|Reggae superstars Baby Cham and Everton Blender are the special guests this Friday on ALLSPICE REGGAE hosted by DJ Common Sensi. The ALLSPICE REGGAE shows airs every Friday on Bigupradio.com Slamming Dancehall station. Cham has been blowing up hot dancehall tracks since the late 90’s. His latest smash hits include “What U Think The Police Can Do,” “Possess (Silver Screen Riddim),” and let’s not forget the bombshell “Ghetto Story (Eighty Five Riddim)” The reggae veteran Everton Blender is a world class superstar with a long track record of recording success. So of Blender’s smash hits include “Piece Of The Blender,” “Blow Your Nose,” “Blend Dem,” “Create A Sound” and many more. Do not miss this exclusive interview and feature with Cham and Everton Blender his Friday! ONE LOVE
About Everton Blender :
One of the few Jamaican singers to truly bridge the gap between the roots and dancehall reggae styles is the man known as Everton “Blender.” When reggae fans hear the opening notes of “Lift Up Your Head,” “Ghetto People Song,” “Blend Dem,” etc., they instantly recognize these songs as the cultural anthems of our time. The large number of hits Everton has accrued is most impressive for an artist who has been in the business for such a seemingly short period of time. But like many of Jamaica’s biggest musical stars, the road to fame wasn’t a short or easy one.
Everton Williams was born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, but grew up in Kingston 13 on Maxfield Avenue. Everton worked as a painter, construction worker, and decorator, but he realized that the strong chemicals he was working with were not good for his voice or his health in general. With divine help and direction, he decided to leave his job to pursue a singing career. In 1980, he met Phyllis Thompson (who would later become his wife), and moved back to Clarendon. In 1985, Everton and Phyllis’ first child, Isha, was born.
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|International Reggae Day 2008 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Reggae music with a new vision for the global Reggae party and a renewed commitment to promoting quality Jamaican music and culture internationally.
IRD will join the one year celebration to commemorate the 1968 Toots and the Maytals’ recording of Do the Reggaey produced by Leslie Kong and released on Beverly’s Records which has been credited for giving “Reggae” its name.
Reggae icon Toots and the Maytals kicked off the first leg of his Do the Reggae World Tour last month celebrating the 40th anniversary recording of Do the Reggae. The initial North American leg of the tour included sold out dates in New York’s BB Kings and Cleveland’s House of Blues. Bookings are being finalized for the European and return North American legs which will run throughout the fall.
International Reggae Day Festival will also commemorate Reggae’s 40th as marked by the milestone recording, with a special IRD Do the Reggae concert performance of Toots and the Maytals in Europe to be viewed via the festival’s website to anchor this year’s virtual reggae party on July 1.
Considered one of Jamaican music’s greatest living legends and an internationally respected music innovator and performer, Toots & the Maytals has proven over time, to be one of the most prolific talents to ever emerge from Jamaica having contributed significantly over the last 40 years to the growth of Reggae as a genre and internationally as a global phenomenon.
A special re-recording of the song produced by Toots and released on on July 1 on his newly established Toots Foundation as part of this year’s virtual media celebrations.
Conceptualized as a global media party hosted by Jamaica, celebrating the impact of Reggae internationally, the International Reggae Day Festival combines the power of the music, media and technology to increase positive global interest in Jamaica’s #1 export – Reggae music.
A network of local and international media will be invited to participate in the virtual media celebration by broadcasting and publishing programme and editorial specials as media hosts on July 1 to celebrate IRD and represent their market in this global reggae brand party.
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|NEW YORK, NY (RHONA FOX, INC.) – “Reggae Sumfest 2008 is definitely on for July 13-19, and will once again set standards as the greatest reggae show on earth”, announced Johnny Gourzong, executive director of the festival.
2008 will mark the 16th presentation of the festival and, by all accounts, it’s shaping up to be another first-class event. As usual, the festival will kick off with the beach party at Tropical Beach on Sunday, July 13, featuring top sound systems. On Thursday, July 17, top dancehall performers will energize the full capacity crowd, while Friday and Saturday will continue the tradition of offering the finest reggae singers and bands, alongside top international stars.
Dicigel, Ocean Spray and Air Jamaica, the JTB and VP Records have once again signed on as major sponsors of the event while for the first time, Supreme Ventures has signed on as a Silver sponsor, Red Bull has come on board as a Gold sponsor and Jamrock Magazine as a Platinum sponsor. Negotiations are underway with several other companies who have expressed interest in supporting the event. Media support is once again very strong with CVM on board as the official TV station, Irie FM as the official radio, and the Jamaica Observer as Official newspaper. In addition FAME, HYPE TV, RE TV, TVJ, Linkz FM, ZIP FM, Vybz FM, Megajamz, Buzz Magazine, Jamaican Lifestyle and Whaddat.com, have added their support to the event.
