Having recently acquired a management deal with Superior Advertising and Marketing, Karamanti is slowly transforming her sound and style as she appears to be targeting a wider audience. In her latest single, “Big Woman Ting” she steps away from her usual message music and instead talks about a man she is attracted to. The song is released on her label, Blakkwuman22 Music and falls under the genre of hardcore dancehall. It can be downloaded from hulkshare: http://www.hulkshare.com/ys0gowvl1h4w
The Reach One Child “ROC” Foundation’s founders, Chairman Mr. Patrick Lindsay and President Ms. Cherine Anderson, have announced the selection of 14 outstanding grade 6 students as the 2014 ROC Scholars. The students have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic and athletic excellence, leadership, as well as contribution to their schools and communities.
“These students set really high standards for themselves. Most have not only achieved academically, but on average they are involved in at least three extracurricular activities or hold leadership positions in their schools or community youth groups. These students are truly models for their peers,” said Anderson.
For the past two years, the ROC Scholarship Program has honored 35 of the nation’s top-performing students. More than 250 top applicants qualified based on outstanding performance on the GSAT exams with averages of 80% and higher. The combined average of the selected 2014 ROC Scholars is 91%. Among the group are Head Boys, Head Girls, Debating Champions, School Challenge Quiz Team Members and Math Olympiads. This year’s group display record achievements in athletics, with one student totaling more than 80 medals in competitive swimming. More than half the group hold club President positions or were founding members of new clubs within their schools. In addition, several scholars are medalists in the JCDC Speech, Dance and Music competitions.
“In our dynamic world of innovation, technology and global connectedness, we view a forward thinking education as a critical foundation for young people. We are very proud of these hardworking students and look forward to their continued success in the years to come,” said Mr. Lindsay.
The ROC Scholarship Program was established in 2013 to honor grade 6 students from primary and all age schools across Jamaica who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, the arts, athletics and service. The scholarships cover both renewable scholarships and grants to offset expenses of their tuition, textbooks, school supplies and in some cases uniform for their high school year. ROC Scholars are selected each year based on assessment of their overall academic performance in grades 5 and 6, an essay, interview, leadership, service and commitment to high ideals.
The students will be recognized today Thursday July 31, 2014, at The Reach One Child’s Scholar Award ceremony. Award-winning journalist and author Mr. Ian Boyne C.D will give the event’s keynote address.
For more information about The ROC Scholarship Program visit http://www.reachonechild.org
Canadian producer, Keron Williams is making it public that he was apparently scammed by two members of Gaza Next Generation claiming to have connections with Vybz Kartel. The producer is on social media circulating a youtube video in which there are voice notes from both Nana Ice and Talex Daynjah (members of Gaza Next Generation) discussing monies for a song Keron Williams was to do with Vybz Kartel. See video here:
Keron Williams who also host a radio show out of Toronto, Ontario has invited Tanesha Johnson Palmer aka Short Boss (the current partner of Vybz Kartel) on his program as he hopes to set the record straight about GNG. The show will air this Saturday August 2nd, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm EST on Street Digital Radio www.streetdigitalradio.com.
Celebrate Jamaican independence with AlphaWearJA! Until August 6th all our shirts are only US$15 including brand new tees in Jamaica’s national colors. Screen printed by Alpha students as part of their vocational training, AlphaWearJA tees are made in Jamaica with 100% cotton. Our tees make you look good in an original design by Michael Thompson aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders, feel good because of Alpha’s special connection to Jamaica’s amazing musical culture and do good since 100% of the proceeds directly supports the vocational, educational and social services offered at Alpha Boys School.
Founded in 1880, Alpha Boys’ School is a non-profit educational and vocational training school for at-risk boys. Of the vocations taught at Alpha Boys’ School, music has been the most prolific. Alpha’s past students have influenced the direction of jazz, ska, reggae and dancehall worldwide. The celebrated careers of jazzmen Joe Harriott and Dizzy Reece, ska pioneers the Skatalites, roots reggae vocalist Leroy Smart and Grammy-nominee Winston Foster, aka Yellowman, all began at Alpha not to mention instrumentalists such as David Madden, Glen Dacosta, Leroy Wallace, Nicholas Laraque, Conrad Pinnock and Damon Riley who have anchored some of the most respected touring bands and recording projects.
