Great IRAWMA news! The Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) is rebranding and starting in 2019 it will be televised on Network television nationwide and globally. As a result, the 36th IRAWMA winners and ceremony that was set for September 30th will instead be revealed in conjunction with the 37th Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in February 2018.
The IRAWMA rebranding committee has established major plans to make the annual IRAWMA a National network TV broadcast event that will make the reggae and world music community proud; starting with the 37th IRAWMA in 2019. In the meantime, the 36th IRAWMA winners and presentation will be announced in conjunction with the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA) also hosted by Martin’s International in Chicago.
Kingston, Jamaica (MPR Consulting) - Summer 2017 has thus far been a whirlwind of positive vibes for reggae band EarthKry. The Edna Manley College alumni quartet have delivered their first album “Survival” which has received tremendous feedback from both fans and the industry alike, and recently concluded a supporting tour.
Produced by the band themselves, EarthKry enlisted the help of some of Jamaica's most talented musician (Hector Lewis, Sheldon Palmer, Everton Pessoa, Hopeton Williamson, Andrea Montalbano, Nnambdi Robinson and Dwayne Livingston) on the 12 tracks musical heirloom recorded on the island's famed Tads Recording Studio, Harry J Recording Studio and Irie Yute Recording Studio. Written between Phillip McFarlane and Aldayne Haughton, "SURVIVAL"'s soundtrack from start to finish can be best described as social commentaries laid on traditional roots rock, reggae and ska influenced. The nostalgia evoked by "Survival System", "Philosophy", "Move On", "Wake Up and Live", Live Good", "Wild Fire", "Liberation Time", "Table Turn", "New Leaf", "Do What You Got To Do", "Praise Jah", and "Keep Dreaming" stem from candid thoughtful lyrics, haunting vocals, smooth riffs, upbeat percussion and unique guitar style.
NEW YORK, NY- The annual Vinyl-Only Sound System celebration titled Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk happening Sunday, September 3rd, will include a special musical tribute to the historic Greensleeves reggae label. Guest DJs for the event include Chanter International, The Timeless Sound; Vaughn Allstars and Joseph Demension, Downbeat The Ruler and other surprise guests. "The event celebrates classic Jamaican reggae soundsystem culture, and naturally, tracks from the Greensleeves catalog which have been a prominent part of the event over the years, said Founder and Producer of the event, Cater Van Pelt. “The Greensleeves catalog encompasses some of the best reggae of the early 80s, which is now the cornerstone for much of today's 'reggae revival.’”
An exclusive re-release of Hugh Mundell and Augustus Pablo’s “Africa Must be Free by 1983,” will be released on VP Records on August 18th. The original 1978 release became a prominent title in the roots reggae genre earning a five-star review by Rolling Stone magazine. In commemoration of the Greensleeves 40th anniversary this year, the new release offers listeners a re-mastered and re-sequenced ‘showcase style’ of the classic album.
The two-part CD includes eight tracks by Hugh Mundell including ‘Africa Must be Free by 1983’, ‘Book Of Life’, ‘Let’s All Unite’ and more. The nine-track dub companion mixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s features dubs from the vocal album including a searing cut to ‘Great Tribulation’, entitled ‘Western Kingston Style’ along with ‘Sufferer Dub’ a version to Pablo’s ‘Sufferer’s Choice’.
Dubvault is a free series of digital dubplates - exclusive remixes and unreleased material - from Dub-Stuy artists and friends. Each volume collects dance-ready tunes for selectors and sound system fans worldwide.
Volume 3 is a taster of where Dub-Stuy is heading in the coming year with label mainstays DJ Madd and Bukkha dropping dancehall and roots pressure alongside three newcomers to the label: Moresounds who dubs it out from the streets, Von D with an epic dub showdown and Blind Prophet who brings the heavy skank. Look out for official releases from each of these artists on Dub-Stuy in the coming months.
THE BLACK SEEDS SHARE THIRD SINGLE OFF NEW ALBUM ‘BACK TO YOU’ FABRIC, OUT SEPTEMBER 8th VIA EASY STAR RECORDS
As the band prepares for their nationwide New Zealand tour, The Black Seedshave shared a third new single from their forthcoming album, Fabric. Co-frontman of The Black Seeds, Daniel Weetman takes the lead in this heartfelt, summery track titled 'Back To You', which recently premiered at Rootfire.
With a strong and resilient chorus that utters the words, "I always seem to come right back to you now, believed in me and I believed in you, I'm holding on I wrote these words for you now, we stand as one under the sun and moon," the song is a tribute to old relationships being revived - standing the test of time, being renewed and staying true. This track marks the third single off their forthcoming album Fabric. The band's sixth studio album (due on September 8th via tastemaker label Easy Star Records) comes just a year shy of their 20th anniversary as a band.
Earlier this summer, the Nashville-based reggae band Roots of a Rebellion made their debut performance in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. We caught up with singer Austin Smith and drummer Troy Wiggins to discuss the pros and cons of being a reggae band out of Tennessee, their approach to songwriting, and which music is in heavy rotation inside the van. They also talked about the influence producer Craig Welsh has had on the band, as well as the pile of songs they're sitting on, just waiting to put out.
Roots of a Rebellion play a sweet blend of roots reggae, rock, and dub, that honors the classic roots sounds, while maintaining it's own modern kick. In July 2016, ROAR released their 2nd full-length album A Brother's Instinct, gaining heavy praise across the reggae community. A few weeks back, they dropped their Summer Sampler Vol. 2, a handcrafted collection of dubs, remixes, acoustic version, and live performances from the road. Roots of a Rebellion is formed by Austin Smith (guitar/lead vocals), Marco Martinez (lead guitar/harmonica), Jeremyck Smith (keys/vocals), Justin Smith (trumpet), Adam Quellhorst (bass/vocals), and Troy Wiggins (drums).
Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) - International recording artist I-Octane has announced his recent signing with Miami based management company, Beautiful People MGT, and a deal with San Francisco based Independent Distribution Collective (IDC). The latter set in preparation for his highly anticipated 2018 album.
Fans of I-Octane have been clamoring for a full length anthology since his 2014 hit filled "My Journey" which topped #4 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Since then, the reggae star has delivered numerous worldwide top charting singles, while continuing extensive touring from his hit filled repertoire
THE RIES BROTHERS SET TO PERFORM IN NYC SEPTEMBER 18TH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINI LOPEZ AND BERRY OAKLEY, JR.!
(Tampa Bay, FL) -- The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”), are the exciting multi-instrumental duo from Tampa Bay, FL. Their infectious sound is a fusion of rock, blues, funk, and reggae which forms a soulful-sophisticated sound that is all their own. They will be doing a performance and live taping in NYC on September 18th at the Iridium with special guests Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, founding member of the E Street Band and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Berry Oakley Jr., son of the legendary Allman Brothers bassist. Tickets are on sale now and available here.
SINGER ROMAIN VIRGO AND UNIT BAND TO HEADLINE, ESTELLE TO CO-HOST JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE GALA AUGUST 26TH
On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.
VP Records artist Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) popular “Rising Stars” talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single ‘Now’ presenting a international pop sound.