Marcus Garvey’s words continue to resonate throughout Jamaican music

Multiple Grammy-winning Reggae singer, Burning Spear released a pair of albums dedicated to the late Marcus Garvey, including ‘Marcus Garvey’ and ‘Garvey’s Ghost’ in 1975 and 1976. Both culminated in a special compilation dedicated to Garvey’s centennial

BY: JODEE BROWN

“A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact,”the words of a true revolutionary who not only inspired his people to break through barriers, but a genre to serve as a conduit for said people seeking hope and success within an increasingly complicated system.

125 years ago today, Marcus Mosiah Garveywas born, signifying the beginning of an existence that contributed greatly in Jamaica’s fight for an identity. Garvey’s undeniable influence not only motivated a then colonized society to battle again oppression but also igniting the Rastafari Movement as his words,“Look to Africa for the crowning of a black King”would reign true given the rise of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

As a result, Garvey’s words soon translated to lyrics as Reggae music took hold over a developing Jamaican culture, most notably inRedemption Song by the iconic Bob Marley as he quoted from a speech created by the legendary Jamaican orator. From Burning Spear toPeter Tosh, Marcus Garvey has been prevalent throughout Reggae music, creating waves for a new generation of artistes to speak out against society’s ills.

However, given the perceived decline of Reggae music’s status locally as well as the many negative connotations associated with Dancehall’s perception in recent years, it might be conceivable to think that even though Marcus Garvey’s messages continue to resonate well in some circles, they have become somewhat distorted as both genres took shape.

“I do not speak carelessly or recklessly but with a definite object of helping the people, especially those of my race, to know, to understand, and to realize themselves.” Garvey’s words are indicative of the musicians who not only use their platforms to speak their minds on life’s important issues but also to lead peaceful charges against ‘Babylon’ and their laws. Sizzla KalonjiBuju BantonEtana and the Marley family hail as ideal examples of that sentiment given the continuous significance that they’re words bring as their songs have always promoted unity while encouraging black people to trace their roots and pay homage to the Motherland, given the origin of their forefathers.

Some of Dancehall’s stars have also used their stages to openly promote black consciousness, namely Bounty Killer, Konshens and Vybz Kartel (back in the days anyway); pushing out thought-provoking efforts that offered a light at the end of the tunnel for poor people while motivating them to find purposes in life.

But, as the great Marcus Garvey said himself, “Having had the wrong kind of education, the Negro has become his own greatest enemy.” Unfortunately, those words have hit home as many of Jamaica’s musical stalwarts face complex predicaments at they languish behind jail cells, subsequently muted in their quests for musical glory. With the aforementioned Buju Bantonserving a long-term sentence on drug charges while Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal face their own legal troubles, it’s possible to conjure the thought that these artistes have fallen into the very traps and schisms that they’ve long preached against in their songs.

While the details of their situations will forever be murky, it’s evident that some of the same evils that they ran away from when pursuing success have come back to haunt them, at some level.

Their troubles in some way speak to a greater problem as Dancehall music dangerously hovers over the fine line between a fun-loving, racy art form into a genre promoting vain rhetoric as ‘swag’ and women appear the only topics of conversation within a that surely possesses more range and versatility.

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity,” perhaps serves as the best Garvey quote to fix the ongoing identity crises that our main genres face. Reggae and Dancehall have become the proverbial flag bearers for our culture, primarily due to the sounds and words cognizant with representing and promoting Jamaica in a light that makes our country appealing to the masses while representing an image that the island’s people can be proud of.

Though Jamaica’s artistes have their own motives once entering the industry, there should always be a level of forward thinking with our artistes. As Shaggy recently relented during an interview, not only do our artistes need visas but the songs as well in order to succeed. Once the concepts of Jamaican artistes start travelling to unlimited heights, then the music will eventually venture across the world’s airwaves, making us even more proud to wear the colors.

In so many ways, Marcus Garvey’s words are messages and, in some ways, indictments on the Dancehall/Reggae industry as they mirror the music’s culture and path over the last 50 years of Jamaica’s existence. Hailing as one of the island’s National Heroes, Marcus Garvey fought for missions and ideologies with undertones suggesting that while they may be too big for one to make happen, people shouldn’t dream small as a result. Given the imagination and creativity Jamaica entertainers possess, there’s no reason why these dreams can’t become a reality.

