Christopher Martin inks deal with VP Records

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Popular Reggae singer, Christopher Martin has reached a multiple album deal with New York based record label, VP Records.

Reports on Tuesday confirmed that the Cheater’s Prayersinger is expected to release his debut album via his new label in 2014. Additionally, Martin will partner with VP for publishing and touring engagements during his contract with the internationally regarded Dancehall/Reggae label.

VP Records CEO, Chris Chin released a statement expressing optimism about his new business partnership with Martin.

“We warmly welcome Christopher Martin to our family,”he said. “His combination of vocal strength, outstanding stage presence and natural charisma are a winning formula for success, and we look forward to working with Christopher Martin and his team in the years ahead.”

Martin revealed similar sentiments when talking about the move.

“I am very happy to be working with VP. I’ve made major strides in my career as an independent artiste, and with the backing of VP plus all the hard work I will continue to put in, I strongly feel that the sky is the limit for me.”

Martin has released noteworthy singles such as Change Me Plan and Fi Mi Friend Dem while featuring on collaborations such as Celebration, alongside Ding Dong, Konshens and I-Octane as well as Till You Do Me Right with Chevaughn, D Major and Donald ‘Iceman’ Anderson.

 

Shabba Ranks working on new album

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Scarcely in the spotlight since dominating charts worldwide in the 1990s, fans of Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks, have waited since November 1998 to hear a new album from him. That wait looks set to end in near future.

The deejay has announced that he is working on a new album which he hopes to release in 2014. This would mark his first studio album since Get Up, Stand Up 15 years ago and his first compilation of any kind since his Shabba and Friends greatest hits album in 1999.

In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer published Friday, Shabba is ready to drop his latest set once he and a top record label can come to an agreement.

“I am working on numerous ideas to create hit records,” he said. “A new album is always in the works, when a major record label is ready to do some business then we will see how it goes in terms of a release.”

Shabba is the only Dancehall artist and one of seven Jamaican acts to take home two Grammy awards for Best Reggae Album: As Raw As Ever (1992) and Xtra Naked (1993).

He returned to Jamaica last summer as he headlined International Night 1 at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, his first appearance on the island in over a decade.

Shabba is set to perform at the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival in Brooklyn, NY from August 30 – September 1.

Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion

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One of Dancehall’s greats has become wary of the musical path taken by Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) as Lady Saw recently took the popular American musician to task for his venturing into Reggae music.

In an interview published Tuesday in the Jamaica Gleaner, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ voiced her disapproval of Snoop’s dabbling into the Reggae market. When speaking following her performance at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in late July, Lady Saw spoke about the implications for Jamaican Reggae artists who strive to achieve chart and commercial success internationally with overseas acts such as Snoop Lion infiltrating the market.

“Snoop, mi like yuh as a rapper, but low dancehall ting, low Reggae ting,” she told the Gleaner. “Mi no like yuh as no Snoop Lion. Weh yuh get lion from? Not your business, leave it alone.”

Snoop Lion’s foray into the Reggae industry has garnered positive results since the release of his debut Reggae album, Reincarnated in April. The album sold over 21,000 copies in its opening week, topping the Billboard Reggae charts in the process.

However, Snoop has received a litany of criticism from Rastafarians, most notably, Bunny Wailer for his alleged gimmick, suggesting that he has mocked their way of life.

Lady Saw says overseas acts have been able to capitalize on Jamaican music and its benefits because of the infighting going on within the local industry.

“We acting like children, puss and dog, crab inna barrel ting. Yuh ain’t going nowhere with all them behavior, wah kinda music yuh going put out?” she said. “It’s best we argue with Snoop than people arguing with me.”

Since the turn of the year, several overseas acts such as French Montana, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and other have been sampling Jamaican music in their song while the aforementioned Minaj collaborated with Busta Rhymes did their recently released version of the Twerk It remix entirely in patois.

Additionally, the Billboard Reggae chart has been dominated by American Reggae bands such as SOJA, Rebelution and many others in recent times, with little presence from Jamaican Reggae albums in the top 10.

“I see foreigners taking over the music. It’s not our music anymore,” Lady Saw concluded.

Vybz Kartel book endorsed by American universities

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Despite an apparent hesitance by some Jamaican bookstores and universities to facilitate it, Vybz Kartel’s debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has now received strong endorsements from prestigious American universities, according to co-author, Michael Dawson.

According to reports this past weekend, Prominent Ivy League school, Princeton University as well as Duke University in North Carolina and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee now have Voice of The Jamaican Ghetto  in their respective libraries. This adds to attention Kartel’s book has received from major international media outlets such as HOT 97FM as well as sales in places such a Germany, Chile, Austria, Holland and many other countries.

While Dawson is pleased with the universal exposure Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has received, he believes the book still has not received full appreciation from the Jamaican public.

“All major book stores – Sangster’s, Kingston Book Shop, LMH, both airports, I-Nation, Bookophilia and Bookland – have carried the book,” Dawson told the Jamaica Gleaner. “Uptown stores and religious book stores refused it out of ignorance, I believe, and we expected that,”

There has been much debate as to whether or not Jamaican schools will adopt Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto in their curriculum, with University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Carolyn Cooper calling for the book to be introduced to Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) readings this past May.

Dawson believes the reason for the education system’s reluctance to circulate the book within its channels comes down its challenging of the historical data taught throughout schools for years.

