Monthly Archives: August 2006
Minutes ago the every excited New York based Jamaican reggae artiste KC Jockey has just signed contract with Universal Pictures to act in the movie ‘Amercian Gangster’ with famous actors namely Denzel Washington, Richard Core and Carla Gugino. ‘I’m overwhelmed to be given this opportunity to share the same stage with big actors like Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and alot more. Just walking in the wardrobe department is a major experience for me. I wish other Jamaican ambassadors would get this opportunity like this. I am now sitting here waiting to get my script… even if it is two seconds this a big ting.’ he said.
AMERICAN GANGSTET DETAILS:-
The film is based on a New York Magazine article by Mark Jacobson, which depicted the true story of Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas (Washington), who smuggled heroin in the caskets of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He was eventually caught by New York detective Richie Roberts (Crowe), who got Lucas to turn his talents toward catching the crooked cops and drug dealers who profited from his scheme.
Keys of Creation is an ancient roots musik with a new flava. Originally hailing from the Somoa Islands, and now based out of Southern California, Keys of Creation comes forward to the people in full Rastafari power delivering the positive vibration of roots reggae. This musik is shining light and mediation for the youth. Keys of Creation is a roots foundation band with pure Rasta vybz performing all original conscious musik. The band is tight, and performs on real instruments. The musik is played with heavy roots bass lines that keep the crowd entranced, interlocking with the ancient heartbeat rhythm of the roots drum. The vocals are a blend of sweet melody and ancient chant. This is authentic roots reggae musik with poetic lyrics of reality and life. Keys of Creation opens doors for the youth to come in all generations. The sounds of the musik and the meaning of the message are one: come together and live together in love, and in harmony. Keys of Creation is old roots with a new flava combined with positive vision and positive solutions for all people. Keys of Creation new CD release, “Let Your Light Shine” is now available!
Drums: Daniel Holmes
For more information about Keys of Creation visit: www.myspace.com/KeysofCreation1
Jimi Bridges Music without borders
“This music is a living art form coming out of the heart. It is music of healing, of peace.” Jimi Bridges performs and records all original music on instruments from around the world including Africa, India, Jamaica, Japan, Europe and more. Jimi plays original music that cannot be described or defined by any one style or genre. His musical influences come from deep roots in gospel, devotional bhajans, kirtan, nyahbinghi, reggae, folk, blues, jazz, rock and r&b. Jimi has over 20 years of performing experience. This unique music is soulful, touching the innermost through sound, bringing peace of mind and elevation of spirit.”
Jimi Bridges offers mystic music, a pure organic blend of the modern & the ancient. Seeing Jimi live is a real eye opener, true upliftment and inspiration.
Jimi expresses “Music is the universal language that all people of the world can understand and feel. Music speaks heart to heart… Music can break down the barriers or walls within our being separating us from our joy and our truth, and music has that power that it can transform our life to move us in a positive direction. And when we can change ourselves from within, we can also change the world around us.”
Instrumentation includes: acoustic guitars, melodicas, nyahbinghi, African, & Indian drums, various percussion, bells, chimes, flutes and other world instruments…
For more information about Jimi Bridges visit: www.rootsandcultureinternational.com
All Original World Music
“In anyone’s life, there is a moment when you need to experience this peace, no matter where you live or what you do or what your style of life is; you need a moment of this sound, of this peace, of this music.”
Sat Sept 16th @ 10 PM
Live Roots & Culture Arcata Fair Weekend
Keys of Creation with Jimi Bridges
Humboldt Brews – 856 10th St, Arcata, CA
Sun Sept 17th @ 4:45 PM
North Country Fair & Harvest Festival – Arcata Plaza
More details on Grand Prize
RAGGA MUFFINS FESTIVAL GET AWAY WEEKEND
Enjoy the 26th Annual Ragga Muffins Festival with VIP backstage passes for two – February 17-18, 2007 in Long Beach, CA. You’ll al favorite reggae performers! Package valued at $1,700! Official Fest Site:
http://www.raggamuffinsfestival.com. so receive roundtrip airfare for two with ground transportation to and from airport, plus two nights hotel at the festival host hotel. Mingle with your
* Airfare for winner and guest only if airport is more than 200 miles from Long Beach Airport or LAX; otherwise ground transportation will be provided from winner residence to hotel and back.
Whether you’re coming from a poor home or a middle-class home, you can relate to the daily struggle to survive and succeed.” -Baby Cham
With carnival season upon us Jamaica‘s premier up and coming dancehall talent and bard from the hood Baby Cham talks to F Magazine about the ‘Ghetto Story’ story phenomena.
