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July 30, 2020
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Country-Reggae Single “Green Lights”
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Fused Sound From Portmore, Jamaica - LEO CARMICHAEL
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The Lambsbread takes us on a journey through consciousness with their latest musical offering "Lockdown"
2020 has been one of the most turbulent and uncertain years in recent history for the people of the world. With the spread of Covid 19 around the globe, rioting and social unrest, totalitarian measures being implemented by governments, people are wondering where the truth is in the constant bombardment of mainstream media.

With the cancelation of concerts and festivals in almost every country, many musicians have taken to the studio to bring a little light in a dark time for many people of the world.
Delivering their latest musical offering on July 31, the Lambsbread takes us on a mystical journey with the new single “Lockdown”. A heavy roots tune, the lyrics wind their way down the path of our collective state, to a surreal and poetic conclusion of love and hope for humanity.

Produced by Lambsbread keyboardist Jacob Selassie this tune has a heavyweight baseline crafted by veteran Jamaican bass player Chris Meredith. The way the baseline and the vocals move together take us on an ethereal musical journey through consciousness. As the guitar line dances through the melody the emotion and feelings rise to the surface. The guitar parts were laid down by Lambsbread guitarist Jesus “Chewy” Gallegos and the mix done by drummer/producer Samuel Levi, the balance and sound quality are phenomenal. Mastered by one of the top mastering studios in Miami, Fuller Mastering, the sound is exceptional from beginning to end.

The artwork for this latest single from the Lambsbread is also thought provoking, and brings to life the context of the song “Lockdown”. Created by visual artist Art by Ancient, just the cover alone draws you in to want to know what hidden knowledge is contained within this masterpiece.

Listen closely, listen carefully, maybe with a pair of headphones or some really loud speakers as the Lambsbread takes us on a cosmic journey to the higher heights.
Reggae Festival Guide joins VP RECORDS in Congratulating the Finalists Of Jamaica's Festival 2020 Song Competition
VP Records would like to congratulate the finalists of the Jamaica Festival 2020 Song Competition. The results show aired this past Sunday on VP Records YouTube Channel. 
Buju Banton took the top prize with his entry "I am a Jamaican", while Papa Michigan placed second with "Jamaica Dance" and Sakina Deer third with "We are Jamaica". The winners were decided by the public by text-to-vote and via the Reggae Jamaica app.
Distributed by VPAL Music, the festivals 10-song album is now available for download or streaming.
Commenting on the development, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange said: “Through streaming technology these qualifying songs are available worldwide and that expands the stage; the world is now our stage for the Jamaica Festival Song competition. It is historic.”
Other finalists in the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition included Reggae icons Freddie McGregor, Toots & The Maytals, Nazzle Man, L.U.S.T. (featuring Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody & Tony Curtis) and Jamaica's Rising Stars winner Shuga, upcoming dancehall artistes Xtra Bigg and Radix OD. The move to package the Jamaica Festival Song finalist entries available for downloads and streaming is part of Minister Grange’s initiative to revitalize Jamaica's annual Song Festival.
Minister Grange said: “Jamaica Festival used to ignite the country and bring the nation together in such a beautiful way. We want to bring back that feeling of national unity and hope. We have made tremendous strides, but we have more to do.” 
As previously stated, Buju Banton is donating his portion of the 3 million prize package winning to the Sunbeam Boys' Home in Old Harbour, St Catherine. “Yes, it's a great feeling to win. However, the feeling is greater when I observe the attention and the vibe surrounding this whole competition. It's like something I experienced when I was much younger, so that is what brings me so much more joy,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner.
Quino from Big Mountain Reggae Band organizes fundraiser to purchase laptops for students in Ensenada, Mexico 
Joaquin McWhinney is organizing this fundraiser and personally guarantees delivery of each laptop to a student in need.
“Hello, my name is Quino lead vocalist of the band Big Mountain. I live in San Diego, California but I spend a lot of time in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
On one of my recent trips I met a young man that was helping his father in a construction project. His name is Omar Franco and I soon learned through our conversation that his high school will not be conducting in class instruction this fall. I asked him if he had a laptop for whatever remote learning his school had planned and he said “no”. I looked at his father and he sighed but said he was working on a plan but he hadn’t figured out how to manage the expense. 

That evening I made a post on Facebook asking if any of my friends had an extra laptop that they could give to Omar. The response was quick and overwhelming. But soon the conversation turned to the possibility of helping more kids than just Omar. Then a friend suggested”

Here is how you can help.
Wailing Souls "Shark Attack" Remake out This Friday, ahead of Release of
"Back A Yard" Production by Reggae Star Alborosie
The "Shark Attack" re-make of the Wailing Souls 1992 chart topper is set to release tomorrow, Friday July 31st ahead of the forthcoming Wailing Souls album Back A Yard. Produced in Jamaica by Alborosie with Roots Radics Flabba Holt, 'Shark Attack' marks a welcome return to the Greensleeves label for the Wailing Souls. The video has premiered today on Reggaeville.
Uplifting Country-Reggae Single “Green Lights” Just Released from Songcrafter Gary Wertz aka ‘GRW’ Featuring Junior Toots — CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH IRIE VIDEO 

Are you looking for a positive musical affirmation to start your day? The summer hit single, “Green Lights”, is just that. Written and performed by prolific singer/songwriter Gary Russell Wertz aka GRW (Grow without the ‘O’) and featuring Junior Toots (son of reggae legend Toots — of Toots and the Maytals), this song is an earworm… it just gets stuck in your head as it melds two genres: country and reggae in a perfect blend of feel good.
In 2020, as sh*t hit the fan, music fans were looking for upbeat music, something to help them clear their heads and to feel more hopeful. GRW’s response to this need was to write “Green Lights”, a precursor to the forthcoming album HYBRIDS on Aleada Records Label (reggae legend Marcia Griffiths’ son, Marcus Thompson).

