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- NYC Locals Release Two More Tracks, Video (theweldingroom.com)
- New York Mayor Bloomberg announces new grant program for Sandy-affected small businesses – @NY1headlines (statenisland.ny1.com)
Scientist & Roots Radics rid NY of the Evil Curse of the Vampires! w/special guest Johnny Osbourne and opening sets from Subatomic Sound System, Deadly Dragon Sound System, Deejay Gravy. Details & RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SRRdcE Sign up at www.DubChampions.com for ticket discounts — at B.B. King Blues Club.
- Lee “Scratch” Perry released an LP w/ The Orb, playing Dub Champions Festival in NYC (lineup includes Kode9 & others) (brooklynvegan.com)
- JOHNNY OSBOURNE – Truth & Rights [Studio One/Heartbeat] (thehiddencrate.wordpress.com)
- Icons: Looking Forward With Lee “Scratch” Perry (midnightraverblog.com)
- Lion and Fox: Making Reggae History in the Heart of Babylon (part 2 of 3) (midnightraverblog.com)
- Today’s Birthday: B.B. KING (1925) (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
Jamaican reggae artist Sadiki and UK Lovers Rock Diva Sandra Cross will release a full-length collaborative effort, titled “True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)”, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital distributors.
The album’s 13 tracks, features production from Japan producer machaco, Sadiki, and co-productions from Sadiki & Lloyd Campbell.
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.
- Toronto Film Showcase puts spotlight on Caribbean music (repeatingislands.com)
- Why black British drama is going online, not on TV (guardian.co.uk)
- Black British Baptist Leader Says Racism Still a Problem (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Discover Your Block Through Film (theepochtimes.com)
- See The Most Gorgeous Cannes Film Festival Beauty Looks Up Close (bellasugar.com)
World-renowned Dancehall promoters Irish and Chin have done it again, this time landing a weekly 6-hour block of airtime on radio, canvassing the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Together, with streaming live on their website http://www.irishandchin.com and other affiliates, Sound Chat Radio reaches thousands of listeners every Monday between 7-10pm EST and Tuesday from 5-8pm EST.
Sound Chat Radio went live in August 2011 and is the initiative of Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne, one half of the company’s dynamic promotions duo — the other being Gilbert Murchison. Hosted by ‘Chin’, the shows thus far have scored prominent, exclusive guests, including major sound system players, legends and influential figures such as Bass Odyssey, Kilimanjaro, Black Kat, David Rodigan, Geefus, Tony Matterhorn, Downbeat, Fire Links, Black Scorpio, Jazzy T, King Jammy’s among others.
Meanwhile, top music personalities such as Cham, Lady Saw, Tifa, Elephant Man, Romain Virgo, I-Octane, Chris Martin, Lady G, Konshens, among others, have been hosted within the shows’ special interview feature called Chat Release. Other features of the shows include Singles Spotlight and Riddim Review, where newly released Dancehall/Reggae songs and rhythms as well as albums are highlighted, giving an opportunity to established as well as upcoming singers, deejays, producers to share their projects with Sound Chat Radio’s growing global audience.
Critical and controversial discussions are also a main feature of the shows’ objective such as those concerning the present state of the music. The opinions and overall experiences of Reggae/Dancehall’s industry stalwarts Donovan Germaine and Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne have been among the guests that continue to ensure that its programming is lively, constructive and valuable.
Sound Chat Radio has already become one of the top Caribbean programme on stations such as Red Hot and Road Block Radio. According to ‘Chin’, “It only made sense for us to further develop our media presence in order to truly capture and capitalize on what was already a huge fan following and still growing demand for the company via our branded events and promotions. So, extending to radio was a no brainer.”
Irishandchin.com has over 70 thousand registered users, earning the promoters an enviable database reach. Adding to this is their other major promotion of bringing top rated Jamaican plays to the Tri-State’s Jamaican Diaspora. Their next venture is “The Politician”, starring ‘Delcita’, ‘Shebada’, Michael ‘Stringbean’ Nicholson and Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, written by Paul O. Beale, which is set for May 26th and 27th in Hartford, Connecticut and Queens, New York respectively.
