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By: Dat Guy NJ

In Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday,September 4, 2016 Irie Jam Radio celebrates their 23rd Anniversary with "The Return Of Sizzla" at Roy Wilkins Park making tickets for the event one of hottest in town.  Following an eight year absence from the NY scene you may have heard that Sizzla recently had his US visa re-instated; his performance at the anniversary celebration is the very first NY area appearance of this highly celebrated Roots and Culture Reggae artist which has the streets buzzing with fans anxiously awaiting this momentous occasion.

Irie Jam Radio well-known as producers of top notch events is pulling no punches and bringing their fans an incredible lineup of popular artists that in addition to Sizzla includes top celebrity artists Richie Spice, Bugle, Elephant Man, Anthony B, Mr Vegas, I-Wayne and newcomer Jahmiel.


Attendance at the Festival is suitable for all ages and I highly suggest that you purchase your tickets quickly to take advantage of the great $49.99 discount price (while it lasts). I also stongly suggest that you only make your ticket purchases from "official" outlets or by using your credit/debit card securely online via the IrieJamRadio.com website.


IrieJam's September 4th staging of the Return of Sizzla promises to be an historical event that you absolutely won't want to miss. Gates open at 11:30AM so arrive early to ensure that you get a great spot for what promises to be an excellent show not to mention an afternoon of delicious Caribbean food and specialty drinks from the many vendors who are sure to be on hand.

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Top Picks: Catch-Ah-Fiya Reggae Thursdays

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Catch-Ah-Fiya Thursdays is one of the longest running Reggae & Conscious Dancehall party networking mixers in the NYC area and a must attend for everyone who wants to meet and mingle with friendly crowd, have a few drinks, listen & dance to great music.


Expect excellent music selections played in full versions (minus the constant microphone chatter) that leaves ample room to fully enjoy what you came for namely the music. Catch-Ah-Fiya Thursday DJ's expertly spin everything from Reggae classics to the latest conscious Dancehall music all of which you'll want to get up and dance to. Music brought to you by DJ Djeka, King Milo, Daddy Lion, Jah Fingers and many other great DJ's always stopping by.


Catch Ah Fiya Thursdays is hosted at Lox Lounge located in the trendy Clinton Hill Brooklyn neighborhood near the downtown area making it the ideal location and setting for a Reggae social that's easy to get to by public transportation. You'll enjoy their mixed drink and beer specials throughout the evening that are delicious and reasonably priced; sit and sip at their lovely bar or venture outside to their spacious outdoor patio. Delicious Caribbean finger foods is available at most events.  From the moment you walk through the door you'll feel welcomed and right at home at Catch Ah Fiya, a great meeting spot for singles and couples too!


Entry  21+ with ID

Attire: Come as you are, no frills

$5 will get you inside until midnight / more for very special occasions

More Info: LiveReggaeNYC@gmail.com





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Jah9 Releases Sophomore Album September 2016

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DURING YEAR OF THE 9 (2 + 0 + 1 + 6)





For those who've been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance.  The Jamaican-born singer-songwriter, poet and producer, who has been covered by the likes of Vogue and Vice about her crucial role in the coined "reggae revival," boasts a diverse musical range with inflections of soul and jazz deeply rooted in her sound.

She broke in the international reggae scene in 2014 with her debut album New Name featuring her bright yet symbolic single "Avocado."  Now she returns with her sophomore album '9' on 9/9. The nine-track selection is available for pre-order now via on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records.

'9' fulfills the promise of her earlier releases with expansive maturity, prophetic purpose and even deeper displays of warrior-goddess prowess on the mic. The combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality is well on display.

Jah9 expresses, "The number 9 is very intentional. It represents the unfolding of the spiral, a renewal in preparation for what is ahead. The Unknown is being embraced and there is no fear of the darkness: the feminine. The Year of Nine (2+0+1+6) brings this energy. It is thus a most appropriate time to share this vibration."

Jah9's journey is align with this cycle, evident on the opening track "Humble Mi." She explains that "the song was inspired by my whole journey and life unfolding, teaching me that knowing is not the journey because you will always have to know more. The journey is peace, love and balancing the energies within."

To spark this type of revelation and peace within, her nine-minute hypnotic track "In The Spirit," invites listeners to clear their minds and delve into a soulful exploration filled with lush instrumentation. 

Thematically, there is no slacking in oppositional militancy. "This is warfare," she commands on the compelling and necessary track"Unafraid," which tackles the issue of child molestation head on. "Greatest Threat To The Status Quo" challenges ideals and embraces the powers of feminine energy with words like ''We are not separate /All emanating from the same divine plan/ So persecution of the feminine is the reason for the state the world is in/ A spiritual woman is the greatest threat to the status quo/ The fruits she will bare/ The power she has access to.''

She carries the same lyrical precision and confidence on the harmonically sophisticated romantic standout "Natural Vibe," a song of tightly coiled desire. ''My senses do not deceive me /These intense vibrations will crescendo one day real soon / This complicated melody will find its harmony in tune When the stars are aligned under the height of the moon."

Beyond her strengths as a lyricist, Jah9 is delivers an impressive performance as the primary producer of this  project. Additional collaborators include Andrew Campbell, Brecht De Beover, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Tippy I of I Grade Records and Franklyn Irving (who also produced Jah9's "Steamers A Bubble").

In support of her anticipated release, Jah9 is hitting the live show circuit. She wrapped her U.S. portion of her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour and is currently taking Europe by storm with fiery, righteous and commanding performances. She then heads to the motherland of Africa to deliver her message in September. She has a variety of festival and club dates mixed with select  "Yoga on Dub" events, where she incorporates the practice into her live performance. Visit www.Jah9.com for full tour schedule.