 

By TorontoDeejays.com

Currenci increasing his value within the Dancehall market

Dancehall artiste, Currenci has been earning strong airplay with the release of his singles, ‘Jah Jah Never Fail Me’ and ‘Gal a Whine Bad.’

BY: JODEE BROWN

After holding on to it for a while, Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Currenci has been taking the Dancehall scene by storm with singles, Jah Jah Never Fail Me and Gal A Whine Bad.

Demoy Forbes, who goes by the stage name,Currenci hails from the small town of Annotto Bay, which hugs the eastern coast of St. Mary. He is the second of five children, witnessing the everyday struggles that have plagued his family.

“I was born in a musical environment, I learned a lot musically, from my father- Gary Snypes, this is where I began producing and writing my own music.” said the artiste. I have been nurturing my talent professionally since 2006, I am actually living and sweating in the studio, I can’t wait to make my dream a reality,” he said.

Currenci has been molded into the versatile artiste he is today by listening to musical icons such as CapletonNinja Man and Beres Hammond.

“While growing up, I always wanted to be a successful Reggae and Dancehall artist. That dream was further motivated by the positive feedback and support I received while performing at local community shows, people loved my style and songs.” the artiste smiled.

Currenci has been making indelible strides within the Dancehall, creating major waves locally and internationally with singles like Jah Jah Never Fail Me (Sound Mafia Records) and Gal A Whine Bad (Studio Vybz). Both singles have been receiving rave reviews from fans on radio stations, in England, Costa Rica, Paris, Trinidad and onHot97 in Boston.

“I am also working with Movements Squad, Cellblock Rohan, DJ Wasp, DJ Penny from New York, also, I have performed at various shows in New York alongside Demarco. Bounty killer’s nephew Advance has been motivating me a lot, which I am really grateful for. If you want to book me for any shows, you can contact, Horane Bennett at: 1347.767.1273 and Camille Simms:1876.428.9868 Currenci said.

A medley video will be released for the single, Gal A Whine Bad, which will be directed by Studio Vybz and Anju Val. Additionally, Currenci is slated to be featured on the next project for Studio Vybz Productions, scheduled for a September release.

”I just want to tell my fans thanks and please to keep supporting my music, also, I just want to send a big respect to Cellblock Rohan and Movement Squad for their hard work,” he said.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Popcaan and Drake link up, explore future collaboration

Popcaan recently met up with Canadian rapper, Drake backstage at the OVO Fest in Toronto.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar,Popcaan could soon score another hit collaboration with an overseas sensation as he seeks to build his consistently impressive resume.

Having joined forces with rap legends such asBusta Rhymes (Only Man She Want Remix)and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg),Popcaan could soon add Canadian hip-hop superstar, Drake to his list of international collaborators after meeting up with theMarvin’s Room singer in his hometown of Toronto recently.

Popcaan performed a pair of shows during the much hyped Caribana weekend in Toronto, to rave reviews. While in Canada’s largest city,Popcaan received an invitation from Drake to attend the OVO Fest, an annual concert hosted by Drake in Toronto. This, after Drakeand his team reached out to the Ravin’ singer months leading up to the Caribana festival.

The OVO Fest not only featured performances from rap superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Millz and Snoop Lion, but also saw Drake and Popcaan link up backstage where they discussed the prospect of working together going forward.

“I met Drake backstage at OVO Fest, then linked again at the after party on Sunday, (August 5th). After that di vibes did mad so we went to two private parties on Monday, following di show,”Popcaan intimated via press release.

“Meeting Drake was good; he’s cool and wants to come to Jamaica again. Him rate my ‘Yiy Change’ mixtape. His whole crew knows the mixtape well. He likes my music and knows all di slangs.”

Drake has long been an admirer of Popcaan’s music; constantly tweeting out phrases and lyrics coined by the former Portmore Empire deejay.

Though back in Jamaica, Popcaan will return to Canada this Saturday where he’s scheduled to perform at the Montreal International Reggae Festival before heading for shows in Winnipeg as well as Hamilton, Ottawa and London, Ontario respectively.

