiso” band led by Trinidadian Drew Gonzalez.

The Story of Lover’s Rock has already screened to sold out audiences in Great Britain, as well as to full houses at New York’s African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and earlier this year at the 3rd annual CaribbeanTales in Barbados.

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‘JA9.25’ Mixtape from Cherine Anderson Free Download

Just in time for the London 2012 Olympics, Dancehall Soldiers present a brand new mixtape dedicated to the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and the Jamaican Olympians entitled JA9.25 Featured is the Queen of Dancehall-Soul, CHERINE.  Click image to download your copy today.

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Toronto Songbird Tanya Mullings To Host Internet Radio Show

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Atlanta: After having conquered so many feats in the entertainment industry, multi award winning reggae singer Tanya Mullings is now ready to take on a new challenge – her own radio program (The Tanya Mullings Show) – on Atlanta based www.daflavaradio.com.

Mullings, who got her break on radio co-hosting the popular “Rebel Vibez” on CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto with her sister Carrie Mullings will join an all celebrity cast that includes Gramps Morgan, Diva Nikki Z, Kevy Kev, Soca DJ Choice One MD, Jah Prince, DJ Rifa Madness, Highlanda Sound and Rico Vibes. Her first show will air live from the Da Flava studios on Thursday July 1st from noon – 3pm and every Thursday thereafter.

“This is a chance of a life time” she told station owner Rico Vibes when he first contacted her about hosting a show.

“I feel honored to be invited to be part of the Da Flava radio family and I’m looking forward to this journey. For those who know me, you always see me blogging for other artist…these are artists I feel need to be heard and that’s what I plan to bring to my radio show. It’s all about bringing the people good reggae music. I truly like what the station brings to the table and how they support artists. And myself as an artist, it feels really good to have the opportunity to help others. To my fans, I hope you enjoy the show and thanks as always for the love and support you’ve given me all these years” she said with tears of joy streaming down her face.

In the 21 years since she has been involved in the industry, Tanya has released four albums with the most prestigious producers in the industry covering all sub-genres of reggae and R&B.

“My love for music was inspired by my father, the late Karl Mullings who managed my career along with the late Jackie Mittoo, Lynn Taitt and Hopeton Lewis” she recalls.

Her musical journey has taken her to international festivals like Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica; the Montreal International Reggae Festival & the Calgary International Reggae Festival in Canada; North America‘s premier rIrie Jamboree and Madison Square Gardens in New York; Hard Rock Live in Orlando FL and Brixton Academy in London England. She has won various industry awards including the Top International Reggae Artist (2010), International Reggae and World Music Award (2009), fourteen Canadian Reggae Music Awards, seven Caribbean Crucible Awards, two Reggae Music Achievement Awards. She was also nominated five times for the prestigious Juno Awards in Canada (Grammy equivalent) and was presented with the Citizens Award for the Arts by the City of Brampton in Ontario, Canada.

In 2004 her hit songs ‘A Love Thang’ by multi platinum producer Bobby “Digital” and ‘Love and Affection,’ were featured on the television pilot “Da Kink In My Hair” which was produced and directed by Tonya Lee Williams of the Young and the Restless. While working on her fourth album “Music Is My Life” which featured Morgan Heritage, Tanto Metro, Craig T and Mega Banton, her father passed away but Tanya found the strength to complete the album with the help of producers Bobby Digital, Dalton Browne, “Computer” Paul, Morgan Heritage, Devonte, Patrick Roberts, Danny Browne, Byron Bobby Treasure, Robert Browne and Dubmatix. With her new stint on radio, Tanya is ready to prove she is not just a rising star but a star that has risen.

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Destra Garcia makes New York HOTT With New Album

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destra-with-jabbaInternational soca star Destra Garcia successfully launched her latest studio effort, HOTT, in Manhattan last Saturday, April 25, 2009. A sold-out crowd packed SOB’s, as New York City‘s premier nightlife promotions team – Upscale Crowd Entertainment and Caribbean Fuse – presented the launch of her sixth album to longtime and new fans.

The versatile vocalist, songwriter and performer did not disappoint the packed Manhattan venue. Without her Atlantik band and joined by only two of her dancers, Destra drove the crowd into a bacchanal frenzy. With rags, flags and shirts waving in the air, she thrilled them with her soca staples like “Carnival” and “Bonnie & Clyde,” and new hits from the album, including the title track “Hott,” and “Bacchanal.”

HOTT is a brilliant introduction to who Destra is, for those who are unfamiliar with her, and is a must-have addition to the ‘Destra’ collection for
fans and soca-lovers everywhere. “I think this album shows growth as a performing artist – a combination of my musical styles and versatility – past, present and future,” discloses soca’s ultimate female ambassador. Boasting 10 sizzling tracks, HOTT is poised to take soca fans by storm as Destra brings this indigenous sound of the southern Caribbean to music aficionados around the world.

She will first hit the masses at the Best of the Best concert in Miami in May, where she’ll share the stage with Rick Ross and T-Pain, and represent as the only soca act on the dancehall/hip-hop bill. Her tour dates for the summer include stops to celebrate Caribana in Toronto, Crop Over in Barbados, and Notting Hill Carnival in London, just to name a few of the world’s biggest music festivals.

While in New York, Destra met with members of the media, including TRACE TV, was featured on Irie Jam Radio and on New York’s urban mainstream giant HOT97, with Jabba, D Life and Bobby Konders. She also headlined at PACE University last Friday, then shocked the crowd at Caribbean Fridays at Club Element with an impromptu performance.

Celebrating 10 years in the business, Destra revealed she is ready to move forward, accepting new challenges with the aid of musical skills already acquired. And if this album celebration proved anything, it is that Destra’s fans are ready to join her journey, wherever she goes. The club was filled to capacity hours before she hit the stage at 3am, and promoters say they had to turn away almost 500 people. “This is the best experience I’ve had in New York, in all the years I’ve been coming here,” stated an exorbitant Destra, following her rousing showcase. “From the sold-out crowd in the club to the radio interviews and meeting with the media and fans, it definitely was my best trip here.”

For those who missed the soca queen in action, she will be back in New York in late May. Tune in to her new singles and tour dates by visiting www.myspace.com/officialdestragarcia or www.mydestra.com.

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Amy Winehouse ditches Soul for Reggae

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(March 23) – Amy Winehouse recorded a lot of music during her Caribbean holiday — but you may not hear any of it.

According to The Sun, the ‘Rehabsinger changed her style from soul to reggae, and music executives aren’t happy.
“Amy was very productive during her stay in St Lucia. She wrote a hell of a lot of songs, but the majority of them just aren’t hitting the mark,” a source says.
“She seems to have ditched her trademark vintage soul sound and is now heavily influenced by reggae.   Her bosses don’t think it’s a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that,” the source adds.

The troubled star’s lyrics are also causing some heads to turn.
“The lyrics are very dark indeed,” an insider tells the British tabloid.

The focus of her music seems to be her split from her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.
“In the past, she’s written frequently about broken hearts and boyfriends, but this time round she’s delving into harrowing terrain,” the insider says.

Whatever Amy does next is crucial to her career.
“If she puts out a record that is in any way half-baked, that could severely damage her long-term prospects, so everyone’s focus at the minute is getting it right, even if that means telling Amy some things she probably won’t want to hear.

Personally, I always thought she had a  good voice and wondered what she would sound like over some rubadub riddims. 

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