Although reggae has been part of mainstream thanks to such legends as iconic Bob Marley, dancehall has slowly and stealthily made it’s impact. From Grammy winners Shabba Ranks and Shaggy, dancehall has gradually seeped and is making it’s voice be heard as more than a passing trend.
Created and executive produced by LA Wright and Kevin Beswick comes an unprecedented televised reggae competition show with “Dancehall Got Talent”. Dancehall Got Talent’s mission is to breakdown the walls and prejudices that have prevented the growth and development of the genre while catapulting new artist in Dancehall to the mainstream.
The televised competition will be hosted by the Ryan Seacrest of the Caribbean, better known internationally as the Diva Nikki Z and be judged by dancehall star Timberlee, reggae legend“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” Ed Robinson, Irie Jam radio personality DJ Roy and fashion maven and entrepreneur Dougie Platinum.
The first tapping will be a star studded event of celebrity guests as “Dancehall Got Talent” has garnered the support of Dancehall and Hip Hop super stars like Mavado, Morgan Heritage, Ace Hood, Danielle, Agent Sasco, Samantha J, KES The Band, Cecile, Spice, Lady Saw, Beenie Man and many more. “Expect the our first taping to be star studded” says Nikki Z the Caribbean “Ryan Seacrest”
Dancers and/or dance crews will win the opportunity to be the official dancers for season II of #DHGT, will be featured in the music video of the winning artist and will be the featured dancers during the domestic & international tour dates at the end of season one. Dancer auditions will be held on September 12th 2014, 2:00 pm at 153-01 Jamaica Ave NY 11432. The winner of “Dancehall Got Talent” will receive a $5000 Grand prize, a recording contract and global distribution deal.
Dancehall Got Talent will be seen worldwide on [OmniPresent Media] OPM Digital Network
“simulcast” on all of the following devices: Roku, Smart TV’s, Apple TV, XBox, PS3, Wii, iPads, Google Play, Amazon, Tablets, PC’s, Mac’s, Blu Ray Players, Smart Phones, iTunes and Androids.
#DHGT first of eight Live New York tapings will be held August 30th, 2014 on location at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York. Open to all dancehall artists and dancers, registration to audition ends on September 1st, 2014. For more information, please contact (347) 502-8310, DancehallGotTalent@gmail.com or visit www.DancehallGottalent.com
Her impressive accolades boasts such achievements as proudly being the first Caribbean artist to perform at the Essence Music Festival, background singer for Lindsay Lohan, gracing the pages of Vogue and Glamour among other prestigious fashion magazines and to round up this triple threat, she is also a budding actress building a notable resume.
The latest honor bestowed upon the multi talented Nefatari is a nomination nod for Most Promising Female Artist at the 11th annual Underground Music Awards. “I’m honored and proud to be nominated for an Underground Music Award. Many top artists have won this award as an upcoming artist, so it reminds me to keep pushing. Hard work pays off.” stated the songbird to the media.
Taking place on September 21st, 2014 in New York City, past winners of Urban Threshold’s Underground Music Awards include Nicki Minaj, MGK, Cory Gunz, J. Cole, Freeway, Lil Mama, Killah Priest, Remy Ma, Styles P, Papoose, Saigon, Lumidee, and Fred The Godson among others. Past honorees include Hip-Hop legends like Whodini, Brand Nubian, Ice T, Naughty By Nature, EPMD, Slick Rick, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, MC Shan, DJ Red Alert, DJ Kid Capri, Kool G Rap, M.O.P., Ralph McDaniels, DJ Kay Slay, DJ Envy and many more.
Fans of Nefatari and music lovers are encouraged to vote as the winners of the Underground Music Awards are determined via online voting by the general public. Voting is allowed once a day everyday until September 10th from your phone and/or computer.
CLICK ON LINK TO VOTE FOR NEFATARI http://www.yoraps.com/uma2014/most_promising_female.html
The Undisputed King of Dancehall Beenie Man mutli-award winning artiste, who over the span of 22 years has delivered a slew of hits, represented Jamaica as a premier musical ambassador and has also helped to not just revitalize but re-energize the industry is making it clear that he is undeniably “The King of Dancehall”.
Beenie Man in response to critics and fellow colleagues in his song titled “My Ratings” defends his title and stance as one of Dancehall Great. The artiste descriptively vocalizes his journey, undertakings and addresses naysayers.
“My Ratings” is a production of Studio Vibes Entertainment and it is distributed by 21st Haplios, one of the leading Digital Distributors of Reggae & Dancehall music.
Trinidad and Tobago-based JahLight Recordsreturns with an uplifting reggae Gospel compilation album, Resurrection Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on September 9, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. JahLight Records, helmed by producerAkeunde Pemberton, is fastly becoming known for crafting classic Caribbean tunes and is making its mark in the reggae Gospel world.
Caribbean reggae Gospel artists shine on this three (3) track riddim, including Berhane Selassie with“Behold,” Righteous with “Rise Up” and Kwesi Fontinelle with “Step Out In Faith.”
The all-Trinidadian line-up brings seasoned singers, songwriters and performers to the table, and casts righteous seeds that are bound to earn fans for them, as well as the reggae Gospel genre, which continues to shine with gems such as the Resurrection Riddim.
1. Berhane Selassie – Behold
2. Righteous – Rise Up
3. Kwesi Fontinelle – Step Out In Faith
The journey of music and Ammoye has been good. What began as a young girl singing in the mango trees for birds and nature, has today reached the stage of singing around the world for fans of good music.
Today, Ammoye has more good news to share where her journey of music is concerned, and the good news is her being signed to Pyramid Global Entertainment who has secured a music distribution deal for Ammoye with Universal Records. Whoa! This summer, Ammoye has achieved what so many singers strive for, which is to go from backing voacalist (Michael Buble, Anjulie, Kreesha Turner), to being front and center.
Ammoye has always been true to music, and has worked well with every producer who has come across her path. One such producer is Courtney John, who produced the riddim for Ammoye’s ground breaking and attention grabbing song, “Shooting!” In effect, Ammoye is telling the world that when we stop the shooting, we can stop the war, and therefore peace can rule the land as it should.
Broadcasting in amplified sound, and carrying her message in the music, here are the download links for this HITTT chune“Shooting” by Ammoye!
Mediafire Link: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/b25jh7hyc34cv58/Ammoye_-_Shooting.mp3
Box.com Link: https://www.box.com/s/cnfuvk4zvl1axwy92qpe
Reggae artist Tran-Quility just released his new mix tape called “Righteous”. The mix has approximately 9 tracks from the artist all of which are loaded with positive uplifting messages. The mix tape was inspired by recent changes by Tran-Quility, changes such as him having a new management team and hence taking a different path. “Righteous” was mixed by DJ Rico of Vibes Link Radio.
Persons may listen and download from the following links.
1. Heart Of Love
2. In The City
3. Mama Africa
4. Mama Soon Alright
5. Real Hard Steppa
6. Rock To Diss
7. Where I Put My Trust
8. Like A Lion
9. Nothing In This World
Reggae artist Likkle Lightning lost his 16 years old son on August 10th this year. It is understood that the boy drowned while swimming. The artist is obviously hurt and withdrawn as he now makes funeral arrangements.
Likkle Lightning had three children, with this passing he is now left with two kids. When asked if there is anything he would like to say to the public he simply said, “I just have to keep trodding on”. See below recent releases from Likkle Lightning.
Likkle Lightning – Mama Africa (Official Video)
Likkle Lightning – Temptation (Official Video)