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December 12, 2013
Volume 10/Issue 50
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News Flash
More acts added to Raggamuffin bill - 31 Jan - 1 Feb, Rotorua, New Zealand
More acts have been announced for the two-day reggae festival, Raggamuffin 2014 which takes place in Rotorua in January.
Today Raggamuffin organisers announced Common Kings (US) would be joining the line-up, along with New Zealand acts Ardijah, Aotearoa Reggae All Stars, Majic, Lion Rockers Hi-Fi plus the winners of the 2013 Smokefree Pacifica Beats competition, Strangely Arousing.
A strong line-up of DJ acts has also been confirmed for Raggamuffin 2014 including Che Fu, King Kapisi, DJ Sirvere, DJ Poroufessor, DJ Art, DJ Locksteady, Sgt Benji, Ben Sifty Goodness, Deach, DJ Masive, DJ Jayrasik, and DJ Infared.
The new acts join a line up of reggae megastars with headliners Damian Marley (youngest son of legend Bob Marley), Shaggy, Groundation, Rebel Souljahz and for the first time in New Zealand, Morgan Heritage. Also featuring alongside Damian are three stars from the Marley brothers’ Ghetto Youths International record label, Christopher Ellis, Black Am I and Wayne Marshall.
Also announced today was a major prize draw for those who purchase tickets before Christmas Day. The pack, valued at more than $10,000, includes a trip for two (flights, accommodation and VIP passes) to Hawai’i for the Mayjah Rayjah festival in July 2014, an upgrade for Raggamuffin 2014 to House of Marley VIP and an exclusive goodie bag including Raggamuffin merchandise, $1000 of House of Marley products, a gallon of Coruba and Destination Rotorua vouchers.
Tickets for Raggamuffin are on sale now from Ticketmaster and include two-day passes, single day tickets, family passes and group discounts.
Tessanne Chin The Voice Performance Cracks Top 10 On iTunes

Tessanne Chin build her bridge over troubled water with ease on Monday night.
Tessanne Chin’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water (The Voice Performance)” has now reached No. 4 on iTunes.
The reggae songstress is one step closer to winning The Voice season five and taking home to Jamaica a recording contract and a $100,000 cash prize.
Her performed drew one of the loudest cheers we’ve seen to date from the audience and left Adam Levine lost for words.
I’ve never been speechless on this show before,” the Maroon 5 frontman said.
As of the time of this publication, Tessanne Chin and Jacquie Lee were the only two contestants from the Top 5 to crack the top 10 on iTunes.
It will only cost you $1.29 to download Tessanne Chin song on iTunes and each download gives her five points towards her final tally.
Tonight The Voice will reveal the three contestants for the finals next week.
You can down load Tessane Chin’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water (The Voice Performance)” on iTunes here.
Julian Marley Tours Australia 2014

A New Years Reggaelution Tour of Australia/New Zealand 2014
30th December, 2013

The Amphitheatre at WOODFORD FESTIVAL
 with Blue King Brown 
Tickets & Info
31st Dec, 2013

New Years Eve at Brothers in CAIRNS, AU
 with Blue King Brown 
Tickets and Info
2nd January, 2014

All Ages show! at Granville Rugby Park in SYDNEY, AU

3rd January, 2014
 with Chant Down sounds 
5th January, 2014

Reggae By The River Festival in LAKE TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND 
with Katchafire and The Herbs

8th January, 2014

Honiara University in SOLOMON ISLAND 
with Jah Boy
11th January, 2014

The Arena in BRISBANE, AU
with Natalie from Blue King Brown , Paua, Tuff Tumas, Jaggarizza and Basmat 
Tickets & Info
For Julian Marley interviews contact, Diane Podolak:
Jamaica - STING... the Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Show on Earth.

