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|Single: 'Same Thing Again' from The Journey Continues Mixtape by Chaka Demus|
Name of Label: Bright Star Production /Kalinga Records
Written, Produced and Executive Produced By John Taylor and Natalie Walsh
Recorded at Positive Vision Studios Mixed By Mundez Tuff Gong
Bright Star Production presents Same Thing Again, the compelling first track from the upcoming transformational EP from Chaka Demus entitled From Mi Heart.
Chaka Demus continues to add new dimensions to his already illustrious career.
Same Thing Again captures the vibration of the times and gives Chaka Demus fans a deeper look into his heart and mind and his concerns about life and the wider world. This thought provoking track encourages humanity to apply wisdom in everyday life; not to accept things at face value and question the decision of those chosen to represent us. The more things change the more they stay the same but we must be vigilant in the fight to protect our rights.
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John Taylor Aka Chaka Demus is a prolific international Recording artiste and hitmaker from Jamaica and one half of the Duo Chaka Demus and Pliers. A column in reggae and dancehall music whose career spans from the 80s to the Present. He is world-renown for his hits such as Murder She Wrote, Twist and Shout, Tease Me, Young Gal Business One Scotch and More. Chaka Demus now adds the badge of producer to his already long list of achievements with the release of several noteworthy projects.
These works include his latest single Same Thing Again, The Soul Whisper Riddim Compilation album featuring Richie Stephens, Chaka Demus, Spanner Banner, Junior X, Isha Bel, etc. also his 2019 released Success album and More. Through his productions, he aims to create a platform for talented Jamaican singers & songwriters.
|Dubwise Distance Dance #5 - Harvest Rebirth Festival - Santa Cruz Mountains, CA|
Reggae Sound System Festival Oct 31 & Nov 1st in Santa Cruz Mountains
SATURDAY October 31
- Fikir Amlak - Ras Amlak - Akashic Records - Inner Standing Sound System - Raz-Tek Roots - Summit Levels - Roots Tonic - TeoCali Sound w Ital Rios - Reverb Iration Sound - Fer I
SUNDAY Nov 1
- Dre Z - Ishence - Brizion - Inner Standing Sound System - Asheba - Irie Dance - Noble Tobal - Rum EQ - Nishkam D General - Volcanic Sounds - Ras Zakarias
LIVE ART BY
- Ras Elijah Tafari - Ras Amlak - Natty Rebel - Ras Zakarias - AndreasOne - Mama Wisdom
SAT Oct 31
, 12:00 pm -11:00 pm - SUN Nov 1, 10:00 am -10:00 pm - MON Nov 2 - Haile Selassie Coronation Ises from midnite...
1 day - $15 advance / $20 at gate (Children 12 and under free)
2 day - $40 advance/$50 gate (includes 2 nights camping)
Camping ($10 per person per night)
All ages admitted with adult
Jamaican food and drinks by Chef Alreca's Catering.
Crystals, music, health products and art for sale.
Shade tents and chairs are encouraged.
Soak in and dance to good vibrations with a special lineup of reggae artists and DJ’s. We invite you to a celebration of life with uplifting music amplified by the warm and powerful Inner Standing Sound System. Experience reggae music how it was meant to be felt with heavy bass that vibrates you to your core. The US Sound System scene is growing and this event will showcase some of the best selectors, producers, vocalists and artists in the movement.
The Harvest Rebirth Festival - Dubwise Distance Dance #5 is a two day event structured for social distancing and committed to providing the safest space possible. After pulling into our drive-in dance-field, you are welcome to create your own space, listen from your car, or dance with the community as you feel comfortable. Amidst the challenges we are facing, we are grateful to provide a safe environment for people to commune, enjoy great music, dance, and be inspired.
This festival is a conscious community gathering with a variety of experiential offerings. Alongside the musical schedule there will be live art, workshops and opportunities to meet the artists and share some vibes. Camping is available Saturday and Sunday nights so join us for the full two-day experience.
This is a private event on a property in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Purchase pre-sale tickets to reserve your spot. The location will be emailed to ticket-holders the night before the event. See you there!!!
Inner Standing Sound
plays well tuned & heavily amplified Reggae and Dub to uplift the body, mind, and soul.
is a roots reggae & dub record label based in Atlanta, GA. The label began in 2014 with the mission of spreading Rastafari teachings & vibrations to the world through reggae music.
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|Jerk Fest Promoters Unite to Celebrate Jamaican Jerk Day in America|
|Producers of the Florida, New York, and Canada Grace Jamaican Jerk Festivals, along with Orlando and Palm Beach festivals, have partnered to celebrate the food, music, art, and the culture of jerk in an unprecedented way with National Jamaican Jerk Day – USA, Sunday, October 25th.|
Jamaican jerk cuisine has evolved from simple, local street food to gourmet status in first-rate restaurants worldwide and is celebrated through numerous Jerk Festivals around the globe.
“We’re encouraging everyone to create their own special jerk dishes at home and join the celebration by posting their dish to on social media,” said Florida festival CEO Eddy Edwards, in keeping with the theme: “Fire up yuh grill, come hold a vibes & watch us LIVE!!!”
The public will get a chance to participate in several social media contests and giveaways offering various prizes. Restaurants from participating markets will offer special “Dine with Jerk” prices from October 19th to 25th. Details and contest rules are available at www.JamaicanJerkDay.com.
The National Jamaican Jerk Day celebration will not only be about jerk cuisine, but it will also highlight Jamaica’s rich cultural traditions. The sights and sounds of reggae and soca music will also play a big role on this special day. VP Records, a proud partner of the Florida & NYC Grace Jamaican Jerk Festivals, will host the “Best of the Jamaican Jerk Festivals,” a two-hour live-stream airing on their YouTube channel from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This live-streamed production will feature exciting performances, highlights from previous years, creative demonstrations by celebrity chefs, as well as features on participating corporate partners. Hosted by Jody Ann Gray and Noah Powa, the stream will originate from the Miramar Amphitheater, home of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Florida.
|From Inna Vision..."2020 Vision". Now available everywhere!|
|There has been no shortage of music coming from the vaults of Hawaii's Inna Vision.|
With yearly album releases, "2020 Vision" is showing up to be one of the biggest albums of the year.
The 17-track project is a collection of vibes recorded in Hawaii, North America, Jamaica and Europe. With an eclectic group of producers and musicians this playlist from start to finish will take the listener on a journey of one drops, boom baps, break beats,
lo-fi melodies and bust your brain open lyrics.
Listen | Purchase | Download
Inna Vision's message has not changed.
Always a music to uplift the people and shed light on positivity,
this album elevates the consciousness in the new world of 2020. "Waste No Time, Stick to Your Roots, Push Over, I Believe,
More Love, Work Harder, Spazz" are just a few song titles that give you the mindset of the intention.
The album contains special appearances by Million Stylez, Bambu Station, E.N Young, Gonzo, Kanakamon and Kayamon.
‘2020 Vision’ is out now and available globally on all digital retailers for streaming and download.
For you fans and collectors of vinyl there are limited edition packages also available on Innavisionmusic.com
We hope you enjoy the album and get a glimpse of ‘2020 Vision’.
Sign the Petition to have Toots Hibbert inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Fredrick “Toots” Hibbert
belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Not only did he create the word “reggae” in his 1968 recording of “Do the Reggae,” but he also starred in the groundbreaking film “The Harder They Come,” alongside Hall of Fame legend Jimmy Cliff.
Toots’ 60-year career went from one triumph to another, limning the day-to-day levity of the sufferers in all their bittersweet glory.
As an English encyclopedia wrote: “No artist ever painted a broader and truer canvas of daily life in Jamaica than Toots. The full-blooded celebrations of ‘Sweet and Dandy’; the screaming cry against injustice in ‘54-46’; The harsh strains of ghetto life in ‘Pressure Drop’; the sheer exuberance of first love in ‘It’s You’; the happy companionship of ‘Never You Change’; the ever-present threat of violence described in ‘Bam Bam’.”
Called “The Otis Redding of Jamaica,” Rolling Stone
included him in their list of the Greatest Vocalists of All Time. Recording greats jumped at his invitation to record with him: Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and Willie Nelson, up to the 2020 collaboration with Ringo Starr and others on his latest album “Got To Be Tough,” released days before his passing from a Covid19-related illness.
Asked if Toots’ work bears comparison to others already in the Rock Hall, guitarist Warren Haynes says Toots “stands among the giants like Otis, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.” Ziggy Marley calls him “a father figure.”
Trey Anastasio concurs: “Like so many people, I’ve loved his music my entire life. It was ubiquitious, playing at parties and gatherings. It felt like an element, like air".
Please join your voices to all of those petitioning the Rock Hall to induct the immortal Toots Hibbert, and pass this information on to everyone you know who feels the same way!
|LUTAN FYAH DELIVERS MESSAGE ON NEWEST SONG: “FREEDOM” |
|Lutan Fyah, one of the top Reggae Artists in the world, has just released his newest song entitled “Freedom”. The song will be released Oct 8th on recently formed Reggae music label, Big Feet Records.|
Big Feet Records is the brainchild of Josh Harris. Josh is a former member of the legendary Ska band, The Untouchables. Big Feet Records is primarily a reggae music label. The songs are collaborations with Josh and some of the finest Jamaican Reggae artists.
Stars on Big Feet include: Little John, The Silvertones, Natty King, Prince Alla, and the upcoming release by, Lutan Fyah.
Josh Harris, owner of Big Feet Records. has a long and distinct history with Jamaican Music’s popularity in the USA. Josh was one of the very first American musicians to ever play Reggae. He sang and played keyboards for America’s first Reggae Band called Huey & The Titans. Years later, Josh joined America’s first Ska band and they were called The Untouchables. Creating Big Feet Records is the culmination of Josh’s musical career and life long love of Reggae and Ska.
|From France: Check out Planet Earth Riddim - Various Artists|
New album Planet Earth Riddim.
My name is Jonathan Holness aka Zion Head.
I am the creator of the Zed2dizee music production label.
I was born in Jamaica in Montego Bay in January 1978 with the Rasta culture.
I now live in France and I have realized my dream of producing talented young artists and others already known.
Please enjoy my first project "Planet Earth Riddim" in which I also participate as a singer.
For more information: Zion Head / Zed2dizee Music
|Mark your calendars: NEW DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2021:|
Premium LiveStream Concert with MORGAN HERITAGE - Storytelling Live
Storytelling Live is an up close-and-personal Livestream Concert Series.
Viewers will experience a full live concert and hear backstories about the songs artist perform.
Part proceeds will go to the MusiCares Foundation, helping the music community in times of need, as well as multiple other charities such as Clean the World.
Heritage Concerts Presents Storytelling Live with Grammy Award Winning Morgan Heritage. Saturday November 7th Performing hits like Don’t Haffi Dread, Tell Me How Come, Falling Race and Strictly Roots.
This will be an up close-and-personal musical experience that you don’t want to miss!
So tune in Saturday January 30, 2021 to see the Iconic, Legendary Royal Family of Reggae music... Morgan Heritage!
You’ll get to hear your new favorites along with all the classics such as Nothing To Smile About, Down By The River, She’s Still Loving Me and Reggae Bring Back Love.
Storytelling Live with Morgan Heritage will be another ROCKAZ moment!
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|Award-Winning Artist Returns To His Roots For COVID-19 - Six Feet (U Betta Back Up)|
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning producer, composer, arranger, singer, and musician Loris Holland has released a new song,
“Six Feet (U Betta Back Up).”
“Better To Be Six Feet Apart Than Six Feet Under”
Normally found at his X-Music Academy in The Colony, Texas USA, Loris says that he has to step forward as performing artist TimeShadow to convey the important message that many still find hard to accept, that social distancing and wearing a mask will help protect each other during this global pandemic.
Loris states that it is his belief that “music is art and science, it’s the enlightenment of the purest, spiritually logical form of bliss that soothes the savage beast in all of us. It’s a true mystery and a great gift from God (The Master Musician) to humanity. It justifies the reality of our existence as we all have the need for, and the ability to create it. We are all born with the gift, and the desire to share our unique styles of musical creativity as we feed our spirits, bodies and souls regularly with its joy.”
Born in Guyana, growing up in the Amazon basin, then living in England and Canada, before living most of his life in the USA, Loris is using this time to record and prepare a new album of Worldbeat and Reggae songs about the current natural and spiritual status of humanity. He states, “The album includes songs of hope and reality in a time when we need to regain our sanity and come together as one.”
The song is available for streaming on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and many others.
|Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week ofThe week of October 17, 2020 -|
It's still Bob toppin' the charts!
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| “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” —Brian Tracy|
|Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts - October 16-22|
|Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess|
| October 14
||Lenn Hammond is born in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica.
||Allan "Skill" Cole, Rasta soccer star, breddah of Bob Marley, is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||Junior 'Willow' Wilson is born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.
||Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
||Singer Magano is born Andrea Sonia Sawyers.
||Marlon Binns is born.
||Delly Ranks (Delroy Foster) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||Hugh Mundell passes away (shot dead) in Kingston, Jamaica
||Red Red Wine (UB40) is No. 1 Billboard Pop hit. The song reached No. 34 when the group first released the single in 1984. It is written by Neil Diamond.
| October 15
||Chieko Beauty is born.
||African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid and establish nonracial democracy in South Africa.
| October 16
||Brinsley Forde [Aswad; vocals/guitar] is born in Guyana.
||Producer Lloyd James Jr. aka John John is born as the son of Lloyd James aka King Jammy.
||Desmond Tutu, black South African Anglican Archbishop, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Some artistes get Order of Distinction during National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House.
Recipients of the OD (Commander class)
Bob AndyMusician/producer Asley 'Grub' Cooper
Lennie Little-White, who directed Andy in the 1978 movie Children of Babylon
- Recipients of the OD (Officer class)
- Singer/musician Boris Gardiner
- Record producer Lloyd 'King Jammys' James
- Singer/songwriter Ernie Smith
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