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|What?!” A Guide To Music Industry Roles|
|Between managers, publicists, booking agents, promoters, and others, sorting out who does what in the music business can be a real head scratcher, particularly for those unfamiliar with what the industry is like behind the curtain.|
Here, Angela Mastrogiacomo offers a guide the various roles in the music industry.
Quick—what does a manager do? If you hesitated for a moment before ultimately fumbling around for some combination of, “They book me shows/they get me press/they do my social media/they make my dreams come true!”, you’d be altogether completely wrong and completely correct. I know, it’s confusing right? For way too long artists have been getting their roles confused.
Thinking managers do press, publicists book shows, and tour managers book tours. And who could blame them? After all, the industry has become such a hodge-podge of different roles and it seems that they’re constantly changing depending on who you talk to. We thought, maybe it’s time to set the record straight. After all, if you’re going to be hiring these people as you build your team out, you kind of want to know what it is they actually do, (and cost) am I right? While this is by no means a fully comprehensive list, and yes, certain people might break outside the boundaries of these roles, it’s important to use this as a starting point for truly understanding what each person does—and doesn’t do — and what you can expect from them.
|Andrew Bees New Release "I love King Selasee." Ft. Nazizi - Kenya's Roots Daughter|
|Jamaica - Saturday, June 27th Live from Jamaica Freddie McGrego - LIVE STREAM CONCERT|
Freddie McGregor is celebrating his 64th Birthday with a Live Stream Concert in Jamaica 🇯🇲 with special guest Cat Coore from Third World Band on cello!
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Saturday June 27th Live from Jamaica including performances from:
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| Buju event TONIGHT on YouTube - Thursday, June 25|
|Dancehall expected to score big this week - Buju, Kartel, Xyclone dropping albums on Friday|
|This Friday, June 26, two musical giants, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel, flex their reggae and dancehall muscles with the simultaneous release of new albums - Upside Down 2020 and Of Dons and Divas, respectively.|
However, dropping neatly in this mix is a not-so-new artiste named Xyclone. He is stirring this already bubbling pot with his album titled Congress Society.
Also at the progress the album has already made. Congress Society, his fifth album, is currently on pre-order, and sales figures have been encouraging.
The seven-track set grabbed the number one position on an Amazon bestselling reggae album listing, which had Upside Down 2020 at two. It also secured an enviable iTunes feature.
"It is really a great time to be proud to be Jamaican. Dancehall seems to be at its pinnacle since Beenie Man and Bounty Killer's record-breaking Verzuz clash. Dancehall is benefiting from all of this," he said.
Xyclone's fans will not be surprised by his numbers, as he has always been very hands-on with promoting his songs and is only too aware of the importance of streaming.
His 2016 album, From The Basement To The Big Leagues, topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, which is generally considered the yardstick by which influential reggae albums are judged.
In 2018, 2774 Waterford Parkway reached number four on the same chart and the following year he released two albums, Sounds of Africa, which peaked at number seven, and the critically acclaimed The Year of the Wolf peaked at number three.
Like Kartel, Xyclone has strong roots in Waterford, St Catherine, and even attended the Waterford Seventh-day Adventist Church at one point.
Congress Society, like Of Dons and Divas, is aimed at the hardcore dancehall fans, although he admitted that influences of the new trap dancehall are also evident.
The tracks are One Call, Murdera, Shake Anthem, Rich Life (featuring Noah Powa), Plan, and Bigga Bounce. The intro features World Dawg, aka Facebook Hero.
"What these three album releases at the same time means is that Jamaican artistes will surely be dominating the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for a while, and pushing the California reggae bands further down the pole. And that is a good look," Xyclone said.
He added that with Kartel and Buju's huge following and with Buju having the backing of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, with whom he signed a deal last year, great things are surely in the making for the genre.
New album from Dominican Republic Reggae Artist, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Promoter, and Record Producer Max "Dread" Minaya
The new album "UNTITLED" is mixed with English and Spanish lyrics of reasoning
for these times of tribulation.
Excellent sounds and educational lyrics for all people. Righteousness and Overstanding are the keys for people to get along with each other during these hard and ignorant times
"For How Long"
(feat. Colorado superstar Ras Moses),
"What Is Hair"
"Si Pudieras Ser Inocente"
(feat. Dominican Republic Reggaeton legend Villano Sam)
"Tomen Conciencias" feat. the artist Like Flow
Click red button to listen to title track "UNTITLED"
|“MAMA AFRIKA” New Reggae Album from Nyah Bless Music|
The album, “Mama Afrika” produced by Hopeton Brown and Franz Richards,
with 16 tracks, is a great mixture of cultural reggae and solid lyrical content promoting positive awareness.
It features artistes from Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Jamaica.
