Challenger presses on
After a 15-year stint as lead singer with the Caribbean band, Royalty, Challenger forging his path as a solo career.
The Dominican-born artiste made his debut in Jamaica a few weeks ago, at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show.
“A different sun, a different breeze. Jamaica is definitely a piece of paradise. It was my first visit and it felt like I have been there before. I felt like my presence was needed on the island, so I could transform into this great reggae artiste; a legend like the greats that did it and those that are still doing it. My trip to Jamaica was full of vibes, power and love,” Challenger told the Jamaica Observer.
He spoke about his experience on the the 18-year-old Christmas Day stage show in St Elizabeth.
“I worked the stage with the Ruff Kutt band, it doesn't get better than that. I had a good time on the stage, giving the patrons positive music, music of healing and love. My mission was to spread positivity and I believe the messages were received.”
He continued: “My music is full of vibes, spirituality and culture. I am bringing the messages of love, a zero tolerance for violence and justice for the poor. For me, residing in the tristate area it's like a taste of the Caribbean. Where it's like a collage of culture, but reggae music is the tool that keeps our people awake. A cry for unity, strength, positivity and enlightenment.”
It has been three years since Challenger (real name Floyd Challenger) decided to go solo.
While Otis Riddim has produced most of his material, Challenger has also worked with producers, including Izrah Music, SDRG Productions, Obanga Productions and House of Riddims.
His latest single, Nah Bodda with Dem, is currently creating ripples in the streets.
“ Nah Bodda with Dem is a dancehall song and a positive anthem. There is need for an anti-violence song with that hardcore dancehall feel to it. It is a message for the youths that they don't need to be part of a gang or clique to be cool,” Challenger added.
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STAMPEDE STREET CHARTS
This Week Stampede Streets Charts out of jamaica Challenger is The Feat,as Artiste of the week mason di emperor feat.as Artist of the week.Nathi prince feat.as Artist of the week.while Govana remains at the NO .1 Dance Hall Spot With the Single one and move and Wayne Marshall, Remains At the No.1 Reggae Spot With The hit Single Glory To God !!
RDX Album showcase set to Ignite 100
For immediate release November 27, 2017 Kingston Jamaica Fans in
Kingston Jamaica and its environs are in for a treat this Wednesday; as RDX showcases the RDX ‘Level Up’ album, the project that marks their 10 successful years as Dancehall’s most dynamic duo.
The album itself, produced by Apt. 19 Music, has been performing tremendously well since it release digitally over a month ago. The project received a front page premiere on iTunes hot tracks and has been steadily growing in popularity with songs like "Private Time" in particular making an impact.
With the ground breaking success of the first single "Shake Your Bam Bam" and its corresponding video garnering over 5 million views in less than 4 months, the full project is expected to continue this trajectory.
"People are generally pleasantly surprised at the contents of this album as it’s not what they were expecting. Its alcohol free RDX music, but that's what makes it a ‘level up’ from what is expected from RDX," Delomar stated .
The duo wanted to give Jamaica the first taste of the album showcase before taking it on the road. They will be doing an exclusive album presentation and LIVE band performance at 100 Hope Road this Wednesday night as part of the Hundred LIVE series. After this showcase the duo will take the same band presentation to North America and then Europe in early 2018
"Fans can expect an intimate, friendly setting where they can "Level Up" their ears and hearts to RDX music this Wednesday night, it's unexpected and a refreshing twist to RDX's already appealing flavour, " Renigade added.
The Level Up Album showcase at 100 Hope Road will also feature music from ZJ Rush and will be hosted by ZJ Sparks and Christopher Daley with special guest speaker the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton.
RDX is set to officially launch the album in various parts of the world including New York City and Central America. The Apt.19 team is working on something extra special for the worldwide album presentations and will be making these announcements very soon.
RDX - Shake Your Bam Bamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WjminpmcAYA
A MAN A MISSION Nesbeth Rocks Ohio and Mentor Prison Inmates
Despite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.
Making his debut in both spaces the ‘New Gangster’ crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like ‘Guns Out’, ‘My Dream’ and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd’s energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio.” - Nesbeth exclaimed.
Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.
During his performance at the facility, Nesbeth took time out to admonish inmates about the path of criminality stating he earnestly want to see a better Jamaica in which offenders can be reintegrated into society as productive and upstanding citizens. During one of the many segments Nesbeth alluding to the lyrics of his current single ‘New Gangster’ specifically to the line, ‘Bad and still hungry a luu (nonsense) gangster’.
He continued, “You are all in here for various reasons none of which I know, but here is something I want you to think about. What sense does it makes for you to be carrying around with an illegal weapon that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet can’t find food to eat? As much as this may sound like a joke growing up in the inner-city I have seen some ‘supposed gangsters’ walking around with guns that weigh more than them. They don’t even have the energy to lift it up properly. The money you take buying that gun could be used to start up a small business to better yourself and your families.”
In concluding Nesbeth received a rousing applause before singing ‘New Gangster’ to close out his visit.
Currently, working on the video shoot for ‘New Gangster’ Nesbeth is slated to perform at the Police Federation Conference on May 9th at Iberostar Hotel;Caribbean Village Culture Festival June 25th Fort Lauderdale Beforing jetting of to Atlanta on 29th of June
Nesbeth's song of the year
The IRAWMA award marks Nesbeth’ third for the year, he previously won ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2016 JARIA Awards and the UNIA Marcus Garvey Award for Music in August
2016 was a roller coaster of a year for Reggae Artist NESBETH!
We watched as he painfully and publicly mourned the lost his beautiful wife and mother of his children to long battle with cancer, then we watched him lose is beloved sister within 3 months of his wife passing! We all watched as Nesbeth pulled off a MONSTER HIT with his “MY DREAM”. The timing of it all was rather unreal.
With tremendous resolve, he took on the roll as fulltime single parent full on, planning birthday parties, attending school functions; all while he’s working hard, traveling the world performing what had become a legitimate ANTHEM of 2015/2016!
Nesbeth’s dream seemed a reality ; October 2nd was the International Reggaé & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and yes NESBETH among several other Reggae heavy hitters were present but he came away the coveted tittle of owning the BEST SONG OF THE YEAR 2016! In accepting the award said the Trench Town native said, “Winning the IRAWMA for ‘Best Song of the Year’ on my Birthday was more than a present... tears of joy. I would like to dedicate this to my Wife, My Children, My Team and my Loyal Fans thanks be to Jah.”