In the late 1960′s when Reggae roared unto the scene, Jamaica held the helm as not only the homeland of reggae, but also its economic capital. In the over four decades which have passed since then, Reggae has evolved into a global cultural meme no longer indigenous to Jamaican shores. From Hawaii, to Japan, UK To China, and every other nation in between, have spawned their own cultural interpretation of this Jamaican musical art form, which were rapidly assimilated into their respective societies.
During this time we flaunted the opportunity to protect one of our most valuable intangible national assets, which has now become a global creative common. Economically, homegrown reggae generates roughly 185 million US Dollars in an industry that has a global market value of between 2-4 billion US dollars annually. This being said, France, Germany, UK, Japan and US are not only listed as the top 5 consumers of reggae globally, but have now become Reggae’s biggest producers. The Music Export Market has become one of France’s biggest earners, and recognizing this fact, much has been put into place to not only catalyze this burgeoning export market, but also to incubate and protect it. Artists are able to tap public financial resources to fund album projects, of which a small portion returns to continue the longevity of the fund, a sort of “Artists Credit Union” from how i understand the concept. This new pedigree offspring of Reggae also presents itself as a much more marketable product. Seamless fusions of other afro centric influences such as AfroBeat, Dub, Jazz, Hiphop (another Jamaican product) and R&B, have allowed indie artists such as Asa, Ayo, Nneka, Gentleman, and the latest sensations Jboog and Selah Sue, to out sell local cohorts as much as 80 to 1 !!
French reggae artists consistently sell gold and platinum albums in france alone. In comparison the two biggest locally selling albums in the last two years has been Protoje’s “Seven Year Itch” moving an approximated 1100 physical copies in 2011, and Nomaddz “The Trod” which sold another 1000 copies in 2010. A major difference compared to France. Reggae Sumfest pulls 30,000 people each year and is viewed as one of Jamaica’s biggest tourism catalysts each summer. In France, Reggae concerts of that size dot the local entertainment calendar weekly. Numbers never lie, And with that sad fact comes an even harsher reality. France is now undisputedly the Reggae Economic Capital of the world. The title will never be regained by Jamaica. And be forewarned, if the Jamaican government does not make bold steps to protect the little dignity and national identity that we have left in regards to Reggae, I am sure, in the very near future, we will also lose the economic “whats left” that has now become recognized globally as the Jamaican Music Industry.
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Confirmed: Dancehall Entertainer O’neil Bryan o/c “Elephant Man” has been charged with rape and grevious sexual assault after several reports were filed to the Police last week and he was arrested yesterday [January 29]. According to a CVM TV News report, the Police stated that they could not provide further details at this time as investigations are still ongoing. If you have additional details post.
POPULAR deejay Elephant Man has been taken into police custody and is being questioned by detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA). Officials from CISOCA said the entertainer, whose real name is Oniel Bryan, was being questioned in relation to a number of sexually-based allegations. Elephant Man was arrested in June last year at his home on Hillcrest Avenue in St Andrew and charged with stealing electricity.
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Any new Sizzla Kalonji album is an event, but this one's even more special than usual.
