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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:19

Jahcure World Cry Album

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If you're looking for a roots reggae album, World Cry is probably not for you.  Although Jah Cure maintains a fundamental reggae undertone for most of the songs featured on this album, the infusion of several other genres is also quite pronounced. It seems rather experimental, steering towards a crossover compilation as the artiste trades in gritty roots sounds for mainstream variants.

The album opens with the inspirational song, 'Nothing is Impossible'. Here we are introduced to the subtle R&B flavour which will become progressively prevalent. 'I Can't Wait' follows with a more up-tempo groove. From the lyrical content to the rhythm we see another layer unfolding, defined by hip-hop influences which overflow into 'Cosign' that could be likened to a Sean Kingston song.

For Track 4, 'Before I Leave' we recapture a little of the old Jah Cure we're more accustomed to. Although there are still traces of the cross over- R&B element, the one drop riddim that accompanies the track is quite pervasive. This is short lived as by the time we get to track 5 we're transferred to a whole new realm, one inspired by Latin music in Unconditional Love (feat. Phyllisa).

Thus far theme of love proves to be the central focus of the songs and continues with 'Only Vice' and 'Choose Up' (features Jazmin Sullivan). Though both are not distinctively reggae songs, they still contain some sentiments of an island spice. 'Me Miss' seemingly acts as a transitional song for 'Like I See It' (featuring Mavado), which is probably the most pronounced cross over song on the entire release.

The title track, World Cry channels a Pop/ R&B blend to address recent atrocities that have occurred across the world. The song also changes the mood of the album that was previously focused on love and relationships. 'Reach out' and 'Save Yourself' takes a similar tone as 'World Cry', with world issues, politics and salvation as central themes. This trend continues until the end with 'Praises to Jah' (feat. Phyllisa) and 'All By Myself'. Perhaps the artiste's placement of 'All By Myself' which features Rap legend Tupac at the very end is a statement as to the direction his music is headed.

Genres aside though World Cry does contain good music. The title could possibly be seen as a metaphor alluding to the worldly appeal through the different genres explored. Jah Cure's signature voice remains striking with an uncanny ability to pull listeners in. The album is now available on Itunes and Amazon and the title track 'World Cry' video has also been released (see links below).

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:17

Wayne Marshall Go Hard album

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After a short hiatus from the music scene, Wayne Marshall is now back and going harder than ever. The artiste known widely for his song "Legalize Ganja" and his collaboration 'My Heart' with Mavado, is currently working on a new album exclusively being produced by Ghet­­to Youths International recording label.

Fans are getting their first taste of the work in progress with the release of the single 'Go Hard'. The track produced by Baby G's Yard Music, features a stellar compilation of Jamaican music heavy weights including Damian Marley, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Aidonia and Vybz Kartel. Of course rounding up so many high profile artistes was no easy task but Marshall relayed he was up for the challenge, noting that "Dancehall music needs this kind of unity."Its barley been a week since 'Go Hard' has surfaced and the feedback has been quite favourable. In fact Marshall has already started planning several remixes for the song.

He told Jamaicansmusic that he is working acidulously on his album which is slated for release between the last quarter of 2012 and the first two month of 2013. So far the album title is undecided with True Colour and Go Hard being the most likely candidates. Collaborations thus far includes Tarrus Riley, Konshens and Damian Marley among others currently "in the works."  The artiste is quite ecstatic about his new project and also plans to release a video for 'Go hard' in short order. He told Jamaicansmusic, "This is definitely the best work of my life. I am a more complete artiste than before as I am more involved in the theory behind the music, playing instruments and the production in general. My fans will feel the difference in the quality of music."

Aside from his album, he is also involved in a major collaborative effort with Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley and TOK dedicated to the celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence. He shared that this project seeks to highlight where we are coming from as a people musically and channel the essence of where we are going.


