Monday, March 09, 2015


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


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



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

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