Tuesday, December 15, 2015

JAH CURE NOMINATED FOR 2016 GRAMMY FOR BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Jah Cure, the Jamaican singer who has long been recognized as one of reggae's greatest voices, receives his first Grammy nod for Best Reggae Album. Since its July release, his album The Cure (VP Records) has remained on the Top 10 U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart and held the #1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks after its debut. Other nominees in this Grammy category are Barrington Levy, Rocky Dawuni, Luciano and Morgan Heritage. The 58th Grammys will air on February 15, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS.

Jah Cure expresses his enthusiasm. "I'm super happy to be nominated for a Grammy, it's one of the highest achievements for a singer in the music business," he says.

With his beguiling vocals and soulful conviction, Jah Cure effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer's tales with beautiful love ballads into The Cure. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover's rock with R&B and pop-fused elements. Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher "Sketch" Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Justin "Jus Bus" Nation and Trevor "Baby G" James.  Jah Cure's multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. "My struggles made me who I am today. That's why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it," he states.

Jah Cure has a long history with VP Records. He released three albums - Ghetto Life (2003), Freedom Blues (2005) and True Reflections...A New Beginning (2007) - with the label, but The Cure is the first official release since the artist signed with the reggae powerhouse earlier this year.

The Cure album has received critical acclaim across the board:

"This year, Jamaican artist Jah Cure stole the show, serenading us with the hauntingly marvelous voice that I dare say is the best voice in reggae today. He delivered classic tunes and ones from his stellar new album The Cure, released last month."
-FORBES

"musical therapy to your ears...poetic messages of empowerment and love."
- ABC NEWS (via Associated Press)

"..shows the evolution of a career that started with roots reggae and lovers rock...punctuating passion with his raspy voice..."
-COMPLEX

"one of Jah Cure's most personal records to date...spans a rich, sonic palette, coupled with a wide-range of themes..."
- MTV IGGY

"4 Stars....offers a grace and sense of restraint well beyond his years..."
-ALL MUSIC

"another classic...raises the bar of what reggae music can and should be...traditional reggae and lover's rock is blended with pop, rock, and R&B making his music feel evolved yet approachable"
- FRANK 151

"One of the most anticipated albums of 2015...one of the greatest living reggae singers"
- MASS APPEAL

"...timeless reggae...got the musical remedy for all...making the likes of Bob Marley smile from the heavens"
-ARTIST DIRECT


