Alty B aims to ‘nice up’ the vibe in Canadian dancehall with return SINGLE

alty b nice up in yaby Jodee Brown

After taking an extended break from the music scene, internationally recognized recording artist, Alty B, known for his 2013 smash hit, Island Girl (feat. Richie Loop) has returned with a proverbial call to arms, shooting lyrics aimed at bringing back a positive vibe to dancehall across the Greater Toronto Area and Canada with his new SINGLE, Nice Up In Yah.
With the Canadian dancehall scene in need of a mainstream boost, Alty B speaks on many of its promising talents that have shown flashes of their talents, but have seldom been heard from in recent times. With ‘no vindictive feelings’ being expressed, as the song’s intro indicates, Nice Up in Yah mentions friends and fellow acts such as Eyesus, Sample King, Ziggy Eva Strap, Blessed and Lindo P as he openly wonders why Canadian dancehall fans have not seen much from some of the familiar names within the LOCAL industry.
The Island Girl singer ponders why ‘from when Five Star nuh sing bout di gyal dem, Badda Squad? nuh hear from way back when,” as he looks for answers as to why the scene is not as vibrant as it once was. Furthermore, he addresses fans who have questioning his own hiatus from the music scene as he reveals the birth of his first child played a major role as he put family first before deciding to make his triumphant return.
Featuring the combination of a pulsating beat and Alty’s vibrant PERSONALITY, Nice Up In Yah is a charge to bring back the energy and dedication to Canadian dancehall that it so desperately needs, with the always-ambitious entertainer willing to step to the forefront to lead said charge.
Produced by fellow Jamaica COLLEGE alum, Ramus and Brampton-based Unit One Recording, this track is simple but effective with its motivation; a chance to rejuvenate interest this popular genre across the GTA and garner attention from the necessary industry players to again put Canadian dancehall on the map. With a mixtape in the works and other projects to come, Alty B aims to ‘nice up’ the scene again through his music

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “NICE UP IN YA”  BY ALTY-B

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Sizzla denied return to the U.S. after being denied visa

sizzlaby Jodee Brown

Having being barred from performing in the United States for five years, it appeared that Reggae superstar, Sizzla Kalonji was nearing a return to the country with an impending tour there set to start. That return has now hit a sudden snag.

According to reports Tuesday, Sizzla has been denied entry into the U.S. after his visa application was revoked. This just two days before the highly respected singer was due to begin a month-long tour across the U.S., which was due to go on until Dec. 22.

The tour would have seen Sizzla, whose real name isMiguel Collins, travelling cross-country, with performances set for venues in New York, Washington D.C. and Colorado, amongst other states.

Stephen Brush, the booking agent for said tour told theJamaica Observer that they have decided to push back the tour as they hope to reschedule to tour for late winter.

“I am deeply saddened by the news, and I can say this is one of the worst weeks in my career,” Brush said. “It is not a dead issue, but I am no longer comfortable waiting and seeing. What I would like to do is postpone the tour and look at re-booking it for February and March.”

Sizzla has not held a U.S. visa since 2008. Perceived ‘gay-bashing’ in his music over the years has triggered protests of his shows from gay rights groups in the United States, Canada and Europe in the past, including cancellations to shows in Toronto and Montreal thanks to protests by members of the Stop Murder Music coalition.

Rastafest survives gay backlash

queenifrica1by Howard Campbell

DESPITE the furor over the billed appearance of Queen Ifrica, a spokesperson for last Sunday’s Rastafest in Toronto, says the show was a success.

Masani Montague of promoters Upfront Theatre Foundation, says over 10,000 fans attended the roots-reggae event which was held at Downsview Park.

 A good turnout seemed unlikely when local gay groups threatened protests if Queen Ifrica performed.

They were disturbed by the singjay’s anti-gay remarks during her performance at the Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium in Kingston early last month.

Montague says Ifrica was dropped from the show.

“She was pulled from the festival due to the strong recommendation and suggestion from Downsview Park, and also as a Government-funded event the organisation recognised that it wasn’t consistent with the theme of our production,” she told the

Sunday Observer.

“At Upfront Theatre Foundation we do not condone any form of discrimination.”

Montague says the Queen Ifrica episode did not hurt Rastafest. In fact, she believes it “made people more aware of social issues”.