“It’s been a crazy summer but mi give thanks, especially to all di fans that show up and pack di shows. Di fans dem mad, dem fry. Canada always shows me nuff love; respect to the Canadians fans straight,” he said.

Popcaan has been performing across the Caribbean and back home as well throughout the summer, travelling to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad while also giving rousing sets atReggae Sumfest 2012 as well as the recently concluded Smirnoff Dream Weekend in Negril.

Furthermore, Popcaan has continued recording; recently unveiling tracks such as Bay Badness,Me Baby Dat and will soon release the single, Me Caan Believe (Young Vibez Production) as well as a song on the Pre-Release Riddim, crafted by ZJ Liquid.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Bob Marley receives new Grammy award

Bob Marley has earned a new version of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award that he initially received in 2001.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Reggae music’s greatest icon has posthumously captured another accolade after receiving a new Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy recently.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley earned a replacement version of the same lifetime achievement award that he initially copped in 2001. According to reports, Recording Academy personnel recently visited Jamaica and later noticed that the original version ofMarley’s lifetime Grammy had been damaged; thus, leading to the decision of creating a new rendition of said award.

Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley reportedly accepted the award alongside his sister, Karen Marleyfollowing a Recording Academy screening of the popular documentary, Marley at the Los Angeles Film School on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood recently.

According to Neil Portnow, the Grammy Recording Academy president and CEO dubbed Bob Marley’s music as ‘song of faith, devotion and revolution.’

Bob Marley has earned several posthumous awards since dying of cancer at the tender age of 36 in 1981; being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001, just to name a few.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Black, Green and GOLD: Jamaica’s true colors show in London

Usain Bolt leads out Team Jamaica during the Opening Ceremony at London 2012

BY: JODEE BROWN

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne asUsain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trialslast month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

Given that Yohan Blake teased many of us with his blistering run of form in the last year, it was logical to think that some fans (including myself) would roll with the hot hand. Unfortunately, Bolt ensured that we got burned badly for making that switch as his mystique and uncanny ability to accelerate at ease during the second half of any sprint proved that he not only hails as a master of sprinting but at deception as well.

For all the times that people have doubted Bolt, it always seems as if Bolt intentionally tries to toy with us at every turn just for the purpose of entertainment and intrigue as he’s by far track and field’s most attractive draw. It’s as if Bolt’s National Trials performance was put out just give him extra motivation in order to accomplish such as difficult feat, causing staunch naysayers to earn their money’s worth while falling into Bolt’s tempting trap.

In the Oympics itself, it appeared that his 100m defense was just a warm-up act for his usually appealing show as he turned up the heat in the 200m and 4 by 100m relay; forever assuming his place as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, if not, the greatest given the ease that he’s managed to defend his titles.

Bolt should also be credited for bringing the best out of his Jamaican teammates as Yohan Blake captured a pair of silver medals and a 4 by 100m gold by running his best races to date in just his first summer games. In addition to his actions, Bolt’s words appeared to have a resounding effect on Calabar High School alumnus and fellow Trelawny native, Warren Weir as he was caught passing on words of advice to the diminutive runner prior to the 200m final. Whatever Weir lacked in size, he surely made up for in heart and grit; reaching for that extra bit of fuel to ensure that Jamaica swept the podium for the second straight Olympics, matching whatShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson and Keiron Stewart did in 200m.

Like her name, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce added a title to her resume’ four years removed from her stunning 100m triumph in Beijing. Retaining her 100m title and copping silver in her first 200m final proved Fraser-Pryce’s worth as an all-rounded athlete and the flag-bearer for female athletes in Jamaica going forward. However, despite Fraser-Pryce’s vast accomplishments and the successes earned by both the 4 by 100m (silver) and 4 by 400m (bronze) relay teams, there is some concern regarding who the next ‘big thing’ amongst female track athletes are, given thatVeronica-Campbell Brown just completed her fourth Olympics and nears the end of her athletic prime; signaling that a transition amongst our female competitors may already be beginning.

