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Stephen McGregor teams up with Shakira on El Dorado

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Stephen Di Genius McGregor teams up with Colombian pop star Shakira on her recently released eleventh studio album El Dorado. McGregor’s contribution is on the single Amarillo

Di Genius has made a name for himself in the industry over the years delivering consistently strong hardcore dancehall productions like Outbreak of 2009 and more commercial grades like Pepper of 2011. Stephen seamlessly transitions from producer to artist back to producer again and is able to release classic reggae bangers like Cyaan Friend Again of 2010 which still gets huge forwards in the dancehall almost 8 years later. It seems he’s taken que from his father the legendary Freddie McGregor on how to truly stand the test of time in this business.

Stephen posted a pic of Shakira’s El Dorado  with a comment of appreciation via Instagram this week.

@digenius1 🙏Grateful to be a part of this @shakira album!🙏. Did production on track #5 #Amarillo. Big shouts to my bros on the album as well…

Shakira is no stranger to collabs it seems anytime an artist graces her album both see almost immediate crossover market and demographic success. Possibly her greatest collab has been her 2010 contribution to the FIFA World Cup South Africa and Coca Cola with her monster hit “Waka Waka.”  Watch the video below

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Billboard names top 5 Carib Fests

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Among them is JA’s vintage Reggae Sunsplash officiated Reggae Sumfest the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth now in its 25th year. This year’s staging will feature Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul, American-Jamaican R&B/hip-hop artist Sean Kingston and Canadian R&B singer Torey Lanez.  Jamaica’s own Rebel Salute and Jazz and Blues Fest also made Billboard’s list.

My personal favorite Rebel Salute was founded in 1994 by Tony Rebel as a celebration of his birthday, the two-night event is inclusive of all Jamaican music but emphasizes roots, culture and lover’s rock vibes with a strict no meat no alcohol policy. When the event outgrew its St. Elizabeth venue St. Ann became it’s permanent home.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has seen the likes of international icons like Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey as well as top-tier reggae talents like Shaggy and Ziggy Marley.  Celine Dion who has an unusually expansive Jamaican following drew a reported 27,000 patrons in 2012.

Just a baby on the list birthed just last year, Pure Grenada Music Festival seemed poised to make it’s distinct mark on the Carib’s festival destination watch-list. Last year’s floating stage sounds pretty extravagant for an island with just 100,000 population. Joss Stone, Etana, Jessie Royal and Mr. Killa made memorable appearances that got things buzzing. This year’s show which took place just 3 weeks ago featured Tarrus Riley, Third World and The Grenadian steel pan Orchestra, the Pan Wizards .

“We intend to promote Grenadian artists on an international stage and establish Grenada as a music tourism destination,” says Arlene Friday, Festival Coordinator, Head of Marketing and PR.

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Over the past 21 years the St. Kitts Music Festival has delivered dynamic festival experiences. Every year it’s a balancing act — what combination of acts can we put together that will make international audiences want to come to St. Kitts and also satisfy a local audience? The Chairman of the St. Kitts Festival Artist Selection Committee told Billboard. 

In 2016 Dexta Daps, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Kes  and 50 Cent were featured on the line up. The festivities continue this year with Goo Goo Dolls and Shabba Ranks alongside  a soca band clash between St. Kitts’ own Grand Masters and Small Axe Band.

Greensleeves Celebrates 40 Years

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Commemorative Concert in NYC 6-21-17

Greensleeves celebrates 40 years this 2017 and they are bringing in the big year with commemorative product releases and events in London, Paris and New York this summer. On June 21st, the label will hold a 40th anniversary celebration concert at BB King Times Square featuring Alborosie, Queen Ifrica and Addis Pablo paying homage to the tremendous impact Greensleeves has had on reggae music. Also on June 21st, Paris Music Day, the label plans to commemorate with an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris, France (the current site for the reggae culture exhibit Jamaica Jamaica) Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.



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