Bunda Lounge brings a one-of-a-kind House Music experience to Downtown Toronto

Bunda Lounge – Toronto’s House Music Temple (Official Promo Video) … click image to view video

by TorontoDeejays.com

Bunda Lounge is best known for consistently delivering a one-of-a-kind House Music Experience in the city of Toronto, pulling party-goers from as far as Ottawa, Montreal and Windsor. Many have even crossed the US/Canadian border to get a taste of Bunda’s signature Caipirinha and to experience downtown Toronto’s exceptional House Music Temple: Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W.

Watch the official Bunda Lounge Promo video here.

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Ziggy Marley snags Reggae Grammy for live concert album

Ziggy Marley has collected his fifth Best Reggae Album Grammy win for his 2013 live concert album, Ziggy Marlet in Concert

Ziggy Marley has collected his fifth Best Reggae Album Grammy win for his 2013 live concert album, Ziggy Marlet in Concert

by Jodee Brown

International Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has won the 2014 Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his live album, Ziggy Marley in Concert.

Marley eclipsed Sizzla (The Messiah), Beres Hammond (One Love, One Life), Snoop Lion (Reincarnated) and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters (Reggae Connection) for the Reggae Grammy, his fifth since the award was first instituted in 1985Ziggy Marley in Concert is Marley’s second solo album to win a Grammy in addition to three he won as the front man of his band, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers.

Perhaps this should not as a surprise to music lovers, as since the Reggae Grammy was introduced, a Marley has taken home the honor 10 times, seven of those times happening since 2002. Stephen Marley has won the award three times (2008, 2009, 2012) while their brother,Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley won twice (2002, 2004).

The royal family of Reggae music has often produced stiff competition for fellow nominated artists, with no artist winning the Grammy when a Marley was nominated since Shaggy’s Boombastic in 1996.

Nevertheless, the achievement proves the Marley’s stronghold and level of consistency within Reggae music long after the death of Reggae’s greatest act, Bob Marley.

Congratulations to Ziggy Marley on his award.

Macka Diamond defends crucifixion picture from upcoming video

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single, 'WickeD Heart.'

Deejay, Macka Diamond has taken heat for this picture leaked from her upcoming video for the single

by Jodee Brown

Acclaimed Dancehall artist, Macka Diamond is out on the defensive after a picture leaked online from an upcoming video showing her hanging from a cross, mirroring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The picture, taken from the shoot of her upcoming video for her single, Wicked Heart, triggered social media furor this past week, with some insisting she committed blasphemy by doing the act and crossed the line of artistic expression.

In a radio interview Friday, the Dye Dye singer denied this was the case, saying the picture and meaning behind it were taken out of context.

“To be frank, I was never looking at it that way. It’s since I’m seeing the comments (that) I really started to think about it,” she told IRIE FM“According to Jamaican terms, we she, ‘Chu, people a crucify mi..dem nah get mi down.’ I wasn’t even thinking aobut this Jesus ting or nail mi hand…like I dying for nobody sins. It is not as deep as everybody is thinking.”

Macka said the scene was only done as a way to represent the recent criticisms fired her way, particularly since her controversial lyrical clash with long-time rival,Lady Saw at STING last December. Wicked Hearthas been branded by many in the music industry as a diss track aimed at Saw.

This is not the first time an artist has done a crucifixion in his or her videos or songs. hip hop superstar,Nas pulled off a similar tactic in 1999, hanging from a cross in the visuals for his smash hit, Hate Me Now, which featured P Diddy.

Seven years later, pop legend, Madonna pulled off a mock crucifixion during a stage show performance in Germany, sparking outrage from church groups and music lovers alike.

The official video for Wicked Heart will be released in the coming weeks.

2014 edition of Shaggy and Friends show shatters donations record

Shaggy (left) and his Make a Difference Foundation hand over a cheque worth JA$70 million to members of the Bustamante Hospital for Children at a presser in Kingston. Representatives from Digicel, one of the show’s main sponsors, also attended the event.

by Jodee Brown

The Bustamante Hospital For Children have received a gigantic boost in their efforts to upgrade their facility after receiving JA$70 million in donations and proceeds from this year’s Shaggy and Friends charity concert, more than doubling the previous records.