Nevertheless, there were many bright young stars who gave strong accounts of themselves for their country’s cause; making their medal-winning achievements more newsworthy events that those of their more accomplished compatriots. Hansle Parchment and Warren Weir deserve lots of praise for exceeding even their own expectations while Kaliese Spencer came close to nabbing her own bronze medal in the 400m hurdles. Alongside Yohan Blake, these athletes consolidated the fact that Jamaica’s Olympic future could possibly become brighter as they’ve already proven that they’re worthy successors to the kings and queens of their respective events.

Perhaps this fountain of youth also came at the right time as some of our cagy veterans fell short in heartbreaking fashion as Brigitte Foster-Hylton called time on her prestigious career after her long and treacherous quest for an Olympic medal came to a sad and abrupt end while Melaine Walker, Jermaine Gonzales and the much maligned ex world-record 100m holder, Asafa Powell also fell short of huge expectations that accompanied them.

With regards to Walker and Powell’s efforts in particular a much bigger issue arose in relation to the level of criticism they both received, albeit in completely different circumstances. Though our athletes do deserve criticism at times for their performances, their efforts can never be questioned. Playing down the hard work under pressure being displayed by these athletes blurs the very fine line between fair criticism and tongue-lashings; thus triggering a very dangerous trend, one that must be defined in a way where we can support our athletes without having to discourage, but better yet, encourage them with a mixture of support and honesty.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect, however, of Jamaica’s Olympic trail wasn’t the new trend set by our track stars, as we kind of expected that to happen. What wasn’t foreseen was the success of our athletes in other sports, from Alia Atkinson and her brave performance in swimming to Dorian Scott and his top ten placements in the shotput to even brilliance in martial arts from Kenneth Edwards. With Jamaica’s place in track and field cemented, London 2012opened the eyes of many observers who otherwise scoffed at these events in the past. Hopefully, the eyes opened widest by these achievements are that of local sponsors and government officials who could offer the necessary publicity these athletes and their respective events need in order to groom athletes culpable of mimicking similar triumphs to their track compatriots.

London 2012 not only offered Jamaicans a familiar blast from the past, but a look at the island’s future as its sports infrastructure surely has loads of potential on offer. With Jamaica’s evolution as a sporting nation becoming evident in 50 years as an independent nation, who’s to say the next 50 won’t see new barriers being broken in different areas. Thus, Jamaica’s already decorated Olympic history could become that much more storied.

Congratulations to Team Jamaica for their efforts during London 2012. You’ve truly done our island proud.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Usain Bolt, fellow Jamaicans fire back at Carl Lewis following 200m triumph

Usain Bolt (middle) has fired back at Carl Lewis after he took gold in the 200m final in London. Teammates Yohan Blake (left) and Warren Weir (right) won silver and bronze respectively.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Nine-time Olympic Gold medalist, Carl Lewismay be learning the hard way never to make Jamaicans angry as the island’s greatest sprinting product and several of his fans have fired back at the highly revered American athlete.

As expected, Usain Bolt cemented his legendary status at the Olympic games in London by repeating as the 200m champion in a time of 19.32 seconds. Bolt, along with Jamaican teammates, Yohan Blake (Silver – 19.44s) and Warren Weir (Bronze – 19.82s) ensured that London’s medal stand was proverbially painted in black, green and gold; completing an unprecedented sweep of the high-profile event.

However, the attention turned to Usain Bolt as he had a verbal go at Carl Lewis for comments that the American sprinting legend made a few days ago in light of Bolt’s defense of his Olympic 100m title on Sunday. During an interview, Lewis implied that Jamaica’s drug testing procedures and doping controls needed to be strengthened compared to other countries.

At a press conference on Thursday, Bolt addressed Lewis’ comments; intimating that he has no respect for the former American champion and eight-time World champion.

“I’m going to say something controversial right now. Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him,” Bolt told reporters.

”The things he says about track athletes are very downgrading for us. I think he is looking for attention because no one talks about him. I think it was really sad when I heard the other day what he was saying. For me, I have lost all respect for him, all respect.”

When asked what comment specifically drove Bolt over the edge, the Jamaican sprint icon stated,”It’s all about drugs, (him) talking about drugs stuff. For athletes (who are) out of the sport saying that, that’s really upsetting for me. For him to jump up and say something like that, as far as I am concerned, he is just looking for attention.”

According to Bolt, Jamaicans are clean ‘without a doubt’ and have trained really hard to reach the heights of success within track and field.

