Music Therapy

Jay Blessed, an award-winning Caribbean blogger, dope writer, phenomenal podcaster, and prominent mental health advocate is the special guest on this episode.

 

 
We list reggae artists who are creating music about self-awareness and showing maturity.  It’s unfortunate that this refreshing music often gets no attention. 
 
Jay lists her top 5 Reggae artists of all times and talks about her most memorable Reggae concert experience.  Also, she describes the important role that reggae has played in her life.  
 
We also talk about her podcast, “In My Head with Jay Blessed” and recent live podcast experience in New York.
 
Jay gives advice to those who are dealing with backlash from implementing boundaries to protect their mental health
 
Learn more about Jay Blessed.

BUNJI GARLIN AND DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER “THE MESSAGE”

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Bunji Garlin ft Damian Marley - The Message - Artwork

Bunji Garlin ft Damian Marley – The Message – Artwork

A Powerful New Anthem Rallying For Social Change Available October 16, 2015 on VP Records

Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin and Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley team up on “The Message,” a passionate forward-thinking song fighting for the souls of our youth and the future generation.

Listen: Bunji Garlin’s “The Message” feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley:

The two Caribbean artists merge soca, dancehall and reggae into a universal sound on this world cry anthem, produced by Philip “Jr. Blender” Meckseper. They go verse for verse addressing society’s illls and Marley delivers a powerful hook aspiring for change. “There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don’t let the good things spoil, oh no.”

Bunji Garlin gives more insight behind the collaboration.”We recorded this song at Gong’s studio in Florida. It was a 4am studio session after we spent about an hour and a half just talking and getting a vibe off of each other’s knowledge, views and energies. I appreciate the project and artist because we were able to let both our musical backgrounds work for us to execute this. It is almost a fable to see the son of reggae legend and also a legend in his own right and artist of the soca genre meld so effortlessly.”

Marley is slated to perform in Garlin’s homeland on October 30th, 2015 in Tobago at Pigeon Point (Colours Of Reggae) and October 31st, 2015 in Trinidad at Hasley Crawford Stadium (Reggae On The Bay Presents Hennessy Artistry).

Fall In Love With Trinidadian Diva Fay Ann Lyons

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Fay-Ann Lyons: Catch Me

Fay-Ann Lyons: Catch Me

The first single from Fay-Ann Lyon’s forthcoming debut album “Catch Me,” produced by Richie Beretta will be featured on Reggae Gold 2014 (dropping August 12). The official genre is listed as Soca, but the track’s POP, EDM and dance music elements are all undeniable.

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion with Craig Lion this Friday

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

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Jamboree Mas *GLOW FETE* This Saturday at the Enclave Venue downtown Atlanta #Caribbean #Carnival

Join all the soca and reggae music junkies, carnival band members, the sexy Divine Models and party rockers this Saturday April 19th 2014 for the GLOW FETE!!!


The doors at ENCLAVE VENUE, 708 Spring St. Atlanta Ga 30308, open at 10pm.  Musical energy will be supplied by DJ Choice One MD, the Krunkmaster DJ Slik, and DJ Doc.  Also, top rated Highlanda Sound has just been added to the line up!  Admission is only $10.

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Major Lazer remixes Bunji Garlin: Differentology

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Ragga Soca king, Bunji Garlin is poised for his greatest worldwide success with “Differentology,” the biggest hit to emerge from 2013’s Caribbean Carnival season.

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Already the recipient of multiple International Soca Monarch awards in his native Trinidad, Bunji has not rested on his laurels. He maintains a steady international touring schedule and continues to push the sonic envelope with edgy soca tunes like “Differentology.”

The genre-bending song also caught the attention of Major Lazer, who immediately jumped on the remix. The song (which is featured on Major Lazer’s SoundCloud) is currently the DJ supergroup’s go-to track to open all of their live shows and has helped fuel the buzz to a crossover audience.

Check out the video:

  • Dates Venue City Event

  • Friday July 12th Gatey St. Lucia Sexy in Black
  • Saturday July 14th Celebration Square Mississauga Irie Music Fest
  • Saturday July 20th Antigua Recreation Ground Antigua Red Eye
  • Sunday July 21st Farley Hill Barbados Soca on the Hill 
  • Saturday July 27th Russell Auditorium Boston 
  • Friday August 2nd Tiger Bay Bermuda 
  • Saturday August 3rd Wild Water Kingdom Toronto 
  • Sunday August 4th Kensington Oval Barbados Cohobblopot
  • Friday August 9th Vinyl Dance Lounge Calgary 
  • Saturday August 10th Encore Edmonton 
  • Sunday August 11th Six Flags Jackson, New Jersey 
  • Friday August 16th Sports Dock Cayman Islands 
  • Saturday August 17th Bowen & Bowen Compound Belize 

Ms Paige Releases “Carnival Again”

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Ms Paige, in collaboration with Adrian Bailey of SKY STUDIOS/SKY JAMZ
PRODUCTIONS introduce her latest soca release, just in time for Vincy Mas 2013, CARNIVAL AGAIN.

