Monthly Archives: April 2006

STRANGEST THING is bubbling up for MR EASY

Mr. Easy's newest release STRANGEST THING is getting a postive response wordwide. This single, which is presently on a one-off riddim titled the BUTTERFLY riddim, is being distributed by In Da Streetz Distribution and has already sold out the first pressing!HERE'S WHAT DJs ARE SAYING:

– Wow!!!! What a fantastic track!!!!! I love it! Songs like this are just too far and few in between. – Gary of Mass Pool DJs

– "STRANGEST THING" is gangster, top of the top, exquisite, banging track, one of the best songs I’ve heard from him in a minute. The concept is hot and the samples are ridiculous. Lots of pull ups on the track in the club! – Kojak of Renegade Sound and 45 Crew DJs.

– I’m lovin this track. It’s definitely in heavy rotation on my radio program. Tell Mr. Easy say this one GONE! – Jr Diamond, WNHU Connecticut

– This song is hot!!!! I just can’t figure out why it is MR. Easy does not have a record deal. He’s been putting in his work for a while now. His songs on the riddims are always hot songs that get play! – DJ Splash

– This is gonna be a big record! I love it already! – DJ Prince Ice, WWDM/WHXT South Carolina

– I luv the Track – very, VERY nice. I can spin dis! – DJ Hot, Chicago IL

– I Love “Strangest Thing”, I will be playing it everywhere I go. – Fatta Ranks, Chicago IL

– Personally, I think the song is wicked!!!! Played it like 3 times back to back. – Lennox Grant of Large Radio

– Great new song. Easy just keeps getting better and better every year. I want to know when the album is coming out. – DJ Handgun, Las Vegas

– This Joint is Phat – DJ Koole, Hawaii

– Mr Easy's "Strangest Thing" is an instant classic for all who feel the fight for Babylon to free di weed…"wake the town and tell the people"…..Boom Tune!!! – Selecta 7, Los Angeles CA

– What a WICKED TUNE from Mr. Easy. Never heard him on a roots Riddim before but this is a BOOM TUNE! – DJ Mikey Bigga Jarrett, England

– Mr. Easy is on the road with a real big tune! "STRANGEST THING" is well produced on a very good individual rhythm, and shines with Easy's great lyrics. One of Mr. Easy's biggest and baddest tune in the last time! A must-have and sureshot in any dance. Respect!!! – Selecta M, Soundcontrol, Germany

If you know someone (such as your radio station, a local promoter or the club you spin at) interested in bringing him to your town, contact me! – RudeGal

Junior Reid, Reggae Angels, Wada and Andrew Blood Steadfast Truth Tour July 2006

After a successful month-long tour April and May of 2005, Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels had a top performance at Reggae on the River August 2005, and Headlined The Dreadstock Festival in Vallejo CA , and also headlined the stadium Rocktober festivals on four of the Hawaii Islands . Now, a year later they embark on the road again to do a tour of festivals and club dates including the Northwest World Reggae Festival and The Victoria Ska Festival in Canada.

Reid has a new CD called "Clean Up Your Heart", soon to be released. He has recently toured Japan , South America, and the US east and west coasts. Several of Reid's hits such as "One Blood", "Mashing Up the Earth" and "Fit You Haffi Fit" have risen to anthem status. Junior Reid first won the hearts of people around the world as the lead vocalist for Black Uhuru. He has matured and gained strength as an artist performing internationally as well as producing other artists in his One Blood recording studio in Kingston , Jamaica . Junior Reid is a top festival performer with athletic showmanship and melodic phrasing. His message inspires people from all walks of life and he is a mentor to many Rasta enthusiasts. Junior is truly a man of the people – always in demand. On the most recent American tour, the shows were consistently well attended.

