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

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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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO REGGAE LEGEND BOB MARLEY!!!

Today we remember an icon who has left his mark on the entire universe through soulful Reggae music.

Robert Nesta Marley ‘Bob Marley’ (Feb. 6, 1945- May 11, 1981) gone but never forgotten…

Two other late Reggae legends Dennis Brown and Bunny Rugs, lead singer of International Reggae group also shared this birthdate. R.I.P to all

Reggae music..ONE LOVE!! “None but ourselves can free our minds” – Marley

Watch a very insightful interview also posted below Music videos:

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

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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.

NEW VIDEO!!: Mavado ‘Star Boy’


by Natalie Monique

Jamaican Dancehall Deejay Mavado finally released a brand new video to his song ‘Star Boy’, which had already been gaining much popularity in the dancehalls and radio stations.

The song is produced by Chimney Records on the Star Boy Riddim; other artistes also featured on the riddim are Aidonia, Demarco, Bugle, Tony Matterhorn and Elephant Man.

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