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Almost three months after winning the Season 5 instalment of NBC’s The Voice competition, Jamaican songbird Tessanne Chin will is booked to perform in the tri-state area when she headlines the first Oracabessa Festival -- 'A Celebration Of Caribbean Culture' -- at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014. Other announced performers include Beenie Man, Konshens and Assassin.
"We are just thrilled to have the opportunity to present Tessanne to her fans in her very first, full length performance in the tri-state area," said event organizer Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam radio.
"Irie Jam radio has had a long relationship with Tessanne and her sister Tami. We were strong supporters during her journey on 'The Voice', encouraging radio listeners to vote each week," he noted. "She is an extremely talented singer and the sky is the limit in terms of what she can achieve in the music industry."
Tessanne's anticipated performance in New York is expected to attract large support from her Caribbean fan base as well as garner mainstream attention, a news release from I rie Jam radio said Thursday. The ‘Hideaway’ singer has been a regular fixture on American television since her first appearance on The Voice last September.
Shortly after her victory, she was interviewed in New York by Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show. She also appeared on the Kathie Lee & Hoda show, Live with Kelly & Michael, Access Hollywood, and New York Live. On New Year’s Day, she was back on NBC, this time making an appearance at the popular Rose Bowl in California.
Her last performance in the USA was on March 6th in Washington DC where she was a special guest of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama at the "White House: Women of Soul" concert where she delivered a scintillating performance of the Donna Summer classic ‘Last Dance’. The programme, which will be broadcast April 7 on PBS, included performances by Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, and Jill Scott.
According to iconic deejay Ninja Man, it would have been difficult to win such a case given that the police force relied on every piece of technology it could get its hands on to get a guilty verdict.
"I feel a way about the situation because he is in such a position right now. The only problem I have with the decision is that my grandson (Vybz Kartel) is not going home with a smile tonight. This case is a historical case so I knew it would have been a hard task to beat it because if you notice, the police went all out to use every single piece of technology at their disposal. It was definitely not going to be an easy case to beat because the police also had their pride at stake," Ninja Man said.
Kartel's former road manager and designer, Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, was too stunned by the news to comment.
"Mi can't comment pon it right now," he said.
Producer Elvis Redwood and Gaza Slim's cell phones went straight to voicemail.
Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda was in a praying mood as he says Jah governs all. "It's a fellow entertainer so I feel a way, but we have no control over the law. I wish the best for him and his family. Is just Jah a di real Governor," the singer said.
Popular DJ Foota Hype sympathised with Vybz Kartel's family citing that rough days are ahead.
"I know how it is right now. He is the bread winner for the family so now his family will have to cope with how they will survive. It is going to be a serious emotional and financial strain. As a human being, I wish this on nobody," he said. "Kartel will have to take this opportunity to find himself and reconnect with God and apologise to the Almighty as well as beg for forgiveness. I am not saying he has to become a Christian, but once he gets it right with the Almighty and don't size up, he will be better and may come out earlier than we expect," Foota Hype said in a sombre tone.
After winning several Grammys both as a solo act and with the Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley still possesses the zest to release new studio albums. his latest to be titled'Fly Rasta'.
The trip began in early 2013 with a hand-written note by the six-time Grammy Award winner, his most recent being the 2014 Best Reggae Album Grammy for Ziggy Marley In Concert.
He sat in his home studio, took out a scrap of paper and began to think about what would become his fifth solo studio album.
The concept was simple. make a record that was true to himself and expand the territories of the traditional reggae sound by exploring new musical spaces.
He had brought strands of other genres into his previous albums, but now he was looking further into the musical universe, like the deep-space eye of the Hubble telescope.
Ziggy began work in Spring 2013 and enlisted producer Dave Cooley to join him on the adventure.
Recording began shortly thereafter with the help of friends, old and new, including The Melody Makers (sisters Cedella Marley and Sharon Marley and singer Rica Newell); drummers Stephen Ferrone (Tom Petty), Brian MacLeod (Sheryl Crow), Rock Deadrick (Ben Harper) and Motown's legendary James Gadson; guitarists Lyle Workman (Sara Bareilles), Takeshi Akimoto (Taj Mahal) and Ian 'Beezy' Coleman (Burning Spear); bassists Dave Wilder (Norah Jones), Guy Erez (Karmina), Abraham Laboriel (Paul Simon) and Pablo Stennett (Willie Nelson); and keyboardists Zac Rae (Lana Del Ray), David Palmer (Goo Goo Dolls), George Hughes (Sarah Vaughan), Mike Hyde (Burning Spear) and Brian LeBarton (Beck).
Fly Rasta, scheduled for release April 14, fulfills Ziggy's mission by marrying his own distinctive reggae sound with elements of psychedelica, rock, funk, soul and pop, exploring further musical zones with the addition of sitar, tabla and taiko drums.
"I'm looking to push the envelope, to challenge myself," he added.
