THE MARLEY-OWNED LABEL, GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL, ANNOUNCES THE SET UP SHOP TOUR A U.S. Pacific Coast Run in June Featuring Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley
(Top row from L to R is Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis. Front row from L to R is Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley and Jo Mersa.)
Ghetto Youths International is proud to announce U.S. dates for the Set Up Shop Tour. The Pacific Coast run – spanning Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada – will feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian "Jr Gong" and Stephen "Ragga" Marley.
The two-week stint will kick off Friday, June 14 in Maui at the Republik Music Festival (with island hops to Honolulu, Oahu and Kauai the following days) and come to a close on Tuesday, July 2 on their third sold-out night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. In between, the crew will make stops at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA and more. See full tour schedule below.
Ghetto Youths International is the family-owned record label incorporated in 2002 by Bob Marley's sons Julian, Stephen and Damian. The entity allows the brothers to work closely with each other on musical collaborations and release a catalogue of works featuring a new crop of artists as well as their own material.
The Set Up Shop Tour will support their recent compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1, released in February on the Ghetto Youths imprint. The 14-track compilation features the talented Ghetto Youths International artists including Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Julian Marley and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and many more. The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart and the U.S. and Japan iTunes Reggae Album chart. Set Up Shop Vol 1. also landed the # 2 spot on iTunes Reggae Album chart in the United Kingdom.
The Ghetto Youths movement will continue this summer with solo projects from the crew's next generation of Jamaican reggae stars. The multi-faceted dancehall artist and songwriter Wayne Marshall is set to release his GYI debut album TRU Colors, and the album's explosive single "I Know" (produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick) recently bursted on the scene. New EPs will follow from the culturally-inclined reggae singjay Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis) and Jo Mersa (the second-generation offspring of Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen "Ragga" Marley).
Listen/Download Wayne Marshall's "I Know" mp3 here:
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U.S. Tour Dates:
Fri. Jun.14 @ MACC in Kahului, HI *
Sat. Jun.15 @ Kaka'ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, HI *
Sun. Jun.16 @ Kilohana in Kauai, HI *
Wed. Jun. 19 @ Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA
Fri. Jun 21 @ Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, OR
Sat. Jun. 22 @ Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA
Sun. Jun. 23 @ Avila Beach Resort in Avila Beach, CA
Tue. Jun. 25 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
Wed. Jun. 26 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
Fri. Jun. 28 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sound Waves Pool Stage in Las Vegas, NV
Sat. Jun. 29 @ Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sun. Jun. 30 @ Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Tue. Jul. 2 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
* Dates without Stephen "Ragga" Marley
^ Dates are sold out
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GYPTIAN UNLEASHES HIS BRAND NEW VIDEO "NON STOP"
Gyptian works around the clock nonstop. To gear up for the summer release of his anticipated fifth album Sex, Love and Reggae, the reggae star has been releasing a series of music videos. He has already unleashed visuals for the album's first single
The enigmatic singer also recorded a wicked freestyle with Snoop Lion on Randy's Radio at VP Records retail store in Queens, NY.
"Non Stop," directed by Keon Vybz, is next in line. The song is produced by Randayne "J4" Jagan and Shomani "DJ Kitt" Hayles for JK4 Music Group and will be featured on his upcoming album and the Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013 compilation, available May 28th on VP/Greensleeves.
Check out the exclusive video premiere of "Non Stop" today on VIBE.com:
Here is the official YouTube link (Feel free to post):
Gyptian's new album Sex, Love and Reggae is scheduled to drop in August on VP Records. The new album features all star production by Diplo, Jerry Wonder, Linton "TJ" White, JusBus, Stanley "Rellee" Hayden, Shane Brown and more. Sex, Love and Reggae is the follow up to his critically-acclaimed Billboard Top 200 album Hold You. That breakthrough album featured the title-track smash "Hold You" which is still is bumping in cars, clubs and boomboxes to this day. The song (produced by Ricky Blaze) sold over a half a million digital downloads, led to a stellar remix with Nicki Minaj, dominated rhythmic radio in 2010 (chosen as NYC's HOT 97 FM #2 Song of The Year) and led to him earning the year’s MOBO and Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist.
NATURAL BLACK WILL NOT BE ON REGGAE JAM 2013 IN GERMANY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Artist Asks Concert Promoters to Apologize to Fans and Industry for Misleading Them
New York, NY (Triple T Production) – Conscious reggae artist Natural Black wishes to inform fans and the reggae fraternity that he will not be appearing as advertised on Reggae Jam 2013 in Germany, from August 2-4, 2013. The artist and his management have no contractual agreement for this event, and have never received a deposit from concert promoters, to date. The artist and his management are asking for the Reggae Jam concert promoters to apologize to fans and the industry for misleading them. Natural Black’s official booking agency, Triple T Production, has made the promoters aware they are falsely advertising Natural Black, whereby the concert organizers say they receive a verbal commitment from a third-party in Jamaica, but cannot present Triple T Production with a signed booking agreement on the artist’s behalf, nor can they provide any deposit details as no payment was ever made to the artist, to retain him for this concert. Triple T Production urges promoters to work with established booking and management agencies, and to also make sure contracts are signed by both parties for any transaction involving an artist. “Natural Black wants his fans and the industry to understand he was never booked for this event,” states Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Production. “We’re very sorry he’s missing them at this particular event, but we plan to do a European tour and hope they will come out to see him then. Hopefully he will be booked officially forReggae Jam in the future, in the proper manner so it can happen.” Natural Black has been experiencing a tremendous ride on the reggae wave, receiving a warm welcome from fans around the world since reclaiming his roots and taking the reigns of conscious reggae music. His recently released not one but five new singles - "I'm On My Way," "Natural Chronix," "Who Cares For Me," "Don't Play With My Heart" and "Party Truck," and recently shot music videos for the latter two in New York City. Fans can see this vibrant, uplifting artist live in action on many upcoming international music festivals, including Reggae On The River on August 3, 2013 in California, backed by his full band. He recently performed in Los Angeles in early April, and will be live in New Jersey on April 28, and is also scheduled to embark on a UK tour in May 2013, kicking off the touring season on a very high note. Please direct all management and booking inquiries for Natural Black to Tasz Smith of Triple T Production at 917-617-0874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORGAN HERITAGE JOINS FORCES ONCE AGAIN
ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS
HERE COME THE KINGS AVAILABLE JUNE 11 ON VP RECORDS
Nearly two decades and ten albums later, the mission has come full circle for Morgan Heritage. Globally known as the “Royal Family of Reggae,” and now today being dubbed as the “Rolling Stones of Reggae” (in large part due to the act’s electric stage shows), Morgan Heritage has established themselves as the premier live group on the reggae circuit. From an extraordinarily talented teen quintet to one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces, Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy “Gramps” Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan (percussion/vocals) are back with Here Come The Kings —the collective’s first musical arrangement in five years — available June 11th on VP Records.
