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Jul

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017 -- LIVE Music & Great Caribbean Food!

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By Jean Tolbert

 

The Annual Grace Jerk Festival in Roy Wilkins Park returns on Sunday, July 23, 2017 with gates opening at 11:30 AM for another year of excellent food, entertainment and great fun! The Festival holds the distinction of being “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival.”

Featured on the lineup are top artists Morgan Heritage, Barrington Levy, Konshens, Alison Hinds, Blakka Ellis, BRAATA Folk Singers with Ragashanti and the Platinum Kids!  

Not to be left out, a wide variety of Jerk Festival vendors will be on site, thirty in all, offering incredible food and non-alcoholic specialty drinks all totally pleasing to the palate!

 

*Please Visit this official link for additional information and tickets-->> JERK FESTIVAL NY

 

BE SURE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING ATTRACTIONS AT THE GRACE JERK FESTIVAL!

*Special activities are scheduled throughout the entire afternoon.

 

THE JERK COOK-OFF PAVILION

Competing Chefs put their culinary skills to the test and win cash, bragging rights and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy in the Jerk Cook-off. The Champion Chef will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges and announced on the main stage, This is a serious contest where anyone can win and be declared the festival’s Jerk Champion.Local Celebrities duke it out against each other in a livelyQuick Fire Contest, while being cheered on by their fans and a very excited audience.

In 2017 the Celebrity Chef is Wenford Patrick Simpson

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KIDS ZONE (Children 10 years of age and under are admitted to the Festival free of charge!)

Bounce house, rides, slides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice-cream, hot dog, rock climbing, face painting and games – Lots of fun for the kids.

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Feb

THIS FRI. (FEB. 24) CHRONIXX & ZINCFENCE REDEMPTION BAND RETURN TO THE TONIGHT SHOW

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National TV Performance will kick off his U.S. Chronology Tour Commencing Mar. 2



Chronixx with Zincfence Redemption band will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday (Feb. 24) to reveal a select song from his upcoming debut album, Chronology. This year's appearance by the 24-year-old Jamaican reggae artist follows his groundbreaking performance on Fallon in July 2014. Pivoting from TheTonight Show, on March 2nd, the Chronology Tour will steamroll through North America.

Headlined by Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, the journey spans 40 cities across United States and Canada. It will also feature milestone performances by Jah9, Jesse Royal, Kelissa, the vibrant voices of today’s new generation of reggae. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Chronixx has already revealed two singles from Chronology, due this spring on Soul Circle Music. "Majesty," the first single and video, was officially released in December. The song first appeared on Roots & Chalice, a mixtape collaboration between Chronixx and Federation Sound. On February 10th, Chronixx also dropped the new single "Likes," already buzzing in the reggae and dancehall community.

 

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08
Dec

An Insiders Take on “Strictly The Best Live" 2016 -- Her View

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Written by Ladie English

 

Photos by Winston Rodney

 

November 29, 2016 VP Records in cooperation with Ting & Ting hosted an impressive launch party for Strictly The Best Live at The Paper Box in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY. Despite being a rainy evening, a good showing of friends and fans came out to catch live performances by popular Reggae artistes Spice and Christopher Martin with early juggling by DJ's Noah Powa, ChromaticThe Ultimate and Kitty Cash who all got attendees ready for the dynamic showcase performances that followed.

 

I must begin by giving huge kudos to a DJ I've never heard of before namely Kitty Cash of Trini ancestry. While the other DJ's were definitely smashing, Kitty Cash caused the Paper Box crowd to catch-ah-fiya with her set! She invited dancers on stage and played a wide range of music from Reggae, Ragga and Soca  to Afrobeat and Hip Hop. DJ Kitty Cash has a get on the dance floor flow that is so nice that everyone trying to keep up broke into a heated sweat; music for all to enjoy you can bet that anywhere she is scheduled to play, I'll be there!

 

As attendees waited for the featured artistes to appear on stage, VP Records hosted CD giveaways lead by popular DJ Noah Powa; he kicked off playing a song from “STB 55” and the audience was given a chance to guess the name of the artist singing. Since I consider myself a Reggae music aficionado I marched up to the stage and said “Jahmiel” loudly into the mic ANNNK...wrong answer...I was mortified! Another young lady gave the correct answer (which was Vershon) and won. Noah Powa then played another song this time from “STB 54” and ready to reclaim my dignity I marched right back to the stage where he asked “are you sure you have the correct answer?” to which I replied “absolutely.” He then asked for the name of the artist and I replied “Romaine Virgo.” Was I right? YES – VICTORY and I left the stage with a copy of the STB 54 album I can't wait to play and, feeling vindicated. As they say, never give up!

