Monthly Archives: April 2007
|The rising star Mr. Peppa stops by Boom Shots this week on Bigupradio.com. Your host DJ Boom will interview Mr. Peppa and present some of the finest tracks this young artist has been mashing up dancehalls around the world. Mr. Peppa is known for hits “Gangsta Guerilla,” “Talk” and “Baby Love.” Be sure to tune into this weeks BOOM SHOTS on Bigupradio.com! ONE LOVE
About MR. PEPPA
Mr. Peppa poised for stardom …Dat’s betta! “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe”- Anatole On February 29, 1980 in Kingston Jamaica, Arael Jahzeal Walters, aka Mr. Peppa was born. The ninth of eleven children, Mr. Peppa grew up in Bedward Pastures, Papine under the love, guidance and positive nurturing of his father Dennis Walters and his mother Alice Johnson. Although he had a strong love and passion for music, particularly dejaying, education was foremost on his mind as his aspirations were either to join the army to study civil aviation or to enter into the real estate business. His honing at Hope Valley Experimental Primary and Excelsior High School only served to cement his foundation in both career paths. While in High School, his passion for music intensified and he began to focus more on his dejaying, additional confirmation came in the form of encouragement from friends who drummed up beats on blackboards and desks in the classroom, as Peppa rode the rhythm. Find out more: here
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|If you missed your chance to visit with the Dancehall’s top vixen, Lady Saw, she will return to NYC from April 11th to April 22nd on her second round of promotion for her album “Walk Out.” For any press inquires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Three weeks ago, Lady Saw wrapped up her L.A. video shoot w/ Wylcef’s artist Sun a.k.a Geisha from China for the track ‘Kill Bill’, and went to New York for promotion. She visited the offices of Essence Magazine and AOL Black Voices to speak about her new album and single, “No Less Than A Woman (Infertility).” Lady Saw completed a photo shoot for the cover of Caribbean Posh Magazine and Where Itz At Magazine. She also interviewed with hip hop magazines Rap-Fanatic & Don Diva, as well as a number of other publications, NY radio stations and video shows. Then she wrapped up her trip by talking a stroll down the red carpet at Vibe’s exclusive 150th issue Anniversary party, with other A-list celebs, like, Dougie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, and Kid Capri.
|CHRISINTI drops by REALITY TIME this Sunday on the “Champion Sound” Bigupradio.com. Join your hosts DJ Kurious and MC Taiyefoon for an exclusive interview and feature of Christinti. This very special singer is currently on the Eight76 Records label and has recently released a duo music video with Nadine Sutherland “Can’t Take It.” Find out more this Sunday. Be sure to tune in to Reality Time every Sunday! ONE LOVE
Born in the city of Kingston, to be more precise a place called Drewsland. Named Paul Christopher Hudson by his parents, from humble surroundings, had early dreams of becoming a star. Chrisinti as he is now called, a name taken on by himself and given meaning “Selassi I Child” participated in his school fetes and concerts in his community from the early age of 6. He attended the Marverly All Age Primary School a stone throw from home until he approached the high school years. Find out more here.
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|Reggae Diva NADINE SUTHERLAND drops by KNOTTY DREAD RADIO to chop it up with your host DJ JAH MARVIN. Nadine Sutherland has just released her new music video “Big Tingz,” the lead single off of her new album “Call My Name” on the Eight76 Records label. For many moons Nadine has been mashing up the reggae scene with hit after hit. Find out all about her new album, upcoming tour and what’s going on in her busy life. Tune in to KNOTTY DREAD RADIO each and every Thursday on Bigupradio.com Dancehall! ONE LOVE
About NADINE SUTHERLAND :
Nadine Sutherland’s career history fits none of the stereotypes commonly attributed to Jamaican popular music stars. Her records, like those of former mentor Marcia Griffiths, have won her a reputation with reggae (and to some extent, club) audiences from across the board. From roots to ragga, from ballads to r&b, Nadine’s sung in all manner of styles with such vivacity (and at times, soul-baring emotional power), it’s no wonder she’s been widely acclaimed as the best female Jamaican singer of her generation. Voice, looks, songwriting skills and captivating stage presence, Nadine Sutherland has all the ingredients required for international stardom, including a New York postcode in recent years. That she’s failed to capitalise on her bountiful talents to an even greater degree is hard to explain. Find out more here.
