GUYANESE REGGAE SHINES ON NEW COMPILATION HIGHER LEVEL Album Now Available Worldwide from FOX FUSE
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New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Featuring the crème de la crème of Guyana’s rich and diverse reggae music scene, new compilationHigher Level – Various Artists shines internationally as it is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released onSeptember 2, 2014), from FOX FUSE. Produced by Guyanese production house SSignal Productions, Higher Level is reminiscent of classic reggae and breaks new ground for the featured local acts, and also for Guyanese reggae, on the whole.
The 10-track opus features a mix of Guyanese stars and rising sensations, including Charmaine Blackman, Bonny Alves,Francine Hendricks, EGO, Devon Denny, Amanda Peters,Dawn Edwards, Abigail James, Jada Harry and Natoya London, and brings sweet sounds and smooth songs for reggae aficionados everywhere.
Bonny Alves, CEO of SSignal Productions
Established in 2002, Higher Level is a pet project that has long been in the works for SSignal Productions, and everyone involved is thrilled to finally see its global debut. “This has been the most significant development since our existence,” states Bonny Alves, CEO of SSignal Productions and a featured artist onHigher Level. Charmaine Blackman, also a featured act on the album and the General Manager of SSignal Productions adds,“This is the opportunity we have been dreaming of.”
Charmaine Blackman, Artist and General Manager of
SSignal Productions prides itself on crafting a fusion of sounds that is representative of the diversity in Guyanese culture, and thus, its music. Blending R&B with reggae, pop, chutney, soca, dancehall, jazz, rock, rhythm poetry and Guyanese folk has served up numerous hits for the team, over the years. Many of those influences are evident on Higher Level, offering up an eclectic group of entertainers and making this alluring and aptly named compilation a memorable album, and a keeper, for all music fans.
Higher Level – Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers. Please direct all press inquires to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Charmaine Blackman - Jah, Jah Will Lead Us
2. Francine Hendricks - Teenage Pregnancy
3. EGO - To the Club
4. Devon Denny - My Shinning Star
5. Bonny Alves - Take a chance with Me
6. Amanda Peters - Thank you Lord
7. Dawn Edwards - This is Goodbye
8. Abigail James - Secret Admirer
9. Jada Harry - Surround yourself with Positive People
10. Natoya London - Music Is
PRESS RELEASE Natural Black Slated To Release His 14th Album "No Prejudice".
Renowned for his socially-conscious musical messages, Reggae star Natural Black is gearing up for the July 8th release of his 14th full length studio album titled "No Prejudice".
Laying his distinctively smooth, mellow voice on 15 tracks, the album spans the spectrum of all that embodies reggae, from Culture, Ska, Lovers Rock, Social Commentaries, Dancehall and even an underlying gospel vibe. Natural Black has delivered what is sure to become a classic album.
The title name speaks for itself, "No Prejudice", it exemplifies Natural Black's mind set of No Prejudice, that it's all love and that we should all show love to one another. The songs "Love Got A Way, Searching, Special Girl, Don't Play With My Heart, Give Me Your Love" and "Feelings" which features M'Deon, are all lovers rock that are sure to quench the soul, mind and body of lover' throughout the globe. While "This Will Be Over, Rolling On, No More, Africa Awaits" and "When Last" are universal and reflects of our past, present and future. "Just Got Paid" gives off a Ska Vibe, the feeling of wanting to let loose and have fun after a hard working week, when one is ready to go out and full joy the fruit of your labor. "Gimme Di Trees" is an uptempo track that will resonate to dancehall fans. Rounding up this musical feast is "I'm On My Way", an ever day music moment, inspirational with a gospel vibe.
The album boasts of producers ranging from Jamaica, Europe and USA, including Omar Benjamin (Frenz Fi Real), Ricardo "RedBoom" Reid, Earl Smith (Home Grown Music), Kasha Campbell (Ghetto Lynxx Record), Hakan Kara (Yard Art Music), David Sitbon & Fabienne Romano (Dub Akom) and T. Smith (Triple T Production) who is also the Executive Producer.
"Giving Maximillion thanks to The Almighty Creator for being there and Blessing I in all times, Tasz Smith for putting this creation together, My family forever, Omar "Frenz Fi Real", Benjamin, Ricardo "RedBoom" Reid, Novlyn "Lovie" Banton, Earl Smith Jr, Maria Smith, Raine Martin, Thamar Williams, Kashka Campbell and Ghetto Lynxx Crew, Wasp Studio, Hakan Kara "Yard Art Music", Fabienne Romano & David Sitbon "Dub Akom". To all the musicians for lending impeccable talents, To all the djs, selectors, promoters fi keeping it Irie & Bless, Sancha Flynn our universal designer for all her creative ideas, and last bit never forgotten The ever global Fans to keep I going. Keeping it Running and Bless..." Natural Black
"No Prejudice" will be available July 8, 2014 on ITunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital distribution outlets.
Garnet Silk Jr Releases A remake of "Mama"
From reggae royalty rises singing sensation Garnet Smith Jr., son and namesake of the legendary reggae artist Garnet Silk. Exposed to the world of music since his birth on April 3 in Mandeville, Jamaica, Garnet Jr. is a true musical artisan and today continues to walk the path of a musical legacy that is unparalleled and is, in fact, his birthright.