Monday, November 09, 2015

STICK FIGURE 'SET IN STONE' REVIEW

New Album Drops Friday, November 13

Tour starts January 14, 2016 in Sacramento

The inherently talented Stick Figure returns with an absolute scorcher of a record! Set In Stone is aptly titled as it permanently etches 'Stick Figure' on the figurative stone tablets listing only high-quality roots reggae. Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. His music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub.
Three years in the making and over 1 hour in length, Set In Stone begins with "Fire on the Horizon", a tune that could easily double as the opening jam for their upcoming tour. You simply get lost in the intro. The riddim is smooth, slow and hypnotic with a perfectly placed guitar twang throughout and a 'jam-for-10-minutes-if-you-want' guitar solo to close the track.
"In This Love" bubbles with a positive vibe and infectious beat with lyrics to match. "Sound of the Sea" is a classic! Booming, one-drop drum and bass amidst a tale of longing for the past. "I want to go...I want to feel the way I did...I want to go back to the way it was." Then it switches. The riddim breaks down and with that the listener is told "just a little bit longer. The music's making us stronger." Nice outro to one the gems of the record!
Set In Stone also features some serious collaborative talent. Rebelution's Eric Rachmany guests on "Mind Block", a solid tune laced with a twinge of Aswad's 'Dub Fire'. Slightly Stoopid partners on the upbeat groove "Choice Is Yours" and the infamous Collie Buddz lends his skill on the track "Smokin' Love".
 The echoes, reverb and other sound effects are ever-present, yet never over done. Subtly immaculate. "Out The Door", "Shadow" and "Weary Eyes" are perfect examples.
Woodruff with Stick Figure's current lineup of  Kevin Bong (Keyboards), Kevin Offitzer (Drums) and Tommy Suliman (Bass).
"Sentenced" incorporates a haunting organ riff set a top a pulsating, simple drum and bass that perfectly compliments the sad story being told. The piano adds a gentle sense of elegance to a tune describing the hardship and heartache of being "sentenced, living in detention" for shooting a man dead. Big tune dat!! 
The delivery and simple, yet poignant lyrics on "Sunshine and Rain", "One of Those Days" and "All My Love" shows that Stick Figure has developed an understanding of what reggae music is all about. Words are important but the message of a song can be completely lost if there's too many lyrics packed in a verse or chorus. These tunes are layered but at the same time simple and catchy.
"Smiles on Faces" featuring K.BONG is a wonderful conclusion to an album that you don't want to end. It's a unique track with a sort of Death Cab for Cutie meets Modern Roots Reggae feel. The riddim is lively and the message is positive with Woodruff and K.Bong alternating verses seamlessly. For the song to include the King Yellowman classic lyric "if all the girls in the world we're living across the sea, what a wonderful swimmer, yes you know that I would be" makes it even more lovable!! Boom Tune!.... Driver Pull up dat!
Set In Stone is arguably Stick Figure's finest album to date. The musicianship, as usual, is first-rate and near perfection. That being said, this record really takes things to a level that even Stick Figure had yet to reach. Wooddruff's attention to detail when crafting a song is extraordinary. Every sound is crisp, clean and superbly placed in a seemingly effortless way. Top to bottom 'Set In Stone' should be counted as one of the best Reggae records of 2015/16. Stick Figure just keeps getting better with every album. Crucial!

Track Listing:
1. Fire on the Horizon
2. In This Love
3. Sound of the Sea
4. Choice is Yours feat. Slightly Stoopid
5. Mind Block feat. Eric Rachmany
6. Sentenced
7. Out the Door
8. Weary Eyes
9. Smokin' Love feat. Collie Buddz
10. Shadow
11. One of Those Days
12. All My Love
13. Sunshine and Rain
14. Smiles on Faces feat. KBong


RAGING FYAH SIGNS TO DUB ROCKERS (VP)

Billboard Announces Details on the Jamaican Band's Multi-Album Venture with VP Records' New Imprint

"...most promising acts...their revolutionary spirit evoking the late Peter Tosh or Steel Pulse circa the late 1970s"  - Billboard

Raging Fyah, one of Jamaica's leading roots rock bands of this generation, signs to Dub Rockers, the newest imprint from the world's largest reggae distributor VP Records. The five-piece collective, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, will release multiple albums on Dub Rockers, which will include publishing and merchandise rights. Their first studio album with label is slated for 2016.

Throughout November, Raging Fyah will tour California - performing in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. Then, they head east for their New York City showcase on the 24th. See full tour schedule below.

This week, Billboard announces the full details on their signing here.

The band releases an official statement about the news. "Many have compared our sound to the feel good reggae in the 1970s when it was all about the groove of the music, so signing with Dub Rockers/VP Records is like a match made in heaven being that they are known to be 'miles ahead in reggae.' With their experience in promoting reggae music from that time until now, we feel we are good hands."

"Raging Fyah breeds a progressive sound while staying true to real roots reggae.  You know it is made from the heart and can feel the positive energy they bring. It's undeniable. This type of authenticity is rare and we are excited to help spread the word worldwide," states VP Records President Chris Chin.

This summer (prior to Raging Fyah's signing), VP Records' distribution arm VPAL reissued their first two albums Judgement Day (2011) and Destiny (2014) to get music enthusiasts acquainted with their soul-filled sound that has been making waves in the latest reggae renaissance.