Brand New EP Carnival Tabanca Available Now on VP Records
Following 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, his recently-released EP Carnival Tabancaand colossal hit "Differentology (Ready For The Road)" - Bunji Garlin, the Viking of Soca, takes his massive movement stateside.
The first stop is Austin, Texasfor South By Southwest. "Garlin will be entering South by Southwest in his peak form, and "Differentology" is the perfect track to help you reach yours. With its massive builds, Spanish guitar, and celebratory lyrics, it could very well become your festival anthem," according to Rolling Stone, who selected Garlin as a must-see act for the annual music conference and festival. On Wed. March 12th at SXSW, Garlin will take the stage at Empire Patio for OkayPlayerand Large Up's throw down (RSVP) and then appear as a special surprise guest on an official SXSW showcase later that evening. The following night (Thurs. March 13th) at 11:45pm, he is one of the headlining acts for Mad Decent's showcase (RSVP), held at Empire Garage. After the festival, Garlin heads to the Southeast for a promo tour between March 20-28. More details will be announced shortly.
The multi-city run supports Garlin's international mega-hit "Differentology (Ready For The Road)" (available now on Soca Gold 2013) and its popularMajor Lazer remix (available now on Strictly The Best 49). The crossover anthem, which has reached beyond the Caribbean, is currently receiving heavy rotation on U.S. Top 40 and Urban radio. The song has been featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, won Garlin a Soul Train Award and was selected as MTV Iggy's 2013 Song Of The Year. Bunji Garlin drops new video explaining the concept of "Differentology":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxFSVFOxUDY
Garlin is also promoting his brand new digital-only EP Carnival Tabanca, released last Tuesday on VP Records. The EP's title is a term that defines the feeling of heartache now that T&T's annual festivities have come to a close. The four-song set features his latest crop of Carnival tunes, including the popular title track (which is accompanied with a new video), its fierce remix, the party starter "Red Light District" and Trinidad's 2014 street anthem "Truck On D Road."
Throughout 2014, music lovers have seen a sharp increase in hardcore sexual content and imagery within Dancehall, with the likes of Alkaline, Demarco, Ricky Cartyand J Amsterdampushing boundaries with eyebrow-raising material to gauge interest from fans. One legendary artist is sick of this growing trend.
Barrington Levy, singer of classics such asBroader Than Broadway, Under Mi Sensi and countless others says he is tired of the X-rated nature that the genre has taken on and thinks it has damaged its credibility.
In an interview published in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, Levy said,"I see where the music business is taking a turn for the worst. It's going in a direction where we are losing it." "These people have no morals anymore. Are we going to do anything for money? I never came into the music business just to sell records. I thought I would just sing for the love of it."
In another interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Levy was more solutions-oriented, pointing to a lack of positive influence as the reason why young artists choose to ratchet up the shock value in their musical content. "They are surrounded by a lot of hotheads that cannot steer them in the right direction," he said. "People are talking about them and their songs, but not in a good way. As entertainers, we need to always set a good example for the future of music." "Surround yourself with good people, people who will lead you in the right direction, people that will help you make good career choices that will ensure longevity and international success."
Dancehall has long contained specks of raunchiness and hardcore sexual content throughout its near four decades of existence, with artists such asLady Saw and Vybz Kartel bringing said content to the forefront and becoming all-time greats as a result.
In 2014, however, X-rated content has reached another level and sparked much conversation within the Jamaican music industry, with Alkaline andJ Amsterdam boldly speaking on topics of anal stimulation and giving oral sex respectively, to Ricky Carty's infamous music video for his song, Gyal Tek It in which he had sex with a woman on camera while performing the song. Meanwhile, Levy is set to release a new acoustic album with variations of his biggest hits. He is currently promoting his new hit single, Rosie.
Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known asVybz Kartel has been convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williamsfollowing a majority verdict returned by the presiding jury in the case Thursday evening.
Kartel, along with Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John were all found guilty of the murder by a 10-1 majority verdict, which was confirmed following a deliberation which took just over two hours in the Home Circuit Court. Shane Williams, another of the co-accused, was found not guilty and immediately released by presiding judge, Lennox Campbell.
The verdict concluded a nearly 65-day-long trial which began last November, the longest trial in Jamaican history. Scenes outside downtownKingston were tense, with large crowds congregating in anticipation of the verdict surrounded by a heavy police presence. A general shock and anger was seen once word filtered through that Kartel was found guilty, with said crowds protesting and demanding answers as police aimed to cordon them off and dissuade any illegal activity.
In addition to the convictions, a juror in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case was arrested and will be prosecuted according to multiple reports after it was alleged he attempted to bribe the foreman of the jury panel. The foreman rejected the alleged offer and reported this alleged bribery to the judge.
Vybz Kartel and his co-accused will officially be sentenced on March 27. However, his legal team, headed by Tom Tavares-Finson has indicated they will file an appeal with a higher court in attempt to have the conviction overturned.