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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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BOOM SHOTS #106 features the “Queen of Soca” ALLISON HINDS this Wed

The Queen of Soca ALISON HINDS drops by this weeks SOCA TOUCH on Hosted by DJ Boom, BOOM SHOTS is a weekly dancehall show that you can catch every Wednesday on Bigupradio’s 24×7 Dancehall internet radio station. This week the beautiful ALISON HINDS stops by for an exclusive interview and to promote her newly released album “SOCA QUEEN.” Hear new tracks from “SOCA QUEEN” and find out what’s going on in her world. This is one show you’ll want to catch!!! ONE LOVE

Alison Hinds
“Roll It”

Alison Hinds - Roll It
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Ask SOCA superstar ALISON HINDS what she wants her music to convey and she replies, “More than anything, I’m hoping to expose the world to my music and for people to really appreciate and say yes to it. It’s infectious, and happy but can still say something and touch lives. SOCA is what I’m known for, so I want the music to represent who I am.”

The intoxicating musical movement known as SOCA (popular dance music of the SOuthern CAribbean) is rapidly gaining popularity among music lovers around the globe.  It is a sexy and uplifting music known for its infectious rhythms and spirited spicy lyrics that inspires jubilant audience participation albeit with waving hands and flags to swaying hips, all in a ritualistic celebration that exemplifies life today in the Caribbean. ALISON HINDS is poised to become a major force in the eruption of innovative urban-influenced Caribbean-based artists such as fellow-Bajan popstar Rihanna, Sean Paul, or Shaggy, who are changing the face of music worldwide.

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Dancehall Artist BennyBwoy Rises To The Occasion

NEW YORK (Nov. 14, 2007) – BennyBwoy a.k.a. “Original JEWmaican” known for blending traditional Jewish themes with the unique and popular sounds of dancehall reggae is set to release his brand new single RISE UP on November 20, 2007.  His debut release is a melodic chant of everyday thanks and praises to the most high, and is simply “showing everyone that it is best to love life while dealing with the problems at hand.”

“Everyday is the beginning of a new life and we must be thankful that our soul has been restored to us. My philosophy is always to look at the bright side,” says the “Original JEWmaican.”

A native of Far Rockaway, in Queens, New York, BennyBwoy is poised to take his message and sound to a higher level.  His talent, unique style, versatility and Hasidic beliefs may set him apart from other dancehall artists, but he says “living my life as an Orthodox Jew does not limit the way I handle myself in the dancehall world.  I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like that, or has a problem with it then that’s on them.  I want to be a role model to all types of people.  I don’t limit myself to my own religion or culture,” says the BennyBwoy.

On September 19, 2007, the “Original JEWmaican” wowed audiences with his pulsating performance at the JAMROCK Magazine One-Year Anniversary party alongside Grammy-award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean and dancehall DJ Screechy Don in New York City.  In 2006, he performed at the 25th Silver Anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Award with other reggae artists including Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Beenie Man, Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, Gyptian, and Soca star Machel Montano.  Other stage shows have included The Jewish Music Awards and the 7th Annual Woodstock 69/Monterey Pop Tribute Festival.  BennyBwoy’s popularity is vastly growing with fans in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

His new single RISE UP will to be available on i-tunes and other online music outlets for download on November 20th.   We invite you to visit to listen to his new release and watch the music video. 

For more information contact or advance copies, please contact:   

Falana Fray,
347.223.1150 or e-mail

Kiprich records second album for Big Yard

DJ Kiprich is busy in the studios working on his second album for Big Yard, which is expected to be completed soon.

VP Records, who were also responsible for distributing his first album titled ‘Outta Road’, recorded for Big Yard.

Not only is Kiprich working on his new album, he also has recorded singles titled ‘Bun Fi Bun’ and ‘On My Mind’ on the Big Yard label, ‘Rosie Whine’ on Birchell label and ’40 & Over’ on the Total Cil label.

Christened Marlon Plunkett, the DJ who was born in Waterhouse, St. Andrew, went by the stage name Crazy Kid when he just started out in the music business. Crazy Kid was not doing any justice for his career so he changed it to Kiprich, which was to give him the big break he so desperately wanted.

His first hit song was ‘Leggo Di Bwoy’ followed by ‘Mad, Sick, Head No Good’ done in collaboration with Predator. He later struck big with ‘Telephone Ting’ ‘Imagine This’ and ‘The Letter’, which all became popular in the dancehalls at yard and abroad.

The gifted DJ, whose parents wanted him to have a different career, is also very versatile at writing songs. He is responsible for penning the lyrics of Elephant Man’s hit single ‘Jook Gal’, which was later re-mixed and featured Kiprich himself, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz.

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Hutchy & George Nooks “Take Charge” of US and UK Radio

Kingston, Jamaica: – In September Hutchy released a gritty remix of the 45 Take Charge the original of which is the second track on his album My Time on his own Ruff Cut Records label.  The remix features George Nooks, well acclaimed in reggae music circles.   Within a month the remix of Take Charge has been getting heavy rotation with the following U.S. radio stations and UK Disc Jocks and radio stations:

U.S. Radio

  • WVIP 93.5 FM (New York)
  • WBLS (New York)
  • Red Hot Radio (New York)

UK Disc Jocks & Radio

  • David Radigan
  • Jamrock Radio
  • BBC Radio – Asian Network

“With Take Charge a dubby flavour comes to the fore, with an odd guitar effect played over the standard high pitched Hammond style organ to good effect.” – Raved UK weekly dance magazine, One Week To Live.

Take Charge is social commentary at its best and a reminder of the hazards of bad leadership with many potent lessons imbedded in its powerful lyrics. Take Charge is voiced on one of Hutchy’s signature One Drop rhythms and forces you to listen. Nooks compliments the overall feel of the song with his first-class vocal quality.  The song is reminiscent of the golden days of reggae.

Download Hutchy Ft. George Nooks – Take Charge: (expires Oct 7, 2007)

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