As real underground hip-hop dies out in the west, some MCs in the east are keeping the art form alive by creating authentic, honest music. One such MC is West Africa’s Obibini. Based in Ghana, this underground artist consistently creates good music, most of which is jam packed with inspirational messages geared at uplifting the black community. Persons are encouraged to listen to his brand new mixtape which was hosted by DJ Black here: http://old.hulkshare.com/edifrabkhj40
Another new release from Obibini is his latest video for the single “ma story”. The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8LIyQH1TE
Over the weekend recording artist Propally was killed in an accident in the Half Way Tree area of Kingston. The artist was apparently coming from a stage show and was hit by a motorbike while crossing the road. This news comes as a shock to many, especially because the artist was just beginning to get significant local and international recognition. He had previously recorded catchy songs such as “rum inna mi cup”, “deh pon mi way” (with Demarco) and several others.
Among those mourning his passing, is his friend and producer, Red Boom who had produced quite a few tracks for Propally. The two even did a collaboration (Friends & Enemies) earlier in Propally’s career. Watch their official video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsfR9nVRXvg
As main stream media continues to promote music filled with gun violence, degradation of women and other such morally decaying messages, MJMagazine continues to promote only positive Black music while telling the stories of the people behind it.
The Magazine would like to extend an invitation to all lovers of positive Black music (regardless of genre) who would like to become an official contributor to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two-time Grammy Award®-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No I.D.’s Artium / Def Jam Recordings. “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples out now, Common’s lead track from his upcoming tenth studio album NOBODY’S SMILING, available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Signed Booklet/Vinyl Packages online, and at your local music retailer.
NOBODY’S SMILING marks a creative reunion between Common and his long-time friend and collaborator No I.D., EVP / Co-Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, who came of age in the ’90s as producer of Common’s first three albums (on then-indie Relativity). The 2014 release of NOBODY’S SMILING, executive produced by No I.D., commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s breakthrough album Resurrection (1994), with his signature tracks, “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.” NOBODY’S SMILING is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer.
“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D. “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”
As noted on his website (http://ThinkCommon.com), the album title NOBODY’S SMILING was inspired by Common’s troubled hometown of Chicago, “I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family. Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.”
The romance between Ghana and Jamaica has been kindled by the strong love for music, especially Reggae music. Though Ghana has a rich music history and culture, Recording a reggae album in Jamaica is a dream come true for most Ghanaians, especially those in the Reggae music fraternity. It is therefore not surprising to have Knii Lante, a singer doubling as a medical doctor from Accra Ghana, launch an album in Jamaica.
Dubbed “True Feelings”, the album was launched on Thursday 29th May, 2014 at Redbones Blues Café in Kingston. With songs co-produced by Mikey Bennett and Dean Fraser the set was recorded at Bennett’s Grafton studio in east Kingston and featured Cherine Anderson, Queen Ifrica and emerging deejay G Blunt.
The launch took off at 8pm with D Medz as the opening act. Backed by the Step By Step band, the fast rising Jamaican dancehall lyricist gave a good account of himself with the songs Rebel Soldier, Ghetto Life and Babymother Drama. By 9.30pm Knii Lante was on stage dressed in an all black tunic, backed by the legendary drummer, Desi Jones and his 7 member band. Lante’s performance really connected with the large audience; Redbones Blues Café was packed to capacity. The talented lyricist and vocalist was strongest on the set performing ‘Big trees’,‘Whats up’ with G Blunt,‘House of Pain’, ‘When you go Away’, ‘Loving you’ with Anna-kim Myers. All songs were well received but got even better when the FYah Mumma Queen Ifrica joined Knii on stage to do ‘Baby Take Good Care’. “Growing up, I used to listen to Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear. Reggae is very big in West Africa,” Lante said during his performance. The set ended with ‘Can’t Give Up’ and ‘Corruption’ on the Johnny Blaze riddim.
Knii Lante’s manager Don Green of Synergy Promotions and Reggae Sunsplash fame, sees the singer going places. “I see tremendous potential in him. He has a fantastic voice, writes good music, and I look at him as the next big voice from out of Africa,” Green told the Jamaica Observer. The event ended with an album signing and photograph session with Lante’s newly won Jamaican fans. MC for the night was Mikey Bennett,
Here’s what happened on the night…video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7w4-8jK4TA )
Story by: Adokwei Addo