Listen to 3 full choice tracks from Baby Cham’s ‘Ghetto Story’ in Fmagazines Reggae/Dancehall section:
In ‘Ghetto Story’ you talk about some of the hardships of growing up in a ghetto community in Kingston. What are the advantages?
What was one of the hardest aspects of your childhood?
Share with us one of your fondest ghetto stories.
Tell us about football matches in Jamaica?
What do you think are the main reasons for the continuing existence of shantytown and dump communities in Jamaica?
Why do you think ‘Ghetto Story’ has crossed into the mainstream?
How did the remix with Alicia Keyes come about?
What do you think of YT’s ‘England Story’?
And how about Spice’s ‘Virgin Story’?
There’s a lot of competition between up and coming deejays in Jamaica. Who gave you your first break?
You’re doing a lot of UK gigs over bank holiday weekend and US gigs in September. What can we expect?
What inspired you to go into music?
What’s your life philosophy?
Baby Cham’s ‘Ghetto Story’ (including Alicia Keys) single is out Monday 28th August. ‘Ghetto Story’ album drops September 4th on Atlantic.
Catch Baby Cham performing at:
Sep 1 2006 8:00P – HAMMERSTEIN BALL ROOM NEW YORK
|Despite her recent lawsuit controversy with Lil’ Kim, Tanya Stephens is readying to release her 6th album, Rebelution, tomorrow on VP Records.
The superstar reggae singer/songwriter, whose current single “These Streets” moved to the #3 spot in Jamaica last week, heads to NYC this week to take part in the West Indian Parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend.
From wire reports:
August 27, 2006 — Just when raunchy rap diva and ex-con Lil’ Kim’s legal woes seemed behind her, a Jamaican reggae singer has charged her with ripping off lyrics for her last album.
Kim didn’t just steal her song, Tanya Stephens claims in a suit filed in Manhattan federal court last week. She did so after flying Stephens to New York, asking her to sing on one of her albums and belting out by heart the very song she pilfered to show what a big fan she was of Stephens, according to the suit.
Stephens and her representatives from the Royalty Network were shocked when they first listened to Lil’ Kim’s late-2005 album, “The Naked Truth.”
The lyrics of Kim’s track “Durty” match almost word for word with Stephens’ song “Mi and Mi God” recorded in Jamaica and released in 1997, they say.
The Brooklyn-born Kim, a k a Kimberly Jones, even sings the tune with a West Indian accent, the suit alleges.
The lyrics are so duplicative that Stephens is claiming she should own the song and receive all past and future royalties.
To add insult to injury, Lil’ Kim is one of Stephens’ biggest fans, she claims in the complaint.
Although fame has eluded Stephens in the United States, she’s well known in Jamaica, where she has released six albums on local labels.
Kim reached out to Stephens in 1999 and flew her up to have her sing on one of her albums.
She gushed over Stephens when they met in the New York recording studio, telling her that she was a “big fan” and that she owned several of the reggae artist’s albums, the suit says. Kim even sang her favorite Stephens song, which she knew by heart. It was “Mi and Mi God,”according to the lawsuit.
Stephens then sang with Kim, but the vocals never made the album.
Lil’ Kim’s lawyer and agent did not respond to messages requesting comment.
Stephens, 33, who played Radio City Music Hall last year, sings in a patchwork style of reggae, dance hall and R&B. It has a rough-and-tumble street style – without Lil’ Kim’s hip-hop sexuality.
“It’s about women’s empowerment,” said Andrew Henton, her manager in Jamaica. “She sings about sex, but not in a raunchy way. It’s more thought-provoking, more political. I wouldn’t say it’s like Lil’ Kim.”
If anything, she rejects the rapper’s sexy sales pitch.
“I’m not a prude, and I’m not intimidated by sex or nakedness,”
Stephens told a British publication this month. “In fact, I find some of it appealing. But I don’t feel that a marketing company needs to use sex to sell me a pack of flour! It’s not relevant, ‘cos I’m not making any sexy dumplings!”
“The Naked Truth” shot to No. 3 on the hip-hop charts and rose to No. 6 on the Billboard chart. It was nominated for album of the year for the BET Awards.
This latest legal predicament comes after Kim was released from a federal prison in Philadelphia on July 3. She had served 10 months for lying to a grand jury about a shooting that erupted outside radio station Hot 97 in lower Manhattan when her posse clashed with rapper Foxy Brown’s. She completed house arrest on Aug. 3.