Category Archives: Reggae Artists

Reggae-Influenced Texan Singer Cas Haley Releases New Album in September



Cas Haley

On September 14th, 2010, Cas Haley will release Connection, his debut release on Easy Star Records.  The 13-song album features a bold mix of reggae, pop, rock, blues and soul, with an emphasis on Cas’ versatile voice and effortless songwriting.

Cas first entered the national spotlight in 2007 as a contestant on the second season of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent.  He quickly became a fan favorite with his natural talent and effervescent personality and finished the season in second place.  An album was quickly released to capitalize on the success of AGT, and sold over 30,000 units in the US without a marketing campaign, radio promotion or extensive distribution. The self-titled album finished 2008 as #8 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.

Connection was recorded in Cas’ hometown of Paris, Texas and mixed in Los Angeles by Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck). Besides Cas’ hallmark influence of reggae throughout the record, there are also elements of soul, blues and pop.  “Better,” “Time And Truth,” and “I’m Free” are all rich with autobiographical lyrics reflective of Cas’ childhood to the present.  Music fans will quickly recognize and appreciate Cas’ only cover on the album, a stunning interpretation of Alicia Keys’ “No One.”  Also included. is a bonus version of the single “Better.”  The track was remixed in a hardcore roots-reggae style by Easy Star’s musical director Michael Goldwasser.

“I consider Connection my real debut album because it is who I am from start to finish,” says Cas, who previously walked away from a major-label record deal because of artistic differences.

Easy Star Records, the leading U.S.-based independent reggae label, is the ideal home for an eclectic artist like Cas Haley. “We have been stretching further away from being strictly a roots-reggae-only label for a while with a progressive roster of bands and artists including John Brown’s Body,Tommy T and The Black Seeds,” says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. “Cas’ sound is unique and accessible.  It’s not often we come across a singer-songwriter this talented, regardless of genre, so we had to work with him.”

Cas Haley will be on tour throughout the summer and fall across the U.S. promoting Connection. For more information, and an updated tour itinerary, please visit

For media inquiries, contact Crissa Requate ( at Music Allies (828.252.6300)


Bescenta wants the world to ‘Hold A Joy’

Singer Bescenta wants the world to ‘Hold A Joy’ on the Uplifting Music International label. Dominating the international airwaves with his thought-provoking singles, the singer has been making the stage show rounds with labelmate Terry Linen, creating quite an impact.

Bescenta is now getting ready to release his album ‘Calm Down You Nerves’ on the UMI label, produced by Damion Allen, executively produced by UMI CEO Africa and distributed by Tad’s Records.

Check out the lyrics of ‘Hold A Joy.’

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TITLE: Hold A Joy
ARTISTE: Bescenta
WRITER: Bryden Wilkins
LABEL: Uplifting Music International

Wo yah wo hay hay oh loco is galectic
Yeah you know it’s Bescenta
With another one bomb
Nation wide wise yeah
The world need love
A only love can solve it holy high
A holy Emanuel high King Selassie
Selassie I.

For I a hold a joy
Mi come fi burn out the hate and the grudge
For I a hold a joy
Heights up the youths dem
An a show dem di love
For I a hold a joy
Mi people wi don’t need to fight
Fight heights up an meck we
Unite and hold a joy
Meck we hold a joy.

Verse 1
Hey, love is a beauty so mi define it
Meck we live it up live it
An nuh spoil it
A wi duty fi cherish an care it
Build it up build it up
Not to wear and tear it
The word is love
An a hope onu hear it
Spread the joy and
Give the place back a face lift
Buid it up build it up build it up
A weh dem go do how it go


Verse 2
Come cut yuhself
Red blood is all you’ll see
War against each other
Funeral it will be it will be
Don’t forget yuh rule
Land, air or sea earth rightful ruler
Still hold life key
Live up nuh give up on
Be the best yuh can be hey
Spread the love an meck the joy flow free
And give thanks for life and hail His Majesty.