 

Christopher Martin was the first featured artist to take the stage and after a few hiccups with his tracks we heard the hit song from his Cheaters Prayer album (2012) “Don't Let Me Cheat on my Girlfriend”. After realizing that the DJ was still struggling with his tracks he easily went acapela singing “Magic” from his upcoming album. Martin has a fantastic voice and I hold him in the same high esteem as top artistes Sanchez and Romaine Virgo; they all have in common the ability to belt out songs with or without background music with a purity of voice that needs no electronic synthesizers or echo machines to enhance the sound. Christopher Martin continued to give us a wonderful set with songs like “Make Love Under The Influence” and a track from STB 55 called “Pirate of the Caribbean.” With all the songs well performed my personal favorite for the evening was“Big Deal.” During his entire time onstage the crowd roared their approval but when he ended his set with the song "Mama" he told the audience to “buss a blank” for their Mama and at that point everyone went wild!

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Last but not least Spice took the stage and living up to her stage name, her set was spicy! For longer than I can remember Lady Saw has been the Queen of Dancehall but now that she no longer sings racy commercial music and officially abdicated the throne, Spice was introduced to us by a VP Records representative as the reigning Queen of Dancehall. An entertainer to the core, last night Spice invited ladies in the audience to join her onstage and “Siddung Pon It” to her new song of the same name which naturally they did with great enthusiasm. She later sang her very first hit song made with VYBZ Kartel called “Romping Shop” which also went over well with the audience. I've actually only seen Spice on-stage twice and and now concluding that she is favorably naughty in the same vein as Allison Hinds and Saucy Wow Denise Belfon. Spice also invited men on stage and put them to the challenge of keeping up with her in dance to see what they could do. With lot's of nudging the first man bravely went onstage, gave it his best effort but just couldn’t manage to top the high-energy Spice and, was dismissed. The next gentleman that took the challenge gave his name as “Africa” and while he started out slow when challenged by Spice he stepped up his game making the entire African continent proud – that section was fun! All-in-all Spice gave us a combination of fun music and on-stage antics that together made her set so  HOT I'm looking forward to seeing her again in the future. Until then, see you on the inside of more great events!

 

 

Hailing from England with her British accent in tact, Ladie English is a freelance writer covering the NY area Reggae beat and, a new contributing writer to the Catch The Vybz website. She also serves as the Senior Writer for the Red Carpet Shelly blog.

 

Photographer Winston Rodney is a seasoned fashion photographer and photojournalist. Traveling the world with his camera covering celebrity events, he is the CEO of Winston Rodney Photography.

 

Edited by G. Vanriel

 

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Aug

Jah9 Releases Sophomore Album September 2016

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JAH9 WILL RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM '9'

 

 

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

 

 

OUT SEPTEMBER 9 ON VP RECORDS / STEAM CHALICE RECORDS

 

PRESS RELEASE
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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Jun

VP RECORDS TAKES OVER 2015 SUMMERSTAGE IN CENTRAL PARK TOMORROW (SAT. JUN 27) TO CELEBRATE THE REGGAE & SOCA POWERHOUSE'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

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Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons Will Perform at the Free Daytime Concert
 
Sound Provided by Massive B (Bobby Konders & Jabba)
 
Jamaica Tourist Board Sponsors Event
 
Fox 5 Good Day NY Previews Event Today

 

VP Records has teamed up with SummerStage to celebrate the label's 35th year in business. From VP's artist roster, reggae stars Maxi Priest and Gyptian as well as soca royalty Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons will take the stage in NYC’s Central Park for this momentous occasion. DJs Bobby Konders and Jabba of Massive B will also provide sounds throughout the day. The free concert kicks off at tomorrow (Sat. June 27) from 2pm-7pm.
 
This year marks the 35th anniversary when VP Records’ founders Vincent and his wife Patricia Chin moved their headquarters from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, New York – transforming their operations into the largest Caribbean music company worldwide. There will also be a special VP Records 35th anniversary pop-up exhibit entitled A Reggae Music Journey, which designed by acclaimed artist Michael Thompson. The display will be located outside of the event for all the patrons to enjoy.
 
"VP Records is proud to bring this all-star lineup into the heart of Manhattan. We're all looking forward to celebrating the 35th anniversary with an historic day of reggae and soca music in the park," states VP Records Senior Director of Marketing Brian Greenspoon.
 