After a seven-year stint as title sponsor, Red Stripe has taken the decision not to renew their title sponsorship for 2008. Organizers Summerfest Productions report that while Red Stripe’s contribution was significant and they will miss working with the company on Sumfest it will in no way deter the festival. They believe in the importance of Reggae Sumfest as a national event that contributes in a large way to the overall economy and are determined to make Reggae Sumfest 2008 a big success with the help of their current sponsors.
The line-up for Reggae Sumfest this year promises to be excellent. While not all contracts have yet been signed, a peek at the wish list for the festival revealed that the local line up promises to be as strong as ever. A long list of artists are being targeted, including Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Mavado, Busy Signal, Jah Cure, Richie Spice, Macka Diamond, Brick & Lace, Tami Chynn, Erup, Queen I-Frica, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Anthony B, Voicemail, Vybz Cartel, Demarco, Courtney John, and Harry Toddler. No clues were revealed for the international acts, however, it was hinted that negotiations were ongoing with some very ‘big names’.
So while there have been some rumblings in the music concert arena, Reggae Sumfest 2008 promises to once again surpass the standards set in previous years.
RHONA FOX, INC.
I-Town Records and Judahites Productions presents Central New York’s only Roots Reggae Series. Showcasing one of reggae legends Clinton Fearon, founding member of the Gladiators and his Boogie Brown Band. Kevin Kinsella Founding member of John Browns Body and Founder of I-Town Records will be performing with his project Food Clothes and Shelter. Master Kora Player Malang Diabate will be showcasing his skills to open the show. A great night of Roots Music hosted by Mike Judah from Reggae Explosions on 92 WICB. Reggae Explosions airs every Thursday Mornings from 10am-12noon EST. It can be streamed live at wicb.org. Tickets are available at www.castawaysithaca.com
Michael Judah Miller
|Jan 18, 2008|
|8:00 PM PST|
|Also On The Bill|
|Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band|
|Minimum Age Limit|
|21 and over|
|Castaways (more details)|
|413 Old Taughannock Blvd|
|Ithaca, NY US|
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REGGAE MUSIC’S FINEST, I-WAYNE AND WAYNE WONDER, JOIN FORCES ON THEIR WINTER 2008 U.S. TOUR
It’s a new year and the Wayne’s of reggae are turning up the heat for Winter 2008. I-Wayne and Wayne Wonder will perform in multiple cities across the United States from January to mid-February. The highly anticipated tour will kick off in Boston, MA on January 16th and continue throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. Fans can mix their tastes buds with the satisfying sounds of I-Wayne’s culture tunes and Wayne Wonder’s velvety love songs. Please see confirmed dates below:
January 16 Boston, MA Roxy’s
January 18 Bridgeport, CT Aces Nightclub
January 19 Rochester, NY Water Street
January 20 Norfolk, VA The Norva
January 21 Bronx, NY The Party Place
January 23 Atlanta, GA Party Room
January 24 Chicago, IL The Metro
January 25 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
January 27 Detroit, MI Sigma Plaza
January 29 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
January 30 Kansas City, MO Madrid Theater
January 31 Chicago, IL Wild Hare
February 3 Tampa, FL Harbor Club
February 6 Charlotte, NC Club Tropix
February 7 Jacksonville, FL Club Rain
February 8 Miami, FL Florida Memorial College
February 9 Fort Myers, FL Vinnie’s Cuisine
February 10 Orlando , FL Hard Rock Café
Performing and recording for over 15 years, Wayne Wonder is synonymous with worldwide dancehall reggae chart-toppers and mega hits. His latest album, Foreva, features his new tune “For My Love” ft. rap diva Trina and boasts impressive collaborations with world renowned dancehall producers Don Corleone and Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Elephant Man). Foreva is a follow up to 2003’s smash success ‘No Holding Back’ (Atlantic Records) which garnered worldwide acclaim with a peak position at #29 on the Billboard Top 200, a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, and the now famous solo television performance splitting the bill with Sean Paul on ‘Saturday Night Live’. To check out select tracks and video from Foreva click here: http://radmarg.vo.llnwd.net/o1/vprecords/projects/1796Foreva/epk/1796forevaepk.html. For more info on Wayne Wonder visit http://www.waynewonder.com or http://www.myspace.com/waynewonder4life.
On his sophomore release Book Of Life, I-Wayne disarms fans once again with his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals and simplistic yet profound lyrics. The roots and culture sensation landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio in 2005 with his fiery single, “Can’t Satisfy Her,” on heavy rotation at New York’s Hot 97 radio station and received tremendous critical acclamation on his debut album Lava Ground as well as his most recent effort Book Of Life. I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight. To listen to snippets of his new album visit http://vprecords.com/ecards/vp1798/iWaynePress.html For more info visit www.myspace.com/iwayne.
For more info on the tour or if you would like to schedule interviews with these artists please contact Tiffany Mea at 718-425-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks.
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