Raging Fyah consists of Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist) Anthony Watson
(drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy Hamilton (bassist). Some of the members met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, but the band itself didn't form until 2006. Inspired by the likes The Wailers, Third World, Steel Pulse and Aswad, Raging Fyah tackles similar topics of socio-economics and politics with an underlying message of hope and inspiration. Fueled by passion, purpose and life experiences, their lyrics touch and motivate people from all walks of life and their lush lively instrumentation soothes the soul. Their vintage sound coupled with a fresh contemporary flare gives them a particular edge over their predecessors.

Since their debut, their infectious vibes have been spreading like wildfire. The band has already made a name for themselves in their native country playing large stage shows such as as Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. They have also developed a devoted following internationally, after performing on South American stages as well as headlining major European reggae festivals (Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Garance). This spring and summer, Raging Fyah has been touring Europe non-stop - performing at both intimate venues and large-scale festivals throughout France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany Poland, Austria, Belgium, New Caledonia and more. They are steadily capturing the hearts of North American listeners too, earning highly-coveted performances at annual concerts like Sierra Nevada Reggae Festival in 2014. More U.S. dates will be announced for the rest of the year and 2016.

U.S. Tour Dates:
Nov. 18 (Wed) in Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe's Alley
Nov. 19 (Thu) in San Francisco, CA @ San Francisco State University
Nov. 20 (Fri) in Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
Nov. 22 (Sun) in Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
Nov. 24 (Tue) in New York, NY @ Milk River

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https://twitter.com/ragingfyah



Saturday, October 31, 2015

JAMAICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER ROMAIN VIRGO RELEASES NEW EP 'LIFTED' AVAILABLE NOW ON VP RECORDS


Video for EP's Single "Fade Away" feat. Assassin Drops This Week


Full-Length Studio Album Love Sick Slated for 2016


The 25-year-old Jamaican singer-songwriter Romain Virgo returns with a brand new EP Lifted on Oct 30, 2015 on VP Records. Virgo unveils hope behind darkness on this concsious 8-song set filled with social commentary.


He holds strong with "God Inna Mi Corner" and weeds out fake friends on "Fade Away" featuring dancehall artist Assassin. While showcasing his dee-jay skills on the EDM-tinged reggae track "Badder Man," he reveals the gripping realities of a rudeboy and opts for a different way of life.  "I don't mix up with da criminal dem, me a gwan stick to mi gal dem. I don't care who a buss this, who a buss that, me don't want no strap," as he sings in the song's closing lyrics.

To pay homage to his ladies, Virgo then offers a few ballads on his EP - including his latest romancer "Stars Across The Sky," his Sam Smith cover of "Stay With Me" (which recieved over 2.4 mil YouTube views for its accompanying visual) and " Soul Provider" (racking in nearly 4 mil YouTube video views). This will give listeners a feel of his 2016 album entitled Love Sick (VP Records), which is a heartfelt collection mostly comprised of love songs.

Lifted follows his critically acclaimed 2012 album The System, which was described as "striking" (Washington Post), "high-quality" (BBC) and "smooth and engaging" (New York Times). Billboard also proclaimed he has "empowering messages over misogynistic and violent lyrics, intricately textured one-drop rhythms instead of frenetic digital beats" and he has "found an appreciative, multi-generational audience."

WATCH brand new video for "Fade Away" feat. Assassin here:
https://youtu.be/2gpX1bmJYcI

Romain Virgo
It has been eight years since Romain Virgo became the youngest winner of TVJ's popular Rising Stars - Jamaica's equivalent to American Idol. In this time frame, Romain recorded his debut self-titled album with several chart-topping reggae hits ("Can't Sleep" and "Wanna Go Home") and his sophomore album The System. He has won numerous awards within the Caribbean community - including Entertainer of the Year by The Jamaica Recording Industry Association (JaRIA) and the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in his native country. He made history again as the first Jamaican artist to perform at Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee - where he sung his Reggae's Gone Country rendition of "All The Gold In California" alongside original vocalists The Gatlin Brothers. His new EP Lifted and his 2016 album Love Sick will continue to show his range as a singer and as one of Jamaica's brightest stars.

twitter.com/RealRomainVirgo (103k followers)
instagram.com/realromainvirgo (49.6K followers)
www.facebook.com/RomainVirgo (Over half million likes)

