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Sean Paul, ‘Other Side Of Love’ Exclusive Billboard Premiere

A year after the release of “Tomahawk Technique,” Sean Paul returns with his first single, “Other Side Of Love,” off his upcoming sixth studio album.

Sean Paul

Sean Paul is back with a new single – 6th album forthcoming

 

Preview the single…

 

 

Divine Brown and Gyptian’s Pop Reggae Version of ‘Beautiful Lady’

Beautiful Lady – Gyptian And Divine Brown , Produced By Produced By Kemar Flava Mcgregor

Download Beautiful Lady – Gyptian And Divine Brown on iTunes

Reggae star Gyptian and Canadian R&B diva Divine Brown formerly known as

English: Divine Brown performing with Youssou ...

English: Divine Brown performing with Youssou N’Dour in Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Divine Earth Essencereleased a collaborative pop-reggae version of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor’s one-drop classic, “Beautiful Lady,” last Friday on iTunes.  The new single – a romantic duet that interpolates Divine Brown’s sensual vocals with Gyptian’s world-famous melody – will be featured on Divine Brown’s upcoming album, which is due for release in 2013 by Universal Music Group.

The duet version of “Beautiful Lady” reflects McGregor’s newfound pop culture affinities – adding Canada’s favorite R&B songstress to the bubbly character of Gyptian’s melody, energized by a cheery, beachfront roots riddim. “’Beautiful Lady’ is a feel-good song,” said McGregor. “Divine Brown makes the song even more romantic, and the riddim takes the song to another level. It captures the feel-good vibe of the original, but the new beat has a pop feel that makes the song even more mainstream. It’s more commercial and radio friendly.”

Divine Brown said “Beautiful Lady” represents one of her favorite songwriting themes. She said the song will have a sensual appeal among reggae fans, because of the spur-of-the-moment romance motif in the song’s lyrics.  “I want people to feel sexy when they hear ‘Beautiful Lady’ – it’s such a sensual track about love at first sight,” said Divine Brown. “Love songs are one of the most universal themes in music. Everyone has fallen in love. I tend to draw from personal experiences when I write love songs. The process is relaxing and fun.”

Born in Toronto, Canada, Divine Brown is a four-time Juno Award nominee (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards), and she won the Juno Award for “R&B Soul Recording of the Year” in 2009. She has a five-octave vocal range, and her singles have been featured on the Billboard Dance Club Play Chart and the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart.

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Machel Montano Mourns the King of Pop

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MJ

Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009


MACHEL MONTANO
June 26, 2009
[IN HIS OWN WORDS]

Condolences to the King’s family, friends and fans as we all mourn together! Michael Jackson will be missed but never forgotten. Even in death he was able to unite people of all creeds and colors and make them happy; he is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Machel Red Side


I and so many others owe our
careers to MJ – he encouraged my dream. So much of what I have done has been inspired and informed by him. His standards have set the stage for my goals and in this way he has touched so many.

It is also very important to note that he chose to use his influence for the greater good of mankind in the messages he delivered through songs like “We Are The World,” “Heal The World,” “Man In The Mirror,” “Black Or White,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and so many more.

MJ was more than a man – he was a “moment in time,” and like Bob Marley, this moment will never end. Long live the King!

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Big Bands of Reggae

Highlanda.net:

“Nothing compares to being in a venue where a reggae band is performing live.  The rumble of the bass lines surround you in a warm embrace and you can’t help but to rock and skank as you are transported to another realm and higher level of consciousness.  This describes the effects of the power that live reggae musicians have over the masses.”


Third World

Third World is a Grammy nominated Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. Third World’s greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love”, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979. Here is a Third World performing “Now That We Found Love:”
This song brought them to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who worked with them and wrote (along with Melody A. McCully) their song “Try Jah Love.” This band still records and tours to this day so definitely check them out if they come to a venue near you. Visit Third World online at http://www.thirdworldband.com/

Inner Circle

This Jamaican reggae group was formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis in Jamaica. The band released its debut album in 1974 on the famed record label, Trojan Records, and resigned in 1979 to Island Records, where the internationally successful album Everything Is Great originated. They are responsible for the 1989 song “Bad Boys,” which serves as the theme song for Fox Network’s long-running television program COPS. Here is Inner Circle with “Bad Boys:”
Jacob Miller, the frontman and lead singer, was killed in a car crash on March 23, 1980. The band appeared in the reggae cult film Rockers in 1978. Their second American hit, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 was “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”, which was a #3 hit in the UK. Here is Inner Circle with “Sweat:”

Steel Pulse
Steven Huey reports, “Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the ’80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban R&B gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late ’80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory, but never reached the same degree of commercial acceptance as Aswad or Inner Circle. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound that nonetheless made concessions to contemporary trends with touches of dancehall and hip-hop.” Here is Steel Pulse performing “Rally Round:”
In 1993 they performed at Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. Visit Steel Pulse’s website for more.

Aswad
From Vh1: “Aswad was arguably Britain’s most successful reggae band, in terms of both popularity and longevity. Critical opinion on their body of work is often divided; some hail their early material as the greatest roots reggae Britain ever produced, while others find their later pop-crossover phase more distinctive and unique, even at the expense of authenticity. Regardless, Aswad’s ability to adapt themselves to the changing times — new musical trends, shifting personnel — was ultimately the driving force behind their decades-long career.”
Aswad was often hired as backing musicians for touring Jamaican stars: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Black Uhuru.