Fi Di Youth Dem

Two all new motivational roots reggae tunes caught my attention today: “Get It In Your Head” by Jamaican singers Exco Levi and Romain Virgo and “Generation” by UK / Jamaican MC, Gappy Ranks.  Romain Virgo’s and Exco Levi’s track is a reminder of how important knowledge and education are, while Gappy Ranks tells the story of how he grew as an artist and how he never gave up trying to reach his goals.  Both tracks have that oldschool roots reggae feel; “Generation” is in fact off the upcoming “Old Fashion Riddim” by Kemar “Flava” McGregor, which is a tweaked rendition of the classic “Ba Ba Boom Riddim” aka “Shine & Criss Riddim”.  “Get it in Your Head” is off Exco Levi’s new album “Country Man”, produced by Penthouse Records. Get Your Education and remember Knowledge is Power!

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“Criminal” – Lutan Fyah & Turbulence (Official HD Music Video March 2015)

The Canadian label Riddim Wise, based in Montreal, produced and released the Empire Riddim a couple months ago, in November 2014.  Lutan Fyah’s and Turbulence’s “Criminal” is my personal favorite tune on the riddim.  Check out the awesome brand new video, released two days ago.  A massive one indeed, you’ll agree…

Taken from The Empire Riddim produced by Riddim Wise.
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Juno : http://www.junodownload.com/products/…

Video Credits :
Directed by Vincent RC (Les Gamins)
Director of photography : Marco Gilbert (Les Gamins)
2nd DOP & Steadycam : Jeremie Boivin
Stylist : Amanda Van Der Siebes
Art Director : Élyse Bédard
Executive Producer : Julien Houle
Production Manager: Sebastien Olscamp
Editing : Vincent RC (Les Gamins)
Colorisation : Jonathan Tremblay
Titles: Kilian Amendola
VFX Artists: Charles Labbé & Emile Massie-Vanasse
https://vimeo.com/lesgamins

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Vibzin’: rootsnwingz recommends new dub and reggae albums (February 18th 2015)

Dub Choir EP by Suns of Dub and BuzzRock

buzzrockThe band, BuzzRock, is a high energy reggae band hailing from the twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago. The name BuzzRock represents the pulse of the earth or the vibration of the people, hence the name ‘Buzz’ (vibration) and ‘Rock’ (the Earth). The neo-foundation reggae band proves to be a mystical experience for both vintage and modern reggae lovers alike. BuzzRock’s performances have been known to mesmerize reggae lovers but also non-reggae listeners, with their mystical presence on stage, raw emotion and passion each member puts into the music. Their first album titled ‘Universal Blacks’ was released in 2009. The album, fully produced by BuzzRock and mastered at Tuff Gong Studios – Jamaica, created waves in Trinidad and Tobago and a number of independent record labels have taken interest in the project with plans underway to secure international distribution.

Consisting of six (6) core members; Sadiki Niamke Philips (Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals), Haile-Sion Sam (Drums), Candace ‘Keys’ Moore (Keyboards), Rodney ‘Yahrod’ Rique (Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals), Lamar ‘Beebo’ Pollard (Bass) and Stephen ‘Blitz’ Peterson (Lead Guitars). BuzzRock is often considered a family band as most of the members have known each other for a number of years through their pursuit of musical and spiritual knowledge. When put on a stage together, what ensues can only be described as mind blowing. To date the band has performed alongside a host of international reggae icons including: Midnite, Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy, Max Romeo, Dezarie, Ras Shiloh, Ijahman Levi, Cocoa Tea, Tarrus Riley and Beres Hammond.

This new EP features the awesome melodica and dubbing of Addis Pablo and Ras Jammy (Suns of Dub)!