Beres Hammond and Sizzla Receive 2014 Grammy Nominations for Best Reggae Album
NEW YORK - The 2014 Grammy nominees were revealed on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Two titles released on VP Records, Beres Hammond's One Love, One Life and Sizzla's The Messiah, are in the running for the Best Reggae Album category. 
Known to many as the "Otis Redding of Reggae," Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet vocals over every kind of riddim track for almost 40 years. VP Records released his latest Grammy-nominated, double-disc studio album One Love, One Life in November 2012. 
The release peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top 10 Reggae Album chart and was hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career." The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover's rock sound, while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually empowering tunes. Beres Hammond produced 19 of the 20 songs with co-producers Donovan Germain on "No Candle Light," Collin "Bulby" York on "In My Arms" and Michael Fletcher on "More Time." This is Beres Hammond's second Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. The icon was considered in 2002 for his 2001 studio album Music Is Life. 
This is Sizzla's first Grammy nomination. Mostly written and executive produced by himself, Sizzla's full scope of talents are displayed on his 70th effort The Messiah, which was released this May. As one of reggae's most prolific artists, he showcases his musical depth, passion and precision on this 15-track collection inspiring positive change worldwide. 
His social commentary on songs like "Chant Dem Down," "No Wicked Man" and "Psalms 121" reveal his daring bravado and righteous lyrics, while the melodic anthem "Good Love" unveils his softer side. The Messiah peaked at #1 on the South Florida Reggae Chart and New York Reggae Chart. With his fresh perspective, it is evident that Sizzla remains the reigning king of roots. 
"We are very proud of Sizzla and Beres for this outstanding achievement. Each artist, who are both legends in their own right, created inspiring and groundbreaking material on their latest collections. They not only released some of their best work to date, but raised the bar for the genre," states VP Records CEO Christopher Chin. 
Sick Donkey Records releases Rastafari is King with Essential I & Turbulence
Washington state's Essential I teamed up with Turbulence to record "Rastafari Is King" and film a wonderful music video tribute in a riverside woodland setting. The song pays tribute to H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie and the artists trade verses that serve to emphasize the strength that comes from Rasta teachings and spirituality. The riddim, known as Backwoods is a peaceful one- drop with an uplifting vibe, check out the video, here: Rastafari Is King video.
ESSENTIAL I is an up & coming artist from Okanogan County. As co-founder and a member of Sick Donkey Records, he has been recording and performing in the Northwestern United States for several years and making an impact everywhere as he stomps down Babylon with word, sound & power! TURBULENCE has built up a healthy and extensive fan base after releasing almost twenty albums and touring as a headliner in his own right. His biggest hit to date is Notorious, which rapidly outgrew its reggae and dancehall roots to become a huge hit world wide. Turbulence starred in the film Rise Up (Reggae Star), which documents the progress of three young artists from Jamaica.
Essential I & Turbulence deliver strong lyrical performances to uplift and glorify the Rastafari faith & livity (way of life). The song is to be included on Essential I's forthcoming album SoulJah Salute. Sick Donkey Records will release the Rastafari Is King as part of the Backwoods Riddim selection that includes versions from Mark Wonder on "Rejoicing In Jah Glory" and more from Mykal Rose, Sarah Christine, Jay Prince, Nina Nunezz, Gavinchi and Winstrong.
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Reggae Guide for iPhone app is now free again
Due to popular demand, our iphone app called Reggae Guide is free again.
For awhile it was .99 but reggae fans around the world are used to all of our media products being free. So we listened to it and it is a free download through itunes.
What can you expect to find on the app: Reggae news, tours, new releases, music to listen to, and of course, dozens of festivals. Everything reggae in the palm of your hand.
New CDs in the Mix
Onesty :: What Love Is

Caribbean Pulse :: "Blessed"
‪Caribbean Pulse is a very dynamic and powerful Reggae Band based in Los Angeles‬ ‪California.‬ ‪The first single off the album titled Blessed, was released on November‬ ‪1st.
Launching on the island of Jamaica, the single was premiered on the Barry,‬ ‪G show on MELLO FM, Kingston Jamaica. This included a simulcast‬ ‪incorporating Belize (Krem FM) and Maui (Q103 FM).‬ Caribbean Pulse is history in the making!
Purchase at iTunes
Dancehall Reggae Singer Bucky Ital Delivers New Album ,
"€˜Do A Ting Fi Di Poor"]

Jesse Royal - Modern Day Judas (Official Video)