Following several partnerships with VP Records, The Jamaica Tourist Board joins the label again as an official sponsor for the event. They will giveaway travel and merchandise on site. JTB's Business Development Manager Kris DaCosta says, "the VP Records and SummerStage collaboration is a great fit for us. Reggae music is a huge part of Jamaica's storied history and this event gives us a great opportunity to share with New Yorkers the good vibes to be had on Island." 
 
SummerStage is also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. SummerStage is a program of City Parks Foundation that presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City.  To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they have extended the season from May to October, and added more than 20 free shows in Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks across the city.
 
VP Records co-founder Patricia Chin adds “SummerStage’s 30th Anniversary and VP Records’ 35th Anniversary are significant milestones that we are honored to acknowledge together at the prestigious Central Park venue.”  After 35 years, Miss Pat (as her staff affectionately refers to her) is still very much involved with the day-to-day operations of VP Records.
 
Today, Maxi Priest and Gyptian performed their latest singles and Patricia Chin appeared on FOX 5 Good Day NY morning show to preview the event.
 
Maxi Priest
With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and Top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”) – the most successful solo act in British reggae history, Maxi Priest, continues to hit the road throughout 2015 in support of his first studio album in almost a decade, Easy To Love (VP Records). Easy To Love is a fine representation of pop, reggae and R&B blended together in one set. The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another. The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Maxi continues to tug on women’s heartstrings with irresistible tributes of enduring affection on  “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday” and his rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity.”
 
Gyptian
Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian broke into the reggae scene in 2005 with his string of hits like “Serious Times” “Beautiful Lady” and “Mama, Don’t Cry.” He hit international stardom in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed album Hold You and its RIAA certified Gold title track (produced by Ricky Blaze), which featured a Nicki Minaj remix, and earned him a 2010 MOBO and Soul Train award. Gyptian just released his new single "All On Me" and his latest fourth studio album Sex, Love and Reggae, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, is a marked departure from his previous releases and unveils another layer of his artistry. The musically diverse set takes the listener from dancehall to soca to global pop and R&B sounds and features an eclectic mix of production from Jamaica – including Shane C. Brown. Justus Arison and Stanley “Rellee” Hayden, Russian and Linton “TJ” White – and is co-executive produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis (Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco, the Fugees).
 
Bunji Garlin
Born Ian Alvarez, the Trinidadian ragga soca star Bunji Garlin is known for blending of soca with dancehall. Hailed recently by Rolling Stone as “America’s first soca star,” Garlin has clearly taken his native country’s genre to new heights. His single “Differentology (Ready For The Road),” which was remixed by Major Lazer & Busta Rhymes, was a massive hit in North America more than a year after its release in the Caribbean. In 2013, the single received a Soul Train Award win, was featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, won NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition and was chosen by NPR as one of the year’s favorite anthems as well as MTV Iggy’s Song of the Year. Garlin introduced soca to more mainstream music circuits by performing at last year’s SXSW, CMJ Music Festival, FADER Fort, Mad Decent Boat Party and alongside Jillionaire and Major Lazer during their 2014 tour stint. That same year, he made his national TV debut on BET’s 106 & Park to perform “Differentology” and returned for their Carnival takeover episode with Fay Ann Lyons and A$AP Ferg for their “Truck On D Road” remix. In his native country, he has won multiple Carnival competitions – including the “Ragga Soca Monarch” title, the Young King title and the coveted International Soca Monarch. He has released eight albums independently and three additional albums on VP Records – Revelation (2002), Global (2007) and Differentology (2014) –  the latter being a joint venture with RCA Records.
 
Fay Ann Lyons
Fay Ann Lyons is already a superstar in her native country of Trinidad and across the Caribbean. During Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival season’s annual competitions, Fay Ann has set the record as the only female artist to score the Carnival Road March title three times, taking the crown in 2003, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, she also won International Soca Monarch in Groovy, People’s Choice and Power category and is the first soca artist ever to win that soca ‘triplet’ of titles. In addition to these feats, she has taken home 17 awards between the COTT (Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago), NACC (National Action Cultural Committee Trinidad and Tobago) and SAO (Soca Awards Organization). The Point Fortin native has soca in her DNA. Her father Superblue, a soca legend who has won the Carnival Road March title nine times and Trinidad Soca Monarch competition seven times, was instrumental in honing Fay Ann’s skills as a songwriter and performer. She became a front-liner for the band Invazion led by Naya George and today is an official member of the Asylum band (previously known as “Censation”), founded by her husband and soca royalty Bunji Garlin. Fay Ann continues to tour worldwide and is recording her first solo full-length album on VP Records.
 