She continued: “It also brought Rastafest on an international stage. The negative publicity put a lot of pressure on the festival organisers and volunteers, making the job of organising and keeping on schedule a bit difficult.”

Kingston-born Montague has lived in Canada since 1974. She is a founding member of Upfront Theatre Foundation which started in September, 2000 as a student drama club at York University.

It has evolved into a “service learning, incorporated, non-profit organisation serving children, youth and women in the Jane and Finch community” of Toronto and surrounding areas.

Rastafest started as Culture Jam in 1986. The name change came in 1993 when Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus were headliners.

Singer Everton Blender was the main act for this year’s show.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rastafest-survives-gay-backlash_14978624#ixzz2e8i9eYM8

Reggae artist Queen Ifrica dropped from Rastafest concert following backlash

queen ifrica1by Kavelle Christie

Reggae artist Queen Ifrica is the latest Jamaican artist to suffer backlash from gay rights activists.

The singer was pulled from the lineup of the Rastafest concert in Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow: Saturday, August 24.

The cancellation is a result of comments Ifrica made during her performance on August 6 at the Grand Gala in Kingston to celebrate Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of independence from Great Britain. This also came on the heels of the murder of Dwayne Jones, a Jamaican teenage cross-dresser, and as such, her statements endorsing heterosexual marriage were deemed extremely homophobic.

Immediately following Ifrica’s performance the Canadian lobby group, Jamaica Association of Gays and Lesbians Abroad (JAGLA) launched a campaign to prevent the “Lioness On The Rise” and “Far Away” artist from performing at the then upcoming Rastafest. As a part of the campaign, the group also took to their Facebook page requesting the cancellation of Ifrica’s work permit.

Also as a result of JAGLA’s campaign, Queen Ifrica released a new single, “Freedom Of Speech”, singing, “Suh low mi mek mi talk fi what mi want and believe in/You have a right, mi have a right to/ Suh yuh cyaan force mi fi stand up behind yuh/ Two roads before yuh dem seh pick yuh choice/Suh mi choose fi pick da one ya wah straight an nice…It’s a breach of democracy to stop mi from speak/Agree to disagree that’s the way it ought to be” in reference to her freedom of speech.

In a gutsy move, she then sings, “Mek mi tell yu straight mi nuh inna nuh closet/Yuh cyaan force me fi promote yuh habit/See another song yah campaign fi ban it/Cause artiste right unnu love trample pon it/Medical marijuana is the future and we have the best here in Jamaica.”

Following news of Queen Ifrica’s prohibition from the concert, JAGLA released a statement, also found on the group’s Facebook page, saying, “The Jamaica Association of Gays and Lesbians Abroad (JAGLA) welcomes the move by the promoters of Rastafesta to withdraw Jamaican anti-gay singer, Queen Ifrica, whose given name is Ventrice Morgan, as a performer from the upcoming Rastafesta concert in Toronto, Ontario.”

The statement continued, “This is a welcomed move by the promoters. We have to send a clear message that persons who make comments that jeopardize the well-being of members of the LGBT community in Jamaica, will not be welcomed in Canada. We hope that other homophobic persons will use this instance as a reminder that acts that incite hate will have negative consequences. We hope as well, that the government of Jamaica will move swiftly to put in place measures to protect members of the LGBT community.”

The group then pointed out that Queen Ifrica’s freedom of speech needed to be balanced with responsibility.

“JAGLA maintains that everyone, including Queen Ifrica, is entitled to free speech. JAGLA does not seek to curtail Queen Ifrica’s right. We however believe that this right must be balanced with responsibility…Free Speech is not absolute. It is free to the extent that it does not hinder citizens from living in peace, liberty, dignity. Note, the Jamaican Constitution itself states that the enjoyment of rights and freedom is subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest”, the group said.

“Utterances such as those made by Queen Ifrica threatens the safety of LGBT people in an extremely homophobic society…JAGLA will continue on its mission to ensure that Jamaica is a place for everyone to live in peace and dignity. We want Jamaica to be at a place where the rights for all is respected; where the LGBT community is not seen as banes of society, but as citizens working to fulfill Jamaica’s mission; where Jamaica can live up to its anthem of justice and respect for all, not some, and where the focus is shifted to fixing, not creating the problems,” it concluded.

Listen to “Freedom Of Speech” by Queen Ifrica, Penthouse Records

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