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.

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New Strictly Roots Album from Morgan Heritage, The Royal Family of Reggae

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The Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage, have released their newest album, Strictly Roots. The album, which has been available for pre-order since March 10th, 2015, has reached #1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart, and the first single, “Perform And Done” has received substantial rotation on commercial radio. The album is available in retail stores nationwide including Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble. Purchase Strictly Roots on iTunes, here: http://apple.co/1zzk8II or on Amazon, here: http://amzn.to/1OyYCe8.

The sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals), is undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces on the global stage. Guided by sheer acumen and a passionate desire to make their already rich musical legacy even more impactful, Morgan Heritage, after much deliberation and contemplation, triumphantly delivers their latest album exclusively on their very own label CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group.

Strictly Roots features a wide variety of guest performers including platinum selling pop/dancehall phenomenon, Shaggy; American reggae and R&B vocalist, J Boog; third generation ambassadors from the Morgan and Marley families, Jemere Morgan and Jo Mersa Marley; reggae sensation, Chronixx; lead singer Eric Rachmany from rock, world and reggae band, Rebelution; and Bobby Lee from the American Grammy-nominated pop reggae band, SOJA.

Morgan Heritage recently premiered “Wanna Be Loved” (ft. Eric Rachmany of Rebelution) with ThePier.org. On working with Morgan Heritage, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution told ThePier.org, “It’s an honor to collaborate with Morgan Heritage. In my eyes they are one of the best Reggae bands of all time. Their style is like no other out there and their story is remarkable. They sent me ‘Wanna Be Loved’ and I immediately connected with the concept that each and every one simply wants to be loved for who they are.” In addition, Morgan Heritage previously partnered with Billboard.com to premiere the video for their first single, “Perform And Done,” as well as working with Yahoo! Music to premiere “So Amazing,” the second single off the album.

Regarding the album, Una Morgan states, “We are thankful that the first album we’ve released as an independent label has been received so well. We hope our independent efforts will be an additional example for others to continue follow.”

Morgan Heritage, which has established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, is currently on tour in support of Strictly Roots. The tour also features third generation ambassador from the Morgan family, Jemere Morgan, as a special guest. In addition, Oxfam, an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries, will be on site for select shows on the Strictly Roots tour. Regarding the partnership, Oxfam’s Outreach Project Manager, Bob Ferguson, added, “Oxfam America is pleased to be joining forces with Morgan Heritage and their fans to help right the wrongs of poverty and injustice. Oxfam believes that music can change the world, and we are looking forward to working with The Royal Family of Reggae to help make some positive and real social change.” For more information, please visit www.Oxfam.org.

Modern Hit Songs on Classic Studio One Riddims

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Welcome to another episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast. This installment takes us on a Studio One rhythm excursion, but instead of the original vault classics, here I feature songs produced and released in the last two decades. This mix highlights some of the best new recordings on remade versions of defining riddims recorded at Studio One such as “Answer,” “Love Me Forever,” “Vanity,” “Cuss Cuss,” and more.

Studio One is one of Jamaica‘s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Learn more about Studio One here.

TRACK LIST:

1 – Gappy Ranks – Put The Stereo On
2 – Chezidek – Far-I
3 – Luciano – Skank If You Skanking
4 – Sanchez – Praise Him
5 – Shinehead – Promises
6 – Burro Banton – Tek A Set
7 – Anthony B – Warrior
8 – Sizzla – Solid As A Rock
9 – Morgan Heritage – Reggae Music
10 – Sizzla – Jah Never Fail I
11 – Luciano – Where There Is Life
12 – Ray Darwin – False Alarm
13 – Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 – Beres Hammond – They’re Gonna Talk
15 – Buju Banton – Innocent
16 – Jamelody – Loving Drives Me Crazy
17 – Gappy Ranks – Pumpin Belly
18 – Macka B – Never Play A 45
19 – Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
20 – Warrior King – Melody
21 – Brian and Tony Gold – Sex Me
22 – Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (dubplate)
23 – Richie Spice – Youths Dem A Get Cold
24 – Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life
25 – Sanchez – Kiss Me Once
26 – Terror Fabulous – Can’t Stop Di Princess
27 – Sanchez – Chronic
28 – Doniki & Steady Ranks – Trod On
29 – Anthony B – One Thing
30 – Capleton – Can’t Sleep At Night
31 – Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
32 – Torch – I Need Your Love
33 – Anthony Cruz featuring Nikkiesha Barnes – Hold Me
34 – Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life
35 – Buju Banton – Lipstick Stains
36 – Etana featuring Vybrant – I Love U
37 – Eljai – The Leaders
38 – Luciano – Give Praise (dubplate)
39 – Garnet Silk – Kingly Character
40 – Chris Demontague – Love Is In The Air (Dub Mix)
41 – Gyptian – Never Seen Love Like This
42 – Tinga Stewart and Princess Jameli – Guilty

