Reggae Stars

Fellow – Hasi Mane Bono Sa (feat. Ritmo Real)

New video and tune by our favorite Arubia/Amsterdam beatmaker Fellow with the voice of Ritmo Real.

The video was done by Curacao-based film maker Selwyn de Wind – a reminiscence to the custom bike scene in Curacao.
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New tracks from Macka

MACKA Diamond has been busy in the recording studios.This week she will be releasing No Money No Love (produced by Chase Mills) and Mi Want Yu, a collab with Master Bling.

The latter is produced on the Master Bling imprint.

"There are already plans to shoot a video for Mi Want Yu with Masterbling who is a talented young artiste," she said.

Shepherd soothes the flock

AT the Redbones Blues Cafe's recent Pre-Valentine show, Mickey Hanson and Friends, singer Andre Shepherd stole the spotlight.

The 28-year-old Shepherd mesmerised the audience with his incredible renditions of John Legend's All of Me, the Smokey Robinson original Cruising, the Sam Cooke standard A Change Gonna Come and Sam Smith's Stay.

With the release of a new single, Head Cornerstone, the 2001 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission contestant, is eyeing a commercial breakthrough.

"I seek to inspire others with the gift of music that God has given me," said the Kingston College past student.

That 'gift' has impressed veteran trumpeter Mickey Hanson.

"I just went by a friend's home one day and heard him singing, and that's how I ended up inviting him on the show," Hanson told the Jamaica Observer.

On the pre-Valentine's event, Hanson was in fine form with instrumental interpretations of Time After Time, I'll Be There, For the Love of You, Never Can Say Goodbye and Cherry Pink Apple Blossom White.

Special guest artiste, Cuban violinist Jose Salgado gave the full house an entertaining display on classic jazz numbers such as Waves, Autumn Leaves and A Thousand Years.

The Hanson trio -- Kamala Hamilton on keyboards, bassist Paul Madden and drummer Obed Davis -- kicked things off with instrumental takes on Grover Washington Jnr/Bill Withers' Just the Two of Us, Bread's Everything I Own and the jazz standard, My Funny Valentine.

-- Basil Walters

Singer Charmayne Maxwell dies

GUYANA-BORN singer Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell, formerly of 1990s Rhythm and Blues group Brownstone, has died. She was 46.

Maxwell was at a football match in Los Angeles Saturday when she fell. Her death has been ruled an accident.

Maxwell was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock. She is also survived by a son, Nicolaj.

She moved to Los Angeles from Guyana while still a teenager, and was an original member of Brownstone which was formed in the early 1990s. The other original members are Monica 'Mimi' Doby and Nichole 'Nicci' Gilbert.

The group was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label which released its debut album, From the Bottom Up. It contained the hit single If You Love Me (which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994); Grapevyne (number six, Billboard R&B Hip Hop singles chart); and a remake of The Eagles' I Can't Tell You Why which peaked at number 22 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Singles chart.

The group's follow-up album Still Climbing was released in 1997 and featured the R&B hits Kiss and Tell and 5 Miles to Empty.

After leaving Brownstone, Maxwell found fame in Europe as a solo artiste. While based in London, she recorded the dance hit, When I Look Into Your Eyes.

With Brownstone, she won a Billboard Music Award, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance -- Duo or Group for If You Love Me.

-- Kevin Jackson

JaRIA pleased

WITH the curtains down on Reggae Month, Charles Campbell -- executive director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) -- is satisfied with this year's staging.

"Well, there's always room for improvement. But for this year, our signature events came good... Reggae Wednesdays, Reggae Praise, and certainly, the awards show. The important thing is the feedback from our audiences has been good and so, it gives us the strength to go forward into next year," he said.

Campbell was speaking with the Jamaica Observer at JaRIA's Honour Awards held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, on Saturday. The ceremony, the last in the Reggae Month series, saw 21 entertainment personalities/groups being honoured for their contribution to the reggae industry.

This year's recipients comprise Pat and Vincent Chin, owners of VP Records; Major Joe Williams for mentorship; producers Lloyd 'King Jammys' James and Winston 'Niney' Holness; and engineers Karl Pitterson and Overton 'Scientist' Brown. British disc jock David Rodigan; sound systems Downbeat The Ruler and Youthman Promotion. Annual stage show Sting was also included.

Guitarists Mikey 'Boo' Richards and Errol 'Flabba' Holt; singers BB Seaton, Ernie Smith and Millie Small; The Gaylads, Inner Circle, and deejays Cleve 'Stitchie' Laing and Tyrone 'Papa San' Thompson also made this year's cut.

The event also saw Ibo Mahr's Diamond Sox receive Song of the Year, and Jesse Royal was named Breakthrough Artiste.

Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew played host to the gospel-inspired Reggae Praise, which was held on the first Tuesday in February, as well as Reggae Wednesdays, which featured themed nights. There were also JaRIA Live on Tuesdays and several symposiums on various aspects of the music.

"Over the last six years, we have been creating a template; what you saw this year is a blueprint going forward," he said.

Campbell said going forward, there will be the inclusion of international acts.

"You will see a lot of foreign acts coming in for Tuesday nights, which was our intention always that we would introduce the international acts who wanted to come and be part of Reggae Month," he added.

Mixtape Mondays: Electric Punanny, Murlo, Sting Like A Bee Sound

Mixtape premiere from Electric Punanny, combination vibes from Murlo and new roots from Sting Like A Bee

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I-Octane makes first-time performance in Africa

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae and dancehall ambassador I-Octane is set to make his first trip to Africa, where he is expected to perform at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia, on March 6.

The event, which is organised by Katato Entertainment, will serve as the official launch of entertainer T Smallz’s double EP, The Versatile (Volumes 1 & 2).

For I-Octane, this will be a mystic journey which will help him reach back and touch the past in a meaningful way and pay homage to the African ancestors, even as he fully embraces the present and the future, a media release said Monday afternoon.

“Performing in Africa has been on my bucket list for quite a while,” the ‘Love You’ singer confessed. “But, as they say, nothing happens before the right time. Team I-Octane is ready and we will be giving a one-of-a-kind performance in The Gambia. They celebrated 50 years of independence last week – their Golden Jubilee – so you know the ting turn all the way up Jamaican and Gambian style,” he added.

Meanwhile, the singjay said he has been busy in the studio working on a major collaboration with two of dancehall’s biggest and most current stars - Mavado and Alkaline.

Produced by Andre "DJ Frass" Gordon, the explosive single, ‘Above Dem’, is expected to set the dancehall in a musical spin.

Machel Montano – Like A Boss

The Caribbean Carnival, esp. in Trinidad, has always been one of the biggest influences in the Tropical Bass movement. Time to look back to this year’s season and make check which songs will remain after the jumping and waving on the streets of Port of Spain.

Machel Montano - Like a boss video

This one is the official Roadmarch tune of 2015, which means that most masquerade bands play this tune while crossing the official costume judging points. With 390 plays the result was very clear, followed by his own song “Erupt” (37 plays).

Grab the free remix by London Future und Travis World:

Machel Montano website

Pupajim – UFO

– Available Now –
Pupa Jim – U.F.O (@maffipromotions / Jahtari)
w/ Bim One Production Remix *Limited 7inch only ( / English) (Disc Shop Zero / Japan)

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