The power duo, Will and Jada Smith recently gathered on the island of Jamaica to with friends and family in Thanksgiving celebration mode.
Posted on Jada’s official Facebook page was the following caption: “I’m having Thanksgiving this year in the land of which my grandmother was born…Jamaica.
I’m deeply grateful this Thanksgiving, but there will be prayer at my dinner table tonight for the Brown family, the family of Tamir Rice and all the men and women we have lost to violence.
My love to you and yours…Love J”
Accompanied by this loving pic with friends and fam (See above)
So Jada has some Jamaican blood up in there…no wonder we love her *grins*
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:
Popular Jamaican international comedian, Oliver Samuels, recently spoke at an event in Belgium, to raise funds for the restoration of the Ward Theater, in Kingston Jamaica.
We bumped into this video online and had to share…and based on its content, it seems Maas Oliver despite the formal scene, was in his usual element, the same witty, hilarious, engaging Oliver many have grown and come to love.
It is even more amazing, how easily the Award winning comedian is able to switch from ‘proper to patois’ and back, with little effort…showing his expertise at entertaining persons regardless of cultural background. Check out the video below:
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
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
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