Move On (Deluxe Edition) by Omari Banks

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buy full album on itunes

“Necessary Love” – Necessary Mayhem (February 2015)

necessarylove Curtis Lynch with his brainchild “Necessary Mayhem Records” is one of the top dub reggae producers in the UK and a personal longtime favorite.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, this album was released two days ago.  You can listen to 7 of the 12 massive, perfectly mixed, tracks for free here.  ONE LOVE

“Good Feelings” – Adolf Fayaman featuring Lion Boy aka One Zeal (Official Music Video 2015)

lionboyLion Boy (One Zeal) is a talented Cameroonian Reggae singer based in Johannesburg. Rague Entertainment artist, Adolf Fayaman, recently collaborated with Lion Boy to create this awesome video for his hit single “Good Feelings”.  The track is the first single from Fayaman’s latest project, the “Good Feelings” E.P. The video was shot in locations around Johannesburg, South Africa.  Big up the artists for sharing such powerful, strictly positive vibes and energy. Keep living it up and making good music!

“This Town” – The Skints featuring Tippa Irie & Horseman (Official Music Video February 2015)


The Skints, the dub reggae group from London, UK, present their brand new music video for the first single off their upcoming Easy Star Records produced album , entitled “FM” and to be released on March 9th/10th 2015. Watch the East London Reggae band come together with skilled vocalists Tippa Irie and Horseman to pay tribute to their home city. A great collaboration and first glimpse of the new album.

Preorder from iTunes now and receive ‘This Town’ and ‘My Way’ instantly! http://smarturl.it/TheSkints-FM.

http://www.theskints.co.uk.

2 Brand New Original & Amazing Reggae Music Videos recommended by rootsnwingz

These two excellent videos were an impressive and wonderful way for Midnite and Chronixx with Inner Circle to kick off 2015.  Roots & Culture Everytime!

Midnite x I Grade – “Credited” (Official Music Video January 2015 – Directed By Royal Ras Productions)

The music video for “Credited”, off Midnite’s new I-Grade produced album, “Ride Tru”, was filmed at Mount Victory Camp, St. Croix and was directed by Birhan Tonge of Royal Ras Productions, a NYC-based film company that has previously collaborated on film projects with both Buss Pipe Records and I Grade Records. The innovative music video for “Credited” utilizes the original artwork created at the scene of the filming by artists Marcus Wilson and Omar Boothman. Marcus Wilson is the official Midnite artist who has painted the vast majority of Midnite’s 52 album covers.

“Credited” (V. Benjamin, L. Alfred, D. Goldfine)
Lyrics and vocal melodies by Vaughn Andre Benjamin (BMI)
Song Produced by: Zion I Kings
Drums, Percussion: Lloyd “Junior” Richards
Bass, Percussion: David “JAH David” Goldfine
Keyboards, Melodica & Guitars: Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred
Lead Guitar: Padraic Coursey
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred at Aqua Sounds Studio, STX

Credited Music Video
Directed, filmed & edited by: Birhan Tonge
Additional camera work by: Ajani Clunie, Josiah Winans
& Paul Cusin
Original artwork: by Marcus Wilson & Omar Boothman
Produced by: Royal Ras Productions & I Grade Records


Inner Circle featuring Chronixx & Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard / News Carryin’ Dread [Full Movie Version](January 2015)

Video directed by Gil Green & Damian Fyffe
Label: Soundbwoy Entertainment

“Babylon Brutality” – Marlon Asher (New Official Music Video 2015)

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Best known for his hit tune “Ganja Farmer”, Marlon Asher, the Trinidadian reggae singer from Enterprise, Chaguanas, returns to the frontline with a brand new powerful song and video against police brutality. Marlon Asher’s perfect flow, positive vibes and conscious, original and notably relevant lyrics depicting the sad, unjust sociopolitical climate, combined with a big sound, reaffirm his singing talent and ability to create reggae masterpieces. “Babylon Brutality” is the first single off Marlon’s upcoming album “Illusions”, out January 13th 2015. I am happy to see Marlon making quality productions once again and getting the recognition he truly deserves. I await the new album’s release in anticipation and with high hopes. Enjoy & share the excellent reality tune & video here!