A check for the hefty dollar amounted was presented byShaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation during a press conference at the Kingston-based hospital Thursday night. Shaggy spoke excitingly about the announcement.

“This last concert, being our fourth installment of Shaggy and Friends, has been our biggest one yet and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our sponsors,” the Grammy-winning singer said during the conference. “There was a lot going on this year especially with The Voice and I wouldn’t have gone through with this if I didn’t know that I was working with some very confident people.”

The inclusion of highly-regarded Jamaican singer and The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin on the bill surely had something to do with the record turnout at the lawns of Jamaica House, with close to 10,000 people attending the show, according to Shaggy. Other main acts at the event included fellow competitor on The Voice, Matthew Schuler as well as Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Admiral Bailey, Carlene Davis and many more.

Money raised from the show will go towards finishing the building a full cardiac wing at the hospital, which was reportedly near completion in December.

The JA$70 million amount more than doubles the JA$32 million raised by the last Shaggy and Friendsshow in January 2012. Previous editions of the show raised JA$27 million and JA$30 million in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Demarco blasts critics of ‘Ride’ video, axed from Youth View Awards

Demarco, known for singles such as 'I Love My Life,' and 'Fallen Soldiers,' is facing backlash from the release of a controversial new video for his single, 'Ride.'by Jodee Brown

Popular Dancehall artist, Demarco has been dropped from the upcoming Youth View Awards days after releasing a controversial video for his single, Ride,which consists of strong sexual content throughout.

Reports Wednesday say organizers of the award show, set to take place Feb. 1 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, made the move to drop Demarco from their performance lineup. No definitive reason was given for the move by organizers

Released on Monday, the video for Ride showsDemarco engaging in sexual acts with two naked women wearing disguises. One of the women appears to simulate oral sex on the deejay and get on top of him during the five-plus minute long video, while the ladies engage in sex acts on each other. You can watch the full video here.

The video, given its nature, was mainly uploaded to other video sharing sites, instead of YouTube, which is known to be stringent in its rules against depicting videos of a sexual nature. Social media has been rife with criticisms on the visuals, with some likening the video to softcore porn.

Frustrated with the negative backlash, Demarcoissued a scathing statement Wednesday, firing back at critics.

“Amidst all the tattering (which is much ado about nothing), it is important to note that my video is intended for mature audiences only,” he said. “This is explicitly stated at the beginning of the visuals, which contain nothing most ‘mature’ individuals have not seen or been exposed to in their lifetime. As a further precautionary measure, the video was never released via any of my official outlets (Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), but unfortunately perpetuated to social media platforms by overzealous individuals.”

He continued, “The focus that is being thrust upon this video should be given to matters such as the disenfranchised youths of this country, the rising rate of unemployment, lack of proper infrastructure for our children to learn, squatting, the crime epidemic, among other social issues.”

Demarco also pointed to his charitable initiatives, including the donation of school supplies to children in Jamaica and Kenya, as well as another single he is promoting, It’s Not Right, which talks about various atrocities committed against children worldwide. According to the artist, local media chose to ignore that and all his other positive deeds, stressing that there are bigger priorities they need to focus on.

Queen Ifrica stands her ground

Queen Ifrica performs at Rebel Salute 2014. - Photo by Adrian Fraterby Jodee Brown

Queen Ifrica is standing her ground on her views on homosexuality and marijuana and used the stage at Rebel Salute 2014 in St Ann on Saturday night to make it clear those views would find expression.

However, she justified her anti-homosexuality views by referring to the reproductive process.

“Children are the future and them can only born through heterosexual relationship,” Ifrica said, asking for the acknowledgement of persons who knew that children could not be born out of an orifice other than the vagina.

She got it.

Initially, Ifrica took subtle jabs at those she has angered with her anti-gay stance, making it quite clear in her performance that she has no plans to surrender her right to free speech.

In fact, after blazing delightful fires with selections like Lioness on the RiseBelow the Waist, and Genocide, she emphasised her stance unequivocally, reeling off Straight and Keep it to Yourself.

ADDRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES

And homosexuality was not the only thing that Ifrica opposed vehemently as she blazed against paedophilia, as well as black people dying in Sudan “and world leaders negotiating about some things that nuh necessary in this time”.

Another issue on which Ifrica stood firm was the value of marijuana, doing Coconut Shell.

At the nationally televised Grand Gala 2013, held at the National Stadium in St Andrew, the microphone was turned off when Ifrica was speaking about marijuana and homosexuality.

After that performance, the Ministry of Youth and Culture released a statement, expressing “… our regret that the Grand Gala stage was used by one artiste, Queen Ifrica, as a platform to express her personal opinions and views on matters that may be considered controversial, rather than to perform in the agreed scripted and rehearsed manner consistent with the thematic production”.

Then, Ifrica stood by her words, saying in a response printed in The STAR that “until a member of the gay community can give birth from their union, they should not be abrasive to heterosexuals because they came from that union”.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

On Saturday night in St Ann, Ifrica also did Freedom of Speech, the song with which she responded musically to that situation.

At Rebel Salute 2014, Queen Ifrica was clearly in a no-nonsense mood from the get-go, opening with the chant “bongo woman come”.

Those who initially thought she had softened her stance on homosexuality when she did not do the line “no mm mm man cyaa come inna mi bed” in Below the Waist were mistaken.

After Genocide, Ifrica said coming was “de hot segment”, and asked for all the straight men and women inside the venue.

There were many. Straight followed, in which Ifrica said she was “straight like de lightpost outta mi gate”. Her comments about children and homosexuality came before Keep it to Yourself.

Queen Ifrica was not all social commentary and fire branding though, bringing a light moment to her set when she invited the Japanese duo, Ackee & Salt Fish, to perform.

The two came out clad in traditional Japanese clothing and quickly won the hearts of the fans as they sang and deejayed in almost flawless patois, also making a straight declaration in the process.

– Additional reporting by Mel Cooke

Suppa Natty Splashes into 2014 with a mighty Birthday Bash east of Toronto

Suppa Natty and Friends tore down the building at Marquee Nightclub in early January 2014 with the 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Bday Bash

by TorontoDeejays.com

With the ‘7th Annual Capricorn Splash’, promoter and DJ Suppa Natty pulled of a successful birthday party east of Toronto earlier this month.

Hosted by Marquee Nightclub in Oshawa, the night of his birthday bash was covered exclusively by TorontoDeejays.com. The club was filled with Toronto’s top selectas/sound crews and Dancehall/Reggae artists; family, friends and most importantly his fans. Suppa Natty would like to thank all those who supported the event overall.

Seeing many new faces is a reminder of his ever growing fan-base and Suppa Natty plans to keep offering his fans and supporters top-class entertainment.

The DJ/Promoter has arranged to bring Billboard Chart-topper and Reggae/Dancehall superstar Gyptian to Marquee Nightclub on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The award-winning artist has added this event to his current promotional tour of Europe and North America for his latest studio album, Sex, Love and Reggae. Meanwhile Suppa Natty is working to bring other well known artists to Toronto and his home-town Oshawa in 2014.

Check out Live Footage of Suppa Natty’s 7th Annual Capricorn Splash Birthday Bash and learn more about the man behind the parties and the music by watching his 2014 Video EPK here.

Jah Mason and Uzman score a chart-topping hit with ‘Nightlife’

Toronto-based artist, Uzman has released his new hit single, Nightlife, featuring revered Reggae star, Jah Mason.

Toronto-based artist, Uzman has released his new hit single, Nightlife, featuring revered Reggae star, Jah Mason.

by Jodee Brown

Jah Mason, well known as the golden boy of collaborations in the Reggae music industry, has joined forces with international crossover rapper, Uzman on the single, Nightlife. The track which was released in the summer of 2013 was quickly added to several commercial reggae radio stations playlists. The song also reached the number 1 spot on the NYC reggae charts (Funk Master Flex’s Franchise Record Pool) in November, and the official music video has received over 18,000 authentic views to date.

