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Jay Z links with Jr Gong and is honored by Obama

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Jay Z was spotted in JA this week and enlisted Damian Jr Gong Marley for a musical tour of Kingston. Jay Z flew in to record some music with Damian and veteran artist Sister Nancy. It sounds like a hit and I ain’t even heard it yet.

Meanwhile Jay Z was honored by Obama on June 14th for his induction into the songwriters hall of fame. Jay Z is the first hip hop artist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Watch the Washington Post’s video of Mr. Obama himself.


Dexta Daps Vs Jabba Vs Charlie Blacks 2017

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Dexta Daps gets banned from Jabba’s Best of the Best Concert series. As one of the biggest and most reputable reggae shows stateside, Best of the Best offers dancehall heads an opportunity to experience real JA festival vibes without having to actually leave the country.

Allegedly Dex arrived late demanding 10 extra tickets, and intentionally did not perform at his scheduled time saying he was owed money from a prior Jabba promotion the Love and Harmony Cruise 2017 .

This, Jabba says, is what caused the show to go overtime and at 12am when headliner Movado was set to touch the stage curfew authorities shut the show down. Jabba sent out his sincerest apologies via media outlets taking full responsibility and expressing his gratitude to fans while assuring them that this would be a one time occurrence.

The following banning of Dex seems to send a clear sign that the promoter/DJ intends to make good on his promise. Dex on the other hand has a full plate of international attention right now so I don’t see the ban having a major impact on his career stateside. Dex recently dropped his mixtape for free in a move that promises more listenership and marketing no matter what happens. Download that here and his video for Bring it to the Owner (released last month) is said to have broke the internet when it dropped.

I should note that Charlie Blacks complained about a similar incident in a live Instagram vid explaining that he was even listed on the Best of the Best Line up before his management confirmed while still being owed prior an outstanding balance from the promoter/dj For his 9 mile festival performance. Listen to that below.

Yet like Dex has been riding high this year Charly is riding his own waves after scoring a hit on the Billboard charts and gaining record breaking sales he climaxed with a performance on Wendy Williams this month. That’s not bad and the summer just started. Charly performed his hit single Party Animal which was released in 2015 the song broke a milestone in Dancehall with $100 million streams on Spotify. Charly is set to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2017 and Wendy’s Mixtape Block Party at Coney Island Boardwalk on July 23rd.

Likewise Jabba took to Instagram Live to give his last comment on BOB2017 and is on to the next one now preparing for the Summerfest Cruise set to depart June 30th 2017. Listen to Jabba’s InstaLive on why Movado didn’t perform here.

¿Qué es Dancehall?

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El Dancehall es un género de música, estilo de baile y cultura que se originó hacia finales 1970 en Jamaica como resultado de los nuevos factores políticos y socio-económicos que habían surgido en el país. Durante este tiempo las ideologías neoliberales y materialistas fueron el factor dominante en la vida de muchos jamaiquinos.
El Dancehall como música es un derivado del reggae, otro género jamaicano originado en los años 60.

Ambos estilos tendrán una gran relación, pero no en sus bases culturales ya que son consideradas contraculturales.Este género unido a la danza se caracteriza por ser un baile muy sensual, con claras referencias a la danza africana y caribeña, y actualmente en Jamaica es un baile social, que se ejecuta siguiendo los pasos que las canciones van nombrando o incluso se mezclan con movimientos de HipHop muchos más enérgicos.

¿Por qué Dancehall?

Este estilo debe su nombre a los dance halls (salas de baile) donde se reproducían la música popular jamaiquina y la gente con menos dinero que no podía acceder a las salas más acomodadas acudían.Inicialmente, el Dancehall era una versión del reggae llena de “espacio”, a diferencia de otros estilos mucho más recargados. Hacia mediados de los años 80 la instrumentación en este estilo se hizo más rápido cambiando a sonidos más rápidos.Los años 90 fueron la completa conexión entre el dancehall y la cultura Rastafari.

Cuando el gobierno socialista de Michael Manley fue reemplazado por el político de derecha Edward Seaga las temáticas de injusticia social, repatriación y el movimiento Rastafari fueron sustituidas por letras sobre violencia y sexualidad, lo cual ha sido crítica durante muchos años debido a la perdida de la esencia lírica y temática del Dancehall. Esta nueva situación en el país llevó incluso a la muerte de varios deejays en la ciudad de Kingston.

En 1992 en contraposición de este nuevo tipo de Dancehall y más en concreto sobre el tema homófobo “Boom Bye Bye” de Banton se creó el denominado “ragga consciente” un nuevo movimiento social que agrupó a cantantes y deejays como Garnett Silk, Rocker T, Tony Rebel,Sanchez, Luciano, Anthony B y Sizzla con la intención de volver a las raíces de este género, los “roots”.