Within the last couple years, the Reggae Angels completed a 50-city tour with Andrew Tosh (son of Reggae icon Peter Tosh), a 21- city tour with Junior Reid, a 9-city tour with the Abyssinians, a 9-week tour covering North America and Canada co-billed with Everton Blender, and another month-long tour with Junior Reid. After working the festival circuit, they did their fourth trip to Hawaii within a year where they co-billed with and backed Frankie Paul, who now resides in Gambia , Africa . It's been a hard, busy schedule. They have toured consistently since the mid-90's, bringing their spiritually uplifting message to the people. They are well loved. Lyrically their music affirms such qualities as generosity, balance and gratitude. The Reggae Angels have one of the most extensive discographies of any American Reggae band. Now touring with their 13th and latest release – Make Blessings, on the Explorer Recordings Label- the Reggae Angels should not be missed when they come to your area.

Contact Peter Wardle with Kings Music International at (510) 326-8445 or online at reggaeangl@aol.com for bookings.

Biography: Junior Reid

Born on the 6th of June, Delroy "Junior" Reid grew up in the Waterhouse
district of West Kingston. Junior began his career at an early age, gaining his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing. He recorded his first single ‘Know Myself' at age fourteen for the late singer Hugh Mundell, released in the U.K. on the Greensleeves label. He then went on to form his own band, The Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with ‘Minibus Driver' the group's success was established with the album of the same name.

At the age of eighteen, Junior was asked to join Black Uhuru as lead singer. The group completed their transformation to international status while he was a member, nominated twice for a Grammy Award in the Reggae category. 
After many changes in the music business and an agreed separation among the members of Black Uhuru, Junior returned to the solo arena and started his own production company, J.R. Productions.

With his incisive, prophetic lyrics and unstinting support for the ghetto man, Junior remains a powerful roots artist well known and loved worldwide.  

Biography: Reggae Angels

  Currently based in the San Francisco , Calif. East Bay, the Reggae Angels have been touring the last decade in the U.S. , Hawaii , Canada and South America . They are well loved and respected. They've taken the message to many different places. Top international artists have had the Reggae Angels back them, including Don Carlos, Horace Andy, Michael Rose, Big Youth, The Abyssinians, Edi Fitzroy, Bernard Collins, Carlton & The Shoes, Junior Murvin, Clinton Fearon, Everton Blender, Sugar Minott, Andrew Tosh, Junior Reid and Frankie Paul. The band has consistently met the needs of world-class performers, touring with them to the far reaches. 

The Reggae Angels vocalists are Fenton Wardle, Cynthia Roots and Nasambu Wamalwa. Lead vocalist and bandleader Fenton Wardle started playing for the public at the age of twelve, playing his accordion in the streets in San Francisco . In 1982 Fenton fronted his first band Ily in New Hampshire , where he attended Dartmouth and graduated in 1984. In 1986 he formed a band on the West Coast called The Chosen Few. In 1989 the band re-grouped as The Elevations. Fenton sang lead and harmony vocals and played keyboards. With the Elevations, he produced two albums- Jah Guide and Good Judgment . In 1992 Fenton left the Elevations and started the Reggae Angels.  

Fans of reggae know The Reggae Angels deliver high-energy performances with a happy, uplifting sound and sincere message. Their music speaks of God consciousness. Their lyrics contain spiritual insights and teachings — the message. All different ages and kinds of people love and appreciate the Reggae Angels, especially the spiritually inclined. Their focus is on clarifying the message of the prophets — advice and prayers to bring us nearer to God. The Reggae Angels have their own recording studio in Oakland , California called The Workshop, where they help produce other artists as well as their own works. See the website www.ReggaeAngels.com for music samples and upcoming show schedule.

Mikey Dread Soon to be Released “Back Stage Pass” and European Tour 2006 Update

We have received many inquiries on Mikey Dread's  going on's.