Click link to listen or purchase
01 – Black Dillinger – Afrikan People
02 – Teacha Dee – Train Delay
03 – Natty King – Powers
04 – Karamanti – Stand
05 – Rebellion the Recaller – Woman
06 – Greg Roy - Revolution
07 – Prince Osito – Afrikan Child
08 – Iam Malakhi – Gideon Army
09 – Obibini Blackdin – I Love You More
10 – JR Blessington – Question Asking
11 – Milton Blake – Walk My Walk
12 – Marga Mbande – Afrika for Me
13 – Charli Fletcher – Love Is Working
14 – Avalanche – Standing on the Mountain
15 – City Lock – Ruff Ruff
16 – Blessed San – Mama Afrika
|Record Label Issachar Musik artist spotlight: Triple Blaxx|
|Triple Blaxxx is a Jamaican singer and songwriter who has been recording and performing music for three decades. His new hip-hop, R&B song “Into the Jungle” takes the listener on a journey into the world of cannabis in California. Released on the Issachar Muzik label, the song features rapping from Dylan Judah an artist that Triple Blaxxx has collaborated with in the past as their duo Black Judah. The rhythm was produced by Kirk “Kirkledove” Bennett whose producer credits include Busy Signal and Etana. |
Enjoy music video “Into the Jungle” that features scenes from “in the jungle and people doing their thing out there, those that never leave the hill. “The video also features scenes in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, as cityscapes that can be representative of the jungle.
The lyrical content for “Into The Jungle” as Triple Blaxxx was inspired by experiences the artist had in the cannabis scene. As he explains it, “I was up north (Northern California) with some people and they took me way out to the their place. I’m just vibing, and we met some people, people who is protecting their vibe. I was looking at the environment, the different look and vibe from the people and the landscape. Also the whole California vibe, how Cali embrace the whole thing and how they go about it.”
As for what the future holds, the music genre classifications that will be released by Triple Blaxxx will consist of Hip-Hop crossed with Reggae, straight Dancehall, or hip hop crossed with a little dancehall.
Issachar Muzik founder Jah Lloyd Shaw has worked with Triple Blaxxx since he first recorded under the name Sugar Black. The song “Into the Jungle” marks the first time the Issachar Muzik label releases a song in the hip-hop genre. As Triple Blaxxx explains the alliance with Issachar Muzik “Jah Lloyd was always a person first. When he said he was going to bring back the label, I was like ‘man I’m in’. As for the alliance with Tuff Gong International for distribution, Triple Blaxxx notes “We need to support the Tuff Gong brand as it is one of the true roots companies in the music industry locally in Jamaica”.
The origin of his stage name, Triple Blaxxx (born Patrick Hall) is based on the variations on his previous stage names and artist collaborations first as Sugar Black, then as Sugar Black and Lebanchuleh, and recently as a part of Black Judah. Thus the triple aspect, it’s three different versions that have led to the Triple Blaxxx of today.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Triple Blaxxx got his start as a vocalist in school. At age 15, the teacher was organizing a choir and when she listened to his voice, she singled him out as a strong vocalist. At age 18 he entered the annual Tastee Talent Contest, the same competition that produced artists such as Beenie Man, Mr.Vegas and Yellow Man.
Winning third prize that year, the artist and another artist named Doctor Nuts collaborated on a song called “Baby Mama Too Bad”.
With strong family ties in Jamaica, Triple Blaxxx grew up with his mother and father in Kingston, spending summers at his grandmothers’ house in the countryside of White Hall, Westmoreland, Jamaica where he was born.
Music has taken the artist to festival stages around the world including Sting, Sumfest, Western Consciousness and Rebel Salute in Jamaica as well as several prestigious European reggae festivals and those in the Caribbean. Triple Blaxxx has completed several tours including recent runs with artists Gyptian and Warrior King. Los Angeles-based band Detour Posse (Barrington Levy) has performed as supporting musicians for the artist most often in the live setting.
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ISSACHAR PRODUCTIONS/TUFF GONG INTERNATIONAL
Be on the look out for irie new tracks from artists: General Jah Mikey,
Triple Blaxxx, Empress Akua, Itimo Reynolds & more.
|LOCKDOWN RIDDIM presented by DJ Densen & RIDDIM MAG|
After some weeks of Lockdown DJ Densen & Riddim Magazine decided to start the “The Lockdown Riddim Challenge“: While the world was in lockdown and everybody had to stay at home they tried to bring back a little positivity and creativity to the global Reggae community. The idea was to spread some positive vibes and create a virtual Riddim selection.
Cologne producers DJ Densen and .mlnd provided the instrumental version of the “Lockdown Riddim“. A deep Modern Roots Reggae production with space for versatile artists and styles. Way more than 100 artists from all over the world participated in the challenge and posted their version of the „Lockdown Riddim“ on their social media platforms. Because of the great feedback we decided to curate some of our favorite songs and create an official „Lockdown Riddim“ selection with around 10 songs. Let’s start with the first one:
Lutan Fyah - "Blood River“
“Blood River“ is a Conscious Reggae song of one of Jamaica’s most established artists, Lutan Fyah. In times of the lockdown, the killing of George Floyd and the #BLM Movement, Lutan took the opportunity to raise awareness for the conflicts and suffering of black people in Africa. With the Lockdown Riddim being the musical background, Lutan Fyah used his voice and style to bring in a meditative deep vibe to this one of a kind production.