The Irish and Chin brand is this year celebrating 15 years, during most of which they garnered respect for their heavily branded World Clash global sound system competition, as well as management of the Japanese sound system Mighty Crown who to date stands as the only sound system to have had major corporate contracts with multi-million dollar brands such as 5 sold out Nike shoe endorsements, 1 limited edition signature sneaker deal with Clae, a high end luxury footwear line based in California, and their latest being a partnership with the hugely popular Clarks.
- Miss Jamaica Semi-Finalist Cherrie Garden guest hosts Dancehall Now Podcast 45 (highlanda.net)
- Sophia Brown Interviewed on Dancehall Now Episode 46 (highlanda.net)
- The Bob Marley Dubplate Phenomenon (midnightraverblog.com)
- Flashback 2012 w/Bass Odyssey, Highlanda, Uprising & Innocent (Full Audio) (highlanda.net)
- Inner Circle at Jamaica 50th Anniv. Celebration in NYC w/ Israel Vibration & The Mighty Diamonds (highlanda.net)
Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside — Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Hailing from the remote Jamaican territories of Saint Ann and Christiana, far from the city life of Dancehall hotbed Kingston, respectively Bass Odyssey and Black Kat have been battling over the title of Jamaica’s top country sound for years.
Now, before thousands of clash revelers at both World Clash New York R.E.S.E.T. on Saturday, April 7 (w/Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Poison Dart, Earth Ruler and David Rodigan) and World Clash Jamaica R.E.S.E.T. on Easter Monday, April 9 (w/Kilamanjaro, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, Rootsman and Code Red), these powerhouse sounds will settle the score. While the stages in New York and Jamaica will serve as battlefields, the ultimate proving ground for Bass Odyssey and Black Kat will clearly be in their homeland in front of loyal supporters at Pier One.
Stellar war sounds Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are synonymous with high power sound clash. Rising to prominence in the early 90’s, the sounds have cemented them selves as fixtures in the sound clash arena, generating scores of victories, a worldwide fan base and the utmost respect from fellow members of the fraternity. Known for craftily defeating legions of sounds over time, Bass Odyssey and Black Kat remain the most feared players in game. Most of today’s modern day sound systems don’t feel that they can properly reach the big leagues without facing off against these clash leaders.
It’s no secret that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are not just dynamic sounds, but also powerhouse brands. Their names carry weight, allowing them to periodically interchange and showcase team players without losing their position or credibility. Regardless of who plays the sounds, one can almost always anticipate high caliber, strategic sound clash entertainment. Bass Odyssey also excels in juggling. Boasting the role of teacher, some of today’s most prominent sound men admit to learning or studying the tactics and careers of Bass Odyssey and Black Kat front men. Historically, one of the most heralded and praised duos in the sound clash industry consisted of DJ Mark and the late, great Squingy of Bass Odyssey.
Tied with 7 World Clash victories (along with “The Far East Rulers” Mighty Crown), Bass Odyssey and Black Kat are set to come head to head on two World Clash stages in April 2012. There is intense energy among fans centered on these highly anticipated face offs. Whenever, these two giants are billed for the same event, only “helter skelter” can erupt. While Bass Odyssey boldly attacks contenders with a fusion of well structured speeches and sharp music selections, Black Kat’s team often dons smiles and sneakily strikes opponents with witty warnings and well-known dub plate anthems.
No matter one’s position on who will take home the coveted World Clash R.E.S.E.T. trophies, fans are certain that Bass Odyssey and Black Kat’s showdown will be forever written in the pages of Dancehall history. For R.E.S.E.T. New York, limited tickets are available online and in select retail outlets. R.E.S.E.T. Jamaica tickets will be available at the gate only.
Which sound system will bring home the World Clash title?
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- The Impact Of Dub (midnightraverblog.com)
Since the release of his New York & South Florida Reggae Chart #2 album “Lifeline”, in October of 2010, Sadiki’s dancehall fans have been left with an unfilled appetite. So Sadiki decided to “fill di gap”. He brought the idea of doing a collaborative album to the Ace DJ and producer Delly Ranx. Ranx immediately agreed. The outcome is 12 authentic Jamaican tracks, which showcase the harsh DJ vocals of Delly Ranx and the smooth, laid back (and sometimes in-between), singing vocals of Sadiki. The first single from the album “Jamaican Queen”, is already gaining massive airplay worldwide and has in fact entered the BBC World Reggae Beat Chart.