'9' Album Track Listing:
1. Humble Mi
2. Prosper
3. Hardcore
4. Unafraid
5. In The Spirit
6. In The Midst
7. Natural Vibes
8. Baptised
9. Greatest Threat To The Status Quo

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Passion Meets Experience at the Reggae Jazz Festival in NJ 2015

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Written by Dat Guy NJ
Photos by Anil Batra

Talk about pressure, my first big writing assignment and I land coverage of Reggae Jazz Festival held at the New Jersey Performance Art Center (NJPAC) covering none other than the great Reggae legend Beres Hammond, one of my all time favorite artists, paired together with world renowned Reggae-Jazz pianist Monty Alexander. The Festival was held in two parts with the final leg on August 1st  in Brooklyn NY at newly refurbished state of the art Kings Theatre and rumor has it that the show is all but sold out. Here in NJ the Festival was very well attended with a multicultural swarm of patrons dressed casually nice in cool summer attire. The concert was produced by Jammins Entertainment, one of the biggest names in Reggae concert productions in the NYC area with a stellar 28-year track record of hosting great concerts.

The beautiful Friday evening in Newark at the NJPAC started with music legend Monty Alexander who has performed professionally for over five decades and has over by 70 incredible albums to his credit. The Jamaican born Jazz and Reggae wizard flowed between Jazz and Reggae infusions as effortlessly as breathing. His set was powerful combining the sophistication of American Jazz with hard core Jamaican Reggae. The audience (many of whom were still entering the theatre as the concert began) hurried to their seats, immediately delighted in Alexander’s presentation and garnering him lots of chilling applause; they appeared enchanted as every note flowed from the piano filling the concert hall, and you could feel the intensity of Monty playing  with a effort that came from his very soul. A number of times the music was so moving that those present  sang to the familiar tunes or just stood up and danced in place. Monty really warmed up the attendees getting us started with a great vibe that made us anticipate the rest of the evenings entertainment.




The concert  next moved to Beres Hammond who sang music from his significant repertoire including  “No I Can’t” and then “Can’t Stop A Man” both receiving wild applause. However by the time he sang “Come Back Home” the audience became, as they say, “fully tun-up” with just about every single person on their feet and no visible figures locked down in their chair like statues. Once again, Beres had quickly and easily taken control of a concert and our emotions like few other Reggae singers can do. He finished his set with his world famous song “Rockaway” and as grand finale  selections go, in my opinion that was truly the best song of the entire concert. Beres treated us to an amazing experience but before leaving, requested Monty join him on stage signaling the near end of an almost two-hour long show and what was to come next, a final rousing impromptu set.



With the vast majority of attendees being women and the rows of smiling faces evidenced throughout the entire evening, as the “Single in the City” reporter I feel obliged to inform all the single men who didn't rush right out and buy tickets when they went on sale that you missed  a great opportunity to hear exceptional music and schmooze with the ladies who appeared to be in a great romantic mood the result of music masters Monty and Beres!  While Monty gave us splendid piano music enough to absorb the endless magnitude of his brilliance in all its fullness, Beres penetrated the heart with lyrics based on his Reggae classics that fans easily identify with and appreciate. Bringing them together as two artists who individually project a perfect balance between passion and experience was a great pleasure. The Reggae and Jazz Festival 2015  artists successfully brought together high powered talents with audience pleasing showmanship that distinguishes each man in their own right. Monty Alexander and Beres Hammond shared their love of the music with us and it was a blessing for everyone present and I must add, a job
incredibly well done.

Dat Guy NJ is the Director of Dancehall and Reggae Alliance on the Meetup.com network and the New Jersey Field Reporter for the Live Reggae NYC “Single in the City” column.

Anil Batra is the CEO of BobbyShakesNY.com and photographer specializing in concert productions. He is a contributing photographer for Live Reggae NYC and ReggaeReflection.com *All images are copywritten.

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Birdman, Young Thug Indicted in Conspiracy to Kill Lil Wayne

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The ongoing feud between rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman has gone to a dark and dangerous place. According to a new report from Atlanta's ABC affiliate, WSB-TV, Birdman and his associate Young Thug were recently indicted in a conspiracy to kill Lil Wayne.

The local news channel uncovered new information about a shooting that happened this past April. Weezy, 32, was on his tour bus in Atlanta when the vehicle came under fire from two cars and was hit multiple times.

According to WSB-TV, the indictment alleges that Birdman, 46, and Young Thug, 22, were behind the violence in a plot to kill Wayne on his bus following an earlier threat from Young Thug against the "Lollipop" rapper's life.

The article ties the two performers to the Blood gang and includes a quote from the filing reading, "After Atlanta Police discontinued their escort, [associate Jimmy Winfrey] and fellow Blood Gang members entered Interstate 285 from Atlanta Road in Cobb County in pursuit of the buses occupied by [Lil Wayne's] group... The white sports car pulled beside the buses, shots were then fired into the buses from the sports car with a .40 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun."

WSB-TV's report is just the latest step in the quick deterioration of Birdman and Lil Wayne's relationship. The two were close personal friends -- with Weezy even citing the "Money to Blow" rapper as a father figure -- and worked together many times over the years, including on the 2006 release of their collaboration album, Like Father, Like Son.

The dynamic between the former Cash Money labelmates soured last year following a dispute over management and the release of Lil Wayne's latest album, Tha Carter V. Wayne went on to sue Birdman and Cash Money for $51 million.
For his part, Young Thug is also facing additional legal troubles. The Atlanta native was arrested on Wednesday, July 15, in Sandy Springs, Ga. for allegedly threatening to kill a security officer at a mall.


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