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JEMERE MORGANS DEBUT ALBUM "TRANSITION"

 

Jamaica, U.S.A - The royal family of reggae Morgan Heritage's musical legacy lives on by virtue of their body of work, and proudly through the next generation via Gramps Morgan's son Jemere Morgan.

 

The budding star musical career blossomed and matured forefront on a worldwide stage, as fans of the Grammy award-winning band saw Jemere transition in front of their eyes. From a pubescent teen to a young man he remained a frequent fixture on stage with his family, and in the recent years, performing alongside and as a featured act. The latter has manifest and culminated in Jemere Morgan debut album, appropriately titled "Transition".

 

"This album, Transition, represents the current phase in my life, transitioning into becoming a man. I've been working on this album for the past three years, handpicking each sound down to the melodies of each record. Music and the artist should be one, and if the beat doesn't connect to me, I'm on to the next track. So, that's how I picked the tracks for the album. " explains Jemere of his inaugural album.

 

To be released under Dada Son Entertainment on January 6th, 2017, "Transition" was produced by Gramps Morgan and Jemere himself, with productions contributions from Chimney Records, Markus Records, Rellee Hayden, Nebilus Records, Notis Records among a host of other notable producers, has 17 tracks and features collaborations with Jo Mersa Marley, Agent Sasco, J Boog, Stonebwoy, Toian and Gramps Morgan. "I consider everyone featured on my album family. My uncle Peetah also helped with the co-writing process on my album.". As the eyes and ears of the world await the album, Jemere recognizes that he feels a slight encumbrance, "I don't really feel pressure, but there's a standard that I have to live by. I've been blessed to have family and a team around me to help live up and above those standards."

 

Along with an upcoming 2017 tour, Jemere will deliver 3 visuals for the album. "I am currently planning to shoot three videos for songs from the album, "Shouldn't Have" featuring Jo Mersa Marley, "Bang Bang" featuring Toian, and "Try Jah Love" featuring my dad, Gramps Morgan."

 

Celebrating its' 10 years anniversary, the "Transition" project takes it's place amid Dada Son Entertainment impressive discography featuring multi-Grammy Award-winner India Irie, Grammy winner Buju Banton, top charting j Boog to name a few. Available worldwide on most major online digital stores January 6th, 2017, pre-order "Transition" now and receive 2 free tracks.

 

"I put out my first album ever. That says a lot for the beginning of any artist's career. It's an accomplishment and a learning experience at the same time. This album represents me taking control of my life and turning my dream into a reality. Here you have it". - Jemere Morgan

Queen Ifrica – Climb (Album Biography)

An in-demand, multiple award-winning sing-jay who has headlined music festivals throughout the world, Jamaica’s Queen Ifrica is also an unrelenting social activist and artist who often counsels victims of abuse and other disadvantaged persons and organized transformative peace marches in some of the island’s most volatile communities.

On her second album for VP Records, Climb, Queen Ifrica’s activism takes on a decidedly global approach: the track “I Can’t Breathe” rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored “Rebellion” name checks uprisings across several contintents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals, a sentiment that’s reinforced on “Battlefield”, which warns “we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel.”

“Maybe because of my patriotism I have tended to (lyrically) focus on Jamaica but I am evolving and on this album I am singing about struggles whereever people find themselves,” says the Queen. “These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more.”

As one of the few “conscious” female voices in popular Jamaican music, Queen Ifrica is particularly concerned about the future of her young female fans; on Black Woman she implores young ladies to know their worth and not be swayed by objectying trends in popular culture and music, including dancehall reggae. “Music gets into schoolgirls’ minds before everything else so you have to be careful about what they hear and see. There are so many young girls who look up to me, I have to use the platform that I have to speak out about what is going on.”

The forthrightness within Queen Ifrica’s empowering song lyrics has earned her legions of fans and countless awards including Artist of the Year, Most Educational Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Female DJ/Rapper honors at the 2011 Martin’s International and Reggae Music Awards held in Florida; the Female Artist of the Year Honor Award by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) in 2013 and an Award of Excellence at the 12th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards, 2014, sponsored by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation.

Born Ventrice Morgan on March 25, 1975, Queen Ifrica was raised by her mother and stepfather, as well as a supportive Rastafarian community, in Jamaica’s resort capital Montego Bay. “The name Ifrica was given to me by my mom; she and my step dad were of the Rastafarian faith and that is where my real cultural awareness comes from,” she reveals. Ifrica was in her 20s before she really got to know her father, pioneering ska singer Derrick Morgan, but the two enjoy a close relationship today.

As a promising young talent Queen Ifrica outshone other participants in a 1995 talent contest held at Montego Bay’s Club Inferno. But it was an auspicious December 1998 meeting with venerable cultural sing-jay and producer Patrick “Tony Rebel” Barrett, following her performance at a concert honoring the late reggae singer Garnet Silk, that provided Ifrica with a significant career opportunity. Ifrica’s performance of two Silk tunes so impressed Rebel (who had mentored Silk early in his career), he offered to cultivate her talent through his Kingston based Flames Productions, now called Organic H.E.A.R.T.

Rebel presented the Queen at the January 1999 staging of his annual cultural reggae concert extravaganza Rebel Salute. Shortly thereafter, Ifrica relocated from Montego Bay to Kingston to fully concentrate on her music career, with Rebel supplying invaluable suggestions for sharpening her writing skills, refining her stage presence and liberating her vocal delivery. Queen Ifrica now commands audiences by the thousands, performing at various international concerts and music festivals. In late September 2016, alongside the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masakela, she headlined the Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival. While in South Africa, Queen also performed at the 80th birthday celebrations for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s ANC Women’s League; Winnie is respectfully referred to as “the mother of nation” for her decades of unyielding efforts to dismantle South Africa’s racially oppressive Apartheid system. That Queen Ifrica was selected to perform at Ms. Mandela’s milestone event is a testament her musical excellence and the significance of her activism; at stage shows across Jamaica, her lyrical ability to torch societal ills has earned Queen Ifrica the affectionate moniker Fyah Muma, also the title of her debut album. In 2009, Ifrica dropped her first album for VP Records entitled Montego Bay, whichincluded the female empowerment anthem Lioness,  her hit song “Daddy” (addressing the too often hidden topic of incest) and the searing title track. Due to the city’s recent surge in crime and murders, Queen Ifrica’s “Montego Bay” is now a conduit for her efforts in creating a movement for peace in the resort capital, which includes a proposed December concert. “I want to do something really impactful, bring in artists that the young people who are killing each other listen to, and have them speak to putting an end to the violence,” Queen Ifrica discloses. “We will also include motivational speakers and influencers who have a voice that people listen to, so it can be felt that change is on its way.”

Queen Ifrica’s status as one of reggae’s foremost listened-to and committed voices furthered by Climb’s 15 hardhitting tracks. The album opens with the hip-hop tinged, authentic male/female dialogue heard on ”Truvosation” featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (produced by Rickman “Jamplified” Warren). Warren also produced thetitle track where Queen’s beautifully sung lyrics encourage perseverance, especiallyduring challenging times. On “Ask Me Granny”, Queen reveals two of her greatest motivational sources, her mother and grandmother, each overcoming many hardships to set a positive example for the younger generation. For the men in her life, especially her fans, Queen Ifrica offers a romantic voice on the sensual lovers rock tune “Better Than Amazing”, courtesy of I’Core Productions. She begs forgiveness for infidelity on “All That I’m Asking”, and reminds females to respect their unswerving male partners on “Good Man”, both produced by Tony Rebel. “These songs come from my male fans asking me to do songs for them; as much oppression as women face, men face it too, so sometimes just a little acknowledgement to say honey I know you are there goes a long way,” Queen explains. Rebel lendshis production expertise to several tracks including “Medical Marijuana”, a crusade for the legalization of cannabis,whichRastafarians cite as a holy herb, and “That’s How It Is Sometimes”, a summation of Ifrica’s genuine approach to her life and music.

 “I like to deal in reality, accepting life for what it is and when bad things happen and you don’t know what to do, music can offer that glimmer of hope,” she says. “I am happy to be a voice that stands in the light and gives something that people can relate to and take from.”

 

 

YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN RIDDIM 2017

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Album Review

TRIBUTE TO SUGAR MINOTT (SWEET LIKE SUGAR)

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Stingray Showcase Vol.12

Release date: 1st Dec 2017

Various Artists

Features tracks from Bunny Lye Lye, Jah Wiz, Freddie Mcgregor, Tenna Star, Luciano, Sandra Cross, Daddy West, Jah Device, Emeterians, Leroy Mafia, Chardel Rhoden, LA Gray, Leanna, Sarjant D, Yashema Mcleod, Patrick Tenyue

 

 

Stingray Records drops 123 Riddim!

Featuring songs from Abelwell Foundation,Askala Selassie,Daddy West, Delly Ranks,Jah Wiz, Jah Device,King Mas & Nikesha Lindo,Rafeelya, Richie Davis,Tashala Opal,Tasonia,Tenna Star,Yashema Mcleod,Brian Edwards.

01. King Max - Come Again
02. Delly Ranks - Reggaelution
03. Tenna Star - When We Were Young
04. Jah Device - One Finger In The Air
05. Jah Wiz - Remember Your Roots
06. Abelwel Foundation - Come Over
07. Brian Edwards - Good Numbers
08. Tashala Opal - When Your Wrong
09. Daddy West - My World
10. Rafeelya - Always Be My Baby
11. Richie Davis - Addicted To Your Love
12. Tasonia - Real Love
13. Askala Selassie - One Love
14. Yashema Mcleod - I Do Love You

 

INTRODUCING JAH DEVICE

EP Review; Device The EP

By: ZigeDub

09/05/16

Device the EP is a soulful reggae album that epitomises how real authentic reggae music should sound. With a variety of unique styles and abundance of excellent production and musical talent.

Jah Device has a powerful voice which overflows with emotion and truth. Rebirth starts the EP with a bang, with rifts reminiscent of Majek Fashek back in the early 90s.

Next up is Black People (why) which gives that rootsy vibe, showcasing Jah Device’s vocal abilities with a rhythm track that compliments his laid back style.

The third track of the EP Give Praises makes good use of the “Blind To You” Rhythm made popular by Collie Buddz in 2007. Arguably a contender for the best track on the EP.

Enough Is Enough is a solid inclusion with a rhythm track which is subtle but effective laced with a groove that can get you bopping your head and tapping your feet.

I love the message on the next track Never Let You Down showing Jah Device’s faith in the most high. Overflowing with kindness and good energy, the kind of song you start the day with.

Then comes in Wok Nimoshis Mot (Have Mercy)with a powerful rhythm track, sung in his native tongue (Berom from Jos, Plateau State in Nigeria).

The song captures the real essence of Africa and gives you a real insight to what Jah Device is all about.

A personal favourite comes up next Smile For Me which makes good use of Jetstar’s version of the Columbus Rhythm originally made popular by Burning Spear back in the day.

Exquisite tunes on this EP, each possessing its own unique expression of talent which I truly endorse.

Go get your copy now!

 

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