No darlings the Dread is not sleeping.   He has been working assiduously in the Studios in Kingston Jamaica on his soon to be released CD "Back Stage Pass". Hopes are to release the first single in Jamaica (where his career started) to commemorate his 30 years in Reggae Entertainment, before his European Tour commences. Hey, do I have to keep reminding you all that when you Choose a Mighty Dread, you choose Mikey Dread. (smile).  “Back Stage Pass” is surely going to be the wickedess Reggae Roots CD by a Jamaican Reggae Legend, coming out of Jamaica in a long time. So hold tight, be patient and stay TUNED!. Word out of Jamaica from Artist's who have had the privilege to sample portions of the works; is that this CD will be something special, so wicked it can't be touched. A fitting Tribute to the Original Dread at the Controls who brought you all “Rasta in Control”, “Break Down the Walls”, “African Anthem”; “SWALK”, “Equal Rights”' and many, many more wicked Reggae Tunes..

Yes, the Jamaican Reggae Legend Mikey Dread being the Perfectionist he is, can only give you the BEST! The best of Mikey Dread is pure REGGAE GOLD!

The Anticipation for this product is fever HOT! Radio DJ's Worldwide is poised to put the pedal to the metal and spin it out for you all when it hits! Keep a wake, Stay Alert and don't miss out on this special “Back Stage Pass “ from the Dread known worldwide as Captivating, Sexy, and Energetic ball of fire, the Rasta who is always in control Mikey Dread.

First stop – Europe!

Mikey Dread is touring in Europe with the Dread at the Controls Band which consist of Flabba Holt on Bass, Bubbler and Tony Asher on Keyboards, Lenford Richards on Guitar and Richard Ace Junior on Drums. Coming also with a wicked horn section, Deadly Headley and Bruce Zimmerman on Saxophone and Andrew Stoch on Trombone.

Confirmed UK Tour Dates:

Friday, May 12, 2006 – Brewery Arts Centre – Kendal , UK
Saturday, May 13, 2006 – Jumping Hot Club – Newcastle , UK
Sunday, May 14, 2006 – The Arches – Glasgow , UK
Thursday, May 18, 2006 – Arts Centre – Colchester , UK
Friday, May 19, 2006 – Buttermarket – Shrewsbury , UK
Saturday, May 20, 2006 – Fiddlers – Bristol , UK
Sunday, May 21, 2006 – The Drum – Birmingham , UK

Confirmed Date in France:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 – La Maroquinerie – Paris

Confirmed Polish Tour Dates:

Saturday, June 03, 2006 – Gorzów Wlkp. – "Reggae Nad Warta"
Sunday, June 04, 2006 – Wroclaw, "Alibi"
Thursday, June 08, 2006 – Warszawa, "Stodola"

Contact:

Dread at the Controls:
(727) 455-5958
email: mikey@mikeydred.com
web: http://www.mikeydread.com/

Mushiya
Jobe Enterprises
P.O. Box 600542
Dallas, Texas 75360-0542
www.mikeydread.com
www.innervisionsreggae.com
www.dubmusic.com
214-342-5638
469-767-9730
mojamaica@msn.com
mojamaica@peoplepc.com

Roots Reggae Hits The U.S. Capitol Area

(Washington, D.C.)  –  It is seldom that we can all agree on what is musical greatness, but starting Thursday, April 13, 2006 through April 16, 2006, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland reggae fans will have the opportunity to witness and enjoy the truly great  talent of St. Croix's Batch, Ras Attitude & the Zioneers. They are some of reggae's finest emerging artists to come to the Washington Metro area in years!

Batch is one of St.Croix's most acclaimed producers, singers and musicians. After he founded SOUND VIZION Records (www.soundvizionrecords.com)  in October 2000, he produced or co-produced many popular releases which include the popular compilations Culturellenium I & II, Mada Nile's debut "Rise Today," Midnite's "He Is Jah," Bambu Station's single "Amadou Diallo," Ras Attitude's "Happiness" and "Love Life"  and Jerome Austrie's debut gospel album "Love, Life, Spirit" which was nominated for several prestigious awards. While these accomplishments are worthy to note, Batch has also produced his own albums to worldwide acclaim. Songs from his albums "Who You Are," "Keep The Faith," and his newest release "Jah Guidance" can be heard online or on local stations in Germany, France, Brazil, Holland, the U.S. and Puerto Rico to name a few. 