Sizzla himself describes it as a breakthrough and a major stepping-stone in his career. We're venturing into a new world right now, he says. We needed to put out an album showing where Sizzla Kalonji is coming from, and that's for one of his first producers, who bring him to a new level. Produced @ Caveman Studio in Kingston/Jamaica by Everton Dr. Cave Moore
Streetdate: 17th February 2012
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A businesswoman and dancehall artiste, D'Angel has ventured into the land of writing as she will be releasing a book soon. The fiction, which is called Love Triangle, will be released in February as part of Reggae Month. Speaking with THE STAR, D'Angel explained that she was approached by Pageturner Publishing House about two years ago to write a book. However, "I personally wasn't ready. I wasn't at that place where I was ready," she said. "This is just another avenue for expressing dancehall culture, just an extension of writing a song. I might just acquire some reader fans from this book," she continued. With requests already coming in, D'Angel said the book is something she knows her fans will appreciate. "It's coming and I know it's going to be embraced. It is something relatable. It is not far-fetched. I am not going to give away too much but it is not far-fetched from what my autobiography is going to be like," D'Angel told THE STAR, noting that Love Triangle is the first of a two-book deal. The second book will be her autobiography. She also explained that she got technical help from Pageturner but the ideas and thoughts were hers. "It's a group effort and I definitely stamped my seal in this book. I feel good because it's everything that I wanted. All of us had sleepless nights to get this project off the ground. I think it's going to do good," D'Angel said. "Anything I do, I always put God first. The requests of the fans have been crazy. I am always positive in anything I do so I know this book is going to do well and I think now is the right time." Although now becoming an author, the dancehall artiste says she is still churning out songs, as she recently did songs with Stashment Records, Markus Myrie and Old School Production. She also did a reggae cover for Deborah Cox's One Day You Will that will be released soon. In addition, she said she is part of a medley video with a song called Hot From Mi Born. "Look out for better material from D'Angel this year. I have many branches, so when God leads my path I just follow.
source: the JA Star
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Sanchez is one of the all time favorite singer/performer who transforms his audience into a mass choir at his live performances. He epitomizes elegance and style and is always splendidly attired in a formal suit, enhanced with gold chains and bracelets, giving fans the ultimate in appearance and presentation. His selection of songs range from soulful R&B to hardcore Dancehall, Reggae, balanced with religiously calming cuts that enhance the spiritual vibes of his act.
Born Kevin Anthony Jackson on November 30, 1964, Sanchez grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterhouse sections of Kingston, Jamaica. Like so many of the island’s celebrated vocalists Sanchez started singing in the church at a tender age, just 6 years old. By his 13th birthday he led the junior, then the senior choir at the Rehoboth Apostolic Church in the southeastern Jamaican parish of St. Catherine. As is true for numerous church-trained reggae superstars the secular lure of Saturday night sound system dances proved more compelling than Sunday morning church services. “Music transformed me; coming home from church and passing parties, hearing people on the mic doing their thing, people jumping and all of that, I was like LAAWD! That’s what I want to do!” Sanchez reminisced, his voice becoming more animated. “But I said OK, you can’t do both; if you are going to go out there, just go out there because you can’t have one foot in (the church) and one foot out. So I decided I am going into dancehall music, good reggae music overall.”
Back in the mid 1980s when Jamaican sound systems were still as notable for their resident artists as they were for their exclusive tunes, Sanchez was the selector (the person who selects the records/CDs for play) for Rambo International Sound System, one of the era’s most popular because it was home to three of the era’s top deejays (rappers) Flourgon, Daddy Lizard, and Red Dragon. The deejay trio dubbed Kevin Jackson “Sanchez” after he executed an overhead scissors kick during an impromptu game of football (soccer), an impressive feat associated with the legendary Mexican player Hugo Sanchez. Jamaica’s Sanchez displayed comparable dexterity in the dancehall as a top-notch selector with commanding vocal capabilities. “Whenever I got the privilege of selecting, I made use of it, believe me, even if it’s a wedding reception, I am going to find a point to put on a few songs and sing something,” he laughingly recalled. “After I played the right (vocal) side of the music, I would flip it over and do my piece (singing along to the instrumental side) and people would stare at one another and say is he singing for real? I kept thinking of pursuing a career in this field greater than selecting. I tried it, it worked and I never looked back.” Sanchez recorded his first single for producer Hugh “Redman” James, a cover of Chris DeBurgh’s blockbuster ballad “Lady In Red” in 1986. As Sanchez’s rendition climbed the Jamaican charts, the singer was suddenly deluged with offers from producers anxious to adapt his magnificent vocals into hits of their own. An onslaught of hit tunes followed including a soulful interpretation of Tony Braxton’s “Another Sad Love Song” for Bobby Digital’s Digital B label; an upbeat reggae rendition of Glenn Medeiros’ “Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone” for Winston Riley’s Techniques; a rollicking remake of funk band Ready For The World’s “Let Me Love You Down” for Black Scorpio, and a sincere one-drop do over of Air Supply’s “Here I Am” for Phillip Fattis Burrell’s Xterminator. Sanchez earned multiple Jamaican music awards throughout the ’87 to ’88 season and his 1988 performance at Jamaica’s (now defunct) Reggae Sunsplash garnered an unprecedented five encores, an occurrence he cites as one of the most extraordinary moments of his long, illustrious career. Throughout the 90s and into the 21st century, Sanchez’s honey-toned interpretations continued to sweeten the dancehall mix, irrespective of musical trends. His soaring yet controlled sound propelled stunning covers of Shai’s “If I Ever Fall In Love Again” and Michael Bolton’s “Missing You Now” as well as his original songs of worship “Praise Him” and “Never Dis the Man,” to the top of international reggae charts and to prominent positions on selectors’ play lists where they remain today, a testament to the timelessness of his flawless approach.
