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Herbie Faders & Michael Bass – Amnesia Rock

IN STORES

ITunes – http://bit.ly/CuttingITunes
Amazon – http://bit.ly/CuttingAmazon
Bandcamp – http://bit.ly/CuttingBoardBC
Spotify – http://bit.ly/CuttingSpotify

After some years of hard work on his craft and a bunch of successfull combinations with other artists, ‘Reggae Rockit’ and ‘Dread At The Control’ on top, Infinite link up with Bassplate Records to release his first official solo tune, titled ‘Cutting Board’, wich will be in stores on May 25th 2015.

Voiced on the riddim of the same name laid by the in-house band Bassplate Riddim Section, the title of the song refers to the iconic wooden board used in Jamaica to slice herb. In this powerful ganja hymn, the singer from Franklyn Town, showcases his incredible vocal skills and versatility, switching from mellow singing to rough djing where needed. A dub version mixed by the Herbie Faders & Michael Bass aka The Chalice Loaders complete regular release of the single, while the Bandcamp edition will have an exclusive different mix of the vocal. All the artwork is created by Simonluca Spadanuda for Urbanmagic.

TRACKLIST

1 – Infinite – Cutting Board
2 – Herbie Faders & Michael Bass – Amnesia Rock
3 – Infinite – Cutting Board (Dubplate Mix) Bandcamp Exclusive

CREDITS

Riddim by Bassplate Riddim Section
Voiced at Scales Entertainment, Kingston, JA by Scaley Blacks Mixed, Dubbed & Mastered at Studio 61, Bologna, IT by Herbie Faders & Michael Bass
Artwork by Simonluca Spadanuda for Urbanmagic

RELEASE DATE

May 25th 2015

Infinite – Cutting Board

IN STORES

ITunes – http://bit.ly/CuttingITunes
Amazon – http://bit.ly/CuttingAmazon
Bandcamp – http://bit.ly/CuttingBoardBC
Spotify – http://bit.ly/CuttingSpotify

After some years of hard work on his craft and a bunch of successfull combinations with other artists, ‘Reggae Rockit’ and ‘Dread At The Control’ on top, Infinite link up with Bassplate Records to release his first official solo tune, titled ‘Cutting Board’, wich will be in stores on May 25th 2015.

Voiced on the riddim of the same name laid by the in-house band Bassplate Riddim Section, the title of the song refers to the iconic wooden board used in Jamaica to slice herb. In this powerful ganja hymn, the singer from Franklyn Town, showcases his incredible vocal skills and versatility, switching from mellow singing to rough djing where needed. A dub version mixed by the Herbie Faders & Michael Bass aka The Chalice Loaders complete regular release of the single, while the Bandcamp edition will have an exclusive different mix of the vocal. All the artwork is created by Simonluca Spadanuda for Urbanmagic.

TRACKLIST

1 – Infinite – Cutting Board
2 – Herbie Faders & Michael Bass – Amnesia Rock
3 – Infinite – Cutting Board (Dubplate Mix) Bandcamp Exclusive

CREDITS

Riddim by Bassplate Riddim Section
Voiced at Scales Entertainment, Kingston, JA by Scaley Blacks Mixed, Dubbed & Mastered at Studio 61, Bologna, IT by Herbie Faders & Michael Bass
Artwork by Simonluca Spadanuda for Urbanmagic

RELEASE DATE

May 25th 2015

Double Barrel: Reggae Samples and Hip Hop Classics with DJ Gravy + Corey Chase (Mixtape)

The history of hip-hop is deep with sounds borrowed from Jamaica.

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Omi makes UK history

SINGER Omi made reggae history last weekend when his song Cheerleader topped the United Kingdom pop chart for a fourth straight week.

This is the longest reign at number one in the UK by a Jamaican artiste. Cheerleader was recently certified platinum for sales of over 600,000 copies in that country.

So far, the song has sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide. It is currently making moves on Billboard Magazine’s main charts.

It is number 31 in its third week on the Billboard Hot 100; number 29 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay; number 31 on the Mainstream Top 40; and number 28 on the Rhythmic chart.

Cheerleader has also topped charts in 12 countries, including Australia, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

The song has sold over 600,000 copies in Germany. Twenty-eight year-old Omi, who is from Clarendon, was presented with a plaque commemorating that milestone on Saturday shortly after his performance at a football match, at the Allianz Arena in Munich, between champions Bayern Munich and Mainz.

— Kevin Jackson

Style week focuses on J’can fashion

SAINT International's Style Week Jamaica 2015 closed in New Kingston yesterday with FashionBlock.

Deiwght Peters, Saint International CEO, believes the impact of his three-day extravaganza will continue for the rest of the year.

"Style Week makes Jamaican fashion credible by showing off the quality of the models and designers we have here. Style Week gets the international media interested in local offerings," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Friday night opened with White Night, White Style. Held at the Top of the World, Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, it was standing room only as seven local designers showed off their Spring/Summer 2016 collections.

The show started with an all-white guard of honour by members of the Maritime Institute of Jamaica for Saint International girls of the moment Kai Newman and Tami Williams.

