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Etana ‘I Rise’ #1 US Billboard Reggae Chart Topping Album Release Event Nov. 17


According to a recent release, Reggae princess Etana is the first female Jamaican artist to top the US Billboard Reggae album charts in almost 20 years.

Roots reggae singer-songwriter Etana strikes again. This week, her fourth studio album I Rise (Oct 28, VP) hits #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. She is one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position.

Backed by a full band, Etana will celebrate this success and perform tracks from her brand new album at her NYC release party at SOBs on Monday, November 17, 2014.

Prior to this event, Etana continues her U.S. tour with Cocoa Tea, spreading her positive vibrations to major cities like St. Louis, New Orleans and Orlando.

I Rise, which is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Hunt’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career.

Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction. Producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff) arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser.

Etana’s ‘I Rise’ – Track Listing:
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
11. Trigger
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
13. Emancipation
14. Jah Jah
15. Jam Credits

Remaining Tour Dates:
Nov 5 (Wed) St. Paul, MN @ Wilebski Blues Saloon
Nov 6 (Thu) in St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
Nov 9 (Sun) in New Orleans, LA @ Publiq House
Nov 13 (Thu) in Palm Bay, FL @ Sugar Kane
Nov 15 (Sat) in Orlando, FL @ Mela Room
Nov 17 (Mon) in New York City, NY @ SOBs

New Music! Jamaican songstress Alaine teams up with Kenyan R&B/Reggae star Wyre in ‘Nakupenda Pia’

Alaine Wyre

The multi-talented Jamaican vocalist Alaine teamed up with Kenyan artiste Wyre, Love Child in ‘Nakupenda Pia’.

The track was apparently leaked and sampled on a popular African radio station. Based on numerous trending online comments, the track produced by Dillie, seems to be getting good response so far.

Singer Alaine tweeted, ‘Loving the response to my new song with @WyreDaLoveChild ” Nakupenda Pia”…maaddddd!!!!’ While Wyre also showed appreciation to fans tweeting, ‘Just wanna thank everyone for the overwhelming response to #nakupenda pia. Big up @Alainesinga & @GMONEYizME team Reggae & Dancehall! Boom!

Wyre has previously done collaborations with other Jamaican artistes such as Gramps Morgan and Dancehall’s ‘Bad Gal’ Cecile ‘She Say Dat’.

‘Nakupenda Pia’ is Swahili language and translates to ‘I love you too’ in English….Looking forward to checking out this one!

Coming together through Music In the meantime, check out one of Alaine’s current hit singles ‘You Are Me’ expressing the positive message of Oneness.

Singer Alaine to celebrate her birthday with LIVE Charity show ‘Walking On Air’ this Friday

So when some would be popping bottles to celebrate their Birthday; the multi-talented, well loved Jamaican bred singer, songwriter Alaine will be presenting a classy Charity affair, which can be considered the first of an ongoing Annual event.

According to the event’s Facebook page, it is a fundraising effort aimed at ‘…providing support and empowering the lives of those less fortunate in the community’.

The event is titled, ‘Walking On Air’ which is also the name of the singer’s latest single. The concert will feature live performances by the effervescent Alaine, fellow artistes/friends, such as Tarrus Riley, Voicemail, Chronixx, Sherieta Lewis to name a few and the 1Thirty1 Band.

It will be held at Redbones Cafe in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday, September 21st, 2012 starting 9:30 pm.

Tickets $1000 Pre-sold $1200 at the gate: All proceeds to benefit local Jamaican institutions, Mary’s Child, a Mustard Seed Community home for pregnant teens and their babies and the Allman Town Primary School Music Program.

Love these positive moves by artistes…based on Alaine’s known performances, this should def be a good night of quality music…..taking patrons to a level that will leave them re-energized and ‘walking on air’ all for a good cause.

NEW!! Upcoming female Reggae artiste Kelissa releases powerful single ‘Time is Now’

by Natalie Monique

The multi-talented talented Jamaican Reggae singer, musician and song writer Kelissa MacDonald recently released her powerful single, ‘Time Is Now’ produced by Addis Pablo & Ras Jammy.

Rastafarian princess Kelissa displays a wide vocal range, embedded in her charming, soothing tone, and filled with lots of power.

Kelissa music is strongly influenced by Reggae, her Rastafarian upbringing, and her multi-cultured background, having also lived in the United States and parts of Africa, such as Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania. She comes from a musical background and is also the sister of Kamila McDonald, wife of International Reggae artiste, Jah Cure.

We will def be keeping our eyes on this artiste…. island songstress on the rise!!! Taking Reggae music to the world ….Love it!!

Check out ‘Time Is Now’ below:

NEW! Dancehall/Reggae fused duo Voicemail drop their highly anticipated MixTape ‘Di Journey Continues’ Vol 1.’

by Natalie Monique

The energetic, multi-talented Jamaican duo, Voicemail have finally released their highly anticipated 16-track mixtape, ‘Di Journey Continues’ Vol.1, and fans can look forward to a crazy variety of tracks across various genres, mixed by one of Jamaica’s leading musicians, DJ Kurt ‘The Party Animal’ Riley.

The two remaining members Craig Jackson and Kevin Blair of the Dancehall/Reggae fused group, are committed to carrying on the Music, amidst the still gloomy thought of the tragic passing of their Lead member Oniel Edwards. As a part of the Intro says: “….we are mortals and even though Oniel is not here with us in the physical, he is spiritual, and with that says, the journey continues….VOLUME 1…”

Voicemail has since been touring the world, doing various recordings, showing their dedication to the fans and the Music as a whole. The Mixtape also features collaborations with other top Reggae/ Dancehall artistes such as Assassin aka. Agent Sasco, Island songstress Alaine, rising Dancehall group RDX and more.

Fans get to hear the two multi-talented artistes displaying a range of vocal and vibes, whether singing, island pop vibe, cut edged deejaying and even rapping….Awesome energy and compilation!

The Journey surely continues, as the duo promises this is only a preview of what to expect from their upcoming Summer 2012 album, ‘Next Level’….Maaaadlove it!!!!!!

Get the FREE download link for the tape HERE Lets Gooooooo…..