Massive B  (Bobby Konders & Jabba)
Massive B was formed over 10 years ago with DJ Bobby Konders’ vision of starting his own sound system. At its start, the voice behind Massive B was none other than Jabba. There have been many additions to Massive B as it continues to grow. New members include Big Dawg, Chudney Shotta, D-Life and X-Man, among others. Massive B has toured all over the globe, playing major festivals and dances, and representing NYC along the way. Locally, Massive B is a Brooklyn staple, performing annually at the borough’s West Indian Day Parade and weekly at the Buzz Nightclub for ‘Fire Sundays,’ where they spin the hottest reggae, dancehall, hip hop, R&B, and soca music. Bobby and Jabba can also be heard on-air every weekend on Hot 97 FM.

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Jun

REGGAE GOLD 2015 WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 17, 2015

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The Genre's Top Selling Annual Compilation Features Today's Hits in Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Roots and Lover's Rock 

Compilation Includes an Eclectic Mix of Artists Including 
Magic, Eddie Murphy,  Beres Hammond, Spice ft. Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Romain Virgo, Dexta Dups, Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Ikaya, Toian, Jah 9, Jah Cure & Gully Bop

 

 

For over 20 years, the world's #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre's top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015's installment, out July 17, 2015 on VP Records, is filled with the season's freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover's rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent.

From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic's #1 Billboard single "Rude" to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy's return to reggae on his latest single "Oh Jah Jah," (following his 1993 Shabba Ranks collab "I Was A King") - there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015.

This year's installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today - from emerging stars like the Rastafarian singer Jah9  ("Avocado"), reggae pop princesses' Toian ("Love It") and Ikaya ("My Man") to Jamaica's leading ladies, like dancehall diva Spice ("Conjugal Visit" ft. Vybz Kartel), the soulful songstress Etana ("I Rise") and roots reality lyricist Queen Ifrica ("I Can't Breathe"). The latter song carries a strong message to stop police brutality and racial profiling worldwide.

The set also delves into exclusive new music from Jamaica's top male artists. Jah Cure reveals his latest single "Made In California" off his upcoming album The Cure and the legendary crooner Beres Hammond delivers his stellar new anthem "Jamaican International Dance." Singer-songwriter Christopher Martin turns heads with the island's chart climber "I'm A Big Deal," while overnight sensation Gully Bop proves ground with his popular tracks " My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We" and "Body Specialist." Dancehall star Busy Signal drops lyrical fire on the flirtatious fun track "Text Message," and Gyptian unveils his latest steamy single "All On Me." Every song counts on this collection.
 

REGGAE GOLD 2015 TRACK LISTING
Magic - Rude
Jah Cure - Made In California
Beres Hammond - Jamaican International Dance
Christopher Martin - I'm A Big Deal
Gully Bop - My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We
Gully Bop - Body Specialist
Busy Signal - Text Message
Ding Dong - Syvah
Gyptian - All One Me
Dexta Daps - Morning Love
Spice ft. Vybz Kartel - Conjugal Visit
Toian - Love It
Ikaya - My Man
Jah 9 - Avocado 
Romain Virgo - Stars Across The Sky
Yahsha - Karma
Etana - I Rise
Eddie Murphy - Oh Jah Jah
Queen Ifrica - I Can't Breathe
Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)
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Jun

STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY REVEALS FULL TOUR DATES + BRAND NEW VIDEO

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STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY REVEALS FULL TOUR DATES + BRAND NEW VIDEO 

FOR "GHETTO BOY" FEAT. BOUNTY KILLER & COBRA

AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES 

Bob Marley's Son & Grammy-Winning Musician Joins Convo About Ongoing Cycle of Crime & Violence #BreakTheCycle
 
Stephen "Ragga" Marley - the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/ songwriter/musician/producer - announces headlining tour and releases the brand new video for his latest single "Ghetto Boy" ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra. The track is available now on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life
 
WATCH/POST Stephen "Ragga" Marley "Ghetto Boy" ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra video now:
 
 
 
 
 
The compelling visual, which was shot in Jamaica and directed by Shaun Escayg, captures the perpetuating cycle of violence and crime that can start from an early age. "Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle," Stephen told Esquire, who premiered the "scorching" song earlier this month.

In support of his upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California's annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast, then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States on August 29 for the Catch A Fire Tour with his brother and co-headliner Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Ghetto Youths crew members Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I will also be joining the Catch A Fire bill for the star-studded reggae tour that spans the whole country until the end of September. See full tour schedule below.
 