Laza Morgan Named Musical Ambassador for National Caribbean American Heritage Month

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The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) led by Dr. Claire Nelson has announced its selection of Jamaican-American reggae artist Laza Morgan as Musical Ambassador for National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM).

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As NCAHM Musical Ambassador Laza will help spread the word to a younger audience that June is Caribbean American Heritage Month. He will also serve as a role model to other young Caribbean American musicians and artists.

Laza Morgan is the son of acclaimed Jamaican music legend and hit maker, reggae singer Denroy Morgan. Laza was born into the Morgan Heritage Family Dynasty of reggae music and has been surrounded by music his entire life. Laza grew up in Brooklyn, NY, attended school in Springfield, MA and lived in a distinctly Jamaican household.

This year the NCAHM Musical Ambassador Program is being managed through RedCarpetShelley.com who has signed on as a National Media Partner. RedCarpetShelley.com is fast becoming the mecca for Caribbean Entertainment news.

Mighty Crown Rocks B.B. Kings in New York City

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Mighty Crown “The Far East Rulers” rocked the legendary BB Kings recently, alongside a star studded line up including Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas & more!

Mighty Crown "The Far East Rulers" rocked the legendary BB Kings recently, alongside a star studded line up including Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas & more! Mighty Crown leveled the crossover crowd with hit after hit. On more than one occasion, Mighty Crown brought the ram crossover crowd to a roar. Crown's entire set went over well, but it was the moment that Sami T performed the Harlem Shake that the revelers went into a true frenzy!

Mighty Crown leveled the crossover crowd with hit after hit. On more than one occasion, Mighty Crown brought the ram crossover crowd to a roar. Crown’s entire set went over well, but it was the moment that Sami T performed the Harlem Shake that the revelers went into a true frenzy!

Mighty Crown has officially scored with their 28 date “Driving Force Tour.” The overall tour has been a hit, with fanfare and feedback increasing after each performance. The “Driving Force Tour” has struck a chord with promoters and fans alike as requests for new dates have been pouring in.

As a matter of fact, two new dates have just been added to the tour: April 4 (Legend Nightclub, Washington, DC) & April 14 (The legendary SOBs, New York, New York). Stay tuned for everything Mighty Crown & “DRIVING FORCE.” See the full schedule here:
http://www.irishandchin.com.

Morgan Heritage Hits Number #1 with “Perfect Love Song”

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Within a week of its release, Morgan Heritage‘s “Perfect Love Song” hit number #1 on the iTunes Japan Reggae chart.

Morgan Heritage Hits Number #1 with "Perfect Love Song"

from left to right: Gramps, Una, Mojo, Lukes, Peetah

Although no artists like to be compared to another, Reggae’s royalty Morgan Heritage have been referred to as the “Rolling Stones” of Reggae music. Their longevity, their sold out arenas and festivals, and their worldwide chart topping music make them a contender for the music hall of fame.

Murmurs of critics who have heard tracks from the upcoming “Here Come The Kings” studio album, are in consent that the work is Grammy worthy. “Here Come The Kings” is slated to be released June 4th worldwide.

Morgan Heritage is preparing for a promotional tour in the North East of the United States to support the growing success of their “Perfect Love Song” single.

Below are some of the dates for the upcoming weeks and log on to Facebook.com/MorganHeritage to keep up to date with future appearances.

Perfect Love Song is available worldwide on iTunes / MorganHeritageMusic.com

See Morgan Heritage Live:
March 13 New Haven, CT Toads Place
March 14 NY, NY BB Kings
March 15 Boston, MA Kays Oasis
March 16 Albany, NY The Polish Community Center

Reggae Royalty “Morgan Heritage” Gives Fans the Perfect Love Song

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It is not by self imposed accolades that MORGAN HERITAGE are referred to as Reggae Royalty, but rather from music lovers around the world who recognize their rich Reggae heritage and gift to Reggae Music. 

