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

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“I Beseech JAH” – Midnite featuring Pressure (Lyric Video by rootsnwingz)

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

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“I don’t fight for inspiration. The riddim brings inspiration. If the riddim is militant and heavy, you have to fight this battle called life. I meditate and go inside. I don’t sing a melody in front of everyone. The music is already there. I make everything from scratch. It’s not just singing a song. The bottom line is sincerity. I do it for myself. It’s about word, sound and power. It’s always about word and sound. These things come together in music.” – Vaughn Benjamin, singer of the reggae band Midnite .

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“Can Jamaica still claim reggae music as its own? “, opinion article by Shereita Grizzle from the Jamaica Gleaner

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Excerpt:
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.

Read full article, by clicking on the link below:

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/

Midnite ride tru in December

New Album by Midnite in December!

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Midnite – Ride Tru
CD / DIGITAL RELEASE [I Grade Records]
Release date: 12/2/2014

Tracklist:
01. Calm The Day
02. To Them
03. To Ge Da
04. Restore
05. Credited
06. Conquering Lion
07. Voices of The Remnancy
08. Haile Selassie I The First Time
09. Arise Again
10. I Beseech Jah feat. Pressure
11. Worry Free
12. How I & I Carry On
13. Ride Tru

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Reggaemani

VI reggae trailblazers Midnite is back with yet another album with acclaimed U.S. production trio Zion I KingsZion High Productions, I Grade Records and Lustre Kings.

Midnite is known for being prolific and I believe the upcoming Ride Tru album will be their third in 2014 and the second with Zion I Kings. They worked together on Beauty for the Ashes, which was released about ten months ago.

Ride Tru drops in December and you can check its initial single Credited below.

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Vintage Videos of the band Midnite, live in the early 1990’s!

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!

Finally a new song by St. Croix Reggae singer, Dezarie!

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…