Ms Paige, in collaboration with Adrian Bailey of SKY STUDIOS/SKY JAMZ PRODUCTIONS introduce her latest soca release, just in time for Vincy Mas 2013, CARNIVAL AGAIN. Carnival Again is written and performed by Ms Paige and featured on the Funtime Riddim brought to you by St. Vincent’s own Adrian Bailey, the mega producer behind Kevin Lyttle’s global hit, “Turn Me On” along with countless Vincy soca monarch, ragga soca monarch, and road march wins. The Funtime Riddim also features: KC (SVG, Trinidad) “Wet”, Urban Mystic (St. Vincent) “Jam Dem”, Joaquinn (Barbados) “Funtime”, and Elwin Mark ‘Elo’ (Grenada) “Wukie Wukie”. Title: Carnival Again Written & Performed by: Ms Paige Riddim: Funtime Riddim Producer: Adrian Bailey, Sky Studios/Sky Jamz Productions Don’t forget to stay up to date with all things Ms Paige at www.MsPaigeMusic.com For more information on Ms Paige or bookings, contact info@mspaigemusic.com.

Carnival Again is written and performed by Ms Paige and featured on the Funtime Riddim brought to you by St. Vincent’s own Adrian Bailey, the mega producer behind Kevin Lyttle’s global hit, “Turn Me On” along with countless Vincy soca monarch, ragga soca monarch, and road march wins.

The Funtime Riddim also features: KC (SVG, Trinidad) “Wet”, Urban Mystic (St. Vincent) “Jam Dem”, Joaquinn (Barbados) “Funtime”, and Elwin Mark ‘Elo’ (Grenada) “Wukie Wukie”.

Title: Carnival Again
Written & Performed by: Ms Paige
Riddim: Funtime Riddim
Producer: Adrian Bailey, Sky Studios/Sky Jamz Productions

Don’t forget to stay up to date with all things Ms Paige at www.MsPaigeMusic.com and For more information on Ms Paige or bookings, contact info@mspaigemusic.com.

Shalli, the Princess of Island Pop

Shalli on a musical roll

Island Pop singer Shalli is on a musical roll. She has been spending time between Canada and Jamaica as she makes it her business to claim her share of the world music pie.

Shalli, the Princess of Island Pop

Shalli, the Princess of Island Pop

The talented artist, who is always seeking ways to diversify her product offerings, recently collaborated with Rory of Stone Love on a remix of her culturally defining single, Down In Jamaica. The dancehall remix was produced by Belize’s own Certified! The single will bereleased on digital retail as of June 24th.

Accolades have already been heaped on the music video, which shows off the immense beauty of Jamaica and the sincerity of Shalli’s mission. On her visit to Jamaica in March, Shalli went into the studio with Rory and the result was a remix that is totally captivating.

“It was really a pleasure working with Rory, as he is someone who I have admired for a long time. He is a top-class Dj, so it is easy to understand that, with his knowledge of the music, he is also a great producer and has that ear for hit songs. And we all know just how important that is,” Shalli said.

WATCH: Down In Jamaica Music Video

Armed with a mission to give fans uplifting music, Shalli has also done a collaboration with Trinidad’s own Orlando Octave entitled Fire, on the ‘Happy Feet’ rhythm.

Wasting no time, the video for this was shot and both artists and their management are happy with the outcome. A very uptempo offering, this could have been specifically made to celebrate carnival in Trinidad, and with the natural chemistry between the artistes, the song and video jelled perfectly.

“The rhythm is called ‘Happy Feet’ because it is just that, happy. The single is already getting a lot of love, especially in the Caribbean. We are working on a dance remix now to support the video launch in the fall.” Shalli explained.

Bunji Garlin – Differentology (Official Music Video)

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The official music video to Trinidad and Tobago’s 2013 Carnival Anthem

What do you think of the video?

 

Soaking Wet Trinidad & Tobago 50th Independence Bash

Soaking Wet Trinidad & Tobago 50th Independence Bash

August 31st at Red Hills Sports Bar and Lounge its the Soaking Wet Trinidad & Tobago 50th Independence Bash

Soca Star Farmer Nappy Releases New Album, You Make Me…Surrender

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Trinidadian singer/songwriter Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry brings his unique brand of soca to the masses with his new album, You Make Me…Surrender, available in stores and online onFebruary 21, 2012. Combining the names of his two singles from the album,“Surrender” and “You Make Me,” both major hits during this Carnival season in Trinidad, rendered Farmer the perfect title for his second studio effort. 

“I’m now celebrating my 30th anniversary in the music business and this year, Carnival will be extra special as my album will be available worldwide on the official Carnival day, February 21,” states Farmer Nappy. “I’ve traveled, performed, encountered and experienced and I’ve captured everything in this album. My journey starts with soca but it doesn’t end there, and neither does this album.”

From Farmer’s signature groovy R&B melodies to his up-tempo carnival-esque anthems, the 13-track album boasts an array of sounds that fully depict the potpourri that is Caribbean music. Blending calypso, kaiso, ragga, soca,reggae and dancehall tones, Farmer manages to capture the true essence of the Caribbean, taking this compilation beyond carnival circles.