“I think the main problem with the Jamaican education system is that they would have to find a way to rationalize the inaccuracies, distortions and omissions in the traditional history books that our book highlights,” Dawson told the Jamaica STAR. “The reality is that the book factually discredits some of our traditions – from Jonkonoo to the dominance of Euro-Christianity.”

He continued, “How will the education system handle a book that explains with facts and empirical data that much of what they have taught children is a lie? The book states that ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’ is abusive to black children. So I think the book is, at a minimum, disruptive to the traditional education system. Add to that the fact that Vybz Kartel has the ear of the youth, I’m not sure if the education system can come to terms with that. No surprise there.”

Vybz Kartel remains incarcerated in a Spanish Town jail as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial in November. He, along with five other men are charged with the August 2011 murder of Williams. Additionally, Kartel and two other co-accused face conspiracy charges in connection with the case.

Jamaican YouTube sensation, Rosie to feature on new single

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Rosie, Jamaica’s latest YouTube sensation, will once again seek to capitalize on her new found fame as she has joined forces with Dancehall star, QQ on a new single aptly titled, Tutty Gran Wine, according to reports Wednesday.

Since an interview of her speaking on the recent flooding situation at her Kingston 13 home went viral last month, Rosie has won the admiration of countless Jamaicans by coining phrases such as ‘Tutty Gran,’ ‘Call Di Contractah’ and ‘We Need Justice.’ A remix of Rosie’s interview, done by Kevin ‘DJ Powa’ Hamilton was done shortly thereafter, garnering her instant popularity as she did a number of television and radio spots while also voicing dub plates for numerous disc jockeys within a matter of days.

Now, Rosie will make a foray into the music industry as she has teamed up with QQ to create the Tutty Gran Wine and record a single by the same name. QQ, known for his recent hit single, Ghetto Gal posted an Instagram video late last week, showing Rosie in-studio rotating her head as she talks about their new song.

QQ recently confirmed to the Jamaica STAR that collaboration between he and Rosie was in the works, “I thought it was something that I could do with her so she could get some earnings and bring some longevity when the clip gets old.”

According to QQ, the move is similar to the infamous Dutty Wine which became popular in 2006 but will allow Rosie put her own spin on things.

“I know it’s going to be very soon ’cause the aim is to keep it relevant. We don’t want to wait till it’s played out,” QQ told the STAR. “The public can expect something fun and something they can enjoy. I think this song is giving her justice and she a get her shine.”

Rosie appears to be following the footsteps of another Jamaican YouTube sensation, Clifton ‘Cliff-Twang’ Brown, who became famous for his Nobody Canna Cross It interview and later recorded two singles: Wat If Mi Frass and Education Is The Key in an attempt to build on his fame.

Like Cliff-Twang, Rosie made an appearance on this year’s Reggae Sumfest bill as she opened for the ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw during Dancehall Night on July 25.

Lion’s Den Reggae Music Mondays Roars to new Location Downtown Toronto

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto’s Favorite Monday Night Reggae Music hang-out, Lions Den, hits Bunda Lounge with a long list of upcoming performers and some of the city’s finest Selectas spinning the latest and greatest tunes.

Toronto, ON – August , 2013 — Reggae Music advocate JuLion King of Reggae Xclusive Magazine and popular blog site CanadianReggaeWorld.com has re-introduced “The Lions Den”. The weekly night of music commonly known as “Denday” continues to build on its rich history of providing pure reggae vibes that all can enjoy.  The hot new location is Bunda Lounge at 1108 Dundas Street West. Main event selectas (DJs) include The Juiceman – Jonathan Shaw, Suppa Natty, Fyah Rootz of Atmosphere Sound alongside Amazona Sound. On the scene photos, video and promotion will be provided by TorontoDeejays.com and Time2Rize Media, Inc.  Click here to see promo video.

The Den is now welcoming all artists and entertainers to showcase their talents. In the few short weeks at their new location, numerous upcoming and well known Reggae/Dancehall artists have shown up to enjoy the vibes and have graced the microphone with their abundance of talent.  Names include: Progress, Michie Mee, Lindo P, Popa Levy, Melodic Yoza, Tonya P, Nkrumah and you never know who will show up on the very next Denday.

This event features all the flavours of Reggae music sprinkled with sounds from around the Caribbean and the world. The bar also serves up a wide selection of drinks ranging from cocktails, liquers, domestic/imported beers and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.  “It’s typically a jam to chill to the sounds of Roots, Rastafarian Reggae with a mix of Soul, Funk, R & B, House music, Soca, and a touch of Dancehall. A vibe to chill and relax, or simply just to dance! No pretenses, just positive energy!” says JuLion King who also told the story of a friend asking him, “What are you selling at the Lion’s Den?” His answer was simply, “We sell smiles.”

Event Details:

The Lions Den Reggae Music Party

Venue: Bunda Lounge 1108 Dundas St. W. @ Ossington, Toronto, ON

Date: Every Monday (Doors Open at 10pm)

A canned food donation or $5 cover at the door

For Additional Info Contact:

JuLion King at canadianreggaeworld@gmail.com
Tygon Cowan at info@torontodeejays.com

Visit www.bundalounge.ca for directions

LIONS DEN "IGNITION" PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

LIONS DEN “IGNITION” PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level. Just warming up. All artists and entertainers welcome to showcase their talents. All reggae fans are welcome to join the party. Each and every Monday (Denday). Doors open @ 10pm. A canned good or $5 at the door. Party all night. Pre-party with delicious food and unforgettable moments starting very soon! Brought to you by: Canadian Reggae World with a little help from Toronto Deejays TV and Time2Rize Media, Inc.