But it wasn’t just Bolt who fired shots at Carl Lewis as his fans and fellow Jamaicans made their voices heard via social media, attacking Lewis on his own Facebook fan page.

One Facebook user wrote on Lewis’ wall, “Carl Lewis yuh bad mind … you get your shine, mek somebody else get a piece of the limelight … see you have to eat you words.”

Another comment read, “Usain Bolt is a far better athlete than u were and you know it, and the reason it burns you so much is because Usain Bolt loves what he does and does what he loves..”

“Bolt is the best now and the best there ever was … You’re just jealous and why can’t you be like Micheal Johnson and be one of the GREATS of track and be humble … I used to be a fan of urs you know, but no longer #Team Jamaica.”

Nevertheless, Jamaicans continue to celebrate Bolt’s success as he became the first athlete to successfully defend his 100m and 200m titles at the Olympics. For Bolt, it was his fifth gold medal at the Olympics since 2008.

However, most of the attention locally has shifted towards Warren Weir, a Calabar High Schoolalumnus who surprised many in securing his first Olympic medal. Many Jamaicans are now excited about their track prospects as Weir and two-time silver medalist, Yohan Blake are just 22 and 21 years old respectively and have already been tipped to mirror Bolt’s unprecedented success for Olympics to come.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Alty-B takes flight with ‘YYZ’ mixtape

Drewsland native, Alty-B has released his debut mixtape dubbed, ‘YYZ.’

BY: JODEE BROWN

Fast-rising Canadian-based Dancehall artiste,Alty-B has launched himself a step closer towards mainstream success with the release of his debut mixtape, YYZ.

Dominating Toronto’s Dancehall/Reggae scene this summer with singles such as Girl and No More, Alty-B taken a significant step in his career with his YYZ mixtape as it reveals the singjay’s maturity, not only musically but interms of his persona as he’s expanded his stage name to Alty Banton.

YYZ may sound like an indifferent name for any CD, but it attests to the current position in Alty-B’s career and life. Those three letters represent the code for the Pearson International Airport in Toronto; where the young singjay currently makes ends meet as he’s determined to establish himself bothmusically and financially as an upcoming act.

The YYZ mixtape, produced by Canadian-Jamaican disc jock, DJ Fella features many of Alty-B’s signature hits including the highly regarded dance anthem, Splice as well as the heartfelt track, Can’t Believe, which hails as an ode to a close friend from his days atJamaica College who fell victim to gun violence.

Additionally, the YYZ compilation features previously unreleased tracks including Gone Ah Dance, Cannot Forget You, Get Gal Easy and She Want Mi; all efforts that once again highlights Alty Banton’s lyrical ingenuity and range as he continues to work hard in asserting his craft within Dancehall’s circles, both in Canada and back home.

Alty-B also graces the YYZ mixtape with several clever dubs including Miss Kitty K, No More and Diss Badman.

The YYZ compilation features productions from stalwarts such as JonFXSmoke Shop Productions and Faze as well as appearances by DJ ConstantineKeno 4 Star andMad Lynx.

You can download the YYZ mixtape for free via Mediafire:http://www.mediafire.com/?06gneja48qvus8q

By TorontoDeejays.com

Buju Banton trial request rejected, faces more jail time

Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton now faces an additional five years behind bars as his request for a new trial has been denied.

BY: JODEE BROWN

The light at the end of the tunnel now seems further away for incarcerated Reggae legend, Buju Banton as the prominent singjay’s request for a new trial has been rejected.

Federal Judge, James Moody turned down Buju’s appeal during a hearing inside a Tampa, Florida courtroom on Tuesday, insisting that there was no need for another one to take place. This ruling took place a month and a half after an Atlanta Circuit Court rejected Buju Banton’s appeal to overturn his conviction and subsequent ten-year sentence on drug-related charges last year.

That court appearance in Atlanta this past June also witnessed the reinstatement of Buju Banton’s gun charge, which was initially thrown out during his initial conviction in February 2011. As a result, given the rejection of his trial request yesterday, Buju Banton now faces five additional years in prison and will soon attend a new sentencing hearing to find out whether or not his ten-year prison stay will be extended.