Gary and his wife Lisa were formerly cannabis farmers for two decades in the reggae Mecca of Mendocino County in Northern California and deeply entrenched in the industry (Gary’s wife, Lisa, was the mama that helped birthed the renowned Emerald Cup). This gifted musician, Gary Wertz, relocated his family to Tennessee, to an 18th Century farmstead they call Sacred Dog Ranch & Recording Studio. They consider themselves ‘climate refugees’ having had to leave their beloved farm in Northern California to escape ongoing wildfires. It is here, just west of Nashville, that Gary combined two kinds of roots: Americana-Country roots with Jamaican roots music to create “Green Lights.”
Jamaican-born Junior Toots has a genuine commitment to socially conscious lyrics and a determination to express himself sincerely from within. This passion can be felt through his deeply soulful vocal style that is reminiscent of his father, renowned reggae artist Toots Hibbert, of the Toots and the Maytals.
“Green Lights” is available for purchase on iTunes for .99 and is also available to stream on Spotify and several other platforms (
This ‘country-ragga’ or ‘mountain reggae’ tune offers something for everybody; you can roll up your fatty or do practice your yoga to it; an all-around, uplifting summer soundtrack.
Listen yourself; you’ll be hooked!
"MARCH" — Chezidek’s 2nd Single from Highly Anticipated Album,"HELLO AFRICA"
Produced by: Desbert ‘ Chezidek’ Johnson
Executive Producers: Tad A. Dawkins, and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

In the current social climate, Chezidek has stepped up and continues his trend of producing conscious music with a positive message.

His new single MARCH is a call for mobility and equality; reflecting the global movement of ‘justice for all’.

“So much things going on with black people ‘round the world, so wi have a lot to say,” Chezidek disclosed.

The roots singer’s latest album, Hello Africa, will be released on July 23, 2020 by Tad’s International Record and will go down as a special day for Chezidek; it is also the birthday of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The date is important to Chezidek who, like all Rastafarians, revere Selassie as an omnipotent figure. Produced by his Cheziberry Records, he believes Hello Africa is his most hard-hitting work to date, boosted by songs like "Because I’m Black", and "March."

"Because I’m Black", a jab at institutionalized racism, sets the tone for Hello Africa and the second single "March" calls to global unification and action to tackle the injustices of the world.
Keep your ears open and receive the inspiration to MARCH!
New Music in the Mix
New Album release from Jumpout Production...Chyna Nicole - LEVEL OF CONCERN - Get ready for something new.

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. 
*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
*“LET IT BE FOR JUSTICE” the new album LEVEL OF CONCERN, is #1 for the second week in a row on the Foundation Radio Network So. Florida Charts. 
*Also charted as Amazon Top 100 Best New Reggae Releases, Dj Sly Top 30 and various charts around the world. 
*More popular songs off the hit bound album according to international Dj playlists are “NYAH AND BINGHI,” “TOP PEDIGREE - ON THE GRIND,” “HERO” ft. Jahbar I, “RIGHTEOUSNESS REIGNS IN MAMA AFRICA,” “GOOD MAN,” “GET TO KNOW ME,” “BLAZE IT HIGH” and “LEVEL OF CONCERN.” 
*Download full album, stream and watch LET IT BE FOR JUSTICE video here  
Also order your physical copy  - CashApp: $Jumpout1966 - $13 USD with your mailing address 
*UK DJ SLY’s Top 30 
And #4 UK Djay Steve’s HIT LIST tune “NYAH AND BINGHI”
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
Bookings: Gary Sutherland
Twitter: @ChynaNicole.    Instagram: Officialchynanicole
#NewAlbum #LevelofConcern #ChynaNicole #JumpoutProduction
Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week of July 30, 2020 -
It's still Bob toppin' the charts!

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Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts — July 30, 2020
Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
TOP 25 Dancehall Singles, TOP 25 Reggae Singles and TOP 10 Albums/CD Chart
For the week of July 30, 2020
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This Day in Reggae  - July 30
 July 30
1963: Apache Scratche (Raymond Hudson) is born in St. Mary, Jamaica.
 July 31
Sorry, no event
 August 1
----: Producer Edley is born.
1834: Slavery declared unlawful in British Empire.
1838: Jamaican slavery emancipated (Emancipation Day in Jamaica)
Emancipation Day had ceased to be a holiday in Jamaica when the country gained independence, but it was re-established 1997 after it was enacted by law.
1914: Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) is launched by Marcus Garvey.
1960: Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France.
1990: UB40 is deported from the Seychelles after police discover marijuana in their hotel room. They choose deportation over the other option, a mandatory three-year jail term.
The band will later claim that the drug bust is a set-up.
1992: UB40 makes a rare hometown appearance at Birmingham's Cofton Park.
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