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Garrison recording artiste Blak Ryno and former Portmore Empire labelmate Jah Vinci, after a challenging 2011, earlier this week reunited to record a brand-new collaboration, courtesy of fashion designer-turned-producer Romeich Major. The song, a sequel to the very popular Feel A Way done by both artistes during their tenure on the Gaza, is expected to create a buzz within various entertainment sectors.
It's understood the single is a part of a compilation due for release very soon on the Romeich Records label. According to Ryno in a release sent to THE WEEKEND STAR, "this is something that people have been waiting to see for some time now, and me and Jah have always had a musical chemistry from then. So the link was made and the rest is history." Prior to the collaboration, the two also shared the stage at last year's Hot FM Lovefest in St Lucia and the much-publicised Sting 2011 at Jam World, Portmore. Last week Ryno, real name Romane Anderson, also teamed up with Marcus Myrie, son of incarcerated reggae superstar Buju Banton, to release his first official single for 2012 titled Diss Me And Fled on the Fifth Gear rhythm. Meanwhile, his soca-influenced composition Whine Me is featured on the Hapilos International Certified Boomshot Volume 1. Both compilations are available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Check the Footage of Ryno and Javinci performing in St. Lucia
Source: The weekend Star
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After conquering his 7 Year Itch in 2011, budding deejay Protoje is now on to The 8 Year Affair.
It took seven years to complete his first album, but having honed his craft to his satisfaction, Protoje is completing his sophomore album, The 8 Year Affair, far more quickly. The deejay entered the scene in 2009 with his hit Arguments which was followed by the likes of Dread, JA, No Lipstick and the runaway hit Rasta Love which featured Ky-Mani Marley. It was only January of last year at the Bob Marley Museum that he launched his praised debut album 7 Year Itch.
Over the weekend, Protoje released his first single from his second album titled Who Dem A Program. He told The Gleaner recently, "well,The 8 Year Affair is the sequel to the 7 Year Itch and you know, after the itch, comes the affair." According to him, the album is in the early stages of development but he is looking forward to releasing it in the summer.
While the first album chronicled a seven-year musical journey, Protoje says the sophomore album will reflect his growth and development spiritually. He said, "the sound is definitely different on this album. Don (Corleon) and I wanted to bring a fresh sound to it, as yuh can tell by the first single, it sounds like nothing on the 7 Year Itch."
The first single Who Dem A Program has a more aggressive sound to it than anything on his previous album.
In the chorus he deejays, "A who dem a program? who dem young girl have dem eye pon? A coulda who dem a program? A who Mr Babylon have dem eye pon? Who dem a program? Who informa siddown and a spy pon?"
He explained, "I always wanted my first single for my second album to make a statement. To reaffirm my presence in the industry. Lyrically, what this song speaks about was important to me." In the upcoming months, the artiste is planning to do music videos forWho Dem A Program and Our Time Come. While Don Corleon is doing the bulk of production work on The 8 Year Affair, there will also be a single from a French production label calledSoul Vybz. He also says he isn't opposed to working with other producers.
Source: The Jamaica Gleaner
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