Queen Ifrica pulled from New York show following gay rights protest

Reggae singer, Queen Ifrica has been pulled from the 'Invasion of the Queens' show she was scheduled to headline in New York on Saturday due to protests from gay rights groups.

by Jodee Brown

Revered Reggae singer, Queen Ifrica has been axed from a show she was scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, NY following protests by a gay rights group objecting her appearance at the show, Invasion of the Queens.

On Friday, a protest including over 100 people was held outside the club calling for organizers of Invasion of the Queens to cancel the show, citing Queen Ifrica’s past lyrics condemning homosexuality, including her 2009 hit, Keep It To Yourself and the lyrics’ contribution to violence against the LGBT community. The rally was led by openly gay NY councilor, Daniel Dromm, who out rightly denounced her presence at the show.

“We don’t need homophobic people like her coming to Queens to spread their message of hate,” Dromm told the New York Daily News.

A Jamaican-born human rights activist, Michael Forbes also spoke out against Ifrica during the protest, saying, “The majority of her music has been very, very homophobic and it rings in the ears of men, women and kids. She uses the stage to burn gays.”

Invasion of the Queens features an all-female lineup that also includes Reggae singer, Etana, Dancehall star, Spice as well as renowned veteran acts, Sister Carol and Sister Nancy.

Amazura’s manager, John Rios confirmed Saturday morning that the show will go on without Ifrica following the protest, insisting that his establishment does not discriminate against gays and are welcome to the club.

Queen Ifrica has had numerous instances of speaking out against homosexuals, including last year’s Grand Gala at theNational Stadium in Kingston on Independence Day (August 6), where she repeatedly denounced homosexual lifestyles during her performance until her microphone was abruptly cut off while she spoke.

Last August, she was pulled from a show in Canada following gay rights protests.

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Damian Marley and Skrillex strike gold with ‘Make It Bun Dem’

Damian Marley can celebrate even more success of 'Make It Bun Dem,' his 2012 collaboration with American producer, Skrillex. The song has now been certified gold.

Damian Marley can celebrate even more success of ‘Make It Bun Dem,’ his 2012 collaboration with American producer, Skrillex. The song has now been certified gold.

by Jodee Brown

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley can celebrate some history on the day his late father, Bob, would have celebrated his 69th birthday was born as Make It Bun Dem, the chart-topping collaborative effort with American producer, Skrillex has been certified gold by theRecording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

It was announced Thursday morning that the song, initially released in May 2012, achieved the prestigious status after over 501,000 copies of the song were sold in the United States, according to Soundscan. This makes Marley the first Jamaican artist to go gold sinceGyptian, whose award-winning single, Hold Yuh(2010) achieved similar status last June.

Make It Bun Dem continues to do well chart-wise, currently holding third spot on Billboard Magazine’s Digital Reggae Singles Chart, previously holding top spot on that chart for several weeks. The single also reached charts in the U.K., Australia, France, Sweden, Belgium and Austria, among other countries and, combined with the official video, has over 115 million YouTube hits.

Marley has struck gold before, as the international Reggae superstar earned similar status for his Grammy-winning album, Welcome To Jamrock as well as his single of the same name, which has sold close to 580,000 copies.

Legendary Third World singer, Bunny Rugs dies after battle with leukemia

William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke, the lead singer of highly-acclaimed Reggae group, Third World is dead at the age of 65.

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, the lead singer of highly-acclaimed Reggae group, Third World is dead at the age of 65.

by Jodee Brown

The Reggae world has lost another of its patriarchs after Third World lead singer, William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke passed away Sunday night after a long battle with leukemia.

Clarke, who was set to turn 66 on Thursday, passed away at his home in Orlando, FL, according to friends and collegues of the singer. A week earlier, he was in hospital receiving treatment for the cancerous disease and had been in intensive care.

Regarded as one of the most profound and distinct voices in Reggae music history, Clarke started his career at just 15 years old and worked with popular Reggae band, Inner Circle as well as prominent producer, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The Mandeville-born artist then became a member of Third World, one of the most popular Reggae bands in history, spending 31 years with the group.

While part of the group, they issued classics such as Now that We Found LoveAlways Around, Committed and Try Jah Lovethe latter co-written alongside legendary American singer, Stevie Wonder,who performed with the band at Reggae Sunsplash in 1981.

Those songs and others were chart-toppers in several countries, particularly gaining acclaim on American and British singles charts. The band, which also featured the likes of Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore, Colin Leslie and many more, dropped several hit albums while signed to Island Recordsincluding 96 Degrees of Shade (1977), Journey To Addis (1978) and received six Best Reggae Album Grammy nominations for later projects such as Serious Business, Committed, Live It Up andAin’t Givin’ Up, though they never emerged with an Grammy award.

In a statement Monday morning, Jamaica’s minister of youth and culture, Lisa Hanna said of Clarke, “I am sad that Bunny Rugs has passed away and we will no longer be able to go to a venue to watch him perform with his beloved Third World. However, I am grateful and proud of his contribution to music. He was a true Reggae ambassador who, along with the rest of Third World, brought Jamaica’s music to the world.”

“Bunny Rugs’ voice was distinct. He had a charisma and stage presence that were spell-binding, with a smile that was vibrant. I personally will never forget him singing ‘Try Jah Love’ and ’96 Degrees in the Shade.’ Today, I offer condolences to Bunny Rugs’ family including his musical brothers in Third World.”

Third World is said to be hurting deeply as they mourn Clarke’s death, which leaves the group’s futuresomewhat in doubt. The band, who celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, was set to perform at theBlue Mountain Music Festival in St. Andrew later this month as well as several summer shows in the U.S.