While the theme was all-white, the designers felt free to flaunt their creativity. Clothes ranged from T&T Fashions' wedding dresses to Courtney Washington's blend of flashy fabrics and daringly tight evening wear, all done to the music of Germany's DJ Tuff Gong.

In its 11th staging, Style Week attempted something new, with unusual venues such as the Pegasus' roof.

"It was challenging to make it happen, but worth the effort," said Peters.

Saturday night presented another new venue, the National Gallery in downtown Kingston. There, art and fashion met with Newman and Williams strutting their stuff.

"It was exciting to host the event," said Dr Veerle Poupeye, National Gallery of Jamaica executive director.

It was an epic collaboration as models streamed from the proverbial rafters to the ground floor in designs as colourful as the paintings surrounding them. Collections by local designers Max Brown and Kurt Campbell were complemented by creations from Bahamian Kejuana Beneby.

Grand farewell for Toya

AS the white hearse pulled up to the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston yesterday, scores of mourners and fans gathered to get a final glimpse of entertainer Latoya 'Toya' Jackson.

She was a fashionista to the end. The singjay was clad in a short white dress with white stockings and stilettos.

Jackson died in the United States in May from diabetic complications. The 30-year-old had been ailing for nearly two years.

Josef Bogdanovich, her husband and CEO of Downsound Records, clutched their son Joseph, as he stared at Jackson's body.

'Joe Loves You' and 'Boss Lady Toya' were some of the words on the numerous wreaths placed by her casket.

When officiating minister Bishop Dr GG Cooper began the service, it was a mixture of tears and laughter as those closest to Toya reflected on her life.

Her songwriting partner and close friend, Black Pearl, gave a tearful tribute.

"She was one of the best souls I have every met. She was fun-loving and she asked me to be her give-away father at her wedding. She was very straight-foward but very forgiving, and I know that her soul is safe as she got baptised before she passed away. She just slept away," he said.

Members of the congregation were moved to tears as singer Carlene Davis offered words of comfort through the song Been Through Enough.

Throughout the service, Bogdanovich was a picture of grief. Toya's mother, Crystal Gayle, sought comfort in prayer for her only daughter.

Kingsley Cooper, CEO of Pulse, delivered the eulogy. He described Toya as a "meaningful lady, who had a inner wisdom and insight".

"She was a dancehall fashionista who always looked out for those she loved. She was very vigilant when it came on to her husband. Whenever Joe would visit Washington Gardens and other places she would call his chief of security to ensure he was OK. Joe didn't know that, but she always did," he said.

Cooper said that while Toya got a 'fight' from other women in the industry, she remained focused.

"Toya was dancehall. She recorded over 20 songs for Downsound Records and worked hard at promoting her fashion brand," Cooper said.

Delano Graham, cousin of the deceased, concurred with Cooper, saying that 'Toya was always the vibes of the party' who was a 'mother figure' in his life.

Tributes also came from dancehall artiste Harry Toddler, who said "Toya's death reunited the Downsound Records camp". Among the mourners were Ninja Man, Fantan Mojah, British Link Up's Owen 'Roy Fowl' Clarke, and Supreme Promotion's Isaiah Laing.

Interment followed at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

-- Simone Morgan

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Roots with quality!

A star-studded cast of roots-reggae artistes assembled at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew Thursday evening for a show fittingly billed Living Legends Live. Complementing them was the showing of the documentary, The Art of Making Music a Way of Life, by Swiss film-maker Markus Egloff. Beginning with Nyahbinghi drummers and chanters from the Inna Di Yard Allstars, it was ‘high-grade’ entertainment throughout, as the Argyle Road venue was transformed into a Rastafari village.

It provided a comfortable atmosphere for all, including Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, who was lauded by singer Kiddus I for his role in the adjustments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allows small use of ganja without prosecution. In performance, Kiddus I stirred the large audience with his signature song Graduation in Zion and No Salvation. Backed by the Inna Di Yard Movement Band, led by guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith along with guitarist Yellow Jahlanzo, drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, keyboardists Robbie Lyn, Tony Asher and O’zoune, and bassist Grace Kruse, the veteran acts lived up to their reputations. Cedric Myton and the Congos kept the 1970s vibes going with their offering of Revolution, Fisherman, Thief in The Yard and Ten Million Chariots.

Ken Boothe wowed the crowd with Richard Khourie, a song he recorded 40 years ago. Sangie Davis resonated through his original Words of my Mouth and the Marley classic We and Dem. Max Romeo, a pillar of roots-reggae, was the most intense. Accompanied by his daughter Xana, and sons Ronaldo and Romario, the 70-year-old singer ignited Redbones with the songs that have made him a titan for 50 years.

These songs include Let The Power Fall, War Ina Babylon, One Step Forward, Three Blind Mice, Maccabee Version and for an encore, Nobody’s Child and Jordan River. A cadre of emerging and journeyman acts also performed. One of the most impressive was singer Jahmeila who opened with Wake Up. The fast-rising Magma with Kush, Donovan Joseph, Anthony Selassie, Natty Pablo, Ras Nile, Naturalist and Mark Wonder all contributed to a wonderful evening that ended with a rousing chorus of The Lion of Judah. — Basil Walters

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