To celebrate the songs success, Uzman, who is based in Toronto, Canada, will be in Jamaica from January 10th through 19th as part of Caribbean- wide Nightlife promotional tour. This will be his second trip to the island; he flew to Jamaica to perform the single with Jah Mason in late 2013 and was well received by the audience in St. Elizabeth (Jah Mason’s home parish). Uzman speaks highly of the artistes on the Jamaican music scene and says his goal is to collaborate with other serious Jamaican artists, record for local producers, and cultivate as many professional relationships as possible.

“It’s important to get your name out there and your music heard by as many people as possible, every chance you got. That’s what I am going to be focusing on this year. My grind don’t stop,” says Uzman.

Uzman is making himself available for interviews while in Jamaica. Interested media houses are asked to contact Lisa Breakspeare of Nemesis Entertainment by sending an email to lisa.pop@live.com.

Download “Nightlife” DJ Pack here: https://app.box.com/s/0vcg1tgpdzst8prnjvh9

Listen online! https://soundcloud.com/uzman

Alty B goes from ‘Nobody’ to somebody on new song

Dancehall/Reggae singer, Alty B has unveiled his first of many offerings for 2014, entitled 'Nobody.'

Dancehall/Reggae singer, Alty B has unveiled his first of many offerings for 2014, entitled ‘Nobody.’

by Jodee Brown

Aiming to take the music world by storm, one lyric at a time, Real Entertainment Productions recording artist,Alty B is back in the spotlight, releasing his first single for 2014 entitled Nobody.

This song, produced by Smokeshop Studios, showcases the epitome of a ‘rags to riches’ type story, as Alty B speaks of the hypocrisy shown by people once a relatively unknown name gains some sort of recognition. Voiced on a beat combining Dancehall and Reggae elements, Nobody points out the struggles and whole heap a blood, sweat and tears’ it took for the singjay to gain respect in his industry while warning others in a similar situation to watch his or her surroundings that much more when success comes calling.

Nobody has already found favour in his native Jamaica, with radio stations across the island playing the single in rotation. Alty B’s flow and straight-shooting lyrics make this song a worthy listen given its ability to relate to so many people who go through this everyday experience.

Alty B landed his biggest mainstream hit thus far after combining with fellow singer, Richie Loop for their collaborative effort, Island Girl. The song was a hit with several local TV and radio stations while also gaining heavy rotation in his base in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada. Other notable 2013 singles from the R.E.P artist, who is currently being managed by Andrew Lee Pryceincluded Bubble Fi Me (feat. Cubanis),Leaving You (feat. Ebony Royal) and Woman I Need You (feat. Jah Cube).

Look out for the official video for Nobody in the near future as well as the single on iTunes, distributed by Johnny Wonder and Hapilos 21st. This is the first of many things to come from this rising sensation throughout 2014 and the foreseeable future.

Sizzla taken off Dutch festival days after STING ban

Sizzla Kalonji has been axed from a festival in Netherlands set for March due to anti-gay lyrics from his recent set at STING 2013

Sizzla Kalonji has been axed from a festival in Netherlands set for March due to anti-gay lyrics from his recent set at STING 2013

by Jodee Brown

Reggae/Dancehall star, Sizzla Kalonji is once again facing heat for his stances against homosexuality following his recent performance at STING 2013 as organizers for an upcoming festival in the Netherlands have removed him from their lineup, according to reports Tuesday.

The revered singer will not perform his scheduled gig at the Melkweg festival on March 16 in Amsterdam after organizers were made aware of Sizzla’s set at STING 2013, where he spoke out against gay relationships throughout.

Organizers said they did not want to offer a stage to any artist who sings ‘very hurtful and hateful lyrics.’

Patrons who had purchased tickets to see Sizzla will be refunded, according to organizers. Sizzla has yet to respond to the organizers’ stance.

This development comes days after STING organizers banned the entertainer for ‘promoting hate music,’ saying they warned him not to sing such lyrics during his performance, which was broadcast on pay-per-view to viewers worldwide.

Sizzla is among five artists nominated for the Best Reggae Album award at this year’s Grammy Awards, set to take place on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.