G from you say hard we go hard and done wid the big money clip like the coil cah done you see the black diamond pon me neck a long dung a five pointer you know what kind of money run yea From you say hard we go hard and done wid the big money clip like the coil cah done you see the black diamond pon me neck a long dung a five pointer you know what kind of money run yea

Donia: Me niggy say fi chop dem so me chop dem like a cold jelly dem don't ready wid old medi yo don't penny my flow steady my doe spenny is so many bling frozery no rosary dem know me lyrics stinka than dead body when the crow smelly man full a gal how many can't check it so many dem lost ina me torch me can't find dem ina me bold berry me gal dem hot like Yendi belly flat like dem nah have no belly dem see Marshall ice bright like dem a look ina one scope tele 

Agent Sasco: Dem say go hard or go home naturally we going hard cause we nuh ready fi go a we yard sickning with the swag if a shopping so you know we spend a bag like a shopaholic with a black card Loui catalogue When we a record spitting these bars ano snickers no it's more like alkatraz when we say we doing hard times it nuh mean say times hard it's jus the time on me Audamaz Octane: Then watch ya now my golds dem real pon me finger ice dem cold and freeze like the winter mek every catty wah wheel pon me ninja bike that's why dem a peep a me window 

Wayne Marshall: We go hard when we step ina the booth fi record when we say hard this is not a fasaud we go hard like a armored security gaurd and we will shell dung the place and we nuh have no regard If going hard is a crime then i'm guilty as charged To how me hot i am a fire hazzard Come fi u food and we nuh need no reward because we a the tuffest ting a yard and abroad 

Chorus: G from you say hard we go hard and done wid the big money clip like the coil cah done you see the black diamond pon me neck a long dung a five pointer you know what kind of money run 

Bounty Killer: From dem say hard we go extrahardinary so tell all the enemies dem and the adversaries we do crime and we do the time so dem nuh hard fi bury ano nuttn fi we live out a we commisary Say dem hard but dem nuh hard yet man a the hardest thing regardless have gal a me yard a go hard a sing all note ya pon me cordless see dem a pose up like dem hard dem jus a wait ya fi a audit(hard hit) we shoot dem like a target then Missa Madden dem haffi morgue it 

Junior Gong: Now me go hard pon everyline like how mount everest hard fi climb me go hard like original wailers Peter Bunny Bob combined like election in eighty one new years eve ina ninety nine we go hard like a circumstance that mek prime ministers resign we go harder than Mohamed Ali dem ina dem prime harder than a diamond i'm even harder to find harder than platinum cause i'm one of a kind harder than the chance of getting Kartel on the line 

Vybz Kartel: Aright den pernemanem pernemanem pernemanem pernemanem a the world boss this teacher me name some man a say bleacher me name dem say me wah turn eminem Kartel and marshall again ina the dancehall tenement we a set trend again people a ask if we turn fren again we wasn't enemies so we nah matter them 

Chorus: G from you say hard we go hard and done wid the big money clip like the coil cah done you see the black diamond pon me neck a long dung a five pointer you know what kind of money run yea from you say hard we go hard and done wid the big money clip like the coil cah done you see the black diamond pon me neck a long dung a five pointer you know what kind of money run yea I'ma go hard

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:15

The Risistance- Jamaica

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Upon arrival the sparse availability of proper parking was a clear indication that 'The Resistance' would cater to a full house. Patrons fraught the entrance of South Beach Café eager to make their way inside where last minute sound checks could be heard. Although show time was set for 8pm, with reggae music in the background- occasionally becoming overpowered by the laughter of socializing groups, the almost two hour set back went seemingly unnoticed. It was when the distinctive voice of Elise Kelly, Empress and Queen of mid-morning radio on Irie FM, took to the microphone, the night's proceedings finally begun.

Fresh off their European and South American tour, the band Raging Fyah graced the stage first. Warmly received by cheers and whistles, the band set the tone for the night unravelling rich roots reggae music, with one song after the other. As they gave fans a taste of their newly released album Judgment Day, it was clear, rebel music was the order of the night; it was 'The Resistance' after all. For their finale the band closed with an ode dedicated to "herbs" which left patrons on a high, ready for the next act.

