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
Unofficial Lyric Video. A BIG chune off the brand new Midnite album “Ride Tru”, produced by I Grade Records. Lyrics transcribed by rootsnwingz. Lyric Video made by rootsnwingz. Please comment if you find mistakes in the lyrics and wanna suggest corrections!
Music written by Vaughn Andre Benjamin, Delyni Brown aka “Pressure”, Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred, David “JAH David” Goldfine & Josiah Winans.
Lyrics and Vocal Melodies: Vaughn Benjamin
Drums & Tambourine: Lloyd “Junior” Richards
Bass: JAH David
Keyboards, Skank Guitar & Melodica: Tippy I
Keyboards: Josiah Winans
Guitar: Padraic Coursey
Recorded by: Tippy I at Aqua Sounds Studio, St. Croix
Listen to another brand new track off Midnite’s new I Grade Records produced album, “Ride Tru”, for free. Can’t wait for the full album, which is to be released next week, on the 2nd of December!
Midnite and I-Grade Records have built upon the foundation of roots reggae a truly authentic and more evolved sound that is all their own. They are an absolute original and their music is on a much higher level intellectually than reggae. Dermot Hussey explained in ‘Midnite In The Belly of The Beast’ “I think lyrically they have changed the form of the reggae song. Intellectually they are way in advance of the mostly simple messages of traditional reggae.” They are also the most prolific band in reggae and have been for at least the past 15 years.
So no, Jamaica can no longer claim reggae music as its own. I agree with Professor Carolyn Cooper who says “[s]o we’ve given reggae music to the world. But sometimes we act as if reggae was stolen from us.” Jamaica should stand proud for they gave the world a very soulful and spiritual music which continues to touch the lives of people all over the world. But reggae music now belongs to those who choose to be caretakers of the music, wherever they are.
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Can Jamaica still claim reggae music as its own?.
To read the full researched historical account of the band Midnite, entitled ‘Midnite In The Belly of The Beast’, visit: http://inityweekly.com/midnite-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil-part-1/ and http://inityweekly.com/midnite-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil-part-2/
These 4 amazing videos are a historic record of the band’s humble first steps in North Carolina and DC circa 1995. The extremely rare footage, recorded by Yishmael & Hailemah Solomon, features talented brothers Vaughn and Ronald Benjamin performing with some of the band’s former members. Ron, who is the band’s current bassist, is impressive on the keyboards and vocals while Vaughn’s energy is youthful, positive and very powerful. A must watch for all Midnite and roots reggae fans. Audio and video quality is not perfect, but still highly enjoyable!
One of the leading voices in Roots Reggae today, the spiritual Dezarie from St. Croix has released “Love in Your Meditation”, the first single off her upcoming album Similarly to her last album, “The Fourth Book” (2010), her new LP will be produced by the legendary Ron Benjamin, Midnite ‘s bassist. With Ron’s sound backing her amazing vocals, the album is bound to satisfy reggae enthusiasts throughout the globe. Deep baselines, good vibes, a powerful message and a wonderful voice make Dezarie’s new album, also entitled “Love in Your Meditation”, one of the most eagerly anticipated albums this season. A listen to the new single, produced by remarkable bassist Ronald Benjamin will show you what I mean…