 
TOUR SCHEDULE:
Sat. Aug 01 in Garberville, CA @ Reggae On the River 2015
Sun. Aug 02 in Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Amphitheater
Mon. Aug 03 in Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Tue.Aug 04 in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Fri. Aug 07 in Landerneau, France @ Esplanade De Le Petite Palud
Sat. Aug 08 in Bordeaux, France @ Reggae Sun Ska Festival
Sun. Aug 09 in Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Feesten
Tue. Aug 11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg (The Max)
Fri. Aug 14 in Winchester, UK @ Boomtown Festival
Sun. Aug 16 in Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
Sat. Aug 29 in Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center For the Performing *
Sun. Aug 30 in New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Sep 3 in Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
Sep 4 in Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier *
Sep 5 in Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center at Wolf Trap *
Sep 6 in Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage *
Sep 9 in Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre *
Sep 11 in Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads *
Sep 12 in Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza *
Sep 15 in Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium *
Sep16 in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
Sep 18 in Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre *
Sep 19 in Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *
Sep 20 in Boise, ID @ Revolution Center *
Sep 22 in San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
Sep 24 in Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
Sep 25 in Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *

 
 
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Mar

Etana Announces Spring 2015 U.S. Tour

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ETANA ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF LATEST ALBUM I RISE
 

Following Her Recent Initiative to "Stop Ebola and Build For the Future"
 
Jamaican Reggae Singer Joins Hawaiian Songstress Anuhea on June Dates
 
 
 
On the heels of Etana's United Nations' performance and the release of her "Better Tomorrow" single for the "Stop Ebola and Build For the Future" campaign, the reggae singer announces her Spring 2015 U.S. tour.  The run kicks off in NYC on April 25 and covers the Midwest and West. For the June portion of her tour,  Etana joins forces with Hawaiian songstress Anuhea for a one of a kind musical experience starring reggae's top female solo acts of this generation. See full schedule below.
 
In addition to raising awareness for her most recent initiative to fight Ebola, Etana also continues to tour in support of her latest album I Rise (VP Records). This will be the second leg of her U.S. I Rise Tour, following dates with reggae icon Cocoa Tea this past fall.
 
Purchase Etana's I Rise now on iTunes:
 
The soulful Jamaican vocalist who has been described as "reggae's Jill Scott" (NPR) or "reminiscent of India.Arie" (Essence) - dropped her fourth album I Rise on Oct 28, 2014. The album was helmed primarily by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff). It hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart, making Etana one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position. I Rise follows Etana's critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). With poised assurance, she continues to evolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically and carry the torch as reggae's leading lady.
 
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In conjunction with VP Records and led by United African Congress, Give Them A Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Etana recently became actively involved with the "Stop Ebola and Build For the Future" campaign. She performed at a special launch event held in the United Nation's headquarters in NYC. Her song "Better Tomorrow" was also chosen as the initiative's official anthem. She is donating the song, so that the proceeds go towards children orphaned by Ebola and rebuilding the communities affected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra  Leone. The song was featured on the iTunes Music homepage and peaked at #2 on iTunes reggae singles' chart.  Purchase now: http://smarturl.it/BetterTmrwUNMEER Also, watch a series of online video shorts highlighting the issues and featuring "Better Tomorrow" as the theme song: 
 
U.S. Tour Dates:
Apr 25 @ Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY
May 21 @ The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
May 22 @ Kola Ultra Lounge in Farmington, MI
May 23 @ The Wild Hare in Chicago, IL
May 24 @ Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
May 29 @ Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
May 30 @ Cervantes in Denver, CO
Jun 3 @ The Showbox in Seattle, WA *
Jun 4 @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR *
Jun 5 @ Arcata Theatre Lounge in Arcata, CA *
Jun 6 @ Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA *
Jun 7 @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA *
Jun 10 @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA *
Jun 11 @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA *
Jun 12 @ The North Park Theatre in San Diego, CA *
Jun 13 @ Reggae In The Desert in Las Vegas, NV *
Jun 14 @ Livewire in Scottsdale, AZ *
* w/ Anuhea
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Febuary 12 2015

1 Amid The Noise And Haste SOJA

2 Monk Monte Machel Montano

3  Fly Rasta Ziggy Marley

4 Count Me In Rebelution

5 Music Unites Vol. 4: Reggae Around The World Various Artists

6 Alter Ego Lady Saw

7 Hawai'i 13 The Green

8 Kingston City New Kingston

9 Strictly The Best, Volume 50 Various Artists

10 Soul Riot The Lions