Champion Squad Presents Romain Virgo – “Inna Rub a Dub Style” (new official mixtape)

Brand new official mixtape by Romain Virgo, mixed by DJ Reem, featuring exclusive dubplates! Listen to Romain sing over classic rocksteady, roots, reggae and dancehall riddims, as well as a tribute to the great Alton Ellis.  This is Romain at his best! Download the tracked version for free in high quality mp3 here: https://www.mediafire.com/?66u35cggou9jcrc (mp3), or in wav format: http://www.mediafire.com/?dyaea5tg2syyacb . Or listen to the full mixtape:

“Shotta” – No-Maddz (New Official Music Video December 2014)

Kurt Wright is the director of this brand new official music video for the Sly & Robbie produced track “Shotta” by Jamaican reggae dub group No-Maddz.  Once again, No-Maddz deliver a modern yet mystical groovy dub sound combined with powerful images and conscious lyrics about the realities of crime, guns, the police & army. Check out the video & lyrics below.

LYRICS
Intro by Mr bad to the bone

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Verse 1

Just a little squeeze off the trigger
Love tot hear the sound of the gun when it fires
Love to see people get flat and scatter
Change their good, good names, now they are shottas
Whole heap of things them youths yah don’t remember
Like when their mothers used to change their diapers
Take them to school, pay all the teacher
Evening comes, daddy provide the dinner
When they’re sick, their mothers bleach with them at doctor
Now them a walk, rape, rob and murder
AK 47 in a hand over shoulder
Daddy got a glimpse and him pants full a water
Wee Wee, Mr bad to the bone

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Verse 2

Bap, man dead out a street
Daddy hear on the news say him one boy do it
Mama belly ban, head in a hand
Asking Lord, what me do wrong
Why fi mi one boy turn gunman
A wonder if a the company weh him keep
A wonder if a true, him used to love roam the street
Used to love roam the street (times 4)

Bridge 1

Shotta beat it till a morning
Nah hear when mama calling
Him full a tough chat and talking
And a run when big dogs barking

Chorus

From him get up in the morning
Haffi pop it off
Top shotta nuh laugh, people scream and bawling
Haffi pop it off
All station staff
(Repeat)

Bridge 2
Mama, Babylon a carry me in a jeep
Them a box and a kick me, mama don’t make them do it
Mama, from mi little and a grow, me afraid a soldier and me don’t like police
(Repeat)

New Release / Download & Listen for Free: Atili Bandalero – “Closed Circuit” Album (December 2014)

French dub reggae producer/DJ Atili Bandalero has finally released his brand new album today, entitled “Closed Circuit”, featuring artists like Gappy Ranks, Joseph Cotton, Biga Ranx, among others.  An original heavy bass sound, uplifting beats and many BIG collaborations make the album a must-listen this Christmas season… Download or listen for FREE now! Big up the artist for making this easily and freely available to everyone! Clearly for the love of music!

“Dubby Dubby” – Specialist Moss featuring Mr. Williamz (New Official Music Video December 2014)

Filmed and edited by TRAMPLAZ TV, this excellent music video focuses on soundsystem and dancehall dub reggae culture today.  Off the “Dub Style” EP by Specialist Moss and Mr. Williamz, produced by 45 Special Music.  All Music Played, Mixed And Mastered By Specialist Moss. Two awesome DJs and singers in a memorable dub collaboration!

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dub…
http://www.musicmeter.nl/album/463119
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_…

“Jah Is My Friend” – Kenyatta Hill featuring Christos DC (Official Music Video December 2014)

Brand new official music video of Kenyatta Hill and Christos DC performing “Jah Is My Friend” off Kenyatta’s new album “Riddim Of Life”.  The legendary late Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott of Roots Radics plays the drums on this one.  ‘Style’ was the drummer on some BIG chunes, like Gregory Isaac’s “Night Nurse” and Bunny Wailer’s “Rock and Groove”.  Livicated to his memory and legacy!