Although collaborative, singer/DJ albums have been done with great success by reggae luminaries such as Chakademus and Pliers as well as Tanto Metro and Devonte, this is the first which showcases the production and engineering talents of each artist. Focus tracks include “Jamaican Queen”, “Hero”, “Toppa Toppa”, the instant ladies anthem “Girlfriend”, and the club joint “Dancing Forever”. “Fi Di Dancehall”, features production from Delly Ranx, Sadiki, Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling & I Paul Gauntlet, Arif Cooper, Taranchyla & Froggy of Mad Spider Entertainment. “Fi Di Dancehall” will be released on Digital format in Japan on 1.11.11 and will be released worldwide in digital format on 2.8.11.
- Warrior King Interview on Dancehall Now (highlanda.wordpress.com)
- Gappy Ranks Interviewed on Dancehall Now – Nov 2010 (highlanda.wordpress.com)
- How reggae revolutionised Britain (guardian.co.uk)
- Japanese Reggae? (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)
I-OCTANE PRESS CONFERENCE AND MEET & GREET
WHEN:Wednesday, January 26, 2011
TIME: 6:30 – 8pm Press Conference (Media Only)
8pm – 10pm Meet & Greet (Open to the Public)
PLACE: Negril Village Restaurant’s Rhum Lounge, 70 West 3rd Street, New York, NY
As Synco Powers, Vlad Calixte (aka Haitian V.), and I walked up to Pier 40 I thought to myself, “this crowd can’t be for one boat ride!” However, to my amazement, all of those people were there for DJ Stakz “Celebrity Status Bday Bash Boat Ride”. Try saying that ten times fast. DJ Stakz‘ annual boat ride did not disappoint. Not only did it not disappoint, it was the best boat ride of the summer so far. The event was promoted by Team HKNY and Hi-Profyle Entertainment. In case you didn’t know, HKNY and Hi-Profyle are at the forefront of Haitian-American events in the New York area. They have sold out venues such as Club Amazura, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and countless other venues throughout the area. So DJ Stakz’ birthday event was no different.
As the boat left the dock a little after 2am you could feel the anticipation throughout the vessel. There were two sound systems set up on the three level boat. On the lowest level there were DJs playing strictly Kompa and Zouk. On the third level there was a mixture of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, and Kompa. The variety was amazing. As DJ Stakz proclaimed later in the night, this was truly “an international boat ride.” I spent most of my time on the third level. The night started off with Ontrack Disco playing R&B to warm up the many ladies on board. As the drinks were flowing and the crowd loosened up, Ontrack Disco transitioned into late 80’s Lover’s Rock reggae. Artists such as Papa San, Shabba Ranks, and Beres Hammond were helping to build up the vibe. As the energy built, SNL Boyz Synco and Ontrack went into a vibrant soca set. The party had officially gotten on its way.
Next up was the birthday boy himself, DJ Stakz. I must say that Stakz definitely knew exactly how to control the crowd. He played a Kompa set that turned the boat upside down. The crowd seemed to sing out throughout the entire set. Haiti pride was definitely overflowing on the Hudson River. Every time DJ Stakz solicited for a response from the crowd they responded with great exuberance. It was truly a sight to see. As DJ Stakz’ set was reaching its end, Hot 97’s Mr. Cee was preparing to come in next. At this point I leaned over to Ontrack and said “I don’t know how Cee is going to follow that set.” Ontrack simply replied with one word, “watch.” I didn’t expect to see what happened next. DJ Stakz introduced Mr. Cee and stayed on the microphone. Mr. Cee went into a Kompa set that had the crowd in an even more intense frenzy! After the incredible Kompa set, Mr. Cee went into a machine gun paced Hip Hop set that would not let the crowd rest for a second. At this point I forgot about anything outside of that boat. I didn’t think about a drink, a seat, a bathroom break, only vibes.
I was surprised when the boat arrived at the dock. I lost track of time and I could tell that my sentiment was shared by many on the boat. Hi-Profyle and Team HKNY are set to overload Times Square on August 27th with “Kompa Rehab vs Zouk Therapy 2: The Broadway Edition”.