Lifted EP Track Listing:
1. Lifted
2. God Inna Mi Corner
3. Fade Away
4. Badda Man
5. Stay With Me
6. Stars Across The Sky
7. Soul Provider
8. Work

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

GENTLEMAN RELEASES MTV UNPLUGGED ALBUM IN THE U.S. ON NOV 6 (VP)


First Reggae Artist to Perform for the Network's Acoustic Concert Series


NYC Album Release Event in NYC on Nov. 5 at Milk River


Gentleman, the German multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist, will release his MTV Unplugged album in the U.S. on November 6, 2015 on VP Records. The 28-song live acoustic set is a wonderfully balanced mix of milestones in Gentleman's 15-year plus recording career. In North America, the album follows Gentleman's 2012 U.S. debut Diversity, which charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria.

Gentleman will return stateside next week in support of this release. He will perform the album live in NYC at Milk River (960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11238) on Nov. 5. Doors open at 8pm. To purchase tickets visit: http://www.eventbrite.com. Then, he heads to Florida on Nov. 7 for a fan meet & greet at VP Records retail store from 3-7pm in Miramar. The following day (Nov. 8) in Miami, he will join Christopher Martin on stage at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and perform later that evening at Jazid.


In this epic session recorded at the Cologne Stadtgarten, Gentleman jams with his eight-piece band The Evolution and other high-profile musicians from Germany and Jamaica. The acoustic versions of Gentleman's "Dem Gone", "Superior", "Send A Prayer" and "Different Places," which have long become canons of pop music in Europe, demonstrate how melodic and memorable his songs are. He not only has a knack for crisp riddims and catchy melodies, but is also a gifted songwriter and singer with an unmistakable voice. The two exclusive new songs in the set are "Warn Dem" featuring Shaggy and "No Solidarity" featuring Ky-Mani Marley.  Other guest collaborations include Christopher Martin on "To The Top," Tanya Stephens on "Another Melody," Milky Chance on "Homesick" and Marlon Roudette on the cover of Mattafix's "Big City Life." The live classic "Rainy Days" is polished to perfection and the crowning finale is Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Ky-Mani Marley, the son of the reggae legend.

With 10 albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, Gentleman is a crucial component in the movement of international artists beyond Jamaica who are expanding the footprint of reggae music.



Gentleman
One may not assume that the Cologne native and son of a Lutheran pastor would become an international reggae superstar, but Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto) has been drawn to reggae's revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island's sounds. He immersed himself in the culture and music at the age of 18, making Jamaica his home away from home. In 1997, he eventually got his first break with German hip-hip group, Freundeskreis, after delivering a verse on single "Tabula Rasa" with his distinctive singjay style. Since then, Gentleman has had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards).  He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny's Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy. After over a decade under the label Four Music, he moved to Universal Germany in 2010 and has since released 5 albums.

www.gentleman-music.com
https://twitter.com/gentlemanmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Gentleman

TRACK LISTING
1. Intro
2. Superior
3. Changes
4. The Journey
5. Road of Life
6. Intoxication
7. Different Places
8. Send a Prayer
9. It No Pretty
10. Tranquility
11. To the Top feat. Christopher Martin
12. Warn Dem feat. Shaggy
13. New Day Dawn
14. Runaway
15. In My Arms
16. You Remember
17. Heart of Rub-A-Dub
18. Rainy Days feat. Tamika & Martin Jondo
19. Dem Gone
20. Memories
21. Interlude
22. Homesick feat. Milky Chance
23. No Solidarity feat. Ky-Mani Marley
24. Big City Life feat. Marlon Roudette
25. Walk Away
26. Leave Us Alone
27. Another Melody feat. Tanya Stephens
28. Redemption Song feat. Ky-Mani Marley


U.S. Dates:
Nov 5 @ Milk River in Brooklyn, NY
Nov 8 @ Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Miami, FL
Nov 8 @ Jazid in Miami, FL
Nov 7 @ VP Meet & Greet @ VP Records SF Retail Store in Mirimar, FL (3-7pm)



