Monthly Archives: August 2006

KC Jockey to play role in movie with Denzel Washington

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:-

STARRING: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Common, RZA, Tip Harris, Ted Levine , Yul Vazquez, John Ortiz
RELEASE DATE: TBA 2007

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.

Please contact:
Tesah Linton
www.myspace.com/kcjockey

Live Roots and Culture Arcata Fair Weekend

    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
Bass: Ras Dan Maiava
Keys: Sila Pouvi
Guitar: Ray Castro
Vocals: Iakopo Jones

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.”

Website:
www.rootsandcultureinternational.com

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

Jimi Bridges

North Country Fair & Harvest Festival – Arcata Plaza
Info: 1.866.524.5669  www.rootsandcultureinternational.com      

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Baby Cham talks to F Magazine about the ‘Ghetto Story’ story phenomena

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:
http://www.fmagazine.com/music/index.php?num=903&pg=REGGAE/DANCEHALL

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In ‘Ghetto Story’ you talk about some of the hardships of growing up in a ghetto community in Kingston. What are the advantages?
“The strength it gives you. A ghetto person is ten times stronger than an average Jamaican. It’s given me a fighting spirit I’ll never give up. I believe that spirit is something that can’t be taught.”

What was one of the hardest aspects of your childhood?
“Watching my mum do what she had to do to make five of us go to school. She worked two jobs, one in a garment factory and another selling peanuts. She played mum and dad role at the same time. We lost our father when I was 12 but he wasn’t living up to his responsibilities anyway. Mummys enjoying herself now. She’s kicking back watching TV and reading her bible.” 

Share with us one of your fondest ghetto stories.
“As a youth in summer holidays, I’d get up 8.30am and play football with my friends. When we couldn’t run no more, we’d collect empty bottles to sell to buy food so we could ‘run a boat’ – that’s a big cook-up. Walking to the store we held the bags tight so the bottles didn’t rattle. Girls looked down on you if you had to sell bottles to eat so you had to be quiet. We cooked the same meal every day – curry chicken and dumpling. I can knead so I made the dumpling and my friend would season the chicken. Good times those. Going to football matches were always fun too.

Tell us about football matches in Jamaica?
“A football match downtown is like a stage show. Everyone behaves wild. We used to take slingshots to the games so when the linesman made a bad call, we’d shot him. At half time a soundsystem plays and when the Ref comes off he gets bottled if he has to pass the spectators from the loosing side.” 

What do you think are the main reasons for the continuing existence of shantytown and dump communities in Jamaica?
“It’s politicians. They don’t share the wealth. They borrow money to set up community businesses and services and it goes in their pocket. I bet the Jamaican Prime Ministers salaries bigger than the US Prime Ministers. Poor people have to pay high for everything – rent, school fees, food. There isn’t one free school bus in Jamaica. If the government spent the nations budget directly on the population, the situation would improve and you’d have ghetto’s like in the US where people have cars and cable TV.”

Why do you think ‘Ghetto Story’ has crossed into the mainstream?
“It’s so real. Whether you’re coming from a poor home or a middle-class home, you can relate to the daily struggle to survive and succeed.”

How did the remix with Alicia Keyes come about?
“Her people approached us to do the remix  because she liked the song so much which was amazing. She’s the coolest superstar ever. It’s all about the music for her. When we shot the video downtown she was so humble and cool with the fans.” 

What do you think of YT’s ‘England Story’?
“I like it. It’s his story. His experience of London.”

And how about Spice’s ‘Virgin Story’?
“Spice is my little sister – musically speaking. She can take whatever she wants of mine and do it over. She’s working with Dave Kelly. She’s crazy talented – in due time the world will know. I love her for the fact she writes songs about what females really talk about but never speak about on records. The women in Jamaica go wild when she sings ‘Virgin Story’.” 

There’s a lot of competition between up and coming deejays in Jamaica. Who gave you your first break?
“The producer Dave Kelly. He put out my early records and showed me the difference between being a good deejay and being an artist with professional delivery technique. Wayne Wonder broke all the musical terms down for me like being flat or off-key. The competition in dancehall is tough. I’ve been making hits since I was 21 (h’s now 28) and I’ve only just got a deal.” 

You’re doing a lot of UK gigs over bank holiday weekend and US gigs in September. What can we expect?
“A joyride. I’m at my best on stage. I don’t make ‘dancing’ records specifically but I’ll get everyone going wild and doing the ‘Bad Man Forward’ and all the other latest moves.”

What inspired you to go into music?
“Watching Super Cat perform at a little community talent contest in Waterhouse. I was 6 and Super Cat performed as a surprise guest and he blew me away. The attention he got and the way he held the mic and rocked the crowd that day stayed with me forever.” 

What’s your life philosophy?
“Live everyday like it’s your last day. Honour your mother and family. Love your friends, family and God. That’s me.”

Interview by Sarah Bentley  – Reggae/Dancehall Editor: mzsarab@gmail.com / sarahb@fmagazine.com

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
Sep 3 2006 8:00P – IRIE JAMBOREE PARK SHOW QUEENS NY
Sep 6 2006 8:00P -TRINIDAD PORT OF SPAIN
Sep 8 2006 8:00P – CARIB NY NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Sep 9 2006 8:00P – FUNK FLEX CAR SHOW ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Sep 15 2006 8:00P – SAN FRANCISCO-KMEL SAN FRANSCISCO
Sep 16 2006 8:00P – KBMB SHOW SACRAMENTO, CA

Tanya Stephens Fighting To Protect Her Intellectual Property Rights During Time Of Album Release

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.