From playing to hundreds of thousands of people in sold out concerts throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands, to numerous #1 hits internationally, Morgan Heritage long ago cemented their name and stake in this industry.

2012 saw Morgan Heritage reconnect with their fans as they embarked on a long awaited “The Return” tour and gave new music to eager fans from their EP of the same name.
The EP released in most of the world in August and in North America in September of 2012, brought a breath of fresh air to Reggae, and at the urging of their fans they have been back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their upcoming “Here Come the Kings” full album.
Morgan Heritage - Perfect Love Song - Artwork

Morgan Heritage – Perfect Love Song – Artwork

Thankfully fans will not have to wait to regale their ears with new music as the “Perfect Love Song” hit iTunes on Tuesday February 5th, 2013. The single was chosen for it’s fun loving vibe. “It’s different” says Peetah Morgan.
The single merges genres as it captures the Morgan Heritage crossover appeal while keeping the roots vibe present in the verses. As an added Bonus, fans will delight in Gramps deejaying for the first time on a Morgan Heritage song in over 10 years.
“The story behind “Perfect Love Song” is just a person realizing that the one he or she loves makes them feel beyond good, beyond great. Instead the person makes them feel HEAVENLY!” – Peetah Morgan
“A perfect love song to me is a love song that goes beyond the bedroom. It’s a song that can apply to love universally.” – Mojo Morgan
Written by Morgan Heritage and produced by Linton “TJ” White, Andrew Myrie and Morgan Heritage “Perfect Love Song” was released by VP Records and is available worldwide on iTunes. The “Here Come the Kings” album is slated to be released later in 2013.
Preparations for the video “Perfect Love Song” are under way and will be shot on location in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Morgan Heritage to Release Here Come The Kings Album

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Morgan Heritage: Here Come The Kings

Morgan Heritage: Here Come The Kings

Following their triumphant return to Brooklyn with a performance at the Barclays Center‘s “Caribbean Fever” mega-show, Morgan Heritage is now gearing up to release the band’s first studio album since 2008. The “Royal Family Of Reggae” unleash Here Come The Kings to the world on April 23rd. The new album features the group’s signature powerhouse vocals over slick riddims from acclaimed producers such as Shane C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions) and multiple Grammy Award nominee Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer. The bouncy lead single, “Perfect Love Song,” arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. Peetah Morgan’s passionate lead vocal delivery, coupled with the deeply soulful stylings of Gramps on the deejay section, are sure to put lovers in the mood.

While the album is heavy on lovers content, like the pulsing “Love Stoned (ft. Busy Signal),” Here Come The Kings also includes the message music that Morgan Heritage fans have come to embrace. “Stand Up,” “Man Has Forgotten,” and “Dem Ah Run Come” serve as some of the most immediate calls to consciousness that Heritage has produced, to date.

Anuhea Featuring Tarrus Riley: Only Man In The World

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VP RECORDS TEAMS UP WITH WORLDSOUND TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE FROM ANUHEA FEATURING TARRUS RILEY “ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD” AVAILABLE DECEMBER 4.

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Anuhea Featuring Tarrus Riley – Only Man In The World – Artwork

The first track from Dub Rockers concept album available April 2013

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Anuhea teams up with Jamaican reggae vocalist Tarrus Riley on the new single “Only Man In The World,” available digitally and on 7″ vinyl December 4th.  The sultry duet was written by Anuhea and also includes an acoustic mix of the song.

“Only Man In The World” is the first song from Dub Rockers, a new compilation blending reggae from Jamaica with non-Caribbean sources.  Slated for release in April 2013, the album will showcase Jamaica’s top artists (Etana, Morgan Heritage, I Wayne) with the latest wave of reggae-influenced musicians based primarily in the United States (Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Bad Brains, SOJA).

For more information about Anuhea visit www.anuheajams.com

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Jemere Morgan Carrying On Tradition

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Jemere Morgan Dancehall Now Interview

Dancehall Now Interview with recording artist Jemere Morgan, the grandson of foundation reggae singer Denroy Morgan who’s children Laza Morgan, Gramps Morgan, and in the family bands LMS and Morgan Heritage have enjoyed successful musical careers.  Download Podcast