Clarke’s death comes as Jamaica celebrates Reggae month, which celebrates the country’s most popular genre and the stars of that genre, including Bob Marley, who was born on the same day as the Third World star.

Sean Paul to drop new studio album this month

Multi-platinum selling Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul will release his sixth studio album on Feb. 18. The album had originally been slated to come out last November

Multi-platinum selling Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul will release his sixth studio album on Feb. 18. The album had originally been slated to come out last November

by Jodee Brown

International megastar musician and former Grammy-winning artist, Sean Paul will be unveiling his sixth studio album, Full Frequency on February 18, according toreports Saturday.

The album, which will be released physically and on iTunes, features a number of cross-genre efforts alongside some of Reggae, hip hop and pop’s top stars. Notable collaborators on Full Frequency includeDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Konshens, Nyla, 2 Chainz and Juicy J.

Sean Paul, who won the 2004 Best Reggae AlbumGrammy for his multi-platinum record, Dutty Rock has released several singles from Full FrequencyRiot, which features the aforementioned Marley and Want Dem All which features KonshensEntertainment (w/ Minaj, Juicy J and 2 Chainz) and, most recently, The Other Side Of Love.

His last album, Tomahawk Technique struggled to make any significant impact sales-wise in the United States, selling just over 1,000 copies in its first week. However, it was certified gold in France and Switzerland, with its lead single, Got 2 Luv U (feat. Alexis Jordan) in particular scoring number ones on charts in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia to name a few region.

Full Frequency is being distributed by his long-time label, Atlantic Records.

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.

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

DJ Suppa Natty 7th Annual Birthday Bash and New 2014 EPK

by TorontoDeejays.com

DJ Suppa Natty of Toronto is poised for explosive success in 2014, starting with his 7th Annual Birthday Bash on Friday January 10 at Marquee Night Club in Oshawa (39 King St. W).

The event has been well attended over the years and only shows signs of growth. 2014 brings the biggest and best line-up of DJs, performers and guests since the event’s inception. Fans from all over Greater Toronto have been commenting and liking on social media in anticipation of the best party of the year. Click here to see the Official Promo Video: DJ Suppa Natty B-day Bash 2014.

For those fans and new-comers who wish to learn more about DJ Suppa Natty, he has collaborated with Time2Rize Media and Torontodeejays.com to present his shiney new 2014 EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The production was released in January 2014 and showcases a few of Suppa Natty’s accomplishments. More importantly, it is a chance for all to get up-close and a bit more personal with one of Toronto’s fastest rising Disc Jockeys. Click here to watch the full Suppa Natty EPK 2014.

With no intention of slowing his progress, Suppa Natty recently secured a weekly radio spot on Madvibezradio.com. Starting March 2014, listeners will be able to tune-in and enjoy. Stay tuned to Torontodeejays.com for the latest DJ Suppa Natty updates.

DJ Suppa Natty Official EPK 2014

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Suppa Natty 7th Annual Bday Bash Jan 10 2014 OFFICIAL PROMO

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About DJ Suppa Natty (Biography)

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At the age of five, Suppa Natty, born in a family of musicians, developed a true passion for music. Both of his parents loved music, and his sister and mother are professional singers.

Music grew to be a part of him and inevitably, would lead to his career in the music and entertainment industry. As a singer, promoter and disc jockey, he made his mark on the map at a very young age.

He later used the name Suppa Natty and has penetrated the mainstream dancehall reggae sector, promoting events and playing with major artists such as Beres Hammond, Capleton and Lady Saw. Through the years, he has gained a lot of supporters, and an extensive variety of people come out just to hear him play.

Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, Suppa Natty has remained true to his Jamaican roots. He started using his networking and event planning skills at a very young age to promote basement dances and parties with various sounds and artists like Silver Star, Lindo P., Barry Culture, and many more.

Although Suppa Natty found contentment in this, he desired to be more involved with the actual music playing, so at the age of 13, along with Bigga, he co-founded Soul Beat Sound. Later, Soul Beat would merge with King Kris to create Black Diamond.

This transition was the beginning of Suppa Natty’s explosion on the Reggae scene. Black Diamond left an impression, or as Jamaicans would say, “dem done di place” anywhere they played.

As anyone in any business or the music business is aware of, before reaching full potential, you go through a series of transformations. Suppa Natty is not an exception; later, he left Black Diamond to play with One Draw.

He would find himself, in this season, playing a lot of big dances with sounds like King Turbo, Military, Black Reaction, and many more. Also, he played for successful artists like Admiral Tibet and Cujo Banton, just to mention a few examples.

The chance to branch out quickly came. Suppa Natty felt the need to go solo after 3 years with One Draw. The “Suppa Natty” style of playing was the start of this venture, a period for him to come into his own.

“Mashing up” the place wherever he played and genuinely versatile, he developed from strictly being a reggae DJ and started playing for wider audiences. Though his primary love is still reggae, he delights in playing other music genres.

Suppa Natty has discovered his niche, and he is creating a difference in the reggae music industry in Canada. He has performed shows with the following:

• Lady Saw
• Baby Cham
• Capleton
• Laden
• Elephant Man
• Gregory Iaacss
• Junior Reid
• John Holt
• Rich Boy
• Joe Budden
• Royce 5’9
• Stone Love
• Collie Buddz
• Chinese Assassin
• Mr. Vegas
• Clinton Sparks
• Queen Ifrica
• Ding Dong
• D12
• Clipse
• Mad Squad (from Jamaica)
• England’s reggae ambassador, David Rodigan
• Munga, and the list goes on

At Caribana 2008, Suppa Natty had his own float and was nominated Reggae DJ of the Year for 2009 and 2010 Stylus Awards. Suppa Natty is on the move and won’t be looking back.

With new doors open for him, he has a vision to carry his name global.