ĀGARD has started a Saturday night residency at Chrystie 141 in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The night is called Dance Therapy and is geared towards the New York party scene’s grown & sexy crowd. ĀGARD has teamed up with Chrystie 141, Blacka Di Danca, & Elliott LaRue to create a party that caters to lovers of eclectic dance music. The NYC based DJ is known for seamlessly blurring the lines between genres. You may hear trap mixed with funk, and a little bit of indie dance or deep house, just to give you an idea of his range. Whether you’re into Top 40, Disco, or Moombah, ĀGARD has you covered. If you haven’t been to a Dance Therapy session yet this Saturday (8/30/14) is the perfect time for you and your friends to start!
Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby’s dubs or Prince Far I’s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.
In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.
The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”
This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7. Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.
There are many other good reggae themed websites – and ours should surely be right at the top – and here is one of the best: For anyone who live in the UK or Europe generally, David Rodigan‘s site rodigan.com should be a saved your bookmarks. Rodigan is a legend in the UK where he has been DJing reggae since the 70s on the radio and live, he has even won the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York in 2012. This man has a serious passion for the music.
A few other websites you can try to find music, videos or to chat to fellow reggae fans are yardflex.com which has lots of news about Jamaica in general, but music in particular; dancehallreggae.com has loads of videos and lots of forums where fans can chat with others; if you’re just after a forum dancehallareaz.com forum is a great place to chat; and if you’re just after videos reggaetopten.com has lots of good stuff.
Christopher Martin delivers a brand new single entitled “Secret Love (Creep)“. Christopher just finished up a New York promo run where he made stops for interviews at Sirius XM, Randy’s Reggae Radio and Radio Lily (Miss Lily’s), before his appearance as a Co-headliner at Irie Jam’s Ladies Ball Stage Show at the legendary night club Amazura in the heart of Jamaica Queens.
It was a thrilling night for clash fans and one of great surprise, as juggling contender Sky Juice of Metromedia won the sound industry’s most coveted competition, World Clash R.E.S.E.T.
This iconic victory marks the first time a juggling sound won World Clash. Clash fans turned out in the droves to experience the excitement and energy of World Clash R.E.S.E.T., which was filled with historical moments, performances and music selections.
Following Metromedia’s consistency was King Addies, who was fresh off the heels of defeating World Champions Bass Odyssey. King Addies delivered a stellar performance through out the clash, earning a spot in the “tune-fi-tune” [final round] against Metromedia.
All sounds brought experience, charisma and undeniable entertainment to the World Clash stage! Now you get to re-live the world’s renowned competition completely free.
As promised ĀGARD returns with his second snippet from an exclusive live set in Brooklyn, New York. The last set was a “warm up” set. This set starts out with a power packed Electronic Dance Music (EDM) set and moves into some Nu Disco. Feel free to play, download, leave comments, and/or share. Enjoy!
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ĀGARD, formerly known as Crisis Don, one Highlanda Sound’s founding members resurfaces on the scene in Brooklyn, New York.
The longtime producer, DJ, and promoter has decided to share two DJ sets he did for an exclusive private event in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
The almost two hour first set includes an hour of rare Disco re-edits from Stevie Wonder to The Bee Gees to Wham. The set goes all the way from 70’s Disco to Major Lazer. Listen and download the live set and let us know what you think.
Click link to download: ĀGARD – Live From Park Slope part 1
Many of you have heard of or perhaps seen the hit play ‘Jamaica Farewell,’ which is based on a true story of struggle, courage, faith, hope and determination.
The play has been optioned by Rita Wilson, producer of Big Fat Greek Wedding and directed by Joel Zwick who also directed the movie.
The play is returning to New York this weekend June 14-16 and next weekend June 21-23. See the play before it hits the big screen – showtimes below!
- Fri, June 14th at 8pm
- Sat, June 15th at 8pm
- Sunday, June 16 at 3pm
- Fri June 21 at 8pm
- Sat June 22 at 8pm
- Sun June 23 at 3pm
15 Vandam Street, New York, NY
(E or C downtown. Get off at Spring St. station use Van Dam St. exit)
Tickets are $35.00
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- Tom Hanks: Tony Awards 2013 Red Carpet with Rita Wilson! (justjared.com)
- Movies Under the Stars in NYC (local.answers.com)
- Makagoro NY; Two Shows and Sushi! (watchcroton.com)
- ‘George Gershwin Alone’ review: ‘S wonderful (hispanicbusiness.com)
This event was one of my highlights for carnival weekend in Atlanta. Look out for the Miami and New York installments of the Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Series coming soon.
Photos from Red Carpet Shelley
Photos from Rolling Out Magazine
- 12 Honorees to be recognized in Atlanta for 2013 Caribbean American Movers and Shakers (highlanda.net)
- US television and film star partners with CTO for Caribbean Week in New York (antiguaobserver.com)
- Fast Casual Releases 2013 Top 100 Movers & Shakers (virtual-strategy.com)
Shot on location in Jamaica and New York and directed by Terminal 4 Media in Kingston and J-Rockaz in the big apple, Party Tun Up hosts a cast of dancers from Russia, Europe, US, Japan and Jamaica.
This mash-up video also features Mr Vegas new single WHINE UP (Vamos) and the seductive posing prowess of dancehall queens Aya versus Mad Michelle.
- Jamaica PM maintains position on replacing Queen as head of state (caribbean360.com)
- International Real Estate Investment Auction in Jamaica Attracts Global Interest of Casino Developers (prweb.com)
- The IMF is Jamaica’s Neocolonial Economic Master (atlantablackstar.com)
- Fras Twinz Production Team Live Interview on Dancehall Now (highlanda.net)
- Is It Really March Already? Sunday: March 3, 2013 (petchary.wordpress.com)