Verse 3
Togetherness bring forth the progress
Division only bring things weh
Lawless mi sey world peace
So tell congress sey
The head of the stream dirty and
It is messing up the planet, hey
Look around us yuh si the fullness
The handy works of the Most High
Is accurate enough is here on Earth
Fi everyone get so there is no need
To fight for
I a hold a joy


Ranking Joe is the special guest on Reality Time 138 this Sunday March 29th

Dancehall don Ranking Joe guest stars on this weeks Reality Time on this Sunday. Hosted by the furious DJ Kurious and might MC Taiyefoon, Reality Time brings you the latest reggae news, culture and exclusive interviews each Sunday on Bigupradio’s 24/7 dancehall station. Don’t miss this special interview and feature with reggae star Ranking Joe. You will hear exclusive Ranking Joe dubplates you won’t hear anywhere else! Don’t miss this show! ONE LOVE

About Ranking Joe :

Born Joseph Jackson in Kingston on 1st June 1959, Joe got his start on record with the founding father of Jamaican music, producer Coxsone Dodd (Studio 1), cutting “Gun Court” in 1975 as Little Joe. He then recorded for a variety of producers including Bunny Lee, Watty Burnett and former African Brother Derrick Howard. By 1976 he was deejaying on the legendary sound system of Daddy U-Roy, Stur-Gav Hi-Fi, and recording for producer Prince Tony Robinson. His first album for that producer was released in 1977 and included hits like “John Saw Them Coming” and “Queen Majesty Chapter 3”. He continued to deejay with U-Roy’s set, building up a formidable reputation as a live deejay. He began recording hits for Sonia Pottinger (“Shine Eye Gal” 1978) and was the first deejay to record for Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label when he versioned Gregory Isaacs’ hit “Soon Forward” (“Stop Your Coming & Come” in 1978). 

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KNOTTY DREAD RADIO #21 features KY-MANI MARLEY on presents the one and only KY-MANI MARLY this Thursday on KNOTTY DREAD RADIO. Hosted by Jah Marvin, KNOTTY DREAD RADIO is a weekly dancehall show that features the best of the best dancehall. KY-MANI has just released his 4th album “RADIO” that has a much different flavor than his previous works. New hits include “Hustler,” “The Converstation (Featuring Tessanne Chin),” “One Timeand more! Find out what’s going on in KY-MANI’s world in this exclusive interview and feature. Tune into Bigupradio Dancehall this Thursday! ONE LOVE

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Ky-Mani Marley- “RADIO”

Ky-Mani Marley
“One Time ”

Ky-Mani Marley - One Time



Creating a dynamic lineage, Ky-Mani Marley is the second youngest of Bob Marley’s eleven children. While bearing the Marley name, Ky-Mani’s childhood told a different story. Being exposed to an urban lifestyle, Ky-Mani adopted the attitude that all people are equal no one is above or beneath him. This attitude has become the motto for the way he lives his life today.  Humble. Soft-Spoken. Sincere. Loyal. Honest. Genuine. These are the makings of Ky-Mani Marley

Initially not being swayed by the lure of music, Ky-Mani’s first love as a child was sports. As years passed, the seed that was planted by Bob’s legacy sprouted in 1997 when Ky-Mani teamed up with Pras of The Fugees and collaborated on Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue”. This would be a defining moment in Ky-Mani’s musical journey. Since, Ky-Mani has tapped into his artistic gift and has embraced the idea of sharing his insight through song.

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Half Pint inks distribution deal with Essential – Universal Music Group

Essential Media Group LLC and Loyal Haylet Management are pleased to announce the signing of a Joint Venture deal for the Half Pint Music catalog and the venerable chart topping Dancehall Reggae superstar, Half Pint.
Half Pint has enjoyed a long history of success dating back to the early 1980’s. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy (later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital ragga era. His first big hit “Winsome” was later covered by the Rolling Stones in 1986 (under the new title “Too Rude”). Many hits followed: “Money Man Skank,” “One in a Million,” “One Big Family,” “Pouchie Lou,” the socially conscious “Mr. Landlord,” and the all-time dancehall classic “Level the Vibes.” The huge hit “Substitute Lover” came in 1992, and in 1996 the rock group Sublime covered another Half Pint classic, “Loving.”
Essential will shortly release NO STRESS EXPRESS, the highly anticipated album of entirely new material with distribution via Universal Music Group Distribution, and a digitally remastered Greatest Hits compilation to be distributed by IDN. In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint back catalogue on CD, including availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.
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