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NEW! Music Video: Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna ‘This Is What You Came For’

Rihanna and Calvin Harris teamed up once again in one of the hottest new songs for 2016 so far, ‘This is what you came for’.

The duo previously made the smash hit, ‘We Found Love’, and based on the buzz so far on the radio waves and in the clubs, seems the ‘This is what you came for’ will be enjoying rotation for awhile.

Check out the brand, new visuals recently released: (See below)

Music Video: Freddy Fresh & Andy Ictus ‘Hardcore Rocka’ ft. Tanto Metro and Devonte

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Where are they now one may ask…Though notably quiet on the local music scene, Jamaican veteran duo Tanto Metro and Devonte have been doing their thing on the international circuit, performing worldwide, working with major producers and still representing Dancehall/Reggae music, while diversifying with musicians from various world genres.

The veteran Jamaican duo are popularly known for their 90’s award winning Reggae single, ‘Everyone Falls In Love’ and ‘Give it to Her’, harmonious vocals, catchy songs and comedic yet thought-provoking lyrics and vibe.

Groovemakers Freddy Fresh and Andy Ictus featured the Jamaican duo in their ‘feel good’ single, ‘Hardcore Rocka’ and the fun, quirky, vibesy visuals have been released.

An energetic, somewhat funky backyard party takes place as we hear Tanto and Devonte lending their Dancehall/hardcore flavored vocals to add even even more unique flavor to the rustic rock beat.

The video is currently on MTV’s top Music Videos list…love the fusion!! Taking Jamaica and the Caribbean to the world!

Check out vid below:

NEW! Music Video: Soul sensation Polly A. incorporates her island roots in latest video ‘Nature’

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The multi-faceted, soulful, artsy Milwaukee native of Jamaican parentage, Meleni Smith, who now goes by the name Polly A., has again graced us with yet another catchy, thought-provoking, visually appealing number.

She recently released the video to her single, ‘Nature’ which tells the story of sometimes unstable, inconsistent relationships and plays on the lame ‘excuses’ that are often heard, which many may be able to relate to.

Polly A is known for her song, ‘Happy’ on the soundtrack of the Will Smith movie ‘Hitch, she has also co-composed ‘Love Is My Disease’ for popular R&B artist Alicia Keys.

Smith also boasts credit for being a 2013 Soul Train Music Awards nominee for Record of the Year, for J.Cole’s song ‘Crooked Smile’.

The ‘Nature’ video plays on Words, Art and throwback, edgy Fashion topped off with a display of her raspy, soulful vocal prowess, skilfully coined lyrics and beat by beat energy… We are loving the creativity and unique vibe in this one! Check it out below:

COMMENTARY: Cubans love Music; Is ‘real’ Reggae Music finally seeing some light in the largest Caribbean Island?


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Views expressed are solely the opinion of the writer, and when of others is clearly quoted, and not (unless specifically stated as such) that of www.nataliemonique.com.

by Natalie Monique

The Republic of Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean (over 11 million inhabitants), having gained formal Independence from the United States in 1902. Cuba has always been known for its rigid Communist regime under Leader Fidel Castro, causing a huge lack of Freedom for its citizens. After Raul Castro became President in 2008, he promised that there would be more freedom in Cuba, of which there has been progressive changes. Though slow in movement, one can say there seems to be a ray of hope. There are still major restrictions for example, Computer ownership/Internet use and Travelling to name a few, and there is still a high rate of Illegal Emigration. However, the island does boast a highly rich Culture (understandable being a highly multi-ethnic region), offers the best worldwide healthcare, a 99.8% literacy rate and a lower infant death rate than most developed countries, but many of the benefits are not equally distributed.

A huge part of Cuban Culture is Music, right now various types of Music though not definitively known as Genres are enjoyed more in the island. Besides Cuban produced Music, local Cuban musicians also tend to adapt worldwide Popular Cultures such as Hip Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton and Rap, while still maintaining their own vibe through content and lyrics representing current Social and Political issues.

