Interview – Zack Reed (Rebel Sound Records) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 111

Listen to the precious gems dropped by my guest, Zack Reed, CEO of Rebel Sound Records, and top man at EN Young‘s Roots Musician Records.

When I asked Zack which of his upcoming projects we need to look out for, his response took about ten minutes because the list was so long.

Listen to gems dropped by my guest, Zack Reed, CEO of Rebel Sound Records, and General at EN Young's Roots Musician Records.  I was amazed at how long the list was when I asked Zack what upcoming projects people need to look out for.  Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 111  Apple Podcast (iTunes)

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DJ Ted Ganung (Dub Rockers) Interview | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 106

I talked to Ted Ganung, the label manager for VP Records’ Dub Rockers imprint.

I talked to Ted Ganung, the man behind the VP Records' Dub Rockers imprint. Our conversation touched on: early reggae influences in Hawaii,  cultural appropriation,  the dominance of the Marley brand,  favorite reggae songs/artists,  music business advice, current and upcoming projects.

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Our conversation touched on:
  • early reggae influences in Hawaii,
  • cultural appropriation,
  • the dominance of the Marley brand,
  • favorite reggae songs/artists,
  • music business advice,
  • current and upcoming projects.

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Top Reggae Star Gyptian Leaves the VP Record Label

Reggae Super-Star, Gyptian, announced his departure from VP Records due to the expiration of his contract.

Reggae Super Star Gyptian Leaves VP Records Music Group

Reggae star Gyptian

The ultra successful Reggae / Dancehall artist, who delivered Billboard topping albums ‘My Name is Gyptian’ in 2006, ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’ in 2008, ‘Hold You’ in 2010 and ‘Sex, Love, and Reggae’ in 2013, as well as earned multiple international awards and a gold-selling single, has reached the decision to move on from his lengthy stay with the label. “It has been a great journey with special memories made and I’m thankful for all the opportunities, but unfortunately I have decided to part ways with VP Music Group.”

The contract offered a clause in which VP Music Group could renew the option to continue making music with Gyptian, and after two years, the artist and his management team realized that this option will not be renewed. From a legal perspective “VP Records for more than two years has failed to render the payment option and operated with malicious intent in its refusal to comply with its contractual obligation.”

As Gyptian embraces the beginning of a new musical chapter in his life, he’s eager to get in the studio and make music under his own label, Ryte Dyrekshan Records. “It’s time I get back to doing what I love which is making music, and time for my fans to hear from me again so I can get out the road and see them. They’ve been asking and begging for new music – time to make that happen.”

One of reggae's emerging masters of dubwise producon, Alborosie

Alborosie’s new album, “Freedom & Fyah” now available

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One of reggae’s emerging masters of dubwise production, Alborosie has honed his craft through the creation of six studio albums.

Alborosie - Freedom & Fyah - Artwork

Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah – Artwork

Along the way, he has become the biggest selling European roots reggae artist. His latest album, “Freedom & Fyah” demonstrates his production skill and depth of feel with 13 contemporary and authentic reggae jams. All tracks are produced and performed by Alboroise.

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Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah

Featured performers include Ky-Mani Marley on the ballad and Protoje on the track “Strolling” and reggae legends, the Roots Radics band on the track “Everything featuring Pupa Avril.” Stand out tracks include “Poser

which has chalked up over 1 million YouTube views and “Rocky Road

which is up to 500k YouTube views. Alborosie’s YouTube channel puppaALBO has 17k subscribers.

“Urban Poet,” new album from Junior Kelly now available

Junior Kelly is back with his new album “Urban Poet” in stores October 9th.

Junior Kelly - Urban Poet - Artwork

Junior Kelly – Urban Poet – Artwork

The 16 track album presents some of the many influences in Junior Kelly’s music; reggae, dancehall, RnB and jazz. Kelly displays a matured artistry in his voice and lyrics that has developed over his extensive recording career. The first single and video is “No Dig It Up” has over 30,000 views and growing on line.

Other features include the RnB infused “In Love,” the soul searching “Mile In My Shoe” and the Jazzy “Hooked on Mary.” Urban poet will take you on a musical high. Download the album now.

New Single from African Reggae star PatoRanking: Daniella Whine

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Patoranking - Daniella Whine - Artwork

Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (born 27 May 1990), better known by his stage name Pato Ranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking, who is a descendant of Ebonyi, started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone.

He signed a record deal with K-Solo‘s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika”. In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released “Girlie O”, a single that put him in the limelight.  On 9 February 2015, Patoranking signed a distribution deal with VP Records.

VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 to Hit Stores in July 2015

Various Artists: Reggae Gold 2015 Genre: Reggae   Label: VP Records   Release Date: 17 July 2015

Reggae Gold 2015 – Artwork

Featuring Beres Hammond, Ikaya, Queen Ifrica, Yasha, Jah Cure and more, look out for various artists compilation album Reggae Gold 2015 which VP Records has slated for a release date of July 17.

The release of Various Artists Compilation: Soca Gold 2015

1. Raze - Fay-Ann Lyons 3:50 2. Party Done - Angela Hunte ft. Machel Montano 3:16 3. Our Time - Bunji Garlin 4:58 4. Ah Feeling - Lead Pipe & Saddis 3:48

Soca Gold 2015 – Artwork

Just in time for summer enjoyment Soca Gold 2015 featuring Fay-Ann Lyons,  Angela Hunte, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Lead Pipe & Saddis, and more will be officially released on June 30th.

Tasha T wins for Best Caribbean Style at the Black Canadian Awards

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Congratulations to Tasha T on winning in the “Best Caribbean Style”category of the prestigious “Black Canadian Awards” that took place on Saturday, June 6, 2015! The award was presented at a Black Tie gala hosted at the Queen Ann Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

  Decked out in a drop-dead couture outfit the inspired creation of  Canadian based "Dab Design" Tasha T looked stunning throughout the evening. When interviewed about this latest honor the petite songstress known for her big voice and conscious lyrics said "more than anyone could imagine I am extremely thankful to the Black Canadian Awards Committee for recognizing and nominating me for the award.  She went on to say that "I work non-stop writing to create statement music that hopefully will make a difference in the lives of all listeners and touring to promote my message. This award strengthens my energy and resolve to continue moving in the direction that I am headed, up-up-up!"

TASHA T WINS FOR BEST CARIBBEAN STYLE AT THE BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS

Arriving by a stretch limousine, an excited Tasha T stepped onto the red carpet looking radiant and was meet by adoring friends and fans. Following the announcement of her win Tasha T’s acceptance speech began with thanks to JAH for the many blessings she has received with further expressions of love to her family and deep gratitude to all the fans who took the time to vote for her. She also took time to express her gratitude to the RasVibe Records management team and to VP Records for their continual support.

Decked out in a drop-dead couture outfit the inspired creation of  Canadian based “Dab Design” Tasha T looked stunning throughout the evening. When interviewed about this latest honor the petite songstress known for her big voice and conscious lyrics said “more than anyone could imagine I am extremely thankful to the Black Canadian Awards Committee for recognizing and nominating me for the award.”  She went on to say that “I work non-stop writing to create statement music that hopefully will make a difference in the lives of all listeners and touring to promote my message. This award strengthens my energy and resolve to continue moving in the direction that I am headed, up-up-up!

Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub Of Thrones

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Alborosie Meets King Jammy - Dub Of Thrones - Artwork

Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones – Artwork

VP Records/ Greensleeves announced the April 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy- Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school dub battle delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience.

The album’s throwback style and packaging captures the 1980’s reggae era and includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, one of the illustrators of that time and today. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl LP and digitally.

Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced shortly.