On Wednesday June 21, 2017, VP Records and the famous B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, New York held an epic night of international roots reggae and dub to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. Italian born reggae star Alborosie delivered his first New York concert performance, while roots reggae sensation Queen Ifrica headlined with her full band before continuing her U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album "Climb." Musician/producer Addis Pablo opened the evenings performances with a selection of songs including a tribute to his late father, dub reggae legend Augustus Pablo, whose work was closely associated with the Greensleeves label internationally. A special sound system presentation from New York favorites, Deadly Dragon Sound kicked off the evening's activity with music from the extensive Greensleeves catalog in between performances.
“She has a sincere love for God, and love for people, and using her love for music to touch listeners from all walks of life”
Gospel reggae singer Josian Maybury of Josian Ministries is excited to share her brand new music video “Victory” via YouTube. Born and raised in Jamaica and now living in Bermuda, Josian Ministries tells stories of praise, sacrifice and eternal love for God in her uplifting new video. “I am victorious, I am a child of God” proclaims Josian over a tight beat and declamatory background shouts.
The video and the music are produced by the multi-talented producer Donald Robinson of Near Future Media, who has masterfully blended the glorious yet unrelenting message of the lyrics with a marching beat and militaristic visuals. The video opens with Josian donning full military uniform marching down a landing base to the sound of drums resembling an impending helicopter. The tension is built up until the first notes of the melody hit. The larger-than-life strings and energetic military drums immediately transform the mood and drive the message of victory to the listener.
We caught up with Khaliah Rose at the 2017 Farm Up Jamaica Jerk Roots & Yam Festival in Jamaica Queens, NY. She was kind enough to talk with us for a few minutes about some of her upcoming work and she tour she is going on this summer.
Above photos by: Kwame Anyane-Yeboa
The name Morgan is historically synonymous with generational reggae music, and prestigious accolades such as the coveted Grammy for Best Reggae Album. However, it was also much publicized when in 2011 the patriarch of the family made international news stemming from a marijuana arrest.
The case against the reggae star was eventually dismissed, but to the close knit Royal Family of Reggae, the event fueled their motivation to get into the legal marijuana industry. The aforementioned manifested as the culture driven band, have not only lent their voice to the future FedEx of the Marijuana industry, but also announced its HIPAA compliant marijuana delivery service partnership with Proper Rx (http://properrx.com/).
EARTHKRY SUMMER 2017 TOUR DATES
After unveiling the cover and track listing of their forthcoming debut album, Reggae band EarthKry is announcing their SUMMER 2017 TOUR dates in support of SURVIVAL album.
The band will travel across three continents and deliver their Legacy Music from Massachusetts, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, Virginia to Germany and Belgium with many more dates to be announced.
* more dates to be announced
" SURVIVAL songs were written by experiences, these are our daily stories. Ours meaning mankind, it's that human thread worldwide that give us endurance to make it through financial hardships, personal struggles, health issues, war crisis, abuse, we all survive. From Syria to Chicago, Ukraine to Jamaica, we endure, we survive. We documented our stories while delivering messages of survival through music.." - EarthKr
Reggae chart topper Queen Ifrica embarks on a US Tour this June beginning in DC at The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and ending at the Festival of Life in Chicago on July 1st. Performing alongside Queen Ifrica at select stops is famous Jamaican Reggae DJ, Tony Rebel.
The two week tour will also include stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Denver, St.Louis and Kansas City. Notably on the 21st of June, Queen Ifrica will headline the Greensleeves 40th Anniversary concert at BB King in Times Square. The concert will also feature performances by Addis Pablo and Alborosie in his first NYC concert.