Friday, June 05, 2015

JAH CURE'S EAGERLY-AWAITED STUDIO ALBUM "THE CURE" TO BE RELEASED JULY 10 ON VP RECORDS

On July 10, 2015, Jah Cure will release his new studio album The Cure (VP Records). Recently hailed by NPR as "a voice that sounds as if he's wringing out passion from every note" and once described by the Los Angeles Times as "a brilliant crooner of Bob Marley-esque love-and-peace reggae," the Jamaican-born singer has long been recognized as one of the island's greatest voices. With his beguiling vocals and soulful conviction, Cure effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer's tales with beautiful love ballads into one cohesive collection. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover's rock with R&B and pop-fused elements.

Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher "Sketch" Carey, Clive Hunt, Llmar "Riff Raff" Brown, Justin "Jus Bus" Nation and Trevor "Baby G" Washington James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover "All of Me" (which received over 5 million YouTube views), "Rasta" (currently #1 on Clinton Lindsay's NY reggae singles chart), "That Girl" and "Life We Live" as well as brand new singles including "No Friend of Mine" "Made In California,"  "I Surrender" and many more.

Jah Cure's multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. "My struggles made me who I am today. That's why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it,"  he states.

Cure did not have the typical road to stardom. The Montego Bay native just began his musical career, with reggae veterans like Capleton, Sizzla and Beres Hammond taking him under his wing, when it came to a screeching halt after a controversial case that led to incarceration. However, Cure's popularity rose to new heights during this time, becoming one of the fastest rising reggae stars worldwide. He was able to secure professional recording equipment and released multiple albums (Free Jah Cure, Ghetto Life and Freedom Blues) for worldwide distribution before his release in 2007. Since then, Cure has continued to top the reggae charts with hits and has released several albums True Reflections, The Universal Cure and World Cry. His latter album featured collaborations with Rick Ross and Jazmine Sullivan, blending hip-hop, pop and R&B into his sound.

On his upcoming album The Cure, fans can also hear this multi-genre influence while he stays true to his roots. His evolved sound creates a well-rounded album that will resonate with roots reggae listeners and R&B lovers alike.

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https://www.facebook.com/TheRealJahCure
http://instagram.com/TheRealJahCure
http://www.jah-cure.com/

 TRACK LISTING
1. No Friend Of Mine
2. Corruption
3. Life We Live
4. I Surrender
5. Set Me Free
6. Made In California
7. Show Love
8. All Of Me
9. Still Remains
10. Other Half Of Me
11. That Girl
12. Rasta
13. Stay With Me


Monday, March 09, 2015

GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES U.S. SPRING 2015 TOUR

Ghetto Youths International, the record label founded by Bob Marley's sons and musicians Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley, announces the U.S. Spring 2015 tour Ghetto Youths International Presents: Set Up Shop Volume 2, carrying the same name as their recently released compilation. The tours star studded reggae line up includes the GYI contingent - Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis and Jo Mersa – as well as Cham.  All of these artists are featured on the Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart.

As the GYI co-founder Stephen “Ragga” Marley told Billboard, "on this album, my brothers and I share our new music and also showcase a range of new talent that is uprising in reggae. My son Jo Mersa represents the next generation and has a universal sound -- blending different genres of music with reggae and dancehall. London-based singer Christopher Ellis inherited elements from his father Alton Ellis' Jamaican rocksteady era, while mixing it with modern day soul, R&B and reggae. Dancehall vet Wayne Marshall is so versatile and can deejay or sing on any track or riddim, and reggae newcomer Black-Am-I sings from the heart of St. Ann where my father hails from making some of realest roots music. We represent the full spectrum of reggae."

Purchase Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation now:


Throughout April and the beginning of May in the U.S., The Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 Tour will feature this array of rising talent live on stage. The multi-city stint includes stops in Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and more. See full tour schedule below.

