Hezon’s double disc CD entitled “the life I live (d)” is an instant Reggae classic! The project features thirteen songs on each disc and every song has a melodic, soothing Reggae sound that completely captivates the listener.
Being one of those artist that has a huge female following, Hezron placed a lot of emphasis on ensuring that his female fans are satisfied by including quite a few songs dedicated to them. Songs such as “superwoman”, “she’s all woman” and “mama” are examples of tracks on the album geared towards women. He was sure not to leave out the men, and as such tracks like “land of the warriors”, “inna di ghetto” and “hussle affi gwaan” are for his male soldiers.
Producers who worked on the record are Dwain “Wiya” Campbell, Red Boyz, Wayne “Unga” Thompson, Danny Champagne, Courtney Johnson, Sly and Robbie, Orville “Rorey” Baker, Hezron Clarke, Tad A. Dawkins Senior and Junior, Desmond “Ilabash” Ledgister, Ernie Wilks, David Scorpion, Ralston Barrett, Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon and Delmar “Della” Drummond. Executive producers are Tad A. Dawkins Snr. and Jnr.
The life I live (d) is distributed by Tad’s Record Inc. (www.tadsrecord.com)
All lover of Reggae music should get a copy of this album.
Jamaica born author Tilsa Wright has translated her popular “Star Boy” book series into a short animated film with the help of St.Catherine, Jamaica based young animator Stephen Williamson.
Stephen who won 4th place at Jamaica’s very first animation conference back in June 2013, saw Tilsa’s vision and rendered an award worthy 10 minutes short film which stars “Star Boy” main character Tania Watson-Lane, voiced by internationally known actress and blogger Carla Moore. The amazing score features Grass roots singers Jane Macgizmo with “Black Skin” and “Trouble Maker” by N.Payne.
“Star Boy” author Tilsa Wright stated “Star Boy animation has been a year of highs and low. At the end it truly melts my heart to see the unison of young Jamaican talent. Key person I would love to benefit from this project is Stephen Williamson, to help build and highlight his portfolio and small business. Second my girl with a heart of pure gold, Jane Macgizmo, her Erykah Badu sound is exceptionally different coming from the land of Reggae and Dancehall, she has even caught the attention of billboard contributing writer Patricia Meschino. “BlackSkin” is just plain out right perfect. To the production team and other actors I deeply thank you and continued blessing”
The “Star Boy” series are available on Amazon and Kindle.
About The Author Tilsa Wright -
Jamaican born now living in Brooklyn New York, Tilsa Cecile Wright has truly come into her own. Stepping away from challenges and uncertainties, Wright has positioned herself among who she loves and boldly represents the ‘Grass Roots’. A phrase she uses affectionately as she relates to the sea of talented individuals waiting and working hard for that ‘Big Break’.
With an incomplete College background, Wright has established herself as a self-published author and the publisher of Sym-Magazine an online platform. Sym is short for symbolic, features up and coming talents as well as celebrities. “I created this platform as a mean to be similar to American Idol but in a print version”.
Her vision is slowly growing and reaching Sym’s targeted audience. For starters Sym has featured young talented undiscovered Harlem actor Ohene Cornelius, and media mogul Russell Simmons’s oldest brother, painter, community activist and author Danny Simmons. Danny just happens to be a staple in Brooklyn and a voice that sounds and truly supports the arts. Sym last printed edition back in November/December 2012 cover featured Jamaica’s rising star and household brand Christopher Martin.
Now let’s move a step further to Wright’s second passion or appetite for continued success, her self-published books. Related Affairs and Star Boy book series; of the two books Star Boy is presently a huge success. Star Boy is a featured product placement in a British-Jamaican webseries titled ‘Dear Jesus’ season 2. Star Boy explores relationship drama and family values. Wright books are available on Amazon and Kindle.
Wright’s is very respectful and most importantly grateful for those individuals who have helped her on this symbolic journey.
Popular international Caribbean clothing brand RepJA (Represent Jamaica) has teamed up with Smirnoff Dream Entertainment to launch the official DREAM OR DIE T-Shirts and Tank Tops line for Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2014.
Considered one of the most popular event of the summer season, the annual world-renowned Smirnoff Dream Weekend normally takes place on Emancipation Day weekend in Jamaica and boasts a series of events, concerts, giveaways, surprises and all around fun! This year is no exception as Smirnoff Dream Weekend will hosts 10 events, and hosted by Kardinal Offishall, special slated performances by reggae and dancehall artists Sizzla, Agent sasco, Popcaan, Alkaline, Spice and more names to be announced.