Garnet Jr. fatefully entered the rhythmic realm with his first professional recording in a studio at the tender age of 13, after receiving much encouragement from family and friends to sing for years. Family friend and producer Lloyd “Pecus” Anderson recorded his first track, “Jah A Guide.” The song was never officially released as a single but granted Garnet Jr.invaluable recording experience, along with his first taste of lyrical liberation.
Maturing over the years into a seasoned singer and songwriter, Garnet Jr.makes music that flows from his soul. His lyrics showcase intelligence, wit and charm, as he shares a relatable narrative of pursuing his dreams,along with his everyday life experiences. His musical styling is a fusion of hip-hop, R&B and reggae, and is greatly influenced by his father, as well as other reggae luminaries such as Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jah Cure and I-Wayne, and also the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson; they have all captured the ears of this auspicious artist, and thus, contribute to his genre bending sound.
Garnet Jr. and his brother Eon “Duce Califa” Smith are currently working together under the Blu Rok Music label, which emerged from a rap collective that was created during Duce Califa’s high school years. The
imprint comprises of a number of other young talents who are pooling their skills to become a collaborative force to be reckoned with in music. With his catalog produced at Blu Rok Music, Garnet Jr.’s first single
“Condolences” is a hip-hop, R&B and reggae hybrid in which the connection to his artistry, especially through his delivery, is evident. His other singles “We Can Par” and “Call It Quits” are dancehall fused with
R&B, and he strikes a chord on both sides of the gender aisle with these catchy, romantic odes. He also teams up with Duce Califa and Sugar Black of Black Judah, who was incidentally a friend of the late Garnet Silk, for a heartfelt collaboration called “Tired Of Running.” The song contains a line
from one of Garnet Silk’s tracks and pays tribute to him. Music videos for
“Condolences” and “Tired Of Running” were recently produced on location in Jamaica, as Garnet Jr. melodiously storms his way into the music world. As he embarks on this inevitable musical journey and casts the stones for his own legacy, Garnet Jr. also intends to study Business Administration
and finesse the business skills needed to carve a niche for his gifted talents in today’s competitive music industry. His quest is nourished by unbridled support from his mother Novlyn Banton, who has every confidence in her son’s success, in music and beyond.
Realizing that his prized pedigree brings enormous responsibility, Garnet Jr. is proving to be a dynamic and talented entertainer, which only compliments and strengthens his father’s legacy, through the younger
Garnet’s relentless work ethic and boundless creativity. Indeed, this heir to the throne is paving his own way and earning his right, with each beat and lyric, to his very own crown.
I-OCTANE REVEALS TRACK LIST AND LAUNCH FOR NEW ALBUM MY JOURNEY Album Available Worldwide on March 4, 2014 from Tad’s Record
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New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Jamaican reggae star I-Octane reveals the track list and launch details for his highly-anticipated upcoming album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 fromDJ Frass/Tad’s Record. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been carving his niche in the reggae realm since hitting the scene over 5 years ago. A collaborative effort with his long-time friend and producerAndre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey is a 16-track masterpiece that delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.
“I want this album to help people to realize that we all have more in common than we are different,” reveals I-Octane. “We all go through the same types of things and experience love, joy, pain and suffering in our own ways. I hope that once people realize this, it will be easier to see each other as brothers and sisters and to genuinely love each other.”
Staying true to his signature sound that fuses velvety vocals and memorable hooks over catchy rhythms, My Journey lives up to its name as all tracks are penned by the multi-faceted entertainer, with a few singles co-written by producer DJ Frass. The first single, “Love You Like I Do,” has been receiving massive fanfare and radio play, at home and on reggae platforms worldwide. Its beautifully crafted, vintage-styled video was also released and is currently in steady rotation on television channels. The ambitious album also features reggae stars Gentleman on “It’s Alright” and Ky-Mani Marleyon “A Yah Wi Deh,” while songstress Alaine takes a turn on the inspirational duet, “Lighters Up.”
“The Almighty has allowed certain things to happen to me so that I can learn, and then others can take from my experiences and apply those lessons to their own lives,” discloses I-Octane. “The music is just my vehicle of passing on my message. That is what reggae music is all about - spreading messages about love and life to help and uplift our brothers and sisters.”
The entire album was produced by reggae and dancehall hit-maker DJ Frass, with whom Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record teams up to deliver I-Octane’slatest work of love to the masses. “His musical journey is worth distributing,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “He is a youthful and refreshing sound in reggae, and his ability to transcend that without controversy into dancehall is deserving of high accolades. Like his name suggests, I-Octane is a high flame in the reggae/dancehall industry and we are privileged to be working with him and DJ Frass on this great project.”
The album release event is set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica on March 6 at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar (69 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, Jamaica). Hosted by radio personality Big A from Jamaica’s top radio station Irie-FM, the program will run from 7PM to midnight and will feature I-Octane introducing the album to media and fans, followed by a full performance. Numerous local and Caribbean media outlets will be in attendance, along with mainstream music’s most acclaimed trade publicationBillboard Magazine, which will be journeying to Jamaica to cover the exciting new release from this reggae music ambassador.
I-Octane recently won two top prizes at Jamaica’s Youth View Awards (held on February 1, 2014 in Kingston), where he nabbed Favorite Local Music Video for “Happy Time” and Favorite Music Collaboration of the Year for“It's a Celebration,” featuring Konshens, Chris Martin and Ding Dong. He is now making the rounds on the international circuit, touring and introducing his new album to audiences far and wide, as he takes the entire world on his journey.
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