Shot by Dub Africa
Edited by BOONDOX-IJAW Films

written by Kenyatta Hill & Christos DC
Produced by Christos DC for Honest Music
mixed by Kenyatta Hill for Honest Music Studios

Lead Vox: Kenyatta Hill & Christos DC
Backing Vox: Christos DC
Drums: Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott
Bass – Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt
Guitar – Dalton Browne
Additional Guitar: Christos DC
Keys – Darryl ‘D-Trane’ Burke
Trumpet – Joseph Brotherton
Percussion – Ken Joseph

rootsnwingz presents new artists: Omari Banks

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Omari Banks, born Omari Ahmed Clement Banks, is a reggae musician from Anguilla. Son of the respected reggae artist, Bankie Banx, Omari was mentored from a young boy by artists like Cat Coore, Junior Jazz, Benjy Myaz and many others. Interestingly enough, Omari is a former cricketer, a great athlete, who however recently retired in 2012 to focus on his music. Watch his new official music video, featuring Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage, “No point to prove”. The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica by Big Banko Music with Keynote Records and officially released two days ago! The single is entirely written and produced by Omari Banks himself. An amazing voice and songwriter; a true international reggae artist, the future seems bright for Omari Banks.

Check out more info and music by Omari Banks at http://www.omaribanks.com

Just Blaze plays DJ set with Sushi – Sushi Sequencer

I just read about this and found it rather funny and creative, definitely smart and original. Apparently, an experimental sound system has been developed that can detect colored sushi plates and play a specific sound. Hip hop producer Just Blaze tried the innovative system out and actually made an awesome groundbreaking sushi-fueled DJ set for some Japanese locals at a revolutionary Sushi-go-round in Japan. You’re sure to laugh but the mix he creates is impressive to say the least. Watch the video here.

Source: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/

House of Riddim meets L.U.S.T – Mama Africa (New November 2014)

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Austrian roots reggae producers House of Riddim present “Mama Africa”, by L.U.S.T, the reggae group composed by legendary Jamaican singers Singing Melody, Lukie D, Thriller U, and Tony Curtis. Sweet and positive vibes with a serious contemporary and relevant message, this is a powerful piece delivered excellently by L.U.S.T and their beautiful vocals. The song is a warning to all people to stop ignoring the poverty, corruption, disease and injustice in Africa today and a cry for unity, equal rights, justice and peace. Listen here for free:

rootsnwingz presents new artists: Eli-Mac

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Hawaiian Filipino singer Eli-Mac, aka Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco, released her debut reggae album “DubStop EP” last month. All five tracks are great thanks to Eli-Mac’s singular voice and the top-notch production by Live Animaux (J Boog, The Green, etc). I love her work so far and look forward to see what this artist has in store for us in the future!

Watch the awesome explicit official music video of “Dub Stop”, the first single off the EP:

Also, here’s her amazing collaboration with Japanese reggae singer, song writer, producer, club DJ and owner of an independent music label, Likkle Mai. Also off Eli-Mac’s new album, the track is entitled “Young Soul Rebels” and is a truly original dub reggae tune. A big tune all around, two unique female voices, a positive, uplifting message and some real heavy dub sounds from producers. I listen to this one on repeat. “Keep the keiki (meaning youth in Hawaiian) strong!”

Finally, here’s one of Eli-Mac’s first singles, “Guava Jelly”, a cover of Bob Marley’s hit. Produced in Jamaica by Stephen Marley, who also does some toasting on the track!

Check out more videos and tunes by Eli-Mac on her official YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtCPemfdVe6KYE2lMcZ0-Dg.

rootsnwingz presents new artists: Leilani Wolfgramm

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Leilani Wolfgramm is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Tongan roots from Orlando, Florida. Three years ago she started playing along side her brothers, Zech and Nasur in their reggae band, Hor!zen. After a year she set out on a solo career releasing an EP entitled, “I Burn.” Leilani has toured with Fortunate Youth and the Supervillians and has shared the stage with acts such as Ballyhoo, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Sublime ft. Rome, New Kingston and The Movement. In 2014 she collaborated with producer and artist, E.N Young, known for his work with Tribal Seeds, on her new reggae album, “Rebel”, that dropped in the Summer of 2014.

http://www.leilaniwolfgrammmusic.com/
http://instagram.com/leilaniwolfgramm
https://www.facebook.com/Leilaniwolfgramm

Full of natural charisma and talent, Leilani is bound to grab people’s attention with her beautiful voice, conscious lyrics and her own original music.  Check out her new album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rebel/id901713554

Watch the official video of one of my favourite tracks off  the “Rebel” album, entitled “Herbivore”, below:

Here’s a few more, cause I know you won’t be able to get enough of the stunning Leilani: