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Word, Sound & Power
  1. Okayafrica Raises The Bar With D’banj, Sister Nancy, Rayvon and The Compozers in New York City

    Okayafrica’s “Riddim and Beats” Fused Several Musical Genres  On Thursday, August 10, 2017,  Okayafrica, a company which fuses music, fashion and culture, presented “Riddim and Beats” at Lincoln Center. The diverse crowd awaited the excited line up, which included D’banj, Sister Nancy,and The Compozer.  More After The Jump… The Master of Ceremonies, Humble Prince, Olu, exuded a great energy tohype  up the crowd. The critically acclaimed, London-based quartet “The Compozers,” opened the show, sending shock waves through the crowd with instrumental of renditions of: Fat Joe- “Lean Back,” Bell Bive Devoe (BBD)- “Poison,” Montel Jordan -“This Is How We do It,” Cisco’s -“Thong Song” and DJ Khaled featuring Rhianna and Bryson Tiller  “Wild Thoughts,” to name a few. Photographed Above: The Compozers and Master of Ceremonies, Humble Prince, Olu. Next up was dancehall’s first Femme Fatale DJ and singer “Sister Nancy.” She began her segment with a sermon-like discussion of love and the need for unity: “We all must truly love one another if we want to unite.” -Sister Nancy affirmed.  The crowd eagerly held on to her words of wisdom, especially with the  racially charged events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, just a few days prior to the concert.  Some people lifted praises […]

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  2. Flexing with Mad Cobra at Reggae Sumfest 2017

    Ewart Brown Nuh Press People Button During the early 1990s Mad Cobra was one of the hottest new stars on Kingston’s dancehall circuit. And then his 1992 hit single “Flex,” recorded for Shang Productions and distributed worldwide by Columbia Records, made him an international star. Suddenly the voice of the youth born Ewart Brown was heard round the world on mainstream radio, becoming part of global pop culture, and yet he never lost his hardcore appea thanks to lyrics like “Press trigger we nuh press people button.” It’s been a long time since the Snake  touched the stage at Reggae Sumfest, so Mad Cobra returned to Montego Bay for the 25th anniversary edition, delivered a jolt of that hardcore 90s dancehall energy. After blazing the Catherine Hall stage Cobra took time out to kick it with the Reggae Girl About Town. They remarked on Sumfest’s renewed energy, and on the enduring power of his song “Flex.” Then Cobra explained why he used his time on stage to take a stand against domestic violence and child abuse. Real people, real talk, real things. Video After The Jump… Worries and problem when @ewartbrownofficialmadcobra touch down #Gundelero @djnorie #Boomshots A post shared by […]

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  3. Navino Next Level: New Label, Music, and Outlook

    Rising Star Overcomes Challenges and Sees Growth In Popularity With great vocals and song concepts, rising talent from St. Mary, Jamaica, Ricardo “Navino” Fraser, is steadily gaining momentum. Recently signing to Real Live Records and releasing  the songs “Sup’n Like Suh,” “Yuh Fi Bruki, “Shallow Grave,” and “Never Touch Yet, ” Navino is seeing a steep rise in his music career. With the lyrical artillery to keep up with the best in dancehall and  new management, his fan-base is growing at a record fast pace. More After The Jump… “I first linked Navino in January 2016, to let him know that I had a riddim and wanted to know how much he charged to voice. To my surprise, he said he just wanted me to pay for the two hours studio time. From there we set up a 50/50 publishing. After we saw that we worked well together on this first project and I already knew about his great voice and image from his work with Roach, JA Productions, so Greg (my brother who is co-owner of the label and an artist) and I  felt confident signing him to Real Live Records. We are  excited about how his career is […]

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  4. HEAR THIS: Jahmiel “U Me Luv”

    Jahmiel Releases Sexy Summer Song Jahmiel received rave reviews for his Reggae Sumfest 2017 performance, described by Billboard Magazine writer, Pat Maschino as a “well paced, focused and razor sharp performance.” This artist continues to supersede our expectations and his new love song shows us a softer side of this “Great Man.” In the spring, Jahmiel collaborated with Shensea for a Troyton Music produced song about challenges of relationships, in “Tell Me.” This summer the versatile artist surely knows where his heart resides, in a love ballad entitled “U Me Luv.”  Jahmiel delivers poignant lyrics over a sensational beat produced by Dunwell Productions. More After The Jump… “Everything you do it affects me, so when we no good, I feel so empty.”   Written By: Angel Love @LoveDeepAngel Follow @Boomshots Like Boomshots on Facebook Subscribe to Boomshots TV

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  5. Damian Marley Speaks on Jay-Z Collab and ‘Stony Hill’

    Reasoning With Gongzilla Just before his big Stony Hill release event at the 40/40 Club in NYC, Damian Marley sat down with Reshma B for an exclusive discussion of his new album and his recent collab with Jay-Z. He reflects on the certified classic status of his song “Welcome to Jamrock,” breaks down the science behind his “Hunting Season” freestyle, explains the cause that makes rude boys “Roar,” and discusses his plans to bring “Medication” to the world. You don’t want to miss this one. Video After The Jump…   Stream / Download Stony Hill on Tidal Stream / Download Stony Hill on Apple Music Like Boomshots on Facebook Subscribe to Boomshots TV Follow Boomshots on Tumblr Follow @Boomshots  

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  6. Chronixx Celebrates ‘Chronology’ at Celebrate Brooklyn!

    Reshma B Kicks It With The Chron Dada It still seems strange to call Chronixx’s album Chronology a debut. From Start a Fyah to Dread & Terrible to Roots & Chalice, the Steam Ministah has put in much work over the years. But last Friday, the artist’s first official album was released to digital streaming services everywhere and topped the iTunes Reggae chart. A fitting place to celebrate the moment was at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park where a massive gathering took place last night, filling the outdoor venue to capacity with many more listening outside. Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption band rose to the occasion, delivering a blazing set of hits, punctuated with speeches like this one: “Dancehall was the only platform for artists who chose to talk the truth. Because every other music was purely entertainment, and the music coming out of the ghettos in the 1960s started to become very rooted in spirituality. The modern world didn’t like it, the radio didn’t play it, so you had people in Jamaica who created a thing called the sound system—which is still the only good system on this planet. Every other system shall fail. And […]

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  7. WATCH THIS: Chronixx “Likes” Official Music Video

    Like it or Love it, Chronixx Keeps His Culture In New Visuals Chronixx carries us on a journey through music in the video “Likes” from his forthcoming debut album Chronology. Directed by Joachim Maquet (@alleyesonit), the video was shot in London on the UK portion of his fore-running Chronology tour. Known for his intimiate performances and high-quality visuals, this video also features scenes from the sold-out Brixton Academy show. The upcoming U.S. tour with Nas and Lauryn Hill this Fall will not be one to disappoint! Video after the jump… Jamaica’s keystone musician Chronixx drops visuals for “Likes” days before the debut of Chronology. The self-produced single, released early 2017, is a free-flowing and up beat track burning up dancehall’s across the world due to its contemporary style, relatable lyrics and infectious hook. Success doesn’t come overnight, let dem know substance over hype. Do it for the love, we don’t do it for the likes. Do it for the love, we don’t do it for the likes. For the Love Not the Hype As the son of Dancehall veteran Chronicle, Chronixx pays homage to the Fathers of Dancehall and gives his take on the happenings in Jamaica and the explosion of […]

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  8. Three Female Reggae Artists To Watch In The U.S.

    More Lionesses On The Rise Recently there has been a rise in the number of female dancehall and reggae artists in Jamaica. On the roots and culture side you have Jah9, Kelissa, Hempress Sativa and Xana Romeo garnering international attention, and on the dancehall side there is Spice, Shensea, and Ishawna setting dances and stages shows on fire. But that rise in female artists is not limited to Jamaica, here in America there are three talented young women from the Tri-State area of NJ, NY, and CT ready to make their mark in the music industry. Half The Story Has Never Been Told… Nefatari Born in Miami but raised between Queens and Long Island, NY Nefatari got her start being a backup singer for Lindsay Lohan and Emma Bunton formerly of the Spice Girls. After starting out in an r&b group called Opposites Attract, Nefatari chose to go solo and to do the music of her Jamaican heritage sprinkled with a dash of pop, hip-hop, and r&b. “Since my family is from Jamaica I grew up listening to dancehall and reggae music,” said Nefatari. “But I wouldn’t say that my music is hardcore dancehall. If you listen to the mixtape […]

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  9. Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

    Star-Studded Event Captures Music in A Time Capsule The founders of Greensleeves Records, Chris Sedgewick and Chris Cracknell launched the record label in 1977 and sky rocketed the careers of many foundation artists and cross over artists, including: Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks , Beeenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more. Partnering with VP records in 2008, only strengthened the label’s international ties. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  the two powerhouses came together at B.B. King Blues and Grill, to celebrate Greensleeves’ 40th year in the music business. On the summer soltice at New York City’s hottest musical venue, the label showcased it’s shinning stars: Alborosie, Queen I-frica, and Addis Pablo.More After The Jump… Alborosie The first headliner for the night was Italian roots reggae artist, Alborosie, gracing a New York City stage for the first time. The “Zion Youth” delivered insightful lyrics with his songs “Play Fool (to Catch Wise),” “Herbalist,””Poser,” “Can’t Cool,” to name a few with his live band which included producer, engineer, Jallanzo on the guitar. A highlight of his performance is when he wheeled and pulled back the hands of time, bringing out his surprise guest, Lady Ann. ” I say di […]

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  10. Reasoning With Estelle: “Reggae Is In My Soul”

    West London Singer Delves Deep Into Her Reggae Roots The first time most of the world heard about Estelle Fanta Swaray, she was collaborating with Kanye West on the Grammy-winning smash “American Boy.” That song, which featured Kanye spitting his best soundboy slang—”Here comes the number-one champion sound!”—appeared on her 2008 album Shine, along with a handful of straight-up reggae tracks, like “Magnificent,” featuring Kardinall Offishall. Although she’s often described as an R&B artist, this West London girl, the daughter of a reggae session drummer, has always been as musically diverse as the city she grew up in, freely exploring genres from grime to dancehall. “Come Over,” her collab with Sean Paul showed another side of her versatility. After fielding requests for years, she’s finallyembarked on a full-on reggae album, with production by the likes of Supa Dups. Our first taste of the project, a collab with Tarrus Riley called “Love Like Ours” is nothing less than remarkable. After her surprise appearance alongside Tarrus  at Groovin’ in the Park 2017, Estelle invited Reshma B to hop inside her black SUV for  100% real interview. No subject was off-limits. Video After The Jump… Estelle Ft. Tarrus Riley “Love Like Ours” Produced […]

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