The band’s latest studio album will “stimulate the minds of the people and let them know what we’ve created, it’s real,” proclaims the group’s lead vocalist Peetah Morgan. Prepare for the revolution. After respective solo careers and music ventures of their own, Morgan Heritage returns this spring with their groundbreaking album Here Come The Kings. Lyrically, Here Come The Kings is a refresher course for culture music fans, staying true to Morgan Heritage’s authentic Rockaz style, with brilliant instrumentation and empowering lyrics. However, collaborations with ingenious young blood producers like Lamar Brown (Notice Productions), Shane C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions) and multiple Grammy nominee, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, lead the band to explore new sounds that successfully fuse roots, r&b, and a hint of dancehall, evident on the cut “Girl is Mine” and the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song.”
View behind the scenes footage of “Perfect Love Song” anticipated video – shot in Miami and directed by Spencer Antle: http://youtu.be/7o6v47wRHxc
“Roots Reggae is alive and well outside of the island of Jamaica,” Gramps passionately declares, as he expounds on the band’s continued commitment to heal the world through music. “It’s not about changing the message,” which unfailingly has been one of love, dignity, respect, and praising Jah, “but delivering the message to a new generation,” a population that the tight-knit tribe believes has strayed away from the island’s rich culture. “Shabba, Shaggy, these people captivated foreign markets because they were different, but still 100% Jamaican. Reggae artists need to realize that what we do is precious. We must value what we have because the public wants us for who we are,” explains Peetah. “We’re a lot more confident and mature than what you heard 5 years ago,” claims Peetah. He applauds the album’s catchy hooks, impressive features and infectious riddims. “The musicality of this project is attractive to the young generation while maintaining the uplifting content that we’re known for,” he adds. The new album is co-produced by Morgan Heritage, alongside some of reggae’s most innovative talents including: Linton White (“Perfect Love Song”), Shane Brown (“The Return”), Jason Farmer (“Girl is Mine”) and Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett (“Call to Me”). Grammy-winning Jamaican icon Shaggy lays his indistinguishable vocals on ladies anthem “Loved Stoned,” where a man is telling a woman, “you got me so high, I’m in the cosmos, I’m literally stoned on your love,” Peetah says. “Stand Up” is incontestably the album’s anthem track, where Peetah commands on the hook, “stand up, stand up, stand up brothers and sisters and always remember how Jah mek ya.” “The song is essentially saying know yourself and don’t sell out yourself or your culture to be like someone else or accepted by a certain sect in society,” explains Peetah. “Man Has Forgotten” is backed by a strong melody, punctuated with a bombastic opening, “come in like dem na memba we seh Heritage fi life.” On “Girl is Mine” cover, the Morgans stay true to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s original, yet bring dancehall to the tune, mid-song, replacing Paul and Michael’s conversation with a singjay verse.
Here Come The Kings reminds us, that the pulse of one of reggae’s most enduringly successful acts, Morgan Heritage, will be eternally pure.
Multi-talented Da’Ville is now more close to his fans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013 – NEW YORK – Orville Thomas also known as Da’Ville, is pleased to announce that is now more close to his fans, specially worldwide.
Although his schedule is filled with live shows, rehearsals, interviews, composing, etc, Da’Ville still spend some time with his fans by checking his oficial Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“Nowadays it is more easy get in touch with my fans and feel everyday the love and support from them thanks to technolgy.” – Da’Ville says.
Da’Ville just finished a successful 7 state tour in Japan to support the release of the album in last month.
2013 will be a year full of success. With the latest album called Krazy Love in his bag, the jamaican artist will be travelling around the globe promoting the album released last year wich included hit songs like This Love, You Got Di Ting.
Interviews, bookings, dubplates: email@example.com
With the world listening to his every note, singer/producer, Da’Ville defines his style of reggae with a fusion of Pop and R&B swirled with soul. Putting his life experiences in each of his hit songs, this artist extraordinaire is a force to reckon with.
In 2005, after a successful debut album released with Avex Entertainment Group (Japan), Da’Ville was signed to Avex Entertainment Group for 3 years releasing 3 consecutive successful albums.
As a songwriter, composer and producer, Da’Villes’ music has topped charts locally and internationally allowing him the opportunity to work with recording companies such as Avex Japan, Ki/oon, Sony Music Japan, VP Records (Indie) and Fashozy Records (Indie).
Da’Ville is one of the most celebrated Pop/R&B/Reggae artists in Japan, Places in USA and certainly in the Caribbean. His expanding fan base continues to increase because of his dedication and commitment to music. The world has yet to see the best of Da’Ville.