As music and fashion walk hand in hands, It is only befitting that trendsetters RepJA who are at the forefront of dancehall fashion join in with their exciting and colorful shirts and tank tops for one and all. The exclusives fashions are available to ship worldwide via www.RepJA.com
For more information, please visit www.RepJA.com or contact info@RepJA.com
The Small Axe, better known as Jesse Royal, is chopping up new tunes for the BRAND NEW mixtape, Royally Speaking. Jamaican star Jesse Royal and Internationally renowned DJ Walshy Fire of Major Lazer are putting a fresh spin on previously released singles including tracks from Royal’s EP In Comes The Small Axe. The artwork for the album cover was designed by RockersNYC and you can purchase their t-shirt collaboration with Jesse Royal from the RockersNYC e-commerce site.
“Richest Girl” is the lead single off of Etana’s forthcoming album, I Rise (Autumn 2014, VP Records). Produced by legendary Jamaican arranger/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt, “Richest Girl” is a song about recognizing the truly important things in life, with the Strong One voicing the sentiment “I could lose it all, but one thing that is true, if I wake up next to you, I’m the richest girl.”
Catch Etana live in Montreal on Friday August 15 at the Old Port of Montreal for the Montreal International Reggae Festival 11th Edition. Visit montrealreggaefest.com for more information and full lineup.
Comedian and actor Martin Lawrence is coming back to television in a new series with Kelsey Grammer titled Partners for the FX Network.
Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a kind-hearted community activist going through a heartbreaking divorce when he meets Allen Braddock (Grammer), an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father’s firm. Brought together by fate and desperation, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.
The show premieres on August 4th at 9PM.
I don’t know how many of you were there in the beginning, coming out to the Fit For Life gym, ignorning the people working out, and loving the show that was taking place. That was the humble beginnings of something that Dwayne Morgan have now given 20 years of his life to.
As he and his team approach the 20 year anniversary, they would love to know what your favourite shows, performers, and/or moments have been at their events.
The first series that they created was called Black Love, and it was a mix of everything, music, dance, poetry, comedy. When you mix everything together, you always end up with black, and the show is always, all love, so they’re bringing it back, this time with artists from back in the day, and some who are new to the fold.
Don’t miss performances from:
Juno Nominee Korexion
and many more!
The Up From The Roots 20 year celebration will be a part of the Spring/Summer series at the Lula Lounge
The female-skewing cable network has tapped Grammy-winner Jill Scott (Steel Magnolias), Eve(Single Ladies) and Regina Hall (Think Like a Man Too) to star in the original movie With This Ring, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The romantic comedy centers on three single best friends (Scott, Eve and Hall) who attend the lavish wedding of a fourth on New Year’s Eve, and desperation pushes them to make the vow to be married within the year. Each woman starts the year with hopes of what will happen over the next 12 months, but will they all make it to the altar?
The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from executive producers Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane). With This Ring will be written and directed byNzingha Stewart (The Game) and will film in August in Cleveland for a debut later this year.
THR first reported the movie was in development in June. It comes at a busy time for Edmonds, who exec produces and appears in OWN’s Deion Sanders docuseries and is poised to join Extra as a co-host to replace Maria Menounos.
Scott is repped by CAA, the Chamber Group and Morris Yorn; Eve is with ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn; and Hall is at ICM Partners, Principato Young and Stone Meyer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dwyane Wade has agreed to a new long-term contract with the Miami Heat and is expected to finalize it as early as Tuesday, sources told ESPN.com.
With the Heat’s recent moves, including getting commitments from Chris Bosh, Luol Deng and Chris Andersen and signing Josh McRoberts, Mario Chalmers and Danny Granger, the Heat have positioned themselves to give Wade a contract that starts at about $15 million per season. Wade is expected to sign for up to four years.
Wade played just 54 regular-season games in 2013-14 as he dealt with various knee injuries and the Heat often held him out to rest him. He averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game on a career-high 55 percent shooting. He averaged 17.8 points per game during the playoffs.
He is taking roughly a $5 million pay cut from the two years and $42 million he opted out of to become a free agent last month. He will make it up by getting more long-term money.