With her ever present natural mystic, Jah 9 ascended centre stage. From the very first utterance her voice commanded the attention of her listeners or better yet her disciples. Each song taught a life lesson, as she implored them to embark with her on the mission to fulfil 'Jah works'. For many the highlight of her performance came when she invited reggae music sensation Protoje on stage for a duet. The militant messenger is expected to release her new album, New Name, in February 2013.

Songbird Kayla Bliss was announced next. She gave the audience the softer side to reggae, shifting from Jah 9's raw roots sound. The artiste who first garnered some attention through her duet with Jesse Royal stood her own Thursday night. Still a relatively fresh face, Kayla Bliss managed to keep her audience entertained as they swayed to the melodies of her songs.

Without delay, Jesse Royal followed. 2012 proved to be a good year for the young act who has stirred quite a buzz especially with his video for "This Morning" which went viral online. Jesse's performance was reminiscent of the late-great Peter Tosh from the conscious conviction of his lyrics to his dance moves and antics that enthralled the audience. To conclude his set he invited Kayla Bliss back on stage to perform their famous duet, "I Need You".

For the last time Elise Kelly mounted the stage to share tales of her memories with Fattis Burrell. This time she recounted her introduction to then a young budding artiste, Sizzla who Burrell spoke fondly of and referred to as 'the next big thing'. With much pride she welcomed on stage, now Reggae idol Sizzla Kalonji or her "big son" as she affectionately called him.

Greeted like royalty, Sizzla's presence struck South Beach Café with a new bolt of energy. With no reservations he began unloading his catalogue; a slew of reggae hits one after the other. The artiste warned his audience "Mi nuh come fi romp wid unuh tonight", he meant business. Equally prepared, the patrons, like a choir sang along – word for word- sometimes out-singing the artiste as he signalled to his band for the next track. In the midst of his performance he called a friend on stage Ras Shiloh, who wooed the crowd with a mix of Garnett Silk classics, his voice strikingly similar to Silk's. Sizzla returned for round two with even more crowd favourites including "Holding Firm", "Be Strong" and "Where Do You Go".

Unfortunately the late start resulted in the premature end of Sizzla's performance. Despite of some technical difficulties with the sound, over extended performances and intermissions, 'The Resistance' was a good night for Reggae music. The quality of the line-up was a profound indication of the legacy of a true veteran, Phillip Fattis Burrell. At the end of it all 'The Resistance' proved that reggae music is alive and its future, promising.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:13

P.Diddy hosts Bad Boys Sound Clash In Jamaica

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International superstar Sean Combs more popularly known by the moniker P.Diddy joined forces with promotional guru Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich for 'Bad Boys Clash'. Supreme Promotions CEO, Isiah Laing who is also the brainchild behind the annual Dancehall stage show 'Sting' quickly organized the event for Diddy who reached out to him earlier in the week. In a matter of 24 hours plans were finalized and news of the impromptu event spread like wild fire. The Ciroc sponsored sound clash was hosted at the Lime Light Entertainment complex and was free to the public. As one could imagine scores of patrons flocked the venue anxious to see the music mogul live in action. The night commenced when P.Diddy entered the stage to welcome those in attendance and then gave a little performance much to the delight of the audience. The high energy of his performance was intensified when Dancehall artistes Beenie Man, Flippa Mafia, Kiprich and Ninja Man joined him on stage.

Thereafter emcee of the night Nuffy soon introduced Dancehall's newest sensation Tommy Lee. And then it was time to get the real show underway, the sound clash! At stake would be P.Diddy contribution of $20,000USD ($1.8 million JA) for which sound system giants Tony Matterhorn, Bass Odyssey and Foota Hype were to contend. At the end of it all, song for song, dub for dub, Tony Matterhorn was deemed the winner.

The star studded event ended with an after party at the complex with Diddy, his belle pop singer Cassie and a host of Jamaica's high profile names.

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