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…
Dub Choir EP by Suns of Dub and BuzzRock
The 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
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.
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!
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:
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!
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
Listen to and download this brand new release for free. Original deep and mystical dub reggae sound. Pure and Clean Word, Sound & Power!
Brand new official music video by Jamaican reggae singer Romain Virgo, directed by Dameon Gayle. The track is produced by the legendary Sly & Robbie and was just released today by Vikings Productions!
Jamaican reggae band and dub poetry group “No-Maddz” present their brand new official music video “Getting to Zero”, directed by Kurt Wright. A groovy riddim and powerful, touching and educational message on AIDS discrimination in Jamaica and the rest of the world. A great positive video, released today, World Aids Day, to accompany a great song. Respect to the youths of No-Maddz for contributing to another important cause by effectively raising awareness and by educating on the social seriousness and reality of AIDS and its prevention. Watch the music video now and share the good vibes now:
Don’t forget sharing is caring!
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
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!
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.
WE SHOULD SMOKE! Dope lyrics by the beautiful Leilani, check out the official lyric video here:
I be smoking nature’s cure
I can’t get enough
Filling up my lung lung lungs with the earth
You call me the herbivore
Fiya fi make them crystals work
I just fell in love
Digging up that green green bud from the dirt
I want someone with a deep deep lung
I want someone with a green green thumb
I want someone with a wiggle in his tongue
He say roll it in a blunt
He say put it in a bong
And if you love me, let your love burn strong
And if you love me, love me all night long
And if you love me, let your love burn slow
If you don’t love the ganja, best leave I alone
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.
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:
Real Jamaican music with Real Greek lyrics!
Album: Long Road (2014)
The Washington D.C. based Greek American Christos DC, aka Christopher Vrenios, and Jamaican Kenyatta Hill, son of legendary singer Joseph Hill of the reggae group Culture, present the first single and music video off Christo’s new 2014 album, “Long Road”. Christos DC is an up-and-coming reggae artist and CEO at Honest Music; a multi-instrumentalist with a beautiful voice. The message is simple and very relevant considering today’s smartphone and social media obsession: we have to talk more to each other. Great music and lyrics by both artists, much respect to the Greek and African diaspora for keeping it real!
“…born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey.
His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo, Reggae with overtones of jazz”.
Read Christos DC’s impressive bio here: http://www.christosdc.com/about
Honest Music Productions. Cinematics by ViZionCreative.
Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late legendary Jamaican roots reggae singer Joseph “Culture” Hill, who is known primarily for his work with the band Culture in the 70s and 80s. This is one of my favourite tracks off Kenyatta’s new LP “Riddim of Life”. His voice resembles his father’s, who must have been a huge influence on him, as he was and still is to so many people. All in all, a great new artist with a powerful message in his music. The video, shot in Jamaica, is very well made and is full of beautiful cultural scenes. from Kenyatta singing on the beach to food, music, sports, art, nature and, of course, the people.