Along with Batch will be Ras Attitude, one of the most versatile singers to have graced any stage in the Washington, D.C. area. From his DJ chants to his falsettoes, Attitude's amazing singing voice is only matched by his upful presence and stage performance. Singing songs from his previous two albums and his newest release, "Holding Firm," Ras Attitude is surely one attitude not to be missed. Super performer and lyricist!

ZIONEERS. ZIONEERS. ZIONEERS. It is with much respect we must highlight one of the most treasured bands from the Virgin Islands. While not receiving worl-wide acclaim, the ZIONEERS have trodded spiritually in the depths of the music from St. Croix to Puerto Rico since the early 90's. Holding the band's current foundation of drum and bass is the father and son combination of  Ras Ibeshee and his son Ras Kwome. You WILL talk about them after you witness their skill level and vibes. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Ras Ibednego and keyboardist Sonny Andrews gives to the group the versatility and heartfulness that makes this one of reggae's premier bands. Don't let the lack of corporate advertisement dollars fool you. The fans at the 2005 Sierra Nevada World Music Fest says so. The folks in New Orleans says so. Chicago, California, North Carolina, Boston, Virginia, Florida and all the many places that have experienced this band says so.

Each venue has it's very own appeal and these artists are really worth seeing three times in one week, they are that good.

Thursday, April 13th, Club U-Turn (Ethiopian cuisine)
1942 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Admission: $10 / Doors Open: 9pm sharp!

Saturday, April 15th, The Yabba Pot (Vegan Cuisine)
Voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant"
7771 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD
Admission: $10 / Showtime: 9pm
(410) 962 – 8638 / www.theyabbapot.com

Sunday, April 16th, The Norva with Jamaica's T.O.K.
317 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA
(757) 627 – 4500 / www.thenorva.com
Admission: $25

Merchandise will be available for purchase at each show. Thursday and Saturday nights at U-Turn and Yabba Pot are expecting a large turnout so get there early. Take at least an hour to support the hardworking musicians that supports you. See you there.

Hip Hop and Reggae Artist Black-Lion Releases His Debut Album “DA ONE” at Record Stores

His rhythm will have you dancing and his lyrics will have you thinking. With the explosive sound of Reggae, the poetic lyrics of Hip-Hop and the soul of R&B, Lorenzo “Black Lion” Blair is coming into the music scene with a big roar. Jamaican born and South Florida raised, his talent as producer, songwriter and performer does not go unrecognized as he is often characterized as the next musical icon. With his lyrical content, arrangement of songs and the delivery of the music, his styles have been compared to Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur. With a HipHop/Reggae/R&B versatility, Black Lion can easily capture the audience throughout the world!

December 2005 marks the release of his sizzling Debut Album “DA ONE”. His music and lyrical talent will have you mesmerized as you listen to hot singles like: “VEX”, "HAND TO MOUTH" and “BAD MAN”. “DA ONE” is on sale now at Rainbow Records Store in Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33309 and many more outlets in South Florida.

Former underground radio great(90.9Action,93.5Real Deal,89.5Roots and Culture,95.9The Big Station), becomes music industries hottest new artist. Black-Lion’s past performances include: opening act for WYCLEF at CLUB ONYX in Miami(1995), opening act for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT(1994), SHABBA RANKS at the “Orlando Live Stage Concert”, main act at the SISTRUNK FESTIVAL(1993-1998) and his latest performance(Sept. 2005) for the Ethiopian Lion Family Community Youth Culture Event, where he stole the show. Black Lion has previously worked with record companies like: “PHAT TRACK SOUND LAB PRODUCTIONS”, “ONE and ONLY”, “CMI”, “NRMUSICFACTORY”, CHAD SUPREME RECORDS and NATURAL RESOURCE . Currently working with his own Independent Label, "Da One" album is one of the first of many projects to be released with the intentions of signing a MAJOR DISTRIBUTION DEAL.

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