Despite this latest setback for Buju, the Grammy-winning singjay’s lawyer, David Oscar Markus vehemently refused to give up the fight; implying that he could take this case to the Supreme Court.

“I plan on appealing again and will take this to the Supreme Court if I must,” Markus told theJamaica Gleaner.

“I won’t stop fighting for my friend and brother.”

Buju Banton was arrested in December 2009 and later accused of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence. After his first trial ended in a hung jury, Buju returned to court in February 2011 where he was convicted on all three charges but had a gun charge, which had been tacked on prior to his second trial revoked as it was deemed that he neither spoke to nor met James Mack, a co-accused in the case who was held possessing a firearm.

Though Judge Moody agreed that Buju’s gun conviction ruled during his appeal in Atlanta was wrong, he could not throw it out given that the Circuit Court deemed that there was enough evidence to convict him on that charge.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Etana pregnant with her second child

Etana, who has a son (Shevaun Lee) is due to give birth to her second child this fall.

BY: JODEE BROWN

Add internationally acclaimed Reggae songstress, Etana to the list of popular personalities within the Jamaican music industry who will bear children in the coming months.

 

Following recent revelations that Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Ce’Cile andFiWi Choice Top 10 host, Amita Webb are set to become mothers for the first time, Etanahas announced that she’s pregnant with her second child. Etana’s husband and prominent Jamaican actor, Andre Morris made the exciting announcement via Facebook on Thursday.

 

“Touring!!! Reggae Music Lives. The RawSoul Rebel mixtape coming out soon. Also looking forward to the birth of my daughter!!!” Morris stated.

 

According to Etana, who’s currently in Birmingham, England for a celebratory concert regarding Jamaica’s 5th anniversary, she’s looking forward to raising her child with a partner who’s willing to commit to the cause.

 

“Our plan was to do different business moves etc., but we were surprised with a new life, a precious gift, and funny enough we ended up doing most, if not all we planned just the same. Jah works in mysterious ways. My husband is all smiles watching every step I make. He wants to be in every doctor’s visit, rubbing my aching feet and making sure I have all I need to be comfortable. He’s gonna be a great dad,” Etana told the Jamaica STAR.

 

For Morris, who’s been married to Etana since 2010, he’s eagerly anticipating the birth of his first child.

 

“I’m very happy that I’ll be a dad. Now the two and a half years of speculation is confirmed, I’m pretty sure I’ll have the family I’ve always dreamed of. It’s hard to find the rare combination of love and commitment that we have, and I’m looking forward to the birth of my daughter and looking forward to many years of prosperity and success with my beautiful wife,” he said.

 

Etana’s PR agent, Keona Williams explained that the highly regarded Jamaican singer will be due to give birth in October or early November as she’s currently going through her third trimester.

 

Meanwhile, Etana will unveil her new album, Better Tomorrow later this year.

 

By TorontoDeejays.com

RDX cops sixth number one single with ‘Jump’

RDX will be touring Europe this summer as they continue to capitalize off the success of their chart-topping single, Jump

BY: JODEE BROWN

Dynamic duo, RDX has always managed to keep their fans and music lovers breathless with their high tempo music and energy-filled entertainment.

Since their explosion on the scene with mega hit, Bend Over, they instantly followed with more hits such as Dance, Everybody Dance, Daggering and the summer party anthem,Summer Slap Weh amongst others. The group has always gone beyond the call of their musical duties to not just deliver music but also entertain.

RDX has added another hit song to their collection. Their single, Jump, which was released a little over two months ago, has been in heavy rotation and with the release of the video, has only added more fuel to the top of the charts.

Jump has become RDX’s 6th chart topping single and is now, according to several of Jamaica’s entertainment charts, the number one song and video. The Jump video has collectively acquired over 1 million views on YouTube and is also climbing the international charts.

Jump, which is being distributed by digital giants, 21st Hapilos is available on iTunes.

RDX’s ongoing Summa Slap Weh Tour will be heading to Europe this month, with stops in Italy, France and Germany while also gracing festivals such as Ostrada (Poland), Rototom (Spain) and Sodueste (Portugal).

Stay updated for more dates and venues by logging on to their various social network sites. Follow RDX on Twitter (@RDXMusic) or on Facebook.

By TorontoDeejays.com