Los primeros años 2000 vieron alcanzar el éxito a toda una nueva ola de grupos y artistas como Elephant Man y Sean Paul. Actualmente son los artistas más relevantes de este estilo musical es el español Swan Fyahbwoy y Lion Sitte.


Pasos básicos de Dancehall


Como ya hemos mencionado en la introducción, el Dancehall como baile se basa en una coreografía formada por pasos que se nombran en la canción y que se repiten varias veces. Los pasos suelen ir muy ligados a su cultura e incluso hay movimientos que representan acciones cotidianas de la vida como barrer o tender la ropa. A continuación se muestran videos con algunos de los pasos básicos actuales de este estilo de baile. source



Note: This is just a great, simple yet thorough history into the core of the culture en espanol. Bravo telocuentobailando! Bravo indeed.

The Chancellor

Collie Buddz-Good Life

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Collie Buddz – Good Life

One shot cah me need it bad
Next shot for the week weh me had
Three shots make me bun out me job
When me look ‘pon me check
Me feel like me get Robbed
Fourth shot fi bring in party season
Fifth shot me take just for no reason
Sixth shot make me almost forget
‘Bout the whole damn week me get a beatin’

Ay! Sometimes inna me life I just wanna – hey
Hold a vibes and burn the marijuana – hey
Right cha now
Me ready fi go turn it up
Gimme the rum with the chaser
Ay, I got some, trees
Me waan fi roll it up, but me forget fi buy paper
This night’s going down in history
Nobody can come talk shit to me
‘Cause all me need is some girls and weed
And a lil bit a liquor and me dogs weh close to me

It’s the good life
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
It’s the good life
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay

End of the month come the rent, nuh pay, but fuck it
Tell the boss not coming in today, me ducking
Cah the party a shot and me nah leave
And me have a hot gyal, a swear she waan breed
Cah anywhere the good vibes deh me love it
Music a fi me life put nothin’ above it
A my life fi live a so me waan dweet
Move to my own beat.. and

Sometimes inna me life I just wanna – hey
Hold a vibes and burn the marijuana – hey
Right cha now
Me ready fi go turn it up
Gimme the rum with the chaser
Ay ,I got some, trees
Me waan fi roll it up, but me forget fi buy paper
This night’s going down in history
Nobody can come talk shit to me
‘Cause all me need is some girls and weed
And a lil bit a liquor and me dogs weh close to me

It’s the good life
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
It’s the good life
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
It’s the good life

Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
It’s the good life
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
It’s the good life

Oh, oh, ay, oh oh, ay
Oh, oh, ay, oh oh..

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UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest Cutting Costs to Cash In

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Summer is just beginning in So. Cal and reggae festivals are in full effect already. From Hollywood, to Palm Springs to UCLA all the way down to Rosarito, Mexico…LA’s reggae culture is as diverse as the bustling metropolitan population. Just how much money is being funneled into reggae from Southern California and whats up with Cali’s historic affinity for festival full summers.

UCLA JazzReggae May 29. 17

The prestigious private university known for its high ass tuition and bomb ass education has been holding the Jazz Reggae Fest for 31 years.

The late 90’s saw UCLA JazzReggae at the height of dancehall’s crossover success in the US. It was definitely a meet (meat) market but what could you expect for an reggae event on campus and fully coordinated by the students?

Tickets were between 10 and 15 dollars if that. Those patrons that did not want to pay just chilled outside and often parking-lot-pimped the hell out of it.  Westwood the small city where UCLA resides has an approximate population of 2,000. Just last year UCLA scaled down this show to a capacity of 2,000. People who didn’t want to pay still got to listen to some free tunes from way beyond the gates alongside a view of the passing LA low riders. It was win win.

Yet as the years passed reggae rose in popularity and so did organizers eyes and bellies. They saw dollar signs and a very real and possible city disturbance issue looming. In order to alleviate some of the mass of activity outside the gates ticket prices had to go up.

As the ticket price rose so did Jazz Reggae Fest budget. As did the artist’s performing rates and the number of performers on the 2 day line up. Money, money, money.

As the outside activity dwindled so did the extra-festival vibe that initially gave UCLA its uniqueness. It became about the bottom line and thus appears to have suffered a steady decline in profits as a result.

This year we were delighted to see Protoje and Jah9 on the line up representing the only Jamaican reggae acts on the bill.