With fusion as his fuel, Farmer Nappy teams up with other Caribbean stars to bring a sample of the different flavors of the islands. Reggae icon Anthony Bfeatures on not one but two tracks, the megahit “Chippin Remix” and “Can’t Talk To me,” lending his reggae rap to Farmer’s groovy flow. Soca’s eliteMachel Montano co-wrote “Go Brave” and joins Farmer for “I Pay For This.” Legendary Trinidad dancehall artist General Grant shines on“Looking To Wine,” a trademark tune for calypso lovers. Producers include Barbadian production giant, De Red Boyz (who also scored Farmer his first international  hit with “Chippin'”), Grenada‘s Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, Barbados’ Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus, and Trinidad’s Kerwin Du Bois and Precision Productions, further adding to the diversity of the album. 

Farmer Nappy built a global fan base as part of fellow international soca act,Machel Montano’s ‘HD Band,’ touring extensively for over two decades and bringing the sounds of mas to the masses worldwide. He can currently be seen performing more than 30 shows during Carnival season in Trinidad, which culminates on day of this album’s release. With his two hits in hand and a new album en route, Farmer Nappy is undoubtedly having his best year yet as he continues his quest of carrying Caribbean music around the world, 30 years and counting.

You Make Me…Surrender is distributed by FOX FUSE, with physical albums in select stores throughout the U.S. and Trinidad, and will be available digitally worldwide on all major digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify. It is now available for pre-order on iTunes and all digital outlets.

For more information on Farmer Nappy, log on to www.foxfuse.com/clients/farmernappy. Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department – Rhona Fox at 212-300-3813 or rhona@foxfuse.com.

 TRACK LIST

  1. Surrender

  2. Flirt

  3. Chippin’ (With Meh Own Woman)

  4. You Make Me

  5. Go Brave

  6. Love Whip

  7. Looking To Wine featuring General Grant

  8. Can’t Talk To Me featuring Anthony B

  9. Pavement with Kerwin Du Bois

10. Chippin’ Remix featuring Anthony B

11. Pressure

12. I Pay For This featuring Machel Montano

13. Come Back (Bonus Track)

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Coca-Cola Launches the 2012 Coca-Cola Riddim

Coca-Cola has released the second official Coca-Cola Rhythm in time for Carnival 2012. The rhythm features an all star line up on a groovy soca beat developed by Kernal Roberts.

Coca-Cola has always been a refreshing delight to people all across the globe since 1886. The 2012 Coca-Cola Rhythm builds on the optimistic refreshment platform which embodies Coke’s Open Happiness mantra.

This new rhythm features an amazing group of artistes including: Benjai, Lil Bitts, Umi Marcano, Screws and Devon Matthews. Their talent brought to life the Rhythm objective – to share happiness, build excitement and really enjoy Carnival as Trinbangonians do with Soca Music.

According to Franchise Brand Manager, Mr. Roberto Lapeira, “Coca-Cola is pleased to have to opportunity to share its second Carnival Rhythm with Trinidad and Tobago. We are always trying to find innovative ways to really connect with the public and with the success of the last rhythm, we knew we had to bring something even more amazing this year. Kernal Roberts took the challenge and brought a fantastic, new groovy soca sound that includes our trademark Coca-Cola five tones and makes you want to dance in the street this Carnival.”

The Carnival 2012 Coca-Cola Rhythm Music will be available for download at www.coca-cola.com.tt


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Social Networking Spotlight: CaribLifeCentral.Com

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Visit our friends over at CaribLifeCentral.Com, for a fun alternative to Myspace© & FaceBook© for those interested in the Caribbean.  The site is all about connecting you with the Caribbean.  Here is a listing of some of their current features.  Please visit , sign up and share with your friends.
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—News, Sports & Opinion Editorials ——————
West Indies victory over England
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/west-indies-victorious-over-england

Two 2009 Grammy winners from the Caribbean Diaspora
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/two-2009-grammy-winners-caribbean-diaspora

St. Lucia Embraces Diaspora over Independence
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/st-lucia-embraces-diaspora-over-independence-0

Bajan artists selected for T&T Competition Semis
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/bajan-artists-selected-tt-competition-semis

Marley boys celebrate for Bob in New Zealand
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/marley-boys-celebrate-bob-new-zealand

Respect due to Tourism Reporters
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/respect-due-tourism-reporters

ST. Lucia’s 30th Independence Anniversary Activities
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/en/st-lucias-30th-independence-anniversary-activities

— Things To Do ————————–——
http://www.cariblifecentral.com/event

— Featured Videos ————————–
“Save a Life” – By Shaggy & Friends
http://social.cariblifecentral.com/video/safe-a-life-shaggy

“Fyah (Fire in Your Waistline)” – Kevin Lyttle
http://social.cariblifecentral.com/video/fyah-fire-in-your-waistline

“Winners Make Love” – Onaje
http://social.cariblifecentral.com/video/winners-make-love-onaje

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