Approaching the 1990’s, Cubans began listening to Reggaeton, a ‘form’ of Reggae Music (blending Reggae, Electronic and Latin beats) which many original Reggae Lovers feel can never come remotely close to the authentic and meaningful Genre. Reggaeton is mostly popular in the Latin American Culture and spreading to other regions especially where Latin American communities exist, I would be lying if I say it doesnt get me moving. There is nothing more satisfying and relaxing even somewhat holistic, than some real, unadulterated Reggae Music seeping through your body. However, I think its great when persons try to emulate this beautiful Genre, I’m all for diversifying, creating an eclectic blend, mixing cultures, as long as the original is still maintained and respected…I do agree however, we can never say it is actual Reggae Music:)


Holding Cuban and Jamaican Flags – Photo/Caridad

Some Cubans have actually criticised Reggaeton as being ‘too explicit’ and sexual, and publicly yearned for Reggae, and original Reggae lovers there have made efforts to push the actual genre, however limited by Resources and support. When say Reggae, I am not referring to Cuban Reggae, which is a mix of Hip Hop, African Beats and Reggae, but the original ‘Jamaican born’ Reggae. In Cuba, Reggae is largely associated with the Rastafarian culture, as is in many other societies, hence Reggae is represented and promoted by the small cross section of Rastas in Cuba. Reggae? We all instantly think of the Jamaican King of Reggae, Bob Marley who was a convicted Rastafarian, spreading Reggae Music worldwide, touching the lives of persons from various races, cultures, age and class.

Most of the Rastas and Reggae Musicians reside in in the Eastern part of Cuba, where it is believed mostly Jamaicans live, and a huge Caribbean influence exist. However, Cuba does not permit the ‘public’ Rastafarian practice, namely smoking Cannibis, which is considered a main part of the faith. There has been controversy as Reggaeton is more popular (not without criticism though) than Reggae, the original genre from where it was even created. There are a few Reggae bands/artistes in Cuba, main ones such as Remanente and Paso Firme, and others on the rise still trying to keep the genre alive.

I recently bumped into an article in the Havana Times, where the author Dmitiri Prieto said he met with Raudel, a local Musician who pleaded for ‘the advance of pacifistic non-conformist spirituality in support of reggae and against reggaeton, which he said represented the corruption and perversion of the music that gave it its birth.’ He also highlighted the fact that Rastas are unable to freely practice their belief due to Law enforcement.

Check out this Documentary trailer, directed by Susanne Moss ‘Ras Cuba’:

He mentioned that the Mass Media has also been airing more Reggae promotions and even Bob Marley which is a good sign for the well loved Genre. To highlight progress, he also made reference to a recently published Cuban book ‘La Cultura Rastafari en Cuba’ (Rastafarian Culture in Cuba) by Cuban Researcher/Author Samuel Fure Davis. I also came across another interesting online narrative by Fure wrote back in 2005, ‘Lyrical Subversion in Cuban Reggae’ and and his in-depth ‘Reggae in Cuba’, a presentation at the University of the West Indies, UWI, Jamaica. Prieto also mentioned an upcoming conference on ‘African-based’ beliefs of which he says will include the Rastafarian Faith, for the first time.

Reggae means different things to different person, to Cubans it is synonymous with Rastafari. I am not a Rasta nor smoke Marijuana, (not every Islander smokes meds by the way), but those who know me well, KNOW I deeply enjoy the natural mystic/outdoor vibe, nourishing and healing the body with herbs, seeking knowledge, eating organic and healthy AND I am an avid fan of my Island’s Reggae and Dancehall Music! Despite what Reggae means to you, we here at nataliemonique.com are determined to keep this island gem of a genre alive and taking the authentic Caribbean culture to the World:)

We love the move, the word is getting out…Free Up Reggae maan! Its not ‘just’ Music, it is a euphoric experience! We may like Music, but everybody needs a little Reggae!:) Who better to explain what Reggae is all about than the King of Reggae himself: (Watch Videos below) Feel free to comment/share your thoughts:)