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|Big Up Radio sits down with Wadi Gad, to listen to what this humble, hard-working Rastaman has been up to. Wadi Gad is from the town of Morvant, on the island of Trinidad. I have had the honor of seeing Wadi perform with many different artists as he is a favorite drummer and percussionist of many reggae singers.
Besides working on his own band, “Jah Bandis”, Wadi plays alongside the legendary singer from Waterhouse, Kingston, Don Carlos.The one thing I notice about Wadi is that he carrries an “Old Soul” vibe with him. As this man fulfills Jah works it’s as if his message is timeless, and it is!
In addition to being a very heartical, talented, musician Wadi is ever devoted to his faith in Rastafari. Wadi has recently become elected as director of the Ethiopian World Federation Inc.His function on this international council, is to further promote unity and solidarity for black people in the African Diaspora. The headquarters of the E.W.F.Inc. is in Harlem, New York.
As I talked with Wadi he recalled some memorable shows that he performed at, and one such performance was with the dearly missed, Joseph Hill of Culture, in 1988. When you listen to Wadi’s original music you immediately get a sense of his devotion to the almighty creator, and his influences and inspiration from his peers in Roots Reggae music. Wadi recorded versions of Fred Locks’ classsic tunes “Time to Change” and “Wolf“. When asked who he would most like to record a song with in the future, Wadi didn’t hestitate for a second in replying, Luciano as his first choice.
Wadi Gad has five albums out currently available at finer Roots Reggae outlets, Ernie B’s and at http://www.bigupradio.com. (1) Psalms 1 (The Early Years) , Classic Wadi Gad tunes like “Never Give Up”, and “Mental Slavery” . The album showcases the early years of Wadi’s spiritual roots music.
(2) New Day , a must have cd for anyone who loves Jah, loves Roots Rasta music, and believes in good over evil shall always prevail! Selah. Many solid tracks like “Wanted Man” with Della Grant on background vocals., “Strength Of” with Ralston Grant on backing vocals, and Mount Zion, are all serious, Rastafari inspired works.
(3) Writing on the Wall contains some of the best Concious Roots Reggae that you are likely to hear. With tracks like “Shine Your Light”, “Things People Do”, “Mystery” and “Faith”. This cd contains perhaps some of the best modern Roots Rasta vibes of the time.Check it, for real!
(4) Walk with Jah, brings some true wisdom tunes like “Africa” “Can’t Conquer Me”, and “To behold Jah”
(5) Give Love a Try, Wadi Gad’s latest release Contains some new classics like “12 Function”, “Cease Fire”, and “Stronga” with Jr. Toots( son of Toots Hibbert).
Chances are you have heard Wadi play at a recent reggae festival, as he been a backing drummer/percussionist for artists like Horace Andy, Jimmy Riley, Mikey Dread, the Abyssinians, U-Roy, John Holt, Big Youth, the Nuetral Sisters, and that is just the short list!
As Wadi sings “Shine your light Rastafari, so I can see clearly, let you light shine and men will see your good works and praise Fari”, ” In the midst of darkness, come in Jah Light” Yes Iya Wadi, no compromise seen! Listen to Wadi Gad and feel dem mystic vibes. Jah works through and through! This humble Rastaman, channels Jah spirit in a most uplifting way. Step into Jah light and listen to Wadi Gad. One love, one Inity, one Jah.
Stay tuned for the full interview with Wadi Gad on the Reality Time radio show April 22nd.
Jah guide and protect the I,