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New roots reggae EP for D-Medz (@Dmedzmusic)

Riding high from the success of his singles, Baby Mama Drama and Road Tonight, reggae singjay Dwayne ‘D-Medz’ Adams is putting in the hours to complete his second EP, a live-play roots reggae compilation.

“This album will be the follow-up to my debut EP, Road Tonight, and will boast an exclusive roots reggae vibe”, quips D-Medz. “I’m working with some of the most talented musicians and producers in the business, including Dean Fraser, Robbie Lyn, and Glenroy Browne. The sessions so far have been great and we’re doing the recordings as a live-play session at Tuff Gong Studios. The energy you get doing a live recording is amazing, and it’s definitely going to be something ‘different’ and impacting. I haven’t officially named the EP yet, but I’ve completed all the writing for the tracks and we’re gearing towards a release in late December or early January 2015.”

In addition to finalising his new EP, D-Medz is also stepping up promotion for his new single, Rebel Souljah. Produced by Zimbabwean label, Abra Tribe Music, on the Marange rhythm, the track has been buzzing on African airwaves as well as in the Caribbean. He said, “Rebel Souljah is an empowering song and was composed to appeal to Africans or ‘freedom fighters’ at home and abroad. It should inspire listeners to make positive contributions to society and to fight for equality.”

The song, he confirms, has been getting a lot of “good vibrations”, especially in Ghana, opening the doors for him to do a lot more work with other African producers.

Reggae Legend John Holt Dead at 69

John Holt, one of Jamaica’s most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer. Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances.

As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962. Deciding that the field was flooded with strong twosomes, Andy and Evans decided to reach out to some potential singers, including Holt, that would eventually become The Paragons. Holt’s voice was “a velveted tone like Nat King Cole,” Andy tells Rolling Stone, and was just the thing for the mimicking of American and English hits popular in Jamaica at the time.

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Demarco Nominated for ‘Best Reggae Act’ in Europe’s UMA Awards

Following a triad of performances at the Digicel 5K Run/Walk for Special Needs in Downtown Kingston; the grand opening of Klub Khaos in Mandeville and Chug It over the Heroes Weekend, Demarco continues to experience an upsurge in popularity heading into the Christmas season. Earlier this week the blonde-hair singer was the recipient of more good news following the announcement of this year’s nominees in Europe’s Urban Music Awards. (UMA). Demarco is nominated in the ‘Best Reggae Act’ category where he’ll vie for the coveted title against fellow Dancehallers: Sean Paul, Mavado, Gyptian, Morgan Heritage, Popcaan and British sensation Stylo G.

A seemingly jocund Demarco in a release to the media says, “It’s very gratifying to be recognized for your work and even more humbling when an international organization such as the UMA gives you that nod of approval. It shows that you are doing something right. In closing I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my team and the fans globally whom without none of this would be possible.”

The nomination marks the second time Demarco is being recognized by a European entity for his work. The 12th annual staging of the prestigious award show will unfold on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in London, England.

The Urban Music Awards is the No.1 premiere R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Dance Music awards ceremony in the world. The showcase is held annually and was born out of the need to build a worldwide awards ceremony to recognise the achievement of urban based artistes, producers, club nights, DJ’s, radio stations, record labels and artiste from the current Dance/R&B, Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz and dance music scene. Past winners at the Urban Music Awards have included; Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Nas, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Adele, Goldie, Dizzee Rascal, Sean Paul, Beverley Knight, Lemar, Shakira and many more.

The Urban Music Awards has established itself as a credible awards ceremony. From its inception all nominations and voting are done by the public. In the past decade, the prestigious awards ceremony has been covered by : The BBC World Service, CNN, MTV, BET, VH1, BBC Radio 1, BBC Entertainment Online, Invincible TV, Evening Standard, The Metro Newspaper, The Independent, The Guardian , Channel 4, CD:UK , London Tonight, Choice fm, New Nation, The Voice, and many more.

Locally, amid gearing up for an assignment in Boston, USA in November Demarco is aggressively promoting his latest singles ‘Rise To The Top’, ‘Libra’ and ‘Puppy Tail’ an official video is also slated for the latter in the weeks ahead.

Best Reggae Act 2014
Mavado
Gyptian
Demarco
Morgan Heritage
Sean Paul
Stylo G
Popcaan

Reggae band Talisman comes to Dorchester for Dole Age UK tour

Roots reggae band Talisman rolls into Dorchester on Saturday, 1st November, as part of its Dole Age UK tour.

Thirty years after they recorded their debut album Takin The Strain, the Bristol roots reggae pioneers are touring the country.

Talisman reformed in 2011 and have been busy writing songs and playing live shows including performing on the bill with The Selectors at this year’s Dorchester Festival.

Their show at Dorchester Arts Centre combines the best of reggae with a contemporary twist.

Reggae band goes Green this Halloween

Take a reggae band out that Rastafarian Mecca known as Grande Prairie, mix that with an Okanagan-based group that plays music right out of a Newfoundland kitchen, throw in a few creative costumes, and you have the makings for one heckuva Halloween party.

It all happens Friday at Paddlewheel Park Hall, when Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude plays guest to Cod Gone Wild at the Vernon band’s Masquerade and Costume Ball.

“We met Tasman Jude this past summer in Alberta when we shared the stage with them at a couple of festivals,” said Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer. “These guys are super talented and we just had to bring them to Vernon for a show. The people that are lucky enough to get tickets for this one are in for a real treat.”

The city of Grande Prairie may seem like the last place you’d find a killer reggae band, but that’s exactly where Tasman Jude was formed.

The band officially started when musicians Al Peterson and Caleb (BraveHart) Hart decided on a whim to climb on stage together back in January, 2013. After only three improvised songs, they were surrounded by a crowd of people asking where their music could be found and so Tasman Jude (now including Adam Paananen and Derek Wilder) was established.

“We don’t have fans, we have family members,” says lead vocalist Hart. “These people support us, love us and we hope to give them something more than music back.”

Tasman Jude’s show in Vernon is part of its national tour in support of new album, Green, which reached number one on the iTunes reggae charts and is the first in a series of three planned concept albums for the band.

“The Green, Gold, Red package is meant to encompass the diversity of reggae music with each album taking on a different form of the genre: Green takes on the rootsy, earthy side of reggae; Gold will have a bit more island pop, and Red will be a little more ska- aggressive,” said Hart.

After Tasman Jude finishes its Canadian tour, the band plans to keep the momentum going with tours in Australia and the Caribbean (Hart is originally from Trinidad-Tobago). The band is also giving back with this album. A dollar from every Green record sold will be given to Tree Canada, which will equal one tree planted for every four albums.

“By the end of this tour, we will have driven about 20,000 kilometers, played 30 plus shows, done various media interviews and are loving every minute of it,” said Hart. “We are not stopping in Kelowna or Kamloops on this tour, so we invite all of our fam (a word that Hart uses to label the band’s fans) from those parts to make the scenic drive to Vernon to come to the most unique and fun Halloween show they’ve ever attended.”

Cod Gone Wild’s Masquerade and Costume Ball will see both bands playing throughout the evening and there will be prizes for best mask and best costume, added Mercer.
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