“Every contact with this subject and every question about the reasons for this mess, helps people gain consciousness - no matter which color!“
Lutan Fyah is a conscious reggae singer and deejay. He was born in Thompson Pen, Spanish Town in the Parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica. He started his musical career in 1999 and recorded his first songs for Buju Banton’s Gargamel records. Lutan Fyah is one of the hardest working singers on the island today. “Blood River“ is one of many singles that Lutan Fyah released this year and surely one of the most important ones.
ARTIST - Lutan Fyah
SONG - Bloodriver
RIDDIM - Lockdown Riddim
PRODUCED & PLAYED - DJ Densen .MLND
BACKINGS - Treesha
MIX & MASTER - Kapellmeister
Hekmek - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 151 252 59 504
Urban Tree Music
|From Dub Shot Records: One of The Most Refreshing Voices in Reggae Right Now Dre Island Releases Debut Album Now I Rise |
Video for LP’s New Single “Never Run Dry” will Debut in June
Album’s Deluxe Edition Will Drop June 26 & Feature
Wyclef Jean & Dre Island’s Powerful and Timely Anthem “Justice”
Dre Island is one of Jamaica's most powerful messengers. The multi-faceted artist – who sings, songwrites, produces and plays piano – just released his debut album Now I Rise through a joint-venture partnership with DubShot Records and Kingston Hills Entertainment. The 13-track release will feature the hit single “We Pray” feat Popcaan, “My City” and the recently released “Be Okay” feat Jesse Royal, as well as 9 previously unreleased songs. Other collaborations on the album include “Days of Stone” feat Chronixx and “Run to Me” feat Alandon. Earlier this month, he unveiled the video (directed by Fernando Hevetia) for the last song on the album “Still Remain.” The next single is “Never Run Dry,” and a new visual will drop next month for the Winta James produced track.
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(North America) Tiffany Mea / With Love PR - email@example.com
(Caribbean) Sharon Burke - The Solid Agency - firstname.lastname@example.org
|NO ANNUAL MAGAZINE THIS YEAR - First time in 26 years!|
|We decided to suspend the Reggae Festival Guide this year because of all the cancellations and uncertainties of festivals,. We plan on coming back strong in 2021!|
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|New Album release from Jumpout Production...Chyna Nicole - LEVEL OF CONCERN - Get ready for something new.|
LEVEL OF CONCERN
Chyna Nicole's 3rd solo album project is the missing ingredient in today's music.
In an uncertain and unexpected time in our lives, her music uplifts minds and souls with positive messages while being fun, innovative and energetic.
The soulful blends of gravitating harmonies will fill your musical palette!
The album features another upcoming star: Jahbar I
(son of George Miller of Firehouse Crew) with a song dedicated to Heroes.
International Chart Listings
“It’s an ambitious and bold project – sweeping in its musical expansiveness and daring in its compositions." ~ Steve Topple, Journalist Pauze Radio
*It debuted on the Top 100 Amazon Reggae (#14) 💎and Top 100 (#49) iTunes Reggae with several accolades. THANK YOU ♥️💛💚
*Foundation Radio Network Charts New York and Florida #2 Top 30 “Let it be for Justice” single
*Dj Sly Colourful Radio - UK - Full album #11 Top 30
(Level of Concern, Nyah and Binghi and Hero ft. Jahbar I)
*International Artist of the Month (June 2020) Chawaaa Radio w/host Ragga Lee /tune “Righteousness Reigns in Mama Africa”
*Album of the Month - Italy’s Reggaediscography
*Album of the Month - UK’s DeeJay Steve of Reggae Shout Out
*Album of the Week - Gen’Ral Irie’s Unique Vibes Radio
*Song of the Week - “Nyah and Binghi” - John T’s Morning Ride
*Song of the Week - “Let it be for Justice” - John T’s Morning Ride
Executive Produced by
Gary Sutherland, CEO Jumpout Production; Producers: Mark Clarke (LET IT BE FOR JUSTICE)
Noel Alphonso (TOP PEDIGREE - ON THE GRIND); Paul Henton (NYAH and BINGHI); Melbourne George Miller & Jabari “Jahbar I” Miller; (LEVEL OF CONCERN, HERO, GOOD MAN); Lloyd Dennis
(RIGHTEOUSNESS REIGNS IN MAMMA AFRICA); David Clarke (GET TO KNOW ME)
Shola Henry (BLAZE IT HIGH And THERE IS LOVE);
Bookings: Gary Sutherland Jumpout5000@hotmail.com
#NewAlbum #LevelofConcern #ChynaNicole #JumpoutProduction
|Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week of June 22-26, 2020 -|
It's still Bob toppin' the charts!
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|Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.|
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of our membership, our partners, our supporters, our staff, and you. Our continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of our ancestors and fighting for our collective freedom because it is our duty.
Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.
We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
|Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts|
|Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess|
|This Day in Reggae - June 25|
| June 25
||Black Star Line is launched by Marcus Garvey and UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).
||Dillinger (Lester Bullock) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||Super Cat (William Maragh) is born in Kingston 11, Jamaica.
||Mozambique gains independence from Portugal. (National Day)
||Florida legalizes medical marijuana.
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