It may be an extraordinary way to re-calibrate the essence of reggae and what it needs to be on a global scale. And it would be one of the most competitive universities on the planet, UCLA in one of the most forward thinking regions in the world, California to do it.

UCLA newspaper The Daily Bruin dedicated an interesting article detailing UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival steady attendance and profit decline since the late 90’s. Take a look at details below.

The Daily Bruin online Posted: February 1, 2016 8:49 am

Roy Champawat, director of the student union, said this year’s festival will be held at a smaller venue due to declining crowds, increasing production costs and last year’s venue change….the music industry has changed and there are more music festivals such as Coachella which draw students away from attending JRF…. JRF was $152,000 over its intended budget, said USAC President Heather Rosen at last week’s council meeting. Two years ago, the festival was $113,000 over budget.

2o16 and 17 saw a more thrifty budget of just $85,000 as well as a scaled down one-day event. source: Daily Bruin



Mr. Vegas Speaks on Munga Alleged Murder of Nephew

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Munga Honourable is facing a murder charge in relation to the death of a man who just so happens to be the nephew of fellow dancehall comrade Mr. Vegas. 


Major Lazer and Bacardi Mix well Together

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Major Lazer is now the Minister of Rum according to Bacardi and rightfully so.

Bacardi just dropped their new campaign featuring Major Lazer (May 30) and it is fire.

The commercial makes me think of the normality we turn up with music. Beats and lyrics pulse through our ears and back into our experience with movement. It becomes dance. At first glance I thought I’d accidentally opened up an extra window which randomly started playing some soca in my head. Normal tings, but the commercial on my main screen had me stuck.

The visuals initially hearkened Cuba or DR but the drum n bass was quintessentially Trini.

I notice the not the so Spanish characters moving to the soca pumping from my computer’s invisible not so open window. There are no comments and the description box reads: Its Summer. Break Free. Thank you Bacardi, will do. The the track will make you want to pull it up. Do so.

The campaign is accompanied by a series of summer concerts that reinforce “The Sound of Rum” and Major Lazer’s own custom blend of spirits in collectible bottles. Watch, listen and feel Bacardi below.

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“We worked with them on creating a music program, which is going to be signified by the new single we have coming out,” says Jillionaire. The new tune, designated as “The Sound of Rum,” will officially be unveiled this Friday at a Bacardí and Major Lazer “friends and family” bash on a private beach in Miami. The event is the kickoff for what will be a series of Bacardi-sponsored summer performance events by Major Lazer distinct from their regular tour schedule.

“Every brand wants to have a place in music,” says Liz Walaszczyk, global head of music at Bacardi. “The Sound of Rum is Bacardí with a beat.” Or Major Lazer with a flavor. The group traveled to the company’s  distillery in Puerto Rico, and worked with maestro de rum Manny Oliver to create Bacardí Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, available in the U.S. for $19.99 in mid-June and in select international markets in September.

The Lazer trio “went into the lab and did two or three different mixtures, and then taste tests,” Jillionaire explains. The result is described by Bacardí as “a blend of light and heavy dark rums, aged two to three years, and featuring notes of tropical fruit, cedar almonds and vanilla” and summarized by Jillionaire as “pretty delicious.”

Jillionaire, whose real name is Christopher Leacock hails from Trinidad. Walsh is from Jamaica, and Diplo from Florida, all three drenched in tropical culture. Jilli  considers rum as much a part of his heritage as the Caribbean soca and dancehall beats that influence Major Lazer’s music. “Growing up in the islands, I worked in bars for many years learning how to master the perfect rum cocktail. It’s a big part of the culture, and something I’m passionate about,” he says.

Working with an annual marketing budget of approximately $50 million, according to Kantar Media, Bacardí brings a lot of clout to the party. “Bacardí has a strong track record in music, executing at global festivals,” Walaszczyk says of the association, which was announced in January. “This is a true collaborative partnership across the board, where we’ll get to pick their brains. It’s not a typical promotion.” The company actually advertised the Minister of Rum position as part of a nationwide job search, with responsibilities that include “Extensive global travel” and “a strong command of the digital and social media space.”

The Major Lazer sound, as well as the fireworks, dancing and beach props that are hallmarks of their live shows, make them natural brand partners, the DJ Jillions explains. “Our saying is ‘make the world smaller by making the party bigger.’ This is all about enjoying summer with your friends, and ways to do that with music and a nice rum cocktail.” source:

Equal Rights vs. Bounty @ Bikini Fish Fest JA-video

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Just in case you missed it get up to date here

Ishawna performs Equal Rights live at Bikini Fish Fest May 2017 here. Enjoy.

source: e-plus ent.


Bounty’s “disapproval”.

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