Call him the King’s Offspring or call him the Small Axe, either way - singer Jesse Royal walks revolution.
Misheni (Swahili for ‘mission’) was Royal’s debut mixtape in 2012 and the witty follow-up In Comes The Small Axe appeared in summer of this year. The highly impactful musical offerings have solidified his presence as one of the most undeniable proponents of the new roots reggae movement. Royal has been hailed as a musical force; equally potent as he is charismatic, ringing in comparisons to reggae legends of yore.
On Tuesday, December 10, Jesse Royal will premiere his third official music video for the lyrically charged Modern Day Judas single, via social media.
Ed Robinson Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Hi! Here's a brand new song from Ed Robinson. It's a tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela! Enjoy listening!
An encounter with Ed Robinson is an encounter with one of Reggae music’s most consistently great contributors. Throughout the course of his over thirty year career Mr. Robinson has blessed the music industry with his talent both before the mic and behind the scenes.
Having started his career as the drummer in a school band, Ed Robinson gave hints of his versatility from the very beginning. Over the years he found himself becoming a key player in the diverse genres of Reggae, Rock, Soul, Hip Hop, and R & B. His tremendous production talent has found him at work with industry greats like Bob Andy,Richie Stevens,Luciano, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Super Cat, Snoop Dogg, Aron Hall Kandyman and the incomparable Dennis Brown just to name a few. While constantly at work in the studio, Robinson still found time to perform in such great stage shows as Reggae Carifest, Irie Jamboree, Ragga Muffin Festival and Sunsplash. It was during a performance at Sunsplash concert that he caught the attention of MCA Records.
His first album “Once Again” was ultimately released by VP Records and contained the highly acclaimed track “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. A second album, “Sky is the Limit”, was released on Jet Star Records featured powerful Roots tunes like “Bad Minded People”, “Skin I’m In”, and a fine version of “Burnin’ and Lootin’”. His third album a charm “Solitude” is that rare album that is made for listening. The steady grooves are perfectly complimented by his melodious voice. The fourth is as charming as they get. This album sits squarely on the fence between Roots Reggae and Lovers Rock and represents another start-to-finish ear pleaser. The production on “The Awakening” is smooth and shows the experience of a tried and tested musician.
Talented reggae crooner, songwriter and producer Ed Robinson is back in the game with his brand new fifth album titled Written In Stone. The album boast the tribute single "Our Heroes," which quickly became an anthem on Caribbean radio programs in Florida, the tri-state area, Europe and the Caribbean. The 15 track disc album also include songs like 'Baby I Love Ya,' 'You're Special,' 'Cry No More,' 'Talking Blues,' 'Cyberspace Girl' and a moving cover version of the Alton Ellis’s classic "If I Follow My Heart" that is sure to find a place in the hearts of reggae lovers globally.
A brand new album is in the making, including a cover versions of Diane Warren's 'I don't wanna miss a thing' and Dennis' Brown's 'If I had the World'. The tribute song for Nelson Mandela 'Even if him pass and gone' was very spontaniuos and has been written and recorded within 24 hours on the go. That just shows the great ability and quality of Ed Robinson's music. Not only being a great singer, but also a professional player of instruments, studio engineer and producer.
Click to playThere is more to come...
Contact & Booking Information:
English // 3TRIPLETONE
Matthias // City Supreme Promotions
Luciana Maneri
SilverHawk Sound Inc.
Push Broom Gang Productions
The R Factor
Lakkwuman22 Music Presents Success Riddim
Blakkwuman22 Music which is owned and operated by recording artist Karamanti has released the Success Riddim. The project features Karamanti and two of dancehall’s hardest underground talents, Digital Sham and Jemynie, plus hip-hop artist, Deadly. The compilation has captured the attention of many because each artist is speaking about their desire for success but doing so in their own unique way.
Success Riddim was built by RoughCut Studio out of Germany. All songs were mixed and mastered by Red Boom of Hard at Work Music and all video and graphic production is done by Maria Jackson Entertainment.
The group is currently working on the medley video which will be shot at Digital Sham’s studio (Estate Recording Studio in Jacks Hill) but in the  meantime persons can enjoy the official video for Karamanti’s single entitled “ase ase ase”. Persons who operate music entertainment websites can download a good quality of this video for reposting here.
Listen to all songs on Success Riddim.
Download all songs on Success Riddim via drop box.
Download all songs on Success Riddim via mediafire.
New release: Hylton The Whistler Brown
J&G Productions GbR  
Postfach 106802    28068 Bremen, Germany
phone Germany:+49(0)421 69697230  Jamaica+876 3513137
Greetings in the name of JAH,
we are proud to announce the new release of the
videoclip "German Jungle"
This is a strictly roots reggae album with mostly dub instrumental tracks. The song "Sweet love" is about how sweet love can be, lick deep in your heart as it sounds, "German jungle" moving through the concrete jungle, "War in the east" is like prophecy...
Brand new video clip: Smiley ft. Shirma Rouse - Is This Real?
Brand New Single by Samboni - Nuh Shakey Badness Prod. by Dutty Link Production
Artiste Name: Samboni
Song Title: Nuh Shakey Badness
Producer: Dutty Link Production
For More info on Samboni Contact Andrew Powell
1-407-929-6466 or Email
Ital Statistics
On This Day in Reggae - December 12th
1960: Peter Hunnigale is born.
1963: Kenya gains independence from Britain (National Day).
1990: Jackie Mittoo goes into hospital. Jackie passed away 4 days after...
2000: Lady Saw signes agreement to join Shocking Vibes.
In Jah´s Name We Pray
"For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I'm grumpy or mad, I'll realize that I've not been paying attention to my soul and I've not been following my best routine."
- Robert Fulghum
Reggae Airplay Charts
Jamaica Music Countdown December 13 - December 19, 2013
By Richie B, host – “Mellow Daybreak” on Mellow FM
Top 25 Dancehall Singles, Top 25 Reggae Singles and Top 10 Albums/CD Chart.
Reggae Festivals This Month
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