U.S. Tour Dates:
Thu. Apr. 9 in Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Wolf Building
Fri. Apr 10 in New York, NY @ S.O.B.'S
Sat. Apr 11 in Washington DC @ The Hamilton
Mon. Apr. 13 in Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA
Wed. Apr. 15 in Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Fri. Apr. 17 in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat. Apr. 18 in Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon
Mon. Apr. 20 in Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue. Apr 21 in Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Wed. Apr 22 in Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
Fri. Apr 24 in Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sat. Apr 25 in Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theatre
Mon. Apr. 27 in Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst -  Atrium
Tue. Apr. 28 in Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Wed. Apr. 29 in Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Fri. May 1 in San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sat. May 2 in Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory – Constellation Room

Sunday, March 08, 2015

WATCH E.N YOUNG'S NEWEST VIDEO "LOVE LOVE LOVE"

E.N Young's second music video off his new album dropped Tuesday! Click Here To Watch.

Listen to "Love Love Love" plus the acoustic and dub version when you buy 'Live Love Stay Up' on ITunes HERE:

E.N Young’s sophomore album, ‘Live Love Stay Up’, consists of three separate versions, an original, acoustic and dub. Each stands on its own and highlights a different strength within E.N Young's wealth of talent as both an artist and producer. Uplifting messages of love, hope and perseverance are expressed by the lyrics and strengthened by the reassuring tone of his calm voice. A vast knowledge of reggae’s Jamaican roots is demonstrated within the original version by its upbeat rhythm section, pulsing bubble organ, fierce horn section, staccatoed electric guitar and catchy melodica. Intricate layers of piano, muted acoustic guitar and rich vocal harmonies create the foundation of the acoustic version and bring E.N Young's classical music upbringing to the forefront. His bass-heavy, reverb drenched signature sound is featured on the dub version and showcases his mastery of phased out delays and percussive synths. ‘Live Love Stay Up’ will only help to solidify E.N Young’s presence as a solo artist and standing as one of reggae’s most sought after producers.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

TUFF LIKE IRON Ready Fi Buss!

ABOUT THIS TUFFNESS

Born Kendra Scanlon, Tuff like Iron is a fashion designer, turned musician from
New York. As an undeniable firebrand, she is inspired by her Trinidadian heritage
and a kaleidoscopic life lived between Kingston and Brooklyn.

At the top of 2014 she released her Jah Ova Evil produced debut ‘1986 - EP’ and
has since arrested the attention of roots reggae masses with the singles ‘I’m Talking
To You’, ‘Equal Rights’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Mr. Babywrong’ feat Zionites.
In February 2015, her eponymous ‘Tuff Like Iron’ single appeared on the Black
Roots Riddim produced by Fyakin of Nyle Banks Music. The song is the artist’s
own affirmation of her purpose in the musical jungle. It skillfully doubles as an
anthem for all determined to rise above adversity and seek a higher consciousness.

Her upcoming single ‘Chair Gone Down’ is a lyrical call to arms against all forms
of injustice and oppression. The track can be heard on the soon to be released
‘Be Still and Know’ double disc album produced by Conscious Riddims Records.
The ‘Be Still and Know’ project will also feature roots heavyweights like Midnite, Ras Batch, Prezident Brown, Perfect Giddimani among others.

For her electric live performance style, Tuff Like Iron has been featured in the Sacramento Examiner. She has also featured on the World A Reggae network. This year, the urban-roots artist is set to appear on the cover of California based Irie Mag for its April 2015 issue.
She is currently in Jamaica working on live shows, recording new material with the Jah Ova Evil recording camp as well as filming videos for her ‘The Almighty One’ and ‘Tuff Like Iron’ single. Summer 2015 tour dates for Tuff Like Iron in the US and Europe are soon to be announced.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

MORGAN HERITAGE Announce Strictly Roots US Tour Dates In Support of Upcoming Album


Brooklyn, Jamaica - March 3rd, 2015 - The Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage, have announced a tour in support of the upcoming album, Strictly Roots. The album will be released digitally on April 20th, 2015 and physically April 21st, 2015 and available for digital purchase on March 10th, 2015.The band, which has established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, will be kicking off the tour on April 8th in Washington D.C. and wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on April 27th. The tour also features third generation ambassador from the Morgan family, Jemere Morgan, as a special guest. Tickets are currently on sale. For more information, please visit:www.MorganHeritageMusic.com.

Undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae's most powerful forces on the global stage, the sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals) has embraced the challenges that come with empowerment of this nature.

Guided by sheer acumen and a passionate desire to make their already rich musical legacy even more impactful, Morgan Heritage, after much deliberation and contemplation, triumphantly delivers their latest album exclusively on their very own label CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group.

Strictly Roots, which is will be released on Tuesday, April 21st, features a wide variety of guest performers including platinum selling pop/dancehall phenomenon, Shaggy; Hawaiian reggae and R&B vocalist, J Boog; third generation ambassadors from the Morgan and Marley families, Jemere Morgan and Jo Mersa Marley; reggae sensation, Chronixx; rock and reggae band, Rebelution; and Bumble Bee from the American Grammy-nominated pop reggae band, SOJA.

Among the heavyweight co-producers with Morgan Heritage on Strictly Roots are Don Chandler and BBC One/BBC 1Xtra's Seani B, Shane C. Brown of Juke Boxx Productions, multiple Grammy nominee, Jason "J-Vibe" Farmer; French reggae/dancehall production duo Matthieu Bostand Jérémie "Bim" Dessus; guitarist Andrew "Simmo" Simpson and DJ Fras. In addition, multi-faceted studio and touring drummer, Gil Sharone, has contributed to the brilliant instrumentation for which Morgan Heritage is known. Gil's DVD, Wicked Beats, won the Drummie award in Drum Magazine for "DVD Of The Year" 2011.

Regarding the upcoming album, Peetah Morgan states, "We know what our fans want; we know exactly where we want to take them and we know precisely how to get them there."

Throughout 2015, Morgan Heritage will be touring in support of Strictly Roots, which will be released on April 21st, 2015.


 

Upcoming Shows:

Mar. 13 Flogging Molly Cruise Nassau, Bahamas*

Mar. 20 SXSW - Palm Door on 6th Patio Austin, TX*

Mar. 22 Jaco Beach Costa Rica*

Apr. 8 Howard Theatre Washington D.C.

Apr. 9 Highline Ballroom New York, NY

Apr. 15 Cervantes Otherside Denver, CO

Apr. 17 Cactus Jacks Phoenix, AZ

Apr. 18 Los Globos Los Angeles, CA

Apr. 19 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA

Apr. 22 Moe's Santa Cruz, CA

Apr. 23 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA

Apr. 24 B.L. Casino & Hotel Blue Lake, CA

Apr. 25 El Rey Chico, CA

Apr. 26 The New Parish Oakland, CA

Apr. 27 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV

May 9 Dwight York Stadium Scarborough, Trinidad And Tobago*

May 24 Bay Front Park Miami, FL*

Aug. 15 Festival Baia Das Gatas Praia, Cape Verde*

Nov. 30 Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Ocho Rios, Jamaica*

*Not Part of the "Strictly Roots" Tour

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Eddie Murphy on Robbo Ranx Radio

Superstar Eddie Murphy checked in on Robbo Ranx' Dancehall 360 radio show to talk about his current monster Reggae track ‘Oh Jah Jah’. He broke down how the record came about and also shared the names of some of his favourite Reggae artists and his early Jamaican music influence.

“I listen to Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Garnet Silk.. to Chronixx and Beenie Man”

Remember Tyrone Green and his Reggae Band and their chune "Kill The White People"?
If it doesn't sound familiar to you check out this link:
http://videosift.com/video/Eddie-Murphy-Kill-The-White-People

No doubt, Murphy's reggae interests go back many years...All the way to his early days on Saturday Night Live.

The Power of Reggae.. check it!

Listen to the interview below:

https://soundcloud.com/robboranxradio/eddie-murphy-talks-to-robbo-ranx

Get "Oh Jah Jah" here: