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January 7, 2021
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New Single from Vibrance The Arts Recording Label from St. Croix - ANCHANTS
Straight outta St.Croix, US Virgin Islands, Reggae Artist Anchants new track “Chatty” is out now ...Check it out! 
Vibrance The Arts presents an alternative to the norm, as far as Roots music is concerned. The single, "Chatty", by Anchants, features live instruments on the "Chat Bout Riddim".  A sticky, up-tempo Roots dub, that moves you from the very beginning. "Chatty" covers a wide array of topics. Serving as a guide to remain steadfast in the right, in a world of calamity, with the opening lines... "Youth man on the streets don't you sell no guns". A reminder of the importance of incorporating the Feminine principles, as he states..."ah she", simply put. Cosmological alignment, the awareness of Self and one's role in these times...
"It's not that I be, it's just the fact that Be happens to be." Much insight is offered with these lyrics. Ultimately, Anchants "Chatty" is one for the books. A good sound, good message, a good feeling, not just chatty.
Reggae Month (February) Goes Virtual For 2021
From the spectacular launch event hosted at the Talk of the Town, Jamaica Pegasus, in December 2019, it was apparent that the stage was set for Reggae Month 2020 to be memorable. It was packaged as 29 days of live roots rocking reggae day and night activities in Jamaica, which were spread across the globe under the theme ‘Come Ketch di Riddim’. An overwhelming number of persons did indeed ‘ketch di riddim’, and anticipation was high for Reggae Month 2021.
Little did the organisers, know, however, that Reggae Month last February would have been one of the last handful of events to be properly executed in a live format for 2020. By mid-March, the coronavirus made its way to Jamaica, and the entertainment industry has since been in limbo.
As the month of February stands waiting in the shadows, the word from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is that Reggae Month 2021 is definitely on. But like many events in the pandemic era, it will be virtual.“We will be going virtual this year and will be announcing the launch date and the theme very soon,” Andrew Clunis from the culture ministry told The Gleaner.
JaRIA president Ewan Simpson explained that his organisation has been planning the 2021 event since last year. “We have embraced the virtual space ever since the onset of the pandemic and have engaged the industry in two virtual town-hall/ROU sessions. We were never in any doubt that we would host Reggae Month 2021. The only question was how,” he stated.
Simpson is determined to stage a virtual that is comparable to the live event, but he is only too aware of the associated costs. “Virtual, if it is to be done properly, will require more production elements and, therefore, could be more costly. We are, however, working to ensure that the partnerships already established assist in keeping the costs within previous limits,” he said.
In previous years, there were reggae concerts in Kingston and Montego Bay, signature events such as Reggae Wednesdays, Dennis Brown Floral Tribute, Bob Marley 75th Birthday celebrations, Reggae Gospel, and the Children of the Icons and Emerging Artistes concerts. Jamaica Music Museum’s Grounation Series, held at the Institute of Jamaica; the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition, hosted by the National Gallery of Jamaica; and the Prime Minister’s Reggae Month Reception on the lawns of Jamaica House were among the highlights of Reggae Month 2020.
Click Here to Read More - Jamaica Gleaner
Karamanti Kicks Off 2021 With The Release Of A New Single "Mi Nuh Bow"
After what can only be considered an unpredictable year, Karamanti is kicking off 2021 with the release of a new afrobeat / dancehall single, titled "Mi Nuh Bow." Last year, once it became clear that we were in a pandemic, the deejay decided to abondoned all plans to create and release new music. She instead focused on completing projects already started, and "Mi Nuh Bow" falls in that category. 
It was recorded some time ago at Anchor Recording Studio in Kingston, Jamaica by engineer Delroy 'Fatta' Pottinger, and later mixed and mastered by Donald ‘Tixie’ Dixon in Miami, Florida. 
As she tends to do on most of her tracks, Karamanti once again reaffirms her position as a conscious lyricist who is determined to remain steadfast in her faith and positive lifestyle. On a bouncy afrobeat rhythm - which was created by Zimbabwean reggae singer Teban Cee - the artist chants: 
"Karamanti mi nuh bow no no
I and I never go down oh no
God pickney a no clown no no
Mi dem cannot push around oh no"
"Mi Nuh Bow" is on Karamanti’s own Blakkwuman22 Music label.
Source: Maria Jackson Promo 
IYAAD LIVE- Musical Culture of the Caribbean Diaspora Saturday January 20 
IYAAD LIVE- Musical Culture of the Caribbean Diaspora Saturday January 20 
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Saturday January 20 \ 3pm JA 
Karbon Broadcasting Live from House of Dread.
Prince Negasi EP JAH OVAH EVIL
Meet Prince Negasi — a Reggae Singer, Musician and Producer out of Portmore, Jamaica. His band Souls of Zion is comprised of young generation Roots Reggae musicians that keep the fires burning, spreading "Word Sound & Power" with The teachings of His Majesty Emperor Hailie Selassie I. 
His performances include: 2015 Jamaican Independence Day concert, opening the show for Sizzla & Half Pint. Later that year he shared the stage with Dancehall Artist Kranium. In 2018 the band opened for Kabaka Pyramid and The Late Ones in New Haven, CT.
Over the summer of 2019, Prince Negasi toured the northeast from Brooklyn, NY to Canada opening for major acts such as 
Akae Beka, Iba Mahr and Roots of Creation & many more. Started 2020 onstage with high energy at Sound DJ Alarm Music Festival in Linstead, Jamaica.
He then was featured with Denroy Morgan on The Petition Launch Tour supporting a worldwide annual recognition of the Coronation Day of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie JAH Rastafari & Empress Menen. Upon his return he appeared with I Anbassa & Queen Adessa on the Power of Reggae with our beloved ascended Father German.

The strangest times have come upon us — the seed of JAH OVAH EVIL was taking shape with Prince Negasi and his band the Souls of Zion.

Track List 
1) Zionites
2) River Jordan
3) JAH Children Come
4) Be Wise
5) Holding Firm

These artists are a set of men who have been working on manifesting the specific Word Sound that was given to Prince Negasi. This particular brand of reggae is the same one that put reggae on the map and spreads the message of One Love and showcases the most important biblical and historical event of our time, namely the Coronation of King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as prophesied.
Over the summer of 2020, Prince was featured alongside Greg Roy with Satta Sound at the controls.
Songs on the upcoming JAH OVAH EVIL were then featured at another benchmark show for Souls of Zion in downtown Hartford at CT. Peace Fest alongside Zuggu.
The Souls of Zion then hit the studio boot-camp style. The result is a band of proficient musicians who now can unite to produce and play any music and most importantly the EP that sets the signature sound that Prince Negasi has been working towards as an artist — he is musically and lyrically determined to fulfill the mission that JAH has given him.
Stay tuned for the singles, videos, follow-up album and more teachings in various media and linguistics. 
@princenegasi & @soulsofzion Instagram 
Princenegasi FB & Twitter
STEELE  - Steele Canadian Crooner - "Just Breathe"

Steele the 3X JUNO-nominated reggae artist continues to be an ambassador for his genre both locally and internationally.
With his Factor funded latest CD release “Just Breathe” Steele once again shows his versatility, blending his traditional lover’s rock with dancehall and new world sounds. While staying true to the roots with pounding bass lines and dance appeals, after all Steele is reggae.
The Steele brand continues to be one of the more sought after for live performance, he always delivers.
Steele has performed locally at most Caribbean festivals across Canada while internationally he has appeared on many festivals in Jamaica such as Rebel Salute, Reggae Sum Fest, and the Kite Festival and has also travelled to the USA and Africa to perform. 
His professional approach to the business of music has gained him respect from people inside and outside the industry and many sees Steele as a true humanitarian. 
To date he has released six solo CD projects with many songs hitting the charts. He has shared the stage with other internationally recognized artist such as Rita Marley, Maxi Priest, Berres Hammond, Freddy McGregor, Queen Ifrica with who he has a duet, Tony Rebel, Sanchez  just to name a few. With all these accolades, Steele is steadfast in making sure Canada’s reggae gains world notoriety.
The blazing track (Sweet Reggae Music) is the first single for the new album now available online globally through your digital portals.
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“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts 
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This Week in Reggae
 January 7
Ethiopian Christmas
1953: Earl "Wire" Lindo is born.
 January 8
1912: African National Congress (ANC) is founded.
1999: Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley and common-law husband of Lauryn Hill, is pulled from a burning car by New York police.
Rohan, who was waiting for Lauryn to leave a recording studio, was asleep in the car when an electrical malfunction started the fire and prevented him from opening automatic windows and door locks; police broke a window and pulled him from the vehicle. Rohan was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and released.
 January 9
1911: South Africa outlaws marijuana.
1922: Ahmed Sékou Touré, the first President of the Republic of Guinea (1958-84) and a leading African politician, is born in Faranah, French Guinea (now Guinea).
1973: Sean Paul (Sean Paul Henriques) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1976: Red Rice [Shonannokaze] is born in Fujisawa, Japan.
2001: Shaggy's album "Hot Shot" [MCA] is certified Multi (2.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
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