His pay cut, the second time in his career he’s taken less to help the Heat, helped free up money to give Bosh a full five-year, $118 million max contract and Deng a two-year, $20 million deal.
Jamaica is known for great Reggae music and musicians one of which is the talented Bryan Art. Bryan Art has done work with, and for some of the best and most respected names in the Jamaican music industry. He has been on the scene for several years working both behind the scenes (producing and writing for others) as well as in the forefront as an artist in his own right. MJMagazine got the opportunity to speak with him about his career, this is what he had to say.
MJMagazine: In early 2000′s you came on the scene and was visibly active up until maybe 2006 or somewhere there then you seem to have disappeared until 2012, what was going on with you during that time?
Bryan Art: I am not certain as to what I should attribute the seeming inactivity between 2006 to lately, but I have always been very consistent in terms of recording and trying to promote my work. One probable factor though is the slight name change from Brah Yhan which was just a customized spelling of “Bryan” to Bryan Art.
MJMagazine: Beres Hammond is one of the artist that inspires you, just wondering have you ever done any work with or for him? And if so tell us about that
Bryan Art: You are indeed correct that Beres Hammond strongly inspires my work but it is still a mere dream of mine to do some work with him.
MJMagazine: Tell us about the album released in April 2013 (tracks, producers, distribution, features, inspirations etc.)
Bryan Art: The self titled album (Bryan Art) released in 2013 was a repackaging of my debut for which I had just secured an official distribution arrangement. The original was a brave step out via my own independent label (Junction Files) in 2010. The album had 13 tracks, five of which (including the opening acoustic track) was produced by myself. “Get It” produced by FIWI Music has been a household favorite, thus kicking off the rhythmic segment at number two followed by the 1st of four collabs – “New Day”, “Reggae Ville riddim”, Oneness Records, feat. Warrior King. Other collaborations include “Murder Dem A Play” with the great Queen Ifrika on a rework of Studio One’s “Skylarking” riddim, “Dem Fass” ( Junction Files) with the fire man Capleton and “Second Class” by RPR with one of my favorite DJs, Hawkeye. The work was sealed at number thirteen with an upbeat lovers rock (“Best Of My Love”) by Jamplified Records.
MJMagazine: why did you change management in 2013?
Bryan Art: The reason I had to do a management change in 2013 is because my former manager needed help but was unwilling to work with anyone.
MJMagazine: What are some of the key difficulties you are experiencing now as you are running your record label, your band and your solo career?
Bryan Art: One of the key difficulties with running my record label along with my band and solo career is the lack of adequate distribution, competing with “TV tracks” booking request and lack of consistent airplay respectively.
MJMagazine: There is a seemingly constant chatter about Reggae from Jamaica being in trouble, what say you to that statement?
Bryan Art: Of course there is! …and I tend to agree with the “consistent chatter” that reggae from Jamaica is in trouble”. Unlike back in the days of Dennis Brown, Garnet Silk etc. regardless of the presence of payola then, the cream somehow rose to the top, but nowadays if you want to hear the best reggae tunes you have to go to the studio. It is almost impossible to get a song played enough without a huge budget. For instance, my songs are always characterized by contagious hooks along with an easy melodic line and tight rhymes conveying positive messages, so by merit they would get played on the struggling radio stations or a DJ who is definitely looking out for me. Otherwise you only hear them until it feels like the public is catching on then the abrupt cut. This is also the story of many of my colleagues. Now how does an artiste get to even build a catalogue? How does he even dream of keeping up with our counterparts from much better economies?
MJMagazine: From the outside looking in it seems as though all your successes have been orchestrated by you, how would you advice emerging artists trying to achieve what you have?
Bryan Art: In order to drive your own success you have to equip yourself with a fair knowledge of the process. Not so much as to fool yourself into believing that you can do it alone but to be able to identify who is right for the job. Teamwork is optimal.
MJMagazine: If someone wanted to work with you, how would they go about contacting you?
Bryan Art: I can always be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook: bryanartmuzik; Twitter: @bryanartmuzik Phone: (Ja) 876-283-9974 (US) 240-380-4706
MJMagazine: Is there anything specific you want to share with the public?
Bryan Art: There is always something to share with the public: KNOWLEDGE IS THE POWER fi control the tower and rival Elezabeth crown…
Check out the track on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwYrRzwyHhs